Harbor View House
Open year round

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213 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Toll-free 1-877-393-3811 or 207-338-3811
hosts@harborviewhouse.com
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Belfast – A Step Off the Beaten Path

Gothic CafeWhen exploring the treasure of Mid-Coast Maine, be sure to spend some time in Belfast. It’s the perfect opportunity to see an authentic Maine coast town, rebuilt after fire in the mid-1800’s in beautiful brick Gothic style. After the hustle and bustle of Camden and Bar Harbor (within easy access of Belfast), relax and take a stroll through the neighborhoods of Belfast. Enjoy the simple charm of this quiet town, first incorporated in 1773. Beautiful homes and churches built from the 1790’s through the Victorian period grace the streets and provide a "Norman Rockwell" backdrop for your walk. Downtown Belfast offers year-round theatre, several restaurants and cafes, art galleries, bay cruises, and a beautiful park on the "the village common" with access to a nearby sand beach. Watch the activity of this working harbor, as lobster boats join sailboats on Penobscot Bay.

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About Belfast and Waldo County, Maine

Activities in the Area

  • Belfast is within easy access for day trips to beautiful Acadia National Park – not to be missed!
  • Golfing in nearby Bangor, Rockland, and Rockport.church
  • Pool and tennis courts at Belfast City Park.
  • Lighthouse touring and picnicking at Fort Point Light, Curtis Island Light at Camden, and Owls Head Light at Rockland.   Take the ferry to Isleboro and visit Grindle Point light
  • or walk out to the Rockland Breakwater Light (then enjoy the Shore Village lighthouse museum).  All are within easy access of Belfast.
  • Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum and enjoy exhibits featuring a collection of early air and ground vehicles. Trace the history of the bicycle and the horsedrawn carriage.
  • Penobscot Marine Museum in nearby Searsport is a treat for the mariners in your group. Explore the exhibits on historic ships and view the many beautiful models on display.
  • Enjoy the celebration of fine music at the Rockport Bay Chamber Concerts
  • Visit the lovely Farnsworth Museum and Olson House in nearby Rockland, home of the works of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. Then enjoy the local bounty by visiting Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery, specializing in fruit-based wines, vanilla and award-winning gin.
  • Enjoy stage productions at the local Belfast Maskers Theater or Penobscot Theater in nearby Bangor, home of the annual Maine Shakespeare Festival in July.
  • Maine is a great place to bring your kids to summer camps. One of the best in the area is Hidden Valley Camp in Freedom, Maine.
  • Take a dip in Swan Lake - "where the sane people swim"!
  • Enjoy kayaking or fishing in Belfast Harbor (a nice place to learn!).  
  • Cycling trips around town or around the county will provide beautiful scenes of Maine countryside. Ask the innkeepers to recommend routes.Belfast Bay
  • Hiking at local parks - Camden State Park/ Mount Battie, Moose Point Park – provide more opportunities to see Maine up close and personal.
  • Feel the wind in your hair on a Windjammer or refurbished fishing boat cruise on Penobscot Bay – cruises available from Belfast or nearby Camden, Rockland, and Thomaston. Special cruises can be arranged out of Belfast Harbor on the Chimera with Penobscot Bay Cruises.
  • Take time to enjoy and sample the bounty of Maine - start at our own Farmer's Market, held downtown every Friday morning. Fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables, organic and range-fed meats and chicken, farm fresh eggs vie with handmade baked goods for your gustatory attention! Then browse the lovely handmade goods at the market - beautiful baskets are a specialty here.
  • While in Belfast, take time to sample other Maine-made treats sold at the Coop, the Good Table, or Chase's Daily. Raye's Stone ground mustards, Baxter Tea Company, Appleton Creamery, and Stonewall Kitchen Spices and Condiments provide high quality, flavorful products, handmade in Maine.

For more information, be sure to visit the web site of the Maine Office of Tourism

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