As we conclude the “Plan Your Trip” mini-series, within the Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series, we have some side trips to suggest, if they tickle your fancy.
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
Starting near the southern part of the state, one of the popular side trips (or a destination, in itself, of course) is the Kennebunks. Aside from being beautiful old New England towns, filled with lovely older homes, they are charming and quaint, with a wonderful drive along Route 35 connecting the two towns. There is also Walker Point, the home of former President George H.W. Bush, and Cape Porpoise, home of both a nice lighthouse and a good lobster shack. There are also a good collection of antique shops along the outlying roads.
If you enjoy the old covered bridges, Babbs Bridge is one with an interesting history. Built in 1864, it was burned by vandals in 1973 and rebuilt, then reopened in 1976. It is one of the nine remaining covered bridges in Maine.
Just north of Wiscasset on US-1 is a turn marked “Boothbay Region”, where Route 27 heads out toward Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor. In Boothbay you’ll find the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, with its dramatic ocean views and lovely gardens, and in Boothbay Harbor there are interesting local shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, lobster places, and boat tours of the area.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge, and environs
Near Bucksport is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which opened in 2007, replacing the much older bridge nearby. The new bridge has an elevator taking you 420 feet in the air, then two more flights of stairs to the observatory, providing a 360 degree view, with identification panels showing how to locate nearby mountains, lakes and towns.
Nearby is Fort Knox, a defensive fortress defending the area from water attack.
Not much farther north on US-1 is Searsport, home to many antique stores – so much so that it could take days to explore them all.
The Northern Coast
There are a number of quaint and beautiful locations along the northern coast of Maine to stop and explore. One which we like is West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point in the US. The small towns and villages along the coast are sparsely populated and picturesque.
Wherever you travel in Maine, we hope you fall in love with it, as we have! Let us know your favorite places in the comments!