Welcome to Cornish Maine! While we can give you excellent recommendations to explore Maine from sea to summit, 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 glass ornament shop, a felting shop, a vintage clothing store, a artisan gallery, a print shop, we even a shamanic and metaphysical supply store. 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…
What better way to explore Maine than through the food! Cornish is known for its restaurants. Of course by staying at the inn, Lindsay’s Restaurant is just downstairs, available for creative and delicious breakfast and lunch from scratch every day. 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. If you’re lucky, you’ll be here in the fall, when Apple Acres Farm offers its stone fired pizza and famous paninis and cider doughnuts. 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. Of course we have to put in a word for our sister farm, Apple Acres–Maine’s certified organic pick-your-own fruit orchard, open daily from mid-August through October, with apple picking, a farm to table restaurant, cider doughnuts, gifts and specialty products from Maine for sale in the store, a playground, live music events, and a disk golf course coming soon. If you are a visitor to the state, see our page on some other ideas to explore Maine. Events…
July 8th-11th, 2022 The Ossipee Valley Fair
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 24th-28th The Ossipee Valley String Camp
July 28th-31st 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 presceeded 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 Philedelphia beat boxing, Senagalese Kora, and in 2022, Ukrainian folk music. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore Maine through music!
Bluegrass & Food Truck Festival: Apple Acres Farm, September 24th
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. In past years downtown Cornish has also had an Apple Festival on this day, we hope to bring it back soon, with apple pie competitions on the porch!
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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