i was planning a trip to maine sometime in june and was wondering if anyone in this area has some recommendations on places to go and things to do in maine around the portland area. Also, how is lobster pricing there?
I'm not in Maine now but was born and raised there. Portland is a great town, you won't be hard pressed to find anything to do. Especially downtown on the waterfront. They went through an urban renewal about 10 years ago and it's a thriving little seacoast community now.
Just south of Portland you can find tons of various beaches, depending on how much time you have. Old Orchard Beach is probably the biggest, Oggunquit, Kennebunkport, York, all are within an hour's drive.
It's all still somewhat rural Maine, but it's a hopping town.
Quote:Also, Acadia closes for the winter.
Yeah, the fisherman don't even leave the house either.
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I live in maine, actually about 15 miles north of portland in a town called Yarmouth. For cool places to go, Id suggest spring skiing at shawnee peak. Pretty small mountain, but its loads of fun. Rent a snow bike if you can, they rock . Another cool mountain to go to is Bradberry (sp) mountain. Some short 1-2 mile hiking trails, can also have a great veiw from the top. Portland museum of art is good if your an art freak hehe. Also, if you're staying in portland, theres loads of stuff for you to do just inside the city. Check out the old port, go on duck tours mebbe, look into Sky Toyz if you get the chance too. But if there's one thing I have to reccomend, its that you try to eat out at the Hibatchi place in the old port. Just amazing. Anyways, have fun on your trip!
noooo the duck tours are evil!
my college lies right on thier route and the drivers don't like to slow down when they turn in the intersection of doom where all the students cross the street.
I've nearly gotten hit by a duck so many times, and then the driver makes a stupid comment about my school and everyone goes "QUACK QUACK!"
ducks are part of the reason I fear the warmer weather =/
You can always catch the ferry out of portand harbor to peaks island and catch an awesome dinner on the island overlooking the city, or just hike around the island.
Old orchard beach is alright, but kinda trashy touristy. Lots of small crap stores and canadians, but also a cool pier with stores on it, a small amusment park, awesome puttputt (pirates cove), great fried dough and pier fries too (put some vinigar and salt on them...money.)
Fort williams in south portland is a really really nice park. Lots of old (spanish american war?) forts with trails that lead through them and a great view over the harbor.
Other beaches in the area:
Willard beach in south portland - kinda crappy, protected, but decent view of the portland harbor area
Crescent Beach - In ritzy-rich Cape Elizabeth, havn't been down there since i was a child, but if i remember the beach is protected and dosen't have many waves, but has cool tidal pools. Two Lights state park is also in cape elizabeth, which has some cool rocky coast trails and a picknic area.
Higgins Beach - Scarborough - Decent surf depending on the day, public beach with a variety store about a quarter mile from the beach. More of a popular hangout beach with the highschool/college crowed, though not as crowded as old orchard (less tourists usually).
Scarborough Beach - Lots of parking, admission is like 3.50 a person, so some people conisder that expensive, but the beach is gorgeous. About a mile and a half of nice sand, life guards, waves (well over 5' on a good day).
The Old Port in downtown portland is also really nice, kind of artsy, but there's a little bit of everything, from sushi bars (India st.) to some really cool local music shops (Bull Moose Music)(comic book shop in same building, kinda nice too). Also lots of bars in the oldport if your looking to drink.
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In a previous life, I ran Mountain Dew's northeast promotions. I was more than likely the DJ/MC for the day. . Shawnee Peak has to be one of the best medium size mountains in New England. The ownership is great and their regulars are so much fun.