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Holidays In Maine

Maine is the largest state in New England. In fact, it is almost as big as the other five states combined and an amazing 90% of it is covered by forest.

Finding unspoiled landscapes and getting away from the holiday crowds is easy in this majestically scenic state known as ‘The Pine Tree State’ with it’s mountains and valleys, beautiful lakes and rushing rivers all guarded by those signature pine trees.

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"Cuisine: From lobster to blueberries...eating is a hallowed, sometimes rushed, often savoured team sport here. Maine is full of talented chefs and seemingly more restaurants than a state of this size needs. That’s in part due to Mainer’s love of food, whether they’re drawing from ocean, harvesting from field, or hunting from forest."

"Visit Acadia National Park. It’s still possible to feel wild here, amid the ice cream shops and slow-moving traffic. Experience a kind of raw thrill of adventure, whether you’re biking, climbing cliffs, summiting lonely peaks, or taking a lobster boat to the small islands offshore."

"Gulf Hagas is Maine's largest gorge and known as the Grand Canyon of the east. One of the most unique and spectacular sights in the state, Gulf Hagas’ charm lays in the fact it’s not easily accessible: after fording a small river you have to hike in for several hours along the gorge’s rim trail – a narrow path hugging the lip of the cliffs constraining the Pleasant River as it falls several hundred feet. Highlights include the geologically unique screw auger falls, where rushing water plunges attractively into trout-laden bowls. You’ll find few other hikers on the trail, making it one of the few truly stunning, empty hikes in Maine."

"Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Maine has more forest than any other state and the Allagash Wilderness Water is its longest stretch. The waterway refers to a chain of lakes and river running unspoiled by house, road or people and protected from development, preserving it as a time capsule unlike any other in the Northeast."

"Mt. Katahdin. Maine’s largest mountain rises seemingly out of nowhere, in a vast track of land known as Baxter State Park that’s surrounded by forests and not much else, which is perfect as hiking Katahdin is a journey. Its distance from anywhere makes it a trek, but the difficulty of summiting the mountain (it’s a full days hike) heightens the experience. At the top, the Knife’s Edge will test your resolve, but the rewards are 360-degree views of what feels like the entire state."

Coastline & Colours

The real appeal of Maine is its spectacular rugged coastline – nearly 3,500 miles of jagged headlands, secret coves, charming fishing villages and peppered with lighthouses which are a Maine trademark. Here the Atlantic surges past thousands of little islands to crash on to granite rocks. Invigorating, refreshing and inspiring, that’s Maine.

Visit in the spring and autumn to experience beautiful New England foliage or in the winter when you can enjoy spectacular skiing and snowmobiling. The summer months are just idyllic and a perfect time to explore the natural beauty of the state.

On the Water

When asked what it is about Maine that appeals to visitors, people almost always mention something that is on, near or about water. Maine’s numerous waterways and thousands of miles of coastline tie together the very best elements of the state.

The Atlantic Ocean greets you each day along the 3,500 miles of shoreline and is home to myriad islands. From sea kayaking to windjamming and from paddle boarding to nature cruising, the Atlantic is your playground along a chameleon-like coastline whose beauty changes depending on your direction.

Nestled throughout the state are literally thousands of inland bodies of water, from the breathtakingly majestic Moosehead and Sebago lakes to quiet ponds perfect for dropping a line and seeing what bites. Picnic areas can be found near many of the lake beaches and public launches for canoes, kayaks, and motor boats are plentiful.

Hiking in Maine

To hike in Maine is to introduce yourself to the state, one step at a time. You breathe in the salt as you round a corner in Acadia National Park, or hoist yourself up a steep pitch on a mountain in western Maine. Everything is slow, deliberate, and linked with the land. There are great hikes throughout Maine, on federal lands like Acadia, in state parks such as Mt. Blue, and along the East Coast’s longest walk, the Appalachian Trail.

Baxter State Park
With 215 miles of hiking trails and Maine’s tallest mountain (Katahdin), there is stunning foliage to witness in this wild wonderland. A choose-your-adventure-type place, there are options for easy day hikes in addition to the more adventurous route of summiting Katahdin.

Camden Hills State Park
Sweeping views at this park atop Mt. Battie are made even more spectacular with the rich colors of fall foliage.

Acadia National Park
Numerous summits, easy day hikes, and craggy coastlines make Maine’s “crown jewel of the North Atlantic coast” a gorgeous place to witness foliage on a hike.

Culinary Scene in Maine

When you think of the best restaurants in Maine, you think of Maine lobster. But in addition to Maine seafood, the state is home to a thriving craft brewery scene and exciting nightlife. When it comes to food and dining in Maine, they aim to please. And the  natural bounty makes it easy to deliver on that promise.

As far as where to eat, the better question is where to begin. Every city and town in Maine, from Portland to York Harbor, has its own special places to enjoy a unique dining experience. Whether you’re a foodie, a locavore, or just someone who likes to chow down, Maine’s restaurants, pubs, and eateries are waiting with open arms.

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