Two of the most enduring symbols of Maine, and even coastal New England, that typically come to mind from anyone who has traveled to the upper northern corner of our county are the lobsterman arriving at the dock, his boat loaded with the fruits of that day’s labor, and the tourists eagerly awaiting the delights of his catch – the delectable crustacean Homerus americanus: Lobster! The restaurant owner, accompanied by his delightful Black Dog, is seen welcoming each guest to a lobster boil with all the trimmings, a fitting meal to end your day of coastal exploration. Chances are you will want to revisit this seaside shanty picnic table even if it’s only in your mind’s eye or from photographs of the feast.
To me these are just reminders of home and the great state of Maine. If you have never been, you are missing out. There is so much more to Maine than lobster and labs. Thanks to its unique natural setting — a spectacular coast and a woodsy, mountainous interior — a visitor to the state can find an almost endless variety of things to do.
From the Visit Maine website:
Part of the fun of a visit to Maine is its great diversity. A trip to southern Maine, with its beaches, resort communities, and cosmopolitan cities, is very different than a visit to the north, where forests and farms prevail. In the same day, you can hike in the world-famous White Mountains and have dinner in Portland, which Forbes calls America’s “most-livable city.” Or shop in the nationally known outlets of Freeport and then go for a whale watch. Or visit a fine art museum in Rockland and then see the colony of painters on remote and rugged Monhegan.
You’ll find Maine is filled with surprises. Did you know Portland was considered the “foodiest small town in America” by Bon Appétit magazine? Or that internationally known classical artists visit Blue Hill to train every summer at Kneisel Hall? Or that the state has the largest bear population in the lower 48? Or that Kennebunk is home to an inn called one of the best in the world by Condé Nast Traveler? Or that one of the globe’s top cross-country ski centers is in Presque Isle? You never know what you’ll find around the next corner — which is part of the fun of a visit to Maine.
The state is home to some of the best skiing in the East, the finest sailing waters this side of the Mediterranean, world-renowned parks, two of America’s best art museums, internationally known shopping areas, award-winning restaurants, dozens of National Historic Landmarks, extraordinary beaches, exceptional kayaking, antique stores that know few peers, nationally ranked golf courses, moose safaris and whale watching trips that are all but guaranteed to succeed, and, well, suffice it to say there is enough entertainment here for a lifetime. You can find out about many of them right here.
They didn’t name the state Vacationland for nothing! Are you ready to book your flight yet? I promise your time to be epic. Contact me to plan your next Maine vacation.