Sailboats bob in the waves. Beachcombers search for shells. Wooden lobster traps whet the appetite for edible gifts from the sea.
Inland, a maze of tall pine trees and ripe low-bush blueberries paint a pretty picture. The luscious fruit holds the promise of pie, crumble and cobbler, warm from the oven.
This is Maine. The scenery is as nostalgic as an Edward Hopper painting and the slower pace means folks have time to watch the tide roll in. Much of the state manages to keep its dimensions to a refreshingly human scale. Mom-and-Pop shops abound and residents are committed to sourcing from local farmers, fisherman and craftspeople.
Maine has earned its nickname, Vacationland. In summer, the population swells with holidaymakers who are baited by the craggy coastline and pristine inland regions. Fall foliage, winter snow and spring wildflowers present year-round possibilities.
Get an authentic taste of this coastal paradise with our picks for the best Maine hotels for families.
Inn by the Sea is an idyllic family resort. Watch butterflies frolic overhead as you walk the short path that leads through a wildlife sanctuary to a serene sandy beach. The spacious suites also offer full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, large living rooms and balconies with scenic views.
The inn offers experiential opportunities to connect young visitors with the surroundings. Venture out onto Casco Bay in a working lobster boat or participate in a hands-on gardening lesson. The resort’s interactive Bug’s Life program encourages young guests to dress-up like insects while a naturalist teaches them about the local eco-system.
If you’re traveling with man’s best friend, your dog will be pampered with evening turndown service and handmade doggie treats.