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Old 04-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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I have a milestone birthday coming up, the 50th. And while I should have planned sooner, I simply didn't. I live near Portland and I'm looking for an idea of something to do for the weekend of the 22nd.

Every thing I think about that I want to do, is a warmer weather activity, ie windjammer cruise, camping or staying at a nice spa hotel at the beach.

I checked out a weekend in bar harbor, and while i can get a good off season deal on a room, a number of the hotels weren't even open yet.
I Started looking at Camden, possibly even York or Portsmouth, although I'm unsure of what there is to do there.

Any suggestions? Or stories of an enjoyable off season weekend no further south than boston and probably not past belfast. Even a fun day trip.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:04 PM
Location: Bangor Maine
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I love Portsmouth NH. My daugher lives about 10 miles from there. We have on several occasions stayed at the Sise Inn in Portsmouth and it was a real treat. Every room is different and they have a very nice continental breakfast. The very first time we stayed there it was on the first floor and the room had it's own outdoor deck on the side of the house where a church is located. Beds are SO comfy. It is centrally located so you can walk about anywhere in the downtown from there. There are many nice restaurants. "The Library" restaurant and Molly Malones are within an easy walk. Strawberry Bank - Is worth a visit too. I believe it is open year round. It is a collection of homes that are from each decade through the years. Check out Strawberry Bank on Google for more information. Lots of neat shops in Portsmouth too. Have fun on your birthday!
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:26 PM
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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Thanks Newdawn!
I was seriously considering portsmouth...I'm never been there just drove through. a couple hotels there even accept pets so I could in theory bring my dog....or not. nice to have options though.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:28 AM
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Why not spend your tourist dollars in Maine and support Maine's economy. You mentioned Bar Harbor--I was going to suggest Bar Harbor because I think it's worth the drive. It shouldn't really matter that all the motels and B&B's aren't open yet if you only need one room....you mentioned a spa hotel and it looks like Bar Harbor Inn & Spa (Spa package info http://www.barharborinn.com/spa.html) is open and the off season rates are about half the seasonal rates. Hotel Rates & Reservations: Bar Harbor Inn of Coastal Maine: Bar Harbor Inns, Maine Inns, Maine Lodging, Maine Accommodations Unfortunately, they don't allow dogs. Atlantic Oceanside allows dogs. http://www.barharbormainehotel.com/

My dog and I love the Shore Path, the hiking trails and the carriage roads in Acadia National Park. When it's time to eat, we usually get take out. If your heart is set on a B&B, not sure which ones allow pets...I'm pretty sure the Manor House is open. Bar Harbor Maine Bed & Breakfast and Small Inns | Find a Place to Stay The Saltair Inn is open year round and right on the ocean. Bar Harbor Maine Bed and Breakfast – The Saltair Inn, a Waterfront B & B

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:18 PM
Location: Cape Elizabeh, ME
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The only reason I changed my mind on bar harbor, is basically because I'd been there so many times and with so many hotels and inns closed it made me wonder if other options would be limited such as dining, shops etc.
But I love it there, off season would be nice with less tourists...so it will probably be my fall back plan.

I guess I was wondering if there was some place else I hadn't been that I shouldn't miss.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:16 AM
Location: Sunrise County ~Maine
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true... the coastal area's have down time during the off season. I believe the woody area's are doing more.
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