Discover the Hidden Gem of Schoodic Peninsula

Maine is known for its stunning coastline and majestic nature. But there’s an often overlooked spot in Winter Harbor that has plenty to offer experience seekers. Schoodic Peninsula has a variety of activities that will please even the most discerning tourists and native Mainers. From hiking and biking trails, to Nature Preserves, to art galleries and events, this hidden gem is sure to be a memorable getaway. Let’s dive into what makes Schoodic Peninsula such an enjoyable destination.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

If you are looking for some outdoor fun, Schoodic Peninsula has something for everyone. Hiking trails like Schoodic Head provide stunning views of the ocean and take you through breathtaking pine forests. Low traffic biking is abundant on the Peninsula, with various stops along the way for those wanting a break from their journey. For those more interested in observing nature than exploring it, Forbes Pond and Taft Point Nature Preserves are great options with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities and bird watching paths. And while these activities are centered around experiencing nature in all its beauty, don’t forget to check out some of the Peninsula’s points of interest such as Schoodic Point or Grindstone Point. All these spots provide amazing views of the coast that should not be missed.  Check out more information here:
Forbes Pond Preserves
    • Taft Point Nature Preserves
    • Schoodic Point
    • Grindstone Point
    • Frazer Point
    • Raven’s Nest




Little Known Fact: You can pick blueberries on Schoodic Peninsula! In fact, up to two quarts (of course, they need to be in season).


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For the Art-Lover

Schoodic Peninsula is also home to numerous art galleries, concerts, festivals and open mic nights that will keep any art-lover entertained during their visit. The Granite Garden Gallery offers a unique experience with its collection of hand-carved stone sculptures made by local artists from Maine granite rock. Additionally, festivals like Schoodic Arts for All provide visitors with live music performances as well as workshops on painting, photography and more. Whether you want to enjoy some local music or explore creative outlets such as painting or sculpting - Schoodic Peninsula has something for every art enthusiast!  Check out more information here:
    • Littlefield Gallery
    • Schoodic Arts for All
    • WhoPaints Gallery and Studio

For the Golfer


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Grindstone Neck Golf Course is the perfect place to take your golf game to the next level. This top-of-the-line golf course offers sweeping views of Frenchman's Bay. With challenging Par 3s, playable Par 4s and reachable Par 5s - the Grindstone Neck Golf Course has something for every ability level. Its numerous tee boxes cater to any skill set and it even has a practice area with three putting greens and a chipping green should you need to brush up on any particular shot. Golf at the crowd-free Grindstone Neck will keep you coming back time and time again, so be sure to book your tee time today.



Bluff House Inn

Bluff House Inn

Situated in Gouldsboro, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Acadia National Park, Schoodic Peninsula, and Schoodic Point. Tunk Lake and Chapter Two Art Gallery are also within 12 mi (20 km).



Acadia Bay Inn

Acadia Bay Inn

Situated in Sullivan, this beach bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tidal Falls, Tunk Lake, and Schoodic Mountain. Birdsacre Sanctuary and L.L. Bean Shopping Outlet are also within 12 mi (20 km).


For the Light Traveler

Knowing that you might want to be traveling light for your vacation is exactly why businesses like the easily accessible Sea Schoodic Kayak & Bike exist.  But before booking your rental, be sure to check with your local accomodations.  Some accomodations in the area already have bikes and kayaks available for rent.  Taking advantage of rentals will greatly reduce the headache of figuring out how to tote your gear and also gives you the flexibility to only access the gear you need on the days you need it.  Simplify your vacation packing and put yourself in a place to interact with the locals (you won't regret it).

Little Known Fact: You can pick blueberries on Schoodic Peninsula! In fact, up to two quarts.  

All Things Schoodic Peninsula

Where do you start to learn all things Schoodic Peninsula?  A perfect way to get started would be to drive out to Schoodic Point, take in a bit of the ocean, then head over to the Schoodic Institute where you can learn all about Schoodic Peninsula and be prepared for everything Schoodic has to offer.

A Hidden Gem for Your Summer Vacation

Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor is an often overlooked destination when it comes to vacation getaways in Maine; however it should not be missed. With its expansive outdoor offerings ranging from hikes to bikes to nature preserves plus plenty of art venues - this hidden gem of Maine will make any experience seeker happy. So if you’re looking for a unique getaway this year - make sure you put Schoodic Peninsula on your list. You won't regret it.

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