Ever since moving from Maine 20+ years ago – I have to go back – only that place sings to my soul like no other – no matter how short a visit may be – each summer I try to go and “stock my pond” to inspire me through to the next summer. I can take photos – but nothing can capture the smell of the salt air, the balsam fir – the feel of the foggy misty days with the sound of fog bells dinging off shore or the sound of loons calling to each other. This summer we packed a lot of adventuring way up north into just a few short days – it was well worth it! (For the sake of accuracy: The last 6 photos were on our way home in NH or Vermont).
Coastal Maine in the summertime is one of my favorite places on Earth. There are many things that photos cannot capture, the smell of balsam fir mixed with the salty ocean air, of lobster pounds boiling sea water and lobster, or of the mudflats at low-tide, the sound of the bells on the navigation buoys dinging on the waves, the fog horns on a foggy day, or the sound of the round granite rocks rolling against each other as the waves go out and carry them across each other. I love the cool summer days where you can wear a sweatshirt when the rest of the country is baking. Acadia National Park is amazing and the small coastal towns and fishing villages are gems to explore. Summer also brings the time for whale watching and Puffin tours. It is gorgeous here in the fall as well. I lived in Maine for years in all seasons and I’ve lived in and visited many other places, but I have never found another place in the summer that is as charming and feeds my soul like the coast of Maine.
1. Gorgeous Views
2. Exploring the Beaches
3. Enjoying the Lighthouses
4. Playing on the Rocks
5. Gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets
7. Lobster Feasts with Lobster Right off the Boat
8. Cool “New England” Weather When Everyone Else is Hot!
9. Listening to the Waves
10. Exploring Small Coastal Town Coffee Shops