Maine’s favorite poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.” Living in Maine means that tips for staying warm are always useful. And, as Mainers, we always appreciate the wise advice of those fellow Vacationlanders who have come before us. Take Longfellow’s words to heart – find love, get warm and take that special someone to these lovely romantic spots in Maine.
1. A two-person kayak trip on any of Maine's gorgeous lakes.
Pictured here is Rangeley Lake, a great option in western Maine, but there are plenty of options throughout the state. Click
for a list of more lovely lakes in Maine.
2. A weekend stay at the Norembega Inn in Camden.
Overlooking the Penobscot Bay in Camden, the Norumbega Castle stands out from just about every other structure along the Maine coast. Built in 1886, it was privately owned and lived in for almost 100 years before becoming a bed and breakfast that you can still stay in today. Fun Fact: The current owner was a winner on popular Food Network show, "Chopped."
3. A weekend of exploring and camping at Cobscook Bay State Park near Dennysville.
Cobscook Bay State Park is one of the most unique in Maine. It has one of the most dramatic tidal ranges in all of the state - averaging about 24 feet. It's also an incredible place to camp if you love exploring. The narrow opening to the sea, along with its craggy shoreline and few rivers and streams to feed make it unique. The nutrient-rich Gulf of Maine water comes in, which stimulates plankton growth. This leads to all sorts of wildlife in the form of land and sea creatures.
4. A short vacation to Isle Au Haut in Knox County.
Isle au Haut is one of the most remote Maine islands. Accessible only by boat via Stonington, the desire to live here requires some self-sufficiency and hard work. It's best for folks who don't need to leave the island very often (can you work remotely?!) or licensed fishermen. If you're visiting, check out out the
Inn which includes a cottage next to the operational historic lighthouse.
You can get to Isle au Haut via passenger, freight and mail boat service from Stonington year-round. During the summer, the boat also makes stops at Duck Harbor for Acadia National Park visits.
5. A stroll through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.
One of the most beautiful places in Maine is also known throughout the country as one of the best botanical gardens anywhere. Take a walk with your special Mainer and enjoy one of the gardens' year-round events. Check their events listing
6. Take in one of Maine's Art Walks.
From Portland to Rockland, Kingsfield to Presque Isle, you can walk the streets (hand-in-hand) and galleries of a variety of Maine towns to see everything from performance to paintings. Check out
Art Walk Maine
for details on dates and all participating places.
7. Enjoy a drive-in movie out in the fresh Maine air.
Try the Skylite Drive-In in Madawaska if you're in the area. They're open for the season and kids under 12 are free.
8. Prefer to keep your love indoors? Enjoy a live show or movie at the Criterion in Bar Harbor.
The Criterion is well-known throughout Maine for good reason. Built in 1932, it is rumored to house a few ghosts, but more noteworthy is its dedication to preserving the space for storytelling and performances. It offers a range of events from live performances to films. See the calendar of events
9. Take a leisurely hike on any one of Maine's beautiful trails.
Walking through the network of Casco Bay Trails will take you from forest to rocky coastline. You'll enjoy the pace here and be able to simply enjoy each other's company and the natural scenery. Then, finish off the day at the outlets in downtown Freeport.
10. Spend a laid back afternoon at an outdoor restaurant, such as Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Company in Belfast.
Take a day off of exploring and stop into Three Tides for some outdoor drinks and great food. As a bonus, you can grab a delicious growler of their fresh brewed beer. The restaurant has both an entree and a tapas menu, perfect if you're looking for some casual time outside. If it's a chillier day, don't be scared! They have an awesome fire pit to keep you warm. Visit them at: 2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast / 207-338-1707
11. Go for an awesome throw-back roller skating night.
If you're in Central Maine, check out the Rollodrome in Auburn.
12. If you want something truly unique, rent a tree house in Brunswick.
For about $160 a night, spend the night high above the land looking out over the water. To find out more about this special place and learn how to book, click
Where is the most romantic spot in Maine? What memorable places have you been with someone you love?