Maine March 08, 2017
Escape To These 12 Hidden Oases In Maine To Find Peace And Quiet
The majority of Maine isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis, but every now and then even laid back Mainers can use some peace and quiet. If the soothing sounds of the waves and the country roads aren’t doing it for you anymore, check out these hidden spots that offer an oasis from our otherwise busy lives.
1. "Hobbitland" - AKA, Vaughn Woods & Historic Homestead, Hallowell
Many locals refer to this serene preserve as "Hobbitland," referring to its green and secret feel. However, there is so much more to these lush woods. The area is preserved by the non-profit Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead and is perfect for exploring small streams and paths.
2. The Ocean Path Hike, Acadia National Park
Hiking Ocean Path will give you views of what many believe to be "classic Maine" - from coast to forest. There are many stopping points which make it a relaxing hike for those who don't want to have to constantly scramble uphill over rock. The trail will take you past Thunder Hole and will end at Otter Point with views of Cadillac and Dorr Mountains.
3. The Blueberry Barrens, Washington County
This place feels like another world! The 200,000 acres of barrens in Washington County are perfect for raising lowbush blueberries due to the glacial deposits left ages ago. Get lost here and take some crazy photos for your friends.
4. The Coastal Trail, Lubec, Quoddy Head State Park
This rocky, steep hike is a bit of a challenge, but comes with some awesome ocean views. Along the way you'll be able to see from the Quoddy Channel to the cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick Canada.
5. Cobbosseecontee Lake, Kennebec County
This lake is known for an array of coves, inlets, and more than 20 islands. It also has Ladies Delight Light, the only active inland waters lighthouse in the state. The lighthouse marks the Northern part of the underwater reef running through the lake.
6. The Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area
While the Debsconeag Lakes area is a beautiful place to visit no matter what you do there, the truly magical part is the ice caves. The cave walls hold ice even on the hottest days of the summer and descending into it will make you feel that you've begun your journey to middle earth. But remember that exploring the cave is best for advanced hikers and climbers you'll need the appropriate equipment since the area can be quite slippery and even dangerous.
7. Deer Isle, Stonington
This small lobster village near Acadia is just off the beaten path enough to keep it feeling like it did generations ago. This is what the Maine coast is all about. You can reach it via a bridge, but it feels perfectly removed from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. We won't tell you exactly how to get there - some things need to remain a mystery. But, if you can find your way, you'll be rewarded with the feeling that time travel is real.
8. Northern Maine during the Northern Lights.
Maine is one of the only states in the country that will give you this view. So, like this photographer, head to Milo at the right time and see where your imagination goes!
9. Wolfe's Neck State Park, Freeport
Walking through the network of Casco Bay Trails will take you from forest to rocky coastline. This one is great for kids and you can finish off the day by re-entering society at the outlets in downtown Freeport.
10. McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, South Paris
McLaughlin Gardens was started by Bernard McLaughlin in 1936. He welcomed anyone who wanted to visit whenever his doors were open. The garden and homestead have now been open for about 70 years. The garden is about two acres and is now owned by a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic home, barn and garden for the public. You can visit between May to October for no charge.
11. Rangeley Lake Region, Rangeley
Rangeley Lake is one of the most mystical places in Maine. Due to its location halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, you might find yourself feeling a bit more spiritual than usual when you're at camp by the lake.
12. The Cutler Bold Coast Preserve, Cutler
In Downeast Maine, Cutler Coast Public Lands is a gorgeous place to visit with very few tourists. This 12,334-acre area has a variety of ecosystems including 4.5 miles of headlands overlooking the Bay of Fundy.
If it’s not enough to simply visit a peaceful spot, you might consider moving to one.
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