Straddling the New Meadows River and Casco Bay, West Bath, Maine, welcomes visitors with a lovely bucolic coastal ambiance like no other. You'll find hidden coves and salt marshes galore. Kayak on Dam Cove or sail along the shore - it's all doable from one of our West Bath vacation rentals.
Situated in Sagadahoc county south of Portland, West Bath lies between Brunswick and Bath and has a modest population of nearly 1,800 year-round residents over 12 square miles.
West Bath is known for two historic sites that attract visitors from around Maine. The Old West Bath Meeting House, built in 1839 and maintained solely by volunteers, boasts antique kerosene lamps and stained glass windows. It's a popular spot even today for weddings, lectures, art shows, and other events. The Littlefield School was built in 1853 and still stands as one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in the state. This Greek Revival building was recently restored and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you're looking for nature, West Bath has it. A number of walking and hiking trails are nearby. The most famous is Hamilton Sanctuary, a 76-acre preserve operated by the Maine Audubon Society that is enjoyed year-round by avid hikers, bird watchers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers. Green Point Preserve offers 45 acres of spruce-pine as well as the sights and sounds of the downy woodpecker. Fifteen miles of wilderness awaits at the Lower Kennebec Estuary, a habitat for migratory birds and fish.
You can organize numerous day trips from a West Bath vacation rental. The nearby Boothbay Region boasts a variety dining, shopping, and outdoor activities. In Newcastle you can tour the Frances Perkins Homestead to learn about the US's first female cabinet secretary, or explore the banks of the Damariscotta River at the 521-acre Dodge Point Public Reserved Land. With numerous fishing sites, it's no wonder anglers head to charming Nobleboro. You'll want to take pics of the historic Fort Edgecomb, which was significant during the War of 1812, in quaint Edgecomb and dine on fresh "lobstah" by the water in bustling Boothbay Harbor.
Serenity and natural beauty await you in this friendly New England town, and our West Bath vacation rentals offer the best way to enjoy this coastal getaway.
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