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Pemaquid Maine: Things to do in the area

This page will grow as we explore our new neighborhood of Pemaquid Maine, but we wanted to start listing a few of our favorite places in the area.


Pemaquid Beach

pemaquid beach

A quarter-mile walk from the house is Pemaquid Beach. It is owned by the town of Bristol, has ample parking, and the fee charged is $4.00 per person. There is a bathhouse, restrooms, a snack bar and tables.

Pemaquid Beach also contains the Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center which according to their website features interpretive beach walks and hands-on activities, including visits from a marine animal touch tank, art classes, tide pool explorations, and more. And we just read in the local Lincoln County News that they are building a butterfly garden!

Grocery Store:

C E Reilly & Son
2576 Bristol Rd
New Harbor, ME 04554
(207) 677-2321

About a mile from the house, this store is everything we could have asked for in a local grocer. It has an old-timey feel with hard wood floors and two check out aisles. It is fully stocked with a good selection of fresh produce, fresh baked goods, a wonderful deli counter, local bottled micro brews, and some of the best pizza around. We have relied heavily on Reilly's the first few months of our renovations, not only for pizza and beverages to keep our crew going, but also for use of their bathroom before our water was turned on. (Yes, we had a port-o-potty but some of us didn't always feel like using it.) They were always extremely friendly and never gave us even a hint of attitude about that.

This store actually helped us make a decision to buy the house. One of my worries when looking into where we would buy waterfront property was that we would be on a lake somewhere in the middle of nowhere and would have to drive 10 miles to buy milk. When we found Reilly's here in Pemaquid Maine, it definitely increased the value of the house in our eyes, to have a store like this within walking distance.


The Contented Sole
162 Pemaquid Trl
New Harbor, ME 04554
(207) 677-3000
Right on the water near Colonial Pemaquid, The Contented Sole has amazing views, and a good menu and beer selection.

The Cupboard Cafe
137 Huddle Rd
New Harbor, ME 04554
(207) 677-3911

The Cupboard Cafe is a wonderful restaurant open year round for breakfast and lunch. They make all of their food, and are famous in the area for their buns. The Cupboard is walking distance from the house.

Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf
129 State Route 32
New Harbor, ME 04554
(207) 677-2200

Shaw's boasts an amazing view of Back Cove, New Harbor. And it's reasonably priced, large menu means there will be something for everyone.


Colonial Pemaquid - Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry

About a quarter-mile from the house, this historic old fort and fort house plays host to a summer's full of cultural events including lectures, evening lantern walks, reenactments, workshops and festivals.

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