May Day May Day, you can all finally come to Maine and play!
After over a year of #lockdown, Maine, Vacationland is opening its borders up again to visitors from all states May 1. Cause for celebration? Yes! Reason for a vacation? Yes, yes, yes!
You’ll be happy to vacate, to cross the border into beautiful serene scenic Maine. You know who else will be ecstatic? Innkeepers, restaurant owners, shop keepers! Tour boat operators, bike rental owners, waiters… the list goes on! They’ve had a tough year too… so please take care of them when you see them!
So here’s what you can do! Visit Maine! Come to the southern Maine coast. Stay for a few nights at a lovely B&B, inn, or seaside resort. Dine out, eat lobster, charter a boat, golf, rent bikes or kayaks or a SUP!
Another nice gesture, since we’re out of practice traveling (only been “social distancing”), be nice, courteous and respectful for each business owners’ signage and rules. They want to stay open as much as you want to visit! If masks are required to enter a shop or restaurant, just do it. If sanitizing is requested before your bike ride, just do it – squirt, smear, and off you go on your Maine adventure!
While Maine’s Governor took the strict path to “Keep Maine safe”, local businesses, innkeepers, shop owners and restaurateurs paid the price for the radical Covid shutdown of the state. Imagine being an innkeeper and having to close your inn to the majority of you clientele for over a year! Picture a new restaurateur opening his or her doors in 2020, only to be forced to limit capacity to 50%? Shopkeepers had to close, or limit their customers to one or two at a time, based on their square footage. These are hard business regulations to live by, tough to stay in business!
We weathered much of the storm. Time to get out and enjoy the spring temps, stroll the beach, eat lobster, smell the flowers – be grateful you can taste and smell!
A few places to visit Maine this spring:
York Harbor Inn with its beautiful seaside setting is a lovely resort compound, steps to a lovely oceanfront park and a beach, with dining on premise in their 1637 water view dining room and their cozy Ships Cellar Pub! York Harbor Inn has some great early summer rates, check out their packages too, and check in soon!
In Ogunquit, Anchorage by the Sea has a fantastic seaside location, you’re right on the Marginal Way walking distance to town and to pretty Perkins Cove. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, fire pits and the SurfPoint 360 restaurant.
Misty Harbor Resort in Wells, just moments from Wells Beach, offers affordable suite lodging – so you have your kitchen, living area in a condo style living. Plus the property offers an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor sun patio and BBQ area, and you are near everything Wells Beach area has to offer. This is a great place for families, at great rates!
Kennebunkport can’t be beat for charm, beaches, and spectacular seaside. Stay on the beach at the historic Seaside Inn, or in town on the river at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel steps to Dock Square and all its shops and restaurants. The Nonantum is a wonderful traditional resort with an outdoor pool and excellent on-site dining plus boat excursions leaving their docks daily. For the ultimate in stylish gracious BnB’s, Kennebunkport Captains Collection has grand sea captains’ mansions designed in classic nautical décor with concierge level service to top off their four unique properties.
Old Orchard Beach still retains its summer beach carnival atmosphere, kids and kids-at-heart love it! Sea Cliff is a classic Oceanside motel, right on the famed 7-mile Beach but a bit away from the hustle of the strip, a mile from the famous Pier. The Sea Star is in town, on the beach, close to The Pier and all the happenings of OOB, with town house and penthouse units ideal for sharing with your family or friends.
Portland is Maine’s largest city, a vibrant seaside settlement with its historic Old Port filled with cosmopolitan shops and restaurants, and an authentic working waterfront. Portland Regency is the place to stay for elegant hotel lodging in the heart to town, with spa and dining on premise. If you prefer more intimate and boutiquey, Blind Tiger is the cool cat in Portland on the chic West End. From Portland you can catch a ferry out to the Casco Bay Islands for a fun day trip, or shop LL Bean and the Outlets in nearby Freeport.