Recently some of Mark’s family visited who had never been here before and asked Amy and Mark “Why do people come to visit Bath?” Granted they were visiting in the quiet season on a cold, rainy, overcast April day so maybe Bath’s many charms were not as evident. So for those of you who also ask the question “Why Bath?” let me list you a few reasons to come and visit.
A great downtown with unique independent stores for shopping, friendly storekeepers, yummy restaurants all within an easy walk. I don’t have space to name all the individual businesses that make up this great downtown because there are just too many.
A historic district with wonderfully preserved homes from a previous century and a great walking guide to learn all about them.
The Maine Maritime Museum – spend a day exploring Bath’s shipbuilding heritage.
Walking/Hiking trails winding through wooded areas, old cemeteries and past beautiful water vistas.
A short drive to two of the best beaches in Maine, and in my humble opinion, the East Coast.
A year round Farmers’ Market in a historic Freight Shed alongside the building of a replica of Maine’s first ship. What a unique way to spend a Saturday morning.
A 30 minute drive to the top rated public garden in the U.S. – Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. (Survey results from TripAdvisor)
The many independent art galleries and artists’ studios which dot the downtown and surrounding communities just waiting for you to stop in and visit.
Maine State Music Theater, Bath’s Gazebo Concerts, Bath Heritage Days, SPI’s House and Garden Tour, Chocolate Church performances, Blarney Days, Mayfair, Bowdoin College museums, lectures and performances just to name a few of the great events that happen in Bath and the midcoast area.
I am only hitting the top of the iceberg on this – why do you visit Bath? Drop me a line and keep the list growing!