Weekend Waterview: Coastal Maine Getaway

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Happy Sunday! I’m taking you along on a trip to Maine to enjoy some beautiful coastal scenery, lobster and lighthouses!

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This was our first visit to Maine and it was more beautiful than we imagined. We spent 5 days there, just long enough for a taste and to whet our appetite for a return trip! We flew into in Portland to spend two nights, then drove up Coastal Highway U.S. 1, making a few stops along the way oohing and aahing over the scenery, before arriving in Bar Harbor and on to Bangor to fly home. A perfect getaway to escape our September 80 degree weather and enjoy some seasonal fall 50 and 60 degree temperatures.

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So many beautiful sights, boats and  buoys. . .

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Schooner Margaret Todd…

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Gorgeous water. . .

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And so many lighthouses and so little time!

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Pemaquid Point Light, commissioned in 1827 by President John Quincy Adams and the lighthouse depicted on the Maine quarter.

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The views will take your breath away!

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Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light

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Walk across the almost mile long granite breakwater that took almost two decades to build, to reach the lighthouse. Tip: Go at low tide so you’re less likely to get wet walking the granite pier.

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We visited Maine the last week in September, after the summer tourists were gone, before the lobster shacks close for the season and before the leaf peeping season begins.

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I can only imagine how beautiful the leaves will be when they turn and reflect along the water.

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Lobster, lobster and more lobster!

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Our most memorable and delicious lobster experience was at McLoons Lobster or* Lobstah* Shack on Spruce Head Island.

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Enjoy your lobster roll or dinner on a picnic table by the water . . .

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Watch them pulling up lobsters while you wait, enjoying the scenery and salt air!

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I took over 600 photos which I’m still editing and we spent a day (way too short!) visiting Acadia National Park, enjoying the beautiful scenery. More photos to come!

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We have sunshine today but had a wet couple of days with Hurricane Matthew bringing us some much-needed rain and fortunately without the flooding like the eastern part of North Carolina. If you were in Matthew’s path, I hope you’re safe from rising waters!

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Thank you for your visit!

  60 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Coastal Maine Getaway

  1. October 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to go to Maine, the scenery and food looks amazing!

  2. October 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Gorgeous! We visited Maine during that same time frame- loved it.

  3. Bonbongirl
    October 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous part of the U.S.! We too visited Maine this exact week last year and it’s perfect, since all the summer vacationers are gone and the leaf peepers haven’t quite arrived yet! We were told that all the cruise ships end their stops in Bar Harbor by the first weekend in October, so the downtown isn’t nearly as busy as well. We also stopped in Camden and Freeport where we visited the L.L. Bean flagship store that’s open 24 hrs! Acadia National Park was probably our favorite stop and you’re right, a few days are needed to take advantage of all it has to offer.🏞👌🏻

    • linda sink
      November 18, 2016 at 6:29 am

      I used to live there. Made me homesick!Your photos are always wonderful.Thanks.

  4. Marie in AZ
    October 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

    What a wonderful trip! Your beautiful photos really capture the beauty of the Maine coastline…we will have to get there someday.

  5. Granny Gay
    October 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful country up there, or so I was told by a friend….now I can see why she always loved that area. Once again, thanks for sharing.

  6. October 9, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures…here in Portland, Oregon area we have rain and wind this morning! I visited the coast of Maine several years ago heading south from Portland instead…loved the scenery (stayed near Portland Head lighthouse) and the beautiful colonial architecture. Glad you didn’t get the brunt of Matthew!

  7. Virginia
    October 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Such beautiful photos thanks for sharing them, they brought back great memories of a vacation my parents took us on in 1960, still appears as quaint as it did then. We live in northeastern North Carolina and are still experiencing the last bands of Matthew. We are so thankful for no major damage.. While we still have power there are parts of our small town which do not. It was so nice to see pictures of beautiful blue sky, brightened my morning. Thanks be to God on this Sunday morning.

  8. October 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Mary, I’m soooo happy that you loved Maine!! The coast is unbelievably beautiful and unspoiled in many places. I was going to suggest that you try the horseback riding in Acadia. We always enjoyed that during our visits! I will have a list for you of the many things you might enjoy seeing next time you make it to New England! Our leaves are just beginning to turn as they are very late this year, so you still have time to come back and see them! :) Your photos are so gorgeous — they could be used by the Maine tourism industry. Maybe you could move up here and become a New England blogger! Glad you are not suffering from Matthew. I can’t wait to see what else you share from your trip! Linda

  9. Cheryl
    October 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    You will definitely need to go back to get pictures of the leaves when they change color.

  10. Ellen
    October 9, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Maine is one of my families favorite vacation destinations. We spent a week there this past May, although it is usually in the Fall when we go. We are actually going up tomorrow just to go to the Stonewall Kitchen in Ogunquit. It’s only a few hours from where I live. We have to stock up on their delicious jams, jellies, etc. for Christmas gifts and for ourselves! They have a great restaurant at the Ogunquit store too. L.L.Bean is also a great place to visit, they have two life size Moose with intertwined antlers in a display that is amazing. Thank-you for your always beautiful photos and post. So glad you enjoyed your time in Maine.

  11. Elizabeth
    October 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful! Maine is now on my travel list.

  12. Sharon Bernstein
    October 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Beautiful photos. I am planning a trip to Maine next year. Your photos are very helpful. Love your site ok.

  13. October 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

    It is on my bucket list to go back. Went many many years ago and it was only for a couple of days. I want to see so much more.

  14. Janet O. Robinson
    October 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Mary, I am so glad you enjoyed our beautiful state of Maine!!! I was so lucky to have lived right next to the “Two Lights Lighthouse” in Cape Elizabeth for 32 years in a home my father built for me. From Sunrise to Sunset Maine is a spectacular place. The smells and sounds of the ocean are constantly changing, and on top of all this we are uncrowded and a very safe place to live and breathe! My ancestors on both my Mom and Dad’s side go back to the great migration from Massachusetts in 1620-1640 and they came to Maine as farmers and fisherman in the early 1700’s. Needless to say I love my home!! Your pictures were spectacular!!

    • October 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Lucky you Janet! You live in a gorgeous place!

  15. Doreen
    October 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful trip. I’m enticed to leave tomorrow! Did you stay in a B&B or condo?

  16. October 9, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I adore the Maine coast and we have visited many times. I have not been there for a while, so your lovely photos have brought back such happy memories. I will warn you, Maine will steal your heart!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  17. Cynthia Randall
    October 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

    You were up here in Maine! You certainly captures some of our best. Next time, if you do Rt 1 well worth the stop Red’s Eats in Wiscasset. Best lobster roll in the state. More that a whole lobster in every roll and just lobster meat. But you can ask for drawn butter or mayo on the side. Then head north again on Rt 1 and turn right heading down into Boothbay Harbor. You will love the Maine Botanical Gardens. (The Haney Hillside garden is named for my next door neighbor) Well worth the trip.

    • October 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Cynthia! We passed Red’s Eats on the way. I would love to visit the Botanical Gardens next time…so much beauty to see!

  18. Bren Allen
    October 9, 2016 at 11:29 am

    We love Maine! Next trip, check out Perkins Cove, near Ogonquit. You will think you have landed right in the middle of Cabot Cove, expecting to see Angela Lansbury riding her bicycle around the next corner! THere is a footbridge over a little inlet, with lovely shops & restaurants, and it is along the famed Marginal Way coastal footpath. You captured the quintiessential Maine in your lovely photos!

    • October 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Thank you Bren, I’m going to start a list :)

  19. October 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I loved this post! I have been going to Maine since 1969 and have often stayed at Cliff House just south of Ogunquit on Bald Head Cliffs. I usually eat at Barnacle Billys in Perkins Cove. I love Maine!

  20. October 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    What a wonderful getaway Mary, so refreshing after this long hot summer- looks like the weather was picture perfect. I am always drooling over fresh Maine lobster recipes and photos, and you know I LOVED your lobster trap and buoy photos! So glad you had a great time!
    Jenna

  21. October 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Ooh Mary, thanks for taking me along on your scenic trip! I hope one day to get there for real, and enjoy lobster at every meal. I look forward to more pictures. Happy Sunday!

  22. October 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Stunning!!!! I would love to follow in your footsteps! I need a vacation! Thanks for sharing!

  23. October 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    We have friends who have a home in Belfast, Maine, and visited them a few years ago. I would love to rent a home and spend a month somewhere in Maine. Many friends from Austin have been escaping to Maine for summer months. We need to join them. ‘-)
    Your photos are awesome, Mary. Thanks for sharing. Glad you got much needed rain without the flooding.

  24. Patti
    October 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Jacqueline cuerrier
    October 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! I just shared your brilliant photos with my husband, we spent our honeymoon in Ogonquit Maine forty two years ago. We always said we want to go back. We nearly made it this summer during a visit to Ottawa but there were too many family commitments and not enough time. I spent my summers as a child in Maine and have so many happy memories. Thank you for bringing light and joy to us on a very snowy cold Sunday morning in Alberta. Blessings Jacqueline

  26. Jo
    October 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Wonderful photos! Maine is on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your vacation.

  27. Susan K.
    October 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    So colorful and picturesque! I would love to go there!

  28. franki
    October 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    That air must’ve been “crystal” as your photos were just “crystal clear!!” The only time I was in Maine we drove to Biddeford in winter to pick up racing shells for our crew team…better to go to Maine in October!!!!! :) franki

  29. October 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love everything about Coastal New England!!

  30. Diane
    October 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Nothing better than a lobster roll from Maine

  31. Rattlebridge
    October 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    **Swoon** I’m adding Maine to my bucket list for sure. Beautiful, evocative photos tell a story of your journey. I love McLoons, the cedar shake, the piers, the gorgeous details. I am eagerly awaiting your next photos!

  32. Melissa
    October 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    ohhhhh wow!!! Love the photo’s Mary…I have been wanting to go to Maine for so long..such a beautiful trip.❤

  33. Yolie
    October 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    We just came back from Cape CodWe stayed on the water in Wellfleet. Then we went to Nantucket. But I love, love, love Maine as well. To me, there is nothing like the New England coastline. Those blue waters and rocky shores are magical.

  34. Jacky
    October 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Great pictures! I had the privilege of growing up on the coast of southern Maine in the ’50-’60s. We used to ride our bikes to do our homework on the beach after school. Even tho I am only in NH, I don’t get back to my hometown nearly as often as I would like. It killed me to have to sell my parents’ home where I grew up.Sometimes life just gets in the way of our dreams …

  35. October 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I have wanted to go to Maine for a very long time. Thanks for suggesting this time and for the beautiful pictures!!!

  36. October 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Your photos are pure eye candy, Mary! Maine is on my bucket list as well, and now, after seeing your pictures, it’s definitely moving up on that list!

  37. Ellen Stillabower
    October 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Beautiful!! I bet it’s gorgeous when the leaves turn!! 🍂🌾🍁🌻🦀

  38. Sharon Pace
    October 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    We have traveled to this beautiful state multiple times & love it more each time! Bar Harbor is stunning but so are all the beautiful little coastal towns. And THE LOBSTER! Oh, my…the stuff dreams are made of!

  39. Linda E.
    October 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Don’t EVER pass Red’s Eats in Wiscasset! It’s not allowed! Maine is my favorite state, though I don’t live there! God certainly outdid Himself when He created Maine! Enjoy Red’s!

  40. Laura B.
    October 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Mary,
    You have a skilled eye for a beautiful view. I enjoy your lovely photographs and they really convey how exquisite each place is that you allow us to see through your viewfinder. Thank you.

  41. Cyndi Raines
    October 9, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    What a beautiful trip Mary. Thank you. My husband was stationed in Maine and I have always wanted to go there. You’ve just made it even more a desire.

  42. Pattie Leonardis
    October 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Really enjoyed these beautiful photos- makes me want to be there. Thanks!

  43. Ellen Martin
    October 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Incredibly beautiful photos!! Makes me want to go back to Maine, which we visited 40 years ago. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful travel photographs. Thanks for sharing for our viewing pleasure!

  44. October 10, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Looks like you had a great trip Mary! Glad to hear Matthew didn’t treat you too badly either:@)

  45. Michelle
    October 10, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I’m from Maine, love it. The coast, lobster rolls, steamers, just no place like it. The pictures you took captured the beauty of Maine. Looking forward to seeing more pictures!

  46. October 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Mary, you truly captured the beauty! I am so glad you had an amazing trip! Pam @ Everyday Living

  47. October 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Amazing pictures…what a trip—gorgeous! Sandi

  48. Bonnie
    October 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Love Maine! Your pictures are outstanding. So beautiful! Are you going back at leaf-peeping time?

  49. Paula
    October 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    ~Mary~
    What pretty pictures of Maine! My sister lived there for a few years and her daughter was born in Bath, Maine. I remember the quaint little villages and the beautiful shorelines. Thank you for sharing your wonderful get away !
    Paula
    IN.

  50. Carolyn Wengel
    October 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. My mother and father-in-law lived on the Maine coast. My husband and I live in southern California and we went to visit them as often as possible. They are both gone now and it brought tears to my eyes seeing your gorgeous pictures and remembering the great times we had there.

  51. October 11, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    So happy that you enjoyed your wonderful trip to Maine!….I LOVE Maine!….Such a most beautiful state and you just cannot get enough of seeing that amazing coastline…We also only spent one day at Acadia due to our schedule, but it was a wonderful day….loved the restaurant at Jordan Pond enjoying those amazing Popovers! Exquisite photos as always Mary!

  52. Melodie Strickland
    October 12, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of Maine and it’s rocky coastline. I’ve been there twice–once to visit with a former sister-in-law and her husband in the Portland area. The other time was to stay with a girlfriend whose husband was stationed in Maine. When I traveled there it was in August–just delightful.

  53. October 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    A visit to Maine has been one of the items on my bucket list I haven’t been able to mark off…One of our ancestors, with a very interesting history, settled in Blue Hill, Maine 220 years ago and his home is still preserved as a ‘memorial museum’… I still hope to visit it some day…

    http://jonathanfisherhouse.org/

  54. October 18, 2016 at 7:49 am

    hi there.. great photos! it sounds like you had a whirlwind tour… my wife and I work at Mount Desert Campground, and this season I worked on the Margaret Todd part time.. you have a nice pic of the boat.. did you happen to join us for a sail? feel free to check out my blog for more pics of the island.. jt

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