Maine | The Pine Tree State
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Pounding waves and a rocky coastline spiked with lighthouses … In Maine, you’ll live to the rhythm of the tides, winding through fishing villages past sea captains’ homes, eating shellfish on the rocks. This rugged fortress of a state looks out over the Atlantic like a proud figurehead on a ship from days gone by. Lobstermen still prowl Maine’s waterways, but today’s coastal villages are also havens of culture and cuisine. Portland’s food scene is legendary, and towns such as Kennebunkport and Rockport are synonymous with presidents, artists, and craftsmen. Inland villages have their own sturdy beauty, and centrally, Mount Katahdin rises to a mighty peak in Baxter State Park, a spectacular gift of more than 327 square miles from a former governor. No one knows the wilderness like the legendary Maine Guides, who’ll take you fishing, kayaking, or whitewater rafting (or maybe even help you spot a moose), upholding a century-old tradition. Another tradition—outlet shopping in places like Freeport, home to L.L. Bean—proves that old and new New England can happily coexist.
A unique Maine getaway takes visitors completely off the grid. In a beautiful clearing in the woods, surrounded by a timber-frame house and rustic cabins, rests one of Maine’s most peaceful spots. Chickens cluck, pigs root for food, and an expansive garden slowly blooms. At the Deer Isle Hostel, hosts Dennis...Read more
Portland's culinary reputation continues to grow nationwide. Several of the following restaurants have received prestigious awards for their excellent and delicious meals. It's worth the trip to the Port City to try one — or all — of the venues we rated the best Portland, Maine restaurants. We promise you won't...Read more