First, let me say that I love the state of Maine. I think I must have lived there in another life. My wife and I have visted quite a few times, (York, Ogunquit, etc. We've visited Portland, Freeport and spent some time in Boothbay Harbor about ten years ago. However, we've never been north of Boothbay. (Shame on us.) So we plan to correct that this August. I've read about the traffic but late summer is our only option this year.
We will have 7-10 days and would like to visit several towns along the way. We will be driving up from NJ and would like some feedback from you on where to spend our time. We are both 61, and as evidienced by our frequent visits to Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, etc, we like to visit small towns, do some shopping, walking/light hiking, spend some time at the beach, finding great little places to eat your amazing seafood and take in as much of your gorgeous scenery as possible. We were thinking of spending a couple of nights in Boothbay and maybe the same in Camden and of course up in Bar Harbor. My questions are.....
Would you suggest more than two nights in each of those towns and how many for Bar Harbor?
Are there other towns you would suggest we visit along the way?
What are some of the must see things to do and see downeast?
I've read conflicitng suggestions on whether to stay along Rt 1 and the coast or go back out to the main roads to avoid traffic. We always prefer sticking to the backroads for all the obvious reasons but we understand the traffic concerns especially around Wicasset. So what would be the best way to travel, considering the time of year?
I'm sorry for the long question but I wanted to give you an idea of what we enjoy doing, where we've been and your feedback on where we should visit.
As always, thank you so much for your time.