Maine in a week.

Nov 13th, 2005, 07:28 AM
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Maine in a week.

Planning a trip up the New England Coast from Maryland North thru Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and then back the South farther inland. Have about a week to spend in Maine. Can anyone suggest how best to divide our time there? Better to spend time in Portland? Brunswick? Belfast? We would be headed to St. George in Southern New Brunswick ultimatly. Don't want to spend all of our time in one place but would rather not have to spend every single night in a different hotel/motel/inn. We are energetic, young seniors who enjoy excursions/history/heritage/people/food and happy hours. Appreciate any input. Done several cross country trips, but have less of a clue on this one. Thanks
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Nov 13th, 2005, 07:33 AM
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ooops. Forgot to include that this trip won't be made until about the first part of September of 2006. Thanks
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Nov 13th, 2005, 07:54 AM
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Last year we visited the 6 N. England states and had a wonderful time in Bar Harbor ,Maine. You have the only National park there :Acadia n.park.Great. And go whale watching.We also stayed in Rangeley lakes. Nice too but it rained. Paul
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Nov 13th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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Spend a day or two in Portland then head your way up Route 1 and spend the rest of your time in Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park is gorgeous
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Nov 13th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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Just after Labor Day is a great time for Maine, crowds are gone, bugs are gone, weather is usually beautiful and rates are down. My itinerary would include Boston on a weekend (traffic and hotel rates are down a bit lower than the weekdays) and then a drive up 95 until you hit Maine route 1 coastal route. I'd enjoy lunch in Ogunquit, Kennebunkport or Portland (make a nice long day of this drive) and then end up in Camden/Belfast for three nights. One day I'd drive into Augusta for the terrific Maine State Museum and then maybe around to the Belgrade Lakes for lunch.

From Camden I'd make my next stop Bar Harbor/Acadia for two nights and then I'd spend some time up around Moosehead Lake or Baxter State Park. Moosehead is phenomenally peaceful and beautiful in September, just you...the moose...and the bears. And the huge blue lake.

You'll get plenty of "coast" in Nova Scotia so I'd highly recommend some lake time in Maine. Either Sebago Lake, Belgrade Lakes, Rangeley Lakes or wonderful Moosehead.
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Nov 13th, 2005, 09:05 AM
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I totally agree with tracy2cents. Maine is a pretty large state (and sparsely populated) that's much more to offer than just the coast. Don't ignore in northern woods. I visited Baxter State Park once, and it's beautiful. Very rustic, very quiet up there.
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