French’s Point is a Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine and a Vacation Home Rental Property. We are privately located at a quiet spot on the coast, with uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Maine landscape. The nearest city or downtown area is 15 minutes from French’s Point and the nearest airport is in the City of Bangor, 40 minutes down Route 1A. Uber and Lyft are great resources in Southern Maine, but once you head up the coastal region and into the midcoast or central regions of Maine, finding an Uber or Lyft is a rarity. We don’t recommend relying on these resources when traveling to French’s Point for a wedding or vacation.
If you are the host of an event at French’s Point, please secure a bus, trolley, shuttle or form or transportation service for your guests staying offsite for your events to ensure their safety and enjoyment.
In 2017, we began hosting J1 Visa Work/Travel Exchange Students from Russia. We hosted four sweet, hard-working, dedicated girls. They joined our tiny family team that cares for the grounds and homes here at French’s Point. We had an incredible experience so in 2018, we welcomed 6 young ladies from two different Russian universities for the summer at French’s Point. It provides our family the opportunity to host these brilliant young girls, help them refine their grasp of the English language, experience the culture here on the Maine coast, make friends and see a magical part of the world. We also get to know their lovely souls, understand their world and expose our kiddos to another culture. Without these ladies, our family would not be able to be effective stewards of French’s Point. There just are not enough hours in the day for our family to do all the work that must be done for us to offer these homes to our guests. We are grateful beyond words for the opportunity to be apart of their lives and for their help and care for our family legacy. If you see that girls at French’s Point this summer, please say hello and “Spasiba”!
Much like our views at French’s Point, every room at this award-winning inn and restaurant has a view of the beautiful Penobscot Bay. Their double rooms boast 2 queen beds, air conditioning, a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, data ports, hairdryer, color cable television and voicemail. Their suites include all the amenities of their queen rooms but have a separate living room, two televisions, a sink, microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster and sofa. These suites have either one queen-size bed or one king-size bed. They also offer fireplace rooms that include all of the amenities of the queen rooms but have a fireplace, a balcony and a massage chair. Their Presidential Suite is a luxurious two-room suite with a 4-person hot tub, VCR, CD player, kitchen area with refrigerator, stove, microwave oven and toaster. Barry, their wonderful Innkeeper is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to assist our guests in reserving their stay. All rooms include FREE hot breakfast served in their spacious lobby complete with fireplace and sun deck overlooking the Bay and FREE Wi-Fi!
French’s Point wants to make choosing your overnight local lodging accommodations easy and accessible to you and your guests looking for a place to stay in Midcoast Maine. One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, which we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.
“One of our favorite Inn/Hotels near French’s Point, that we recommend to our guests, is the Belfast Harbor Inn.” – French’s Point
Belfast Harbor Inn
Situated on US Route 1, the Belfast Harbor Inn overlooks Belfast Harbor and Penobscot Bay. The hotel property and rooms are recently updated and in excellent condition. The Inn recently added an elevator to make your check-in and overnight accommodations easy and accessible! The lodging rooms are relatively large – their largest at 377 square feet! This means you don’t have to pack light when your guests are coming to stay for your destination wedding. The very welcoming staff at the Belfast Harbor Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast. The rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning and cable television. They have a pool and access to the rocky beach. Pet-friendly rooms are available. With 10 types of hotel rooms, your guests will certainly find it a great place to stay.
Show your guests you’re thrilled to have them at French’s Point to make your special day unforgettable – greet them with a special collection of quintessentially Maine provisions. Start with a small yet sturdy L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Bag ($24.95), the Maine-made carry-all. Add local treats like Lucy’s Granola to ward off hunger between meals. Made just a stone’s throw up the coast in East Blue Hill, all five flavors are both tasty and wholesome ($15 for 5, 4-ounce snack packs). Savory Little Lad’s Herbal Popcorn makes a welcome late-afternoon snack ($3.99, 5 oz.). Sweeten the deal with heavenly chocolates from Portland-based, Dean’s Sweets or Black Dinah Chocolates. To quench a thirst, add a bottle of Poland Spring water ($1.20; 20 oz.).
As they explore the scenic French’s Point grounds and nearby Belfast, your guests will appreciate sun protection from Mad Gabs Blueberry Lip Saver ($3), made with soothing all-natural ingredients like beeswax and olive oil.
Next, add a jaunty Sea Bags wristlet ($35), with nautical flair that’s fitting for Maine’s bold coast. Made on Portland’s waterfront from recycled sails, your guests will put it to good use corralling small belongings during their stay.
Finally, pop in a keepsake. Erin Flett’s Anchor Soy Candles ($35) are crafted and hand-poured in Westbrook, with a fresh sage-sandalwood scent that smacks of the Maine outdoors. (Bonus: guests can re-use the silk-screened glass container for drinks or to store treasures found on nearby Sandy Point Beach.)
Your wedding party and close family members play extra-special roles in your celebration. Thank bridesmaids and groomsmen with one-of-a-kind treasures made by the Portland artisans at CHART Metalworks. Peltro Boundary Bangles ($75) for the girls and Regatta Key Rings ($110) for the guys – each featuring a map of the French’s Point area – are a beautiful way to take them back to your oceanside weekend.
Treat other VIPs with the Down East Breakfast Gift Set ($44.95), complete with pancake mix, syrup, blueberry jam, and coffee from Maine’s foodie fave, award-winning Stonewall Kitchen.
Another warm touch? The Indigo Pinstripe Wrap ($395) from Swans Island. Hand-crafted down the road in Northport from a luxurious blend of silk and merino wool, this heirloom feels like a special hug from the coast every time you wrap up in it.
Maine-themed treats and gifts will not only be appreciated by your guests, they’ll provide a fond reminder of your special weekend at French’s Point.
The last stop on our road trip was Freeport, home of L.L. Bean and right next to the family-friendly Bradbury Mountain State Park. From Freeport, head north on Rte. 1 for about 40 miles, take a left onto ME-90 and continue for about 12 miles until you enter downtown Camden.
Camden is one of our favorite places to visit along the coast because it just has it all – a historic, walkable downtown; beautiful harbor with tall ships; and a great state park with accessible trails and a breathtaking view of the town and harbor. We recommend you park in the public lot along Camden Harbor and wander for a bit before you head out to the state park. You can explore Penobscot Bay by sea on a sailboat, motorboat, or even in a kayak, or by air in a glider plane. Or you can check out the gift shops, antique shops, and rare book dealers lining the cozy downtown. There are also plenty of excellent restaurants in Camden, including Long Grain, The Waterfront and Cappy’s Chowder House, and fine-dining spot and AAA four-diamond restaurant Natalie’s features a view of the bay and the distinctive cuisine of executive chef, Geoffroy Deconinck.
After poking around town, head just a few miles north on Route 1 to Camden Hills State Park. There are several trails in the park that meander around its 5,700 acres and two peaks, Mt. Battie, at 800 feet high, and Mt. Megunticook, at 1,385 feet. The summits of both feel much loftier than their actual elevation because they provide unobstructed views down to the town and harbor a few miles away. The park charges a fee of $4.50 per non-resident adult, children under 12 and seniors pay $1.
Camden’s mellow and manageable enough to experience in an afternoon, but busy enough for a weekend or more if you feel like settling in a bit. Either way, it’s a visitor-friendly small seaside town with plenty of new things to discover and interesting people to meet no matter how many times you stop by.