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5 Shortcuts for Planning Your Maine Vacation in Record Time

February 14, 2012 by Scott Gile

Are you getting ready to plan your Maine vacation, but dreading the planning process? Take the pain out of the process by using these timely shortcuts for a great vacation, planned in record time!

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1. Plan Where You Want to Spend Your Time.
Maine is more than the Maine coast, and more than its mountains. There are eight distinct tourism regions, from the beaches in the south to the sparsely populated area in the north. They are described briefly in the Regions page at the State of Maine’s official tourism site.Our blog has an article with more details for each one in our guide to a Maine vacation, “Visit Maine Like A Mainer.” Some will want to tour all (or at least most) of the regions, while others prefer to find a region or two that they love, and spend their Maine vacation in those areas.

2. Decide When You Want to Visit Maine.
For a quick overview, the Seasons page from the Visit Maine site will provide basic information on seasons, and some activities that are particular to a season.The most popular time in most areas of Maine is the summer and Autumn (July through October). The weather is generally warmer, temperatures are mild for the most part (though most years see a week or two when we are happy to have air conditioners in our guest rooms). Later Spring can also bring Summer-like weather, with fewer visitors. Fall is the foliage season, of course, and is a very popular time to visit. In the mountains, Winter is very popular with downhill skiers, and cross-country skiers will find great locations throughout the state.

3. Take Advantage of Local Knowledge
If you plan to visit the Maine coast, to see lighthouses, visit Maine’s beaches or rocky coastline, you’ll want the latest information on the nearest lighthouse, the best beaches for your style of vacation, or the best locations along the Maine coast for photography. The very easiest way to find out where to go is to stay at the perfect alternative to a traditional Maine hotel — to stay in a Maine bed and breakfast, such as our Freeport Maine bed & breakfast. Your B&B innkeepers will be able to give you the information you need to find just the kind of activities that will suit your interests.

4. Look for Packages, Specials or Tours
Many bed and breakfasts will offer vacation packages, specials or tours to help you with your planning. For example, at Brewster House we offer several packages throughout the year, as well as seasonal specials, a Lighthouse Tour package and a Fall Foliage Tour package. If you take advantage of these specials and packages, you not only save money (there is even a small savings in the busy summer season), but you’ll have several activities pre-planned, so your Maine vacation will have plenty of opportunity to see things that many visitors miss, and you won’t have to spend your valuable vacation time wondering what to do next.

5. Be Sure to Include Unique Opportunities
For some, the uniqueness of Maine is the opportunity to visit the rocky Maine coast. For others, it is to see moose during their Maine vacation. Still others want to visit as many of Maine’s lobster shacks as possible.Whatever your interests, be sure you do a bit of homework (search the web, contact the innkeepers at your B&B, visit the VisitMaine website, etc.) to be sure you will be able to see the things that will make your Maine vacation a memorable one.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Maine vacation!

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast

Visit Maine Like a Mainer! A Guide to Seeing the Best of Maine

June 4, 2009 by Scott Gile

In our prior series, Visiting Maine? Where to Find the Information You Need, we talked about the regions of Maine and where to find information about visiting.

Maine's regionsOver the next several weeks we will be exploring the eight regions, Aroostook County, Downeast and Acadia, Greater Portland and Casco Bay, Kennebec and Moose River Valleys, Maine’s Lakes and Mountains, Mid-Coast, the Maine Beaches, and the Maine Highlands (not necessarily in that order!), with an article on each region, its activities, areas of interest, and more.

Our idea is to provide a sampling of the things each area has to offer, and information on where to find recommendations for food, lodging, activities, and more. We hope this will help people explore the great state of Maine.

Here are the posts in this series:
The Maine Beaches
Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 1)
Downeast and Acadia
Greater Portland and Casco Bay (Part 2 – Freeport and Vicinity)
The Maine Highlands
Maine’s Mid-Coast
Kennebec and Moose River Valleys
Lakes and Mountains
Aroostook County
Plan Your Trip!

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Visiting Maine? Where to Find the Information You Need

April 23, 2009 by Scott Gile

If you’ve never visited Maine you may find yourself wondering where to start to gather the information you need on places to visit (which lighthouses should I see?), things to see and do (where can I see a moose?), where to stay, dine and play, and the all-important question, “where can I get lobster?”

We’ve gathered some of the best information for you, so you can begin to plan that very special vacation! Over the next several posts, we’ll try to answer these questions and provide resources for more information.

Where should I go in Maine?
Maine’s Office of Tourism divides the state into eight regions, and you’ll find something wonderful in every one of them. The regions (more or less south to north) are Maine Beaches (did you know Maine has beaches? This is the area on the Atlantic coast just north of the New Hampshire border, from Kittery to around Kennebunkport), Greater Portland and Casco Bay (everything from Cape Elizabeth to Freeport), Lakes and Mountains (the unspoiled mountains and lake areas from New Hampshire north beyond Naples), Kennebec and Moose River valleys (from Augusta north almost to Quebec, Canada), Midcoast (from Brunswick north beyond Belfast), the Maine Highlands (a large area, encompassing Bangor, Greenville and Millinocket), Downeast and Acadia (from Bar Harbor to Eastport and Calais), and finally Aroostook County (everything north to the Canada border).

Where you go depends on what you like to see and do. If you like hiking, camping, fishing, skiing and other outdoor activities, almost any of these areas will have what you are looking for. If you’re looking for beaches, the Maine Beaches and the Midcoast are your best bet.

For lighthouses, harbors, lobster shacks and hidden places known only to the locals, almost anywhere along the coast will have them, but there may be more of them in the Midcoast and Downeast and Acadia areas than some of the others.

And, of course, if you are trying to see a moose… Well, it is possible to see a moose in virtually any part of Maine, but they are more likely to show themselves in the western and northern parts of the state.

In the next installment we’ll talk about resources for learning more about some of the places to visit, and where to go for more information.

Is there anything about Maine you’d like to know? Please post a comment and we’ll get you the answer, or if the answer is a long one, we’ll work on posting a new entry on that topic.

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