You will get the most out of your Downeast Maine experience when you stay at Pilgrim’s Inn. With stunning scenery, hiking trails, and vibrant art scene, Deer Isle is the perfect place for your Maine vacation. Not only is it in a beautiful location but it is also the ideal distance from many surrounding towns, like Ellsworth. There are so many things to do in Ellsworth, Maine. Enjoy the outdoors at incredible hiking and biking routes or learn about the historical town from its museums and tours. And of course, there is plenty of shopping and restaurants to hold you over until you get back to our Whale’s Rib Tavern!
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Things to Do in Ellsworth, Maine
Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina
Enjoy the charming scenery at Ellsworth Harbor Park and Marina. The clear water surrounded by Maine’s trademark towering trees is always harboring boats of all shapes and sizes. Relax on the grassy area with a picnic lunch, or explore the brooks and bends of the river on a rented kayak or canoe.
Stanwood Homestead Museum and Bird Sanctuary
The Stanwood Homestead Museum and Bird Sanctuary, also known as Birdsacre, offers 200 acres of diverse terrain and wildlife. This natural museum features a picturesque nature walk with Maine wildflowers, small ponds, wooded glens, and nesting birds for you to enjoy. Hike down the well-marked trails and visit some of the exotic birds that are being rehabilitated on the property. The 19th century home on the estate once belonged to Cordelia J. Stanwood, a renowned bird photographer. It is in the process of being renovation solely through donations, and able to be toured during the summer months!
The Woodlawn Museum is an 180-acre historic estate with an enticing story. Serving as home to three generations of the prestigious Black family, the house and surrounding formal gardens are now a community treasure and visitor destination. Discover year-round walking trails, gorgeous gardens, period furniture and decor, and a tournament-sized croquet court! Take a moment to imagine how the esteemed Black family once lived as you bask in the beautiful Maine sunlight on this impressive property.
The Telephone Museum will teach you everything you need to know about one of the most important objects we use every day! Telecommunication devices are displayed for exhibition. Some are just for show, while some antiquated devices are actually functioning. The most interesting part of your visit will be the hands-on experience you receive. Try out original switchboards and even make calls from extremely old devices. This museum gives you an amazing opportunity to see just how far technology has come.
Downeast Scenic Railroad
The Downeast Scenic Railroad is one of the most informative things to do in Ellsworth, Maine. This 90-minute train ride is truly a step back in time. From canopied forests to open marshland, this restored rail line gives passengers the same views that travelers saw long ago. Sit back and relax on your ride through Maine countryside as your tour guide tells you about the area’s past.
Ellsworth Maine Shopping
If you’re interested in a day of shopping, look no further than the stores in the historic center of Ellsworth. Our favorite place to go antiquing in Ellsworth is Big Chicken Barn Books & Antiques. This store harbors hundreds of perfect treasures from collectibles to trinkets. Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is an alluring space filled with paintings, sculptures, and pottery by local artists. For outdoor enthusiasts, Cadillac Mountain Sports has an extensive collection of outdoor apparel and equipment for your hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures.
Ellsworth Maine Restaurants
All the things to do in Ellsworth, Maine, are sure to make you hungry! The restaurants in the area offer a variety of options, like Finn’s Irish for traditional Irish brews and food or 86 This for tasty Southwestern fare. We recommend the famous Union River Lobster Pot to eat Maine’s fresh seafood while enjoying views of the river. For a classic Maine meal, be sure to try their lobster dinner, followed by blueberry pie and ice cream!
After Exploring Ellsworth, Return to Pilgrim’s Inn
After experiencing all the things to do in Ellsworth, Maine, retreat back to Pilgrim’s Inn. Our premier bed and breakfast offers exquisite accommodations, wonderful amenities, and serves delicious breakfast each morning. Book your stay today and explore all that Downeast Maine has to offer!