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Vast in both geography and personality, Maine is more than just lobster. The coastline is dramatic and rugged, with inviting beaches – both rocky and sandy – and quiet harbors full of sailboats and fishing vessels. One might be driving through coastal villages one day, then drinking coffee in a hip café or sampling craft beer in a brewery in vibrant Portland the next. Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England, is a favorite of leisure-minded weekend warriors and those who want to indulge adrenaline-fueled daydreams. Beyond the craggy coastline lie thick pine forests and rustic resorts, rivers brimming with rainbow trout and glassy lakes that extend for miles, dotted with tiny islands, some inhabited, others wild. Adorable inns, antique shops stocked with treasures and enticing lobster shacks make for the quintessential Maine visit – this is a place to slow down, to shrug off the stress and to savor the joys of a New England vacation.

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MAINE HIGHLIGHTS

PORTLAND


PORTLAND

For most, Portland is the point of entry for a Maine vacation and is definitely worth several days on its own. This small, charming city dates back to 1632 and lists great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as one of its most famous residents. You’ll wax poetic yourself about the views of Casco Bay, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse and rugged cliffs. Fans of flannel, not to worry – an outdoorsy and genuine ambience prevails, while still embracing the latest in tech, fashion and culinary scenes, an effortless commingling of past and present.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Portland loves to show off its hip, vibrant vibe and you’ll quickly see why as you tour the lively waterfront and vast parks, taking in historic sights like the oldest lighthouse in Maine and the only remaining maritime observatory on the east coast. Foodies will be delighted with the area’s organic produce, farm-fresh dairy products and fresh seafood. We’ll take you to visit the best local restaurants and chefs, or perhaps you’d prefer a brewery tour to check out the state’s plethora of craft beer? Venture into Casco Bay by lobster boat or sail to Peak’s Island and learn about its Civil War history. Next up – wine tasting, paired with lobster, of course. Pop into Winslow Homer’s Studio or spend an afternoon at the Portland Museum of Art with a robust Homer collection, as well as other Maine artists.

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BAR HARBOR & ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


BAR HARBOR & ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Head north up Maine’s Atlantic coastline … then drive farther … and just a bit farther. More than worth the drive, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park never fail to disappoint. These iconic Maine destinations promise serenity, whale sightings, unrivaled coastal beauty any time of year, the freshest seafood, a welcoming atmosphere and more lobster shacks and ice cream shops than you’ll ever find the time for. Spend the night in a lovely inn, then head into Acadia, the only National Park in New England, for marine wildlife viewing on the rocky coast, and hiking opportunities along over 150 miles of trails.

WHAT WE REVEAL
The best way to start your Bar Harbor vacation is with the sea and its coast. Go whale watching with a local captain or dare yourself to dip into the 55-degree ocean at Sand Beach in Acadia. Next up? We recommend starting your visit to Acadia National Park early in the morning from the top of Cadillac Mountain, watching the sun rise over the North Atlantic from its highest peak. Then travel the Loop Road and choose any of several hikes. Learn about Wabanaki Nations at the Abbe Museum, Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate. And take advantage of a bustling arts scene with visits to Bar Harbor’s numerous art galleries or one of the two celebrated music festivals it hosts each year. Enroute between Portland and Bar Harbor, pop into the charming coastal villages of Rockland, Camden and Belfast.

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SOUTH COAST


SOUTH COAST

Beaches, beaches, beaches … Maine’s South Coast has them in spades. From long, sandy Wells Beach to soft Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunk to the warm surf of Ogunquit Beach, there’s a spot by the water sure to please every beachgoer’s taste. Kennebunkport is widely recognized as the summer estate of the 41st U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, yet there’s so much more to explore during a Southern Coast vacation: take a quiet moment in a Franciscan Monastery, shop for art and upscale fashions on Dock Square in Kennebunkport and peek at Ocean Avenue’s grand Federal- and Victorian-style mansions of the East Coast’s most moneyed families.

WHAT WE REVEAL
The Wedding Cake House and its Gothic-inspired architecture is a must-see; it’s just one of many sea captain-era homes in the Kennebunk area and the most photographed house in the state. Dine on the freshest, sweetest, most tender lobster meat in the world in the photogenic village of Kennebunkport. Catch a glimpse of the Bush compound on a protected spit of land called Walker’s Point. Experience true tranquility during your Kennebunk vacation with a stop in Cape Porpoise, a charming and largely undiscovered hamlet a couple of miles outside the bustling Kennebunkport village. Indulge at Cliff House Maine, the quintessential Maine vacation resort, with captivating views of the rocky coastline and access to hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, local farms, sandy beaches and more.

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INTERIOR MAINE


INTERIOR MAINE

Cruise into Maine’s interior and you’ll find yourself enveloped – and entranced – by the hallmark white-barked birches of the region. Peer into the pristine forest long enough and you just might glimpse a gentle giant, the moose for which the state is famous. Come fall, Maine’s interior is a riot of reds, browns, russets, oranges and golds as winter approaches. This is the place to find peace and quiet, cool mountain air, authentic towns and residents and placid lakes.

WHAT WE REVEAL
One of the best ways to explore the enchanting interior of Maine is to drive its mountain roads and National Scenic Byways, meandering through the White Mountain National Forest or making your way to the Height of Land on Route 17 near the Rangeley Lakes, one of the state’s prettiest overlooks. Or go it by foot, hiking a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail that passes through the region. Bethel, Maine’s most beautiful mountain village, offers outdoor recreation for every season, from golf to alpine skiing at Sunday River. Sift through rocks, gems and minerals at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum and collect rocks from this incredibly rich pegmatite area. Maine’s 36 state parks cover half a million acres of public land., including the vast Baxter State Park at the base of Mount Katahdin. And find the ultimate in tranquility – or adventure – when you canoe, fish or whitewater raft down the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers.

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