There’s a lot to see in do in the Pine Tree State, but some activities really stand the test of time. Read our picks for the best classic attractions in Maine.
BEST TRADITIONAL MAINE INN
THE BLUE HILL INN, Blue Hill
Conjure an image of the perfect inn, and likely it resembles this Federal-style gem decorated with antiques and surrounded by gardens and fruit trees. Built in 1835 and on the National Register of Historic Places, it retains many original features, including wide pumpkin-pine floorboards, six fireplaces, and nine-over-six windows. Innkeeper Sarah Pebworth offers complimentary multicourse breakfasts, afternoon sweets, and evening hors d’oeuvres. Rates: from $145, including food as noted above. 40 Union St. (Route 177). 800-826-7415; 207-374-2844; bluehillinn.com
BEST OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Mount Desert Island
With peaks to hike, harbors to paddle, ponds to swim, carriage roads to cycle, cliffs to climb, ranger-led activities, and campgrounds for tenting, Acadia has something for everyone. Now add free shuttle buses that reach all park points and the Jordan Pond House, where you can relive adventures over legendary popovers. 25 Visitor Center Road, Bar Harbor. 207-288-3338; nps.gov/acad
BEST GENERAL STORE
CHERRYFIELD GENERAL STORE, Cherryfield
Penny candy, homemade breads and goodies and cookies, locally made jewelry, quilts, sweaters, and even antiques fill every nook and cranny. This brightly painted, crooked building has stood by the downtown crossroads since 1865. 7 Main St.
BEST LOBSTER ROLL
QUODDY BAY LOBSTER, Eastport
Choose from butter, mayo, or Miracle Whip and from three sizes, all made with ultrafresh lobster meat, topped with a claw. This family-owned fish store and take-out operation is located on a working pier, with semi-sheltered seating on the harbor’s edge overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay. 7 Sea St. 207-853-6640
BEST MOOSE GUIDE
MOOSE COUNTRY SAFARIS & ECO TOURS, Sangerville
Owner Ed Mathieu has been a Maine Guide since 1989 and knows where to find those big, ungainly critters in the Moosehead Lake region. Choose from tours by water or road, or pair moose sightings with other wildlife sightings, birding treks, or outdoor adventures. Tours: from $75. 191 North Dexter Road. 207-876-4907; moosecountrysafaris.com