If you're visiting Maine, you'll find out that there is almost an endless variety of things to do. Part of what makes Maine a great destination, is that there is a lot of diversity within the state. For example, in the north there are forests and farms, while the south is home to beaches, resort communities, and cosmopolitan cities. This makes it a great place for anyone to vacation.
Maine Day Trip
Maine Day Trip provides private sightseeing tours for individuals, couples, small and large groups. Many of our tours start with a narrated overview of Portland and the historic landmarks and is then customized for the groups specific interests. We use a mini-van for groups up to 6 and charter larger vehicles as needed. Visit MaineDayTrip.com for additional details.
Portland International Jetport
The Portland International Jetport is Maine's largest airport. They offer many great deals on airfare, including an earned 250 bonus miles on your favorite airline when you sign up for their Rewards Program. If you are planning a trip to New York, you'll be happy to learn that Delta, JetBlue, and United airlines offers non-stop service to the New York Metro Airports, including LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark from their jetport. For more information, visit portlandjetport.org. To sign up for their newsletter, featuring special deals and the latest news, go here.
Maine Sporting Camps
These camps are the perfect spot for visitors that love the outdoors, and want a remote outdoor experience.
Maine Fall Foliage
Keep up with the fall foliage of Maine, as fall comes upon us. For accurate fall foliage reports, including a way to share your own fall foliage photos, visit maine.gov.
Maine Huts & Trails
Year round, public access is available for this 180 mile multi-use trail system in Maine's Western Mountains.
Maine Eastern Railroad
Take a ride on Maine's restored, vintage railcars along the picturesque coast between Brunswick and Rockland.
Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens
Look through 248 acres of ornamental gardens & stonework, woodland & waterfront trails, and a visitor center with a café and gift shop.
Seashore Trolley Museum
This museum, in Kennebunkport, features a large collection of trolleys and electric streetcars. Trolley rides and more are available during the summer months.
Maine Foodie Tours
Enjoy samplings of local fare made by Portland's talented artisans. You can try award-winning artisan cheese, fresh lobster hors d'oeuvres, smoked seafood, the original whoopie pie, microbrewed classic ales, and more. Learn more at mainefoodietours.com.
Casco Bay Lines
Visiting Portland, Maine? Take a ferry to the Casco Bay Islands: Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Cliff Island, Town of Long Island, and Town of Cebeague Island. Carrying over 977,000 passengers, 5,300 tons of freight, and 25,000 vehicles annually, it is a popular choice for tourists, offering incidental tour, cruise and charter service in addition to its ferry service. Learn more at cascobaylines.com.
Relax and forget your stresses by taking a windjammer cruise. If you want to take a cruise but dislike the formality and scheduled nature of big ships, a cruise on one of our schooners is perfect for you.
Portland Schooner CO
A windjammer cruise from Portland Harbor to Casco Bay and more can prove to be a very relaxing endeavor. Portland Schooner Company was opened for business in 2002, and provides windjammer cruises aboard the historical Bagheera or Wendameen to explore the Maine coast, including sightseeing of lighthouses, wildlife, and historical landmarks. Relax as our crew shares knowledge of the sea, sailing and local history. You can join the crew in hoisting the sails or steering the schooner. Learn more at portlandschooner.com.
Schooner Mary Day
Experience a memorable windjammer cruise aboard the Schooner Mary Day, a schooner built with passenger comfort in mind. Join the crew in managing the schooner, or relax. Enjoy delicious cuisine from its wood cook stove. Find out more at schoonermaryday.com.
Point Sebago Resort
Providing first-class family vacations for over 40 years, Point Sebago Resort is a great choice for your next vacation destination. With many activities programs for all ages, caring trained camp counselors, mini-golf, washer toss, arts & crafts, bingo, happy hours, s'mores by the campfire and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
During the spring and fall, there are Maine festivals and themed weekends like Pirates of Sebago, Murder Mystery, and more. We have great all inclusive golf packages and clinics for the avid golfer. In the winter, you can rent a vacation home and go skiing and snowmobiling. Learn more at pointsebago.com.
Baxter State Park
Camping is a very popular activity at Baxter State Park in Millinocket, Maine. Their campsites range from small cabins to shared bunkhouses to remote tent sites and leantos. Their hiking trails are located in the most wild and breathtaking terrain in New England. From easy hikes to a strenous all-day climb, there is a hiking trail for every skill level. Find out more about Baxter State Park at baxterstateparkauthority.com.
Catch A Piece Of Maine
Buy lobster directly from lobstermen in Maine, allowing you to get to know the lobsterman who harvests your dinner. Perfect for the most fresh lobster and an experience you'll never forget. Learn more at catchapieceofmaine.com
Experience Whitewater Rafting Vacations With Maine's Favorite Adventure Resort! Northern Outdoors pioneered Maine rafting on the Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot Rivers back in 1976. Since then, we've expanded in The Forks, Maine into Maine's favorite adventure resort. If you're looking for adventurous, refreshing and affordable vacation time with friends and family we've got deluxe private log cabins, riverside campsites, a restaurant, brewery, and swimming pool. Join Northern Outdoors for world class rafting adventures!
Casco Bay Catamaran Adventures
Enjoy sailing on the Flying Circus: over 39 feet long and 20 feet wide, it's designed for comfort, safety and speed. There's plenty of room for your gear, and it comfortably sleeps eight. Casco Bay Catamaran Adventures can provide stand up paddle boards and kayaks for your enjoyment. Learn more at cascobaycatamaranadventures.com
Keeper's House Inn
Romantic and scenic accommodations on a beautiful Maine island with a historic Keeper's House Inn lighthouse. Rooms in the main house plus separate cottages with cozy amenities. The fully automated and functioning lighthouse tower is owned and maintained by the Town of Isle Au Haut.
The lighthouse station property is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is comprised of a seven room main house with four bedrooms and two baths, a four room house with one bedroom and one bath, two small heated cabins, two storage buildings, a large boathouse, pier, ramp, floating dock, boat mooring and 700 feet of deep water frontage on Isle Au Haut Bay.
Westin Hotel Portland
The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is an ideal location in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland. Right outside, you’ll find the Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Art, State Theatre, and Cumberland County Civic Center. This hotel features 289 rooms, a 24 hour fitness center, the Akari West Spa, a business center, and pet-friendly rooms.
Asticou Inn Northeast Harbor
The main building of the Inn offers 31 rooms. Buildings that are part of Asticou and a short walk from the main inn include the Cranberry Lodge, Topsider Cottages, Bird Bank, and Blue Spruce. If you’re looking for accommodations that differ from the standard hotel room, this is a great place to stay for a more cozy experience. This Inn hosts several weddings and other events such as business conferences. Eat in style at Peabody’s at the Asticou—they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a harbor side dining room with outdoor seating.
Portland Harbor Hotel Portland
The Portland Harbor Hotel is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Portland. Their services include valet parking, town car service, massage therapy by appointment, 24 hour room service, and same day dry cleaning. There are Deluxe and Garden View Room options available as well as Jacuzzi, honeymoon, and executive suites. Amenities include nightly chocolate, slippers, and bathrobe turndown, high speed internet, bike rental, Starbucks coffee in the lobby, fitness center, and desktop computers with printing in the lobby. New York Times and Wall Street Journal are ready to read in the lobby, and playpens and refrigerators are available by request.
White Barn Inn Kennebunkport
A set of buildings for customized accommodations, The White Barn Inn features the Main House, The Garden, and Waterfront Cottage. If you need plenty of space and wish to feel like you’re renting a house during your stay, the Friendship, Gull and Tern, or Loon Cottage is a great choice. Many rooms feature Jacuzzis and fireplaces; and every room has contemporary, comfortable décor. The restaurant was featured in Forbes 5 Star fine dining and encompasses two restored barns. The fixed price four-course meal is $109 per person and semi-formal wear is required. The spa offers body wraps, massages, and several other packages.
Haraseeket Inn Freeport
This hotel has several room types including: Deluxe King with Fireplace and Whirlpool, Deluxe Queen with Wood Stove, Deluxe King with Two Person Whirlpool, The Thos Moser Suite, Two-Room Suite with Fireplace and Whirlpool, King Bed with Fireplace and Whirlpool, King, Queen, or Two Double Beds, and Townhouse Units. Your stay with be accompanied by terrycloth robes, candy on your pillow, and 600 thread count sheets. Enjoy dinner in the Maine Dining Room or Broad Arrow Tavern and have a snack of cheese and wine delivered to your room.
West Street Hotel Bar Harbor
The West Street Hotel has tranquil décor, an in-room refrigerator, iPod docking station, flat panel cable TV, and high speed wireless internet access. Enjoy Irish American food at Patty’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar service, and dessert. This hotel has two pools, tennis courts, Oceanside food service, boating tours, a spa, canoeing and a lighthouse.
Harborside Hotel Bar Harbor
There are so many options at Harborside-our luxurious guest rooms, deluxe studios, oceanfront suites, boathouse suites, the Marina (on your yacht or sailboat). They have five options for eating establishments: La Bella Vita, Enoteca Wine Bar, Splash Pool Bar, Poolhouse Bar, and Stewman’s Lobster Pound. This hotel also features the Bar Harbor Club and Bar Harbor Kids Club, boating tours, and water activities. You can also enjoy a luxurious spa experience at the hotel’s own spa or the Bar Harbor Spa.
Popular Cities in Maine
This village has a long and engaging history. People are drawn to the beauty of its Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park
Mount Desert is the largest of Maine's islands. It typically has very fair weather in the summer months, and it has many sights to see.
Down East Magazine's August issue is focused on Acadia with "Acadia: 15 Reasons We Love Maine's National Park" and Virginia Wright, Down East's senior writer, recently authored a book about Acadia. Virginia, or Ginny, is the go-to person for great Acadia tips including secret beaches, the best place to pop the question and the perfect place to watch the sunset.
Portland is in fact the largest city in Maine. It is the economic and cultural capital of Maine, and it has many historical buildings and other landmarks to see. Old Port is a nice place for shopping, with cobblestone streets giving it a historical charm. It also has many excellent dining opportunities.
This place features the Maine coastline and has the motto "Beautiful Place by The Sea," for reason. It features a beach over 3 miles long, and is an extremely popular resort town. It is also a friendly spot for the LGBT community.
Located in York County, ME, this is a very popular tourist destination for residents of New England. Home to many seafood restaurants, and also known for famous residents, such as George H.W. Bush.
This vintage New England village has a lot of historical significance. Harriet Beecher Stowe made "Uncle Tom's Cabin" here, and it is also the hometown of Joshua Chamberlain. There are numerous cafés and art shops on Maine street, for any taste.
Originally a farming community, and one of the oldest towns in Maine, it now is a popular tourist spot. Maine is known for its rocky and jagged coastline, but here in Wells the beaches are sandy and pristine.
A seacoast town located between Camden and Rockland, Rockport is home to many artists and Andre the seal. There are many tourist attractions here, including sailing, shopping, and dining.
Originally a shipping and fishing village, it is now a popular travel destination during the summer months. It is considered a high-end travel destination, and is home to the Bush family's summer cottage.
The Nonantum Resort is a genuine Maine waterfront resort, with fresh food from the farm and sea, kid friendly beaches, creative art galleries, salt water fishing and more. Make some wonderful memories of your stay in Kennebunk, Maine by staying at the Nonantum Resort. Learn more about it at nonantumresort.com.
Located in Knox County, Rockland's main industry is commercial fishing and lobster catching. Its harbor is protected from boats docked there by a mile long granite wall. The town's main street has many retail shops, bars, restaurants, banks and hotels. It is home to the Maine Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival during the summer months.
Vacationland: Where we love to stay
It is our job to explore Maine. To visit places so stunning and so distinct from one another, it’s hard to believe they can all be found in the same state. Exploring begets explorers—a crew with great curiosity about and love for this place. We love a hike and a sleep under the stars, but we’ve also been lucky enough to experience some of the state’s most indulgent inns on our travels. What we’ve found are unique accommodations where beauty, comfort, and kindness manifest in cumulus-cloud-like beds, striking and soothing decor, warm welcomes, and cool ocean breezes. These are some of our favorite picks across the state.
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