Not many states can boast both spectacular mountains and beautiful ocean vistas. But Maine can.


Fishing, camping, hiking and enjoying wildlife are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in the mountains and woodlands. Mainers take pride in the fact that their wilderness remains well preserved and untamed.


Spending time by the ocean is another favorite Maine past time for both locals and visitors. Water sports, whale watching, and boating are just a few activities you can participate in by the sea. Enjoying the beauty and history of lighthouses is an interesting summer activity, while those who are looking to relax will appreciate the white sandy beaches and calm surf that Maine offers.


There’s a thriving art scene in Maine that dates back to the 1800s, when many notable artists including Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived or vacationed in Maine, took advantage of the diverse landscape to inspire their work. Today, the Portland Museum of Art is ranked as one of the best art museums in New England.


Maine also features a bounty of seafood, including Maine lobster, which is celebrated by the Maine Lobster Festival. Dating back to the very first lobster fishery opened in 1840, lobstering is a way of life that is embedded in the history of Maine. The state prides itself on being a model of sustainable fishing and it goes to great lengths to ensure that rules are followed in order to preserve the strength of its lobster population. For example, every lobster caught is measured, and those that are too small must be thrown back.


Lobstering is a tough way of life that most people are born into. It hasn’t changed much since the first trap was laid in the early 1800’s. It’s a trade built on great respect for nature and the sea, with an understanding that these fisherman serve the sea. Folks who are interested in the industry can learn firsthand about lobstering on a lobster boat tour.


The lobster festival is five days of celebrating all things lobster and honoring the centuries old way of life that is the heart of Maine. Besides serving up thousands of pounds of lobster, this festival offers family activities, live entertainment, races, art, and even a sea goddess coronation. This year’s festival takes place July 29 to August 2.


Visiting Maine makes a great summer vacation whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, peaceful rest on the beach, or a lesson in the ways of the lobster industry. There’s something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed.