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SNR
03-17-2008, 07:22 PM
Mrs. SNR and I are planning a summer trip in about mid-July, and one state for some reason that we've always had our sights set on visiting is Maine. It seems like the quaint state covered in trees and people with funny-sounding accents. I had a friend in college from Brunswick (where Bowdoin College is), and all he could talk about were the amazing beaches and parks in the southern part of the state. We'll definitely explore that area, but if we wanted to go to a beach, we'd go somewhere tropical.

Any other hot spots or knowledge of the state with only one border? We're willing to do a variety of things (historical monuments, parks, trails, what have you).

MIAdragon
03-17-2008, 07:44 PM
My parents have a vacation home on <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Peaks</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Island</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. It’s a great place if you are looking for that quiet out of the way place. The weather is nice in the summer although the mosquitoes can be a little nasty. Its really hard to beat the freshness of the seafood.

Halfcan
03-17-2008, 08:32 PM
camped in Orchard Bay Maine-it is incredible there

KUCFChiefs
03-17-2008, 08:36 PM
If you get the chance, be sure to visit Milo. One of the great moments in American history happened here:

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3154/kkkym4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

alanm
03-17-2008, 08:38 PM
Don't forget to visit Crab Apple Cove. :)

kcfanintitanhell
03-17-2008, 08:55 PM
Hasn't pretty much everything Stephen King has written over the past 25 years occurred in Maine?

KcMizzou
03-17-2008, 08:58 PM
Hasn't pretty much everything Stephen King has written over the past 25 years occurred in Maine?Yep.

Stay out of Derry.

kcfanintitanhell
03-17-2008, 09:10 PM
Yep.

Stay out of Derry.

Watch out for driverless cars, and balloons coming out of sewer drains.

evolve27
03-17-2008, 09:13 PM
Went there when I was younger. I remembered they had amazing pizza there. All I remember was it had pineapple on it. Nonetheless, beautiful part of the country.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:13 PM
Well, I’m from NE. Been to Maine often enough and my brother lives there.

Maybe you'd like to visit the Bush compound at Kennebunkport. :D
You could send patteeu a postcard. Tee-Hee!

Don't just stay in the South, that's not where the best of Maine is. Although Portland is an old seaside city and cool to visit with wonderful shops in the old town. But go further up to the mid-Maine coast where the picturesque coastal villages are located.

And that should be just for startes as you eventually wind you way to "the famous Acadia National Park (http://www.acadia.national-park.com/) See it's Mt Desert Island (http://www.acadiamagic.com/MountDesert.html) and the famous town of Bar Harbor. These are a can't miss if you go to Maine.

Now if you have time, and you really want to do it right, you have got to head into the northern interior to see it's beautiful wilderness region. Completely different than coastal Maine. There's Moose Head Lake with it's majestic fir trees looming out of the water with plane rides overhead for the views. Awesome! Mt. Katahdin for hiking or just viewing and pictures.

Or try some white-water river-rafting—some of the best in the country on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. It's a blast and you'll never forget it. Rapid 5.5 white water, 14 foot waterfall drop and crib-work on the Penobscot that is so wild it requires a second guide to save people. You'll come up to moose in the calmer waters tredding in the water eating moss from the bottom. You'll see wild animal life. A cool story-telling material adventure.

Some places you can pick mussels right off the rocks and steam in wine and herbs for dinner. Oh and the lobster is cheap!

Enjoy your trip and Good luck. Hope I helped.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:23 PM
Mt. Katahdin.

http://www.visitmaine.com/resource/image/gallery/snowmobiling_in_maine/5.jpg


I stayed at this Bed& Breakfast years ago and it was nice.

Grey Haven's Inn (http://www.bnblist.com/me/grey/)
Georgetown Island, Maine ( mid-coastal area)

http://www.greyhavens.com/images/Lounge_Panoramic_TD_.jpg

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:32 PM
Here's some photos of mid-coast region of Maine. It's called either "Maine's best kept secret" or the "Jewel of Maine." I put the captions in that were there. You can look at a whole gallery of photos here. (http://www.camdenme.org/gallery/?Result_Set=23) I just liked these two best.

http://www.camdenme.org/images/uploads/070223_480_FallHarborLindaJohnsonRS.jpg
Camden is the quintessential New England seaside village.

http://www.camdenme.org/images/uploads/ben-harbor-slide.jpg
A windjammers sails past Curtis Light at the head of Camden Harbor.

My brother sails a lot.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:45 PM
Moosehead Lake's scenic sea plane rides are fun.
Water is not this bright a blue but it is a nice rich blue.

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/maine/images/s/maine-moosehead-lake.jpg

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:46 PM
Bush compound. Kennebunkport.
http://z.about.com/d/portlandme/1/0/q/8/BushCompound2a.jpg

RP_McMurphy
03-17-2008, 09:48 PM
Lived there for 14 months in 87 and 88. Try Maine Maritime Museum in Bath if your into historic stuff. Try Old Port Portland for shopping and nightlife. Downeast Maine can be very rural off the coast and you can go for miles without seeing any humans.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 09:52 PM
Took me awhile to find some photos that captured Moosehead Lake better.

http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Third_Party_Photo/2007/09/27/1190933899_9321.jpg

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 10:01 PM
Of course you see these everywhere.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 10:05 PM
SNR your wife and you would really enjoy browsing through 73 of these pro-stock photos on this site. Click on image and a bigger one pops up naming where it is in Maine. That's where the image above this is from. It will get you psyched.

Corbis (http://pro.corbis.com/search/searchFrame.aspx)

chagrin
03-17-2008, 10:12 PM
Born in Kittery

cdcox
03-17-2008, 10:51 PM
Every photo in this thread was taken between June 15 and August 31.

My mentor taught in Maine in the early '70s. He had Stephen King in a class before he was famous.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 10:55 PM
Every photo in this thread was taken between June 15 and August 31.
How could that be. There's snow at the foot of Mt Katahdin.And there's fall foliage in some of the others.

My mentor taught in Maine in the early '70s. He had Stephen King in a class before he was famous.
Cool. I've heard stories from people there who've seen King around.

Dallas Chief
03-17-2008, 11:01 PM
The wife and I flew into Bangor and stayed in Bar Harbor three years ago this Labor Day. We spent three days in Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park then took the Cat Ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. We drove across NS to Halifax and spent two days there. One of the best, most sirene, vacations we've ever had. We are thinking about going back this Fall. Enjoy your trip....

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 11:03 PM
The wife and I flew into Bangor and stayed in Bar Harbor three years ago this Labor Day. We spent three days in Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park then took the Cat Ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. We drove across NS to Halifax and spent two days there. One of the best, most sirene, vacations we've ever had. We are thinking about going back this Fall. Enjoy your trip....

That I've never done and wish I had before moving south.

cdcox
03-17-2008, 11:03 PM
And there's fall foliage in some of the others.


Those were taken the last week of August.

BucEyedPea
03-17-2008, 11:08 PM
Those were taken the last week of August.
I'm curious as to how you know for sure? Because of how far north it is so it changes sooner?

a1na2
03-17-2008, 11:09 PM
Been to Houlton, ME a few times in the fall.

Some of the best scenery I've been fortunate enough to see.

At the time we drove into Canada to eat dinner a few times, just to say we did.

Enjoy the trip.

My vacations this year will be to Northern California to see family and a reunion in San Diego.

cdcox
03-17-2008, 11:20 PM
I'm curious as to how you know for sure? Because of how far north it is so it changes sooner?

I'm joking, but not by much. We have friends that moved up their a couple years ago.

bringbackmarty
03-17-2008, 11:29 PM
met my wife got married and watched both my parents die in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Also. slayed trout, striper, bluefish, largemouth, and smallmouth on a regular basis, shot duck, turkey and seen some ****ing big deer and moose. great state imo

RP_McMurphy
03-18-2008, 10:43 AM
Boothbay is very nice a quintessential New England seaport. Also if your going in the summer pack a jacket cause inland the temps can and will get into the 40's and even 30's at times during July and August. Try the Northern Maine lakes as they are very clean and pure. In 91 at Grand Lake I dropped a penny in and watched it to the bottom of the lake.

keg in kc
03-18-2008, 11:55 AM
Make sure you spend a few days in Jerusalem's Lot.

SNR
03-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm especially interested in Camden and Moosehead lake from the things I've been seeing and subsequently researching.