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table of contents 13 Southern Maine

Local Maps

15

Kittery & York

14

17

Ogunquit & Wells

20

Kennebunkport & Kennebunk

20 Kennebunkport & Kennebunk

22

History of the OOB Pier

26

Old Orchard Beach

24

Old Orchard Beach

32

Casco Bay

28

Southern Maine Beaches

The Yorks

30 Scarborough 33

South Portland & Cape Elizabeth

36 Greater portland

Local Maps

39 Portland

38 Portland

42

Old Port

45

Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport

48 lewiston auburn metropolitan area 48

Auburn & Lewiston

50

Things to Do in the LA Metro Area

52

Poland Spring

54 Western maine

Local Maps

56

60

Sebago Lakes Region

Western Maine Map

57 Naples 58 Bridgton 59 Bethel 61 Farmington 62

Rangeley & Oquossoc

64 midcoast

Local Maps

65 Brunswick

69

Bath & Brunswick

67

Harpswell & Bailey Island

76

Boothbay Harbor Area

68

Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Woolwich

89 Lincolnville 94

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Penobscot Bay Area


table of contents midcoast continued... 70 Wiscasset

85 Rockport

72

Boothbay Harbor

86 Camden

78

Damariscotta & Newcastle

89 Lincolnville

79 Bristol-Pemaquid

90

Belfast & Beyond

80 Thomaston

92

Bucksport Bay Area

82 Rockland

93

Blue Hill Peninsula

96 bangor & acadia 98 Bangor 99 Ellsworth 101

Acadia National Park & Schoodic Peninsula

103

Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor

104 downeast & washington county

Local Maps

106 Lubec

104 Downeast

108 Eastport

110 Kennebec & MooseRiver Valleys 112 maine highlands 114 aroostook county 115 calendar of events & Food Festivals 128 activities, attractions & recreation 126     Retiring to Maine

144     Beer Trail

128     Maine Lighthouses

148     Wine Trail

130     Rafting

150     Wellness Travel

133     Great Gardens

152     Whale Watching & Scenic Boat Tours

134     Camping

154     Moose Watching

135     Glamping

155     Maine Waterfalls

138     Farmers’ Markets

156     Lobster Rolls

142     Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries

158     Scenic Byways

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southern maine

The welcoming sign when you first enter

There’s no shortage of diverse dining

Maine boldly says, “Welcome to Maine

experiences from gourmet, award winning

– The Way Life Should Be.” And in recent

restaurants to casual takeout food, cozy

years, a sign has been added along with this

coffee shops, lively brew pubs, or locally

one that states, “Open for Business.”

owned specialty cuisine.

These signs really sum up our invitation

Looking to stay a few days in the area?

to visitors from near and far. If you are

You’ll have your choice of modern hotels

vacationing here, Maine offers every kind

and motels, country inns and B&Bs, seaside

of experience you might want, whether

resorts and condos, as well as cottages,

looking for sandy beaches or mountains, for

cabins and lodges adding a distinctive

metropolitan areas or wilderness getaways,

Maine flair to the overnight stays.

or for the historic, the festive,

Recreation abounds in the area with

or the unusual.

fishing, beachcombing, hiking, biking,

And if you are looking to move your

golfing, kayaking, skiing, paddle boarding,

residence or business to Maine, know that

golfing and trail walking. There’s plenty of

the welcome mat is out and we would love

opportunity for sightseeing and touring at

to have you call Maine as your home.

forts, lighthouses, picture perfect villages, historic sites, public gardens, unique

The southern Maine region is the most

businesses, museums, parks, and college

popular area for visitors coming to the state

campuses.

as it is only an hour’s drive from Boston, the hub of New England. For many others,

And who doesn’t appreciate a bit of

it is only a two to three hour ride to hit our

shopping while visiting the area? You’ll

southern border.

save a few dollars while shopping in over 120 factory outlets stores and you’ll find

Our southern Maine region is a tourist’s

special souvenirs or gift ideas just about

delight with a mix of rocky coastline and

everywhere.

some of the most inviting sandy beaches in all of the state. The towns and villages along

Enjoy the Southern Maine experience as you

the southern coast are filled with history and

discover “Maine-The Way Life Should Be.”

unique shopping experiences.

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Kittery & The Yorks KITTERY

work, crafts and cards have been locally hand made. All those running the shop are

The gateway to Maine, Kittery is the oldest

also its members.

incorporated town in the state and is the halfway mark on Interstate 95 between Boston and Portland. It is home to the 200

YORK

year old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and

“The Yorks” are really a group of villages

many beautiful homes and gardens that are

alive with history and seaside beauty.

remnants of the fishing, shipbuilding, and

There’s York Village, York Harbor, York

other marine-related industries that were

Beach and Cape Neddick, each welcoming

once the center of the town’s economy.

visitors with a small town coastal flair.

Kittery is home to over 120 factory outlets

Seaside exploring can take you near

and boutiques lining both sides of Route

bathhouses at Long Sands Beach and Short

1. Here, you’ll also find the iconic Kittery

Sands Beach. York Harbor Beach is sandy

Trading Post that has provided one stop

and sheltered and the nearby Cliff Walk

shopping for visitors looking for outdoor

takes visitors by grand 19th-century homes

gear since 1938. Kittery also has military

and ocean side views.

forts and museums, a fine park, and historic

Local Favorites: Just a short 9 mile drive

architecture. Accommodations range from

from York you will find Mt. Agamenticus .

inns and motels to farmstead B&Bs.

It sits within a 13,000 acre unfragmented

Hidden Gems: Kittery Historical and Naval

forest. Hiking, biking, bird watching and

Museum houses an abundance of local

picnics are among the recreational activities

history in addition to maritime and military

afforded here. The Center for Wildlife is

contributions. And then go visit Fort Foster,

located at the base of Mt. Agamenticus and

an active fortress during WWII where you

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can enjoy the trail system, lighthouse views

for our wildlife.

and beach area. Or Fort McClary State Park

Most Unusual: Enjoy a self-guided tour

which offers a tour of a Civil War fort. A

of Old Gaol, Maine’s Oldest Prison dating

great area for history buffs to visit..

back to 1720 or take a stroll on York

Most Unusual: Just Us Chickens Gallery

Harbor’s Wiggly Bridge, the world’s smallest

is an artist co-op where all the unique art

suspension bridge.

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Ogunquit & Wells

OGUNQUIT

Must See: Perkins Cove was originally a small fishing community and now the

Ogunquit is often considered one of the

cove offers shops, restaurants and scenic

best beaches in Maine and New England.

outlooks. It has been described as an

The 3.5 miles of fine white sand with

“excellent place to walk around, take in the

natural dunes make it a picture perfect

sights, have lunch and shop”.

spot for your Maine visit.

Most Unusual: Built in 1923, Leavitt

You can easily walk around the downtown

Theatre is a movie house playing first run

village of Ogunquit or hop on to one

movies, art films and classics and live

of the trolleys that make stops at the

entertainment, music and events. Beer and

beach and surrounding area. There are

wine are served in the balcony section.

accommodations everywhere in sight with choices of modern inns and motels, luxury resorts, cottages, condos B&Bs

WELLS

and Victorian Inns. Dining choices run the

The self proclaimed “friendliest town in

gamut from fresh seafood to an array of

Maine,” Wells welcomes visitors with an

ethnic, gourmet or family style fare.

assortment of shopping venues from

Ogunquit began to lure fine artists to the

antique shops to used book stores, as well as an area of shopping malls and factory

area in the late 1880’s, when they found

outlets stores. Stroll the one-mile nature

an artist’s paradise at Perkins Cove. By

trail of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife

the end of the 19th century, Ogunquit had

Refuge to see salt marshes and estuaries

become a well-established artist colony

that support migratory birds, water fowl

that thrives today with art galleries and studios and Ogunquit’s very own Museum

and other wildlife and plants.

of American Art.

Hidden Gem: The Wells National

After dark, Ogunquit comes alive with

Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place for bird watching, photo taking,

dance clubs, bars, lounges and night spots

hiking and cross-country skiing. Enjoy

with entertainment.

the unspoiled beauty of woodlands, fields, wetland, beaches and dunes.

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Kennebunkport kennebunkport Begin your journey in Dock Square where you’ll find boutiques, art galleries, craft shops and restaurants. The Kennebunkport Historical Society offers guided walking tours of many historic buildings and elegant homes. And don’t miss what has

become the town’s most popular attraction by visiting Walker’s Point, the summer estate of President George H.W. Bush and family. Park downtown and take a walk along Parson’s Way to get the best views of the estate and possibly a glimpse of this political family.

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Hidden Gems: Blueberry Barrens, a nature preserve, is home to several rare or endangered birds. In late summer, you can pick blueberries for free and anytime of the year there are many peaceful trails for wandering. The Secret Garden, with nearly 40 acres of pristine forest and wetland, offers visitors the experience of deep woods quiet and beauty.

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history of oob pier The area around the mouth of the Saco

Old Orchard Beach has been promoted as

and Goosefare rivers was first discovered

a tourist destination since 1631. In 1829

by European civilizations in the year 1603

the first Public House opened, and in 1837

by British explorer Martin Pring, although

tourists paid $1.50 each to stay at a local

pockets of the Abenaki tribe inhabited the

farm. Railroad service between Boston

area before Pring’s discovery of the region.

and Portland opened in 1842 which provided a robust flow of tourists. Today,

The Old Orchard Beach area began

many visitors from the Canadian provinces

appearing in historical records around

can be found vacationing in the area. You’ll

1653. The area was first officially settled in

often hear French being spoken during the

1657 by Thomas Rogers who had arrived

summer season.

in the Goosefare Brook area in 1636 and who dubbed it “The Garden By The Sea”.

On July 24, 1927, Charles Lindbergh,

The town takes its name from Rogers’

the famous American aviator, made an

abandoned apple orchard. Rogers’ family

unexpected stop at Old Orchard Beach.

left the area and relocated in Kittery,

The field he was due to land in was

Maine after an Indian attack destroyed

fogbound, but he knew he had a much

the Rogers’ homestead. The namesake

larger landing strip on the sands at Old

orchard survived for approximately 150

Orchard. At the time, he was on a cross

years as a beacon of land to sailors in the

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Atlantic Ocean.

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old orchard beach

If there is a Coney Island of Maine, it would

In OOB, you’ll find the Dunegrass Golf

be the summertime haven of Old Orchard

Club, 18 holes that meanders over 300+

Beach. It has been a family favorite

acres of wooded, back dunes. At 6,644

vacation spot for all of New England

yards, with a par 72, the course offers a

and especially for Canadian visitors who

challenge for even the most serious player.

converge there year after year.

With four sets of tees on each hole, every

The seven miles of sandy beaches at Old Orchard Beach offer the best of swimming and surfing, walks along the ocean, or simply beach lounging to take in the sun. The centerpiece of the town is the Old Orchard Beach Pier, which currently spans 475 feet out and over the Atlantic Ocean with souvenir and novelty shops, restaurants and pubs. The original pier was built in 1898 as a concert venue, dance hall, and casino extending 1825 feet out over the ocean. Through the years, the pier has been rebuilt from ruin during severe ocean storms. Next to the Pier is Palace Playland where you’ll find amusement rides, games, arcades, coasters, waterslides and food.

level of golfer will find the course playable. If you enjoy all things antique and vintage, plan a stop at Cottage Décor where you’ll find furniture, candles, old post cards and pictures, and everything that inspires that “cottage by the sea” feeling. Local Favorites: Rippin’ Lips Charters are fishing charters conducted on a boat designed for Maine’s rugged coast. Enjoy a day fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish. Pirate’s Cove is an 18 hole miniature golf course which accommodates all skill levels. Hidden Gem: What could be more fun than retro treats, ice cream floats or a raspberry lime rickey? Visit Ocean Park Soda Fountain and enjoy these treats.

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Southern Maine Beaches

Kittery

Ogunquit

Seapoint Beach - Small family beach

Ogunquit Beach - Excellent beach

and backed by a marsh. Great for bird-

separated from mainland by Ogunquit

watching. Small parking area, no facilities.

River. River side has no surf tide – great

Take Route 103, Brave Boat Harbor Road,

for families with small children. Accessible

turn at Seapoint Road.

from center of town. Limited parking for fee, trolley stop. Restrooms and changing

Crescent Beach - Near Seapoint Beach,

facilities. Lifeguard during summer.

also close to marsh. Limited parking, no facilities. Take Route 103, turn at Seapoint Road.

Wells

Fort Foster Park - South of Seapoint

Moody Beach - Formerly a public beach, now can be used only for “fishing, fowling

and Crescent Beaches. Take Route 103

or navigating.” Off Ocean Avenue east of

to Fort Foster on Gerrish Island. Several swimming locations plus picnic areas,

Route 1.

pavilion, restrooms and changing facilities.

Wells Beach - Long stretch of sandy

No lifeguards.

beach separated from mainland by Webhannet River. Adjacent to marshes

York

that attract birds and waterfowl. Accessible by Mile Road off Route 1.

Long Sands Beach - Popular for swimming, also surfing in certain locations.

Drakes Island Beach - Picturesque

Parking meters by the road. Changing

beach near sand dunes and sea grass.

and restroom facilities. Lifeguards during

Restrooms, parking fee. Accessible from

summer. Off Route 1A, Long Beach Avenue.

Drakes Island Road off Route 1.

Short Sands Beach - Family beach north

Laudholm Beach - Located in Wells

of the Cape Neddick peninsula. Bathhouse,

Reserve and Rachel Carson National

outside shower, basketball courts, a

Wildlife Refuge. Great for nature lovers.

playground, arcade, and bowling alley.

Accessible off Laudholm Road just south

Lifeguards on duty during summer. Close

of the intersection of Routes 9 and 1.

to Sohier Park and the scenic Nubble Lighthouse. Off Route 1A.

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Southern Maine Beaches

Kennebunk

Fortunes Rocks Beach – Long and sandy beach on Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards,

Kennebunk Beach - Includes Gooch’s

portable toilets. Parking stickers required,

Beach, Middle Beach, Mother’s Beach and

available at City Hall. Off Route 208.

Parson’s Beach south of Mousam River. Stickers required for parking available at Town Hall, Chamber of Commerce and

Saco

Police Department. Accessible from side

Camp Ellis Beach - Small beach at mouth

roads off Route 9.

of Saco River. Popular for fishing. Hourly

Parson’s Beach - Also called Crescent

parking. Off Route 9.

Surf Beach, south of Mousam River.

Ferry Beach State Park - Sheltered from

Adjacent to salt marshes, bird watching.

wind, natural sand dunes. Facilities, picnic

Limited parking, no facilities.

area and nature trails. Off Route 9. Bayview Beach & Kinney Shore - Small

Kennebunkport

beach in Bayview area. Public parking. Off

Colony Beach - Also knows as Arundel

Route 9.

Beach, short, but picturesque at mouth of

Old Orchard Beach

Kennebunk River. No lifeguard or facilities. Off Ocean Avenue.

Ocean Park Beach – Southern extension

Goose Rocks Beach - Quiet neighborhood

of Old Orchard Beach at Ocean Park area.

beach, great for families, long walks.

Family beach, Off Route 9.

Parking sticker required, available at Town

Old Orchard Beach - Long sandy beach

Hall and Police Station. No lifeguard or

with low surf, popular for swimming,

facilities. Off King’s Highway from Route 9.

sunbathing, beach games. Near summer attractions and facilities. Lifeguard.

Biddeford

Accessible from East and West Grand

Biddeford Pool Beach – Rocky section

Avenue, Route 9.

with long stretches of sandy beach. Great

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bird watching. No facilities. Off Route 208.

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scarborough

You’ll find beaches, oceanfront villages

Local Favorites: The Scarborough

and a busy commercial area along Route

Marsh Audubon Society covers 3,100

1 in Scarborough. With its convenient

acres of tidal flats ready to explore with

location near the Portland International

weekly guided bird walks, and reat trails

Jetport, the Portland Amtrak Station,

for hiking, biking, and self-guided birding.

area bus terminals, and the Maine

There are canoe and kayak rentals,

Turnpike, Scarborough is an ideal

moonlight paddles as well as nature

destination for locals and visitors alike.

programs, excursions and workshops for all ages.

Scarborough Beach Park, Ferry Beach, Western Beach and Higgins Beach

Hidden Gems: Pleasant Hill Disc Golf is

offer great swimming and water sports

located on a previous farm, so it affords

locations. Nearby Pine Point has a

wide-open fairways but gives way to

fine-sand beach and protected boating

more technical holes by incorporating

facilities.

trees and ponds. This is wholesome fun for the whole family including your dog!

Shopping is easily accessed at the nearby

Pleasant Hill Disc Golf is located on a

Maine Mall or at various retail locations

previous farm, so it affords wide-open

along the Route 1 corridor. There are

fairways but gives way to more technical

ample restaurants to choose from

holes by incorporating trees and ponds.

ranging from locally owned fare to well

This is wholesome fun for the whole

known food chains. Accommodations

family including your dog!

are readily available at hotels, motels, B&Bs, campgrounds and rental cottages.

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south portland & cape elizabeth Three of the area’s most popular lighthouses

the state and was first constructed and

can be found in these two greater Portland

lit in 1791 when Maine was still part of

towns. From the campus of Southern Maine

Massachusetts. Here, families can picnic,

Community College, you can access the

swim at the beach, stroll along the walkways,

1000 foot granite breakwater that takes you

fly a kite, or just lay back and relax taking in

to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and

the beauty that this iconic lighthouse offers.

the three mile Shoreline Walkway that leads

South Portland Local Favorites: Bug

to Willard Beach.

Light Park, home to Portland Breakwater

The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, often

Lighthouse and the Liberty Ship Memorial

called simply Bug Light Park, is among the

offers amazing views of Portland Harbor

smallest of Maine lighthouses but it makes

and skyline. This is a great place for picnics,

up for any shortcomings with free parking,

boating, kite flying and fishing. Check

a charming park from which to view the

their webside for a list of seasonal events

lighthouse and great ocean views. Just a

including a Kite Festival and Movie Nights.

short drive from the “Bug,” you’ll find Cape

Cape Elizabeth Local Favorites: Fort

Elizabeth, home to Fort Williams Park, a

Williams Park is a favorite destination for

90 acre refuge and the home of the most

picnics, dog walking, bicycling, hiking and

photographed spot in Maine, the Portland

kite flying. It has a significant marine and

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greater portland

All roadways lead to Portland, Maine’s

in the US for most restaurants per capita.

largest city, by way of I-95, I-295, U.S. Route

Award-winning chefs direct kitchens that

1, or Route 302 from the west. It is also the

turn out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger

hub for air travel at Portland International

urban centers. The food industry thrives for

Jetport, a major station stop for the Amtrak

excellence with diverse food offerings and

Downeaster train, and a center for bus

a commitment to organic and locally grown

service to all parts of New England and

produce.

beyond.

The city’s major artery, Congress Street, will

Fine views of Portland and surrounding

bring you through a thriving arts community

areas can be had from the restored 1807

featuring museums, historic sites,

Portland Observatory maritime signal tower

symphonies and theater, with a year-round

at the top of Munjoy Hill on Congress Street.

schedule of events that include many fairs

As Maine’s major port for shipping goods

and festivals in the glorious summertime

worldwide, Portland has a vital waterfront

weather that defines a visit to Maine. You’ll

with commercial fishing enterprises,

find that walking around Portland is leisurely

sightseeing boat tours, and seaside

as you wind your way from the downtown

restaurants specializing in seafood delights.

area to the vibrant waterfront.

Don’t be surprised if you see massive cruise

Portland’s Old Port, with its cobblestone

ships docked in the harbor. Recent years

streets, draws visitors to its array of

have seen an increase in the number of

shopping boutiques and specialty stores as

cruise lines docking at Portland Harbor.

well as galleries and antique stores. Visitors

Eating well is easy in Portland. Bon Appétit

to the Old Port and surrounding areas can

magazine named Portland “America’s

experience fine dining, international cuisine,

foodiest small town,” and the New York

specialty coffee shops, brew pubs, pizzerias,

Times calls it “one of the best places to eat

and, of course, fresh daily seafood.

in the Northeast.” It is among the top towns

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portland

Portland is one of the most popular

theaters. You’ll find that walking around

destinations in all of Maine. There’s fine

Portland is leisurely that guides you from

dining, outstanding art, New England

the downtown area to the lure of the

architecture, live theater, lush parks, great

waterfront.

shopping experiences, professional sports

For the history buff, Portland is bursting

teams, and a working waterfront. Yes,

with places of interest and tours of

Portland has it all.

such landmarks as Henry Wadsworth

Eating well is easy in Portland. Bon Appétit

Longfellow’s childhood home, the Maine

named Portland “America’s foodiest small

Historical Society, and the Portland

town,” and the New York Times calls it “one

Observatory Museum, built like a coastal

of the best places to eat in the Northeast.”

lighthouse on Munjoy Hill that offers

It is among the top towns in the US for

views of Casco Bay, Back Cove and Mt.

most restaurants per capita. Award-

Washington.

winning chefs direct kitchens that turn

Must See: Hop on a Casco Bay Lines

out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger

Ferry and visit one of the islands in Casco

urban centers. The food industry thrives

Bay, for an additional fee you can take your

for excellence with diverse food offerings

bike to explore the island on. Specialty

and a commitment to organic and locally

cruises are available such as the Mailboat

grown produce.

Run, Sunset Run or Music Cruise.

You can eat casually, perhaps enjoying

Most Unusual: If you prefer to stay on dry

a lobster roll while seated on a dockside

land, Maine Food Tours offers engaging

bench, or elegantly, at one of the city’s

tour guides to take you to several Old

five-star restaurants offering a tasting

Port venues to sample made in Maine,

menu of Maine grown delights such

Maine-inspired and fancy foods. You will

as rabbit, venison, scallops or other

learn from those who craft these delightful

assortment of fish.

foods and about the local history from the

The city’s major artery, Congress

guides. The price per tour includes all food

Street, will bring you to museums, art

and beverage tastings and your tour guide.

galleries, antique shops, studios and

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Stroll along cobblestone streets with gas

activity you find here includes fish markets,

light fixtures, past classic Victorian style

ferry services, fashionable condos,

brick buildings, and you’ll think you’ve

rustic eateries and docks where whale

returned to an enchanted by-gone era.

watching and cruise boats take you out for

Today this classic architectural motif and

memorable adventures.

stylish old-world surroundings provide the

Each summer the Old Port Festival attracts

Old Port with its signature character and

thousands of visitors for a lively parade,

makes it one of Portland most popular

entertainment, food and great family fun.

attractions.

Must See: You can consider a ride on a

The Old Port spans about six blocks of

Duck Boat (that travels on land and water),

undeniable charm and vitality. You’ll find an

shove off on a sightseeing cruise into the

eclectic selection of shops and specialty

harbor, or take in one of the Maine Foodie

retailers just waiting to be explored. It’s a

Tours, a walking adventure that gives you

place that invites you to look for one-of-

an insider’s view of the culinary wonders

kind art pieces, stylish outfits, hard to find

that abound in Portland.

culinary items and gifts made in Maine.

Hidden Gem: The Maine Narrow Gauge

Your dining experiences in the Old Port

Railroad Company and Museum gives

range from traditional lobster dinners, to

visitors a look at the memorabilia and

exotic delicacies presented with flair and

history of a railroad system that once

style, to a chilidog from a street side vendor.

traveled throughout the state of Maine.

Adding to the zest of the Old Port is the

Learn about the railroad and take a ride on

city’s working waterfront harbor centered

the train.

on Commercial Street. The tapestry of

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falmouth, yarmouth & freeport These three towns are only a short drive

Adding to your shopping experience are

north from Portland offering visitors

open-air concerts series, talks with tips on

views of the coast and varied shopping

outdoor activities, art festivals and street

experiences.

performers.

Falmouth is one of Maine’s more affluent

A short distance from the thriving

coastal communities featuring a local

downtown you can and the amazing Desert

harbor and town landing, indoor and

of Maine with natural 70-food sand dunes;

outdoor ice skating facilities, shopping,

Winslow Memorial Park with a beach, boat

parks and recreational facilities, and three

landing, playground and campsites; the

golf courses.

Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Sanctuary with day camp and trails through woods

In Falmouth, be sure to stop by the Gilsland

and fields and Wolfe’s Neck State Park

Farm Audubon Center, a paradise for bird

offering 233 acres to explore.

watchers and nature lovers. In Falmouth, visit Forget Me Nots, a unique consignment

While you’re here make time to visit South

boutique for women with quality, nearly new

Freeport (or as the locals like to say: So.Free.

and never-worn apparel at bargain prices.

Me) ad one of Maine’s best family-owned seafood restaurants, Harraseeket Lunch

Yarmouth is a rustic New England village

and Lobster Company, where they

with marinas, boatyards, and coves where

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visitors can watch for harbor seals and seabirds. If you’re looking to feast on clams, head to Yarmouth in July for the weekend-

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freeport

serve seafood fresh off the boat, and

experience to try out a wide range of

a kayak rental company, and Winslow

outdoor sports. Low cost (sometimes

Memorial Park public beach.

free!) and hourly excursions will have you learning archery, fly fishing, stand up paddle

Local Favorites: After your shopping

boarding, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross

excursion in Freeport’s Outlet and anchor

country skiing, hiking and biking.

store L.L. Bean, there are parks to be visited. Wolf’s Neck Woods State Park offers

Most Unusual: In Yarmouth, you can visit

marshes, fields and forests to explore and

Eartha, the world’s largest rotating globe.

Winslow Park offers a playground and

This kid-friendly free attraction can be found

beach.

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L/A Metro Area auburn

Hidden Gem: Orphan Annie’s is a quaint shop offering antiques, curios and

As a Twin City with nearby Lewiston,

collectibles. Everything is organized

Auburn shines adding to the second

beautifully with lots of jewelry, glassware,

largest metropolitan area in Maine. In

china, figurines, clothes and lamps --

Auburn, you’ll find a thriving arts scene

and all sorted so that you can really see

with Community Little Theater, one of

what’s before you. Visitors say that the

the nation’s oldest community theater

lamps, alone, are worth a trip.

troupes that offers a year-round schedule of mainstage performances. Festival Plaza,

Local Favorite: You can take a quick hiking

at the heart of the downtown area, hosts

excursion on Mount Apatite, an extensive

the Auburn Community Concert Band for a

network of forested trails that link abandoned

summer season of outdoor concerts as well

quarries, gleaming slag piles, steep ledges, and

as an area of Concerts in the Park.

giant boulders. While only 900’ in elevation, this is a favorite spot for gem collectors in search of

For the advanced golfer, you can hit the

tourmaline, quartz and apatite.

links at Fox Ridge Golf Club and Martindale Country Club. And for a family friendly golfing experience, go to Taber’s Golf

lewiston

that has a driving range and an 18-hole

In recent decades, Lewiston has had a

miniature golf course located next to a

cultural and downtown area revitalization

family favorite restaurant and ice cream

bringing with it new pockets of vibrant activity

shop. Auburn’s Center Street is a pathway

to Maine’s second largest metropolitan

to many shopping experiences from chain

area. The Gendron Franco Center, formerly a

stores and restaurants, to an urban mall

Catholic church, now stands as a world class

and smaller retailers. Visitors will find many

performing arts venue hosting year-round

casual dining experiences as well as pubs,

presentations of music, dance, concerts and

bistros and sandwich shops.

performing arts in a 428-seat auditorium and

Lost Valley is a popular skiing spot where

a multipurpose function hall.

World Cup racer and Olympian, Julie

Museum L-A showcases the rich

Parisien, started her career. On top of skiing

manufacturing history of the area that

Lost Valley has added Maine Family Snow

brought determined immigrants, primarily

Tube Park and Lost Valley Brewing Co. If

from Canada, to the area to build lives

ice skating is your preference, you’ll find the

working in the local shoe factories and

Norway Savings Bank Arena, Maine’s only

woolen mills. You’ll still find historic tributes

dual surface ice arena.

to the Franco American culture that has

Auburn is home to the Auburn-Lewiston

dominated the city for decades. The main gallery features rotating temporary exhibits

Airport sprawled on 547 acres. The

that change throughout the year and explore

airport caters to the varied needs

themes related to the worker culture and the

of corporate, charter, cargo and

lives of the people living in Lewiston-Auburn

recreational aviation activities.

and throughout Maine.

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L/A Metro Area The downtown dining experience offers

visitors to walk, run or bike in a fundraiser to

a diverse selection ranging from Italian

support free cancer care to area residents.

specialties at Davinci’s Eatery to Cowbell Grill

Local Favorites: Enjoy a “red snapper”

& Tap featuring 25 specialty burgers. For a

hot dog at Simones’ Hot Dog Stand in the

special dining experience visit Fish Bones

downtown area. Ranked as one of the top

American Grill, if you’re looking for a sweet

21 hot dog joints in America. The Basilica of

treat, be sure to stop by E. Claire and Pastries.

Saints Peter and Paul is an iconic structure

The mighty Androscoggin River that extends

dominating the Lewiston skyline. It’s the

for 178 miles from NH through Maine and

second largest church in New England and

to the ocean runs through Lewiston and the

the only New England Basilica outside of

neighboring city of Auburn. There are plenty

Massachusetts.

of locations to launch kayaks or canoes or to

Hidden Gems: Lewiston is home to Bates

simply enjoy the riverbank walking trails that

College, one of the nation’s finest liberal

dot the area.

arts schools. The Public Theatre is the

Lewiston is the birthplace of TV star, Patrick

area’s premiere professional theatre troupe.

Dempsey (Known as Dr. McDreamy on

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things to do in lewiston & auburn The Moxie Festival (July 12-14, 2019)

the Androscoggin River and the rocky

in Lisbon, Maine comes around every July

Great Falls. Admission to the festival is

as a celebration of the quintessential soda

free, though some activities may require

concoction called Moxie. Moxie bills itself

a fee. Balloon launches are scheduled

as “Distinctively Different,” and most people

for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Friday–Sunday,

could not agree more. The oddly bittersweet

weather permitting. Sit back and watch

soda was first invented in Maine as a

the launch spectacle or call, in advance,

medical tincture with a secret ingredient,

to arrange your own special flight. www.

gentian root, that gives the soda the most

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unique of flavors. While Moxie lovers and Moxie haters square off on their pleasure or

In the fall, the area hosts the Dempsey

disapproval of the soda, everyone agrees

Challenge, (September 28-29, 2019) the

that the three day festival filled with block

state’s largest walk, run or bicycle fundraiser

parties, entertainment, road races, car

that draws nearly 4000 participants raising

shows and the Moxie recipe contest provide

$1.2 million in support of the Patrick

a great excuse for midsummer fun. www.

Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

moxiefestival.com

The Hollywood star namesake started the center to offer free cancer care services for

The Great Falls Balloon Festival (August

patients and families battling the disease.

16-18, 2019) holds court every August

The event has become a two day family

with one of New England’s premiere hot

friendly extravaganza dedicated to health

air balloon experiences. From Simard-

and wellness, with food, entertainment,

Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston, visitors

activities, and fun, all hosted by the well

can enjoy the sight of dozens of hot air

known star from the TV show, “Grey’s

balloons as they take to the skies over

Anatomy.” www.dempseychallenge.org

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L/A Metro Area

The Oxford Casino, southern Maine’s only casino, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week offering guests the excitement of playing slot machines and table games in a comfortable rural setting only a short drive from LA Metro. With an onsite hotel, restaurants and bar facilities, a visit to the Oxford Casino will become a memorable event to share with family and friends. You must be 21 years of age to enter the casino, or its venues. www.oxfordcasino.com Since 1991, The Public Theatre has produced top notch professional productions in a former movie house where Stephen King, Maine’s most successful writer, often attended sci-fi thrillers there as a child, perhaps inspiring his future career. Each season The Public Theatre produces six to eight productions, playing to an audience of over 17,000 people. Each year thousands of students from scores of area schools attend special Student Matinee Performances. One of only five equity theaters in the state. www. thepublictheatre.org

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poland spring

Poland Spring will be celebrating

collected from all over Maine;

its 225th year in operation this year.

representing the state at the Columbian

The Resort remains to be a perfect

Exposition at the 1893 Chicago World’s

destination for a relaxing vacation with

Fair. It was purchased by the Ricker’s

gorgeous views of the White Mountains

after the Fair; then returned to the State

with 3 inns, 11 cottages, 3 restaurants,

arriving by train and ox-cart, and was re-

swimming pool, grass tennis courts, 2

assembled at Poland Spring.

museums, 10K of groomed hiking trails,

Hiram Ricker discovered the healing powers

shuffleboard, bocce, driving range,

of the spring water and in 1845, he began

disc golf, mini golf, horseshoes, fitness

bottling water. In the early 1900’s, a state-

room, mini movie theater, games rooms,

of-the-art Bottling Facility and Springhouse

boating and more for the guests to enjoy.

were constructed using Spanish

The Maine Inn hosts an all you can eat

architecture. Glass pipes and Sterling Silver,

buffet for breakfast and supper. You can

shipped from Italy, carried the water from

also enjoy nightly entertainment with live

the spring directly to the bottling room.

bands and Mystery Theater. The Oxford

Today these buildings reflect a continued

Casino is only minutes from the resort; a

dedication to the growth of Poland

free shuttle is available.

Spring Brand Natural Spring Water. After

The pride and joy of the property is the

a three-year restoration project that

Poland Spring Golf Course, opened in

began in 1998, the Bottling facility and

1896, and is the first golf course to be

Springhouse were faithfully restored and

built at a resort in America. Redesigned

transformed into an informative museum

by Donald Ross in 1915, it is on the

open to the public.

National Register of Historic Places.

Visit Poland Spring for a day or stay overnight, there is plenty to do and enjoy.

On the grounds, there are also 2 museums not to be missed. The Maine

For more information year-round, give

State Building, built from the finest

the Resort a call at 207-998-4351 or

Maine granite, slate and hardwood

visit www.polandspringresort.com.

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western Geographically, this region of Maine borders

Shawnee Peak. Check out each location for

New Hampshire to the west, and Canada’s

a variety of recreational adventures that can

Province of Quebec on the north. Vast in size

include hiking, mountain biking, zip lines, disk

(larger than New Hampshire and Vermont

golf, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, all

combined), it has literally dozens of lakes,

terrain vehicle trails and more.

rivers and ponds that provide opportunities

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail that

for water sports such as boating, swimming,

begins in Springer Mountain, Georgia and

canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and

ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine passes

whitewater rafting. If fishing is your passion,

through this region. The area’s Mahoosuc

you can find some of the best trout and

Notch is often considered by hikers to be the

salmon fishing in the country in Western

most difficult mile of the entire 2168 mile

Maine. In addition to Sebago, popular lakes

trail.

in the region include Rangeley, Flagstaff and,

Nestled among the lakes and mountains

the fun to pronounce, Mooselookmeguntic

are towns and villages with unique

Lake. The area is also home to some of the

dining options, an array of lodging and

best hunting in all of New England.

accommodations, and downtowns that

Here, you will find some of the most

have a unique New England charm catering

picturesque mountains in the state with such

to locals and visitors alike. You’ll find fairs

names as Sugarloaf, Bigelow, Saddleback,

and festivals dotting the western Maine

Sunday River, Pleasant Mountain and

countryside.

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sebago lake

With over 60 lakes and ponds in 20 towns

north for 11 miles. With the Songo Lock

that dot the area, the Sebago Lakes

connecting these two lakes, it gives

Region is where visitors can enjoy an

access to over 40 miles for boating.

abundance of natural resources -- the

The “Causeway” in Naples has a robust

unspoiled beauty of lakes and streams,

atmosphere with shops, restaurants,

the peace and tranquility of forests and

many water sport rentals, mini-golf,

mountaintops, and the charm of historic

galleries and a great view of the lake.

villages and one-of-a-kind landmarks.

Local Favorites: The Songo River Queen

The area is anchored by Sebago Lake,

is a replica of a Mississippi paddle boat

Maine’s second largest waterway at 54

that travels the shores of Long Lake in

square miles, located less than an hour’s

daytime and evening excursions.

drive from Portland. Part of this gigantic

Most Unusual: The UFO (Umbrella

lake is Sebago Lake State Park, sprawled

Factory Outlet) in Naples is a one of

on 1400 acres, that is a prime destination

a kind supermarket, ice cream shop

for hiking, camping, swimming, boating

and liquor store in one, with umbrellas

and casual summer time fun.

hanging from the ceiling. You’ll find a

On the northwest shore of Sebago

selection of 1800 wines, 1700 different

Lake, you’ll find the town of Naples that

Maine spirits, and 700 craft beer choices.

connects to Long Lake which stretches

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naples

As you explore Maine, you will soon discover

Naples offers plenty of great eating

that Naples is a jewel of a community ideally

establishments, shops, a handsomely

nestled in the heart of the Western Maine

stocked public library, festivals and one of

Lakes Region. Picturesque Naples has

the best Fourth of July fireworks shows

abundant land and water activities to offer

in the region vibrantly displayed over Long

and is the must-see area for sightseeing and

Lake and comfortably viewed from your

creating memories that will last a lifetime.

boat or our Causeway.

Generations of folks keep coming back

Enjoy a lake cruise, fly above in a seaplane

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bridgton

Bridgton is surrounded by lakes and

there are signs of beaver, deer, mink,

rolling hills and is a haven for outdoor

woodpeckers, and spotted salamanders.

recreation. Long Lake, Highland Lake

Most Unusual: The Rufus Porter

and Moose Pond are well known stops

Museum celebrates the life and times or

for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing

a remarkably creative Americal genius

and other water sports. You’ll find plenty

who worked throughout Maine, New

of public beaches and public access to

England, and beyond. Rufus Porter (1792-

these Maine treasures.

1884) was a painter well-known for his

If hiking is your interest, take a jaunt to

landscape murals and miniature portraits

the top of Pleasant Mountain where you’ll

but he was so much more than a painter.

get a choice view of the natural beauty of

He was an inventor, writer and teacher as

the surrounding area. You’ll enjoy a stroll

well. There is a gift shop on site.

downtown where you’ll find gift shops,

Local Favorites: Art lovers will want to

antique and craft stores, restaurants and

stop at Gallery302 featuring the works of

specialty shops.

more than 50 artists. Bridgton is home

Walk through Pondicherry Park, a 66

to 1 of the 7 drive-in theaters still in

acre nature preserve in the center

operation in Maine. Bridgton Twin Drive-In

of town. The wood chipped pathway

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bethel Situated in the Androscoggin River valley

Local Favorites: Grafton Notch States

surrounded by some of the highest

Parks offer wonderful opportunities

mountains in Maine, Bethel was first

to commune with nature. Nearby and

settled in 1768. Now a quiet resort town,

convenient access will bring you to

it is full of quaint shops and tranquil

areas around the Appalachian Trail for

streets where visitors can enjoy a casual

hikes and bird watching. Zipline Tours at

stroll to experience its New England village

Sunday River feature a series of six lines

charm.

ranging from 100 to 300 feet in lenth with a final “zip” down the resort’s 750-

Year round recreation abounds with the

foot Twin Zip. Its wooded location takes

likes of hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking,

you through the trees and over a ravine

and golf in the spring and summer. Winter

and stream bed, at speeds of up to 25

comes alive with some of the best alpine

miles per hour.

skiing in the east at Sunday River Ski Resort, only a short drive from Bethel. Of

Most Unusual: There are three wooden

course, there is plenty of Nordic skiing and

Covered Bridges in the Bethel area. The

snowshoeing with lots of stops for après

Sunday River Bridge is the oldest, built

ski merriment. The fall foliage in the area is

in 1872 and spans 87 feet. The Bethel

among the best in Maine.

Recreational Pathway Bridge was built in 2001 and spans 50 feet and the Big

The Bethel area offers many choices for

Adventure Bridge was built in 1999 and

accommodations and eateries. You’ll find

also spans 50 feet.

many B&B Inns that offer an intimate, home like setting and there are plenty of choices from among the locally run restaurants, lounges and pubs. The Sunday River complex offers hotels and lodges with accommodations such as health and fitness centers, saunas, swimming pools and spa services. Camps, cottages, vacation rentals and campgrounds round out the available places to stay.

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farmington

Farmington offers a quaint downtown

A focal point for recreation in

with a wide choice of restaurants, gift

Farmington is the Whistle Stop Rail-

shops, bookstores and a vibrant local

Trail, a former railroad route, developed

Historical Society. Nearby is the 85-acre

for shared usage by snowmobiles, all

Historic District housing with more

terrain vehicles, hikers, and mountain

than 100 Federal and Colonial Revival

bikers. The terrain is flat as it spans

buildings that illustrate the growth of the

for 14 miles through small community

community from the 1800s through the

centers, residential areas and wilderness

mid-20th century.

habitats.

The University of Maine at Farmington

Local Favorites: Meetinghouse Park

(UMF) occupies much of the downtown

has an historic Gazebo and veteran

area and has been ranked by U.S. News

monuments and a veteran honor roll.

& World Report as one of America’s Best

It is a place to enjoy periodic evening

Colleges 18 times since 1998.

entertainment or to let the kids and dogs run free. The Farmington Fair has been

The Arts Institute of Western Maine and

around since 1840 with its barnyard

The Emery Community Arts Center, on

animals and exhibition showcases

the UMF campus, offer a year round

honoring the traditions of Maine’s

schedule of arts and entertainment

agricultural history. It runs for seven

performances.

days during the third week of September.

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rangley-oquossoc This resort area consists of 99 percent

Expect the foliage season to peak from late

forest and water which provides ideal

September to mid-October in this region.

vacations for all four seasons of the year.

Thousands of acres of woodland provide

With more than 110 clear lakes, ponds,

you will rolling hills filled with breathtaking

and streams and thousands of acres of

colors and beauty.

untamed timberland filled with wildlife and

Winter brings lots of snowmobiling with

plant life, you’ll always find an adventure

more than 150 miles of groomed trails.

waiting in this special part of Maine.

These trails are part of the Interstate Trail

With the arrival of spring comes the start

System that connects Maine with New

of open water fishing and the pursuit

Hampshire and Canada.

of land locked salmon, trout, bass, and

Local Favorites: Mingo Springs Golf Course

perch. For bird watching, don’t miss the

offers spectacular views on an 18-hole

Audubon Society’s 100 acre bird sanctuary

golf course that is enjoyable for a beginner

on Hunter Cover.

or seasoned pro. Specialty and gift shops

A trip to Rangeley-Oquossoc needs

line the small town where unique gifts or

to include a visit to Height of Land,

souvenirs can be found. Rangeley Town

Mooselookmaguntic Lake, and Small Falls.

Park has something for everyone. You can launch your boat, swim, have a picnic, enjoy

Height of Land is part of the Rangeley

a playground, play tennis or basketball, and

Lakes National Scenic Byway along Route

there is a public bath house.

17. While there are many places to see the spectacular scenery, this one is among the

Hidden Gems: The Rangeley Outdoor

best with a bigger parking area than just a

Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc,

pull off along the road and a few signs with

is a small museum, rich in history, with

information that are nice.

biographical info on colorful characters of the region and wonderful displays

Mooselookmaguntic is a massive lake

and exhibits about the area. The Maine

that dominates the region. There is more

Forestry Museum pays homage to western

than enough room for boating, canoeing,

Maine’s rich timber heritage. Learn about

kayaking and swimming excursions. Enjoy

the logging industry and its impact on

one of the most scene lakes in Maine.

shingle mills and paper manufacturing in

Small Falls is a beautiful place to explore,

Maine. The Rangeley Lake State Park is a

have a picnic, or take a swim on the natural

great base camp for visiting the area. The

slides created by the falls themselves. It is

camp sites are large with plenty of room

also perfect for a photographer that loves

for a truck and trailer. There are lots of

a beautiful natural setting. (Angel Falls is

trails for hiking, easy boat/beach access,

another spectacular spot to visit but a bit

and a good sense of privacy. Don’t miss

harder to find and more challenging to get

the Rangeley Region Lake Cruises and

there than Small Falls.)

Kayaking. On one day, you will be cruising an area lake on a former mail delivery

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boat that seats about a dozen people. On another day, the same folks can guide you on a kayaking venture on Cupsuptic River. Most Unusual: The Wilhelm Reich Museum is the 100-acre home of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, a fascinating but controversial psychoanalyst and scientist. A visit here is a look back in time at the scientist’s labs, inventions and life. His office and work space have largely been left untouched so visitors can see the actual conditions. The knowledgeable museum docents offer informative tours and the video on Dr. Reich’s life shouldn’t be missed. Guaranteed to be among the most unusual museums you’ll ever visit. Fields, forests and nature trails on property are there to be explored.

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midcoast

To the Maine visitor who prefers boating

Museum is especially inviting—and of

to beach bumming, there is no better

course plenty of lovely shops, restaurants

region to explore than the Midcoast. The

and wineries to investigate. And although

shoreline along this area—stretching

early settlers to the Midcoast area

south to north from Brunswick and

focused primarily on building Maine’s

Harpswell to Belfast and Bucksport—is

fishing and boatbuilding industries,

dramatic, and reflective of Maine’s

they also built dozens of majestic sea

rich maritime history. Unlike the sandy

captains’ mansions, many of which are

seashores of Southern Maine, this region

open for tours.

features a rougher, rockier coastline more

Bowdoin College is another destination

in keeping with Hollywood’s picture of the

that draws visitors, many of whom enjoy

Pine Tree State.

strolling through its beautiful tree-line

Comprised of thousands of peninsulas,

campus on the edge of Brunswick.

inlets, coves, harbors and islands,

The school’s Museum of Art is world-

Midcoast is a magnet for shipping, sailing

renowned, and located just a short walk

and boat building. Bath Iron Works is

from the town’s downtown where you can

located here, as are hundreds of seafaring

browse through craft shops, restaurants

residents who make their livings from

and galleries serving some of Maine’s

the ocean. Excursion boats, from

best artists and crafters. You also can

windjammers to working lobster boats,

enjoy a concert on the town’s grassy

offer passengers close encounters with

parkway (complete with gazebo) that

whales, seals, seabirds and lighthouses.

becomes a concert hall on Wednesday evenings during the summer.

If your interests lean more toward dry land, there are plenty of other reasons

Summer brings strawberry, blueberry and

to visit the Midcoast. Here you will find

lobster festivals for all to enjoy.

quaint fishing villages to explore, historic sites, museums—the Maine Maritime

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brunswick Rich in tradition, history, and natural

Brunswick’s distinctive broad Maine Street

beauty, Brunswick is a community of

combines village flavor and city flair.

talented, innovative and involved citizens.

Dotted with specialty shops, open spaces,

Brunswick’s residents are fortunate to

and restaurants to satisfy every mood and

have access to beautiful recreational

palate, Brunswick’s pedestrian-friendly

areas, high quality educational and

downtown attracts shoppers, sightseers,

medical resources, and growing

and foodies alike.

employment opportunities.

Brunswick is a college town offering rich

Bordered by the Androscoggin River

and diverse arts and cultural resources,

and Atlantic Ocean with its 67 miles

anchored by Bowdoin College’s noted

of coastline, Brunswick is a coastal

museums, theater, and concert hall.

community, offering residents and visitors

Established in 1794, Bowdoin was the

an array of recreational opportunities.

first college in the state of Maine, and it remains an important influence in

The town, designated as a Main Street

Brunswick’s continued development. It has

Community in 2012, offers a balanced

one of the most scenic college campuses

mix of retail, professional and arts-related

in all of New England and is a great

businesses, along with light to medium

location for a casual stroll or impromptu

industry and traditional farming, foresting,

picnic.

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brunswick The Brunswick Station, part of the Amtrak

canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, navigation

Downeaster train, with an adjacent

or nature observation in Brunswick and the

Visitors’ Center is the perfect hub for

mid-coast region.

excursions around the downtown area.

Most Unusual: The Skolfield-Whittier

You’ll find specialty gift shops, restaurants,

House is a time-capsule museum located

and plenty of green spaces to relax or

in a 17-room sea captain’s house. Closed

enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals, and fairs.

and unheated for sixty years, the house

Local Favorites: Maine Street offers a

remains almost exactly as it was in 1925

pretty town square, restaurants, cafes,

when it was last occupied full-time. A

boutiques and galleries. The close proximity

real step back in time. Tucked into an

to Bowdoin College with its Museum of Art

older building on the Bowdoin campus, it

and Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum make

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the area convenient for spending the entire

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Arctic Museum. You’ll find artifacts from

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several expeditions to the arctic, along

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Harpswell & Bailey Island The glaciers of the Ice Age formed nearby

House has been feeding guests with the

Harpswell with one of the most distinct

best of seafood and award winning pastry

geographic landscapes in Maine. On the

since 1955.

west is a single peninsula, Harpswell

Hidden Gem: The Maine Lobster

Neck, a thin finger of granite, pine and

Harvesting Tour is an opportunity to go

rolling meadows. To the east, Harpswell

out on a lobster boat to see exactly how

consists of three islands - Great, Orr’s and

these creatures are brought from the

Bailey, each joined by bridges. With its

ocean to the dinner table. You can do

216 miles of coastline, you’ll find a scenic

seal watching at the same time.

ride through coves, inlets and woodlands

Ten Clams is a quaint shop on Orr’s

in Harpswell.

Island in Harpswell. They have a

For dramatic coastal scenery, take a walk

beautiful assortment of vintage and

on the Giant’s Stairs. The rock formations

cottage type items.

here are a geologist’s dream, but even a

Most Unusual: Connecting Orr’s Island to

layman can appreciate the gigantic forces

Bailey Island is the Cribstone Bridge, with

that shaped this coastline going back 500

its remarkable engineering design of rock

million years. The Land’s End Gift Shop

and concrete designed to withstand the toll

has been a popular shopping spot here

taken by ocean waters and tides flowing

since 1959 with a wide selection of gifts

freely through it. It is the only remaining

and souvenirs. Cook’s Lobster and Ale

granite cribstone bridge in the world.

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Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Woolwich Bath is located on a beautiful broad stretch

the Kennebec and Sasanoa Rivers and

of the Kennebec River, where deep waters

Sheepscot Bay giving you 82 miles of

helped create and sustain a centuries-

shoreline to enjoy.

old shipbuilding tradition. Bath remains

Local Favorites: ath and the surrounding

strong in its maritime roots as home to the

area offer things to do on water and land.

world-class shipbuilding company, Bath

Beaches include Popham Beach State

Iron Works, and the nationally acclaimed

Park and Reid State Park. Public Boat

Maine Maritime Museum, where you’ll

launches are available with amenities

learn about shipbuilding, the sea trade,

nearby. If you are an enthusiast for

lobstering and the rigors of a seafaring life.

hiking or biking an abundance of trails,

Stretching down on a peninsula from Bath

preserves and woods in the area. A visit

is the town of Phippsburg where you’ll find

to the Maine Maritime Museum offers an

Popham Beach State Park. In addition

exploration of Maine’s maritime heritage

to strolling the beach, visitors enjoy

and culture. Wags and Whiskers is a small,

swimming, wading, fishing, walking, and

independent pet supply store specializing

surfing. There’s even an island that you

in natural dry, raw and dehydrated dog and

can walk to at low tide.

cat foods.

Traveling north from Bath, you’ll arrive

Hidden Gems: Though a bit difficult to

at the town of Woolwich where the

find, Doubling Point Lighthouse has a long

Woolwich Historical Society provides

wooden walkway leading to its doors. This

information about early settlers’ lives,

is one of the 65 lighthouses still standing

historical artifacts, and presentations

in Maine. A stop at the Bath Visitors

on how Native Americans helped

Center will give you great info about the

develop this area in Maine.

area. While there, take a stroll down the Commercial Street area.

Following the gentle curves of Route 127 you’ll come to two island communities.

Most Unusual: A renovated church,

One is Arrowsic, with four lighthouses,

painted the color of milk chocolate, soon

hiking trails up 66 hilly peaks and acres

became known as the Chocolate Church

of scenic woodland and river banks. The

Arts Center, a venue that hosts year round

other island is Georgetown, bounded by

concerts and events. It looks yummy.

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Wiscasset

The welcome sign leading into Wiscasset

offering insight into the life of its 19th

says, “Welcome to the Prettiest Village in

century sea captain which sits on a hill

Maine.” While others might stake the same

overlooking the Sheepscot River. And the

claim, this tiny coastal town is bold enough

Nickels-Sortwell House is a prime example

to do it and with good reason. Wiscasset

of Federal architecture and has been

takes pride in much of the charm that

restored and decorated in the Colonial

represents Maine and New England. It

Revival style with fine antiques.

has the old lovely churches, the elegant

Most Unusual: Built in 1808, Fort

homes of a bygone era, wonderful shops

Edgecomb was designed to protect the

and antique stores, and a town center that

town harbor. It is an octagon shaped two

overlooks the nearby Sheepscot River. The

story blockhouse crafted with hand-hewn

brick sidewalks and historical landmarks

beams. Learn how the fort was built.

complete the picture of a quiet paced life in this coastal hamlet. You’ll find lots of maritime history in Wiscasset which was once one of the busiest ports in North America. Check out the homes of prosperous sea merchants, built in the classic Federal style, that now stand as museums at the Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell Houses, both built in 1807. Local Favorites: If you don’t mind waiting in line to place your order, Red’s Eats has one of the best lobster rolls in Maine.

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boothbay harbor Nothing says “vacation” like exploring the

them to Cabbage Island to experience off

great outdoors, and the Boothbay Harbor

shore living and, possibly, to have one of its

Region offers countless ways to do just

famous clambakes.

that. Discover Maine’s rocky coastline by sail,

The Boothbay Railway Village offers rides on

power, or paddle. There are miles of hiking

an authentic steam locomotive that winds

trails just waiting to be discovered that offer

its way around a recreated Maine coastal

everything from relaxed strolls to challenging

village. You’ll learn about the technology

hikes. Spend a peaceful afternoon amid

of steam engines and automobiles and

stunning gardens or at a tranquil park, or

you might even score a ride in one of the

explore the seaside village and all its charm

Railway’s Ford Model Ts.

with a stroll through Boothbay Harbor.

Must See: The Boothbay Region Sculpture

English fishermen originally discovered

Trail is not to be missed. Sculptures have

this area of Maine, back in the 17th century.

been placed throughout the area. Each

Fishing, ice cutting, shipbuilding, and lumber

sculpture is branded with the artist’s contact

were the local industries in the 18th and

information and a designated sponsor for

19th century. By the 1800’s visitors started

the artwork. Each sculpture is for sale with

coming to the area to experience its natural

proceeds going directly to the artist.

beauty in a seaside location. Boothbay is the

Local Favorite: The Maine State Aquarium

largest boating harbor north of Boston and is

is located on the shore and houses a

sometimes called the boating capital of New

collection of regional fish and invertebrates.

England.

Lobsters of all sizes and colors can be found

With over 200 artists in this area, you will

here and there is a tank holding skates and

discover studios and galleries featuring oil

sharks waiting to be patted by those who

paintings, watercolors and other diverse

dare. If you want to spend the day on the

media. Artisans, craftsmen, and merchants

water Boothbay Harbor offers scenic boat

offer handmade arts and crafts suitable

tours. You can hop on Balmy Days Cruises

for gift giving or for collectibles. You will

and go to Monhegan Island or Burnt Island

soon see why Boothbay Harbor is often

Lighthouse, they also offer harbor tours and

considered one of the “Top Small Town Art

fishing trips.

Places” in America.

Hidden Gem: Coastal Maine Botanical

Take a tour of one of the lighthouses or sign

Gardens is 295 acres of tidal shoreland

up for an excursion on one of the sightseeing

covered with covered with gardens. Tours

tours in the area. Particular favorites are the

are offered but visitors are welcome

dolphin and whale watching excursions or

to take a map and self-guide. There is

the puffin cruises, that seek out the unusual

a caterpillar lab and a butterfly house.

looking birds with predominantly black or

The gardens have something to offer all

black and white plumage, a stocky build,

ages and include an education cener and

and large beaks. If a hands-on experience is

children’s garden. A café on property gets

what you are looking for, consider a fishing

much of what they offer from their own

charter boat to take you into the deep

Burpee Kitchen Garden.

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Damariscotta & Newcastle The Main Street Bridge over the

is the place for older folks and families

Damariscotta River separates the towns

with youngsters to take a two-mile hike

of Damariscotta and Newcastle. Known

through a charming wooded area on a

as the “Twin Villages” both towns will

wide farm road.

entice you with their rich history, exquisite

Local Favorites: The Pemaquid Point

examples of architecture and natural

Lighthouse Park and Fisherman’s

beauty. Down the peninsula you’ll arrive

Museum bring visitors back to a time

at the communities of Bristol, Round

when lighthouses were first built as

Pond, New Harbor and Pemaquid

beacons to seafaring travelers off the

among others. These are great places

Maine coast.

for swimming, hiking, golfing, tennis,

Hidden Gems: Whaleback Shell Midden a

riding and camping during the summer

state historic site is a massive oyster shell

season. Surrounded by water, you have

heap formed over a period of 1,000 years

your choice of fresh and salt water sailing, boating and canoeing, deep sea fishing or

by Native Americans.

taking one of the popular scenic cruises.

Most Unusual: A military boat converted

For a creative experience, visit the

into a river tour boat with all the amenities is what you’ll find at Damariscotta River

Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts to

Cruises. Throw in live music and a bar

explore and experiment in the ceramic

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it marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay

Pemaquid Harbor, Pemaquid Point,

and Johns Bay. This beautiful light and

Pemaquid Beach, Pemaquid Falls, New

lighthouse keeper’s home and museum

Harbor, Chamberlain, and Round Pond —

are preserved in a spectacular coastal

has its own center, most with restaurants

park, perfect for picnic grounds on the

and small businesses. Visitors are drawn

smooth rocks that border the ocean with

to Pemaquid Point’s iconic lighthouse,

views out to Monhegan Island.

Fishermen’s Museum, and art gallery.

Hidden Gem: Pemaquid Beach Park is

Colonial Pemaquid, a state park, includes

a quiet and clean beach best for laying

a replica of the fort built there in 1692.

around or swimming in the relatively calm

Pemaquid is home to one of Maine’s most

waters. Sailboat watching is an added

iconic lighthouses. In fact, the Pemaquid

bonus. Parking, restrooms and a snack

Light is on the Maine quarter, the first US

bar are all nearby and convenient.

coin to feature a lighthouse. Built in 1835,

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thomaston With its tree-lined streets and beautiful

wonderfully detailed and authentic. You

village green, Thomaston overlooks the

will find lovely grounds and a personalized

head of the St. George River Estuary.

tour with knowledgeable and friendly

World-class yachts are built along

guides.

the shore, and stately sea captains’

Art lovers will want to visit the Haynes

homes grace nearly every block in the

Gallery in an old ship captain’s home

community. Recently, the 175-year-old

on Main Street. The gallery features

Maine State Prison has been razed, and

American realists but you may find some

the result is a fantastic view of the St.

folk-art pieces and other surprises.

George below.

Hidden Gem: A favorite shopping spot is

The town is also the site of Montpelier,

the Maine State Prison Showroom that

the replica of the home of George

features hand crafted wood products,

Washington’s Secretary of War—General

furniture, clocks, lamps, jewelry and other

Henry Knox—now a living museum.

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rockland

Rockland is a picturesque coastal town

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is held at

founded in 1854 that prospered from

the Public Landing in Rockland overlooking

shipbuilding and lime quarries alongside a

the harbor. The two-day blues music festival

robust fishing industry. Today, Rockland is

is considered one of the most prestigious

a tourist destination with unique shops,

on the East Coast.

boutiques, fine dining and art galleries all

Local Favorites: An engineering marvel that

nestled in a historic downtown.

protects Rockland Harbor and helps secure

There are nearly a dozen boat tour

its fishing industry is the 4,300-foot granite

operators that offer sailing adventures

breakwater that extends into Penobscot

and excursions in the area while the Maine

Bay. It provides a great place to fish, watch

Ferry Service offers regularly scheduled

sea vessels, or stroll to the Rockland Harbor

trips to nearby coastal islands, Vinalhaven

Breakwater Lighthouse.

and New Haven where visitors can view

Hidden Gems: The Farnsworth Art

the joys of island living.

Museum is a world famous art gallery

Rockland is often referred to as the

featuring three generations of Wyeth family

“Lobster Capital of the World” as it hosts the

paintings and works by well known New

annual Maine Lobster Festival, a celebration

England Artists. An intimate, quirky setting

honoring the town’s primary export. At the

adds to the charm of this popular spot.

five day festival each August, over 25,000

Most Unusual: The Project Puffin Visitor

pounds of the crustacean is consumed.

Center celebrates the success in bringing

Attendees also enjoy road races, a huge

puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back

parade, arts and crafts, entertainment and

to historic nesting islands. Visitors will

the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation.

find many fun, educational and interactive

With its iconic sawtooth roofline, the Center

exhibits for people of all ages, including real-

for Maine Contemporary Art is a striking

time video images and sounds of puffins

new building on the Rockland landscape.

and other seabirds.

The museum provides exceptional exhibition space for presentation of work by contemporary artists.

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Rockport is known for being a cultural

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and artistic town with a large community

Company is a small business that has

of local artists as well as a destination

been handcrafting fine cheeses since

resort for creative professionals from

1983. They carry a nice selection of

around the world. The Rockport Opera

cheese and other Maine Made products.

house, constructed in 1891, can seat up to 400 and offers music, dance, plays, and other activities year round. The Opera House is also home of the renown Bay Chamber Concerts. Rockport Marine Park is a popular spot with harbor views, picnic areas, and short paths for walking. It has a replica of a locomotive used in transporting the prosperous lime production back in the town’s early history. Indian Island photo or photo of Andre the Seal. Hidden Gems: Maine Media Workshops and College bring together filmmakers, photographers, writers, artists and other creative people for intensive study

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camden

Camden exudes that midcoast Maine, small

Hidden Gems: The Camden Opera House

town charm filled with ocean front views,

is a cultural treasure when visitors find

unique shopping experiences and popular

themselves in an exquisitely renovated

eateries specializing in Maine seafood.

Victorian opera house. Grand chandeliers, a

Camden’s slogan is “Where the Mountains

lovely horseshoe balcony, antique moldings,

Meet the Sea,” paying tribute to its location

and detailed painted friezes add charm to

between rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean.

this entertainment venue. Camden Hills State Park is a great spot for hiking and

In the late 19th century, wealthy people

birding with breathtaking views. The park

from all over the country started acquiring

offers an elaborate trail system surrounding

properties and building summer houses

Mount Battie, providing the largest diversity

in Camden. These families planted roots

from a seaside stroll to more challenging

in the town and showed their generosity

climbs across plateaus and peaks. Grab

by contributing to such cultural gems

lunch from a local deli and take the short

as the Camden Opera House, Camden

drive to the park. Serenity, silence and no

Amphitheater, and the Camden Public

crowds.

Library. Today, you’ll see many sprawling estates and mansions, many of which have

Most Unusual: Camden is the home of the

been converted into bed and breakfast inns.

International Toboggan Championship at the Camden Snow Bowl. The site boasts

Local Favorites: The Camden International

a 400-foot-long wooden chute that brings

Film Festival is one of the most prestigious

tobogganers close to 40 mph as they end

film festivals in New England taking place

their ride on the frozen Hosmer Pond. The

each year in September. Located on a sliver

Camden Snow Bowl is a four-season venue.

of public land in a nice residential district off

Spring, Summer and Fall the Lodge can be

Bayview Street, Curtis Island Light is one

rented for wedding receptions, rehearsal

of Maine’s iconic lighthouses. A short path

dinners, company picnics, small meeting,

leads you to a nice view of the lighthouse

etc. The area offers tennis courts, a ballfield,

which is a nice diversion from traditional

swimming dock with access for canoes and

tourist destinations.

kayaks. The mountain has become popular as a biking or hiking venue. And the view of the Penobscot Bay from the top of the mountain is gorgeous.

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lincolnville Lincolnville is a lovely Maine coastal town populated by barely two thousand yearround residents, some of whom boast a proud lineage tracing back to the 1700s. According to the community’s website, the town was settled by Nathan Knight and his family, “Knight descendants have been active in Town affairs for decades,” and some of those descendants still live in Lincolnville to this day. History buffs can learn more about this fascinating early American community by visiting the School House Museum, located on the second floor of the 1892 building known as the Beach School. Visitors to Lincolnville also can enjoy some of the best of what the natural Maine environment has to offer—a beautiful sandy beach on Penobscot Bay, mountains and trails to traverse, pristine lakes and ponds where one can swim or boat. Shoppers will have plenty to see at Lincolnville’s crafts and art galleries, boutiques, and food markets, and they might even take an afternoon to watch the expert craftsmen at Windsor Chair, where furniture artisans have been turning out fine products since 1987. Opportunities for great food and drink abound in Lincolnville too.

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Belfast & Beyond

The East Penobscot Bay Region reaches

in the Penobscot Marine Museum. If you

from Belfast in the west to Ellsworth

like antiques and flea markets you’ll be in

in the east, with hundreds of peninsulas

heaven walking the brick sidewalks in the

and islands.

historic downtown.

Belfast

Stonington & Stockton Springs

Belfast offers an unmatched view of the

Stonington, at the southernmost tip of Deer

open sea. This stunning seascape along

Isle, remains an active harbor town that

with the remarkable collection of Federal,

draws visitors for touring. West of Belfast

Victorian, Greek revival and Italian style

and Searsport you’ll find Stockton Springs,

homes built by sea merchants has lured

home to Fort Point State Park and Fort

artists, writers and crafts people to live in

Point Light.

the area. Boasting a quaint downtown with

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

shop-lined streets, Belfast is an ideal place to find antiques, souvenirs, collectibles,

Traveling up Rt. 1 toward Bucksport prepare

Maine-made crafts and much more.

yourself for a spectacular scenic view -

This town is the home of the Belfast Curling

thanks to the new Penobscot Narrows

Club, one of only two dozen such facilities

Bridge and Observatory. Spanning the

in New England dedicated to the sport of

Penobscot River, this engineering marvel

curling. Spectators are welcomed to watch

has a 42-story tower as one of its support

curling leagues in action.

structures making it America’s only observatory bridge. Looking out from the

Searsport

observation tower you have a breath-taking 360-degree panoramic view that stretches

Searsport got its name from David Sears

to the Camden Hills to the south, Mount

who made a fortune in the sea business and

Desert Island to the east and Mount

the China trade. You can see many of the

Katahdin to the northwest.

artifacts brought back from these travels

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bucksport

There is a great deal to enjoy in the

Within 25 miles, in any direction, you can

Bucksport Bay area. One of the best things

swim in a lake splash in salt water, ski or

about Maine is the diversity of its small

hike a mountain, visit a fair eat at acclaimed

towns from fishing ports to great spots

restaurants, fly out of an international

along the rivers and ponds. There is an

airport, take in a live performance, shop

entrepreneurial spirit in the Bucksport Bay

at a farmers’ market, look out from a

area. That spirit creates a huge variety of

lighthouse, walk in a 1800’s fort, and listen

shops and services that are owned and

to a volunteered powered community radio

operated by men and women that live, work

station.

and care about the area where they live.

The Bucksport Bay area includes a dozen

Bucksport’s central location, set between

towns with boat launches, a winery and

Belfast, Bangor and Ellsworth, makes

breweries, swimming areas, fun festivals,

it an ideal location to visit. As a former

museums, culture, the highest bridge

mill town that is now a Heart and Soul ©

observatory in the world and more. Along

community, Bucksport is at an exciting point

with Bucksport, those towns are Orland,

of transition, where residents are shaping

Verona, Prospect, Stockton Springs,

the future by creating a shared sense of

Frankfort Orrington, Searsport, Penobscot,

belonging and strengthens the social,

Winterport, Blue Hill and Castine.

cultural and economic vibrancy of the town.

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Blue Hill Peninsula The Blue Hill Peninsula encompasses the

or sailor who knows these waters like

towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville,

the back of his or her hand. In all of these

Castine, Penobscot, and Sedgwick. Blue

places, you will find locally sourced food

Hill is the largest town and is the region’s

and highly skilled craftspeople and artists.

service center. Along with Penobscot,

In all of these places you will find evidence

Blue Hill is the gateway to the rest of the

of the resourcefulness, dry wit and creativity

Peninsula, and to Deer Isle and Stonington.

that has defined our region’s culture for

The landscape here is marked by sweeping

centuries.

views of the blueberry barrens and the sea.

This region was settled in the mid 1700’s,

Tucked in among the ridges, valleys and

its early economy centered around ship

the jagged coastline, you’ll find adventure

building and quarrying. Lumbering,

of all kinds, from a day on the water and an

lobstering, fishing and farming have played

evening of live music to a solitary morning

an important role in our economy and

walk and an afternoon of gallery tours and

culture since the earliest days. By the late

shopping.

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Bangor & Acadia

The Greater Bangor region offers

Indian Nation. Old Town enjoys a

a pleasant mix of cosmopolitan

heritage rich in two cultures; Native

experiences and old world traditions.

American and Franco-American. Of the

The unique spirit of the 21 towns

City’s inhabitants, many trace their roots

and cities in the area is evident in its

to the Abnaki Indians who lived along the

charming shops, delicious dining and

Penobscot River, or to French Canadians

recreational opportunities. Bangor, with

who migrated south during the 19th

a population of 33,000, enjoys a thriving

century.

arts and cultural community with many

The Bangor International Airport makes

fine arts and historical museums.

the region easily accessible by air and

Considered the gateway to Down East

its proximity to major roadways makes

Maine, Brewer straddles major north

traveling by motor coach or car simple.

south and east-west transportation

Bangor is centrally located in the state

routes. Its residents enjoy a lifestyle that

and is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia

offers the best amenities of urban living,

National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State

and intimate contact with nature. For

Park and the Moosehead Lake Region.

the aviators, there is the privately owned

The University of Maine offers many

Brewer airport.

activities to the public including a variety

Nearby Old Town is home to the renown

of entertainment at the Maine Center

Old Town Canoe factory and outlet,

for the Arts, athletic competitions at

a large paper mill and the Penobscot

one of the many sports complexes

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such as the Alfond Arena, and shows at

nearly three million people come each

the Planetarium and exhibits at many

year to Mt Desert Island (often just called

museums. Experience the agricultural

“MDI”) to enjoy Acadia National Park.

side of life with a visit to the farms at

Towns on the island that share their

the University or plan on attending the

popularity with vacationers include Bar

Bangor State Fair, an annual event held

Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont

in late July/early August complete with

among others. Each has a rich history,

carnival rides, food, and farm animal

personality and a host of attractions

exhibits.

you’ll enjoy.

Every fan of author, Stephen King, knows

Mount Desert Island and Acadia

that Bangor, Maine is the inspiration

National Park are often linked because

for the fictional town of Derry, which

of their overlapping geography. More

provides the backdrop for several of

than 4 million vacationers each year

King’s novels and short stories. You can

have been charmed by the island’s

drive past his home on West Broadway

mountain, ocean and woodland vistas.

and visit many landmarks that appear in

Towns on the island that share their

his vast collection of writings.

popularity with vacationers include Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests

among others. Each has a rich history,

stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled

personality and a host of attractions

in glacial valleys, and crashing surf on

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Whether you enjoy dining, the arts, the great

hosts some of the biggest names in

outdoors, history, architecture, shopping

entertainment. The Maine Discovery

or sports, you’re sure to find something to

Museum is the home for family friendly fun

do and lots to love here. The Bangor region

that guarantees to educate and entertain

has been designated by the State as one of

kids of all ages.

Maine’s gateway communities. Bangor’s

Local Favorites: Maine Discovery Museum

central location allows you to stay in a

is a 3-floor hands-on, interactive experience.

central location and see everything Maine

The exhibits invite you to explore the worlds

has to offer - scenic coastline and beaches,

of science, nature, geography, children’s

camping, hiking, canoeing, charming

literature, music, art and anatomy. It’s great

downtowns and shopping, theater and the

fun and learning for all ages.

arts, and so much more. Your vacation

Hidden Gems: Just a short drive north to

begins here.

Bradley you will find the Maine Forest and

You’ll find miles of trails for jogging, biking,

Logging Museum where you can celebrate

cross country hiking, sailing, fishing and

the sustainable forest culture of Maine.

winter sports as well as scenic paths along

The Cole Land Transportation Museum, in

the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag

Bangor, has every form of transportation

Stream. The downtown area hosts many

you can imagine. The items range from doll

art studios and galleries mixed in among

and baby carriages, to dump trucks and

small specialty shops and a wide array of

fire trucks, to a Bangor & Aroostook engine,

restaurants to satisfy the “foodie” in you.

boxcar, and caboose.

Concerts seem to happen everywhere in

Most Unusual: Paul Bunyan, the mythical

Bangor. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra

lumberman, was born in Bangor, Maine,

has charmed audiences since 1896 and

according to the locals. And while other

the Bangor Band is one of the oldest,

parts of the country claim him as their

continuous community bands in the

native son, Bangor is the only place with a

United States. Bangor is also home to the

31 foot, 3700 pound fiberglass statue built

American Folk Festival, the Collins Center

in his honor. Be sure to stop here for your

for the Arts and Darling’s Waterfront

memorable photo with the statue.

Pavilion, an open air amphitheater that

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ELLSWORTH In the last U.S. Census, Ellsworth was the

Hidden Gems: The Big Chicken Barn is a

fastest growing city in Maine. It comes

wayside giant book and antique store. The

as no surprise to those who know that

first floor has antiques and collectibles and

Ellsworth is the gateway to the splendor and

the second floor offers row upon row of

beauty of Acadia National Park. All roads

books.

to Acadia and surrounding areas travel

Most Unusual: Timber Tina’s Great Maine

through Ellsworth.

Lumberjack Show is an amusing hour and

Whether exploring by land or by water,

fifteen minutes of axe throwing, log rolling,

Ellsworth offers the convenience of small-

underhand chopping, crosscut sawing

city life with all of the qualities of Maine’s

and pole climbing in an extravaganza that

spectacular coastal amenities including

proves the skill and dexterity needed to be a

hiking and boating. A thriving Main Street

Maine lumberjack. The artisans at Atlantic

offers an abundance of restaurants,

Art Glass patiently share their craft with

shops, an art-deco theatre, professional

visitors. Watching the team of glassblowers

offices, galleries, a museum, coffee

is like observing a choreographed dance

houses, pubs and historic buildings.

as they shape the molten glass. You’ll leave

Shopping centers, hotels, inns and

with an art glass souvenir of glass beads,

restaurants are scattered minutes

paperweights, jewelry and much more.

from the historic district. A waterfront

The shapes, colors and detail make unique

park offers a boat launch, free summer

pieces to either wear, use or display.

concerts, and picnic areas for the family. Dining in Ellsworth can range from the simple outdoor take-out spot offering locally caught seafood on a picnic table to an elegant meal served with a water view. Our chefs pride themselves on local, fresh, seafood and farm products, served up in cuisine that varies from casual to sophisticated and everything in between. Don’t miss trying a local cheese, wine, brewed ale or the world famous Maine lobster as part of your taste of Maine. Local Favorites: Visiting on a weekend? Take a ride on the Downeast Scenic Railroad. A 24-mile round-trip excursion ride will provide exceptional views of wetland marshes, massive boulders, river and stream crossings, a pond and a lake. The potential for seeing many forms of wildlife abounds from Bald Eagles to deer, snapping turtles or beavers.

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Acadia National Park Four million visitors are inspired by a visit

climb over granite steps and boulder that

to Acadia National Park in Maine every

most will find relatively easy, if somewhat

year. The Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine,

in shape. The views from the top of

comprises 49,000+ acres of rock-bound

Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain are

coast on Mount Desert Island, a portion of

spectacular. And the coolest sight of all is

the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland, and

Bubble Rock, a 14-ton boulder dropped by

offshore islands. Much of Acadia National

the glaciers millions of years ago teetering

Park’s outstanding scenery is the result of

on the edge of the cliff. Very picturesque

glaciers carving through an east-west ridge

and photo-worthy if you’re not afraid to get

of granite, leaving mountains separated

close to it.

by valleys; cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches. The geologic sculpting of the island did not end with the glaciers, but continues today along the shoreline where the ocean constantly shapes and reshapes the rocky coast of Down East Maine.

Most Unusual: Nothing symbolizes the power of Acadia National Park as much as Thunder Hole. When the right size wave rolls into the naturally formed rock inlet, a deep thunderous sound emanates with water splashing as high as 40 feet with a roar. Experienced visitors suggest

The Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia

arriving two hours before high tide for the

National Park covers approximately 2,366

best “thunder” experience. Or you might

acres and is the only part of the park that

consider a 2.5 hour fully narrated tour of

is located on the mainland. It has very

the area offered by Oli’s Trolley.

similar geological features as Mount Desert Island but is more secluded and has less commercial development in the

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surrounding villages. Human history in Acadia National Park extends at least 5,000 years ago where native American Indians first made encampments. Explorer Samuel Champlain made the first European contribution to the area’s recorded history when he landed on Mount Desert Island in 1604. It is he who named it “Isle des Monts Deserts,” literally, island of barren

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mountains.

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Must See: A trip up Cadillac Mountain is a treasured spot to view sunrise or

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Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor

Called “Eden” when founded in 1796 and

the seventeen mountains that rise from

renamed in 1921 for the sand bar which

the sea and the shores of four lakes. There

had accumulated in the bay, Bar Harbor

are countless smaller ponds and scenic

is the best known and largest town in

spots and more than 120 miles of hiking

the northeast section of the island and

trails and roads that meander throughout

leads to one of the entrances to Acadia

the island for touring by car, biking, hiking

National Park.

and skiing.

The Great Fire of 1947 changed the face

As home to Acadia National Park,

of Bar Harbor forever. It destroyed 67

Mount Desert Island is a vacationer’s

mansions, 5 historic grand hotels, 170

destination. From Cadillac Mountain, to

private homes and 10,000 acres of Acadia

the Park Loop Roads/Carriage Roads,

National Park. Favorable winds spared the

to Jordan Pond, MDI plays host to one

downtown section of Bar Harbor from the

of the most scenic and popular National

fire, where several homes in the historic

Parks in the United States.

district operate as inns.

Somes Sound divides Mount Desert

For a great view of the area, take Shore

Island. By coincidence this division

Path, which starts near the town pier and

identifies both the geography and pace of

continues along the eastern shore. Bar

the island visit. The area west of Somes

Island, which you can walk to at low tide,

Sound, including Southwest Harbor

gives you a spectacular view when you

and Tremont, offers a more sedate and

look back toward Bar Harbor with the

secluded atmosphere. In contrast, the

towering mountain in the background.

eastern side around Bar Harbor has more

Bar Harbor is home to College of the Atlantic

tourist attractions.

where you can visit the George B. Dorr

Must See: Many folks consider the Abbe

Museum of Natural History that investigates,

Museum as the best visitor destination in

interprets, and displays the natural world

downtown Bar Harbor. You’ll learn the history

of Maine. All exhibits are designed and

of the Passamaquoddy, Micmac, Penobscot,

produced by students at College.

and Maliseet tribes from the region.

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

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Downeast & Washington County With 32,000 full-time residents,

drawer accommodations, restaurants

Washington County is a sparsely populated

and shopping. The residents are friendly,

but spectacularly beautiful region of Maine.

welcoming and hard-working. Many still

It is frequently called “the Sunrise County�

make their living from the fields, the forests

because of its easternmost position in the

and the sea. Among those who do not, are

U.S., getting the first sunrise and moonrise

the many artists and artisans who have

in the contiguous 48 states. The area is

established themselves, their galleries and

economically supported by the pulp and

their shops, in Eastport, Lubec, Jonesport,

paper industry, small-scale fishing and

Calais and Machias. The coastline offers

lobstering operations, tourism, and the

a unique and ideal travel destination with

blueberry business. Nearly 85% of the

unmatched natural beauty, immensely

world’s supply of wild blueberries comes

powerful tides, parks, museums, culture

from Washington County.

and great possibilities for family vacations.

This Downeast area of Maine is one of

Washington County borders New

the better places to truly get away from

Brunswick, Canada and boasts a 700-

it all, while still having access to top-

mile coastline dotted with coves, inlets

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Downeast & Washington County and islands. Activities for the visitor

try their hand at landing smallmouth bass,

abound – bird watching, moose spotting,

lake trout and landlocked salmon from

hiking, camping, antiquing, a great variety

Grand Lake and numerous other lakes.

of cultural events, seawater kayaking, whale watching, and riding a lobster boat through the Old Sow whirlpool, the largest in the western hemisphere. Everywhere you turn, you will find scenery to take your breath away.

You have your choice of two highways that run through the Down East area, each one giving you a different look at the area. The 84-mile Down East Sunrise Trail runs an inland route that will have you enjoying the forested countryside. The Bold Coast

Popular Washington County attractions

Scenic Byway will take you along the

include four lighthouses, the Moosehorn

coastal route giving you glimpses of the

National Wildlife Refuge, Petit Manan

seaside beauty that defines the area.

National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix Island National Historic Site, Fort O’Brien, and the historic Ruggles House. Throughout the county, those who enjoy fishing will want to

Bet you didn’t know that nearly 85% of the world’s supply of wild blueberries comes from Washington County in Maine.

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LUBEC Lubec boasts year-round attractions in a

center, gardens and tours of the 34 room

rural coastal setting, with rugged, natural

summer cottage of U.S. President, Franklin

beauty. With nearly 100 miles of coastline,

Delano Roosevelt.

this is an ideal travel destination for

Must See: West Quoddy Head Lighthouse,

adventures near the sea.

in Quoddy Head State Park. This is the

The quaint waterfront village offers lodging

easternmost point of the Lower 48 states.

accommodations ranging from charming

The lighthouse has been there since

inns to motels and private home rentals.

1808 to guide ships through the Quoddy

Like many Maine villages, Lubec hosts

Narrows.

summertime concerts, festivals, and

Hidden Gem: The Tarquin Whale Watch

special events in the downtown areas and

boat is a tourist favorite that seats 26

nearby parks.

with inside and outside comfort. The

Lubec hosts Summer Keys, an adult

Captain’s tour will show you whales, share

music camp that features weekly

sea stories, and visit seals, eagles, and

evening concerts, and The Easternmost

lighthouses. After the watch, dine at one of

Institute for the Arts, which presents a

the area restaurants.

variety of summer workshops for adults

Local Favorites: Lubec is home to many

and children. You can also find Jazz in

art galleries, studios and gift shops.

Lubec, a week of jazz performances in

Monica’s Chocolates offers handmade

August, and Summer Brushes, a painting

chocolates; ARTWORKSOFMAINE offers

workshop program.

wall hanging, greeting cards and scarves;

Be sure to bring your passport so that you

The Clutter Shop offers antiques, books,

can visit Campobello Island, an historic

vintage clothing and more; and Love at

2,800 acre International Park with a visitor

First Light offers gifts and ice cream.

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Luscious chocolates handmade in a seaside village chocolate shop. Original recipes featuring bittersweet, milk, and white chocolate filled with gourmet quality fruits, nuts, caramels, and liqueurs.

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eastport

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Bring your passport for a three-nation

whale-spotting from shore, or take a half-

vacation based in Eastport. Start in the

day whale-watch trip. Passamaquoddy Bay

U.S. and enjoy everything that Eastport has

is rich in marine life year-round; you might

to offer: galleries of work by local artists

see eagles, seals, porpoise, and the Old

and artisans, eclectic restaurants with

Sow Whirlpool, the largest in the western

authentic cuisine from Mexico, Greece and

hemisphere.

Downeast, the freshest seafood anywhere,

The walkable downtown is a National

historic homes and businesses, abundant

Historic District, with 29 restored

cultural events, outdoor recreation and

buildings. Eastport hums all year long.

several lighthouses.

There are big celebrations, Fourth of

Next, visit the Passamaquoddy Tribe at

July, Indian Days in August, the Salmon

Pleasant Point and explore the Wapohnaki

Festival in September, the Pirate Festival

Museum to learn of their 12,000-year

in mid-September, and an international

history in the area. Finally, go to nearby New

New Year’s Eve. Cultural events include

Brunswick, Canada by car ferry or road to

films, live classical, country or folk music

experience their history and culture.

concerts, plays by the community theater group, art gallery openings, lectures,

The Port of Eastport is busy with

poetry readings and so much more. The

freighters loading up with wood products

background for all of this is the timeless

and pregnant cows for export. Closer

rhythm of the massive tidal flow through

to downtown, the fishermen bring in

the Bay. Come and let it relax you as you

their catch of lobsters, scallops, clams,

enjoy the many attractions of the area.

mussels, crabs, mackerel and halibut to the Breakwater pier, where visitors can fish without a license. Keep an eye open for

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kennebec valley

The Kennebec Valley region is the widest

treks, rock climbing, and moose safaris are

north-south stretch of any Maine region,

other recreational diversions in this treasured

stretching for 5000 square miles from the

part of Maine.

Maine state capital of Augusta to the border

Local Favorites: The Memorials abound

of the Canadian province of Quebec. And the

in Augusta, the State’s Capital. Visit the

towns in between are diverse with culture,

Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetaries on

history, and scenery in Bingham, Madison,

a sprawling hillside with expanded pastoral

Jackman, Skowhegan and Waterville.

land. This is the final resting places for the

The countryside is rich with waterways,

thousands of Maine citizens who served their

mountains, and rustic settings as well as

country in time of war. The Law Enforcement,

more urban areas with colleges, museums,

EMT and Fire Fighter Memorials are located

and performing art centers for enrichment

near the State House and were erected in the

and entertainment. The Belgrade Lakes are

last decade, giving constant statewide tribute

particularly inviting for swimming, kayaking,

to those who gave their lives in the line of

fishing, boating, hiking, camping and

duty. The Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial,

canoeing. You’ll find many serene areas for

located in Capitol Park, honors those who

casual strolls and pure relaxation.

served in Vietnam and those whose lives were touched by the war.

If whitewater rafting is more your style, you’ll find rapids like no other place in the

Hidden Gems: The Colby College Museum

state. Maine’s Dead River, which flows

of Art leaves visitors surprised with its world

from Flagstaff Lake, offers the longest

class museum quality graced by works of

continuous stretch of Class III to V

Rockwell, Renoir, Rembrandt and Whistler.

whitewater in the East.

The Children’s Discovery Museum is a real “hands-on” experience. It’s an opportunity

The fall season brings forth some of the

for children through grade five to have fun

finest foliage the state has to offer. Driving

while learning. The museum now houses a

along Route 201, the Old Canada Road

multi-cultural music center and a treehouse/

Scenic Byway, will bring you face to face with

nature center.

spectacular colors and possibly an eagle sighting along the way. Winter brings a cold,

Most Unusual: Sonny’s Museum and Rock

white landscape for sledding, snowshoeing,

Shop, located in downtown Augusta, is a rock

and skiing as well as ample trails for

shop with character, jewelry, and gems.

snowmobiling. ATV tours, mountain bike

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HIGHLANDS If you want to get away from it all; and really get

and enhance the natural beauty, character, and

away, consider a trip to the Maine Highlands.

habitat of a unique area. It is a magnificent,

About a five hour drive from Portland, you’ll

92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and

find yourself in the ultimate wilderness where

streams winding through the heart of northern

woodlands outnumber houses and distances

Maine’s vast commercial forests.

can be traveled without seeing a soul.

For more than a century “The Allagash” has

Maine Highlands is the home to four

been praised and enjoyed as a sportsman’s

wilderness adventures. At 5,267 feet, there’s

paradise. Many famous people, including

Mt. Katahdin, the northern finish line to the

Henry David Thoreau, have enjoyed its beauty

Appalachian Trail. Spectacular views and

and come away filled with determination

challenging trails draw hikers to its summit

to protect it for future generations. Guided

every year to make a pilgrimage to the

excursions are available in the Maine Highlands

highest point in Maine.

for whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking deep into the wilderness, fresh water fishing,

There’s Baxter State Park, with almost

mountain biking, and rock climbing or hunting.

210,000 acres of wilderness, complete with unspoiled lakes, ponds, streams, rivers,

Planning an extended stay in the region?

and waterfalls. The Park has year round

Then you might consider staying at one of

campsites available with areas for lean-tos

the region’s many charming and comfortable

and tents as well as bunkhouses and cabins.

resorts, lodges, B&Bs, cottages, hotels, motels

Availability is limited so check ahead for

or campsites. You can find eco-friendly

information. www.baxterstateparkauthority.

accommodations or a lakeside guesthouse

com Snowmobiling and boating round out

that will have you enjoying every moment of

the other seasons in the park.

your wilderness adventure.

You’ll love a visit to Moosehead Lake. Set at

Need to replenish your supplies “in town?”

an elevation of 1,023 feet, this gigantic lake

Visit Lincoln, Greenville or Millinocket to

is approximately 40 miles long and 10 miles

shop or to connect with the local town

wide with over 400 miles of shoreline. Its

experience. Area residents have been

average depth is 55’ and it serves as home to

welcoming visitors for ages and they know

80 islands. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

how to make you feel at home.

was established in 1966 to preserve, protect,

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aroostook county

Whether you call it the “Crown of Maine”

settlers of French-Canadian and Swedish

or just “The County,” Aroostook County in

descent. There’s a rich history of these

Maine is larger than the states of Rhode

diverse cultures that still flourish today with

Island and Connecticut combined. While

traditional foods and festivals and a respect

there are vast, open spaces for year round

for a long standing and treasured heritage.

recreation, The County is also home to

While it takes time to visit this remote region

over 3.5 million acres of undeveloped

of Maine, visitors believe it is well spent with

wilderness waiting to be explored. There

rewarding experiences not found in any

are also over 2,000 lakes, streams, and

other part of the Northeast Region.

ponds dotting the region.

Local Favorites: The Maine Potato Blossom

Winter time opens up over 2000 miles of

Festival (July) in Fort Fairfield is a nine

snowmobile trails while summer offers

day tribute to Maine’s most popular home

ATV trails and hiking excursions galore. If

grown vegetable. With farmer Olympics,

you want to spend time paddling on the

road races and mashed potato wrestling,

water, there are over 92 miles of ponds

you’ll soon realize that potatoes can be both

and rivers which make up the Allagash

yummy and fun.

Wilderness Waterway.

Hidden Gems: The Acadian Village in Van

While in “The County,” you won’t want to

Buren is a series of 17 building overlooking

miss Maine’s “Million Dollar View,” an eight

the St. John River designed to retain the

mile stretch of road on Route One between Danforth and Orient, with a view of chains of lakes on one side and the stunning Mount

cultural heritage of the Acadians who settled here during the mid-eighteenth century. The settlement reflects the

Katahdin, Peekaboo Mountain and the

Acadian skills for fishing, lumbering and

landscapes of New Brunswick, Canada on

ship building.

the other.

Most Unusual: Check out America’s First

Well known as one of the largest potato

Mile in Fort Kent. It is a monument to the

producers in the nation, Aroostook County

first mile of US Route 1 that begins in Maine

has agrarian roots typified by its early

and ends in Key West, Florida.

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CALENDAR Aroostook

June 15-16 Bar Harbor

June 28-July 3 Presque Isle

artists. Village Green. 207-288-5103

Northern Maine Fair. northernmainefairgrounds.com July 4-7 Houlton Houlton Agricultural Fair. houltonfair.org August 15-18 Madawaska 42nd Annual Acadian Festival & 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration. Events include a Parade, Dinner Gala, Fireworks, and more. acadianfestival.com August 22-25 Presque Isle Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, Northern Maine Fairgrounds. 207-764-6561

69th Annual Art in the Park. Over 30 barharborcalendar.com. June 30-July28 Bar Harbor 53rd Bar Harbor Music Festival. barharbormusicfestival.org July 6 Bar Harbor Native American Festival and Basket Makers Market. Held at the Abbe Museum. Buy directly from the artists. 207-288-3519 abbemuseum.org July 12-15 Southwest Harbor Quietside Flamingo Festival, includes kid’s carnival, craft fair, and a grand flamingo parade. 207-244-3713 harborhousemdi.org

Bangor/Acadia/Downeast

July 13 Castine

May 17-19 Bar Harbor

Bastille Day Celebration. The annual

Abbe Museum Indian Market on the Village Green. See website for full events listing such as film festival and fashion show.

tradition includes walking tours of the town, a French cooking demonstration, children’s activities, lectures and exhibits at

abbemuseum.org.

the Wilson Museum.

June 7-Oct 4 Bar Harbor

July 19-21 Bucksport

1st Friday Art Walks. The perfect time to stroll Downtown Bar Harbor. artwalkbarharbor.com. June 14-15 Machias Annual Margaretta Days Festival celebrating the first naval battle of the American Revolution. Historical reenactments and demonstrations as well as crafters and artists. Held at University of Maine in Machias.

Bucksport Bay Festival. A tradition of fun and family oriented events that have become a hallmark of this festival. 207-4696818 bucksportbayfestival.com July 25-27 Castine Castine Plein Air Festival. Artists will paint throughout the town for three days. The festival concludes on Saturday afternoon with an awards ceremony, reception and art sale.

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CALENDAR July 25-Aug 3 Bangor Bangor State Fair. bangorstatefair.com August 2-4 Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the magnificent Bar Harbor Inn. 207-266-5162 August 23-25 Bangor American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. Music, dancing and lots of family fun. americanfolkfestival.com August 29-Sept.2 Blue Hill Blue Hill Fair. bluehillfair.com September 6-8 Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the magnificent Bar Harbor Inn. 207-266-5162 September 25-29 Bar Harbor 11th Acadia Night Sky Festival. Workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences. Something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. acadianightskyfestival.com October 19 Bucksport Ghostport Festival in downtown Bucksport. Halloween themed event offers something for all ages. 10am-10pm bucksportbaychamber.com

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CALENDAR Greater Portland

Kennebec Moose River Valley

June 9 Portland

June 12-July 4 Augusta

46th Annual Old Port Festival, Maine’s

Augusta, Gardiner, Winthrop and

largest one day festival, featuring multiple

surrounding communities come together

stages of music, Maine-made arts and

during the Whatever Family River Festival

crafts, great food, shopping, and fun!

with many exciting events. Musical presentations, dancing, balloons, hands-

June 19-22 New Gloucester

on activities and much more including

14th Anniversary - Maine Festival of

Kennebec River Day June 29th 207-623-

American Music at Shaker Village.

4559 kennebecvalleychamber.com

(207) 926-4597 July 12-21 Waterville June 21 Portland

22nd Annual Maine International Film

Make Music Portland. A free, day-long

Festival is a 10 day celebration of film,

music event, featuring dozens of local

featuring the very best of American

artists playing all around public places in

independent, international and Maine made

Portland. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in parks and

movies. miff.org

other venues around the city. Free to attend and perform. makemusicportland.org

July 25-28 Pittston The Pittston Fair. pittstonfair.com

August 24 New Gloucester 11th Annual Maine Native American

July 31-Aug. 3 Monmouth

Summer Market & Demonstration 10-3:30

Monmouth Fair. monmouthfair.com

at Shaker Village. Featuring artists from Maine’s four Native American tribes.

August 8-17 Skowhegan

207-926-4597

Skowhegan State Fair. skowheganstatefair.com

September 22-28 Cumberland Cumberland County Fair.

August 25-Sept. 2 Windsor

cumberlandfair.com

Windsor Fair. windsorfair.com

October 4-6 Freeport

August 30-Sept. 2 Harmony

21st Annual Freeport Fall Festival. Great art,

Harmony Free Fair. harmonyfreefair.org

food and live music at Discovery Park on the L.L. Bean campus. freeportfallfestival.com

September 5-8 Clinton Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair.

December 6-8 Freeport

clintonlionsfair.com

Sparkle Weekend. Photos with Santa, parade of lights, free horse drawn carriage

September 6-8 Litchfield

rides, sales all over town and more.

Litchfield Fair. litchfieldfair.com

sparklecelebration.com

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CALENDAR September 13-15 N. New Portland

September 5-8 Greenville

New Portland Lions Agricultural

International Seaplane Fly-In. Float plane

Fair and The Maine Crafts Festival.

competitions, educational exhibits, craft fair,

newportlandlionsfair.com

food and more. seaplanefly-in.org

Maine Highlands

Midcoast

July 24-26 Greenville

May 3-Oct. 4 Rockland

Thoreau-Wabanaki Festival. Celebrates the

First Friday Art Walks. 5-8pm, FMI:

history of the Wabanaki people and poet,

artsinrockland.org

philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.

June – Sept. Brunswick

destinationmooseheadlake.com

2nd Friday Brunswick offers a fun evening of artistic exploration featuring visual

August 22-25 Dover-Foxcroft

art, live music, dance and theatrical

Piscataquis Valley Fair.

performances, and extended shopping

piscataquisvalleyfair.com

hours all within walking distance of Maine Street. Event festivities will include

August 31-Sept. 1 Springfield

an ArtWalk with over 40 artist displays

Springfield Fair. thespringfieldfair.com

in downtown galleries, retail shops, restaurants, and on the street. June 15 Rockland Come celebrate the 21st Annual Summer Solstice & Street Party on Rockland’s Main Street, 4-7 PM. A Dock Party will also be held at Journey’s End Marina 6-10:30 PM. rocklandmainstreet.com June 23-29 Boothbay Harbor 57th Windjammer Days Festival. windjammerdays.org June 26-August 28 Brunswick Music on the Mall. Wednesday evenings during the summer. A variety of musical shows at the Mall in Downtown Brunswick. 6-7:30pm.

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CALENDAR July 11-14 Prospect

July 31-August 4 Rockland

Fort Knox Pirate Parlay, 9am-6pm. Fort

Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of

Knox transforms into a fortress from the pre

thousands of pounds of steamed Maine

and early America time period where 50-70

Lobster, waterfront activities, arts and

pirates and colonials encamp and offer

crafts, live entertainment and more!

interactive demonstrations and displays

mainelobsterfestival.com

depicting life in the early/mid 1700’s. Visitors are entertained with period music

August 2-4 Union

from multiple troupes, puppet shows, pirate

The 38th Maine Antique Show is

ship cruises, murder mystery dinner and

Maine’s largest antique festival. Dealers

treasure hunts. 207-469-6553 or info@

from over 20 states. 207-221-3108

fortknoxmaine.com

maineantiquesfestival.com

July 12 Rockland

August 3-18 Damariscotta

Maine Windjammer Parade. 2pm –

Salt Bay Chamberfest Concerts held

4pm Rockland Breakwater. The entire

at Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm.

windjammer fleet sail’s past the mile-long

saltbaychamberfest.org 207-522-3749

Rockland Breakwater. sailmainecoast.com August 6-11 Topsham July 13-14 Rockland

Topsham Fair. topshamfair.net

26th Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival. Ticket gates open at 9am and music

August 9-11 Rockland

starts at 10:30am. Public Landing, 275

17th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

Main St. Touring artists from the US

Show. Maine’s only in-water boat and

and abroad will perform on the main

home show and the light-hearted Annual

stage. Saturday evening Main Street is

World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials

closed off for the famous Pub Crawl.

(Sunday at 10:30). maineboats.com

northatlanticbluesfestival.com August 17 Brunswick July 19-21 Belfast

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival

Maine Celtic Celebration. Belfast Common/

featuring local and regional artists.

Steamboat Landing. Music, Kilted 5k

Children’s activities, local theater group

Road Race, Highland Heavy Games, Dog

performances & a variety of music.

Parade & Show, Cheese Roll, food and craft

brunswickdowntown.com

vendors, etc. mainecelticcelebration.com August 17-24 Union July 20-21 Boothbay

Union Fair. unionfair.org

55th Antique Auto Days. Restored and running antique autos. railwayvillage.org 207-633-4727

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CALENDAR August 30-31 Camden

October 12, 18-19 & 25-26 Prospect

Windjammer Festival. Camden Public

Fright at the Fort, 5:30 to 8:30pm. 20th

Landing. Family activities, build-a-boat

anniversary featuring the most memorable

contest, lobster crate races, pirates, boat

monsters, aliens, zombies and other scares

open houses, schooner crew talent show,

from the past 20 years. 20 minute tour

fireworks and more. 207-236-3438

through Fort Knox’s dark passageways and rooms where creepy creatures lurk in

August 30-Sept. 8 Boothbay Harbor

the shadows. Advance sale express tickets

8th Annual Boothbay Region Harbor

and additional information may be found

Fest. A celebration of our community

at fortknoxmaine.com, 207-469-6553 or

featuring food, music, art, fashion,

info@fortknoxmaine.com.

local wares & wellness events. FMI: November 29-Dec. 1 Rockland

boothbayharborfest.com

Festival of Lights, Downtown Rockland. September 12-15 Camden

Events including the arrival of Santa via

Camden International Film Festival. One of

US Coast Guard boat, the lighting of the

the top 25 documentary film festivals in the

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, and more.

U.S. pointsnorthinstitute.org

rocklandmainstreet.com

October 11-14 Damariscotta

November – December Boothbay

Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Pumpkin

Dates TBA. Gardens Aglow at Coastal

decorating, pumpkin boat building, pumpkin

Maine Botanical Gardens. The gardens

hurl/catapult, pumpkin derby, kids activities,

will be decorated with thousands of

parades and the pumpkin boat regatta.

different colored lights. 207-633-8000.

damariscottapumpkinfest.com

mainegardens.org

October 12-13 Boothbay

December 6-8 Camden

52nd Fall Foliage Festival – Boothbay

Christmas by the Sea. A weekend

Railway Village railwayvillage.org

celebration including a parade, tree lighting,

207-633-4727

musical entertainment, holiday sales, and Santa. camdenmaineexperience.com

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CALENDAR February 7-9, 2020 Camden

August 22-25 Acton

U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

Acton Fair. actonfair.net

Camden Snow Bowl. 400 teams, chili and chowder challenge, music, tailgate parties,

September 7 Old Orchard Beach

costume contest, children’s activities. 207-

Bikefest on the Pier. Music, pig roast,

236-3438 camdensnowbowl.com

vendors. 207-934-3595 oobpier.com

Southern Maine

October 25-27 Ogunquit

June – August York York Gateway Food Truck Wednesday. Every Wednesday 5:00-8:00 pm. York Region Chamber of Commerce, 1 Stonewall Lane. 207-363-4422; www.gatewaytomaine.org July 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. 207-646-2451 wellschamber.org July 25-Aug. 4 York

Ogunquitfest. Haunted theatre tours, autumn bazaar, classic car show, costume contest and parade and more. visitogunquit.org November 2-3 Wells League of MaineCraft Show – 55+ crafters and artists. 10:00am - 4:00pm FREE Parking and Admission. 207-646-5172 wellschamber.org November 30 York Lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse. Location: Sohier Park. New things in store for this year’s event. yorkparksandrec.org 207-363-1040

York Days. Local concerts, tournaments, fairs, annual Christmas in July celebration and lighting of the Nubble Light. Summer

Western Maine

residents and vacationers will have a

June 14-16 Bethel

chance to see the Nubble Light as it appears

Trek Across Maine. Sunday River to the

each year during the Christmas season.

Sea. A 3-day, 180 Mile bicycle tour to

yorkparksandrec.org 207-363-1040

benefit the American Lung Association. trekacrossmaine.com.

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CALENDAR June 14-16 Naples

July 20 Bethel

Maine Blues Festival, Kick off the

62nd annual Molly Ockett Day. Bethel’s

summer season in the Lakes Region with

biggest and most beloved event. Artists and

blues musicians and great Maine food!

crafters on the town common, parade, live

mainebluesfestival.com

music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping contest, food, fireworks, more. 207-824-2282 mollyockettday.com

June 29 Kingfield Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts at

July 26-28 Bethel

Kennedy Farm. kingfieldpops.com

Tough Mountain Challenge. Sunday July 6 Bethel

River Resort - The ultimate event for the

30th Annual Bethel Art Fair. Enjoy

thrill-seeking athlete, and undoubtedly the

the work of local artists and artisans,

hardest race at Sunday River.

musical entertainment, and more. On the

800-543-2754, sundayriver.com

Bethel Town Common. 207-824-2282, August 1 Rangeley

bethelartfair.com

Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents Art in July 11-14 South Hiram

August, art show and sale. 10am – 4pm in

Ossipee Valley Fair. ossipeevalleyfair.com

Oquossoc Park. rangeleyarts.org

July 12-14 Lisbon Falls

August 16-18 Lewiston

The Annual Moxie Festival includes a 5K

Great Falls Balloon Festival.

road race, parade, car show, talent show,

greatfallsballoonfestival.org

fireworks and more! moxiefestival.com September 11-14 Oxford Oxford County Fair. oxfordcountyfair.com

July 19-21 Waterford Waterford World’s Fair.

September 15-21 Farmington

waterfordworldsfair.org

Farmington Fair. farmingtonfairmaine.com September 20-22 Unity Common Ground Country Fair. mofga.org September 29-Oct. 6 Fryeburg Fryeburg Fair. fryeburgfair.org Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in the calendars is correct, however, we recommend you contact the festival host to confirm dates, times, etc. Thank you.

September 29-October 6, 2019 www.fryeburgfair.org • 207-935-3268

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food festivals & events May

June 27-29, Portland

May 12, Old Orchard Beach

Orthodox Church 207-774-0281

Annual Chowderfest on the Pier. 207-934-

Greek Food Festival, Holy Trinity Greek

3595 or oobpier.com

July

May 18, Old Orchard Beach

July 8-13, Pittsfield

Annual Beerfest. 12-5pm with live music on

Pittsfield Egg Festival. Music, art show,

the pier. 207-934-3595 or oobpier.com

Egglympics, Kiwanis Karnival, fireworks and

June

July 11, Oquossoc

June 1, Old Orchard Beach

Association Strawberry Festival in

Scottish Festival, Pipers, Highland Dancing, Traditional Scottish Foods, Scottish Entertainment, Scottish Bazaar, Artisans, Artists, Heavy Athletics. OOB365.com June 4-9, Kennebunkport Kennebunkport Festival. Great food, fine wines and inspired art. thekennebunkportfestival.com June 22, Bangor Best of the North Fest - On the Bangor Waterfront. Showcasing some of the best Breweries, Vintners and Distilleries that Maine has to offer as well as live music and local food trucks. bestofthenorthfest.com June 22, Brunswick Community BBQ. Fun games for the whole family and live music by a variety of local musicians. 11:30 am - 2 pm. brunswickdowntown.org June 22, Dover-Foxcroft Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Food, Music, Fun. mainewhoopiepiefestival.com

more. centralmaineeggfestival.org

Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Oquossoc Park features crafts, yard sale and food. July 17-21, Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival. Something for everyone with athletic events, live music, a HUGE parade, fireworks and many family friendly activities. fortfairfield.org July 19-21, Saco Greek Heritage Festival, Traditional Greek dishes at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. FMI: 207-284-5651 July 19-21, 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! clamfestival.com July 20, Boothbay Rails, Tails & Ales. Midcoast Craft Beer Festival held at the Boothbay Railway Village. Maine craft beer, an outdoor car show and live music. railwayvillage.org

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food festivals & events July 27, Skowhegan

August 16-18 Machias

Artisan Bread Fair. Skowhegan State

Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival.

Fairgrounds. Delicious breads and pastries,

207-255-6665

handmade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, the best books and equipment for

August 24, Wells

baking at home, live music, and more.

Annual Chilifest, chili and salsa

kneadingconference.com

competitions, crafts, music and entertainment. FMI: 207-646-2451

July 27 Portland Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer

August 30- Sept. 2 Boothbay Harbor

Festival. The biggest and best brewfest in

Harbor Fest: A Taste of Local Flavor, visit

Maine. mainebrewersguild.org

local restaurants, pubs and markets to enjoy their signature taste and live music. Various times & locations. boothbayharborfest.com

August July 31-August 4, Rockland

September

Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of thousands of pounds of steamed Maine Lobster, waterfront activities, arts and crafts, live

September 1, Eastport

entertainment and more! 1-800-576-7512

Salmon & Seafood Festival, Featuring a

mainelobsterfestival.com

salmon BBQ, seafood chowders, craft show, music, farmers’ market and more!

August 2-3, Wilton

eastportsalmonfest.com

Blueberry Festival, Blueberry pies and other delicious food, crafts, games, family events,

September 14, Old Orchard Beach

and a free concert. wiltonbbf.com

Annual Chilifest on the Pier. FMI: 207-9343595 or oobpier.com

August 7, Waterville Taste of Greater Waterville. Street-side

September 21, Bethel

dining will feature various Waterville area

Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff. Bethel

restaurants’ delicious cuisines. Throughout

town common - artists & crafters, apple pie

the day there will be an array of children’s

contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’

activities, food vendors and live music.

activities. bethelharvestfest.com

tasteofwaterville.com September 21, Gorham August 15, Rangeley

Oktoberfest at the Sebago Brewing Co.

Blueberry Festival, 207-864-5571FMI:

Brewery, 616 Main Street, Gorham, 1:00pm-

rangeleymaine.com

6:00pm. sebagobrewing.com

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food festivals & events September 28, Casco

October 17-20 Portland

Lakes Region Brewer’s Festival, Maine’s

Harvest on the Harbor, Experience Maine’s

best beers and wines, includes foods,

finest culinary fare, featuring food, wine

wines, and entertainment. 207-647-3472

tastings, seminars, demonstrations

mainelakesbrewfest.com

and more with Maine’s top chefs. FMI: harvestontheharbor.com

September 28, Livermore Falls Apple Pumpkin Festival. Vendors and craft artisans, agricultural products, historical items, seasonal decorations and plenty of food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 29, Damariscotta Pemaquid Oyster Festival. Music, educational exhibits, boat rides, and lots of oysters harvested fresh from the Damariscotta River that morning. (menu with lots of choices other than oysters!) Noon to dusk at Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina. FMI: Greg at 207-

January January 26, 2020, Rockland Pies on Parade, Pie tasting at several inns and venues in the Rockland area. FMI: 207596-6611 or piesonparade.com Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in the calendars is correct, however, we recommend you contact the festival host to confirm dates, times, etc. Thank you.

380-9912, pemaquidoysterfestival.com.

October October 11-12, Southwest Harbor Acadia’s Oktoberfest and Food Festival, Wine Tasting on the 11th and Brewfest on the 12th, 20+ Maine brewers, specialty-food producers and other artisans at Smugglers Den Campground. acadiaoktoberfest.com October 12, Gardiner Swine & Stein. Beer, food and music. 11:30am – 5:30pm downtown. gardinermainstreet.org October 13, Unity Great Maine Apple Day, Cider-pressing, apple cookery, apple history, and traditions. FMI: 207-568-4142, mofga.org

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retirement

If you’re looking for a unique place to retire,

Outdoor activities are abundant. In milder

look no further than Maine. The Pine Tree

months, take a whale watching tour or hop

State offers a slower lifestyle, countless

a ferry to sightsee nearby islands. Water

adventures and varied regions to explore.

lovers can surf, boat, kayak, and walk the

You’ll discover modern cities, easy-going

beaches. There are state parks, Acadia

hamlets, blooming college towns, quaint

National Park and the Appalachian Trail for

coastal villages, and idyllic mountain bergs.

hiking and bird watching. Leaf peeping is a must in the fall. Winter enthusiasts will

There are homes of every size and style

appreciate the ice skating, tobogganing,

to fit your budget. There are also well-

downhill and cross-country skiing. If you’ve

appointed retirement communities with

never ice fished, there are plenty of lakes to

condos, co-ops, cottages, and rental units.

hone a new hobby.

You’ll find them with ocean and lake views and nestled on golf courses and nature

A big draw to the state is Mainers

preserves. Amenities may include fine

themselves. They have a relaxed approach

dining, beauty salons, and indoor pools

to life and are friendly, hard-working and

and spas.

helpful. This healthy attitude keeps stress

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levels to a minimum. Speaking of health,

Never-ending happenings will keep you

top-notch medical care facilities with

sharp and young at heart. Recreational

outlying campuses and rural hospitals are

centers, art museums, theater venues,

available. Two more important perks--

libraries, garden tours, volunteering

Social Security is tax exempt and crime

opportunities, and interesting classes are

rates are low.

within close reach. Whatever you hope for

Maine has a wealth of seasonal and yearround farmers’ markets that allow you to

in your retirement years, you can realize your dreams in Maine.

eat well but are easy on the wallet. There’s fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. Foodies will delight in the plentiful award-winning restaurants, roadside diners, lobster shacks, brewpubs, wineries, and year-round festivals that are perfect for exploring with your friends.

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RECREATION

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

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RECREATION 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

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

1 Cape Neddick Light Station

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

13 Fort Point Light

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

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 built between 1787-1909, (museum).

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.

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

18 West Quoddy Head Light

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

6 Pemaquid Point Light

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

19 Ladies’ Delight

Manchester, (Pond Road, inland).

7 Marshall Point Light

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

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rafting

Photo: Crab Apple Whitewater Photo by Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting

rafting You don’t have to be a thrill seeker to

Grand Falls to The Forks, and follows the

consider going on a whitewater rafting

longest stretch of continuous whitewater in

adventure in Maine, a state with an

the eastern U.S.

abundance of streams and rivers perfectly

Don’t ask Seth Coates, formerly of Windfall

suited to the sport. In fact, experts insist,

Rafting, to pick a favorite among the three

“Whitewater rafting is for anyone who

rivers, however. Says Coates, “They’re all

enjoys the outdoors. You don’t need to

my favorites! For playing and paddling

be a fitness fanatic or an Olympic athlete.

around, I like the Dead River. The Kennebec

People of all ages from 8-80 with no

is dependable and good for families,

previous experience raft Maine’s rivers …

and if you want a challenge, go for the

Many visitors have likened Maine’s rafting

Penobscot.”

experience to the ultimate, natural theme

Coates says he’s hooked. “I like a job where

park ride.”

I get to be outdoors,” he says. “My favorite

According to Raft Maine, an association

nine days of the year are when I’m training

of four professional whitewater rafting

new guides.” Coates says he has noticed

outfitters (trained guides), the Kennebec,

a change in customers over the past few

Penobscot and Dead Rivers are the state’s

years—more calls for reservations from

official rafting routes. The Kennebec trip is

“moms and girlfriends”—as the sport has

a 12-mile ride that begins at Harris Station

become increasingly family-oriented.

on Indian Pond and ends at The Forks,

“Rafters want to know they’re going to be

where the Kennebec and Dead Rivers

safe,” he says, “and there are fewer ‘raw

meet. The Penobscot ride begins with

rafters’ who want to capsize.”

two miles through Ripogenus Gorge, then

For the uninitiated, whitewater rafting

continues an additional 12 miles before

trips are categorized by degree of

ending at Pockwockamus Falls. The Dead

difficulty. They range from Class I (easy,

River expedition is a 16-mile trek from

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no obstacles, small ripples, slow current)

reassure their prospects that a rafting

to Class VI (nearly impossible, very

experience is both safe and unforgettable.

dangerous, for well-prepared teams of

“Everybody who’s been rafting has a story,”

experts only). None of the three key rivers

Coates laughs.

in Maine has rapids greater than Class V. For beginners and the novices and younger kids, a mild Class II trip on the lower Kennebec or a tubing trip on the Kennebec from The Forks to Caratunk.

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

Coates agrees that newcomers might want

$90-$130 per person, and on the Dead

to start slowly (“not on the Penobscot”),

$90-$140 per person.

but he and his Raft Maine colleagues

Featured Rafting Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting

North Country Rivers Maine

3 Lake Moxie Rd

36 Main St.

The Forks

Bingham

800-553-RAFT(7238)

800-348-8871

crabapplewhitewater.com

northcountryrivers.com

Magic Falls Rafting Co. 38 Dead River Rd. West Forks 800-207-7238 magicfalls.com

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great gardens

Maine has more green trees than any other

educational programs and special events

state in the union, and probably more green

such as art shows, dinners cooked with

thumbs too. As a result, there are dozens

local ingredients by top chefs, and Gardens

of magnificent gardens open to visitors in

Aglow in the winter.

search of a place to commune with nature or enjoy a bit of peace, quiet and serenity. Perhaps most popular among them are the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens located on 250 acres in Boothbay Harbor.

Many of Maine’s gardens are available as venues for a private party or special event such as a wedding. At TravelMaine we’ve developed a short list of recommended sites (see below). If

The Botanical Gardens are a mix of mostly

gardens are your passion, ask your host

natural landscapes and ornamental gardens

for details about the inn’s grounds before

that are world-class. The Botanical Gardens

making your reservations.

are open to the public year-round, offering

Recommended Garden Tours •

Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor

Historic Conway Homestead & Museum, Camden

Blaine House Gardens, Governor’s Mansion, Augusta

McLaughlin Garden, South Paris

MerrySpring Nature Park, Camden

Celia Thaxter’s Garden, Appledore Island, Isle of Shoals

St. Anthony’s Monastery Grounds & Garden, Kennebunkport

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

Viles Arboretum, Augusta

Ecotat, Hermon

Wadsworth Longfellow House, Portland

Guild Victorian Garden at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland

Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park

Hamilton House Grounds, South Berwick

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camping

camping Maine has just about every camping

shopping experiences, dining, and elaborate

experience a visitor might want.

entertainment and activities. There are over 200 licensed campgrounds in Maine

For those looking for the rustic

according to the Maine Campground

experience, you’ll find small clearings in wooded areas near lakes and streams just

Owners Association.

big enough for you and a place to pitch

And for others, there is the experience

a tent. Quiet, solitude, and star lit skies

of camping in a cabin or lodge on the

will cap off the experience of camping in

grounds of many campgrounds. These

Maine’s remotest areas.

range from quaint log built cabins that can accommodate a small family to grand

For some, the camping experience

rustic lodges that can accommodate

can be found in assorted commercial

many more guests.

campgrounds that offer everything from basic tent sites to far more elaborate

You may want to camp at one of Maine’s

sites with water and electricity hook-ups

12 state park campgrounds with locations

for pull behind trailers or recreational

to suit your taste. For more information visit

vehicles. The campgrounds often have

www.maine.gov.

amenities such as swimming pools, areas for sports and games, convenience stores, dumping stations, drinking water, picnic tables boat launched, firewood for sale and bathing facilities. Some even offer onsite

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3 1/2 miles to Boothbay Harbor

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK Shuttle Service to Boothbay Harbor 150 Open & Shaded Sites Full Hook-ups • 30 & 50 amp No Rig Too Big • Pull-Thru Sites Store & Gift Shop • Cable TV

Groups Welcome

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H E L P S AV E M A I N E F O R E S T S !

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The Maine Legislature has banned all out-of-state firewood. Out-of-state firewood can bring harmful insects and diseases that can destroy Maine forests.

Buy it where you burn it don’t give For more information, go to bugs a free www.maine.gov/firewood ride! or call (207) 287-2791 This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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camping Featured Campgrounds & Rentals Hid’n Pines Family Campground

Shore Hills Campground & RV Park

8 Cascade Rd.

553 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay

Old Orchard Beach

(207)633-4782

(207)-934-2352

shorehills.com

camphappily.com

Skowhegan Kennebec Valley KOA

Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service

18 Cabin Rd., RT 2, Canaan

(Rentals)

(207)474-2858

480 Roosevelt Trail, Windham

koa.com/campgrounds/skowhegan

(207) 892-8308

Timberland Acres RV Park

leesfamilytrailer.com

57 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton

Libby’s Oceanside Camp

(207)667-3600

725 York St., York Harbor

timberlandacresrvpark.com

(207)363-4171

Wassamki Springs Campground

libbysoceancamping.com

56 Saco St., Scarborough

Maine Campground Owners Association

(207)839-4276

campmaine.com

wassamkisprings.com

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glamping

glamping Glamping’s perfect for nature-lovers who

accommodate couples to families and

want a gentler, glamorous camp. Think

include a woodburning stove, kitchenette,

decked out A-frames, cottages, boats, and

living/dining area, and bunk beds. There’s

sturdy canvas abodes with comfy beds,

100 acres to explore and the year-round

linens, baths, even electricity. Our state’s

activities are endless.

diverse landscape makes it just the place to explore this growing trend.

If you find yourself longing to vacation near the seaside town of Bar Harbor and Acadia

One location in Southern Maine includes

National Park, and longing to try glamping,

luxurious offerings, including their safari-

there are glamps in the area perfect for

like glamp tents for two or families of four.

four or six guests, are wood-framed with

Glampers will appreciate high ceilings,

sturdy canvas tenting--and interior walls

unique furnishings, mini fridges, a/c and

add privacy. They have kitchenettes, baths,

heat. There’s a general store (order a lobster

hot water, electricity, and Wi-Fi. One glamp

dinner here) and grab coffee at their snack

is wheelchair accessible. A hammock

bar. There’s a saltwater pool and kayak

promises naps and there’s a firepit for

rentals for exploring nearby waterways.

making s’mores.

Close to the Quebec border in the Jackman-

Try a lofty experience on a midcoast Maine

Moose River Valley region you’ll find

island--touted as one of the state’s best-

well-equipped cabins that even have cable

kept secret. These tiny heated treehouses

TV and are pet-friendly. Take in stunning

are nicely furnished and overlook Maine’s

views of Big Wood Lake and breathe in the

Back River. They have funky decks with a

mountain air. Year-round activities include

cedar hot tub--accessible only by a rope

hiking, rafting and ice fishing.

bridge.

If yurts are what you’re looking for

For more Maine glamp sites, visit

you’ll find some on Runaround Pond in

glampinghub.com and glamping.com.

Durham. These round eco-friendly units

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Farmers’ Markets

Maine residents and visitors have more

to pick up local foods and chat with

than 140 farmers’ markets to explore

neighbors. Often you’ll find live music

across the state. From the big towns

and other activities, such as cooking

to the tiny hamlets, the wide array of

demonstrations, face painting, food

markets reflects Maine’s many diversified

sampling, and special programs for

farms and its rich crafting heritage.

children, making farmers’ markets great

Markets are on every day of the week, at

family destinations. (Most allow leashed

various times of day. If you’re vacationing,

dogs to attend as well, but be sure to

be sure to ask the locals or check www.

check in advance.)

mainefarmersmarkets.org. You’ll probably

Maine is one of the few states that has a

find a nearby market that suits your travel

law defining what qualifies as a “farmers’

schedule perfectly.

market.” The law stipulates that 75%

Most farmers’ markets in Maine are

of the farm and food products offered

independently managed by the farmers,

by a vendor must have been grown or

so each one has a different character.

produced by that farmer. (Some markets

Some offer an array of prepared foods,

are even stricter, requiring that everything

and perhaps even seating areas where

in the stall come from the vendor’s farm.)

you can enjoy a relaxed meal. Others

Whichever is the case, shoppers at

cater more to shoppers heading home

Maine farmers’ markets can rest assured

from work, and offer a convenient spot

that the products they buy were grown/

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produced/caught locally, not trucked in

wide range of products under one canopy.

from out of state!

Don’t pass by the small farmers’ market,

Of course, most markets offer more than a rich selection of foods. Looking for a Mainemade souvenir? Consider jewelry made by a local artisan, a painting or photo of a New England scene, or a unique craft item, all of which are frequently found at Maine farmers’ markets. Crafters won’t want to miss the richly colored yarns available. Baskets, soaps, and candles are other potential gifts that are easy to take home. Shopping at the farmers’ market ensures you are not only “shopping local,” but directly supporting Maine farmers and artisans. The markets range in size from two

assuming there won’t be much on offer. You’re likely to be pleasantly surprised by the varied selections, and by the warmth of your reception. Shopping at any size market is casual and friendly, and since many accept credit, debit, and EBT cards, it’s easy as well. So while you’re in Maine, make it a point to explore a few farmers’ markets. You’ll meet some farmers, get to mingle with friendly natives, support the local economy, and get a taste of Maine’s hopping local foods scene! Editorial content courtesy of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets

farmers to more than 40 vendors or more. Because many farms are so diversified, it’s not uncommon to find a farmer offering a

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featured markets

Featured markets Bath Farmers’ Market

Camden Farmers’ Market

Commercial Street, Bath

40 Washington St. (Rte 105), Camden

Year-round, Sat., 9-Noon

May - Oct., Sat., 9am - Noon

bathfarmersmarket.com

Mid-June - Sept., Wed., 3:30pm-6pm camdenfarmersmarket.org

Boothbay Farmers’ Market 1 Common Dr., Boothbay

Kittery Community Market

May-Oct: Thursday 9am - Noon

10 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery

(207)882-6374

Summer: Jun. 2 - Oct. 6, Sundays, 10am-2pm

boothbayfarmersmarket.com

Winter dates see website KitteryCommunityMarket.com

Brewer Farmers’ Market

Union Farmers’ Market

318 Wilson St. (Brewer Auditorium Parking Lot) Mid-May - Oct, Tues, Thurs, Sat,

280 Common Rd, Union Common

8:30am - 1pm

May 10 - Oct. 4, Fridays, 3-6pm

(207)948-5724 or (207)948-2111

(207) 845-2209

brewermaine.gov/community

unionfarmersmarket.org

Brunswick Farmers’ Market

Waldoboro Farmers’ Market

Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street

Waldoboro Town Office, 1600 Atlantic Hwy

May - Nov: Tues. & Fri. 8am - 2pm

Saturday, June 22 - Sept. 14, 9am - Noon (207)832-0633

brunswickfarmersmarket.com

waldoborofarmersmarket.com

Bucksport Bay Farmers’ Market

York Gateway Farmers’ Market

99 Main St. Next to Bucksport Post Office May-Oct: Thursday 2pm-5pm

Summer & Winter: 1 Stonewall Ln., York

(207)469-6818

May 26-Oct 6, Every Sat., 9am-1pm;

bucksportbaychamber.com/farmers-

Nov-Mar, Every Other Sat.,9am-1pm

market

(207)363-4422 gatewayfarmersmarket.com

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co-ops

Featured co-ops & natural food markets Belfast Co-op 123 High St., Belfast (207)338-2532 | belfast.coop Blue Hill Co-op 70 South Street (Summer 2019)

(207)882-6374, (336)460-1731 bigbarncoffee.com

Blue Hill (207) 374-2165 | bluehill.coop Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, CafĂŠ and Bagel Shop 750 Main St., Rockland (207)594-8822 | goodtern.coop Portland Food Co-op 290 Congress St., Portland (207)805-1599 | portlandfood.coop Royal River Natural Foods 443 US Rte. 1, Freeport (207)865-0046 | rrnf.com FIND US ALL ON FACEBOOK!

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Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

From microbreweries and brewpubs that

wines in an old milking barn, even a hilltop

craft award-winning beers, to wineries

vineyard with porch rockers, perfect for

and cellars that ferment delicious wines

a glass of Riesling while taking in ocean

and hard ciders, to distilleries that create

views. Vintner’s lean into the local produce

amazing spirits, Maine’s countless

that flourishes here--grapes, peaches,

establishments and their offerings are

pears, apples, cranberries, rhubarb, and

noteworthy and promise to please the

blueberries. Some winemakers procure

most demanding palate.

grapes from Europe and California for traditional wines like Cabernets and

If you’re into complex brews--ales, porters,

Chardonnays. Regardless of the fruit’s

tans, wheats, pilsners and every style and

origin, you’ll delight in the many red and

type in between--you’re in the right place.

whites, aperitifs, and dessert and ice wines

According to Maine Brewers Guild, in 2018

that you won’t find elsewhere.

there were 117 active, licensed breweries across the state. For the craft aficionado,

For cocktails, there are hip distilleries

visit many brew houses to compare and

across the state that will gladly pour your

discover remarkable bottled, canned

favorite beverage. You’ll find originality, like

and drafts with layered flavors. For a full

the small batch distillery turning out rum,

experience, look for breweries with guided

agave, vodka, bourbon, and whiskey that

tours, beer “flights” for small sips, food

lets you tour and taste, or perhaps you’d

pairings, and weekend bands. From casual

like to take their cocktail making class?

to eclectic, Maine’s breweries combine

There’s the tasting room in an old brick

heart and passion to serve up outstanding

train shed where you can sample high-

crafted beers.

quality spirits like rum, scotch, and gin. And there’s a micro-distillery that focuses

There are scores of wineries across the

on corn-made vodka. Just look around

state and each are unique as their wines

the state, Maine’s got it all going on in the

and ciders. You’ll find an estate winery

world of distilled spirits.

that’s both elegant and charming, a small vineyard with fun-named blends, a full-functioning farm that produces

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The Maine Beer Trail isn’t just a list, it’s an adventure. We’re inviting you to visit our breweries all across Maine — in city pubs and river lodges, revitalized mills and old barns, along downtown storefronts and hidden dirt road hideaways all around Maine, this is your trail map. Lucky for you, Maine brewers are making quality craft beer near every must-see location in Maine! For more information beyond breweries, check out visitmaine.com

1 BANDED BREWING CO. BARRELED SOULS CORNER POINT BREWING DIRIGO BREWING COMPANY FEDERAL JACK’S BREWPUB/ KENNEBUNKPORT BREWING CO. FUNKY BOW BREWERY GFB SCOTTISH PUB GNEISS BREWING CO. HIDDEN COVE BREWING CO. THE RUN OF THE MILL PUBLIC HOUSE & BREWERY NUTS & BOLTS BREWING SEBAGO BREWING CO. SHIPYARD BREW PUB SOME BREWING CO. THEORY BREWING CO. TRIBUTARY BREWING CO. WOODLAND FARMS BREWERY YORK BEACH BEER COMPANY

2 ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY AUSTIN STREET BREWERY BATTERY STEELE BREWING BISSELL BROTHERS BRICKYARD HOLLOW BREWING CO. BUNKER BREWING CO. DEFINITIVE BREWING FORE RIVER BREWING COMPANY FOULMOUTHED BREWING CO.

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NONESUCH RIVER BREWING CO. OXBOW BREWING CO. RISING TIDE BREWING COMPANY SEA DOG BREWING CO. SEBAGO BREWING CO. SHIPYARD BREWING CO. STARS & STRIPES BREWING YES BREWING

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FLIGHT DECK BREWING LAKE ST. GEORGE BREWING CO. LIBERTY CRAFT BREWING MARSHALL WHARF BREWING CO. MODERATION BREWING MONHEGAN BREWING COMPANY NORTH HAVEN BREWING CO. ODD ALEWIVES FARM BREWERY OXBOW BREWING COMPANY PENOBSCOT BAY BREWERY ROCK HARBOR BREWING CO. SEA DOG BREWING CO. SHEEPSCOT VALLEY BREWING CO. SIMPLICITY BREWING COMPANY THRESHERS BREWING COMPANY THE POUR FARM

GEAGHAN BROS. BREWING CO. MAINIACAL BREWING MASON’S BREWING COMPANY MARSH ISLAND BREWING ORONO BREWING COMPANY SEA DOG BREWING CO. TURNING PAGE FARM

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• Hidden Spring Winery

• Anthony Lee’s Winery

Boothby’s Orchard & Farm • Ricker Hill Farms •

Wallingfords Fruit House • Vista of Maine •

• Oyster River Winegrowers

Portersfield Cider • Urban Farm Fermentary •• Cellardoor the Point Sweetgrass Old Port Shop • eighteen twenty wines • • Solar Rock Winery Prospect • Mead Room Hill Winery • • Sweetgrass Kennebunk Shop

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Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery

235 Farmington Falls Rd.

175 Barrett Hill Rd., Union

Farmington

(207) 785-2828

(207)778-5276

savageoakes.com

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152 Fairfield St., Oakland

4 Thompson’s Point Rd., Portland

(207)465-3007

(207)536-7700

treespiritsofmaine.com

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Penobscot Bay Brewery

367 Youngtown Rd., Lincolnville

279 South Main St., Winterport

(207)763-4478

(207)223-4500

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Cellardoor Winery

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wellness travel

To boost your well-being and sense of

If skiing, ice-skating or snowboarding

purpose, get away to one of Maine’s

invigorates you, the mountains of Maine

many retreats. From elegant world-class

have welcoming upscale and romantic

resorts and luxurious boutique hotels to

resort hotels. After a day on the slopes,

rustic cottages, there’s one that will suit

head to the lodge and warm up by the

your needs. Simply tap into your favorite

fire. Wind down in your palatial suite and

pastime or guilty pleasure so you can

soak in the oversized jetted tub. Mountain

relax, unplug and celebrate your spirit.

resorts boast year-round activities like golfing, hiking and festivals so you can

Yoga devotees will rejoice in the plentiful

head to the hills any time, leaving your

seminars offered in restful settings.

stress behind.

Bring your partner, spouse or make it a mother-daughter weekend and

To expand and empower your mental

enjoy the bliss together. You’ll discover

horizons, sign up for a themed

packages with wellness treatments,

inspirational workshop. These are set in

fitness classes, meditation, and heathy

gorgeous lake, mountain and oceanside

vegetarian meals. Namaste.

locations, and you’ll be treated to thought-

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provoking classes, sumptuous rooms,

For those who kick back by pursuing

gourmet meals, water sports, and nature

outdoor adventures, Maine is your

walks. Take along a friend and appreciate

playground. Try a sea kayaking expedition

the journey together.

with overnight camping on an ocean

How about a pampering holiday to soothe what ails? If ocean breezes settle you, there are luxurious coastal spas offering salt massages, facials and mani-pedis-the indulgences are limitless. You’ll find gorgeous accommodations, fine dining, seaside and indoor pools, and hospitable

island. Thrill in a wildlife and moose safari tour. Get an adrenaline rush from whitewater rafting down a fast-flowing, wavy river. To really unwind, combine a few incredible adventures, call a rugged cabin home for a few days and you’ll have an experience you won’t soon forget.    

staffers ready to please. Bring a gal pal or if you’re betrothed, treat your bridesmaids to a calm spa day or weekend.

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whale watching

Whale Watching & Scenic Boat Tours Whale watching excursions and boat tours

kaleidoscope of colors dotting over

are a fitting way to explore Maine’s rich

3,000 miles of the mainland’s coast.

coastal scenery and natural gifts sure to

Board a ferry that takes you past rugged

take your breath away. You’ll spy tiny seaside

coastlines, through bustling working

towns and hilltop villages, quiet coves and

harbors and to islands both near and far.

inlets, sandy beaches and remote islands,

Lighthouse boat tours are plentiful. There

and native birds and sea life.

are 65 beacons across Maine’s coast and

Sign up for one of the numerous whale

islands and history buffs will find these

watching excursions in harbor front

interesting. A lobster tour promises to be

towns and marinas. These sea-faring

memorable--you’ll learn about Maine’s

vessels motor into ocean waters to get

lobstering industry, how the crustaceans

you up close and personal to massive

are caught and watch as crews unload

species such as humpback and finback.

the traps at port. Ask where the fresh haul

Picture sitting in a comfy vessel or high-

is heading so you can follow and enjoy a

speed catamaran, waiting and watching,

succulent lobster dinner.

then being wowed when a mammoth

Crews and naturalists on nature cruises

whale jumps out of the depths,

enlighten on wildlife and point out seals,

spins and drops back into the seas.

porpoises, osprey, and puffins. If you’re

Knowledgeable captains and crews

into salt water fishing, take a day charter

narrate, educate and answer questions

so you can cast a line. If you’d like to

on whales and marine life.

raise the sails and move with the winds,

Seasonal and year-round ferry lines

there are tours and private charters

and boat companies specialize in an

to enthrall. Windjammer outings are

assortment of tours up and down the

available for days to a week--fantastic

coast. For a romantic evening of star

for soaking in the coast of Maine.

gazing and dancing, venture on a sunset

cruise that features a local band. A fall foliage tour is perfect for seeing the

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scenic boat tours

Photo by Don Dunbar

Recommended whale watch & scenic boat tours Camden Harbor Cruises

Finestkind Cruises

Public Landing

Ogunquit

Camden

(207) 646-5227

(207) 236-6672

finestkindcruises.com

camdenharborcruises.com

Katahdin Cruises

Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch

Greenville

Pier 1 and Pier 7

(207) 695-2716

Boothbay Harbor

katahdincruises.com

800-633-3244 mainewhales.com

Schooner Olad & Cutter Owl 1 Bayview Landing

Eastport Windjammers

Camden

104 Water St.

(207) 236-2323

Eastport

maineschooners.com

(207) 853-2500 eastportwindjammers.com

LOBSTERING & LIGHTHOUSE CRUISES

DEPARTING CAMDEN ABOARD LIVELY LADY

CamdenHarborCruises.com PHONE 207.236.6672

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moose watching

Photo: Don Dunbar

Maine is lucky enough to be one of only

snowmobile trails. Many a traveler has also

a few states in the U.S. that has a sizable

seen them on the roadways in Maine with a

moose population. While estimates on

collision averted by paying close attention in

the moose population in Maine are hotly

areas they are known to wander.

debated, an extensive study released in

To increase your chances of seeing a

2013 estimates it at 76,000, the largest

moose in Maine, contact one of the

concentration of moose in the country next

outfitters that specialize in moose watching

to Alaska.

tours or moose safaris. You’ll have the

Moose can be seen throughout the

opportunity to safely and comfortably view

state, but their population is greatest in

these creatures with knowledgeable guides

the Western Lakes and Mountains, the

giving you information about their habits

Kennebec Valley, the Maine Highlands, and

and life in the Maine woods.

Aroostook County. The best times to spot

While moose are usually tame animals,

them are at dusk and dawn from mid-May

never approach them too closely. They have

through July and again in the fall during

been known to charge people when they

their breeding time, called the “rutting

feel threatened. And if you spot them on the

season.� Always view moose with caution.

road you are traveling, always give them the

Stay away from females (cows) with calves

right of way to pass. Remember that they

and from males (bulls) during mating time.

are capable of running 35 miles per hour on land and 6 miles per hour in the water.

Remember that moose are huge animals standing as high as 7 feet at the shoulder,

For A Guaranteed Sighting: The Maine

as much as 10 feet in length, and weighing

Wildlife Park in Gray usually has a few

anywhere from 1000 to 1500 pounds.

moose in residence as well as many other

Because of their size, moose find it easier

creatures native to Maine.

to move about in open areas like logging roads, wet bogs, open fields, or hiking and

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maine waterfalls

Waterfalls are majestic creations of

At 90 ft., spectacular Moxie Falls in the

nature. Rushing rivers, meandering brooks

Kennebec Valley is one of the highest

and modest streams spill over rocky drop-

in the state. It features a plunge and

offs and flow into pools or ponds below.

cascades---a series of small falls that run

Since Maine is laden with countless

over various rock levels. It’s a 20-minute

watersheds and has an interesting

walk from parking and you’ll discover deck

topography, it’s not surprising that The

platforms excellent for viewing. Visit in the

Pine Tree State has over 100 waterfalls,

fall, leaf peeping is great here.

from those tucked into mountainsides to roadside gems. Here are a few easily accessible falls to explore.

Screw Auger Falls of Grafton Notch in Oxford County will awe you with its 25 ft. plunge falls that produces currents of

Picturesque Cascade Falls near Saco

whitewater and drops an additional 30 ft.,

in southern Maine is categorized as a

creating cascades as the river rolls past

horsetail--a vertical falls that hugs the

grottos, pools and a rare small natural

bedrock. This hidden jewel is a short

arch. Historical tidbit: 1850’s settlers built

10-minute-walk from parking, but there’s

a saw mill over the falls and ran it with the

a moderate-to-steep trail to the base of

current’s power.

the falls.

Smalls Falls Rest Area in Franklin County

The 44 ft. Shin Brook Falls in North

surprises travelers who are simply

Penobscot has three drops, two are

stopping for a respite. Small Falls has

plunges--vertical falls that shoot

four separate drops totaling 54 ft. and

beyond the rock, and they give way to a

diversity makes this a special treasure.

breathtaking 30 ft. horsetail. While the

Horsetails, plunges, cascades and a slide-

trailhead to the upper vantage point is

-the current glides down over shallow rock

only a moderate 10-minute hike, the path

slopes. Sit along the colorful ravine, swim

to the base of the falls is difficult.

in the creek and picnic.

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lobster rolls

maine lobster rolls Moose watching, visiting lighthouses, fall

be buttered and grilled to a golden brown.

foliage and the rocky coast are just some

The meat is usually tossed with butter or

of the typical reasons millions of people

light mayo and salt and pepper. You can

visit Maine every year. Yet, some say a

find the most mouth-watering and truly

Maine vacation is never complete with the

delicious Maine lobster rolls at restaurants,

sampling of Maine lobster and what better

food trucks, diners and clam shacks across

way to do that than without the classic

the state. But, all will agree that it must be

“Maine Lobster Roll”.

packed full of FRESH Maine lobster.

Ask any Mainer, “what is a lobster roll?”

Here are a few of the places we recommend

and the responses will vary. The type of roll

(listed alphabetically):

is often unique, but most agree it should

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lobster rolls Barnacle Billy’s

J’s Oyster

50 – 70 Perkins Cove Rd., Ogunquit

5 Portland Pier, Portland

207-647-5575

207-772-4828

barnbilly.com

jsoysterportland.com

Two restaurants side by side in quaint

Fresh seafood straight from the

Perkins Cove. A truly down east

oceans of Maine.

experience. Bob’s Clam Hut

Ken’s Place

315 US Route 1, Kittery, 207-439-4233

207 Pine Point Rd., Scarborough

111 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 207-536-

207-883-6611

7608

facebook.com/KensPlace1927

bobsclamhut.com

Famous for seafood since 1927!

Fresh seafood since 1956. Cook’s Lobster & Ale House

Porthole Restaurant & Pub

Garrison Cove Rd., Bailey Island

20 Custom House Wharf, Portland

207-833-2818

207-773-4653

cookslobster.com

portholemaine.com

Where all great things come together

The way Portland does summer!

for one. DiMillo’s Restaurant & Lounge

Portland Lobster Co.

25 Long Wharf (for GPS use 154

180 Commercial St., Portland

Commercial St.), Portland

207-775-2112

207-772-2216

portlandlobstercompany.com

dimillos.com

Committed to serving the freshest

New England’s one-of-a-kind restaurant.

Maine seafood.

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster

Shaw’s Lobster Wharf

36 Main St., South Freeport

129 State Route 32, New Harbor

207-865-4888

207-677-2200

harraseeketlunchandlobster.com

shaws-wharf.com

Family owned and operated business

This is Maine Coast at its best, and

serving Maine seafood on the working

we’re proud of it.

waterfront.

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Scenic Byways

The National Scenic Byways Program

From craggy shorelines and granite-

was established in 1991 to help

capped mountains to crystal lakes and

recognize, preserve, and enhance

spruce–fir forests, Acadia All American

selected roads throughout the

Road is perfect for exploring. Extensive

United States. The U.S. Secretary of

carriage roads and hiking trails give

Transportation recognizes these roads

access to Acadia National Park. See

based on factors such as archeological,

fishing and sailboats in Frenchman’s Bay

cultural, historic, natural, recreational,

or go back in time to see the “cottages”

and scenic intrinsic qualities. Maine is

of old Bar Harbor.

proud to serve as home for four of these

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway -78.2

specially designated byways.

miles in length – Takes about two and a half hours to drive or eight hours to visit.

Acadia All-American Road - 40.0 miles in length- Takes three hours to drive or

Tracing the route of generations of

eight hours to visit.

travelers between Maine and Quebec,

Acadia National Park is a United States

this segment of U.S. Rt. 201 winds right

National Park located southwest of

alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman

Bar Harbor. The park includes much of

Lake, and the Dead River. Encounter

Mount Desert Island and associated

old-time villages and abundant wildlife in

smaller islands along the Atlantic coast.

mountain ridges, forests, and rivers. US

(Acadia National Park charges an

201 begins in Brunswick and follows the

entrance fee.)

Kennebec River from Gardiner, Maine, to

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Scenic Byways

The Forks where it winds away from the

Schoodic Scenic Byway - 29.0 miles in

river and runs up into the north woods

length – Takes one hour to drive or eight

mountains before reaching Jackman and

hours to visit.

extending into Quebec, Canada at the border crossing.

The Schoodic Scenic Byway travels through the eastern seaboard, including

Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway - 35.6

the “quiet” side of Acadia National Park.

miles in length – Takes two to three hours

The landscape remains unspoiled,

to drive and eight or more hours to visit.

revealing a part of Maine where lobstering

This byway follows Routes 17 and 4 in the western part of the state which is home to the many scenic lakes and streams that the region is known for. The route

and clamming are still a tradition. Discover the local artisans’ crafts and let the mountains, coastal islands, historic buildings, and lighthouses enchant you.

follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains before dropping into rolling hills and valleys. The Height of Land on Route 17 is the centerpiece of this scenic drive, offering scenic views of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The scenic countryside and rolling mountains set the backdrop for fantastic vistas making it a popular route for travelers.

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directory Rising Tide Beer Sebago Brewing Co.

Bangor/Acadia/Downeast Accommodations

Colony at Hull’s Cove, The Fireside Inn & Suites Eastland Motel Motel East Quoddy Properties White House Inn

Hulls Cove Bangor Lubec Eastport Eastport Bangor

Other

Bangor International Airport Bar Harbor Chamber Cape Air Ellsworth Area Chamber Quoddy Properties

Retail

Eastport Bangor Bar Harbor

109 3 101

Kennebec Moose River Valley

New Brunswick

107

Bangor Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Ellsworth Eastport

163 102 100 99 109

Restaurants/Food

Dysart’s Bangor 96 Seadog Brewing Bangor 146 Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound Trenton 100

Retail

Eastern Maine Images Gallery and Gifts Eastport Breakwater Gallery Fiore Monica’s Chocolates Oli’s Trolley Gift Shop

Eastport Eastport Bar Harbor, Brewer Lubec Bar Harbor

107 109 83 106 101

Greater Portland Accommodations Best Western Freeport Inn Budget Inn Falmouth Inn Maine Motel Pine Haven Motel Quality Suites

Freeport South Portland Falmouth South Portland South Portland Freeport

Activities Maine Historical Society Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Victoria Mansion

146 145

100 97 107 109 109 97

Activities

Eastport Windjammers Hollywood Casino Oli’s Trolley Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Portland South Portland

Portland

47 33 12, 46 33 33 46

44

Bob’s Clam Hut Portland Coffee Me Up Portland DiMillo’s Restaurant Portland Great Lost Bear, The Portland Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs Freeport, Portland Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Co. South Freeport J’s Oyster Portland Pom’s Thai Portland, S. Portland Porthole Restaurant Portland Portland Lobster Company Portland

43 44 41 146 146 46 35 32 37 34

160

Portland 44 Freeport 83 Falmouth 45 Portland, Freeport 43 Portland 44 Portland 44

Accommodations Senator Inn

Augusta

111

Other

Cape Air Delta Ambulance North Country Rivers

Augusta Augusta Bingham

100 111 132

Hallowell

143

Restaurants/Food Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery

Retail Hathaway Mill Antiques Houston-Brooks Auctioneers Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery

Waterville Burnham Oakland

111 118

147, 149

Maine Highlands Accommodations Birches Resort, The Maynard’s Wilsons on Moosehead Lake

Activities

Portland 35 Portland 40

Restaurants/Food

Elizabeth Prior Fiore Forget Me Nots Sea Bags Maine Sock Shack Swiss Time

Katahdin Cruises

Moosehead Lake 113 Rockwood 113 Greenville Jct. 113

Moosehead Lake

112

Midcoast Accommodations Boothbay RV-Cottages Cedar Crest Inn Cod Cove Inn Country Inn, The Craignair Inn & Restaurant Flagship Inn Glenmoor by the Sea Hampton Inn & Suites Harbour Towne Inn Linekin Bay Resort Newagen Seaside Inn Pine Grove Cottages Point Lookout Relax Inn Rockland Harbor Hotel Russell House Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort Travelers Inn Wiscasset Woods Lodge

Boothbay Camden Edgecomb Camden Spruce Head Boothbay Harbor Camden Thomaston Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor Southport Lincolnville Northport Brunswick Rockland Boothbay Harbor

74 87 77 87 80 77 87 84 75 73 73 89 87 66 84 73

Edgecomb Brunswick Wiscasset

73 66 70


directory Activities Boothbay Railway Village Camden Harbor Cruises Cap’N Fish Whale Watch Historic Fort Knox Maine Lobster Festival Maine Maritime Museum Maine State Music Theatre North Atlantic Blues Festival Owl’s Head Transportation Museum Schooner Olad & Owl

Boothbay Camden Boothbay Harbor Prospect Rockland Bath Brunswick Rockland Owl’s Head Camden

Campgrounds Shore Hills Campground

Other

Belfast Area Chamber Blue Hill Chamber Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber Cape Air

74 87, 153 74, 153 92 81 68 65 81 2 88

Boothbay

77, 135

Belfast Blue Hill

91 95

Boothbay Harbor Rockland

71 100

Restaurants/Food

Big Barn Coffee Mobile 141 Blue Hill Co-op Blue Hill 93 Boothbay Craft Brewery & Watershed Tavern Boothbay 74 Cook’s Lobster & Ale House Bailey Island 67 Craignair Inn & Restaurant Spruce Head 80 Narrows Tavern, The Waldoboro 79 Rock Harbor Pub Rockland 83, 147 Seadog Brewpub Topsman, Camden 146 Shaw’s Fish & Lobster New Harbor 78

Retail Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry Big Al’s Big Al’s Fireworks Cabot Mill Antiques Fiore Maine State Prison Showroom Sea Bags

Belfast 91 Wiscasset 162 Wiscasset 69 Brunswick 66 Brunswick , Rockland 83 Thomaston 80 Camden, Rockland

43

Southern Maine Accommodations Abellona Inn & Suites Alouette Beach Resort Aspinquid at Norseman Captain Jefferds Carolina Resort Falmouth Inn Lafayette Oceanfront Resort Lodge at Kennebunk, The Norseman Resort Seacastle Resort Waves Oceanfront Resort

Old Orchard Beach Old Orchard Beach Ogunquit Kennebunkport Old Orchard Beach Falmouth Wells Kennebunk Oqunquit Ogunquit Old Orchard Beach

Activities Finest Kind Cruises

Oqunquit

Campgrounds Hid N’ Pines Campground

Old Orchard Beach

Libby’s Oceanside Camp Wassamki Springs Camp

York Beach Scarborough

Other

Kathleen Scott Cape Elizabeth Karen Schlegel Kennebunk Maine Veterinary Medical Center Scarborough Ogunquit Chamber Ogunquit

Alouette Beach Resort Barnacle Billy’s Bob’s Clam Hut Ken’s Place Pat’s Pizza Run of the Mill Brewery

21

135

8 21 31 16

Restaurants/Food

Old Orchard Beach Ogunquit Kittery Scarborough Scarborough Saco

23 16 43 30 31 143

Western Maine Accommodations Colonial Valley Motel Hampton Inn Mount Blue Motel Noble House Inn Poland Spring Resort Rangeley Inn, The Rangeley Saddleback Inn Sebago Lakes Lodge and Cottages

Farmington Lewiston/Auburn Farmington Bridgton Poland Spring Rangeley Rangeley

61 49 61 58 53 63 63

Windham

56

Activities

Fryeburg Fair Poland Spring Golf & Fenn Park Oxford Casino Songo River Queen II

Fryeburg

122

Poland Spring Oxford Naples

53 164 4

Other

Bethel Area Chamber Krainin Real Estate Lee’s Family Trailer Sale and Service Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber

Bethel Raymond

59 57

Windham

5

Lewiston

51

Restaurants/Food 22 23 18 21 25 12 16 19 18 18 25

15 135

Cyndi’s Dockside Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs Umbrella Factory, The

Poland Spring Auburn Naples

53 146 55

Retail

Fiore Richardson’s Boat Yard Tasteful Things Umbrella Factory, The

Lewiston 83 Windham 54 Bridgton 58 Naples 55

Statewide Camp Maine Maine Dept. of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry Maine Turnpike EZ Pass Reny’s

161

Statewide

136

Statewide 135 Statewide 6 Statewide 9


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