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Frommer's Portable Maine Coast
     

Frommer's Portable Maine Coast

by Wayne Curtis
 
Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide -- but in a concise, pocket-sized format.

Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to

Overview

Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide -- but in a concise, pocket-sized format.

Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to the top sights. Get the latest on hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, sports, shopping, and nightlife in a nutshell in these lightweight, inexpensive guides.

Our expert author, a longtime resident of Maine, has chosen all the best inns, lobster pounds, and outlet shopping centers. He'll show you how to enjoy the great outdoors along this gorgeous coast, from family-friendly beaches to solitary sea kayaking, and he'll help you explore the wonders of Acadia National Park. With detailed maps, candid reviews, and a few jaunts off the beaten track, Frommer's puts gives you the best of the Maine Coast at a glance!

If you're exploring beyond the coast, check out Frommer's Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764563430
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2001
Series:
Frommer's Portable Series , #89
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.55(d)

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Humorist Dave Barry once wryly suggested that Maine's state motto should be "Cold, but damp."

Cute, but true. There's spring, which tends to last a few blustery, rain-soaked days. There's November, in which Arctic winds alternate with gray sheets of rain. And then winter brings a character-building mix of blizzards and ice storms to the fabled coast.

Ah, but then there's summer. Summer in Maine brings ospreys diving for fish off wooded points; gleaming cumulus clouds building over the rounded peaks of Acadia, and the haunting whoop of loons echoing off the dense forest walls bordering the lakes. It brings languorous days when the sun rises before most visitors and it seems like noontime at 8 am. Maine summers bring a measure of gracious tranquility, and a placid stay in the right spot can rejuvenate even the most jangled nerves.

The trick comes in finding that right spot. Those who arrive here without a clear plan may find themselves cursing their travel decision. Maine's Route 1 along the coast has its moments, but for the most part it's rather charmless--an amalgam of convenience stores, tourist boutiques, and restaurants catering to bus tours. Acadia National Park, for all its vaunted ocean vistas, also has world-class congestion along some of the byways in and around the park. In this it's no different than other national parks of its stature--whether Yosemite or Yellowstone. You need strategy to avoid the worst moments.

Meet the Author

About the Author Wayne Curtis is a travel writer who lives in Eastport, Maine. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Yankee, House Beautiful, and Discovery Channel Online. He's also the author of Frammer's Guide to Atlantic Canada, and Maine: Off the Beaten Path (Globe Pequot).

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