The northeastern-most state in the nation is a bastion of extremes-a place where the feisty, flinty Yankee spirit is arguably at its purest; where one of the sea's greatest delicacies, lobster, is on virtually every menu; and where no fewer than 5,000 miles of craggy Atlantic coastline beg to be explored. Along that shore and deeper inland are temptations for every visitor and interest: farm-fresh food in Portland, Maine's largest city (with more restaurants per capita than New York City); remote Adirondack hiking trails and kayak-luring rivers and lakes; kid-friendly beaches and honky-tonk boardwalks; world-class art museums and a Relais & Chateaux resort. And despite the state's postcard-ready, Old Tyme New England appearances, a modern, can-do creative spirit permeates the state, ignited by a new generation of creative artists, chefs, and artisanal producers. If you thought you knew Maine, maybe it's time to come back.
Being the first to see the sun rise in the U.S. atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Learning how to eat a steamed lobster the "propah" way at The Lobsterman’s Wharf in East Boothbay, or at one of dozens of seafood restaurants and waterside shacks along the coast (hint: start with a bib).
Tramping around the same rugged coast that inspired Maine artists Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, and then seeing their masterworks in person at the Portland Museum of Art.