If it’s some peace and zen you’re after, Maine is perfect. Even our larger cities lack the true hustle and bustle that you might find in places like New York and Boston. But, how do you pick the perfect place to sit back and calm down when there are so many to choose from? Start with this list of a few towns in Maine that we think are the most calm, peaceful and quiet. In such a perfect state, there are lots of lovely towns to choose from. So, start here and do your own exploration. When you’ve found that you can breathe deeply and truly enjoy life the Maine way, you’ve found your perfect spot!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Patten, Penobscot County
Patten is both historic and small, with about 1,000 residents. Its location near many major rivers and streams powered the small mills and workshops that called the town home in the 1800s. In the early 19th century, it became one of the most notable towns on the Penobscot River. The development of the lumber industry here made it the cultural hub of the area encompassing towns west of Houlton and North of Lincoln. Today it is the location of the Bradford Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is occupied by a bed and breakfast.
2. Castine, Hancock County
Home to the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine has a rich seafaring history. When you're there, check out the town's post office - the oldest continuously running one in the USA. The population of Castine is about 1,300. Not huge, not tiny - somewhere in the middle.
3. Greenville, Piscataquis County
Located on the lower end of Moosehead Lake and with a population of about 1,600, Greenville is both beautiful and stress free. If that's not evident when you're there, try to make a trip to the Stress Free Moose Cafe, one of the best in the area. Fun Fact: Greenville High School was ranked third best in the state and in the top 1,000 in all of America. Guess those kids aren't feeling especially peaceful.
4. St. Agatha, Aroostook County
It doesn't get much quieter than The County, specifically in St. Agatha. Rural St. Agatha is just a few miles from the Canadian border. Visitors come for access to 6,000-acre Long Lake and for the myriad recreational activities such as access to snowmobile & ATV trails.
5. Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County
Sitting on the west side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Phippsburg is a lovable small town with a tight community. There's no shortage of outdoors to enjoy here. You'll find the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Fort Popham State Historic Site; along with Fort Baldwin which overlooks Fort Popham. Head over to Popham Beach State Park and Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge for even more of that lovely slow pace. The population here is about 2,200.
6. Waterford, Oxford County
Hidden away about an hour and a half from Portland is the wonderful town of Waterford. Waterford has all of the scenic beauty you imagine of inland Maine. Plus, there are plenty of lakes providing recreational opportunities aplenty. A recent visit to the area revealed lots of land for sale. If none of this sounds appealing, visit Melby's and you just might decide to stay. If you're looking for the perfect place to stay, while enjoying the peace and quiet of the area, check out the Crooked River Tiny House by clicking
7. Fryeburg, Oxford County
The inclusion of Fryeburg is a result of its pure beauty and things to do. In addition to conservation land and its close proximity to the outdoor wonderland that are the White Mountains, you'll also find cafes, restaurants and shops. A perfect place to make yourself at home.
8. Vinalhaven, Knox County
If you've been a longtime reader, you know how much I absolutely love and adore Vinalhaven. It's included in any article I can manage to sneak it in, this one being no exception. Vinalhaven is a town on the Fox Islands accessible by ferry from Rockland. Oftentimes used to refer to the entire island, Vinalhaven is one of the smallest towns on this list and offers visitors a handful of locally owned bars and restaurants, many of which shutter for the winter. Come for lovely walks in the Lane's Island Preserve, a look at the Robert Indiana pieces scattered throughout, and for at least one night at the beautiful Tidewater Motel.
9. Port Clyde, Knox County
Port Clyde is actually a settlement within St. George, which has an overall population of about 2,500. We think it deserves its own place on this list in part because it is so picturesque. It's easy to spend hours here just enjoying the scenery. In the 19th century, Port Clyde became a busy port with granite quarries, tide mills for sawing timber, and shipbuilding and fish canning businesses. Today, the area's quiet location attracts artists and writers. One of its most notable attractions is the Marshall Point Lighthouse. You may remember it as one of the most beautiful scenes during Forrest Gump's cross-country run in the movie, "Forrest Gump."
10. Norway, Oxford County
Since we're already directing you towards Waterford, you might as well make a stop in Norway as well. It's one of my favorite small towns in Maine and it's a great place to grab a bite near Waterford. It has a population of about 2,700 people, but driving through downtown makes the slow pace palpable. While things are picking up, (the Norway Brewery just recently opened!) you'll still feel right at home in the community here. It's also located close to tons of recreation areas - from the crooked river in Waterford to the wonderful Lake Pennesseewassee right in town.
11. Roxbury, Oxford County
With a population of 362, the peace and quiet you find here might be a result of nobody being around to hear the noise! Roxbury is truly a small town. But, it's not its size that earns it a place on this list. Roxbury has a slow-paced and relaxing vibe that makes it easy to enjoy. Spend some time at Ellis Pond and you'll understand why. Fun fact: Roxbury had a decade of population boom when it saw an increase in residents of almost 2,000%. It was recorded in 1840 when the population went from a paltry 11 to the whopping, bustling number of 227!
12. Masardis, Aroostook County
Another Aroostook County sleeper! What can we say about Masardis that hasn't already been said? Pretty much everything considering it's one of those blink-and-you-might-miss-it towns located in The County. It doesn't get any more slow paced than watching the sunrise on a dewy morning, though. If you love that sort of thing head to Masardis and its population of about 250 people.