Machias Bay. Maine. Magic
Come to Washington County in spectacular Down East Maine and find the magic in our people; our place; our history; and our natural resources.
Live, work, shop and play in all four seasons. Experience working waterfronts and picturesque harbors. Visit pre-Revolutionary War sites. Take a deep breath and relax along Maine’s Bold Coast.
From glacial lakes to saltwater bays and tidal marshes, this is the real Maine you have been dreaming of. Lobsters, blueberries, fresh garden produce – the Machias Bay area is teeming with bounty. Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, birding, whale watching…the magic awaits you. Whether you are visiting or relocating, we welcome you to our very special part of the world!
The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1983 and serves more than 30 communities along the Bold Coast. We have more than 220 members – both year round and seasonal businesses – that create an amazing network of support. Some of the services we offer include advertising, marketing our members to visitors that come to our Main Street tourism center. We also offer ChamberBlue, a health insurance program for owners and employees. The Chamber also sponsors a dozen events and programs in the greater Machias area. These events bring people and money to local businesses as well as creating an atmosphere for growth and sustainability.
The Chamber’s restoration of Station 1898 is a primary project for the entire region. The vintage railroad station, located in the heart of Machias and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is returning as a local treasure. In the fall of 2013, the Chamber had the interior painted to seal in lead paint, and electricity was restored. A Harvest Fair and Wine Tasting Festival was held in the station in Oct. 2013. The Beehive Collective also held several of their Gabfestry workshops in the station. The Chamber obtained a Maine Historic Preservation Commission Belvedere Grant of $13,000 to continue renovations. Other grants have been submitted and work on the exterior and part of the interior will begin in the spring of 2014. The Chamber hopes that these renewed efforts will return the station to its rightful place as a landmark in Washington County and the hub of Machias. Once completed, the station will become the permanent home of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and will serve Washington County visitors on US Route 1 as well as those on the Downeast Sunrise Trail and the Two Rivers Nature Preserve.
We are a highly involved and respected Chamber of Commerce dedicated to building strong relationships throughout our community.
The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide leadership for a healthy and vibrant business environment and to encourage responsible economic growth which respects Washington County’s quality of life.