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Recent Maine reviews

  • Everything we had hoped for and more

    "Atlantic Dreams is indeed truly special. Every positive comment by previous renters is absolutely true but I'll still add my 2 cents worth. First, it's about location, location, location. One of the reasons we rented this cottage was to have an unblocked view of the ocean and the rocky coast of Maine....Got that big time. We sat out on the deck every possible moment and although I brought plenty to read, I found myself spending much of the time simply gazing out at the ocean that was RIGHT THERE! Second, but not really second, the cottage itself was like something straight out of a Down East magazine. Whoever decorated the place got it absolutely right on, beautifully and comfortably decorated but not detracting from the awesome view outside. We both enjoyed our stay there so much that we've booked another 2 weeks at a future date."
    Guest: Annie Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 4, 2014
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  • Felt like home away from home

    "The pictures do no justice in how awesome this cottage is. The cottage felt like home. The dock is just steps away from the cottage. We hanged out on the dock on our first night and almost every night. The moon was bright and had a cool breeze. We could just camp on that dock :) The cottage is very clean and comfortable. It has a nice full kitchen. Everything is close by grocery stores, breweries, restaurants and hiking trails. If you like shopping, the outlet mall and LL Bean are just a short drive. South Freeport road is a nice road to run/bike. There are barely any cars on the road and we saw plenty of people running and biking. Stephanie and John are wonderful hosts. They gave us good recommendations on restaurants and hiking trails. Even though they were just a few steps away, we felt that we had our privacy. If you need them they’re there but if not they just leave you be. Our trip to Freeport wouldn't have been this fun and relaxing if we have stayed somewhere else. I definitely recommend staying at their cottage."
    Guest: Angela Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 10, 2014
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  • Ahhh-mazing

    "What a special place! We rented Branch Haven at the end of June for a week and are STILL talking about how amazing the week was (even with all the mosquitoes!). Here is our low-down... The house: Tons of space for sleeping, very clean, open common area, great deck, modern amenities. The pool was chilly (June!), but tons warmer than the ocean and right at the house!! Kids loved it! The location: Perfect for feeling like you are secluded enough to be away from it all, yet super close to beaches, only 20 minutes from downtown Bath. Sunsets were gorgeous and it was so fun to watch the lobster boats head out and come back in right from the deck. The owners: So easy to work with and so enthusiastic. So very professional yet so warm - a wonderful combination! We cannot wait to return to Branch Haven. It truly is a beautiful home and we have wonderful memories from our family vacation."
    Guest: Becky D. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 5, 2014
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  • Nice cottage and nice area for exploring the coast of Maine

    "We visited in August and had a nice time enjoying the house and the area. We highly recommend both. This house was as advertised - simple, clean, and pleasant. The caretaker was kind, responsive, and helpful. From the living room and the patio there are excellent, close views over the bay. With the thick evergreens and birch tree stands on either side of the property, you can't see the neighbors making it serene and private. The house offered a good value and we were pleased and surprised that despite the rural location we still had a strong signal from Verizon for our phones and for the hot spot internet connection we have for our laptop. The area is quiet and relaxed without the crowds of Mt. Desert Island/Bar Harbor, but still close to them. We visited Bar Harbor for a full day and we enjoyed seeing it. However, we appreciated being able to leave the crowds and return to peaceful Seasmoke. The Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park is nearby. It is beautiful and uncrowded. Walking along the ocean side road is easy with nice hiking trails as well. We loved it and returned the next day with a picnic to enjoy along the rocks. Quoddy Head lighthouse is nice, but take the coastal route through Cutler which is scenic. Nice walks there. The lighthouse was the best of the ones we saw on this trip. We did a lot of walking around the house and animal watching. It was a nice walk to the end of the peninsula, and we seldom saw a car. We saw bald eagles, porcupines, foxes, deer, a seal, and many birds. We also did a boat tour with Robinson's from Milbridge. Excellent and we strongly recommend this in good weather for a beautiful tour of the bays and islands. The town has a good grocery and a few small places to eat. We enjoyed the Mexican take-out restaurant, 44 North for a simple diner dinner, and the Fisherman's wife for sandwiches. The Milbridge House was cheap and good for breakfast, but closed for dinner. We grilled burgers and seafood on the patio two nights. There are several places you can buy fresh seafood that comes right from the town's fishermen- Tibbits was one. In summary, a very nice vacation in a scenic, quiet area with plenty of sights and activities within an hour of this pleasant little house by the water. We would recommend it."
    Guest: Mandy and Mark Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: November 5, 2014
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Maine Travel Tips

Maine is a state where the great outdoors are embraced and celebrated. Here are some highlights for your trip to this idyllic New England state:

Portland

The Portland metro area boasts more than one-third of Maine’s population, and this quaint but vibrant city has plenty to do and see:

- Check out Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s 1786 home, which has been elegantly restored in the heart of Portland on Congress Street.

- Go shopping on historic Commercial Street.

- If you are interested in the Civil War, come to the Maine Historical Society to see an ever-changing exhibit and learn about the conflict.

- The Portland Head Light is located at Cape Elizabeth Maine and looks like the quintessential, postcard lighthouse.

- The Portland Museum of Art has a large collection of Winslow Homer’s New England-inspired paintings.

- Climb to the top of the Portland Observatory - built in 1807 - to see beautiful bay views.

- Check out Old Port - a downtown neighborhood with cobblestone streets and 19th century brick buildings. Grab a meal at Grace or The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar and hit up eclectic boutiques like Abacus Gallery and Maine Potters Market.

- Visit the Victoria Mansion, an opulent Italian villa-style home with a baroque interior. It was built before the Civil War for a hotel magnate.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is another popular place for visitors due to its proximity to Acadia National Park. Here are the top things to do in and around Bar Harbor:

- Visit Acadia National Park. You’ll have to choose your activities carefully because there’s too much to do here. If you enjoy hiking, there is a great variety of trails. Check out Ocean Path, which is 4.4 miles long and leads from Sand Beach to the sea cliffs. There’s also the Great Meadows Loop, which begins in Bar Harbor. For more intermediate trails, hike up Cadillac Mountain on the North Ridge Trail.

- Experienced mountain climbers and hikers should consider climbing Penobscot Mountain for stunning panoramic views.

-Take a 20-mile bike ride on Park Loop Road. It provides breathtaking vistas as you ride through the forest and near the ocean.

- For a more relaxing look at Acadia, stroll through the flowery Wild Gardens.

- After a day in the Acadia National Park, let loose at the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor for local craft brews and delicious barbecue.

Other Maine Attractions

There’s plenty to do in Maine outside the major tourist areas:

- Check out Old Fort Western, built in 1754, which is the oldest wooden fort in New England. Benedict Arnold used this site before staging his assault on Quebec during the Revolutionary War. It’s located in Augusta.

- Go skiing at one of many resorts in lightly populated northern Maine, including Shawnee Peak, Black Mountain, Sunday River and the ever-popular Sugarloaf Mountain.

- Visit Egg Rock Lighthouse in serene Winter Harbor, which is located just across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor.

- Bring the kids to Funtown Splashtown, a combined waterpark and amusement park in Saco.

- Take a seaplane ride from Acadian Seaplanes in Rangeley Lake, or go snowmobiling in Coos Canyon.

Events

The American Folk Festival is held for one weekend at the end of August in Bangor. Despite its name, you can see and take part in both American and international cultural traditions. The festival includes music and dance performances, authentic artisanal crafts and both ethnic and locally grown food.

What better way to celebrate Maine culture than with a seafood feast? Check out the Yarmouth Clam Festival, a weekend event in mid-July that is just a 15-minute drive north of Portland. The Yarmouth Clam Festival is all about competition. Watch a clam-shucking contest or the Clam Classic canoe and kayak races. Don’t miss the diaper derby, a race with unsuspecting babies and toddlers, and end the night with fireworks over the sound. If you haven’t had your fill of shellfish, check out the Maine Lobster Festival, a five-day festival in early August in Rockland. There will be live music, the Smokey’s Greatest Shows Carnival, a 10k run, plenty of lobster dinners and activities for kids like, the cod fish carry.

If you aren’t traveling with kids, head to the classy Harvest on the Harbor event at the end of October in Portland. Sip on some wine, watch cooking demonstrations and sample local cuisine.

Windjammer Bays in Boothbay Harbor is a celebration of Maine’s sailing heritage and the importance of the sea to the locals. Windjammers are large, elegant sailing ships with three to five masts that were used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to ship goods. Aside from the typical festival offerings, watch an antique boat parade and take a cruise on a majestica windjammer.

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