Maine April 03, 2018
11 Underrated Places In Maine That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
Compared to other states, Maine might look small on a map. But those who live here know that there’s certainly no lack of things to do and places to go! While there are the perennial favorites – visiting Baxter and heading upta camp – there are a number of undiscovered gems that are worth finding. Here are just a few of our favorite underrated places to visit in Maine. From nature to restaurants to unique stores, Vacationland is at its best when you’re looking a little deeper!
1. The Berlin Wall Pieces, Portland
The Old Port is home to some of Maine's most notable tourist-frequented restaurants and bars, but there's a fun secret! Located on Long Wharf, Long Wharf, just across from Commercial Street are pieces of the Berlin Wall dating back to its dismantling in 1989.
2. The Good Life Store, Raymond
This tiny shop carries more than you'd expect for its size from the outside. You'll find rows of wine, cheese and crackers, as well as a homemade prepared foods area filled with homemade salads, soups and baked goods that you can take home. They're located at:
1297 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond / (207) 655-1196
3. Little Hunters Beach, Acadia State Park
While it's not necessary to go all the way to Acadia to find a Maine beach, this one is worth the trip! Located off the Park Loop Road, about three miles past Otter Point, it's one of the most hidden beach areas in the National Park. Part of it's mystery lies in the fact that it's not visible from the road. You'll know you've arrived when you see the small pullout along the road for parking. Cross the street and head down the wooden stairs to access the beach.
4. Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport
This fun museum might be a bit out of the way for some, but it's a valuable stop for those looking to understand more about Maine. Visitors will learn all about the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay region. The collections, education, lessons and workshops, as well as local community engagement make it a special part of the town. They're located at: 2 Church Street in Searsport / (207) 548-2529.
5. The Hidden Bridge (our own, un-official name!), New Portland
Located in the small town of New Portland, between Bangor and the Canadian border, this bridge is truly special. The bridge is older than even the town financial records, but it was likely built before 1866 along with three others of its kind.
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6. Beyond The Sea, Lincolnville
This small local shop delivers more than meets the eye. Stop in for new and used books, unique gifts, jewelry and local artisan made art pieces. Head there the last Saturday in July and you'll be able to experience the annual book festival. They're located at: 2526 Atlantic Hwy in Lincolnville/ (207) 789-5555.
7. Riggs Cover Houseboat Rentals, Georgetown
The Kennebec/Sheepscot River basin in the beautiful Georgetown area of Maine is known for idyllic mornings with seals, ospreys, and local lobstermen. The unique houseboats available through Riggs Cove Rentals here, give you the opportunity to actually SLEEP on water!
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8. Number Four Mountain, Greenville
The name alone sounds mysterious, doesn't it? Start this hike in Greenville and enjoy the views from the top before heading down and taking a dip in Moosehead Lake. The summit will also provide some pretty epic views of Baker and Lily Bay mountains. The trail fairly easy at about 4-miles round-trip.
9. Kamp Kamp, Greenville
This unique shop is VERY well-known to those who grew up visiting Moosehead Lake, but to others it is a veritable treasure trove of hidden gems! Formerly the Moosehead Lake Indian Store, you can still see the old building it operated in. Today it's full of antiques and fun Maine-related household gifts. You'll also find candy and fun toys! They're located at: 3 Lily Bay Road in Greenville / 207-695-0789.
10. The Lakeshore House, Monson
Tucked away in small town Maine, this restaurant and lodge is locally owned and operated. The restaurant is known for their great home cooked meals and staying open lake. You'll even find live music here. The lodge is a popular overnight stop among those hiking the AT, or people looking to enjoy a piece of the Maine outdoors. They're located at: 9 Tenney Hill Road in Monson / (207) 343-5033.
11. Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Hallowell
The town of Hallowell is home to one of the most wonderful candy stores in Maine! "Scrummy" is British slang for "scrumptious" and "Afters" are desserts or sweets. Inside you'll find not only a candy store, but an entire gift shop full of fun things to bring home. They're located at: 36 Water Street in Hallowell / (207) 621-2900.
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