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The Island of Georgetown, Maine

A Day Trip from Southern Maine

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Reid State Park in Georgetown Maine - Photo

Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine.

© Deborah M. Fowles
As you travel north on Route 1 across the Sagadahoc Bridge in Bath, Maine, you'll look down the Kennebec River to the Georgetown "peninsula," across the river from Bath Iron Works. At the end of the bridge, in Woolwich, exit to the right, go to the bottom of the hill, and turn left onto Route 127 South, where you'll cross a series of bridges that lead to the islands of Arrowsic and Georgetown, framed by the Kennebec River on one side and the Sasanoa and Back Rivers on the other.

When you cross the second bridge on Route 127 (about five miles from Woolwich), you'll be on the island of Georgetown, Maine. The island has more than 82 miles of shoreline, with sandy beaches, sheltered coves, harbors, rocky headlands and marshes. Abundant wildlife including osprey, harbor seals, bald eagles, deer and moose share Georgetown Island with its 1,000 human inhabitants.

About six-tenths of a mile after the narrow bridge connecting Arrowsic to Georgetown, you'll see Robinhood Road on your left. The road dead-ends at the marina at beautiful Robinhood Cove, home to the Osprey Restaurant. Enjoy the great views of sailboats and power boats cruising in and out of the cove, and enjoy fresh seafood, or savor a cocktail at the neighboring Tavern at Riggs Cove.

Back on Route 127 South, you'll pass Georgetown Pottery, offering some of Maine's finest hand-painted porcelain pottery featuring Maine and nautical themes. A little farther down Route 127, you'll cross yet another bridge and head up a hill. Watch for the tiny sign on your right for the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary. This park, where shoreline and woods meet, offers breathtaking views from more than two miles of hiking trails and is a great spot for birding.

Several miles farther south, you'll come to Seguinland Road on the right (watch for the rock painted like an American flag), which leads to Reid State Park, an astoundingly beautiful section of Maine coast with a mile and a half of one of the finest sand beaches in the state, set against a backdrop of wild woods, sand dunes and salt marshes on one side, and powerful surf crashing against granite ledges on the other. The Seguin Island Lighthouse stands guard over this beautiful spot at the mouth of the Kennebec River.

On Seguinland Road, on your way to Reid State Park, you'll pass Grey Havens Inn and The Mooring B&B, each with a stunning view. Just before the entrance to Reid State Park is Camp Seguin, a rustic oceanfront campground where you can enjoy crashing surf, soaring ospreys and the cry of seagulls.

Return to Route 127, and continue south to the very end of the island of Georgetown to a beautiful harbor known as Five Islands, one of the most scenic spots in Maine and home to the Five Islands Lobster Company. On the way, stop at Five Islands Farm, a charming farm stand selling quality Maine-made gourmet specialty food products, a large selection of fine cheeses, wine and a variety of other products.

Shortly after Five Islands Farm, Route 127 ends at the Five Islands wharf. Sit on the wharf next to the water, and eat fresh seafood while enjoying a quintessential Maine view of fishing and pleasure boats, summer homes and the five islands that give the village its name.

Just a short distance from the harbor is Georgetown's third B&B, the Coveside at Gott's Cove. This beautifully renovated home has lush gardens, water views of the quiet cove and working lobster boats, serene rooms and inviting gathering places.

For details on the places mentioned in this driving tour, continue to pages two and three.

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