I realized Friday when I did my impromptu 5 on Friday post. That, while I talk frequently of Maine and my childhood. I haven’t really done it justice. I think a lot of that is because even when I go home nowadays, I don’t think of it like an “out-of-towner” might. But tourist season is starting up in Downeast Maine, and what better way to learn about the area, than from someone with deep roots in the area?!
Every time we go to Maine, we stay at a camp on the water. We use Hearts of Maine to book the stay, though it usually winds up that my Mom knows the owners. This is pretty handy when you lock yourself out of the place at 3am and need to call the owners. It usually runs us about $750 to stay for one full week. It’s cheaper than any hotel room, and you have a complete kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Also, the majority of them are lakefront- and you can swim in the lakes without the fear of gators and water moccasins.
|The pups can swim daily
The food in the area is second to none. Helen’s Restaurant and the Blue Bird Ranch are two of the best (and, kind of, only) sit down places in town. Or course, you could drive over to Cutler and get live lobster, fresh off the docks. Some camps come with big pots to boil them in.
Maine is an outdoor paradise. From Machias, you’re within driving distance of a number of state parks. We spent one day geocaching at Cobscook Bay State park.
Acadia National Park is only an hour and a half away as well. You could spend a week alone there. We drove up for day and did a driving tour. We also had a State Representative as our tour guide of Cadillac Mountain.
Maine’s coast is different from the coast of … anywhere… it’s mainly rock and there isn’t much beach front. I hadn’t been to Jasper’s Beach since I was in grade school. The beach is entirely rocks- I would recommend sneakers instead of barefoot or flip flops- you definitely sink into the rocks as you go. Also make a stop at Fort O’Brien Historic Site along the way.
Canada is only a hop-skip-and-a-jump. You can get to Campobello Island via ferry in Eastport, or drive across the bridge in Lubec. Visit East Quoddy Lighthouse and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer cottage.
Lubec is the Easternmost town in the country, with West Quoddy Head being the most eastern point. Quoddy Head State Park has a number of hiking trails- and a lighthouse.
A lot of folks that go to Maine, get to Portland and stop. Understandably so, as there’s more “normal” things to do- shopping and sightseeing. Downeast Maine is speckled with history and nature, and really is the epitome of “Vacationland.” Like what I did there?
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