Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Vacation to Maine

So, I tried posting a question on the Maine Babies board, and only one person responded.  I thought I would try it here!  Has anyone been to Maine?  I am trying to plan our first family vacation, and for starters, I don't even know the best time to go to Maine!  LO is just over a year, so we don't want to camp, but will most likely go to Acadia National Forest.  I dunno, any ideas or stories or whatever could help me plan!  Mu husband always plans our vacations, so I need to do a good job on my first time!  Big Smile
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Re: Vacation to Maine

  • We went to Mt. Desert Island when DD1 was 9 months old for a week w/ my parents. We rented a house in Bar Harbor from (I've rented through that site several times). We did a lot of easy to moderate hikes in the park, meandering strolls, ate a lot of lobster out, wandered the shops, etc. It was a great trip and we will probably go back in a few years. We went in the third week of June - it's always chillier there and we had a crappy week, too. It was in the 50s -60s and rainy, but we still had a great time. 

    I recommend a hiking backpack or ergo type carrier. We didn't even bring the stroller.

    There is also a brewery and winery, we did tastings there.  

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  • Wonderful feedback!  Im kind of glad I wont have to pack the stroller!  I never want to take it anywhere!  Thanks!
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  • Sure. Definitely go to the Jordan Pond Tea House and get the lobster stew (? bisque?) and popovers...yum yum yum. If it's nice you can sit out on the lawn. There is nice hike around the pond there. 

     Depending on when you go the peregrine (sp?) falcons might be easy to spot - the rangers will have binoculars at certain places. 

    Oh, and there is an island (bar island maybe?) that you can only walk to when the tide is low, it's pretty cool, we went early one morning.  

    E 09.08, V 08.11, J 04.11
  • J234J234
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    I've been to Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, Wiscasset, and Rockland before baby.  You might want a stroller for wandering through towns and shops.

    We always stop in Freeport to visit the LL Bean store!   Also every place has the best lobster roll ever...  lol.  

    Edit- I would say go in the summer, but I'm not a winter person!  Even the beaches are chilly in August.   

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  • mlhw NHmlhw NH
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    Portland has a great childrens museum!  Check Groupon for deals there's always a lot for downtown area.  I went to Bar Harbor as a child and remember enjoying it, but I don't remember the details of it. 
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    I live in Portland and think the suggestions above are great. If you are driving up to Bar Harbor - take Route 1 all the way up (or back) so that you get to see all the towns mentioned - Freeport, Camden, etc.

    There is also in Boothbay Harbor the Maine State aquarium which is neat. There is a prison store on the way up to Bar harbor on route 1 in Thomaston - it's worth a trip in. Everything is made by the prisoners so that they can earn money to send home to family. Very good quality stuff - from cutting boards, to rocking horses for a great price.

    In Portland - I would go to the Children's museum which is on Free Street in the Old Port. There is a great Farmers market on Saturdays and lots of outdoor playgrounds around.

    Eat lobster by the water at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth or one of the many lobster shacks around and on the way up.

    I would bring a small packable stroller in case you are going to a lot of towns. Just in case your LO gets sick of being in a carrier.

  • The Maine baby and nest boards are pretty dead, we all defected to FB. :)

    Mount Desert Island is great, practically endless stuff to do if you like outdoor activities.  The Carriage roads are great for walking if you want exercise, but not in the mood to hike a mountain.  I like walking around Eagle Lake, a good distance but not too hard.

    I'd definitely go to Jordon Pond House, popovers are one of the best foods ever.  Two Cats has great breakfast, so I'd stop there at least once.

    If you want to spend time in more than one place, I'd plan on stopping for a day or two somewhere in the Camden/Rockland area.  It is a long, long drive from Portland to Mount Desert Island on Rt 1....not sure I'd recommend that for a 1st trip, it might be brutal with a 1 year old. 

    Most people (smart ones anyways) come to Maine in the summer.  Where are you from? It tends to be chilly near the water, and I wouldn't plan on swimming in the ocean unless you really like cold water. :p I love the Bar Harbor area in the early fall because there are less people, weather is still good, and the foliage is gorgeous.

    If you end up with any more specific questions, send me a PM. Lived in maine most of my life and we always vacationed in Bar Harbor.

  • My inlaws have a time share in Maine so we go almost every year for a week in July.  I would LOVE to go to Acadia.  I hear it's beautiful.  It's in Stoneham.  It's about an hour or so from Naples.  It's nice but I heard the Acadia is really beautiful.

  • Thank you all!! I'm all excited to be planning this vacation and excited that there will be stuff for LO to enjoy too!
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