Mini Maine Travel Guide

After taking a few trips to Maine, I feel like I have a decent handle on the state and a decent knowledge about a few must-visit destinations around Vacationland. There is so much to see in the state, which is why I’m calling this a mini Maine Travel Guide. I’ve explored Portland, Kennebunkport, Camden, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. I love each spot for different reasons so here’s a little rundown of what I know and recommend in each! I had my sister, Sarah, weigh in and she approves this guide (she’s a travel advisor!).

P.S. doesn’t Maine’s nickname of ‘Vacationland’ just make you want to book a trip?!

P.S. did you see my posts from our recent trip to Camden, Maine?! Sneak a peak here, here, here, and here.

Mini Maine Travel Guide including what towns to visit, where to stay, eat, and explore // Rhyme & Reason A Travel Guide for Maine including where to stay, eat, drink, and explore in each picturesque seaside town // Rhyme & Reason

Mini Maine Travel Guide:

Portland

Stay: The Press Hotel, The Danforth Inn, and Inn by the Sea

Eat: Eventide Oyster Co., Ducat, Central ProvisionsEast Ender, Piccolo, The Honey Paw, Fore Street, Blythe & BurrowsThe Holy Donut, and Two Fat Cats Bakery

Shop: Sea Bags, Gus and Ruby Letterpress, Folly 101, Blanch + Mini, and Little

Do: Sailing on Portland Schooner, visit Portland Head Lighthouse, take the ferry over to Peaks Island

 

Kennebunkport

Stay: Grace White Barn Inn, The Kennebunkport Inn, The Cottages at Cabot Cove, Hidden Pond, Sandy Pines Luxury Glamping, The Tides Beach Club, and Grand Hotel

Eat: The Clam ShackEarth, Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Hurricane, Mabel’sMusette, Pier 77Salt and Honey, Nunan’s, Bandaloop, OceanOld Salt’s Pantry, Boulangerie, and Rococo Ice Cream

Shop: Farm + TableDaytrip SocietyAntiques on 9, and Snug Harbor Farm Shop

Do: Go to Goose Rocks Beach or Parsons Beach, take a scenic drive along Ocean Avenue (you’ll see the Bush compound), sailing on Schooner Eleanor

 

Camden:

Stay: Whitehall, The Camden Harbour Inn

Eat: Long Grain, Waterfront, Rhumb Line, Natalie’s, Peter Otts, Boynton-McKay, and Owl and Turtle Bookshop Café

Shop: Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Sea Bags, and Stonewall Kitchen

Do: Explore and hike through Camden Hills State Park (as seen here), Go sailing on The Anjacaa, rent kayaks in the Camden Harbor

 

Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park:

Stay: The Harbourside Hotel

Eat: Abel’s Lobster Pound, Sweet Pea Café, Café This Way, Mache BistroRosalie’s Pizza, Havana, Jordan’s, and Side Street Café

Do: Window shop in downtown Bar Harbor, rent kayaks at Aquaterra Adventures, sail with Down East Wind Jammer, explore Acadia National Park and enjoy tons of different amazing spots including Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Somes Sound, Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain (the highest point on the eastern seaboard), Monet Bridge, Southwest Harbor, and Bass Harbor Head Light lighthouse

Photography by Edwin Eversole

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