Maine is Vacationland

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Maine’s south coastal region is Vacationland at its best. There are nearly 20 miles of coastal beach, dozens of navigable lakes, ponds and rivers, many miles of trails for hiking and biking, wildlife preserves, hundreds of historic sites and buildings, museums, art colonies and arts organizations.

Southern Maine is a golfer’s paradise with more than a dozen public or semi-private courses, several private ones, a driving range and numerous mini-golf courses. An amusement park in Old Orchard Beach dates back to 1902 and there are water parks and an amusement park in Saco. There are numerous opportunitities for visitors to go surf fishing or deep-sea fishing, take a scenic boat ride or join a cruise to see whales, seals and lighthouses.

There are three summer playhouses and a year-round theater, moviehouses, two state parks, four lighthouses and numerous offshore islands for exploring, picnicking and camping. We even have our own National Estuarine Research Reserve – the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm in Wells.

Visitors to the area can choose from every conceivable type of accommodations – grand old hotels, contemporary inns and hotels, roadside motels, small inns, bed and breakfasts, private rental cottages, new cottage colonies, campgrounds and RV communities.

Dining venues abound from informal family fare to fine dining with an ocean view. Maine lobster is on the menu almost everywhere, from the basics – boiled lobster with melted butter, lobster stew and lobster rolls – to the more exotic – lobster omelettes and lobster ravioli. Other popular fresh seafood includes clams, scallops and haddock. There are steakhouses, too, and numerous ethnic restaurants. Local restaurants pride themselves on using fresh, native produce, and Maine’s seasonal fruits – strawberries, blueberries and apples – are featured on menu listings from appetizers to desserts

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