This is the time of year when we get many requests for trips to Maine to see the beautiful fall leaves and to eat that sought after sweet and succulent lobster that Maine is known for! Just the thought of it makes me begin to salivate! For the foodies out there each year around the first week of August there is a Maine Lobster Festival held in Rockland, usually beginning on a Wednesday and running through Sunday. The crowd puts away as much as 20,000 pounds of lobster at this event! This has been cited as one of the best food festivals in the country! Highlights of this festival also include coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess, a parade down Maine Street, and a cod carrying contest.
Sure, lobster can be packed properly for you to bring home from Maine, but you’ll need a big pot and plenty of melted butter (recommended unsalted butter). Fresh lobsters are best cooked and enjoyed the same day, so I really suggest you order live lobster to be shipped professionally to arrive the day you plan to cook and eat them.
There are two ways to see Maine. You can do a driving or bus tour or you can do a New England cruise. Cruises are great for getting just an overview of several towns. The driving or bus tour lets you experience the food and culture more extensively.
Maine is famed for its outlet shopping, LL Bean, antique shops and Maine made crafts sold in small boutiques and shops throughout the state. Maine’s best outlet shopping is in Bangor, Kittery and Freeport - where you will find the legendary LL Bean- open 24/7/365. In smaller coastal towns of Maine you will find general stores and Maine craft shops that sell Maine made jewelry, art, crafts and delicious food made with Maine blueberries and maple syrup. For bargain hunters, make a stop in Maine discount stores Mardens and Reny’s - where they sell everything from tarps to lobster traps, hunting vests to designer shoes.
Maine is also home to many picturesque lighthouses. Some you can get very close with your camera, some are on more remote islands and rocky coastal bluffs, so you can take photos from a lighthouse boat tour. Some lighthouses like Portland Headlight offer tours and have an onsite museum and gift shop, plus a scenic park for picnicking.
The first 30 miles of coast of Maine are known as the "Southern Maine Coast Region" comprised of the towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach. There is plenty to see and do in these eight areas. The first 30 miles of coast offers 90% of the State's sandy beaches.
Heading north, you'll follow a rugged coastline with many lighthouses and picture-perfect seaside villages. Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockport and Rockland are just a few of the many delightful Mid-Coast Maine towns. Enjoy schooner rides, whale watches, lobster boat tours from any of these spectacular harbors out to beautiful lighthouses like Seguin Island and The Cuckolds, and Penobscot Bay.
As you venture up the Maine coast you will cross a narrow causeway onto Mount Desert Island, home of Bar Harbor. Here you will find Acadia National Park, the most visited national park in the U.S. You will want to take a scenic drive through the Park, bike the carriage roads and trails, and drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain for spectacular land and ocean views.
Whether you want to go for the lobster, lighthouses, fall leaves, bargain shopping, hiking or boating, Maine is sure not to disappoint!
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