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Maine Best Attractions 2012

Maine Best Attractions 2012
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BEST I-95 SHOPPING
Center for Maine Craft, West Gardiner
In between fueling your tanks (both vehicular and personal) at the West Gardiner Service Plaza (Route 126), browse handcrafted works by hundreds of Maine artisans at the Maine Crafts Association’s retail gallery. I-95 South Exit 103; I-95 North Exit 102; I-295 Exit 51. 207-588-0021; mainecrafts.org

BEST PLACE TO LET OFF STEAM
Stanley Museum, Kingfield
Kingfield’s famous native sons, twin brothers Francis Edgar and Freelan Oscar Stanley, perfected the photographic dry-plate process and achieved numerous other feats in addition to building the Stanley Steamer automobile. 40 School St. 207-265-2729; stanleymuseum.org

BEST ECO-IMMERSION
Ecopelagicon Nature Store, Rangeley
Get in touch with nature by perusing the books, games, music, videos, camping supplies, crafts, gadgets, and gifts here; then rent a kayak for a paddle on adjacent Haley Pond. Lessons are available, as are guided tours on other area waterways. 7 Pond St. 207-864-2771; ecopelagicon.com

BEST ART IN THE NORTH WOODS
North Light Gallery, Millinocket
Had enough of the moose trinkets? Take a gander at fine artworks representing the Katahdin region and inland Maine at Marsha Donahue’s downtown gallery: mountains, lakes, rivers, and, yes, a moose or two. 256 Penobscot Ave. 800-970-4278, 207-723-4414; artnorthlight.com

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