We live in Michigan and have been talking about possibly visiting Maine next year by way of Vermont and New Hampshire. I have no idea what places would be good places to see in Maine, or what there is to do there, and I don't know anyone who has ever been there. Where do I begin planning this trip? We would like to go when the weather is the most temperate, but if Maine is anything like Michigan, then the prices are highest during the peak summer season when the weather is warmest. We enjoy history, and are not into partying in clubs or the theater, we just like to visit a place and see the highlights, learn some of the local history, hit the favorite restaurants, and relax. Shopping is okay, but not something that we really consider recreational.
Any suggestions? As I said, we don't even know where to begin. What ciites/villages are most popular with tourists? I imagine that places like Bar Harbor are probably prohibitively expensive. We are not wealthy travelers, and often buy our hotel rooms on Hotwire or Priceline so that we can get 3 or 4 star accommodations on a budget.
Thanks in advance. : )