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Recent Maine reviews

  • Wonderful house - Beautiful view, quiet and relaxing

    "We had a wonderful time at this house. It was new, clean, roomy and had absolutely everything we needed for a relaxing vacation! The porch was wonderful with the water views. Kayaks were also a nice add. Local lobster was great for a dinner at home. Would recommend for anyone wanting a quiet time away from the city."
    Guest: Southerner Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014
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  • EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR A WEEK IN OGUNQUIT

    "The upstairs apartment was so clean and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay at such a reasonable price. The location was perfect, just steps away from the trolley stop and a block or so from the Footbridge. We walked almost every day from the footbridge to enjoy the Marginal Way. Then, Perkins Cove welcomed us at the end of the walk. What a lovely place. We ate at the Lobster Shack and Oarweed. One of our days, we so enjoyed sailing with Captain Jack on Silver Linings. Most days we walked back along the Marginal Way experiencing the local shops and great dining in the little village. Thank you to the owners for this great place to stay! We hope to return."
    Guest: Sally Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 11, 2014
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  • Wonderful, private home!

    "We stayed a week this past Sept with 3 couples and absolutely loved our stay. The pictures on this website do not do justice to how wonderful this house is. The bedrooms are good size with comfortable beds. My only complaint would be the small upper windows have no coverings so the morning sun comes in bright and early. The kitchen I large and has everything you could need and then some. There were tons of spices and other wonderful things in the pantry. We did not cook lobster there but if you did want to do so there is everything you would need. We loved the large great room and really enjoyed the fireplace. If I were to change anything it would be to put a bigger TV in. We did take advantage of the large movie selection they had. There were also lots of games. We love sitting on the deck and looking out at the bay and looking at the beautiful night sky. This home is a bit off the beaten path making for wonderful peace and quiet yet only about 15-20 minutes from the darling town of Camden. There are stores a short drive away but you do need a car if you are staying here. The property manager Janey was a delight to work with quickly responding to every call or email I sent. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Maine I would love to stay here again."
    Guest: Lois Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 2, 2014
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  • Beautiful!

    "I stayed there with my family, with two kids, age 2 and 5. The cottage is beautiful. Well decorated, well appointment, and very clean. The road to get there was a bit tricky, good thing we had a four wheel drive. The place is well secluded. It was nice that we had internet and good TV. Felt like I was in this very secluded place with all the amenities of hotel. The walk to water is little long, as you can see in the picture. Water was clear. And the ramp was fun to jump off from. THere is also tons of movies that you can watch. Not too many for little kids. Also the rail off the loft is a little low for my two year old, but older kids it should be fine."
    Guest: Monica C. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 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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