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Best Attractions in Maine | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Attractions in Maine | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards
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Looking for fun in the Pine Tree State? You won’t have to look far! Read our picks for the best attractions in Maine for 2014.

BEST HISTORIC HOUSE & GARDEN:
HAMILTON HOUSE, South Berwick

The setting for Sarah Orne Jewett’s novel The Tory Lover, the 18th-century Hamilton House and its handsome Colonial Revival gardens crown a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River. 40 Vaughn’s Lane. 207-384-2454; historicnewengland.org

BEST MUSEUM INSIDE & OUT:
OGUNQUIT MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Ogunquit

Outside, landscaped grounds accented with sculptures and gardens surround the cliff-hugging museum. Inside, exhibits in five galleries are drawn from a permanent 2,000-piece collection that includes works by Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, Walt Kuhn, Henry Strater, and Thomas Hart Benton, among others. 543 Shore Road. 207-646-4909; ogunquitmuseum.org

BEST STUDIO TOUR:
WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO, Scarborough

Plan well in advance to tour the Portland Museum of Art’s accurately restored studio on Prouts Neck, a National Historic Landmark, where artist Winslow Homer painted some of his greatest works. Tours depart from the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. 5 Winslow Road. 207-775-6148; portlandmuseumofart.org

BEST MUSICAL INTERLUDE:
BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Brunswick

This six-week summer chamber-music festival showcases an international array of classical talent, from promising students to world-class guest artists. Various locations. 207-725-3895; bowdoinfestival.org

BEST WALK TO A LIGHTHOUSE:
ROCKLAND BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE, Rockland

A nearly mile-long granite breakwater tethers Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse to the shoreline. Volunteers usually open the 1902 lighthouse and 25-foot-tall tower to visitors on weekends and for special events. Off Samoset Road. 207-542-7574; rocklandharborlights.org

BEST FAMILY CRUISE:
DIVE-IN THEATER, Bar Harbor

Captain Ed and Mini Ed engage Captain Evil in this thoroughly entertaining and engaging cruise, where Ed descends to the depths with a camera and returns with sea creatures for hands-on learning and laughs. 105 Eden St. 800-979-3370; divered.com

BEST BOOKSTORE/GALLERY:
CHAPTER TWO, Corea

Peruse antiquarian and used books and gorgeous hand-hooked rugs, purchase hooking supplies, and ogle fine crafts by primarily regional artists in this three-building find on the road to sleepy Corea. 611 Corea Road (Route 195). 207-963-7269; chaptertwocorea.com

BEST TOUR OF STEPHEN KINGDOM:
SK TOURS, Bangor

Join King expert Stuart Tinker on a private three-hour immersion into the horror master’s world. Tours visit approximately 30 Bangor-area sites related to King and his books and films. 25 Thomas Hill Road. 207-947-7193; sk-tours.com

BEST MOOSEHEAD LAKE VIEWS:
CURRIER’S FLIGHTSEEING, Greenville Junction

It’s one thing to view Maine’s largest lake from the shoreline or a mountain peak, but to really understand Moosehead’s expanse, join veteran pilot Roger Currier on a scenic flight aboard one of his vintage floatplanes. Rates: from $40 per person. 447 Pritham Ave. 207-695-2778; curriersflyingservice.com

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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