If there’s one thing Maine has plenty of, it’s waterfront. But, you don’t need to dip a toe into the oftentimes icy ocean water to enjoy it. With more coastline than California, Maine has plenty of ways to enjoy the water without donning a swimsuit. But, best of all, being coastal is not a mandate. You can take in Maine’s waterfront at a variety of lakes and rivers in addition to the Atlantic. Here are just a few of the waterfront spots in Maine that we think you’ll love.
1. Fish for brook trout at Acadia National Forest Stream.
If you're heading to Acadia, don't forget that there are plenty of wetlands that don't include the actual coast. In fact, we just learned that about 20% of the park is actually considered "wetlands."
2. The Pearl Restaurant, Rockland
The Pearl has been a Rockland mainstay in one iteration or another for ages. It's just about to re-open with new owners and while we can't attest to the new menu, it's worth a visit for the pier view alone. If you go, let us know what you think. It opens May 13th. Find them at 273 Main Street / 207-593-8629.
3. Tidewater Motel, Vinalhaven
Vinalhaven could count as its own waterfront masterpiece, but for the sake of narrowing things down, we've included Tidewater Motel. This upscale motel is a welcoming home away from home. It offers rooms that overlook Carver's Harbor and sits just above the water where you can experience the twice daily rush of water during the tidal change. Check them out by clicking
4. Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Thunder Hole is a just one of the wonderful attractions within Acadia. The spot gets its name from the booming noise made when air escapes from a sea cave after being trapped by the incoming tide. Check it out, but watch out for rogue waves!
5. Cobscook Bay State Park, Dennysville
Cobscook is a wonderful place to simply explore. Take in the wildlife, especially bird-watching. But, make sure you're there to witness another example of Maine's dramatic tidal changes. The range averages about 24 feet and can reach 28 feet. That's significantly larger than the 9 foot average along the coast of Southern Maine.
6. Archer's On The Pier, Rockland
We didn't include Archer's on the Pier in our
best outdoor dining article
and we certainly heard from our readers. So, we felt like this was the best opportunity to make it up to you. Archer's is not to be missed if you're in the Rockland area. The steamed lobster gets good reviews, but a visit is worth it for the view alone. Visit them at: 58 Ocean Street, Rockland / 207-594-2435.
7. Belgrade Lakes Area, Central Maine
If you're looking for a departure from the Maine coastal beaches, head for the hills to the Belgrade Lakes Region. The quaint little Main Street is alive with local flavor. If you miss it this summer, don't worry. Autumn is lovely as well. Don't miss the picture-perfect Harvest Festival in early October - you'll feel like you're stuck in a Norman Rockwell painting.
8. Sleep under the stars at Natanis Point Campground, Chain of Ponds
The stunning Chain of Ponds are a natural wonder, but they also have historical significance. They're part of the path taken by Benedict Arnold on his ill-fated expedition to Quebec during the American Revolution. Enjoy a sunset at the Natanis Point Campground, named after Arnold's Abenaki Indian guide.
9. Bagaduce Lunch, Brooksville
Enjoy a lobstah roll at the iconic Bagaduce Lunch They have been serving the same impossibly fresh menu since 1946.
10. Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
Head to the Maine Maritime Museum this summer for something to do with the family. From lighthouse cruises to interactive activities for kids, there's enough to keep everyone occupied. In fact, a museum entrance ticket is good for two days so you'll have no problem hitting everything they have to offer. Learn more by clicking
11. Eastern Promenade, Portland
Don't be turned off by the fact that the homes here are some of the most expensive in town. This area is incredibly welcoming and casual. Lay in the grass (beware of ticks!) and enjoy the view over Casco Bay in the summer. Sled your way down the hills in the winter and bring your dog in any season to enjoy leash-less romps near the impressive tripod-mast of the USS Portland. If you prefer to be surrounded by hundredd of other Mainers when you hit the outdoors, be here for the annual 4th of July celebration. Click
for more information on the "Stars and Stripes Spectacular."