The 10 Best Things to Do in Gouldsboro, United States

December 5, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Gouldsboro is a town and municipality in Hancock County, Maine, United States on the Schoodic Peninsula. The town was named for Robert Gould, a landholder in the town. The town has many historically separate fishing villages, summer colonies and communities, including Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor, South Gouldsboro, West Gouldsboro, Summer Harbour, Wonsqueak Harbour, Bunker's Harbour, Chicken Mill, Jones' Pond, Westbay, and Corea. The population was 1,737 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Gouldsboro

1. Bartlett Maine Estate Winery

RR 1 Box 598, Gouldsboro, ME 04607 +1 207-546-2408
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Bartlett Maine Estate Winery

Reviewed By Junebug1953 - Springfield

The winery was an interesting place to visit walking through Maine woodlands to access the tasting room. Good local wine. All pear, Apple, and good selection of Maine blueberry wines. My only complaint....the server couldn't have been more rude. She told us the minute we came in that we had ten minutes to order and taste as she had plans (a date) that night. She then turned other customers away. They start serving at 10 in the morning and I would advise you not to go there after 3 in the afternoon or you will be given the bums rush!

2. Schoodic Point

Arey Cove Road, Winter Harbor, ME 04693
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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5 based on 400 reviews

Schoodic Point

Reviewed By carolyn2003 - california

Beautiful views and drive. Very restful as it's not as crowded as Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. Nice staircase down to the rocks for the non mountain goats in us. Vista points are well maintained. My only complaint is where is the bathroom? One bathroom somewhere near the end would be nice.

3. Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures

Milbridge Marina, Bay View St., Milbridge, ME 04658
Excellent
97%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
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5 based on 94 reviews

Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures

Reviewed By southbound35w - usa

This was by far the best excursion/activity we did while we were in this area. Captain Jaime was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and the history of the area, My kids loved checking the lobster traps. The sightseeing of the local islands and light house was awesome, I highly recommend booking this trip. Captain, I hope that Kansas concert was good, Rock on!!!

4. Seascape Kayaking

18 E Schoodic Dr, Birch Harbor, Gouldsboro, ME 04613-7006
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Seascape Kayaking

SeaScape Kayaking is a full service kayaking company that offers guided tours, instruction, rental boats. In addition we rent bicycles. We have chosen our tours to show you some of the most beautiful scenery Maine has to offer. We paddle protected bays chosen for their islands and natural splendor. Our tours are small groups, allowing you the personal service we pride ourselves on.

Reviewed By Pamela Cazes T - Houston, Texas

Rented bikes for a day ride around the Schoodic peninsula and found the bikes to be pretty good--brakes were a little looser than normal. But, otherwise all was fine. The shop is conveniently located near Winter Harbor's entrance to Acadia National Park.

As for the loop ride on the Schoodic, the toughest hill was near the beginning of the ride just after turning off of the highway toward the park. It was good to get that hill behind us early in the ride. The ride out to Schoodic Point was beautiful. The loop ride is all paved roads.

Add-on ride to Corea Wharf for excellent lobster rolls if you have enough time and energy.

611 Corea Rd, Corea, Gouldsboro, ME 04624-6019 +1 207-963-7269
Excellent
74%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Chapter Two Art Gallery

Reviewed By richk3

We visit this lovely gallery and book store every time we visit Maine. We find the art, crafts and books to be curated with tasteful selections representing a wide range of artists and craftsmen. Gary and Rosemary are gracious and helpful. You will not regret a visit.

6. Catherine Hill Winery

661 Blacks Woods Rd, Cherryfield, ME 04622-4243 +1 207-546-3426
Excellent
59%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Catherine Hill Winery

Microwinery located just west of Cherryfield, Maine. Each year we craft just 500 cases of wines using the finest grapes and berries. Stop in to chat about wine and taste our red, white and fruit wines. Free tasting option always available, as well as in depth tasting for a nominal fee.

Reviewed By nautifish - Titusville, Florida

Surprising variety of wines offered for such a small winery. Owner's wife runs the tasting room, and has a lot of interesting and helpful local knowledge. Four tastings "on them" was no charge and not the overpriced tasting as another local winery we visited. We enjoyed the wines and bought to take home.

7. US Bells

56 W Bay Rd, Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, ME 04669-5023 +1 207-963-7184
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

US Bells

U.S. Bells offers original designs of bronze bells, hardware, and original sculpture by Richard Fisher. Small dinner bells to large estate bells, all hand cast at our foundry in Prospect Harbor, ME. The bell designs are all original and encompass a variety of wind and door bells, for both indoor and outdoor use. Wind bells,can be hung outside where their clear tones rise and fall in the wind.

Reviewed By Grumpyone88 - Plainfield, Illinois

Was visiting the Schoodic Peninsula with friends and family and one of the group recommended we stop here as he had bought 2 "bells" here the past few years. We were enchanted with the bells and the sounds they made. When I went to purchase the set I chose, the sales person brought out two for me to choose from as the tones may vary. Others in our group purchased bells and visited the pottery house. Love the uniqueness of the bells and can't wait to hang them.
Why am I giving a 4 instead of a 5??? Because when I read the other reviews, I saw we were not told any of the history, shown where the bells were made or given the opportunity to meet the bell maker... which makes the purchase so much more personable. It would have been nice.

19 Willow Brook Ln, Sullivan, ME 04664-3146 +1 207-422-3007
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 15 reviews

Spring Woods Gallery

A captivating art gallery featuring the oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, fine art and photo prints, greeting cards and iron work of the Breeden family. Since 1991 Ann and Paul Breeden have welcomed first time visitors and many many repeat customers to this beautiful space.

Reviewed By gangin - Lexington, South Carolina

The first thing we saw when entering the Spring Woods Galley was Paul Breeden's painting of Raven's Nest which we had just visited on Scoodic Peninsula. Paul does detailed work, and we liked his Raven's Nest as much as we enjoyed the actual Raven's Nest site. We also learned he had done illustrations for Peter Jenkins' Walk Across America books as well a host of other pubications. His wife, Ann, also paints and the gallery is filled with paintings by both.

Paul told us about Sorrento, a beautiful place just up Hwy 1 from his gallery where he walks with his dog, Zoe. We visited Sorrento and fell in love with the road along the ocean with the Mountains of Acadia in the distance. In fact several days later, we decided to stop by Sorrento near sunset after a day trip and pulled up to see Paul and Zoe enjoying the view. We,along with our dog, enjoyed a few moments viewing the scenery with them.

We later stopped by the gallery and bought a print and several B&W photos of Raven's Nest to remind us our visit there. We enjoyed additional time with Paul and his wife Ann as well as in Willowbrook Garden they have next to their gallery.

We recommend taking the time to visit and enjoy the gallery and garden as well as Paul and Ann. Living in the area for many years, they are a wealth of knowledge for visitors like us. Also ask Paul about the "Acadia Mountain Dog" pedigree of Zoe!

9. Tidal Falls Preserve

Eastside Road, Sullivan, ME +1 207-422-2328
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Tidal Falls Preserve

Reviewed By Andrei S - Clemmons, North Carolina

The Gulf of Maine has one of the largest tidal ranges (high tide - low tide) in the world, due to tidal resonance. Changes in the tides can have interesting effects on coastal rivers, including making them appear to flow backwards as high tide is coming in. Here at Tidal Falls Preserve, you get a front row seat to this show on the Mount Desert Narrows, if you time it right. We came here just before high tide, and the water was flowing in different directions at the same time in the river. Near the bank, the river was flowing upstream, but in the middle, the river was flowing downstream. It was a cool sight!

I definitely recommend stopping here if you are in the area. Maine is the only place in the United States where you can see this effect in rivers well, and it is one of the only places in the world that this happens. This park is one of the best places in the state to see this effect.

In addition to offering this unique attraction, the park has plenty of parking, fully equipped bathrooms, numerous benches and picnic tables, and the natural beauty surrounding it is breathtaking. You will have to take several turns off US-1 to get here (and watch for signs to the park, they are relatively small), but it is absolutely worth the detour.

10. Schoodic Ferry

between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, Winter Harbor, ME 04693 +1 207-801-9444
Excellent
87%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 53 reviews

Schoodic Ferry

Where transportation and science meet. Discover the beauty of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rugged “Bold Coast”! The Schoodic Ferry connects passengers, their bicycles, and leashed pets to the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park in an experience that may become the highlight of your vacation. Many of our trips host visiting scientists; check our schedule for opportunities to get your hands wet

Reviewed By KarenGrc78 - Syracuse, New York

We had a gorgeous day to take the ferry to Winter Harbor and back! Friendly crew and great narration by Captain Kate! We picked up the Island Explorer and headed to Scoodic Point and then back to Winter Harbor for lunch. Highly recommend! And very dog friendly! Only problem I had with the trip had to do with the College of the Atlantic staff once we returned. I needed to find bathrom facilities (new medication less than delightful side effects) and the two COA individuals I encountered were not helpful and not friendly... Again, I do highly recommend this Ferry Service!

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