Thousands of tourists flock to the coast of the Pine Tree State during June, July, and August every year, and with good reason. If you’re planning a trip to Maine in the summer, you’ll find plenty of unique things to do and places to see. Keep reading to discover the best beaches, New England traditions, and other experiences that our beautiful state has to offer.
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Planning a Trip to Maine in the Summer Is Easy With These 5 Tips
1. Enjoy a Boat Tour
While planning a summer trip to Maine, you need to get out on the water. Boothbay Harbor is an excellent spot to set sail on a traditional New England schooner or rent a kayak to explore the many coves and inlets along the coast.
2. Explore Maine’s Many Lighthouses
Maine’s coastline boasts a rich collection of beautiful lighthouses. You’ll find a dozen fantastic beacons to visit within short driving distances from Topside Inn. Burnt Island Light, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, and Ram Island Lighthouse are only a handful of these incredible landmarks that are must-sees. Check out our blog on the best lighthouses in Maine for a complete list of our favorites in the area.
3. Relax on the Beach
Who doesn’t love relaxing on the beach and catching some rays? Here in Boothbay Harbor, there are plenty of nearby beaches to put on your list while planning your summer trip to Maine. While some of the beaches in our great state feature rocky alcoves, you’ll find more than a handful that are perfect for digging your toes into the sand. Barrett Park is walking distance from Topside Inn and has a small beach with great views of Lewis Cove and Cabbage Island. Pemaquid Beach Park is home to a vast stretch of sand that ranks as one of the cleanest beaches in the state.
4. Experience Windjammer Days
Boothbay Harbor is home to one of the most highly anticipated events in Midcoast Maine. Windjammer Days is a week-long festival honoring the state’s rich maritime heritage. This popular celebration includes an array of unique activities such as a lobster eating contest, an antique boat parade, fireworks, and more! Make sure you add this to your list of things to do while planning your summer trip to Maine.
5. Attend a New England Clambake
No summer trip to Maine is complete without experiencing a traditional New England Clambake. If you’re searching for one of the best seafood feasts in our area, we recommend heading over to Cabbage Island. Take a scenic boat ride to this tiny island in Linekin Bay, where the owners continue to keep this incredible tradition alive since its inception in the mid-1950s. Savor a tasty cup of New England fish chowder, corn on the cob, red potatoes, red lobster claws, and, of course, clams! You also won’t want to miss out on Mrs. Leavitt’s famous blueberry cake, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Topside Inn offers the ultimate Maine stay. Our bed and breakfast features classic accommodations and is only a short walk from the heart of town. You can start each day with a delicious gourmet breakfast incorporating locally sourced ingredients. In the evening, you can kick back and relax on our Adirondack chairs as you soak in the scenic views of Boothbay Harbor.
Start planning your summer getaway today by booking one of our accommodations. We look forward to welcoming you to our Inn.