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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beech Hill


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Continuing with our never-ending quest to explore every beautiful spot in Maine, on Sunday Spencer and I visited Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport for the first time. I've been wanting to visit for such a long time and surprisingly Spencer, who grew up in the Camden-Rockport area, had never been. The weather was absolutely perfect so it was go time. 

If you want wide open spaces and beautiful views of the Penobscot Bay, this is the place for you. It's an active blueberry farm as well as a nature preserve and at the very top of the hill is the cutest little house, Beech Nut, that was designed by Norwegian architect Hans O. Heistad and was constructed between 1913 and 1915. My favorite part of Beech Nut is definitely the daisies growing on the roof, but there also seems to be some pretty interesting history there. For example, it may or may not have been a German spy house during World War I! 

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There are two trails to the top but we took the Summit Road Trail, which is the original trail. On either side of the trail are blueberry fields, which is why it is roped off, but during blueberry season you are allowed to pick blueberries from the sides. Though, of course, the trail is uphill it's very easy and it took us about 15 minutes to get to the top, but we were moseying.

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Besides the adorable Beech Nut house, at the top you'll find one of the best views around. I feel like this sounds so cheesy, but it really is so beautiful up there and I want to go back right now! And every day! It almost felt like the setting of a Studio Ghibli film, it was just so beautiful and serene, and we didn't encounter any other people on the trail, just at the top. Though I knew about this spot for a while, I had no idea how incredibly beautiful it was-- people really undersell it!

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This is just more proof that exploring where you live can be awesome. It doesn't take much effort to discover new places. I look on Foursquare, trail websites, and local environmental conservation organizations often have great resources.  I'll definitely be back soon, so expect more photos.




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Bonus: some shots of Spencer being adorable.

Where in your town do you love to explore? Do you know of anywhere in Maine that I should visit? 
1 comment on "Beech Hill"
  1. Beautiful views and photos! I really do need to go on more adventures where I live. This makes me want to visit Maine someday!

    Ashlynn | The Crimson Cardigan

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