When Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens says there are "blue skies ahead," we believe them. Blue skies signify happier times, and we all need a big dose of happy right about now. We need a place where we can go to escape from the added stress and anxiety that the global pandemic has brought into our lives. This delightful place has built its business on putting smiles on people's faces with its exquisite gardens featuring gorgeous flowers and native plants set in a "compelling" natural landscape, which includes about a mile of spectacular tidal saltwater frontage.

The Gardens, located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is one of the "most distinguished botanical destinations in the country," according to its Facebook page. It is truly a place to soak in the beauty of Maine's botany. People of all ages may enjoy a lovely stroll around one of Maine's top attractions. There is more than a day's worth of acreage -- 295 acres to explore -- and it can be taken at your own pace.

Botanical Gardens opens on Monday, June 1st, 2020, as per the Facebook post below. Given the current crisis, there are some new safety measures in effect. For one, a daily limit on the number of guests. Secondly, staggered arrival times are necessary in order to maintain the proper social distancing. Also, face masks or coverings are a must inside the buildings. Tickets are required in advance of arrival. You can buy them here. Walk-in guests will be turned away.

Before you hit the road, read over the Botanical Gardens' new policies.