Discover a serene natural wonderland just a stone's throw from Portland when you visit Standish, a community of nearly 10,000 residents that guards the southern banks of Sebago Lake. Originally occupied by the Sokokis Tribe of the Abenaki Indians and currently emerging as one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Greater Portland region, Standish is the perfect place to enjoy historic villages, quiet forests, and the peaceful beauty of Maine's lakes and streams. There's no better way to immerse yourself in this local experience than by booking a stay at one of our Standish vacation rentals!
Where is Standish, Maine?
Officially incorporated in 1785, the town of Standish was named for Miles Standish, the military leader of the Plymouth Colony. Today, this community is bordered by the Saco River to the west and the southern shores of Sebago Lake to the east. Standish includes four distinct population centers - Standish Village, Steep Falls, Sebago Lake Village, and Whites Bridge. This charming and historic area is located just 18 miles northwest of Portland, 31 miles north of Kennebunkport, and 56 miles north of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Things to Do in Standish, Maine
With its lengthy shoreline on Sebago Lake, Standish attracts year-round visitors to explore the deep, clear waters of this beloved landmark. At nearly eight miles wide and 10 miles long, Maine's second-largest lake reaches depths of up to 316 feet and is a popular destination for anglers in search of lake and brook trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and white and yellow perch. Residents and visitors can park and launch their watercrafts with ease at the public boat launch at Sebago Lake Station Landing.
Drive 21 miles north from Standish to reach Sebago Lake State Park, a 1,400-acre expanse that opened in 1938 as one of Maine's five original state parks. Spend warm summer days lounging on the sandy beaches, hiking through the beautiful woodlands, or swimming your way through a series of calm, clear inlets and coves.
A lovely beach on the shores of Watchic Lake is operated by the Kiwanis Club of Standish and is the perfect place for a family picnic on a summer afternoon!
Day Trips from Standish, Maine
Whether you're in search of bustling cities or ocean beaches, our Standish vacation homes are just a short distance from some of the most celebrated landscapes in Maine.
If you're feeling adventurous, head southeast to Portland for the day! The largest city in the state, Portland is known for its historic seaport, thriving culinary scene, and gorgeous location on Casco Bay. Begin your morning with a pastry or two at Standard Baking Co., sample the freshest of lobster rolls at The Fisherman's Grill, and end the day with a locally-sourced seafood dinner at Eventide Oyster Co.
The rocky shores of Cape Elizabeth and the iconic Portland Head Light are only 22 miles from Standish, while the legendary beach towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are located 31 miles to the south.
If you are craving a roadtrip, take a scenic drive north along historic Route 1 to explore Midcoast Maine, stopping along the way to shop at the flagship L.L. Bean store in Freeport, explore the historic shipbuilding city of Bath, and stand in line for seafood favorites at Red's Eats in Wiscasset.
Experience the quiet charm of Maine through the eyes of a local when you stay in one of our beautiful Standish vacation homes. Book today for an unforgettable getaway!
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