Things to Do in Maine

Hugh Stewart

With six sandy beaches that only campers can access (many just a stone’s throw from the campsites), it’s worth pitching a tent on this tiny island just... Read More

The one museum on this list not exclusively dedicated to art, this modest exhibit space at Bowdoin College features fascinating rotating exhibitions of... Read More

Long known as the most arduous section of the Appalachian Trail, the 100-Mile Wilderness takes its name from the approximate distance between towns on... Read More

Enjoy this roadside view of distant Mt. Katahdin while heading up into Maine’s northwoods, because southbound passengers don’t get the chance to pull... Read More

Maine's only Smithsonian affiliate, the cozy Abbe Museum chronicles the history, art, and culture of Maine’s Wabanaki Nations, which include Maine’s... Read More

The high point of Mount Desert Island’s western half, 681-foot Acadia Mountain looks out over the blue inlet of Somes Sound, often misidentified as a... Read More

For an example of why the national parks are “America’s best idea,” look no further than Acadia’s forty-five miles of car-free, crushed-stone carriage... Read More

If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park (and the first crowned east of the... Read More

Sea kayaking along the coast of Mount Desert Island lets you see the contours of Acadia National Park from a whole different angle. Dramatic cliffs and... Read More

One of the classic winter activities in any National Park, 32 miles of Acadia’s historic carriage roads are groomed every year for cross-country skiing,... Read More

Acadia’s 45-mile carriage road system is the legacy of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who built the broken-stone roadways to allow for car-free... Read More

Little Ivy Colby College is home to the largest collection of works by American painter and Pop artist Alex Katz, who has summered in Lincolnville,... Read More

A journey along the remote, 92-mile Allagash is one of North America’s classic river trips. The designated National Wild and Scenic River connects a... Read More

Paddle or take a fly-fishing trip on the 178-mile-long Androscoggin River. Watch for hawks, which circle above in search of rainbow trout and bass. Read More

These ribbon-y, 90-foot falls are perhaps Maine’s tallest, depending who you ask, but it’s hard to see how the braided silver cords could be anything... Read More

Award-winning rug-maker Angela Adams may have stores all over the country, but her flagship showroom in Portland is just a few miles from the very... Read More

A railway that once hauled Aroostook County’s famous potatoes to market was re-envisioned in the 1990s as a 28-mile crushed-stone pathway. It’s a deep... Read More

One of New England’s more classic covered bridges, this postcard-perfect wooden bridge near Bethel earned its nickname from the hordes of painters and... Read More

The bridge connecting Orr’s Island to Bailey Island, far out in Casco Bay, is one of Maine’s more photographed sites. Also known as the Cribstone Bridge... Read More

Ideal for visitors who want to explore Bar Harbor without being confined to a car, this full-service bike shop has a wide variety of recreational and... Read More

Choose from more than a half-dozen outings on the waters surrounding MDI, most of them in the neighborhood of three hours long. Humpback, Finback and... Read More

The only access to the beach at Barred Harbor is via seaside Goat Trail or the island-spanning Median Ridge Trail. It’s a couple miles of hiking either... Read More

With mile-high and gorgeously chiseled Mount Katahdin at its heart, Baxter is Maine’s wilderness showpiece, 200,000+ acres donated by a far-sighted... Read More

Dominated by the mile-high swoop of Mount Katahdin, this 200,00-acre backcountry playground is likely a bit wilder than what many envision when they... Read More

Just next door to gentler Gorham Mountain, a trip up the Beehive is not for the faint of heart. A deceivingly short half-mile route includes steep... Read More

The five-mile Fire Warden Trail climbs (sometimes steeply) up Maine’s sixth highest mountain, which actually boasts six separate peaks. The Bigelow... Read More

It’s a bit surprising that the crowds stay away from the beach at Birch Point State Park, because the tourist superhighway of coastal Route 1 is only... Read More

Wess Connally opened his bookstore on the ground floor of a white Victorian building on Ridgeley’s Main Street in 1996, keeping in mind &ldquo... Read More

Admittedly a bit of an outlier, Bradbury Mountain is primarily a mecca for mountain bikers, and the fat tire crowd gathers here for hilly, single-track... Read More

Located at the end of a 7/8-mile breakwater (essentially a man-made granite seawall stretching from the shore), this historic lighthouse is open to... Read More

On a quiet street just two blocks from L. L. Bean, in Freeport's old Masonic building, hides one of the finest jewelers in the state of Maine. Whether... Read More

Just half a mile north of the Nubble Lighthouse, Brown’s Ice Cream is a popular spot to cool off after a day of sightseeing. The small takeaway... Read More

Rod Browne Mitchell’s seafood store and smokehouse has occupied a brick building in downtown since 1991. His company specializes in luxury items... Read More

The farm-to-table movement is strong in Maine, thanks to the state’s ever-growing number of farmers’ markets that fill fields, town greens,... Read More

Bufflehead is a 32-foot wooden sloop tied up in the harbor in downtown Rockland. Captain Daniel Bennett takes groups of one to six on custom-length... Read More

Music and movies tend to get top billing at Maine’s beloved media chain, but the sprawling South Portland location has an impressive book selection and... Read More

It’d be worth a visit to Bunker’s tasting room in Portland’s scrappy, hip, post-industrial East Bayside neighborhood just to try the coffee IPA, brewed... Read More

At 1,530 feet, the tallest mountain in Acadia National Park is, at least part of the year (there’s some debate), the first spot in the United States to... Read More

From the north, it’s a short and somewhat steep hike to the top of the 1,530-foot peak that first sees the glow of sunrise over the Atlantic. Views of... Read More

Sure, you can drive up Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the Atlantic coast and the first spot to see the sun rise on the U.S. But why do that when... Read More

The charming downtown has a historic vibe that carries over to the harbor, where a fleet of tall-masted windjammers docks in the summer, offering scenic... Read More

Camden Hills State Park is open year-round, with a variety of activities available across its 5,500 acres, from relatively low-exertion (bird-watching,... Read More

The coastal mountains outside the harbor town of Camden attract legions of hikers. Many come to summit 1,385-foot Mount Megunticook, the Atlantic’s... Read More

Billed (accurately) as the only hill you can ski down while looking at the ocean, Camden Snow Bowl is small and scrappy (read: affordable), but it does... Read More

Technically, Campobello Island is in Canada, but it’s accessed (by bridge) from the Down East town of Lubec, and its primary attraction is Roosevelt... Read More

It’s a knockout view in any season, the hilltop vista of Walker Pond, Eggemoggin Reach, and the distant Camden Hills that’s visible from a roadside pull... Read More

Sardine and clam factories here once had tiny Brooklin booming, but the area today is quiet and pastoral. Sailboats and pleasure boats bob in the... Read More

You could happily lose yourself in these exceptionally cared for botanical gardens (the largest in New England) hidden off Barters Island Road, 10 miles... Read More

The grand mama of Maine summer road trips, U.S. Hwy. 1 hugs the coast for some 300 miles between the borders of New Hampshire and Canada. This is the... Read More

With a higher concentration of bald eagles than anyplace else in the state, Cobscook attracts birders during the migration seasons. The huge tides... Read More

Fresh off a substantial endowment and dramatic expansion in 2013, Colby’s 38,000-square-foot art museum is a minimalist, steel-and-glass cube appended... Read More

Hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association since 1977, this annual three-day fair celebrates rural living with hundreds of eco... Read More

This family-owned bakery and diner is beloved for its doughnuts, which come in unusual flavors like butter crunch, maple crème, and powdered... Read More

A new design-forward boutique where you can buy supplies for a picnic at the beach—Sigg water bottles; plates, cups, and silverware cast by... Read More

The brainchild of former NYC music industry execs and born-again Mainers Jessica Jenkins and Andy West, this smart three-story shop on Dock Square... Read More

A sparsely visited pocket wilderness owned and maintained by the Nature Conservancy, Debsconeag contains nearly 50,000 acres and a couple dozen... Read More

The Nature Conservancy manages this pocket wilderness in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, accessed only by hiking or paddling in. The organization also... Read More

There’s an elegant swoop to the cables of this suspension bridge across Eggemoggin Reach, connecting the mainland to Deer Isle (home to the famed... Read More

A whopping 85 miles of dedicated trail through the woods, hills, towns, and salt marshes of Down East Maine, this one offers opportunities for a good... Read More

The Eastern Trail through southern Maine is a work-in-progress, winding 65 miles from Kittery to the South Portland lighthouse known as Bug Light.... Read More

This nature store in Western Maine formed its ethos by combining three ideas: eco (ecology), pelagi (pelagic), and con (conservation), with pelagic... Read More

Wooden pharmacy cabinets line the walls, and the stock includes outfits used in films. Read More

Along with adventurous exhibits that run the gamut from impressionist landscapes to Hollywood kitsch, the Farnsworth maintains the nearby Olsen House, a... Read More

Rockland, Maine, may not be thought of as the art capital of the world, but this nationally recognized museum is certainly no slouch. The collection... Read More

Finestkind Cruises has three diesel-engine vessels making as many as 15 trips a day along the Ogunquit shore of Coastal Maine. The boats—named... Read More

Near Bath, this Mid-Coast Maine farm stand and gourmet market specializes in artisanal cheese and seasonal local produce. Five Islands is a member of... Read More

The land of this 88-acre park was purchased by the federal government in 1872, eventually becoming a defense outpost for the Naval Shipyard in response... Read More

Opened in 2007 on Rockland’s rapidly developing Main Street, this stylish women’s clothing boutique sticks out—in a good way—in... Read More

In the market for a souvenir? This new shop sells quirky hand-silk-screened T-shirts emblazoned with lighthouses, foxes, kale, tractors, and other fun... Read More

Harkening back to the early 1970’s, this old-fashioned arcade sits directly on Short Sands Beach in a white, corrugated metal building with big... Read More

The founders of Gneiss grow their own hops on eight acres in pastoral Limerick, in the rolling farm country west of Portland. Every beer is a variation... Read More

This largely unpaved, 96-mile road through Maine’s northwoods might as well have been paved in gold for the Great Northern Paper Company, for which it... Read More

Waves at Gooch’s come in fast and break steep, and it’s easy to get to, located at the southern edge of the town of Kennebunk. It’s a popular swimming... Read More

Three miles of soft, white sand look out on a cove protected by a rocky barrier reef. There are no lifeguards or facilities at Goose Rocks, and a dearth... Read More

Certified organic sweet corn, potatoes, asparagus, strawberries, pumpkins, and maple syrup are just a few of the things produced at this third... Read More

From a trailhead on the Park Loop Rd., a steadily ascending trail passes beneath chiseled cliffs, with detours to a few cool, weathered sea caves from... Read More

The large, semi-circular bar at this Gothic Revival church turned restaurant is worth a visit even if you don’t have dinner reservations. Inspired... Read More

Hike the trail for foliage views. The Appalachian Mountain club maintains the trail; contact them for maps and information. Read More

Wind along with the Bear River through a scooped out valley between stoic granite cliffs hundreds of feet high. The 20-mile stretch of Route 26 through... Read More

Straight from central casting, this busy fish store on scenic Custom House Wharf, off of Commercial Street in downtown Portland, is the stuff of any... Read More

Hardy Boat Cruises’ fleet consists of just one boat, the 60-foot-long Hardy III, which serves as both a ferry (running between New Harbor and... Read More

It’s a modest roadside overlook near Rangeley on Route 17, but the view of Mooselookmeguntic Lake and western Maine’s mountains is anything but modest.... Read More

Volunteers groom about ten miles of trail and leave another ten for backcountry exploration at this small nature preserve on the midcoast. The terrain... Read More

Surfers come to the exposed beach break called Higgins Beach for some of the biggest waves in the state—fifteen-foot swells are not unheard of. There... Read More

Great deli sandwiches and a smartly curated beer fridge (around 140 bottles in stock) are what keep me stopping by this former grange hall at the main... Read More

Captain Brenda Thomas of Rockland leads week-long adventures in her 1886 windjammer, Isaac H. Evans (since rebuilt, of course).  She also runs two... Read More

The town center on Isle au Haut shuts down in winter, and there’s not much there in summer besides a general store and curio shop. But that’s not what... Read More

Wrapped around Howard Cove at the end of a country road south of Machiasport, Jasper is a pebble beach known for its smooth, round, colorful stones. It... Read More

A long history of lobstering and boatbuilding give Jonesport an air of authenticity that’s missing from many southern Maine towns. Coastal Cruises... Read More

An easy, slightly graded walk starts on the south shore of supremely photogenic Jordan Pond, with the twin buttes known as the Bubbles looming across... Read More

Amid a cluster of other design and home-goods shops on Free Street, a short five-minute walk from the Old Port, this shabby chic boutique is chock-full... Read More

Kris Horton is one of the anchor tenants in Portland’s Public Market House, a cooperative in Old Port’s Monument Square that opened back in... Read More

Maybe the most impressive thing about Bangor’s wildly eclectic August blowout is its scale: It’s a music fest that’s brought in acts like My Morning... Read More

A chalkboard hangs above the counter at this Portland cafe, displaying a hand-written menu of drinks, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Seating consists of... Read More

Maine’s toniest seaside hamlet welcomes summer with six days of cocktail parties, art shows, and hors d'oeuvre receptions at local businesses and ... Read More

As much wildlife as you can spot in and around Acadia, there are certain animals—crocodiles, for instance—that you’re just not likely to encounter. The... Read More

The Appalachian Trail thru-hikers complete their 2160-mile journey by ascending Katahdin’s western face. On the east face, meanwhile, is a dramatically... Read More

Famous for its iconic leather-and-rubber boots and canvas boat totes, and arguably the epicenter of Freeport shopping, the L. L. Bean flagship store,... Read More

Look for the giant signature boot out front to locate this monolithic bargain bin amid the raft of high-end outlet stores on Freeport's Main Street. L.L... Read More

With bookshelves lining the walls, overstuffed couches straight out of a study, and antique typewriters strewn about, LFK has a vaguely literary vibe.... Read More

Ninety campsites—many wooded, others lakeside—flank a cove on the east side of western Maine’s immense and impressive Moosehead Lake. The dramatic... Read More

A long stretch of clean beach with waves breaking over a sandbar, and none too rocky, Long Sands Beach in York attracts both beginners and vets. You may... Read More

Portland’s indie bookstore par excellence, Longfellow not only has new and used departments a person can get lost in, it also has one of the best... Read More

Operating out of a white smokehouse located in the Central Maine foothills just outside of North Anson, the Luce Family have been selling smoked beef,... Read More

Hop-lovers, take note: When a pair of home-brewing brothers launched this small-batch brewing company in 2009, they instantly scored with two signature... Read More

Only in Maine can a village of 2,000 sustain a bookstore this large, diverse, and well-stocked. Among other things, Maine Coast devotes substantial... Read More

One of the most enjoyable—and traffic-free—ways of taking in Maine’s mid-coast is by train. After 50 years, passenger rail service... Read More

For those who can bypass the buildings themselves and are interested only in lens lore and technology, the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland has a... Read More

Rockland’s nearly 70-year summer tradition revolves around the world’s largest lobster cooker and the 20,000 pounds of succulent lobster it boils each... Read More

Until 2002, when it moved inland, Maine’s largest and oldest prison (where in the 1800s inmates were fed the cheapest eats around: lobster) sat... Read More

Who cares if you don’t know what the difference between port and starboard is, or what to do on a sailboat when someone yells “come about!... Read More

Able-bodied seamen (with a captain’s license) can rent a sailboat or a powerboat from this outfit in Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island, and for a... Read More

Visitors to Ogunquit walk off their lobster roll consumption along the cliffs of Marginal Way, a paved path that wraps around rocky shores, along the... Read More

Marshall Wharf brews big, ambitious beers—thick and jet-black stouts, powerfully hopped imperials, malty IPAs that pack a give-up-your-car-keys punch.... Read More

Heading north out of Danforth on U.S. Route 1, the road rises along the side of the adorably named Peekaboo Mountain. You can glance east across the... Read More

Edward Hopper is among the legions of artists who’ve come to Monhegan to paint its dramatic cliffs and gray-shingled houses. The arts are still... Read More

The largest mountain lake in the eastern U.S., Moosehead is as famous for the lush green mountains that surround it as for its tentacled expanse and... Read More

Learn about lobsters and other wildlife on a nature windjammer sail. Read More

This mountain in western Maine features 550 acres of trails for skiing and snowboarding. The mountain promises a few easy runs for beginners, like... Read More

A short drive up this 800-foot seaside peak in Camden Hills State Park reveals a spectacular view of Penobscot Bay and its many islands, Camden Harbor... Read More

The hiking route, in Maine’s Acadia National Park, offers two short but technical trails: the 1.6-mile Precipice and the one-mile Beehive, both of... Read More

Kids can handle live starfish, urchins, and horseshoe crabs from the oceanarium’s touch tank and get up close and personal with a few lobsters from the... Read More

Maine’s divisive, nineteenth-century soft drink is flavored with gentian root and sold almost nowhere else in the country. It is often described... Read More

With five lifts, 1,150 feet of vertical, and mostly intermediate runs, Abram has its devoted fans and is still rather forgiving with beginners. The hill... Read More

Eight creative breakfast sandwiches anchor a knockout breakfast menu with a strong local/organic emphasis—the pastrami, egg, and swiss comes highly... Read More

Guests can experience a beloved New England tradition aboard Nick's Chance, a state-of-the-art whale-watching vessel that sails the Gulf of Maine daily.... Read More

Founded by Geoff Latham, this local food purveyor is based in the Buckman neighborhood, not far from the Burnside Bridge. The company sells... Read More

This is Swedish settler country, where cross-country skiing took off in Maine, and pros train today on the center’s 12 groomed miles of varied terrain.... Read More

The museum, which opens for the season in July, recounts the island’s evolution from a Native American territory to the lobster-fishing town it is... Read More

An impeccably groomed trail system just northwest of Millinocket, the Timber Cruisers trails wind through 20 miles of fens and woodlands in the shadow... Read More

One of the country’s best beer bars, Novare Res is bringing back the rathskeller, a simple and ever-so-slightly dingy room with 30 rotating, exquisitely... Read More

Considered one of the most iconic images in Maine, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (widely known as the Nubble Lighthouse) sits on a rocky outcropping about... Read More

A sandy spit with a strip of beach grass between the ocean and the Ogunquit River, Ogunquit Beach is another big one, stretching for three-and-a-half... Read More

American art is the exclusive focus of this airy, seaside museum in southern Maine, and the permanent collection includes prominent Maine-dwellers like... Read More

Broadway veteran Walter Hartwig and wife Maude debuted their repertory theatre in 1937, and “America’s foremost summer theatre”... Read More

Portland observes the first weekend in June with a giant puppet parade and a half dozen stages of live music (heavy on roots and rock) that effectively... Read More

Hands-down the most idyllic, unexpected spot to drink a world-class beer in Maine, Oxbow’s tiny tasting room is nestled next to its farmhouse brewery on... Read More

It’s easy to miss this nondescript gift and home and garden goods store on one of the busiest stretches of U.S. Route 1; inside, however, is a... Read More

Peaks is inside the Portland city limits, and most of the island’s year-round residents commutes via the Casco Bay Ferry. But it’s also a great place... Read More

Complete with an 1856 Fresnel lens, this lighthouse is available for weekly rentals for up to four people. Read More

This dramatic suspension bridge stretches 2,120 feet over the Penobscot River, and there’s a slight Fritz Lang feel to its pointed towers and taught,... Read More

This narrow-aisled store way up north in Smyrna is the heart of the region’s Amish community, a gathering place for families and a one-stop shop for... Read More

The best time to visit Popham Beach south of Bath is at low tide, when beachgoers wander freely out to a winsome rocky mound called Fox Island. It... Read More

A pastoral 14-mile drive south of Bath, this 529-acre park beach is an aberration for one reason: it has sand, and lots of it. In a state where rocky... Read More

One of Maine’s great icons, the picturesque white-stucco, black-capped Portland Headlight marks the entrance to the namesake city’s busy... Read More

Great care went into the five-page cocktail menu and massive spirits list at this Scandinavian-themed bar on the edge of the Old Port. There’s artistry... Read More

PMA isn’t afraid to mix it up. The arch-topped building at the heart of the arts district houses a collection built around weighty American masters like... Read More

Two-hour sailing trips aboard either the Begheera or the Wendameen—with more than 180 years between them—show off the coastline around Portland and the... Read More

The Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Sea Dogs play an average of 70 home games each season at Hadlock Field, just south of the Back Cove.... Read More

Follow the Grafton Notch Loop Trail to the top of this 2,566-foot mountain (located 3.2 miles from Eddy Rd., Rte. 26). It’s especially lovely... Read More

One of Maine’s most photographed sites is a candy-striped lighthouse called West Quoddy Head, looking out from the easternmost point in the continental... Read More

Some of the finest antiques for sale in the state of Maine emerge from this wisteria-covered 1685 mill house emporium, founded by Bob and Becky... Read More

It’s only fitting that on Portland’s culinary alley—Middle Street—a fine bookstore with every imaginable title on food, wine,... Read More

Encompassing over 5,000 acres of salt marshes filled with migratory birds, maritime forests, and coastal dunes, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife... Read More

This 35.6-mile scenic route meanders through some of western Maine’s most picturesque terrain. The Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway begins on Route 4,... Read More

An especially lovely drive in the autumn, State Routes 17, 16, and 4 form a semi-circle around Rangeley Lake, skirting a few mountains, crossing the... Read More

This green cabin in the small, western Maine town of Rangeley is just a short walk from Greenvale Cove on Rangeley Lake. Since 1945, the locally-owned... Read More

Jonathan Lethem is among the co-owners at this unassuming storehouse of literary ephemera—more a hangout for book lovers than a store for casual readers... Read More

At low tide in Reid State Park, a whole alien universe thrives in the park’s shallow tidal pools. Bright green algae clings to boulders, along with... Read More

This closet of a store in downtown Hallowell is rarely staffed. After surfing the quasi-organized shelves and floor piles stacked up alongside, patrons... Read More

About 45 minutes northwest of the swinging big city of Portland is a pastoral bastion of good, pious living—the last active Shaker community in... Read More

One of Maine’s tallest peaks, measuring 4,120 feet, Saddleback draws skiers and snowboarders with 66 trails, some of which overlook the Rangeley... Read More

Local captain Joel Rowland will take you on a half- or full-day sail aboard the Tammy Norie, a 42-foot wooden sloop that was originally built in 1964. Read More

This Instagram-friendly pocket beach is the only place to swim in the ocean at Acadia National Park. Sure, the water temperature is brisk this far north... Read More

The beach at Sandy Point Beach Park near the town of Stockton Springs is cozy, wedged between a pair of rocky headlands, looking out over the point... Read More

The tall masts of the Eleanor loom over the docks in downtown Kennebunkport, and Captain Rich Woodman (who also built the boat) leads three two-hour... Read More

Fittingly located just steps from the water’s edge on Custom House Wharf, this busy studio-cum-retail shop makes one thing: sporty, one-of-a-kind... Read More

Ted Santarelli, John Amlaw, and Gerald Cunningham founded this museum in 1939 to celebrate the region’s rail-riding tradition. The non-profit New... Read More

Visitors to this midcoast gem first have to hike just under two miles over the 177-foot seaside hill known (rather grandiosely) as Morse Mountain. The... Read More

In the summer, the 45-square-mile Sebago Lake attracts day-tripping recreational paddlers from nearby Portland. There’s a nice campground at wooded... Read More

Bob Sewall and Mia Mantello's organic apple orchard was planted in 1980, and is open to the public from late September through mid-November. During that... Read More

A classic family hill, Shawnee Peak is Maine’s oldest continually run ski area, with more than 75 years under its belt. With a vertical drop of just... Read More

I caught an indie folk concert and a yoga class here before ever purchasing a single item, which gives some idea of this store’s versatile role in the... Read More

Near Wiscasset on coastal Route 1, this homey ceramics studio/shop is a great choice for one-of-a-kind Maine souvenirs: plates, bowls, pitchers, vases,... Read More

Al Sherman and wife Phyllis started their farm in New Hampshire’s Saco River Valley in 1964, and their daughters continue the family tradition. It... Read More

A great place for a stroll, this quarter-mile stretch of Atlantic coastline bordering downtown York Beach is one of New England's top summertime... Read More

Not the spot to head to for solitude, this York Beach is a beach-blanket party in the summer for families. Preening teens strut around the adjacent... Read More

Located on the 500-acre Smiling Hill Farm, this award-winning creamery produces more than a dozen varieties of handmade cheese. The creamery is housed... Read More

The Skidompha Public Library houses a collection of more than 30,000 books, as well as impressive selections of movies, audio books, and CD’s. In... Read More

At the bottom tip of the Phippsburb peninsula, this small, secluded, and south-facing beach gets some of the heavier waves in Maine surfdom. It’s a... Read More

South Bristol consists of two villages — forested Walpole, to the north, and tonier Christmas Cove, to the south. In the middle is a stretch of... Read More

There's a whole lot happening at Spiller Farm. Strawberries, apples, raspberries, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies are grown on the land, and sold... Read More

Opposite Portland’s ferry terminal in a historic brick warehouse, Alison Pray and Matt James make the best baked goods around, and there’s... Read More

The best vantage point of the handsome harbor in the working fishing village of Stonington is from the Isle au Haut mailboat as it returns to the... Read More

Third-generation farmers run this tiny northwoods outpost, which brings in local musicians for an always-packed Sunday brunch that takes advantage of... Read More

The East Coast’s largest ski area and Maine’s second-highest mountain, Sugarloaf has more than 2,800 feet of vertical and the only snowfield skiing... Read More

The biggest ski resort in the East doesn’t leave Nordic skiers out in the cold. A whopping 60 miles of nicely signed trails, maintained for both classic... Read More

The whole family can enjoy the challenging runs at this ski mountain. Read More

All about variety with eight different peaks, Sunday River also boasts a spankin’ new terrain park designed by pro freeskier Simon Dumont that features... Read More

The ferry from Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island brings summer visitors to quiet Swan’s Island, with its pretty lighthouse and lobsterboats bobbing in... Read More

You’d think in a state with dairy farms aplenty that fine cheese mongers would be everywhere. Not so, at least until 2006, when, much to the... Read More

This four-sailed schooner offers visitors the chance to take a ride on the wild side — of the Atlantic, that is. Cushioned cabin seating, a... Read More

Spot moose at this popular fishing location near Little Kennebago Lake. Read More

“Shop + Think,” says the sign outside this Seal Harbor edutainment emporium, and that about sums it up. It’s not quite a museum, not quite a toy or book... Read More

High on Hathorne Point, 14.5 miles from Rockland, is the beautiful and haunting Olson House, subject of hundreds of works of art by Andrew Wyeth. It was... Read More

Antique planes, trains, and automobiles are showcased at this family-friendly museum, located near the Knox County Airport. All of the 100-plus vehicles... Read More

Come sunset, take a two-hour Atlantic excursion on the two-masted Pineapple Ketch, which sails daily from the Nonantum Resort. Read More

A vaguely Irish pub on Munjoy Hill, The Snug is a drinker’s bar, heavy on whisky and microbrews, with a full bar and crackerjack bartenders but no... Read More

This sprawling western Maine museum from the trust of Wilhelm Reich, a noted psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and scientist, spans 175 acres. The woodsy,... Read More

Internationally acclaimed master woodworker Thomas Moser—known for his exquisite Shaker, Colonial, and Arts and Crafts–style furniture made... Read More

A mainstay of this small community since 1956, it's hard to miss this family-owned lobster shack and seafood distributor, with its large rooftop ... Read More

Art lovers might recognize the classic Two Lights skyline from Edward Hopper’s famous painting of the eastern lighthouse, gleaming white and rising... Read More

You don’t have to be a history or architecture buff to appreciate the sheer monied fabulousness of this hulking Civil War brownstone on mansion... Read More

This is the central gathering spot, where townspeople and vacationers alike meet over games of ping pong, blueberry muffins from the café, or... Read More

Home to more than 80 antique cars, this nonprofit museum appeals to auto enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Founded in 1946 by husband-and-wife team... Read More

There are a handful of breaks on this seven-mile stretch of coast in the town of the same name. Try the jetty on the beach’s north end, where waves... Read More

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a National Estuarine Research Reserve that protects 2,250 acres of... Read More

Located in southeast Maine, minutes from the New Hampshire border and just off the Maine Turnpike (i-95), this roadside stand on the Bluestar Memorial... Read More

Stop by the honky-tonk arcades and eat fried dough at this community beach. Read More

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