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Town/ hotel to stay between So.VT and Bar Harbor

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Town/ hotel to stay between So.VT and Bar Harbor

Looking for a nice town and place to stay in between a 6+hour drive from So.VT and Bar Harbor for one night. It doesn't half to be exactly half way. Just want to get a real feel for Maine kind of place. I see portland, freeport, old orchard, bath? any help appreciated. Nice place on the water. Need it for next week. So please reply asap. thanks!

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1. Re: Town/ hotel to stay between So.VT and Bar Harbor

I'd stay in/around Freeport. There is a Hilton Garden Inn right in town so you can walk around. There are loads of hotels just south of town. Plus there are a lot of B&B's which are really nice. Nice places to eat, there's a lobster pound by the water and a lovely state park (Wolfe's Neck) if you like to hike. It's about 1/2 way to BH. Portland is also a great place to stay especially if you can get a place in the Old Port section of town. It's a small city but it has great dining and lovely places to visit right outside town that give you a sense of Maine (Cape Elizabeth; Two Lights State Park).

If you want to drive a little farther north the first day you can always look up in Boothbay Harbor. It's a little off Rt 1 but it's a really nice coastal town with lots of lodging.

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2. Re: Town/ hotel to stay between So.VT and Bar Harbor

Have a look at the Damariscotta / Newcastle area. I think it's more "real" Maine than some other areas.

The Twin Villages sit at the head of the Pemaquid Peninsula home to one of Maine's quintessential lighthouses and it also has the advantage, for you as a "stopping point", of being right off Rte 1.

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