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

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was sculpted in a room set apart from Len Libby’s main retail area, and that’s where he lives to this day. Is Lenny truly the “World’s Only Life-Size Chocolate Moose,” and its largest? “Oh, yes,” said Hemond. “We had to consult with the Guinness Book of World Records (to verify the claim), and we had a University of Maine professor take measurements to accurately determine the weight.” She said there may be other pieces of chocolate in the world that weigh more, but no moose.

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Given the Hemonds’ investment of creativity, time, love and thousands of dollars in their chocolate star attraction it’s no surprise he’s heavily insured, and protected. “We have to keep him cool year round,” said Hemond. “It never gets above 70 degrees in the shop.” He’s also shielded by a wooden fence from the visitors who want to climb on him, or worse, nibble on his antlers. Len Libby’s added an outdoor ice cream window. While they will continue to serve this yummy, hand-crafted treat in the indoor ice cream parlor, visitors will now be able to enjoy their favorite flavors (think Needham, or Maine Sea Salt Caramel) outdoors, too. This latest amenity was in response to oft heard requests from guests who are still damp and sandy from the beach and would like the convenience of an outdoor window. And from families who would like to bring their pajama-clad children for a treat before bed. That’s the stuff of sweet dreams.

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LOCAL MAPS

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Kittery & The Yorks

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The Yorks

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Ogunquit & Wells

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Kennebunks

Ogunquit & Kennebunkport

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Old Orchard Beach

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Old Orchard Beach

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History of the OOB Pier

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Southern Maine Beaches

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Scarborough

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Casco Bay

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South Portland & Cape Elizabeth

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Portland

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Portland

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Old Port

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Old Port

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Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport

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Auburn & Lewiston

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Poland Spring

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Thomaston

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Rockland

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Rockport

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Camden

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Lincolnville

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Belfast & Beyond

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Bucksport Bay Area

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Blue Hill Peninsula

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Bangor

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Ellsworth

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Acadia National Park & Schoodic Peninsula

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Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor

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Lubec

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Eastport

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Sebago, Naples & Bridgton

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Bethel

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Farmington

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Rangeley

111 CALENDAR OF EVENTS & FOOD FESTIVALS

Western Maine

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Farmers Markets

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Scenic Byways

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Lobster Rolls

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Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Whale Watching & Scenic Boat Tours

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Rafting

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Fat Tire Biking

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State Parks

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Hiking

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Covered Bridges

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Chambers of Commerce

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Wine Trail

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Brunswick

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Bath & Brunswick

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Beer Trail

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Harpswell & Bailey Island

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Boothbay Harbor Area

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Cannabis Laws

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Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Woolwich

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Penobscot Bay Area

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Retiring to Maine

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Wiscasset

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Camping

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Boothbay Harbor

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Maine Lighthouses

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Damariscotta & Newcastle

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Bristol, New Harbor & Pemaquid

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An abundance of events are planned across the state in celebration of Maine’s 200th anniversary. These are just a few we recommend at the time of the printing of this guide. We highly recommend you call ahead or visit maine200.org to make sure the event will take place.

MAINE200 Maine split from the Commonwealth of assac usetts and it became an of cial state on March 15, 1820. To honor its 200 years, countless events have been planned by the Bicentennial Commission, cultural organizations, schools, and communities. Here’s a sampling of happenings that allow you to explore the state’s distinctive regions and take part in t e istoric and fun lled Bicentennial festivities. Tour t e aine tate useum and its e ibit egional truggle ational tory aine s at to tate ood ic runs throughout 2020. They will offer other galleries, programs, events, and exhibits that pay homage to Maine’s past and present. It’s located in the charming state capital of Augusta in the picture-perfect Kennebec and Moose River Valley Region. n ay it t e out ern egion s twin cities of Lewiston-Auburn, also referred to as L/A, for the Maine Bicentennial arade T is signature parade ill ig lig t Maine’s veterans, youth, and culture with floats marc ing bands and more rab a spot along the scenic parade route, which starts in Auburn, ambles along and crosses over the Androscoggin River, and ends in Lewiston. Head north to Aroostook County, known as “The County” because it’s the largest county east of the Mississippi

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River, from May 30 through October 24 for t e res ue sle istorical ociety s Bicentennial Exhibit at The Maysville Museum. You’ll learn about the state symbols, the state seal and photos from the 1920 Centennial and more. While you’re in the area, enjoy the woods, take in the abundant foliage and rivers, catch a glimpse of a moose. f you are impressed by Tall ips and Windjammers and want to discover the gorgeous coastal region, don’t miss the aine icentennial ailing ips Festi al that runs from June 21 through July 19. This extravaganza kicks off in Boothbay Harbor at their Windjammer Days that honors Maine’s rich maritime history and its important role today. It continues to other ports where there will be boat access and activities. Maine’s state fruit is the wild blueberry, so put the 38th Annual Wilton Blueberry Festi al on your acation to do list appy Birthday Maine” is the theme for the fest t at s eld on t e rst Friday and aturday in August. There will be boat rides, music and concerts art re truck rides and of course, blueberry treats. It’s held in the Town of Wilton, located in the stunning Western Lakes and Mountains Region.

Bicentenial Parade

Maine Potato Festival

taPestry singers choral concert

southern Maine steaMPunk Fair & 19th century saturday

May 16 Auburn/Lewiston

June 6 & 7 Newcastle

Poland sPring heritage day June 19 Poland Spring

sailing shiPs Festival

July 11 - 19 Fort Fair eld

August 8 Kennebunk

Blue hill MaritiMe heritage Festival August 22 Blue Hill

June 21 - July 20 Ports of call will include: Bangor, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Bucksport, Castine, Portland, Rockland and Searsport

annual Maine lighthouse ride

great schooner race

tiMe caPsule sealing

July 3 Rockland

September 12 S. Portland - Kennbunkport

October 10 Augusta

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SOUTHE RN MAINE • OVERVIEW

★ FINESTKIND SCENIC CRUISES

The welcoming sign when you first enter Maine boldly says, “Welcome to Maine – The Way Life Should Be.” This sign really sums up our invitation to visitors from near and far. If you are vacationing here, Maine offers every kind of experience you might want, whether looking for sandy beaches or mountains, for metropolitan areas or wilderness getaways, or for the historic, the festive, or the unusual. And if you are looking to move your residence or business to Maine, know that the welcome mat is out and we would love to have you call Maine as your home. The southern Maine region is the most popular area for visitors coming to the state as it is only an hour’s drive from Boston, the hub of New England. For many other New Englanders, it is only a two to three hour ride to hit our southern border. Our southern Maine region is a tourist’s delight with a mix of rocky coastline and some of the most inviting sandy beaches in all of the state. The towns and villages along the southern coast are filled with history and unique shopping experiences. There’s no shortage of diverse

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dining experiences from gourmet, award-winning restaurants to casual takeout food, lobster shacks, cozy coffee shops, lively brew pubs, or locally owned specialty cuisine. Looking to stay a few days in the area? You’ll have your choice of modern hotels and motels, country inns and B&Bs, seaside resorts and condos, as well as cottages, cabins and lodges adding a distinctive Maine flair to the overnight stays. Recreation abounds in the area with fishing, beachcombing, hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, skiing, paddle boarding, golfing and trail walking. There’s plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and touring at forts, lighthouses, picture perfect villages, historic sites, public gardens, unique businesses, museums, parks, and college campuses. And who doesn’t appreciate a bit of shopping while visiting the area? You’ll save a few dollars while shopping in over 120 factory outlets stores and you’ll find special souvenirs or gift ideas just about everywhere. Enjoy the Southern Maine experience as you discover “Maine-The Way Life Should Be.”

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COCKTAIL CRUISES 1 hour scenic cruise – Cash bar aboard. Trips leave at 5:45, 7:00 & 8:15 pm (7:00 & 8:15 cruises July & August Only) Adult Child Adult$15.00 $22 Child$8.00 $11

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LOBSTERING TRIPS See lobster traps hauled and hear a full explanation of lobsters and lobstering. 50-minute trips leave 9:30 a.m. thru 3 p.m. Adult$15.00 $22 Child$8.00 $11 Adult Child

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Must Sees: Kittery Historical and Naval Museum houses an abundance of local history in addition to maritime and military contributions. And then go visit Fort Foster, an active fortress during WWII where you can enjoy the trail system, lighthouse views and beach area. Or Fort McClary State Park, which offers a tour of a Civil War fort. A great area for history buffs to visit.

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Hidden Gem: The Dance Hall is located in Kittery and is always a good time. They offer ever-changing

events, attractions and classes. You’re guaranteed to have lots of fun dancing the night away. YORK “The Yorks” are really a group of villages alive with history and seaside beauty. There’s York Village, York Harbor, York Beach and Cape Neddick, each welcoming visitors with a small town coastal flair. Seaside exploring can take you near bathhouses at Long Sands Beach and Short Sands Beach. York Harbor Beach is sandy and sheltered and the nearby Cliff Walk takes visitors by grand 19th-century homes and ocean side views. And just off the coast of Cape Neddick you’ll find Maine’s southern most lighthouse known as Nubble Lighthouse. Why not pack a picnic and enjoy Sohier Park and Nubble Lighthouse for the day.

SOUTHE RN MAINE • KITTERY AND THE YORKS

KITTERY The gateway to Maine, Kittery is the oldest incorporated town in the state and is the halfway mark on Interstate 95 between Boston and Portland. It is home to the 200+ year old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and many beautiful homes and gardens that are remnants of the fishing, shipbuilding, and other marine-related industries that were once the center of the town’s economy. Kittery is also home to over 120 factory outlets and boutiques lining both sides of Route 1. Kittery also has military forts and museums, a fine park, and historic architecture. Accommodations range from inns and motels to farmstead B&Bs.

Local Favorites: Hartley Mason Reserve was once a private seaside estate but is now a beautiful oceanfront park open to the public. It offers spectacular views of the Atlantic and the mouth of the York River.   Most Unusual: Enjoy a self-guided tour of Old Gaol, Maine’s Oldest Prison dating back to 1720.

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SOUTHE RN MAINE • OGUNQUIT AND WELLS

OGUNQUIT, MAINE Beautiful Place by the Sea ea ea OGUNQUIT Ogunquit is often considered one of the best beaches in Maine and New England. The 3.5 miles of fine white sand with natural dunes make it a picture perfect spot for your Maine visit. You can easily walk around the downtown village of Ogunquit or hop on to one of the trolleys that make stops at the beach and surrounding area. There are accommodations everywhere in sight with choices of modern inns and motels, luxury resorts, cottages, condos B&Bs and Victorian Inns. Dining choices run the gamut from fresh seafood to an array of ethnic, gourmet or family style fare. Ogunquit began to lure fine artists to the area in the late 1880’s, when they found an artist’s paradise at Perkins Cove. By the end of the 19th century, Ogunquit had become a well-established artist colony that thrives today with art galleries and studios and Ogunquit’s very own Museum of American Art. After dark, Ogunquit comes alive with dance clubs, bars, lounges and nightspots with entertainment. Must See: Perkins Cove was originally a small fishing community and now the cove offers shops,

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restaurants and scenic outlooks. It has been described as an “excellent place to walk around, take in the sights, have lunch and shop”. Local Favorites: Marginal Way is a paved walkway that runs along the ocean’s edge in Ogunquit from Shore Rd. to Perkins Cove. It is approximately 1.25 miles long and hosts 39 benches where you can sit and enjoy the view. We recommend walking to Perkins Cover, enjoying a delicious lunch and then walking back to Shore Road where you can enjoy an afternoon of shopping.

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WELLS The self proclaimed “friendliest town in Maine,” Wells welcomes visitors with an assortment of shopping venues from antique shops to used book stores, as well as an area of shopping malls and factory outlets stores. Wells is one of the stops on Amtrak. Here you can also stroll the one-mile nature trail of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge to see salt marshes and estuaries that support migratory birds, waterfowl and other wildlife and plants. Hidden Gem: The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place for bird watching, photo taking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of woodlands, fields, wetland, beaches and dunes.

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SOUTHE RN MAINE • KENNEBUNKS

Begin your journey in Dock Square in Kennebunkport 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. Kennebunkport is also home to Goose Rocks Beach. You can take to the water in the Kennebunks with sightseeing boat trips, deep-sea fishing, sailing, kayaking, parasailing and stand up paddle boarding. There are plenty of sandy beaches for casual strolling or nearby golf courses with sand traps to challenge your game. Downtown Kennebunk has tree-lined streets with 18th and 19th century homes, many converted into elegant inns and charming B&Bs. Local Favorites: St. Anthony’s Monastery and Shrine offers riverside walking paths, woodlands, Englishstyle gardens and outdoor chapels.

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Must See: Museums in the Streets tour in Kennebunkport includes 25 panels with documents, records and displays that trace the town’s history. Over the course of an afternoon or several days, you choose the pace in which you’ll discover Kennebunkport’s history. Hidden Gems: The Secret Garden, with nearly 40 acres of pristine forest and wetland, offers visitors the experience of deep woods quiet and beauty. visitors the experience of deep woods quiet and beauty.

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SOUTHE RN MAINE • OLD ORCHARD BEACH

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If there is a Coney Island of Maine, it would be the summertime haven of Old Orchard Beach. It has been a family favorite vacation spot for all of New England and especially for Canadian visitors who converge there year after year.

The original pier was built in 1898 as a concert venue, dance hall, and casino extending 1825 feet out over the ocean (see the next article about the History of the Pier). Through the years, the pier has been rebuilt from ruin during severe ocean storms.

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.

Next to the Pier you’ll find amusement rides, games, arcades, coasters, waterslides and food. Admission is free; just pay for what you want to do.

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.

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In OOB, you’ll find a golf club of 18 holes that meanders over 300+ acres of wooded, back dunes. At 6,644 yards, with a par 72, the course offers a challenge for even the most serious player. If you enjoy

all things antique and vintage, Old Orchard Beach offers shops where you’ll find furniture, candles, old post cards and pictures, and also shops that sell goods that inspire that “cottage by the sea” feeling. Local Favorites: Enjoy a day fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish partaking in a fishing charter conducted on a boat designed for Maine’s rugged coast. Or, spend an afternoon at an 18-hole miniature golf course which accommodates all skill levels. Hidden Gem: Catch a show at the Seaside Pavillion, a venue where you can experience the arts naturally.

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SOUTHE RN MAINE • HISTORY OF OOB PIER

The Old Orchard Beach Pier first opened to the public on July 2, 1898, offering entertainment of all types including concerts, dancing, lectures, and a casino located at the very end of the pier. The 1825 foot structure was built with three pavilions by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company for a cost of $38,000. In November of 1898, the pier and casino were partially damaged by a storm. The Casino was rebuilt in 1899 and in August of 1907, a fire destroyed the entrance. Once again, the pier was rebuilt in 1908 only to have one of the pavilions swept away by the great storm of March, 1909. This storm caused extensive damage and the casino was shortened by 1,000 feet from its original length of 1,825 feet.

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The middle of the century saw the heyday of the Pier Casino Ballroom, which held as many as 5,000 people. The Ballroom was noted for its moving picture shows and live entertainment, featuring acts such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Guy Lombardo, and Benny Goodman. Over the years, a series of storms ebbed away at the pier causing the casino to be razed in 1970. Then the great blizzard of 1978 destroyed what was left of the pier. The Pier, as we know it today, was re- opened in 1980, and houses many fine shops and restaurants. The current Pier stretches 500 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The wooden walk way is lined with souvenir shops, food vendors, restaurants and a nightclub at the end of the pier.

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Crescent Beach - Near Seapoint Beach, also close to marsh. Limited parking, no facilities. Take Route 103, turn at Seapoint Road. Fort Foster Park - South of Seapoint and Crescent Beaches. Take Route 103 to Fort Foster on Gerrish Island. Several swimming locations plus picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms and changing facilities. No lifeguards. YORK Long Sands Beach - Popular for swimming, also surfing in certain locations. Parking meters by the road. Changing and restroom facilities. Lifeguards during summer. Off Route 1A, Long Beach Avenue. Short Sands Beach - Family beach north of the Cape Neddick peninsula. Bathhouse, outside shower, basketball courts, a playground, arcade, and bowling alley. Lifeguards on duty during summer. Close to Sohier Park and the scenic Nubble Lighthouse. Off Route 1A.

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

KENNEBUNK Kennebunk Beach - Includes Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, Mother’s Beach and Parson’s Beach south of Mousam River. Stickers required for parking available at Town Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Police Department. Accessible from side roads off Route 9.

WELLS Moody Beach - Formerly a public beach, now can be used only for “fishing, fowling or navigating.” Off Ocean Avenue east of Route 1.

Parson’s Beach - Also called Crescent Surf Beach, south of Mousam River. Adjacent to salt marshes, bird watching. Limited parking, no facilities.

Wells Beach - Long stretch of sandy beach separated from mainland by Webhannet River. Adjacent to marshes that attract birds and waterfowl. Accessible by Mile Road off Route 1. Drakes Island Beach - Picturesque beach near sand dunes and sea grass. Restrooms, parking fee. Accessible from Drakes Island Road off Route 1. Laudholm Beach - Located in Wells Reserve and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Great for nature lovers. Accessible off Laudholm Road just south of the intersection of Routes 9 and 1.

KENNEBUNKPORT Colony Beach - Also knows as Arundel Beach, short, but picturesque at mouth of Kennebunk River. No lifeguard or facilities. Off Ocean Avenue. Goose Rocks Beach - Quiet neighborhood beach, great for families, long walks. Parking sticker required, available at Town Hall and Police Station. No lifeguard or facilities. Off King’s Highway from Route 9. BIDDEFORD Biddeford Pool Beach – Rocky section with long stretches of sandy beach. Great bird watching. No facilities. Off Route 208.

Fortunes Rocks Beach – Long and sandy beach on Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards, portable toilets. Parking stickers required, available at City Hall. Off Route 208.

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KITTERY Seapoint Beach - Small family beach and backed by a marsh. Great for birdwatching. Small parking area, no facilities. Take Route 103, Brave Boat Harbor Road, turn at Seapoint Road.

SACO Camp Ellis Beach - Small beach at mouth of Saco River. Popular for fishing. Hourly parking. Off Route 9. Ferry Beach State Park Sheltered from wind, natural sand dunes. Facilities, picnic area and nature trails. Off Route 9. Bayview Beach & Kinney Shore Small beach in Bayview area. Public parking. Off Route 9. OLD ORCHARD BEACH Ocean Park Beach – Southern extension of Old Orchard Beach at Ocean Park area. Family beach, Off Route 9. Old Orchard Beach - Long sandy beach with low surf, popular for swimming, sunbathing, beach games. Near summer attractions and facilities. Lifeguard. Accessible from East and West Grand Avenue, Route 9. For more information on Southern Maine Beaches please visit southernmainecoast.com.

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All roadways lead to Portland, Maine’s largest city, by way of I-95, I-295, U.S. Route 1, or Route 302 from the west. It is also the hub for air travel at Portland International Jetport, a major station stop for the Amtrak Downeaster train, and a center for bus service to all parts of New England and beyond. The Greater Portland area is home to many of the states larger towns and cities, which are as diverse as their people, but the one thing they have in common is that they all share Casco Bay. The smaller neighboring towns to Portland offer unique flavor and flare with opportunities to explore more of the history of Maine, arts, entertainment, shopping, outdoor activities, festivals, fairs and events. This area offers vacationers everything type of lodging from

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traditional camping to glamping, major hotels, boutique hotels, motels, and classic New England inns and B&Bs. Whatever type of accommodations you desire, you’ll find it in the Greater Portland area. The food scene in the Greater Portland area is highly praised. Award-winning chefs direct kitchens that turn out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger urban centers. The food industry thrives for excellence with diverse food offerings and a commitment to organic and locally grown produce. The Casco Bay Islands are sometimes called The Calendar Islands, as there are so many some say you could explore a different island almost every day of the year. The islands offer visitors a chance to enjoy a slower way of life while exploring nature, relaxing on a beach, bird and wildlife watching, and admiring works of local artists.Â

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You’ll find beaches, oceanfront villages and a busy commercial area along Route 1 in Scarborough. With its convenient location near the Portland International Jetport, the Portland Amtrak Station, area bus terminals, and the Maine Turnpike, Scarborough is an ideal destination for locals and visitors alike. Scarborough Beach Park, Ferry Beach, Western Beach and Higgins Beach offer great swimming and water sports locations. Nearby Pine Point has a fine-sand beach and protected boating facilities. Shopping is easily accessed at the nearby Maine Mall or at various retail locations along the Route 1 corridor. There are regular golf

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There’s fine dining, outstanding art, New England architecture, live theater, lush parks, great shopping experiences, professional sports teams, and a working waterfront. Yes, Portland has it all.

Three of the area’s most popular lighthouses can be found in these two greater Portland towns. From the campus of Southern Maine Community College, you can access the 1000 foot granite breakwater that takes you to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and the three mile Shoreline Walkway that leads to Willard Beach. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, often called simply Bug Light Park, is among the smallest of Maine lighthouses but it makes up for any shortcomings with free parking, a charming park from which to view the lighthouse and great ocean views. Just a short drive from the “Bug,” you’ll find Cape Elizabeth, home to Fort Williams Park, a 90-acre refuge and the home of the most photographed spot in Maine, the Portland Head

Light. It is the oldest lighthouse in the state and was first constructed and lit in 1791 when Maine was still part of Massachusetts. Here, families can picnic, swim at the beach, stroll along the walkways, fly a kite, or just lay back and relax taking in the beauty that this iconic lighthouse offers. Cape Elizabeth Local Favorites: Fort Williams Park is a favorite destination for picnics, dog walking, bicycling, hiking and kite flying. It has a significant marine and military history with historic relics landscape. South Portland Local Favorites: Bug Light Park, home to Portland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Liberty Ship Memorial offers amazing views of Portland Harbor and skyline. This is a great place for picnics, boating, kite flying and fishing. Check their website for a list of seasonal events including a Kite Festival and Movie Nights.

Eating well is easy in Portland. Bon Appétit named Portland “America’s foodiest small town,” and the New York Times calls it “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast.” It is among the top towns in the US for most restaurants per capita. Award- winning chefs direct kitchens that turn out meals to rival any you’ll find in larger urban centers. The food industry thrives for excellence with diverse food offerings and a commitment to organic and locally grown produce. The city’s major artery, Congress Street, will bring you to museums, art galleries, antique shops, studios and theaters. You’ll find that walking around Portland is leisurely that guides you from the downtown area to the lure of the waterfront. For the history buff, Portland is bursting with places of interest and tours of such landmarks as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s childhood home and the Maine Historical Society. Fine views of Portland and surrounding areas can be had from the restored 1807 Portland

Observatory maritime signal tower at the top of Munjoy Hill on Congress Street. As Maine’s major port for shipping goods worldwide, Portland has a vital waterfront with commercial fishing enterprises, sightseeing boat tours, and seaside restaurants specializing in seafood delights. Don’t be surprised if you see massive cruise ships docked in the harbor. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of cruise lines docking at Portland Harbor. Must See: Hop on a Portland Discovery Tour where they treat you like guests, not just another passenger. Enjoy getting to know Portland and Casco Bay with friendly and experienced guides – all aboard premium trolleys and fully-equipped boats outfitted for maximum comfort and unobstructed views. Tours include: Portland City and Lighthouse Tour; Sunset Lighthouse Tours; Harbor Lights and Sights Tour; Land and Sea Combo Tours and so many more!

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Portland is one of the most popular destinations in all of Maine.

Most Unusual: The world’s only International Cryptozoology Museum is located in Portland, Maine. Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals. The museum has a wide range of exhibitions from “rare, one-of-a-kind scientific, zoological specimens to popular cultural homages to the relevant anthropological and psychological acknowledgements of the sightings and folk traditions to be found within hominology and cryptozoology” (source: cryptozoologymuseum.com)

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GRE ATE R PORTL AND & CASCO BAY • OLD PORT

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Stroll along cobblestone streets with gas light fixtures, past classic Victorian style brick buildings, and you’ll think you’ve returned to an enchanted by-gone era. Today this classic architectural motif and stylish old-world surroundings provide the Old Port with its signature character and makes it one of Portland most popular attractions. The Old Port spans about six blocks of undeniable charm and vitality. You’ll find an eclectic selection of shops and specialty retailers just waiting to be explored. It’s a place that invites you to look for one-of- kind art pieces, stylish outfits, hard to find culinary items and gifts made in Maine.

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Your dining experiences in the Old Port range from traditional lobster dinners, to exotic delicacies presented with flair and style, to a chilidog from a street side vendor. Adding to the zest of the Old Port is the city’s working waterfront harbor centered on Commercial Street. The tapestry of activity you find here includes fish markets, ferry services, fashionable condos, rustic eateries and docks where whale watching and cruise boats take you out for memorable adventures. Must See: The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum gives visitors a look at the memorabilia and history of a railroad system that once traveled throughout the state of Maine. Learn about the railroad and take a ride on the train.

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GRE ATE R PORTL AND & CASCO BAY • FALMOUTH, YARMOUTH AND FREEPORT

These three towns are only a short drive north from Portland offering visitors views of the coast and varied shopping experiences. Falmouth is one of Maine’s more affluent coastal communities featuring a local harbor and town landing, indoor and outdoor ice skating facilities, shopping, parks and recreational facilities, and three golf courses. In Falmouth, be sure to stop by the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. In Falmouth, visit Forget Me Nots, a unique consignment boutique for women with quality, nearly new and never-worn apparel at bargain prices. Yarmouth is a rustic New England village with marinas, boatyards, and coves where visitors can watch for harbor seals and seabirds. If you’re looking to feast on clams, head to Yarmouth in July for the weekendlong Yarmouth Clam Festival that features music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, tons of clams and lobsters, and an amazing Friday night parade.

and one of Maine’s best seafood restaurants, Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company, where they serve seafood fresh off the boat, and a kayak rental company, and Winslow Memorial Park with a beach, boat landing, playground and campsites.

L.L.Bean started in Freeport in 1912 with 10 pairs of boots. By 1982 the store’s immense popularity with shoppers inspired brand name outlet stores, specialty stores, fabulous restaurants and gift shops to open their businesses in Freeport. Today Freeport is a tourist destination with more than 3 million visitors annually. Adding to your shopping experience are open-air concerts series, talks with tips on outdoor activities, art festivals and street performers.

Local Favorites: After your shopping excursion in Freeport’s Outlet and anchor store L.L. Bean, there are parks to be visited. Wolf’s Neck Woods State Park offers marshes, fields and forests to explore and Winslow Park offers a playground and beach.

A short distance from the thriving downtown you can visit the Desert of Maine, the states only natural desert with natural 70-food sand dunes, the Audubon Society’s Mast Landing Sanctuary with day camp and trails through woods and fields, and Wolfe’s Neck State Park offering 233 acres to explore. While you’re here make time to visit South Freeport (the locals like to say: So.Free.Me.)

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Freeport is a historic coastal Maine village with over 170 retailers, upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, charming B&B’s, hotels, fantastic restaurants and casual cafes. It’s also home to worldfamous L.L.Bean flagship store.

Most Unusual: In Yarmouth, you can visit Eartha, the world’s largest rotating globe. This kid-friendly free attraction can be found in the Garmin Research and Development Center.

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Festival Plaza, at the heart of the downtown area, hosts the Auburn Community Concert Band for a summer season of outdoor concerts as well as an area of Concerts in the Park. Lewiston has had a cultural and downtown area revitalization bringing with it new pockets of vibrant activity. The Gendron Franco Center, formerly a Catholic church, now stands as a world class performing arts venue hosting year-round presentations of music, dance, concerts and performing arts in a 428-seat auditorium and a multipurpose function hall. Museum L-A showcases the rich manufacturing history of the area that brought determined immigrants to the area to build lives working in the local shoe factories and woolen mills. The main gallery features rotating temporary exhibits that change throughout the year and explore themes related to the worker culture and the lives of the people living in LewistonAuburn and throughout Maine For the advanced golfer, you can hit the links at two golf clubs or for a family friendly golfing experience,

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Auburn hosts a driving range and an 18-hole miniature golf course located next to a family favorite restaurant and ice cream shop. Auburn’s Center Street is a pathway to many shopping experiences from chain stores and restaurants, to an urban mall and smaller retailers. Visitors will find many casual dining experiences as well as pubs, bistros and sandwich shops. The mighty Androscoggin River, that extends for 178 miles from NH through Maine and to the ocean, runs between Lewiston and Auburn. There are plenty of locations to launch kayaks or canoes or to simply enjoy the riverbank walking trails that dot the area. Auburn is home to a skiing venue with a recently added snow tube park and brewing company. If iceskating is your preference, you’ll find Auburn has a state of the art arena, Maine’s only dual surface ice arena.

Local Favorites: You can take a quick hiking excursion on Mount Apatite, an extensive network of forested trails that link abandoned quarries, gleaming slag piles, steep ledges, and giant boulders. While only 900’ in elevation, this is a favorite spot for gem collectors in search of tourmaline, quartz and apatite. Must See: The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is an iconic structure dominating the Lewiston skyline. It’s the second largest church in New England and the only New England Basilica outside of Massachusetts. Hidden Gems: Lewiston is home to Bates College, one of the nation’s finest liberal arts schools.

Auburn is home to the AuburnLewiston Airport sprawled on 547 acres. The airport caters to the varied needs of corporate, charter, cargo and recreational aviation activities. Lewiston is the birthplace of TV star, Patrick Dempsey (Known as Dr. McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy”) who founded the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, a vibrant testament to the area’s commitment to health and wellness. Each year, the Dempsey Challenge hosts thousands of visitors to walk, run or bike in a fundraiser to support free cancer care to area residents.

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L/A ME TRO • POLAND SPRING

Maine’s Best Stress Free Vacation The Poland Spring Resort will be celebrating its 226th year in operation this year. The Resort remains a perfect destination for a relaxing vacation with gorgeous views of the White Mountains with 3 inns, 11 cottages, 3 restaurants, swimming pool, grass tennis courts, 2 museums, 10K of groomed hiking trails, shuffleboard, bocce, driving range, disc golf, mini golf, horseshoes, fitness room, mini movie theater, games rooms, boating and more for the guests to enjoy. The Maine Inn hosts an all you can eat buffet for breakfast and supper. You can also enjoy nightly entertainment with live bands and Mystery Theater. The Oxford Casino is only minutes from the resort; a free shuttle is available. The pride and joy of the property is the Poland Spring Golf Course, opened in 1896, and is the first golf course to be built at a resort in America. Redesigned by Donald Ross in 1915, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. On the grounds, there are also 2 museums not to be missed. The Maine State Building, built from the finest Maine granite, slate and

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hardwood collected from all over Maine; representing the state at the Columbian Exposition at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was purchased by the Ricker’s after the Fair; then returned to the State arriving by train and ox-cart, and was re- assembled at Poland Spring. Hiram Ricker discovered the healing powers of the spring water and in 1845, he began bottling water. In the early 1900’s, a state- of-the-art Bottling Facility and Springhouse were constructed using Spanish architecture. Glass pipes and Sterling Silver, shipped from Italy, carried the water from the spring directly to the bottling room. Today these buildings reflect a continued dedication to the growth of Poland Spring Brand Natural Spring Water. After a threeyear restoration project that began in 1998, the Bottling facility and Springhouse were faithfully restored and transformed into an informative museum open to the public. Visit Poland Spring for a day or stay overnight, there is plenty to do and enjoy. For more information yearround, give the Resort a call at 207-998-4351 or visit www. polandspringresort.com.

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Vast in size (larger than New Hampshire and Vermont combined), it has literally dozens of lakes, rivers and ponds that provide opportunities for water sports such as boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and whitewater rafting. If fishing is your passion, you can find some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the country in Western Maine. In addition to Sebago, popular lakes in the region include Rangeley, Flagstaff and, the fun to pronounce, Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The area is also home to some of the best hunting in all of New England. Here, you will find some of the most picturesque mountains in the state with such names as Sugarloaf, Bigelow, Saddleback, Sunday River, Pleasant Mountain and Shawnee Peak. Check out each location for a variety of recreational adventures that can include hiking, mountain biking, zip lines, disk golf, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, all terrain vehicle trails and more.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail that begins in Springer Mountain, Georgia and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine passes through this region. The area’s Mahoosuc Notch is often considered by hikers to be the most difficult mile of the entire 2168 mile trail. Nestled among the lakes and mountains are towns and villages with unique dining options, an array of lodging and accommodations, and downtowns that have a unique New England charm catering to locals and visitors alike. You’ll find fairs and festivals dotting the western Maine countryside. With over 60 lakes and ponds in 20 towns that dot the area, the Sebago Lakes Region is where visitors can enjoy an abundance of natural resources — the unspoiled beauty of lakes and streams, the peace and tranquility of forests and mountaintops, and the charm of historic villages and one-of-a-kind landmarks.

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located less than an hour’s drive from Portland. Part of this gigantic lake is Sebago Lake State Park, sprawled on 1400 acres, that is a prime destination for hiking, camping, swimming, boating and casual summer time fun. On the northwest shore of Sebago Lake, you’ll find the town of Naples that connects to Long Lake which stretches north for 11 miles. With the Songo Lock connecting these two lakes, it gives access to over 40 miles for boating. Picturesque Naples has abundant land and water activities to offer and is the must-see area for sightseeing and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Come discover the many options for walking, hiking, camping, biking, boating, snowmobiling and so much more. We are the picture-perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Naples offers plenty of great eating establishments, shops, a Mississippi paddle boat, festivals and one of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows. Enjoy a lake cruise, fly above in a seaplane or just sit on a bench by the lakes to enjoy your lunch. Come check us out, stay the day, stay a while. You’re going to love it here, just wait and see. Bridgton is surrounded by lakes and rolling hills and is a haven for outdoor recreation. Long Lake, Highland Lake and Moose Pond are well known stops for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing

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and other water sports. You’ll find plenty of public beaches and public access to these Maine treasures. If hiking is your interest, take a jaunt to the top of Pleasant Mountain where you’ll get a choice view of the natural beauty of the surrounding area. You’ll enjoy a stroll downtown where you’ll find gift shops, antique and craft stores, restaurants and specialty shops. Walk through Pondicherry Park, a 66-acre nature preserve in the center of town. The wood chipped pathway leads you deep into the park where there are signs of beaver, deer, mink, woodpeckers, and spotted salamanders. Most Unusual: The Rufus Porter Museum celebrates the life and times or a remarkably creative American genius who worked throughout Maine, New England, and beyond. Rufus Porter (1792- 1884) was a painter well-known for his landscape murals and miniature portraits but he was so much more than a painter. He was an inventor, writer and teacher as well. There is a gift shop on site.

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Local Favorites: Bridgton is home to 1 of the 7 drive-in theaters still in operation in Maine. Bridgton Twin Drive-In has two screens with first run movies and a Retro Tuesday night for old favorites.

Farm Fresh Fruits, Apple Cider and Cider Donuts in Season, Brick Oven Wood Fired Pizza and Pick-Your-Own Apples and Strawberries

Hidden Gem: The Songo River Queen II, on Long Lake, is a Mississippi paddleboat replica.

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WESTE RN MAINE • BETHEL

Voted “America’s Best Ski Town” by USA Today readers, Bethel is situated in the Androscoggin River valley surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Maine. Now a quiet resort town, it is full of quaint shops and tranquil streets where visitors can enjoy a casual stroll to experience its New England village charm. Year round recreation abounds with the likes of hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and golf in the spring and summer. Winter comes alive with some of the best alpine skiing in the east at Sunday River Ski Resort, only a short drive from Bethel. Of course, there is plenty of Nordic skiing and snowshoeing with lots of stops for après ski merriment. The fall foliage in the area is among the best in Maine. The Bethel area offers many choices for accommodations and eateries. You’ll find 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. Most Unusual: There are three wooden Covered Bridges in the Bethel area. The Sunday River Bridge is the oldest, built in 1872 and spans 87 feet. The Bethel Recreational Pathway Bridge was built in 2001 and spans 50 feet and the Big Adventure Bridge was built in 1999 and also spans 50 feet. (see our article on the Covered Bridge Tour) Local Favorites: Zipline tours at Sunday River feature a series of six lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length with a final “zip” down the resort’s 750- foot Twin Zip. Its wooded location takes you through the trees and over a ravine and streambed, at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

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Farmington offers a quaint downtown with a wide choice of restaurants, gift shops, bookstores and a vibrant local Historical Society. Nearby is the 85-acre Historic District housing with more than 100 Federal and Colonial Revival buildings that illustrate the growth of the community from the 1800s through the mid-20th century. A focal point for recreation in Farmington is the Whistle Stop Rail-Trail, a former railroad route, developed for shared usage by snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikers. The terrain is flat as it spans for 14 miles through small community centers, residential areas and wilderness habitats.

The University of Maine occupies much of the downtown area and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges 18 times since 1998. The Arts Institute of Western Maine and The Emery Community Arts Center, on the UMF campus, offer a year round schedule of arts and entertainment performances. Local Favorites: The Farmington Fair has been around since 1840 with its barnyard animals and exhibition showcases honoring the traditions of Maine’s agricultural history. It runs for seven days during the third week of September. Meetinghouse Park has an historic Gazebo and veteran monuments and a veteran honor roll. It is a place to enjoy periodic evening entertainment or to let the kids and dogs run free.

With more than 110 clear lakes, ponds, and streams and thousands of acres of untamed timberland filled with wildlife and plant life, you’ll always find an adventure waiting in this special part of Maine. A trip to Rangeley-Oquossoc needs to include a visit to Height of Land, Mooselookmaguntic Lake, and Small Falls. Height of Land is part of the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway along Route 17. While there are many places to see the spectacular scenery, this one is among the best with a bigger parking area than just a pull off along the road and a few signs with information that are nice. Small Falls is a beautiful place to explore, have a picnic, or take a swim

on the natural slides created by the falls themselves. It is also perfect for a photographer that loves a beautiful natural setting. Expect the foliage season to peak from late September to mid-October in this region. Thousands of acres of woodland provide you with rolling hills filled with breathtaking colors and beauty. Winter brings lots of snowmobiling with more than 150 miles of groomed trails. These trails are part of the Interstate Trail System that connects Maine with New Hampshire and Canada. Year round you’ll find a wide array of specialty and gift shops line the small town of Rangeley where unique gifts or souvenirs can be found. Rangeley Town Park has something for everyone. You can launch your boat, swim, have a picnic, enjoy a playground, play tennis or basketball, and there is a public bathhouse.

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The shoreline along this area— stretching south to north from Brunswick and Harpswell to Belfast and Bucksport—is dramatic, and reflective of Maine’s rich maritime history. Unlike the sandy seashores of Southern Maine, this region features a rougher, rockier coastline more in keeping with Hollywood’s picture of the Pine Tree State. Comprised of thousands of peninsulas, inlets, coves, harbors and islands, Midcoast is a magnet for shipping, sailing and boat building. Bath Iron Works is located here, as are hundreds of seafaring residents who make their livings from the ocean. Excursion boats, from windjammers to working lobster boats,

offer passengers close encounters with whales, seals, seabirds and lighthouses. If your interests lean more toward dry land, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Midcoast. Here you will find quaint fishing villages to explore, historic sites, museums— the Maine Maritime Museum is especially inviting—and of course plenty of lovely shops, restaurants and wineries to investigate. And although early settlers to the Midcoast area focused primarily on building Maine’s fishing and boatbuilding industries, they also built dozens of majestic sea captains’ mansions, many of which are open for tours. Art abounds in this region through galleries, a sculpture trail, antique shops and more. The summer months bring strawberry, blueberry and lobster festivals for all to enjoy.

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Rich in tradition, history, and natural beauty, Brunswick is a community of talented, innovative and involved citizens. Brunswick’s residents are fortunate to have access to beautiful recreational areas, high quality educational and medical resources, and growing employment opportunities. Bordered by the Androscoggin River and Atlantic Ocean with its 67 miles of coastline, Brunswick is a coastal community, offering residents and visitors an array of recreational opportunities. The town, designated as a Main Street Community in 2012, offers a balanced mix of retail, professional and arts-related businesses, along with light to medium industry and traditional farming, foresting, and commercial fishing. Downtown Brunswick’s distinctive broad Maine Street combines village flavor and city flair. Dotted with specialty shops, open spaces, and restaurants to satisfy every mood and palate, Brunswick’s pedestrian-friendly downtown attracts shoppers, sightseers, and foodies alike. Brunswick is a college town offering rich and diverse arts and cultural resources, anchored by Bowdoin College’s noted museums, theater, and concert hall. Established in 1794, Bowdoin was the first college in the state of Maine, and it remains an important influence in Brunswick’s continued development. It has one of the most scenic tree-lined

college campuses in all of New England and is a great location for a casual stroll or impromptu picnic. The school’s Museum of Art is worldrenowned, and located just a short walk from the town’s downtown where you can browse through craft shops, restaurants and galleries serving some of Maine’s best artists and crafters. You also can enjoy a concert on the town’s grassy parkway (complete with gazebo) that becomes a concert hall on Wednesday evenings during the summer.

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To the Maine visitor who prefers boating to beach bumming, there is no better region to explore than the Midcoast.

The Brunswick Station, part of the Amtrak Downeaster train, with an adjacent Visitors’ Center is the perfect hub for excursions around the downtown area. You’ll find specialty gift shops, restaurants, and plenty of green spaces to relax or enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals, and fairs. Most Unusual: Tucked into an older building on the Bowdoin campus, it seems likely that many tourists in Maine never come across the PerryMacMillan Arctic Museum. You’ll find artifacts from several expeditions to the arctic, along with explanations of the area’s customs and history, and a terrific overview of early efforts to explore the top of the globe. Hidden Gem: The Skolfield-Whittier House is a time-capsule museum located in a 17-room sea captain’s house. Closed and unheated for sixty years, the house remains almost exactly as it was in 1925 when it was last occupied fulltime. It’s a real step back in time.

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The glaciers of the Ice Age formed nearby Harpswell with one of the most distinct geographic landscapes in Maine.

gifts and souvenirs. Cook’s Lobster and Ale House has been feeding guests with the best of seafood and award winning pastry since 1955.

On the west is a single peninsula, Harpswell Neck, a thin finger of granite, pine and rolling meadows. To the east, Harpswell consists of three islands - Great, Orr’s and Bailey, each joined by bridges. With its 216 miles of coastline, you’ll find a scenic ride through coves, inlets and woodlands in Harpswell. For dramatic coastal scenery, take a walk on the Giant’s Stairs. The rock formations here are a geologist’s dream, but even a layman can appreciate the gigantic forces that shaped this coastline going back 500 million years. There’s a gift shop at the end of the peninsula, which has been a popular shopping spot here since 1959 with a wide selection of

Most Unusual: Connecting Orr’s Island to Bailey Island is the Cribstone Bridge, with its remarkable engineering design of rock and concrete designed to withstand the toll taken by ocean waters and tides flowing freely through it. It is the only remaining granite cribstone bridge in the world.

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Bath is located on a beautiful broad stretch of the Kennebec River, where deep waters helped create and sustain a centuriesold shipbuilding tradition. Bath remains strong in its maritime roots as home to the world-class shipbuilding company, Bath Iron Works, and the nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about shipbuilding, the sea trade, lobstering and the rigors of a seafaring life. The city is brimming with shops, restaurants and even a Chocolate Church. Stretching down on a peninsula from Bath is the town of Phippsburg where you’ll find Popham Beach State Park. In addition to strolling the beach, visitors enjoy swimming, wading, fishing, walking, and surfing. There’s even an island that you can walk to at low tide. Traveling north from Bath, you’ll arrive at the town of Woolwich where the Woolwich Historical Society provides information about early settlers’ lives, historical artifacts, and presentations on how Native Americans helped develop this area in Maine.

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Following the gentle curves of Route 127 you’ll come to two island communities. One is Arrowsic, with four lighthouses, hiking trails up 66 hilly peaks and acres of scenic woodland and river banks. The other island is Georgetown, bounded by the Kennebec and Sasanoa Rivers and Sheepscot Bay giving you 82 miles of shoreline to enjoy. Local Favorite: A renovated church, painted the color of milk chocolate, soon became known as the Chocolate Church Arts Center, a venue that hosts year round concerts and events. It looks yummy. Hidden Gem: If you like to hike there is the Morse Mountain Road trail. According to alltrails.com, “Morse Mountain to Seawall Beach is a 3.8-mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phippsburg, Maine, that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. It’s an easy hike with a great view from the mountain and a great walk along the beach. There are private properties along this trail, so be careful to stay on path.”

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Discover Maine’s rocky coastline by sail, power, or paddle. There are miles of hiking trails just waiting to be discovered that offer everything from relaxed strolls to challenging hikes. Spend a peaceful afternoon amid stunning gardens or at a tranquil park, or explore the seaside village and all its charm with a stroll through Boothbay Harbor.

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The welcome sign leading into Wiscasset says, “Welcome to the Prettiest Village in Maine.” While others might stake the same claim, this tiny coastal town is bold enough to do it and with good reason. Wiscasset takes pride in much of the charm that represents Maine and New England. It has the old lovely churches, the elegant homes of a bygone era, wonderful shops and antique stores, and a town center that overlooks the nearby Sheepscot River. The sidewalks and historical landmarks 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

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merchants, built in the classic Federal style, that now stand as museums at the Castle Tucker and NickelsSortwell Houses, both built in 1807. Most Unusual: Built in 1808, Fort Edgecomb was designed to protect the town harbor. It is an octagon shaped two-story blockhouse crafted with hand-hewn beams. Learn how the fort was built. Hidden Gems: The Nickels-Sortwell House is a prime example of Federal architecture and has been restored and decorated in the Colonial Revival style with fine antiques. Local Favorites: Wiscasset Speedway provides the thrill of motor racing on a short track. A great place for friends and families to gather for low cost fun from April through October.

English fishermen originally discovered this area of Maine, back in the 17th century. Fishing, ice cutting, shipbuilding, and lumber were the local industries in the 18th and 19th century. By the 1800’s visitors started coming to the area to experience its natural beauty in a seaside location. Boothbay is the largest boating harbor north of Boston and is sometimes called the boating capital of New England. With over 200 artists in this area, you will discover studios and galleries featuring oil paintings, watercolors and other diverse media. Artisans, craftsmen, and merchants offer handmade arts and crafts suitable for gift giving or for collectibles. The Chamber initiated a sculpture trail in 2018. You will soon see why Boothbay Harbor is often considered one of the “Top Small Town Art Places” in America. Take a tour of one of the lighthouses or sign up for an excursion on one of the sightseeing tours in the area. Particular

favorites are the dolphin and whale watching excursions or the puffin cruises, that seek out the unusual looking birds with predominantly black or black and white plumage, a stocky build, and large beaks. If a hands-on experience is what you are looking for, consider a fishing charter boat to take you into the deep waters. A favorite trip for many visitors takes them to Cabbage Island to experience off shore living and, possibly, to have one of its famous clambakes. The Boothbay Railway Village offers rides on an authentic steam locomotive that winds its way around a recreated Maine coastal village. You’ll learn about the technology of steam engines and automobiles and you might even score a ride in one of the Railway’s Ford Model Ts.

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Nothing says “vacation” like exploring the great outdoors, and the Boothbay Harbor Region offers countless ways to do just that.

Local Favorite: The Boothbay Region Land Trust provides yearround, public access to 26 nature preserves and over 35 miles of pet-friendly hiking trails. Properties include woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, islands, seabird and wading bird habitat, feeding areas for migratory birds and butterflies, historical and archaeological sites, and working waterfront. Must See: The Maine State Aquarium is located on the shore and houses a collection of regional fish and invertebrates. Lobsters of all sizes and colors can be found here and there is a tank holding skates and sharks waiting to be patted by those who dare.

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Known as the “Twin Villages” both towns will entice you with their rich history, exquisite examples of architecture and natural beauty. Down the peninsula you’ll arrive at the communities of Bristol, Round Pond, New Harbor and Pemaquid among others. These are great places for swimming, hiking, golfing, tennis, riding and camping during the summer season. Surrounded by water, you have your choice of fresh and salt water sailing, boating and canoeing, deep sea fishing or taking one of the popular scenic cruises.

For a creative experience, visit the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts to explore and experiment in the ceramic arts. Dodge Point Public Reserved Land is the place for older folks and families with youngsters to take a two-mile hike through a charming wooded area on a wide farm road. Must See: The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest attracts visitors from New England to even the UK and Europe. 400 – 700 lb. pumpkins are hollowed out and raced in the Pumpkinboat Regatta while the downtown displays over 60 carved/ decorated giant pumpkins. Hidden Gems: Whaleback Shell Midden a state historic site is a massive oyster shell heap formed over a period of 1,000 years by Native Americans.

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Each village in Bristol — Bristol Mills, Pemaquid Harbor, Pemaquid Point, Pemaquid Beach, Pemaquid Falls, New Harbor, Chamberlain, and Round Pond — has its own center, most with restaurants and small businesses.

area are steeped in the rich history of fishing, lobstering and boat building. You won’t find tee shirt shops or the hub-bub of most tourist destinations. Things here are simple, peaceful, relaxed and move at a comfortable pace. This is what sets New Harbor apart and attracts most of our visitors.”

Visitors are drawn to the Fishermen’s Museum,art gallery, and Pemaquid Point’s iconic lighthouse. The Pemaquid Light is on the Maine quarter, the first US coin to feature a lighthouse. Built in 1835, it marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay and Johns Bay. This beautiful light and lighthouse keeper’s home and museum are preserved in a spectacular coastal park, perfect for picnic grounds on the smooth rocks that border the ocean with views out to Monhegan Island.

Hidden Gem: Colonial Pemaquid State Park is a quiet and clean beach best for laying around or swimming in the relatively calm waters. Sailboat watching is an added bonus. Parking, restrooms and a snack bar are all nearby and convenient.

New Harbor is one of the last working harbors remaining along the midcoast. According to Hardy Boat Cruises, “the harbor and surrounding

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MIDCOAST • THOMASTON

With its tree-lined streets and beautiful village green, Thomaston overlooks the head of the St. George River Estuary. World-class yachts are built along the shore, and stately sea captains’ homes grace nearly every block in the community. The 175-yearold Maine State Prison has been razed, and the result is a fantastic view of the St. George below. The town is also the site of Montpelier, the replica of the home of George Washington’s Secretary of War—General Henry Knox— now a living museum. Originally located on the waterfront, then rebuilt at the current location, it is wonderfully detailed and authentic.

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You will find lovely grounds and a personalized tour with knowledgeable and friendly guides. Art lovers will want to visit the Haynes Galleries in an old ship captain’s home on Main Street. The gallery features American realists but you may find some folk-art pieces and other surprises. Local Favorite: A favorite shopping spot is the Maine State Prison Showroom that features hand-crafted wood products, furniture, clocks, lamps, jewelry and other gift items all created by inmates at the Maine State Prison. Prices are reasonable and the craftsmanship is exceptional.

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Today, Rockland is a tourist destination with unique shops, boutiques, fine dining, breweries and art galleries all nestled in a historic downtown. There are nearly a dozen boat tour operators that offer sailing adventures and excursions in the area while the Maine Ferry Service offers regularly scheduled trips to nearby coastal islands, Vinalhaven and New Haven where visitors can view the joys of island living. Rockland is often referred to as the “Lobster Capital of the World” as it hosts the annual Maine Lobster Festival, a celebration honoring the town’s primary

export. At the five-day festival each August, over 25,000 pounds of the crustacean is consumed. Attendees also enjoy road races, a huge parade, arts and crafts, entertainment and the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation. The North Atlantic Blues Festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland overlooking the harbor. The two-day blues music festival is considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. Must See: The “Great International Lobster Crate Race” is one of the main events held at the Maine Lobster Festival. Contestants of all ages test their speed and balance while racing across a string of 50 barely floating, wooden lobster crates that stretch across a section of Rockland’s inner Harbor.

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Rockport is known for being a cultural and artistic town with a large community of local artists as well as a destination for creative professionals from around the world. The Rockport Opera 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.

Most Unusual: Andre the Seal was a harbor seal who spent his winters at the Aquarium in Boston and his summers in Rockport Harbor, though he has been gone since 1986 you can visit his life-size statue in the Rockport Marine Park.

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. For visitors wanting to take in some nature, a visit to Beech Hill Reserve is a must. Its 295 acres include the

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Camden exudes that midcoast Maine, small town charm filled with ocean front views, unique shopping experiences and popular eateries specializing in Maine seafood. Camden’s slogan is “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” paying tribute to its location between rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean. In the late 19th century, wealthy people from all over the country started acquiring properties and building summerhouses in Camden. These families planted roots in the town and showed their generosity by contributing to such cultural gems as the Camden Opera House, Camden Amphitheater, and the Camden Public Library. Today, you’ll see many sprawling estates and mansions, many of which have been converted into bed and breakfast inns. Camden Hills State Park is a great spot for hiking and birding with breathtaking views. The park offers an elaborate trail system surrounding Mount Battie, providing the largest diversity from a seaside stroll to more challenging climbs across plateaus and peaks. Grab lunch from a local

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deli and take the short drive to the park. Serenity, silence and no crowds. Located on a sliver of public land in a nice residential district off Bayview Street, Curtis Island Light is one of Maine’s iconic lighthouses. A short path leads you to a nice view of the lighthouse, which is a nice diversion from traditional tourist destinations Most Unusual: Camden is the home of the International Toboggan Championship at the Camden Snow Bowl. The site boasts a 400-foot-long wooden chute that brings tobogganers close to 40 mph as they end their ride on the frozen Hosmer Pond. Local Favorites: The Camden International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in New England taking place each year in September. Hidden Gems: The Camden Opera House is a cultural treasure when visitors find themselves in an exquisitely renovated Victorian opera house. Grand chandeliers, a lovely horseshoe balcony, antique moldings, and detailed painted friezes add charm to this entertainment venue.

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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. Nathan Knight and his family settled the town. “Knight descendants have been active in Town affairs for decades,” and some of those descendants still live in Lincolnville to this day proclaims the Town’s website.

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.

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The East Penobscot Bay Region reaches from Belfast in the west to Ellsworth in the east, with hundreds of peninsulas and islands. BELFAST Belfast offers an unmatched view of the open sea. This stunning seascape along with the remarkable collection of Federal, Victorian, Greek revival and Italian style homes built by sea merchants has lured artists, writers and crafts people to live in the area. Boasting a quaint downtown with shop-lined streets, Belfast is an ideal place to find antiques, souvenirs, collectibles, Maine-made crafts and much more. Take a stroll along the Belfast Harborwalk and admire splendid scenary, boats, rocks, ocean, beaches and, if desired, end up in the downtown for a little shopping or a great meal. SEARSPORT Searsport got its name from David Sears who made a fortune in the sea business and the China trade. You can see many of the artifacts brought back from these travels in the Penobscot Marine Museum. If

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you like antiques and flea markets you’ll be in heaven walking the brick sidewalks in the historic downtown. STONINGTON & STOCKTON SPRINGS Stonington, at the southernmost tip of Deer Isle, remains an active harbor town that draws visitors for touring. West of Belfast and Searsport you’ll find Stockton Springs, home to Fort Point State Park and Fort Point Light. PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE Traveling up Rt. 1 toward Bucksport prepare yourself for a spectacular scenic view - thanks to the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. Spanning the Penobscot River, this engineering marvel has a 42-story tower as one of its support structures making it America’s only observatory bridge. Looking out from the observation tower you have a breath-taking 360-degree panoramic view that stretches to the Camden Hills to the south, Mount Desert Island to the east and Mount Katahdin to the northwest.

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There is an entrepreneurial spirit in the Bucksport Bay area. That spirit creates a huge variety of shops and services that are owned and operated by men and women that live, work and care about the area where they live. Bucksport’s central location, set between Belfast, Bangor and Ellsworth, makes it an ideal location to visit. As a former mill town that is now a Heart and Soul © community, Bucksport is at an exciting point of transition, where residents are shaping the future by creating a shared sense of belonging and strengthens the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of the town. Within 25 miles, in any direction, you can swim in a lake splash in salt water, ski or hike a mountain, visit a fair eat at acclaimed restaurants, fly out of an international airport, take in a live performance, shop

at a farmers’ market, look out from a lighthouse, walk in a 1800’s fort, and listen to a volunteered powered community radio station.

The Blue Hill Peninsula encompasses the towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot, and Sedgwick.

The Bucksport Bay area includes a dozen towns with boat launches, a winery and breweries, swimming areas, fun festivals, museums, culture, the highest bridge observatory in the world and more.

Blue Hill is the largest town and is the region’s service center. Along with Penobscot, Blue Hill is the gateway to the rest of the Peninsula, and to Deer Isle and Stonington. Sweeping views of the blueberry barrens and the sea marks the landscape here. Tucked in among the ridges, valleys and the jagged coastline, you’ll find adventure of all kinds, from a day on the water and an evening of live music to a solitary morning walk and an afternoon of gallery tours and shopping. You’ll find these communities to be diverse, independent yet interconnected. In all of these places, you may strike up a conversation

with a lobsterman, boat builder or sailor who knows these waters like the back of his or her hand. In all of these places, you will find locally sourced food and highly skilled craftspeople and artists. In all of these places you will find evidence of the resourcefulness, dry wit and creativity that has defined our region’s culture for centuries. This region was settled in the mid 1700’s, its early economy centered on ship building and quarrying. Lumbering, lobstering, fishing and farming have played an important role in the economy and culture since the earliest days. By the late 1800’s the region had become a summer destination. Today, many of these industries coexist with a thriving art, music and food scene to create this unique place called The Blue Hill Peninsula.

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The unique spirit of the 21 towns and cities in the area is evident in its charming shops, delicious dining and recreational opportunities. Bangor, with a population of 33,000, enjoys a thriving arts and cultural community with many fine arts and historical museums. Considered the gateway to Down East Maine, Brewer straddles major north south and east-west transportation routes. Its residents enjoy a lifestyle that offers the best amenities of urban living, and intimate contact with nature. For the aviators, there is the privately owned Brewer airport. Nearby Old Town is home to the renowned Old Town Canoe factory

and outlet, a large paper mill and the Penobscot Indian Nation. Old Town enjoys a heritage rich in two cultures; Native American and Franco-American. Of the City’s inhabitants, many trace their roots to the Abnaki Indians who lived along the Penobscot River, or to French Canadians who migrated south during the 19th century. There is an airport that makes the region easily accessible by air and its proximity to major roadways makes traveling by motor coach or car simple. Bangor is centrally located in the state and is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State Park and the Moosehead Lake Region. The University of Maine offers many activities to the public including a variety of entertainment at the Maine Center for the Arts, athletic

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crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called “MDI”) to enjoy Acadia National Park. Towns on the island that share their popularity with vacationers include Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont among others. Each has a rich history, personality and a host of attractions you’ll enjoy.

Every fan of author, Stephen King, knows that Bangor, Maine is the inspiration for the fictional town of Derry, which provides the backdrop for several of King’s novels and short stories. You can drive past his home on West Broadway and visit many landmarks that appear in his vast collection of writings.

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are often linked because of their overlapping geography. More than 4 million vacationers each year have been charmed by the island’s mountain, ocean and woodland vistas. Towns on the island that share their popularity with vacationers include Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont among others. Each has a rich history, personality and a host of attractions you’ll enjoy.

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Whether you enjoy dining, the arts, the great outdoors, history, architecture, shopping or sports, you’re sure to find something to do and lots to love here. The Bangor region has been designated by the State as one of Maine’s gateway communities. Bangor’s central location allows you to stay in a central location and see everything Maine has to offer - scenic coastline and beaches, camping, hiking, canoeing, charming downtowns and shopping, theater and the arts, and so much more. Your vacation begins here. You’ll find miles of trails for jogging, biking, cross country hiking, sailing, fishing and winter sports as well as scenic paths along the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag Stream. The downtown area hosts many art studios and galleries mixed in among small specialty shops and a wide array of restaurants to satisfy the “foodie” in you. Concerts seem to happen everywhere in Bangor. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra has charmed audiences since 1896 and the Bangor Band is one of the oldest, continuous

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community bands in the United States. Bangor is also home to the American Folk Festival, the Collins Center for the Arts and Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, an open-air amphitheater that hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment. Most Unusual: Paul Bunyan, the mythical lumberman, was born in Bangor, Maine, according to the locals. And while other parts of the country claim him as their native son, Bangor is the only place with a 31 foot, 3700 pound fiberglass statue built in his honor. Be sure to stop here for your memorable photo with the statue. Hidden Gems: Just a short drive north to Bradley you will find the Maine Forest and Logging Museum where you can celebrate the sustainable forest culture of Maine. The Cole Land Transportation Museum, in Bangor, has every form of transportation you can imagine. The items range from doll and baby carriages, to dump trucks and fire trucks, to a Bangor & Aroostook engine, boxcar, and caboose.

Whether exploring by land or by water, Ellsworth offers the convenience of small- city life with all of the qualities of Maine’s spectacular coastal amenities including hiking and boating. A thriving Main Street offers an abundance of restaurants, shops, an art-deco theatre, professional offices, galleries, a museum, coffee houses, pubs and historic buildings. Shopping centers, hotels, inns and restaurants are scattered minutes from the historic district. A waterfront park offers a boat launch, free summer concerts, and picnic areas for the family.

paperweights, jewelry and much more. The shapes, colors and detail make unique pieces to wear, use or display. 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. Most Unusual: The Great Maine Lumberjack Show is an amusing extravaganza of axe throwing, log rolling, underhand chopping, crosscut sawing and pole climbing that proves the skill and dexterity needed to be a Maine lumberjack.

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Ellsworth is thought of as the gateway to the splendor and beauty of Acadia National Park. All roads to Acadia and surrounding areas travel through Ellsworth.

Dining in Ellsworth can range from the simple outdoors take-out spot offering locally caught seafood on a picnic table to an elegant meal served with a water view. 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. Hidden Gems: The artisans at Atlantic Art Glass patiently share their craft with visitors. Watching the team of glassblowers is like observing a choreographed dance as they shape the molten glass. You’ll leave with an art glass souvenir of glass beads,

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BANGOR & ACADIA • ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

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Four million visitors are inspired by a visit to Acadia National Park in Maine every year. The Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine, comprises 49,000+ acres of rock-bound coast on Mount Desert Island, a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland, and offshore islands. Much of Acadia National Park’s outstanding scenery is the result of glaciers carving through an east-west ridge of granite, leaving mountains separated 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. The Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park covers approximately 2,366 acres and is the only part of the park that is located on the mainland. It has very similar geological features as Mount Desert Island but is more secluded and has less commercial development in the 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

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history when he landed on Mount Desert Island in 1604. It is he who named it “Isle des Monts Deserts,” literally, island of barren mountains. Must See: A trip up Cadillac Mountain is a treasured spot to view sunrise or sunset over the park. You can hike up the mountain, but many enjoy the convenience of a short ride by vehicle to the summit of 1,529-foot peak. There’s a 500-foot vertical climb over granite steps and boulder that most will find relatively easy, if somewhat in shape. The views from the top of Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain are spectacular. And the coolest sight of all is Bubble Rock, a 14-ton boulder dropped by the glaciers millions of years ago teetering on the edge of the cliff. Very picturesque and photo-worthy if you’re not afraid to get close to it. 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 arriving two hours before high tide for the best “thunder” experience. Or you might consider a 2.5 hour fully narrated tour of the area offered by Oli’s Trolley.

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BANGOR & ACADIA • MT. DESERT ISLAND & BAR HARBOR

Called “Eden” when founded in 1796 and renamed in 1921 for the sand bar which had accumulated in the bay, Bar Harbor is the best known and largest town in the northeast section of the island and leads to one of the entrances to Acadia National Park. The Great Fire of 1947 changed the face of Bar Harbor forever. It destroyed 67 mansions, 5 historic grand hotels, 170 private homes and 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park. Favorable winds spared the downtown section of Bar Harbor from the fire, where several homes in the historic district operate as inns. For a great view of the area, take Shore Path, which starts near the town pier and continues along the eastern shore. Bar Island, which you can walk to at low tide, gives you a spectacular view when you look back toward Bar Harbor with the towering mountain in the background. Bar Harbor is home to College of the Atlantic where you can visit the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History that investigates, interprets,

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and displays the natural world of Maine. All exhibits are designed and produced by students at College. Mount Desert Island is the third largest island in the continental U.S. encompassing 108 square miles. Its dramatic beauty comes in large part from the seventeen mountains that rise from the sea and the shores of four lakes. There are countless smaller ponds and scenic spots and more than 120 miles of hiking trails and roads that meander throughout the island for touring by car, biking, hiking and skiing.

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As home to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is a vacationer’s destination. From Cadillac Mountain, to the Park Loop Roads/Carriage Roads, to Jordan Pond, MDI plays host to one of the most scenic and popular National Parks in the United States. Somes Sound divides Mount Desert Island. By coincidence this division identifies both the geography and pace of the island visit. The area west of Somes Sound, including Southwest Harbor and Tremont, offers a more sedate and secluded atmosphere. In contrast, the eastern side around Bar Harbor has more tourist attractions.

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It is frequently called “the Sunrise County” because of its easternmost position in the U.S., getting the first sunrise and moonrise in the contiguous 48 states. The pulp and paper industry, small-scale fishing and lobstering operations, tourism, and the blueberry business economically support the area. Nearly 85% of the world’s supply of wild blueberries comes from Washington County. This Downeast area of Maine is one of the better places to truly get away

from it all, while still having access to top-drawer accommodations, restaurants and shopping. The residents are friendly, welcoming and hardworking. Many still make their living from the fields, the forests and the sea. Among those who do not, are the many artists and artisans who have established them, their galleries and their shops, in Eastport, Lubec, Jonesport, Calais and Machias. The coastline offers a unique and ideal travel destination with unmatched natural beauty, immensely powerful tides, parks, museums, culture and great possibilities for family vacations.

Washington County borders New Brunswick, Canada and boasts a 700-mile coastline dotted with coves, inlets and islands. Activities for the visitor abound – bird watching, moose spotting, hiking, camping, antiquing, a great variety 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. Popular Washington County attractions include four lighthouses, the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Petit Manan 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 try their hand at landing smallmouth bass, lake trout and landlocked salmon from Grand Lake and numerous other lakes. 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 Scenic Byway will take you along the coastal route giving you glimpses of the seaside beauty that defines the area.

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BANGOR & ACADIA • LUBEC

Lubec boasts year-round attractions in a rural coastal setting, with rugged, natural beauty. With nearly 100 miles of coastline, this is an ideal travel destination for adventures near the sea.

that you can visit Campobello Island, a historic 2,800 acre International Park with a visitor center, gardens and tours of the 34 room summer cottage of U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Admission to the park is always free.

The quaint waterfront village offers lodging accommodations ranging from charming inns to motels and private home rentals. Like many Maine villages, Lubec hosts summertime concerts, festivals, and special events in the downtown areas and nearby parks.

Local Favorites: Lubec is home to many art galleries, studios and gift shops. Monica’s Chocolates offers handmade chocolates and beautiful Peruvian gifts.

Lubec hosts Summer Keys, an adult music camp that features weekly evening concerts, and The Easternmost Institute for the Arts, which presents a variety of summer workshops for adults and children. You can also find Jazz in Lubec, a week of jazz performances in August, and Summer Brushes, a painting workshop program. Be sure to bring your passport so

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BANGOR & ACADIA • EASTPORT

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If you have ever wondered what the term Down East truly means, a trip to the easternmost City in country will help understand that it is a feeling as much as a place. Eastport is situated on Moose Island between Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, this quiet historic community is an easy drive over the Bold Coast Scenic Byway along Route One. Our neighbor to the west is the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and to the east is the Canadian Island of Campobello and the New Brunswick mainland. Downtown Eastport is a National Historic District with architecturally significant buildings filled with shops, galleries, restaurants and museums all within easy walking distance of each other. On the working waterfront is the new Breakwater pier with its fleet of fishing boats and often lined with people Mackerel fishing or just enjoying the spectacular view. You are very likely to see seals, porpoise, a visiting whale and hundreds of

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sea birds. Whale watching and lobstering cruises are available along with a passenger ferry to neighboring Lubec. Eastport is one of the deepest ports in the country with an extraordinary tidal range that averages between 18 and 20 feet. Hidden Gems: Shackford Head State Park: Hiking Trails, Beaches and Picnic areas all near downtown. Mathews Island; a Maine Heritage Trust nature preserve accessible at low tide. Bronze Mermaid Statue: On the downtown Waterfront Park Trail. Granite Sculpture & Amphitheater: In the Historic District. Must See: Eastport Grand 4th of July & Old Home Week: with visiting Navy Ship, Cod Fish Races and Spectacular Fireworks! Eastport Music Festival; Mid-August. Pleasant Point Indian Days: Late August. Salmon and Seafood Festival: Labor Day Weekend. Pirate Festival; Weekend after Labor Day. More Spectacular Fireworks! Local Favorites: Award Winning Lobster Rolls; Old Sow Tidal Whirlpool; Quoddy Dam Project Working Model.

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The Kennebec Valley region is the widest north-south stretch of any Maine region, stretching for 5000 square miles from the Maine state capital of Augusta to the border of the Canadian province of Quebec. And the towns in between are diverse with culture, history, and scenery in Bingham, Madison, Jackman, Skowhegan and Waterville. The countryside is rich with waterways, mountains, and rustic settings as well as more urban areas with colleges, museums, and performing art centers for enrichment and entertainment. The Belgrade Lakes are particularly inviting for swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating, hiking, camping and canoeing. You’ll find many serene areas for casual strolls and pure relaxation. If whitewater rafting is more your style, you’ll find rapids like no other place in the state. Maine’s Dead River, which flows from Flagstaff Lake, offers the longest continuous stretch of Class III to V whitewater in the East. The fall season brings forth some of the finest foliage the state has to offer. Driving along Route 201, the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, will bring you face to face with spectacular colors and possibly an eagle sighting along the way. Winter brings a cold, white landscape for sledding, snowshoeing,

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and skiing as well as ample trails for snowmobiling. ATV tours, mountain bike treks, rock climbing, and moose safaris are other recreational diversions in this treasured part of Maine. Hidden Gems: The Colby College Museum of Art leaves visitors surprised with its world-class museum quality graced by works of Rockwell, Renoir, Rembrandt and Whistler. The Children’s Discovery Museum is a real “handson” experience. It’s an opportunity for children through grade five to have fun while learning. The museum now houses a multi-cultural music center and a treehouse/ nature center. Local Favorites: The Memorials abound in Augusta, the State’s Capital. Visit the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemeteries on a sprawling hillside with expanded pastoral land. This is the final resting places for the thousands of Maine citizens who served their country in time of war. The Law Enforcement, EMT and Fire Fighter Memorials are located near the State House and were erected in the last decade, giving constant statewide tribute to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. The Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Capitol Park, honors those who served in Vietnam and those whose lives were touched by the war.

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If you want to get away from it all; and really get away, consider a trip to the Maine Highlands. About a five-hour drive from Portland, you’ll find yourself in the ultimate wilderness where woodlands outnumber houses and distances can be traveled without seeing a soul. Maine Highlands is the home to four wilderness adventures. At 5,267 feet, there’s Mt. Katahdin, the northern finish line to the Appalachian Trail. Spectacular views and challenging trails draw hikers to its summit every year to make a pilgrimage to the highest point in Maine. There’s Baxter State Park, with almost 210,000 acres of wilderness, complete with unspoiled lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and waterfalls. You’ll love a visit to Moosehead Lake. Set at an elevation of 1,023 feet, this gigantic lake is approximately 40 miles long and 10 miles wide with over 400 miles of shoreline. Its average depth is 55’ and it serves as home to 80 islands. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway was established in 1966 to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty,

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character, and habitat of a unique area. It is a magnificent, 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the heart of northern Maine’s vast commercial forests. Maine’s new National Monument, the Katahdin Woods and Waters, is located 1.5 hours north of Bangor and about 2.5 hours northwest of Acadian National Park. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and views of Mount Katahdin by traveling the 14-mile loop road (it’s closed during certain times of year). Outdoor activities vary from hiking to bird watching, from hunting to camping but all visitors will splendor at the discovery of the areas woods, streams, rivers, geology, flora and fauna. The night skies are not to be missed! Planning an extended stay in the region? Then you might consider staying at one of the region’s many charming and comfortable resorts, lodges, B&Bs, cottages, hotels, motels or campsites.Need to replenish your supplies “in town?� Visit Lincoln, Greenville or Millinocket to shop or to connect with the local town experience. Area residents have been welcoming visitors for ages and they know how to make you feel at home.

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While there are vast, open spaces for year round recreation, The County is also home to over 3.5 million acres of undeveloped wilderness waiting to be explored. There are also over 2,000 lakes, streams, and ponds dotting the region. Winter time opens up over 2000 miles of snowmobile trails while summer offers ATV trails and hiking excursions galore. If you want to spend time paddling on the water, there are over 92 miles of ponds and rivers, which make up the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. While in “The County,” you won’t want to miss Maine’s “Million Dollar View,” an eight 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 Katahdin, Peekaboo Mountain and the landscapes of New Brunswick, Canada on the other.

believe it is well spent with rewarding experiences not found in any other part of the Northeast Region. Local Favorites: The Maine Potato Blossom Festival (July) in Fort Fairfield is a nine-day tribute to Maine’s most popular homegrown vegetable. With farmer Olympics, road races and mashed potato wrestling, you’ll soon realize that potatoes can be both yummy and fun. Another local favorite is the Blackfly Brewfest in Houlton each year.

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AROOSTOOK July 2-5 Houlton Houlton Agricultural Fair. houltonfair.org July 31- August 8 Presque Isle Northern Maine Fair. northernmainefairgrounds.com August 14-16 Madawaska 43rd Annual Acadian Festival & 150th

Hidden Gems: The Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle provides “a path for all to experience the outdoors” by “providing fun, healthy year-round outdoor opportunities for all ages and abilities” (source: nordicheritagecenter.org)

include a Parade, Dinner Gala, Fireworks,

Most Unusual: The Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race is held in Aroostook County each year. Or, check out America’s First Mile in Fort Kent. It is a monument to the first mile of US Route 1 that begins in Maine and ends in Key West, Florida.

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and more. acadianfestival.com August 27-30 Presque Isle Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, Northern Maine Fairgrounds. combf.org

70th Annual Art in the Park. Over 30 207-288-5103 barharborcalendar.com. June 28-July26 Bar Harbor 54th Bar Harbor Music Festival. barharbormusicfestival.org June 28 – July 3 Bar Harbor Acadia Trad Festival, College of the Atlantic. A week of world-class traditional music and dance. With 18+ courses of study, and nearly 200 workshops, jam sessions, concerts and dances. acadiatradschool.org July 10-12 Bucksport Bucksport Bay Festival. A tradition of fun and family oriented events that have become a hallmark of this festival. 207469-6818 bucksportbayfestival.com

May 15-17 Bar Harbor Abbe Museum Indian Market on the Village Green. See website for full events listing such as film festival and fashion show. abbemuseum.org. June 5-Oct 2 Bar Harbor 1st Friday Art Walks. 6-9 PM. The perfect time to stroll Downtown Bar Harbor. artwalkbarharbor.com. June 19-20 Machias Annual Margaretta Days Festival celebrating the first naval battle of the American Revolution. Historical re-enactments and demonstrations as well as crafters and artists. Held

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June 20-21 Bar Harbor artists. 10AM – 5PM, Village Green.

Sesquicentennial Celebration. Events

Well known as one of the largest potato producers in the nation, Aroostook County has agrarian roots typified by its early settlers of French-Canadian and Swedish descent. There’s a rich history of these diverse cultures that still flourish today with traditional foods and festivals and a respect for a long-standing and treasured heritage. While it takes time to visit this remote region of Maine, visitors

To view Maine’s Bicentennial events visit: maine200.org

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Whether you call it the “Crown of Maine” or just “The County,” Aroostook County in Maine is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

at University of Maine in Machias.

July 10-12 Southwest Harbor Quietside Flamingo Festival. Includes kid’s carnival, craft fair, and a grand flamingo parade. 207244-3713 harborhousemdi.org July 11 Bar Harbor Native American Festival and Basket Makers Market. Held at the Abbe Museum, 10AM – 4PM. 207288-3519 abbemuseum.org July 12-14 Castine Bastille Day Celebration. Castine’s Celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial Highlighting the Town’s History & Penobscot Bay Maritime Heritage. castine.me.us/maine200/

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Bangor State Fair. bangorstatefair.com July 31-August 2 Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the magnificent Bar Harbor Inn. 207-266-5884 September 3-7 Blue Hill Blue Hill Fair. bluehillfair.com September 11-13 Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival II will be held on the grounds of the magnificent Bar Harbor Inn. 207-266-5884 September 11-13 Eastport 15th Annual Pirate Festival. Arts, crafts, food vendors, fireworks, live entertainment, pirate ball, bed races, kids games and more. Eastportpiratefestival.com September 16-20 Bar Harbor 12th Acadia Night Sky Festival. Workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences. Something for everyone. acadianightskyfestival.com October 17 Bucksport Ghostport Festival in downtown Bucksport. Halloween themed event offers something for all ages. 10am10pm bucksportbaychamber.com October 17 Bar Harbor 17th Annual Belt Sander Races at Atlantic Brewing Co. All are welcome to watch or participate as decorated belt sanders race down a track. atlanticbrewing.com

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GREATER PORTLAND June 19-22 Portland Portland Schoonerfest & Regatta. Featuring 7 large, traditional schooners racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor with passengers participating onboard and viewing from shore. sailingshipsmaine.org June 21 Portland Make Music Portland. A free, day-long

October 2-4 Freeport

August 30-Sept. 7 Windsor

22nd Annual Freeport Fall Festival.

Windsor Fair. windsorfair.com

Great art, food and live music at Discovery Park on the L.L. Bean

September 4-7 Harmony

campus. freeportfallfestival.com

Harmony Free Fair. harmonyfreefair.org

December 4-13 Freeport

September 10-13 Clinton

Sparkle Weekend. Photos with Santa,

Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair.

parade of lights, free horse drawn

clintonlionsagfair207.com

carriage rides, sales all over town and more. sparklecelebration.com

Portland. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., in parks and

September 11-13 Litchfield Litchfield Fair. litchfieldfair.com

music event, featuring dozens of local artists playing all around public places in

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other venues around the city. Free to attend

June 18-21 Litchfield

and perform. makemusicportland.org

Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival, Litchfield Fairgrounds (207) 873-6539

September 18-20 N. New Portland New Portland Lions Agricultural Fair and The Maine Crafts Festival. newportlandlionsfair.com

June 24-27 New Gloucester 15th Anniversary - Maine Festival

June 18-21 Monmouth

of American Music at Shaker

Monmouth Fair. monmouthfair.com

MAINE HIGHLANDS July 22-27 Greenville

Village. (207) 926-4597 July 10-19 Waterville

Thoreau-Wabanaki Festival.

August 22 New Gloucester

23rd Annual Maine International

Celebrates the history of the

12th Annual Maine Native American

Film Festival is a 10 day celebration

Wabanaki people and poet,

Summer Market & Demonstration

of film, featuring the very best of

philosopher, and naturalist Henry David

10-3:30 at Shaker Village. Featuring

American independent, international

Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine

artists from Maine’s four Native

and Maine made movies. miff.org

Woods. destinationmooseheadlake.com

July 23-26 Pittston

August 27-30 Dover-Foxcroft

The Pittston Fair. pittstonfair.com

Piscataquis Valley Fair.

American tribes. 207-926-4597 August 29 Freeport

piscataquisvalleyfair.com

Freeport Folk Festival, Wolfe’s Neck Center. Two stages of music, art and

July 29-August 1 Skowhegan

artisan wares for sale, and delicious

Skowhegan River Fest. Celebrating

September 5 Springfield

food. Americana, folk, and Irish

recreation and life on the Kennebec River.

Springfield Fair. thespringfieldfair.com

music PLUS sessions and workshops

Raft rides, fireworks, food vendors, lobster

open to all! wolfesneck.org

bake and more. skowheganriverfest.com

Sept. 27-Oct. 3 Cumberland

August 13-22 Skowhegan

competitions, educational exhibits, craft

Cumberland County Fair.

Skowhegan State Fair.

fair, food and more. seaplanefly-in.org

cumberlandfair.com

skowheganstatefair.com

September 10-13 Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In. Float plane

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May 1-Oct. 2 Rockland First Friday Art Walks. 5-8pm, FMI: artsinrockland.org June – Sept. Brunswick 2nd Friday Brunswick offers a fun evening of artistic exploration featuring visual art, live music, dance and theatrical performances, and extended shopping hours all within walking distance of Maine Street. Event festivities will include an ArtWalk. June 20 Rockland Come celebrate the 22nd Annual Summer Solstice & Street Party on Rockland’s Main Street, 4-7 PM. A Dock Party (adults only) will also be held at Journey’s End Marina 6-10:30 PM. rocklandmainstreet.com June 21-29 Boothbay Harbor 58th Windjammer Days Festival. 6/25 -6/27 Tall Ships events in honor of Maine’s Bicentennial. windjammerdays.org June 24-August 26 Brunswick Music on the Mall. Wednesday evenings during the summer. A variety of musical shows at the Mall in Downtown Brunswick. 6-7:30pm. July 4-12 Boothbay Join us in celebrating the birthdays of our state and our country Olde Village Style! Live exhibits, art, music, food, antique train and car rides, a parade and more! FMI: railwayvillage.org

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July 10 Rockland

August 7-9 Rockland

September 4-13 Boothbay Harbor

Maine Windjammer Parade. 1:30pm

18th Annual Maine Boats, Homes

9th Annual Boothbay Region Harbor

– 3:30pm (for best viewing) Rockland

& Harbors Show. Maine’s only in-

Fest. A celebration of our community

Breakwater. The entire windjammer

water boat and home show and

featuring food, music, art, fashion,

fleet sail’s past the mile-long Rockland

the light-hearted Annual World

local wares & wellness events.

Breakwater. sailmainecoast.com

Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials

FMI: boothbayharborfest.com

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(Sunday at 10:30). maineboats.com July 11-12 Rockland

October 1-4 Camden

27th Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival.

August 10-22 Damariscotta

Camden International Film Festival. One

Ticket gates open at 9am and music

Salt Bay Chamberfest Concerts held

of the top 25 documentary film festivals

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at Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm.

in the U.S. pointsnorthinstitute.org

Main St. Touring artists from the US

saltbaychamberfest.org 207-522-3749

and abroad will perform on the main

October 10-11 Boothbay

stage. Saturday evening Main Street is

August 15 Brunswick

53rd Fall Foliage Festival – Boothbay

closed off for the famous Pub Crawl.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival

Railway Village railwayvillage.org

northatlanticbluesfestival.com

featuring local and regional artists.

207-633-4727

Children’s activities, local theater group July 17-19 Belfast

performances & a variety of music.

October 10-12 Damariscotta

Maine Celtic Celebration. Belfast

brunswickoutdoorartsfest.com

Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Pumpkin

Common/Steamboat Landing.

decorating, pumpkin boat building,

Music, Kilted 5k Road Race, Highland

August 15-16 Prospect

pumpkin hurl/catapult, pumpkin

Heavy Games, Dog Parade & Show,

Fort Knox Pirate Weekend, a pirate

derby, kids activities, parades

Cheese Roll, food and craft vendors,

festival that is fun for all ages. Come

and the pumpkin boat regatta.

etc. mainecelticcelebration.com

dressed as pirates (no real weapons

damariscottapumpkinfest.com

or dangerous props). Activities and July 29-August 2 Rockland

contests include best dressed pirates,

October 10, 16-17 & 23-24 Prospect

Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of

sea shanty sing along, pirate booty

Fright at the Fort. Scaring guests for

thousands of pounds of steamed

treasure hunts and more. (207)469-

over 20 years. A top 5 Maine Halloween

Maine Lobster, waterfront activities,

6553 or fortknoxmaine.com

Scarefest destination. Guests will have a

arts and crafts, live entertainment and more! mainelobsterfestival.com

terrifyingly good time on a 20 minute tour August 22-29 Union

through Fort Knox’s dark passageways

Union Fair. unionfair.org

and rooms where creepy creatures lurk

Jul. 31-Aug. 2 Union

in the shadows. fortknoxmaine.com.

The 39th Maine Antique Show is

September 4-5 Camden

Maine’s largest antique festival.

Windjammer Festival. Camden Public

November 27-29 Rockland

Dealers from over 20 states. 207-221-

Landing. Family activities, build-a-

Festival of Lights, Downtown Rockland.

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boat contest, lobster crate races,

Events including the arrival of Santa

pirates, boat open houses, schooner

via US Coast Guard boat, the lighting

August 4-9 Topsham

crew talent show, fireworks and

of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree,

Topsham Fair. topshamfair.net

more. camdensnowbowl.com/cwf

and more. rocklandmainstreet.com

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July 31-Aug. 9 York

Dates TBA. Gardens Aglow at

York Days. Local concerts,

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

tournaments, fairs, annual Christmas

The gardens will be decorated with

in July celebration and lighting of the

thousands of different colored lights.

Nubble Light. Summer residents and

207-633-8000. mainegardens.org

vacationers will have a chance to see the Nubble Light as it appears each

December 4-6 Camden

year during the Christmas season.

Christmas by the Sea. A weekend

yorkparksandrec.org 207-363-1040

celebration including a parade, tree lighting, musical entertainment,

August 27-30 Acton

holiday sales, and Santa.

Acton Fair. actonfair.net

camdenmaineexperience.com September 12 Old Orchard Beach February 12-14, 2021 Camden

Bikefest on the Pier. Music, pig roast,

U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

vendors. 207-934-3595 oobpier.com

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

October 3 Old Orchard Beach

tailgate parties, costume contest,

Country Jam Fest. Bull and Brew

children’s activities. 207-236-

Wing House. oobpier.com

3438 camdensnowbowl.com October 23-25 Ogunquit Ogunquitfest. Haunted theatre

SOUTHERN MAINE June – August York York Gateway Food Truck Wednesday. Every Wednesday 5:00-8:00 pm. Held in the parking lot of Lobster in the Rough, 1,000 U.S. Hwy. 1. www.gatewaytomaine.org July 11-12 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. 10:00am4:00pm. Free Parking & Admission. 207-646-2451 wellschamber.org

tours, autumn bazaar, classic car show, costume contest and parade and more. visitogunquit.org November 7-8 Wells League of MaineCraft Show – 55+ crafters and artists. 10:00am - 4:00pm FREE Parking and Admission. 207646-5172 wellschamber.org November 28 York Lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse. Location: Sohier Park. New things

WESTERN MAINE June 19-21 Bethel Trek Across Maine. Sunday River to the Sea. A 3-day, 180 Mile bicycle tour to benefit the American Lung Association. trekacrossmaine.com. June 21 Naples Maine Blues Festival, Kick off the summer season in the Lakes Region with blues musicians and great Maine food! mainebluesfestival.com June 27 Kingfield Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts at Kennedy Farm. kingfieldpops.com July 4 Bethel 31st Annual Bethel Art Fair. Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, and more. On the Bethel Town Common. (800)442-5826, bethelartfair.com July 9-12 South Hiram Ossipee Valley Fair. ossipeevalleyfair.com July 10-12 Lisbon The Annual Moxie Festival includes a 5K road race, parade, car show, talent show, fireworks and more! moxiefestival.com July 17-19 Waterford Waterford World’s Fair. waterfordworldsfair.org

July 18 Bethel Annual MollyOckett Day. Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event. Artists and crafters on the town common, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping contest, food, fireworks, more.

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207-824-2282 mollyockettday.com July 24-26 Bethel Tough Mountain Challenge. Sunday River Resort - The ultimate event for the thrill-seeking athlete, and undoubtedly the hardest race at Sunday River. 800-543-2754, sundayriver.com August 6 Rangeley Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents Art in August, art show and sale. 10am – 4pm in Oquossoc Park. rangeleyarts.org August 14-16 Lewiston Great Falls Balloon Festival. greatfallsballoonfestival.org September 16-19 Oxford Oxford County Fair. oxfordcountyfair.com September 20-26 Farmington Farmington Fair. farmingtonfairmaine.com September 25-27 Unity Common Ground Country Fair. mofga.org October 4-11 Fryeburg Fryeburg Fair. fryeburgfair.org

in store for this year’s event. yorkparksandrec.org 207-363-1040

Though every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the calendars, we high recommend you contact the event host to make sure the event is still taking place. Thank you.

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June 2-7 Kennebunkport Kennebunkport Festival. Great food, fine wines and inspired art. thekennebunkportfestival.com June 6 Old Orchard Beach Annual Beerfest. 12-5pm with live music on the pier. 207-934-3595 or oobpier.com June 6 Old Orchard Beach Scottish Festival, Pipers, Highland Dancing, Traditional Scottish Foods, Scottish Entertainment, Scottish Bazaar, Artisans, Artists, Heavy Athletics. OOB365.com June 20 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 25-27 Portland Greek Food Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 207-774-0281 June 27 Dover-Foxcroft Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Food, Music, Fun. mainewhoopiepiefestival.com

JULY July 6-11 Pittsfield Pittsfield Egg Festival. Music, art show, Egglympics, Kiwanis Karnival, fireworks and more. centralmaineeggfestival.org July 9 Oquossoc Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association Strawberry Festival in Oquossoc Park features crafts, yard sale and food. July 10-12 Saco Greek Heritage Festival, Traditional Greek dishes at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. FMI: 207-284-5651 July 11-19 Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival. Something for everyone with athletic events, live music,

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a HUGE parade, fireworks and many family friendly activities. fortfairfield.org July 17-19 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 25 Skowhegan Artisan Bread Fair. Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Delicious breads and pastries, handmade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, the best books and equipment for baking at home, live music, and more. kneadingconference.com July 25 Portland Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Festival. The biggest and best brew fest in Maine. mainebrewersguild.org July 29-August 2 Rockland Maine Lobster Festival, Tens of thousands of pounds of steamed Maine Lobster, waterfront activities, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more! 1-800-576-7512 mainelobsterfestival.com

AUGUST August 1 Augusta 3rd annual Kennebec River Brewfest will take place at Mill Park in Augusta from 1PM to 6PM. Explore Maine-made craft beer, cider, spirits, and wine! Food trucks, live music, and lawn games. kennebecriverbrewfest.com August 5 Waterville Taste of Greater Waterville. Street-side dining will feature various Waterville area restaurants’ delicious cuisines. Throughout the day there will be an array of children’s activities, food vendors and live music. tasteofwaterville.com August 7-8 Wilton Blueberry Festival, Blueberry pies and other delicious food, crafts, games, family events, and a free concert. wiltonbbf.com

August 14-16 Machias Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. 207-255-6665, machiasblueberry.com August 29 Wells 20th Annual Chili-fest. Food, vendors and more. wellschamber.org (207)646-2451

September 27 Damariscotta Pemaquid Oyster Festival. Music, educational exhibits, boat rides, and lots of oysters harvested fresh from the Damariscotta River that morning. Noon to dusk at Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina. pemaquidoysterfestival.com.

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OCTOBER

September 4-7 Boothbay Harbor Harbor Fest: A Taste of Local Flavor, visit local restaurants, pubs and markets to enjoy their signature taste and live music. boothbayharborfest.com

October 3 Presque Isle Aroostook County Brew & Wine Fest, 2-6PM. aroostookcountybrewfestival.com

September 5 Skowhegan Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival. Maine craft brewers, local food, music. skowhegancraftbrewfest.com September 5-6 Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival, Featuring a salmon BBQ, seafood chowders, craft show, music, farmers’ market and more! eastportsalmonfest.com September 19 Old Orchard Beach Annual Chilifest on the Pier. FMI: 207-934-3595 or oobpier.com September 19 Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff. Bethel town common - artists & crafters, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. bethelharvestfest.com September 26 Casco Lakes Region Brewer’s Festival, Maine’s best beers and wines, includes foods, wines, and entertainment. 207-647-3472 mainelakesbrewfest.com September 26 Livermore Falls Apple Pumpkin Festival. Vendors and craft artisans, agricultural products, historical items, seasonal decorations and plenty of food. jay-livermore-lf.org/

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October 9-10 Southwest Harbor Acadia’s Oktoberfest and Food Festival, Wine Tasting on the 9th and Brewfest on the 10th, 20+ Maine brewers, specialty-food producers and other artisans at Smugglers Den Campground. acadiaoktoberfest.com October 10 Gardiner Swine & Stein. Beer, food and music. 11:30am – 5:30pm downtown. gardinermainstreet.org October 18 Unity Great Maine Apple Day, Cider-pressing, apple cookery, apple history, and traditions. FMI: 207-568-4142, mofga.org October 22-25 Portland Harvest on the Harbor, Experience Maine’s finest culinary fare, featuring food, wine tastings, seminars, demonstrations and more with Maine’s top chefs. FMI: harvestontheharbor.com

JANUARY January 29-31, 2021 Rockland Pies on Parade, Pie tasting at several inns and venues in the Rockland area. FMI: 207-596-6611 or piesonparade.com

Though every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the calendars, we high recommend you contact the event host to make sure the event is still taking place. Thank you.

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FOOD AND DRINK • FARMERS MARKETS

FOOD AND DRINK • FARMERS MARKETS Maine residents and visitors have more than 140 farmers’ markets to explore across the state. From the big towns to the tiny hamlets, the wide array of markets reflects Maine’s many diversified farms and its rich crafting heritage. Markets are on every day of the week, at various times of day. If you’re vacationing, be sure to ask the locals or check www. mainefarmersmarkets.org. You’ll probably find a nearby market that suits your travel schedule perfectly. Most farmers’ markets in Maine are independently managed by the farmers, so each one has a different character. Some offer an array of prepared foods, and perhaps even seating areas where you can enjoy

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a relaxed meal. Others cater more to shoppers heading home from work, and offer a convenient spot to pick up local foods and chat with neighbors. Often you’ll find live music and other activities, such as cooking demonstrations, face painting, food sampling, and special programs for children, making farmers’ markets great family destinations. (Most allow leashed dogs to attend as well, but be sure to check in advance.) Maine is one of the few states that has a law defining what qualifies as a “farmers’ market.” The law stipulates that 75% of the farm and food products offered by a vendor must have been grown or produced by that farmer. (Some markets are even stricter, requiring that everything in the stall come from the vendor’s farm.)

Whichever is the case, shoppers at Maine farmers’ markets can rest assured that the products they buy were grown/produced/caught locally, not trucked in from out of state! Of course, most markets offer more than a rich selection of foods. Looking for a Maine-made 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 farmers to more than 40 vendors or more. Because many farms are so diversified, it’s not uncommon to find a farmer offering a wide range of products under one canopy. Don’t pass by the small farmers’ market, 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

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Bath Farmers’ Market Commercial Street, Bath Year-round, Sat., 9-Noon bathfarmersmarket.com Boothbay Farmers’ Market 1 Common Dr., Boothbay May-Oct: Thursday 9am - Noon (207)882-6374 boothbayfarmersmarket.me Brewer Farmers’ Market 318 Wilson St. (Brewer Auditorium Parking Lot) Mid-May - Oct, Tues, Thurs, Sat, 8:30am - 1pm (207)948-5724 or (207)948-2111 brewermaine.gov/community Brunswick Farmers’ Market Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street May - Nov: Tues. & Fri. 8am - 2pm brunswickfarmersmarket.com

FEATURED CO-OPS & NATURAL FOOD MARKETS Camden Farmers’ Market 116 Washington St. (Rte 105), Camden May - Oct., Sat., 9am - Noon Mid-June - Sept., Wed., 3:30pm-6pm camdenfarmersmarket.org Kittery Community Market 10 Shapleigh Rd, Kittery Summer: Jun. 7 - Oct. 4, Sundays, 10am-2pm Winter dates/location see website KitteryCommunityMarket.com Rockland Farmers’ Market Harbor Park, Rockland Early May - End Oct., Thurs., 8:30am-1pm rocklandfarmersmarket.org York Gateway Farmers’ Market Summer & Winter: 1 Stonewall Ln., York May 23-Oct 10, Every Sat., 9am-1pm; Nov-Mar, Two Saturdays/month, 9am-1pm (207)363-4422 gatewayfarmersmarket.com

Belfast Co-op 123 High St., Belfast (207)338-2532 belfast.coop

Rising Tide Co-op 323 Main St, Damariscotta (207)563-5556 risingtide.coop

Blue Hill Co-op 70 South Street, Blue Hill (207) 374-2165 bluehill.coop

Royal River Natural Foods 443 US Rte. 1, Freeport (207)865-0046 rrnf.com

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Yet, some say a Maine vacation is never complete with the sampling of Maine lobster and what better way to do that than without the classic “Maine Lobster Roll”. Ask any Mainer, “what is a lobster roll?” and the responses will vary. The type of

Barnacle Billy’s 50 – 70 Perkins Cove Rd., Ogunquit 207-647-5575 / barnbilly.com Two restaurants side by side in quaint Perkins Cove. A truly down east experience. Cook’s Lobster & Ale House Garrison Cove Rd., Bailey Island 207-833-2818 / cookslobster.com Where all great things come together for one. DiMillo’s Restaurant & Lounge 25 Long Wharf (for GPS use 154 Commercial St.), Portland 207-772-2216 / dimillos.com New England’s one-ofa-kind restaurant. Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster 36 Main St., South Freeport 207-865-4888 harraseeketlunchandlobster.com Family owned and operated business serving Maine seafood on the working waterfront.

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roll is often unique, but most agree it should be buttered and grilled to a golden brown. The meat is usually tossed with butter or light mayo and salt and pepper. You can find the most mouth-watering and truly delicious Maine lobster rolls at restaurants, food trucks, diners and clam shacks across the state. But, all will agree that it must be packed full of FRESH Maine lobster. Here are a few of the places we recommend (listed alphabetically):

J’s Oyster 5 Portland Pier, Portland 207-772-4828 / jsoysterportland.com Fresh seafood straight from the oceans of Maine.

From microbreweries and brewpubs that craft award-winning beers, to wineries and cellars that ferment delicious wines and hard ciders, to distilleries that create amazing spirits, Maine’s countless establishments and their offerings are noteworthy and promise to please the most demanding palate.

Portland Lobster Co. 180 Commercial St., Portland 207-775-2112 portlandlobstercompany.com Committed to serving the freshest Maine seafood.

If you’re into complex brews--ales, porters, tans, wheats, pilsners and every style and type in between-you’re in the right place. According to Maine Brewers Guild, in 2018 there were 117 active, licensed breweries across the state. For the craft aficionado, visit many brew houses to compare and discover remarkable bottled, canned and drafts with layered flavors. For a full experience, look for breweries with guided tours, beer “flights” for small sips, food pairings, and weekend bands. From casual to eclectic, Maine’s breweries combine heart and passion to serve up outstanding crafted beers.

Shaw’s Lobster Wharf 129 State Route 32, New Harbor 207-677-2200 / shaws-wharf.com This is Maine Coast at its best, and we’re proud of it.

There are scores of wineries across the state and each are unique as their wines and ciders. You’ll find an estate winery that’s both elegant and charming, a small vineyard with fun-

Ken’s Place 207 Pine Point Rd., Scarborough 207-883-6611 facebook.com/KensPlace1927 Famous for seafood since 1927! Porthole Restaurant & Pub 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland 207-773-4653 / portholemaine.com The way Portland does summer!

named blends, a full-functioning farm that produces wines in an old milking barn, even a hilltop vineyard with porch rockers, perfect for a glass of Riesling while taking in ocean views. Vintner’s lean into the local produce that flourishes here--grapes, peaches, pears, apples, cranberries, rhubarb, and blueberries. Some winemakers procure grapes from Europe and California for traditional wines like Cabernets and Chardonnays. Regardless of the fruit’s origin, you’ll delight in the many red and whites, aperitifs, and dessert and ice wines that you won’t find elsewhere.

FOOD AND DRINK • WINERIES, BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES

FOOD AND DRINK • LOBSTER ROLLS

Moose watching, visiting lighthouses, fall foliage and the rocky coast are just some of the typical reasons millions of people visit Maine every year.

For cocktails, there are hip distilleries across the state that will gladly pour your favorite beverage. You’ll find originality, like the small batch distillery turning out rum, agave, vodka, bourbon, and whiskey that lets you tour and taste, or perhaps you’d like to take their cocktail making class? There’s the tasting room in an old brick train shed where you can sample high-quality spirits like rum, scotch, and gin. And there’s a micro-distillery that focuses on corn-made vodka. Just look around the state, Maine’s got it all going on in the world of distilled spirits.

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We invite you to travel along the Wine Trail, visit tasting rooms, and sample the wines and spirits produced in Maine. The wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines. Enjoy! (Source: mainewinetrail.com)

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CELLARDOOR WINERY 367 Youngtown Rd., Lincolnville (207)763-4478 mainewine.com

WINTERPORT WINERY/ PENOBSCOT BAY BREWERY WOOD DUCK WINERY

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EXPLORE MAINE, ONE BREWERY AT A TIME. WWW.MAINEBREWERSGUILD.ORG

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!

SACO RIVER BREWING SIDE BY SIDE BREWING CO. STEAM MILL BREWING SUNDAY RIVER BREWING CO. THE FURBISH BREW HOUSE & EATS TUMBLEDOWN BREWING

1 BANDED BREWING CO. BARRELED SOULS BOSTON RIVER TASTING ROOM 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. TRIBUTARY BREWING CO. WOODLAND FARMS BREWERY XOTA BREWING CO. YORK BEACH BEER COMPANY

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BIRCHWOOD BREWING BISSELL BROTHERS BRICKYARD HOLLOW BREWING CO. BUNKER BREWING CO. DEFINITIVE BREWING FORE RIVER BREWING COMPANY FOULMOUTHED BREWING CO. FOUNDATION BREWING CO. FREEPORT BREWING CO. GEARY BREWING CO. GOODFIRE BREWING

GRITTY’S URBAN FARM FERMENTORY INN ON PEAKS ISLAND ISLAND DOG BREWING LIQUID RIOT BOTTLING CO. LONE PINE BREWING COMPANY MAINE BEER COMPANY MAST LANDING BREWING CO. NONESUCH RIVER BREWING CO. NU BREWERY OXBOW BREWING CO. RISING TIDE BREWING COMPANY ROOT WILD KOMBUCHA

SEA DOG BREWING CO. SEBAGO BREWING CO. SHIPYARD BREWING CO. STARS & STRIPES BREWING YES BREWING

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FROSTY BOTTOM BREWING LAKE ST. GEORGE BREWING CO. BAXTER BREWING COMPANY LIBERTY CRAFT BREWING BEAR BONES BEER LIBERATOR BREWING CO. BIGELOW BREWING COMPANY MODERATION BREWING CUSHNOC BREWING CO. MONHEGAN BREWING COMPANY EAST OUTLET BREWING GRATEFUL GRAIN BREWING CO. NORTH HAVEN BREWING CO. ODD ALEWIVES FARM BREWERY GRITTY’S KENNEBEC RIVER PUB & BREWERY OXBOW BREWING COMPANY PENOBSCOT BAY BREWERY THE LIBERAL CUP PUBLIC ROCK HARBOR BREWING CO. HOUSE & BREWERY SASANOA BREWING LOST VALLEY BREWING SEA DOG BREWING CO. OAK POND BREWERY WATERVILLE BREWING COMPANY SHEEPSCOT VALLEY BREWING CO. TATTOOED DAD BREWING CO. TWO GRAMPS BREWING THRESHERS BREWING COMPANY THE POUR FARM 5 TRINKEN BREWING CO. BATH BREWING WATERMAN’S BEACH BREWERY BLACK PUG BREWING BLAZE BREWING COMPANY 6 BOOTHBAY CRAFT BREWERY 2 FEET BREWING CO. FLIGHT DECK BREWING 207 BEER CO. FOOTBRIDGE BREWERY

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

THE THE GREAT GREAT LOST LOST BEAR BEAR

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100 Main St., Saco, ME 207-571-9648 therunofthemill.net

115 Water St., Hallowell, ME 207-MAD-BREW theliberalcup.com

540 Forest Ave. Portland, ME 207-772-0300 www.greatlostbear.com

A CHEF AND A BREWER WALK INTO A BAR Brewpubs in Portland + Gorham Kennebunk + Scarborough Brewery-Restaurant ON Main Street in Gorham

SimMER DOWn session ale

BEST BREWERY. 5 PAYNE AVE. LIVE MUSIC. ROCKLAND, ME TOURS & BEER.

Local before it was a catchphrase. Sustainable before it was a movement. Micro before it was craft. Runabout red ale-braised re uben

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs

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MAINE Cannabis Laws In 2016 Maine passed recreational cannabis which allows all residents to enjoy using the plant, however, there is no legal way for non-patients to purchase cannabis in Maine at this time. Under Maine law, individuals 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of marijuana. Additionally, adults are allowed to lawfully possess and cultivate up to three mature marijuana plants, 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings. Consuming cannabis on public or federal land is strictly prohibited and illegal in Maine. Recreational marijuana may only be consumed on private property, out of public view. Adults 21 years of age or older who do choose to consume marijuana in public and are found guilty of perpetrating this civil violation are subject to a fine up to $100.

Stop and smell the flowers. Experience the largest selection of quality cannabis in Maine. Visit us today! No medical card is needed for entry. You must be 21 or older. Keep product out of reach of children. Exporting marijuana across state lines is illegal.

mainewellness.org 855.848.6740

South Portland Portland Gardiner Brewer

Nature delivers.

As with any recreational substance, driving under the influence of cannabis is strictly illegal. It is legal to transport marijuana accessories and up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis, so long as the marijuana is kept sealed in a child-proof container at all times the transportation vehicle is being used. As with every other state with some form of legalized marijuana, exporting marijuana across state lines is illegal. With the passing of the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, CBD and Hemp products became legal under Federal Law. So, you may legally buy any product that contains these ingredients and transport them across state lines. Medical marijuana patients from the following states may purchase in Maine. The patient must show their certification from the state they live in presently and a State ID or Drivers License from the same state. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, DC

*This information should not be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the marijuana laws. For more information on Maine’s Cannabis laws, please visit Maine.gov

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If you’re looking for a unique place to retire, look no further than Maine. The Pine Tree State offers a slower lifestyle, countless adventures and varied regions to explore. You’ll discover modern cities, easygoing hamlets, blooming college towns, quaint coastal villages, and idyllic mountain bergs. There are homes of every size and style to fit your budget. There are also well-appointed retirement communities with condos, co-ops, cottages, and rental units. You’ll find them with ocean and lake views and nestled on golf courses and nature preserves. Amenities may include fine dining, beauty salons, and indoor pools and spas. Outdoor activities are abundant. In milder months, take a whale watching tour or hop a ferry to sightsee nearby islands. Water lovers can surf, boat, kayak, and walk the beaches. There are state parks, Acadia National Park and the Appalachian Trail for hiking and bird watching. Leaf peeping is a must in the fall. Winter enthusiasts will appreciate the ice skating, tobogganing, downhill and cross-country skiing. If you’ve

never ice fished, there are plenty of lakes to hone a new hobby. A big draw to the state is Mainers themselves. They have a relaxed approach to life and are friendly, hard-working and helpful. This healthy attitude keeps stress levels to a minimum. Speaking of health, top-notch medical care facilities with outlying campuses and rural hospitals are available. Two more important perks--Social Security is tax exempt and crime rates are low. Maine has a wealth of seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets that allow you to eat well but are easy on the wallet. There’s fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. Foodies will delight in the plentiful awardwinning restaurants, roadside diners, lobster shacks, brewpubs, wineries, and year-round festivals that are perfect for exploring with your friends. Never-ending happenings will keep you sharp and young at heart. Recreational centers, art museums, theater venues, libraries, garden tours, volunteering opportunities, and interesting classes are within close reach. Whatever you hope for in your retirement years, you can realize your dreams in Maine. 

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Maine owned, born of a proud 30+ year family history of excellence in sustainable retirement living, OceanView at Falmouth expands to Cumberland with an exciting 50+ cottage neighborhood. Offering a maintenance-free lifestyle, customized floor plans in a country setting, and peace of mind for the future, this solar-powered, environmentally friendly community is truly “green living” at its finest! Enjoy a pool, community center and Golf Fore Life at 3 local courses - all just minutes from the ocean, Portland and the main OceanView campus.

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• No more gas and electric bills • No more routine household maintenance • A full calendar of events • Chef prepared meals & spacious apartments • Convenient location • Transportation to local shopping areas • A salon, theater, market & bistro for your conveinence And so much more! Ask about reserving your apartment now for Spring!

At Quarry Hill, you can have it all: A gracious, maintenance-free home. Priority access to our spectrum of care. And services and amenities that leave you free to enjoy all the beauty and cultural sophistication of Camden — Maine’s oft-proclaimed best and prettiest place to live.

Come discover your best future, at Quarry Hill. • Cottages and apartments for independent living • Assisted living • Memory care • Nursing care

30 Community Drive Camden, ME 04843

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Quiet, solitude, and star lit skies will cap off the experience of camping in Maine’s remotest areas.For some, the camping experience can be found in assorted commercial campgrounds that offer everything from basic tent sites to far more elaborate sites with water and electricity hook-ups for pull behind trailers or recreational vehicles. The campgrounds often have 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 shopping experiences, dining, and elaborate entertainment and activities. There are over 200 licensed campgrounds in Maine according to the Maine Campground Owners Association.And for others, there is the experience of camping in a cabin or lodge on the grounds of many campgrounds. These range from quaint log built cabins that can accommodate a small family to grand rustic lodges that can accommodate many more guests. You may want to camp at one of Maine’s 12 state park campgrounds with locations to suit your taste. For more information visit www.maine.gov.

CAMPGROUNDS & RENTALS Cold River Campground 211 Riverside Dr., Eddington (207)922-2551 coldrivercampground.com Hid’n Pines RV Resort 8 Cascade Rd., Old Orchard Beach (207)934-2352 | camphappily.com Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service (Rentals) 480 Roosevelt Trail, Windham (207) 892-8308 | leesfamilytrailer.com

THINGS TO DO • CAMPING

When Your Home is at Park Danforth...

Maine has just about every camping experience a visitor might want. For those looking for the rustic experience, you’ll find small clearings in wooded areas near lakes and streams just big enough for you and a place to pitch a tent.

Libby’s Oceanside Camp 725 York St., York Harbor (207)363-4171 libbysoceancamping.com Loon’s Haven Family Campground 41 Loons Haven Dr., Naples (207)693-6881 | loonshaven.com Maine Campground Owners Association campmaine.com Searsport Shores Oceanfront Camping 216 West Main St., Searsport (207)548-6059 | campocean.com Shore Hills Campground & RV Park 553 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay (207)633-4782 | shorehills.com Skowhegan Kennebec Valley KOA 18 Cabin Rd., RT 2, Canaan (207)474-2858 koa.com/campgrounds/skowhegan Timberland Acres RV Park 57 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton (207)667-3600 timberlandacresrvpark.com Wassamki Springs Campground 56 Saco St., Scarborough (207)839-4276 | wassamkisprings.com

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3 1/2 miles to Boothbay Harbor

207-922-2551

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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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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

1 Cape Neddick Light Station

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2 Spring Point Ledge Light

15 Bass Harbor Head Light

3 Portland Breakwater (Bug Light)

16 Burnt Coat Harbor Light

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

South Portland, off Route 77, 1897.

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).

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

6 Pemaquid Point Light

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

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

Southwest Harbor Route 102A, 1858.

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

17 Bear Island Light

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

18 West Quoddy Head Light

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

THINGS TO DO • LIGHTHOUSES

MAINE LIGHTHOUSES

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Manchester, (Pond Road, inland).

7 Marshall Point Light

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

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.

“INTO THE LANTERN WAS AN EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET.”

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.

13 Fort Point Light

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

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM Bath, Maine | 207-443-1316 www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

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THINGS TO DO • SCENIC BYWAYS

THINGS TO DO • SCENIC BYWAYS Photo by Don Dunbar

The National Scenic Byways Program was established in 1991 to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes these roads based on factors such as archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic intrinsic qualities. Maine is proud to serve as home for four of these specially designated byways. Acadia All-American Road: 40.0 miles in length- Takes three hours to drive or eight hours to visit. Acadia National Park: a United States National Park located southwest of Bar Harbor. The park includes much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands along the Atlantic coast. (Acadia National

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Park charges an entrance fee.) From craggy shorelines and granitecapped mountains to crystal lakes and spruce–fir forests, Acadia All American Road is perfect for exploring. Extensive carriage roads and hiking trails give access to Acadia National Park. See fishing and sailboats in Frenchman’s Bay or go back in time to see the “cottages” of old Bar Harbor. Old Canada Road Scenic Byway: 78.2 miles in length – Takes about two and a half hours to drive or eight hours to visit. Tracing the route of generations of travelers between Maine and Quebec, this segment of U.S. Rt. 201 winds right alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, and the Dead River. Encounter old-time villages and abundant wildlife in mountain ridges, forests, and rivers. US 201 begins in Brunswick and follows the Kennebec

River from Gardiner, Maine, to The Forks where it winds away from the river and runs up into the north woods mountains before reaching Jackman and extending into Quebec, Canada at the border crossing. Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway: 35.6 miles in length – Takes two to three hours to drive and eight or more hours to visit. 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 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.

Schoodic Scenic Byway: 29.0 miles in length – Takes one hour to drive or eight hours to visit. The Schoodic Scenic Byway: travels through the eastern seaboard, including the “quiet” side of Acadia National Park. The landscape remains unspoiled, revealing a part of Maine where lobstering and clamming are still a tradition. Discover the local artisans’ crafts and let the mountains, coastal islands, historic buildings, and lighthouses enchant you.

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Whale watching excursions and boat tours are a fitting way to explore Maine’s rich coastal scenery and natural gifts sure to take your breath away. You’ll spy tiny seaside towns and hilltop villages, quiet coves and inlets, sandy beaches and remote islands, and native birds and sea life. Sign up for one of the numerous whale watching excursions in harbor front towns and marinas. These sea-faring vessels motor into ocean waters to get you up close and personal to massive species such as humpback and finback. Picture sitting in a comfy vessel or high-speed catamaran, waiting and watching, then being wowed when a mammoth whale jumps out of the depths, spins and drops back into the seas. Knowledgeable captains and crews narrate, educate and answer questions on whales and marine life. Seasonal and year-round ferry lines and boat companies specialize in an assortment of tours up and down the coast. For a romantic evening of star gazing and dancing, venture on

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Photo by Don Dunbar

a sunset cruise that features a local band. A fall foliage tour is perfect for seeing the kaleidoscope of colors dotting over 3,000 miles of the mainland’s coast. Board a ferry that takes you past rugged coastlines, through bustling working harbors and to islands both near and far. Lighthouse boat tours are plentiful. There are 65 beacons across Maine’s coast and islands and history buffs will find these interesting. A lobster tour promises to be memorable-you’ll learn about Maine’s lobstering industry, how the crustaceans are caught and watch as crews unload the traps at port. Ask where the fresh haul is heading so you can follow and enjoy a succulent lobster dinner. Crews and naturalists on nature cruises enlighten on wildlife and point out seals, porpoises, osprey, and puffins. If you’re into salt water fishing, take a day charter so you can cast a line. If you’d like to raise the sails and move with the winds, there are tours and private charters to enthrall. Windjammer outings are available for days to a week — fantastic for soaking in the coast of Maine.

Acadian Boat Tours 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor (207)801-2300 acadianboattours.com

Monhegan Boat Line 880 Port Clyde Rd., Port Clyde (207)372-8848 monheganboat.com

Finestkind Cruises Ogunquit (207) 646-5227 finestkindcruises.com

Schooner Olad & Cutter Owl 1 Bayview Landing, Camden (207) 236-2323 maineschooners.com

Katahdin Cruises Greenville (207) 695-2716 katahdincruises.com

THINGS TO DO • WHALE WATCHING & BOAT TOURS

THINGS TO DO • WHALE WATCHING & BOAT TOURS

Photo by Colin Chase

Frenchman Bay Sunset Cruise Since 1934, A Maine Tradition! Fishing & Nature Cruises

Eden Star Coastal Discovery Cruises 2 to 2 ½ hour cruises Puffins – Lighthouses – Charters 207-372-8848 www.monheganboat.com

New! Starting spring 2020! Somes Sound Fjord Tours

Sailing Daily from Atlantic Oceanside Hotel 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor

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Whitewater rafting is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic or an Olympic athlete. People of all ages from 8-80 with no previous experience raft Maine’s rivers ... many visitors have likened Maine’s rafting experience to “the ultimate, natural theme park ride.” The Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers are Maine’s most popular rivers for rafting. The Kennebec trip is a 12-mile ride that begins at Harris Station on Indian Pond and ends at The Forks, where the Kennebec and Dead Rivers meet. The Penobscot ride begins with two miles through Ripogenus Gorge, then continues an additional 12 miles before ending at Pockwockamus Falls. The Dead River expedition is a 16-mile trek from Grand Falls to The Forks, and follows the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the eastern U.S. Each of the three rivers has something special to offer Maine rafters. The Kennebec River is family and first time rafter friendly with big waves, no exposed rocks and surprisingly warm summer water temps in the mid 70’s. The Dead River has just a handful of special scheduled dam releases through its 16 miles of continuous rapids. The Penobscot

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offers the biggest challenge for thrill seekers who love big drops, aggressive paddling and Class 4-5 rapids. Over the past four decades, the popularity of rafting has greatly increased and its appeal has broadened to a wide range of Maine’s visitors. In general, more folks want to raft and enjoy a thrill, immerse themselves in nature but know they are safe with a professional outfit that has been rafting the Maine rivers for decades. The Kennebec River fills most of these folks needs as the big, warm summertime waves are fantastic, the gorge is beautiful and the trip is perfect for families and rafters with little or no experience. The Dead and Penobscot Rivers have their niche amongst the more experienced rafters who want the biggest challenge and want to run the rapids in the most aggressive manner possible.

been rafting has a story.” Prices for the services of a rafting outfitter vary depending on the month, day of the week and number of people in each group. A one-day trip on the Kennebec averages $80-$120 per person, on the Penobscot $90-$130 per person, and on the Dead $90-$140 per person. Article courtesy of Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting

FEATURED RAFTING Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting 3 Lake Moxie Rd The Forks 800-553-RAFT(7238) crabapplewhitewater.com Magic Falls Rafting Co. 38 Dead River Rd. West Forks 800-207-7238 magicfalls.com

Moxie Outdoor Adventures 1609 U.S. Rte. 201 The Forks 800-866-6943 moxierafting.com Three Rivers 2265 US. Rt. 201 West Forks Outdoor Adventures 207-663-2104 800-866-6943 www.moxierafting.com threeriversfun.com

THINGS TO DO • R AFTING

THINGS TO DO • R AFTING

You don’t have to be a thrill seeker to take a whitewater rafting adventure in Maine. Rafting outfitters in Maine have offered trips since the mid 1970’s on several beautiful and fun rivers that offer a wide range of thrills for all rafters.

Outdoor Adventures 800-866-6943 www.moxierafting.com

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For the uninitiated, whitewater rafting trips are categorized by degree of difficulty. They range from Class I (easy, no obstacles, small ripples, slow current) to Class VI (nearly impossible, very dangerous, for well-prepared teams of experts only). For beginners, novices and families with younger kids, a mild Class 2 trip on the lower Kennebec will work well. For newer rafters and families who want a real thrill balanced with safe surroundings, the Class 3-4 Kennebec River Gorge is the best choice. If you want to ramp it up to Class 4-5 excitement, head to the Dead or Penobscot. Maine outfitters and guides reassure their prospects that a rafting experience is both safe and unforgettable. “Everybody who’s

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Fat tire biking in Maine is growing and with good reason. The bike’s larger tires allow you to appreciate a multitude of seasons and landscapes. Fat bike over smooth pavements and slushy gravel paths, navigate sandy ocean beaches and rugged coastal roads, pedal up mountain trails, trek across frozen lakes and snowy, groomed trails. Regardless if you’re a rookie or an avid fat biker, cycling is a terrific way to explore the Pine Tree State. The popular bike offers a comfortable ride – the bigger tires absorb shock, increases balance and gives you greater control. This means you’ll be able to go further on your jaunt – and a bonus is you’ll get a good workout. This sport is exhilarating because a fat bike gives you the

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flexibility of going off the beaten path – terrific fun for the explorer. Whether you’re an experienced fat biker or simply want a new sightseeing experience, take advantage of tour companies who offer a variety of excursions. Or create your own route – grab a friend or your family and cycle to favorite spots – be it along the beautiful coastline or rivers, through lush valleys, or up high mountain tops. Poke through charming towns, stop at historic lighthouses, hit a bayside lobster shack for a fresh feast. Slumber at a backwoods cabin or quaint B&B and start your journey again in the morning. If you don’t own one, there are plenty of fat bike rental shops statewide. Regardless of the season that you’re visiting Maine – get adventurous and live a little. Get out with a fat bike and explore, take in the fresh air, and prepare to be invigorated.

Mt. Blue State Park 299 Center Hill Road, Weld, ME 04285 Park season: (207) 585-2347 Fall, winter & spring: (207) 585-2261 Campground & Beach at 187 Webb Beach Rd.

Aroostook State Park 87 State Park Road Presque Isle, ME 04769 207 768-8341

Peaks-Kenny State Park 401 State Park Road Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 Park season: (207) 564-2003 from May 15 - Oct 1 Off season: (207) 941-4014

Bradbury Mountain State Park 528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069 (207) 688-4712 Open all year.

Rangeley Lake State Park HC 32 Box 5000, Rangeley, ME 04970 In season: (207) 864-3858

Camden Hills State Park 280 Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843 Park season: (207) 236-3109; After Labor Day: (207) 236-0849

Sebago Lake State Park 11 Park Access Road, Casco, ME 04015 Campground in-season: (207) 693-6613 Office: (207) 693-6231

Cobscook Bay State Park 40 South Edmunds Road Edmunds Twp, ME 04628 (207) 726-4412

Swans Falls Campground P.O. Box 600, Fryeburg, ME 04037-0378 (207) 935-3395

Lake St. George State Park 278 Belfast Augusta Rd. Liberty, ME 04949 (207) 589-4255

Warren Island State Park P.O. Box 105, Lincolnville, ME 04849 (207) 446-7090 May 15 - Sept. 15 (207) 941-4014 Sept. 16 - May 14

Lamoine State Park 23 State Park Road Lamoine, ME 04605 Park season: (207) 6674778 May 15 to Oct. 15 Off season: (207) 941-4014

For more information on Maine’s State Parks please visit: www.maine.gov

THINGS TO DO • MAINE STATE PARKS

THINGS TO DO • FAT TIRE BIKING

The State of Maine has 48 State Parks and Historic Sites, including coastal parks, lakeside parks, riverside & waterway parks, rolling hills & mountain parks and island parks. The following parks offer family camping.

Lily Bay State Park 13 Myrle’s Way, Greenville, ME 04441 (207) 695-2700 Park Season: Open year-round.

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MIDCOAST Beatrice B. Baxter Memorial Forest, 4.1 miles; Topsham

Good Will-Hinckley, 3.3 miles; Fairfield

Camden Hills State Park, 26.4 miles; Camden

Kennebec River Rail Trail, 6.5 miles; Augusta, Farmingdale, Gardiner, and Hallowell

Fort Point State Park, 0.9 miles; Stockton Springs

Lake George Regional Park, 10.1 miles; Canaan and Skowhegan Old Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, 2.6 miles; Randolph University of Maine Augusta Fitness Trails, 2.2 miles; Augusta Viles Arboretum, 5.0 miles; Augusta

AROOSTOOK COUNTY Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge—Visitor Center Trails, 5.7 miles; Caswell and Caribou America’s First Mile Trail, 1.0 mile; Fort Kent Fort Kent Riverside Trails, 3.6 miles; Fort Kent Nordic Heritage Center--Single Track Network, 16.1 miles; Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle BANGOR/ACADIA/DOWNEAST Calais Walkway, 1.5 miles; Calais Kenduskeag Stream Trail, 1.7 miles; Bangor Quoddy Head State Park, 5.5 miles; Lubec Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 9.2 miles; Milford

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GREATER PORTLAND Androscoggin Riverwalk, 1.3 miles; Brunswick and Topsham Bradbury Mountain State Park Hiking Trails, 21.5 miles; Pownal Libby Hill Forest, 8.1 miles; Gray Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, 3.1 miles; Freeport Pineland Public Reserved Land, 3.2 miles; Gray, New Gloucester, and North Yarmouth

Woodbury Nature Conservancy, 4.1 miles; Litchfield and Monmouth LEWISTON-AUBURN METRO Androscoggin Riverlands State Park - Hiking Trails, 23 miles; Turner Beaver Park, 6.5 miles; Lisbon Lewiston-Auburn Greenway Trails, 1.6 miles; Lewiston and Auburn Mount Apatite, 7.6 miles; Auburn Poland Spring Preservation Park, 4.1 miles; Poland

Pratt’s Brook Park, 6.5 miles; Yarmouth

Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, 4.4 miles; Lewiston

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 4.4 miles; Freeport

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 0.7 miles; Livermore

KENNEBEC COUNTY Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest, 7.6 miles; Manchester

MAINE HIGHLANDS Mount Kineo State Park, 6.1 miles; Kineo Township

Augusta Nature Education Center, 4.8 miles; Augusta

Peaks-Kenny State Park, 6.7 miles; Dover-Foxcroft

Haystack Mountain Trail, 1.1 miles; Liberty and Montville Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, 1 mile; Woolwich

THINGS TO DO • HIKING

THINGS TO DO • HIKING

Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest, 2.4 miles; Manchester and Readfield

Moose Point State Park, 1.5 miles; Searsport Swan Island, 8.3 miles; Perkins Township Whiskeag Trail, 5 miles; Bath SOUTHERN MAINE Alewive Woods Preserve, 2.4 miles; Kennebunk Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail, 5.9 miles; Sanford WESTERN MAINE Bald Mountain Trail, 3.0 miles; South Franklin Blueberry Mountain Trail, 2.4 miles; Township 6 North of Weld Jugtown Forest, 16.9 miles; Casco, Naples, and Otisfield Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve, 1.6 miles; Norway Streaked Mountain Trail, 1.2 miles; Buckfield, Hebron, and Paris Whistle Stop Trail, 14.0 miles; Farmington, Wilton, and Jay

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Bangor Region Chamber bangorregion.com Bar Harbor Chamber barharborinfo.com

There’s nothing like a day trip through the Western Maine region (also known as the Foothills) in the fall when the colors of autumn are peak. The site of a covered bridge, actually six of them to be exact, only enhances this scenic adventure!

Onward to the Sunday River Bridge, Maine’s most famous covered bridge. It’s often referred to as “Artist’s Bridge” in recognition of the artists who have been coming here for years to paint it. Though closed to traffic since 1958, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see and photograph it.

You’ll start your journey at Babb Bridge, on the Hurricane Road in Gorham, where it presides over the Presumscot River. The bridge has been reconstructed, but the original 79-footer was built in 1843. Destroyed by a fire in 1973, the replica was opened in 1976. Today it connects the towns of Gorham and Windham.

Our journey takes us next to Hemlock Bridge in Fryeburg. This 110-foot bridge still allows vehicular traffic. Finished in 1857, it spans a portion of the Saco River on Route 302. Just 3 miles northwest of East Fryeburg, don’t forget to visit some of the shops and restaurants in town or stop for a day at the Fryeburg Fair in October.

Head west to the Parsonsfield – Porter Bridge located at 51 Kezar Mountain Road in Parsonfield. This bridge crosses the Ossipee River and was built in 1859. It was a collaboration between the towns. A new bridge just down river caused the closing of this bridge to traffic, but it’s still worth the visit as it’s one of the most scenic in Maine.

The sixth and final bridge on our tour is Bennett Bridge in Lincoln Plantation. Built in 1901 to gain access across the Magalloway River, it’s been closed to traffic since 1985. You’ll find this gem about 1.5 miles south of Wilson Mills, in Errol.

Lovejoy Bridge in Andover is next on the list. This little, Maine’s shortest at only 70 feet, allows visitors to cross the Ellis River.

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This entire trek will take about 6 hours. We would suggest a lovely overnight stay in any of the quaint towns and villages along the way or the Rangeley Inn is a short 40 minute drive from Bennett Bridge in one of western Maine’s most scenic towns.

Belfast Area Chamber belfastmaine.org Bethel Area Chamber bethelmaine.com Biddeford-Saco Chamber biddefordsacochamber.org Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber bluehillpeninsula.org Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber boothbayharbor.com Bucksport Bay Area Chamber bucksportbaychamber.com Caribou Chamber cariboumaine.org Central Aroostook Chamber centralaroostookchamber.com Damariscotta Region Chamber damariscottaregion.com Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber deerisle.com Eastport Area Chamber eastport.net Ellsworth Area Chamber ellsworthchamber.org Flagstaff Area Business Association mainesnorthwesternmountains.com Fort Fairfield Chamber fortfairfield.org Franklin County Chamber franklincountymaine.org

Grand Lake Stream Chamber grandlakestream.org Greater Bangor CVB visitbangormaine.com Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber mainelakeschamber.com Greater East Grand Lake Area Chamber eastgrandlake.net Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce freeportmainechamber.com Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber fortkentchamber.com Greater Houlton Chamber greaterhoulton.com

CHAMBE RS OF COMME RCE

THINGS TO DO • COVERED BRIDGES TOUR

For more information about your visit to Maine, please refer to our Chambers of Commerce that stand ready to help you.

Greater Limestone Chamber limestonemaine.org Greater Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber lincolnmechamber.org Greater Madawaska Chamber townofmadawaska.com Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau visitportland.com Greater Van Buren Chamber vanburenmaine.com Greater Yorks Region Chamber yorkme.org Jackman Region Chamber jackmanmaine.org Jay, Livermore, Falls Chamber jay-livermore-lf.org Katahdin Area Chamber katahdinmaine.com Kennebec Valley Chamber augustamaine.com Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber visitthekennebunks.com

Forks Area Chamber forksarea.com

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce lametrochamber.com

Freeport Merchants Association freeportusa.com

Machias Bay Area Chamber machiaschamber.org

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Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber midcoastmaine.com

Moosehead Lake Region Chamber mooseheadlake.org

Southern Piscataquis County Chamber spccc.org

Mount Desert Chamber mountdesertchamber.org

Southwest Harbor-Tremont Chamber acadiachamber.com

Ogunquit Chamber ogunquit.org

St. Croix Valley Chamber visitstcroixvalley.com

Old Orchard Beach Chamber oldorchardbeachmaine.com

Trenton Chamber of Commerce trentonmaine.com

Oxford Hills Chamber oxfordhillsmaine.com

Union Area Chamber unionareachamber.org

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber mainedreamvacation.com

BANGOR/ACADIA/DOWNEAST

GREATER PORTLAND

Accommodations

Accommodations

Acadia Sunrise Motel

Trenton

98

Best Western Inn

Freeport

Colony at Hull’s Cove

The Hulls Cove

97

Falmouth Inn

Falmouth

Fireside Inn & Suites

Bangor

93

Quality Suites

Freeport

Eastland Motel

Lubec

103

Motel East

Eastport

105

Activities

Quoddy Properties

Eastport

105

Maine Historical Society

Portland

41

The Commons

Eastport

105

Maine Narrow Gauge RR

Portland

44

White House Inn

Bangor

93

Bar Harbor

97, 149

Oli’s Trolley

Bar Harbor

97

Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce vinalhaven.org

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

New Brunswick

Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce piscataquischamber.com

Wells Chamber wellschamber.org

Campgrounds Cold River Campground

Eddington

142

Portland Regional Chamber portlandregion.com

Winthrop Area Chamber winthropchamber.org

Timberland Acres RV

Trenton

142

Rangeley Lakes Region Chamber rangeleymaine.com

Wiscasset Area Chamber wiscassetchamber.com

Other

River Valley Chamber rivervalleychamber.com

Yarmouth Chamber yarmouthmaine.org

Schoodic Peninsula Chamber acadia-schoodic.org Sebago Lakes Region Chamber sebagolakeschamber.com

49

Portland Discovery Tours Portland

38

Victoria Mansion

40

Portland

Activities Acadian Boat Tours

Sanford-Springvale Chamber sanfordchamber.org

48 15, 47

103

Bar Harbor Chamber

Bar Harbor

99

Cape Air

Bar Harbor

47

Ellsworth Area Chamber

Ellsworth

95

Quoddy Properties

Eastport

105

Restaurants/Food Dysart’s

Bangor

92

Seadog Brewing

Bangor

131

Strong Brewing Co.

Sedgwick

129

Campgrounds Wassamki Springs Camp Scarborough

143

Restaurants/Food DiMillo’s Restaurant

Portland

43

Great Lost Bear, The

Portland

47, 131

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs

Freeport/Portland 131

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Co.

South Freeport

49

J’s Oyster

Portland

46

Ken’s Place

Scarborough

34

Len Libby Chocolatier

Scarborough

7

Pat’s Pizza

Scarborough

35

Pom’s Thai

Portland/S. Portland 33

Porthole Restaurant

Portland

39

Portland Lobster Co.

Portland

45

Seadog Brewing

Portland/S. Portland131

Sebago Brewing Co.

S. Portland

130

135

Retail

Retail

Sebasticook Valley Chamber ourchamber.org

Eastern Maine Images Gallery and Gifts

Beach Boys

S. Portland

Eastport

103

Elizabeth Prior

Portland

Skowhegan Area Chamber skowheganchamber.com

Green Alien Cannabis

Bangor

133

Fiore

Freeport, Portland 78

Eastport Breakwater Gallery

Eastport

105

Fiore

Bar Harbor

Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

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CHAMBE RS OF COMME RCE

Mid-Maine Chamber midmainechamber.com

Monica’s Chocolates

Lubec

Oli’s Trolley Gift Shop

Bar Harbor

78 102 97

The Commons

Eastport

105

Wellness Connection

Brewer

133

Fire on Fore

Portland

Forget Me Nots

Falmouth

Lois’ Natural Marketplace Scarborough

41 135 49 136

Rancourt & Co.

Portland

Sea Bags Maine

Portland, Freeport 44

41

Sock Shack

Portland

Wellness Connection

Portland/S. Portland133

41

Other

83 15 8

Cape Air

Portland

Cumberland Crossing

Cumberland

Maine Veterinary Hospital Scarborough Oceanview at Falmouth

Falmouth

47 139 35 138

159


Portland Veterinary Emergency Specialty

Portland Portland

140 163

Camden

83

Retail

Boothbay Harbor

71

1 Mill

Belfast

Glen Cove Inn & Suites

Rockport

79

Artful Heirlooms

Camden

Gosnold Arms

New Harbor

75

Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry Belfast

Greenleaf Inn, The

Boothbay Harbor

71

Big Al’s

Wiscasset

133

Accommodations

83

Colonial Valley Motel

Farmington

87

Hampton Inn

Lewiston/Auburn

51

162

Krainin Real Estate

Raymond

55

60

KENNEBEC MOOSE RIVER VALLEY

Harbour Towne Inn

Boothbay Harbor

70

Big Al’s Fireworks

Wiscasset

67

Mount Blue Motel

Farmington

60

Accommodations

Linekin Bay Resort

Boothbay Harbor

73

Cabot Mill Antiques

Brunswick

64

Poland Spring Resort

Poland Spring

53

Fiore

Brunswick, Rockland

78

Rangeley Inn, The

Rangeley

61

Highbrow

Topsham, Waldoboro

136

Showroom

Thomaston

76

Sea Bags

Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland 44

Seagull Cottage

Rockland

Newagen Seaside Inn

Southport

73

Pine Grove Cottages

Lincolnville

85

Activities

Relax Inn

Brunswick

64

Moxie Rafting

West Forks

151

Russell House

Boothbay Harbor

73

Three Rivers

West Forks

151

Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort

Edgecomb

73

Travelers Inn

Brunswick

64

Senator Inn

Augusta

107

Other Cape Air

Augusta

47

Delta Ambulance

Augusta

107

Restaurants/Food Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery

Activities Prospect

88

Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland

80

Maine Maritime Museum Bath Hallowell

130

Maine State Music Theatre Brunswick

Hathaway Mill Antiques Highbrow

Port Clyde

North Atlantic Blues Festival Rockland

Retail Waterville Manchester

145 62 76, 149 80

107

Owl’s Head Transportation

136

Museum

Owl’s Head

Schooner Olad & Owl

Camden

81

Trapt Escape Rooms

Rockport

79

Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery

Oakland

126

Wellness Connection

Gardiner

133

2

Shore Hills Campground

Poland Spring Golf & Fenn Park

Poland Spring

Oxford Casino

Oxford

164

Songo River Queen II

Naples

4

Loon’s Haven Campground Naples

142

53

78

SOUTHERN MAINE

Other

Accommodations

Bethel Area Chamber

Bethel

58

Alouette Beach Resort

Old Orchard Beach 25

Krainin Real Estate

Raymond

55

Aspinquid at Norseman

Ogunquit

Carolina Resort

Old Orchard Beach 27

Lee’s Family Trailer Sale and Service

Windham

5

Falmouth Inn

Falmouth

15

Lafayette Oceanfront Resort

Wells

19

Cyndi’s Dockside

23

Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pubs Auburn

Lodge at Kennebunk, The Kennebunk Campgrounds Boothbay

143

21

Restaurants/Food Poland Spring

53 131

Norseman Resort

Oqunquit

21

Pietree Orchard

Sweden

57

Seacastle Resort

Ogunquit

21

Umbrella Factory, The

Naples

54

Waves Oceanfront Resort Old Orchard Beach 27

MAINE HIGHLANDS

Retail

Other

Accommodations Birches Resort, The

Moosehead Lake 109

Maynard’s

Rockwood

109

Wilsons on Moosehead Lake

Greenville Jct.

109

Belfast Area Chamber

Belfast

87

Blue Hill Chamber

Blue Hill

159

Bucksport Chamber

Bucksport

159

Cape Air

Rockland

47

Quarry Hill

Camden

140

Activities Finest Kind Cruises

Moosehead Lake 108

Oqunquit

15

Campgrounds York Beach

17

Restaurants/Food Big Barn Coffee

Mobile

123

Blue Hill Co-op

Blue Hill

89

MIDCOAST

Cook’s Lobster & Ale House

Bailey Island

65

Accommodations

Rising Tide Co-op

Damariscotta

123

Other Kathleen Scott

Cape Elizabeth

8

Karen Schlegel

Kennebunk

22

Ogunquit Chamber

Ogunquit

19

Alamoosook Lakeside Inn Orland

88

Rock Harbor Pub

Rockland

Bailey Island Motel

Bailey Island

65

Seadog Brewpub

Topsham, Camden 131

Cedar Crest Inn

Camden

83

Alouette Beach Resort

Old Orchard Beach 25

Shaw’s Fish & Lobster

New Harbor

Cod Cove Inn

Edgecomb

71

Barnacle Billy’s

Ogunquit

Cottage Connection

Boothbay

71

Run of the Mill Brewery

Saco

130

Sebago Brewing Co.

Kennebunk

130

78, 131 74

Medco

Lewiston

134

Richardson’s Boat Yard Tasteful Things

Windham Bridgton

56 57

Umbrella Factory, The

Naples

54

Hid N’ Pines Campground Old Orchard Beach 143 Libby’s Oceanside Camp

Activities Katahdin Cruises

Maine State Prison

Activities

Campground

Historic Fort Knox

Monhegan Boat Line

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WESTERN MAINE

Country Inn, The Flagship Inn

INDE X

INDE X

Park Danforth

STATEWIDE Camp Maine

Statewide

143

Hannaford

Statewide

3

Maine Dept. of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry Statewide

142

Reny’s

Statewide

9

Restaurants/Food 19

161


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