The sun must rise on all good pit parties, signalling the end of an epic evening. Reny’s must close for the night, the best lobster shacks must close for the season and even the most incredible sunset on Cadillac Mountain leads to utter darkness. It is these small defeats that should prepare us for a Maine doomsday. Ultimately, the beauty and glory of living in the best state in the country might come to an end. If and when that day comes, you better head to these places in Maine. They’re your best hope for survival. And maybe even one last good Allen’s filled pit party.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Chain of Ponds, Maine
Some of you may want to avoid trying to create a homestead during doomsday and just hit the road. If you're looking for beauty, along with an already beaten path, Benedict Arnold's route towards Quebec during the American Revolution is perfect. It's already been tried and tested and it's almost in Canada. We all know that doomsday will leave Canada alone. Nothing bad happens there. Don't let the fact that Arnold's expedition didn't end well get you down! No matter where you go, yours won't end well either so you might as well try this one!
2. Piscataquis, Maine
Or, really, anywhere in the North Maine Woods area of Aroostook County. You may think safety in numbers is the name of the game during doomsday, but depending on the particular reason for the doom, you may want to be as far away from others as possible. You'll get that isolation in the North Maine Woods. Bring some water proof matches and a book and you'll spend your last days in blissful solitude.
3. Shapleigh, Maine
This camp is located in Shapleigh and it looks like they've already prepared themselves for doomsday. They're deep in the woods with a shed that is surely full of survival tools. Head here, knock on the door and when they turn you away (because why would they let a stranger inside?) just hang around on the picnic tables waiting for them to feel bad.
4. Millinocket, Maine
From Millinocket, you can easily access the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness area. In addition to being easily off-the-grid, you can store your perishables in the ice caves. Frozen even in the middle of the summer, the caves are a nice place to hide out while surviving on a delicious Gifford's cone.
5. Coopers Mill, Maine
Hidden away in Coopers Mill is Elmer’s Barn of Junk and Dead Things. The three floors of this barn contain vast heaps of junk, antiques, oddities and collectibles. Surely, within this maze of "stuff" must lie some tools that will get you through whatever horrors befall Maine. Here's an idea: set up came on the third floor. Grab some lamps, pitchforks and a nice painting. You'll have something to poke the bad guys, a lamp to see the bad guys and paintings to gaze at before the bad guys arrive. If the bad guys are actually a sickness sweeping the state, at least your fever dreams will be entertaining.
6. Madawaska, Maine
Here you'll find the St. David Catholic Church. The church was built in 1911 and was modeled after Renaissance and Baroque Italian architecture. It serves as a symbolic reminder of the Madawaska residents' struggle for their own parish and priest. Why do you care? Because finding religion during the last days of doomsday can't be a bad thing. Not exactly the religion you're looking for? That's okay. Get inside, lock the doors and be quiet. It's as good a place as any to hide out.
7. Any town with a Reny's, Maine
We've said it once and we'll say it again: in the event of a disaster, go straight to Reny's. You won't be hidden from zombies, pestilence, scary government or the plague but you'll surely find something to stave off any of those things. If you can't find something to keep you alive a few days longer at Reny's, you are probably already barely hanging on.
8. Boon Island, Maine
If a crew of ten men can survive for almost a month on a deserted island, you might as well give it a go. Sure, they had to eat their friends to do it, but were you expecting a delightful doomsday? Boon Island is off the coast of York, making it a good choice for those of you located in Southern Maine. It's far enough from the mainland that you'll be safe from whatever plague or pestilence has taken up residence in Maine and the rocky coast will ensure no weirdos show up.
9. Waterville, Maine
With both Colby and Thomas College, Waterville will surely have some folks with the brains to keep you alive. While they get to work figuring out a survival plan, you can enjoy the many restaurants, cafe and bars in the area that cater to the student population. If doomsday hits in July, you may be able to take in some great films during the Maine International Film Festival. We're not entirely sure that everything will run as planned, so keep an open mind.
10. The Eustis, Stratton, Coplin Area, Franklin County, Maine
Last year, these towns made our list of the safest places to live in Maine. It might just be a lucky coincidence, but for the purposes of this article let's assume the population of folks living here are better at being safe than the rest of us. With that in mind, head here to surround yourself with people who will know what to do in a doomsday situation. Also worth mentioning is that the area is home to people who were displaced when Flagstaff was flooded. So, they're resilient. Align yourselves with this community if, at the very least, you want to have nice friends when the end is nigh.