Scenic Downeast Maine Vacation
During the summer
of 2011, my husband and I went to the rugged coastline of Maine
to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We had the most amazing
drove from our home in Pennsylvania, so it was a bit of a hike,
but well worth it. We found our charming oceanfront accommodations
near Pemaquid Point thanks to the friendly folks at www.GoldenTravelGuides.com.
While there, we explored up and down the entire coastline. We thought
Pennsylvania had a lot of countryside
until we visited Maine.
The entire state is just such a serene place; it has an unbelievable
amount of natural, undeveloped open space.
chose to go to Maine because of the romantic affinity we have
always had for New England's rocky shores, and our desire
to see Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park hosts Cadillac
Mountain, the highest mountain on the East Coast north of
Brazil as well as countless other exquisite landscapes. The
park is situated around Bar Harbor, Maine's quintessential
Victorian town that is dotted with colorful gingerbread houses,
charming shops, and delightful restaurants and bed and breakfasts.
We visited gardens, mountains, carriage roads, and sparkling
lakes in Acadia.
Outside of Acadia
we visited at least twelve lighthouses, shopped in Freeport, home
of the original L.L. Bean store, as well as exploring countless
towns along the entire coastline including Rockport, Rockland, Camden,
and Old Orchard Beach to name a few. Old Orchard Beach resembles
the Jersey shore; it is colorful, has food vendors of all varieties
lining the wide, people-filled streets, and has folks of all ages
gathering for sunny afternoons on the white sandy beaches (just
about the only white sand beaches in all of Maine).
This was a
phenomenal vacation. The coast of Maine is a must-see for everyone!
It is perfect for couples and families alike. Be sure to bring comfortable
walking shoes and a windbreaker (there is usually heavy fog and
even in August it is a bit chilly).
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