Situated between Rockland, Camden, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3 hours north) and Portland, Boothbay Harbor, and L.L. Bean in Freeport (90 minutes south), the Blue Tulip is centrally located for tourists, nature lovers or shoppers exploring Mid-Coast Maine's beautiful, rock-bound coast.
The peninsula's gently rolling hills are perfect for bike riding. Nearby rivers and inlets are popular with kayakers. Known fondly as "Wyeth Country," the Rockland/Port Clyde/Tenants Harbor/Cushing area's beautiful views, museums and galleries attract photographers, painters and art lovers throughout the year.
The Blue Tulip is within walking distance of Tenants Harbor's general store, library, post office, restaurants, and the St. George Elementary School. Port Clyde's Drift In Beach, Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum, Monhegan Island Ferry, general store, ice cream shop, art galleries, souvenir shops, boat ramps and kayak rentals are just 3 miles away.
Places to Go, Things To Do
Monhegan Island Boat Line, Port Clyde
"Coastal Discovery Cruises" (www.monheganboat.com)
Maine Eastern Railroad, Rockland
Coastal Maine train rides between Rockland & Brunswick. (www.maineeasternrailroad.com)
Maine Windjammers, Rockland
Day or overnight cruises off the Maine coast (www.sailmainecoast.com)
Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland
Celebrates Maine's historic lighthouses. (www.mainelighthousemuseum.org)
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland Harbor
Mile-long hike on the rocky breakwater!
Owls Head Light State Park, Owls Head
Great views of Rockland Harbor!
State Parks, Recreation, Nature Walks
Birch Point State Park, South Thomaston
Beautiful views, sandy beach, gently rolling surf. (www.acadianationalpark.com/midcoast_attractions/birch_point_state_park_.php)
Camden Hills State Park, Camden
Exceptional views of Penobscot Bay from the top of Mt. Battie! (www.stateparks.com/camden_hills.html)
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden
Gentle slopes for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tobogganing thru late March. Mountain biking and hiking trails thru summer. 45 minutes from Tenants Harbor! (www.camdensnowbowl.com)
Port Clyde Kayaks, Port Clyde
Schedule a guided tour or rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for a few hours.
Maine Association of Sea Kayaking Guides and Instructors, Bowdoinham
Roaring Sprout and Town Forest Trails, Tenants Harbor
Two local walking trails, very close to Blue Tulip and lovely. We can give you directions when you're here.
Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head
Large collection of antique aircraft, antique autos, bicycles, carriages. (www.ohtm.org)
Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Rockland
Featuring works of art by Maine artists, including three generations of Wyeth painters. (www.farnsworthmuseum.org)
Olson House, Cushing
Immortalized in paintings by Andrew Wyeth, now the artist's burial place. (www.farnsworthmuseum.org/olson-house/)
Knox Mansion ("Montpelier"), Thomaston
Recreated home of Revolutionary War hero General Henry Knox, George Washington's first Secretary of War. (www.generalknoxmuseum.org)
Maine State Prison Show Room, Thomaston
Inexpensive, handcrafted wooden products made by Maine prison inmates. (www.state.me.us/corrections/industries/)
Educational Opportunities, Camps
Blueberry Cove Camp, water in Tenants Harbor
Resident or day camp for young people age 5-14. Two-week programs include sailing school. Less than one mile from the Blue Tulip. Drop off the kids and relax with us! (www.extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood)
Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), Rockland
Maine’s leading non-profit institution dedicated to advancing contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programs. New $3.2 million facility opened in 2016.
Learning Center, Port Clyde
Marine-focused learning center for children, adults, teachers. (www.herringgut.org)
A center for language learning, cultural exchange. Popular 6-week “Summer in Maine” English immersion program. (www.languagelearning.org)
Pies on Parade, Rockland
Third Sunday in January
U.S. International Toboggan
Camden Snow Bowl
"Welcome Aboard" Business Expo and
Job Fair, St.
George School, Tenants Harbor
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Spotlights St. George Business Alliance member businesses, services, Job opportunities!
Boots on the Ground, Knox Museum ("Montpelier"),
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 11:00 am
Annual Memorial Day Weekend event honoring America’s veterans and active military personnel.
St. George "Sales into the Season," Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde
Saturday, May 27, 2017
St. George shops, restaurants celebrate the coming of summer--sales, discounts, yard sales!
Memorial Day Parade, Tenants Harbor
Monday, May 29, 2017
Pancake breakfast, parade, memorial service at the American Legion honoring St. George veterans.
"All American" and Muscle Car Show, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 2017
Summer Solstice Street Fair, Rockland
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Lobster Boat Races, Rockland Harbor
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, Midcoast Maine
June 24-25, 2017
Seven Midcoast Maine lighthouses open free to the public. See all 7 in two days!
Fourth of July Parade, Picnic,
July 4, 2017
Bands, floats, food, music topped off by evening fireworks!
"History Comes Alive" Auto Show, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday & Sunday, July 8-9, 2017
Maine Windjammer Parade, Rockland
July 14, 2017
Parade of tall ships past Rockland Breakwater Light and Rockland Harbor.
North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland
One of several venues on the national tour! Multiple stages featuring well-known musicians.
July 15-16, 2017
Gardens of the Georges River
Appleton, Rockport, Union, Warren
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, rain or shine
St. George Days, Tenants Harbor
Friday-Sunday, third full weekend in July.
Celebrates the peninsula’s heritage! Pancake breakfast, parade, lobster feast, library book sale & silent auction, fireworks.
War Encampment, Knox Museum, Thomaston
Saturday & Sunday, July 29-30, 2017
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland
Wednesday to Sunday, August 2-6, 2017
"Wheels & Wings: Air Show
Head Transportation Museum
Saturday & Sunday, August 5-6, 2017
Annual Knox Museum Lecture Series, The Strand Theater, Rockland
Thursday, August 10, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Mount Vernon (VA) Senior VP, Historic Preservation and Collections, presents the 2017 lecture titled "George Washington, The First President."
Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show, Rockland
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 11-13, 2017
Annual New England Antique Auto
Auction, Owls Head
Friday & Saturday, August 18-19, 2017
Union Fair & Blueberry Festival, Union Fairgrounds
August 19-26, 2017
St. George Art Tour, Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde
Late August/early September, date TBD
Open studios, art galleries, artists painting at several St. George locations. Sponsored by the SGBA.
Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden Harbor
September 1-2, 2017
Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Midcoast
September 9, 2017
Camden International Film Festival,
September 14-17, 2017
Weekend screenings of new films at three Midcoast locations.
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity
September 22-24, 2017
Three-day celebration sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
St. George Fall "Discovery Tour" Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde
October 7-8, 2017
Last big weekend of the tourist season! Special events exploring St. George locations, bon fire on Drift Inn Beach (weather permitting!)
Great Fall Auction, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Festival of Lights Celebration, Rockland
Friday-Sunday, November 24-26, 2017
Lighting of the lobster trap holiday tree, Santa arrives in the light parade!
Annual "Yuletide in St. George"
Holiday Sales Event,
Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde
Friday & Saturday, November 24-25, 2017
Sales, open houses, Oceanview Grange craft fair and fund-raising luncheon.
Christmas by the Sea, Camden Harbor
December 1-3, 2017
Holiday Open House, Knox Museum, Thomaston
December 2-3, 2017