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Explore Maine – Local Activities

Welcome to Cornish Maine! While we can give you excellent recommendations for activities throughout the state, there may be enough to keep you interested right here in our area! 

Let's take a tour, starting in Thompson's park--a shady central park with benches for sitting and enjoying a summer day. The park was named after Joseph Thompson who settled the town in 1782. Click on any link to open the business' website in a new window. 

                                        Where to Shop...

In the area around the park, there are plenty of shops to choose from. We offer over a dozen fine antique stores including our neighbors at Libby's and Cornish Trading Co. a florist, a jewelers with many beautiful estate pieces, a creative toy store, an herbalist, a yoga and healing studio, several gift stores such as a felting shop, a vintage clothing store,  an artisan gallery, a print shop, a boutique and skincare shop, and we even a shamanic and metaphysical supply store. For music lovers, take a scenic walk down bridge street over the Ossipee River and up to Friendly River Music for a fantastic selection of new and vintage string instruments! And of course, the town library which has recently been renovated.  And all of that is just within walking distance of the inn! 

                                     Where to Eat...

Cornish is known for its restaurants. Lindsay's Restaurant is just downstairs, available for creative and delicious breakfast and lunch from scratch 6 days a week. Krista's restaurant features fine dining, American style with a fantastic wine list and rotating cocktail specials, and the infamous 'dessert gal' who visits your table at the end of dinner (we bet you can't say no!). Bay Haven is famous for fresh lobster and seafood, and The Fairgrounds has the largest bar in Maine. One of our favorites is The Coffee Joint, where you can get lattes and locally roasted coffee, but also matcha, acai bowls, and some of the best gluten free baked goods we've ever had. Sophia's is great for take out pizza and subs, and don't forget to check out the good old House of Pizza, or the bakery Sugar and Spice! 


While there are many beautiful lakes, mountains, and coastlines right around the corner, there's also quite a lot to keep you entertained within minutes of the inn. Make sure to visit The Local Gear, our outdoor enthusiast shop, or take a kayak or tube down the Ossipee or Saco rivers. Hike Burnt Meadow Mountain for a challenging granite face ascent with rewarding views, or take a quiet stroll on the trails of the Francis Small Heritage Trust (see Cornish History for more about Francis Small). Looking for a rainy day activity? Archie's Strike and Spare has traditional candlepin bowling, and don't miss glow-bowl disco evenings! Or you could take a horseback riding lesson at Wild Iris. Looking for a show? Take a drive to Stone Mountain Arts Center to see national acts up close and personal in their intimate timber frame hall. If you're ready to relax and recharge during your stay, Spirit Flow Pathways offers yoga, aerial yoga, sound healing and more! If you are a visitor to the state, see our page on what else to explore in Maine. 


 The Ossipee Valley Fair: July 6-9 2023 

Inn owners Sarah and Xander visited this quaint country fair the first year they visited Cornish and the inn. Their charmingly precocious daughter won herself a piglet which they were able to donate. Every year the fair delights with animal shows, agricultural demonstrations, games, rides, and plenty of lemonade and fried dough. There's even a drag race track and a blacksmith shop!

July 23th-27th The Ossipee Valley String Camp

July 27th-30th  The Ossipee Valley Music Festival

Make a reservation one year in advance to stay at the inn during this event! Maine's roots and americana music and camping festival features four stages, dances, workshops, food trucks, yoga, craft beer, campfire jamming, and thousands of people of all ages celebrating under the stars. It is preceded by a five day educational music camp for all ages (really--ages 13-90 have attended!) with classes and meals and camping included.

The festival has featured headliners such as Billy Strings, The Wood Brothers, Chris Stapleton, Tommy Emmanuel, Ranky Tanky, Marty Stuart, Old Crowe Medicine Show, The California Honeydrops, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Sierra Ferrell, Sarah Jarosz, and many more. While the genres are mostly acoustic americana and roots, the festival has also offered world music traditions such as Tuvan throat singing mixed with Philadelphia beat boxing, Senegalese Kora, and in 2022, Ukrainian folk music.

Bluegrass & Food Truck Festival:  Apple Acres Farm,  September 30th

Three live bands, food trucks, a craft beer tent, BBQ, shopping in the farm store, apple picking, a playground, and more! Don't miss this fantastic event celebrating the height of the fall season.  

 Kezar Falls Theater, events throughout the year!

Our local theatre often hosts events such as film screenings, variety and talent shows, live music, and even a week long film school for local students. Films from the school have been selected for the Boston International Kids Film Festival! Visit their website for more information. 

Events at the inn

Visit our events page for information on upcoming events such as popup dinners, workshops, live music, poetry readings, community gatherings, and more! 

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