• Amy Wisdom

Small town travel in Maine

We are traveling to Maine this summer and I can hardly wait. It has been quite hot here in Florida lately, so getting way up North is going to be such a nice change. First we are staying just outside of Portland at The Inn at Diamond Cove. Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay is one of the most beautiful islands in Maine. You can get to the island by ferry, water taxi or your own boat. There are just under 200 acres to explore, hike, spend some quality outdoor family time or just relax in the beautiful serene area.

It is a small private community with the Inn at Diamond Cove being the only resort on the island. Previously it was a military base, and there were structures throughout the island which have been restored and are now historic homes full of character. Before it was an army base, it was home to many artists. Henry Wadsworth and Harriet Beecher Stowe, both writers, spent time on this peaceful sanctuary. There is also Diamonds Edge restaurant and Fort McKinley museum to visit and enjoy.

I think a visit to this quaint and charming little jewel is going to be the perfect start to a Maine adventure. It is known for amazing sunsets, small little beaches, huge trees in the forest where you can hike, historic charm will provide a unique opportunity to enjoy a quiet little island, just about a 10 minute ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of Portland.

It is not accessible by car, and once on the island people primarily walk, ride bikes or drive golf carts to get around.

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Next we are headed to MDI, Mount Desert Island which is another small island, about 3 hours Northeast of Portland. It is near the renowned Acadia National Park and the seaside town of Bar Harbor. We are staying in a cottage on Echo Lake. We want this trip to be more about being off the beaten path, so we chose this area rather than staying in Bar Harbor. We will spend a lot of time at Acadia, but we are close enough to both Bar Harbor & Southwest Harbor to go check them out.

Acadia National Park has over 120 miles of hiking trails and many miles of shoreline to discover. There are 2 beaches for both salt & freshwater swimming, a variety of ranger led programs, cycling, birdwatching, fishing, tidepooling & horseback riding. There are lots of activities specifically for families & kids.

I have read so much about this special destination and cannot wait to go check it out.

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From there we are heading to Poland Springs, just about 30 minutes North of Portland. We are staying at the Poland Spring Resort. This place looks amazing to me; very old school. And the rates are unreal. We have a 2 bedroom cottage, and included with the room rate all (most, not all, some extra activities you have to pay a fee) activities, breakfast & dinner for the 4 of us, and nightly entertainment, for 3 nights/4 days it is $600. What a deal.

Poland Springs Resort offers hiking & mountain biking trails, grass tennis courts, pool, movies, 2 museums, workout facilities, shuffleboard, bocci ball, tether ball, horseshoes, badminton, game rooms, mini golf, driving range, disc golf, paddle board, canoe & kayak rentals and a 18 hole golf course nearby. There is different entertainment each night.

There are several options for lodging; they have the Main Inn, the Lodge & the cottages. There are also several options for restaurants/bars.

Poland Springs is near Sebago lake which we also want to explore; I have heard and read it is also breathtaking.

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These are the towns we are staying in, but who knows what all we will see while driving through scenic Maine. I haven't ever been to Maine but I love the Northeast & New England area and am so excited to go explore this beautiful area.

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