Local Attractions

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), Blue Tulip’s Tenants Harbor lodging is centrally located for tourists, shoppers, art or nature lovers exploring Mid-Coast Maine’s beautiful, rock-bound coast.

The peninsula’s gently rolling hills are perfect for bike riding. Nearby harbors, inlets and rivers are popular with sailors and kayakers. Known fondly as “Wyeth Country,” the Rockland/Port Clyde/Tenants Harbor/Cushing area’s beautiful views, museums and galleries also attract photographers, painters and artists 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)

Lighthouses

Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland
Celebrates Maine’s historic lighthouses. (www.mainelighthousemuseum.org)

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland Harbor
Mile-long hike on the rocky breakwater!
(www.lighthouse.cc/rocklandbreakwater/)

Owls Head Light State Park, Owls Head
Great views of Rockland Harbor!
(www.lighthouse.cc/owls/)

State Parks, Recreation, Nature Walks

Birch Point State Park, South Thomaston
Beautiful views, sandy beach, gently rolling surf. (Birch Point)

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.
(www.portclydekayaks.com)

Maine Association of Sea Kayaking Guides and Instructors, Bowdoinham
(www.maineseakayakguides.com/companies.html)

Roaring Spout and Town Forest Trails, Tenants Harbor
Two lovely walking trails, very close to Blue Tulip. You can pick up trail maps at the Town Office or Jackson Memorial Library.

Museums

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/)

Center for 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.
(www.cmcanow.org)

Knox Museum and 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, Tenants Harbor
Resident or day camp for young people age 5-17. 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)

Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde
Marine-focused learning center for children, adults, teachers. Popular summer sessions.(www.herringgut.org)

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, St. George

Inclusiveness and reliance on teamwork set an Outward Bound expedition apart from any other learning experience. Expedition members–whether middle or high school students, college age or adult–are “crew, not passengers.” (www.hiobs.org)

Penobscot School, Rockland
A center for language learning, cultural exchange. Popular 6-week “Summer in Maine” English immersion program. (www.languagelearning.org)

Theaters, Performance Venues

Camden Opera House, Camden

Year-round concerts, plays, recitals, conference presentations in a restored 19th century opera house. Check www.camdenoperahouse.com for calendar of events.

Everyman Repertory Company, Rockport

Mid-Coast Maine’s only professional theater company offers full-length productions and readings throughout the year, sometimes in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum. See www.everymanrep.org for schedules and tickets.

Flagship Cinema, Thomaston

Traditional movie theatre showing first-run movies year-round in 8-10 mini-theatres with large comfortable seats. (www.flagshipcinemas.com/thomastonhome)

Rockport Opera House, Rockport

The historic Rockport Opera House is the perfect venue for concerts, theatrical productions, readings, meetings, even weddings and family reunions. Contact www.rockportoperahouse.com for schedule and availability.

Strand Theater, Rockland

The historic Strand Theatre offers first-run movies, concerts, readings and conference presentations throughout the year.

See www.Rocklandstrand.com for schedule and tickets.

Annual Events

“Welcome Aboard” Business Expo and Job Fair, St. George School, Tenants Harbor
Saturday, April 30, 2018
Spotlights St. George Business Alliance member businesses, services, Job opportunities!

Boots on the Ground, Knox Museum (“Montpelier”), Thomaston
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 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 26, 2018
St. George shops, restaurants celebrate the coming of summer–sales, discounts, yard sales!

Memorial Day Parade, Tenants Harbor
Monday, May 28, 2018
Pancake breakfast, parade, memorial service, patriotic music at the American Legion honoring St. George veterans.

Spring Auto Tour, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Summer Solstice Street Fair, Rockland
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, Midcoast Maine
June 23-24, 2018
Seven Midcoast Maine lighthouses open free to the public. See all 7 in two days!

Fourth of July Parade, Picnic, Fireworks, Thomaston
July 4, 2018
Bands, floats, food, music topped off by evening fireworks!

American, Muscle, and Custom Cruise-In, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday & Sunday, July 7 & 8, 2018 (9:00 am-3:00 pm)

Maine Windjammer Parade, Rockland
July 13, 2018  (2:00-4:00 pm)
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 14-15, 2018

Gardens of the Georges River Watershed Tour, Appleton, Rockport, Union, Warren
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, rain or shine

St. George Days, Tenants Harbor
Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2018
Celebrates the peninsula’s heritage! Pancake breakfast, parade, lobster feast, craft fair, annual Jackson Memorial Library book sale & silent auction, fireworks.

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland
Wednesday to Sunday, August 1-5, 2018

“Wheels & Wings: Air Show Spectacular, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday & Sunday, August 4-5, 2018

Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show, Rockland
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 10-12, 2018

Annual New England Antique Auto Auction, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Friday & Saturday, August 17-18, 2018

Union Fair & Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, Union Fairgrounds
August 18-25, 2018

St. George Art Tour, Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde
September, date TBD
Open studios, art galleries, artists painting at several St. George locations. Sponsored by the St. George Business Alliance.

Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden Harbor
August 31-September 2, 2018

Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Midcoast Maine
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Camden International Film Festival, Camden, Rockport, Rockland locations.
September 13-16, 2018
Weekend screenings of new films at three Midcoast locations.

Common Ground Country Fair, Unity
September 21-23, 2018
Three-day celebration sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Great Fall Auction, Owls Head Transportation Museum
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Festival of Lights Celebration, Rockland
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, 2018
Lighting of the lobster trap holiday tree, Santa arrives in Saturday night’s light parade!

Annual “Yuletide in St. George” Holiday Sales Event, Tenants Harbor & Port Clyde
Friday & Saturday, November 23-24, 2018
Sales, open houses, Oceanview Grange craft fair and fund-raising luncheons.

Christmas by the Sea, Camden Harbor
November 30-December 2, 2018

Holiday Open House, Knox Museum, Thomaston
December 1 & 2, 2018

Pies on Parade, Rockland
Sunday, January 27, 2019

U.S. International Toboggan Festival, Camden Snow Bowl
February 8-10, 2019

Camden Conference, Camden 

February 22-24, 2019

Hundreds converge on Camden to hear diplomats, educators, journalists and industry leaders tackle topics such as American foreign policy, globalization, and the politics of food and water.