They don’t call it “Vacationland” for nothing. Coming in slightly larger than all the other New England states combined, it’s no wonder that Maine, with its lighthouses, lobsters, pine forests, and fine state and national parks, manages to offer something for everyone.
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Seaside hotspots like Kennebunkport and Rockport are synonymous with presidents, artists, and craftsmen, while centrally, Mount Katahdin rises to a mighty peak in Baxter State Park, marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. The coastal beauty of Acadia National Park has made it the state’s most visited spot, and with good reason. Boasting 47,000 acres and including Cadillac Mountain (at 1,530 feet, it’s the tallest on the U.S. Atlantic coast), Acadia is the perfect combination of rugged wilderness, salty air, and charming, tourist-friendly locales like Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island.
Popular events throughout the year in Maine range from seasonal favorites to celebrations of local cuisine. In winter, skiing, ice fishing, and even sled dog races will give you a reason to don your warmest parka and head outdoors, while spring commemorates all things maple and moose. Summer in Maine heralds the start of music festivals, garden tours, and a roster of food festivals celebrating everything from the wild Maine blueberry to lobster, potatoes, and even whoopie pies, the official state treat. Finally, to complement the region’s spectacular annual fall foliage, agricultural events like the Fryeburg Fair pay tribute to the region’s long farming history, with a side of carnival-style fun.
So whether it’s outlet shopping followed by picking up a new pair of Bean Boots at L.L. Bean in Freeport, a fantastic meal in the hip seaside city of Portland, or a peaceful weekend retreat at Moosehead Lake (perhaps including a fishing or kayaking expedition led by an official Maine Guide?), the flavors, fun, and beauty of Maine prove that old and new New England can happily coexist.