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Maine in July
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Jun 15, 2024, 5:15 PM
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Taking my bride to Maine for a week in July (Portland and Bar Harbor areas). Any tips from those who have visited or live there? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Maine in July

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Jun 15, 2024, 5:16 PM
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https://letmegooglethat.com/?q=visitibg+maine+in+july

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Re: Maine in July

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Jun 15, 2024, 5:34 PM
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Or just scroll past if you have nothing to offer. Either way…

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It's beautiful.

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Jun 15, 2024, 5:19 PM
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spent many summers in Wells Beach. Great food, stores, sights, etc. You cant really go wrong with anything.

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Jun 15, 2024, 5:38 PM
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Skip Portland, just a city, and go straight up Route 1 to Bar Harbor. The drive is beautiful and you go through a bunch of old small fishing communities. You will see lobster boats in all the bays. When in Bar Harbor, do the coastal cruise where you are given a history lesson, learn about old houses, talk about lobstering, see seals with potential to see whales.

One thing to consider which was really fun was taking the "Cat" ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, Novia Scotia. Its a high speed 300' ferry that runs 55mph with giant turbine engines. The ferry ride is 3hrs but it has a bunch of things to do. There is a small casino, food, an educational area, and you can walk around outside but the aft was the coolest watching the giant rooster tails flying out from turbines.

Spend the day in Yarmouth, make sure you find a good sheprds pie as that is a common staple there. Or do the van tour where they take you to several ond lighthouses and up to the Bay of Fundy, the 30' tides were out when I was there. You can do the ferry, take first one out in morning, then take last out from Yarmouth and you have a full day in Novia Scotia with a cool experience. I didnt bring a car over so its lot cheaper when just passenger but then use taxi or the van tour once you arrive which I recommend. I have sone this a couple times and sent my parents up who had a blast.

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Hike

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Jun 15, 2024, 5:54 PM
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Ocean Trail and Cadillac Mountain up in Bar Harbor. Not too strenuous but beautiful views.


Eat all the seafood. I recommend Duckfat, DiMillo's On the Water and Luke's Lobster Portland Pier in Portland.


Also a must try: Holy Donuts.


Take Route 1 from Portland to Bar Harbor, beautiful drive.

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Jun 15, 2024, 6:07 PM
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Yes Cadillac mtn, Acadia National Park with the highest point on the east coast. Eat the smoked seafood salad at the restaurant inside the park. Best smoked seafood salad I ever had, if they still offer it.

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Jun 15, 2024, 7:02 PM
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Is incredible. The weather was so nice my wife fell in love with Maine down east. She was looking at real estate before I got her out of there. Haha. I agree with steering clear of Portland. We were not impressed. I second the suggestion to drive Hwy 1 and see the sights. There is a port in Camden south of Penobscot Bay that my wife and I really enjoyed. Great seafood there right on the water. I forget the name of the restaurant but it’s right in the port. Mount Battie is a high peak overlooking Camden and Penobscot Bay. If you are in that area it is well worth the scenic view to go up there. There’s a 100+ year old rock tower you can climb and the views are simply breath taking.

I second the Cadillac Mtn and the Bar Harbor touring. O’Leary’s is a nice Irish Pub we enjoyed. We did the biplane island tour of Bar Harbor. It was a bit pricey but was worth every penny. My wife egged the young pilot on until he started doing loop-to-loops all around Bar Harbor. That was a blast. The owner of that establishment is (was) originally from SC. We also did the afternoon (sunset) whale watch out of Bar Harbor and it was very nice. Saw lots of whales and up very close too. We stayed in an air b&b on the water in Brooksville and had kayaks. Purchased our own fresh lobsters and had a big boil one night. Not sure if you’re into fly fishing but there’s Brook trout streams all over Maine and great smallmouth fishing too. We found it was hard to go wrong with the seafood anywhere we went. Had the most incredible crab cakes in Ellsworth. Again I’m no good with restaurant names but go south of town on 172 and the amazing crab cake restaurant is on the left going south of town. We actually had the best fish of the entire trip at a food truck in Brooksville…go figure.

On the way home we skipped over to New Hampshire and went to the top of Mt. Washington and auto toured the Kancamagus Parkway. Beautiful scenery everywhere up there. We found it was hard to go wrong with the seafood.

We’ve been married 36 years and we both agree Maine ranks at the top of or best ever vacations. I hope you have a great trip!

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Jun 15, 2024, 7:18 PM
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The biplane your was a lighthouse tour. Went by all the lighthouses and told us about them. Very cool.

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Jun 15, 2024, 7:08 PM
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That’s where I proposed to my wife a few years ago! Great spot

The Independent Ice Company has a huge bourbon selection if your into that kinda thing

For food, Eventide has great oysters and Central Provisions has a very rustic, live off the land kinda vibe… make reservations because they’ll both book out weeks in advance

Also good call whoever said Holy Donuts

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Jun 15, 2024, 7:27 PM
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Leave your bikini at home...that water is COLD, even in July!

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It is beautiful. I proposed to my wife there.

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Jun 15, 2024, 9:19 PM
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Lots to see and do. Portland is worth exploring. There are some great restaurants there.

Go to Cape Elizabeth to see Portland Head Light.

As you travel up the coast toward Bar Harbor, check out Freeport, Camden, and Rockport.

Acadia National Park is worth visiting as well.

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Jun 15, 2024, 9:45 PM
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Stay out of Bar Harbor when the cruise ships come in. Make sure and visit the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine and head to the waterfront for a working man’s chowder. Stay out of the city’s and explore the coast. Maine is great if you explore and stay away from the tourist areas.

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Let me know how good a lobster roll is.***

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Jun 15, 2024, 10:09 PM
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Re: Let me know how good a lobster roll is.***

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Jun 16, 2024, 12:29 AM
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You know they must be good when McDonald's has them on the menu or used to last time up there around 8yrs ago.

I had a mission to eat lobster as many times as seemed possible one day while in Bar Harbor. It went something like this:

Breakfast: Lobster omelet
Mid-morning snack: lobster roll sliders
Lunch: Lobster salad
Afternoon drinks and tapas: cold lobster claw app and couple local brews
Dinner: two boiled lobsters special with fries and salad (was like $18 at Red Barn, now closed in Bar Harbor I think)
Late dessert after a good walkabout: Vanilla Lobster ice cream cone. Was good!

My girlfriend at the time thought I was a nut, lobster 6 times that day. I was, but I was having fun and got my lobster fix at least for 24hrs.

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Jun 15, 2024, 10:55 PM
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I enjoyed the Portland Head Light (Lighthouse) in S.
Portland, Maine
Good photo ops

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Jun 15, 2024, 11:28 PM
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Are you flying or driving?

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Re: Maine in July

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Jun 16, 2024, 9:21 AM
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Are you flying or driving?



Allegiant has a direct flight from Asheville to Boston. Renting a car and headed north on Hwy 1 as much as possible

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Jun 16, 2024, 1:40 PM
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If you get time swing by Salem Massachusetts and Glouster Mass. Salem was a welcome accident that we went to. It was really interesting and fun. And of course the other is famous for the movie “Perfect Storm”. It is truly as beautiful as the movie and you can see the fisherman’s memorial and the lives who have been lost over the years, including the ones that are profiled in that movie

Maine is beautiful! Enjoy!

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I grew up in Maine

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Jun 16, 2024, 12:10 AM
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Small town outside of Portland. Yes I’m a #### yankee now after going to Clemson for undergrad and staying. The old port in Portland has definitely gone downhill (ala Asheville) and that's really a shame because it used to be such a great food and bar scene. I wouldn’t skip the area entirely though, working your way up from the border on I95/Rt 1
-Ogunquit Beach with the Marginal way trail is nice, everything south of here is northern Massachusetts
-Kennebunkport, probably the first “real” Maine harbor town on your way north, bonus trip take Ocean ave on your way out of town, great views of the coast plus the Bush family compound
-Old Orchard beach is a tourist trap with a pier trying to be on the jersey shore
-As mentioned by JK cape Elizabeth is a great stop, two lights state park in addition to Portland head light (which is attached to Fort Williams) are great stops, you can get some amazing sunrises at Portland Headlight
-bug light is a nice view of Portland harbor, and if you go into downtown Portland you can take a ferry (recommend bike or foot) to peaks island, it’s a nice walk around the island and the most frequent ferry on the schedule
-if you like beer you really need to stop in at Bissel Brothers and Allagash, allagash especially has a great tour / tasting
-skip up to Yarmouth (Maine not NS!) and stop at Days Crabmeat and Lobster just off route one, they serve up
A mean lobster roll, and their fried haddock is fantastic
-then just up the road to LL bean to get your picture with the boot and try not to spend all your savings on outdoor gear
-either on your way to/from Bar Harbor go
Via route 1 starting in Brunswick, it’s an old mill town that’s been done up pretty nice but I wouldn’t go out of your way to stop there
-assuming going rt 1 northbound Wiscasset is a great stop if no reason other than Reds, if you’re on a lobster roll tour it’s a must stop, consistently rated one of the best
-after that Boothbay Harbor is one that’s often overlooked, my family grew up camping every summer nearby and Boothbay was always a place we would visit
-Damariscotta/pemaquid point light house are nice for a quick stop
-After that all the towns like rockland, Camden/rockport are on rt 1 if you want to stop (except Castine which is a nice detour if you have the time!)
-bar harbor itself has been pretty well covered, renting bikes on the carriage roads and sunrise on Cadillac Mountain are nice highlights, thunder hole is great IF you time the tides, the tides in Maine are much different than down here, sometimes 20+ FOOT swings between high and low tides
-if you have the time I saw someone post about mt Washington and the kangamangus highway highly recommend, the kang has some great pull offs with natural rock slides in the river it’s a great time!

Happy to answer any specific questions you might have just send me a Tmail. I’m headed up there for a bit myself in a week and a half. Hope you enjoy your trip, Summer in Maine only lasts about 6 weeks so you’re timing it right!

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Jun 16, 2024, 12:16 AM
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We’ve been 3 different times. Great trips each time. I’d definitely take the drive up the coast from Portland towards Bar Harbor. Stop in Freeport and check out the LL Bean store. Camden is a must stop. Beautiful little coastal town. The drive (or hike) up to Mt. Battie is great. Plenty of good seafood all up the coast. Acadia is beautiful and I’d highly recommend.

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Jun 16, 2024, 5:43 AM
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When on Mt. Desert island, go check out Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor, Sargent Drive is a scenic drive around Somme’s Sound. Gorgeous, lots of trails to hike and beautiful views from all of them!

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Jun 16, 2024, 7:02 AM
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I lived in Maine for 18 years.

Kennebunkport is one of the more picturesque towns in America. Great shops and seafood. You can walk downtown through all the shops.

Ogonquit and York beach are great. The nubble lighthouse in York Beach on Cape Neddick is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. To watch a sunset there is a once in a lifetime event.

You can follow Rt 1 from Massachusetts all the way up the Maine Coast. Rye beach just over the state line from Maine in New Hampshire is full of Mansions on the Water and a prime vacation spot in the summer for Celebrities. Hampton Beach just beyond Rye beach is a fun beach full of great restaurants and shopping.

My parents co-owned Newicks Seafood and Lobster House on the water between Dover NH and Newington NH. Been around since 1948 when it was started by John. Great seafood with great views. Pick your own lobster. Best clams around. Eat dinner and watch the sun set then go to downtown Portsmouth after for drinks. Newicks is a staple in Southern Maine and Southern New Hampshire.

LL Bean in Freeport is a good place to visit if you're out of Town. Freeport is nice town and a good example of small towns in Maine. Nice drive up the coast. I believe it is still open 24 hours a day.

Be sure to do a whale watch. Numerous companies leave out of the harbors from Southern Maine on up the coast. You will definitely see whales and have a great time doing so.

Kittery Trading Post in Kittery Maine is the original Bass Pro Shops before there was a Bass Pro Shop. Been around for many years and this place has everything.

If you see a Weathervane restaurant, several locations on the coast between Maine and New Hampshire. Stop there and eat.

The clam shack in Kennebunkport is one of the most famous seafood places to get a lobster roll or fried clams. This is a must if you make it to Kennebunkport.

Fogarty's drive-in is a wonderful spot to eat in Southern Maine in a small historical town of South Berwick.

Flos Hot Dogs in York Maine for the best hot dog you will ever eat.

Old Orchard Beach for your typical Boardwalk on the Beach type of vibe. Try the pier French fries at Lisas Pizza on the boardwalk. Also, go out on the 200-yard pier to catch a sunset. Old Orchard Beach is only about 30 mins from Kennebunkport and about 35 mins from Portland. A lot of French Canadians visit this area in the summer, I mean a lot. The town becomes 50% French Canadian from June - August.

Strawberry Banks in Portsmouth NH is a great spot to visit. This is about a 50 min ride from Portland down I-95 or a 2.5 hours drive down Rt 1 for the more scenic route. Strawberry Bank is a place where time has not changed from the 1700-1800's. Dirt streets, historical homes, great food.

You can literally drive Rt 1 all the way up the beautiful coast. Some great restaurants and sights to photographs. I recommend doing this. You will go through some amazing seacoast towns.

Please feel free to message me if you have questions.

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Well this is a timely thread...

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Jun 16, 2024, 9:24 AM
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Headed off mid-July for Maine, NS and PEI...back down through Burlington, VT...then...who knows! Will be a month-long road trip to make up for not being in Omaha for the CWS. Nice trade-off, actually.

I'm taking lots of notes from everyone's input...nice way to sign off from T-Net.

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Jun 16, 2024, 1:07 PM
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Salty55® said:

Headed off mid-July for Maine, NS and PEI...back down through Burlington, VT...then...who knows! Will be a month-long road trip to make up for not being in Omaha for the CWS. Nice trade-off, actually.

I'm taking lots of notes from everyone's input...nice way to sign off from T-Net.




We spent a week in Halifax several years ago. Loved the city and surrounding areas.

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Jun 16, 2024, 4:03 PM [ in reply to Re: Maine in July ]
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After I retired I worked at Wild Dunes golf course for a time. I was working on the practice tee and started talking with a guy from Maine. I asked him why he was visiting and he explained that the water was so cold in Maine that he couldn't swim there. My lovely wife learned to swim near Bath and he found that unbelievable. She was young then and youngsters don't seem to feel the temperature quite as much as us old guys. Her aunt lived in Bath, and when she passed we went up for the funeral. We left Charleston in our brightly colored clothes and landed in Portland. While getting our baggage, my wife noticed how out of place we looked. This was in late August, and most of the folks there were in dark clothes, no shorts or bright shirts. That being said, Maine was beautiful, the people were friendly and the food excellent. Got cold at night, but we managed. It will be a nice trip!

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Oh and about Moose

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Jun 16, 2024, 7:48 PM
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They are rare to see and are massive, important to note at night, unlike a deer their eyes do NOT reflect back at your headlights, so it’s just a 2000lb + lurking death machine on the road. They can basically totally flatten a sedan as the car will slide right under the legs and the cab will take the full weight of it, had a whole scare you to death session on them in drivers Ed. If you see them in a normal setting just keep your distance even in a car, bulls have been known to charge

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