After our road trip to Portland we continued making our way up the coast of Maine. Our next stop was the Lincolnville Motel, which I’d heard about from a friend who’d stayed there the week before. Once I saw the cute little cabins on their website and learned about the 3 month old golden retriever puppy that the innkeeper had, I knew this was a good spot for us to land. The drive from Portland was short and enjoyable and we took in all of the fall colors along the way.
The Lincolnville Motel is a charming mid-coast motel but also has the cutest little cabins that are pet-friendly to boot. We stayed in a cabin for our first two nights then moved into a room in the motel for our last night which was much more spacious. The cabins are rustic, cozy and so fun. Each room has a record player and we enjoyed listening to old-timey records from the motel’s collection. The motel’s common areas were also really relaxing with an impressive cookbook collection to peruse and plenty of board games, records and a fire burning to warm you up. This was a great spot for us to slow down and enjoy the area.
On our second night we trekked out to Tinder Hearth for some wood-fired pizza. This was a bit of a drive but it’s been on my list so we had to make it happen! It was SO worth it. We meandered down back roads along our way and loved the delicious pizza, the magical landscape and the overall experience at Tinder Hearth. We highly recommend making your way up to Tinder Hearth!
I also stopped by the Swans Island Company dye house and flagship store. After spending so much time in a yarn shop this past summer learning to knit (to pass the time while my foot was broken and recovering from surgery) and hearing experienced knitters ooh and ahh over their hand dyed yarn, I was eager to see where the dye magic happens. I got to chat with Tony their dyer and see all of the behind the scenes action. What a treat to take his portrait! He single handedly hand dyes all of the Swans Island Yarn. I loved geeking out for a bit about natural dyeing with him.
We had high hopes of making our way farther north on this trip but we found so many things to do in the Lincolnville area that we decided to take our time and save Acadia and Deer Isle for a later trip. On our drive back we stopped at the Owl’s Head lighthouse before stopping for the most delicious oysters at Glidden Point Oyster Farms. Thanks for the recommendation, Mat!
This road trip was so fun and exactly what we needed for Adam’s last week of vacation before starting up another season with the BSO. Coastal Maine, you have our hearts and we can’t wait to return!
Have you visited this part of Maine? Any favorite spots we misses? Comment below!