All the places mentioned in this article lie within the boundaries of Waldo County in the region known as mid-coast Maine. For more information, plus listings of places to stay and eat and enjoy various diversions, go to
It’s well worth going for those 2.8 days. The informative Belfast Area Guide, available from the town’s Chamber of Commerce (or firstname.lastname@example.org), lays out a series of seasonal itineraries that include some charming nearby towns, among them Lincolnville and Northport, and an expanse of state parks. Not mentioned in the brochure is Temple Heights, a curiosity or a must, depending on your point of view. This tiny spiritualist community high on a hill overlooking the sea goes back to 1882, and it feels that way. You can arrange overnight stays in modest rooms for a mere $25, and you can attend free group-healing sessions or sign up to join a message circle (and possibly succeed in checking in with the departed) for $8. Seemingly unaltered through its 125 years, Temple Heights is a strangely appealing detour from the traveler’s normal route.