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Small Towns in Maine You Must Visit

Narrowing this down to top 5 was “wicked” challenging – that’s Maine slang for ya!  There are too many neat towns in Maine. Here it goes, small towns in Maine that you MUST visit in your lifetime:

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, MaineBar Harbor makes every list of best places to visit in Maine, for a very good reason. Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island where the mountains meet the sea in a glorious coastal scene. Bar Harbor has it all: great dining, authentic art galleries and boutiques and amazing coastal diversions. Cafe This Way is a great eatery to check out. You’re also right next door to Acadia National Park, one of the nation’s top national landmarks, you  must visit when staying in Bar Harbor. Balance Rock is a top in town hotel with excellent resort amenities. View more lodges in Bar Harbor.

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Bethel, MaineBethel is surrounded by natural beauty of Maine’s lakes and mountains. At neighboring Sunday River, skiers and snowboarders have New England’s 2nd largest ski resort, and a great ski town for your vacation stay. Bethel has great spirit, its the site of festivals all year round, they built the world’s tallest snowman – that’s a hint to their enthusiasm. Grafton Notch State Park nearby is an area for outdoor entertainment year-round from ice climbing in the winter to rock climbing and hiking in summer and fall. Bethel has its share of historic inns and bed and breakfasts, among them is the elegant Bethel Inn Resort. View more lodges in Bethel.

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Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor, MaineWith its rich history and nearby attractions, Boothbay Harbor easily makes our best places to visit in Maine. During the summertime, this small town is bustling with visitors exploring lighthouses, islands and quiet coves along the coast, marveling at floral designs at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and savoring the delicacies of fresh seafood from the Maine coast. For quiet escapes, stay at the Ocean Point Inn or Linekin Bay Resort both right on the waters edge just a short drive away from town. View more lodges in Boothbay Harbor.

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Camden Harbor ViewAside from big winter events at Camden Snowbowl like the US Toboggan Championships, this working harbor town situated along the Midcoast is one of the few coastal towns in Maine that delivers year-round fun. Mt Battie offers breathtaking views from the summit of Camden nested against the Atlantic Ocean. Camden Snow Bowl attracts winter skiers and riders with the only ski mountain in New England that presents ocean views, in summer you can hike for the ocean views. If you want some lobster chowder that’s out of this world (but caught in Maine), check into the Atlantica with beautiful views and good vibes. Stay at the Blue Harbor House Inn for a romantic atmosphere or Whitehall Inn. View more lodges in Camden.

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Kennebunkport, MaineKennebunkport is among the most well known tourist destinations in Maine, in partial thanks to the prestige of two former presidents, George H. W. Bush & George W. Bush. However, the Port largely owes its favor to its wide beaches, and coastal entertainment from boat tours, kayaking, waterfront bars and restaurants, and shopping at Dock Square. Vivid memories can satisfy a  lifetime simply by driving along the coast on Ocean Avenue. For seaside views, stay at the Nonantum Resort, a classic century old riverside resort, where you take a boat excursion from the marina, or stay on Kennebunk Beach at The Seaside Inn. View more lodges in Kennebunkport.

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See our Maine Lodging Guide and our Top 10 List of Maine’s Most Popular Towns

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