Maine is the easternmost state in New England, bordering Quebec, New Brunswick and New Hampshire. It has a beautiful rugged coastline and a wooded interior that in large parts is unpopulated and pristine, making it one of the most sparsely populated states in the country. Amongst its major cities are Portland, the largest, Bangor, home to famous horror writer Stephen King, and Augusta, the state capital. The coastal regions and the southernmost part are the most heavily populated, with the main industries being fishing, lobstering and tourism. The best time to visit Maine is in summer and in fall, when you will be treated to the glorious colorful foliage of the “Indian Summer”.
- There are over 2,000 islands in the state of Maine.
- There are more moose per mile in Maine than in any other state.
- There are an estimated 6,000 lakes and ponds in Maine.
- 99% of all blueberries in the country come from Maine.
- There are 63 lighthouses in the state.
- There are so many deep harbors along the coastline that all the navies in the world could anchor in them. Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline, which beats that of California.
Things to DoMaine is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. There is no end to the activities you can engage in here; sea or river kayaking, surfing, swimming, hiking….and if you arrive in winter, skiiing and snowmobiling. The Maine Lobster festival is an annual event in late July to early August, with plenty of great food (and of course lobster!), a parade and crafts for sale. It is rather small but really worth going to if you love lobster! Take a trip through Midcoast Maine to see some of the great crafts on offer made by local artisans. Western Maine is a breathtakingly beautiful area full of lakes and mountains and a paradise for anyone who loves to hike, with plenty of trails and off-the-beaten track driving available. Acadia National Park is a great example of the rugged coastal scenery in Maine and attracts nearly 3 million visitors each year, despite its relatively small size compared to other national parks.
Maine´s Food Delights
If there is one dish Maine is famous for, it is lobster. You will find lobster being served all over the state, whether in a basic lobster pound shacks or top notch restaurants. Lobster casserole, lobster stew and lobster pie are some of the ways in which this tasty shellfish is served, and there are even some companies that do lobster ice-cream. Besides lobster, Maine restaurants will also feature other fresh seafood of all kinds, including clams, scallops, crab and shrimp. The New England clam bake is an interesting local speciality that involves steaming a variety of shellfish wrapped in seaweed with saltwater. The state´s other popular food is the blueberry. Maine is the main producer of blueberries in the country, and you will find a variety of delicious ways of preparing them (think pancakes, muffins, bagels…).
Getting To and Around Maine
Most international visitors will enter Maine from Boston, either by bus, train or car rental. Once in the state, you can get around best by car, but there are bus services to all major locations. Be aware that public roads are quite rare to the north and west of Bangor. For entry into the north woods, you will need a permit at each of the ten checkpoints.
Accommodation and Rentals in Maine
There are plenty of accommodation options available throughout the state, including hotels, motels and hostels, and also many self-catering rentals. For the ultimate escape from the hectic world, why not get a cottage up north near the wilderness, or perhaps an apartment on the coast to wake up with the smell of the sea? Whichever you prefer, check out the great offers we have at Wimdu, for rentals from bed and breakfasts to apartments for rent, and always a friendly host to help you with any queries, and perhaps even with some insider tips on where to get the best coffee in the neighborhood, or who does the best clambake in the area.