Collected by Deidre Michael
Sand Beach, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
Sand Beach is the only sandy beach on Mount Desert Island, which makes it really busy during the day. The best time to escape the crowds is during a moonlight night. When the beach will be mostly empty (other than the occasional ranger program)....
12 Purple Heart Hwy, Brooks, ME 04921, USA
When I asked for the story of Ralph's Cafe, I got a laugh line that, while well practiced, smacks a whole lot of the truth. “We bought it,” said Mike, the steadfast man doing everything but cooking, “because then we wouldn't have to look for jobs....
13 Oak Hill Rd, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
With Mack Page in charge, you get a strong sense you've got a well-oiled machine. Which is just as it should be, given his stolid, green-and-red, 70-ton, 1946 diesel electric locomotive emblazoned with a moose head and 'B&ML' (Belfast and...
35 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
On a hot summer day in downtown Belfast, Maine – the small, midcoast, ex-seafaring and ex-industrial city near the northern tip of Penobscot Bay – to slake a thirst or satisfy a sweet tooth, I'd head to Daves' [sic] Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and...
40 Marshall Wharf, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
There is another beer with the city's name on it, but don't be misled; the only brewery now truly native to Belfast, Maine, is Marshall Wharf. With a rotating showcase of more than 40 varieties to its name – everything from a low-alcohol kolsch to...
Camden Harbor, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Camden, Maine is a great place to visit in the summertime. 'Where the mountains meet the sea' is it's moniker, and it's very true. It's the first place on the eastern seaboard where the mountains do meet the sea, with Mount Battie being seen in...
280 Belfast Rd, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Most people who go to Camden Hills drive right up Mount Battie, which is a nice drive with a great view of the harbor. But the park has so much else to explore. The Ocean View Trail is a particularly excellent choice. It is fairly strenuous, but...
1986 Western Rd, Warren, ME 04864, USA
I have lived in Mid-Coast Maine for quite a while now, and I saw the hand painted signs for Beth's Farm Market for easily several years before I finally went there to see for myself what they might have in store. I can't believe I waited so long!...
Muddy Pond, Damariscotta, ME 04543, USA
Maine is known for its ponds. And don't let the word "pond" fool you into thinking that's a small place. A pond can be as big as any lake you might imagine. And believe me when I tell you, there're fish in those ponds. Big ones. So rent a canoe,...
Damariscotta, ME, USA
In October in Maine, it's mushroom hunting season. Eastern Europeans know what I'm talking about. Bring a bucket, or just hold your shirt out like a plate and fill 'er up, then go home and make sure none of them are poisonous (!) and enjoy! Eat...
2 Elm St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, USA
Whether you enjoy your Pemaquid oysters practically at the very source of the oyster itself, at King Eider's at the oyster bar upstairs (a great pub and restaurant in small but vibrant Damariscotta, Maine) or one of the other fine eating...
Muscongus Bay, Maine, USA
Well, that's not exactly true. They serve you a lobster with a corn on the cob, or if you have a kid who won't eat lobster, they'll slap a hot dog in a bun for you. They do have steamers or muscles steamed up in a muslin bag and served as is in a...
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, USA
We call them DART (Disappearing America Road Trip) and the whole point is to find the things that are disappearing before you can no longer find them at all. Here an eight lane alley with the counter service for burgers and grilled cheese still...
132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay, ME 04537, USA
Since opening in 2007 with 128 acres and 3,600 feet of tidal shorefront, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has grown to a whopping 295 acres. Equal parts masterful and magical, the gardens comprise formal plantings and themed gardens, woodland...
180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
2695 US-1, Sullivan, ME 04664, USA
We rolled up to Aquaterra Adventures for our fourth kayaking trip in a week. Despite all of our previous experience, we weren't sure what to expect at a kayaking outfitter that largely caters to tourists. Our guide, Mark, greeted us with the good...
Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Most people who come to the very scenic & famous Kennebunkport, Maine forget to actually take part in the richness of the area. Sailing up the Kennebunk River is an awesome thing to do & a great way to see the town from another perspective via the...
12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
Chances are that when you think of a lighthouse, the image that pops into your head is the iconic Portland Head Light. The tapered white tower on the end of a rocky cape buffeted by crashing waves? Yup, that’s the one. The adjacent...
Portland, ME, USA
Whether you go for the traditional lobster roll or not, Portland, Maine is a little city with plenty of delicious food to offer. One of our favorites is J's Oyster House. J’s Oyster House is situated right on the water. The building looks like its...
14 The Field, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
We had spent the previous seven days making our way up the coast of Maine, staying at rather basic, budget friendly accommodations. The final stop of our Maine road trip was to be the most popular, the most crowded, the most anticipated: Bar...
9 Thurston Rd, Bernard, ME 04612, USA
Bar Harbor is home to quite a variety of places to consume lobster. However, none of them are quite as authentic and delicious as Thurston's Lobster Pound on the "quiet side" of the island. It's a bit of a drive from Bar Harbor, but the food is...
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
Peaks Island, Portland, ME 04108, USA
You really can't experience Portland without experiencing the islands of Casco Bay. The bay is everything to the city. It drives the fishing industry, the tourism industry, and most of the local fun. A ferry service leaving off Commercial Street...
40 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
From the pastry chef’s freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies for the turn down service, to the signature blue and white weather card I received indicating that the next morning was going to be “38 degrees, with a slight chance of showers,” I knew...
77 Pier Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA
A great place to soak in some local cultural with watching the lobsterman & fisherman working. Catching a glimpse at the many boat in Caper Porpoise Harbor and near nearby islands. It's a great place to hangout for the afternoon & to take in the...
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