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Hallowell is a historic village near Augusta, Maine’s capital, that sits on the banks of the Kennebec River. Though small, Hallowell is big on charm and character. Gorgeous 18th and 19th century architecture is found throughout town – many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places – and Water Street is lined with some of the best shops and restaurants in the region.
Things to Do in Hallowell
Hallowell is well known for its artistic flair and along Water Street you’ll find art everywhere including the Harlow Gallery with exhibits of local artists, and Hallowell Clay Works, offering classes and workshops, so you, too, can be a Hallowell artist. The Gaslight Theater is Maine’s oldest continuously operating theater with plays ranging from Tennessee Williams to Agatha Christie.
The charming Hubbard Free Library is in the oldest library building in Maine still serving its original function and it was built in the 1800s to look like an old English country church.
If shopping is your delight, Hallowell’s Water Street is the place to be. Famous for antiques, Hallowell has an incredible selection. The largest store is the Hallowell Antique Mall and Brass & Friends is jammed with unique finds. For a true old-fashioned candy store, Scrummy Afters will have your mouth watering.
Augusta is only a mile away and a fun route to get there is along the Kennebec River Rail Trail, which brings you right to Capitol Park. Or head south towards Gardiner for a beautiful walk or bike ride along the Kennebec. Vaughan Woods is a treat year-round. Known as Hobbit Land, the paths through the forests and fields take you over beautiful stone bridges.
Hallowell enjoys celebrating, too. Fun, family events are held throughout the year, like the popular Old Hallowell Day with a parade and fireworks.
Where to Stay in Hallowell
It’s no surprise in a such a historic town that Hallowell has wonderful B&Bs. Maple Hill Farm is an eco-friendly country inn on 130 acres of land. Just a short walk from downtown Hallowell is the Second Street Bed & Breakfast. Nearby Augusta has many hotels to choose from, as well.
Restaurants in Hallowell
When you’re hungry in Hallowell, Water Street is the place to be. Locals and visitors alike adore favorites like Slates Restaurant and Bakery and Joyce’s right by the river, and the Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery for delicious food and a tasty pint. For a sumptuous cocktail, try The Maine House Craft Cocktail Lounge. The Quarry Tap Room has nearly 40 microbrews and domestic beers on tap and features live music.