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Haunted Places in Maine

Hay Roll CatHappy Halloween…nothing like a spooky holiday to bring to mind ghosts, goblins, spirits and hauntings. Maine is home to many legendary landmarks, inns and lighthouses – and with history comes hauntings. Often older homes have spirits, those still roaming the earth for unrequited reasons.

Some folks are freaked by ghost stories, while others are intrigued and want to know more, want to stay in spirited inns and participate in the paranormal. Others just don’t believe, to quote the Ghost Buster movie, “I ain’t scared of no ghosts.”

Nubble Lighthouse LightsFor those who love a spooky story, and want to lurk in a lighthouse that’s haunted or hope to stay in a spirited bed and breakfast in Maine, here is our list of some allegedly haunted places in Maine… pack your toothbrush, your flashlight and your big boy pants. Check in and check out the spirits as some of these Maine Inns! Boo!

Maine’s Haunted Inns, Landmarks and Lighthouses

wedding-cake-house3The Kennebunk Inn
Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport
Captain Lord Mansion
Tides Inn on Goose Rocks Beach
The Shawmut Inn in Kennebunkport
Poland Spring Resort
Admiral Peary Inn – Fryeburg
1794 Watchtide by the Sea
Captain Lindsey House Inn
The 1898 Berry Manor Inn
Lime Rock Inn
Fort William Henry in Colonial Pemaquid – Bristol
The East Wind Inn copy-portland-headlight.jpg
The 1804 Coach Stop Inn
The Lucerne Inn
Greenville Inn -Moosehead Lake

See the Legend of Boon Island lighthouse – a tale of creepy cannablism, if you dare. Happy Halloween from VisitMaine.net

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Maine’s Best Fests and Summer Events!

Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Maine’s motto is “the way life should be.” Well, here are some great Maine events coming up this spring & summer that celebrate life, the sea, Maine’s best food, art and fun on the coast.

Maine Art Walks occur in the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Portland on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the Month, an evening of fine art, with open houses at art galleries in these great towns.

Kennebunkport Festival June 5-10
The 14th annual Kennebunkport Festival celebrates the spectacular creativity and hospitality of Kennebunkport’s artists, galleries, top chefs and fine restaurants. Award-winning chefs from around Maine prepare extraordinary dinners paired with wine and art at private estates. Before and After parties, concerts and boat tours are part of this great waterfront festival. Special lodging packages are available at Kennebunkport historic bed and breakfasts, inns and oceanfront resorts.

Kennebunkport, MaineGeorge H W Bush Celebrity Golf Classic,  Kennebunkport June 20-21 
Annual June golf tournament brings together past presidents, pros and celebrities for a golf game – followed by an evening gala at Kennebunkport’s Colony Hotel in a fundraiser for Gary’s House. The Celebrity Golf Classic is held at Cape Arundel Golf Club, River Road, Kennebunkport.

Tour de Cure,  Wells Reserve  June 10
Annual June fund-raising bicycle ride benefits the American Diabetes Association with five routes to meet varying participants, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile. Routes follow the Maine’s scenic coastline, from sandy beaches to breath-taking rocky shores, along bicycle-friendly roads in the  communities of Southern Maine with the start and finish at Wells Reserve in Wells.

Casco Bay FerryOld Port Festival,  Portland June 10 
46th Annual Old Port Festival is on Sunday, June 10. This is Maine’s largest one-day event with several live rock, world, acoustic, blues and country bands, Maine crafts, activities and fun. Maine artists and craftspeople sell their fare and local food is on display in tents along Portland’s Old Port.  Portland’s Shoestring Theater Puppet Company presents an amazing 11am parade of huge puppets down Exchange Street.

Trek Across Maine June 15-17
Annual bike ride fundraiser across Maine from Sunday River to Portland to benefit the American Lung Association.

Maine kayakingWindjammer Days Boothbay Harbor
June 25- July 1
Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the annual Windjammer Days. Events include pancake breakfast, craft fair, antique boat parade, shipyard tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and tours aboard the fleet of historic windjammers. Finale fireworks over Boothbay Harbor.

Annual Berwick’s Strawberry Festival, South Berwick June 30
A great Maine tradition in late June with musical performances, children’s games, crafts and of course Strawberry desserts, jams, pies and delights in Berwick Maine.

Launch – A Maritime Festival in Kennebunkport  June 13-17
IMG_3802Visit the seaside towns of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and cape porpoise for this weekend that celebrates boating, ship building and fishing. Highlights include a Clam Jam cook-off with local chefs, Sirens & Sailors 5k, Pirate Party, River Lights Boat Parade, VIP Rock The Boat Party, and a Blessing of the Fleet.

Tallships Parade in Portland July
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Portland Harbor hosts 8 historic tallships on their final stop of the 2015 Tallships Challenge beginning June 13 in Cape Charles, Virginia, sailing to Philadelphia, Camden, New Jersey, and Greenport, New York, ending in Portland. This is the first tall ships festival in Portland since OpSail Maine 2000. Tallships will Parade into Portland Harbor at 1pm July 18 – you will see the Eagle, the Oliver Hazard Perry, Picton Castle, El Galeon of Seville, Spain and the Bowdoin from Castine’s Maine Maritime Academy. The Tall Ships America, Iberdrola USA Tall Ships Portland Festival 2015 takes place on the Maine State Pier to Ocean Gateway and Moon Tide Park with tours of ships from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

July 29- Aug 2 Maine Lobster Festival Rockland
Celebrate all things lobster in this great Maine lobster fishing village. Parades, parties, crafts, and of course lobster in Rockland Maine.

Casco Bay FerryPortland Reggaefest on Maine State Pier Sept 8
Great line up of top reggae bands, Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, tickets required

Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival August 18-19 
Topsham Fairground becomes St Andrews of Maine with bagpipes, costumes, Scottish food like haggies and Scottish games.

Great Falls Balloon Fest August 18
Lewiston Auburn skies fill with hot air balloons. Fair and free hot air balloon rides, music and Maine food.

Paddleboar JoustingPaddle Battle at Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport August – September
Annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River starting and ending at the beautiful Nonantum Resort with bbq and music on Father’s Day.

Camden Windjammer Fest August 31 – September 9
Beautiful schooners and windjammers fill Camden harbor and parade.

Maine Lighthouse

Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth

That’s just a sample of the great boating, biking, food and art events in Maine this summer. See our entire list of Maine events and see our Top Maine Towns for planning your next visit to Maine, and our suggestions on Touring the Coast of Maine.

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Maine Towns you Should Visit Before you Die

What’s up with the Vacationland idiom you see on Maine license plates? Maine is a place to stay and play, “the way life should be”. There’s a reason why Maine has received so much acclaim from the West Coast and internationally. Here are Maine destination you must visit in this lifetime, or before you die… your choice! Continue reading

Maine 4th of July Fireworks

fireworks_300There is no better place than the Maine coast to watch the fireworks on July 4th.
Here are 4 Reasons to enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks in Maine!

1st, you have beautiful Maine beaches on the Atlantic, watching fireworks sparkle and shimmer over the sea is the best …
2nd, Maine is rich with US history, ideal for celebrating our Independence Day. Maine became colonized in 1607, by Englishman George Popham in Fort St George. Agamenticus was the first US city to be chartered in 1641. This city later became known as York when Maine was annexed from Massachusetts in 1820.
OOB Pier3rd, Maine has more coastline than California and many towns that shoot off 4th of July fireworks over the ocean.
4th, Maine is vacationland – and fireworks are a great part of any holiday and vacation! Besides, Maine is the number 1 producer of lobster – and what goes better at a fourth of July BBQ than a seaside Maine clambake with lobster.

Schedule of July 4 fireworks on the Coast of Maine from the southern Maine Coast to Downeast….
York has fireworks at Short Sand Beach on July 4
York Harbor has fireworks on Harbor Beach July 5
Ogunquit has July 4 fireworks on Ogunquit Beach
Kennebunk Beach has fireworks that can be viewed from Kennebunkport as well on July 4 – launched from Gooch’s Beach at Narragansett Point
Old Orchard Beach has fireworks all summer every Thursday night, and July 4 fireworks, from the Old Orchard Beach Pier at 9:45
Portland has July 4 fireworks from Eastern Prom, accompanied by the Portland Symphony Orchestra – the Patriotic Pops are choreographed with the fireworks over Casco Bay
Harpswell – Bailey Island has fireworks on July 3 from Cooks Lobster House Point
Phippsburg has July 3 fireworks from Sebasco Harbor Resort
Bath Heritage Days include fireworks on the 4th of July on the waterfront
Boothbay Harbor Fireworks are July 4, which also includes a Boothbay BBQ and concert prior to the fireworks.
Wiscasset has fireworks July 4
Damariscotta has fireworks July 4 from Gay’s Point
Camden has a Festival of Independence with fireworks on July 4 plus a parade and family friendly activities for a three-day holiday
Searsport has July 4 fireworks, and row boat races during the day at Hamilton Wharf
Castine has  July 4 fireworks from the Town Docks, and a parade and concert on the Common
Isleboro has fireworks on July 5 at Grindle Ferry Dock
Deer Isle – Stonington celebrates July 4 with a parade, Color Guard, Stonington’s Six Road Race, and events on the Pier like the cutest crab contest prior to the fireworks at dusk
Bar Harbor July 4 fireworks, part of Bar Harbor’s 4th of July celebration, include a blueberry pancake breakfast, craft fair, parade at 10, lobster races, and a waterfront concert leading up to the fireworks – voted one of the country’s best small town July 4 celebrations
Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island has fireworks July 4 over the harbor
Jonesport has fireworks July 6 at Perio Point
Eastport, being so close to the Canadian border, starts celebrating Independence Day July 2 – the day after Canada Day with fireworks on July 4 on the waterfront

Boat tour to Goat Island LighthouseOther Maine Fireworks on the Lake on July 4th

Naples has July 4 fireworks over Long Lake inland Maine in the Lakes & Mountains region
Frye Island on Sebago Lake has fireworks from Long Beach marina on July 4
Rangeley has fireworks July 3 over Rangeley Lakes.

Enjoy these Maine 4th of July fireworks shows by boat or by car. For Maine lodging during July 4th weekend, be sure to reserve in advance for this peak July holiday weekend. For more Maine festivals and events, see our Maine Events Page

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Celebrate Summer Solstice on Cadillac Mountain

You don’t have to be spiritual, religious, or have any hippy dippy ideals to observe Summer Solstice. In fact, celebrating the Summer Solstice is a rather romantic notion – a celebration to welcome the summer season with your sweet heart, close friends or family. The best place to rejoice for the Summer Solstice in Maine is undoubtedly atop Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island. If you’re thinking about doing something special for your partner, treating your loved on to a Summer Solstice getaway to Downeast Acadia is certainly a top romantic gesture.

Cadillac Mountain view

Ocean view from Cadillac Mountain summit

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Best time to Visit Maine

merchants-row-sailing (6)What’s the best month in Maine?

People ask when’s the best time to visit Maine? Well, there’s a reason and a season for everyone (some love the peace and solitude of January – lol)  but if you are looking for the best beach weather, it’s a  meteorological dice roll: June, July, August.

June has super long days and the summah Moody Beachfolk haven’t arrived en masse just yet. But July is jam-packed with Maine’s best festivals and fun from the 4th of July on, accompanied by great beach weather. August is a bit misunderstood, hard to pinpoint and predict. Some August days the mercury rises to the 90’s, but then the evening cools to a comfortable – even cold – 50-degrees which is just perfect for sleeping under the covers. End of August is awesome, as families go back to school sports and activities,  hotel and resort lodging frees up and beaches stretch open for anyone able to extend their summer late into the month prior to the perennially busy Labor Day.

great-heron-fall-flightThen there’s September, often subject to an “Indian summer”. Can we still say that? Its not P.C., politically correct, but its historical and hard to describe Maine in September in other words. Beautiful summer-like days in September you can have the whole beach to sun yourself, the ocean remains warm in temp, while the first hint of Maine’s spectacular foliage touches the trees. September can be stunning, sunny and fun.

Maine SkiingIf you love snow, cold and winter sports, then March is the month – as a season’s worth of snow meets sunshine, warmer temps and oft brilliant blue sky… beautiful for skiing, snow shoeing or snowmobiling. Ice fishing and cross-country skiing require sustained cold, so January and February are the chilliest months in Maine typically.

If you are a bargain hunter. November, January and May offer the best lodging deals –call it the shoulder season, the off-season, there’s a reason for that.

Beach walkersWe recognize we haven’t answered your question, “what’s the best time to come to Maine?” Its kinda like asking a Mainer for directions, “you can’t get there from here“. All the months in Maine, like a cull lobster (only one claw) or a chick (weighing between 1 pound to a pound and a quarter lobster) is better than no Maine lobster at all, ayuh.

The beauty of a Maine vacation is you don’t know exactly what you are going to get…

Boon Island

You may have sun, could be foggy,  a bit of rain or a rainbow – potentially all in one day. Check the forecast, pack a sweatshirt and jacket, hat, sunglasses and wet suit or swimsuit. And be prepared for a wicked good time!

See our Maine weather guide, and see our lodging guide as you plan your visit to Maine!

By Heather Burke,  – Copyright 1996 – 2015 by VisitMaine.net

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