Downeast Maine Vacation
the summer of 2004, my husband and I went to the rugged coastline of Maine to
celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We had the most amazing time!
We drove from our home in
Pennsylvania, so it was a bit of a hike, but well worth it. We found our charming
oceanfront accommodations near Pemaquid Point thanks to the friendly folks at
www.GoldenTravelGuides.com. While there, we explored up and down the entire coastline.
We thought Pennsylvania had a lot of countryside
until we visited Maine.
The entire state is just such a serene place; it has an unbelievable amount of
natural, undeveloped open space.
We chose to go to Maine
because of the romantic affinity we have always had for New England's rocky shores,
and our desire to see Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park hosts Cadillac
Mountain, the highest mountain on the East Coast north of Brazil as well as countless
other exquisite landscapes. The park is situated around Bar Harbor, Maine's quintessential
Victorian town that is dotted with colorful gingerbread houses, charming shops,
and delightful restaurants and bed and breakfasts. We visited gardens, mountains,
carriage roads, and sparkling lakes in Acadia.
Outside of Acadia we visited
at least twelve lighthouses, shopped in Freeport, home of the original L.L. Bean
store, as well as exploring countless towns along the entire coastline including
Rockport, Rockland, Camden, and Old Orchard Beach to name a few. Old Orchard Beach
resembles the Jersey shore; it is colorful, has food vendors of all varieties
lining the wide, people-filled streets, and has folks of all ages gathering for
sunny afternoons on the white sandy beaches (just about the only white sand beaches
in all of Maine).
This was a phenomenal vacation.
The coast of Maine is a must-see for everyone! It is perfect for couples and families
alike. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and a windbreaker (there is
usually heavy fog and even in August it is a bit chilly).
© 2006, Jessica McDonnell
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