With Memorial Day weekend a mere five days away, summer is marching ever closer in the great state of Maine (although as Mainers, we all know how unpredictable the next 2-3 weeks can actually be in terms of summer weather).
Personally, I am incredibly excited for my first summer vacation in Maine in close to, maybe more than, five years (wedding planning trips don’t count – hard to believe that was almost five years ago). But my trip is still more than a month away, while yours may be just around the corner, so this post will be the first of two Memorial Day themed posts. Today we’ll focus on what to do… then, in another post in the next few days, we’ll focus on a recipe or two that will make a great addition to your Memorial Day feast.
- Go for a ride at Old Orchard Beach’s Palace Playland: http://www.palaceplayland.com/
(just remember to eat your Pier Fries AFTER… unless you have a stomach of steel)
- Get your golf game on at Sugarloaf, opening May 22: http://sugarloaf.com/summer
- Visit York Beach, Maine: named the number one New England vacation spot for Memorial Day, it offers lots to do (zoo / amusement park, two beaches, shopping and dining) all while surrounded by quintessential Maine charm.
- If you like a few less people (as I tend to), I suggest a hike or a picnic (or both): if you venture to Northeast Harbor, Maine, you’ll be within moments of the hustle and bustle and amusements of Acadia, but distant enough to enjoy some peace and quiet. Other options include: Evans Notch Road, Blueberry Mountain, and many more.
- Visit a working lighthouse in South Portland: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is offering the rare opportunity to step into history and tour an active lighthouse during their open house, 11am – 3pm, Saturday, May 23rd.
There are many, many more things to do in Maine than can be captured in one list or even twenty. One of the reasons I’m most grateful that I grew up there is all of the experiences I was exposed to. If you’re an outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman), there are multiple sports for every season; if you’re an art and culture lover, there’s no end to the history and creativity you can find; if you like to eat… well, we all know there’s plenty of good eatin’. Ahh, happy summer.
Enjoy your time in Maine, and drop me a line to tell me about it!