So, you’ve lived in Maine your whole life. Or maybe you’ve visited every year since birth. Either way there’s a good chance you think you’ve done it all. With all that time in Vacationland we bet you’ve done a lot, but
everything? Probably not. Before you start investigating the attractions and activities in neighboring states, make sure you’ve done some of the lesser-known things here in Maine.
1. Burnt Island Light, Near Southport
Perched on a tiny island, the Burnt Island lighthouse is a charming piece of history that's well worth a visit. It's located mid-coast, near Southport. While lights like Portland Head Light and Nubble might overshadow it, we love the out-of-the-way nature of it. It's only accessible via boat, which makes the entire trip feel special. Climb to the top to make a day of it!
Address: Southport, ME 04576.
2. Friars' Brewhouse, Bucksport
The friars behind this wonderful little brewhouse once owned the local bakery. But, turns out the locals want what they want and that's microbrews with European treats on the side.
Address: 84 Main Street, Bucksport, ME 04416.
3. Hi-Hat Pancake House, Farmingdale
There are quite a few great drive-ins still in operation here in Maine, but not all of them are known for the greatest pancakes in town. enter this fun spot! In addition to a great fluffy stack of 'cakes they also offer inventive menu items like the waffle breakfast sandwich.
Address: 380 Maine Avenue, Farmingdale, ME 04344.
4. Rib Truck, Aroostook County
John and Mary Freeman are at the helm of this operation, which usually opens around 10 a.m. and stays open until the food is gone. That usually happens around 2 p.m. Get the parfait which consists of a hearty pint cup piled high with layers of baked beans, pulled pork and BBQ sauce.
Address:. E. Main Street, Fort Kent, ME 04743.
5. St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery, Kennebunk
Often overlooked by those heading straight for the beach or the tourist town's shops, this little secret is a great place to unwind and find some peace and quiet. Stroll through English gardens, and soak in the natural and man-made beauty that surrounds you. This place offers all the peaceful, quiet space you need to relax and recharge.
Address: 28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, ME, 04043.
6. Seguin Tree Dwellings & Gathering Space, Georgetown
Sitting on 21-acres of forested land next to the Sasanoa River in Georgetown is the beautiful Seguin Tree Dwellings & Gathering Space. There are three different structures here, each intended to offer special views and time away. Enjoy the smart design and views of the water through the windows and from the deck in the hot tub! They also offer space for organized retreats.
Address: 5 Islands Road, Georgetown, ME 04548.
7. The Burma Bridge at Bethel Outdoor Adventure, Bethel
The Burma Bridge is a great activity at one of our favorite outdoor fun spots. It heads to a special island that you'll love exploring. The 500-foot bridge spans a piece of the Androscoggin River leading to private Hastings Island. Here you can enjoy the 1-mile walking trail that offers birdwatching, wildlife watching and views of Maine's natural land. The bridge is a complimentary adventure for their customers, so stop in for a river trip adventure, rock hounding in our Sluice, or to shop in their store. You can also enjoy their campground using tent or RV.
Address: 121 Mayville Road, Bethel, ME 04217.
8. Montsweag Flea Market, Montsweag
About 45 minutes from Portland, and you'll find one of the most lovely flea markets in the region. Many of the vendors here have been showing up on market days since the day they opened, which was on Mother's Day in 1977. That's more than 40 years! Come here for antique and vintage as well as homemade finds.
Address: Montsweag, Maine
9. China Dine-ah, South China
While the name is certainly a draw here, the smiling faces of the team who works here is also something to travel for. Not enough for you? How about plates filled to the edge with some of the heartiest, homemade food you can imagine? Yeah. We thought that might do it.
Address: 281 Lakeview Drive, South China, ME 04358.
If it turns out you actually have done everything there is to do in Maine, consider starting again at the beginning of your list. Or, just cash in and get pie. Try the
8 different types on the menu at this spot in Machias!