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Pentagoet Inn, Castine Maine

The Pentagoet Inn is the queen on the hill, a lovely Queen Anne overlooking Penobscot Bay - that oasis of tranquility on the crowded Maine Coast. On the Select Registry, this lovely Castine ME inn caters to the quirky foodie traveler who really wants to escape from the world and unplug. In 2015, Yankee Magazine declared the [...]

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Searsport and Islesboro ME: Sea Captains and Islanders

WHY GO: In Searsport ME and on the island of Islesboro, it’s all about ship’s Captains and Islanders – a Mid-Coast Maine that’s far from the maddening crowds. From Searsport, it’s about 20 miles (South) to Lincolnville, where you’ll catch the ferry to lost-in-time Islesboro.  In Searsport, explore great exhibits in the absorbing Penobscot Marine Museum complex, [...]

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Rockland ME: Art Lives Here

WHY GO: The Farnsworth, the brand new (June ’16) Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 24 independent art galleries – Rockland ME is a bona fide Mid-Coast Maine art haven, and a draw for explorers looking for something new to put on their walls. Walking down Main St., you’ll almost forget that you’re in a waterfront [...]

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250 Main, A Boutique Hotel: Rockland ME

Ever since it opened in May 2016, 250 Main has won raves from guests, and it’s no wonder. Like any great boutique hotel, design elements are not only pleasing to the eye, but to the body and heart as well. The hotel’s owners, Cabot and Heidi Lyman, who also own Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, employed workers [...]

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Boothbay, Maine: Yep, It’s the Harbor, Too

WHY GO: Boothbay Harbor ME was the first “off-Route-1 town” that became popular with tourists on the Maine Coast, and, centered in “Mid Coast Maine” is quicker to get to than Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to the northeast. Yes, tourists converge here in the summertime, but plan a trip in June, and you’ll [...]

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Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor Maine

The Spruce Point Inn was never a totally laid-back, feet in the dirt, flip-flop kind of casual Maine Family Resort. A favorite of the Kennedy’s and Ernest Hemmingway, Spruce Point was perennially spruced up for down-staters in search of a certain kind of rustic comfort. Though rooms differ, most sport traditional Maine Shore from another era [...]

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Brunswick, Bath and Phippsburg Peninsula ME

  WHY GO: Maine was a shipbuilding powerhouse, and still is, which is why the phenomenal Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath – still home to mega-boat-builder, Bath Iron Works. But Bath is just 10 minutes from one of the best college art museums in the country – Bowdoin Museum of Art – and [...]

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Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg ME: Last of a Vanishing Breed

So many of these “family resorts” on the Maine Coast have floundered or faded, but not Sebasco Harbor Resort, which has managed to maintain a multi-generational, friendly, laid-back, ice cream days, rec-center-nights vibe while keeping up the standards of its rustic-chic lodging – some rooms even considered luxurious. There’s a 9-hole oceanfront golf course (the [...]

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Freeport ME: Shop Till You Drop in Upscale New England Comfort

WHY GO: For off-price shoppers, or shoppers of any kind, Freeport ME is a glorious place. Of course, Big Daddy L.L. Bean led the charge here, making way for Brooks Bros, Cole Haan, Banana Republic, Coach and a slew of luxury name brands. Come for the goods, stay for a “Traditional New England” hotel experience [...]

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Inn By the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

I’ve been writing about this environmentally conscious, dog-friendly, 61 room luxury seaside hotel in Cape Elizabeth ME for years, and each time I visit, it just gets better. My first review, in 2008 read: "Grand, but not grandiose, Inn By The Sea keeps both top-notch luxury and eco-friendly practice sacrosanct. To top it off, it’s “big-pet-friendly.”  [...]

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