Maine is a place of diverse and interesting environments, from quaint seaside towns to bustling outlet centers to incredible natural wonders. Its seafood is delicious, its views are jaw-dropping and there is no shortage of activities and adventures to find. For anyone seeking a honeymoon destination, Maine has everything you could want and more. For the best times and places to visit, read on, and discover just what Maine has in store for you.
Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, which is situated along Maine’s Frenchman Bay. It is a common gateway to Acadia National Park. With towering mountains on one side and glittering bay waters on the other, Bar Harbor is itself a spectacular place to visit. It has all the amenities and accommodations you desire for your visit.
No trip to Maine is complete without a nice lobster dinner, and there are plenty of spots to find one in Bar Harbor, such as Rose Eden Lobster. You can camp out around the park, or choose from a wide variety of cottages, inns, and cabins. Check out Acadia Cottages or Mount Desert Narrows Camping resort.
Acadia National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. It covers 47,000 acres of rocky shorelines, dense forest and majestic peaks. Cadillac Mountain is the highlight. As the tallest mountain in the park, it towers above and creates a grand spectacle. Jordan Pond provides a perfect spot for both leisurely strolls and more trying hikes.
This scenic coastal town is rated as one of the best places to visit in Maine. With a mixture of scenic coastline, grand Victorian buildings and bustling fishing wharves filled with shops and attractions, there is no shortage of things to do or see in Portland.
Take a brewery tour at one of Portland’s many microbreweries and taste some of the best beer in America. Rising Tide, Allagash, and Shipyard are just a few of the top-notch breweries located in Portland. You could spend your entire honeymoon doing nothing but enjoying a beer with your loved one! Or you could take a trip to Old Port, where restaurants, shops and more line the streets. With its 19th century aesthetic and small-town atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home, despite the many tourist attractions.
You have a wide variety of options when it comes to accommodations. Adventure resorts combine the best of a rugged outdoors experience and modern comforts. Such places as Northeast Whitewater Lodge & Guide Service can provide you with all the amenities and luxuries you require while giving easy access to the amazing natural wonders of Maine. Or, if you prefer something a little more intimate with your spouse, check out a bed and breakfast, like The Chadwick.
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (collectively known as “The Kennebunks”) are quintessential Maine, with their gorgeous shoreline areas, rustic lighthouses and amazing food. Kennebunkport is also famously the location of the vacation home of former president George H.W. Bush. The waterfront areas are the real draw, and there are many water sports, sight-seeing spots and restaurants to enjoy.
Gooch’s Beach is a fantastic destination for some fun in the sun. Located right near the downtown area of Kennebunkport, you’ll have easy access to fantastic views and delicious food. Whether you’re looking to take a boat tour along the coast, go kayaking or paddleboarding, or just relaxing on the sand, this is the spot for you.
For lunch, you should definitely try one of the Kennebunks famous lobster rolls. Tour around town and taste the different styles of each restaurant to find your favorite. The Clam Shack is often cited as the best in town, but Mabel’s and Port Lobster are also highly rated. Whichever you visit, you’ll come away happy and full.
For a room with a view, you can stay at one of Kennebunkport’s many beachfront properties. You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to watch the sunrise over the water. And of course, you’ll have many fun activities right outside your door. Tides Beach Club is one of the premier hotels on the beachfront, with luxurious rooms and a long history of hospitality.
Freeport is a town with a long history, dating back to the very earliest years of the country. While today it may be seen more as a shopping town, there are plenty of other things to do and see around this lovely and intriguing city. For instance, you could stop by Casco Castle, a unique sight towering over the bay. Or you could check out Pettengill Farm, a spectacular flower farm that houses not only vast seas of colorful flowers, but also some beautiful etchings.
One of the most acclaimed restaurants in Freeport is the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro. It features some of the best Italian food you’ll ever taste—pasta, pizza, and even some vegetarian options. It’s certainly an excellent choice to mix things up in between traditional Maine cuisine. Or if you prefer your meals combined with the comfort of a cozy room, stay for a few nights at Brewter House Bed and Breakfast.
Baxter State Park
Located in the north-central part of Maine, Baxter State Park is a sprawling preserve, filled with wonderful sights and sounds. At over 200,000 acres in size, you won’t be bored when visiting this awesome honeymoon destination. It is really a nature-lovers dream come true.
Mount Katahdin is the centerpiece of the park, as both the highest mountain in the state and also one of the most awe-inspiring. While it’s possible to enjoy it from afar, but try out one of the many trails to truly get a sense of its majesty. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can head to South Branch Pond and take a leap of faith. There are several cliff-diving locations, ranging from an easy 3 feet up to 100 feet. Test your courage and have fun at the same time!
There are a number of lodges and campgrounds in and around Baxter State Park. Whether you prefer a rugged experience, roughing it in true pioneer style, or something a little more luxurious, you’ll find what you need. 5 Lakes Lodge is a fantastic choice for a romantic night’s stay. It features great views and peaceful seclusion, just what you desire for your honeymoon getaway.
Moosehead Lake in Greenville
For even more outdoor fun, head to Moosehead Lake. As the biggest lake in Maine, it has a vast array of awesome activities to partake in. Hike out to the waterfalls and bask in the beauty of the rushing water. Bird watchers can rejoice at the splendid variety of birds to spot. And of course, all the kayaking, fishing and other watersports are at your disposal.
If you’re planning to focus your trip on Moosehead Lake, you’ll be able to easily access it from downtown Greenville. Alternatively, there are many spectacular accommodations right on the lakefront. One such place is The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. It offers unbeatable views of the lake, elegant and comfortable rooms, fantastic dining and even special options for elopers!
When to Honeymoon In Maine
Each season in Maine has its own unique charms and popular activities. Depending on what you’re interested in, you’ll want to plan your trip accordingly. Summer is the most popular tourist season, with many people flocking to the beaches and quaint stores. It’s also berry season, so you can indulge in strawberry shortcake and other delicacies. Fall is also quite popular, as the changing leaves are absolutely gorgeous all across the state. Winter is ski season, so if you’re itching to hit the slopes, this is the season for you. And spring is the least busy season of the year, meaning you can skip the crowds and enjoy Maine all for yourself.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.