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3 days in Maine from Boston -- Help

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3 days in Maine from Boston -- Help

We are flying into Boston for a long weekend and want to go to Maine for three days. Help - where should we go (I dont ant to spend the whole weekend in the car)? Where should we stay? eat etc.

I guess my question is -- What is the closest part of Maine to get the most authentic coastal Main feel from Boston? Lobster is a MUST!!!


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Hi 7973,

Okay 3 days in Maine from Boston. Here are some suggestions that might help you decided where to go and/or visit.

If you're truly a sandy beach type of person, than I'd recommend Ogunquit which is about 1 1/2 hours north of Boston. This is a lovely, upscale little beach town where once you find your accomodation you can park your car and then walk everywhere or ride the trolley. There's lots of restaurants, galleries, and the beautiful Marginal Way which is a path that offers spectacular views out to sea to the east and quaint summer homes to the west. There's also summer theatre where many a famous Hollywood star has gotten their start.

From Ogunquit you could make daytrips to Kennebunkport and see the Bush summer home and also take in some nice shopping, etc. This would be about a 10 to 15 minute drive.

Or you could drive up to Portland, see the lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth and/or visit the Old Port and take a ferry to cruise Casco Bay. Portland is about a 1/2 hour north of Ogunquit.

45 minutes further north is Freeport, home to LL Beans and a zillion discount and outlets if shopping is your thing.

2nd idea is to drive straight to Boothbay Harbor or Camden. BBH is about 3 hours north of Boston and Camden about 4.

Boothbay Harbor is home to a large summer community where cottage colonies were formed in the late 1800's all over the region. There's Squirrel Island, Sawyers Island, Southport Island, Murray Hill, Barter's Island, Ocean Pt., Spruce Pt., Lobster Cove. The list is endless.

Anyway, downtown BBH is the typical tourist village with lots of shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. The true value in BBH is the outlying areas and the numerous attractions surrounding it.

First, BBH offers a ton of boat tours that take you all over. You can do an inner harbor sunset tour, go to Monhegan Island, out to Pemaquid Lighthouse, up rivers, and/or to Bath Iron Works where many naval ships are built. The trips are numerous and there's something for everyone. I'd recommend taking at least one boat tour if you decide to visit.

Then there's pleasant scenic drives out to Ocean Pt., Southport Island, etc. For more details on these you might want to click on 'more about cozyharbor' and read some previous posts.

In addition to scenic drives all within 10 minutes or so of downtown BBH, there's the Boothbay Region Land Trust and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens properties which provide many easy hiking trails that often lead to lovely waterviews, coves, and harbors. In addition these non-profits offer all kinds of lectures and easy guided hiking tours for bird watching or learning about wild flowers, etc.

Last but not least there's the historic Opera House and The Carousel Summer Theatre. Both entities offer all kinds of entertainment anywhere from Irish Celtic concerts, to plays, to lectures, to big name entertainers, etc.

Camden is another very appealing area with it's picture perfect downtown and harbor with mountains in the backdrop. It is also home to (along with Rockport and Rockland) the Windjammer Fleet. There's lots of shopping, galleries, etc and it also has a wonderful little waterfront park in which to while away an afternoon.

About 5 minutes north of dowtown Camden is Mt. Battie where you can either hike or drive to the top and be rewarded with stunning views of Penobscot Bay, surrounding towns, and mountains.

About 10 minutes to the south is the town of Rockland. It is home to the lovely Farnsworth Art Museum with a bounty of Maine landscapes painted by Maine artists. It's also home to a large collection of Wyeth paintings. With a ticket to the Farnsworth you could also take a 15 minute drive to the Olsen House. This is the house made famous in Andew Wyeth's "Christina's World" which sold at auction several years ago for $25 million. It's a great old house with an etherial feel to it. From there you can walk down to the old cemetary and enjoy views of a quiet little cove.

Once in the Olsen House area you could drive down to Port Clyde, Marshall Pt. Lighthouse, or Tenant's Harbor. All are like stepping back in time, offer great views of the water and are very enchanting. Have lunch at Cod End in Tenant's harbor which is a lobster in the rough type of place. Or for a more upscale experience, dine at the East Wind Inn nearby.

Just north of Rockland on your way back to Camden is the Rockland Breakwater Light. This is a good place to bring a lunch and then walk out on the 3/4 mile long wide and very safe jetty out to the lighthouse. ONce there, you'll feel like you're in the middle of Penobscot Bay with Windjammers and all manner of boats gliding by. There's also great views to the Camden Hills. Fishing is a big thing here too.

Hope I haven't overwhelmed you. There's just so much to see and do in Maine! So depending on what your preference is you could either spend 3 days in southern Maine where most of the sandy beaches are located. Or 3 days in Mid-Coast Maine in either the Boothbay Harbor area or Camden which is more the rocky coast-evergreen clad area that Maine is known for. It's up to you. Enjoy!

Good luck :).


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cozyharbor pretty much said it all. Just as a bit of a re-cap, if you want to keep your driving minimal, I'd choose between the beach experience of Ogunquit and the city experience of Portland (not a city on scale with Chicago or Boston, but very relaxing, friendly and walkable). Either would make a great place to sit for three days or as a jumoing off point for day trips.

Boothbay and Rockland areas are also beautiful areas. The extra driving will be worth the effort, not because they are better than Ogunquit or Portland, but because they are unique and special enough that all four are "can't miss" places. cozyharbor gave enough detail to help each stand out to your interests. You will have a great time whatever you choose.

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3. Re: 3 days in Maine from Boston -- Help

YorkHarborInn is nice and the food is delicious as well. Foxs Lobster in nearby Ogunquit is a favorite of ours and Chauncey Creek is good too. You won't have any trouble finding lobster in these parts! And check out Brown's Ice Cream in York too.

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