Join Date: May 2013
Location: Windham, ME, United States
Re: New England Trip Advise
Okay. I have to chime in since I'm a Maine-ah. Like everything in life it depends on what you are looking for.
A trip to Maine should include a stop at Portland and what is affectionately known as "The Old Port". Lots of restaurants. Probably the most unique is Dimillos Floating restaurant with good quality seafood. There are plenty of places that are better but it's unique enough and food good enough to warrant a visit. A real staple of Commercial Street is "Becky's", locals love it and its just solid Maine comfort food. There are almost 800 places to eat in vicinity of Portland. If you like beer, do the Maine Beer tours 3 hour tour, you'll get a great selection from local Maine brewers to sample along the way. Make sure you get to see Portland Head Light as the trip to it and down into Cape Elizabeth has moments that will take your breath away.
Freeport is home to LL Bean, 24 hrs of sports gear, quality clothing and the famous "Bean boot". Worth a stop.
Traveling on Route 1 will take you to Bath. Home of Bath Iron Works (BIA) where you can see US Navy battleships being built. Tour the museum at BIA for some good shipbuilding history. Stop at Beale Street BBQ for the best ribs in New England.
Route One will take you through Wiscassette, Rockport, Camden with great coastal views with a stop at the observation tower at the massive bridge going into Bucksport over the Penobscot River. You'll hit Ellsworth which is the gateway to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
No doubt Bar Harbor with Acadia National Park is a must see. Do not miss Cadillac Moutain, highest natural point on the east coast. A clear day you have panoramic views of coastal Maine!!!
There is so much to do between Portland and Bar Harbor. But some of the best and most intimate coastal scenery is beyond Ellsworth on Route One going into coastal Washington County. With side trips to Jonesport, Cutler, Lubec and Eastport. West Quoddy Head is a great lighthouse to visit and the views of the rocky coast is spectacular.
I'm scratching the surface here but all that will keep you plenty busy and you'll not be disappointed with twisty roads, nice stretches of peaceful green and fantastic ocean views with that Maine salt air to breath in.
Let me know if I can answer questions about others suggestions. +1 on Owls Head Transportation Museum.
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