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When in Maine

For those of you new to me and who haven’t read my About page, it might come as news that I’m from Maine. I grew up on the coast with regular trips inland to central Maine, and I have some When in Maine tips and tricks. 

Do go to the ocean!

Portland Head Light – I grew up 10 minutes away from here

Maine is known for its coastline. Whether you see the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth – which I’m partial to because I grew up there – or beautiful Bar Harbor, be sure to check out the miles and miles of ocean. We’re the Eastern-most part of the continental United States!

Don’t speed


If you’re driving in the state, be sure to obey the driving laws. This might sound absolutely ridiculous, but let me explain – Mainers love the money that tourists bring to the economy, but hate the tourists themselves. Don’t be that Masshole cutting people off, not using blinkers, and tailgating.

Do pack layers


Don’t be fooled by the reputation – Maine CAN get hot. But it also can get pretty cool. In the space of a single day, it can go from 60 to 80+ degrees. The key? Layers. Especially because lots of business and restaurants don’t have air conditioning. Why on Earth would they when heat is so much more necessary (and expensive)?

Don’t insist on getting your seafood from some fancy restaurant.


I mean, by all means, eat at a fancy restaurant. But it’s Maine. The lobster rolls from the street vendors in Freeport are just as real and fresh as those sold at restaurants. Don’t be that tourist going “No, but where can I get a real lobster/clam chowder/piece of fish/etc?” It’s insulting and absolutely ridiculous.

Do visit lots of great places!

Maine is so much more than just one region or another. Here are some of the many great towns and regions to visit.

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Cape Elizabeth. Duh.
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Bar Harbor/Acadia
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Have you ever been to Maine? Where abouts?

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  • Reply Emily Woodard

    I'd love to visit Maine. It looks beautiful!

    July 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Sara Elizabeth

    My nanny family is in Maine for the week! They always have so much fun, I definitely want to visit some time!

    July 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    I have family in Bridgton, so we try to go once a year for an extended weekend. I love visiting because it is so tranquil and off the grid in a way. Maine lobster is all sorts of amazing too.

    July 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Gi

    Hey Kate,
    I found your blog through Erin's design portfolio, I am getting her to redesign my blog for me.
    Maine looks like such a beautiful place to live, it seem so peaceful in your pictures.
    I hope you don't mind but I loved your blog so much that I nominated it for a Liebster Award, the details are over on my page
    So glad that I found your blog!!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Love Gi

    July 4, 2013 at 3:46 am
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