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There are many reasons why Maine has earned the right to call itself Vacationland. Is there a lovelier place on earth to relax, refresh and renew oneself? The natural environment, the diversity of activities and the welcoming people who live here, combine like the notes in a beautiful symphony to offer an experience to the visitor that is unrivaled in its richness. For 40 years, this publication has been engaged in detailing as many of those reasons to visit Maine as we can stuff into just a few pages. We have made it our mission to share useful information with the thousands of visitors who flock year-round to our beaches, woodlands, mountains, festivals, restaurants, shops and accommodations. We work to let them know where to go, what to see, what to do, where to stay and what to eat. Frankly, we sometimes feel like kids in a candy store—there’s just so much in our beloved Pine Tree State to write about. For the travelMAINE (and now dineMAINE, petMaine and abOUTMaine) team and as native Mainers, we find it difficult sometimes to choose which topics to put on these pages. We want to work with our advertising customers to create editorial content that, like each advertisement, guides the newcomer who doesn’t know how to “get there from here,” or entices the long-time Maine vacationer to investigate a part of the state they may have overlooked. We think we’re succeeding. Since the 1970s, when Ed Hemmingsen created the Sunshine Guides (as these brochures were once called), we have been helping not only Maine visitors but also Maine

businesses. We are proud to be created and owned by Maine people, for Maine people, whether visitor or resident. Hemmingsen conceived of the Guides when he was in college. He published a collection of them, each with a regional theme, and held them together with a statewide Master Guide. Hemmingsen’s understanding of the tourist industry made his “little blue books” an integral part of the Maine tourism business. When he went on to become a successful hotelier—he and his wife now own and operate the Belfast Bay Inn and Luxury Suites—Reade Brower, publisher of Rockland’s weekly newspapers The Free Press, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald, The Republican Journal and co-owner of Downeast Dog News, added the titles to his publishing arm. In 2003, the title of the guides changed to travelMAINE and was created. As we enter our 40th season, we now offer the states only award-winning Mobile Application and an exciting new responsive website to better serve both our customers and Maine tourists. Our ever-popular print versions will continue to be available in a wide variety of locations in Maine, Canada and across the US. Forty years could not be possible were it not for our loyal advertising partners and friends and for the hundreds of thousands of vacationers each year that choose our guides as a resource for planning and enjoying their time in our great state. So, to all of you, we say THANK YOU for joining us on this amazing journey! 7

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Maine Lighthouses Rock Hunting Fort Touring Public Gardens

15 Bird Watching 16 Art Galleries 17 Antiques 18 Whale Watching

21 Southern Maine 24 Kittery & York 28 Ogunquit & Wells 32 Kennebunk & Kennebunkport 34 Sanford & Springvale 35 Old Orchard Beach 40 Attractions 41 Pine Point Beach 42 Scarborough 44 Chocolate Moose 46 York County Tide Chart 47 Southern Maine Beaches 48 Sports Teams

49 Greater Portland 50 South Portland & Cape Elizabeth 50 Portland 52 Old Port 54 Attractions 55 Portland Landmarks 56 Freeport 58 Greater Portland Tide Chart

59 Midcoast 62 Brunswick & Harpswell 65 Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Woolwich 67 Wiscasset 68 Boothbay & Boothbay Harbor 70 Maine State Aquarium 80 Damariscotta & Newcastle 81 Rockland 88 Camden 93 Cruising the Coast

Local Maps 20 Kittery,York, Ogunquit 26 TheYorks 27 Ogunquit 36 Old Orchard Beach

Local Maps 55 Old Port

Local Maps 78 Area Map 92 Camden Harbor

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59 Midcoast cont. 94 Lincolnville 95 Attractions 96 Belfast & Beyond 98 Bucksport

101 Bangor - Acadia - Downeast Local Maps 103 Bangor 107 Ellsworth & Mt. Desert Attractions 108 Bar Harbor 109

Southwest Harbor & 114 Tremont 115 Washington County Lubec 116 Roosevelt Campobello 117 118 Eastport

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123 Western Maine 125 Sebago Lake & Naples 126 Bridgton 127 Bethel

128 Farmington 130 Rangeley 133 Oquossoc 134 Leaf Peeping

135 Kennebec & Moose River Valleys 137 Maine Highlands 139 Newport 140 Appalachian Trail 141 Moosehead 142 Moose Watching

143 Aroostook 145 Recreation 146 White Water Rafting 147 Golfing 148 Stand Up Paddleboarding 149 Fireworks 150 Maine Mountaineering

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MAINE LIGHTHOUSES No other visual image, except perhaps the red lobster, symbolizes Maine better than that of the lonely lighthouse, standing sentinel along the rocky coast. The Maine Office of Tourism reports that only about a dozen of these former saviors of the seacoast are located on the mainland. Another 50 were built on islands, reefs, ledges or breakwaters, and four have foundations completely submerged in the Atlantic Ocean.

In this age of radar, the cell phone and the GPS the work of Maine’s coastal guardians has been largely usurped, but not their allure. For a first-class tour, travel south to north to visit these must-see lighthouses.

“Lighthouses are something that’s only on the coast,” says Gabriel Susen of the Maine Office of Tourism, to explain why they draw so many visitors. “Plus you see them a lot in movies.” His office doesn’t have statistics on which lighthouses are most popular, but Susen does note that “the one at Cape Neddick is supposed to be the ‘most photographed.’”

Portland Head Light: Cape Elizabeth


The following lighthouses have museums or displays inside at least one building: Pemaquid Point: Bristol Monhegan Island Lighthouse & Museum: Monhegan Island Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum: Port Clyde Rockland Breakwater Light: Rockland Spring Point Ledge Light: Rockland

maine lighthouses Lighthouses are majestic beacons, silent sentinels that guard time and mariners alike. 8 Monhegan Island Light

(passenger ferry from Port Clyde, ferry or mail boat from Boothbay Harbor or New Harbor), 1824, (museum).

9 Rockland Breakwater Light

1902, Rockland, Waldo Avenue off Route 1 (in good weather only walk out to light at the end of the mile-long breakwater.

10 Owls Head Light

Owls Head, Lighthouse Road Route 73, 1826.

11 Brown’s Head Light

1832, Vinalhaven (auto ferry from Rockland).

12 Grindle Point Light 1 Cape Neddick Light Station

(Nubble Light), 1879, York, end of Nubble Road off Route 1A. On a nearby island, see from road.

2 Spring Point Ledge Light

South Portland, off Route 77, 1897.

3 Portland Breakwater (Bug Light)

Portland Harbor, from Route 77 to Broadway to Pickett Street to parking area for South Portland Public Landing, 1855-1870’s.

4 Portland Head Light,

Fort William, from Route 1 on 1A, 77 and Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine’s first lighthouse, built between 1787-1909, (museum).

5 Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights) Cape Elizabeth, off Route 77, 1827-1874.

6 Pemaquid Point Light

Bristol, Light-house Park end of Route 130, 1927 (museum).

7 Marshall Point Light

Port Clyde, access from Route 131, 1832, rebuilt 1857 (museum).

Islesboro (auto ferry from Lincolnville), museum, 1851, rebuilt 1874.

13 Fort Point Light

Stockton Springs, Fort Point Road off Route 1, 1836.

14 Eagle Island Light

(mail boat from Sunset on Deer Isle), 1839.

15 Bass Harbor Head Light

Southwest Harbor Route 102A, 1858.

16 Burnt Coat Harbor Light

Swan’s Island (ferry from Bass Harbor), 1872.

17 Bear Island Light

(ferry/mail boat from Northeast Harbor), 1853-1889.

18 West Quoddy Head Light

Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, South Lubec Rd. off Route 189, 1807, rebuilt 1858.

19 Ladies’ Delight

Manchester, (Pond Road, inland).



It’s not just the coast of Maine that’s rocky. If you love rocks, just about anywhere in the Pine Tree State is a good place for the avid “rock hound” to dig for minerals and gems. There are literally hundreds of locations rich in green and pink tourmaline, quartz, rose quartz, crystal, aquamarine, amethyst and garnet, even gold. “If you’re a real mineral collector, you can find something in every town in Maine,” according to David Guillemette, former president of the Kennebec Rocks and Minerals Club. “This is one of the best places on the East Coast to hunt for rocks.” Maine is especially good for rock hunting because of its geological history. “The glaciers cut off the tops of the mountains and a lot of the topsoil and exposed the bedrock,” Guillemette explained. This made for easier access to the rocks most sought after by collectors. Guillemette, who lives in Manchester, says he became interested in rock hunting after reading Jean Blakemore’s We Walk on Jewels: Treasure Hunting in Maine for Gems and Minerals, which remains a must-have reference. Another good guide to rock hunting in Maine is A Collector’s Guide to Maine Mineral Localities, by Thompson, Joyner, Woodman and King. Information about Maine rock hunting is also available from the state’s Bureau of Geology. According to that organization’s website, the state has “an excellent variety and quality of mineral specimens … The novice is practically assured of finding something of interest in Maine’s collecting sites.” Some of those sites include abandoned mines, although many of these have closed in recent years. Maine mines were once 12

worked for mica or feldspar and their waste or “rock dumps” remain good rock hunting grounds. You may have to pay a fee for digging privileges at some mines today, but there are plenty of out-of-the-way localities where you can dig for free. These include sites in Oxford, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties, where veins of pegmatite contain beryl, topaz and tourmaline. Even the highway outcroppings and beaches of Maine hold treasure for the rock hound. The Bureau of Geology notes that the coastal region between Penobscot Bay and Eastport is worth exploring because “agates and other materials suitable for cutting and polishing occur on the beaches in this part of the state.” Although he couldn’t name a favorite spot among the “hundreds of thousands of areas” to rock hunt in Maine, Guillemette listed Topsham-Bowdoinham-Bowdoin as being known for its blue topaz, aquamarine and amethyst; the Auburn-Lewiston area for its tourmaline and apatite; the Paris-West Paris-Route 26 region for morganite; and the Streaked Mountain Trail in Hebron for rhodolite. The visiting rock hound also can contact one of Maine’s mineral clubs for tips on where to dig. Members of these groups are usually more than happy to “talk rocks.” In addition to the Kennebec Club (Winthrop), these include the Central Maine Junior Geologist Club (Gardiner), the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society (Portland), the Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association (South Paris), the Penobscot Mineral and Lapidary Club (Bangor), and the WaterOak Gem and Mineral Society (Waterville).


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Like forts? If so, when you visit Maine you’ll want to tour some of the dozens of historic edifices built and utilized from Colonial times to World War I and World War II. Many of these sentinels, built by our ancestors to protect the state’s more than 5,000 miles of coastal waters and connecting river inlets, have been lovingly preserved or restored. Some of Maine’s battlements saw action during fights with the French, the English, and tribes of Native Americans, even British Canadians in a dispute over timberlands. Some were built during the Civil War, while others were constructed in later years to defend the state’s shipping trade. There are forts in Maine—not just along the waters but some along the 611-mile border with Canada—where you can take the family and have a picnic. There are forts where you can crawl through catacombs and peer through embrasures cut through thick granite walls. There are forts where you can climb up several stories for a bird’s eye view of possible enemy attackers. Which forts to visit depends on what you like to see and whom you ask for a recommendation. The Maine Office of Tourism suggests Forts Popham and Baldwin (both near Bath); Fort William Henry (New

Harbor); Fort Knox (Bucksport); Old Fort Western (Augusta); Fort Halifax (Winslow); Fort McClary (Kittery); Fort Edgecomb (Wiscasset); and Fort O’Brien (Machiasport). Other fort aficionados, including author Harry Gratwick (The Forts of Maine: Silent Sentinels of the Pine Tree State), recommend these sites (from south to north): Fort Foster


Fort Williams

Cape Elizabeth

Forts Allen, Gorges, Lyon & McKinley


Forts Baldwin & St. Georges


Fort William Henry


Fort Pownal

Stockton Springs

Fort George


Fort Sullivan


Fort Kent

Fort Kent

Each of these forts has a fascinating story of adventure and bravery to tell. As Gratwick writes in his guide, they “sheltered Maine’s towns and people” from invaders during several wars and, lucky for us, “Maine’s preservationists have protected many of these citadels.” 13

PUBLIC GARDENS There is nothing better to cheer the winter weary than a spring or summer walk through one of Maine’s many public gardens. Truth be told, some of these gems are open to the public year-round. For example, the ever-popular Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay welcomes visitors every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Admission to the 250-acre is free from November through mid-April.) According to that venue’s website, TripAdvisor named it number one on its 2013 list of Top 10 gardens in the U.S. If you love gardens, though, don’t stop there! Dozens of private home and garden tours are open to visitors and each has its own unique version of lush splendor. Recommended sites to explore include: Asticou Azalea Garden, Mt. Desert Island — More than 20 varieties of azaleas in a setting that includes a stream, an iris-bordered pond and a Japanese meditation garden. Colonel Black Mansion Formal Gardens, Ellsworth — Former estate on 300 acres, featuring a lilac hedge surrounding a tea lawn and formal garden. Cottge Garden, Lubec — Two acres of walkways, heritage roses, delphiniums, wildflowers. Ecotat Gardens and Arboretum, Hermon — 89-acre land trust with gardens featuring more than 1,500 perennials, woodlands, 140 types of trees. Gardens of Vesper Hill-Children’s Chapel, Rockport — Open air nondenominational chapel with views of Penobscot Bay, surrounded by lawns and formal gardens. Gilsland Farm Sanctuary, Falmouth — Home of Maine Audubon, 65 acres of fields, woods, marshes along an estuary, wildflowers, peony gardens. Hamilton House, South Berwick — Colonial Revival garden recently renovated, 14

lovely walking trails through 35 acres. Historic Conway Homestead and Museum, Camden — Restored 1770 house with native plants common before 1860 plus an historic herb garden. Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden and Research Center, University of Maine, Orono — Displays of over 2,500 woody and herbaceous plants, special collections of crabapples, lilacs, rhododendrons, magnolias. McLaughlin Garden, South Paris — Collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, lilacs, native wildflowers and ferns. Merryspring Nature Park, Camden — 66acre preserve featuring indigenous plants, herbs, lilies, hostas, roses, perennials. Perkins Arboretum, Colby College, Waterville — Designated national wildlife refuge. Pine Tree State Arboretum, Augusta — More than 200 species of trees and shrubs, antique apple orchard, “space trees” (from seed that traveled on the Space Shuttle), rock gardens. Rose Circle, Deering Oaks Park, Portland — Award-winning rose garden with more than 600 species of roses. St. Anthony’s Monastery Grounds and Gardens, Kennebunkport — Quiet, Englishstyle park with walking trails along the river, wooded areas, gardens, rhododendrons. Stone House, Freeport — Flower beds, gardens, demonstrations of organic gardening by Wolfe’s Neck Botanical Society. Thuya Gardens, Mt. Desert Island — 1.5 acres, plants arranged by color, more than 110 varieties surrounded by woodland. Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island — 300 indigenous plants labeled and grouped in 13 sections.


Every year, in every season, bird watchers flock to Maine. They come to catch a glimpse of loons on hundreds of lakes, Atlantic puffins on remote sea islands, great cormorants along coastal marshes, and owls, peepers and woodcock in darkened forests. These are but a few of the avian species that populate the Pine Tree State’s vast, often unspoiled natural habitats. “Our state has a real diversity of habitats, so we have a real variety of species,” says Linda Woodard of Maine Audubon. As the director of that organization’s Scarborough Marsh center, Woodard suggests newcomers to birding start out by participating in one of her location’s Wednesday morning field trips. Visitors who are closer to the Maine Audubon headquarters in Falmouth can meet with others at that location, for weekly, yearround field trips on Thursday and Saturday mornings. According to Woodard, however, you don’t have to be an early bird to enjoy birding. “I’m not that kind of birder,” she laughs. “There are birds for people like me … You don’t have to get up first thing in the morning.” She says winter bird watching in Maine is especially best done later in the day, when the birds are moving around to keep warm. She and her colleague, Audubon natu-

ralist Doug Hitchcox, both note that birding is the fastest growing hobby in the U.S. “In Maine, it’s really taken off,” says Woodard. “It’s accessible and you can do it anywhere,” adds Hitchcox, “and there are now a lot of birding festivals that we didn’t have 10 years ago.” These events, in locations that include Aroostook Country, Deer Isle and Mt. Desert Island, bring scores of visitors to the state each year in search of rare birds, and a chance to commune with nature. Among the rarer species spotted by birders in Maine are several on the endangered species list: grasshopper sparrows, upland sandpipers and whip-poor-wills. All of these are known to reside in the Kennebunk Plains. Farther north at the Scarborough Marsh, birders can see two unusual types of sparrow, the Nelson and salt marsh sharp-tails. “We get birders from all over the world here to see these two birds in one place,” says Woodard. With so many birds on the official Field Checklist of Maine Birds, it may be hard to decide where to begin. Both Woodard and Hitchcox suggest contacting Maine Audubon for help, either online or by calling 207-7812330. The group offers Google alerts, and sends Listserv notifications to more than 800 subscribers when a rare bird is in the area. “One time, a woman got a message on her cell phone about a sighting,” Woodard recalls. “She abruptly told her boss she was leaving, and then drove two hours to Maine to see an unusual egret.” In addition to accessing help from Maine Aubudon, birders can download The Maine Birding Trail, which suggests 82 prime sites. Its companion, The Maine Birding Trail Guidebook, describes more than 260 sites and features 100 maps and is available at bookstores and online. Woodard suggests another favorite source, 50 Places to Go Birding Before You Die, by Chris Santella. Or, when all else fails, “Just get out there and go birding,” she says.



Perhaps the only match for the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s great outdoors is the art that graces many of the state’s great indoors. From Kittery to Caribou, Jackman to Jonesport, Portland to Presque Isle, the Pine Tree State is a haven for artists, art galleries and museums. Many of the more famous artists whose work is on display to the visiting public—Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth among them—took inspiration from the woods, fields, mountains and seascapes that surrounded them. Contemporary artists have settled throughout the state and work in a wide variety of media: oil painting, watercolors, sculpture, etchings, even filmmaking, photography and pottery. Together, they


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prove that art is for everybody. One local painter who admits she was drawn to the state’s “beauty, atmosphere and mystique” is Ann Scanlan. “I had always wanted to live in Maine,” she says. “The beauty of Maine has inspired so many artists and the state has an incredible amount of art history. Artists were coming here in the 1800s to paint.” She says artists love a challenge, “and what could be more challenging than trying to capture [on canvas] the amazing coastline?” There is another reason why artists flock to Maine, and why art is everywhere, Scanlan says. “People who visit see so much beauty all around and they want to take some of it home with them,” she explains, “and what better way to do that than to take home a painting?” Finding a Maine gallery or a museum exhibit to take in while you are here isn’t difficult. The Maine Department of Tourism website ( lists no fewer than 405 museums and 161 galleries. The Maine Art Museum Trail is a great place to start. The Trail is actually a collaboration of seven leading art museums across Maine, offering more than 53,000 works of art. The pieces range from ancient to contemporary and are housed at Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston); Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville); Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick); Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland); Ogunquit Museum of American Art; Portland Museum of Art; and the University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor).

ANTIQUES Being frugal Yankees who live by the adage “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without,” Mainers are often reluctant to throw things away. That’s good news if you are visiting the state in search of antiques. According to the Maine Office of Tourism, there are no fewer than 400 antique shops across the state, full of these cherished possessions. Whether you are a serious antiquer or a casual collector, you will want to take note of Maine’s three antique “trails.” These are clusters of shops, loosely organized into loops. The South Coast Trail takes the antiqueseeker along Route 1 from York, through Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Arundel. This short stretch (approximately 30 miles long) is reported to feature more antique shops per mile than anywhere in Maine. The Big Dipper Trail begins in Bethel, follows Route 2 to Mexico, progresses along Route 17 up the western side of the mountains to Oquossoc, switches to Route 16 eastward toward Rangeley, and then finishes along Route 4 into Farmington. The trail takes its name from the constellation this route mimics when sketched out on a road map. The Downeast Trail offers as much opportunity for site seeing along scenic roadways as it does for scoring collectibles. The trail winds through the “fingers” of land created by coves, inlets, beaches and coastline. The loop begins in Ellsworth, heads south on Routes 172 through Surry, 176 to Blue Hill and 172 to Sedgewick. The trail then moves west on Route 175 to Sargentville, and south again on Route 15 to Little

Deer Isle, Deer Isle and Stonington. A side trip and mini-trail, also beginning in Ellsworth, offers even more breathtaking views and priceless antiques. This excursion follows Route 3 to Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor. Of course, there are “off trail” antique shops galore in other areas of Maine so we recommend that you not overlook locations such as Freeport, Belfast, Hallowell, Jonesport, Sabattus, Bangor, and Oxford. For a comprehensive listing of shops, consult the directory published by the Maine Antiques Dealers Association.

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If you really want to have a “whale” of a good time when you visit Maine, be sure to hop aboard one of the dozens of coastal cruising vessels dedicated to tracking down these majestic creatures. Whale watching season runs from as early as mid-April to October as they spend time feeding as close as 20 miles off the Maine coast on their way to warmer climes. The rich and productive waters of the Gulf of Maine provide an important feeding ground to whales. During the summer there are whale watching trips that head out from Kittery to Eastport and Bar Harbor, and all points in between, in search of the largest animals on earth. Common whale species that can be sighted from these trips include: Humpback, Finback, Minke, Right, Pilot and also white-sided dolphins and harbor porpoise. Most whales arrive back in Maine waters in April and May and then stay through October and November. They are here to feed on small fish, squid or animal plankton like krill and copepods. It is important for them to eat a lot, sometimes 2,000 to 4,000 pounds per day, to build up a thick layer of blubber to sustain them during the winter, when many of them migrate south and go with less or in some cases no food. “You can look for whales, eagles, seals, porpoises, herring weirs and salmon pens,” 18

says skipper Butch Harris of Eastport Windjammers. Harris and his family have been guiding family-friendly whale watching trips for more than 40 years. A commercial fisherman during the off-season, he also takes guests on sunset cruises, fishing expeditions and bird-watching adventures. “Bring a picnic lunch and extra clothing,” Harris advises, “because it may become cool on the open deck.” Binoculars and cameras also are a must. “The pictures you’ll take will be worth more than a thousand words.” Humpback whales are certainly a highlight as they have many exciting behaviors including breaching, spy-hopping, lobetailing, and flipper flapping. On one of our trips we had a Humpback Whale named Flicker breach 56 times in a row! Many of the whales seen each year are recognize by

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name. You can tell them apart by the distinctive color patterns on the underside of each tail and scaring and shape unique to each Fluke (whale’s tail). The ability to tell humpback whales apart was discovered right here in Maine by the whale research group Allied Whale at College of the Atlantic. They maintain a research station at Mount desert rock, a 3.5 acre lighthouse island twenty five miles offshore, and the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue. This Catalogue presently holds over 6,000 different humpback tails and 10’s of thousands of pictures. Harris, who can take up to 88 people per trip out to sea aboard his 118-foot schooner the Ada C. Lore, says even without a whale siting his cruises are popular. “You can still see plenty of wildlife,” he notes. “There’s always something to see.” Not spotting at least one whale—and sometimes up to five—is rare, though. “We have a success rate of 95-98 percent,” says Harris, who enjoys the cruises as much as his passengers. “I like the reactions in people who’ve never seen a whale before,” he says. “I’ve seen everything from people crying to jumping up and down on the deck.” So don’t forget to include whale watching on your list of “things to do” while vis-

iting Maine. This is one of the best places in the world to see a great variety of whales and to see them feeding at the surface and chasing fish out of the water. (Article written in part by Zack Klyver, Naturalist, Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.)

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Refreshed, you may require a bit of “reThe Maine border is just an hour by car from Boston so pack your sunscreen and tail therapy” and Southern Maine is the place head for the beaches of Southern Maine. You to find it. The region boasts miles of fun can begin at York Beach, wind your way up shopping-on-a-budget emporiums, where Route 1 to Wells, Ogunquit, Gooches, Old you can fill up on souvenirs, and more miles Orchard, Higgins, Willard, East End and Po- of one-of-a-kind art galleries, pottery shops pham Beaches and on to Sand Beach at Aca- and clothing boutiques. (You may want to dia National Park. Although perhaps more warm up your wallet in Kittery, home to famous for its breathtaking rocky coastline, more than 120 factory outlet stores offering Maine has beaches—and lots of them!—with everything from footwear to cookware.) If you prefer a more dynamic vacation some of the softest white sand on the East Coast. Southern Maine beaches are popular experience, Southern Maine has something among surfers, with waves ranging from the to offer during all four seasons. You can go salt water fishing, gentle to the dramatic. “Everywhere you look here it’s paddle boarding, Several are protected by beautiful … You can go see a play, or kayaking, golfing, trained lifeguards durwalk the beach in any season, relax, hiking, biking, snowing the summer, while and enjoy nature even when there’s boarding, dog sledothers feature tidal nobody else there.” ding, skating, and of pools where you can — Melissa Galioto, Saco course, skiing. For stroll barefoot in search the dedicated walker, there are well-groomed of seashells and sand dollars. After a day in the sun, you may want trails as well as walking tours of forts, lightto cool down with a beverage or a bite to houses, picturesque villages, historic sites eat at one of the region’s many restaurants. and public gardens. You may also enjoy simThroughout the area, there are eateries to sat- ply wandering the streets of Southern Maine isfy every taste and style. Casual diners will cities and towns to check out the region’s find irresistible take-out seafood and home- many architectural gems. If you want to do it all, getting around made ice cream at outdoor picnic tables. Those seeking a quieter, more formal din- Southern Maine is easy; many locations ofing experience can feast on gourmet entrées fer town-owned trolleys to ferry visitors from award-winning chefs, complete with between beaches, accommodations and restaurants. candlelight and white linens. 22

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Whether you want that long awaited first taste of lobster, a step back in history, or simply a shopping expedition, Kittery will satisfy your needs. Kittery is easily reached from I95 and Routes 1/103/236. Kittery, the gateway to Maine, was first settled in 1623 and incorporated in 1652, named after a manor house in Devonshire, England. Be sure to visit the Frisbee General Store, circa 1828, the oldest still-in-thefamily (6th generation) emporium in the United States and the 1926 Kittery Trading Post which launched the outlet boom. Kittery is home to 120 plus factory outlets and boutiques lining both sides of Route 1; it also has two forts and museums, a fine park and historic architecture. Accommodations range from inns and motels to farmstead B&Bs. Restaurants abound suiting everyone’s taste and wallet.



The seacoast area is awash in history and the group of villages known as “The Yorks” has been fortunate enough to preserve its fair share of it. York Village, York Harbor, York Beach and Cape Neddick have their own personalities and each has something different to offer. As an Abenaki Indian settlement, York was first named Agamenticus, later renamed Gorgeana when Sir Ferdinando Gorges was granted a patent, and finally incorporated as York in 1652. For outdoor lovers, York offers walks, kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving, plus whale-watching trips. There are bathhouses at Long Sands Beach and Short Sands Beach, which has a playground and basketball courts. York Harbor Beach is sandy and sheltered. Walk the two-mile Boat Harbor Trail, and don’t miss the Cliff Walk flanked by 19th-century homes, beaches and views. Cross York Harbor’s Wiggly Bridge, the smallest suspension bridge in the world, this leads to the Stedman Woods bird sanctuary and walking trails. Mount Agamenticus, 692 feet, provides horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and views.

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Thought to be named by the Abenaki as “place of waves,” or by the Micmacs as “lagoons within sand dunes,” and by the Algonquin Indians as “beautiful place by the sea,” Ogunquit continues to live up to its names. Stay in Victorian or modern inns and motels, luxurious resort complexes, cottage and condo rentals, B&Bs – there is something to suit everyone. Here and in nearby Perkin’s Cove you may dine on fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, ethnic, gourmet or down-home fare. An active night life offers dance clubs, festive bars and quieter lounges as well. Ogunquit has been a mecca for artists and performers as far back as the 1920s. Its fine Museum of American Art was founded here in 1952 and the famed Ogunquit Playhouse has hosted top professional performers since 1933. Sunbathers, swimmers and surfers revel in 3.5 miles of fine white sands with natural dunes; enter from Beach or Ocean Streets, two miles north of the village. Inexpensive trolleys stop at the beach and in the village – just listen for the bell!


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stores, a cluster of shopping malls and factory outlets makes Wells an area with vitality and spirit that keeps vacationers coming back. After a visit to Wells you will understand why it proclaims itself “the friendliest town in Maine”. Wells offers you some of the most beautiful ways to appreciate nature in its untouched splendor throughout the year. Stroll the one-mile nature trail of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge to see valuable salt marshes and estuaries that support migratory birds, water fowl and other wildlife and plants. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place for bird watching, photo taking, hiking and cross country skiing. Offering spectacular views of the habitats in woodlands, fields, wetlands, beaches and dunes.


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As bustling as in days gone by, the handsome restored buildings in Dock Square house boutiques, art and craft galleries, shops and restaurants. Kennebunkport Historical Society offers guided walking tours of many historic buildings and elegant homes. On your own, meander along scenic Parson’s Way towards Walkers Point, where pedestrians pause to snap a photo of former President George Bush’s summer estate. Take a nostalgic look inside the Seashore Trolley Museum on Log Cabin Road (open seasonally) – you can even take a fourmile trolley ride. Or visit peaceful gardens and lawns in an English park setting at St. Anthony’s Monastery and Shrine on Beach Road. If you’re visiting Kennebunkport in the winter you won’t want to miss the Christmas Prelude. It was once voted the 2nd Christmas Town in America by HGTV! The Prelude includes three tree-lighting ceremonies, a dozen Art and Craft Fairs; approximately 12 venues serving either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner; and 12 programs of music celebrating the season. Santa still arrives by lobster boat escorted by two very special “lobster elves”.


The wide sands of Kennebunk, Mother’s and Gooch’s Beach attract walkers as well as those who like to play in the surf, build


sandcastles or sunbathe. Others prefer to be on the water, by taking a boat trip to see whales, porpoises, seals and sea birds, or going deep-sea fishing. Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, parasailing and scuba diving are readily available. Golfers enjoy 9-hole, 18hole and family golf courses nearby. In the fall, Kennebunk is ideal for biking, walking and tennis. In the winter, there are special Christmas festivities, plus sleigh rides and cross-country skiing. Kennebunk’s tree-lined streets enhance houses built by the 18th and 19th century merchants and sea captains – some have been converted into elegant inns and comfortable B&Bs. There are Oceanside resorts, cottages, motels, guest houses and campgrounds to choose from, as well. When visiting The Kennebunks, The Lodge at Kennebunk is the affordable alternative and the place to stay. Though its location is just off the Maine Turnpike, it is by no means a “turnpike motel”. The Lodge at Kennebunk offers so much for so little. It’s warm, helpful and informative staff are of the belief that customer service is an attitude not a department. Clean and comfortable rooms, suites and efficiencies all have the feeling of home. The Lodge at Kennebunk offers so many free amenities such as worldwide calling, Internet, a business center, and seasonal gas grills, a heated outdoor pool and parking passes good for parking any Kennebunk beaches.


SANFORD & SPRINGVALE Looking for a Maine vacation destination off the beaten path and close to the ocean? Consider a visit to the SanfordSpringvale area. Nestled in the southwestern corner of the state, this community is not on popular Route 1 nor is it bisected by the well-traveled Maine Turnpike (U.S. Route 95). To reach it, meander about 11 miles off the Turnpike northwest on Route 109 or west on Route 111. Better yet, fly into Sanford Regional Airport. “Our airport is a big deal,” boasts Sanford-Springvale resident Rick Stanley, president of the area’s Chamber of Commerce. The public facility has one 5,000-foot runway and another 6,000-foot runway and is fully equipped. (Fun fact: both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush frequently fly into Sanford Regional, en route to their summer home in Kennebunkport.) “Sanford is a nice place,” Stanley adds. “It’s really the gateway to the lakes region.” Great East Lake and Square Pond are nearby, and the Mousam River runs through both the City of Sanford and the Village of Springvale. (Another fun fact: Sanford was a town until 2012, when voters approved changing its designation to city.) “We’re also home to the Sanford Mainers,” Stanley says. The team is a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. “Plus, we have the best walking trail in York County, the Mousam Way Trail.” As for what to do when you visit San-

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ford-Springvale, the community organizes three wildly popular annual events, Summah Daze in August, Harvest Daze in September and Holly Daze in December. According to Maura Herlihy, the president of the Downtown Legacy Group’s board of directors— the DLG is an organization working on revitalizing the area—“Summah Daze opens with a big car show Friday night.” This is followed by “an enhanced farmers’ market” and a food event called A Taste of Sanford. This last event is always a sellout, according to DLG Executive Director Fran Libby. “About 10 or 12 restaurants participate,” she says. “Each one offers a sample of whatever they want to offer.” For a $5 book of tickets, buyers get to check out five eateries. The newest draw for visitors to SanfordSpringvale is a Fathers’ Day Family Fish Off, held in June. “The kids are so funny,” says Libby. “They catch a tiny sunfish and get all excited.” The action takes place at what’s called the #1 Pond, in the center of the city. “What really grabs people, though,” Herlihy claims, “is the fall event that draws up to 5,000 people. That’s when the Red Star Pilots Association is here. They fly over in planes with open cockpits and drop pumpkins trying to hit a target in #1 Pond.” The Pumpkin Drop is so popular that one time when it started three hours late, she adds, “Everybody waited for it. Nobody left.”


The seven-plus miles of incomparable sands at Old Orchard Beach offer the best of swimming and surfing; you can jog , walk or exercise along them, or simply lay back and get a tan. Generations of family vacationers from all over have returned to Old Orchard Beach summer after summer since 1853, when the old Grande Trunk Railroad first connected Montreal to this area. Not surprisingly, French is still freely spoken at this favorite spot for Canadians. Built in 1980, the 475-foot pier is

among its many attractions. These include: tennis, golf and Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, deep-sea fishing and amusement parks and water slides. Fireworks dazzle over the beach every Thursday summer evening and there are free weekly concerts next to the pier. There is a boardwalk to explore, and a host of restaurants in the town to entice you. After dark, a busy nightlife and fine restaurant dining continue the fun. In short, there is something to fill every minute when you are not just relaxing.


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Blowing Cave

Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport This sea cave spouts water at high tide.

Kennebunk Historical Society

North St, Kennebunk • Exhibits and walking tours. 207-967-2751

Civil War Monument

Main St, York Village • A mix-up by the sculptor has a rebel standing in York and a Yankee in South Carolina

Mount Agamenticus

Mt. Agamenticus Rd, York • 692 feet high. Walking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Fort McClary and Fort McClary State Park Route 103, Kittery • Named for Revolutionary War hero. Picnic area and ocean views. 207-439-2845

Funtown/Splashtown USA

Route 1, Saco • Water and amusement theme park. Family fun on 4.5 acres. 207-284-5139

Hamilton House

Vaughan’s Lane, So. Berwick • Built in 1787 by Col. Jonathan Hamilton, Portsmouth and West Indies merchant. 207-384-5269.

Orchard Beach with permanent and special exhibits. 207-934-9139

Old Orchard Beach Pier

Old Orchard Beach, Shops, arcades, eateries.

Ogunquit Playhouse

Rt. 1 Ogunquit • America’s foremost summer theater... it’s Broadway on the beach. 207-646-5511

Seashore Trolley Museum

195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport Over 200 antique trolleys. 207-967-2800

Elizabeth Perkins House

South Side Rd, York • Built in 1700s, furnished 1898-1952 when owned by Colonial Revivalist, Elizabeth Perkins. 207-363-4974

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

First St, OOB • Test your skills on this 36-hole championship miniature golf course. 207-934-5086

Willowbrook at Newfield

Off Route 11, Newfield • 19th century Maine village. Hundreds of displays, 37 buildings and an 1894 carousel. 207-793-2784

St. Anthony’s Monastery and Shrine

Old Berwick Historical Society

Beach St, Kennebunkport • An English park setting, gardens and sweeping lawn. 207-967-2011

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit

Black Point Rd, Prouts Neck 19th century artists studio. No parking – walk from Scarborough Beach Park. July-Sept 207-883-2249

Route 4, South Berwick • A collection of ship models and navigational instruments. 207-384-0000 Route 1, Wells • Located in original meetinghouse; has local history facts. 207-646-4775

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PINE POINT BEACH Pine Point Beach in Scarborough extends for four scenic miles along Saco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, from the jetty at the mouth of the Scarborough River to Old Orchard Beach. There’s plenty of room to spread out in the sand and enjoy the sounds of the waves and the seemingly endless beach. Relax, swim, play frisbee or catch, or take a stroll down the beach in search of shells and driftwood. Surfing is popular here as well as surfcasting.

Parking is available in a large paved lot just beyond the dunes, where there are restrooms, showers for rinsing off, and a concession stand that sells snacks and cold drinks. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center take a guided or self-guided tour of Maine’s largest salt marsh on foot or by canoe to get a close-up view of its bountiful birdlife.

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Are you going to Scarborough? When you reach this breezy seacoast town you’ll find a wonderful collection of sights and sites for your entire family to enjoy and add to your vacation fun. Scarborough has five beaches, three oceanfront villages and a bustling commercial section along Route 1 that includes several vacation attractions. Renowned artist Winslow Homer had his studio at Prouts Neck, one of Scarborough’s three villages. Prouts Neck, which juts out into Saco Bay, was the subject of many of his works and helped publicize its beaches and distinctive rocky coastline. Scarborough Beach Park, Ferry Beach and Western Beach are located here and offer great swimming and water sports. The third village is at Pine Point with a fine-sand beach and protected boating facilities. You reach Pine Point by heading


down Route 9 toward the ocean. On the way you’ll pass Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest saltwater marsh. It covers 3,100 acres of tidal flats with meandering channels for canoe trips and trails for hiking, bird watching and getting a glimpse of hundreds of wildlife species. Fans flock to Scarborough for its world class harness and stock car racing and high energy go-cart track. Seafood and specialty restaurants abound as does a selection of comfortable accommodations ranging from motels, B&Bs, campsites and rental cottages. Scarborough’s convenient location near Portland’s jetport, the Amtrak rail center and Maine Turnpike make it an ideal community for visitors. Shopping areas along Route 1 and the Maine Mall, a few miles to the north, add to the pleasure of Scarborough as a great place to visit.

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Lenny, the World’s Only Life-Size Chocolate Moose! Maine’s sweetest tourist attraction is Lenny, a 1,700-pound life-size moose sculpted from pure milk chocolate who resides with a trio of Maine black bears made of dark chocolate—Mama Bear Libby and her cubs Cocoa and Chip—at Len Libby Candies. The shop is located on Route 1 in Scarborough. Since 1997 Lenny has become a bit of a celebrity for natives and visitors alike. The idea for Lenny came to shop owner Maureen Hemond when she mused to her late husband, master candymaker Fern Hemond, “We make molded rabbits for Easter, so why can’t we do a moose?” She immediately liked the play on words (think chocolate mousse), but was even more motivated by the desire to create something to draw customers that was “uniquely Maine.” “We could have done something else,” said the Portland native and Pine Tree State booster, “but when you think moose you just have to think Maine. I originally envisioned something rabbit-sized, but then I decided to go for the real thing.” It took a project manager, Dianne Fazio, a professor of sculpture from Maine College of Art, Zdeno Mayercak, a diorama painter, Gregoire Chesaux, a large wire armature, pounds and pounds of Peter’s Superlative Chocolate, and four months of finger-licking hard work to birth the 8-foot tall Lenny and his lifelike surroundings. The colossal confection was sculpted in a room set apart from Len Libby’s main retail area, and that’s 44

where he lives to this day. Is Lenny truly the “World’s Only LifeSize Chocolate Moose,” and its largest? “Oh, yes,” said Hemond. “We had to consult with the Guinness Book of World Records (to verify the claim), and we had a University of Maine professor take measurements to accurately determine the weight.” She said there may be other pieces of chocolate in the world that weigh more, but no moose. Given the Hemonds’ investment of creativity, time, love and thousands of dollars in their chocolate star attraction it’s no surprise he’s heavily insured, and protected. “We have to keep him cool year round,” said Hemond. “It never gets above 70 degrees in the shop.” He’s also shielded by a wooden fence from the visitors who want to climb on him, or worse, nibble on his antlers. This past year Len Libby’s added an outdoor ice cream window. While they will continue to serve this yummy, hand-crafted treat in the indoor ice cream parlor, visitors will now be able to enjoy their favorite flavors (think Needham, or Maine Sea Salt Caramel) outdoors, too. This latest amenity was in response to oft heard requests from guests who are still damp and sandy from the beach and would like the convenience of an outdoor window. And from families who would like to bring their pajama-clad children for a treat before bed. That’s the stuff of sweet dreams.

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Seapoint Beach - Small family beach and backed by a marsh. Great for bird-watching. Small parking area, no facilities. Take Route 103, Brave Boat Harbor Road, turn at Seapoint Road. Crescent Beach - Near Seapoint Beach, also close to marsh. Limited parking, no facilities. Take Route 103, turn at Seapoint Road. Fort Foster Park - South of Seapoint and Crescent Beaches. Take Route 103 to Fort Foster on Gerrish Island. Several swimming locations plus picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms and changing facilities. No lifeguards.


Long Sands Beach - Popular for swimming, also surfing in certain locations. Parking meters by the road. Changing and restroom facilities. Lifeguards during summer. Off Route 1A, Long Beach Avenue. Short Sands Beach - Family beach north of the Cape Neddick peninsula. Bathhouse, outside shower, basketball courts, a playground, arcade, and bowling alley. Lifeguards on duty during summer. Close to Sohier Park and the scenic Nubble Lighthouse. Off Route 1A.


Ogunquit Beach - Excellent beach separated from mainland by Ogunquit River. River side has no surf tide – great for families with small children. Accessible from center of town. Limited parking for fee, trolley stop. Restrooms and changing facilities. Lifeguard during summer.


Moody Beach - Formerly a public beach, now can be used only for “fishing, fowling or navigating.” Off Ocean Avenue east of Route 1. Wells Beach - Long stretch of sandy beach separated from mainland by Webhannet River. Adjacent to marshes that attract birds and waterfowl. Accessible by Mile Road of Route 1. Drakes Island Beach - Picturesque beach near sand dunes and sea grass. Restrooms, parking fee. Accessible from Drakes Island Road off Route 1. Laudholm Beach - Located in Wells Reserve and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Great for nature lovers. Accessible off Laudholm Road just south of the intersection of Routes 9 and 1.


Kennebunk Beach - Includes Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, Mother’s Beach and Parson’s Beach south of Mousam River. Stickers required for parking available at Town Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Police Department. Accessible from side roads off Route 9. Parson’s Beach - Also called Crescent Surf Beach, south of Mousam River. Adjacent to salt marshes, bird watching. Limited parking, no facilities.


Colony Beach - Also knows as Arundel Beach, short, but picturesque at mouth of Kennebunk River. No lifeguard or facilities. Off Ocean Avenue. Goose Rocks Beach - Quiet neighborhood beach, great for families, long walks. Parking sticker required, available at Town Hall and Police Station. No lifeguard or facilities. Off King’s Highway from Route 9.


Biddeford Pool Beach – Rocky section with long stretches of sandy beach. Great bird watching. No facilities. Off Route 208. Fortunes Rocks Beach – Long and sandy beach on Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards, portable toilets. Parking stickers required, available at City Hall. Off Route 208.


Camp Ellis Beach - Small beach at mouth of Saco River. Popular for fishing. Hourly parking. Off Route 9. Ferry Beach State Park - Sheltered from wind, natural sand dunes. Facilities, picnic area and nature trails. Off Route 9. Bayview Beach & Kinney Shore - Small beach in Bayview area. Public parking. Off Route 9.

Old Orchard Beach

Ocean Park Beach – Southern extension of Old Orchard Beach at Ocean Park area. Family beach, Off Route 9. Old Orchard Beach - Long sandy beach with low surf, popular for swimming, sunbathing, beach games. Near summer attractions and facilities. Lifeguard. Accessible from East and West Grand Avenue, Route 9. For more information on Southern Maine Beaches please visit



Have no fear, visiting sports enthusiasts! Maine has plenty of professional ball players to entertain you. Home to three pro teams—the Sea Dogs (baseball), the Pirates (hockey) and the Red Claws (basketball)—the Pine Tree State is also full of amateur teams whose games can give you a real bang for your entertainment buck. The three pro teams are associated with the Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, respectively. Each team goes all out to make game watching a fun, family event. • The Sea Dogs offer “All You Can Eat” seats at Portland’s Hadlock Field. For just $25 you get a prime seat at the game, along with ballpark fare that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled chicken sandwiches, Sea Dog biscuits and sodas. These special seats are reportedly modeled after the “Monster Seats” at Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox), and “offer the only place in the ballpark to catch a home run ball.” • The Pirates recently moved from Portland’s Civic Center to Lewiston’s Androscoggin Bank Colisée, but they took their mascot with them. Dubbed Salty Pete, the crusty sailor “has earned wide-spread popularity throughout Maine as a result of his game night entertainment.” • The Red Claws, who play home games at the Portland Exposition Building, have their own mascot, a ferocious looking monster lobster named Crusher. The best thing about Crusher is his availability for birthday gigs. For just $20 per attendee, children 12 and under can bring their friends and family for a party at the game. The price includes early entry to the game, food (including one of Maine’s own 48

Wicked Whoopie Pies), a visit from Crusher, a greeting on the video score board, and photos with a Claws player for the birthday child. As for those amateur games you can catch, for your baseball fix check out the Sanford Mainers or the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide. Both are summer collegiate baseball teams. You can also contact The Edge Academy Baseball and Softball Training Center in Portland to either play a game or view competitions with the Maine Thunder (softball) or the Maine Lightning (baseball). Need more? Then look for one of the many Little League teams that battle it out in just about every Maine town. Spectator sports are definitely a year-round attraction in Maine. You can watch soccer games with the women’s Maine Tide and the men’s Maine Sting, both of whom play at Husson College in Bangor; rugby meet-ups with the Portland Rugby Football Club; ice action with the Maine Moose, a Junior A ice hockey team from Hallowell; and even roller derby smack downs with teams of women who compete at Portland’s Exposition Building and at Happy Wheels Skate Center in Hallowell. If racing is your thing, be sure to trot over to Scarborough Downs or the Bangor Race Track for harness racing at its best, or cruise up to Caribou for stock car racing at Spud Speedway. Another option is to attend home games (baseball, basketball, football and hockey) of the University of Maine Black Bears (Orono), the Bates Bobcats (Lewiston), the Bowdoin Polar Bears (Brunswick), or the Colby Mules (Waterville). Whatever the season, rest assured that somewhere in Maine there will be a game of something to watch!



SOUTH PORTLAND & CAPE ELIZABETH South Portland is best known for its shopping malls. On the other side, where the city meets the ocean, South Portland is home to Southern Maine Community College, which houses the Portland Harbor Museum. Here you can access, and fish from, the 1,000 foot granite breakwater taking you to Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and the three-mile Shoreline Walkway to swim at Willard Beach. From here take the short drive from South Portland along Shore Road into Cape Elizabeth to Fort Williams Park, one of the most beautiful and treasured open areas of the town, encompassing 90 acres. Families can picnic, swim at the beach, stroll along the walkways, fly a kite, or just lay back and relax taking in the fresh air and outdoor scenery. It’s a four-season park for sure with cross-country skiing in the winter, sledding, and ice skating on the pond. Towering above this pastoral surrounding is one of the icons of the area and often times the image of Maine itself – Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in the state. While visiting this area you can enjoy outdoor recreation at Crescent Beach State Park. Located at the southern tip of Cape Elizabeth and consists of 243 acres on the ocean. A short distance to the east you’ll see Two Lights State Park. The park is great for picnicking, barbecuing or a clambake. The 41-acre park gets its name from the twin lighthouses built in 1828.


PORTLAND Fine dining. Outstanding art. Classic architecture. Live theater, historic homes, lush parks, super shopping and a working waterfront. Maine’s best-known city, Portland, has it all. Portland is rated one of the top cities in the eastern United States for “foodies.” Award-winning chefs direct kitchens that turn out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger urban centers. Twice-weekly vibrant and growing farmers’ markets offer a bounty of local and organic produce, meats and cheeses throughout the summer months. You can eat casually, perhaps enjoying a lobster roll while seated on a dockside bench, or elegantly, at one of the city’s five-star restaurants offering a tasting menu of Maine grown delights such as rabbit, venison or scallops. A stroll through the popular Arts District might include visits to the Portland Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Maine, not far apart on the city’s main artery, Congress Street. Within walking distance, you’ll find a number of intriguing art galleries, antique shops, studios and theaters. For the history buff, Portland is bursting with places of interest and tours of such landmarks as Victoria Mansion, the childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the Portland Observatory Museum with its breathtaking views of Casco Bay, Back Cove and Mt. Washington.

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Stroll along cobblestone streets with gas light fixtures, past classic Victorian style brick buildings, and you’ll think you’ve returned to an enchanted by-gone era. Today this classic architectural motif and stylish old-world surroundings provide the Old Port with its signature character and make it one of Portland most popular vacation attractions. The Old Port spans about six blocks of undeniable charm and vitality. You’ll find a delightful eclectic selection of boutiques, galleries, antique shops, jewelry stores and restaurants. It’s a place that invites you to look for one-of-kind art pieces, stylish outfits, hard to find culinary items and mementoes of Maine. Your dining experiences in the Old Port range from traditional lobster dinners, to exotic delicacies presented with flair and style, 52

to a chilidog from a street vendor. Adding to the zest of the Old Port is the city’s working waterfront harbor centered on Commercial Street. At first blush the hubbub that goes on in the harbor may seem too chaotic. But there seems to be an invisible choreographer that keeps pedestrians and commercial traffic flowing with a poetic elegance. The tapestry of activity you find here includes fish markets, ferry services, fashionable condos, rustic eateries and docks where whale watching and cruise boats take you out to “see.” Today the Old Port is one of Portland’s most visited destinations. Each summer the Old Port Festival attracts thousands of visitors for a lively parade, entertainment, food and great family fun.

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Baxter House Museum

South St., Gorham Built 1797; birthplace of James Baxter. Area artifacts and records. 207-839-5031

Cape Elizabeth Light

Route 77, Cape Elizabeth Two Lights State Park. 207-799-5871

Children’s Museum of Maine

142 Free Street, Portland Next to Portland Museum of Art Interactive fun for ages 1-10. 207-828-1234

Desert of Maine

95 Desert Rd., Freeport Former farm now in desert. Nature trails, museum. 207-865-6962

1 Long Wharf, Old Port Exchange

Trips to Admiral Robert Peary’s summer home on Eagle Island. 207-774-6498

Fort Preble

Preble St., South Portland Built in 1808. Southern Maine Technical College.

Greater Portland Landmarks

165 State St., Portland Largest architectural library north of Boston. 90-minute tours June 16-Columbus Day. 207-774-5561

Maine History Gallery

489 Congress St., Portland Historical Society display. 207-879-0427


Maine Narrow Gauge

Railroad Company and Museum 58 Fore St., Portland Features train rides. Tour the historic museum with its cabooses, railcars and locomotives. 207-828-0814

Portland Harbor Museum

SMTC Campus, Spring Point, So. Portland Area maritime history. 207-799-6337

Portland Head Light

Shore Rd., Cape Elizabeth At Fort Williams. Museum, marine artifacts, gift shop. 207-799-2661

Portland Museum of Art

7 Congress Sq., Portland Decorative and fine arts 18th century to present. 207-775-6148

Southworth Planetarium

96 Falmouth St., Portland On USM campus. Has 65 projectors.

Tate House

1270 Westbrook Street, Portland Mast agent’s 1755 house, period furnishings, 18th-century herb garden overlooking river. Guided tours. 207-774-9781

Winslow Homer Studio

Prouts Neck, 12 miles south of Portland. At junction of Rtes. 77 and 207. Where the 19th-century artist painted for his last decades. No tours.

PORTLAND LANDMARKS When Portland’s fabled Union Station, the rail center on Saint John Street, was demolished in 1961 it created such a public outrage that it inspired the beginning of the historic preservation of Maine buildings and iconic locations. The Greater Portland Landmarks has been at the forefront to increase awareness and appreciation of these historic places. Call (207) 774-5561 for more information. Listed below are just a few of Portland’s architectural treasures.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House

(1785-1786) 487 Congress Street. The oldest house on Portland’s peninsula and home of the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

McLellan Sweat Mansion

(1800) 103 Spring Street. Successful as a shipping merchant, Hugh McLellan constructed his mansion to reflect a new popular style of the day with larger windows and carved décor.

Portland Observatory

(1807) built on Portland’s highest spot by Lemuel Moody. Used to watch for ships entering the harbor and send signals to help ships in danger and approaching storms.

First Parish Church

(1825-1826) 425 Congress Street. The oldest church in Portland and site where Maine’s Constitution was drafted. A cannonball from the British attack that burned Portland is located inside the church.

Victoria Mansion

(1855-1860) 109 Danforth Street. Built by Ruggles S. Morse in the Italianate style with a tall central tower. It was a summer home for Morse and his family who decorated it with art works of European and America masters. Called the “villa” because it was inspired by the 15th to 17th century villas of Italy.

United States Custom House

(1868-1871) 312 Fore Street. Following the Civil War Portland harbor became a hub of commerce and needed a new building for government record keeping. It was designed to look like a European palace and built with Maine granite.

Soldiers & Sailors Monument

(1891) Centerpiece of Monument Square. Following the Civil War the people of the city honored all soldiers and sailors who died in battle with this bronze statue of Nike, goddess of Victory.



Freeport is a historic coastal Maine village with over 170 retailers, upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, charming B&B’s, hotels, fantastic restaurants & casual cafes. It’s also home to world-famous L.L.Bean. L.L. Bean started in Freeport in 1912 with 100 pairs of boots. By 1982 the store’s immense popularity with shoppers inspired more than 130 brand name outlet stores, boutiques, specialty stores, fabulous restaurants and gift shops to open their businesses in Freeport. Today Freeport is a tourist destination with more than 3.5 million visitors annually. Adding to your shopping experience are open air concerts series, talks with tips 56

on outdoor activities, art festivals and street performers. A short distance from the thriving downtown you can find the amazing Desert of Maine with natural 70-foot sand dunes; Winslow Memorial Park with a beach, boat landing, playground and campsites; the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Sanctuary with day camp and trails through woods and fields and Wolfe’s Neck Start Park offering 233 acres to explore. While you’re here make time to visit South Freeport (or as the locals like to say: So.Free.Me) and one of Maine’s best family-owned seafood restaurants, Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company, where they serve seafood fresh off the boat!

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ty of lovely shops, restaurants and wineries To the Maine visitor who prefers boatto investigate. And although early settlers ing to beach bumming, there is no better to the Midcoast area focused primarily on region to explore than the Midcoast. The building Maine’s fishing and boatbuilding shoreline along this area—stretching south industries, they also built dozens of majestic to north from Brunswick and Harpswell to sea captains’ mansions, many of which are Belfast and Bucksport—is dramatic, and open for touring. reflective of Maine’s rich maritime history. Bowdoin College is another destinaUnlike the sandy seashores of Southern tion that draws visiMaine, this region features “I can’t believe this is my backtors, many of whom a rougher, rockier coastyard, the mountains, the islands, enjoy strolling through line more in keeping with the tides, the light, are an ever its beautiful tree-line Hollywood’s picture of the changing source of joy.” campus on the edge Pine Tree State. — Pat Daley, Camden of Brunswick. The Comprised of thouschool’s Museum of sands of peninsulas, inlets, Art is world-renowned, and located just coves, harbors and islands, Midcoast is a a short walk from the town’s downtown magnet for shipping, sailing and boat buildwhere you can browse through craft shops, ing. Bath Iron Works is located here, as are restaurants and galleries serving some of hundreds of seafaring residents who make Maine’s best artists and crafters. You also their livings from the ocean. Excursion can enjoy a concert on the town’s grassy boats of all shapes and sizes, from windjammall (complete with gazebo) that becomes a mers to working lobster boats, offer pasconcert hall on Wednesday evenings during sengers close encounters with whales, seals, the summer. seabirds and lighthouses. Throughout the Midcoast region, sumIf your interests lean more toward terra mer means strawberry, blueberry and lobfirma, there are plenty of other reasons to ster festivals and there are farmers’ markets visit the Midcoast. Here you will find quaint cropping up in almost every town. Camden fishing villages to explore, historic sites, and Rockland are the sites of two of the museums—the Maine Maritime Museum is larger of these. especially engrossing—and of course plen60

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Drive onto Maine Street in Brunswick and you’ll see a curious sight – a street that spans 198 feet. It may be the widest street in New England. The street makes room for an inviting spacial grassy mall where town folks and visitors can picnic, relax on benches and listen to free concerts. Not far from this open area is Bowdoin College, one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the country. The Maine State Music Theater, the Nathaniel LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Hawthorne Library and

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the Perry-MacMillan Arctic Museum are all located on campus. Brunswick prides itself on several historic districts which include the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, and the Pennellville Historic District, which preserves the mansions built by shipbuilders and sea captains. Below Brunswick you’ll find the Harpswell Peninsula. A unique coastal community that recently celebrated their 250th birthday, Harpswell, for decades, has been a the place to go for vacationers seeking a saltwater geta-way, a serene way of life and an abundance of natural beauty. With its 216 miles of coastline you’ll have a scenic ride past coves, inlets and woodlands with a choice to veer toward Harpswell Center or Orr’s Island. Take both. From Orr’s Island you get to Bailey Island by crossing the Cribstone Bridge. You’ll marvel at the authenticity of its working harbors.

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BATH, PHIPPSBURG, GEORGETOWN, & WOOLWICH Bath is home to Bath Iron Works where skilled workers build and repair US Navy warships; just one mile square, you’ll find a bustling harbor, gracious tree lined thoroughfares and a vibrant tourist friendly downtown with shops, galleries, and restaurants as well as recreational activities like golf, fishing and boating … or take a harbor cruise for a waterside view of the historic districts and area lighthouses. To experience Bath’s connection to the sea visit the Maine Maritime Museum. You’ll learn about shipbuilding, the sea trade, lobstering and the dangers of sea life through exhibits, displays and painting or you can take a river boat ride and tour a Grand Banks schooner. Live entertainment thrives at the Center for the Arts at Chocolate Church, a renovated church built in 1846 in a distinctive gothic style. Visit neighboring West Bath to bird watch and take nature walks at the Hamilton Sanctuary operated by the Maine Audubon Society. Stretching down from Bath is the Phippsburg Peninsula. Half way down the peninsula you’ll come to the celebrated town of Phippsburg. You’ll like the charm of this town where lobstermen work their traps and where you can find antiques, collectibles and galleries. A great place to relax is Popham Beach State Park where you can enjoy its gentle beach and quiet picnic areas. To see one of the last undeveloped barrier beaches on the Atlantic visit Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area. Traveling north from Bath, you’ll arrive at the town of Woolwich. As you drive through the unimposing neighborhoods you’ll see many examples of stately homes. Some homes have been converted to B&Bs and are filled with antique and period pieces that will add to the ambi-

ance of your visit. For an appreciation of the impact Native Americans have had in the development of the area, visit the Woolwich Historical Society. It is housed in a 1910 farmhouse and displays early settlers’ lives and historical artifacts. Following the gentle curves of Route 127 you’ll come to two island communities. One is Arrowsic, with four lighthouses, hiking trails up 66 hilly peaks and acres of scenic woodland and river banks. The other island is Georgetown, bounded by the Kennebec and Sasanoa Rivers and Sheepscot Bay giving you 82 miles of shoreline to enjoy. Bring your camera or just your imagination to recall the beauty of the sandy beaches, boat filled harbors, rocky coast line, protected coves and wooded marshes. Hiking and bird watching enthusiasts should visit the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary; a wooded park with two and a half miles of trails through meadows, forests and the rocky shoreline. Reid State Park also offers scenic views of salt marshes, dunes and woodlands, plus fine sand beaches and surf crashing against rocky ledges.


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The literal translation of the word “Wiscasset” by the Abenaki Indians is “coming out from the harbor but you don’t see where.” When you enter this charming town, you see the result of the vision and hard work that built it into a major seaport. Often considered the Gateway to Mid-coast Maine, see if you don’t agree it has reason enough to call itself “Maine’s Prettiest Village.”

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Prosperous sea merchants during its ship building heyday lined the curving streets with elegant homes, many built in the classic Federal style. Two excellent examples of this period have been turned into museums are: Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House, both built in 1807. Many of the other homes have been converted to first class lodgings, shops and restaurants. Stroll the brick sidewalks among these elegant buildings and you’ll find antique and gift shops, art galleries, boutiques and historical landmarks. For more background about Wiscasset visit the 1811 Lincoln County Museum & Old Jail. Other attractions that will add to your visit are the customs house, the 1812 Powder House, the botanical Sunken Garden and public library housed in the old bank building. You can include a musical interlude into your holiday when you visit the Musical Wonder House. Guides will demonstrate antique music boxes from around the world and perform on grand player pianos and other instruments. If you can’t resist cuddly things take a short drive north to visit an alpaca farm. Across the river you’ll find Fort Edgecomb built in 1808 to protect the town harbor. Its octagon blockhouse built with handhewn beams shows the skillful engineering of the time. 67



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Harbor as #2 of the top ten prettiest villages in Maine, why estled on the rocky coast of Maine, just 166 miles north of Boston, the Boothbay Harbor Region offers Yachting Magazine listed it as one of the ‘50 Best Towns’, and what it means to be selected as one of “America’s Top 12 endless possibilities of things to see and do. Small Town ArtPlaces”! Whether you prefer to: • spend a day on the water Welcome to a seafood lover’s paradise where land lovers can • explore the stunning botanical gardens (ranked at number find plenty to satisfy their culinary proclivity too. With over 50 one on TripAdvisor’s top ten public gardens in the U.S. in 2013!) restaurants in season you’ll have plenty of options for dining. • hike one of our nature preserves If you have a passion for the arts, be prepared to fall • take in a concert or theater performance passionately in love with the Boothbay Harbor Region. • play a round of golf • or simply explore the shops, restaurants, and art galleries Exceptionally rich in arts and culture since the late 1800’s, the Boothbay Harbor Region has carried its notable stature the Boothbay Harbor Region has something for all. into the 21st Century offering a diverse mix of galleries, Come experience the Boothbay Harbor Region and see for artisan studios, live theater, music venues, educational arts, yourself why Down East Magazine readers ranked Boothbay workshops and retreats in every art form imaginable.

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Join us for our festival celebrations that have been the heartbeat of our region for generations including: April 25-27 Fisherman’s Festival June 22-28 52nd Annual Windjammer Days week with the windjammers coming into port on June 24-25 July 4th Fireworks in Boothbay Harbor Aug 29-Sept 5 Harbor Fest September 18 3rd Annual Claw Down Chef’s Lobster Bite Competition October 11-12 Fall Foliage Festival November 22 Early Bird Sale December 6 29th Annual Harbor Lights Festival Visit our website for a complete listing of events at Scan our QR code to use our mobile app and search for places to eat, shop, play, stay, events and services. Call us at 207.633.2353, visit us at 192 Townsend Lane in Boothbay Harbor or at our website at or Facebook. com/ boothbayharbor and email us for a complimentary travel guide to the region at

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MAINE AQUARIUM From the moment you enter the quaint Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor you can tell you are in for an aquatic treat. When you go into the main gallery you’ll think you’ve been transported to a rocky section of the Maine coast. Your kids will be in heaven playing at the many interactive displays and the touch tanks, where they get to hold and touch all sorts of watery creatures. In the 20 foot long elevated touch tank – the largest in Maine - you and your kids will be amazed by the multitude of invertebrates crawling among the rocky bottom. You can feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin and, if you’re in a playful mood, get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. You can even watch as the moon snail pulls in its enormous “gooey” foot and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach. Yuck!... but what fun!!! Don’t fall into the 850 gallon tank. It’s filled with small sharks and skates. 70

Not to worry, though, the aquarium staff enjoys guiding visitors on the safe and respectful way to touch these incredible creatures. When you are all done inside the aquarium, head out to the picturesque sitting area with your packed lunch and enjoy the beautiful harbor. The Maine State Aquarium is located at 194 McKown Point Road, West Boothbay Harbor and operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. (207-633-9559) Email:

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Your vacation to this colorful New England seaport will be a memorable one. You’ll delight in the beauty of the rocky coast and the harbor with its lobster boats and schooners at dock and the scenic cruises around the islands. Seagate with its 25 modern rooms and at-door parking is within walking distance to many good restaurants and lobster wharfs and shops. We strive to give you the best, so why not let us help you with your vacation plans. Heat, A/C, Heated Pool & Putting Green. Reservations Welcomed

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The Main Street bridge over the Damariscotta River separates the towns of Damariscotta or Newcastle. Known as the “Twin Villages” both towns will entice you with their rich history, exquisite examples of architecture and natural beauty. While here make sure to visit the Chapman Hall House, Walpole Meeting House, Colonial Pemaquid Restoration and Fort William Henry. Include the Pemaquid Lighthouse and Fisherman’s Museum. Visit the Whaleback Shell Midden to learn more about the Indian rituals and feasts of the time. Down the peninsula you’ll arrive at the communities of Bristol, Pemaquid, New

Harbor and Round Pond among others. They’re great places for swimming, hiking, golfing, tennis, riding and camping during the summer season. With so much water around you can go fresh and salt water sailing, boating and canoeing or deep sea fishing and on scenic cruises. For a refreshing experience in the arts visit the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. The Round Top Center for the Arts showcases the works of talented artists in a renovated dairy barn. In Newcastle you can take time for reflection at historic St. Patrick’s, the Oldest Catholic Church north of Boston and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

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Dozens of picturesque islands, celebrated lighthouse and charming harbors bobbing with lobster buoys inhabit the Penobscot Bay. Along with the natural and man made wonders, historic inns, boutiques, shops, galleries, and fine restaurants have made Rockland a popular spot for visitors. One of the area’s most respected art centers is the Farnsworth Art Museum located downtown. A visit to its elegant galleries will show you an extensive collection of American art, including many 18th through 21st century artists. An engineering marvel that protects Rockland Harbor and helped secure its fishing industry is the 4,300-foot granite breakwater that extends into Penobscot Bay. It provides you with a great place to fish and watch working and pleasure sea crafts or stroll out to the Breakwater Lighthouse. There’s reason to believe that Rock-

land’s claim as the “Lobster Capital of the World” has merit. Each year in early August Rockland hosts a five-day mammoth lobster festival celebrated with 25,000 pounds of lobsters in a wonderful party atmosphere. For festival lovers, don’t miss Rockland’s Schooner Days in early July with the country’s largest windjammer fleet sailing in procession in the harbor or the North American Blues Festival held in Harbor Park.

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While many writers, artists and crafters have been drawn to Camden’s tree shaded streets, elegant homes, white painted churches and colorful flower gardens, don’t be misled by its genteel appearance. You’ll find a lively selection of first-rate accommodations, restaurants and shops. In summer Camden is a hiker’s and camper’s paradise. Camden Hills State Park is this region’s 6,500 acre playground. Trails take you to the top of Mount Battie

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In the summer season of sailing, you can hear the conch shell ring through the air marking the Appledore setting out of the harbor and into the sea. This beautiful 86foot schooner was built in Maine in 1979 using centuries-old techniques to create a traditional vessel. It is Mid-Coast Maine’s largest daysailer. From the massive spars to the glossy grain of varnished wood, the moment you step foot onto its classic wooden deck, the sailing experience begins. John McKean –called “the Commodore” by his crew and passengers alike, has operated this family venture for over two decades. Her maiden voyage circumnavigated the world covering more than 20,000 miles and visiting 62 ports of call. Since the Commodore has been operating the Appledore, its home lies between two ports: Camden, Maine during the summer months and Key West, Florida in the winter. The Appledore crew makes the sailing experience exciting and always interesting with all the knowledge and storytelling that is shared with passengers. The schooner has three below-deck cabins that include 26 90

bunks, a galley, and two heads (bathrooms). Living aboard the boat, the crew calls the Appledore home. John McKean takes pride in offering his crew a unique and exciting vocation with a chance to preserve historic tradition. The schooner offers four two-hour trips daily. The comfortable broad deck ensures that passengers fully enjoy the big-boat experience. In addition to the experience of being on a traditional tall ship, the passengers will have the chance to get involved by hauling sails, taking a turn at the wheel, or simply relaxing and taking in all the scenery. Passengers will see breathtaking views, will sail past Curtis Island Lighthouse, and will see wildlife that includes osprey, eagles, and porpoises. Sunset cruises are truly breathtaking. Children and pets are always welcome! Some special events include full-moon and fireworks sails. The Appledore is also a fully licensed bar, and the crew is always happy to serve its passengers from the selection of beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks. The crew is known from Camden to Key West for its famous Bloody Mary. It is recommended to take a look at the weather before booking a sail. Call for reservations directly to get the best prices. For reservations: Call 207.236.8353 or stop by the Appledore table on Bayview Landing in Camden Harbor. You can also search online at

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CRUISING THE COAST To really “sea Maine,” you have to be willing to step away from the land, get on a boat, and just cruise off into the sunset, or the sunrise if you prefer. With 5,500 miles of breathtakingly beautiful coastline—and skippers in every port ready to play host aboard yachts, schooners, windjammers and even lobster boats—finding a floating vessel to satisfy every preference is a snap. According to the state’s Office of Tourism, “Day sailors or private charters can be found at most major harbors along the coast. Maine also has America’s largest fleet of traditional windjammer schooners, offering overnight passenger trips from three to six days.” Short cruises can last for a morning, an afternoon or an evening. Sunset sails are especially popular, as are daytime trips that provide the opportunity to watch lobstermen hauling their traps. Longer cruises for anywhere from six to 40 participants can last for up to a week. Gaining in popularity are fall cruises, best taken during September and October, when the days are warm, the nights are cool, the foliage is fabulous and the pace of life has begun to slow. If it’s marine life you enjoy, there are whale watching tours, and sightseeing cruises that let you enjoy observing puffins and seals in their natural habitat. “There’s a lot to enjoy in a two-hour trip,” says “Commodore” John McKean, founder of the company that sails the Schooner Appledore out of Camden Harbor. “People always want to see lighthouses,” he adds, “and we can pretty much guarantee that, unless it’s so foggy you can’t see your feet.” He says on longer trips he likes to sail past Dark Harbor in Islesboro so passengers can ogle the large mansions that line the shore. “The average house size is 40-plus rooms,” he says. “It’s jaw dropping.”

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McKean says his passengers don’t need to worry about seasickness. “You don’t get seasick on Penobscot Bay,” he says. “It’s so gentle.” What he does suggest is that guests dress in layers, as the temperature on the wharf is usually a lot warmer than it is on the open ocean. “Come prepared with sun cover too,” he says, “but mostly come prepared to have fun.” If your itinerary takes you farther south to Boothbay Harbor, you may want to check out Balmy Days Cruises, a family business with Captain Bill Campbell at the helm. Following in the footsteps of his father Bob, Captain Bill runs an operation that offers two-hour trips to Monhegan Island, 90-minute sailing excursions, narrated one-hour harbor cruises, two-hour mackerel fishing jaunts and a “living history” tour of the Burnt Island lighthouse and island. 93

LINCOLNVILLE Lincolnville spans two settlements, each with its own personality and attractions. At broad Lincolnville Beach, sections of sand and pebbles (depending on the tide) draw visitors for play and relaxation. The shallow water is ideal for wading on a warm day. Also here, you can visit a cluster of shops and restaurants or hop the ferry to quiet Islesboro. Look for two cannons placed (but never used) to repel the British in the War of 1812. Drive inland to Lincolnville Center’s rolling farmland, scenic ponds, and one of the area’s three wineries. Whatever your idea of the perfect escape is, you can find it in Lincolnville. From the drama of the rocky Maine coast to the tranquility of lush green mountains, Lincolnville’s natural beauty offers something for everyone in every season. Explore our beach and watch the ferry make its way to the island of Islesboro. Kayak in a freshwater lake or cross-country ski through wooded trails. Stay at one of our area’s fine lodging establishments. Browse our craft shops and fine art galleries. Enjoy fresh lobster and fine cuisine at Lincolnville’s renowned restaurants. Watch lobster boats haul in the catch of the day, or hike up a mountain for the breathtaking sight of a Penobscot Bay sunset.

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ATTRACTIONS Belfast Museum

10 Market St., Belfast Open June 1-Columbus Day or by appt. 207-338-9229.

Camden Hills State Park

Route 1, Camden Breathtaking views from Mt. Battie.

Children’s Chapel

Calderwood Lane, Rockport Beautiful gardens. A serene spot.

Conway Homestead

Conway Rd., off Route 1, Camden 207-236-2257

Fort Knox Historical Site

Route 174, Prospect Tours, snack bar. 207-469-7719

Fort Pownall Site

Stockton Springs. Site of 1759 fort built to defend the British claim to Maine.

Fort St. George

St. George River Dating from 1809, accessible by boat.

Franklin Island Light

Friendship, Built in 1805. Accessible by boat.

Friendship Museum

Route 220, Friendship, Antique Friendship sloops.

Grindle Point Lighthouse

and Sailors’ Memorial Museum Gilkey’s Harbor, Grindle Point, Islesboro (ferry from Lincolnville)

Homestead and Olson House

Elm and Main St., Rockland Wyeth family collection, house museum. All year.

Knox Mansion (Montpelier)

Routes 1 and 131, Thomaston 1930’s replica of the 1793 home of Maj. Gen. Henry Knox. 207-354-8062

Knox Mill Museum

Mechanic St., Camden Lincolnville Hist. Society Route 173, Lincolnville

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Gateway Center, Park St., Rockland 207-594-3301

Marshall Pt. Lighthouse/Museum

Marshall Point Rd., Port Clyde Open June-September. 207-372-6450

Mathews Museum of Maine Heritage Union Fairgrounds, Rte. 17 207-785-3321

Portland Harbor Museum

SMTC Campus, Spring Point, So. Portland Area maritime history. 207-799-6337

Old German Meetinghouse

Route 32, Waldoboro National historic site, open July-August.

Owls Head Light

Route 73 to North Shore Dr., Owls Head Built 1825. Safe trails to rocks.

Owls Head Trans. Museum

Route 73, Owls Head, Pre-1930s autos, cycles, airplanes and engines. 207-594-4418

Penobscot Marine Museum

Route 1, Searsport Marine artifacts and paintings in street of buildings. 207-548-2529

Rockland Breakwater Light

In fine weather only, walk almost a mile-long breakwater to lighthouse.

Rockport Opera House

6 Central Street, Rockport Tickets and information, call 207-236-2823.

Thompson’s Ice House

Route 129, South Bristol See ice cut the old-fashioned way.


BELFAST & BEYOND The East Penobscot Bay Region reaches from Belfast in the east to Ellsworth in the west, taking in a number of peninsulas and islands. In summer this is an ideal area for sailing and kayaking; in fall, the scarlet wild blueberry barrens are a sight to see.


Belfast offers an unmatched view of the open sea. This stunning seascape along with the remarkable collection of Federal, Victorian, Greek revival and Italian style homes built by sea merchants has lured artists, writers and crafts people to live in the area. Boasting a quaint downtown with shoplined streets, Belfast is an ideal place to find antiques, souvenirs, collectibles, Mainemade crafts and much more.


Searsport got its name from David Sears who made a fortune in the sea business and the China trade. You can see many of the artifacts brought back from these travels in the Penobscot Marine Museum. If you like antiques and flea markets you’ll be in heaven walking the brick sidewalks in the historic downtown.

Blue Hill

The town of Blue Hill is on the east side of the peninsula. Today, it is known for it crafts, pottery, and an eclectic collection

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of 620,000 music titles available at Bagaduc Music Library. Students perform at the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Center.


On the west coast of the peninsula you’ll find the quiet harbor town of Castine. Today Castine is the home of Maine Maritime Academy. Visitors to Castine may enjoy several historic sites and parks, a deepwater harbor, tennis, golf, great restaurants, and more.

Deer Island

You can reach Deer Island by a short drive across the bridge from the Blue Hill Peninsula. Fishing communities dot this picturesque island which artists have discovered and captured with their paintings. The romance and mystique of Deer Isle was captured by John Steinbeck in his book Travels with Charley.

Stonington & Stockton Springs

Stonington, at the southern most tip of Deer Isle, remains an active harbor town that invites touring and picture taking. West of Belfast and Searsport you’ll find Stockton Springs home to Fort Point State Park and Fort Point Light, both located on Fort Point, a peninsula on Cape Jellison.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Traveling up Rt. 1 toward Bucksport prepare yourself for a spectacular scenic view thanks to the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. Spanning the Penobscot River, this engineering marvel has a 42-story tower as one of its support structures making it America’s only observatory bridge. Looking out from the observation tower you have a breath-taking 360-degree panoramic view that stretches to the Camden Hills to the south, Mount Desert Island to the east and Mount Katahdin to the northwest.

Every Room Has A Spectacular View of the Penobscot Bay!


njoy the amenities of this multi-award winning property. Every room overlooks the water, and comes complete with refrigerator, microwave, free WIFI and free hot breakfast. We feature an in-

the day exploring the area, treat yourself to dinner in Ocean’s Edge Restaurant, for a comfortable, casual dining experience overlooking the water.

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BUCKSPORT Located at the mouth of the Penobscot River, Bucksport is the perfect intersection of history, nature, industry, and culture. A walk along the town’s million-dollar walkway gives visitors a glorious view of the tidal harbor and of Fort Knox, a fully casemated granite fort (circa 1844). Also visible from the walkway is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory. At the east end of the walkway, pedestrians can gaze across the river at the spot on Verona Island where Admiral Robert Peary’s ship Roosevelt was built in 1905. A small coastal town founded in 1792, Bucksport is believed to be the basis for the fictional town Collinsport in the 1960s TV show Dark Shadows (and the 2012 movie by the same name starring Johnny Depp). Bucksport’s Main Street boasts its own independent bookseller, Bookstacks, and features its own independent movie theater, The Alamo, supported by Northeast Historic Film, which is headquartered at the same location. A summer jaunt into Bucksport means visitors can enjoy a favorite local treat, an ice cream from Wahl’s Dairy Port, known to locals as “the ice cream parlor.” For those wanting to wet their whistle or grab a bite to eat, several year-round restaurants cater to those seeking everything from fresh seafood to vegetable chow mein. An annual Bay Festival draws tens of

thousands of visitors to town each summer for food, fun, and fireworks, with other seasonal celebrations including a Halloween-themed Ghostport festival and winterthemed Frost Fest. Dozens of miles of hiking trails are available free to the public year-round for hiking, jogging, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, and dogs on leashes are welcome. Within half an hour of downtown Bucksport, there are also 11 lakes and ponds, many of which are open to the public for swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating, as well as sites for camping, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and mountain biking. In nearby Winterport, come spend enjoyable days at the race track taking in many different events including shows. See an array of cars, trucks and more! Race Nostalgia Day is Aug 4 (rain date: Aug 11). And for those looking for a break on the long car ride to Bar Harbor or points east along the coast, Bucksport offers two excellent playgrounds within minutes of Main Street. For those wishing to extend their stay, local accommodations include an off-grid lakeside B&B, two motor inns and a Hotel with water views. The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, located on Main Street, welcomes visitors year-round and includes an information booth that is open 24 hours a day.

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pounding surfs, the blueberry barrens, and Mount Desert Island, Acadia National the unusual rock formations. Park, Bar Harbor and Cadillac MounShould you choose to fly into Bangor, tain—these are the breathtakingly beautiyou will land at the spacious and well-apful destinations that call most visitors to pointed Bangor International Airport, a joint the Downeast region of Maine. Natives and civil-military operation visitors alike know, “Bangor offers many benefits of a just three miles west of however, that there is big city yet retains a small town feel the city’s downtown. more to see and do in … It’s home to the American Folk Take a car and drive this area, a lot more! Festival, and many of Maine’s travel north to visit the UniThe residents of versity of Maine at OroDowneast Maine often destinations are only an hour away.” no with its busy Collins claim to be the “real —Susan McCallum, Plymouth Center for the Arts; Mainers,” and they south for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge sniff at those who apply this curious appeland Observatory and Fort Knox; west for lation to the entire state. Regardless, they lake fishing and farmers markets; and east welcome visitors with true down-home hosfor a scenic coastal tour that stretches to pitality, in locales such as the twin cities of Eastport and Jonesport, home to a bevy of Bangor and Brewer, Bucksport, Ellsworth, award-winning artisans. Don’t leave BanTrenton, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Hargor, though, before checking out the new bor, Deer Isle, Blue Hill, Stonington, MaRiverfront Park, the 31-foot statue of Paul chias, Calais and Prospect Harbor. Bunyan, and the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Starting at Bangor, an up and coming Raceway. The latter is conveniently located small city-big town on the banks of the Pejust across the street from the spectacular nobscot River, you could call this region the new Cross Convention Center where you gateway to Maine’s “other half.” Drive the might catch a concert or two. entire length of Route 1 from the southern Rest assured that wherever you choose border and by the time you reach Bangor to visit in this region, you’ll find comfortyou’ve only seen half of what the state has able accommodations and delicious food to to offer. Plan well and your itinerary can suit any budget. ensure that you have time to take it all in— the spectacular sunrises, the vast vistas, the 102


The mighty Penobscot River cascades down from northern Maine’s timberland past Orono and between the sister cities of Bangor and Brewer on its way to the Gulf of Maine. In the mid-1800s the vast supply of harvested trees that flowed down the Penobscot helped establish Bangor as the leading lumber port in the world. At the time it was considered the world’s richest city per capita and called the “Queen City of the East.” If you enjoy outdoor activities visit any of the 30 recreational areas, woodlands and waterways, including the 650-acre City Forest. You’ll find miles of trails for jogging, biking, cross country hiking, sailing, fishing and winter sports. You’ll also discover scenic paths along the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag Stream, famous for its annual canoe race. Bring a picnic to Grotto Cascade Park where you’ll see a lighted water fountain and 20-foot water fall. Kids will have fun in the Maine Discovery Museum and music lovers will en-

joy the Bangor Symphony. Established in 1896, it’s the oldest symphony in the U.S. You can also hear free concerts in city parks performed by the Bangor Band.You’ll find many art studios and galleries downtown. Don’t miss the summer sidewalk art festival. You have the Bangor Mall for shopping, one of the country’s oldest state fairs provides agricultural exhibits and entertainment, Cole Land Transportation Museum, art galleries, music festivals, the Bangor Raceway, and the Hollywood Slots, Maine’s first slot machine center. North along the river is Orono, first settled in 1774 and home of the University of Maine. Starting with 2 teachers and 12 students in 1868, today the enrollment is more than 11,000. When you tour the campus you’ll see the Maine Center for the Arts, Hudson Museum, the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory, a theater, art museum, modern sporting facilities and the state’s largest library. 103

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East of Bucksport is Ellsworth. Today, Ellsworth welcomes visitors to its many restaurants, accommodations, large shopping centers, tennis courts and golf courses, public marina, theaters and art center. While here visit the Black Mansion where you’ll see a fine exhibit of rare period furniture as costumed guides give historical details of the era. A great place for a “nature” picnic is The Stanwood Museum and Bird Sanctuary, also known as “Birdsacre.” This museum features a nature walk through a variety of Maine wildflowers, woodland, small ponds and a bird nesting area. How appropriate that Mount Desert Island, one of Maine’s most popular vacation destinations, has a passing resemblance to a lobster claw. For when you cross the bridge from Trenton on the mainland to tour the island you’ll be greeted by countless hard to resist invitations to a lobster feast, a perennial Maine favorite. Mount Desert Island is the third largest island in the continental U.S. encompassing 108 square miles. Its dramatic beauty comes in large part from the seventeen mountains that rise from the sea and the shores of four lakes. There are countless smaller ponds and scenic spots and more than 120 miles of hik-

ing trails and roads that meander throughout the island for touring by car, biking, hiking and skiing. Somes Sound divides the island. By coincidence this division identifies both the geography and attitude of the island and from the air makes the island look appropriately like a lobster claw. The area west of Somes Sound, including Southwest Harbor and Tremont offers you a more sedate and secluded atmosphere. In contrast, the eastern side around Bar Harbor has more active tourist attractions. Mount Desert Island’s scenic reputation blossomed in the 1840s when artists from the Hudson River School popularized the area. Their idyllic depictions of the ocean, landscapes and mountain views in their paintings inspired journalists, sports figures and “rusticators” to adopt the island for their holiday get-away. Today millions of vacationers enjoy accommodations from grand hotels to family camping and restaurants of all kinds, golf, ocean canoeing and kayaking, Windjammer cruises, whale-watching rips and deep-sea fishing, 11 museums, music festivals, as well as several art galleries and boutiques. 107

ATTRACTIONS Abbe Museum (two sites)

Maine Maritime Academy

Asticou Azalea Gardens

Oceanarium (two sites)

Sieur de Monts Spring, Route 3, and Mt. Desert Street, downtown Bar Harbor Maine Indian artifacts. 207-288-3519 Jct. of Routes 3 & 198, Northeast Hbr. Over 20 varieties of azaleas.

Cole Land Trans. Museum

405 Perry Rd., Bangor, 200 antique vehicles, WWII memorial. 207-990-3600

Colonel Black Mansion

Route 172, Ellsworth, Georgian period house, furniture, carriages, gardens. 207-667-8671

Fort Knox Historical Site

Route 174, Stockton Springs, Built 1844. Tours, snack bar, picnic area, gift shop. 207-469-7719

Maine Discovery Museum

74 Main Street, Bangor, Three floors with seven hands-on exhibits for youngsters/adults. 207-262-7200

Maine Forest and Logging Museum

Route 178, Bradley, so. of Old Town, Living history museum, working water wheel-powered sawmill. 207-581-2871

Battle Ave., Castine. Tour Academy founded 1942, plus State of Maine training ship too when in port. 207-236-4311 Route 3, Bar Harbor and possibly on Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor, Lobster hatchery, sea life tanks, salt marsh trails. 207-2447330

Penobscot Marine Museum

Route 1, Searsport, Eight houses, barns, church, school, boats, marine paintings, artifacts. 207-548-2529


University of Maine, Orono, Wingate Hall, 2nd floor. 207-581-1341

Seal Cove Auto Museum

Route 102, Seal Cove, Antique luxury autos. 207-244-9242

Stanwood Homestead & Wildlife Sanctuary Route 3, Ellsworth, 100-acre sanctuary. 207-667-8460

Wild Gardens of Acadia

Sieur de Monts Spring, Acadia Open 24 hours a day. 207-288-3338

Best Western Acadia Park Inn Bar Harbor

Quiet, Peaceful and Affordable The Best Western Acadia Park Inn is an ideal place to stay when visiting the beautiful Maine coast. Open seasonally from May through October, Acadia Park Inn is a great place to call home when exploring all that Maine has to offer. Boasting personal and friendly service, this Bar Harbor hotel offers amenities such as an outdoor heated pool, convenient exterior room entrances and a daily continental breakfast. Inquire about our Special Value Packages. 452 State Highway 3 (Route 3) • Bar Harbor, Maine 800-937-8376 • 207-288-5823 •


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BAR HARBOR Called “Eden” when founded in 1796 and renamed in 1921 for the sand bar which had accumulated in the bay, Bar Harbor is the best known and largest town in the northeast section of the island and leads to one of the entrances to the park. The Great Fire of 1947 consumed 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park, 67 mansions, 5 historic grand hotels, 170 private homes and 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park. Favorable winds spared the downtown section of Bar Harbor from the fire, where several homes in the historic district operate as inns. The town also includes the villages of Hulls Cove, Salisbury Cove and Town Hill. While in downtown visit the Abbe Mu-

seum, Oceanarium and the Criterion Theater built in 1932 in the Art Deco style. Take Shore Path, which starts near the town pier and continues along the eastern shore. Bar Island, which you can walk to at low tide, gives you a spectacular view when you look back toward Bar Harbor with the towering mountain in the background. Bar Harbor is home to College of the Atlantic where you can visit the Natural History Museum and see displays of mammals, birds and maritime life. It is also the site of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Jackson Lab, the world’s largest mammalian genetic research facility.


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Bar Harbor’s Most Accommodating Hotel 95 Deluxe Rooms with King or Queen Beds Free Continental Breakfast, HBO Guest Laundry, Heated Pool, Jacuzzi Downtown 1 mile; Canada Ferry 500 yards Minutes to Acadia National Park 800-638-3636 • 207-288-3500 • AAA ◆◆◆

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Bar Harbor Villager Motel In-town Convenience, Family Friendly

63 Comfortable Guest Rooms Heated Outdoor Pool Wireless Internet, Air Conditioning, Cable TV Walk to Downtown Shops and Restaurants Close to Acadia National Park 888-383-3211 • 207-288-3211 AAA Approved

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153 Spacious Rooms with Ocean Views Extensive Conference Facilities Fitness Center Indoor and Outdoor Saltwater Pools 1 Mile to Downtown Bar Harbor Open Year-round, Groups Welcome 800-336-2463 • 207-288-5801 • AAA ◆◆◆

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itting dramatically atop a granite, terraced hillside just minutes from Acadia National Park, the Bluenose Inn offers the ultimate escape from the every day. Amenities Include: Great Room Piano Lounge, Eden Spa, Indoor and Outdoor Heated Pools, Fitness Center, Steam Room, Free Wi-Fi & more. For Reservations Call: 1-800-445-4077 90 Eden Street | Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Phone: (207) 288-3348


ocated on a 14+ acre hillside overlooking beautiful Frenchman Bay and only minutes from downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Amenities Include: Outdoor Pool, Free Wi-Fi, Most of Our Rooms are Pet-Friendly Pets Can Dine with You on Restaurant Deck Free Continental Breakfast In Season For Reservations Call: 1-888-439-8439 50 Eden Street | Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 Phone: (207) 288-3358

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Also featuring Bar Harbor’s finest selection of gifts and crafts by Maine Artisans.

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Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called “MDI”) to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side? MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound. Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards. This picturesque harbor is also filled with some of the finest yachts and sail boats in the world made right here by renown boat builders Hinckley and Morris Yachts to name just a couple.* Southwest Harbor Maine is conveniently located less than 12 miles from the town

207.244.9687 Southwest Harbor, Maine SWH/Tremont Chamber Member since 1998


of Bar Harbor. It does however feel as if it is a million miles away during the hustle and bustle of high season. There are hiking trails in the park that surround Southwest Harbor where you can virtually be alone to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, lakes and ocean. This “quieter side” of Mt Desert Island also includes the beautiful towns of Manset, Bass Harbor, Tremont and Bernard.* After a long day of hiking, biking, sailing and kayaking on this side of Acadia, you can return to your beautifully appointedbed and breakfast for rest and relaxation. Top off your day with an evening stroll to some of the finest restaurants, galleries and shops in the region.* Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website should convince you. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation. *Courtesy of


With little more than 32,000 full-time residents, Washington County is a sparsely populated but spectacularly beautiful region of Maine. It is frequently called the “Sunrise County” because of its eastern-most position in the US, where the morning sun first shines on the 48 contiguous states. According to Wikipedia, the area is economically supported by small-scale fishing operations, tourism and the blueberry business—nearly 85 percent of the world’s supply of wild blueberries comes from Washington County. This “downeast” area of Maine is one of the better places to truly get away from it all, while still having access to top-drawer accommodations, restaurants and shopping. The locals are friendly, welcoming and hardworking. Most still make their living from the fields, forests and sea. Those who do not are the many artists and crafters who have established enclaves, galleries and shops in Eastport, Lubec, Jonesport, Calais and Machias. Washington County borders New

Brunswick, Canada, and boasts a 700mile coastline. Activities for the visitor abound—bird watching, moose spotting, hiking, camping, seawater kayaking, whale watching, riding a lobster boat through a large natural whirlpool called the Old Sow. Everywhere you turn you will find scenery to take your breath away, especially if you travel the Sunrise Trail, an 85-mile multiuse route that runs through the area. Popular Washington County attractions include Campobello Island, site of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Summer Cottage (open Memorial Day through Columbus Day); lighthouses at West Quoddy Head, East Quoddy, Lubec Channel and Whitlock’s Mill; the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge; the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge; the St. Croix Island International Historic Site; Fort O’Brien; and the Ruggles House. In the region’s northern reaches, those who enjoy fishing will want to try their hand at landing smallmouth bass, lake trout and salmon from Grand Lake. 115

LUBEC Route 189 leads to the town of Lubec which was founded in 1811 and prospered from more than twenty sardine canneries and shipbuilding. With nearly 100 miles of coastline, Lubec offers a unique and ideal travel destination with unmatched natural beauty, immense tides, a wonderful climate, parks, museums, culture, and the friendliest people. Nearby you’ll find the West Quoddy Head Light and State Park. The candistriped lighthouse is Maine’s most photographed. Make a note to stop at the Visitor Center with a museum, gift shop and gallery. Hiking trails offer picturesque views where you might catch seals playing in the ocean, whales, fishermen hauling their daily catch, and waves crashing on the rocks. Lubec hosts Summer Keys, an adult music camp that features weekly evening concerts, and The Easternmost Institute for the Arts, which presents a variety of summer workshops for adults and children. Lubec also boasts Washington County’s only garden on the Maine Garden & Landscape Trail. Also, includes in the “arts”, Lubec offers “Jazz in Lubec”~ a week of jazz performances in August, and Summer Brushes ~ a painting workshop program. Across the international bridge from Lubec (bring your passport) lies beautiful Campobello Island. In the U.S. Campobello may be best known for being FDR’s “beloved island”. The historic 2,800 acre Roosevelt-Campobello International Park offers a visitor center, gardens, and tours of the Roosevelt’s 34-room “summer cottage”. The quaint waterfront village of Lubec 116

offers a variety of lodging accommodations from charming inns to motels and private home rentals. Enjoy strolling Water Street where you’ll also find a public library, galleries, and friendly-folk that all say hello!

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Roosevelt Campobello International Park Across the International Bridge in Lubec, Maine is an island that harbors 131 years of memories of one of America’s most famous families. It is a place of cherished American heritage on Canadian soil. Campobello Island was the “Beloved Island” summer home of President Franklin Delano, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and their children. This year visitors can share in the 50th anniversary celebrations of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. In August 1964 President Lyndon Johnson and Prime Minister Lester Pearson met at Campobello to officially open and dedicate the only international park in the world. The treaty created and to this day preserves FDR’s 34-room cottage and 2800 acre nature park. The Park has become a living monument to the Roosevelts’ memories and the legacy of friendship between Canada and the United States. In September 2014 PBS will premier the new Ken Burns documentary film, “The

Roosevelts.” The multi-night TV event traces the history of the three most famous Roosevelts’ namesakes: ‘Teddy,” President Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin and Eleanor. The film in part was filmed at Campobello. The 2014 season will see special celebrations of the Roosevelt legacy. Visiting the park is free to the public. Starting June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the following travel documents: U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Trusted Traveler Program Cards. For more information visit the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative website or contact the local port at (207) 733-4331. 117


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Bring your passport for a three-nation vacation based in Eastport. Start in the U.S. and enjoy everything that Eastport has to offer: galleries of work by local artists and artisans, eclectic restaurants with authentic cuisine from Mexico, Greece and Downeast, the freshest seafood anywhere, historic homes and businesses, abundant cultural events, outdoor recreation and several lighthouses. Next, visit the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and explore the Waponahki Museum to learn of their 12,000-year history in the area. Finally, go to nearby New Brunswick, Canada by car ferry or road to experience their history and culture. The Port of Eastport is busy with freighters loading up with wood products and pregnant cows for export. Closer to downtown, the fishermen bring in their catch of lobsters, scallops, clams, mussels, crabs, mackerel and halibut to the Breakwater pier, where visitors can fish without a license. Keep an eye open for whale-spotting from shore, or take a half-day whale-watch trip on the schooner Ada C. Lore during the summer season. Passamaquoddy Bay is rich in marine life year-round; in addition to seasonal minke whales and endangered right whales, you might see eagles, seals, porpoise, and the Old Sow Whirlpool, the largest in the western hemisphere. Our walkable downtown is a National Historic District, with 29 restored buildings. It’s a very satisfying walk, up one side of 118

Water Street and down the other, with views over the Bay and plenty of opportunities to stop for a cup of coffee and a meal. Whether you arrive in Eastport by car, boat or plane, you’ll find a variety of accommodations in the area, from motels and B & Bs to campgrounds. Eastport hums all year long. There are big celebrations, of course: the best Fourth of July in the state, Indian Days every August, the Salmon Festival in early September, the Pirate Festival in mid-September, and our very special international New Year’s Eve. Cultural events include films, live classical, country or folk music concerts, plays by our community theater group, art gallery openings, lectures, poetry readings and so much more. The background for all of this is the timeless rhythm of the massive tidal flow through the Bay. Come and let it relax you as you enjoy the many attractions of the area.

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Androscoggin River. L.A., as the locals call Maine visitors who prefer fresh water it, is home to a wide variety of shopping to saltwater should grab their fishing poles choices as well as a robust arts district and or their snow skis and head for the Westthe Bates College Museum of Art. If you ern Lakes and Mountains. This is where prefer antiquing, the place to go in Western huge inland bodies of water—Sebago Lake Maine is Bridgton. alone covers 46 square miles—and majesVisit the region during the fall season tic mountains meet to create a visual feast and you will see a riot of color surrounding for the eyes. The scenic variety in Western some of New England’s most picturesque Maine is only outdone by the diversity of villages. Come in the winter and you can year-round family-oriented activities to be take to the slopes of Sugarloaf, Bigelow, enjoyed. Saddleback, Sunday River, Pleasant MounGeographically, this region of Maine tain and Shawnee Peak. With hundreds of borders New Hampshire to the west, and well-groomed trails, Canada’s Province of these peaks (some more Quebec on the north. “Close to both Portland and North Vast in size (larger than Conway, this area is famed for antiques than 4,000 feet high) New Hampshire and and apples. There are beautiful lakes, are a real draw for Vermont combined), it rivers to canoe, trails to hike—and lots those who enjoy winter sports. Not a skier? Try has literally dozens of of festivals and fairs!” snowboarding or crosslakes, rivers and ponds — Lu Grayce, Porter country skiing or snowthat provide opportumobiling. Or, just sit by nities for water sports a roaring fire in the lobby of one of the resuch as boating, swimming, canoeing, kayagion’s rustic lodges. king, waterskiing and whitewater rafting. If For history lovers, Western Maine is refishing is your passion, you can find some plete with museums and historical societies of the best trout and salmon fishing in the that welcome visitors of all ages. With its country in Western Maine. In addition to large tracts of unspoiled terrain, this region Sebago, popular lakes in the region include of Vacationland also welcomes the avid Rangeley, Flagstaff and “that one with the hunter. If that’s your sport, you can track funny name,” Mooselookmeguntic. deer, moose and other wild game during the If your idea of exercise is lifting your annual fall hunting season. wallet, you’ll want to visit Lewiston and Auburn, twin cities on opposite sides of the 124

SEBAGO LAKE & NAPLES Northwest from Portland you’ll find the Sebago Lakes Region. The heart of this region is Sebago Lake. At 54 square miles, it is the second largest waterway in Maine. At the north end of the lake you’ll find Sebago Lake State Park. You can hike, camp, swim, boat and roam in its 1,400 acres year round. Activities available to you include: You have swimming, boating, windsurfing, picnics and outdoor sports like golf, tennis, horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, hiking and sightseeing. In addition to the myriad of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery you have wonderful choices of accommodations, restaurants, shops, historic sites, country fairs and farmers’ markets. On the northwest shore of the lake you’ll find Naples. In addition to bordering on Sebago Lake, Naples connects to Long Lake which stretches north for 13 miles; the Songo Lock connecting these two lakes gives access to over 40 miles of boating. The “Causeway” has a robust atmosphere with shops, restaurants, many water sport rentals, mini-golf, galleries and great view of the lake. Casco is on the northeast shore of Lake

Sebago. Within its 32 square miles are 6 square miles of lakes, ponds and rivers. For one of the finest viewpoints in the area visit High Country Mission-Hacker’s Hill. One of the state’s largest wineries, Blacksmiths Winery, can be found in Casco on Rt. 302. South of Casco you’ll get to Raymond. You reach Frye Island near the middle of Sebago Lake by taking a ferry from the end of Raymond Neck. Sebago is located on the western shore of the Sebago Lake. It covers about 50 square miles of rural beauty of mountains, lakes and ponds. Other towns you’ll enjoy visiting in the Sebago Lakes Region are Windham (the largest town and commercial center of the area boasting shopping, cinemas, restaurants, and many activities), Standish, Brownfield, Denmark, Harrison and Lovell. The fall foliage is this area is unsurpassed!


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The bustling town of Bridgton will be found traveling north from Naples along the western shore of Long Lake. Stroll the bricked sidewalk of downtown and you’ll find restaurants, gift shops, antiques and crafts and the celebrated Gallery302; featured here are the works of more than 50 artists. For accommodations, you’ll find excellent choices from cozy cottages to quaint inns. Known as the “Maine Place for All Seasons”, Bridgton is surrounded by numerous lakes, mountains and wooded hillsides and has evolved as a major resort area. In the summer, Long Lake (4,867 acres), Highland Lake (1,401 acres), and Moose Pond (1,694 acres) provide boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and other water sports. Swimming may be enjoyed on the lakes at public beaches (Highland Lake, Woods Pond, Salmon Point, and Plummer’s Landing). You can pick from a variety of hiking trails that range from family-easy to heavy breathing challenges any time of year. You’ll get one of the better views of 50

nearby lakes, ponds and streams at the top of Pleasant Mountain. Take the short ride west from Bridgton center to family oriented Shawnee Peak which offers 41 trails of excellent downhill skiing including night skiing. Harrison, located at the top of Long Lake, is the home of the Deertrees Theater and Cultural Center. Started in l936, it offers more than fifty productions, including standup comedy, Broadway plays and musical shows.

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BETHEL Bethel is a beautiful four-season recreational area and convenient to reach...but a world away from the hustle and bustle that most people live in. Bethel is uncrowded and unpretentious. Whether you are seeking the exhilaration of high adventure or a quiet walk in our National Historic District or a stroll along our riverbank, your experiences here will weave themselves into your inner fabric. Each season provides a myriad of opportunities to connect with the natural world…and you determine the pace. The mountain forests provide recreation opportunities in every season, a source of relaxation for the outdoor crowd! The Appalachian Trail and the recently-opened Grafton Loop Trail provide multi-day backpacking trips…but shorter hikes/day hikes here abound…for folks of all ages and abilities. Bird and wildlife watching opportunities are abundant, from the trails in the forest and also from the comfort of your vehicle along our scenic highway system. Guided ATV tours are increasing in popularity! Fishing and swimming in our dozens of rivers, streams, and lakes are wonderful ways to get closer to nature. There are few pastimes that beat sitting near one of our many waterfalls, several within an easy walk of

the roadsides. Our fall foliage provides a breathtaking backdrop for several weeks in the autumn. Winter provides an endless array of active outdoor pursuits as well as just snuggling up in front of a fire in one of our classic New England hostelries. The Bethel area offers an abundant choice of accommodations, food services, and recreation amenities in all seasons. This is the perfect place for a family reunion or a quiet getaway; it’s a place where you can climb one of our mountain peaks and be one with nature! Bethel claims to be Maine’s Most Beautiful Mountain Village…and so much more!

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If your holiday brings you here in the summer you have a multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers for swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. Mountains and valleys provide great hiking, camping and stunning views. When you reach Farmington you’ll find an unpretentious, yet charming downtown with a wide array of restaurants, gift shops, bookstores and the Historical Society. Nearby is the 85-acre Historic District housing more than 100 Federal and Colonial Revival buildings and other historic resources that illustrate the growth of the community from the 1800s through the mid-20th century. You’ll enjoy the performing arts at the Arts Institute of Western Maine, famous for presenting a variety of musical productions, 128

including chamber, classical, opera, Broadway show tunes and jazz. You may want to plan your visit to coincide with the Franklin County Fair. It’s been a tradition since 1840 and takes place in September. Highlights are harness racing, livestock shows, entertainments, rides and games. Nestled here at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington is the affordable alternative to a private liberal arts school. Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is Maine’s public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences.

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RANGELEY This resort area of 99 percent forest and water provides ideal vacations in all four season of the year. With more than 110 clear lakes, ponds, and streams, thousands of acres of untamed timberland filled with wildlife and plant life you’ll always find an adventure waiting.


As new flowers and vegetation make their appearance, one of the highlights of spring is the start of open water fishing. In lakes, ponds, rivers and streams you can fish for prized land locked salmon, trout, bass and perch. For bird watching visit the Audubon Society’s 100 acre bird sanctuary on Hunter Cover.


You have no lack of outdoor sports and activities to pick from during the summer. The hills provide miles of scenic hiking trails including a rugged section of the Appalachian Trail. You have plenty of water

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sports such as canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and more fishing. If hitting the links is what you’re looking for you’ll find that in Rangeley as well.


Thousands of acres of woodland provide you with rolling hills filled with breathtaking colors and beauty. Expect the foliage season to peak from late September to midOctober.


With the snows and dropping temperatures come Nordic and alpine skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice fishing. The Rangeley mountains have miles of sloping hills for downhill skiing and snow boarding. Terrains vary from gentle for beginners to steep to challenge experienced skiers. Saddleback Mountain, with over 60 trails and a vertical drop of 2,000 feet, is the area’s premier ski area and offers outstanding skiing for every member of your family. If you snowmobile you’ll appreciate the more than 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. These trails are part of the local Interstate Trail System that connects with the New Hampshire and Canadian systems. For ice fishing, find any of the many lakes or ponds (though ice fishing is not permitted on Rangeley Lake), drill through the ice and wait for a bite. Year-round facilities Whatever season you visit the Rangeley region and the neighboring town of Oquossoc you’ll find excellent accommodations, including cottages, inns, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds and condos. Your visit will be complete with the great variety of restaurants, shops, galleries, and attractions such as museums, covered bridges and entertainment centers. Rangeley State Park has 690 acres of woodland and lakes for all year outdoor fun.

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Bald Mountain Camps Resort is perfectly located on the shore of Mooselookmeguntic lake in Oquossoc, Just a short 8 mile drive out side of down town Rangeley. With 14 cabins and a main lodge with a full scale restaurant and bar, we are a perfect getaway for family’s, outdoors men, boaters, hunters, snowmobilers, and skiers.

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Departure: Height Of Land, Maine Destination: Madrid, Maine Time to allow: 1 day This tour follows the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, stopping at the route’s most exciting and relevant places.

Start Start your tour by watching the

sunrise at Height of Land, where you can see for hundreds of miles: lakes, mountains and forests. You can also see the White Mountain chain in neighboring New Hampshire. Height of Land is often considered to be the most spectacular overlook in northern New England. Have a picnic breakfast here.

Stop 1: Mooselookmeguntic Lake From previous stop: 30 minutes /12 mi (19.2 km)

Directions: Leaving Height Of Land, take Route 17 north for approximately 12 miles until you come to the city of Oquossoc, where you can access Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Suggested time at this stop: 3 hours

Oquossoc is charmingly surrounded by Mooselookmeguntic Lake. You can access the lake from the city and rent boating and fishing supplies there. Take a couple of hours to enjoy the lake by either boating, fishing, or hiking around it.

Stop 2: Rangeley Lakes

Region Logging Museum

From previous stop: 20 minutes /10 mi (16.0 km)

Directions: Leaving Oquossoc, take Route 16 east for approximately 10 miles to the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum.

The Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum displays equipment, artifacts, photos, and historic tape recordings of people in the logging profession.

Stop 3: Smalls Falls

From previous stop: 30 minutes /18 mi (28.8 km)

Directions: Leaving the museum, take Route 16 southwest for 3 miles, then turn south onto Route 4 and follow for about 15 miles to Smalls Falls at the end of the Byway. When you come to Smalls Falls, have a picnic. Afterward, play in the pools created by the 54-foot waterfall. You can also hike the short path to the top of the falls in 5 minutes. The colorful gorge walls, colored green, gold, and orange, are perfect places to perch and admire the scenery.

End: Madrid

From previous stop: 5 minutes /2 mi (3.2 km)

Directions: From Smalls Falls, take Route 4 east for about 2 miles to Madrid. End your tour in Madrid. Stop to eat dinner in one of the local eateries, and unwind in this quaint Maine township.

Bald Mountain Camps’ Events: May:


Mother’s Day Dinner

Chili/Chowder Cook Off (SnoDeo Weekend)


Beer Tasting with Live Music Father’s Day Dinner Summer Fly-IN Maine Moose Lottery Drawing


July 3rd Lobster Bake (before the fireworks on the lake) Wine Tasting Live Music Every Saturday Night ALL SUMMER!

August: Wine Tasting

September: Beer Tasting


New Year’s Eve Dinner (Reservations Required)


Winter Fly-IN Valentine’s Day Dinner (Reservations Required)


Icestock (Concert on the Ice)


LEAF PEEPING Can a leaf have its own website? How about a phone number? If you are a fan of Maine’s fall foliage, you’ll be pleased to know that the answer is “yes” on both counts. Affectionately called “leaf peepers,” visitors who come to enjoy the state’s annual riot of deciduous color can find up-tothe-minute foliage reports at MaineFoliage. com. They also can call the Maine Foliage Hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45. The official foliage website, hosted by the State of Maine government, is a particularly useful source. In addition to foliage reports, the site offers a Kids’ Page full of fun facts; a Q&A section that tells you everything you need to know, such as how to take good pictures or how to preserve leaves; a guide to When & Where to Visit; and even a photo gallery. According to Gale Ross, who’s been managing Maine’s online foliage reports and telephone hotline since 1996, “three to four thousand people visit the website during the six weeks of foliage season.” They typically want to know not only where to go to find peak conditions, she adds, “but also where to see a moose or eat a lobster. All the fun touristy things people like to do.” The foliage season normally runs from mid-September to late October, Ross notes. “But people really need to pay attention to the weather. It’s the biggest contributing factor determining what kind of season we’ll have.” The best conditions for a colorful fall are average temperatures in spring and summer, with adequate rain and sunshine, along with warm nights and cool evenings beginning in mid-August. “If we have a wet spring and a wet summer,” Ross says, “the trees get stressed and they defoliate early.” 134

The foliage reports that Ross posts are based on seven zones: ZONE 7

Northeastern Maine, including Fort Kent, Caribou & Presque Isle


Northwestern Maine


Western Mid-Maine, including Greenville, Rangeley & Bethel


Eastern Mid-Maine, including Houlton, Millinocket & Calais


Central & Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta & Fryeburg


Downeast Maine, including Machias, Bar Harbor & Penobscot Bay


Mid-coast & South Coastal Maine,including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport & Kittery

While getting the timing just right for leaf peeping in Maine can be tricky, Ross says, visitors can usually count on good viewing in northern Maine during the last week in September, in central and western Maine during the first week in October, and in coastal and southern Maine during the second and third weeks in October. As for the best routes to follow, suggests dozens of options, but if you want a recommendation from a pro, talk to Ross. “My favorite area is the western mountains,” she says, “along Route 27 through the Carrabasset Valley and on over to the Rangeley Lakes.” She should know. “When people are still enjoying the July 4th holiday, I start working on the upcoming foliage season,” she laughs.

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Perhaps to show just how big your welSpring in the Kennebec and Moose River come will be if you visit the Kennebec and Valleys is best for walks in the awakening Moose River Valleys region of Maine, a 62woods, browsing through the Maine State foot carved wooden statue of a Native AmerMuseum with its rich historical archives, or ican stands at the gateway to one town. On taking the whole family to Old Fort Western, the plaque at his foot is this message: “This a National Historic Landmark built in 1754. sculpture is dedicated to the Maine Indians, Come in early March to enjoy Maine Maple the first peoples to use these lands in peaceful Sunday demonstrations of maple syrup-makways.” ing. “This area has the beautiful sixComprised of a narFall just might be the mile Kennebec River Rail Trail, row, vertical strip of perfect season to tour the Maine geography that is Kennebec and Moose amazing exhibits at the Maine divided by the KenneRiver Valleys. By then, State Museum, easy access to bec River, the “lands” in the pace has slowed and mountains and lakes, plus this region stretch south the trees have put on their Hallowell’s antiques and art.” almost to the coast, and spectacular colors. The ­— Rebecca Harvey, Augusta north to Canada’s Provdrive along Route 201 ince of Quebec. Towns that nestle along the (called the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway) river include Jackman, Bingham, Madison, is the best way to experience the views, site Skowhegan (home to that wooden Indian), for bald eagles, or ponder Mother Nature Waterville, and the state’s capital, Augusta. from a strategically located turnout. Each season in the Valleys has its own Winter turns the valley region into a special appeal. playground for all manner of fun. Stay warm Summer, a time for outdoor activities, with a rousing snowball fight, an afternoon is when warm days are followed by cool of sledding or an invigorating walk on snownights. Plan your stay near the beautiful Belshoes, then cool down while enjoying a cup grade Lakes and you will have easy access to of cocoa in front of a roaring fire. During swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating, hikthe holidays, visit one of several riverbank ing, camping and canoeing. If you fancy bird towns (Hallowell, Gardiner) that light up like watching, bring your binoculars and look Christmas trees to welcome and delight visifor loons, woodpeckers, and chickadees, tors of all ages. Maine’s state bird. 136




Drive north on Maine’s Route 95 to just B&Bs, cottages, hotels, motels or campsites. past Old Town, then exit onto Route 11 to- You can find eco-friendly accommodations, ward Milo. Keep driving (and driving) until or a lakeside guesthouse where you can you’ve left all your cares and worries behind, curl up with the latest Stephen King novel. and entered the wild and unspoiled heart of (King, of course, is a Maine native and bestMaine. They call this region the Maine High- selling author.) Whatever your preference, lands, perhaps because almost at its center is you’ll find innkeepers who will cater to your Mt. Katahdin. At more 5,267 feet, Katahdin every need. After heeding Maine’s call of the wild, is the state’s highest peak and the northern you may want to venture into one of several terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Highlands area towns. Everything about Visit Lincoln, Greenthe Highlands is big. “This is a safe, rural place that’s got a lot of services. We have all kinds ville or Millinocket to It’s a big wilderness shop or to connect with with a big state park of recreation, three rivers, lakes and we’re only 45 minutes from Bangor. the locals, many of (Baxter), a big lake It’s a good place to retire!” whom will jump at the (Moosehead) and a big —Ellen DeWitt , Milo chance to share stories wilderness waterway from the “old days.” For (the Allagash). There are also big opportunities for the adventure example, Millinocket was once a colorful, vacation of a lifetime. Whichever region you bustling 1900s lumbering and paper mill choose to visit—the Katahdin area, the Lin- town. Today it is a restocking and recharging coln Lakes, Moosehead Lake or the Sebasti- hub for Baxter Park hikers, who come with cook Valley—you’ll find a body of water for their own tales to tell. Finally, if you would rather spend your every sport and for every skill level. Guided excursions can take you whitewater rafting, vacation not with people but with wildlife, canoeing or kayaking deep into the wilder- head for the Highlands. In this little slice of ness, fresh water fishing, mountain biking, heaven on earth some call a “rich and wild ecosystem,” you can commune with dozrock climbing or hunting. Like a more sedentary vacation? Then ens of species of songbirds and ducks, bald book your stay at one of the region’s many eagles, moose, fox, deer and the occasional charming and comfortable resorts, lodges, little black bear. 138


If you are looking to be centrally located to all that Maine has to offer, then the Sebasticook Valley area is the place for you! Come see what makes living here the perfect place to work and to play! Our valley is the hub of where you want to be…easy access to Interstate 95 north & south, Route 7 to the coast and northern mountains, and Route 2 going east and west. We are one hour from the coast of Maine, as well as the Moosehead Lake area, and Sugarloaf ski areas. We also offer 3 private airports and we’re only 30 minutes from the Bangor and Waterville areas, and Bangor International Airport. With abundant residential properties and land available, diverse and affordable real estate in the valley means living environments ranging from convenient suburban to relaxing rural or waterfront. Choose from charming & quiet little towns nestled throughout the valley, or the convenience of businesses, stores and shops central for all

your everyday needs. Our recreation is all around us and you can enjoy the real Maine without crowds and traffic….snowmobile, snowshoe, biking, hiking & ATV trails, lakes in all sizes and wonderful bird watching & wildlife areas, with loons, herons, eagles, and moose and deer roaming our fields. Come to the valley and choose your fun!! Economic development is one of Sebasticook Valley’s top priorities, with 2 industrial parks to encourage business growth. Local government and the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce pride themselves on facilitating development of the area, assisting businesses on any level and highlighting numerous services, commercial properties, and resources available. Come visit Sebasticook Valley and see all the amenities of big city living, but with country charm. Find your lifestyle…convenient to where you work and play. Come to stay and build your future with us!


SEBASTICOOK VALLEY The central hub for where you want to live, work & play. Come see our diverse recreation & real estate and our comfortable lifestyle.


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APPALACHIAN TRAIL Hiking the 281-mile section of the Appalachian Trail that winds through Maine is not for the faint of heart. Many seasoned hikers call it the most difficult portion of the entire 14-state, 2,180-mile Trail, the longest continuously marked footpath in the world. But for those who make it to the top of Mt. Katahdin, the Trail’s northern terminus, the walk is more than worth the effort. “You get a panoramic view of Maine as far as you can see,” says Chris Reagan. “I go up Katahdin almost every year. I’ve been there in all kinds of weather and lived to tell the tale.” Mt. Katahdin is 5,267 feet high and is located in the southeastern corner of Baxter State Park. If you are considering tackling Maine’s piece of the Appalachian Trail, consider this, says Reagan, “Maine has some of the most rugged mountains on the East Coast.” And, he adds, there’s a section called the 100-Mile Wilderness, often deemed the wildest, most remote portion of the entire Trail. It gets its name, according to writer and blogger Walk McLaughlin, from the fact that hikers cannot access supplies north of the Maine town of Monson, until reaching a campground at Abol Bridge, 100 miles away. Then there’s the issue of Baxter State Park, where campsite “accommodations” are rustic at best and reservations for them are sometimes hard to come by. “You have to book space early, or show up early,” advises Reagan, a motivational speaker and president of the Get Ahead Pro Speakers Bureau.

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The Park remains almost as pristine and virgin as when it was originally conceived by Percival P. Baxter, who donated the land to the state with the caveat that it be kept wild. Baxter called it a place “for those who love nature and are willing to walk and make an effort to get close to nature.” Unlike many state parks designed to be enjoyed from the comforts of an automobile, Baxter State Park is best enjoyed on foot. Cars have limited access and the roads in the park are primitive at best. There are approximately 200 miles of trail maintained by the Park. Visitors to the Park are required to take out everything they bring in. All trash and garbage, including cigarette butts, plastic wrappings, disposable diapers, orange peels, egg shells, banana peels, etc. must be taken out when you leave. Day hikers are encouraged to carry appropriate supplies, including water (at least two quarts per person), a flashlight, extra food (high-calorie snacks such as candy, nuts and dried fruit in addition to lunch), back-up warm clothing (shirt, sweater, hat, extra socks, raingear), a first aid kit (bandages, mole skin for blisters, etc.), a current map or guidebook, a compass, matches, a foil emergency blanket, a whistle, a knife and a pack repair kit. And of course, hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear since most trails are rocky with difficult footing. (Tennis shoes won’t cut it!) (FMI: about hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, go to or www.


Located at the doorstep of Maine’s great north woods, the Moosehead Lake region is steeped in history. Henry David Thoreau explored the region with Indian guides in the mid-1800’s. A century ago, fashionable visitors arrived by train and summered at the grand hotels on the shores of Moosehead Lake’s clear blue waters to escape the heat, noise and crowds of city life. Nestled among scenic mountain ranges, Moosehead Lake in Maine is the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within one state. Moosehead Lake’s island studded waters stretch as far as the eye can see, and are surrounded by vast forested wilderness. Until recently, Moosehead Lake was an insider’s secret, a place known to Maine families, hard-core sportsmen and downhill skiers. Today, Moosehead Lake is quietly becoming the destination for eco-tourists, nature lovers, and those seeking a refuge from the bustle and stress of their busy lives. Our pristine waters draw those wishing to explore nature. Experience the wonders of the Moosehead Lake Region by kayak or canoe; go fly fishing; relax on a scenic cruise on the historic steamship Katahdin; or feel the adrenaline rush of shooting the rapids on our world class white water rafting rivers. Our beautiful mountains offer hiking experiences for all abilities (including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail), as well as bird watching, scenic vistas, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV adven-

tures, and ice climbing. And of course, some of the finest Moose watching in the country is right outside our door! Only 1 1/2 hours from Bangor and 3 hours from Portland, Moosehead Lake is closer than you think. From camping on the lake’s shores to a room in a world class inn, Moosehead Lake is for everyone. In any season, treat yourself and your family to a vacation that you’ll always remember. (Courtesy of the Moosehead Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.)



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The best time to spot moose is during the late spring to mid-summer and the month of September. Early morning and evening and noon to 2 PM seem to be the best times of day to spot these large animals while they eat a diet of woodland aquatic vegetation of up to 40-50 pounds a day! During your “moose search” please remember that moose have poor eyesight, but a very keen sense of hearing and smell. Stay away from cows (females) with calves in tow, and bulls (males) during “rutting season” (mating season usually mid-September to mid-October) as they may charge the unwary tourist! Calves are usually born late May to early June. Twins are born less than 33% of the time and triplets are extremely rare. Maturity is reached in 5 years. Moose are in their prime from 5 to 10 years of age and can live to about 20 years. Full height is reached in 2 years which can measure 7 feet at the shoulder and can reach weights of up to 1,400 pounds. Moose wander 2 to 4 square miles on average at speeds of up to 35 mph on land and 6 mph in water. 142

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Near Grafton Notch State Park

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Wilson’s Mills to the New Hampshire border

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Stratton to Carrabassett Valley

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Kennebago Logans

Stetsontown – from Eustis Village, drive approximately 15 miles west on Tim Pond Road to Kennebago River bridge. Canoe one mile downstream to the Logans.

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from days long past. Montana isn’t the only state that has A things-to-do list for the visitor to “big sky country.” Aroostook County, at the The County might include a range of acnorthern tip of Maine, is known for its vast, tivities from spelunking (cave exploration) open spaces and long views that will take to hot air ballooning on the wilder side, to your breath away. A virtual recreational parhiking or snowmobiling among the more adise, The County, as it’s called by Mainers, conventional pursuits. On the must-see list is the destination for travelers looking for would be the International Sled Dog Races year-round fun in a great place to get away (Fort Kent, March); the from it all. “It’s the people that make this place Maine Potato Blossom G e o g r a p h i c a l l y, special. There’s a very strong sense Festival (Fort Fairfield, Aroostook County covof community. And the outdoors is July); the Acadian Fesers a footprint larger nearly unspoiled. People don’t know tival (Madawaska, Authan that of Rhode how beautiful it is!” gust); and the Ploye Island and Connecti­— Debra Pelletier, Caribou Festival and Muskie cut combined, and the Fishing Derby (Fort North Maine Woods Kent, August). Popular attractions include consists of some 3.5 million acres of undethe Ashland Logging Museum, the Presque veloped wilderness. A stretch between DanIsle Air Museum, the Maine Swedish Coloforth and Orient features Maine’s “Million ny, the historic Acadian Village, and HoulDollar View”—Peekaboo Mountain and Mt. ton’s very own version of the famous “Boy Katahdin to the west and a chain of sparwith the Leaking Boot” sculpture. kling lakes to the east. Altogether, there are After a full day of sightseeing, you can more than 2,000 lakes, streams and ponds relax at one of Aroostook County’s many crisscrossing the region. quaint B&Bs or commercial hotels. Rest asResidents of Aroostook County repsured, either will be staffed by innkeepers resent a diversity of cultures with largely who pride themselves on being open and agrarian roots. Chief among these are friendly. You’ll also have no trouble finding French-Canadian and Swedish. Together, fine vittles at restaurants that offer cuisine they form a welcoming mix of communities as diverse as the people who live here and at the ready to share traditional foods and prepare your food. festivals, and to pass on their spoken history





You don’t have to be a thrill seeker to consider going on a whitewater rafting adventure in Maine, a state with an abundance of streams and rivers perfectly suited to the sport. In fact, experts insist, “Whitewater rafting is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic or an Olympic athlete. People of all ages from 8-80 with no previous experience raft Maine’s rivers … Many visitors have likened Maine’s rafting experience to the ultimate, natural theme park ride.” According to Raft Maine, an association of seven professional whitewater rafting outfitters (trained guides), the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers are the state’s official rafting routes. The Kennebec trip is a 12-mile ride that begins at Harris Station on Indian Pond and ends at The Forks, where the Kennebec and Dead Rivers meet. The Penobscot ride begins with two miles through Ripogenus Gorge, then continues an additional 12 miles before ending at Pockwockamus Falls. The Dead River expedition is a 16-mile trek from Grand Falls to The Forks, and follows the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the eastern U.S. Don’t ask Seth Coates, general manager of Windfall Rafting in Jackman, to pick a favorite among the three rivers, however. Says Coates, “They’re all my favorites! For playing and paddling around, I like the Dead River. The Kennebec is dependable and good for families, and if you want a challenge, go for the Penobscot.” Coates has been in the business only three years, but says he’s hooked. “I like a job where I get to be outdoors,” he says. “My favorite nine days of the year are when I’m training new guides.” Coates says he has noticed a change in customers over the past few years—more 146

calls for reservations from “moms and girlfriends”—as the sport has become increasingly family-oriented. “Rafters want to know they’re going to be safe,” he says, “and there are fewer ‘raw rafters’ who want to capsize.” For the uninitiated, whitewater rafting trips are categorized by degree of difficulty. They range from Class I (easy, no obstacles, small ripples, slow current) to Class VI (nearly impossible, very dangerous, for well-prepared teams of experts only). None of the three key rivers in Maine has rapids greater than Class V. For beginners and the aquaphobic, Raft Maine suggests taking what’s called a “row-frame trip.” These are rides where the guide does all the work, rowing the raft while passengers kick back and enjoy the scenery. A favorite route for this type of trip is a seven-mile journey along the Lower Kennebec. Coates agrees that newcomers might want to start slowly (“not on the Penobscot”), but he and his Raft Maine colleagues reassure their prospects that a rafting experience is both safe and unforgettable. “Everybody who’s been rafting has a story,” Coates laughs. Prices for the services of a rafting outfitter vary depending on the month, day of the week and number of people in each group. A one-day trip on the Kennebec averages $80-$120 per person, on the Penobscot $90-$130 per person, and on the Dead $90-$140 per person.


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PLAY GOLF? PLAY MAINE! With more than 115 public-access courses in the state, Maine is the best kept golfing secret in the Northeast. From small seaside tracks to majestic mountaintop layouts, you won’t find more diversity, nor better quality, anywhere in New England. From York to Fort Kent, Maine offers a wide variety of golf opportunities. For students of the game, a handful of courses date back to the turn of the 20th-century, when golf in America was in its infancy. Several more have received national recognition as some of the best golf venues in the country. Others are enjoyed nearly exclusively by Maine locals, and have garnered that mystical “hidden gem” status. Regardless of skill level or interest, there is something here for everyone. Following your round, take advantage of local attractions be it boating, touring or enjoying a Maine lobster or local microbrew. Many inns and hotels offer golf packages. Following is a list of some of Maine’s 18 hole venues. A more complete list is available on our website or on the travelMAINE mobile app at


Carrabasset Valley

Sugarloaf Golf Club, Sugarloaf/USA 207-237-2000


Point Sebago Golf Resort, Route 302. 207-655-2747

Cape Neddick

Cape Neddick Golf Club Shore Road, 207-361-2011


Spring Meadows Golf Course 59 Lewiston Rd, 207-657-5820

Island Falls

Va-Jo-Wa Golf Club, Walker Settlement Road. 207-463-2128


Webhannet Golf Club. 207-967-2061


Cape Arundel Golf Club, Old River Road. 207-967-3494


Naples Golf and Club, Route 114 207-693-6424

Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor Golf Club, Sargeant Drive 207-276-5335

Old Orchard Beach

Dunegrass Golf Club, Ross Road. 207-934-4513

Poland Spring

Poland Spring Country Club, Route 26. 207-998-6002


Riverside Municipal Golf Course, Riverside Street. 207-797-3524



Dutch Elm Golf Course, Brimstone Road 207-282-9850

Presque Isle

Presque Isle Country Club, Parkhurst Siding Road. 207-764-0430


Bangor Municipal Course, Webster Ave 207- 941-0232


Mingo Springs Golf Course, Proctor Road. 207-864-5021


Bar Harbor

Kebo Valley Golf Club, 102 Eagle Lake Road 207-288-5000

Rockland Golf Club, Old County Road. 207-594-9322


Samoset Resort, on ocean. 207-594-2511


Bath Golf Club, Whiskeag Road. 207-442-8411


Biddeford/Saco Country Club, Old Orchard Road. 207-282-5883


Sanford Country Club Route 4 207-324-5462


Willowdale Golf Club, Route 1. 207-883-9351

South Portland

Sable Oaks Golf Club, Country Club Drive. 207-775-6257



Sunday River Golf Club, 207-824-GOLF Bethel Inn & Country Club, Village Common. 207-824-2175




The Links at Outlook Rte 4, Berwick 207-384-4653


Boothbay Country Club 207-633-6085


Highlands Country Club. 207-647-3491


Bar Harbor Golf Course, junction Routes 3 and 204. 207-667-7505


Brunswick Golf Club, River Road. 207-725-8224


Natanis Golf Club, 735 Webber Road. 207-622-3561


To those unfamiliar with the Pine Tree State, it might come as a surprise that the “rocky coast of Maine” is a popular destination spot for surfers and the hot new sport of stand-up paddle boarding. The fun begins at Long Sands Beach in York, where surfers and paddle boarders ride the waves in all kinds of weather. Other good beaches in Southern Maine include: Scarborough Beach; Higgins and Pine Point Beaches, both in Scarborough; Old Orchard Beach; Biddeford Pool and Fortunes Rocks Beaches, both in Biddeford; Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport; Drakes Island and Moody Beaches, both in Wells; and Ogunquit Beach. Although not as popular as Southern Maine beaches, shoreline locations in Midand Northern-Maine also offer decent surfing at Crescent Beach (Cape Elizabeth), Pemaquid Point Beach, Gray’s Beach (Machias), Reid State Park Beach (Georgetown), Popham Beach (Phippsburg), and Hermit’s Island Beach (Bath). A paddle board is bigger, thicker and wider than a regular surfboard. This means they are more buoyant and a bit easier to manage. Nanci Boutet, proprietor of Aquaholics in Kennebunk, for example, is both

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an expert surfer and paddle boarder and is happy to answer questions about either. She calls the latter sport a “user-friendly” and “Zen-like” pursuit. “The appeal of standup paddle boarding,” she says, “is it is easy and relaxing. You get to get out on the water and be up high, so you can see both the fish in the water and the birds across the marsh. Plus, it gives your whole body a great workout.” For help getting started or pointed in the right direction for any of these water sports, all you need to do is contact one of the dozens of Maine surf shops, kayak rental agencies, surfing camps, water adventure guides or instructors. Many shops offer classes for beginners, as well as information about where to go to enjoy a day of fun on the water. For more information on stand up paddle boarding we highly recommend one of the following businesses:


Stand Up Paddleboarding Acadia Stand Up Paddleboarding 55 West Street, Bar Harbor (207)610-2970 Tidal Transit Kayak 18 Granary Way & Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Harbor (207)633-7140 SOPOSUP 382 Cottage Rd, So. Portland (207)767-7676 Sea Spray Kayaking 420 State Rd, West Bath Photo by Acadia Stand Up Paddleboarding


Photo by Michael Leonard

Maine Public Law, provides the following applicable guidelines for using fireworks in Maine. Consumer fireworks may be used between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10 p.m., except that on the following dates they may be used between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. the following day: (1)July 4th; (2) December 31st; and (3) The weekends immediately before and after July 4th and December 31st. A person may use consumer fireworks only on that person’s property or on the property of a person who has consented to the use of consumer fireworks on that prop-


Fireworks Retailers Atlas Fireworks 374 US Route 1, Scarborough (207)885-0321 Big Al’s Fireworks Outlet 300 US Route 1, Wiscasset (207)882-8419

erty. A person who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $500, plus court costs, may be adjudges for any one offense. A person under 21 years of age may not purchase, use or possess consumer fireworks within the State of Maine. The following products are prohibited for use in Maine. A. Missile-type rockets, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule; B. Helicopters and aerial spinners, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule; and C. Sky rockets and bottle rockets. For purposes of this paragraph, “sky rockets and bottle rockets” means cylindrical tubes containing not more than 20 grams of chemical composition, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule, with a wooden stick attached for guidance and stability that rise into the air upon ignition and that may produce a burst of color or sound at or near the height of flight. For additional information contact: Office of the State Fire Marshal (207) 6263870 Please check with individual municipalities before using fireworks. 149


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For a peak vacation experience, consider climbing one of Maine’s many mountains. Yes, we have real mountains here even if they aren’t as high as the Rockies. Plus, according to those in the know, Maine is packed with places for mountaineers at all skill levels. “It’s pretty easy to find climbing at any level here,” says Patrick Hall of the Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, “from beginners in the summer all the way to experts.” He says the School has guided people of all ages. “If they can walk, they can learn how to climb.” The Pine Tree State is especially blessed with locations for the adventurous rock climber to enjoy a natural high, given the general rockiness of much of its geography. “The best place for rock climbing is definitely Acadia National Park,” says Hall. “It’s a jewel of New England.” He says climbers of all types come to the Park to go mountaineering “right over the ocean” for views that will knock your socks (or maybe your crampons) off. Other sites he recommends are in Clifton (Eagle Bluff) and Camden (Mount Battie), but adds that “there is good rock climbing all over the state.” And then of course there is Mount Katahdin, deep in the heart of Baxter State Park’s 150

wilderness. At more than 5,000 feet, a mile above sea level and with a timberline at 3,500 feet, Katahdin is the granddaddy of Maine climbing sites. It towers above the comparatively low surrounding lakes and forests. Glaciers were responsible for carving away enough granite to give the peak a horseshoe shape featuring five main summits: Howe, Hamlin, Baxter, South and Pamola. As the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Katahdin provides a tough finish for AT hikers who choose to scale it via the infamous Knife’s Edge. Called an arête (a rugged ridge produced by glaciation), the Edge narrows to only a few feet wide in some places. “Katahdin may not be as high as other mountains,” says Hall, “but as far as difficulty and remoteness, it’s pretty remote.” He adds that despite its imposing nature, Maine’s most famous peak is “wonderful for mountaineers.” Other sites in Maine recommended by the pros include the Otter Cliffs (featured in the move “Shutter Island”) and the South Wall of Champlain Mountain (both in Acadia National Park), Bradbury Mountain (Freeport), Shagg Crag (Bryant Pond), Bald Mountain (Dedham), Mt. Blue (Weld) and Blue Hill Mountain (Blue Hill).


Photo courtesy of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association

Racing on the water usually brings to mind sleek yachts, hyper powerboats, catamarans, maybe even crewing teams sweating it out in a shell. You can watch all of those competitive watercrafts in action somewhere in Maine, but you also can check out the funkier sport of lobster boat racing! That’s right—some of those crustacean catching crafts can wind up to 60 or even 70 miles an hour. “It’s all about having fun and the camaraderie,” says Travis Otis, current vice president of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association (MLBRA). “When you mix horsepower and testosterone, interesting things happen.” The MLBRA organizes up to 13 races per year during June, July and August, in locations such as Boothbay Harbor, Searsport, Stonington, Harpswell, Portland and Winter Harbor. Most of the boats are bona fide working lobster boats, owned, operated and raced by locals who make their living from the sea. As the story goes, it was two of these lobstermen who began the racing tradition decades ago, when they were hurrying to be first into port in order to reap the best prices for their catch. When the loser blamed his loss on his slower boat, the winner suggested they swap boats and try again. “He still lost,” says Otis, “so it wasn’t about the boat.” Today, with racing lobster boats sporting names like Thunderbolt, Wide Open, Determination, Wild One and Venom, the annual competition has definitely evolved, without losing its soul. “It’s not like NASCAR,” says Otis. “It’s a healthy competition. These

boats represent the livelihoods of their operators so they don’t want to damage them. There’s no road rage or drivers threatening to beach each other.” He says, however, that occasionally a racer will get caught up and blow his boat’s engine. “Then we just send someone out to haul them in.” The family-friendly nature of the races, as well as a few extracurricular events that some towns schedule in conjunction with the contests, is what attracts the crowds. For example, Stonington organizes Fishermen’s Day the week following its race, and the town of Friendship does the same each year for Friendship Day. Regulars who compete in the lobster boat race “circuit” sometimes have to repeat the half-mile to one-mile course one or more times, if the results are too close to call. There are judges posted at strategic points along the route, but there are no elaborate video cameras to rely on if there is a dispute. “We’re not the NBA,” says Otis. “I’ve seen races repeat up to four times, and the results were different each time.” The 2014 lobster boat race schedule is posted on the MLBRA website, where you also can read past results dating back to 2004, peruse the organization’s newsletter or, for the truly adventurous, find out how to compete in a race. Whether watching or contending, you’re bound to have an experience to remember. “It’s an excellent opportunity to see something out of the ordinary with ordinary things,” says Otis. “These races are a cross between a family reunion and a tractor pull.” 151




Atlantic Brewing Company 15 Knox Rd, Bar Harbor 207-288-2337 Baxter Brewing 130 Mill St, Lewiston 207-333-6769 Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub 8 Western Ave, Kennebunk, 207-967-4322

Penobscot Bay Brewery / Winterport Winery 2 Whig St, Winterport, 207-223-4500 Sea Dog Brewing Co 125 Western Ave, South Portland, 207-871-7000 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, 207-725-0162 26 Front St, Bangor, 207-947-8009 Shipyard Brewing Co 86 Newbury St, Portland, 1-800-brew-ale

Bar Harbor, Maine

Free Tours and Tastings Open 7 Days a week

15 Knox Rd, Bar Harbor ME.

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Shipyard Brew Haus Sunday River (seasonal), 207-824-5138 Sugarloaf (seasonal), 207-237-2000 Shipyard Brew Pub Rt 236, Eliot Commons, Eliot, 207-686-2026 The Inn on Peaks Island 33 Island Ave, Peaks Island, 207-766-5100

Whether you're leaving or arriving in our Great State, whether you're North or South of Portland, whether you prefer a bar stool or a chair, we have the places for you. Cheers!

The Run of the Mill 100 Main St. • Saco, ME • 207-571-9648 • The Liberal Cup 115 Water St. • Hallowell, ME • 207-MAD-BREW •


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Wine Trail

Open Winery Day June 7th

On Saturday, June 7th, plan a daytrip through the countryside when Maine vintners welcome visitors to sample their products and toast the harvest season during their annual Open Winery Day. A wide range of activities are planned from special entertainment and presentations to behind-the-scene tours of the facilities where wine, mead, and other fermented and distilled beverages are made. Other highlights include live music, art exhibits, special tastings, local artisanal food samplings, food and wine pairings, and winemaking demonstrations. For more information, contact the individual wineries.




Wine Trail

the maine

Bartlett Maine Estate Winery Spirits of Maine Distillery

Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery

175 Chicken Mill Pond Rd, Gouldsboro (207) 546-2408

347 Carroll Rd. , Union (207) 785-3024






39 Meadow Ridge Ln., Newcastle (207) 563-5382

35 Ash Point Drive, Owls Head (207) 594-1721



Tree Spirits Winery & Distillery

Catherine Hill Winery

152 Fairfield St., Oakland (207) 861-2723

661 Blackwoods Rd., Cherryfield (207) 546-3426 TR F G


The Fat Friar’s Meadery

Breakwater Vineyards







Two Hogs Winery

Prospect Hill Winery 318 Orrills Hill Rd., Lebanon (207) 651-9335

186 Mudget Hill Rd, Vassalboro (207) 660-5594



Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery

Urban Farm Fermentory 200 Anderson St, Bay 1-4, Portland (207) 653-7406

174 Barrett Hill Rd., Union (207) 785-2828 TR F


Winterport Winery Penobscot Bay Brewery 279 South Maine St., Winterport (207) 223-4500

158 Eastbrook Rd. (Rte. 200), Franklin (207) 565-2312 TR F C M V



For specific tasting room hours of operation, contact the winery.

= Tasting room open at winery location

F = Fruit wines 158



Shalom Organic Orchard Farm & Winery



G = Grape wines

M = Mead wines

S = Sparkling wines

V = Vineyard and/or Orchard

C = Ciders

D = Distilled Spirits


= Find us on Facebook



CALENDAR 2014-2015 Southern Maine June 26-28 Old Orchard Beach

Cruzin to the Beach Maine State HOG Rally. 800+ Harley riders come to OOB for Annual State rally to compete in skill games, parade and beach party.

July 5-6 Wells

Summer Solstice Craft Show. Seventy crafters and artists will gather in the seacoast community of Wells Maine to exhibit and sell there wares to include jewelry, pottery, stained glass, herbs, photography and much more. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free Parking & Admission. 207-646-5172

July 27 York

22nd Annual Christmas in July celebration. Summer residents and vacationers will have a chance to see the Nubble Light as it appears each year during the Christmas season. A spectacular view from Sohier Park features the keeper’s house and tower entirely outlined in white lights.

September 6-7 Wells

Summer Solstice Craft Show. Seventy crafters and artists will gather in the seacoast community of Wells Maine to exhibit and sell there wares to include jewelry, pottery, stained glass, herbs, photography and much more. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free Parking & Admission. 207-646-5172

September 6 Old Orchard Beach

Bikefest on the Pier. Music, pig roast, vendors. 207-934-3595

September 27 Wells

season. Shuttle service from Ellis Park at Short Sands Beach. 207-967-0857

December 7 Old Orchard Beach

Celebrate the Season by the Sea. Parade at 1pm on Old Orchard Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, hay rides and face painting. 207-934-2500

December 12-14 Ogunquit Christmas by the Sea. 207-646-2939

December 14 Wells

30th Annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade. Step off from the Wells Plaza, 2:00pm proceeding north to the Wells Jr. High School. 207-6462451

Greater Portland June 8 Portland

41st Annual Old Port Festival, Maine’s largest one day festival, featuring multiple stages of music, Maine-made arts and crafts, great food, shopping, and fun!

June 22 Portland

The Color Run, an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, untimed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. thecolorrun. com

July 18-20 Yarmouth

The Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival includes a parade, free performances, juried craft show, an art show, sports contests, a carnival and a variety of free family-oriented activities.

12th Annual Punkinfiddle and National Estuaries Day Celebration. Family festival featuring fun and learning for the entire family. 207-646-4521

Open Farm Day at Shaker Village. Noon to 4PM.

November 1-2 Wells

July 27 Portland

Sixty crafters and artists to exhibit and sell their wares to include ceramics, jewelry, specialty foods, photography, pottery, herbs, graphics, clothing and much more. 10:00am - 4:00pm FREE Parking and Admission. 207-646-5172

November 29 York

Lighting of the Nubble Location: Cape Neddick Lighthouse, York Beach. Cookies, hot chocolate, music, and Santa Claus, Countdown to the lighting at Cape Neddick Lighthouse for the holiday 160

July 27 New Gloucester

Festival of Nations. Deering Oakes Park, 11am – 7pm. A day of music, dance and other performing arts, representing cultural traditions from across America and the World. Family oriented.

August 23 New Gloucester

6th Annual Maine Native American Summer Market & Demonstration 10-3 at Shaker Village. Featuring artists from Maine’s four Native American tribes. 207-926-4597

September 28-29 Freeport

16th Annual Fall in the Village Art & Music Festi-

CALENDAR 2014-2015 val. Discovery Park on the L.L. Bean campus.

November 28 Portland

July 12-13 Rockland

Portland Annual Holiday Tree lighting in downtown, Monument Square. Come with your families to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

December 5-7 Freeport

Sparkle Weekend. Three full days of holiday fun, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Photos with Santa, free horse drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers. Tuba Christmas concert at the Freeport Performing Arts Center. 207-865-1212

December 6 New Gloucester

Shaker Christmas Fair at Shaker Village (207) 926-4597

21st Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival. 11am – 7pm Public Landing. Touring artists from the US and abroad will perform on the main stage. Saturday evening Main Street is closed off for the famous Pub Crawl. 207-691-2248

July 19 Waldoboro

Locavore Food, Music & Arts Festival showcasing local food purveyors, crafters & artisans and Maine-based musicians! Held outdoors at Cider Hill Farm in Waldoboro Village. www.facebook. com/LocavoreFestival 10am - 9pm. $10/pp.

July 19 Prospect


Pirate Festival. Fort Knox. Sword fights, cannon fire and ship attack, pirate parade, treasure hunt and more. 207-469-6553

May 31-June 1 Owls Head

July 19-20 Owls Head

Spring Auto Show. Owls Head Transportation Museum. 207-594-4418

June 14-15 Owls Head

50’s & 60’s Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Car Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show. Owls Head Transportation Museum. 207-594-4418

June 21 Rockland

Come celebrate the 16th Annual Summer Solstice Street Fair on Rockland’s Main Street, 4-8 PM. Downtown restaurants, food specialty shops along with retail shops will be participating on Main Street with Food, Solstice Sidewalk Sales, and Entertainment and Activities.

June 21 Thomaston

Midsummer at the Museum Montpelier. This popular celebration features a pig roast, bonfire, live music, dancing and fireworks. 207354-8062

June 24-25 Boothbay

52nd Windjammer Days Festival. 207-633-2353

June 25-August 7 Brunswick

Wednesday evenings during the summer. A variety of musical shows at the Mall in Downtown Brunswick. 6pm.

July 11 Rockland

Maine Windjammer Parade. 12pm – 4pm Rockland Breakwater. The entire windjammer fleet participates in a Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater. 207-374-2993

Antique Truck and Tractor Show. Owls Head Transportation Museum. 207-5944418

July 19-20 Boothbay

50th Antique Auto Days. Over 250 restored and running antique autos. Sunday parade through Boothbay Harbor. Awards, raffles and prizes 207-633-4727

July 20 Rockland

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll. 7:30am – 3:00pm Oceanside High School. This Bicycle Coalition of Maine event follows winding country lanes and our breathtaking coast past lighthouses, lupines and lobster boats. Family friendly. 207623-4111

July 23-24 Boothbay

Jazz Weekend. 7/23 Maine Pro Musica Concert, 7:30pm. 7/24 Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo Jazz guitar and more, 7:30pm at the Opera House. 207-633-5159 box office.

July 30-August 3 Rockland

Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of thousands of pounds of steamed Maine Lobster, waterfront activities, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more! 207-596-0376 mainelobsterfestival. com

August 5, 8, 12, 15 Damariscotta

Salt Bay Chamberfest Concert. Darrows Barn at Round Top. 207-5223749 161

CALENDAR 2014-2015 August 8-10 Union

The Maine Antique Show is Maine’s largest antique festival. Over 350 dealers present everything from early-period formal to 1950’s furniture. 207-563-1013

August 8-10 Rockland

12th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Maine’s only in-water boat and home show and the light-hearted Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials (Sunday at 10:30). Admission: $12 adults, under 12 free. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. Harbor and Buoy park. 207-594-8622

August 9-10 Owls Head

Wings and Wheels Spectacular Aerobatic Air Show & Car Meet. Owls Head Transportation Museum. 207-594-4418

August 16 Brunswick

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival featuring local and regional artists, displaying their works in a juried art exhibit. Children’s activities, local theater group performances & a variety of music.

August 29-31 Camden

Windjammer Festival. Family activities, builda-boat contest, lobster crate races, maritime heritage fair, Sea Dog show, pirates, boat open houses, schooner crew talent show and fireworks.

August 29-Sept. 5 Boothbay

Boothbay Harbor Fest. A week long celebration of food, music and local traditions. 207-671-7676 Lori Pecor

September 6 Prospect

11th Annual Medieval Tournament at Fort Knox. 207-469-6553

September 13-14 Owls Head

Foreign Auto Festival & Antique Aeroplane Show. Owls Head Transportation Museum. 207-594-4418

September 13-14 Prospect

The Healing Co-op 2nd Annual Holistic & Wellness Fair. Reiki, Massage Therapy, Chakra Clearing, Guided Meditation, Intuition and Vibrational Healing and more. 207-478-8725

11th Annual

September 27, 2014 11am - 4pm

At Point Sebago, Casco, ME For tickets, visit: 162

CALENDAR 2014-2015 September 25-28 Camden

Camden International Film Festival. One of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the U.S. 207-593-6593

October 4-13 Damariscotta

Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Various “start up” activities occur throughout the week, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin boat building. The “main events” occur 10/11-13 and include the pumpkin hurl/catapult, pumpkin derby, kids activities, parades and the pumpkin boat regatta.

October 11-12 Boothbay

47th Fall Foliage Festival – 207633-4743

October 17-18, 24-25 Prospect

Fright at the Fort. Fort Knox. Visitors are led through the Fort where indescribable things lurk in the shadows. 5:30pm – 9pm. 207-4696553

November 28-30 Rockland

Festival of Lights, downtown. Santa’s workshop, horse drawn carriage rides. Friday, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Saturday, Festival of Lights Parade. 207-593-6093

November 29 Brunswick

Christmas Tree Lighting. 5-7pm. Horse & carriage rides, sing along, hot chocolate & cookies with a visit from Santa and Frosty the Snowman.

December 5-7 Camden

Christmas by the Sea. A weekend celebration. Parade, tree lighting, and musical entertainment. Holiday sales, dining specials, photos and story hour with Santa. 207-236-4404

December 6 Boothbay

29th Annual Harbor Light Festival. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat! Holiday craft show, town tree lighting, caroling, live nativity and horse drawn carriage rides! All day event. 207-633-2353

January 31-Feb. 8, 2015 Boothbay

Camden Winterfest. Downtown and Camden Snow Bowl. Enjoy ice carving, music, refreshments, and festivities at the amphitheatre. Downtown merchants hold special sales and restaurants serve wintertime drinks and dishes; snow sculptures on the village green; skiers and snowboarders compete in village rail jams. Feb. 6, Camden Snow Bowl hosts the first CamJam World Championships. 207-236-4404

February 6-8, 2015 Camden

U.S. National Toboggan Championships. Camden Snow Bowl. 400 teams, chili and chowder challenge, music, tailgate parties, costume contest, children’s activities. 207-236-3438

Bangor May 29-June 1 Bar Harbor

16th Acadia Birding Festival. This is an annual celebration of the return of summer’s songbirds. Bird walks, peregrine watches, boat tours, garden walks and gallery tours. 207-233-3694

May 30-June 1 Bar Harbor

Vettes of Coastal Maine Bar Harbor Tour 2014. Corvettes from New England and Canada will gather for the annual event which will include a meet and greet, cruise, car display and banquet.


CALENDAR 2014-2015 June 7 Northeast Harbor

Annual Spring Garden Tour at W.P. Stewart Estate.

June 14 Machias

10th Annual Margaretta Days Festival celebrating the first naval battle of the American Revolution. Historical re-enactments and demonstrations as well as crafters and artists. Held at University of Maine in Machias. 207-255-4223

August 1-3 Bar Harbor

39th Annual Maine Crafts Guild Directions Show. Often referred to as the most outstanding, most successful and lonest running craft show in Maine. Mount Desert Island High School. 207-664-0222

August 8-10 Bar Harbor

Annual Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held in downtown Bar Harbor on the grounds of the magnificent Bar Harbor Inn. 207-244-9107

June 21-22 Bar Harbor

August 22-24 Bangor

June 28 Orland

September 5 Bar Harbor

June 21-22 Bar Harbor 64th Annual Art in the Park. Over 35 artists. Village Green. 207-288-5103 A town celebration held each year (rain or shine) - complete with a parade, food, crafts, a “Downeast” raft race and many other activities. This will be the 39th year for this day of celebration.

June 29-July 27 Bar Harbor 48th Bar Harbor Music Festival.

July 11-14 Southwest Harbor

Quietside Flamingo Festival, the Annual Quietside Festival includes kid’s carnival, craft fair, and a grand flamingo parade on Saturday morning. 207-244-3713

July 12 Bar Harbor

21st Native American Festival and Basket Makers Market. Hosted on the campus of the College of the Atlantic. The festival offers visitors, collectors, and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists - quality and authenticity is the hallmark for this Indian Market. 207-288-3519

July 25-26 Bucksport

American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. Music, dancing and lots of family fun. 207-992-2630 4th Annual Downtown Fashion Night Out. “Fashion Meets Art” 6pm – 9pm.

September 5-7 Eastport Pirate Festival

September 11 Bar Harbor

Lulu Lobster Boat Ride Local Fire Department Fundraiser. All 9/11 proceeds will be donated to our local volunteer fire department. 207-9632341

September 25-28 Bar Harbor

Acadia Night Sky Festival. Highlights include ranger-led talks, a special boat cruise, stargazing, kids’ activities, photographic workshops and solar viewing.

October 4-12 Blue Hill

Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival. A weekend of superb food and wine on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Enjoy wine dinners, complimentary wine and cheese tasting, demonstrations, workshops and much more. The flagship tasting event, A Taste of the Peninsula.

The 17th Annual Bucksport Bay Festival A tradition of fun and family oriented events that have become a hallmark of this festival. 207-469-6818

October 12 Bar Harbor

August (Every Wednesday)

October 18 Bucksport

Bar Harbor

Summer Family Film Series. Come enjoy an outdoor movie every Wednesday in August on the Village Green. Family-friendly movies will begin at 8:30pm, with free popcorn.


Belt Sander Challenge & War Canoe/Kayak Race. 12-4pm at Atlantic Brewing Co. atlanticbrewing. com 6th Annual Ghostport festival in downtown Bucksport. Halloween themed event offers something for all ages

November 8 Bar Harbor

20th Annual Early Bird Sale & Bed Races. Shop in your pj’s for extra discounts. Bed & pajama

CALENDAR 2014-2015 parade begins at Village Green at 10am. Bed races immediately to follow on Cottage St.

December 5 Bar Harbor

Village Holidays & Midnight Madness. Welcome Santa to the Village Green at 5pm. Plenty of activities for the adults and children. Midnight madness sale held at 8pm-midnight. Great discounts, music, food, drink & door prizes.

December 6 Bangor

Festival of Lights Parade. Downtown Bangor

Western Maine June 28 Kingfield

Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts.

July 5 Bethel

25th Annual Bethel Art Fair. Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, music and more. On the Bethel Common. 207-824-3575

July 11-13 Lisbon Falls

The Annual Moxie Festival includes a river race, 5K road race, parade, car show, Moxie raffle and more!

July 20-21 Bethel

Mollyocket Days. Arts & crafts fair, parade Sat at 10am, contests, entertainment, food fireworks and lots more. Sun. Classic Road Races. 207-8242282

July 25-26 Rangeley

August 15-17 Lewiston

22nd Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

September 20 Bethel

The 17th Annual Harvest Fest. Old-fashioned, fun, fall festival, arts & crafts, “Chowdah” cook-off, apple pie contest, demonstrations, entertainment, hiking, biking, canoeing, food guided and self-guided bike tours and more. 207-824-2282

November 28-Dec. 24 Bethel

Country Christmas in Bethel. Small town atmosphere, lots of fun events – Weekends Thanksgiving to Christmas. 207-824-2282

Kennebec Moose River Valley June 18-July 4 Augusta

Gardiner, Augusta, Winthrop and surrounding communities come together during the Whatever Family Festival with many exciting events. June 29th brings 80 events and activities to Capitol Park with musical presentations, dancing, balloons, hands-on activities and much more.

July 11-20 Waterville

The Maine International Film Festival is a 10 day celebration of film, featuring the very best of American independent, international and Maine made movies.

Rangeley Logging Museum Festival Days.

July 25-27 Augusta

July 26 Bethel

August 6 Waterville

4th Annual Tough Mountain Challenge. Ultimate event for thrill seeking athletes. 207-8243000

August 1-2 Bethel

4th Annual Maine Comedy Festival. 15+ comics from across the country. Bethel Inn Resort. 207824-2175

August 7 Rangeley

Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents Art in August, a juried art show with 50 fine artists and fine craftsmen. Paintings-originals, and prints, photography, jewelry, fiber art, woodworking, pottery, glass. Lakeside Park.

Maine Quilts. 600+ Quilts - antique to contemporary. 207-415-4417 Taste of Greater Waterville. Street-side dining will feature various Waterville area restaurants’ delicious cuisines. Throughout the day there will be an array of children’s activities, food vendors and live music. A beer garden (21+) will be held from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM with live entertainment.

Maine Highlands May 30-June 1 Dover-Foxcroft

Piscataquis Heritage Hot Air Balloon Festival. Hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, demonstrations, agricultural displays, crafters and food booths. Held at Piscataquis Fair Grounds/Chase Memorial Airport. 165

CALENDAR 2014-2015 September 4-7 Greenville

International Seaplane Fly-In. Float plane competitions, educational exhibits, craft fair, food and more.

November 29 Greenville

Deck the Halls Holiday Celebration

Aroostook August 11-21 Madawaska

Annual Acadian Festival and Cyr Family Reunion is Maine’s largest cultural festival. Events include The Great Acadian Bed Race and Party du Main Street. Site for 2014 Acadian World Congress celebration of the Acadian National Holiday with a joyous reunion of Acadians from across the World.

August 21-24 Presque Isle

Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, Northern Maine Fairgrounds. 207-551-7425


December 5 Caribou

Santa’s Workshop Celebration. Join us as we start the holiday season by lighting the Caribou Christmas tree and greet Santa as he rides his sleigh through town. The tree lighting starts at 5:30 p.m. and then the children can follow Santa to the fire station with their wish lists.



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BARNACLE BILLY’S 50-70 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit | 646-5575

HARRASEEKET LUNCH & LOBSTER 36 Main St., So. Freeport | 865-4888

HURRICANE RESTAURANT 29 Dock Square, Kennebunkport | 967-9111

KEN'S PLACE 207 Pine Point Rd., Scarborough | 883-6611

LOBSTER IN THE ROUGH 1000 Rt. 2, York | 363-4721 |

MAINE DINER 2265 Post Rd., Wells | 646-4441 |

PAT’S PIZZA US Rt. 1, Oak Hill Plaza, Scarborough | 883-8441

THE BARN SEAFOOD & GRILL 1000 Rt. 2, York | 363-4721 |

THE RUN OF THE MILL 100 Main St., Saco | 571-9648 |

THE STEAKHOUSE 1205 Post Rd., Wells | 646-4200 |


BAD DOG DELI 680 US Route 1, Scarborough | 885-0300

area code 207

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BUCK’S NAKED BBQ 568 US Rte. 1, Freeport | 865-0600

DIMILLO'S 25 Long Wharf, Portland | 772-2216 |

BANGKOK GARDEN 14 Maine St. Fort Andross, Brunswick | 725-9708

BAY LEAF COTTAGES & BISTRO 2372 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville | 706-7929

BOATHOUSE BISTRO 12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor | 633-0400

CAPPY’S CHOWDER HOUSE 1 Main St., Camden | 236-2254 |

COASTAL BAR & BISTRO AT THE DANIEL 10 Water St., Brunswick | 373-1824

FISHERMAN’S WHARF INN 22 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor | 633-5090

HARVEST MOON PIZZA 13 Friendship St. Waldoboro | 529-2084

LOBSTER POUND RESTAURANT, INC 2521 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville | 789-5550

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ANDY’S OLD PORT PUB 94 Commercial St., Portland | 874-2639

WARREN’S LOBSTER HOUSE 11 Water St., Kittery | 439-1630 |

























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EL EL FRIJOLES 41 Caterpillar Hill Rd, Sargentville | 359-2486


YOUNG’S LOBSTER POUND 2 Fairview St., Belfast | 338-1160

Bangor/Acadia/ Downeast


THE TAVERN AT BRUNSWICK STATION 4 Noble St., Brunswick | 837-6565

EASTPORT CHOWDER HOUSE 167 Water St., Eastport | 853-4700


THE NARROWS TAVERN 15 Friendship St., Waldoboro | 832-2210

Bangor/Acadia/ Downeast


THE CHOWDERHOUSE 2 Park Dr., Rockland | 596-6661 x606

DYSART’S 530 Cold Brook Rd., Bangor | 942-4878 |



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ROCKLAND CAFE 441 Main St., Rockland | 596-7556

DOWNTOWN LOBSTER POUND 297 Main St., Bar Harbor | 801-9076



MINE OYSTER 16 Wharf St. Pier 1, Boothbay Harbor | 633-6616

area code 207

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NEW FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 1014 US Rte. 1, Perry | 853-6610

ORIENTAL JADE RESTAURANT Bangor Mall Blvd., Bangor | 947-6969 |

BALD MOUNTAIN CAMPS & RESTAURANT 125 Bald Mountain Rd., Oquossoc | 864-3671

CAFE SEBAGO 1248 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond | 655-4006

OXFORD GRILL & RESTAURANT AT OXFORD CASINO 777 Casino Way, Oxford | 539-6700

OXFORD HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT 548 Main St., Fryeburg | 935-3442 |

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Kennebec/Moose River Valley

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MONICA’S CHOCOLATES 100 County Rd., Lubec | 733-4500

THE LIBERAL CUP 115 Water St., Hallowell | 623-2739 |

Bangor/Acadia/ Downeast

HAVANA 318 Main St, Bar Harbor | 288-2822 |

Kennebec/Moose River Valley

Bangor/Acadia/ Downeast

GUINNESS & PORCELLIS 191 Main St, Bar Harbor | 288-0030

CHINA DINE-AH 281 Lakeview Dr., Rt 202, China | 445-5700

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EPIC BUFFET 500 Main St., Bangor | 974-3611 |

























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The “eat local” movement is flourishing in Maine, making the state one of the best places on the planet for locavores. Here is where you can dine at hundreds of restaurants on a meal of all farm-to-table ingredients, or buy and cook your own fare from dozens of farmers’ markets, independent grocers, or even some of the better supermarkets. As blogger Alison LePage wrote for a publication of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), “It wasn’t that long ago that everyone ate local foods. Grocery stores didn’t even exist until 80 years ago.” LePage and her family decided shortly after moving here to go on an “all Maine” diet. Nationally known food writer Molly Watson explains why Mainers are on the right track in promoting locally grown foodstuffs. “Eating local foods is better for you, for the environment, and most importantly, for your taste buds,” she says. It’s actually difficult to find an eatery in Maine that doesn’t boast about serving at least some locally grown meats and produce. From casual Miguel’s in Bangor, where locally raised meats and fresh-from-the-garden salad greens are the rule, to the all-organic menu at Kennebunkport’s Earth, where the chef uses ingredients hand-picked from an onsite garden, to Café Miranda in Rockland, where vegetables come directly from chef Kerry Altiero’s own farm, Maine restaurateurs realize that diners’ tastes are definitely moving toward the homegrown. Other restaurants often recommended for their bias toward local foods include Robert’s Maine Grill (Kittery), Arrows (Ogunquit), Fore Street (Portland), 172

Joshua’s (Wells), Primo (Rockland), and the Early Bird Café (So. Berwick). There are several organizations across the state dedicated to connecting farmer to diner. One such group is the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC). That group’s mission is to “put more Maine food on more Maine tables more often.” The Maine Locavore organization is another group working to spread the gospel of locavorism. They post profiles of more than 200 farms on their website, and allow browsers to target places to purchase everything edible from meats to sweets, or to visit farms for a chance to get up close and personal with what goes on their dining table.

11 Water St • 207-439-1630 Enjoy New England’s BEST seafood, steak and other specialities. You can’t beat our picturesque setting on the waterfront! Open Daily at 11:30 AM Visit us online at

BEST BURGERS Vegetarians, beware. We’re going to talk here about the all-American hamburger. Specifically, we’re going to talk about where visitors to Maine can find the very best burgers, those juicy, fat-dripping, artery-clogging, charbroiled, bun-busting, gotta-have-’em, flesh-eater’s objects of desire. Ask a food critic, and you might get a recommendation for a gourmet burger flavored with caramelized onions and topped with Trappist cheese (Nocturnem Draft Haus, Bangor). Ask a dockworker and he may send you to a food truck that sells “Mainah Burgers” loaded with cheddar, bacon, sautéed onions, apple slices and homemade maple mayo (Mainely Burgers Truck, Scarborough). Consult TV’s Food Network and you will be told to go directly to the Owls Head General Store for a “Seven Napkin Burger” sporting American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. After participating in an Eater Maine survey of food critics’ picks for best burgers—see below for some of the results that are posted online—food writer Nancy Heiser told us, “I haven’t tasted many burgers on the review circuit, but I do have another to add since that write-up. White Wolf Inn’s (Stratton) hand-formed, 8-ounce, cookedto-order burger is quite good, and grateful Appalachian Trail hikers dig into one of several varieties, offered with a big selection of condiments and sauces.” Heiser chose two burgers for the original survey. One was the wagyu beef burger at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. The other was the less

expensive “hand-formed, juicy-greasy beef burger served with garlic on a dark pretzel roll” from LFK in Portland. When we asked Islesboro food critic Sandra Oliver to name her favorite burger, she mentioned not one but three. “My favorite burger may not be the best burger in Midcoast or Camden, even, but I really like stopping at Scott’s Place. I personally like the bacon cheeseburger.” Added the Bangor Daily News writer, “Darby’s in Belfast does a great job with burgers, too. The last time I had one, it was big, juicy and on a really quality bun.” Her actual best, best burger, though, she says, is the one her “main squeeze” makes from ground chuck. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the more popular “best burger” recommendations. A-1 Diner


Armory Lounge, Regency Hotel & Spa


Bag & Kettle


Don’s Lunch Coach


Fat Boy Drive-In


Great Lost Bear


Harmon’s Lunch


Rapid Ray’s


Rollie’s Bar & Grill


Roy’s All Steak Hamburgers




Ryan’s Corner House


Stone Dog Café

North Windham

When Pig’s Fly


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Boothbay Harbor Restaurant Group

3 unique dining experiences in Midcoast Maine TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT

Wow What Views!

Boothbay Harbor’s Only 3rd floor Open Air Deck & Bar!

More than just an Oyster Bar! Fun Casual Waterfront Dining for the entire family!

Don’t forget your camera... BBH’s Famous Footbridge

• Local Maine Seafood, Hand Cut Steaks, Burgers, Pizza, Gluten Free items & More • Live Music – Friday & Saturday – Year Round • Full Menu Available 11:30am – 10:00pm • Private Dining Room for up to 70 People Available • Accommodate Large Dinner Reservations • Off the Menu on Short Notice • Open Daily Year Round

• Full service lunch & dinner menu featuring fine cuts of meats, lobster, ocean fresh seafood, gourmet sandwiches & burgers prepared on the harbor’s only wood fire grill. Raw Bar, Sushi and more! • Raw Bar • 11:30am–10pm daily • Night Club featuring Live Entertainment– Open ’til 1am • Late Night Fare • 9pm - 12am • Harbor View for Special Events: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, and Private Parties • Open Daily Mid–April thru Mid–October

• Local Maine Seafood & Hand Cut Steaks • Extensive Tapas Menu with Hot & Cold Selections from Around the World • Harbor Views from our Rooftop Deck • Serving Full Menu Lunch & Dinner 11:30–10:00 pm • Tavern Open Late • Open Daily Mid–April thru Mid–October

McSeagull’s Restaurant Pier One • 14 Wharf Street Boothbay Harbor 207-633-5900

Mine Oyster Restaurant Pier One • 16 Wharf Street Boothbay Harbor 207-633-6616

The Boathouse Bistro & Tapas Bar 12 The By-Way Boothbay Harbor 207-633-0400

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CLAM SHACKS They may be “small crude buildings,” as defined by the dictionary, but clam “shacks” dish up some of the most scrumptious food in the universe. Just ask Barbara Bush, former First Lady and famous fan of Kennebunkport’s The Clam Shack. She calls the Shack’s signature menu item nothing short of “the best fried clams in New England.” Entire books have been written about clam shacks. Websites, food magazines and travel writers pick their favorites. Cooks debate whether the best fried clams are breaded or battered, whole-belly or strips. Maine is a clam shack lover’s paradise, of course, with its ready supply of the edible mollusks. Mud flats along the coastline are prime digging grounds. You can even dig them yourself— it’s fun and not at all difficult—but be sure to get a license first. Fried whole Maine clams, with their smaller less gritty bellies, are preferred by many seafood aficionados; but clam strips are more well-known, and are made by slicing up batches of the more ubiquitous large ocean clams. (Whole-belly clams are scarce outside of the New England coastal area, but are said to have a unique taste and texture.) Jeremiah Fitzgerald, director of marketing for the popular Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, says, “I personally love whole-belly clams,” and explains that strips are “processed,” while the soft shell variety Bob’s uses are “dug up on the beach … they’re much more natural.” As for cooking, Fitzgerald explains, “We like to have more clam flavor, so we go straight from the bucket into the flour mixture without any egg wash.” The coating used is simple, just three parts corn flour to one part white flour and the vegetable oil used in frying has to be super fresh. “We go through thousands and thousands of gallons a year,” Fitzgerald says, “and about 28,000 pounds of clams.”

Everybody has a favorite clam shack, of course, but here are eight that have been recommended by the pros: Bob’s Clam Hut, Kittery


Cindy’s, Freeport


Fire Island Georgetown




Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Co., Freeport


Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, New Harbor


The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport


The Clambake, Pine Point


The Lobster Shack, Cape Elizabeth


(NOTE: With the exception of Bob’s in Kittery, most clam shacks are open only during late spring until early fall. Call first before visiting.)





BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER Small Seafood Combo $18.99

Homemade Seafood Chowder Sm. $6.99 Lg. $8.99

Fried Haddock Sandwich $8.99, with cheese $9.99

3 Mini Smoked Hamsteaks & Eggs $8.99

Homemade Seafood Lasagna $14.99

Lobster BLT $17.99 Crabmeat BLT $14.99 Scan here for menu


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Route 4, P.O. Box 273, Oquossoc, Maine 04964 Email: Email: Join us on Facebook! Dine and view the beautiful surroundings! In the spring and summer enjoy our gardens, in the fall it’s the foliage, and during the winter watch the deer feed in the backyard! Handicapped & snowmobile accessible. Private function room • Full bar Seasonal nightly specials Catering on & off premises. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please call for take out orders and open hours. Route 4 • Oquossoc, Maine • 207.864.3602

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May 10, Old Orchard Beach

July 10, Oquossoc

5th Annual Chowderfest on the Pier. FMI: 207-9343595 or

May 15-18, Bar Harbor

A Taste of Bar Harbor. A food festival featuring our local restaurants, cafés, and others who offer the epicurean delights that locals and visitors enjoy in Bar Harbor.

May 17, Old Orchard Beach

15th Annual Beerfest. All day event with live music on the pier. FMI: 207-934-3595 or

JUNE June 3-8, Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Festival. Great food, fine wines and inspired art.

June 13-15, Naples

Maine Blues Festival, Kick off the summer season in the Lakes Region with blues musicians and great Maine food!

June 21, Bangor

Bangor’s Beer Festival - Tap Into Summer. On the Bangor Waterfront. FMI:

June 14, Brunswick

Taste of Brunswick features many of the finest local restaurants on the Brunswick Town Mall. Fabulous food, drink and music.

June 26-28, Portland

Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association Strawberry Festival in Oquossoc Park features crafts, yard sale and food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July 11-13, Saco

Greek Heritage Festival, Traditional Greek dishes at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. FMI: 207-284-5651

July 12-20, Fort Fairfield

Potato Blossom Festival. Farmer Olympics, road races, arts & crafts, fireworks, river races, mashed potato wrestling, Maine Potato Blossom Queen Pageant and much more. FMI:

July 14-19, Pittsfield

Pittsfield Egg Festival. Music, art show, Egglympics, Kiwanis Karnival, fireworks and more. FMI:

July 18-20, Yarmouth

Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, Featuring cooking demonstrations, fried clams, clam cakes, clams on the half shell, clam fritters, lobsters, clam-shucking contests, and lots more! FMI: 207-846-3984

July 26, Skowhegan

Artisan Bread Fair. Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Delicious breads and pastries, handmade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, live music, antique baking tools, demos and superb Maine made foods. FMI:

Greek Food Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. FMI: 207-774-0281


June 28, Dover-Foxcroft

July 30- August 3, Rockland

Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Food, Music, Fun. FMI:

June 28, South Berwick

Strawberry Festival, A yearly event filled with entertainment, food, artisans, and strawberry shortcake.FMI:

June 29, Cape Elizabeth

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, Sample food creations from some of the best chefs in Maine. Proceeds support efforts to eliminate childhood hunger. Fort Williams Park FMI:


Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of thousands of pounds of steamed Maine Lobster, waterfront activities, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more! FMI: 207-596-0376 or mainelobsterfestival. com

August 1-2, Wilton

31st Annual Blueberry Festival, Blueberry pies and other delicious food, crafts, games, family events, and a free concert. FMI:

August 6, Camden/Rockport/Lincolnville Merryspring’s Annual Kitchen Tour, Visit eight unique kitchens and sample refreshments prepared by local chefs. FMI:

FOOD FESTIVALS August 6, Waterville

Taste of Greater Waterville. Street-side dining with Waterville area restaurants’ delicious cuisines. Children’s activities, food vendors and live music. A beer garden (21+) will be held from 5pm - 11pm.

August 15-17, Portland

St. Peter’s Italian Street Festival, Traditional Italian food, pizza, cannoli, meatball and sausage sandwiches, plus a road race and more. FMI:207-773-0748

and more. FMI: 207-824-2282

September 27, Casco

Lakes Region Brewer’s Festival, Maine’s best beers and wines, includes foods, wines, and entertainment. FMI: 207-647-3472 or

September 28, Damariscotta

August 21, Rangeley

Pemaquid Oyster Festival. A great line-up of entertainment, food, educational exhibits and thousands of oysters fresh from the Damariscotta River. FMI:

August 23-24, Wells


Blueberry Festival, FMI: Annual Chilifest, chili and salsa competitions, crafts, music and entertainment. FMI: 207-646-2451

August 29-31, Boothbay

Harbor Fest Chowder and Chili Challenge and Live Music Marathon. 2 days and 3 nights of local food and live entertainment. 671-7676 Lori Pecor

August 30 Camden

West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge. Camden Public Landing 11am-2pm. 207-236-7997

August 30-31, Eastport

Maine Salmon Festival, Featuring a salmon BBQ, seafood chowders, crab rolls, wine tent, a motorcycle rally, boat races, and more! FMI: 207-853-4644

SEPTEMBER September 13, Southwest Harbor

Mt. Desert Island Garlic Festival at Smuggler’s Den Campground, All-you-can-eat meal of slow roasted pig and celebrate garlic. FMI: 207-288-0269 or

September 13, Old Orchard Beach

October 10-11, Southwest Harbor

Acadia’s Oktoberfest and Food Festival, 20+ Maine brewers, specialty-food producers and other artisans at Smugglers Den Campground. FMI: 207244-9264

October 11, Thomaston

Taste of Thomaston. Montpelier. Food and wine tasting festival featuring local chefs, cheese artisans. farmers, vintners, foragers and all things foodie. Live music. 207-354-8062

October 12, Blue Hill Peninsula

A Taste of the Peninsula. Foliage, Food and Wine Festival, Sample food from area chefs, wine makers, and food producers. FMI: 207-374-3242

October 19, Unity

Great Maine Apple Day, Cider-pressing, apple cookery, apple history, and traditions. FMI: 207568-4142

October 22-25, Portland

Harvest on the Harbor, Experience Maine’s finest culinary fare: food, wine, seminars, demonstrations and more with Maine’s top chefs. FMI:

5th Annual Chilifest on the Pier. FMI: 207-934-3595 or


September 18, Boothbay

November 1, Portland

Claw Down - 3rd Annual Chef ’s “Lobster Bite” Competition. Ocean Point Marina, 6pm - 9pm. 207-633-2353

September 19-21, Unity

Common Ground Country Fair, Celebrating rural life with organic food and food products, gardening, livestock, etc. FMI: 207-568-4142

September 20, Bethel

Bethel Harvest Fest, Chowder cook-off, apple pie contest, harvest food, hiking, biking, canoeing, crafts,

21st Maine Brewer’s Festival, Over 15 Maine brewers and a five-course meal with beer pairings. FMI:

JANUARY January 25, 2015, Rockland

Pies on Parade, Pie tasting at several inns and venues in the Rockland area. FMI: 877-762-4667 or 181

index Bangor/Acadia/Downeast BUSINESS




Acadia Inn Bar Harbor Acadia Park Inn Bar Harbor Atlantic Eyrie Lodge Bar Harbor Atlantic Oceanside Bar Harbor Aurora Inn Bar Harbor Bangor Motor Inn Bangor Bar Harbor Grand Hotel Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Inn & Spa Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Motel Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Quality Inn Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Villager Motel Bar Harbor Best Western Inn Bar Harbor Black Bear Inn Orono Comfort Inn Bangor Country Inn at the Mall Bangor Days Inn Bangor Eastland Motel Lubec Econo Lodge Bangor Fireside Inn & Suites Bangor Hampton Inn Bangor Hilton Garden Inn Bangor Hollywood Casino Bangor Hutchins Cottages Southwest Harbor Motel East Eastport Quality Inn Bangor Super 8 Motel Bangor The Bluenose Bar Harbor The Bayview Bar Harbor The Commons Eastport The Colony Hulls Cove White House Inn Bangor Wonder View Bar Harbor

Activities Bar Harbor Whale Watch Bar Harbor Eastcoast Ferries Eastport Eastport Windjammers Eastport Hollywood Casino Bangor Oli’s Trolley Bar Harbor Roosevelt Campobello Campobello Island, NB

110 111 113 111 111 106 110 110 110 111 110 108 105 104 106 106 116 106 105 104 104 187 114 119 106 106 112 113 119 113 105 112 18 119 120 187 113 117


185 100

Quoddy Properties Eastport 120 Eastport Chamber of Commerce Eastport 119 Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber Southwest Harbor 114





Chowder House Eastport Downtown Lobster Pound Bar Harbor Dysart’s Bangor Guinness & Porcelli’s Bar Harbor Havana Bar Harbor Hollywood Casino Bangor New Friendly Restaurant Perry Sea Dog Brewing Bangor

120 178 105 179 178 187 118 154

Retail Atlantic Brewing Bark Harbor Bartlett Winery Catherine Hill Winery Eastport Breakwater Gallery Jack’s Jewelry Monica’s Chocolates Port O’ Call Scrimshaw Workshop Shalom Organic Winery The Commons

Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Gouldsboro Cherryfield

154 113 157 158

Eastport Bar Harbor Lubec Eastport Bar Harbor Franklin Eastport

120 188 116 120 112 158 119

Fairs & Festivals

Maine Innkeeper Assoc. Statewide Maine Lakes Brewfest Casco

163 162

Greater Portland Accommodations

Best Western Econolodge Falmouth Inn Inn on Peaks Island Knights Inn

Freeport Freeport Falmouth Peaks Island South Portland

Activities Odyssey Whale Watch Portland Portland Museum of Art Portland Portland Schooner Portland



Bangor International Airport Bangor Darling’s Concert Series Bangor


Buck’s Naked BBQ DiMillo’s on the Water Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Seadog Brewing Shipyard Brew Pub


57 57 38, 51 154 51 19 53 51

Freeport Portland

179 53

Freeport S. Portland Portland, Peaks Island

57 154

Maine State Prison Showroom Windham Urban Farm Fermentory Portland

154 80 158

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Restaurants/Food Liberal Cup



Retail Houston-Brooks Auctions Burham Tree Spirits Winery Oakland Two Hogs Winery Vassalboro

17 158 158

Maine Highlands Accommodations Wilsons on Moosehead Lake


Katahdin Cruises

Greenville Jct.


Moosehead Lake



Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce Newport


Midcoast Accommodations

Bayleaf Cottages Beloin’s on the Maine Coast Black Horse Inn Boothbay Harbor Inn Cedar Crest Inn Comfort Inn Fireside Inn & Suites Fisherman’s Wharf Inn Flagship Inn Glen Cove Inn Glenmoor By The Sea Grand Harbor Inn Harbour Towne Inn Inn at Camden Place Inn at Brunswick Station Knights Inn Linekin Bay Resort Lord Camden Inn Navigator Motor Inn Pine Grove Cottages SummerMaine Rentals The Country Inn The Daniel The Mount Battie Topside Inn Tradewinds Motor Inn Traveler’s Inn Tugboat Inn Wiscasset Motor Lodge



Camden Lincolnville Boothbay Harbor Camden Brunswick Belfast Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Rockport Lincolnville Camden Boothbay Harbor Camden Brunswick Brunswick Boothbay Harbor Camden Rockland Lincolnville Rockland Camden Brunswick Lincolnville Beach Boothbay Harbor Rockland Brunswick Boothbay Harbor Wiscasset

88 6 72 85 64 97 72 79 86 94 89 74 88 63 64 77 89 85 94 89 85 61 2 70 85 64 72 67





Appledore Camden Balmy Days Cruises Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Railway Village Boothbay Farnsworth Museum Rockland Maine Eastern RR Rockland Maine Lobster Festival Rockland Maine Maritime Museum Bath Maine State Aquarium Boothbay Harbor Maine State Music Theatre Brunswick Monhegan Boat Line Port Clyde North Atlantic Blues Fest. Rockland Owls Head Transportation Owls Head Seaspray Kayaking West Bath Schooner Lazy Jack II Camden Schooners Olad & Owl Camden

91 73 74 83 86 84 66 71 63 81 82 81 148 86 87

Other Arbor Tech Swanville Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce Boothbay Harbor Brunswick Downtown Association Brunswick Bucksport Chamber of Commerce Bucksport Courier Publications Penbay Chamber of Commerce Rockland/Camden Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce Brunswick

96 68 62 98 76 86 61


Bangkok Garden Brunswick 64 Boathouse Bistro Boothbay Harbor 175, 174 Cappy’s Camden 177 McSeagull’s Boothbay Harbor 175, 174 Mine Oyster Boothbay Harbor 175, 174 No. 10 Water Restaurant Brunswick 61 Rockland Cafe Rockland 176 Seadog Brewing Topsham 154 Shaw’s Fish & Lobster New Harbor 80, 175 The Chowderhouse Rockland 177 Winterport Winery Winterport 154, 158


Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry Belfast Big Al’s Wiscasset Big Al’s Fireworks Wiscasset Breakwater Vineyards Owls Head Cabot Mills Antiques Brunswick Camden Jewelry Camden Fat Friar’s Meadery Newcastle Maine State Prison Showroom Thomaston Penobscot Bay Brewery Winterport

97 186 66 158 64 89 158 82 154


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Western Maine REGION


Savage Oakes Vineyard Union Stubborn Cow Glass Bucksport Sweetgrass Farm Winery Union

158 99 158

Southern Accommodations

Alouette Beach Resort Bayside Rentals Brunswick Resort Carolina Resort Falmouth Inn Friendship Oceanfront Green Dolphin

Holiday House Inn Lafayette Oceanfront Resort Lodge at Kennebunk Normandie Norseman Resort Ocean Acres Ogunquit River Inn Seacastle Resort Waves Oceanfront Resort

Old Orchard Beach 38 Old Orchard Beach 36 Old Orchard Beach 39 Old Orchard Beach 39 Falmouth 51, 38 Old Orchard Beach 23 Old Orchard Beach 3 Old Orchard Beach 41 Wells Kennebunk Old Orchard Beach Ogunquit Ogunquit Ogunquit Ogunquit

31 33 3 29 31 29 29

Old Orchard Beach 35

Activities Finest Kind Cruises




Libby’s Oceanside Camp York Beach



Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce Ogunquit Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce Sanford

28 34


Bad Dog Deli Barnacle Billy’s Federal Jack’s Brew Pub Ken’s Place Pat’s Pizza Run of the Mill Shipyard Brew Pub Warren’s Lobster House

Scarborough Ogunquit

43 27

Kennebunk Scarborough Scarborough Saco Eliot Kittery

154 43, 173 43 155 154 20, 172


Kittery Premium Outlets Len Libby Nestling Duck Gifts Prospect Hill Winery Stone Soup Artisans


Kittery Scarborough Scarborough Lebanon Saco

25 45 41 158 37





Bald Mountain Resort Oquossoc Colonial Valley Motel Farmington Comfort Inn & Suites Wilton Country Club Inn Rangeley Farmington Motel Farmington Lyon’s Lakeside Cabins Rangeley Mount Blue Motel Farmington Rangeley Inn & Tavern Rangeley Rangeley Saddleback Inn Rangeley

Activities Bridgton Highlands Golf Bridgton Oxford Casino Oxford Songo River Queen Naples

132 129 129 131 129 130 129 131 131 126 122 125


Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce Bethel Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber Bridgton City Cove Realty Rangeley

127 126 131


Bald Mountain Resort Restaurant & Bar Country Club Inn Rangeley Inn & Tavern Shipyard Brew Haus

Oquossoc Rangeley Rangeley Sunday River & Sugarloaf

179 131 131 154

Retail Baxter Brewing



Maine Turnpike/EZ Pass Statewide



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