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  • Casco makes for the perfect fall weekend: Wine, foliage views and odd antiques

    Casco is a little town near Sebago Lake. It makes for a perfect weekend fall trip: It's 50 minutes from Portland and everything you want to do is in a 2-mile radius. The leaf-peeping drive up Hacker's Hill alone is worth the trip. Read on

  • Maine Huts & Trails has cheap accommodations in autumn ($35) so you can hike, mountain bike, paddle and fish in western Maine

    As the forest colors change from leafy summer green to autumn orange, red and gold, take to the extensive trails and waters set in the shadow of the lofty Bigelows for some pretty fine days of hiking, mountain biking and paddling combined with relaxing nights of hearty food, good company and comfy backcountry accommodations. Read on

  • Lighthouses, houseboats & vintage trailers: Unusual places to stay in Maine

    Maine has plenty of cool overnight destinations: charming B&B's, rustic cabins, luxurious resorts, wilderness yurts. But how about spending your next vacation or weekend getaway in a lighthouse, "floating island," or cozy tent on a farm? Read on

  • Biddeford home is now a Mad Men themed hotel: The 1964 House

    A Biddeford women turned her extra space into a time-warp hotel, of sorts. Guests stay in either the Betty Draper or Don Draper suites. The whole apartment is furnished in 1964 decorations, right down to the cherry red typewriter. Read on

  • Things to do in Portland – A visitor’s guide to Maine’s most exciting city

    So you're visiting Portland, eh? It's a cool city with lots of amazing food - but you know that. Congress Street is a hub of art, shops and life. A quick walk toward the ocean will bring you to the Old Port, with its cobblestone streets, salty breezes and lots of ice cream and touristy stores. Read on

  • Your guide to Rockland, Maine — a great place to eat, hike and explore in the midcoast

    There’s a lot of pretty things to see if you're willing to leave Rt. 1. Rockport has a perfect swimming hole. Camden has forested mountains to hike with ocean views. Pick a couple of these things and make a day of it, or take a weekend to fit them all in. Read on

  • Hallowell and Augusta: Tasty snacks, gems, a river walk and ice skating make for a great day off

    Ice skating and some killer pastries are good and a visit to the state museum's gem exhibit rounds out the day. Read on

  • Road trip: The Boothbay peninsula in the off-season

    Overflowing with tourists and summer residents in July and August, the Boothbay region reveals its quieter charms in the off season. There's still plenty to do, great places to eat and shop and reduced prices on places to stay. Take a day trip or spend a weekend with advice from our guide. Read on

  • Your guide to Portsmouth, New Hampshire lots of fun things to do and places to see

    Portsmouth is small, oceanside, quirky and walkable. When I go, I find myself window-shopping and eating my way through town. It's what Portsmouth is best at, but it also has music, museums, oceanside parks and ferries to nearby islands. If you're making the hour journey south, here's some places to check out: Read on

  • Things I wish I knew before vacationing in Baxter State Park: 8 tips for planning your next trip to the North Maine Woods

    I recently spent 10 days in Baxter State Park, and while I found a lot of articles on the various ways to hike Katahdin, there was little about other hikes, places to swim, which campgrounds are the best, etc. Even Maine guidebooks glossed over the park. And there were some things I would have liked to know. Read on

  • Portland’s inns and B&B’s are proof that small is beautiful

    At these nine properties, you won't find 24-hour room service or fitness clubs, but you will find stylish, comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts and caring innkeepers. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Forget the outlets. Books, smoothies & beach in Kittery

    Maine's southernmost town has evolved into a mecca of good food, quaint stores and natural beauty. Read on

  • 11 things to do with out-of-town friends & family in southern Maine

    These ideas will help you keep everybody entertained, well-fed and happily exhausted by day's end. Careful, though - your visitors are going to fall in love with Maine (and they're going to think you're the best tour guide ever) and they'll be coming back every year. Lucky you. Read on

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