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Lincolnville has its own small sandy beach and a winery. We always discover some new delight each time we visit this part of Maine. There are quite a few other lighthouses in this general area. Am a native New Englander (Conn.), but had cousins and an aunt and uncle that lived in Wiscasset. The western half of the park features steep, technical trails, while the eastern half is considered to be more rideable. Thanks so much for catching that! To me it was the most beautiful place on earth. Close by (+/- 5 miles) is Rockland , a bit north the rather commercial Camden (Mel Gibson Man without a face was filmed there). I absolutely feel the same. Fall is spectacular! I was born, schooled, married and had 3 children. It’s pure heaven!! An unimaginative and limited selection of choices. I fell in love with the Schoodic peninsula from reading The Peninsula by Louise Dickinson Rich many years ago. I love all 4 seasons even at age 80 I love the fresh clean snow fall, autumn foliage, spring with all the live theaters, summer boating on lakes and coast with many islands to rummage through some having only wild life. Dedicated to preserving the history of Maine's contributions to the sport, the museum includes exhibits … They are both gone now, but have also visited Camden–sat on an overlook gazing down on that lovely village. Bethel is a great foodie town with skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. We spent summers visiting my grandparents in Eastport. We’re talking about Andre the Seal, of course. Really ruins the effect. Skiers who are in the area to enjoy Sugarloaf Mountain in neighboring Carrabassett Valley will want to make a stop at the Ski Museum of Maine in Kingfield. it all started in the south at Kittery 1623 and rolled up the coast over decades…there are some beautiful landscapes from Kittery, Kittery Point, York Village, Long Sands ,the Nubble Light and Short Sands headed north that should have been posted, aerial photos taken from the ocean looking towards land would give you a better perspective, they can be found online…. We always stay at the Acadia Inn. It is not pricey. Petty much every time a storm rolls through then it’s gone. Great people, friendly, super little yacht club, good local restaurants, and a lively community spirit. Where is the best place in Maine for us to visit? A real refresher I would add. Photographs by Susan Cole Kelly From our September 2012 issue N o doubt you’ve had plenty of time (stuck in Route 1 traffic) to admire Wiscasset’s sign declaring it “The Prettiest Village in Maine.” Such a grand claim bears occasional examination. This small town with 2 wonderful beaches (Short and Lond Sands); Plus The most photographed Lighthouse in ME Nubble Light makes this one of the greatest places not only to visit but to live. The only one. I know many who couldn’t take the long cold winters. I am trying to narrow my search down to three places to visit that would fit my criteria, any suggestions? We are a couple in our late 40’s looking to move to a small family town in Maine toward the coast, but we need to work, and would love to buy a place. The people are always friendly and welcoming. Saddleback rises 4,120 feet above the town of Rangeley, the gateway to Rangeley Lakes. No gift shops, no tourist traps. The traffic in Wiscasett in the summer is terrible, at times, bumper to bumper from 6 to 8 miles. Boothbay Harbor, Maine | 10 Prettiest Coastal Towns In Maine. The Mountain-Town Charm: Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is so picturesque it may as well have popped out of a children's storybook. This setting should only be used on your home or work computer. Thank you for any information you can give me. One of my favorite towns in Maine is Bar Harbor. Maine’s tallest mountain is, seemingly, in the middle of a nowhere. Great shops and food & not so touristy. I simply love New England. Pro ceed on to ‘The Point’.I’m biased, but it’s beautiful! We hated leaving Yarmouth, so I can only imagine that you would greatly enjoy living there. I live in CA and would love to find a small beach house to escape to and write. Try Machais. We stayed in Damariscotta several years ago and from there the day trips are endless. Enjoy. One of its many charming features is well-preserved Victorian homes and shops on cobblestone streets that climb up the sides of the narrow valley. God bless you. Beautiful gardens too. Deep in the Maine backwoods, folks looking to explore wild rivers, high peaks, and endless lakes will agree Bethel is one of the best places to vacation in Maine regardless of the season. Here are 10 of the most notable to explore. It was even officially called the Magic City at one point. An all-American small town with shipbuilding roots, Damariscotta sits colorfully on the tidal Damariscotta River and hums with shops, restaurants, a community theatre and the state’s first Reny’s Department Store. See more: Take the mail boat to tiny Isle au Haut for a true Down East experience. Also recommend the libster boat tour of lighthouses out of Camden, and the Wyeth boat tour of sites painted out of Port Clyde. The best lobster rolls in Maine? The self-dubbed “Jewel of the Coast” is a well-deserved moniker, and this Mid-Coast harbor town of 4,823 on Penobscot Bay is tucked where mountains reach down to the sea. Will be going from Montreal through Bethel Maine to Acadia National Park and then down the coast toward Massachusetts. Having been stationed in NH just down the road ,,I highly recommend York Maine, For the 11,and 13 year old they will love York beach, Wild animal park, Amusements, and for the older Adults there’s shopping ,shopping and more shopping in and around York area, along with the restaurants galore. Similar Destination: Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, The Mountain-Town Charm: No matter what time of year you visit Lake Tahoe, the beauty of the crystal-clear lake, mountains, and fresh air is always astounding. I really don’t have time to waste today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or go hiking and rock-climbing, if you're more of a land person. Head away from the downtown area toward the trails, and you'll find striking electric-blue mountain springs. There's also a renowned art museum and world-class ski resorts for snow sports enthusiasts and culture buffs alike. You can see the cruise ships going by. just curious ! When you get to Pemaquid, you’ll be on Bristol Rd. And no, I am not related to the owners, nor am I a personal friend, though I feel like we have become friends just because of how friendly they are and how well they have treated us during our visits over the years. Do not forget Pompham beach! My Dad’s late 1st cousin lived in Rockport Maine, and co-wrote a book called “Andre” about a harbor seal that he had a very special relationship with. All are especially beautiful in summer, but are well worth a visit any time of the year. Born in Maine and lived there most of my life. See more: From the water, on the Schooner Surprise. Made for awesome pics and video! Awesome. I get depressed every time we leave. Ranch culture is still alive and well, and coal mining is still one of the biggest industries in the area. We love to look at mountains, lakes, and lighthouses! Rangeley, Bethel, Upton, Oquossic, Millinocket, Brownsville, Jackman, Stratton, Greenville, Kingfield area. What are your picks for the prettiest coastal towns in Maine? Enjoy. But it's more than just photogenic… It conjures up images of the British countryside, making you feel like you've stepped inside a time machine and landed in the 19th century. The total vertical drop of the mountain is 2,340 feet. Ellsworth is a cute little town and if it’s still there, try lunch at 86 This! We have been going to Maine every summer for the last ten years. 1. Don’t forget Bodoin College and the swinging bridge in Brunswick and L.L.Bean just 15 minutes down the road in Freeport. Venture out you will love it. Top 10 biggest cities by population are Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn, Biddeford, Sanford, Saco, Augusta, and Westbrook. Stay in one of Kennebunkport’s many inns or embrace the outdoors with an upscale “glamping” experience at Sandy Pines Campground. Can anyone recommend a small town that’s cheap to live and buy, but close enough to find plenty of work? For many years the playground of the wealthy from the East Coast cities, Maine is home to pretty coastal towns characterized by period buildings built around small harbors. Go to Asticou Inn where you can sit outside overlooking a charming harbor and eat popovers and the best lobster stew. I agree. Just tell her what your interests are, and she will be full of suggestions. Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead Lake also happens to be the largest mountain lake in the entire eastern part of the country. There are several towns around the lake, the four main ones being South Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Incline Village, and Tahoe City. See more: From the harbor aboard the Schooner Yacht Heron. Battie you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the ocean and many, many islands that you can see from this point. See more: Check out those puffins with Bold Coast Charter Company. Here, there’s a daily view of lobster boats in the small harbor, with Canada’s Grand Manan Island in the distance. Portland Jetport is easy to get to and nice manageable airport, and head to the beach. Explore these towns in the foothills and spend your days shredding slopes, uncovering the local history, and getting cozy by the fireplace. So we asked our readers which Maine village is the prettiest of them all. You take care and be in good health. From this town you can take a day trip to Castine, Bar Harbor, Rockport (charming, quaint small fishing town), and Rockland (working busy waterfront city with shops, art museums, restaurants, ferry service to many points, and a harbor trail and jetty walk which will take you right up to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse). Maine’s towns typically have a history as long as the United States itself. Below please see all Maine cities and towns which are listed in alphabetical order. Here’s the problem. Things we like: all seafood, especially lobster & clams, kayaking, fishing, going to the beach, boogie boarding, shopping in cute small towns. We’ve stayed at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden in a Cottage Room. Move to Wiscasset! “ A 1.5 mile drive through the Camden Hills State Park, 5 mins drive out of Camden to a wonderful viewpoint with vistas of the Maine coastline and islands and a … Pure, Down East, and unspoiled. As we would like to indulge ourselves during the lobster season, is Camden a recommendable spot? Similar Destination: North Conway, New Hampshire. We are planning a trip to Maine late June early July and for about 6 days and have no idea where to go. Can you recommend some places for us? How about Wiscasset, Rockland, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport? Cape is 1of my favorite places & if I move back to Maine i ll live there. An Atlantic Puffin on Machias Seal Island, off the coast of Maine. Ham and bean , spaghetti, pot luck. As if I belong there. Scenic, foodie, working the trades, arts & music that takes first place …. 11 Small Towns Around Portland Where Everyone Knows Your Name. Definitely come to Brunswick, Bath and Harpswell. And I have waited 2 hours for my turn in line. And they're all stateside, so you won't have to travel too far to reach these sky-high locales. See more: From the river, aboard the bright-red River Tripper at Damariscotta River Cruises. My partner and I are interested visiting Maine during the (Canadian) long week-end of Victoria Day. Maybe one day. We like it on the quiet side too–hikes, scenic walks, exploring the shops, restaurants, harbor, gardens, natural beauty of the area, and admiring the varied architecture of the gorgeous homes. They are awesome. BELFAST – the town begs your attention!! Not fans of Bar Harbor – the epitome of tourism. There are so many places to visit that you really don’t have to leave the state. While there is a downtown area in Moab, this is the mountain town to visit when you want to escape the city and enjoy the outdoors. western/southwestern Maine has some beautiful areas,,,come up and take a drive,,,,see if you like the towns.. Though it calls for an epic John Denver playlist, sits right in the American heartland, and is home to a historic railroad bridge, there's just something about it that looks European. Bridgton, the next town, is a charming NE small town which sits on Highland Lake. Fall and spring are gorgeous times to hike just outside of town, too. Kittery is very lovely “along the water” and I know it also has good lobster rolls “available at “dock restaurants””, and beaches and I really enjoy driving “the back roads” to Nubble Light, which I really adore and have since I first went there as a student at UNH, which is very close to that area. Check it out. This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated. Hiw could I forget? Thank you. Check out the Tiffany windows in the Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor and hear the stories of the robber baron families who competed with each other in building the church. There are benches across the street to sit and admire the harbor. When we arrived in Bar Harbor I didn’t want to leave. I agree!!! No wonder Castine has been drawing artists for 150 years—there’s even a 3-day plein air art festival in July. They have the best, creamy, so many flavors. This list excludes Maine's 23 incorporated cities. When you come back to earth, spend time in the charming towns and villages. Bar Harbor, Maine | Prettiest Coastal Towns in Maine. Thanks for your responses. The Mountain-Town Charm: Situated in northern Vermont, Stowe is known as the ski capital of the east, thanks to its charming town center and expansive ski resorts. It is well worth the time to visit this little city. My wife and I are flying in to Portland Maine and driving to Boston..Where should we stop along the way…thanks. A vast forested area surrounds and Katahdin rises majestically from Baxter State Park of Maine close to no other peak. Will you be publishing a fall foliage drive article by late summer? The Mountain-Town Charm: Lee encompasses two villages in the Berkshires, South and East Lee. We lived in Yarmouth for 22 years — just moved out recently, only because work took me away. We have an opportunity to move to Maine through my husbands work that would be based in Bangor. I have owned a home in Southwest Harbor for 30 some years. We spent days there dreading when we had to leave. Lincoln is home to Loon Mountain and, with its location just off of I-93, one of the easiest New England ski towns to get to, with charming Woodstock just on the other side of the highway. If you want to see Maine go into the very small towns. The title talks about prettiest coastal towns, but of the seven photos, only 2 had views of a town. Pick up some lobster rolls across from the entrance and drive to the top of Mt. The Mountain Town Charm: Winthrop, Washington, wasn't officially incorporated until 1924. My soul is there. Also, it seems that Camden offers a good range of possible activities, am I right? New England IS a wonderful place to live (lived here for 64 years) but we know our winters are cold and sometimes hard…but still quite beautiful, and quiet. Further along the coast, pack a picnic and drive to the top of the mountain in Acadia National Park. Show me the towns. We are planning a week long trip to Maine in June 2020. Some of the lake areas like pushaw or any of the hundreds of small ponds with homes on them may be a much better value. I live in Naples, the Western Lakes Region, which is one of the most beautiful areas in Maine. We love towns on Cosco Bay. Places to eat? My father was born there, in Farmingdale, and lived there with his wonderful relatives, including his Aunt Rose who owned Victorian Hotel Vespa at Old Orchard Beach, scene of “obsene” spoiling by Dads’ Dad, “Grampy” and Aunt Rose…until he graduated from Hebron Academy in Hebron, ME. It is a beautiful place and has so much to do. My wife and I are planning a New England RV trip in September. I am an artist/ innkeeper and moved to Maine 30 years ago. Tennets harbor is lovely, quiet, convenient to many day trips. It sits right at the border of West Virginia and Maryland and is flanked by two rivers. If you live near the ocean the wind cuts thru your body like a knife. Don’t miss a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or a stroll across the Boothbay Footbridge (including the famous Boothbay Harbor Bridge House). The grounds are lovely, the rooms are spotless and green-cleaned, the beds are really comfy, and the decor is pleasant (though not up-to-the-minute). Where Oh Where should i stay to see the most of what I would love? The harbor of this tiny coastal town is considered the most picturesque one in Maine… and that is high praise indeed. LEARN MORE: Things to Do in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Damariscotta, Maine | 10 Prettiest Coastal Towns In Maine. So fresh. I am looking to move to Maine within the next year. Love Ogunquit. Towns A-Fa Towns Fr-Ma Towns Me-R Towns S-W; Adamstown: Freeman Township: Mechanic Falls: Sabattus: Albany Township: Fryeburg: Mexico: Salem Township: Andover: Gilead I then do day trips to many of these spots you discuss in the article. Me too. Any suggestions? I love Maine and have traveled all over the state. I,M FROM B.B.H.MAINE…NO PLACE ON EARTH IS MORE BEAUTIFUL,,,,,,THE SUMMERS DO GET A LOT OF RAIN..I,M NOT SURE WHY..AND I LOVE DAMARISCOTTA. The historic buildings are imminently charming, and off in the distance, you can see the pine trees and Sierras. OLD ORCHARD BEACH is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am looking for a quaint waterfront town with nice boutiques, great coffee, and very walkable area. Fortunes rocks is great for swimming walking and surf, granite point is a pretty quiet cove, the UNE is not far on Hills Beach with the Bufflehead restaurant – could do on forever. Be forewarned property taxes can get ridiculous in maine. Also known as the Bigelow Range, the mountain is composed of six peaks – the highest reaches 4,150 feet – and stretches almost 12 miles from east to west. Best cruise ever. I love Maine but I need a less expensive option where I can keep a place near the ocean during the warm months & still maintain a similar type in Florida. There is something to be said for Georgetown. Ted and Lisa are wonderful and the breakfasts are delicious. My husband and I took a month off and traveled by car. LEARN MORE: Rockport, Maine | A Charming, Historic Harbor Town. See more: Lighthouse and National Park Tour via catamaran. We have never been to Maine before & we’d like to come for 10 days this summer & stay in 2 towns at the most but visit a few more. Similar Destination: Deadwood, South Dakota. Good handicapped paths. I would very much appreciate your opinion of where we should visit. I bought a renovated camp on Herman Pond, great location, quiet, small town but only minutes to Bangor. If anyone is serious about moving to Maine, now is the time to be looking for property. It is epitome of a New England town – beautiful beach, quaint shops, fantastic restaurants at every turn, a two mile walk along the coast which shows off the amazing builders the water crashes onto and beautiful inns. Am planning on a June visit to check out some coastal towns and then plan to move from PA once my house sells. Hi Becky, We would row out to Indian Head light and pick wild strawberries. Cutler is lovely BUT you have to ignore the 20+ giant towers of the Naval base right across the harbor. I will never move from here. What a great thing to see! Thanks! It’s a stones throw from Portland, where there are available jobs. Things to see? (That would be close to area jobs.) True, the North Atlantic waters might be chilly for some, but the views make this a great place to plant a beach chair and relax. There are also plenty of other mountain towns along the way if you drive here from San Francisco or Sacramento (in which case, definitely stop and visit Auburn!). Took two hrs to drive to Portland. Although all the cities you mentioned are pretty, my favorite is Ogunquit. I want to take my daughter to Maine. Leave Route 1’s hurly-burly behind to discover this historic little town at the mouth of the Penobscot River estuary. Andre was delightful! It changed my life. Penobscot River is there and plenty of shops, both old and new. Jump to listings. Looked at all the things to do and were overwhelmed. VisionsofAmerica / Joe Sohm / Getty Images. Sorry, I guess I didn’t give you “enough time”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t wait, Just do it, Move as soon as you can. We moved here 13 years ago from the New York Area. To inspire your next rustic retreat, we’ve picked 17 of the best mountain towns in America—in no particular order. Towns with the best beaches in Maine? You are close to the ocean, and it has many beautiful places to camp, hike, and eat (they even have a Whole Foods). Can’t wait….. We have never been to Maine before & we’d like to come for 10 days this summer & stay in 2 towns at the most but visit a few more. As sweater weather rolls in, now is the most idyllic time to escape to the mountains. There’s no mountain town in New England with more remote, or gorgeous, surroundings. I NEED HELP!!!! Maine’s rugged coastline is one of the most scenic parts of the entire country. Then back up to Saxtons River, Vermont Lake Placid and return to Montreal. Take the side roads. We are also 25 miles from NH and the Mountains. So much so, the town seems half-boats, half-buildings. There is a statue of Andre in the town. All of these are absolutely pretty towns. We love great seafood and of course the ocean and beaches. Stephane. Some Maine destinations have to be experienced to be believed. What $175,000 can buy : A rustic, 1-bedroom, 700 square foot cottage with neighborhood access to … I hope to be there one day as well. She is 12. Everywhere you look, the views will take your breath away (Smuggler's Mountain is the best lookout point to hike to for views of the town.) LEARN MORE: Rockport & Camden | Two Miles of Coastal Beauty, Blue Hill, Maine | 10 Prettiest Coastal Towns in Maine. Beautiful Main St, short distance to the ocean, beautiful Saco River, top school (Thornton Academy) Route 95 easy in and out of city going north or south. Not sure if you have found your hearts desire yet, or even the price range your looking for, but there’s one of many fishing villages along the coast called Owls Head. For years, I’ve carried this place I’ve never been, in my heart and mind. It gives us a real insiders view of the community. Not all the beauty of this state is on the coast. Sunday River Ski Resort P.O. The Kennebunk River adds even more waterline charm to the small shops, elegant ship captains’ homes, and fishing ports of this vibrant Southern Maine town of 3,474. flickr/Dana Moos. The L.L. Take your bike. Since your there now, what’s the winter/snow situation really like? Have a wonderful anniversary trip. We’ll be coming in August. In the westernmost portion of Maine, the mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountain range that stretches along the entire east coast of the United States. much of the way .You’ll go through New Harbor, a sweet little town with ‘Riley’s General Store’ to the left. York Beach with Nubble Light in the background is absolutely beautiful! Christine, one of the 2 owners, is well known for her extensive home-baked breakfasts (enjoyed by guests on the porch which overlooks the ocean). You will not be disappointed. By using MyDomaine, you accept our. Rockport Harbor, Maine | 10 Prettiest Coastal Towns In Maine. I immediately felt like I was “home.” Haven’t been able to move there but visit whenever we can, going different places each trip. A warm and cozy Down East community that retains the splendid historical architecture of its 18th-century shipbuilding roots, Blue Hill’s harbor is a watery gateway to Acadia National Park. Kind regards In years past my husband and I stayed at some other accommodations (with disappointing results), but now we just go to our home away from home, the Mt. You need a few days there. Also, I would suggest you call them directly (instead of going through 1 of the travel services), and ask them about what specials they are offering. I am planning to retire to Maine & Florida. The Mountain-Town Charm: More of a city than a tiny town, Missoula, Montana, was incorporated in 1883, so you can expect plenty of historic architecture and museums. Also it notes the listed towns being from Down East to Midcoast…The Kennebunks are in Southern Maine, two hours from the Midcoast and over three hours from Bar Harbor. Stay at the Many Glacier Hotel if you're backpacking, and don't let the Shining vibes scare you away. Hang by the river to cool off during the afternoon, and then have some fun at the local street fair in the evening. But, I agree with earlier comments that with the exception of one or two of the towns mentioned, this list reflects the choices of most every other list that publishes articles about Maine coastal towns. It has everything money can’t buy — and doesn’t have a lot of things that you’d prefer not to have in your hometown. It has beautiful water views. A former mill town, it's famous for its high-quality marble, picturesque ponds, and charming bed-and-breakfasts with old-world New England vibes. This is a great place. My Mother was born and raised there. 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