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Special Events... and Event Specials from Le Vatout

Events, exhibits, fairs and festivals - Midcoast Maine revels in them, celebrating anything from blueberries and blues to lobsters, art and boats, boats, boats. Here are some of our favorites, focused on art, crafts and music, nature and, of course fresh, fabulous food. In fact, we like these events so much, we'll offer you a lodging discount... just for coming up here and sharing in the fun! And, remember, after a full day of revelry there's nothing better then to come home to that cozy little bed and breakfast in Waldoboro, well off the beaten path.

North Atlantic Blues Festival

Held in Harbor Park, right at the edge of Penobscot Bay, this popular celebration of everything Blues is going into its sixteenth year! We can't think of a better place during the summer to hang back, enjoy the fresh sea breeze, listen to some cool music and let your mind drift among bobbing windjammer masts. Fans leave their chairs overnight to reserve their "real estate" and everyone picks up trash on their way out. This year's lineup includes Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray on Saturday and on Sunday Magic Slim & the Teardrops and the reunion of the Brooks brothers, Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne. Maine, the way life should be!
When: Saturday, 7/16 - Sunday, 7/17/2011
Where: Rockland (20 minutes East from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Stay with us Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and get a 10% music lover's discount.
Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show

This huge outdoor show celebrates the work of more than 100 artists and artisans in Camden’s dazzling Harbor Park. From watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels to photography, sculpture, and mixed media - see (and buy) what Midcoast Maine's fine artists have to offer. Fans of handcrafted items will find clothing, pottery, walking sticks, woodcrafts, jewelry, and furniture. Performance art takes center stage in the two beautifully restored opera houses in Camden and Rockport. Plus live music and plenty of food... who could ask for anything more?

When: Saturday, 7/16 - Sunday, 7/17/2011
Where: Camden (30 minutes Northeast from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Make it an art vacation! Stay 3 nights and get a 10% discount
Maine Lobster Festival

What could be better on a warm August day than a lobster dinner outside with a view of glorious Penobscot Bay? Last year, over 20,000 pounds of luscious lobster were served to happy folks like these during Rockland's famous festival, plus clams and shrimp and mussels and more! And there's music, arts and crafts, a carnival, a huge parade down Rockland's Main Street, the "Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race" for anyone brave enough to risk falling into the ocean with thousands of people watching your every move, the coronation of The 2011 Maine Sea Goddess, and, and, and... amazing, what a crustacean will inspire in Mainers.

When: Wednesday, 8/3 - Sunday, 8/7/2011
Where: Rockland (20 minutes East from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Take it all in - stay 4 nights and get the 5th one free!
Boats, Homes and Harbors

If you love the coast of Maine - and all things coastal - you won't want to miss this show! Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, furniture makers, craftsmen, designers, marine gear vendors, and musicians will be at hand to show their crafts. There'll be a model yacht pond, live music, exhibits, fine food, the 9th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials, and more! BHH is the only in-water boat show in the state, with more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land. What fun!

When: Friday, 8/12 - Sunday, 8/14/2011
Where: Rockland (20 minutes East from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Stay 3 nights and get a 10% discount
Paint the Town

Celebrate the arts in Midcoast Maine! Last year, 45 artists came from throughout the New England area, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada and France for a day of painting their views of Waldoboro and its neighbor, the town of Friendship. Watercolors, oil, acrylic, pastels - the results included some real gems, all of which were up for sale that night when the public joined the artists at a reception and live auction. This year, don't miss out on your opportunity to acquire some beautiful pieces at astoundingly low prices and do good at the same time: part of the proceeds is donated to Waldoboro non-profits.

Saturday, 8/13/2011

Where: Waldoboro (2 minutes from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Make it a mini-vacation - stay 3 nights and get a 15% art lover's discount!
Union Fair/Wild Blueberry Festival

This classic agricultural fair celebrates the world's only blue fruit. It takes place each year in Union, just a little inland from Waldoboro and nestled among rolling hills and beautiful farmlands. A week-long extravaganza, it features everything you'd expect and then some: from pig scrambles to harness racing, antique tractors to belted galloways, blueberry pie eating contests, fireworks and yes, the mandatory crowning of this year's blueberry queen. Plus jazz and rock 'n roll by Waldoboro's Pickled Beets. Why not add a little country to your coastal vacation?

Saturday, 8/20 - Saturday, 8/27/2011

Where: Union (20 minutes Northeast from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special:
Get your fill - stay 4 nights and get the 5th one free!
Camden International Film Festival

Your chance to catch the finest international documentary cinema from the lenses of the world’s best non-fiction visual storytellers. The Camden International Film Festival takes the stress, chaos and frenzy out of the festival experience. It is what a great festival should be: fascinating films, crisp sea air, bustling cafe/bookstores, theaters with balconies and velvet seats, and enthusiastic audiences with smart questions. The festivities also include a course through the University of Maine, panels, workshops, photographic exhibits, musical concerts and parties. rare gem of an event on the festival circuit. Only in its fifth year, this rare gem is bound to become a must among independent moviemakers.

Thursday, 9/3 - Sunday, 10/2/2011

Where: Camden, Rockport & Rockland, (20-30 minutes Northeast from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Film lovers unite! Stay 3 nights and get a 10% discount
Common Ground Country Fair

Come to the Fair and see why Downeast Magazine calls Common Ground "Maine's most authentic country fair, uniting, as it does, old-time folkways with progressive ideas about living the good life on a fragile planet." Yes, we know it's a bit of a schlep from here, but it's a beautiful drive and well worth it!

Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, more than 1,000 volunteers, and tens of thousands of fairgoers will gather to share their knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and useful agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing and have a great time.

Friday, 9/23 - Sunday, 9/25/2011

Where: Unity (a bit over an hour North from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: There is so much to see and do, one day is simply not enough. Stay 3 nights and get a 15% discount
Maine Literary Festival

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s nothing to enjoy about Maine in between leaf peeping and Thanksgiving. The Maine Literary Festival is a festival in the truest sense — a gathering of readers and authors, a celebration of the written word. This year, writers from diverse cultures and ethnic experience, whose award-winning novels, non-fiction and poetry are astounding readers and critics with their beauty, insight and reflection, will participate in the fourth annual Maine Literary Festival along with several hundred literature aficionados. How about you?

Friday, 11/7 - Sunday, 11/9/2011

Where: Camden (30 minutes Northeast from Le Vatout)
Le Vatout Special: Stay 2 nights and get a 5% writer's discount

Midcoast Maine... explore it from Le Vatout

Scenic Attractions

Things to Do

Coastal Culture

Food and Drink




(Blues Festival)


(Harbor Arts)


(Lobster Festival)


(Boats, Homes & Harbors)


(Paint the Town)


(Union Fair/Blueberry Festival)


(Camden International Film Festival)


(Common Ground Country Fair)


(Maine Literary Festival)

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