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Portland

Alive at 5 Concert Series
“This free concert series runs each Thursday from July through August in Monument Square.”
Kari, Monogramming

Greek Festivals in Portland & Saco
“Definitely hit these two festivals if you love Greek food — one year I went to all three (there’s also one in Lewiston!). The ‘yia-yias’ (Greek grandmothers) cook for weeks preparing such delicacies as baklava, moussaka, gyros and so on. Both festivals include traditional music, and often dancing, too! Great activity for families, too.”
Danielle, Copywriter

Portland Art Walk

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Portland Art Walk
Held on the first Friday of every month from March through December, the art walk is designed to introduce a wider audience to Portland’s artist community. The art walk, which features galleries run by many Maine artists, is free of charge and open to the public.
Danielle, Copywriter

Statewide

Maine Maple Sunday
“My favorite annual event is our statewide Maine Maple Sunday held during one of the last weekends in March. That’s when all of the Maine sugarhouses are opened to the public. No better place to be than inside a cozy sugarhouse on a brisk near-spring morning, warmed by the wood fire used to gently boil the maple sap, smoke rising high out of the roof as the sap slowly boils down to make the sweetest syrup around. Some sugarhouses offer more than just syrup, including maple candy, maple COTTON candy (you gotta try this), powdered maple sugar, homemade cheeses and other locally produced assortments. Most offer small samples of locally made vanilla ice cream with fresh syrup poured on top. Best of all, many sugarhouses hold outdoor pancake breakfasts with their own fresh syrup — a true Maine tradition! Check out all the fun at www.mainemapleproducers.com/.
It’s a sweet trip!”
Jules, Data Entry Assistant

Open Lighthouse Day
“Not to be missed! This is the one day when all of Maine’s lighthouses are open to the public.”
Kari, Monogramming

Unity

The Common Ground Country Fair

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The Common Ground Country Fair
“This fair is located in beautiful Unity, Maine. Situated in the mid-coast region near the islands, it promotes local agriculture, crafts, livestock, etc. The three-day event usually runs around the end of September, just in time for the fall harvest. With an abundance of food, activities, and entertainment, it is sure to be a hit with all ages. You can also purchase locally grown and harvested produce to use in your own home.”
Alexandra, Customer Service

Yarmouth

Yarmouth Clam Festival

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Yarmouth Clam Festival
A fun family event, the Yarmouth Clam Festival features a parade, clam shucking contest, professional bike race, and, of course, tons of seafood! “While you're at the fair, make sure to get some of Bob's Famous Fries — they come on a huge plate big enough to feed five!”
Kari, Monogramming

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Bangor

Bagel Central
“If you’re in the Bangor area, a stop at Bagel Central is a must. The homemade bagels, breads, and pastries are baked fresh daily, and the breakfast sandwiches are amazing. I’m a fan of the Egg, Lox, and Onion Bagelwich, made on your choice of bagel. Delicious!”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Brunswick

Great Impasta
“For great Italian, I love the Great Impasta. The chef was trained in Italy, and the dishes are unique.” Make sure to get here early — this is one of Brunswick’s most popular restaurants and seating fills up quickly!
Dave, QA

Camden

Waterfront Restaurant

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The Waterfront Restaurant
“Located right on the water in beautiful Camden, Maine, the Waterfront Restaurant features fresh seafood and picturesque views. The Lobster Linguine is delectable and filled with succulent lobster.”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Cape Elizabeth

The Lobster Shack at Two Lights

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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
Recently featured on the Food Network, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights boasts “amazing views of Casco Bay, plus the best lobster roll ever!”
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

Cornish

Krista's Restaurant

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Krista’s Restaurant
“A great restaurant for Sunday brunch, whether on your way to the White Mountains or before spending a leisurely morning antiquing in Cornish. My favorite dish is their eggs Benedict — which can be made with your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage.”
Norma, VP Merchandise

Ellsworth

Jordan’s Snack Bar
For “the best small fried clams in Maine,” check out Jordan’s Snack Bar. This family-owned eatery recently celebrated 30 years in business. Known for their seafood, sandwiches, and ice cream, this casual restaurant even has a newly renovated playground for kids.
Ryan, Wholesale

Freeport

Petrillo’s
Craving pizza, chowder, or salad? Petrillo’s has been voted “Freeport’s Best Pizza” and “Number 1 Chowder” in the Maine Boat Show and Flavors of Freeport. They also have “the best Caesar salad ever!”
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

Georgetown

The Robinhood Free Meetinghouse
“If nothing but the finest dining prepared by a master chef will do, this is the place to go. Every dish is a unique gourmet experience, from appetizers to dessert, all in the setting of an authentic colonial meetinghouse built in 1855.”
Dave, QA

Gray

Cole Farms
For “good home-cooked meals and great prices,” visit Cole Farms, a casual restaurant/diner that’s been in business for over 50 years.
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

Great Diamond Island

Diamond's Edge

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Diamond’s Edge
A short boat ride away from Portland, Maine, Great Diamond Island was once home to Fort McKinley, built in the late 1800s. Now renovated, this historic fort is a popular destination for tourists. Diamond’s Edge restaurant, built in the former Quartermaster’s storehouse, features elegant fine dining and delectable seafood. “I spent the afternoon on Great Diamond and had a wonderful time exploring the island.”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Lisbon

Graziano’s
“Very good, reasonably priced Italian dining. It’s also family-friendly.” Celebrating 41 years of serving fine Italian cuisine, this family-owned restaurant specializes in fresh sauces, breads, seafood, and, of course, pasta.
Dave, QA

Ogunquit

Perkins Cove Lobster Shack

Perkins Cove Lobster Shack
“For a great seaside afternoon and an incredible bowl of chowder or a great lobster roll, venture to Perkins Cove in Ogunquit to the Lobster Shack. You’ll find the owners there working every day brewing up the best chowder I’ve ever had. After you’ve stuffed your face with seafood delight, stroll the many shops and walk along the seaside trail for beautiful oceanside views.”
Laura, E-Commerce Manager

Portland

Brian Boru

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Brian Boru
“In search of a good Irish Pint owned by an authentic Irishman? Visit Brian Boru in the Old Port. With a full menu including a few Irish specialties as well as standard pub fare, you won’t be disappointed. They make a great bloody mary, and pour a wonderful pint of Guinness. As well, you’ll likely find the proprietor of Geary’s there on occasion, and the price on a Geary’s pint goes down when he’s at the bar!”
Jessica, Jr Web Designer

Browne Trading Co.

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Browne Trading Co.
Providing top restaurants and home kitchens with fresh fish and fine caviar, Browne Trading Co. offers a wide variety of high-quality seafood. This family-owned company has been in business for over a decade, and has earned accolades from chefs and food publications. “The seafood is great!”
Kari, Monogramming

Flatbread Co.
For wood-fired pizza topped with fresh, local ingredients, you can’t go wrong with Flatbread Co. The restaurant has “delicious specials every night. Try their salad with goat cheese — so good — and their homemade lemonade!”
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

Fore Street Restaurant

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Fore Street Restaurant
“A fabulous atmosphere and offers a mouth-watering menu. An old brick building with cobblestone streets, and a block away from the waterfront, this is quintessential Portland Maine charm and appeal. I love the aromas from the wood-burning brick ovens, and fresh local Maine farmers’ vegetables, seafood, meats and game being served. You can't go wrong with the food or the great service.”
Deb, CEO, Cuddledown Marketing, LLC

Grace

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Grace
“A gorgeous historic church renovated to serve the public with fabulous food and drinks. A hip place for happy hour and live entertainment with an amazing atmosphere featuring high ceilings, stained glass windows and two levels of open dining. The food and service are wonderful.”
Deb, CEO, Cuddledown Marketing, LLC

Coffee By Design

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Coffee By Design
“By far the best coffee I’ve had in Maine. Handcrafted and micro roasted, this coffee is brewed to perfection. They also have a great selection of fair trade and organic coffees. Try ‘Rebel Blend,’ a full-bodied, flavorful dark roast.”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Dry Dock
Nestled in the heart of the Old Port, this restaurant/bar sits on the water and has plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the harbor. “If you’re looking for a great view, check out Dry Dock.”
Kari, Monogramming

Hot Suppa
Located in Portland’s picturesque West End, Hot Suppa offers up “great Cajun food.” Try the Fried Green Tomato BLT, Mac & Cheese, and the Congo Tuna Melt.
Katie, Creative Assistant

J’s Oyster Bar
“A great place to go in downtown Portland if you want an authentic fisherman’s bar experience, plus the food is great. Try J’s Seafood Casserole — it has big chunks of lobster and shellfish.”
Chris, CEO

Katie Made Bakery

Katie Made Bakery
“For the best cupcakes and even better scones, visit Katie Made Bakery. More than just a bakery, Katie Made offers soups and sandwiches daily (I’m particularly fond of their chicken salad) to eat in or take out. Katie’s treats are true bakery delights that are bursting with flavor, not sugar!”
Laura, E-Commerce Manager

King of the Roll
Located in Portland’s West End, King of the Roll features unique sushi specials, such as the decadent Casco Bay Roll, at reasonable prices. The fish is fresh and delicious, and “they have a great teriyaki salmon!”
Christina, Monogramming

Local 188

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Local 188
“A fantastic and hip place to meet for drinks, appetizers or just have dinner. The food is eclectic and delightful and the wait staff, quirky. I like sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen do its thing, but there are also cozy couches and intimate tables depending on your dining company.”
Katie, Creative Assistant

Local Sprouts
“A very unique restaurant; the local sprouts cooperative serves delicious food made from fresh, local, and organic Maine ingredients. Not only that — the food is highly affordable! For around $7.50, you can get a free-range hamburger topped with organic local cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes on fresh homemade bread with a side of hand-cut roasted Maine potatoes and a beverage. For vegetarians, there are always alternatives, like a hearty vegan BLT with tempeh marinated in handmade barbeque sauce on thick-cut toasted bread.

Local Sprouts offers a diner-style counter for seating, along with an array of comfy couches and ‘regular’ tables. They also offer free wi-fi and a bookshelf stocked with reading materials from the daily paper to novels to children’s books. Local Sprouts is open late for the First Friday artwork, and displays an ever-changing array of local art at all times. They also have live music on a regular basis, and are available for event catering.”
Megan, Web Content Admin

Miyake
Miyake, nestled in Portland’s West End, boasts a variety of unique, flavorful Japanese dishes. Dinners are reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is cozy and modern. Miyake also has “the best ramen!”
Roe, Customer Service

Po’ Boys and Pickles
For “the best fried pickles,” check out this funky Cajun-style restaurant. Recently voted “best sandwich/wrap” in the Portland Phoenix Best of Portland 2011 poll, the fried oyster po’ boy and pulled pork sandwiches are not to be missed.
Ryan, Wholesale

Portland Lobster Company

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Portland Lobster Company
“Delicious food, beautiful views, and reasonable prices. Try the ‘Seaburger’ — homemade clam cakes with tartar sauce on a toasted bun. They also frequently have live music outside on the dock.”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Sapporo
“If you like Japanese food, and freshly-caught fish from right off the boat, I like Sapporo on Commercial Street. Their sushi, notably their Maine Lobster Roll, is excellent quality and very tasty!”
Danielle, Copywriter

Standard Baking Company

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Standard Baking Co.
“A trip to Portland is incomplete without breakfast at Standard Baking Co. Tucked away quietly below Fore St Restaurant, this bakery is trained in the French method of pastry making and boasts some of the most amazing breads served in almost all of Portland’s fine restaurants. Plus, we get to benefit from leftovers on occasion as we have an inside connection at Cuddledown.”
Laura, E-Commerce Manager

South Portland

Saltwater Grille

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Saltwater Grille
“Gorgeous city views and fabulous food. Best view of Portland skyline.”
Kristina, Graphic Designer

Wells

The Steakhouse
For “the best steak in Maine,” take a trip to The Steakhouse in Wells. “The food is outstanding, and has been this way for a long time. Make sure to get there early, though. It opens at 4:00 and by 4:30, the line is wrapped around the building.”
Roe, Customer Service

Westbrook

Fajita Grille
“Best Mexican food. Don’t miss the genuine mariachi band on Thursday evenings.”
Kari, Monogramming

Wiscasset

Le Garage Restaurant

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Le Garage Restaurant
“This is a great place to experience the combination of fine dining and an excellent location on the harbor shore, while getting up the coast and away from the bustle of the Portland area. One of my favorites is the lamb kabob.”
Dave, QA

Yarmouth

Bruce’s Burritos
This new Mexican restaurant has “the best burrito around!”
Megan, Web Content Admin

Clayton’s Café
This family-owned business is known for their homemade baked goods, take-home dinners, and “awesome sandwiches” made with freshly-baked bread.
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

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Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

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Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
A wonderful place to hike, bike, and sightsee. Bar Harbor offers a bit of everything, from music festivals and campgrounds to cross country skiing in the winter. Acadia National Park is perfect for scenic driving and biking, with over 27 miles of paved motor roads. Bar Harbor also features local retailers and great restaurants, including Geddy’s, “a great local bar with live music and great food.“
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

"Bar Harbor and Acadia are so picturesque and perfect for medium-difficulty hiking."
Dave, QA and Gwen, Warehouse

Bucksport

Bucksport
Located on Maine’s coast, Bucksport has a rich heritage. The town is home to Fort Knox, a National Historic Landmark, built in 1844 to defend the Penobscot River. “Bucksport is a great town; it’s one of my favorite places to go in Maine.”
Nick, Warehouse

Cape Elizabeth

Fort Williams

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Fort Williams
A must-see for tourists, Fort Williams is home to Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. A beautiful place to walk, sled, or cross country ski, Fort Williams offers picturesque views of Casco Bay and is a perfect picnic spot.
Randy, Warehouse

Two Lights State Park
“I love to pick up lunch at one of the great gourmet sandwich places in Portland and go down there and sit at one of the many picnic tables overlooking the rocky cliffs tumbling down to the crashing waves. You’ll often see photographers and people with their easels painting the wild Maine oceanscape.”
Anna, Customer Service and Danielle, Copywriter

Caratunk

Caratunk
Remote and beautiful, Caratunk is located on the east side of the Kennebec River and is a popular destination for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and whitewater rafting. “I love it up there.”
Diana, Warehouse

Carrabassett Valley

Maine Huts and Trails

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Maine Huts and Trails
This new, year-round adventure destination is located in the beautiful and wild western mountains region of Maine. Currently, they offer 30 miles of trail corridor and three full-services lodges spaced a day hike or ski apart from one another. During the winter, trails are groomed for both classic and skate cross country skiing. There are also miles of un-groomed snowshoe trails around each hut. During the spring, summer and fall the trails are available for hiking and mountain biking. In time, their system of backcountry eco-lodges connected by people-powered trails will stretch nearly 200 miles from near the New Hampshire
border to the Moosehead Lake region.
Jake, Wholesale

Cousins Island

Cousins Island
Settled as early as 1628, beautiful Cousins Island is located off the coast of Yarmouth, ME. “I grew up on Cousins Island and love it there.”
Eric, Warehouse

Casco Bay

Casco Bay

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Casco Bay
One of Portland’s most popular and picturesque places, Casco Bay is “great for fishing and sailing, and has nice beaches and coves. My favorite cove is at Jewel Island.”
Gerhard, IT

Jewel Island in Casco Bay
A tiny island in Casco Bay, Jewel Island is a popular spot for walking and kayaking. The island lore also draws visitors. “Check out the historic homes on the island and the WWII bunkers, said to be haunted!”
Nick, Warehouse

Falmouth

Gilsland Farm/Maine Audubon
“A great place for families,” Gilsland Farm, headquarters of Maine Audubon, features walking trails, an environmental center, nature workshops, and even camps for kids.
Kari, Monogramming

Fryeburg

Cold River Campground
Peaceful and rustic, Cold River Campground is located in the Evans Notch area of the White Mountains, on the Maine/New Hampshire border. “The drive to Cold River Campground — on Route 113 — is also really beautiful and great for leaf peeping in the fall.”
Kari, Monogramming

Jockey Cap Trail
“A short but steep trail in Fryeburg. From the top, there’s a monument that shows the silhouette of the White Mountains. This location is famous for Molly Ockett, a local Native American healer from the Pequawket tribe.”
Miriam, Customer Service

Georgetown

Reid State Park
My favorite place in Maine is Reid State Park, hands down. I love that it has a family friendly sandy beach area as well as a rocky coastline for more adventurous people.
Brooke, Merchandise Assistant and Dave, QA

Gray

Maine Wildlife Park

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Maine Wildlife Park
“I love that the animals in the exhibits are all animals that can no longer live in the wild (e.g., it’s not like a typical “zoo” where healthy animals are taken out of their natural habitats). For the most part, the animals are Maine natives & it’s a great way for kids to explore the wilder
side of Maine animals in a safe, educational environment.”
Brooke, Merchandise Assistant

Greenville

Moosehead Lake

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Moosehead Lake
The largest lake east of the Mississippi contained in one state, Moosehead is the ideal place to kayak, canoe, fly fish, or relax on a scenic cruise. “I love watching wildlife here and having cookouts with my family.”
Gwen, Warehouse

Lubec

Quoddy Head State Park
Located on the easternmost point of land in the U.S., this state park features hiking trails, bogs, a diverse habitat for rare plants, and the brightly striped West Quoddy Head Light. It is also the first location in the U.S. to see the sunrise. “One of my favorite places in Maine.”
Diana, Warehouse

Mackworth Island

Mackworth Island

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Mackworth Island
With trails perfect for walking, jogging, or biking, Mackworth Island is a wonderful place for an afternoon getaway. “Be sure to check out the fairy houses along the pathway!”
Kari, Monogramming

Millinocket

Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin
“For the serious hiker!” Maine’s iconic Mount Katahdin offers spectacular views and over 200 miles of trails. Camp in beautiful Baxter State Park, where it’s not uncommon to see moose and other wildlife, before hitting the trails.
Dave, QA

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island
Home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, beautiful Mount Desert Island has “extensive hiking trails throughout. Cadillac Mountain has an awesome view and is the first place in the U.S. to see the sun rise!”
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

New Gloucester

Pineland Farms

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Pineland Farms
“Located in the rolling hills, Pineland Farms is a 5,000 acre working farm and educational and recreational venue that welcomes visitors to enjoy its beautiful rural landscape. Pineland maintains 25 km of well groomed Nordic ski trails, a skating pond and
a sledding hill. The visitor center, with its view of Mount Washington,
is the perfect place for a quick lunch between activities.”
Meg, Customer Service

New Harbor

Maine Kayak
“For a great weekend activity, rent a kayak and go explore!”
Kristina, Graphic Designer

Northeast Harbor

Asticou & Thuya Gardens

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& Thuya Gardens

Asticou & Thuya Gardens
“Visitors to Mount Desert Island may be so focused on visiting Thunder Hole, Sand Beach and other more popular and well-known areas of Acadia National Park that they miss out on these beautiful local gems. Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden and Lodge were designed and built by island resident Charles Savage in 1956.

Asticou Garden features a unique blend of native plants styled in the manner of a traditional Japanese garden with trails and stone bridges meandering along waterways through sand gardens, sculptures, and beautiful foliage with the occasional stone bench strategically placed for visitors to sit and admire the landscape.
Thuya Garden and Lodge is perched atop Eliot Mountain and overlooks Northeast Harbor. It can be reached either via the Terraced Trail, which zigzags up the mountain and has several scenic lookouts where visitors can stop to rest and enjoy the view, or via a short road which lands one directly at the Lodge parking lot. Parking is limited both at the base and top of the mountain. The garden itself is gorgeous, but the walk up the mountain, with its stunning views, is just as enjoyable.”
Megan, Web Content Admin

Phippsburg

Popham Beach
“This is one of Maine’s best beaches. It has a long stretch of sandy beach, ideal for those who enjoy walking along the shore, and it is relatively quiet.”
Dave, QA

Portland

Casco Bay Lines

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Casco Bay Lines
“My favorite scenic cruise is the Mailboat Run. It goes to each of the major islands in Casco Bay and is a great way to see ones you wouldn't normally see.”
Kari, Monogramming

East End Beach
“A quiet and picturesque spot,” the East End beach is also dog friendly. From the beach, you can also access the Portland Trails system as well as the Eastern Promenade.
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Crescent Beach
“Most people only know about the sandy beach portion of Crescent, but there are some excellent hiking trails around it.”
Kari, Monogramming

Lucky Catch Cruises

Lucky Catch Cruises
“Ever wondered what lobstering is really about? Take a lobster boat tour with Captain Tom on the Lucky Catch lobster boat. I love this trip and have done it many times, and I live here! Great idea for parties too.”
Laura, E-Commerce Manager

Portland Schooner Company

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Portland Schooner

Portland Schooner Company
“There are various places that do these cruises all up and down the coast, but I’ve been on the ship Bagheera twice, and it’s a great ride. Fun, easygoing crew, and the last time, we hired the boat just for our family for my parents’ anniversary. My Dad, being a sailor, wanted them to let the sails out, so they were happy to oblige, and in the stiff breeze, we were pretty much flying along out past Peaks Island in Casco Bay! We brought our own lunch and drinks, and had a great afternoon — highly recommend it!”
Danielle, Copywriter

Portland Trails

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Portland Trails
“Portland Trails is a great resource for finding wonderful walks and hikes in the greater Portland area, such as the newly-constructed Bayside trail that runs through the city.”
Kari, Monogramming

Riverton Trolley Park
The Riverton Trolley Park opened in 1896 and was home to an outdoor amphitheater, croquet court, boat rides, a trout pond, and even a casino. Today, the park features “a picturesque trail running along a creek,” and is a great place to cross country ski in the winter.
Jake, Warehouse

Pownal

Bradbury Mountain State Park
“An excellent spot for light hiking.” This is a great hike for families; pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view at the summit.
Dave, QA and Kari, Monogramming

Rangeley

Height of Land

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Height of Land
“The best view in Maine.” A beautiful spot that can be easily reached by car, this gorgeous overlook is found while driving north toward Rangeley on Maine’s State Route 17.
Dave, QA

Rangeley Lake
“Scenic, and great for fishing and camping.” Located in Western Maine, Rangeley offers outdoor activities for all seasons, from skiing on Saddleback Mountain in the winter to trout and salmon fishing during the spring and summer
Dave, QA and Jen, Warehouse

Scarborough

Pleasant Hill Disc Golf Course
If you’re into Frisbee (disc) golf, this is the place to go in Maine. Located on 40 acres of a former traditional golf course, it features both open and wooded areas, as well as a few water hazards. “This is an awesome place; in fact, I think I’m going here after work today!”
Randy, Warehouse

South Portland

Bug Light Park

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Bug Light Park
“I like to drive to Bug Light Park while taking in the ocean view and watching the ferries.”
Rhi, Retail Store Supervisor

Greenbelt Trail
Part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail system running from Canada to Florida, the Greenbelt Trail is a paved path that is “an excellent place to run and bike.”
Jake, Warehouse

Willard Beach
Tucked away in South Portland, Willard Beach “isn’t packed,” making it a relaxing spot to enjoy the ocean.
Christina, Monogramming

Westbrook

Smiling Hill Farm

Smiling Hill Farm
“This is a great spot to go cross country skiing in the winter. The trails are groomed and the grounds are beautiful. During the summer, the barnyard is open, and it is a really fun place for kids. They also have homemade dairy treats like ice cream and freshly bottled milk in fun flavors like blueberry!”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

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Bethel

Portland Art Walk

Sunday River Ski Resort
“We are blessed with several great places to ski in Maine, but I like Sunday River due to its 1½ hour proximity to Portland and huge variety of trails ranging from great ‘bunny’ trails, to some serious expert trails with names like ‘White Heat’ and ‘Agony.’ As I’m a ‘blue’ intermediate skier, I love that there are plenty of great trails for me to ski on, and several lodges to stop at and sip a cup of hot cocoa or enjoy a great microbrew. If you're ‘from away,’ the resort itself has a wide variety of nice places to stay, and nearby Bethel is an attractive New England small town.”
Danielle, Copywriter

The Forks

Inn by the River
Inn by the River is a full-service inn. Whitewater rafting trips, fishing, hiking and hunting trips leave daily from the Inn. Each guest room is individually decorated in a charming country style and has a full private bath. There is also a two bedroom housekeeping apartment that sleeps 12 people available for lodging. Inn by the River's restaurant is open on select evenings for your fine dining pleasure. The Inn’s Pub is available every evening for your enjoyment.
Danielle, Copywriter

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

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Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort
Maine’s premier adventure resort is a true four-season vacation resort, with something for everyone! Raft New England’s wildest whitewater on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. Fish for feisty smallmouth bass in areas so good, you’re guaranteed to catch fish. Explore hundreds of miles of trails on your ATV (guided tours). Cruise on well groomed trails through spectacular scenery by snowmobile (sled rentals and guided tours). Savor great food and fresh ales brewed on site, in the Kennebec River Pub and Brewery. After it all, relax in your lakeside cabin or guest house. Since 1976,
this resort has been providing great Maine vacation getaways.
Megan, Web Content Admin

Fort Kent

10th Mountain Ski Club
The Tenth Mountain Ski Club is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote healthy lifestyles and economic growth by providing world-class facilities, trails, and events for area residents, athletes, and visitors. The club was the host site for the 2011 IBU World Cup Biathlon held from February 10th–13th.
Meg, Customer Service

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Bath

Maine Maritime Museum

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Maine Maritime Museum
Dedicated to Maine’s seafaring history, the Maine Maritime Museum features ten acres of galleries and exhibits, including a life-size sculpture of the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built. You can also watch wooden boats being constructed and view rarely seen artifacts in the collection vaults. “There is so much to see here; it's fascinating.”
Nick, Warehouse

Portland

Evergreen Cemetery
“Beautiful in the fall, Evergreen has headstones from the 1600s and 1700s. It’s also a neat place to do gravestone rubbings.”
Kari, Monogramming

First Parish Church

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First Parish Church

First Parish Church
“My favorite historical monument. Check out the cannonball in the chandelier chain-shot at us by the British. You can also find family pews with names like Greeley and Longfellow.”
Kari, Monogramming

Portland Children's Museum

Portland Children’s Museum
“I’m a huge fan of the Portland Children’s Museum (I’ve got a 3 year old who constantly asks to use the life-size fire truck). They’ve got a wide variety of pleasantly fun and interactive activities for children of all ages.”
Brooke, Merchandise Assistant

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art
For such a small city, the Portland Museum of Art has an impressive art collection. In its three core buildings, are housed works of art by American artists such as Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Rockwell Kent, as well as fine European masters such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso. Throughout the year, they also host lectures, art classes, concerts, and much more. The Boston Globe rated the PMA “one of the best medium-size museums in New England.” And they’ve recently restored and opened the Winslow Homer studio (where he painted most of his well-known works) at Prouts Neck, Scarborough, Maine.
Danielle, Copywriter

Portland Observatory Museum

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Observatory Museum

Portland Observatory Museum
“A neat place for tourists and locals alike,” the Portland Observatory Museum has been open since 1807 and is the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the United States.
Kari, Monogramming

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House

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The Wadsworth-Longfellow House
Home to Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, this historic brick house is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula. It is also almost entirely furnished with items belonging to the Wadsworth and Longfellow families. “This is such a beautiful historic site.”
Jessica, Jr Web Designer

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Freeport

Cuddledown
At our Freeport store, you can find great outlet savings — up to 70% off — on our quality bedding, apparel, gifts and more! In addition to our cozy, made in Maine comforters and pillows, our Freeport store features unique specialty and gift items not found in our catalog or online. If you’re in Freeport, stop in and visit!

Sea Bags

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Sea Bags
“Sustainable, beautiful, and made in Maine — what could be better? These unique, handcrafted bags are made from recycled sails and come in a variety of sizes and styles. You can even design your own!”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Portland

3 Sons Lobster and Fish
“The best place to buy lobster in Portland!”
Kari, Monogramming

Abacus Gallery

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Abacus
“Featuring a wide assortment of gift items and home accessories crafted by Maine artisans, Abacus is the place to go if you’re looking for something truly unique. Don’t miss their gorgeous calendars, which double as works of art.”
Laura, E-Commerce Manager

Bliss Boutique
Bliss is the place where the chic come to shop! Whether you’re looking for stylish weekend wear, cozy scarves, or the perfect little black dress, you can find it at Bliss. “The clothes at Bliss Boutique are so cute and unique! I especially love their colorful jewelry!”
Katie, Creative Assistant

Coastal Maine Popcorn Co.
“Pretty much the best thing on earth. I absolutely love their buffalo-flavored popcorn, but for anyone not so adventurous, they have a huge variety of flavors ranging from the usual to the unique.”
Jessica, Jr Web Designer

Knit Wit Yarn Shop
“If you’re a knitter, visit Knit Wit on Congress Street to browse a great selection of yarns. An incredible variety packed into such a cozy little shop.”
Jody, Web Content Admin

LeRoux Kitchen

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LeRoux Kitchen
“If you’re looking for that hard-to-find kitchen gadget, LeRoux Kitchen is the place to go. From cutlery of all types to an impressive selection of coffees and teas, Leroux has it all. For a unique gift, try their specialty olive oils and vinegars that you can sample before you buy!”
Sarah, Marketing Assistant

Treehouse Toys

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Treehouse Toys
“If you’re looking for a classic and unique children’s gift, head to Treehouse Toys in Portland’s Old Port. This cute shop features a wide variety of books, puzzles, and educational toys for kids of all ages, many of which are made in New England.”
Kristina, Graphic Designer

York

Stonewall Kitchen

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Stonewall Kitchen
When it comes to jams, mustards, and sauces, you can’t go wrong with Stonewall Kitchen. Offering a wide range of specialty condiments, baking mixes, and toppings, Stonewall Kitchen has something to please every palate. “I love going to the store just so I can taste-test their products! Their blueberry jam and pumpkin caramel sauce are my favorites.”
Jessica, Jr Web Designer

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Bar Harbor

The Criterion Theater

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The Criterion Theater
“The Criterion looks deceptively small and plain to passers-by on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor, but those who venture inside will find a unique, beautifully maintained theater with seating for nearly a thousand people. The theater has been around since 1932, and was originally used for vaudeville performances. In addition to a large downstairs seating section, it boasts an unusual architectural feature; a ‘floating balcony,’ one of a few of its kind. Not only is this free-hanging structure an architectural feat, it also offers some of the best seating in the house. The theater is operated as non-profit organization and is
currently used for movies, live music performances, theater, and community events.”
Megan, Web Content Admin

South Portland

Portland Players

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Portland Players
“This community theater bills itself as Maine’s Longest Running Community Theater, and a little known fact is that their first board president actually was the composer of the official Maine State Anthem, ‘Grand State of Maine.’ They put on several musicals and plays every year, mostly old favorites such as ‘The Sound of Music’ but also lesser-known musicals such as ‘Side Show.’ Having performed several times with them, and having seen many shows there — if you can’t afford Broadway, come see a show at Players, you may be surprised at the great local talent here in Maine!”
Danielle, Copywriter

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