A four-masted schooner with maroon sails crosses open water.

Explore Coastal Maine Aboard a Windjammer

Named for their ability to “jam” into the wind when they carried freight up and down the New England coast, windjammers trigger images of the Great Age of Sail. Nowadays, passengers can enjoy a windjammer cruise—you can help with the sails, curl up with a book, snap photos, sunbathe, bird-watch, or just settle back and enjoy spectacular sailing you’ll never forget. Maine expert Hilary Nangle shares everything you need to know about cruising around Maine’s coast.

The stone wall of the fort stretches towards the camera while the ocean is visible beyond the structure.

Looping Around the Phippsburg Peninsula

Along Maine’s mid-coast, Bath retains centuries of historical and architectural tradition. Maine expert Hilary Nangle provides resources and an easy driving route for exploring the scenic peninsula that extends south from Bath.

At the waterfront, a hand-lettered painted sign advertising the Harraseeket Lobster Co. and the food they serve.

Locations in Maine: A Pronunciation Guide

Countless names for Maine cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, and streams have Native American origins; some are variations on French; and a few have German derivations. This quick reference guide will give you a leg up when requesting directions along the Maine coast.

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Coastal Maine’s Best Restaurants

In recent years, Maine’s restaurant scene has gained increasing national attention, with top awards and mentions in the most influential foodie magazines. If you want to dine your way through Maine, here’s where to go to hit the biggies.

A cluster of blueberries on the bush.

Maine Food Specialties: From Blueberries to Beanhole Beans

Everyone knows Maine is the place for lobster, but there are quite a few other foods that you should sample before you leave. Author Hilary Nangle introduces fiddlehead ferns, wild blueberries, and Maine’s maple syrup. She also talks about the unique beanhole bean suppers that are common events at local churches.

A plateau of smooth mossy stones offers a dramatic view of Maine greenery and the ocean dotted with small islands.

Best of the Maine Coast in Two Weeks

This itinerary from Maine expert Hilary Nangle covers all of the state’s coastal regions in two weeks. If you have more time, you’ll be rewarded if you spend longer in any of the locations—especially Mount Desert Island.