3 Maine Towns Make Top 20 List of Best New England Weekend Getaways
There's a reason why Maine is called Vacationland: people really enjoy getting away in the Pine Tree State. For snow lovers, ski season is peak happiness. For those trying to escape the hustle and bustle, a summer excursion in Maine is just what the doctor ordered.
But when it comes to vacations, people often think of it as a week or more away from home. What if you can only get away for the weekend? If that's the case, Travel and Leisure has just named the top 20 weekend getaways in New England, and three of them are in Maine.
It seems like Bar Harbor has made it onto every list imaginable recently. It's been named one of the best small towns in America, one of the best beer towns in America, and now one of the great weekend escapes. Travel and Leisure highlights Bar Harbor's proximity to Acadia National Park's vast hiking trails and picturesque scenery as a reason why it's a great place to visit for the weekend.
Camden has long been a touristy hotspot, with excursions and adventures in town as well as surrounding areas. Camden is just as quaint in the winter, with the Camden Snow Bowl providing some activities and a handful of antique shops and restaurants still buzzing with energy. In the warmer months, Camden boasts plenty of gorgeous bed and breakfasts, as well as lots of history for you to discover.
Kennebunkport makes the list, to the surprise of no one. Still best known as the place where former President Bush has a family estate, most New Englanders know Kennebunkport for its swanky style filled with upscale boats, shops, and cafes. In the summer, the resorts are filled with beach-going guests, and in the winter, Kennebunkport's calm still appeals to those that enjoy some peace and quiet.
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If Bar Harbor has become a little too stuffy or crowded for your liking, take a little detour and head to the small town of Stonington. The town itself is rich in history and offers much of the small town charm most visitors are looking for. Stunning views can be found at any spot on the waterfront, and Stonington is home to some incredible art galleries, an opera house, and some surprisingly upscale restaurants.
Once a mill town, Bucksport has taken the time to transform itself into an incredible place to visit, even if it's just for a weekend. Sitting on the edge of the Penobscot River, visitors can find an unforgettable mile-long walkway that is Instagram-worthy, especially in the summer. In the colder months, escape inside to some of Bucksport's cozy breweries or restaurants.
If you're truly looking for a weekend excursion with limited people interaction, Castine is going to be right up your alley. Castine sits on Penobscot Bay, with breathtaking views found throughout the small town. Not only that, but Castine is home to some of the most historic and oldest buildings in Maine, including the oldest operating post office in America.
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