Although I’ve lived in Colorado now for the past 5 years, I’m originally from Maine and spent my early life there. I still go home to visit often and am always excited to see the ocean again. The Rocky Mountains are a good stand in for the ocean, but this salty girl needs a little ocean in her life from time to time.
People always ask me, “have you ever been to ‘insert tiny coastal town in Maine’? If I haven’t been there I will usually say something along the lines of “no but I know exactly what it looks like”. If you’ve ever been to coastal Maine I’m sure it was a small town on the water with lots of lobster boats. Did I guess right? They are all a little bit different but they all have that quintessential Maine feel.
If you’re planning to visit Maine this summer and you want to spend some time on the coast and want to avoid the crowds, there are more than a few towns worth a visit. Listed below are my suggestions:
Kennebunk is located about 45 minutes south of Portland. Main Street is located on the Mousam River and is filled with little shops and restaurants and has a working Maine family feel. The beaches are Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach and Mother’s Beach with the popular surfing spot Goose Rock’s Beach in Kennebunkport just to the south. Check out the The Fish House in Kennebunkport for a unique place to stay right on the water!
Friendship Maine is a quaint little fishing town about 1 hour from Augusta. If you want quiet, you will find it here. It is a perfect little town to spend a relaxing anniversary in, or to read a great book by the water. If you want a real Maine experience plan your trip for the lobster boat races and you’re guaranteed to have a great time! Check out Camp Boulder Cottage for a quiet retreat.
Okay so this one might not be as quiet and quaint as the other towns because you will be very close to Acadia National Park but if you stay here at the Waterfront Cabin in Richtown at least you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor but still close enough to explore the park and go into Southwest Harbor for dinner if you want. Richtown is located on the far south eastern side of Mount Desert Island but is right on the water and an absolutely beautiful place to be in the summertime.
If you really want to get away from it all check out Monhegan Island, located 12 miles off the mainland. With a population of only 69 people and barely a square mile you will be sure to find some peace and quiet here. There are a few boats that will take you out to the island or you can rent your own. Once you are on the island there is a hiking trail you can explore but that’s about it. There is spotty cell service and no emergency services on the island. So be prepared! Check out the Ocean View house for a little slice of heaven to call your own.
If you’ve been to any of these spots or plan to in the future, leave a comment below and tell me about it!