Maine August 25, 2017
Everyone From Maine Should Take These 11 Awesome Vacations
Maine isn’t called “Vacationland” for nothing! We often hear people talking about vacationing in Maine, but what does that mean? While it’s true that simply crossing that state line can send an immediate wash of relief over most people, a real vacation here means making a few plans. Whether you prefer those plans to only go as far as choosing a hotel or whether you need some specific ideas, this list should help get you on your way!
1. Monhegan Island, Lincoln County
For some peace and quiet, head to this island located about ten miles off the coast of Maine. With no cars or vehicles allowed, visitors can stroll around the small streets and explore with their senses rather than relying on wheels. We wrote about Monhegan a few months ago.
to check it out.
2. Kittery, York County
Typically passed right through on the way to more notable destinations in Maine, Kittery offers much in the way of quaint history. Some will argue that other towns are older, but Kittery is the oldest incorporated town in Maine. It's got plenty to keep you busy - from a cute downtown for shopping to nature.
3. The Oldest Operating Inn, Kennebunk
While the Seaside Inn is suspected to have been in existence for slightly longer, the first record of it occupying the land it currently sits on is 1660. This is when local ferrymen were asked to live on the oceanfront peninsula at the mouth of the Kennebunk River to ferry travelers across. The Kennebunk mainstay is one of the most loved properties in the area. And, the grounds are gorgeous, covered in flowers and with plenty of grassy areas.
4. Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert
Maine's largest and only National Park can keep you busy for days. Whether you choose to get lost in the forest by spending your time hiking and camping, or if you stay in Bar Harbor and make day trips, Acadia is one of the most beloved and well-known trips to take while in Maine.
5. Sebago Lake, Casco Area
Sebago is the second largest lake in Maine, but we think it offers the first in fun! A day spent at the beach or out on the water feels like its own distinct adventure within the state. Spend a long day here, starting when it opens at 9am and staying until sunset when it closes.
6. Migis Lodge, Sebago Lake
To turn a Sebago Lake trip into a real vacation, book yourself a few nights at Migis, which has been around since 1916. You can choose from the main lodge or one of the 25 cottages located in the beautiful pine forest lining Sebago Lake.
7. Castine, Hancock County
The small and historic town of Castine sits at the mouth of the Penobscot River estuary, just beyond the Bagaduce River. You might know it for its maritime ties, but it's also an artists' haven. Make plans now to visit next July for the three-day Plein Air Art Festival. And, while it's still warm, check out the daily tours put on by Castine Kayak.
8. Crooked River Tiny House, Waterford
It's no secret that this tiny slice of heaven is one of our favorite places to escape to in Maine. Located in a secluded area, next to the Crooked River this simple home comes with a separate guest house and a screened in, elevated house for full nature immersion. We've written about it before, so
check it out
out and book yourself a weekend!
9. The Town of Bethel, Oxford County
Bethel might seem like any other town in Maine to some, but once you're there you'll realize this the picturesque place is the perfect jumping off point for year-round fun. In the summer, explore Grafton Notch State Park along with the short portion of the AT running through it. In the winter, skiers will love the access to Sunday River. Either way, make sure you're booking yourself into the Bethel Inn Resort. It's gorgeous!
10. Ogunquit, York County
Ogunquit features the Atlantic on one side and the Ogunquit River on the other. It's the best of both worlds! In addition to being a tourist destination in Southern Maine, it's also a burgeoning artist colony. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art features work by well-known artists including Roy Liechtenstein, Edward Hopper and Thomas Hart Benton.
11. The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor
For a truly unique vacation in Maine, check out this beautiful private island with a fully restored lighthouse keeper’s home! Guests are taken to the Cuckolds by an official Captain in a gorgeously restored Navy motor whaleboat. Guests will have private use of the entire island, including the inn which has been restored impeccably, including a cozy fireplace in the kitchen. A stay also includes prepared meals, afternoon teas and even special touches like lobster bakes and candlelit dinners if requested.
One thing you should definitely plan on doing is
this hike to an abandoned mansion! You can tackle it during a trip to Portland Head Light, which means it super easy to add to your trip!