Bath & Phippsburg
Ships have been very good for Bath and Phippsburg. The heritage of shipbuilding and shipping have left this town with neighborhoods full of gorgeous mansions, churches and businesses built during its heyday in the sea trade. Today, the monstrous cranes of Bath’s shipyard, The Bath Iron Works (BIW), still tower over the downtown.
Things to Do in Bath
To learn more about Bath’s heritage, take a walk. This walking tour will lead you through its charming and historic center. Bath is a Designated Main Street Community, recognized for its work preserving its beautiful and historic downtown. It’s stuffed with shops, restaurants and galleries.
The Maine Maritime Museum sits within the former Percy and Small Shipyard, once a builder of wooden sailing ships. The shipyard buildings are incorporated into the museum and used as exhibits. Outside is a life-sized sculpture of the ‘Wyoming,’ the largest sailing ship built in North America. It was constructed in the yard. You can visit the schooner ‘Mary E,’ built in Bath in 1906 and restored at the museum and take a boat tour of surrounding lighthouses and the Bath Iron Works facility.
Looking for some exercise? Try the many hiking and biking trails in Bath, many in nature preserves. If you want to get on the water, hop in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard from Seaspray Kayaking and Paddleboarding.
Things to Do in Phippsburg
Phippsburg, down a peninsula from Bath, is home to Popham Beach State Park, with a glorious stretch of sand where the Kennebec River meets the sea. Movie junkies should keep an eye out; the park provided important locations for the Kevin Costner/Paul Newman movie ‘Message in a Bottle.’
History fans can also visit two forts – Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin. Both were designed to guard the mouth of the Kennebec River from invading navies. Massive Fort Popham was constructed of granite blocks on the banks of the river during the Civil War era. Fort Baldwin was built later, just before World War I. Both are now state historic sites.
Restaurants in Bath and Phippsburg
Looking for some something good to eat? In Bath, check out the Kennebec Tavern, J. R. Maxwell & Co., Salt Pine Social or Beale St. BBQ. In Phippsburg, consider the Pilot House at Sebasco Harbor Resort and Spinneys at Popham Beach. Also check out these suggestions and scroll down our list of regional businesses below.
Where to Stay in Bath and Phippsburg
In Bath, you can choose from a number of accommodations including the Hampton Inn Bath Brunswick, the Kennebec Inn, the Middle Street Inn, the Benjamin F. Packard House, the Pryor House and The Inn at Bath. In Phippsburg, consider the Sebasco Harbor Resort and the historic 1774 Inn. Also check out these suggestions and scroll down the list of regional businesses