granddaughters mugging on the rocks there below the iconic Pemaquid Lighthouse – the rocks and lighthouse themselves enough reason to visit the point – but I also love Pemaquid Beach, a great low-key place for for a family visit, and the archaeological excavations of a 17th and 18th century village at Colonial Pemaquid, and Fort Willliam Henry (still standing after being attacked by the French, the Indians, the English, and the pirates. And then there’s the statue of Samoset, reminding us that the Native American who greeted the pilgrims on Cape Cod was actually from what is now New Harbor, Maine. And New Harbor itself, one of the prettiest working harbors around, and a great place to eat fresh seafood overlooking the ocean. And the Rachel Carson Salt Pond .. more rocks to walk on, especially at low tide, and the place Rachel Carson chose for the research she based my favorite of her books, The Edge of the Sea. I recommend reading a copy. But, whether you have or not – a day spent on Pemaquid Point is a day well spent.
Kaitlyn Dunnett: It’s been awhile since we’ve visited any of Maine’s tourist spots. We tend to stay home and only go on “vacation” to go to fan conventions out of state. That said, one of my favorite vacation memories is of a camping trip to the Moosehead Lake region. One of the regular visitors to that particular campground that year was the moose shown in the attached photo. Not tame, but certainly not scared of people, either. You could get as close as three or four feet away and take pictures. We had a pop-up camper and a canoe in those days, both perfect for staying at a lakeside campground, and friends had a bigger boat for excursions around the entire lake (it’s huge!) and a close-up view of Mt. Kineo, which always looks to me as if half of it had sheared off into the lake at some time in the distant past.
for me and my family. Our kids spent time there, wandering a moss-hushed forest, climbing the rocks, taking the boat to Bucks Harbor for a true storybook Maine summer. Now we mostly see the Reach from the water, and it’s still a special place. When you pass Cape Rosier, round the northern tip of Little Deer Isle, and head south for the Deer Isle Bridge—that, my friends, is living.
Jayne Hitchcock: The Nubble Light in York, Maine is one of my favorites. It’s beautiful and picturesque and you can get an ice cream cone nearby. On the way back, stop by Long Sands Beach, where I go every day with my Siberian Husky, Phoebe, and enjoy walking on the beach, collecting seashells and seaglass or just enjoying the sand and the ocean. Short Sands beach offers gift shops, restaurants, video game arcade and York’s Wild Animal Kingdom with rides and a zoo. There are also historical tours in the village or main part of town. York, Maine has a lot to see and do – stop by soon!
Half a mile up the road, just past Sonny Wade’s place, you’ll turn right on Carrying Place Road. For the next fifteen or so miles, you’ll see wilderness streams, deer, campers and mountains in the distance. When you reach Pierce Pond Stream, park on the right and follow the Appalachian Trail in either direction. Go upstream and you’ll pass several small waterfalls before reaching the old log dam at Lower Pierce Pond, home to some of the biggest brook trout in Maine. Go downstream and you’ll walk past some of the neatest waterfalls in Maine. I don’t know how much of a vertical drop there is between the road and where the trail meets the Kennebec River, but it’s an amazing stretch of waterfalls.
If you have time, follow the road another couple miles until you see a small turn off on the left. Hike a couple hundred feet until you reach one of the Otter Ponds. Chances of seeing a moose or some loons is pretty good and the silence is broken only by loons or an occasional float plane.