Colby College located in central Maine overlooks the town of Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. The beautiful Mayflower Hill campus is 20 minutes from the state capital of Augusta and an hour from Portland. Colby is a small, private liberal arts college with an enrollment slightly under 2000.
Stay: There aren’t many great hotels in Waterville, but if you’re game for a 25 minute drive check in to the Senator Inn in Augusta, close to the picturesque town of Hallowell. (Read all about Hallowell here.) Closer to campus, The Pressey House in nearby Oakland, Maine, is a charming bed and breakfast. Maple Hill Farm, right outside of Hallowell, is another quaint B & B.
Coffee: Selah Tea has a wide selection of hot and iced teas as well as coffee. They offer a small selection of breakfast and lunch items. Students often hand at Selah to get work done in a relaxed atmosphere. Jorgensen’s has a large selection of coffees and delicious breakfast sandwiches and bagels.
Lunch: Riverside Farm Market and Café is located on its vineyard and river. Riverside is open for dinner and hosts multiple wine tastings per month. Students boast about the on-campus dining options, especially for lunch and visitors are encouraged to try Foss (vegetarian and vegan cuisine with an international twist), Robert’s (make your own flatbread pizza and classic meals such as chicken paillard, risotto, and salmon), or Dana (American comfort food: burgers, hot dogs, and pizza).
Casual: Everyone loves Grand Central Café where the chefs exclusively use local ingredients. As one student said, "design your own personal size pizza --most people claim that the size is perfect for eating about ¾ and taking the rest as leftovers, but personally I have never not finished an entire one in a single sitting at the restaurant—I always order the Athenian!" Right across the square from Grand Central is Buen Appetito, for Mexican food, we hear to order the fajitas and killer frozen margaritas. Tavern style Mainely Brew’s is a casual American grill with $6 burgers every Tuesday as well as a ton of pasta, sandwiches, and salads. An all time Colby favorite, The Green Spot, which is open only from April-October, has what some say is the best lobster roll in the state of Maine. Also, there are great salads, as well of an extensive selection of artisanal breads, cheeses, and desserts.
A Step Up: Widely known as the best restaurant in the Greater Waterville area, Slates, located 25 minutes away in nearby Hallowell, is a student and parent favorite for its fresh, local, organic cuisine. Closer to campus, Amici’s Cucina is an Italian place that loved for their wide selection of pastas. Another popular place is The Last Unicorn, known for their excellent avocado salad—the menu changes regularly in tune with what’s in season. Right next door is 18 Below, a raw bar with delicious seafood.
Late Night Snacks: Gifford’s (get the lobster tracks) and North Street Dairy Cone have some of the best homemade ice cream in Maine. At North Street order an ice cream sandwich—it’s made with their hand-churned ice cream in between two warm, freshly baked cookies with the flavor of your choice. Here’s a student quote about late night bites while at Colby, "QUESADILLAS! I wouldn’t use caps lock if they weren’t that important. I am not joking when I say that quesadillas are a mainstay of Colby’s campus culture. The quesadillas in The Spa (the on-campus grille below the pub) are amazing, and I can absolutely guarantee that if you are planning on attending Colby, you will be consuming many of them during your time on the Hill. The most famous one is the buffalo chicken, though I prefer BBQ chicken—and of course, there’s veggie if you don’t eat meat. You can get them until 1 a.m. on weekends."
Local Attractions: You must visit the Colby College Museum of Art. The new stunning 26,000 square-feet Alfond-Lunder Pavilion has put Waterville on the map as a major art destination. There is also a whole wing devoted to famed American artist Alex Katz, who donated 400 of his works to the college. As one student proclaims: “it is arguably my favorite museum; easily digestible, but entirely impressive.” When the weather is nice, gorgeous Belgrade Lakes is a popular spot. Many upperclassmen choose to live in off-campus houses on the Lakes. Mount Phillips is an easy but beautiful nearby hike.
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COLBY COLLEGE FAST FACTS
Royal Blue and Priscilla Grey
Early Decision 1 and 2
Average - 1440
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Small - 1,850 Undergraduates
4800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8848
(p) (207) 859-4800
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NCAA Division III
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