1. High above Maine in a hot air balloon.
Either book your own private trip or check out this year's hot air balloon festivals in
. Each takes place on a different weekend so you'll have two chances if you get nervous.
2. In Mexico!
Tell them you're going on a trip to Mexico and then bring them here - to the Gateway of the Western Mountain Region. They'll love your hilarity and wit and won't mind at all that they're standing next to a road sign with a bag full of bathing suits. Alternately, you could choose Norway, Poland, China or any number of the exotic town names here in Maine.
3. After walking across one of Maine's lovely covered bridges. Fryeburg, Maine
If you choose Hemlock Bridge in Fryeburg, pictured here, you can say you'd rather die than be without the person. You'll sound very Shakespearean!
4. Just as Thunder Hole erupts at Acadia National Park.
During one of the famous thunderous roars, you can pop the question. If you got your signals crossed and they actually say no, you can pretend they misheard you over the sound of the rushing water.
5. At a rushing Maine waterfall, such as Moxie Falls.
These falls are the highest in Maine and, arguably, the most well-known. Take your special-someone to visit and begin with the easy 30-minute hike. Ask for their hand in marriage and celebrate with a swim if it's warm enough. OR! Simply suggest that you both "take the plunge" and pull them into the water with you. Absolutely nothing could go wrong with that plan.
6. Beneath a Maine lighthouse, such as Pemaquid Point Light in Bristol.
Tell them they are your guiding light, the light of your life and then get down on one knee. This lighthouse actually has its own sad love story that you can mention just to add to the dramatics of the moment.
One story has been told of a man who sailed for the new world in 1635 on the Angel Gabriel, leaving his wife behind to follow him when he had established a new home. The Angel Gabriel was wrecked during an August storm. Although the man survived, his wife was afraid to follow him on such a perilous journey, and he was unable to face the journey back to England, so they never saw each other again.
7. Or, use our second lighthouse option...
...re-enact Forrest Gump's run to Marshall Point Light and tell them you'd run to the ends of the earth (or, country) for them. It avoids all that sad stuff about the shipwreck at Pemaquid.
8. Beside Eartha, the largest rotating globe in the world, at the DeLorme Map HQ in Yarmouth.
Say some things about how they are your entire world. Then pop out the ring and choose a place for the honeymoon on the spot.
9. Overlooking one of Maine's beautiful bodies of water.
The Eastern Prom in Portland offers incredible views of Casco Bay. After they say yes, you can take a stroll and talk about how you'll one day live in a mansion like the ones atop the hill. Then you can go home and hope they forget about that part.
10. The summit of Cadillac Mountain at sunrise.
Maybe say some things about how they're the first person you see when they walk into a room. Then throw out facts about the first visible sunrise on the east coast. You'll sound romantic AND smart.
11. After a challenging hike, such as to the top of Mount Megunticook.
If they make it to the top they're a keeper. Mount Megunticook is the highest of the Camden Hills peaks. Take the trail to Ocean Lookout instead of the actual summit if you want a killer view. The climb is a bit steep in places and the elevation gain is about 1,000 ft.
12. During a lovely weekend at a local bed and breakfast.
Romantic, homey and charming, a stay at a bed and breakfast in Maine will convince that special someone that a life together will be easy and comfortable. Check out Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle. It's located in a restored home from the 1790s. The current keepers, Tony and Tina purchased the property in 2005 after searching for the perfect property. And, perfect it is!
Guests rave about the customer service, which includes kindness in addition to tea and cookies. Book ahead if you'd like to have dinner in the popular "Whale's Rib" restaurant. And, make reservations now as the Inn is only open during the peak season. This year, they'll be open from May 11th to September 9th, 2016. Visit them at: 20 Main Street, Deer Isle / 207-348-6615 ,
13. During dinner at a unique restaurant, such as The Well at Jordan's Farm in Cape Elizabeth.
The tiny shack that serves as The Well's kitchen is quaint, but it's not much to look at. This seasonal spot has people coming back for the amazingly fresh food (much of it sourced right from Jordan's Farm), beautiful pastoral setting and unique outdoor seating... perfect on a warm summer evening. On the menu: seared monkfiish, black rice, romanesco, broccoli, red pepper sauce. Learn more
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