Maine Coastal Route
Maine is an unspoiled paradise for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, offering the visitor a choice of historic sites, amazing mountains-to the sea scenery, arts and entertainment. Lots to explore with Maine’s nationally recognised cuisine, superb outlet shopping, whale watching or even taking a moose cruise.
Historic Ports of Wooden Houses
Portsmouth is on the border’s edge with New Hampshire just north of Boston. If you’re a history buff or just feel like a quick escape from the modern world then the Strawbery Banke Museum which is an outdoor history museum. This delightful neighbourhood of centuries old colourful wooden houses is a window into what life around here was like between 1695 and 1950, with actors depicting storylines for a total immersive experience.
Beer and seafood are a much loved pairing in this city with a strong tradition of local breweries around town spoiling locals and visitors alike with their creations. The Portsmouth Brewery is famous for their mussels going hand in hand with one of their hand-crafted brews like a lime-infused corn lager. Savour every drop, there are plenty more watering holes you can drop into in this charming historical city.
Follow Coastal Paths + Lobster Pots
The first port of call encapsulates the sweet simplicity of a summer escape in Maine, the frozen-in-time fishing hamlet of Ogunquit. Its old wooden jetties and fishing boats are its beating heart, but its walking the Marginal Way to Perkins Cove, a 1.5km paved coastal walk that is a highlight Hugging fine sandy beaches with rocky outcrops its path weaves along the coast with tidal beaches on one side and magnificent mansions, manicured gardens on the other.
You can also relax and surf at the beach or do what the town is most famous for and throw a line in off the rocks. Whale watching tours leave from the nearby town of Kennebunkport
Maine’s Main Act
From antiquated to hip, your arrival in Maine’s largest city Portland will see a total change of pace. The brick footpaths and restored warehouses in the Old Port District are home to incredible restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries a short distance from the working fishing harbour.
Its foodie reputation has become one of its biggest attractions for discerning visitors. When the weather is fine, one of the best things to do is to take a bike tour from the centre to six of its historic lighthouses.
Outdoor Outlets + Harbour Havens
Head north along the shores of the postcard-perfect Casco Bay stopping first in Freeport, a town renowned for its outlet shopping and home to the world famous L.L.Bean store bursting with outdoors gear and year-round specials. Eventually arrive at the tourist haven of Camden whose 5000 person population swells over three times in summer as stylish visitors drop anchor and step foot off sail boats in the harbour.
The 1.5km Maiden Cliff Trail offers an easy start to a day outdoors, with mountain biking, sailing and paddle boarding enjoyed as well. A beautiful two-hour drive further north along the coast will deliver you to the Acadia National Park.
Its forests, granite peaks and rocky beaches are lined with 200km of hiking trails including the 466m high Cadillac Mountain, and are home to bears, moose and whales.
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