Tuesday, March 26

For Some of the Best of Maine, Head for Prouts Neck and the New 250 Main in Rockland

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In case you need another reason to go to Maine, take a good look at these stories and pictures of what you can find in Prouts Neck, just below Portland, with its rocky shoreline immortalized by Winslow Homer, and then farther up the coast in Rockland, known as the art capital of Maine but now also the home of an “art hotel” created by Cabot Lyman, of Lyman-Morse boatbuilders. Here’s a great guide from The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, MA, that will have you heading Down East in a hurry.

You’ll find Prouts Neck first; it’s on a peninsula in Scarborough, surrounded by the ocean on three sides. You can take a hike on the 151-year-old Prouts Neck Cliff Walk and gaze over the rugged coastline and crashing waves that seem straight out of a Homer painting. That’s because Homer had a cottage and studio there where he painted for 25 years.

When you’re tired, you can retreat to the Black Point Inn and take in the ocean views from there. It’s a classic resort hotel with modern amenities, including tennis and available golf at the Prout’s Neck Country Club. Or you exercise by walking up the winding stairway to enjoy the panoramic ocean view from the Widow’s Walk.

About 90 miles up the coast, you can feast your eyes in Rockland, with the world-famous Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center and the Center for Contemporary Art. For a more literal feast, Rockland also is known as the Lobster Capital of the World, since it is one of the world’s largest lobster-shipping centers.

When you’re through visiting the museums (and the many galleries and boutiques nearby) and you’ve had your annual fill of lobster, take a look at 250 Main, the 26-room boutique hotel that’s basically across the street from the Rockland Harbor Master’s office and has terrific views of Penobscot Bay. Created by Lyman, who wanted to invest in the area and give jobs to people there in the recession, 250 Main opened in June, 2016. It’s the tallest building on Main Street and has museum-quality works by local artists on every floor.

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