WILLIAM & DEBORAH HILLYARD

Travel - Maine

Usually, we take at least three or four vacations each year, and have visited Maine every year from 2004 up to 2015.  While the principle destination has been Bar Harbor, we have enjoyed the whole of the Maine coast from the Yorks in the south right up to Lubec, which is as far north as we have been in Maine.  We have also enjoyed several stays in Portland, ME which is a fascinating city.  Another reason for traveling around Maine is the lighthouses, which have their own section on the web site. 

When we first visited Bar Harbor in Maine in 2004, one of the purposes of the trip was to go out on a whale watch; something that neither of us had done before.  We have been on a few since then, though we have not always found whales.  We also enjoy the walk along the shore path, Cadillac Mountain and the Seal Cove automobile museum, all of which are documented here. 

Portland, Maine, is a very attractive, comfortable town.  In 2009, Forbes.com ranked it number one of  "America's Most Livable Cities".  The English sea captain Christopher Levett started a settlement in the area in 1623, but it was not permanently settled until 1633 when it was called Casco.  By 1658, it became known as Falmouth.  After the Revolutionary War, a section of Falmouth separated in 1786 and became known as Portland.  Between 1820 and 1832, Portland was the capital of the new state of Maine, after which Augusta became the capital. 

Over the years, we have stopped briefly at a number of places in Maine; sometimes just passing through, and sometimes staying over.  In time we plan to add some of these here, extending the scope of Maine coverage.  The Rockland area is a prime example.  As well as Rockland itself, there is the Owls Head Transportation Museum, featured here, which is close by in Owl's Head.  Rockland is also home to the Lighthouse Museum, details of which are included in the section on Lighthouses. 

We also enjoyed a trip down the Blue Hill Peninsula to Castine, then through Little Deer Island onto Deer Island.  Partly this was to visit the Pumpkin Island Lighthouse near Eggemoggin on Little Deer Island, and also to go down to Stonington at the southern tip of Deer Island. 

On a couple of trips, we followed up a week in Bar Harbor with a visit to Lubec, at the very northern end of Coastal Maine, Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada as well as exploring further up the New Brunswick coast to St John.  This served a number of purposes including seeing the FDR House on Campobello, as well as visiting a number of lighthouses including both the East & West Quoddy Head Lights.  Campobello Island, the FDR cottage and other aspects of the area have been included in the section on Canada
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