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Maine -- The Pine Tree State
So Much Vacation Fun By the Sea and Beyond in Maine...
Jordan Pond at Acadia
National Park, Maine (photo by Eric)
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Maine vacation will have you
returning year after year. The rocky coastline, colorful and
wholesome coastal towns, and Downeast flavor of lobster and blueberry
pie have an undeniable charm that just is the beginning of a
treasure trove of things to do in New England's seaside playground.
course, much of Maine is inland
and with superb vacation destinations and tourist attractions (Sebago
Lake, and the Rangeley
and Moosehead Lakes regions, to name a few), but the coast gets
much of the press; it's easy to understand once you are there.
indeed a 200 mile playground
feel to the coastline, starting in charming Kittery Point and
extending all the way to stunning Acadia National Park. There
are fine beaches, outdoor seaside dining choices, cliff walks
dotted with floral gardens (Marginal Way in Ogunquit is a great
example), arcades, and places of solitude to bike, hike and forget
about everyday stresses unlike any place you've ever visited.
course, the Maine coastline
goes on a few hundred miles beyond Acadia. This is a different
kind of coastal playground for those looking for less commercialism
and more solitude.
top choice for a great Maine
vacation is York, simply because there are things to do for
everyone. York, Maine, is also living proof that you don't have
to travel far up the Maine coast to get a true feel of the famed
dinners, rocky shoreline,
expansive ocean beaches, ice cream stands, salt water taffy and
refreshing salt air and countless other tourist attractons await you,
just minutes north of the New
border. York has something fun for everyone: the quiet,
York Harbor and York Village, the beaches, carousel and arcades
at York Beach, and the rugged, rocky, more secluded environs
of Cape Neddick.
visiting York, you can see
the joy and relaxation in peoples' faces as more smiling and
"hellos" take place here than you can initially handle.
The key is to adapt. When you do, the health benefits are greater
than any wellness doctor could ever recommend.
Maine's largest city
at 64,000, An interesting, revitalized city set on beautiful
Casco Bay with old Victorian Homes, tree-lined streets and the
great Old Port Exchange, an area with terrific restaurants and
stores. Some say it is like a mini San Francisco, with its hills,
charm and now a growing eclectism, with an art community, more
diversity in its people, lots of culture, all residing by the
sea. It is a great city for walking, having a big city feel in
some neighborhoods, but ultimately a small-town personality in
its people, architecture and retained history.
there's Acadia National
Park, truly one of the most spectacular parks in the United States,
with its beyond scenic rocky coast, and forested valleys, lakes
and mountains, carved by glacial force. It cannot be fully described,
only joyfully visited.Truly a visual treat, this 40,000 acre
wonderland offers endless natural delights. Take, for example,
the dramatic sunsets at 1,500 foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest
point on the U.S. Atlantic Coast. From Cadillac, one can see
amazing views of Penobscot, Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays. From
the top of Gorham Mountain, you get an incredible view of the
glacial blue Atlantic Ocean. Then there is Thunder Hole, with
its waves creating a sonic boom. For those in touch with more
isolated nature, miles and miles of trails and bicycle paths
will bring you in touch with beautiful wildflowers, a wonderful
variety of trees and some great fresh and salt water swimming.
The 27-mile loop at Mt. Desert Island offers endless ocean and
mountain scenery, unlike anything you've seen before.Many choose
the commercial center of Bar Harbor to launch their Acadia vacation.
Bar Harbor is certainly pleasant enough with its tree-lined streets,
fine captain's homes, harbor views, and refreshing breeze, but
it can also be capable of traffic jams, unctuous souvenir shops,
unkempt flower children and flavor-of-the-week restaurants, changing
hands every few years. In a way, Bar Harbor is not compatible
with the untouched scenic beauty of the region, and can often
come across as a bit too hectic.We prefer Northeast Harbor, a
splendid little village boasting the prettiest harbor you will
ever see. Sunny even when it's cloudy, Northeast Harbor is quietly
confident , as it never panders to the tourist. In the little
village, you will find an old-time market, a bakery owned by
"The Colonel" (a military-looking man with a crew cut),
some antique stores and a few restaurants. One of them, the Docksider
could be considered your classic Maine restaurant, with charming
"Downeast" waitresses, lobster to die for, unbelievable
clam chowder, and in the summer, salt air flavored outdoor dining
on the doorstep of the Harbor.
unexpected treasures are
what make Maine so special. Everyone who has been to Maine has
their own special discovery. There does, however, seem to be
a pattern of people making special discoveries in small, unassuming
picturesque seacoast communities like Camden (looks ready made
for a postcard), Wiscassett (what people might envision a small
Maine town to look like), Rockport (a great walking town) and
more popular destinations like Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, Old Orchard
Beach and Wells.
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waterfront city in Waldo County, mid coastal Maine
will shower you with old-fashioned character.
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on the Maine rocky coast.
Maine, offers small-town
within its appealing coastal city limits
Ogunquit is a classic
Maine vacation destination.
is one of the
areas in an already lovely Acadia National Park.
wonderful perspective on Northeast
Maine: proves you
don't have to travel too far
northern Maine to get a true taste of the Downeast flavor.
A wonderful moment of truth in
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hour of shopping at the Kittery
Trading Post, Kittery, Maine
Maine offers some of New
best fall foliage.
Stonewall Kitchen in
is a tour de force of gourmet foods, gifts, kitchen and cookware,
home decor and garden accessories.
best ocean beaches
The Beach in Wells, Maine, offers ice cream bliss in the form of a
blueberry jam in the New England region.
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upscale at Clay Hill Farm, Cape Neddick, Maine
of Alisson's Restaurant, Kennebunkport, Maine
Warren's Lobster House,
Kittery, Maine, specializes in fresh lobster
The Docksider Restaurant, a
shack, in Northeast Harbor, Maine, specializes in Maine lobster
dinner, clam chowder and instant Downeast Maine dining memories.
Fox's Lobster House in York
Maine, epitomizes Maine seafood dining
Kennebunk Inn evokes
charm in a delightful New England setting.
Maine Diner, in Wells,
Maine, goes well beyond its genre with amazing seafood dishes.
H.B. Provisions, Kennebunk, Maine
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at the lowest guaranteed rates in our New England Hotels Guide.
York Beach, Maine,
Lodging is as Easy as "123"
Inn at Tanglewood Hall in York
Maine, offers a symphony of lodging charm and amenities by the
sea. Also, be sure to take a Virtual
Tour of the Inn at Tanglewood Hall
experience four-star lodging at the Lodge
at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine.
Inn at Long Sands offers
lodging and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. (Now Stone's
quaint, 19th century Victorian Katahdin
Inn provides the perfect launching pad for your York Beach,
Lodging review of
the Rhumb Line Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine
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Maine on a Budget at The Thrifty New England Traveler
tastings at Maine microbreweries, wineries, vineyards
experience at The Candyman, Kennebunkport, Maine
dine in Kennebunk, Maine, for under $10
seasonal gift shopping at Joan's Beach and Gift, York Beach, Maine
in Rangeley, Maine
in Kennebunkport, Maine, without going broke
fun and fried seafood in York Beach, Maine
Palace Playland and beach at Old Orchard Beach
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Visiting the flagship L.L. Bean store in Freeport
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