Where to eat:
The Harbor Room: My boyfriend and I stopped here after a long day at the beach. The food was to die for and the drinks were delicious. I'd highly recommend the Salmon Pate and the Blueberries for Sal cocktail (love the name, brings me right back to elementary school!). The decor was gorgeous and there's plenty of outdoor seating. Greg and I will definitely be back next summer!
Crissy's Breakfast & Coffee Bar: OMG, this is my favorite place to grab breakfast & lunch in Damariscotta (and probably the midcoast in general!). Crissy's has such a trendy vibe!
Red's Eats: Okay so the trick with Red's is you have to go there in the off-season (I'm talking late September to June) unless you like waiting in crazy lines. Their lobster roll is definitely delicious (voted the best in Maine many years), it's just not a 2-hour-wait delicious.
Harborside Tavern: My mom and I ate brunch here this summer and it was SO good. Great service, great view, great decor, and a great bathroom! I got the Bagel & Lox and omg, it was delicious and presented very nicely!
Moody's Diner: If you're looking for a legit diner then this is your place. Moody's has delicious food that is offered (for the most part) at diner prices. Their pies are famous and honestly, if you go for brunch, their deep fried mini potato pancakes are my fav!
Damariscotta River Grill: When my family has something to celebrate we got to the Damariscotta River Grill. They have an upscale vibe and a wonderful menu. My family is a huge fan of their Calamari and their Quinoa Salad.
Park Street Grill: I honestly didn't expect this place to be a Mexican restaurant from the outside but let me tell you it is delicious! I got the lobster wontons (it almost feels wrong to get anything but seafood in the midcoast to me) and they were great!
Flatbread Company: Okay so who doesn't love Flatbreads?! This one in Rockport does not disappoint. The service is great and their food is just as good as the location in Portland. They also usually have a fire going in the fire pit outside along with cornhole games which just makes for a great atmosphere.
Newcastle Publick House: I'm a big fan of the Publick House. They have a lot of good food options on their menu and they have some good live entertainment.
Sea Dog Brewing Company: This location in Camden is my favorite Sea Dog. It doesn't even compare to the Sea Dog in South Portland. The decor in here is modern and elegant and when I was there there was a band playing upstairs!
What's on my list to try: Natalie's, Boathouse Bistro, Cafe Miranda, The Contented Sole, Primo, Fireside, and many more.
Where to drink:
Schooner Landing: So my sister worked her last summer so of course, I love this place. But, for real, the view from Schooner landing is perfect and they have a lot of yummy drink & food options.
Cellardoor Winery: This past summer I attended Live in the Vines at Cellardoor and really enjoyed it. I would not only recommend visiting the winery in Lincolnville but I would also recommend that you attended one of their events. They really know how to host a party! The only downside to visiting Cellardoor is that they don't let you venture through their vines...
Enoteca Lounge: Ugh I don't know what's better, the pizza or the drinks! I went to Enoteca when I was at the Ice Bar at the Samoset last winter and they had great service along with delicious pizza and drinks!
16 Bay View: Honestly, I've only been to 16 Bay View for a party and I've never made it to their rooftop deck but it's definitely on my list! Their decor is amazing and there's plenty of free parking in the area. I've been dying to explore the scene in Camden since I turned 21 and this place is definitely up there on my list.
What's on my list to try: Savage Oaks Vineyard and Winery, King Eiders Pub, Split Rock Distilling, and Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery.