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Itinerary Suggestions

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Itinerary Suggestions

Looking for itinerary suggestions. Flying into Portland and renting a car. Focusing on sea coast in the Wiscasset to Portland area. Might try to hit Old Orchard Beach. Interested in history, exploring the coastline, experiencing local culture, boat/ferry trips. Would appreciate suggestions of places to include and how many days to spend in each area. Will be there 9 days.What city or cites would be a good base?

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Just to get the discussion started --

Start with a couple of days in Portland itself

-- explore the Old Port area (shops, botiques, restaurants, etc in what was once the shipping warehouse district -- great architecture, some brick sidewalks, etc);

-- take a Casco Bay Lines ferry to one or more of the islands just off Portland for a unique view of the city, a stroll, and perhaps a meal at one of the island restaurants;

-- definitely drive over to Cape Elizabeth (a few miles from downtown) to Portland Head Light lighthouse for great scenery and photos; continue down Rt 77 to Two Lights Lobster Shack for more great scenery and some great seafood in a classic coastal setting;

-- check out the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge (can Google it for more info);

-- ride up to Freeport for a stop at L.L. Bean (if quality sporting goods and clothing is of interest -- and ask directions to their outlet store too) but also check out Wolf's Neck State Park.

-- make the very short drive to the Maine Audubon Society's Gilsland Farm for a peaceful stroll through the fields and along the shore (you can Google it for more info);

-- check out Victoria Mansion and the Longfellow House (home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) in downtown Portland (both can be Googled);

-- take in a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game if they're in season (just realized you don't say when you're coming) - fantastic, crowd-friendly minor-league ball park that's lots of fun on a sunny afternoon or warm evening;

--check out the Portland Art Museum (great on a rainy day).

North toward Wiscasset --

-- Stop at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College in Brunswick for a look at the history of North Pole exploration (can be Googled for more info);

-- Ride down to Orr's and Bailey Island, crossing over the truly unique Cribstone Bridge (Google it for details);

-- Check out the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath (can be Googled) and stroll their downtown area.

-- In Brunswick or Wiscasset, pick up the Eastern Maine Railroad for a scenic ride along Maine's coast (you can ride it all the way to Rockland if you have the time and inclination -- Google it for schedules and fares);

-- In Wiscasset, Red's Eats is famous for its lobster rolls, Sarah's Restaurant is noted for her home-made soups, and Le Garage boasts that the restaurant doesn't even have a fry-o-lator but serves creative, interesting dishes with a nice view of the harbor.

-- Go just beyond Wiscasset and take the drive down the peninsula to Boothbay Harbor -- great place to walk the harbor, take a cruise (from among many choices), ride over to Robinson's Wharf for a lobster on the dock, and, if you get that far, ride down Rt 26 toward East Boothbay and follow it to the end-of-the-road -- great scenery and photo opportunities.

Inland within an hour of Portland:

-- Hallowell, an historic town on the shore of the Kennebec River. Once the anttiques capital of New England, it still has interesting shops, several excellent restaurants, and the Kennebec River Rail Trail for walking or biking along the riverbank on a hard-surfaced path reserved for bicycles and pedestrians. The public library should have information on Hallowell's historic granite quarries and ice industry (cutting and selling ice for use on coastal schooners).

-- Augusta, home of the Capital Building, the Blaine House (the official Governor's mansion), historic Fort Western (dating back to pre-revolutionary days), and the Maine Holcaust Museum at the University of Maine at Augusta's campus.

South of Portland --

--Old Orchard Beach, on of the most popular beaches in the state;

-- Kennebunkport, a nice Maine coastal village and summer home of former President George Bush 1....you can drive by the complex (nice view of Walker''s Point compound from a nearby bluff)

-- Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport (Google for details);

Worth considering extending your range north of Portland --

A night (or two) in the Rockland/Camden area would give you access to:

-- Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Owl's Head (just south of Rockland (more than just old cars -- check their website thru Google);

-- A walk on the mile-long Rockland Harbor breakwater to the lighthouse at the end;

-- the friendly village of Camden and it's scenic harbor -- a great spot for boat-spotting, cruises (full-day, half-day, shorter periods of time via sailboat or motorboat)

-- and the fantastic view from the top of Mt Battie in Camden Hills State Park (just north of the village) -- ride or hike to the top....

Juat some ideas to get you started -- take a look at some websites, put together a list of what you'd like to see and we can help you with how many days to spend where....

Would also be very helpful to know just when you're planning to come....recommendations may change depending on the time of year...

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2. Re: Itinerary Suggestions

Mainer's given you quite a comprehensive list.

I would add for Boothbay...Coastal Botanical Garden...and Whalewatch cruise (or Clambake cruise) June thru Sept.

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