We’re calling it: Winter is over and warm weather is surely on the way. No nor’easters can ruin this vibe because we’re already making our spring and summer plans. We recently gave you the
best pub in small-town Maine, a unique ferry trip and hidden-gem restaurant. But, if you’re looking for something a little more involved check out these fun weekend trips to take in Maine. You might be surprised at just how much you can do without going far!
1. Cranberry Isles, Hancock County
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Mount Desert Island, Cranberry Isles is a fun way to spend the day if you choose to skip the park. You'll want to visit the Historical Museum and the Art Galleries to really experience Great Cranberry.
EAT: Hitty's Cafe
Cranberry Isles is a great way to extend your time near Acadia National Park. Stop in for the lobster BLT and return to the mainland full and happy! They're located at: Cranberry House, Great Cranberry Island
2. Freeport, Cumberland County
While the outlets are a big reason to love Freeport, don't get stuck shopping all day. There's plenty to do beyond Main Street! In addition to the outlets, there's also Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park and great food at Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company!
STAY: Applewood Inn, Freeport
This homey spot is run by a local family who also run the hot dog stand in town. The location is perfect, well within walking distance of all the shops downtown and the setting is beautiful. It's located at: 8 Holbrook St, Freeport
3. Vinalhaven, Knox County
We love Vinalhaven for all the coast and inland beauty it offers. Vinalhaven has a small year-round community, with a population that swells slightly in the summer. And, for good reason. The island is home to two beautiful nature preserves: Lane’s Island Preserve which is within walking distance of the town center and The Vinalhaven-North Haven Archipelago preserve which includes Big Garden, Big White, Sheep, Smith, Brimstone and Little Brimstone islands. Take the ferry from Rockland to get here.
STAY: Tidewater Motel, Vinalhaven
This lovely little spot isn't too far from where the ferry comes in and has lots of rooms with views. Try the Crows Nest for views over the harbor and be sure to watch the dramatic tide flow in and out under the building! It's located at: 15 Main Street, Vinalhaven
4. Monhegan Island, Lincoln County
We've been writing a lot about Monhegan with good reason. It's one of the most beautiful of the islands off of Maine and it's full of local art galleries to explore. There aren't any formal cars allowed here, so enjoy some of the peace and quiet.
STAY: The Island Inn, Monhegan Island
There aren't a ton of options for overnight stays in Monhegan, which is why we figure you might as well go with one of the best! The views speak for themselves and they have a great cafe and gift shop. It's located at: 10 Ocean Avenue, Monhegan Island
5. Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
No list of trips in Maine is complete without the addition of Acadia. Perhaps Maine's most well-known tourist attraction, you can't go wrong with a weekend visit to the park and the surrounding towns. Stop by Bar Harbor for a snack before you head into the park for a day of adventuring, hiking and even swimming!
STAY: The Elmhurst Inn, Bar Harbor
Our first recommendation is to camp, but if you aren't camping consider a stay at a local Bed and Breakfast. There are tons, but this new one is a great option. It's located at: 40 Holland Ave, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
6. Rockport, Knox County
Beautiful Rockport is home to some of the best views in Maine. It's also the hometown of one of the most beloved Mainers - Andre the Seal! Andre used to spend his summers in the harbor here and he was the subject of the movie "Andre" in 1994. Visit Rockport to see the life-sized statue of this beloved guy. Also take some time to explore the art scene at the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center.
STAY: Point Lookout, Northport
Enjoy some luxury at the Point Lookout for views like this one! Walk around the farm and visit the animals for a unique stay. It's located at: 7 Atlantic Hwy, Northport
7. Camden, Knox County
Though it sometimes gets a bad rep, Camden really is a lovely town by the water. Enjoy the downtown shops and restaurants, then head up to the top of Camden Hills State Park for a beautiful view of the harbor.
STAY: The Blackberry Inn, Camden
Not far from town is this lovely inn, catering to people looking for something nice and homey. You'll be within walking distance of downtown and a quick trip to the best hiking trails. It's located at: 82 Elm St, Camden
8. Wiscasset, Lincoln County
Wiscasset might be best known for its busy tourist season, but that doesn't make it worth skipping. There's lots of charm, along with some beautiful water views. And, of course, the famous Red's Eats is a must-visit for lobster rolls. Make sure to see Castle Tucker, the Victorian-style castle overlooking the river.
STAY: The Snow Squall Bed and Breakfast, Wiscasset
Avoid all the summer traffic that people complain about and stay overnight! Breakfast is said to be amazing and the grounds are beautiful. It's located at: 5 Bradford Rd, Wiscasset