Maine sits along the rocky Atlantic coast boasting lovely views, spacious natural areas, quaint coastal communities, and arguably the best lobster in the country. The small-town charm, relaxed vibe, and beautiful scenery of Maine’s towns and cities make it an ideal state for romantic getaways year-round. Book a stay at one of many unforgettable Maine vacation rentals today. Consider one of these noteworthy places in Maine for your weekend getaway.

1. Bangor

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Known as the Queen City, Bangor is located along the Penobscot River, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and homes that date back to the 1800s, making it an ideal spot for couples who enjoy a bit of history. Take a self-guided walking tour through the historic neighborhoods and pass by famed author Stephen King’s current home, then check out some unique art pieces at the University of Maine Museum of Contemporary Art. Bangor was once a timber hub for loggers and lumberjacks, so snap a selfie with the large Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street. For an intimate meal for two in a cozy dining space, head over to 11 Central for some classic American fare.

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2. Augusta

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Not only is Augusta Maine’s state capital, but it’s also a city filled with rich history, gorgeous architecture, and plenty of activities that are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Choose a vacation rental that overlooks the Kennebec River for some amazing views, then head over to Old Fort Western for a quick history lesson and some souvenirs at the fort’s recreated general store. Take a leisurely stroll along the trails at Viles Arboretum, or sign up for a tour at the historic Governor’s Mansion. For a little vino, take a tour at Two Hogs Winery, then finish the day with a candlelight dinner at DiVino Ristorante Italiano.

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3. Portland

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Portland sits on The Old Port Waterfront that stretches into Caso Bay, where you can tour the working fishing wharves and check out the converted warehouses. Vacation rentals in the area offer fantastic waterfront views, and the nearby West End District houses a variety of shops and Victorian-Era homes. Take a tour of the Portland Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark built in 1791, then journey over to Market Street for a bite to eat at Petite Jacqueline, a lovely French Bistro that’s perfect for a romantic meal.

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4. Bar Harbor

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Bar Harbor is a cozy small town on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, with vacation rentals just a few minutes from the rocky shorelines of the Atlantic. While the population may be small, Bar Harbor is a popular tourist area with some of the friendliest locals around. Take a romantic walk along the waterfront and check out the docked schooner ship Margaret Todd, or visit Acadia National Park and take in the views from the gorgeous rock bluffs. Check out the exhibits at the Bar Harbor Historic Society Museum, then enjoy some fresh lobster at Bar Harbor Lobster Company.

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5. Cape Elizabeth

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Cape Elizabeth sits along Casco Bay, with views of the Portland Head Lighthouse in the distance. This sleepy town is ideal for a romantic getaway, thanks to its proximity to the water and fresh salt air. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, pack a picnic and spend a day at Sea View Avenue Beach. For a little shopping, several spots sit along Shore Road, including Fiddleheads Flowers and Vintage Chic Gifts, where you’ll find fun coastal-inspired trinkets to take home as mementos. If you’re craving a sweet treat after a long day of exploring, stop by Kettle Cove Creamery for some homemade blueberry pie ice cream.

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6. Freeport

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Freeport is on Casco Bay’s north shore, known for its rich history and bustling town wharf, where visitors are welcome to dine on fresh lobster at the wharf’s own Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company. Spend the weekend checking out attractions such as the Desert of Maine Museum and LL Bean Discovery Park, a combination sporting goods store and recreational spot. If you’re visiting during the holidays, the park also features a fantastic Christmas light display. For some retail therapy, visit Freeport’s abundance of outlet stores on and along Main Street.

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7. Eastport

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Eastport is the easternmost city in the entire United States, consisting of several small islands along the Atlantic coast. Perfect for a weekend getaway, this welcoming small town connects to the mainland via a causeway. Water Street houses a nice variety of quaint shops and eateries for window shopping and dining, and vacation rentals in the town overlook the waters of Cobscook Bay. Take an intimate stroll along Water Street and stop by Eastport Chowder House for some fresh seafood, then sign up for a sunset boat cruise of the bay with Eastport Windjammers.

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8. Lewiston

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For a bit of city life mixed in with coastal life, choose a vacation rental in Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city. During the summer months, Lewiston hosts the Great Balloons Festival, a huge celebration showcasing a wide variety of hot-air balloons. For a creative afternoon, visit the Avant-Garde Main Paintbar for some couples painting, then stop by the historic Engine House, a restored fire station that was built in 1870.

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