What do you do when you want to experience luscious green scenery, mouthwatering meals and miles of postcard-worthy coastline? The answer is easy: you plan a trip to Maine! Renowned for its natural beauty and coastal culture, Maine is a vacationing spot for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and foodies alike. Whether it’s the hiking at Acadia National Park, or the sightseeing in Kennebunkport, there are more than a few reasons to plan a trip to Maine.
What to Do When You Visit Maine
The Pine Tree State offers its residents and guests plenty of things to do! Don’t plan a vacation to Maine without knowing what you want to do and see. Here’s some suggestions to help get you started.
Nature and Wildlife
Whale watching in Maine is one of the best ways to experience wildlife! Take a trip out on the Atlantic, led by knowledgeable guides, and witness huge humpback and fin whales breaching, as well as plenty of other local animals, like puffins, lobsters, and dolphins! Check out this blog on whale watching in Maine for more information.
The mountains in Maine make for some of the best hiking in New England. Acadia National Park offers a wide range of trails for beginners and experts alike, like the Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail, and the daunting Beehive Trail. Located on scenic Mount Desert Island, you might get distracted snapping photos before you even start to hike! If you’re headed inland, try Baxter State Park, where seasoned hikers will want to take on the 5,200+ foot Mt. Katahdin.
Fishermen love Maine, and if you’re an avid angler, so will you. Maine fishing charters are the best way to reel in an array of Atlantic fish, like cod, mackerel and more!
Beaches, Beach Towns and Food
You won’t have to worry about overdeveloped beachfront when you visit the beaches in Maine. Instead, you can enjoy sandy shores and coastline dotted with historic lighthouses and excellent seafood. Ah, yes, the seafood! How did we get this far and not mention the seafood? The lobster is the king of the menu in Maine, and there’s nothing better than a fresh, toasted lobster roll! The best time to enjoy this dish is during peak lobster season in Maine, which runs typically from late June to late December. If you’re visiting in August, then plan your trip around the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, August 3-7, 2016.
The cities and beach towns in Maine are full of history, culture, and things to do. Visit Portland (the state’s largest city) and check out the Portland Observatory, Commercial Street, or any of the great breweries in the city, and you’ll only be scratching the surface of Portland activities!
Smaller towns like York, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport offer beautiful beaches, pleasant atmospheres, iconic Maine lighthouses, and unique attractions, like the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, summer home of former president George W. Bush.
The Best Time of Year to Plan a Trip to Maine
Maine weather might catch you off guard if you’re not from the region, but don’t worry, because summertime in Maine can’t be beat. While southern states deal with intense hear and humidity, the weather in Maine remains cooler and more inviting, while still affording temperatures great for shorts and t-shirts. August is one of the best times to plan a trip to Maine, where the weather is ripe for plenty of things, including festivals. Scheduled for this August are Portland’s 9th Annual Picnic Music and Arts Festival, the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, and Winter Harbor’s Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, to name a few. Winter in Maine is just as beautiful, especially if you love skiing, snowboarding and any other winter sport.
Traveling to Maine
If you live in New England, then jump in you car or take the Amtrak from Boston to Portland. Traveling from a bit further out? Book a flight to the Portland International Jetport, where you’ll find service to most major East Coast cities, as well as Detroit and Chicago
Plan a Trip to Maine and Stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant
Located in York and home to some of the best views of the Atlantic in Maine, Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant provides visitors with an unforgettable experience, from check-in to check-out. Beautiful rooms that feature amenities like private decks, gas fireplaces, king- and queen-size beds and more are what you can expect when you stay at Dockside. Who doesn’t want great accommodations right by York Beach? Stay with us, and you’ll see what makes Maine so special.