The ‘Prettiest Village in Maine’ is Perfect for a Day Trip
The welcome sign says it all: Wiscasset is the 'Prettiest Village in Maine'. Have you ever visited the home of Red's Eats for longer than it takes to wait in line for a lobster roll? Wiscasset is perfect for a day trip if you can stand the traffic.
Antique Stores Galore
You can't throw a rock without hitting one of Wiscasset's stellar antique shops. Whether you're an antique aficionado or a casual shopper, you'll enjoy exploring the dusty corners of the cozy shops in town.
The Nickels-Sortwell House
According to the Historic New England website, "Built by successful ship owner Captain William Nickels, the house epitomizes the brief period when shipbuilding and the maritime trade brought wealth and sophisticated tastes to this coastal Maine village." This gorgeous home is open for tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the summer.
The Sunken Garden
The Wiscasset Newspaper provides a simple description of the storybook sunken garden in Wiscasset: "After Wiscasset's Hilton House Hotel burned to the ground in 1903, Gertrude and Frances Sortwell, whose family owned the house across the street, put the hotel's stone foundation to good use. Miss Frances and her friends, including Rose Ishbel Greeley, one of the first female landscape architects in the country, transformed the dismal site into a beautiful and tranquil sunken garden."
Sprague's Lobster (Forget Red's Eats)
Sure, you can be a typical tourist and go to iconic Red's Eats in Wiscasset, or you can walk across the street and only the dock to grab food at Sprague's Lobster. Opinions vary, but many locals say that Sprague's is better than the neighboring seafood shack. Maybe try both and decide for yourself?