Destination guide

Discover relaxed Newcastle

Nestled against the western bank of the Damariscotta River, and just a 45-minute drive from Maine's capital of Augusta, Newcastle offers a relaxed setting for getaways in New England's vacation state. Life here rolls at a gentle pace, with meandering hikes through the 500-acre Dodge Point Preserve and lazy lunches at family-owned seafood shacks firmly on the agenda. Looking for the perfect vacation home? Whether traveling with family, friends, or both, you'll find Newcastle vacation rentals fit the bill. With many homes offering lake views, taking full advantage of your blissful surroundings should prove no problem at all.

Things to do

Endless attractions near Newcastle

Just a short drive from Newcastle vacation rentals, you'll find an array of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. You might pay a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a 270-acre site that counts woodland trails and spectacular ornamental gardens among its highlights. Nearby, the Boothbay Railway Village, with its vintage automobile museum and antique steam train, is an easy way to squeeze in a little culture. Before heading back to your rental, be sure to swing by Boothbay Harbor where you'll find idyllic views of rocky coves and island lighthouses provide a memorable backdrop for a lobster dinner.

Activities

Make a splash in Newcastle

Adventure on the water is part of the package here, and you'll likely catch sight of many kayakers exploring the area's waterways and lakes. If you want to join them, you'll find rentals easy to come by from May through October, although if you'd prefer a local to lead the way, tours set off from Muscongus Harbor. Young paddlers are welcome, and the chance to see eagles and porpoises means they'll have plenty of fuel for their postcards home. Traveling without kids? Add a dash of romance to your stay by savoring local oysters and sipping cocktails on a Damariscotta River cruise.

Weather

Choose your perfect season in Newcastle

Idyllic summers in Maine are filled with sunny days where temperatures hover around a delightful 70 degrees. That said, all that sun draws a fair few crowds, so it's worth timing your stay in a Newcastle vacation rental depending on which adventures you'd like to tick off your bucket list. April is the perfect time to head to the coast to catch a glimpse of hungry whales feasting on copepods, while the vision of Maine erupting into fiery fall shades of red and orange will prove a sight to remember. Brave enough to face the snow? You can add snowshoeing and sledding to your itinerary.

Natural features

Unique landscapes near Newcastle

Beautiful natural landscapes can be found around every corner, but there are some particularly interesting spots to look out for. On the eastern side of the Damariscotta River, the remnants of the toil of Native Americans can be seen at the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, while the nearby Damariscotta Lake is a popular spot for bird watching and wildlife photography. Perhaps most surprising to travelers is the chance to visit a desert. The Desert of Maine, around 50 minutes' drive from Newcastle, is not really a desert but its otherworldly landscape sure presents a surprise amid the otherwise strictly coastal surroundings.

How to get there

How to get to and around Newcastle

The nearest airport is in Wiscasset, ME (ISS), located 9.1 mi (14.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive), which is 20.8 mi (33.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Newcastle?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 598 vacation rentals near Newcastle. From 240 Cottages to 251 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Newcastle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Newcastle?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Newcastle:

  • Ocean Point: 18 vacation rentals
  • Pemaquid Point: 25 vacation rentals
  • Winthrop: 104 vacation rentals
  • Tenants Harbor: 28 vacation rentals
  • Waldoboro: 501 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Newcastle?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Newcastle. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dodge Point Public Reserved Land: 927 vacation rentals
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: 991 vacation rentals
  • Barrett Park: 982 vacation rentals
  • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park: 949 vacation rentals
  • Boothbay Harbor Marina: 998 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Newcastle listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Newcastle?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 240 Cottages in Newcastle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Newcastle include:

  • Houses: 251 rentals available
  • Cabins: 240 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 240 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Newcastle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 40 vacation rentals with pool available in Newcastle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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