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Old 10-31-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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Maine trip planning help

If you were going to spend two weeks each at three different places near the Maine (or NH) coast using your own criteria where would you go to experience the best of Maine next Jul-Aug. Ive intentionally left this pretty wide open but a few criteria are minimal bugs, not too remote (access to some shopping, history, etc), campgrounds that fit our coach (50amp, FHU), access to good seafood (eat out & cook-in), within an hours drive of the coast. Thanks so much for you help.
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The Mass/Maine border is 17 (or so) miles wide. We call it New Hampshire. 😉



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Boothbay Harbor, Shore Hills Campground is very nice. Bar Harbor several to choose from and Camden/Belfast area lots to see.
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2 days at Bah Hawbah (a fun place to spend too much for foreign t-shirts and lobstah), and then onward to the Real Maine. Many choices that may end at East Port, or perhaps over into New Brunswick.
Forget the billboards. Ask the locals where they go for seafood, and eat better for much less!
Blueberries are full about mid August. $12/quart in Bah Hawbah, $4 farther Down East. Cheaper lobstah too. Avoid the madding crowds!
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Boothbay Harbor, Shore Hills Campground is very nice. Bar Harbor several to choose from and Camden/Belfast area lots to see.
Good advice from Jmagic. I would add try to see Kennebunkport. Sweet town with excellent food. And you can see President Bush's compund in the distance from the road. Red Apple Campground is the place to stay.
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Forget the billboards. Ask the locals where they go for seafood, and eat better for much less!
Doesn't always work. I asked and was sent to a busy seafood restaurant and was poisoned beyond belief. Thought I was going to die for two days. I wonder if all the other patrons survived.
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Doesn't always work. I asked and was sent to a busy seafood restaurant and was poisoned beyond belief. Thought I was going to die for two days. I wonder if all the other patrons survived.

K. Not always truthful, they are. Bet you saw mostly tourists there. If the lot is full of cars with out of state plates, problem.
We met the nice grocery check lady and her family at their fav restaurant. Outstanding!
Also, while heading Down East, most right turns take you to a cove with a small town with a restaurant busy with locals.
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We've been spending summers in Maine for over 5yrs., and we stay away from the touristy places to camp. We stay at places that make it easy to day trip in the car. For instance Bucksport, Me. which makes it easy to day trip north to Bar Harbor, or go south along the coast. We spent a nice few months up north in Harrington, Me. at Sunset Campground ,where the owner cooks and delivers lobster to your campsite for $7lb. Anywhere Between Kittery & Portland you'll find it pretty crowded during the summer months, but then again during summer it's crowded pretty much everywhere ,unless you head further north and experience the real downeast.
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Naples Me area has nice camping. West of Portland. Sebago Lake n multiple "ponds". Half hour to coast. Little further to Mt Washington/New Hampshire
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Thanks for the info so far
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x2 on Red Apple and Kennebunkport. I like the maddening crowd. To me, it means I'm in the right place at the right time.
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Examples of nifty alternatives farther Down East, including New Brunswick Canada
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2012/08...-gore.html?m=1
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2012/08...on-me.html?m=1
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2012/08...sland.html?m=1
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2012/08...asure.html?m=1
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2014/04...-2013.html?m=1
http://davenola.blogspot.com/2012/08...anada.html?m=1
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