Maine is full of things that are easy to be thankful for. We have access to the best nature, the best food and the best people. But, it’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and forget all the good we have here in Maine. But, what if we were able to take just one day and remember everything we love about our state? Just one day to forget work, obligations and any stress we have and soak up everything Maine has to offer. It might be challenging to fit all of this into one day (okay, it might actually require being able to teleport yourself) but, if you’re feeling ambitious, here are 21 ways to have the most Maine day ever.
1. Start with a Maine sunrise.
This one is from Acadia, but any sunrise will work. Just make sure you're sitting outside feeling the fresh Maine air in your face.
2. Grab a coffee from a local coffee shop.
As long as it's locally owned, any will do. Our personal favorite right now is Bard in Portland. They just started offering up growlers of cold brew and they feature pastries and goodies from lots of local places. Give them a visit at 185 Middle Street in Portland / 207-899-4788.
3. Now, get yourself home and cook up some delicious ployes.
These buckwheat flour-powered pancakes are popular all over Maine, though northern Maine probably holds the real claim.
4. Load them up with some wild Maine blueberries.
Up the Maine-factor if you picked them yourself on a hike this weekend.
5. Head out to the Subaru and start loading up for a day out!
If you don't have a Subaru, any adventurous 4WD car will do. As long as you're not afraid of getting it dirty.
6. Before you get off the beaten path, hop the ferry to Peaks Island.
Grab a snack, rent a golf cart and drive yourself around the perimeter of the island. You'll be treated to views of Casco Bay, along with some lovely homes along the coast.
7. Feel centered and guided by visiting a Maine lighthouse.
Of course, all of them are lovely, but our personal favorite is Bass Harbor Light in Acadia. Again, this is where being able to beam yourself there would be helpful.
8. Now, head for a small hike outside.
Nothing crazy. Just a place to walk around and enjoy the Maine landscape. Any network of trails will do, but we think Wolfe Neck State Park in Freeport is a good option for something leisurely.
9. Bonus points if you're wearing your bean boots.
Although, no self-respecting Mainer would own boots this clean. This guy is clearly visiting.
10. Since you're in the area, stop into the L.L. Bean flagship store.
Take a photo in front of the boot, then pretend you didn't. If you're from Maine and you're shopping in Freeport, it's because you have things to get done.
11. Get a quick lesson in fishing!
LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School offers them, but if you can't get in, just teach yourself!
12. Visit a Maine waterfall.
Dunn Falls in Oxford County is a good option. Dunn Falls features two main sections - an upper falls and a lower falls. Many people feel the lower is the most impressive, but both are worth the fairly strenuous hike it takes to reach them. Plan for about 3 hours total if you like stopping along the way. This is one where you can enjoy the water, so add some more time for splashing around.
13. Chow down on a lobster roll.
But, they are not all created equal! This one from Red's Eats is a sure bet and
are some others.
14. Add a layer.
It's Maine. The day probably started sunny and 70, but has now devolved into a 55 degree overcast day.
15. Stop for a whoopie pie!
Try the original brownie whoopie pie at Douin's Market & Diner in New Sharon if you're looking for a good one!
16. And, while you're taking a break, might as well try a local brew.
Norway Brewing Company in Norway is now open and they have a great outdoor eating area, not to mention, awesome beers.
17. Climb Katahdin.
Why not? It IS the most Maine day, after all. Might as well go all out!
18. Recover after that arduous hike at your camp.
Settle in and pretend you don't have to leave. Except you do, because this is just a pretend day and tomorrow you're going to have to go back to work. Sorry, guys.
19. Head north to Lubec for a taste of another Maine.
Take in the small village downtown and revel in the fact that you can now tell people you've been north of Bangor.
20. Make a left and head into The County.
Take in a much different Maine than you'll find on the coast. Farming, hard work and family time is what Aroostook County is all about.
21. And now, head off into the sunset having spent a truly Maine day in Maine.
There's no reason the bean bootmobile should be there, but bonus points if it is.