Brunswick (Maine)

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Brunswick is a coastal city in Maine along the Androscoggin River. It is home to Bowdoin College.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Approaching from either south or north on Interstate 95, take Interstate 295 and watch for the Brunswick exits. Alternatively, old US Route 1 runs right through the city.

By bus[edit]

  • Concord Trailways, Bus stops at 162 Pleasant Street. Tel: +1 800-639-3317, [1].
  • Vermont Transit Lines, Bus stops at 206 Maine Street, Tel: +1 207 772-6587, [2].

By train[edit]

The Maine Eastern Railroad, Tel: +1 866-637-2457, [3] runs an excursion service between Brunswick and Rockland (via Bath and Wiscasset) with restored vintage railcars. Wednesday through Sunday. Summers only.

The Amtrak Downeaster connects Brunswick to Portland, Boston and points south.

By air[edit]

Portland International Jetport, is the nearest airport. 1001 Westbrook Street, Portland, Tel: +1 207 874-8877. Less than an hour's drive from Brunswick.

Wiscasset airport, in Wiscasset or Merrymeeting field in Bowdoinham are the nearest public-use airports. They are less than 10 miles away from the city center of Brunswick. Personal air charter can be arranged into these airports, with Wiscasset having all-weather and 24/7/365 availability.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Androscoggin River Bicycle Path +1 207 725-6656. Between Grover Lane and Water Street, along the Androscoggin River. A 2.5 mile-long paved path along the River with trees, granite benches, restroom facilities, and designated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians. Great for walking, jogging, bicycling, roller-blading, or skateboarding. Managed by the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Bowdoin Pines Trail +1 207 725-3396. Adjacent to Bowdoin College Campus. One of Maine's few remaining old-growth forests, 33-acre 'The Bowdoin Pines,' has a trail open year round for walking, jogging, bird-watching, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes. No fires or camping. Information available from Bowdoin's 'Environmental Studies Program'
  • Brunswick Town Common starts at a parking lot in a pine grove about 2 miles south on Harpswell Road (Route 123) [4]. Comprises less than 100 acres of woodlands and bog with wide trails suitable for walking and cross-country skiing. Dogs are permitted on leash or under owners voice control. Comprises the far southwestern section of the original thousand acre "commonage" granted by the Pejepscot Proprietors in 1719. Managed by Brunswick Town Commons Planning Committee. [5]
  • Cox Pinnacle +1 207 725-6266. Near Hacker Road, off Durham Road. 103-acre parcel with trails for walking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and horseback riding through wooded hills, rocky ledges, and wetlands. Includes the highest point of land in Brunswick, at 350 feet, with views of the White Mountains. The trail begins with a boardwalk across the wetlands and is marked in blue.
  • Crystal Spring Farm ReservePleasant Hill Road +1 207 729-7694. Trails are located on 160-acre farm owned and maintained by the 'Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.' Forests, fields and blueberry barrens. (Maps can be found in a mailbox at the trailhead.)
  • Mid Coast Hospital Nature TrailsMedical Center Drive, off Old Bath Road. Look for the trail entrance at the far end of the parking lot. More than 3300 feet of prepared walking paths through the forested wetlands areas between the Hospital and the protected estuary and salt water marshes of Thompson's Brook. More information at Hospital Information Desk.
  • Seaspray Kayaking Tours, Rentals & Guide ServiceOld Bath Road +1 207 443-3646, toll-free: +1 888-349-SPRAY (77729).
  • Androscoggin River Fish Migration: Brunswick Hydro. W-Su from 1-5PM during the spawn. If you are planning on being in the Brunswick area between mid-May and late June, be sure to visit FPL Energy's Brunswick Hydro generating station on the Androscoggin River. Here you will find a glass wall viewing room to observe the annual spawning ritual of anadromous fish heading upriver. Species such as Herring, Salmon and Smallmouth Bass make their way up a 40 foot high, 570 foot long man-made fish ladder. The viewing room can accommodate up to 20 people.
  • Brunswick Golf Club.
  •    Thomas Point Beach. a clean, sandy beach that offers picnicking, camping, a snack bar, playgrounds for the kids, volleyball, and softball areas.

Festivals[edit]

  • Taste of Brunswick - June 19, 2010, The Second Annual Taste of Brunswick is a Brunswick Downtown Association event featuring up to 30 of Brunswick's finest restaurants, each offering two tasters to showcase their culinary skill and style. Saturday, June 19th highlights will include the music of Sly Chi, Dark Hollow Bottling Company & Swing A Cat. The Taste will also feature a Waiter's Race of favorite local waiters as they demonstrate their agility and compete for a "tip". The afternoon event will be located on the town green in beautiful downtown Brunswick. A beer and wine pavilion will be provided by Sea Dog Brewery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. [6].
  • Maine Highland Games - August 15, 2009 +1 207 637-2474. Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadows Road (Route 24).
  • Brunswick Arts Festival - August 15, 2009, 3rd Annual, on the sidewalks of Maine Street in Downtown Brunswick. Numerous children's activities will line the streets; roving jugglers, face painting,art projects, dance, and music. Street performances will include theatre, dance and a variety of other artistic venues. This festival is designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the arts in downtown Brunswick that truly makes Brunswick a cultural destination. The Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival (BOAF) exemplifies the Brunswick Downtown Association’s goals to promote cultural activities and other events that create, support, and maintain a healthy, friendly and vibrant downtown.
  • Bowdoin International Music Festival - June 27 - August 8, 2009 Founded in 1964 by Robert K. Beckwith and Lewis Kaplan, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings renowned classical musicians from around the world to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine each summer for six weeks of instruction and performance. More than 250 highly talented young performers of graduate, college, and high school levels further their artistic development through a concentrated program of instrumental study and composition with the Festival's outstanding artist faculty. The Bowdoin Festival produces seven concert series – three artists' concert series, two student concert series, and two series in which students and faculty perform together, EuroFest and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Through its concert presentations, the festival brings performers of international stature and a rich variety of musical programming to thousands of residents and summer visitors. http://www.summermusic.org/concerts.htm

Buy[edit]

  • Estilo10 Pleasant st. +1 207 725-4091. A unique consignment boutique for women featuring fashions by JJill, Flax, Eileen Fisher, Habitat, and many others.

Eat[edit]

  • 111 Maine111 Maine Street +1 207 729-9111. Lunch Tu-F. Dinner on Friday night. Brunch Saturday and Su 10AM-3PM. Catering available.
  • Amato's148 Pleasant Street +1 207 729-5514.
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar11 Gurnet Road +1 207 721-9920. At Cook's Corner.
  • Asian Grill164 Pleasant Street +1 207 725-7203. Thai, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian cuisines.
  • Back Street Bistro11 Town Hall Place (Just off Maine Street),  +1 207 725-4060. Hand cut steaks, fresh local and exotic seafood, creative salads and vegetarian dishes. Wines, cocktails and local beers on tap. Open daily from 5PM until late.
  • Bombay Mahal99 Maine Street +1 207 729-5260. Indian food.
  • Brunswick's House of Pizza85 Pleasant Street +1 207 729-0085.
  • Captain Mike's32 Bath Road +1 207 729-4951.
  • China Rose Restaurant42 Bath Road +1 207 725-8813. Caters for special diets. No MSG used. Full bar.
  • El Camino Cantina15 Cushing Street +1 207 725-8228. California-style Mexican food. Quesadillas, nachos, soft tacos and salads.
  • Fat Boy Drive-In +1 207 729-9431. On Route 24. The classic old drive-in lives here, and you can eat in your car. Lights on for service. Roll up your window a bit so the waitress can hang your tray on it. Good, inexpensive classic food like burgers and onion rings.
  • Henry and Marty's61 Maine Street +1 207 721-9141.
  • Richard's Restaurant115 Maine Street +1 207 729-9673. German and American cuisine. German dishes include wienerschnitzel and sauerbraten. German beer on tap. Children's menu. Live piano Saturday nights.
  • Scarlet Begonias +1 207 721-0403. Maine Street. Specialty sandwiches and pizzas. 'A bistro & catering establishment.' Lunch and dinner, M-Sa.
  • Star Fish Grill100 Pleasant Street +1 207 725-7828. Fresh seafood.
  • The Gelato Fiasco74 Maine Street +1 207 607-4002. Open 11AM-11PM. Artisan-style gelato made daily from traditional Italian recipe. All natural and made from scratch. Espresso and coffee also served.
  • The Great Impasta42 Maine Street +1 207 729-5858. Italian food. Lunch and dinner six days. Closed Sundays.
  • Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe149 Maine Street +1 207 725-6287. Breakfast baked goods, special sandwiches, fresh baked bread, healthy snacks, take home dinners, cookies & cakes & pies, coffee & espresso, homemade soups. Delivers to Bowdoin College.
  • No. 10 Water10 Water Street +1 207 373-9299. 5PM-CLOSE. Open Tu-Sa for dinner, then Brunch Buffet Only on Su 10AM-2PM (No Dinner) and closed Mondays. Delicious mixture of upscale and traditional American, infused with a bit of European style.

Drink[edit]

  • Sea Dog Brewing Company1 Main Street +1 207 725-0162. Topsham (adjacent to downtown Brunswick). Pub food and Maine microbrews.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Maine Maritime Museum, premier maritime museum with working exhibits off Route 1 in Bath. Tel: +1 207 443-1316. Open year round.
  • Reid State Park and Beach, 800 acres with 1.5 miles of sandy salt-water beach in Georgetown.
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, woods trails on the ocean only five minute drive from the center of Freeport.
  • Popham Beach State Park, spacious sandy salt-water beach in Phippsburg. Renowned for its wide, sandy beach, beautiful views and excellent swimming. Kids will love exploring the ruins of the adjacent historic Fort Popham.
  • Mast Landing Sanctuary- Upper Mast Landing Road, off Flying Point Road, in Freeport, Tel: +1 207 781-2330. Marked trails on 100 acres.
  • Josephine Newman Sanctuary, Route 127 in Georgetown, Tel: +1 207 781-2330, [7]. 2 miles of nature walks through a 119-acre preserve that is bounded by a salt marsh. Trails wind through a marsh and secluded woods along exposed ledges, ocean inlets, and a pond.
  • Morse Mountain Sanctuary, Phippsburg.
  • Thomas Point Beach
  • Eagle Island State Park (Casco Bay)
  • The Olde Stone Schoolhouse at Georgetown
  • Elijah Kellogg Church
Routes through Brunswick
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