"the laugh of the loon is a sign of coming happiness"

Penobscot Indian Lore

In early times the Penobscot Indians plied the rock-lined waters of what is now called “mid-coast” Maine. They hunted wild turkey, grouse, and loon. They fished the Duck Trap River for salmon which they dried or smoked in preparation for winter. Clams, crabs, and lobsters were abundant rewards from the sea. Basket-making was common to the area tribes as was canoe-building. Settlers from across the Atlantic made trade with the locals, formed towns and villages along the coast to benefit from the fishing, hunting, and forestry. Logging, furniture-making, and paper crafts emerged, yielding to bookstores and related arts.

Tall ships with wide sails and heavy masts brought explorers, merchants, travelers, and ultimately growth. Inns and pubs sprung up to serve the needs of guests and visitors. And, as the “iron horse” made train travel expedient, people from throughout the Americas made their way to see the rocky coastline and islands of Penobscot Bay. As they drank and dined by candlelight, stories of the loon and the power of its feathers were told.

Soon word spread of NOCASOBE. The folk lore was accurate and the mystery location was found. No longer did the Penobscot have the secret of the loon’s feather as their own nor the location of Duck Trap River as only local lore. NOCASOBE could be found. NOCASOBE could be experienced!

Today we know the loons of our sandy half-moon beach on Penobscot Bay. And, we know the loons of our Duck Trap River as it flows to the Bay. They draw us closer to NOCASOBE – they call us as we play along the shores. We discover through NOCASOBE the joys of the beach, the views from Bald Rock Trail, the lapping water as we kayak or canoe, the lures as they skip along the river for salmon, the changing leaves and fall colors, the simple pleasures of the Penobscot mid-coast.

Still visitors come to seek NOCASOBE – to really experience the lore of the loon’s feather. Our relaxing inns and cottages, delicious restaurants and pubs, creative shops and artisans, innovative winery and brewery support your days of activities – hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, birding, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, painting, photography, woodworking, cooking, and exploring lighthouses. Visit and discover the legend, live the lifestyle…. NOCASOBE.. North of Camden, South of Belfast!

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Ten Reasons to Visit NOCASOBE:

1. Lincolnville Beach Enjoy our free public beach on Penobscot Bay. When the tide is out you can experience an extensive walk along the shore-line. Or, soak up the sun on the sandy beach and watch the Islesboro Ferry and lobster boats at the harbor.

2. The Bald Rock Trail The trail head is at Steven’s Corner (Rt. 173 at Youngtown Rd.) in Lincolnville, part of Camden Hills State Park – according to Destinations Magazineof American Express, ”One of the top ten most beautiful walks in the world!”

3. Outdoor AdventuresTry kayaking, standup paddle boarding (SUP), golf, hunting, fishing or lobstering, canoeing, rafting, sailing, biking, horse riding, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, and more! Lincolnville ranked in the “Top 20 American Towns” by Outdoors Magazine!

4. Arts & Artisans In addition to the annual tour of artisan studios, stops at local galleries and studios will engage you directly with fine artisans and amazing craftsmanship. Along Rt. 1 you’ll find Maine Artisan’s Coop, Beyond the Sea, and Saturday Cove each providing a wide-range of locally made items. Local artisans Jan Bearse Gallery, Lincolnville Fine Arts Gallery, Rogers Gallery, Cronin & Murphy Gallery, Windsor Chairmakers, Sleepy Hollow Rag Rugs, van der Ven Studios, Ducktrap Indian Baskets, Northport Gallery, and Swan Island Blankets are not to be missed!

5. Gourmet Foods, Beer, and Wine Whether you are looking to enjoy coastal seafood fare at great restaurants, excellent baked goods at a gourmet deli, locally roasted coffee, hands-on cooking classes, wine tasting and pairings at Cellardoor Winery, seasonal ingredients at local farms, Andrew’s locally crafted beers, go no further! Sharpen your culinary skills at Salt Water Farm Cooking School, Bay Leaf Bistro’s Seafood Classes, and Cellardoor Winery’s gourmet dinners and winemaker’s events in the vineyard! Experience amazing “farm to table” options at our local farmers markets. Don’t miss the Bean Suppers, Strawberry Festival or Blueberry Wingding!

6. Let the Spirits Move YouJoin retreats and workshops to engage your mind and body. Try massage/reflexology from local providers and try medicinal preparations from Herbal Revolution. Experience flying on a zip-line at Point Lookout Resort. Communicate with the hereafter at Temple Heights Spiritual Camp (mediums, séances, table tipping). Commune with nature on land or sea. Worship at one of our local community churches.

7. See the StarsBring your telescope or visit our local observatory to see the stars across our clear northern sky or view the “northern lights.” Come be “star-struck” when you encounter a famous resident with a mansion along mid-coast area.

8. Amazing Educational Experiences AboundNOCASOBE is the place to stay if you plan to attend: Maine Media Workshops (Rockport), Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport), The Apprenticeshop (Rockland), Hot Glass at Playing With Fire (Rockland), and don’t forget those cooking classes (see #5).

9. Antiques, Shops, and Roadside BargainsAs you drive Rt. 1, Rt. 173, and Rt. 52 you’ll discover specialty shops with curios, antiques as well as weekend garage and yard sales. Or, visit for the Camden Antique Show, the Antique Fair at the Union Fairgrounds, or explore antique-filled Searsport just north of Belfast.

10. History GaloreDiscover local museums, historic lighthouses, Native American culture, and settler’s cemeteries. Lincolnville's Historical Society operates the Schoolhouse Museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum is in Searsport, and the Farnsworth Art Museum is in Rockland. These all have excellent collections.


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