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Day 1: Scarborough (Portland) for 3 nights
Drive to Portland from Boston. (about 2 hour drive)
Or arrival at Portland airport and
Pick up car at Portland airport
On the road, you will discover the beaches and the coastal of the Maine with its little villages and their cobbled streets.
Have a stop in Ogunquit which has one of the most beautiful white sand beach of the region.
You can have a walk on the « Marginal Way ». The Marginal Way’s a much-loved, fully paved public footpath hugging the Atlantic: one of the few oceanfront pedestrian thoroughfares of its kind in New England. The Way links the vicinity of Ogunquit Beach in the north with Perkins Cove in the south—a bit more than a mile in length—and you can pick it up from Shore Road just a short ways north of the Colonial Inn. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll: Nearly 40 benches along the path provide convenient perches for contemplating the rocky, cliffy seacoast and that big blue (or storm-gray) horizon. Needless to say, a sunrise amble on the Marginal Way can be all-out breathtaking—a lovely start to a relaxing day in Ogunquit.
The walkway’s also lined with memorial plaques and some interpretive signage, and it’s anchored at about the halfway mark by the little Marginal Way Lighthouse.
From Perkins Cove, you can return to the Colonial Inn by backtracking on the footpath, by hopping the Ogunquit Trolley (which operates through mid-October), or by walking up Shore Road, which basically parallels the Marginal Way a few blocks inland.
Right now, the path’s ideal for soaking up Southern Maine’s splendid late-summer weather, but the Marginal Way’s a year-round route. From fragrant thickets of blooming seashore shrubs to the tranquility of a snowbound coast, the beauty’s spread out all across the calendar.
Then drive to Kennebunkport to discover the over water houses and the antique stores near Portalnd.
1 king room ocean view, room only, VAT taxes included at Hotel Black Point Inn***
This property is 20 minutes walk from the beach. A seasonal outdoor pool, private beach and rooms with a flat-screen cable TV are featured at this historic inn, located in Prouts Neck. Portland, Maine is 19.3 km away.
Each room at Black Point Inn boasts plush bedding, free Wi-Fi and luxury bath amenities. A desk area and ironing facilities are included. Select rooms have views of the Gulf of Maine.
Points Restaurant on site offers fine dining cuisine early evenings and a breakfast menu each morning.
A fitness centre and a tennis court are available to guests at Black Point Scarborough. Activities on site include hiking, cycling, and kayaking. Babysitting services are also provided.
Prouts Neck Bird Sanctuary is 12 minutes’ walk away. A variety of beaches like Scarborough Beach State Park are less than 1.6 km away.
Day 2 and 3
Days at leisure to discover and relax at the beach, go canoe in tidal marsh, salt creeks, freshwater marsh, and uplands.
The scenic town is a year-round destination that offers picturesque cobblestone streets, art galleries, fresh seafood restaurants and plenty of history. Located on the water, Portland was originally a fishing city. Over the years, the bustling port has grown into a diverse community that’s worth a visit (or two, or three!).
Things Not To Miss in Portland, ME
- Taking the scenic route on the mailboat. Many residents of Maine’s islands get their mail by boat. The charming three-hour ride through the Casco Bay gives riders a chance to see Great Diamond, Little Diamond, the Cliff islands, and plenty more.
- Watching a baseball game at Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs. The 7,368-seat stadium includes a lighthouse that pops up whenever a home run is hit, and a mascot named Slugger the Sea Dog.
- Strolling through the Portland Museum of Art. The building houses works by Edward Hopper, Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and many more.
Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Headlight is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Cape Elizabeth, Maine is also home to the 94-acre Fort Williams Park, where you’ll find ruins of an old fort that housed troops in World Wars I and II. At Two Lights State Park, you can view Casco Bay and the two lighthouses for which the park is named. One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper’s famous painting, « Lighthouse at Two Lights. » At Crescent Beach State Park, you can go swimming, boating or fishing. It is a popular spot for families because the crescent shape of the mile-long beach keeps big waves at bay.
Fort Williams Park is located at 1000 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. Admission is free and parking is available within the park.
Make sure to have dinner in Portland one night
Our favorite spots are Miyake for Japanese addicts, Honey Paw for fusion cuisine, Eventide Oyster Co. for the best sea food and buttery lobster rolls, Chaval for Portuguese cuisine, Piccolo for Italian, Duck Fat for French fries and of course Hugo’s for a more formal but still fun dining experience.
And check out Browne Trading Company, where you can stock up on grand crus, caviar, sea urchins and the finest seafood!
Day 4: Camden for 2 nights
Drive to Camden (about 2 hour drive)
On the road, you can have a stop in Freeport to go shopping and eat lobster at Harraseeket lobster shack : http://www.harraseeketlunchandlobster.com/
The Mid Coast of the Maine (from Portland to the Acadia National Park) doesn’t have the best beaches but the region is plenty of charm.
1 king room, breakfast and VAT taxes included at Hotel Whitelhall***
This property offers non-smoking rooms and free parking.
Set in Camden, 300 m from High Street Historic District, Whitehall features a garden and a terrace. The property is situated 900 m from Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, 1 km from Chestnut Street Baptist Church and 2 km from Camden Hills State Park. Free WiFi is available and Camden Snow Bowl is 6 km away.
At the hotel, rooms have a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with free toiletries. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
A continental breakfast is served daily at the property.
Day at leisure to discover
The town of Camden is the self-described Jewel of the Maine coast. Located mid-coast Maine, Camden is a haven for ocean lovers, shoppers and outdoor adventurers. In the summer months, the population more than triples due to visitors and seasonal residents, many of whom reside in gorgeous ocean view estates around the Harbor.
Things to do in Camden:
There is something for every traveler, whether you are looking to actively hike and explore Camden Hills State Park or relax on a sailboat as it glides over the cool ocean waves in Penobscot Bay, Camden has it all.
Located right on Penobscot Bay, Camden is a sailor’s dream. Camden Harbor is home to numerous schooners and tall ships that offer daily sailing tours and excursions. Visitors may choose to charter their own ships, or sail for several days on a majestic ocean vessel, learning to hoist the sails or relaxing on deck in the cool ocean breezes. Penobscot Bay itself has been said to be one of the best and most scenic sailing areas in the state of Maine. Camden remains a working harbor, with lobstering and fishing boats travelling in and out of the Bay each day to catch fresh seafood and lobster. A ride around the harbor will pass island ferries, mega-yachts, powerboats, fishing boats, Maine windjammers and more!
Downtown Camden is delight of upscale shops, antique shops, general stores, seafood eateries and cafes, plus the most beautiful waterfront Camden Public Library which is surrounded by a lovely park for picnicking.
Camden Hills State Park
Looking for things to do in Camden, Maine? A trip to Camden Hills State Park will give visitors the opportunity to view a gorgeous sunrise or sunset over Penobscot Bay from the top of Mt. Battie. Camden Hill State Park encompasses 5,700 acres, including over 30 miles of hiking and walking trails. You may choose to tour the park on your own or with a local Maine Guide. Camden Hills State Park is great for families with children because the hiking trails are not very strenuous or long and usually have very moderate inclines. However, if you don’t feel like hiking, drive the Auto Road up Mt. Battie for panoramic views of the Bay and nearby islands. The Park is also home to over a hundred campsites and a large picnic area for those visitors who wish to stay a little longer. Maiden’s Cliff is one of the more popular hiking trails, an 800-foot rock cliff that provides spectacular views of Lake Megunticook and the Maine countryside.
Beach goers will love a trip to Barret’s Cove, a fresh water beach on Megunticook Lake. This beach is a quiet and relaxing escape from notoriously busy Camden in the summer months. It is often not crowded and the lake water remains relatively warm during prime season. The beach is open to the public with designated swimming areas, public restrooms and showers. There is also a grassy picnic area with tables and outdoor grills and a playground for the kids to enjoy.
Laite Beach is small but scenic, overlooking beautiful views of Camden Harbor just a short distance from downtown. Laite Beach is part of a grassy park that slopes down to a pebble beach along the water, perfect for searching for shells, sea glass and other ocean treasures. The park itself has swings, picnic tables, grills and restroom facilities. There is a swimming platform off shore for those brave enough to swim in the chilly harbor waters.
It is worth a day trip to visit one of Camden’s outlying islands, Isleboro, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isle Au Haut or the many other smaller islands in the area, accessible by boat or ferry out of Camden Harbor. Many of these islands are home to great hiking and biking trails, quaint seaside villages and picturesque Maine lighthouses.
In fact, there are 18 lighthouses within a 40-mile radius of Camden. Curtis Island Light is located at the entrance to Camden Harbor and is still actively used by the US Coast Guard. Vinalhaven is home to Brown’s Head Light and Heron Neck Light. Vinalhaven is also famous for its resident swordfish captain and author Linda Greenlaw who wrote The Lobster Chronicles, A Hungry Ocean, Slipknot, All Fishermen are Liars and her own Maine Cookbook, Recipes from a very small island.
Goose Rocks Light is located between the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven, marking the dangerous rock ledge beneath it. Isle au Haut is home to Isle au Haut Light; visitors to this light may also choose to stay at the original Innkeeper’s house, which has been turned in to a quaint bed and breakfast with no electricity!
Although the summer months bring thousands of visitors to Camden, it truly is a year-round community with something fun to do in every season! In the summer, Camden is home to the annual Parade of the Tallships and Maine Windjammer Days, festivals celebrating the rich sailing history of Camden and a chance to show of some beautiful ships. The Harbor Arts and Camden Jazz Festival draw a large community to appreciate the local artists and musicians. There are plenty of things to do in Camden during the winter as the town becomes a hot spot for winter sports. The Camden Snow Bowl is a community owned ski area on Ragged Mountain and the only Eastern ski area with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Skiers and snowboarders alike will enjoy this picturesque ski mountain in Camden. In February, Camden Snow Bowl is home to the North American Toboggan Championships. Ice-skating and cross-country are also popular winter activities that many Camden visitors enjoy.
Camden is full of rich history, which can be seen throughout the town’s many museums and architecturally stunning buildings like the library and the Camden Opera House. The town itself is great for shopping and browsing, with many art galleries and boutiques filled with hand-made crafts from local artists.
Dining suggestions :
Camden is also known for its gourmet food and top Maine chefs. There are many delicious restaurants lining the downtown and waterfront areas, where guests may enjoy freshly caught seafood and other scrumptious meals or take an order to go and head to one of the many public parks in the area for a scenic picnic.
There is a very good Lobster shack:. Mc Loons https://mcloonslobster.com/
Or for a special dinner: Natalie’s fabulous gourmet French cuisine.
Drive back to Boston or Portland
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