9 Best Coastal Towns in Maine: A Route 1 Road Trip

Apr 21, 2021 | 8 minute read Comments
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Maine’s rugged coastline is one of the most scenic parts of the entire country. It’s also the perfect place for a road trip, drifting up Route 1 past quaint coastal villages and pretty fishing harbors. The toughest part of the journey is deciding where to stop. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best coastal towns in Maine.

A map of maine coastal towns, from Kennebunkport in the west to Lubec in the east.

Some spots are so small you could drive right past them. Others are bustling towns hidden in the heart of the great outdoors. What they all share is a strong nautical history and some of the best seafood on earth. Add them all together, and you get the ultimate coastal road trip. Just make sure you come hungry, because you’ll find a lot of lobster rolls along the way!

1. Kennebunkport

Pretty clapboard houses by the water in Kennebunkport, Maine

Beginning on Maine’s South Coast, Kennebunkport is the perfect starting point on any Maine coastal road trip. Beautiful beaches, grand houses, a quaint harbor, local craft stores – it ticks all the boxes without coming off as a tourist trap. No wonder it’s become a summertime favorite for many American families – not least the Bush family.

You could spend an entire vacation just relaxing on the local beaches. Stroll along Goose Rocks Beach until you reach the small lobster fishing village of Cape Porpoise, or just relax on the soft yellow sands. Up for something more active? The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge has some awesome walking trails and unbelievable views.

If you need more reasons to visit than beautiful architecture and fantastic nature, just check out the local menus. Kennebunkport (along with its western twin, Kennebunk) has built a reputation as a foodies’ paradise. Take a wander around Dock Square and you’ll be spoiled for choice of fresh, local seafood. Fried clams or lobster? It’s a tough choice, but somebody’s gotta make it!

2. Cape Elizabeth

Houses and a lighthouse by the sea in Cape Elizabeth, one of the best coastal towns in Maine

Turn off Route 1 as Portland approaches, and you’ll wind your way past neat clapboard houses and shady woodland until you reach the pretty town of Cape Elizabeth. This is just a stone’s throw from Maine’s biggest city, but it feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

So how should you spend your time? Start by hitting the beach. The nearby Crescent Beach State Park goes from dense forest to sandy shore in the blink of an eye, and is the perfect place for some good old-fashioned downtime. Once you’re good and rested, clamber over the rocks at Two Lights State Park, with an oceanside lunch in the scenically-placed picnic area.

Up for something more active? Climb aboard a fishing charter in nearby Saco or Scarborough to reel in something tasty for dinner. If not, you can always hit up a lobster shack to enjoy the treasures of the sea without the hard work. There’s something for everyone.

3. Bath

An aerial shot of fog over the town of Bath, Maine

Okay, Bath isn’t technically a coastal town, but it has some real charm and it’s such a good base for exploring the area that we couldn’t leave it off the list. Sitting on the banks of the Kennebec River, around 15 miles from the sea, It’s a small city with a huge maritime history and an incredibly well-preserved center.

Bath is the perfect place to spend a day hopping between independent boutiques and friendly local galleries. It’s not all small stores and local crafts, though. Bath is known as “the City of Ships” thanks to its huge ship-building history. That heritage is kept alive to this day in the Bath Iron Works, birthplace of a large part of the US Navy fleet.

Sound a bit industrial? Don’t worry, Bath also has plenty to keep outdoorsy types happy. Take a drive down to Harpswell and Bailey Islands for stunning views across Casco Bay. Jump over to Georgetown to walk the sand dunes in Reid State Park. Up for a real workout? Jump aboard a local fishing charter and catch some dinner to round off the day!

4. Damariscotta-Newcastle

A view over Damariscotta River to the town of Damariscotta, Maine

The “Twin Villages” of Damariscotta and Newcastle are a must-stop destination on any Maine coastal road trip. The towns sit on either side of the Damariscotta River. They’re joined by Main Street Bridge to make a quaint, pedestrian-friendly downtown full of boutiquey shops and delicious eateries that are just begging to be explored.

Heading out of town, you can drift through quaint Maine coastal villages like Round Pond and New Harbor until you reach the famous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (the one on the Maine state quarter). If you’re looking for beautiful backroads and sandy beaches, you’ve come to the right place.

Don’t spend all your time at the beach, though – especially if you like fresh oysters. Among those in the know, Damariscotta is the “Oyster Capital of New England.” It holds not one but two oyster festivals every year, the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration and Pemaquid Oyster Festival. The “Twin Villages” may not be on the sea, but they’ve still got some of Maine’s best shellfish!

5. Camden

An aerial view of Camden, Maine, with boats in the water and autumn trees to the bottom and right

There’s a long list of things that make Camden one of the best coastal towns in Maine. The town sits in the natural shelter of Camden Harbor, nestled into West Penobscot Bay. It boasts an 18th century Historic District full of grand buildings and shaded parks. And of course, the harbor itself is home to more sailing yachts and Downeast lobster boats than you could count.

You can take a tour of Penobscot Bay on a traditional schooner to learn about Camden’s long seafaring history. There’s also an impressive local arts scene which you can enjoy at the opera house or the annual Shakespeare Festival. Get out of town and you’ll find shady hikes and gorgeous views of the bay in Camden Hills State Park.

And of course, what Maine coastal town would be complete without independent crafts stores and quality restaurants serving up delicious, local lobster? You’ve certainly got plenty of choice in downtown Camden. 

6. Castine

A yacht sailing past a large old building in Castine, Maine

Turning off Route 1 and down along the mouth of the Penobscot River, you reach the historic town of Castine. Once the capital of Acadia, the area’s grand past is clear to see in its huge old houses. Walk the streets and you’ll find signs explaining how the French, Dutch, and English all fought over this strategic location. To be fair, the views from Dyce Head are well worth fighting for.

Castine may be small, but it packs in plenty of things to do. There’s a small center with places to eat, shop, and sleep. Wadswoth Cove Beach and Witherle Woods are a great place to spend some outdoor time. You can also head over to the 19th century Dyce Head Lighthouse, which still guides ships through Maine’s foggy waters to this day.

If the weather turns, head to the Castine Historical and Scientific Societies to learn more about the ancient borderland of Acadia. While you’re busy doing that, students will be busy learning the ways of the ocean at the Castine Maritime Academy, one of only six non-federal maritime training colleges in the country.

7. Stonington-Deer Isle

The traditional lobster fishing village of Stonington, Maine, with blue water in the foreground and rocky shore and trees on the left

We’ve already listed Stonington among the most unspoiled vacation spots in the US, but the area is well worth another mention. Thrown way out into the Gulf of Maine, miles from Route 1 and the major tourist trail, it’s the perfect place to lose yourself in Downeast Maine’s staggering coastline.

Arriving to Deer Isle is an experience in itself. Make your way along winding backcountry roads, with some inevitable wrong turns along the way. Suddenly, the impressive towers of Deer Isle Bridge loom into view, followed by a thin causeway over the water and the final few miles into town. It really adds a sense of adventure and drama to your journey.

Stonington is a Downeast lobster town through and through, set around a working harbor where crews still haul in delicious seafood. Deer Isle is best-known for its granite, a favorite of sculptors and architects all across the country. These days, the two towns welcome visitors with cute galleries, a few great restaurants, and mile after mile of incredible sea views.

8. Bar Harbor

An aerial view of the fishing village of Bar Harbor, Maine

You can’t cover the best coastal towns in Maine without tipping your hat to Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor sits between the untouched wild of Acadia National Park and the craggy straits of Mt. Desert Narrows. Unsurprisingly, this incredible setting has attracted its fair share of artists and outdoorsy types over the years, along with a few post-apocalyptic adventurers.

It’s difficult to know where to start in Bar Harbor. Do you trek straight out into Acadia, or go on a boat tour to get a feel for the island? If it’s low tide, take the land bridge over to Bar Island for the perfect view of town. Make sure you save some time to wander the streets of the town itself, to check out local artists and pick up some souvenirs.

After all that fresh air, you’ll have one heck of an appetite. Don’t worry, food is never far away in Bar Harbor. And unlike many small coastal towns in Maine, you actually have some good variety. All in all, Bar Harbor has managed to throw its doors open to visitors without losing its remote, Downeast charm in the process.

9. Lubec

A view over the water to Lubec, one of the best coastal towns in Maine

As you make your way toward the northeast corner of Maine’s coastline, you leave the gift shops and guided tours squarely behind you. The land becomes more wild and less built-up – even by Maine standards. Finally, right on the border with Canada, you reach Lubec.

Lubec is about as authentic as it gets. It’s a working town, with lobster boats moored in the bay and a picturesque lighthouse to guide them through the mist. If you’re after stunning views and nature trails with the smell of the sea blowing in on a briny breeze, this is the place for you. It really does feel like the corner of the country, if not the edge of the earth.

Just because Lubec is remote, that doesn’t mean you’ll run out of things to do. Visit Quoddy Head Lighthouse to look out across the Bay of Fundy. Head to the beach to look for sea glass and Atlantic puffins. Turn back to town for a delicious meal at a small dockside eatery as the evening fog envelopes the land. If you’re looking to get away from it all, there’s nowhere better.

And More!

A traditional dock in a fishing village in Maine, with lobster buoys on the wall of a shack in the foreground and fishing boats in the water in the distance

These are some of the best coastal towns in Maine to visit, but there are so many more out there. The entire coastline is littered with little fishing villages and artistic retreats, each more picturesque than the last. Whether you’re on a weekend break from Boston or a full-on road trip through New England, you’ll find more idyllic seaside spots than you could get to know in a lifetime.

What’s your favorite fishing village in Maine? Have you visited any of the spots on our list? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below, we’re always looking for more treasures to discover!

Comments (56)
  • matt

    Jul 30, 2022

    Is Lubec worth it and how is the hike at Bold Coast near Cutler? Big hike and Lubec in a day?

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      Tanya

      Aug 1, 2022

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for reading our blog and reaching out!

      As for Lubec – it’s made for hiking! So, yes, you can bet it’s worth it! If you’re up for the breathtaking view and true wilderness, Lubec is the place. The trails are designed for the nature-lovers, so you’ll be in for a treat. The Bold Coast offers a variety of hiking options and both Lubec and Cutler will give you “the best of” kind of deal. Cutler Coast Public Land overlooks the Bay of Fundy. And the area is a splendid mixture of steep cliffs, woods, blueberry fields, and bogs. So, 10 mile trail here guarantees a spectacular view and hiking experience. Go for it!

      For more detailed information on Cutler Coast Public Land, go to the official website of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Once there, select a Specific Place and then Public Land option. The drop-down menu will appear from which you can access Cutler Coast Public Land and find out everything about this secluded heaven.

      Have fun and let us know how it went!

      Take care!
      Tanya

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  • Jill Myers

    Jul 17, 2022

    My sister and I will be doing a sister’s trip in August. We only have a day or two to spend in Maine. Thanks for the recommendations for towns to visit. Where would you recommend staying on the central or southern coast? (PS My dad attended and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. He shared happy memories of his time there. One of the things we still have is the album Bert and I. Is anybody familiar with that?)

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      Marko

      Jul 18, 2022

      Hi Jill,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’d say Camden or Kennebunkport are great to spend a day or two in. Both will give you plenty to explore considering you’re not staying for long. You might already know this, but the title characters from Bert & I are from Kennebunkport. 🙂

      I hope you enjoyed the article.

      Tight lines!

      Marko

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  • Nancy Hall

    Apr 26, 2022

    Thanks for including my father’s birthplace, Castine. He grew up on the edge of a golf course, across the road from Fort George.

    I might have skipped Camden on this list in favor of the Port Clyde -Tenants Harbor area. I think Camden is too crowded in the summer. The masses of cars and people obscure it’s charm. Port Clyde, like Castine and Stonington, is off the beaten path. It doesn’t have Camden’s amenities, but it does have Monhegan, which is worth a side trip.

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  • Lori Hamilton

    Mar 26, 2022

    I am trying to find good info on a trip to see this Sept Foilage in the 6 New England stated. Somehow, I came across your article?? I am copying and pasting it in a word document; as I am finding it most helpful in the planning of this trip. We are coming alll the way from Ca. and we’re in our mid 70”’s. So much research. Articles like yours are a terrific time saver. Thanks!

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      Lisa

      Mar 28, 2022

      Hi Lori,

      Lisa here. Thank you for reaching out! We’re glad you found our article useful.

      I’ll go ahead and ask our team to get in touch with you to help you plan your trip.

      Tight lines,

      Lisa

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  • John Doe

    Jan 20, 2022

    Where is Ogunquit or Higgins beach in this??

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      Rhys

      Jan 20, 2022

      Hi John,

      Thanks for reading and your very good question. Unfortunately, we only had 9 towns to pick from, so it’s natural we missed out a few great spots. I agree, we maybe could have covered Ogunquit or somewhere further south, but I think Higgins Beach could come under what we covered for Cape Elizabeth, what do you think? In any case, we can all agree that the fishing is great all along the Pine Tree State’s coastline!

      Tight lines,

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  • S Reding

    Oct 14, 2021

    My husband and I found your map and list of coastal towns in Maine and carried it with us from Tucson on our Fall trip to New England this year (2021).
    What a great list! We visited most of the towns and loved them all! Our favorites were Stonington ( the quintessential Maine fishing village) and Castine, where I could have sat in their town park for hours and just soaked up the ambience of the perfect New England town.
    We’ll be back to visit more of your villages and maybe find some of our own. What a beautiful state!

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      Lisa

      Oct 18, 2021

      Hi,

      Thank you for reaching out. We’re really glad our list was useful! I hope you’ll find even more exciting places to visit – towns, cities, rivers, national parks.

      We would love to hear more about it!

      Lisa

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  • Madeline

    Aug 11, 2021

    Hi I will be visiting Maine next week. I live near the great lakes and my family has always been big into fishing. I also have a great love for seafood. I will be traveling with my
    Boyfriend, is it possible for us to go on a lobster trapping boat for a trip? I have always wanted to experience that and see how they catch lobster!

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      Karin

      Aug 11, 2021

      Hi Madeline,

      That sounds like a great idea! Many coastal towns in Maine should have some opportunity for you to do that. For more detailed information you can check the official website of the Maine Lobster, or get in touch with the local captains in the area you are planning to stay in. The State Department of Marine Resources might also have some relevant information.
      I hope this helps you find a great trip for yourself and your boyfriend!

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  • C. Heald

    Aug 11, 2021

    Our daughter’s family is moving to Camden. We want to relocate and be near the grandkids, but don’t have to necessarily be in Camden. My husband wants to live within walking distance of the Coastal waters not on a lake or river. I want to look from Camden South towards Portland but stay within an hours drive of those grandkids. Suggestions? Also, do all those coastal areas between Portland and Camden have similar weather?

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      Karin

      Aug 11, 2021

      Hi there,

      Moving to the coast certainly sounds like one of my dreams come true! If it doesn’t necessarily have to be Camden, places like Rockland, Waldoboro and Damariscotta-Newcastle come to mind. All three of those are within an hours drive from Camden, along the coast. There are a few smaller places dotted in between, so it depends on how quiet you want your surroundings to be and what other requirements you have. I’m sure you will find a place that suits your needs.
      Hope this helps!

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      Nancy Hall

      Apr 26, 2022

      I would try Rockland. It has a lovely harbor, nice restaurants, a first class art museum, and the annual lobster festival. In the summer, there are fewer cars and people than there are in Camden.

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  • Catharine

    Jul 20, 2021

    hi Albert! vacationing in ME w my fam as a kid left an indelible print on my heart so ive been taking my own fam to the salty coast for a few years. this year with the pandemic ive been late to book but want to get there asap in first two weeks of august . can you suggest a place that rents cottages by the night or even a 3-5 star hotel close to or on the beach? while i can follow my nose to billys chowder house or Wells, with not alot of time hoping for some guidance! thanks

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      Katie

      Jul 20, 2021

      Hi Catharine,

      Thanks for your comment. It seems like you have some really fantastic memories from your childhood vacations in Maine. When it comes to planning vacations, however, we are much more knowledgable about fishing trips than hotels or cottages! Because of this, I’d recommend checking out Maine’s local tourism website, which has plenty of information. The areas of Kennebunkport and Old Orchard Beach in particular seem to have plenty of beautiful beachside options to choose from.

      Good luck with your search – we hope you find the perfect place! Come back and let us know how it goes, especially if you decide to indulge in a little bit of fishing.

      Tight lines,

      Katie

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      kate

      Jul 20, 2021

      awesome! thanks Katie! i got my “lines tangled” with the interpretation of this blog and the other comments i read. Fish On 😉

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      Katie

      Jul 21, 2021

      Hi Kate,

      No worries! Also, nice pun 😉 I hope you have a great time in Maine and get to relive some of your childhood experiences!

      Tight lines and fish on,

      Katie

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  • Kathy Kerwin

    Apr 28, 2021

    Many years ago I visited a coastal town and there was a popcorn store. I think it was called Bean&Bean Popcorn. They sold over 100 different flavors. Does anyone recall which coastal town this is located in? The peanut butter and the blueberry were my favorite! 😊

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      Cathy

      May 28, 2021

      We were just there today. It is in Boothbay Harbor. They currently have salted caramel, along with their many other special flavors.

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      CEH

      Jul 20, 2021

      Freeport has one smack in the middle of town

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  • Muriel Martin

    Apr 28, 2021

    I love all these suggestions. I would also recommend Belfast. Belfast has lots of unique shops, restaurants, and even offers quaint bed and breakfasts as well as hotels all along US Rt. 1. Yes, try to book early.
    There is a wonderful health food store, and at least one farmers market.
    My daughter and grandsons enjoyed a schooner ride, walks on the beach and hikes on Sears Island, just a few miles north of Searsport.

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      Sean

      Apr 28, 2021

      Hi Muriel,

      Thanks for sharing.

      Belfast sounds like a lovely place to visit, and it makes sense that it gets booked fast.

      The town of Castine is actually right across the scenic Penobscot Bay, making either place an ideal destination for a day trip.

      Thanks again, and have a great day!

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  • Shirley Ann Gregg

    Apr 18, 2021

    We are heading up there for the 1st time in July (the end) from SC. Please tell me if we have to have reservations to stay in one of these little towns before arriving at Bar Harbor where we have reservations. We would like to stay other than all nights in Bar Harbor, do you have any suggestions. Thank you for posting this information, it is so helpful!

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      Albert

      Apr 19, 2021

      Hi Shirley,

      Yes, I’d definitely book all your accommodation well ahead of time. Even the more remote towns can get booked up in summer.

      As to where you should stay on the way, if it’s just for one night I’d recommend stopping somewhere south like in Kennebunkport or Cape Elizabeth. That way, you can properly enjoy the drive on the second day. The roads here are beautiful but slow, especially in summer, so it’s worth making a day of it.

      I hope this helps. Have a great trip!

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  • Sara

    Apr 12, 2021

    My husband and I are headed to Camden in May. Will a lot of the places still be closed for the season?
    Thanks

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      Albert

      Apr 13, 2021

      Hi Sara,

      May is actual an awesome time to go, as long as the weather’s on your side.

      Most things will be open and the summer crowds won’t have shown up yet, so you can enjoy them to the full. It’s also a great season to get out hiking, and of course, go fishing.

      I hope you and your husband have an amazing time. Let us know how you get on!

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  • G McKenzie

    Apr 4, 2021

    I’m sorry you failed to mention Boothbay Harbor and surroundings. We have vacationed at Ocean Point for many years. Boothbay is a charming town, and Maine Botanical Gardens is the BEST botanical Gardens we’ve ever visited. It’s very close to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Damariscotta, Camden, and just beyond Bath and Rockport. Boothbay Harbor is a great vacation spot.

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      Albert

      Apr 5, 2021

      Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The truth is that there are just so many lovely little towns along the Maine coast. I’ll definitely add this one to the list next time I’m up that way.

      All the best!

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  • Andrew Losenger

    Mar 22, 2021

    The state is a dump. If you are white trash and your idea of good food is fried cod then you will probably like it. None of the towns described here are actually nice – with the exception of Camden.

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      Albert

      Mar 22, 2021

      Hi Andrew,

      Wow, that’s a hot take!

      It’s a real shame you didn’t have a good time when you visited. Did you go to all the towns on this list?

      In terms of the food, I hope you at least gave the lobster a try – nothing says Maine Coast like a fresh lobster roll from a waterfront shack.

      Just out of interest, what sort of places do you prefer to vacation in?

      All the best!

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      Susan Bieber

      Apr 30, 2021

      Maine is beautiful! You sir,seem to have a grudge against God’s gifts.I hope your day gets better 🙏

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  • Jeff Dale

    Mar 21, 2021

    Thanks for this article, since cannot travel out of country this year, I plan a drive along the Maine coastline in August, this helps me tremendously.

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      Albert

      Mar 22, 2021

      Hi Jeff,

      I’m glad you liked it. Let us know how you get on with your trip!

      All the best!

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  • Barbara Mylonas

    Mar 13, 2021

    Loved all town descriptions . Re Lubec…you might add it has an adult summer camp called Summer Keys. It is a week.long ( all summer) and one can learn how to play or get better at playing piano….and other instruments. At the end of each week there is a concert at a local church with professionals from NY and Boston.
    There is also a weekly art camp. This really put Lubec on the map. There are 5 good restaurants there now. One can also go across the bridge to Campobello island (Canada) and enjoy Roosevelt international Park with walking trails.. visit the Roosevelt summer home.. rocky beaches…a darn nice golf course. And the most photographed light house in Canada at the end of the Island. Well worth the trip… passport needed.

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      Albert

      Mar 15, 2021

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for gettting in touch. What a great write-up! I’ll definitely use this info next time we revisit this article.

      All the best!

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  • Adina

    Sep 29, 2020

    My husband and 17yr old son and me (mom) and going to take a road trip during the Thanksgiving break. We are headed to Maine (east coast towns). We want to site see and mainly fish and check out housing and property while there. I just bought a map of Maine. We have never been there before. I am hoping that things are still open in November. I am looking to book a room for the first night there then just travel the coast for a few days and enjoy Maine. Coming from PA where do you suggest we visit first and stay? And can we just fish anywhere and get a fishing license? Thanks You

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      Albert

      Sep 30, 2020

      Hi Adina,

      Some the smaller villages shutter up once the summer season’s over, but there will still stuff going on in the bigger towns like Camden and Bar Harbor. I’d suggest basing yourself in one of those and exploring the coast from there.

      You don’t actually need a license for saltwater fishing in Maine. You just need to register with the DMR. You will need a license for freshwater fishing, though.

      Your best bet of finding fish in November will be to hit the lakes in search of Trout. Megunticook Lake is a great spot to try if you’re staying in Camden. However, bear in mind that fishing is closed in rivers and streams from October.

      I hope this helps. Be sure to let us know how you get on.

      Tight lines!

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  • Jane

    Aug 19, 2020

    #6 looks like a lovely town but it’s not Castine.

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      Albert

      Aug 20, 2020

      Hi Jane,

      Wow, you’re right! The wrong photo must have slipped in there. I’ve updated it now.

      Thanks for pointing it out!

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  • Nancy Stcroix

    Aug 14, 2020

    I would agree with most of your evaluation with the exception of Kennebunkport. Youll pay double what youll pay anywhere else in Maine. Be very careful where you park at beaches as the signs state there are parking payment portals, but there arent. But dont be surprised when you come back to find a $50 ticket on your car 1/2 hour later after looking for one. The rich just keep getting richer, even if they have to trick you to do it!

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      Albert

      Aug 18, 2020

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have a good time in Kennebunkport. I guess it just gets way more visitors than towns farther north.

      Still worth a visit, though, I’d say.

      All the best!

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  • White Mountain Athletic Club, Inc

    Mar 25, 2020

    We took this trip as far as Stonington based exclusively on this article! Great advice though and through. I would add, however, the Town of Ogunquit below Kennebunkport and the Wells., York area! The beach at Ogunquit is the largest and by far the sandiest. Lots of shop downtown and many boutiques for shopping. Locals are very tourist friendly as well!

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      Albert

      Mar 26, 2020

      Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m so glad you found it useful and had a good time on your trip. It really is a stunning corner of the country.

      Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll definitely keep Oqunquit in mind next time.

      All the best!

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      Nancy Eaton-Keefe

      Jul 23, 2020

      have you been to Popham?

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  • Katherine

    Mar 7, 2020

    What about Boothbay Harbor? – It is a lovely coastal town with fishing harbor and a beautiful new Country club/golf. Lots of downtown shops, etc.

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      Albert

      Mar 9, 2020

      Hi Katherine,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yup, that’s another great one for sure.

      Honestly, there are so many pretty coastal villages in Maine that it’s impossible to list them all.

      All the best!

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  • Diane Ragen

    Feb 29, 2020

    Isn’t that your candy store there?

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  • DeAnne Rogan

    Nov 27, 2019

    Another wonderful town to visit while travelling route 1 is Searsport, an old Sea Captain’s town North of Belfast. There is the Penobscot Marine Museum, gorgeous old sea captains homes which are now B & B’s to stay in such as the Captain Nickels Inn and nice park with a little beach. This town is not packed with tourists and there is free parking along the main street and in a parking lot. On main street there is a charming Alice in Wonderland theme candy store called Splendiferous Sweet Shoppe housed in a historic 1891 bank, next to that is a wonderful little restaurant called Coastal Cafe and 2 gift shops. All in all a charming place to visit!

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      Albert

      Nov 28, 2019

      Hi DeAnne,

      Thanks for your comment. What a great write up!

      We’ll have to stop in next time.

      Tight lines!

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      DeAnne Rogan

      Dec 11, 2019

      Thanks Albert! I wanted to add their is a pier for fishing too!

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      Rocky Rhodes

      Aug 16, 2020

      Thinking of taking a long road trip to Maine this October, 2020. I’ve never stayed at B&B’s, however, my wife and I are considering staying at a few. We would like to travel the coastal roads. Being from a coastal city, Biloxi, Mississippi we enjoy the boats, harbors, homes and seafood restaurants. Maybe you have some suggestions.
      Best Regards,
      Rocky & Janet Rhodes

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      Albert

      Aug 18, 2020

      Hi Rocky,

      That sounds like quite the trip!

      It’s not a journey I’ve made before, so I don’t have many recommendations for you, I’m afraid.

      Anyone else got some spots they’d suggest?

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      Brenda H Hughes

      Apr 6, 2021

      I didn’t know there was a candy store in Searsport. We do go to the one in Belfast. Thanks for writing this as we will have to go.

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