Living in Maine is already one of the best decisions you can make. Our summers are perfect, our winters are (mostly) bearable and there is always something to do. So, if you want to keep your winning decision making streak going, read on for the absolute best decisions you can make in Maine.
1. Enjoy a day at the beach with the family for all-day fun.
Old Orchard Beach is great for families and comes with a pier full of food and an entire amusement park.
2. Or, take the quieter option and head to quieter Popham Beach in Phippsburg.
3. Take an amazing scenic road trip.
The 96-mile Golden Road is a great one! It was built by the Great Northern Paper Company and stretches from the St. Zacharie, Quebec border crossing to the company's former mill in Millinocket. Much of this road is unpaved so make sure your car is in good shape before heading out. Look forward to some awesome views of Katahdin on the way.
4. While you're on one of your road trips, remember to stop by the roadside attractions.
Perry's Nut House in Belfast is a good choice! It was once known for its variety of taxidermy animals and outdoor painted animal sculptures. In 1997, many of these things were sold at auction making the place much less exciting. But then! In 2009 new owners began searching for and buying back the previously sold relics. Last I heard, Ape-Raham the gorilla was back in the store, but the old elephant was still at large. Check this place out on Route 1 heading to Bar Harbor.
5. If you're a foodie, don't just stop in Portland - head to Rockland as well.
Rockland's food scene is great and deserves its own stop on a tour of Maine restaurants. Pictured here is 3CROW Restaurant & Bar.
6. Go island hopping.
Start with Vinalhaven, our absolute favorite.
7. Work as hard as you possibly can.
You'll be following in the footsteps of our lobstermen, clammers and everyone else that was brought up to give their all. It's the Maine way.
8. Take an easy hike to see Maine's natural beauty.
Try the Lily Bay State Park Trails in Beaver Cove. The state park was created in part using land donated by the Scott Paper Company. While the area is mainly used by campers and visitors to Moosehead Lake, the trails offer a nice getaway into the surrounding land. There are 2 main hiking trails here. Both the Dunn Point Trail and the Rowell Cove Trail are fairly easy, family friendly and will take you along the shore of the lake.
9. Grab more than one layer and be prepared to bundle up.
10. Get some fresh seafood straight from a lobster pound.
Try Five Islands Lobster Co. at the southern end of ME Hwy 127 in Georgetown.
11. Check out some of our strange natural wonders.
Such as the reversing falls in West Pembroke. When the tide heads in the opposite direction, the movement of the water goes over a treacherous area in the reverse direction, creating what appears to be a waterfall that moves opposite of the current.
12. Take a trip up to the Allagash Waterway.
It's off the beaten path and offers amazing views and recreational opportunities.
13. Visit Maine's historical landmarks - start in York!
The Old York Jail was once a colonial prison, with elements of the structure dating back to 1720. It was used as a prison until approximately 1879, after which it was used as a schoolhouse, a boarding house and a warehouse. It was made larger after the American Revolution in response to a demand for better debtor's prison conditions. It is now a museum offering tours between May and October.
14. Stay in and invite your friends, old and new, over for a big Maine dinner.
15. Most importantly, remember that Maine is home.