Few places can boast nearly 5,000 coastal islands, two internationally-disputed parcels of land and a 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyon...but the state of Maine has them all! Known for its imposing pine trees, windswept beaches, myriad lighthouses, and tiny resort towns, Maine enthralls seasonal visitors and hardy year-round locals alike. With more than 230 square miles of coastline and an array of inland hamlets that haven't been overly developed, it's no wonder native sons like Stephen King and Andrew Wyeth never left. The "Pine State" exudes an enthralling scent sure to lure visitors to our selection of Maine vacation rentals!
All of New England has a captivating history, and Maine is no exception. From its beginnings as the home of Algonquin-speaking tribes to its time as part of the Massachusetts Commonwealth to its status as a shipbuilding mecca, Maine has seen its fair share of settlers. Since it gained statehood in 1820, Maine has managed to retain its historic flavor as well as its appeal to well-heeled visitors. The cities of Bar Harbor, Camden, and Kennebunkport have long been summer playgrounds for the wealthy - think Kennedy and Rockefeller - and the influx of visitors bring much-needed tourist dollars.
But, this beautiful state is not just a summer paradise. Maine is spectacular during the shoulder months, particularly in fall when the leaves turn riotous shades of orange and purple. Winter brings plenty of snow, and with it opportunities to dog sled, ski, and moose-watch, among other activities.
The town of Kennebunkport lies just 30 miles from the New Hampshire border. Once a shipbuilding hub, the town is now an upscale resort, thanks to affluent summer residents such as George Bush, Sr. Relax on one of the beautiful beaches or shop for antiques in town. Head up the coast to the islands of Casco Bay, known for their artists' communities and wildlife refuges.
Portland is Maine's largest city, but with just over 66,000 residents, it retains a small-town vibe. Numerous walking and biking trails abound and the historic Portland Observatory offers a chance to admire the stars. Catch a lobster on a historic windjammer and tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, home of literary giant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...and don't forget to end your day with a locally-brewed pint or two in one of the excellent breweries that give the other Portland a run for their money!
Looking for Maine beach rentals? Join the well-heeled Northeasterners who vacation in bucolic Camden on Maine's midcoast. The picture-perfect town is home to the National Toboggan Championships and has been immortalized in literature and on the silver screen. Acadia National Park is one of the prettiest spots in the state, with its 50 square miles of granite peaks and rocky shores. It's just minutes away from scenic Bar Harbor. Here, you can take sightseeing cruises, sail along the coast, whale watch, and even participate in horse-driving clinics.
Inland Maine is a world away from the stately coastal towns. Here you'll find the majestic Rangeley Lakes region, with its six major lakes and myriad smaller ones dotting the landscape. The twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn boast an annual balloon fest, as well as the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary. Fish and moose-watch in the picturesque Kennebec Valley. The Maine Highlands feature the 200,000-acre Baxter State Park, the end of the Appalachian Trail, as well as 50 waterfalls around Moosehead Lake.
Bangor, home of Stephen King, is also known for its logging museum, a thriving arts scene, and that 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyon statue. Want to hole up in one of our Maine cabin rentals and truly get away from it all? Even native Mainers haven't fully discovered the untouched wilderness in Aroostook County. This is the gateway to Eastern Canada, and offers plenty of places to fish, enjoy the scenery, or take in the fresh air. It's Maine at its most natural.
Thanks to its pristine natural wonders, friendly locals, and soothing small-town vibe, you'll be in good hands in any of our lovely Maine vacation rentals!
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