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I have to tell you, there is nothing as sweet as a good vacation. You know how I love big, busy trips (hello! Disney and Universal both come to mind) but hiding away from it all in a lakeside cabin in Maine with intermittent reception just can’t be beat for true relaxation. A few highlights I don’t ever want to forget:
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A few of our favorite spots in Maine are definitely worth passing on to you.
Best Popcorn and gifts: Coastal Maine Popcorn — great for snacks and gifts
Best lobster lunch: Fisherman’s Wharf Inn – one of the best places to enjoy the freshest Maine lobster and the beautiful views of the harbor.
Best family-friendly adventure: Balmy Days Cruises — my boys (all three of them) had a great time on cruising the Booth Bay Harbor and surrounding area on The Bay Lady, a Friendship sail boat. (I don’t recommend this excursion for kids under age 8.)
Best steamed clams: McSeagull’s – known for it’s local nightlife, McSeagull’s keeps its bar open later on a weeknight than many of it’s neighbors. This is where I enjoyed 2 pounds of fresh steamed clams this year
Best art gallery: Abacus Gallery — by far, my favorite art gallery in Maine with something for everyone.
Best family-friendly brew pub: Sea Dog Brewing Company — great views, fabulous pub food and original brew-pub beer
Best shopping: LLBean – 24 hour shopping for everything LLBean. We stocked up on backpacks and lunch bags, clothing, toys and travel gear. There’s also tons of distractions for the kids, like a huge fishtank they can put their heads into, knot-tying stations, a playhouse and an enormous chalkboard.
Best lemonade: 1912 Cafe — inside LLBean, this cafe offers light foods and a casual atmosphere. I love their lemonade station featuring about a half-dozen fresh lemonade flavors.
Best Barbecue Dinner: Riverfront Barbecue — might be the best BBQ we’ve tasted, and it’s in Maine! Bonus, their staff is super-friendly.
Best after-dinner activity: Giffords – If you remember Giffords as Rummels, you’ll be happy to know that it’s fun hasn’t changed. Our kids now love the same miniature golf course and batting cages that we enjoyed growing up and we all love the Maine-fresh ice cream flavors (favorites include Smore’s, Moose Tracks, Peppermint and Mountain Blueberry.)
For more pictures and story of our 2014 Maine vacation, visit this link.
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