Maine December 06, 2017
10 Enchanting Maine Towns That Feel Like You’ve Fallen Into A Snow Globe
Some might argue that Maine spends most of the winter feeling like a snow globe. While this might be true, we like to look at it a little more magically. When Maine is covered in snow and the twinkling lights of the holidays are seemingly everywhere, the state goes from just a wintry northern state to something far more special. These are the towns that we think do the best job of capturing the best of wintertime in Maine.
1. Camden, Knox County
Camden is really two places. One in the summer and one when it looks like this. After a fresh snow in the winter, the streets look like something out of a Dickens novel...cozy, warm and totally inviting.
2. Gardiner, Kennebec County
Gardiner has a lovely main street that truly transforms when it snows. In December, the town is decked out for the holidays celebrating for the entire month leading up to Christmas.
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3. Nubble Light in York, York County
If there was one image of Maine in the snow that most evokes what it's like to spend a winter here, it just might be this one. During the day, Nubble Light in the snow looks like something out of a painting. And at night...
4. ...Nubble Light is like no place else in the world.
The lights went live on November 26th and they'll stay up through January 1st, 2018. The lights go on after dusk and stay on all night. Not close enough to see it in person? Check out the
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5. Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County
There are a lot of reasons to visit Boothbay Harbor in the winter. One is that there are less tourists. But another (and the most important!) is that it's beautiful. For something truly special, head outside of the downtown area and visit the 500,000 energy efficient LED lights of Gardens Aglow at The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
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6. Bath, Sagadahoc County
Bath is a magical little place to visit even when it's warm out, but the winter time is when it looks like something out of a fairy tale. The town celebrates Christmas for the entire month of December beginning with the annual "Old-Fashioned Christmas" celebration. Festivities begin just after Thanksgiving with the Christmas Tree Lighting, Jingle Bell Walk, & an opportunity to visit with Santa. Or, simply take a walk around town anytime in the winter. Chances are it'll feel pretty special no matter what's happening.
7. Freeport, Cumberland County
Freeport is more than just a place to spend money during the holidays! The town's Sparkle Celebration brings together holiday cheer and shopping in one lovely weekend. The weekend kicked off a few weeks ago with a Parade of Lights down Main Street. But, if you missed it there's still plenty to do! The fun continues with a Sparkle Express Train Adventure, free horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, and a talking Christmas Tree.
8. Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor is one of those towns that offers the perfect warm and cozy feeling of New England every time it snows. A walk down the snowy main street includes lots of hidden gems including shops and restaurants perfect for a quick cup of hot chocolate. Or, something stronger!
9. Portland, Cumberland County
Maine's most well-known city might be full of tourists in the summer, but during a winter snow the city takes on a quiet, cozy feel. With the red brick buildings and atmospheric street lights even a snow globe couldn't match this!
10. And, lastly, to really kick up the winter vibes in Portland...
Make sure to explore the city at night when the lights are strung throughout the trees creating the most perfect winter wonderland. On December 16th see the harbor light up for the 18th Annual Boat Parade of Lights beginning at 4:30pm. For something extra special, book a trip on Casco Bay Cruises. And, this is also the month for the Polar Express on the Narrow Gauge Railway which leaves from the Gateway Visitor Center! For more information on events in Portland
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