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Old 06-05-2010, 07:48 AM   #21
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An enthusiastic +1 for this list! I've been to most of these places and wholeheartedly agree, right down to the Waterfront Restaurant in Camden. And Damariscotta is a nice, quiet little town that doesn't seem to suffer from the same tourist crowds as some of the more well-known Maine waterfront towns.

And, I just thought of one more town to visit: Kennebunkport. A busy and active, scenic little town and home of the senior George Bush. If you're so inclined, you can drive past his home.

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For the past ten years, we have rented a place in Damariscotta, Maine for two weeks every summer. Here is a list of things that I would recommend, going north from Portland to Bar Harbor on Route 1:

1. Go to the gigantic L.L. Bean store in Freeport, as well as some of the other clothing outlets on the main street. We don't go anymore, but it is a shopping experience not to be missed by a 14 year old girl.

2. Go to Orr's and Bailey's Islands in Casco Bay (yes, you can drive there). Have lunch at Cook's Lobster House on Baileys Island. If you don't sit outside, get a table with a view of the famous Bailey's Island Bridge, the only cribstone bridge in the world (over which you will have driven to get there).

3. Stop in Wiscasset, Maine and shop in all the antique and used book stores and art galleries. You might be tempted by a lobster roll from Red's, but Sarah's across the road is a better place to eat.

4. Go to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Discover Spectacular Gardens and Waterfront Landscapes on 250 Acres in Boothbay, Maine - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens You might visit Boothbay Harbor while you are there (we think it is kitschy and prefer Camden instead)

5. Damariscotta has a nice downtown shopping area. The Coastal Maine Book Store is a great independent book store. A good meal can be had at the Damariscotta River Grill or, if you've not yet had your fill of them, go to Larson's Lunch Box for a lobster roll. We think they're the best in Maine. Drive down the peninsula to Pemaquid Light, which is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Maine coast.

6. Stop at Moody's Diner in Waldoboro for the blueberry pie.

7. Stop in Rockland and take a windjammer day cruise on Penobscot Bay. Look online as there are a variety of choices. While you're there, visit the Farnsworth Art Museum, particularly if you are fans of Andrew Wyeth. Farnsworth Art Museum | Celebrating Maine's Role in American Art You might also enjoy a drive/hike out to Owl's Head light, which has got to be the best base housing in the Coast Guard. Owl's Head Lighthouse, Owl's Head, Maine

8. Go to Camden, which I think is one of the most beautiful towns in existence. Hike up Mount Megunticook, in Camden Hills State Park for a spectacular view of town (you can start on the trail right from downtown) or drive out five minutes and climb the trail to the Maiden Cliff on the other side of the mountain. Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands - Search for Parks and Properties When you get back down, have lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant.

There is a lot more to do in Maine, but for the part between Portland and Bar Harbor, I think these are the best.

Have a great trip!

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Old 06-06-2010, 02:08 PM   #22
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Great recommendations Gumby! Item #2 is a "don't miss"... If you use IPASS (tollways) in your area - bring it along. After the height of Summer is a great time to hit the area (for those reading this thread and interested in visiting the area). You'll pay top dollar for hotels located by the beach and a lot of them are "older" and touristy. We stayed out by the highway in a relatively newer Holiday Inn Express in Freeport. You can check it out on line ( Middle of the week is much cheaper than weekends. I used points for the rooms, so nites were free.

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:32 AM   #23
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Thank you for this list!
We are really (see post #10) going this year for one week in August and I am collecting all info I can get to make the most of it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:09 PM   #24
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Hi, You might want to think about staying in Ellsworth. Only a short distance away with many ammenities and much more resonable hotel rates.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:13 AM   #25
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Does anyone have recommendations for lobster ponds or restaurants at BH or on the island? We are right there!

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