The 1st night we stayed in Bar Harbor, the goal was to stay in downtown. When we came back, we didn't mind being slightly removed and closer to Acadia National Park because we had to get up early (or were supposed to) and we were just going to Acadia the next morning. The change in price being about 1/4 mile removed from downtown is incredible...this hotel was cute. Only one floor, a little porch, some hanging flowers, kept up very well.
There really wasn't anything that set it apart from other hotels except they still use real keys rather than the magnetic cards:) I did like how it was away from the others and if I had a family, it would be my choice in the future. It was decorated very well...made you feel more at home (granted in a really small home) than in a hotel room.
The Kawanhee Inn sits among cathedral pines overlooking a lake in central Maine. there are 9 rooms and 10 cabins...with a main lodge that has a pool table, puzzles, fireplaces and rocking chairs. Yes, it is the place for rest and rejuvenation. You can hike, canoe, fish, swim, or lay around on the screened porch of your cabin. Chore boys come in and light your fire in the morning. They deliver a bottle of fresh spring water every day.
I was delighted to find a listing for them when I searched the internet...but they don't have a web site, evidentally. Guess they are still so laid back that they know you will come somehow....and be very happy that you did.
Baxter State Park offers great camping opportunities but you need to reserve in advance as even though the park is massive, there are a limited number of camping spots.
The sites are quite spread out and the best ones have cooking shelters in case of inclimate weather. The ranger was very helpful and friendly and the overall feeling is one of complete safety and well-being. The campgrounds are right at the trailheads. We stayed at Katahdin Stream and it was on the Appalachian Trail, just five miles from Mount Katahdin's peak.
I had another, cheaper campground picked out but we could not find it and this one looked very convenient to the main highway. I was very happy it worked out this way as the people working there were very friendly and helpful. We were going back and forth to Portland every day so it was an easy place to find when coming home! lol
It is a great little campground and we had a cool tent site all by itself. We had to carry our gear down a little hill but once down there, it was like wilderness camping. But it was going down to 32 F at night so we mostly were hanging out in Portland and Freeport and just crashing here. ;) Offseason rates for tent camping were $18.
Monday September 24, 2007
As it was getting near the end of the day, it was time to look for a place to stay for the night. I checked my "Travel Coupon Book" and there was a SUPER 8 MOTEL in Brunswick. The ad said it was close by shops and restaurants. Well, it turned out to be a wonderful place to stay. The room was spacious, with a microwave and mini fridge. The Motel offers 71 rooms and for Hansi - free wireless high speed internet in the Lobby. Complimentary "SuperStart" Breakfast.
I just want to add, that I always try to find and use the "Travel Coupon Book" It is so helpful in finding accommodations for the night. It contains locator maps and most important great money saving coupons. Now for the Super 8, we paid $58.88 when we presented our coupon. As we sat in the Lobby on the computer, others who came in after us paid as much as $74.00 for the same rooms. Conditions are that they only reserve a few rooms at the coupon price and no reservations can be made ahead of time - so first come - first served. It pays to look for accommodations early and as we never know where we'll be at the end of the day, we rarely make reservations.
Cliff Island is an isolated island in the Casco Bay off the coast of Portland Maine.
If you can get a self-catering rental on this island, go for it.
They are hard to find, due to the returning visitors every year at the same place.
Contact the Cliff Island Post office for a list of rentals and good luck.
Also see the website below.
Beautiful serene place away from it all.
Leave your car on the mainland, take a ferry and forget everything....rest and respute only.
Transportation of Island, bikes, walking, golf carts, and a few all season cars that belong to the locals only.
On our 2004 trip to Baxter State Park, we slept two nights in a lean-to at Chimney Pond, halfway along the trail to the peak of Mt. Katahdin. Even though it was August, the nights were cold and windy, but the lean-to kept us warm (well, slightly at least). Best of all, it kept us dry and meant we didn't have to carry a tent in our backpacks. While this was a welcome relief for our old backs, the hard boards of the lean-to exacted their revenge as we awoke sore every morning. Still, to rise and look out at Katahdin as the first light hit it was worth all the aches, and to hear moose trot by at night was worth the pain.
As it advertised Ocean View Motel, we thought we would stay here at the SEA BREEZE MOTEL. It was a lovely New England style Motel with lush lawns and gardens and wrap around porches with ocean views. We enjoyed our stay here very much. It was located just outside town on highway 3 and close to many seafood restaurants and a five minute drive to downtown Bar Harbor.
The Blueberry was located in a very picturesque area not far from Freeport, very near the southern end of Maine. A winding road through the forest led to the well maintained campgrounds, located beneath a spreading White Pine forest.
A quiet and reasonably priced location that also had a first-class swimming pool for the children to enjoy themselves in!
After a couple of days of sunny weather in the Freeport area, we began to meander back toward New Brunswick, arriving at Mt. Desert Island. Since this is a prime tourist area, we noticed the definite shift upward in prices, especially in the July peak holiday season. We managed to book ourselves into the Narrows II for a night, but it was definitely a cut below the Blueberry!
This facility also had a pool to enjoy, but it was much busier than our previous spot. Further complicating the matter was that the weather had turned for the worse and it rained the night that we were there. We also made the mistake of leaving our garbage outside the tent in a garbage bag, resulting in a loud cacaphony in the early morning hours as the crows tore into it! In addition, the price that we paid for this tent site would almost have covered the cost of a motel in New Brunswick!
The Senator is one of the old-style Inns of Maine, located in the state capital of Augusta. Although a 'one-off' type of Inn in its prime, it is now part of the Best Western chain, and a fine addition it is! I stayed there on a recent business trip to New England, meeting the representatives from Massachusetts half-way!
The Inn also has an attached health spa as well as a very fine restaurant located on its premises. It is located just a few hundred feet from Interstate-95 but is sufficiently far away, and up the hill, that traffic noise is not a problem. My room happened to be in an upstairs corner, and it was very spacious with windows on two walls.
We spent a rainy afternoon playing cards inside the lean-to at Chimney Pond campsite at the base of Mount Katahdin before hiking to the summit.
It was actually very nice. We put a tarp over the open side ( there were already nails there to hang it on) and none of the rain got in. It was comfortable and not cold , and we all slept well.
The second lean-to is at Abol campground, where we spent the first night at Baxter State Park. This one you can drive to. It was smaller than the one at Chimney pond and didn't quite have enough room for 4 people.
I think I already did above. Lean-tos are better than tents in a remote area, since you do not have to carry your tent, plus they are better in bad weather.
If you are up in Maine's Rangely Lake area, there are several small, rustic cabins that can be rented right on the lake shore. Ours had a deck overlooking the lake and when we walked out on it I felt like I was living a scene from "On Golden Pond". It also had a wood stove that was perfect for keeping it cozy on those chilly autumn evenings. I imagine that the grove of cabins gets pretty busy during the summer, but we were practically the only customers when we went in the autmn -- even though it was foliage season.
Our friends from Boston invited us to stay with them in their daughter's family's cabin at a lake in Maine. We agreed right away. If you ever get such an invitation then take it! It was an unique experience.
Maine cabins are often rather basic - and this one was to a certain degree, too. The best feature is the location right by the lake. Our friends also had a boat and we did a cruise on the lake the first afternoon (weather not co-operating unfortunately).
Of course the cabin provided everything needed, from fully equipped kitchen to bathroom, heating, sundeck etc. It was magical to see the mist over the lake in the morning, the sunrise, the foliage. Whoa. And it was pure nature there, far away from the next town.
I'm posting this to let you know you should book ahead if you're stopping in Kittery . We didn't and ended up in this dump . The room is run down but at least the bed was clean and breakfast is included but for $107.00 you can do much better than this place.
Its a one night only stop for sure.
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