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Recent Maine reviews

  • Great summer vacation get away

    "We were looking for a 4 week experience on the upper Maine coast. Winter Harbor turned out to be just the ticket. Great biking trail along the coast in the Schoodic Penisula portion of Acadia National Park. Could ride from our residence to the park. Several nice hiking trails there as well. Often times we biked to the hiking trails, then biked home. About a 45 minute drive to Bar Harbor, which we visited twice on week days to avoid the weekend crowds. Close to Bar Harbor is the largest section of the Acadia National Park. We hiked and biked there several times with world class scenery all around. We don't kayak but noticed lots of that as well. Winter Harbor is a quaint town with several good restaurants, and various other shops. Our residence was very nice and exceptionally clean. All the beds were very comfortable. Located on a dead end street with a small park with nice playground equipment across the street for the kids. The kitchen is very small, with only a microwave and a small toaster oven. We adjusted accordingly and this amounted to only a minor inconvenience. There are some mosquitoes in the area, particularly on certain hikes. Nothing major, just bring a little spray for occasional use. Really enjoyed the owners as we shared several “happy hours” together enjoying the beautiful weather. Would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys the outdoors."
    Guest: Ron R. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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  • A lucky find on VRBO!

    "This is a beautiful spot, with a back yard that slopes gently down to a dock on a small estuary that curves around a tiny island. The view of Cross Lake beyond is expansive and wonderfully peaceful--the only watercraft we saw (mid-week) were a few kayaks and some ducks feeding near shore. The cottage is at the end of a private road with a few other cabins on it and it feels very secluded and private. It is spotless inside, with comfortable beds, a sunroom with windows looking out on the lake, and a very well-supplied kitchen and bath. Some of the highlights of exploring the area were seeing the Acadian Village in Van Buren with 17 restored buildings full of fascinating interiors, old objects and furniture, and ingenious milling and farming machinery; buying vegetables at an Amish farm stand; and seeing fields of pink, white and purple potato flowers and bright green buckwheat. Everyone we encountered was exceptionally friendly and helpful, including one of the caretakers whom we met. I would definitely recommend this cabin to anyone and would love to come back someday!"
    Guest: Margot Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 26, 2014
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  • Perfect

    "Perfect: location, amenities, views, and space. Gorgeous new bathrooms, lots of space for extended family to share and not be on top of each other and wonderful new beds and bedding. It has been a perfect place for our children and grandchildren to stay and explore the area. All this and clean to boot. One cannot write and share the views from the house, it is magical and to be experienced. Three cheers from our clan. it was great."
    Guest: Elaine H. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014
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  • Just as cozy as the name suggests!

    "The Cozy Harbor Cottage was the perfect spot to support our annual Boothbay Harbor summer trip. Long-time visitors of the area with a cabin on West Harbor Pond, our extended family has grown beyond the capacity of our cabin and we needed a place for our family of four to stay. We love Southport Island, and the Cozy Cottage was the perfect home base for all of our favorite activities. We launched paddleboards and kayaks directly from the water and paddled around to Hendrick's Head Beach for our relaxing beach days. The extensive yard was perfect for expending the energy of two young boys (12 and 8), complete with a grill and a large picnic table. The cottage is also within walking distance of the general store, so any forgotten necessities are just a few minutes away. The accommodations are cozy and easy to settle in to. John is an excellent host; he was very responsive and easy-going throughout the booking, check-in, and check-out processes. He is local in town and accessible if needed. Our stay was awesome - would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone visiting the area."
    Guest: southport2014 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 1, 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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