I love to travel. Unfortunately, my budget does not allow for expensive, elaborate getaways, so I have to be creative and frugal. I try to pick places that I can drive to and that I can do inexpensively. I recently returned from a week in Maine and had more fun than I ever imagined I would there. My son was on vacation with his father, so my best friend and I went on a girl’s road trip. We didn’t spend much, doing mostly free things, and I figured I would share with all of you.
We stayed in Bangor, as it was central to most of the things we wanted to do. No trip to Bangor is complete without a trip to Stephen King’s house. I’ve been a fan of his writing all my life, and his house is exactly what you would expect.
We spent the drive up to Bangor driving up the coast and checking out lighthouses. I have always loved lighthouses and Maine does not disappoint in this area. It is home to 65 lighthouses. They are spread out among miles of coastline, inlets, and islands. Many are not accessible by car, so we opted to leave those off our list. We managed to see 18, including a Canadian one! There are still many more to see and we are not done with Maine just yet. I won’t bore you with the list, but I will show you a few pics. If you are in search of lighthouses, keep in mind that several are on private property but can be viewed from the street.
The wildlife you can see in Maine is unbelievable. All week long we waited to see a moose, but it never happened (though my son did, but that’s another story). We did, however, see seals, dolphins, eagles, and a bear! Sadly, the only ones I got pictures of were the dolphins. You just never know what you will see.
Another stop along our way was in Bar Harbor. As expected, it was crowded and filled with other tourists, but is quaint and beautiful. They have some great little shops on Main Street and one of my favorites was the Bar Harbor Tea Company. All their artisan teas are crafted by them and the shop owner is extremely knowledgeable. She helped me pick out some amazing teas. They also have a great collection of fine bone china tea cups for sale. They are worth a stop if you are in town.
Also, in the Bar Harbor area is Acadia National Park. Simply beautiful. You can drive the 26-mile loop through the park, go to the top of Cadillac Mountain, hike, swim, etc. $30 will buy you a 7-day pass. We went to the top of Cadillac Mountain for some breathtaking views.
One of my favorite shops to visit was the Maine State Prison showroom. I suppose I should preface this by saying that the showroom is not on prison grounds, but it is staffed by prisoners who are nearing release. This is to prepare them to get jobs upon release and to interact with people. The very nice gentleman that runs the store and is responsible for the employees is very proud of the fact that he has never had an employee return to prison. The shop is filled mainly with woodwork but there are also candles, bags, and various other items. They are all handmade by prisoners and are top quality. The prices are unbelievable; I bought this cutting board and salad bowl for under $50 for the 2!
I see a few more trips to Maine in my future, but I hope that this post gave you some ideas for your next trip. I didn’t even touch upon Wild Blueberry Land or the random roadside attractions we found along the way…. maybe in a future blog. If you are interested in seeing other pictures from this trip or in following any of our adventures, be sure to check out our Instagram @adventuregirls0608 and our Facebook page with the same name!
Where are you going on your next vacation?