Maine Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

Maine Local Customs

  • Do not sleep in a bar!

    Yes, you read well. Do not sleep in a bar in Maine. It is forbidden. How I could know it? Well, it was my second day in the US and was still hit by the jet lag. Just after eating in a resturant I felt asleep despite of the live music but I was not lying....simply sitting on my chair with closed eyes. The first time the waiter saw me with closed...

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  • Car License Plates?

    Have a look at picture 1 for the official Maine car license plate. Nice, isn't it? Especially the lobster ... and vacationland? Yup, right. But what happened to the car license plate on picture 2? Hmm, you wouldn't believe it, but on some islands - like Long Island in Casco Bay, where our friends' other daughter owns a house - the cars don't need a...

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  • Lobster fishing

    Long ago, before traps were used, lobsters were fished from the shallow waters by spearing or gaffing. Fishermen hunted for lobsters by torch light on calm evenings, spearing them as they crawled around in search of food. During the day they would spread a slick of oil over the surface of the water darkening the water below, and then throw out cod...

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  • Boats

    It seemed to me that almost everyone must have their own boat in Maine. Especially during our ferry trip in Casco Bay we saw probably more than a hundred of such quite fancy boats. Our friends explained that there are a couple of luxury resorts on those islands - like Diamond Cove. And the boats probably belong to the guests. Quite a sight,...

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  • Church At Bar Harbor

    We visited the Episcopal church right downtown Bar Harbor for the Sunday service. It was nice, and we ran into someone we met on the bus!

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  • Wicked Whoppie Pies!

    We found this rather not very good looking "snack" for lack of better word in just about every convenience store in Maine, and only in Maine. Had to try one at least once! We got a "Wicked Whoopie Peanutbutter Pie" at a small store in Sea Harbor on Mount Desert Island. It was pretty good actually, but I think I prefer blueberrie pie.....

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  • Blueberries!

    Maine has lots of blueberries. We found many in the woods, and also found this cute little place on US-1 , on the way north to the Canadian border , about an hour from Calais. They had THE best blueberrie pie I have ever had! They also had muffins, coffee, souvenirs , preserves, anything you could possibly do with blueberries.

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  • state symbols

    state motto: "Dirigo" (I lead)in elections it has often been said that "as Maine goes so goes the nation"state seal: sedate pine forest scene bordered by a farmer and a sailor (for the two largest industries of Maine); the state motto is on topthe state flag is the state seal centered in blue fieldState Nickname: "Pinetree State"the state tree is...

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  • fast driving....

    I don't mind fast drivers on the road with me except in two circumstances:--- when it is pouring or snowing and the rooster-tail they leave in their wake as they pass me obstructs my view--- when they are going 5 miles faster than me and right on my back bumper (can't even see their headlights)Maine drivers manage to do both of these annoyances.So...

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  • Maine has got Moxie

    On May 10, 2005 Moxie became the official soft drink of the State of Maine.Moxie was the first mass produced soft drink. Created in 1884 in Lowell, Massachusetts by Dr. Augustin Thompson, Moxie was marketed under the product name Moxie Nerve Food and originally sold as a "cure all" medicine. Later , it was sold in carbonated form and merchandised...

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  • the stigma of being "From Away"

    "From Away" is a term used by locals to describeanyone who is not from Maine. Even if you live in Maine and have done so for years, you are still From Away. This quote from The Tidewater Motel website sums it up perfectly: "There are only two places, Here and Away. Away is a big place but, make no mistake about it, Here is Here and Away is the...

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  • Monday Nights at the Association Hall....

    Every Monday night when you are on Cliff Island, Maine. They have a get together at the Association Hall which is over the Post Office and behind the Tennis Court.Lots of fun, usually a performing act comes and entertains us. They can be well known, and surprising to be here on this little island.Sometimes a dance, singers, or musicians, sometimes...

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  • Lobster Pounds

    Lobster pounds are a Maine Institution where people can go and eat lobster in a casual setting. You buy them by weight and the live beauties are then boiled in sea water in big vats outside, fired by wood. It is quite a scene to behold and almost as good as the lobster itself. I did say almost as the meat is as sweet and succulent as you will ever...

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  • Blueberries everywhere

    Pancakes, pie, crepes, waffles and even beer, Maine sure capitalizes on its blueberries. And with good reason--they know how to use them. It never would have occurred to me to put blueberries in beer, but it seems to work. The flavoring is pretty good and I'm not really a fan on fruity beers. However, when it was served, I could have done without...

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  • Lobster Roll

    Lobster rolls are all over the New England coast but Maine is most noted for them. In its best form, the sandwich consists of prime lobster meat and mayonaise on a toasted sesame bun. The cheaper ones use celery for filler. Hey, this is not tuna, it is lobster so no filler please. This was a great one served up at Mariner's in Camden.

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  • Lobster Rolls at McDonalds???

    What the heck? Yes, you are reading that correctly! Maine is so obsessed with lobster that they sell it at McDonalds! Incredible! I haven't had it at McDonalds... but the lobster sandwiches at the smaller lobster shacks are delicious.. mmm.

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  • No Dogs!

    They actually don't allow dogs on the beach from April to the end of September because, "it is a threat to the health of children--degrades our town--and transmits disease." Isn't that hilarious? The sign also says there is a $200 fine for not cleaning up dog waste! Maybe lots of beaches have this kinda thing, but me, living in Indiana, have not...

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  • take the boats around the pond

    In Portland, Maine in summer Deering Oaks at Park Avenue and Forest Avenue has boats to ride around the pond, tennis, amphitheater for performances. In winter, there is skating on the pond. It has recently been cleaned up and renovated.

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  • supporting the troops in Mechanic Falls

    probably not impromptu but unexpected sight in rural Mechanic Falls where patriotism is taking to the street.

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  • roadside picnics

    You can find picnic areas along many roads in Maine. Look on your official Maine State road map to find scenic picnic areas indicated by little picnic tables . Many have a place to barbeque, running water or pumpable water, and toilets , but bring your own hand wipes and often toilet paper.

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  • Beers of Maine...

    In addition to lobsters, Maine also has a great brewing tradition which is alive and well. Sample Gearys Pale Ale, Shipyard Export Ale and Bar Harbor Real Ale as well as one of the many blueberry beers. To borrow a phrase from the southwest, "try one and you'll understand why."Naturally, all those beers go well with lobster...

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  • The people of Maine are great....

    The people of Maine are great. They have an immense amount of state pride! I have never been to a state where the people only buy products that are produced within the state. They are very consious about keeping their money within their borders.

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  • When's the best month to go to...

    When's the best month to go to Maine? May! Everything is in bloom and the Spring is so nice here. You won't be overwhelemd by your fellow tourists either.

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  • DIY Lobster! There are...

    DIY Lobster! There are lobster dinner deals all over the state, but the best, if you have the means, is to buy 'em fresh, fill a huge pot with sea water, bring to a full boil, throw the suckers in, and consume with way too much butter....

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Maine Hotels

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  • Embassy Suites Hotel Portland

    Worst experience ever !!! We booked Hilton Honors reward reservation- a non-smoking room with double...

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  • Bar Harbor Inn

    Our family has stayed here several times over the past 25 years, usually in the Ocean Front Lodge....

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  • Blackwoods Campground

    Only one of 2 campgrounds actually in Acadia National Park, Blackwoods is really in the middle of it...

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  • Nonantum Resort

    It is a very lovely accomodation, on a river, with a beautiful garden. Perfect for wedding party....

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  • The Beachmere Inn

    My family had a family reunion here for one week in August 2000. We had 65 family members aged 6...

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  • The Beach House

    2 Roussin St., Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 04064, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hilton Garden Inn Bangor

    250 Haskell Road, Bangor, Maine, 04401, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Coachman Inn

    380 US Route 1, , KITTERY, MAINE 03904

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Grand Harbor Inn

    14 Bay View Landing, Camden, Maine, 04843, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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