The most unforgettable babymoons combine irresistible food with relaxation and interesting attractions. With breathtaking lighthouses overlooking dramatic cliffs and charming small towns known for gracious hospitality, Maine offers something unique for everyone. Book a stay at a Maine vacation rental on the coast for easy access to the beach, as well as the best lobster rolls money can buy. Travel further inland for historic sites that harken back centuries. Venture to the northern end to enjoy nature and wildlife viewing. Here are the most scenic babymoon destinations in Maine.
Kennebunkport is a small coastal town in southern Maine boasting quaint, small-town charm, sea breezes, and relaxation. While a walk on the beach with your honey might seem a bit cliche, you’ll love the sand squishing between your toes, the brilliant sunrise, and one your favorite person at your side. You can even opt for a beachside vacation rental so that you can enjoy sunrise and sunset strolls daily. If you don’t get a place on the beach, don’t worry; rent a pair of bikes (or go really romantic and get a tandem one) at the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company and pedal down the quaint streets and boardwalk to the seashore. Doing some whale watching and kayaking – both a-okay when sporting a cute baby bump – is a must. Coastal Maine Kayak offers canoe and kayak rentals so that you can explore the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge just up the coast. Relax on a boat and enjoy the scene with First Chance Whale Watch, one of the best whale watching tours in town. Spend some time strolling the cobblestone sidewalks, stopping at Green Tangerine, The Good Earth, and Daytrip Society for shopping. Stop at the Seashore Trolley Museum for a look around, and then tour the historic St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and Goat Island Lighthouse. Take advantage of the bountiful seafood, and feast at the Clam Shack and Earth at Hidden Pond.
Freeport lies further up the coast, not far from Brunswick. This town offers tons of shopping in case you need to pick up a few things for the baby’s room. While there are plenty of outlets to peruse, there are also great antiquing shops such as Cabot Mill Antiques. When you get to town, carve away a few hours (or days) for some beach time. Winslow Park, Pine Point Beach, Popham Beach, and Old Orchard Beach all offer water access. Rent a boat at Ring’s Marine Service or LL Bean. The latter offers kayaking lessons and overnight tours for the adventurous. If you don’t mind the 20-minute drive, head south to Portland for a Lucky Catch Lobster cruise.
Camden is tucked away in Penobscot Bay just off the Atlantic Coast. This seaside village is small, lacking the tourism of other New England coastal towns so that you can relax without fighting crowds. After settling into your vacation rental, check out the seafood over at The Water Front. True to its name, it sits on the harbor, great for admiring the view as you feast on some oysters with your partner. If you get a place on Sherman Cove, you have private beach access and hours of relaxation to look forward to, but otherwise, head to Camden Hill State Park. There are beach and water access for those so inclined, hiking, and scenic picnic spots. Drive up to the park’s Mt. Battie for awesome views and fresh air. Get a piece of art for your home – a memory of your time pre-baby – or just view the craftsmanship of local masters by perusing the Camden Falls Gallery.
Wiscasset is an inland town located on the Back River not far from the ocean. It’s off the beaten path, ideal for a slow-paced vacation filled with historic charm and everything New England. Settled in 1663, it has centuries of architecture to enjoy from the 18th-century Federal-style Nickels-Sortwell House to the 19th-century Victorian Castle Tucker. Other interesting historical sites include the old jail, general store, Musical Wonder House, Octagon House, and Lilac Cottage. Afterward, visit Maine Heritage Village. Although this is a new establishment, the village is modeled after historic buildings so you get a feel for the time. You can shop, eat, and enjoy the atmosphere. Speaking of eating and having a baby, don’t neglect nourishment which you can find at Red’s Eats, the home of possibly the best lobster rolls (ever). Sarah’s Cafe, Sea Basket, and Le Garage might argue this point, so you should probably try them all out in the name of science. As a bonus, at Le Garage you get a first-hand view of Hesper and Luther Little, two abandoned schooners just hanging out by the bridge.
Augusta might be the capital of Maine, but it’s definitely not the biggest city; in fact, with less than 20,000 residents, it’s more of a town. Located inland, it’s not the obvious tourist choice which makes it the obvious babymoon choice for the relative solitude it offers. This town has great sites if you’re a history buff: Old Post Office, Fort Western, State House, the Governor Hill Mansion, and Colburn House State Historic Site. Go walking at the Viles Arboretum, which covers 224 acres with 6 miles of trails. Relax at the Senator Inn Spa, a great date night idea.
Greenville is located in northern Maine at Moosehead Lake, offering tons of nature, solitude, and a chance to get reacquainted with your partner before the baby comes. Rent a boat or canoe at Beaver Cover Marina, and explore Maine’s largest lake together. Bring along your fishing gear, and spend a relaxing afternoon catching fish and just hanging out. Plus, on the lake, you have a better chance of spotting moose that are abundant in the area. Go in another direction, and hop on board the Katahdin Boat, a restored steamer that takes you on a tour of the lake. Afterwards, enjoy a romantic dinner at the Cozy Moose.
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