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Maine Travel and Tourism Questions and Answers

Are you planning to visit Maine and have Maine travel and tourism questions? You are not alone. Since "The Vacationland State" is so large and geographically diverse, planning a Maine trip can at times seem daunting.

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Suggestions for Maine Vacation Early November 
Dear Liz, We live in Italy, and we'll be visiting Maine in early November , for a few days (4/5 days). We have not been there before, but we are nature …

Suggestions for Maine Vacation with 11 Year Old 
Hi, Your website is amazing! My husband, 11 year old daughter, and I are making our first visit to Maine August 5-12, 2012. We are coming from St. Pete, …

February Vacation in Maine 
My husband and I live in Texas. Our 37th wedding anniversary is at the end of February. Being the odd folks that we are (and not minding cold temperatures), …

Trip to Maine in July 
My wife and I are planning our first trip to Maine in July . We are taking our first real vacation since our honeymoon and want to escape Florida for …

Lobster Shack Maine 
Are lobster buns and lobster rolls available in late May? Are the lobster shacks in Maine open then? Liz's Reply... Hi Kathie, You are in …

Chebeague Island, Maine to Portland Shopping 
I live in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada and I will be visiting Chebeague Island, Maine in early October. I will be staying at the Chebeague Island Inn …

Vacation in Maine in July 
We are planning to vacation in Maine in July . We have not been there before, but are interested in exploring the Maine coast line, enjoying lobster, …

Travel from Portland, Maine to Nova Scotia 
What forms of transportation are there from Portland, Maine to Nova Scotia? Can you rent a car in Portland, Maine and drive it across the border to Nova …

Where to Travel from Kennebunkport, Maine 
On September 24th I will be getting married in Kennebunkport, Maine. My wife and I want to leave from there and "explore" your state. What places do you …

Maine Treasure Hunt 
I was reading a kindle book titled "Our Maine Adventure" . It's all about a father that created a treasure hunt for his family. The author doesn't give …

Quiet Maine Honeymoon Recommendation 
We will soon be planning a Maine honeymoon and want to go when crowds are sparse, lobster is plenty, away from kids, and hopefully to a romantic place …

Airports in Maine near Rockland Maine Lobster Festival 
I am coming from California and have always wanted to visit Maine. I am considering going to Maine during the Lobster Festival. What airport do we fly …

Maine Lobster Festival Volunteer 
How can I sign up to volunteer at the Rockland Maine Lobster Festival? Liz's Reply... It is very easy to be a Rockland Maine Lobster Festival …

Best Time and Place to See Moose in Maine 
Where is the best place and what is the best time to see moose in Maine? Liz's Reply... Thanks for your question, Brett. Although Maine moose …

When is Woodsmen's Day Fryeburg Fair? 
When is Woodsmen's Day at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine? And, what gate do I go in to park in the infield? Update for 2012... The Fryeburg Fair Program …

Least Crowded Times and Places for Maine Summer Vacation 
I live in California and know almost nothing about Maine except that we want to visit there in summer 2011. We like to minimize crowds to the extent possible. …

From Milan Italy to Maine 
Dear Liz, Thank you for the excellent information and data on Maine. We are an Italian couple planning to visit the states of Maine , New Hampshire …

Buying Live Maine Lobster in March 
Is it possible to go down to the boats in mid-March and buy lobsters right from the docks off the boats? Liz's Reply... I don't have first-hand …

Maine Fall Color Changes 
What dates do you anticipate the Maine fall color changes this year (2010)? Although this question was asked several years ago, the same response applies …

Maine Fall Colors 2011 
Updated September 2014... This information also applies to the 2014 Maine Fall foliage season (or any year, for that matter!) When do the leaves …

Moose Safari on Kennebunk, Maine Vacation Not rated yet
Hi - We are planning to stay in Kennebunk, Maine for 3-4 nights late July and are thinking about a Moose Safari . The ones in ME seem a bit far to …

Slow Paced Inland Maine Vacations Not rated yet
I am planning on visiting Maine in August. I have found much information on coastal Maine and it's attractions. However, I am having difficulty finding …

Maine Vacation for Hiking and Ocean Not rated yet
My wife and I have had a long practice of taking a few weeks vacation from the desert heat of Las Vegas, and this year we'd like to travel to Maine, to …

Best Time to Visit Lighthouses in Maine Not rated yet
When is the best time to visit lighthouses in Maine? Is late November too late? Liz's Reply... Hi Janet, and thank you for your question. …

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Food in Maine Not rated yet
What about the food in Maine , any vacation includes eating the local grown or produced food. What can you tell me about Maine eating? Liz's Reply... …

How to Get to Rockland, Maine Lobster Festival Not rated yet
Where is Rockland, Maine and how do I get to the Rockland, Maine Lobster Festival? Liz's Reply... Hi JJ, It sounds as though you are one of …

When is Fall Foliage in Maine Not rated yet
When is fall foliage in Maine and about when does it officially begin? Liz's Reply... Hi Krista, Since Maine is such a large state (320 miles …

RV Campgrounds near Maine Lobster Festival Not rated yet
Is there a RV Campground with full hookup close to the location of where the Rockland, Maine Lobster Festival will be held? Is so, can you please provide …

Good Time to Visit Portland, Maine Not rated yet
When is a good time to visit Portland, Maine, August or September? Liz's Reply... Hi Ed! Actually, both August and September are a good time …

How Long is Drive to Boothbay Harbor from Stamford, CT? Not rated yet
How long is the drive to Boothbay Harbor from Stamford, CT? What airport is closest to Boothbay Harbor? Liz's Reply... Google Maps (googlemaps.com) …

Nubble Lighthouse Wedding Not rated yet
My fiance and I visit Maine all the time, it's our favorite place in the world. On our last trip, we went to the Nubble Lighthouse. We loved the area …

How is Maine in July? Not rated yet
How is Maine in July? How is the lobster, the weather, and where are the best places to stay? Liz's Reply... Thanks for your questions, Giovanni. …

Beach Cottage Rentals for Maine Lobster Festival Not rated yet
I am very interested in a Maine beachfront cottage or house rental for a summer vacation during the Maine Lobster Festival season. For as long as I can …

Maine Whale Watching Tours Near Calais Not rated yet
Planning vacation with grandsons this summer to northern Maine family home. Would like to make day trip to Whale Watch somewhere close to Calais as possible. …

Maine Lobster Fest and Lobster Fishing Vacation Not rated yet
My husband, I and another couple are wanting to come to Rockland during the Maine Lobster Festival. We are wanting to stay in a B&B and we also want to …

Ski Resorts Near Portland, Maine Not rated yet
What are the closest ski resorts to Portland, Maine ? Liz's Reply... There are a number of ski areas in Maine that are within easy driving …

Staying in Bar Harbor and The Music Festival Not rated yet
Where are some nice places to stay in Bar Harbor? Does "The Maine Festival" still exist? We heard a group called "Inanna" there about 5 years ago in …

Maine Weather October, November, December Not rated yet
I live in Michigan and we usually vacation in October, November or December. Where should we go where it is warm and the food is outrageous? Liz's …

Rockland Maine Vacation, Beach Bed and Breakfast Not rated yet
Where can I find a bed and breakfast on the beach in Rockland, Maine and enjoy some lobster? Liz's Reply... The Maine Office of Tourism website …

What Time is Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain Maine? Not rated yet
What time is sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, Maine on October 9, 2010? How long does it take to hike up Cadillac Mountain? Can you drive up? Liz's Reply... …

Are Dogs Allowed at Fryeburg Fair Not rated yet
Can you bring a dog to the Fryeburg Fair? Liz's Reply... Only guide dogs are allowed at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine - no other pets are allowed …

RV Parking at Fryeburg Fair Maine Not rated yet
I'm trying to find out if there is RV space with hook-ups at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds for a few days. If so, can we get a phone number to contact someone...... …

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Archived Maine Travel Questions and Answers

Lots of other great Maine questions have also been asked. Here, from the archives, is just a sampling of some of those Maine Q&A's...

Bar Harbor Schooner

Liz's reply: I visited Bar Harbor for the first time last summer and absolutely loved it. However, I would definitely include a trip to Acadia National Park, as part of the visit - being sure to drive the Park Loop Road (with its fantastic views) and if you are up to it, catching sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain.

I am not sure if you have seen these pages on my site for Acadia National Park Maine and Cadillac Mountain Maine. You may find them helpful.

As for the lobster... Yes, you will find fresh Maine lobster wherever you travel along the Maine coastal vacations. There are hundreds of places - take-out stands, casual dining and fine dining restaurants, with all kinds of lobster items on their menu.

I hope this helps and that you have a great trip.

Liz's reply: My trip to Bar Harbor was a last minute decision, leaving me with few choices as to where to stay. Basically, the only available rooms were either at expensive waterfront properties, or at a handful of less expensive small mom and pop motels. For this particular trip, since I needed only a clean and comfortable room, within walking distance of downtown Bar Harbor, I choose the latter and stayed at the Aurora Inn - www.aurorainn.com.

The motel suited my needs perfectly for that particular trip and from a cost savings standpoint, I would do it again! The manager was extremely helpful in guiding me as to how to prioritize my time in the area. It was a good choice.

If being downtown in Bar Harbor, or having a water view is important to you, there are a wealth of other hotels in the area (both downtown and a few miles from it) that I am sure would be great places to spend a few nights. If you haven't already, you may want to visit the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce website, "Where to Stay" link, at: www.barharborinfo.com.

As for Portland, Maine versus Bar Harbor, or other areas...

Not knowing what your likes or dislikes are, it is not possible for me to say which is preferable. From my own perspective, they are both great, as Portland offers an easy opportunity to explore the coastline, with dozens of scenic nooks and crannies to explore to the north and south of the city.

On the other hand, Bar Harbor provides dramatic vistas of the mountains and sea coming together that you will not find elsewhere in the State. Bar Harbor can be a true nature lovers paradise.

I hope that I have not confused you more than helped!

Wells Harbor Maine

Liz's reply: The Activities and Recreation page of the Wells Beach Chamber of Commerce website - wellschamber.org/activities.cfm - has listings that may be of use to you, for Maine whale watching cruises near Wells, Wells Beach activities and events, and spa locations.

Many boat lines stop services after Columbus Day weekend, which runs from Oct 9th to the 11th, this year. Therefore, you will want to check schedules closely.

Thank you for your inquiry and I hope you enjoy your trip!

Sebago Lake Maine

Liz's reply: I wish I knew the answer, but unfortunately I don't. You may want to contact the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce. You can find their contact information on their website at: www.sebagolakeschamber.com/index.html.

Acadia National Park Hikers

Liz's reply: Portland, Maine - what a great city to be in to attend a meeting. And, from there, it is really easy to explore much of Maine. As you say, it's hard to know where to begin planning a Maine trip. There is so, so much to do and see.

Some of my favorites are to the north of Portland...

...Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Port Clyde and, the place I find most impressive, Mount Desert Island with Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The Park can also be a very economical place to visit, as some of it is free, and the Park Loop Road (the scenic drive winding around the Park) has a fee, but the charge is per vehicle, not per person, and the entrance pass is good for several days.

Google Maps shows a driving time of 3-1/4 hours from Portland to Bar Harbor. Depending on traffic, it could be closer to 4 hours. You will find an incredibly beautiful national park there (the only national park in Maine). If you were to go there, and your kids and the weather allow it, sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain is not to be missed!

As for Canada and Boston, I do not have a lot of personal knowledge of Canada, other than a few vacations taken in Montreal. However, for nearly twenty years I lived just an hour north of Boston, visiting the city often. It is a wonderful, historic city to visit - lots of fun! However, if you plan to stay in the city, it could be very pricey. On the other hand, it can be less than a two hour drive, making it an easy day trip from Portland.

I hope this helps out a bit. Enjoy your visit!

All You Can Eat Lobster Clambake

Liz's reply: Unfortunately I do not know if there are any restaurants in the Winter Harbor area that will have an all-you-can-eat at that time. You may want to contact the Schoodic Chamber of Commerce, which encompasses Winter Harbor, with the same question. Their website is www.acadia-schoodic.org.

They do not appear to have many restaurants as members; however, they may be able to help you out. If you go, I hope you enjoy the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival.

Maine Frequently Asked Questions - Maine FAQ's

Maine is a pretty interesting state, and it is not just Maine travel and tourism questions that people want answers to. For anyone curious about...

  • What is the Maine State flower?
  • When did Maine become a state?
  • What is the capitol of Maine?
  • What is the Maine State animal
  • What is the Maine State song?

...I have put together a page of "Interesting Facts About Maine".

You may want to have a look. You too may be surprised to learn how many thousands of islands dot the coast of Maine!

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