Although Maine is known as “Vacationland” there are endless reasons to make this state your home year round. From the 3,478 miles of coastline to hundreds of mountains to the thousands of attractions, restaurants, and breweries; Maine is the place to be no matter what time of year.
Some Mainers complain of an “endless winter,” but even those who despise the cold and snow can’t deny the beauty and versatility of Maine winters. Kennebunkport has been rated “#2 Christmas town in America” by HGTV for its Prelude Festivities. There are crafts, carols, and activities for those of all ages to enjoy each holiday season. If winter sports are more your speed, Maine has just about anything you could want. Try your hand at ice fishing on Moosehead Lake, dog sledding at the base of Mount Katahdin, or skiing and snowboarding on one of our mountains. Athletes of all skill levels gather at Shawnee Peak, Sugarloaf Mountain, Sunday River and so many more. If you’d rather, winter in Maine is perfect to rent a cabin and sit by the fire or venture out for a shopping trip at the Kittery Outlets or the Maine Mall, as well as many smaller shops in many of Maine’s towns.
As the snow melts and the temperature rises, spring brings some of Maine’s most notable activities. On the first Sunday of spring, we celebrate Maine Maple Sunday! Sugar houses open their doors to tons of visitors to watch them make their syrup while serving up maple flavored treats like whoopie pies! Maine is also home to 65 historic lighthouses. Take advantage of rising temperatures, get outside to tour the lighthouses, and take in the beautiful ocean views! Take a road trip for the opening weekend of Acadia National Park in April! It’s free entry all weekend. You can drive, bike, walk and hike through one of the most beautiful parks in Maine, if not the country (but we may be a little biased)!
Locals and tourists alike know that summer in Maine is phenomenal. Long beach days, lobster rolls, and sunsets from atop a mountain or with your toes in the sand; it’s what we dream of all year long. Spend the day in Old Orchard Beach munching on pier fries and cotton candy. But don’t get too full before exploring Palace Playland’s expansive arcade, rides and gift shops. You can enjoy a staycation in one of many local campgrounds, or take a day trip to explore endless woods and mountains. You can even go white water rafting along the Kennebec River in Bingham! Though there are endless beaches to lay out on and dip your toes in the water, Maine is also well known for its other bodies of water. You can relax and float down the Saco river, take the boat out on Sebago or Moosehead lake and take in the sun. As for nightlife, there are ever expanding musical attractions. From Portland to Bangor, check out the Waterfront Park Concert Series, L.L. Bean’s free summer concerts, and local bands galore at venue’s such as Port City Music Hall. Portland’s Old Port hosts the “Old Port Fest” each year, which draws thousands for live music from artists such as Karmin, Nick Fradiani, and Scars on 45 to name a few from past years. The Old Port also has a plethora of bars and restaurants with live music and events all summer long. From Otto’s Pizza to Back Bay Grill, you could eat somewhere different every meal of the day for a year and still not test them all, but I assure you, you’ll find your new favorite!
Perhaps my favorite time of year, as the temperature falls just a bit and the seasonal visitors head back home, is autumn. The weather is still mild enough to enjoy the endless outdoor activities, walk the shores, and shop till you drop. Fall brings pumpkin spice everything to New England. But have you ever ridden a trolley to a pumpkin patch full of pumpkins to decorate and games to play? That’s exactly what you can do at Seashore Trolley Museum with your family and loved ones. You can also head to an orchard and pick fresh apples, delicious on their own, and perfect for pies and warm cider! Fall brings fairs galore, almost every weekend of the fall. Test deep fried almost anything, listen to local musicians, and admire (and sometimes adopt) a variety of animals at some of these fairs. You can enjoy foliage tours, or visit famous horror writer Stephen King’s house in Bangor. Fall is also the perfect time to visit one of Maine’s art galleries. Find the perfect piece for your Maine home, or send it back to friends and relatives out of state so they can envy how beautiful your home state is.
Whether you’ve visited before, grew up here, or have already been in Maine for many years, there are so many reasons to find your forever home here in “Vacationland.” You will learn something new every day, find your best friends in your neighbors, and you will never be bored.