Maine Attraction: The Best Places to Visit Now


One of my favorite recollections of Maine is attending a wedding at a friend's family summer home on the coast of Maine, followed by a lobster bake reception and wandering walks on the waterside rocks as the tide went out. My memories of coastal Maine are now associated with warm feelings of love, friendship, and adventure too from scenic drives marveling at the picturesque, rugged coastline and then exploring Portland by land and sea, on a boat tour beside some friendly seals. I returned to Maine in 2017 to meet with local suppliers as a Product Manager for Tauck for their New England itineraries, and I stayed overnight in lovely Ogunquit to become more familiar with this quaint town, its legendary playhouse, great dining, and terrific Ogunquit Museum of American Art. 

Maine is the largest state in New England, and it's a seafood lover's dream. You'll find lobstering experiences all along the coast and plenty of outdoor activities in spectacular settings. There are some incredible ways to maximize your physical distancing like renting your own private island or chartering a yacht for a truly special way to navigate the miles of dramatic shorelines inaccessible by car. Summer's still here, and Maine has so much to offer - especially its outdoor adventures and beautiful scenery. Who's ready for the Maine attraction?

Ogunquit and the Kennebunks

This region is delightfully charming, dotted with iconic lighthouses, and is known for being the home of the Bush family's summer retreat. Most hotels and B&Bs have a romantic feel, ideal for couples. I highly recommend staying at Cliff House Maine; perched on a cliff above the crashing waves, this hotel is a destination in itself and reputedly a popular place for marriage proposals. It's practically next door to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, which is fabulous. And do support the historic Ogunquit Playhouse while in town! White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection and Hidden Pond are also excellent properties.

Top Experiences

  • Kennebunkport foodie walking tour

  • Kennebunkport or Ogunquit sunset sail

  • Curator-led tour of Ogunquit Museum of Art

  • Private insider's tour of Ogunquit Playhouse

  • Kayaking and marine activities

  • Bike tour with lobster lunch

  • Private wine and cheese tasting class

  • Whale watching Zodiac tour

  • Hand-on, educational, family-friendly lobster fishing experiences

Portland

Maine's most lively city is Portland, and it's a marvelous town for foodies; fans of craft beer will find a very active scene here. The Portland Museum of Art has been delighting arts lovers for over 135 years and is open for timed entry reservations. The Press Hotel is perfect if you'd like to stay downtown within walking distance of the tourist sights, and a short drive away is the absolutely wonderful Inn by the Sea. For the ultimate in exclusivity, Nine Muses Travel can arrange for you and your travel companion to stay on your own private island! 

Top Experiences

  • Scenic lighthouse sightseeing tour

  • Craft brewery walking tour

  • Canoe eco-excursion with naturalist guide

  • Casco Bay Islands kayak tour

  • Winslow Homer art immersion

  • Wine tasting or dinner sunset sail

  • Kayak and yoga experience

  • Portland Museum of Art private curator-led tour

Camden

Camden is never overcrowded with tourists, and you'll enjoy a relaxed stay with a more intimate feel. Camden Harbor Inn has a friendly, local owner, and all the guest rooms are very unique. Worth a visit!

Top Experiences

  • Sailing adventure on an historic schooner

  • Sailing excursion with island lobster bake

  • Coastal Maine artisan experience

  • Scenic lighthouse biking tour

  • Farm to table cooking class

  • Family-friendly marine life and lobster cruise

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is in the top ten of most visited parks for good reason; it's breathtaking! Acadia is Maine's most beloved national park and is a must for everyone, especially for outdoors enthusiasts. Readers of Stephen King will appreciate and recognize the landscapes and remote feel of this area.  Stay at Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marine in downtown Bar Harbor for rooms right on the water and a comfortable walk away from town, or request an exclusive private residence for a secluded home base.

Top Experiences

  • Puffins bird watching ecotour

  • Stephen King's Maine private tour

  • Vintage biplane flightseeing tour

  • Sightseeing sailing excursion (daytime or sunset)

  • Private whale watching cruise

  • Acadia National Park bike and hike tours

  • Mount Desert Island tour

  • Lobsters and lunch boat cruise

Moosehead Lake

If you have time to make it inland, Moosehead Lake is a postcard perfect slice of Maine. Stay at Blair Hill Inn or The Lodge at Moosehead Lake, and to see why, CLICK HERE then scroll down to see Blair Hill Inn's time lapse webcam video of the last full day, overlooking this lovely lake. 

Top Experiences

  • Guided hike to Gulf Hagas, "the Grand Canyon of the East"

  • Maine moose safari tour

  • Drift boat fly fishing excursion

Maine Yacht Charters

For those with higher budgets and insatiable desire to explore coastal Maine's smaller islands and towns you can't reach by car, Nine Muses Travel can arrange private charters of yachts with up to five cabins. Smaller, antique style yachts; modern, luxurious boats; and sail boats are all options for your incomparable tour of New England's coast.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart from Portland, shoreline BBQ dinner on a remote beach.

Day 2: Bailey's Island, wildflower meadow hiking

Day 3: Bath, visit historic Bath and their iron works

Days 4-5: Monhegan to Penobscot Bay, artists colonies, Camden, and/or Rockport

Day 6: Isle au Hait, meet working lobstermen and women

Day 7: Frenchboro and Swan Island, explore the village and its famous seafood

Days 8-9: Somes Sound and Bar Harbor, cruise up a fjord to Bar Harbor

Disembark for two nights on land exploring Acadia National Park

Suggested Road Trip Itineraries

  • An Adventure in Maine: Portland, Bar Harbor, and Acadia

  • Maine for Foodies: Kennebunk, Portland, Camden, Acadia

  • The Wonders of Coastal New England: Westerly (RI), Cape Cod (MA), Ogunquit, Bar Harbor, Acadia

  • Adventures on the Appalachian Trail:  The Appalachian Trail's traditional end point is Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain at 5,269 feet. Read my blog for ideas on how to enjoy a uniquely American adventure along the trail, while sleeping soundly in hotels along the way.

Nine Muses Travel works with exceptional tour operators who can customize private travel for you and your companions with these benefits for all my clients.

  • Expert guides: naturalists, historians, adventure guides, and unique locals

  • Exclusive experiences

  • Comfortable, safe, and luxurious vehicles

  • Custom-designed routings

  • 24/7 real-time support

  • Competitive rates at four and five star properties

  • Deep destination knowledge

Contact Nine Muses Travel when you're ready to make the most of Maine and to learn more about me and what I can do for you!


I creatively customize luxury travel highlighting local arts and culture, history, and cuisine for intellectually curious clients longing to feel deeply inspired by exciting destinations, culinary delights, and authentic cultural experiences on a life-changing, joyful journey of discovery.


-Danielle Dybiec

President of Nine Muses Travel

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