Maine’s rocky coast is full of towns with amazing sights, seafood and activities. While summertime is the most popular time to visit, spring and fall offer beautiful foliage with the benefit of smaller crowds. These are your “must see” oceanfront places in the land of lobster and blueberries.
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Kennebunkport (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Kennebunkport is an adorable storybook town with zero industrial feel. Because the area is surrounded by water canals and islands, a tour with Coastal Maine Kayak should be on the top of the list. There’s lots of cottage-Iike, cozy inns that fit right into the picture perfect theme, like The Nonantum Resort, which sits right off the water. The Clam Shack is downtown and serves incredible fried, whole clam bellies.
Bar Harbor (Hotel Prices & Photos)
There’s more to Bar Harbor than jaw dropping ocean views, and a downtown area with treasure filled local shops and dining options—Bar Harbor basically sits in Acadia National Park’s backyard. Just bike over, or take the free Island Explorer shuttle complete with bike racks. Slumber at the Bar Harbor Inn, which is full of history and classically decorated rooms.
Winter Harbor (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Located on Schoodic Peninsula is the super small town that gained popularity as a fishing village, because the waters do not freeze over in the winter—thus giving it its name. It’s picturesque setting makes it popular in its own right—it’s simply a serene place to getaway and snap some gorgeous photos.
Old Orchard Beach (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Old Orchard Beach is what childhood dreams are made of; it has that Coney Island feel with waterfront rides, games and delicious food. Palace Playland prides itself on being New England’s only beachfront amusement park.Operating April through early October, the Park accents the beach with glittering fireworks on Thursday nights. A few steps away is the pier, featuring a stretch of restaurants serving local favorites like clams, lobster rolls and other traditional Maine seafood.
Lubec (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Lubec can almost seem deserted, but it’s so peaceful. The Easternmost Point of the United States is here, and the Quoddy Headlight marks the spot. Standing at the point is pure tranquility, offering views of Canada and Passamaquoddy Bay. Perhaps you’ll spot a whale of the season is right.
Machias (Hotel Prices & Photos)
In case you were wondering, the Blueberry Capital of the World resides in Machias, and there’s a Round, blue museum to commemorate this. A whopping 95 percent of world’s wild blueberries grow in this tasty patch of paradise, and it’s all celebrated during august’s Wild Blueberry Festival.
Boothbay Harbor (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Everyone wants to see a Puffin—during June and July, Boothbay Harbor is the place to see them. You’ll also find the best seafood experience around by going on the Cabbage Island Clam Bake Boat ride. After docking at the island, guest play games until the glorious meal of Lobster, corn, potatoes blueberry cake is prepared. Housing a 23 pound lobster, Boothbay is also home to the Maine State Aquarium.
Camden (Hotel Prices & Photos)
How many flawless towns can you fit into one state? A lot. Best blueberry pancakes in Maine Boynton McKay downtown.
Acadia National Park (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Mesh of mountains and ocean. Gorgeous water displays when waves crash into the rocks—Thunder Hole jagged inlet strong boom when the water hits just right. Park Loop Road . Bikers and hikers Carriage Roads.