Each summer we try to do at least one weekend get away to someplace in Maine that we don’t get to often. There are so many amazing places within the state. A few summers ago, we made it up to Belfast for a couple of nights. My husband had been wanting to go to Marshall Wharf Brewing in Belfast, and I hadn’t been up to the area since I was in college.
We headed up to Belfast for a weekend in early in August and, in an effort to keep the cost down, we stayed at the Yankee Clipper Motel which worked out really well although our girls were a little thrown by the setup as it was their first motel stay. It was clean and convenient. While it was not located in the main downtown Belfast area, it was a quick walk to the pedestrian bridge which goes across the Passagassawaukeag River and connects to downtown Belfast. It wasn’t a perfect solution as you have to walk along Route 1 for a bit. Route 1 is a busy road with no sidewalks, but you just need to be careful. I would have been a little more nervous if my girls were younger. But, for us, it worked out great and was definitely better than driving.
Because one of the primary reasons for the destination was Marshall Wharf Brewing and craft beer, we did end up spending both nights having dinner at Three Tides which is the restaurant associated with Marshall Wharf Brewing. While there is some inside seating, we opted to dine on the outside patio both nights. The food was fine, but the views and beer are really the reason to come. The patio overlooks the water and has a great atmosphere. Plus, it gave my husband a chance to drink the great stouts Marshall Wharf Brewery offers. He’s a big fan.
The other food destination we’re always on the lookout for during our weekend trips to Maine coastal areas is a place to eat lobster by the ocean. Lobster is delicious, but messy, and eating it at a picnic table, off paper plates, overlooking the ocean is absolutely the best option. We were able to find such a destination in Belfast, and headed to Young’s Lobster Pound. It was exactly what we were looking for and, as a bonus, the girls tried Moxie for the first time.
Other than the two restaurants, we didn’t check out too many additional food and drink offerings. We did spend time walking along the Belfast Harborwalk and wandering through some of the local shops. It was a nice, relaxed pace.
We also headed to the Colonial Theater which is a wonderful hundred year old theater in downtown Belfast. It’s a throwback to another era. We ended up seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. I saw on the Colonial Theater website recently that the theater is for sale. Hopefully, the next owners put as much love and care into it as the previous ones have. It’s a great centerpiece to the town.
A weekend was the perfect amount of time for us to see what we wanted in the area. Belfast really is a beautiful destination. Belfast is about a twenty-five minute drive to Lincolnville which is where Cellardoor Winery is located so, as a bonus, we were able to swing by the winery for a visit on our way home.
|things to know|
|Yankee Clipper Motel||50 Searsport Avenue Belfast Maine 04915|
|Marshall Wharf Brewery||2 Pinchy Lane • Belfast, Maine 04915|
|Young’s Lobster Pound||4 Mitchell St, Belfast, ME 04915|
|Website||Belfast Chamber of Commerce|
|Favorite ♥||Colonial Theater|