My husband and I just found out last Monday that we'll have a sitter for our two young daughters for next week. So, since I've always been intrigued by Maine, we decided to head there. We'll be flying into Portsmouth, NH on Sunday AM (8/26) and then flying out (same airport) that Friday evening; therefore, have roughly 5-6 days to see everything.
I'm very much an explorer and though I would prefer to sleep in when I'm home, I love getting up early to see all I can when vacationing. My husband on the other hand is not much of an explorer and a vacation to him MUST have some relaxation (of course I enjoy some of that too...as long as I'm outside and seeing something while doing it; and my idea of relaxing is a little more 'energetic' than his)!!!! So..need a mix of both to keep us both happy.
Obviously, I don't have as much time to prepare and research for this trip as I normally do, so need some advice from all of you experts!! Since we can't (really) get into the water, I'd say the beach is not really appealing (at least just sitting on -- 'laying out' -- but walks and other explorations on beaches are good). Therefore, I THINK we've decided to not go to the beach areas south of Portland, but would like any feedback on that.
I'm thinking of 1-1.5 days in Portland to see the Old Port area and the lighthouses (and perhaps a ferry trip). Then heading to Camden for another 1-1.5 days. Then to Bar Harbor for the remainder of the trip. We enjoy hiking and exploring outside areas. Also, considering doing this in the reverse order to be closer to Portsmouth at the end, vs. driving all the way back from B/H the last day before flying out since I think it's about 4-5 hours??
For food -- We both love Microbrews (the hoppier the better for me!!) but only one of us likes seafood, so thoughts on eating establishments w/b helpful.
For accomodations -- we both really like B&Bs and Inns (so we can talk to other residents and travelers0, although checking on the web it looks like the prices are fairly high this time of year. We try to stay at places under $200/night (more in the $150 range would be preferable)! We'd prefer places that servce a full-breakfast (vs. continental-style) and clean rooms (and not too noisy from the outside, etc). I've looked at a few of the B&Bs from other posts, but several of those are not available. Also, in Portland, any feedback on the Holiday Inn at/on the Bay??
I'm a little panicked right now given my limited time for research so any help would be GREATLY appreciated.