Maine didn’t get the nickname “Vacationland” by accident - for more than a century, the state’s gorgeous coastline and breathtaking mountains have attracted seasonal residents from across the United States. The best part about owning property in Maine is the diversity of the surroundings. Whether you like to ski, hike, sail, shop or hang out at the beach, it’s all easily accessible in this unique state.
Read on to find out more about the amazing activities in Maine, and where to find the perfect vacation home for you and your family.
Acadia National Park
Put simply, Maine’s Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The area’s dramatic landscape of coastal mountains, valleys and lakes was carved thousands of years ago by giant glaciers moving across the region. While explorers have marvelled at the region’s beauty for centuries, it was officially named a national park in 1919. Shortly after, philanthropist John D Rockefeller, Jr. implemented a development plan to lay a discrete series of carriage roads throughout the park so that visitors to Maine to easily explore the beauty of the park without disturbing the wildlife. These roads still exist today, and allow hikers to access hundreds of breathtaking hiking trails, varying in difficulty from beginner to expert.
One of the best places to own real estate in Acadia National Park is the coastal town of Bar Harbor and the surrounding area of Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is a classic, coastal New England town with shopping and delicious restaurants. Browse real estate in the Bar Harbor area here.
Located in Baxter State Park, Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and one of New England's most legendary hiking destinations. “Katahdin” was aptly named by the Penobscot Native Americans, meaning “greatest mountain” and anyone who has summited Katahdin knows that it lives up to its name. The top of the mountain is an epic ridgeline that provides adventurous with spectacular views of the surrounding park and lakes. For property near Baxter State Park, check out Piscataquis County real estate.
Sailing and Fishing
Penobscot Bay is a 40-mile expanse of water connecting the Penobscot River with the Atlantic ocean. The bay comprises over 200 islands and countless coves and inlets, against the backdrop of the rolling Camden Hills. The sailing and finishing in this area is some of the New England’s best and because of its reliable winds and currents, and the dozens of friendly waterfront communities and fishing piers are scattered across the bay, including Rockland, Camden and Castine. The towns are known for their amazing seafood and boating culture. At the north of the bay, travel through the mouth of the Penobscot River to reach the port city of Bangor, Maine.
Positioned in the heart of the Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf is an east coast favorite for skier and snowboarder alike. Sugarloaf is unique in that it offers the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing in the East. With 14 lifts accessing 161 trails, this mountain has something for everyone. Sugarloaf real estate includes a diverse range of options from mountainside condos to luxury log cabins.
Sunday River is truly a resort - spanning over three miles long, across eight interconnected peaks, this ski area offers terrain for all abilities. But the perks of Sunday River can be enjoyed off the mountain as well, with fantastic restaurants, spas and music venues surrounding the base area. For advanced skiers and riders, venture to skier’s left to make your way over to Oz for some of the east’s best tree-skiing. To find real estate for sale near Sunday River, visit the Bethel, ME listings page.