Maine in the winter paints a much different picture than in the summertime when its streets are flocked with tourists. Enjoy a perfectly quiet weekend filled with snowy outdoor adventures, cozy dining, and friendly-priced, off-season lodging.
We've put together a guide to your perfect Maine weekend in three of our favorite destinations: Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Augusta.
What to do?
If you are of more adventurous nature, Bar Harbor's Acadia National Park offers a wide range of outdoor winter activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snow mobile trails, and even hiking for the especially daring. If you'd like to enjoy the solitude and winter beauty, but not endure the low tempatures, there is a loop on Cadillac Mountain where you can appreciate the views from the warmth of your car.
You can also do some shopping downtown, learn about local history at the Abbe Museum, enjoy a show at the 1932 Criterion Theater, or get in touch with your inner chef at the Ambrosia Cooking School.
(photo courtesy of Acadia National Park)
Rockland offers multiple museums for the artistic, history-buffs, and children including, but not limited to, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and the Coastal Children's Museum.
Augusta is perfect for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating, vacation. While it boasts many brewpubs and local wine makers, you can also learn about Maine history at the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, and the Blaine House (or Governor's Mansion).
Where to Stay?
Spread out in one of the Mira Monte Suites, and enjoy their half-priced off season room rates. Or, cozy up with a panoramic, waterfront view in the romantic and peaceful Saltair Inn.
Enjoy Rockland's very own boutique hotel, 250 Main, which is perfect for the modern traveler. Located right on Rockland's main street, overlooking the harbor, 250 Main is Rockland's newest hotel, boasting modern industrial decor and breathtaking views.
Another local option, located in the heart of Rockland, is the Rockland Harbor Hotel. Conveniently located just steps from downtown, you can easily explore all the town has to offer. You can also enjoy the patio fire pit. Smores anyone?
(photo courtesy of 250 Main)
If you want to stay right in Augusta, try the Senator's Inn, where you can enjoy their full service spa then dine at their fantastic restaurant, Cloud 9. Or, drive just a few miles down the road to the Maple Hill Farm Inn, offering a very serene setting in the rolling fields and woods.
What to eat?
Visit locally owned, Mache Bistro, where the menu changes daily, and includes anything from bruschetta, to pork belly tacos, to slow roasted pork chops. If you're looking for more of a charming pub atmosphere, head to the Thirsty Whale, who is famous for their fish sandwiches and homemade chowders.
(photo courtesy of Mache Bistro)
You cannot go to Rockland without visitng Primo, where James Beard Award Winning Chef, Melissa Kelly, creates a new menu daily, using many ingredients she grows herself on her four-acre farm adjacent to the restaurant.
(photo courtesy of Primo Restaurant)
Visit the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery for a refreshing pint of craft beer and a heaping serving of fish and chips. Or, head to Slate's Restaurant & Bakery to enjoy American fare while taking in live music and local artwork displayed on the walls.
(photo courtesy of The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery)
Whether you decide to take make your trip a wintery, outdoor adventure or a cozy, romantic weekend of dining and spa treatments, Cape Air can get you to Maine. Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor, Rockland, or Augusta, and you'll be there in minutes. For more information, or to book your flight, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!
Now through Sunday, February 4 get away for less! If you book your flight to Maine by Sunday, we are offering flights starting at $69 to Augusta, $79 to Rockland, and $89 to Bar Harbor. These fares are valid for travel 2/1/18-3/31/18. For full details visit www.capeair.com.