As your wedding day approaches, you’re planning your bachelor party in the meantime. Enjoy some guy time with your groomsmen in Maine, which is home to coastal towns, as well as mountains perfect for winter skiing and hiking in the summer. Staying at a spacious Maine vacation rental provides more privacy than a hotel, in addition to plenty of extra rooms if you’re traveling with a large group. Without further ado, check out the seven most popular bachelor party destinations in Maine.
1. Cape Elizabeth
Breathe in the fresh sea air when you book a vacation rental in Cape Elizabeth. Almost everywhere you look, you’re struck by the stark beauty of this coastal town when waves crash against the rocks of a bluff overlooking the ocean. Hit the water or do some walking in the Crescent Beach State Park. Casco Bay Catamaran Adventures offers a day of sailing out on the ocean, and you can catch sight of the Portland Head Light on the bluff. On the rocks over the beach, The Lobster Shack at Two Lights is known for its food and amazing views with two lighthouses within viewing distance.
As the capital city, Augusta is a bustling city with thriving food and bar scene for a group of guys looking for fun. Try shooting each other at the Augusta Paintball center. This paintball center offers special group rates and a variety of outdoor terrains to use as a backdrop for your all out war. Book a tee time at Natanis Golf Course and hit the links. This public golf course is the only one in the state to offer 38 holes so no matter your skill level, you have a great time. In the evening, start with drinks at The Black and Tan during happy hour and then have dinner at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant for the spicy salsa and tequila shots.
3. Old Orchard Beach
Play in the surf and sleep on the beach after choosing Old Orchard Beach for your bachelor party. Since 1902, Palace Playland has run its amusement park in the same location, and an evening here is fun for your entire group. Don’t let anyone see you scream on the Galaxi Coaster or the Orient Express roller coaster. See who has mad skills at the games of chance and binge on hotdogs, funnel cakes, and fried Twinkies without any women around. Dinner is a laid-back affair at Pirates Patio and Galley with its tables in the sand and ocean views. Enjoy burgers and beers before heading over to the Good Tunes Dance Club.
Hit the slopes in the winter months by booking a cabin in the woods in Bethel. Mount Abram is the local ski resort with 34 trails, and 10 of those trails are rated easy for beginners. Another local ski area is Sunday River. In the warmer months, Sunday River becomes a popular outdoor area. The Sunday River’s Zipline Tour is your chance to test your courage with a series of six zip lines that gradually get higher, or opt to rent electric bikes for an afternoon of exploring the trails. Smokin’ Good BBQ is a roadside stand with pulled pork sandwiches that taste amazing and keep you full. For an evening out, the Rooster’s Roadhouse has the best lobster rolls in town and craft beer.
Located on Casco Bay, Portland is a bustling town with an active harbor area filled with great shops, restaurants, and bars for an evening out with the guys. Hop on The Maine Brew Bus leaving from Portland for an afternoon of craft beer and microbreweries. In addition to samples and flights, you get snacks and bottles of water to keep you hydrated between stops. Find out who the smartest in your group is with a couple hours at The Escape Room, where you use riddles to escape a sealed room. For a quick dinner, Duckfat offers thick sandwiches, fries cooked in duck fat, and lush milkshakes. Follow dinner with music and dancing at Oasis, a multi-level dance venue with a hip DJ.
Bangor provides your group with easy access to Acadia National Park for days of outdoor fun. You can go hiking on one of the many trails with varying lengths and ratings so can get in a strenuous hike or just a walk through the woods. In the winter months, some of the trails allow snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Hit the links at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course for an afternoon of putting around on a cart and mulligans. Moe’s Original Bar B Que is great for a quick bite to eat, but if you’re looking for Maine’s famous lobster rolls, then Eagles Nest Restaurant is the place to go.
7. Bar Harbor
Find a vacation rental with a water view in Bar Harbor to watch the boats sail by. For an afternoon of hiking, hop on the Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus and take it to the Sand Beach, where you can hike the Ocean Trail for an hour or an afternoon depending on your schedule. Depending on the time of year, take the guys out onto the water with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company to see whales migrating or see dolphins and other sea mammals any time of the year. Havana is a Latin-influenced restaurant, and the tables out on the patio are the perfect spot to relax.
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