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Is it expensive to see Maine?

Never been to Maine.  My wife has seen it in many movies and really wants to visit.  Is Maine really expensive?  We were considering driving from N. Virginia.  I believe that might be a 12 hour drive. 

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top answer by
Domek from Boston

Maine can be done expensive or on the cheap. Depending on the time of year, camping or renting a cabin in state parks can be great. Rentals are available  such as cottages or lake houses throughout several parts of Maine. Its a beautiful state and well worth the drive if you have some time to stay and explore. Portland (Maine) has some great dining and shops, staying there a night would be wise. You can travel north along the coast, its nice.

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  1. Portland (Maine) (city)
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answered first by
sukki from Georgia

Maine doesn't have to be expensive to visit. My husband and I rent an inexpensive cottage off season (usually on the water for the fantastic views (check out cyberrentals, vrbo, homeaway) and take day trips to various places from that base. We shop at local food markets and fix breakfast and dinners at the cottage and then catch lunch at one of the many delicious fresh seafood roadside stands Red's Eats or go to the gourmet sandwich shop Market Basket. Admission to parks is very reasonable (or free) and the hikes/climbs/beaches are fantastic and beautiful. Can you bring your bikes from home to save $$? 

Maine explodes with the arts in the summer with lots of performing and visual arts. Search for free open air concerts (Portland, Freeport) in several cities (take a blanket or folding chairs to sit on and pack a picnic) The Bowdoin International Music Festival offers some free classical music concerts during their season featuring extremely gifted students and world renowned artists.

The art galleries are packed with fabulous art--you don't have to buy but enjoy the feast for the eyes. There are also lots of fantastic craft shops (Edgecomb Potters Galleryand gift art shops (several of Abacus Gallerylocations) --again its great fun just looking. We are big fans for basing out of mid coast Maine and traveling north and south on the coastline. 

Check out the:

1)Maine State Ferry Service Islesboro Terminal

2)Mailboat on Casco Bay

for very inexpensive ferry rides--great way to see the coast line from the water. 

Also in Portland (Maine)

This is a very brief overview of the possibilities. Take the time up front before you go to research and organize your trip-- to maximize your time.  Go to the bookstore and peruse the Maine magazines---Down East, Yankee Magazine, etc. for free.  (beginning of the summer is the best time to do this) Maine is a magical place and I think you will find the weather, fresh air, yummy food and friendly people hard to beat. Enjoy! 

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  1. Red's Eats (attraction)
  2. Market Basket (attraction)
  3. Bowdoin International Music Festival (attraction)
  4. Edgecomb Potters Gallery (attraction)
  5. Abacus Gallery (attraction)
  6. Maine State Ferry Service Islesboro Terminal (attraction)
  7. Casco Bay (attraction)
  8. Portland (Maine) (city)
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answered by
Chris from Brunswick (Maine)

Maine is not expensive at all, although you can tailor your trip to your tastes. Portland (Maine), for example, has many amazing restaurants, lounges, and hotels. But if you're up for an adventure, you can grab a cabin in the woods further north, cook over an open campfire, and enjoy hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness. 

The closer to the coast you stay (and the further south), the more expensive things will be because of the high tourist demand. But wintertime is much less expensive. Everyone thinks we're in the tundra here, but it's no worse than any other New England state in the winter. 

Don't forget about Acadia National Park, which is a stunningly beautiful and unique National Park. Acadia was the reason I moved here almost six years ago. 

Good luck! 

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  1. Maine (state)
  2. Portland (Maine) (city)
  3. Acadia National Park (amusement park)
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answered by
benita from Kentucky

Maine can be done very reasonable. There are many local motels that are nice and off season (From Labor Day on) the house rentals go way down, make sure they have some from of heat in the house as evenings get cool. Be aware that some places have shorter hours during off season. If you go be sure and drive as far as Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful places in US. about 6hrs. from Boston but a fantastic drive up Hwy.1. with beautiful villages all the way. Late Sept. has the Common Ground Country Fair for the back to nature folks and it is a fun experience. 

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  2. Common Ground Country Fair (attraction)
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  1. Acadia National Park (amusement park)
  2. Schoodic Point (attraction)
  3. Ogunquit (city)
  4. Rockland (city)
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answered by
Staci from Cleveland

Hi Michael! I have family that lived in Kennebunkport and I recommend going to visit. In this area you'll have the ocean and a lot of outdoor activities to do. Here's a blog post I put out on what to do in this area. 

It's absolutely beautiful in the summer, but it can get expensive. It's a pretty ritzy New England town. However, I can only image that it's beautiful in the fall. You can go to KennebunkSacoKittery and Wells (Maine). If you like national park and lighthouses, stop and see Cape Neddick and Goat Island

If you decide to go, you won't regret it. :)

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  1. Kennebunkport (city)
  2. Kennebunk (city)
  3. Saco (city)
  4. Kittery (city)
  5. Wells (Maine) (city)
  6. Cape Neddick (attraction)
  7. Goat Island (attraction)

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