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Maine’s Southern Coast

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Photo: Ball & Albanese

This is Maine at its most alluring: a rich landscape where sunrise on a sandy beach can be followed by a hike through a mist-shrouded wildlife preserve, where a lobster-roll lunch can precede an afternoon of blueberry picking, where Skee-Ball by the boardwalk can segue into a candelit dinner at a country inn. Our list of favorites for a weekend away is as much about the land as the sea—pine forests and Colonial-era villages meet lighthouses, harbors, and the spray of the surf.

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Inspired by: 3 Northeastern Weekend Getaways — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Mar. 2009

Hotels (3)

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    Captain Lord Mansion

    At the 20-room Captain Lord Mansion, a pale yellow 1812 folly with Federal-era antiques and stately fireplaces, sip iced tea in the shade of the ch

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    Hidden Pond

    The allure of this southern Maine hotel just north of Kennebunkport is the setting—and the food. The 36 private cottages (some with two bedrooms, a

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    Yachtsman Lodge & Marina

    This single-level, yellow and green inn operates from May through the first week of December on the eastern shore of the scenic Kennebunk River, a

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Restaurants (7)

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    Blue Sky

    This sleek and modern restaurant is a new entry from celebrated Boston chef Lydia Shire, whose menu includes her famous lobster pizza (way better t

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    Fore Street

    The secret to owner-chef Sam Hayward’s success is his honest, earthbound cooking. And his temple to simply prepared food is Fore Street—a cavernous

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    Joshua's

    Owned by native chef Joshua Mathers, his namesake eatery serves organic American cuisine in a Colonial house dating back to 1774. The interior blen

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    MC Perkins Cove

    Chefs/partners Mark (“M”) Gaier and Clark (“C”) Frasier of the esteemed Ogunquit restaurant Arrows opened this seaside bistro in quaint Perkins Cov

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    The Clam Shack

    The Clam Shack has been a summertime tradition since 1968. That’s when Richard Jacques debuted his seafood hut above the Kennebunk River. In 2000,

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    Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier

    This massive red-roofed building remains open daily throughout out the year (with truncated hours from Mother’s Day to Columbus Day) and specialize

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    White Barn Inn Restaurant

    The centerpiece of Maine’s top-rated inn—its famed white barn with wide-plank floors and soaring exposed beams—is where Brit expat executive chef J

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Activities (5)

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    Ogunquit Playhouse

    Broadway veteran Walter Hartwig and wife Maude debuted their repertory theatre in 1937, and “America’s foremost summer theatre” continues to endure

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    Congdon's

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

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    Fort Foster

    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 resp

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    Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

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

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    Nubble Lighthouse

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

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