Maine December 14, 2017
Here Are The 7 Best Kept Secrets In Maine
In a world where not much seems to be a secret anymore, it’s nice to know that Maine still has some pretty great hidden gems. From restaurants to nature to shops and stores, there are plenty of places to explore as if it were your first time in Maine.
1. Great Wass Acrhipelago, Jonesport
Located off the coast of Jonesport is a lesser-known smattering of islands known as the Great Wass Archipelago. In addition to beautiful nature, there are some really great hiking trails that are often unused since many people simply don't know it exists! To find it, you'll want to take U.S. 1 to Route 187 headed into Jonesport. At the Beals bridge, go through town to Great Wass Island. Once there, head right to take the road towards Black Duck Cove. Here you'll find the parking lot and all the trails!
2. Hannibal Hamlin's Death Couch, Bangor
This couch, found in the Bangor Public Library, hasn't been sat on by anyone since July 4, 1891 when Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin died while sitting on it after falling ill during a game of cards. You can't touch it, but it's pretty cool to think about when seeing it in the Bangor Public Library! Visit at 145 Harlow Street / 207-947-8336.
3. Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor
Visitors to this enchanting Japanese garden will enjoy the paths that wind meticulously throughout each individual and unique garden, along with a storied history. A walk along the circular path will take visitors through beautiful garden rooms — some with stone benches to sit and simply enjoy the surrounding beauty. Despite being planned and man-made, the garden has become its own natural oasis. Visit at 3 Sound Drive, Northeast Harbor.
4. Kenneth E. Stoddard Shell Museum, Boothbay
This museum is dedicated entirely to shells. It's the brainchild of Kenneth E. Stoddard, who traveled through the South Pacific and found himself building his collection little by little. The museum is now run by his son, who promised his father he'd care for it after he'd passed away. Visit at 510 Wiscassett Road, Boothbay / 207-633-4828.
5. Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamental Trials Garden, Orono
This garden is tucked away on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono. Started in the 1960's by a horticulture professor, Lyle Littlefield, the gardens original purpose was for testing various plants for us in local gardens. Today, it's free to walk around and enjoy the area. Visit at 5762 Roger Clapp Greenhouses in Orono.
6. The Bold Coast Scenic Byway, Millbridge to Easport
This roughly 3-hour drive will take you from Millbridge, all the way up the coast to Eastport. While it's fairly straightforward, there are lots of beautiful spots along the way that make this drive so much more than the destination.
7. The Rangeley Inn, Rangeley
Maine is filled with delightfully surprising options for overnight stays, but this one seemingly in the middle of nowhere is one of the best. The Inn was built at the turn of the 20th century, and it's both historic and beautiful. Visit at 2443 Main Street, in Rangeley / (207) 864-3341.
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