In the five years my family and I have lived on the East Coast we have been fortunate enough to visit every New England state. When people ask which is our favorite, without hesitation, we say Maine. The state may look small compared to larger states in the U.S. but there is certainly a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately the blueberries, lobster, lighthouses and landscape are readily available wherever one decides to visit in Maine.
Ogunquit Beach is definitely some of the coldest ocean water I’ve ever dipped my toes in. That didn’t stop us from having fun on the beach, flying a kite, picnicking and taking in the view of the Atlantic. The biggest attraction in this area is in York where one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world can be found: Nubble Lighthouse.
Whenever I talk to anyone from Maine they always ask if we went to Freeport because that is where the L.L. Bean flagship store is. Getting a picture with the giant boot is a must as well as venturing around the entire L.L. Bean campus. There are several buildings to explore from home goods to fishing rods. This destination appeals to all ages.
Or as the locals say, “Bah Habah”. Salty air, quaint shops and lobster joints saturate the area making it a true Maine experience. We took our two small children and spent hours looking at the tide pools and going on small hikes in the area. Make sure to check the schedule for low tide! We picnicked right in the middle of the tide pools and had a great time discovering crabs, shells and other sea treasures.
Bar Harbor has a great downtown where you can stock up on anything blueberry or other knickknacks you can’t live without. The blueberry jam makes a great gift for friends and neighbors!
Acadia National Park
Pictures do not do this place justice. It is important to preface with this statement because the pictures do seem pretty great but it is so much better in person. Whether you are a hard-core hiker or just like to walk around for recreation, Acadia has something for everyone. The three things we wanted to hit during our time in the park included:
Sandy Beach: A small hike down to a beautiful beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We sunbathed one day and caught crabs in the rain the next day. Can you believe this is Maine?
Jordan Pond: The 3.4 mile walk around the pond is a great way to admire the landscape, which was carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. The Jordan Pond House is the only restaurant in the national park and is a charming place to stop for lemonade and their famous popovers.
Cadillac Mountain: The highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the most popular lookout at Acadia National Park. The mountain sits at 1,530 feet and is thankfully accessible by car. Going on a clear day provides majestic views from every angle. This scenery is the reason people visit.
Though Maine doesn’t boast a popular city like Boston, New York, San Francisco, or Seattle, what it lacks in notoriety it makes up for with classic New England charm and beauty. You’ll find yourself wishing you could live there. What are some of your favorite spots in Maine?