Shelburne Vermont

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Shelburne Vermont Museum Shelburne Vermont is just south of Burlington Vermont. It is home to the Shelburne Museum Shelbourne Farm and a handful of other sites, plus lovely views across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. Shelburne Museum The Shelburne Museum is a 45-acre, open-air museum consists of about 45, relocated 19th-century New England buildings [Read more …]

Burlington Vermont

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Burlington Vermont: Capital of the Northeast Kingdom Burlington Vermont, the 42,000-person city is the state’s capital, largest city and its largest college town (University of Vermont) and technology hub. Like many well-to-do college/tourist towns, is home to a number of clubs and hip restaurants, and being Vermont, of creameries and microbreweries. The Europeans first settled [Read more …]

Salem Massachusetts

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Salem Massachusetts One can love Salem Massachusetts for the simple beauty of its historic, 17th-century, clapboard, pitched-roof houses, its 18th- and 19th-century brick ship captain and merchant mansions and its initiative of turning the disadvantages of poor agricultural land and rugged, deep, rocky shoreline into a seafaring powerhouse that was the fifth largest, and of [Read more …]

Other Maine towns

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Maine is filled with beautiful small towns….especially those by the coast. Here are just a few of them. Rockport Maine Rockport Maine is a small, harbor-front town with a lovely harbor. Its roughly 10-building “downtown” consists of a handful of well-regarded restaurants, a spa, a hair stylist, a photography gallery and little else. Pretty to [Read more …]

Desert Island Maine

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Bar Harbor Maine Bar Harbor Maine is one of the main towns on Desert Island. It is the epitome of a tourist town with about half the stores selling tee-shirts, half the remainder restaurants (lots of lobster as you would expect) and most of the remaining quarter selling some other type of souvenir. While much [Read more …]

Camden Maine

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To us, Camden Maine is the prettiest and our favorite town on the central Maine coast. Camden is also made for walking, and browsing. While relatively small, it is loaded with restaurants, interesting shops, galleries and docks with Windjammer sailing ships, including the Appledore II (on which we took a short cruise on a previous [Read more …]

Rockland Maine

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The lobster and yachting capital of the Maine Coast, Rockland Maine has a pretty main street with a few very nice galleries. But the one museum we like the best is the Farnsworth Museum. Farnsworth Museum The Farnsworth Museum is a multi-building museum with an annex dedicated to work of three local artists from the [Read more …]

Damariscotta Maine

The commercial center of the Boothbay Peninsula, Damariscotta Maine isn’t exactly the most attractive of happening town along the Maine Coast. It is, however, right in the middle of Boothbay Harbor and Pemaquid Point, a short distance from Wiscasset Maine and on the road to Rockland, Camden and Maine’s upper Downeast coast. It is also [Read more …]

Boothbay Harbor Maine

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Boothbay Harbor Maine is a quaint town that lies at the tip of the picturesque Boothbay peninsula. Founded as a fishing town, it began attracting yachtsmen, artists and other tourists who—along with the lobstermen who feed them—now account for the bulk of the region’s economy. Pemaquid Point Pemaquid Point on the Boothbay peninsula in Bristol [Read more …]

Wiscasset Maine


To us, Wiscasset Maine is one of the prettiest towns on the Maine coast. Even more important to us, it is the home to the Maine institution: Red’s Eats, with each of its giant lobster rolls probably containing at least a pound of lobster meat. Lobster rolls, which are served naked (undressed) can be ordered [Read more …]