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Your Perfect Maine Getaway Awaits

Maine in the winter paints a much different picture than in the summertime when its streets are flocked with tourists. Enjoy a perfectly quiet weekend filled with snowy outdoor adventures, cozy dining, and friendly-priced, off-season lodging.

We’ve put together a guide to your perfect Maine weekend in three of our favorite destinations: Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Augusta.

What to do?

Bar Harbor:

If you are of more adventurous nature, Bar Harbor’s Acadia National Park offers a wide range of outdoor winter activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snow mobile trails, and even hiking for the especially daring. If you’d like to enjoy the solitude and winter beauty, but not endure the low tempatures, there is a loop on Cadillac Mountain where you can appreciate the views from the warmth of your car.

You can also do some shopping downtown, learn about local history at the Abbe Museum, enjoy a show at the 1932 Criterion Theater, or get in touch with your inner chef at the Ambrosia Cooking School.

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(photo courtesy of Acadia National Park)

 

Rockland:

Rockland offers multiple museums for the artistic, history-buffs, and children including, but not limited to, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and the Coastal Children’s Museum.

Augusta:

Augusta is perfect for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating, vacation. While it boasts many brewpubs and local wine makers, you can also learn about Maine history at the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, and the Blaine House (or Governor’s Mansion).

Where to Stay?

Bar Harbor:

Spread out in one of the Mira Monte Suites, and enjoy their half-priced off season room rates. Or, cozy up with a panoramic, waterfront view in the romantic and peaceful Saltair Inn.

Rockland:

Enjoy Rockland’s very own boutique hotel, 250 Main, which is perfect for the modern traveler. Located right on Rockland’s main street, overlooking the harbor, 250 Main is Rockland’s newest hotel, boasting modern industrial decor and breathtaking views.

Another local option, located in the heart of Rockland, is the Rockland Harbor Hotel. Conveniently located just steps from downtown, you can easily explore all the town has to offer. You can also enjoy the patio fire pit. Smores anyone?

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(photo courtesy of 250 Main)

 

 

Augusta:

If you want to stay right in Augusta, try the Senator’s Inn, where you can enjoy their full service spa then dine at their fantastic restaurant, Cloud 9. Or, drive just a few miles down the road to the Maple Hill Farm Inn, offering a very serene setting in the rolling fields and woods.

What to eat?

Bar Harbor:

Visit locally owned, Mache Bistro, where the menu changes daily, and includes anything from bruschetta, to pork belly tacos, to slow roasted pork chops. If you’re looking for more of a charming pub atmosphere, head to the Thirsty Whale, who is famous for their fish sandwiches and homemade chowders.

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(photo courtesy of Mache Bistro)

 

Rockland:

You cannot go to Rockland without visitng Primo, where James Beard Award Winning Chef, Melissa Kelly, creates a new menu daily, using many ingredients she grows herself on her four-acre farm adjacent to the restaurant.

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(photo courtesy of Primo Restaurant)

 

Augusta:

Visit the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery for a refreshing pint of craft beer and a heaping serving of fish and chips. Or, head to Slate’s Restaurant & Bakery to enjoy American fare while taking in live music and local artwork displayed on the walls.

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Whether you decide to take make your trip a wintery, outdoor adventure or a cozy, romantic weekend of dining and spa treatments, Cape Air can get you to Maine. Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor, Rockland, or Augusta, and you’ll be there in minutes. For more information, or to book your flight, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

Now through Sunday, February 4 get away for less! If you book your flight to Maine by Sunday, we are offering flights starting at $69 to Augusta, $79 to Rockland, and $89 to Bar Harbor. These fares are valid for travel 2/1/18-3/31/18. For full details visit www.capeair.com.

 

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Acadia National Park: Celebrating 100 Years of Natural Beauty

You blinked and summer is gone.

Do you feel like vacation season slipped out of reach before you could plan one of your own? Are you scrambling to savor those last warm days with a weekend getaway? We have the perfect place for you: Bar Harbor, Maine. More specifically, Acadia National Park, which is celebrating their Centennial throughout 2016. Easy to access via a fast Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor, spectacular scenery, and activities for all ages and interests makes this national park a must-see. Read on for the top 5 attractions at Acadia National Park!

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1. The Cadillac of Mountains

Cadillac Mountain towers above the park at 1530 feet and is the highest point along the Atlantic seaboard. It’s also the first place to see the sunrise in the US between October and March. It’s one of many mountains on Mount Desert Island (MDI) that were formed by volcanic and tectonic forces millions of years ago. The peak can be accessed by car via Summit Road with several scenic observation points along the way, or by hiking one of several trails of varying difficulty. Enjoy the breathtaking views along the way!

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Photo credit: Julia Walker Thomas, Friends of Acadia

2. Hit the Beach

On a warm day or after a long hike, the beach is a welcome reprieve. You can pick from two beaches within Acadia depending on your preferences. Looking for a quaint cove and a cool dip in the ocean? Sand Beach is your best best with its fragmented shell base, views of the wide open sea, and cozy location between two granite barriers. Prefer something more secluded? Try the freshwater Echo Lake Beach for its perspective of the Beech Mountain cliffs and warmer water temperature.

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Photo credit: Friends of Acadia

3. Wander the Carriage Roads

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was inspired by his desire to drive throughout MDI without encountering disruptive motor vehicles. He created nearly 57 miles of roads that were made to withstand Maine’s coastal climate and aligned them with the natural contours and highlights of the existing land. Today these roads are ideal for a leisurely bike ride or a quiet walk amongst the wilderness.

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Photo credit: Friends of Acadia

4. Brace Yourself at Thunder Hole

The power of Acadia’s rugged coast is accurately captured by Thunder Hole: a small, cavernous inlet that erupts in a thunderous roar when a wave and air hits it just right. Kids and adults alike love the intensity of this natural phenomenon. Beware: the water is likely to spout as high as 40 feet, so bring your raincoat!

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Photo credit: Friends of Acadia

5. A Cliff to Remember

Otter Cliff, located less than a mile past Thunder Hole, is one of the most breathtaking sights in Acadia. Sitting at 110 feet high, the cliff is popular for painters and photgraphers as the views are second to none. The cliff is accessible via a small path off Park Loop Road. You’ll notice thousands of weather boulders as you approach the cliff. These have been eroded by centuries of pounding ocean waves and exist today as a reminder of the ever-changing landscape of Acadia. Tip: You can check out Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff by walking the Ocean Path, which contains a wide perspective of spectacular views.

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Photo credit: Friends of Acadia

Ready to go?

Now it’s time to book your Cape Air flight and pack your suitcase. Beautiful Acadia is waiting for you!