Maine is located in the Northeastern United States and is the northernmost state in the New England region. This beautiful state is known by some as ‘vacationland’ since Maine attracts enormous amounts of visitors each year. Summer in Maine is a popular time to visit due to the fabulous weather with highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). There is a lot to do in Maine including whale watching, lobster fishing, and hiking. I visited Portland and Bar Harbor Maine in May and it was rather chilly with temperatures ranging from 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. I flew into Portland, Maine then rented a car and drove to the Bar Harbor area to see Acadia National Park which was about a three hour drive (there isn’t a major airport near Acadia). Here are some of the reasons you should visit Maine.
Food & Drinks:
- Lobster – If you love lobster, you’ll love Maine! Maine is the top lobster-producing state in the United States and you’ll find lobster dishes almost everywhere. There were lobster fries, lobster crepes, and even lobster ice cream. The lobster ice cream is an acquired taste, but it’s worth trying if you’re offered a free sample. My favorite meal in Maine was the lobster grilled cheese from The Highroller Lobster Co in Portland. This low-key restaurant in Maine was absolutely delicious and I find myself dreaming of this lobster grilled cheese frequently. The Highroller Lobster Co was so good my friend and I ate there twice during our stay!
- Blueberries – Maine produces over 99% of wild blueberries in the United States so, like lobster, there were blueberries everywhere from yogurt to pies and cocktails. If you enjoy blueberries, you’ll get a wide range of blueberry options in Maine.
- Cottage Street Pub – This is a small, narrow pub located in Bar Harbor, Maine with a cozy fireplace inside. The drinks here are unique with house-infused liquor which made grabbing a drink here fun and memorable.
Places to see:
- Acadia National Park – Acadia National Park is one of Maine’s main attractions. The natural beauty in Acadia provides breathtaking views overlooking the Atlantic coast of Maine. Acadia is known for its rocky mountains, forestry, lakes, ponds, and hiking trails.
- Jordan Pond – Jordan Pond is located in Acadia National Park and has a nice walking trail along the pond. There were great views, but I didn’t spend too much time here because of the rain.
- Cadillac Mountain – Cadillac Mountain is located inside Acadia National Park and is the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard at 1,530 feet (466 meters). This mountain top offers picture perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean with many hiking trails. My first attempt to see Cadillac Mountain failed because it was too foggy to see anything. Luckily, the following day offered clear and enjoyable views from the mountaintop.
- Bar Harbor – The views from Bar Harbor are unforgettable and I was able to see a whale in the ocean from this spot which was incredible. There is a beach in this area as well which overlooked the Atlantic Ocean.
- Portland – Staying in the Bar Harbor area was beautiful, but Portland Maine offered many unique shops and restaurants with a relatively younger crowd. It was also more lively than Bar Harbor which was a nice change for me since Bar Harbor was much more quaint.
Overall, I thought Maine was stunning and would be an amazing summer vacation spot. I typically enjoy warmer weather as a personal preference, so if I were to go back to Maine I would choose to visit during the summer since visiting Maine in May was chilly and rainy (I heard the fall is a great time to visit too). Fortunately, I did see some sun in Maine and it wasn’t very crowded since I visited during their off-season. Even with Maine’s chilly May weather, I still enjoyed visiting this scenic state and ate delicious food!