I’ve always wanted to go to Maine. I have no idea why, it’s just one of those places that has always called to me. I even placed my Young Adult novel, The Mind Readers (which is free right now, btw), in Maine. Well, last week we finally got to go and it was everything I hoped it would be! We started off flying into Portland, which is a great city… not too big, but not too small. We then drove a few hours north to Bar Harbor, a town on an island off the coast. This was definitely one of my favorite places. Rocky beaches, seafood restaurants, a super cute downtown.
We went on a couple boat tours and saw a whale, but our favorite were the seals. They would pop their heads up out of the water and watch us curiously. I loved the many historical homes. I really had no idea how old some of the buildings are in Maine! From the 1700s, even the 1600s!
Next we headed south of Portland where the beaches have sand! The area is a bit more crowded,but there are still lots of lovely places; quaint New England towns, and many lighthouses. One of my favorite towns was Kennebunkport where there is this pretty little stone church near the water.
We also headed into Portland one day and visited the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow house where he lived as a boy. If you love history, it’s a must! Most of the furniture is original, which is pretty unheard of for a house museum. When I was a young teen I found a small leatherback volume of the poem Evangeline, written by Longfellow. I fell in love with that poem and the romance of it all! It was one of the first “romance” stories I read.
It was a wonderful trip and I’d love to go back again. How about you… is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit?