Are you visiting the beautiful state of Maine? Or are you planning a Maine vacation, day trip or stay-cation? Maine has so many hidden treasures that it would take more than a year for you to find all of them!
Of course, you can spend all your time viewing our famous lighthouses, eating lobster in Maine’s many top-level restaurants and scoping out scenic shores, mountains, lakes and rivers or you can take a worthwhile jaunt off the beaten path to discover our lesser-known treasures.
With breath-taking foliage, uncrowded ski areas, large lakes and comfortable summers, it is not secret that Maine is a top tourist destination. Quaint country stores, numerous antiques shops and stands offering home made ice cream will slow down your racing clock and pull you off the fast lane. You may even find yourself stopping to smell the roses!
Well-known tourist stops like Old Orchard Beach with 7 miles of sandy delight, arcades, amusement park rides, restaurants and souvenir gift shops and the famous Bill’s Pier Fries, draw thousands of visitors each year. Maine has so many fun, family-oriented activity opportunities that families return year after year. Wells Beach, Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor, Freeport, Sebago Lake never disappoint. In the winter months Sugarloaf, Sunday River and more than a dozen ski areas across the state provide awesome winter recreation, nightlife and family fun.
On, your trip to Maine, you will see the biggies advertised everywhere. Chances are tht you’ve already seen most of them online as you’ve been planning your trip. You know about LL Bean and you know about Portland and have seen lots of mouth-watering pictures of lobster dinners. But, you’ve missed the fun, unique, alternative opportunities that get you away from the crowds to enjoy Maine at its base.
Here are a couple trips that give you will want to include:
1) Garside’s Ice Cream, 320 Ferry Rd., Saco, Maine 04072
In a word, delicious! Homemade ice cream, rich and creamy with LARGE servings, make a seasonal favorite. Warning: once you take your first trip you will want to make another! Garside’s is an annual stop for numerous Maine visitors who return each year.
2) Screw Auger Falls, Route 26, Near Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, ME
A short hike off Route 26, just down the road from Sunday River Ski Area, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Screw Auger Falls. Easy hiking trails, railings and clearly marked directions make this a family-friendly excusion.