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Maine: The Pine Tree State and Vacationland

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A July 2005 trip to Maine by ladyanne47a

Rockland Harbor Photo, Maine, United States More Photos
Quote: A yearly trip to Maine has become a love affair with a diversified state that boasts rugged coastline, lakes, and mountains.

Weathervane Seafood Restaurant

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Weathervane Seafood Restaurant Photo, Belfast, Maine
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Don't let the fact that this is a chain restaurant keep you away, because in Belfast Maine this is the best place to eat for a consistent well prepared seafood dinner, whether it be a clam roll or the lobster dinner works. There are many bistros and restaurants that boast a Maine seafood treat, but the Weathervane can assure you that is just what you will get. No guesses. This is it. Wonderful lightly deep fried clams, shrimp or seafood basket dinners. You will not be disappointed. It is right on the waterfront by the Belfast pier. Eat on the deck and enjoy the view of the Penobscot Bay and boats.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2006

Weathervane Seafood Restaurant
3 Main St. Public Landing.
Belfast, Maine 04915
207-338-1774

Flat Bread & Company

Restaurant | "Flat Bread & Company"

Flat Bread & Company Photo, Portland, Maine
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Flat Bread & Company, I would say, is probably a pizza restaurant, but I want to say that it is also a vegetarian-healthy food establishment. It is situated right on the water overlooking Casco Bay on Commercial Street, in the Old Port of Portland, Maine. It offers wonderful seating arrangements, from large roomy booths to living room couches and chairs for a home or family environment. There are large stone walls and ovens all on one side of the restaurant with open fires. There is also a bench where children can roll and play with their own pizza dough to keep them busy while waiting to eat. The natural food pizza is fabulous. I especially love the beet-and-goat cheese one. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

Flat Bread & Company
72 Commercial St.
Portland, Maine
(978) 834-9800

Rockland Harbor

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Rockland Harbor Photo, Maine, United States
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Rockland, Maine, is one of the few coastal towns that does not have an over run feeling of tourist (unless it is Lobster Festival week). The harbor is one of the best Maine has to offer, deep and well protected, a great harbor master and facilities. It is host to many famous schooners and multi-masked sailing vessels, including "Morning in Maine" which offers daily tour sails for the boat lover. Even a novice sailor will love this harbor which is large enough to allow him to sail yet still take refuge in it's protective arms, the more advanced sailor will sail out further and catch some great winds that are known in the Penobscot Bay.Rockland itself is a small coastal town that h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2006

Rockland Harbor

Rockland, Maine

Portland Town (City)

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Portland Public Pier on Waterfront near Ferries. Photo, Portland, Maine
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Portland is the largest city in Maine, on the southern end of the state. It may be a city, but don't let that keep you away. It is a treasure trove of Maine history, beauty, and culture.Probably my most favorite small city in the United States, it is built on a slight hill that goes down to the waterfront, with a shipping and fishing industry that keeps it alive and well. The city is full of life, with great architecture, history, cultural events, wonderful sculptures through the streets and squares, old hotels, and two great museums. Not only that, but the waterfront area, called the "Old Port," has been revitalized with renovations of the original old stone and bric...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Old Port

Attraction | "Old Port of Portland"

Old Port Photo, Portland, Maine
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The Old Port, located on the Commercial Street area of Portland, Maine, has become a mecca for shopping, cafes, and restaurants. The whole waterfront area has been restored and is full of specialty shops, antique shops, gifts shops, and great pubs and small breweries. Portland has some of the best restaurants in Maine, and New England for that matter. And not only do you have the city and its culture and history, but you have the seaport, marinas, and ferries that take you out into the beautiful Casco Bay and its many islands.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Old Port

Portland, Maine

Casco Bay

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Loading passengers at the Cliff Island dock. Photo, Casco Bay, Maine
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One of the best things about being in Portland is the opportunity to take a ferry tour around the beautiful islands in Casco Bay.Casco Bay Ferry Terminal is at the very end of Franklin Street, which you can get to off the 295 highway. It meets with Commercial Street on the Portland waterfront. There is a multilayer parking lot for $12 an hour or by the day. Or you can try to find another parking space if you are lucky. It usually costs about $8, adult price, for a ferry ticket, and you can get on and off the island without a ticket, but once you come off the ferry in Portland, your run is over.The midday ferry, called the "mail" boat, is the best ride. As you tou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2006

Cliff Island

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Attraction | "Cliff Island in the Casco Bay, Maine!"

Cliff Island Photo, Casco Bay, Maine
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Cliff Island is probably not a destination, but it is definitely a place. It's a very small place about 2 miles long and a quarter mile wide and sits in the Atlantic Ocean of Casco Bay, Maine. It is a place that holds about 90 year-round residents, who are mostly lobster men (and women), and about 300 seasonal folk who visit and stay in the summer months. There are only a few rental cottages, and they are usually booked solid. The lobster business is the main economy, so lobster is provided fresh off the boats. You can reach Cliff Island by private motorboat, kayak, lobster boat, or sailboat, but the most commom vehicle is the ferry run by the Casco Bay Ferry Lines out of Portland, Maine. There are...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 1, 2006

Cliff Island

Casco Bay, Maine

Rockport, Maine

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Andre the Seal, Rockport Hrb. Mascot. Photo, Maine, United States
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Rockport, Maine, is often bypassed by most folks traveling up the Maine coast because it is on Route 1A, which swings away from the famous Route 1. It is a picturesque coastal village with all the Maine charm it can hold. Built on a hill overlooking the Rockport Harbor, it has magnificent views of the sea and sailing vessels for which it is known. Andre the Seal has been its harbor mascot for many years, and now, after Andre's passing, there is a great sculpture set up near the marina and harbor master's station. Andre has been a well-loved children's story and movie. Also on the harbor are the many old restored kilns that were used years ago for processing the limestone that was trained f...Read More
Weathervane Restaurant deck on Penobscot Bay. Photo, Maine, United States
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Belfast, Maine, is one of the last coastal villages before you take the bridge over the Penobscot River and Bay and travel on towards Bar Harbor, Maine, which will again bring you to the dramatic coastal area of Maine. It is a quaint village with a steep hill lined with great shops and cafes. However, one of my favorite places to eat is in Belfast. Believe it or not, it is the Weathervane that is part of a chain of restaurants in New England and one in upstate New York. Belfast has a great marina and pier, which will make a nice stop on your endless traveling on Maine's Route 1.
Old church on China Lake, Maine Photo, Maine, United States
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When you go back in time not too long ago to the 1960s and '70s, you will find that Maine was the destination of the hippie movement, in addition to San Francisco, California.San Francisco was the hub of drugs, psychedelic music, and anti-war fanaticism; however, Maine seemed to collect the more "Natural Hippie Movement" of those who wanted to live off the land and grow and make everything they needed. This was the object of those who especially lived in communes. The country roads of Maine, and the many farmhouses and rural farmland, still foster the feeling of those who want to drop out of society and live a simple, natural life. Somehow, Maine is and will always be a place where...Read More