Maine is the easternmost state and a beautiful location to visit. Maine has something unique for everyone, from the tiny fishing towns that dot the hundreds of miles of coastline to the thick, forested woods that make up the state's core. Between the rocky outcroppings, there are almost 70 kilometers of sandy beaches.
Hikers will be attracted to Acadia National Park's summits, where nature shines brightly. Here you'll also discover some of the country's finest seafood. With this list of the best weekend getaways in Maine, you can start planning your next trip in the Pine Tree State.
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Maine's most populous city, is a wonderful location to come for a couples or girls vacation. Portland offers a little bit for everyone, depending on your interests. Art enthusiasts should visit the Portland Museum of Art, which has an outstanding collection of works by local and international artists. The Victoria House, an 1800s-era mansion with stunning period decor, is another must-see.
Take a stroll around the "Old Port," a waterfront area with a variety of stores and eateries to pick from. Chefs in Portland have received many honors, and the city has become a popular culinary destination. Restaurants reflect a worldwide influence, offering meals from all around the globe based on your preferences. One thing is certain: in this coastal village, you will not go hungry.
Excursions to the Casco Bay Islands or Cape Elizabeth outside of the city center are worthwhile; ferries and tour boats leave from the Maine State Pier at the end of Franklin Street. The Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront is a short walk from the pier and offers top-notch accommodations with a heated indoor pool, self-serve laundry, and an on-site convenience shop. The Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland is a budget-friendly choice close to Sunset Park and the Maine Turnpike.
2. Rockland County
Do you want to go on a low-key art-focused vacation? Rockland is a fantastic option. Traveling to this tiny, pleasant coastal town will make you feel like a native. Coastal vistas, ancient buildings, and classic New England charm are all part of the package. Artists have always been drawn to Rockland because of its breathtaking beauty and wonderful light. Many of the galleries showcase local artists. Maine's significance in American art is commemorated in a collection at the Farnsworth Museum. In addition, the Coastal Children's Museum is great for families, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art often presents interactive exhibitions.
A visit to a lighthouse is a must on any vacation to Maine, and Rockland does not disappoint. Many are now privately held, but you can get up and personal with these magnificent buildings that dot the Maine coast if you visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum. A stay at the 250 Main Hotel is required for the finest views in town. This charming boutique hotel has nautical elements and a rooftop with a stunning view of the sea. Boston is about a two-hour trip from Rockland.
3. The city of Bangor
This eccentric village is a popular tourist destination and provides for an interesting weekend trip for a young couple or a single traveler. Visit the Cole Land Transportation Museum while you're here, which has an intriguing collection of vehicles from Maine's history on exhibit, ranging from vintage fire engines to logging trucks. Take a mile-long stroll across the bogs at the Orono Bog Boardwalk, where you can enjoy some excellent bird and animal viewing in a lovely, isolated environment.
Catch a performance at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, a unique outdoor music venue, if you get the opportunity. To round off your visit, take a picture with the 31-foot Paul Bunyan monument, a reference to Bangor's lumbering past, or get a ticket for a tour of all the Stephen King-related attractions in Bangor.
The Residence Inn Bangor is a great place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the city and have large rooms with fully furnished kitchenettes. The motel also welcomes pets and has an indoor heated pool. The Hampton Inn Bangor is a budget-friendly mid-range choice with a free shuttle service to several locations throughout town, as well as an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center.
Kennebunkport has long been a popular vacation destination for both Maine residents and visitors. This region is popular for its lovely sandy beaches and the chance to see a couple of Maine's treasured lighthouses. It was made famous as the summer home of the Bush family. The Kennebunks, as it is affectionately known, is bustling throughout the summer months, with visitors arriving from all over New England.
While the water is the main attraction, don't miss a history lecture and scenic trip on the Intown Trolley Tour. If you've had your fill of the sun, go down to Dock Square to cool down. Spend some time wandering around the diverse stores and stopping for a bite to eat at one of their restaurants, which provide anything from casual cuisine to tablecloth fine dining, all of which use local seafood in some way. Throughout the year, there are many events and festivals, making this a year-round attraction.
The Kennebunks is well-known for its excellent bed-and-breakfast establishments. The 1802 House Bed & Breakfast Inn is one of the finest, combining history and charm. The well-appointed guest rooms with private bathrooms, some with fireplaces or jacuzzi tubs, are available exclusively to adults. Try the Nonantum Resort, a full-service resort with a broad variety of facilities, services, and activities, as well as exquisite cuisine and a great location near Dock Square, for a luxury family vacation.
5. Acadia National Park's Bar Harbor
On Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is a stunning location. This entrance to Acadia National Park exudes small-town charm. The park's granite and spruce islands make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. On a clear day, magnificent vistas of Canada may be seen in addition to excellent hiking paths.
Bar Harbor is known for its beautiful landscape and rich maritime heritage. Artists who reside here enjoy a plethora of inspiration choices. There are also a number of excellent eateries to suit all tastes. Bar Harbor is a five-hour drive or a 50-mile flight from Boston's Logan International Airport.
The Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor has a pool, free Wi-Fi, a breakfast buffet, and views of Frenchman's Bay. The Kimball Terrace Inn is a fantastic bargain for families who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor.