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    May 5, 2019

    Monhegan Island

    <a href="http://monheganwelcome.com/" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">monheganwelcome.com</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Monhegan+Island&hl=en&sll=44.352823,-68.223896&sspn=0.058918,0.053558&oq=monhegan&hnear=Monhegan+Island&t=m&z=13" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> Located 12 miles off the coast, Monhegan Island is accessible by ferry from Boothbay Harbor, New Harbor and Port Clyde. Visit to walk the cliffs, view the lighthouses, chat with the islanders and observe the artists at work. Adjacent Manana Island is part of Monhegan Harbor. <em>Press Herald file photo</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Kettle Cove

    <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Kettle+Cove,+Cape+Elizabeth,+ME&hl=en&sll=43.562517,-70.218856&sspn=0.014927,0.01339&hnear=Kettle+Cove+Rd,+Cape+Elizabeth,+Cumberland,+Maine+04107&t=m&z=15" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> Sit on sand and gaze out to sea or sit on grass and take in the sights of Crescent Beach State Park. Sunsets are inspiring here and those relaxing can often watch local paddleboarders easing along atop the water. <em>Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

    <a href="http://lighthouse.cc/pemaquid/" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">lighthouse.cc/pemaquid</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pemaquid+point,+campground,+new+harbor, +maine&hl=en&sll=43.963168,-69.470673&sspn=0.474468,0.414734&hq=pemaquid+point,+campground,&hnear=New +Harbor,+Bristol,+Lincoln,+Maine&t=m&z=13" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> The impressive lighthouse was selected by residents to represent Maine in the 50 State Quarters Program and is one of the most photographed on the Maine coast. The scenic landscape of the park includes exposed bedrock stretching to the sea and visitors can lounge on the rocks with the Atlantic below.<br> <em>John Patriquin/Staff Photographer</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Tumbledown Mountain

    <a href="http://alltrails.com/trail/us/maine/tumbledown-mountain" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">alltrails.com/tumbledown-mountain</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tumbledown+Mountain,+West+Central+Franklin,+ME&hl=en&ll=44.750634,-70.547333&spn=0.468135,0.414734&sll=44.587138,-70.940298&sspn=0.234729,0.207367&oq=tumble&hnear=Tumbledown+Mountain&t=m&z=10" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> Packing for the trek to this mountain summit should include swimming attire as the bonus of tackling Tumbledown is a dip in chilly pond, which sits just below the summit. Tumbledown offers views of cliff faces, bald ridges and closely-clustered peaks including Parker Ridge and Little Jackson. But the pond is the big draw and it's easy to linger near its edge, admiring where you are and how you got there. <em>Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Table Rock

    <a href="http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=1&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&option=search" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.maine.gov </a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=grafton+notch+state+park&hl=en&sll=44.473851,-70.967216&sspn=1.881509,1.658936&hq=grafton+notch+state+park&t=m&z=11" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> The hike to Table Rock, a granite ledge overlook, is short but challenging, and the views of Grafton Notch State Park are amazing. The park, located near Newry, contains 12 of the toughest miles of the Appalachian Trail and is a favorite destination of birdwatchers. <em>Press Herald file photo</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Popham Beach State Park

    <a href="http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=22&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&option=search" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.maine.gov</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Popham+Beach+State+Park,+10+Perkins+Farm+Ln,+Phippsburg,+ME+04562&hl=en&sll=43.564004,-70.234813&sspn=0.059706,0.051842&oq=popham+beach&hq=Popham+Beach+State+Park,+10+Perkins+Farm+Ln,+Phippsburg,+ME+04562&t=m&z=13" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> For a great view of the sandy beach and dunes, walk to neighboring Fox Island at low tide. Popham is bordered by both the Kennebec and Morse rivers and, in addition to Fox, Wood Island can also be seen from the shore. A stroll along the edge of the Atlantic may result in a treasure trove of shells and sand dollars.<br> <em>Press Herald file photo</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Two Lights State Park

    <a href="http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=28&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&option=search" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.maine.gov </a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=two+lights+state+park,+cape+elizabeth&hl=en&sll=43.706961,-69.855926&sspn=0.953009,0.829468&hq=two+lights+state+park,+cape+elizabeth&t=m&z=13" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> Forty-one acres of rocky headlands make up the Cape Elizabeth park where rolling surf combines with sweeping views of Casco Bay and the Atlantic beyond. Stroll the small beach area or through the grasses atop the cliffs or climb along the rocks with a lighthouse in view. <em>Derek Davis/Staff Photographer</em>

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    May 5, 2019

    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    <a href="http://www.mainegardens.org/" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.mainegardens.org</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=coastal+maine+botanical+gardens&hl=en&sll=44.811941,-66.962874&sspn=0.116909,0.107117&hq=coastal+maine+botanical+gardens&radius=15000&t=m&z=12" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> Already one of the country's most distinguished botanical destinations, CMBG is still a youngster after opening in 2007. New elements are added each year and blooms are present nearly until the snow flies. With trails and forests included in the layout, the non-profit is open year-round. The winter Gardens Aglow event is a must-see. <em>Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer</em>

  • Published
    May 3, 2019

    Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land

    <a href="http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=44&shared_use_trails=&option=search" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.maine.gov</a> | <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=cutler,+maine&hl=en&sll=44.750894,-67.218712&sspn=0.936269,0.829468&hnear=Cutler,+Washington,+Maine&t=m&z=10" target="new" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google map</a><br> A visit to Cutler Coast is an adventure filled with variety. Find blueberry barrens, woodlands and peatlands in 12,234 acres, along with 4.5 miles of headlands. Explore pocket coves and enjoy sightings of many species of birds. Sightings of seals, porpoises and whales aren't uncommon during summer and fall.<br> <em>Press Herald file photo.</em>

  • Published
    May 1, 2019

    31 Most Beautiful Places in Maine (to see before you die)

    Maine's a beaut. Ain't no doubt about it. She's smart, too, and has quite the personality, but we can't help stopping to stare at her rocky coast, cascading falls, and miles of mountaintops. No matter where you go in this state, there's something unique to gawk at, but we've culled together a list of just some of the finest spots to get an eyeful of Maine.

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