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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 06:46 PM
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My sister's in Maine, any suggestions on what to tell her to do while she's there
Edited on Thu Jul-16-09 06:47 PM by sasquatch
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:02 PM
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1. It's kind of a big state.
Could you be a little more specific?
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:12 PM
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2. Not to mention, you can't get theah from heah.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:26 PM
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5. Post #4
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:12 PM
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3. Where in Maine?
That would help.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:26 PM
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4. Freeport
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:39 PM
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7. home of L.L. Bean!!!!
If I were there I'd take one of those outdoor courses (short) they give - fishing, shooting, kayaking etc.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 08:58 PM
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12. I told them to pick me up something nice
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:42 PM
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8. Shop
That's about it in Freeport. Then drive over to North Conway and shop some more.
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BreweryYardRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 10:03 PM
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17. There's a HUGE used bookstore somewhere around that-a-way, if they like to read.
Afraid I forget the name, though. "Book Barn," maybe.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:37 PM
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6. Find a Gigantic Lobster and Eat it.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:26 PM
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24. I'd suggest eating lobster in some form at every meal.
Size not so important.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 07:59 PM
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9. Eat blueberries
Pick blueberries, eat blueberry muffins, eat blueberry pie, eat blueberry cobbler...
You get the idea
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Mopar151 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 08:38 PM
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10. York Beach
The "just right" beach.
Bar crawling in The Old Port.
Racing at Beech Ridge and Oxford Plains
Car ferry/booze cruise to Yarmouth, NS.
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bbernardini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 08:48 PM
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11. Oh, there's plenty to do...
If she's into art, the Center For Maine Contemporary Art (http://www.artsmaine.org /) is in Rockport, which is about an 80 minute drive from Freeport. About 10 minutes from Rockport is Rockland, home of the Farnsworth Art Museum (http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org /). They have a special Wyeth Center, which had a great Wyeth/Warhol/Basquiat exhibition the last time we were there. Rockland also has all kinds of great specialty shops, etc. (including an awesome toy store). Lots of B&Bs there as well.

Freeport isn't that far from Portland, which is an absolutely marvelous city with a great downtown and port area. If your sister has kids, they have a great kids museum there as well. Also an aquarium, although we've never been to that.

Augusta is not too far to the north, and they also have a great kids museum. And an Olive Garden! :)

There's always miniature golf and ice cream in Waterville, although the name of the place escapes me at the moment.

Whatever she does, she needs to go to Gritty McDuff's in Freeport (or Portland) for food and beer.
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 09:03 PM
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13. ice cream .... I remember a legendary place
couldn't be Rummel's, could it? That is where we liked (loved) to go when I was in college (burgers and ice cream) and I would love to think that it is still there although it seems a long shot.
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Brigid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 09:04 PM
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14. Say hello to Stephen King.
Edited on Thu Jul-16-09 09:05 PM by Brigid
Tell him I'm reading the new edition of "The Stand," and it's absolutely riveting. :)
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 09:07 PM
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15. Drive inland,
take secondary and then tertiary roads, and whenever you see a little luncheonette, stop there and eat.

And whenever she sees the word "pie," be it in a luncheonette or on a roadside sign, stop and buy it. The pies in Maine - every single one of them - are unbelievable.

I'm an old Mainiac. I know my Pine Tree State, and trust me on this..............................

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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 09:21 PM
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16. Go to Acadia National Park.....
I've never been there, but that's where I'd go if I was in Maine.

http://www.nps.gov/ACAD
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-18-09 09:42 PM
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31. I agree. My daughter and her family have been there three
times and just love it.
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 10:07 PM
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18. Lobstah.
Eat it.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 10:20 PM
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19. They already are
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 10:34 PM
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20. Eat more. More lobstah.
My first was on a pier in Bah Hahbah when I was 13.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:51 AM
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22. Popham Beach in Phippsburg is lovely,
and if the sun's shining and the water's shallow, it can actually get warm enough to wade into the water.

And all up and down the coast there are little restaurants and lobster shacks to discover. A favorite of mine is Five Islands in Georgetown.

The Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick has good classical music if they're into that.

Further inland, there's a cute little town called Hallowell on the Kennebec River on the way to Augusta. Nice shops there and beautiful old houses.

Monhegan Island is worth a day trip or, better yet, a night's layover. Take the boat from Port Clyde or Pemaquid.

Boothbay Harbor is a cute little tourist trap with opportunities for boat rides and whale watches.

Etc., etc., etc...
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fight4my3sons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:38 PM
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26. +1 - I lived in Phippsburg for two years, Popham is great. They just added on
Edited on Fri Jul-17-09 07:38 PM by fight4my3sons
to the bathing/showering facilities.

I live in Rockport now and there is also a lot to do up here as many others have suggested.

I just did the Monhegan Island trip for the first time and it is a beautiful little island with great trails.

Acadia is free this weekend, I think.
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lazyriver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:41 AM
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21. Maybe she could drive over to Kennebunkport and flip the bird
to the Bush compound for me. I'd do it myself (again) but I'm 3 hours north of there.

I would recommend lunch or dinner at the Harraseeket Inn
http://www.harraseeketinn.com /

It's right down the road from LL Bean and a very nice place.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 06:50 PM
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23. Tourmaline hunting near Mt. Plumbago. Visit a deer farm.
I wanted to recommend the aquarium, but it looks like it closed ... will reopen when budget allows ... :(
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:37 PM
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25. LL Bean has a summer concert series--free
Ride up to Wiscasset for Red's Eats--great lobsta rolls & haddock sandwiches.
Moody's Diner in Waldoboro--yummy pie
Flo's Hot Dogs--Cape Neddick. there's a nice ocean walk nearby also
Portland is a fun, easy to get around in city--the Old Port
Rockport-where Peyton Place was filmed
Camden is a beautiful town.
Inland to the mountains & lakes
Let's face it, we got it all (even mosquitoes, which are a bumper crop this year unfortunately)
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 10:20 PM
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27. I am painfully envious.
One of the pleasures of shopping by phone from L.L. Bean is hearing a Maine accent, better still to find it's coming from the Waterville call center. My alma mater is in Waterville.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-18-09 12:36 PM
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28. Colby?
I grew up in Bowdoin's home town.
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-18-09 04:56 PM
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30. yes, Colby
I have only been to Brunswick once and for much of that visit what I remember is the cold and the dark. Rode down on the back of a motorcycle for some kind of game at Bowdoin.In the FREEZING season. I have no memory of the game, or the campus, only of the horrible cold ride on that bike and all I was looking for were places that looked like they might sell hot coffee. My date wanted to to 'make time' rather than stop. Gives new meaning to the saying 'the journey not the arrival matters'. It is all I can remember.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-19-09 11:16 AM
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32. Makes sense
:scared:

Too bad that was your experience. You should visit it sometime in the summer. It's really very pleasant, especially by the ocean.
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-19-09 10:04 PM
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33. I really wish I could ...
A dream vacation for me would be a nice leisurely (say all summer at least) road trip through Maine, some beach, some boating, lots of lobstah and steamers steamers steamers galore, some swimming, some shopping, visiting (lots of alums up there) and a proper clambakes and just poking around. ..that is a dream of mine. And I'd also like to be there for a really wicked winter with a minimum of three blizzards and at least some weather between 20 and 40 below. With of course the most unstoppable imperturbable vehicle made. That's invigorating stuff!!

Sigh.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-18-09 01:16 PM
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29. Belfast, Camden, Rockport -- Love that area!
Wish I were there now. Although, Oregon in the summer is heaven on earth as well.
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