Best Things to Do on a Family Vacation to Maine’s Mid-Coast

 Posted by on October 6, 2013  Comments Off
Oct 062013
 
Best Things to Do on a Family Vacation to Maine's Mid-Coast

Maine is a beautiful state and the mid-coast section between Portland and Bar Harbor has some of the best scenery, lighthouses and things to do with on a family vacation.  Unfortunately, many families drive right through without stopping in their rush to get to Acadia National Park.  Acadia is great, but, there is much more to Maine’s coast.  Whether its a long weekend getaway from Boston, Montreal or New York, or a stop along the way on a longer New England family vacation, here is our list of the best things to do on a family vacation on Maine’s mid-coast: Visit  the lighthouses.  Each lighthouse has its own story to tell and offers unique insights into Maine’s nautical past.  We enjoyed the historic grounds around Portland Head Light in Fort [...]

More Hidden Gems Along Maine’s Mid-Coast

 Posted by on September 29, 2013  Comments Off
Sep 292013
 
More Hidden Gems Along Maine's Mid-Coast

Maine’s intricate coastline is filled with hundreds of small harbors, inlets, pocket beaches and rocky cliffs that were formed by powerful glacial activity at the end of the last ice age.  First, rising sea levels flooded the coastlands and carved out bays and islands where there were once valleys and mountain tops.  Following this period, the land mass rose slightly, resulting in today’s rocky, hard to navigate and wild coastline.  Today, the mid coast area between Portland and Bar Harbor, is home to a few major cities such as Freeport, Bath and Rockland but still houses many small villages and isolated landmarks. During our recent visit to Maine’s mid-coast we veered off Route 1 to explore Pemaquid Point in Bristol.  Just 20 minutes down Route 30 we found Bristol’s Pemaquid Point Lighthouse [...]

Best Things to do in Owls Head, Maine – Rain or Shine!

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Sep 082013
 
Best Things to do in Owls Head, Maine - Rain or Shine!

With a population of just over 1,500,  tiny Owls Head  is a must see destination on any family vacation to Maine’s Mid-Coast.  Just 2 miles south of Rockland, ME, via Route 73,  Owls Head is home to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a thriving non-profit educational organization founded in 1974. The museum is active in the collection and preservation of many early-era aircraft, cars, bikes, and trucks.  Many of the 150 plus items in the collection are operational.  The expansive indoor space makes the Museum a great rainy day destination. The Aircraft Collection contains replicas and originals representing the first century of flight. The auto exhibits span the late 19th Century and early 20th century including a recently refurbished 1908 Stanley K Semi-Racer and a 1935 Stout Scarab, one of only six ever made.   We particularly enjoyed [...]

Fun Things to Do on a Vacation Visit to Rockland, Maine

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Aug 292013
 
Fun Things to Do on a Vacation Visit to Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine is a delightful vacation destination on Maine’s mid-coast that is the process of being transformed from a fishing and shipbuilding hub to a family friendly tourist hot spot.  Just a block away from the waterfront, warehouses and commercial buildings are being turned into boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.  The highly regarded Farnsworth Art Museum occupies several buildings in the downtown.  The Museum features American art and is home to the one of the country’s  largest collections of the paintings of the Wyeth family.  Daily ferries run to Vinalhaven and to North Haven from the Maine State Ferry Terminal located on the Rockland waterfront. We were in town to take a windjammer cruise aboard the Schooner Isaac Evans, but arrived a day early to check out the scene.  We were [...]

Aug 222013
 
Photo Friday: Maine's Mid-Coast Lighthouses

With roughly 3,500 miles of tidal coastline, Maine has long been home to large fishing and commercial shipping fleets.  The Bath Ironworks , founded in 1884, continues to build some of the world’s most advanced naval vessels.   In today’s harbors, pleasure craft dock side by side with windjammers and lobster boats.  The state’s dozens of harbors have long been guarded by scores of lighthouses since Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park was activated in 1791 on the orders of George Washington.  Today, 63 lighthouses survive.  Some have been decommissioned and the rest have been automated with the keeper’s houses and grounds often donated or leased to local governments or non-profits. During our recent visit to Maine’s mid-coast we had the opportunity to visit four of these beautiful buildings, and appreciated how much [...]

Aug 182013
 
Sailing in the Rain Aboard the Maine Windjammer Schooner Isaac H Evans

Maine’s historic windjammer fleet offers adventurous families a rustic but affordable unplugged outdoor summer vacation.  Most ships and schooners in the fleet offer overnight trips lasting from one to seven nights.  These trips feature majestic views of Maine’s coastline, unexpected interactions with seals and dolphins, and introduction to life at sea with limited modern conveniences or personal space.  Each trip is different depending on the boat, the weather and the duration of the voyage.  Passengers are often asked to help out with important tasks like raising and lowering the sails and anchor, but the crew takes care of the cooking and cleaning. Our recent overnight sail aboard the 127 year old  Schooner Isaac H Evans, based in Rockland, ME, offered an 18-hour view of life aboard these beautiful vessels.   Our Friday afternoon departure in the pouring [...]

Historic Salem, MA: Where Witches Meet the China Trade

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Aug 062013
 
Historic Salem, MA: Where Witches Meet the China Trade

Salem, Massachusetts is filled with centuries of history and merits a well planned stop on family vacations that include exploring the beaches and towns north of Boston.  The historic city was founded in 1626 and was a major maritime center for centuries,  The city was also the site of the infamous Salem witch trials in 1692 that resulted in more than 150 men and women  being accused of selling their souls to the devil and 20 being put to death for their crimes.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, Salem grew to be the sixth largest city in the country, and the richest per capita by 1790, due in large part to its highly successful maritime trade with Europe, the West Indies, China, Africa and Russia.  Many fine buildings remain from this era overlooking the [...]