A Maine honeymoon offers newlyweds an opportunity for many unique and fun adventures. Over the years, honeymooners staying at the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine, excitedly recount their experiences with us during breakfast the next day. From those conversations, we’ve compiled a curated list of favorite Maine honeymoon activities.
Your Maine Honeymoon Guide
You’re here for your honeymoon. So that probably means you’re here for 4, 5 or 6 nights, which is the typical honeymoon length we see. For a honeymoon vacation like that, we recommend using the Inn as your home base and then heading out to a particular region of Maine and spending a day exploring everything offered.
In this guide, we’ll keep your one way travel time to 2 hours or less.
At The Wolf Cove Inn
First off, there is plenty to do right here at the Inn and in the immediate vicinity. You’ve probably had a hectic (but enjoyable) wedding day, and then a day of travel. So for your first full day at the Inn, chill!
- Spend some quiet time by the lake
- Paddle a canoe or some kayaks together
- Take a walk along Jordan Shore Drive
- Rent some paddle boards at nearby Shaker Hill Outdoors
- In the winter, snowshoe, walk or ice fish on Tripp Lake (please check with the Innkeeper first)
- Finish the day with a sunset glass of wine and some s’mores by the fire pit
- You can even grab some dinner at the Inn with our Tripp Lake Pizzeria or The Ultimate Romance Dinner
Find out more about Maine activities on Tripp Lake.
Around The Town Of Poland (more or less)
A quick hop in the car brings you a bunch of options in and around town. All these spots are 10 minutes or less from the Inn.
- The Willows is Maine’s largest antique and flea market. You’ll find three floors of goodies there
- Golf at Poland Spring Resort – great views on this historic Donald Ross course
- Poland Spring Water Museum has many displays and great information about Poland’s most well known export
- The Maine State Building, constructed of all Maine materials, appeared in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair – after the fair the owners dismantled and shipped the building back to Maine in 16 rail cars – some fun history there
- Shaker Village – the last Shakers in the world live at Shaker Village. The village offers tours, static displays and a gift shop
- Hiking trails are plentiful in and around town – visit the Heart of Poland, Bragdon Hill Conservation Area, Range Pond State Park and/or Rattlesnake Mountain
- Oxford Casino – right up the road in Oxford, they’ll show you a wicked good time
- The Oxford Plains Speedway races NASCAR and Late Models on weekends, and the Dragway operates on Friday nights
- Snow conditions permitting, dog sledding at the Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience is a favorite area activity
- Sleigh rides and winter horseback riding are available at nearby Carousel Horse Farm, snow conditions permitting
- Cross-country ski on the property of Oxbow Beer Garden, then grab a craft beer and pizza right there
See A Moose On Your Maine Honeymoon
Most everyone wants to see a moose when they’re on their Maine honeymoon. And for good reason. The majestic beasts are really impressive to see in person.
First, some moose trivia. Did you know they are part of the deer family? Yep, they are. Furthermore, do you know why they’re either eating leaves off of trees or standing in ponds and swamps for their eating their vittles? Because, unlike deer, moose necks are too short to reach the ground.
Onto to seeing that moose. I have three suggestions. One is a guaranteed sighting, one has pretty good odds of a sighting and the last is a crap shoot. Here goes:
- Go to the Maine Wildlife Park in Grey, about 20 minutes from the Inn. There, they take in injured or abandoned animals from the wild and nurse them back to health. Once healthy, the Park returns the animals to the wild if they have a good chance of survival. Otherwise, they have a home at the park. There are generally one or two moose in residence.
- Get a guide. We have two friends in the Carrabassett Valley area who are happy to help you see a moose in Maine. Kimberly at Outdoor Guided Adventures and Matt at Green Farm Guide Service are really nice folks. With one of them the odds are pretty darn good you’ll see a moose. It’s about a 2 hour ride to where you’ll meet them.
- Head north two hours and travel route 16 between Rangeley and Eustis, stretch of road called “Moose Alley” by the locals. That said, it can be a crap shoot. I’ve travelled the road a few times without a sighting. On the other hand, I’ve had guests come back from their moose adventure all excited about their sighting.
Visit Quaint Norway And South Paris
Norway Maine is about 20 minutes west of the Inn and has a bunch of fun things going for it. There you’ll find:
- Shopping and dining in the quaint Norway Maine downtown village area
- Connect with and enjoy the beauty of nature at McLaughlin Garden in South Paris – find out more about McLaughlin Garden
- There is some nice off road biking at Shepard’s Farm Preserve in Norway – bike rentals at Green Machine Bike Shop in downtown Norway, only 1-1.5 miles from the preserves
- Roberts Farm Preserve offers hiking trails where you’ll catch a glimpse of Lake Pennesewassee at one point
- In winter, you can snowshoe and cross-country ski at Roberts Farm Preserve – snowshoes and skis are available for use on site
- Our favorite restaurant in South Paris is X-Vault offering a unique Korean fusion menu.
Explore The Lewiston/Auburn Area On Your Maine Honeymoon
The twin cities of Lewiston/Auburn, bisected by the Androscoggin River, are about 25 minutes east of the Wolf Cove Inn. Lewiston’s mill town history is on full display as you near the river crossing in Auburn.
- Sample the local craft beer scene at Baxter Brewing, and Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub in Auburn
- Lewiston holds an annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in August. Outside of the festival time you can take a hot air balloon ride with Androscoggin Balloon Adventures
- Explore Lewiston’s Franco-American heritage via a self guided walking tour of the Franco Trail
- Take the trestle bridge across the river as part of the Androscoggin Riverwalk
- Fish Bones American Grill, Boba Asian Fusion and Gritty McDuff’s are all good lunch options
- Read about more to do in my Lewiston Maine blog
Head West Young Man To The Bethel/Sunday River Area
It’ll take you about 45 minutes to an hour to get to this Western Mountains of Maine region.
- Visit two Maine waterfalls and two covered bridges – read more in my “Maine In The Fall” blog
- You’ll find one of the world’s greatest meteorite collections at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel
- Take a scenic, leisurely walk along the Bethel pathway
- In winter, cross-country skiing terrain and ski rentals are available at Carter’s Cross Country Ski Center
- Hike any of the ski trails at Sunday River – big mountain skiing there in the winter
- Drive through Grafton Notch State Park – it’s beautiful
Spend A Day In Portland
Portland is about an hour from the Wolf Cove Inn. Bon Appetit named Portland Maine America’s Best Foodie Small City a few years ago. We can vouch for that. I’ve blogged about spending a day in Portland Maine. Here are some more ideas:
- Visit the Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth
- While in Cape Elizabeth grab one of Maine’s best lobster rolls at Lobster Shack Two Lights
- Explore Old Port and discover the history and shops of the old seafaring town
- Take a Foodies Walking Tour – Sue and I have done it – it’s fun and interesting
- Go on a Lobster boat excursion with Lucky Catch Cruises
- Take a ferry tour of the Casco Bay Islands with Casco Bay Lines
- Casco Bay Lines also offers a Mail Boat Tour to Harbor Islands
- Go on a whale watch with Odyssey Cruises
- Some of our favorite dining establishments include Eventide Oyster, Duck Fat, Scales and Fore Street
Head To Boothbay Harbor Region via Bath
Boothbay Harbor is about two hours from the Wolf Cove Inn. It’s a nice drive, most of it along coastal route 1. Some fun things there are:
- Along the way, visit the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, about 1.5 hours from the Inn – Boothbay is another 30 minutes past that
- In Boothbay, go on a Puffin Watch
- The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay are really gorgeous, and the wood troll exhibit is really fun and cool
- Red’s Eats in Wiscasset (between Bath and Boothbay) is one of Maine’s most famous lobster shacks, rightfully so – or if Reds is too busy (it can be), Sprague’s Lobster across the street and a little further east (a short walk) offers great, fresh seafood
Other Fun Activities For Your Maine Honeymoon
On our website, you’ll much more info in our Maine travel blog about things to do in the area of the Wolf Cove Inn. They include:
- There are several posts about Maine waterfall drives, Maine covered bridge drives, and a combo drive that includes both – distances vary from 20 minutes to 2 hours
- Spring Hawk Watch at Bradbury Mountain (30 minutes away)
- Visit Pineland Farms (30 minutes away)
- Head to Freeport for the home of LL Bean. You’ll also find some great outlet shopping there (45 minutes away)
- Do the Western Maine Beer Trail. There are five craft brewers with 30 minutes of the Wolf Cove Inn
- Check out the many sugar shacks, especially during maple sugaring season in March – plenty of options within 20 minutes of the Inn
- Nezinscot Farm, about 30 minutes away, has fresh organic food they’ve produced at the farm, a nice gift shop and all kinds of Fiberist wares – you can even visit the goats and chickens and more
- Ricker Hill Orchard produces Maine’s best known hard cider. They have a tasting room and gift shop about 25 minutes from the Inn
- Also check out my blogs for suggested Scenic Drives and Maine Foliage Drives
Help With Planning Your Honeymoon
I know, there’s a lot to digest here. Help can come in a few forms:
- Browse our Maine travel blog,
- Call or email the Inn for assistance. We’re also happy to help once you are here,
- For a totally curated honeymoon, contact Vanessa at YourMaineConcierge.com . She’s an expert in all things Maine.
Your Maine Honeymoon At The Wolf Cove Inn
Wolf Cove Inn is renowned as a destination for romantic getaways in Maine. With a beautiful, lakeside setting, romantic rooms and gorgeous sunsets, the Inn is the perfect base for you Maine honeymoon adventure. In addition to the beautiful property and rooms, we offer:
- Our signature Maine comfort breakfast featuring a sweet entree, a savory entree, a breakfast starch, breakfast meat, fresh fruit and home baked goods every morning of your stay – complimentary
- Our Tripp Lake Pizzeria is available for guests of the Inn in the evening
- We provide complimentary s’mores for roasting by the fire pit at sunset
- For a totally unique Maine honeymoon experience, there is nothing like our one-of-a-kind Ultimate Romance Dinner in our Boathouse Bistro for 2.
We hope to see you for your Maine honeymoon at the Wolf Cove Inn – featured in Conde Nast, The Boston Globe, Redbook and on MSN.