Have you been lusting for a real lobster roll, that quintessential coastal Maine sandwich? Or do you want to vacation where you can do some whale watching? Time for a Maine vacation! Our Maine weekly rentals are the best spots to experience everything wonderful about this picturesque destination.
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A Few Popular Maine Spots for Weekly Rentals
Book a Maine weekly rental in Portland, Maine’s largest city, and enjoy its nightlife, thriving arts scene, historic Old Port, lighthouses, outstanding seafood and award-winning dining spots, museums, beaches and rocky cliffs, and whale watching too! Most people have heard of Kennebunkport. But there’s more to this cute touristy town than just President Bush’s summer home. There are miles of beaches and rugged coastline, cafes, art galleries, plenty of boats, fishermen and lobster. Historic Bar Harbor is one of the more scenic spots in Maine with sandy beaches, granite cliffs and it’s known as the gateway to the spectacular Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island. The Park has so much to do, you may need a few weeks to explore it all.
If you’ve got the whole family with you, maybe think about a vacation in York. Besides the beach, there are plenty of restaurants, shops and an abundance of ice cream parlors. And the kids will love the amusement park, mini-golf courses, bowling alleys, arcades, and York’s Wild Kingdom. Picturesque Boothbay Harbor is home to the Maine State Aquarium, Burnt Island Lighthouse, and is a popular yachting destination. The aquarium’s two interactive touch tanks have sea urchins, spiny sea stars and sharks to pet if you dare. Old Orchard Bay has picturesque cottages and historic downtown, a bustling touristy pier and beachfront with tacky souvenir shops, art galleries, and more.
Maine’s capitol, Augusta, is home to Victorian mansions and cottages, the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western (a British fort used during the French and Indian War) and Viles Arboretum. And Bangor, established for the lumber and shipbuilding industries, was a major stopover on the great circle air route between our east coast and Europe. Many lumber barons built luxurious mansions, many of which are still standing in the city’s Broadway Historic District.
Whales, Moose, and Puffins
Maine is the spot to see these three iconic creatures. You’ll need to book a tour to safely watch these animals, and there are plenty of tours to choose from. Other than Alaska, Maine has the highest population of the majestic moose. Head inland, to the western and northern parts of the state. Greenville and Shirley Mills on the shores of Moosehead Lake or Millinocket have plenty of moose watching tours and safaris. Mid-May through July and then in the fall are the best moose spotting months. Want to spot them on your own? Hike through the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge and prime moose territory.
The only spot in the country where Atlantic puffins nest is Maine’s coastal islands. You can book a puffin tour from various spot along the coast, including Mt. Desert Island, Rockland, Boothbay Harbor and Stonington.
Patient whale watchers in Maine will be rewarded with sightings of humpback, pilot, minke, and finback whales. Occasionally, watchers are lucky enough to spot orcas and sperm whales on their travels. Book a whale watching tour in Mid-April through October for the best time to spot these magnificent mammals before they head south for the winter.
OK, let’s get back to that lobster roll! It’s pretty easy to buy fresh lobsters right off the dock in fishing towns like Boothbay Harbor, Stonington, and Jonesport and make your own. Where to get the best lobster roll, of course, depends on who you ask. Here are a few spots to try so you can decide for yourself: Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport, The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Red’s Easts in Wiscasset, and Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland.
Need More Maine Activities?
Take a historic lighthouse boat tour to view iconic lighthouses that dot the coastline, like the Portland Head Light, the red/white striped West Quoddy Head Light, and the pretty Portland Breakwater Lighthouse.
Enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing, birdwatching, and more! Take a trip to one of the state’s parks or wildlife refuges for plenty of outdoor fun. Acadia National Park has all of the above and more. Visit the Bay of Fundy to see the Old Sow – the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
Weekly Rentals in Maine
No matter what you end up doing or where you end up staying, Maine is sure to fulfill all your vacation dreams. Our weekly Maine vacation rentals have everything you’ll need while you’re here, including free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens (with coffee makers and pots for those lobsters), and interior fireplaces perfect for snuggling on cold Maine nights. There are porches and decks for enjoying the view while enjoying that first cup of morning coffee. Book one of our rentals with a firepits and gas grill for cookouts and s’mores. Be sure to give our friendly staff a call for help in selecting the perfect Maine weekly rentals!