Fun things to do in Maine

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    Ogunquit

    by german_eagle Written Sep 12, 2009

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    Ogunquit (pop. 1,200) is a small town in southern Maine, famous for its 3-mile-long sand beach that affords swimmers the choice of chilly surf or warm back-cove waters. Its name means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Algonquin Indians - and deservedly so.

    Initially we only planned to drive through the district Perkins Cove down by the beach but to our surprise we found a parking place for the car and our friends were more than happy to treat us for dinner in that fabulous restaurant (see restaurant and shopping tips). Perkins Cove is a picturesque, small village which I immediately loved. Look at the pictures and you know why.

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    Fortress in Casco Bay

    by german_eagle Written Sep 12, 2009

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    While doing the Casco Bay cruise you'll see a hexagonal shaped fortress. This is Fort Gorges, built in 1857 to protect the entrance of Portland Harbor. It is similar in size and construction to Fort Sumter, but is built of granite instead of brick. Modern explosives made the fort obsolete by the time it was completed. A modernization plan was begun in 1869, but funding was cut off in 1876, with the third level of the fort still unfinished.

    The fort was last used by the military during World War II, when it was used to store submarine mines. It is now open to the public as a park, and is accessible only by private boat.

    Hog Island, as it is also named, is best viewed from the cruise ship or from Fort Allen Park located at the eastern end of Fore Street.

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    Casco Bay Island Hopping

    by german_eagle Written Sep 12, 2009

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    Casco Bay is a great destination for island hopping. 359 or the 365 islands in the bay are not inhabited. The ferries take you to the largest of the islands: Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island, and Cliff Island. From there you could rent a small boat and go to one of those other islands on your own.

    However, there's enough space for everyone on those inhabited islands. I checked it out. Beaches were deserted - but the water is very cold, be prepared for the shock of your life! Otherwise just enjoy the scenery, chat with the locals and have a coffee or so. Nothing's more relaxing.

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    Portland

    by german_eagle Written Sep 12, 2009

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    Portland is Maine's largest city (pop. 64,000), port and commercial centre. We only passed through on the way to catch a ferry to the islands, thus didn't see much of the city. However, what we saw was very appealing. The location on a ridge of hills along a peninsula at Casco Bay is beautiful. We saw a lot of old redbrick houses, restored to Victorian elegance again. The harbour area "Old Port" looked nice with cobbled alleys, restaurants, pubs, shops etc. I wish we'd had more time to explore but due to shoulder season the ferries ran at a thinned out schedule and we came back from the islands very late.

    Looking back from the ferry we saw Portland Head Light (pic 3) which is one of the oldest in Maine and one of the most beautiful of the U.S. It's a museum since 1989 when it went out of service.

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  • things to see and do

    by idontno Updated May 29, 2009

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    From Harpswell go north to Bath, ME. there you will find the "Maine Merritime Musuem" and lots of shops. Go a little farther north and spend a day in "Booth Bay Harbor" take a Whale watching or fishing trip and moore shops or the play house. "Reds" take out is on the way named worlds best Lobster roll. There are also a lot of State parks and beachees. In Portland catch a "Sea Dog" Ball game and try a "Sea Biscuit" they are grate Icecream sandwich. In "Brunswick" go and eat at "Fat Boys" Its a real Drive in resteraunt also just over the bridge in Topsham is the "Sea Dog Brewing Company" Good food and drink. Agusta is the state capital and there is a Grate musuem there at the state house. most of all enjoy You can also fish Maine tide waters without a lic. just obay the laws.

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    Mount Abrahm

    by Florida999 Written Jan 17, 2009

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    This ski area was very near our rental cabin, and very nice actually. It is sort of small, but the slopes are nice ( I liked one of the blacks "Boris" something, right down the middle the most, plus one blue that went around the outside ). Much more economical and less crowded than the larger ski areas, and at least while we were there, the snow was nicer, less ice.

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    Skiing at Sunday River

    by Florida999 Written Jan 17, 2009

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    We finally made it to Maine in the winter time! Spent Christmas near Bethel, Maine. We went skiing and snowboarding at Sunday River several times. This place is huge!! The slopes were nice, but very icy on the top. Couldn't ski Christmas day because most of the lifts were shut down because of the 50 mph wind. But, the area is very nice and not very crowded except for a few lifts at the bottom.

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    Check out the Covered Bridges

    by paulapes Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    The Sunday River Bridge in Newry, Maine is commonly called the Artist's Covered Bridge because it's painted and photographedso often. It was built in 1872 and closed to traffic in 1958. That's my friend, Lynn, in front of it.

    The bridges were covered to protect the bridge from rotting because of rain and snow.

    See the link below for more information on covered bridges in Maine.

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  • Go south! :)

    by VirginieFaucher Written Apr 5, 2008

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    Hi!

    Actually, if you really want to see Maine, you should drive south of Bar Harbour. There is really NOTHING to see north of Bar Harbour. You won't even be able to see the ocean from the road. The road goes straight in New Brunswick, Canada.... and even there, it is not worth visiting! It is the boring part of Canada...

    If you drive south, I propose you go from Bar Harbour to Portland, spend a day there (very nice!), ans then go south. Ogunquit and Kennebunk port are worth seeing, and you can cross to New-Hampshire to see Partsmouth, which is also on the coast. There is plenty to see and do in the area.

    Have a nice trip!

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    MAINE - A WONDERFUL STATE TO EXPLORE

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    Hello Mike and family: My husband and I went to Maine last September and absolutely fell in love with it. We got as far as Bar Harbor, the "Gate to Acadia National Park". We followed Highway number one from Kittery, in the most southern part of Maine and followed it all along the Atlantic Coast, passing through Kennebunkport, Orchard Beach (the kids will love it here) Cape Elizabeth, inland a bit through Brunswick, Bath,then back near the ocean in Rockland, Camden, Belfast Bucksport, Ellsworth and finally Bar Harbour. It is a designated scenic highway, with lovely fishing villages, LOBSTER, Acadia National Park. etc. etc.
    We always use those Hotel coupon Books that you can pick up at any Tourist information center or rest area and get great deals. The trick is to check in early.
    Greetings from Canada. Happy travels! Lori.
    My answer to a travel forum question.

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    Free Shuttle buses best way to see Acadia

    by IndepTraveler Written Sep 3, 2007

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    At the dock in Bar Harbor I found out, from a tourism rep, that during the summer there are free shuttle buses that drive throughout Acadia National Park. They stop at campgrounds, Bar Harbor, and many (all?) of the main trail heads. From Bar Harbor, there are several loops to choose from of varying lengths of driving time. We ended up taking the shortest - about 30-45 minutes total? Since these have hop on-hop off previlages, we took one bus to the first trailhead (Sand Beach). Then we walked along the water (beautiful views!) to the next bus stop, Thunder Hole. Comfortable, air-conditioned, what an easy way to see Acadia! They do ask that you pay $5 for a "park fee". This is paid to the park ranger at a little building near the bus stop in Bar Harbor, but the bus driver never asks to see it since I think it is just on the honor system.

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    Metro bus Tour Great way for Portland overview

    by IndepTraveler Written Sep 3, 2007

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    I don't remember exactly what it was called, but at the end of the cruise ship dock there are local city buses available. They make a loop around town, driving by all the main spots downtown. For the 5$ it costs to get the ticket, you can get on and off as many times as you want to for the day. The advice we had from the first driver was great - ride the whole loop the first time to get a sense of where you want to explore, then take it to the first stop, explore, get back on to the next stop of interest, explore, etc. It was an easy and affordable way to get around town. This is only for tourists (might even be only targeting cruise ship passengers), so you don't have to compete for space with locals.

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    Bangor

    by Florida999 Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    Bangor is a nice medium size town, we spent the night in on the way to Baxter State Park and stopped in also on the way back from Canada. It is kind of in the middle of all the "touristy stuff" in Maine.
    We went looking for Stephen King's house...but didn't find it. My daughter thinks she saw it, but I don't think that was it.
    We did find the large statue on the photo. WHY on earth someone would build that I am not sure, but it was very large, especially when you stand right next to it.

    I got my oil changed in Bangor and the very nice guy at the 5 minute oil change place near the mall ( forgot name) fixed my truck problem that had developed shortly after leaving Canada. One of my vacuum hoses came loose and the truck kept going out when I was stopped. Thank you!

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    Cadillac Mountain

    by Florida999 Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    Cadillac Mountain is the highest mountain on Mount Desert Island. Only a little over 1000 feet, but you have a great view in all directions from the top, if the weather is nice. We went up one day, and it was so windy, I felt like I was in a hurricane. Plus it was so cloudy you couldn't see a thing. We went up again the next day and it was sunny and warm.
    There is a road that goes up there, so we did not hike, but you can if you wish.
    Lots of hiking trails in the area

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    Bar Harbor

    by Florida999 Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    Bar Harbor is a nice little tourist town right next to Acadia National Park with lots of arts and crafts stores, restaurants, souvenir shops and cute houses.
    At low tide, if you go down Bridge street, just up a little way from the boat docks, you can walk across the ocean floor to an island. We did, so did a larger number of others, including people driving their cars over there ( see photo) . If you do that, be careful not to walk in the muck, you get stuck in it, if you are wearing flip flops. It's deeper than it looks in some places.
    My son of course added a stuffed lobster to his collection of stuffed animals from our trips, now sitting next to the stuffed Nessie from Loch Ness in the living room.
    We did not go to any of the restaurants, they seemed kind of expensive, and many of them did not have things I like ( there was a lot of French food, and other European stuff I don't care for, plus all the seafood) but we did have some very good ice cream at this place with large plastic lobsters up front.
    Some of the yachts at the boat docks were just incredible! I love sailboats especially.

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