Originally published in Seasonal Guide, June 27, 2014
On a bench or at a beach
Horton Emerson Waterside Park, a short walk down Water St. from Main St., with views of Blue Hill Harbor. Continue down Water St. to the town park that has picnic tables, a children’s playground, a large grassy area and a swimming spot.
^In East Blue Hill, just a short way down the East Blue Hill Road (from downtown) is Peter’s Cove, with a small beach that is open for public use.
A small park area is located at the end of Naskeag Road, accessible via Rte. 175 to the village.
Bakeman Beach, Harborside (Brooksville), 400 Weir Cove Rd.
Follow Main St. down to the water and the town dock, where your bench overlooks the busy, dynamic harbor, including the Maine Maritime Academy’s vessels and many sailboats.
Backshore Beach, on Wadsworth Cove Rd., with shallow pond across the street.
Causeway Beach, at the south end of the causeway in Deer Isle. Swim and explore the tidal zone. ¢
Lily Pond, Deer Isle. Rte. 15 to Deer Run driveway, then a short walk to the pond.
The Reach, Little Deer Isle. The Bridge End property includes a park, parking and a beach along Eggemoggin Reach.
Other beaches, Island. If you care to brave the (mostly) icy waters, take a dip at the Tennis Preserve, Barred Island Preserve and Shore Acres Preserve. Ocean temperatures average from 50 degrees in May to 63 degrees in August.
Stinson Park is a tiny lot in Stonington’s parking lot on Main St., featuring the Stonecutter Statue. Here, your bench is a window on the town’s vibrant working waterfront, overlooking the harbor, town pier, and out to the islands.
Sand Beach, Stonington. Rte. 15A to Burnt Cove Market. Bear right onto Sand Beach Road. Beach is less than a mile on left. Park on the side of road and walk in. Parking is strictly enforced, so please be mindful of parking signs, as you are likely to be towed for parking in “no parking” areas.
Carrying Place Beach, Newbury Neck Rd. A 1,500 foot crescent-shaped beach with views of Acadia. Take Surry Rd. to Morgan Bay Rd.; left fork is Newbury Neck Rd., 3.7 miles to beach.