August 6, 2020 – When you’re ready to explore Maine again, we’re ready to welcome you back.
The Keep Maine Healthy plan represents a multilayered approach to protect Mainers and visitors, and reduce, to the greatest extent possible, COVID-19 risks associated with travel. All in an effort to make Maine one of the safest places to travel this summer.
Maine lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants, shops, museums and other attractions, have implemented recommendations from the state CDC and completed a safety checklist before opening to the traveling public.
Residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey can travel to Maine without testing or quarantine restrictions. Everyone else is asked to complete The Certificate of Compliance in order to visit safely. Visitors must complete a certificate of compliance indicating they have either received a negative COVID-19 test, or agree to quarantine for 14 days (or the length of their visit, if less) upon arrival in Maine.
For a comprehensive look at what the state of Maine is doing to keep residents and visitors safe, go to Visit Maine.
Bicentennial Edition of Maine the Way
The Bicentennial Edition of Maine the Way is a striking 200-page special edition publication in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism that takes a closer look at this land pre-statehood, a glance at the decades since, and glimpse at what the future of Maine has in store. Visit Maine the Way to order.
Adventure Local Maine
Heading to Maine for some outdoor adventure? Look beyond the most popular spots in the mountains and along the coast and visit Adventure Local Maine. The site has great links to outfitters who run kayak trips along the coast, as well as rock climbing guides, rafting companies, bike outfitters and sites like Where to Ride, which offers bikes routes throughout the state. There are also links to Maine-owned companies offering gear for the outdoors.
Visit Freeport Maine, which celebrates a town best known as the home of L.L.Bean and outlets from America’s leading brands, will host MakersonMain on Saturdays throughout the fall, from Labor Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vendors will have outdoor locations between Mallet Drive and West Street from 10 am to 4 pm and will includes crafts, food, and art. Details can be found at VisitFreeport.com/MakersOnMain, including the COVID-19 precautions put in place for vendors and shoppers.
Outdoor Dining in Portland
Portland’s food scene has long been one of the most dynamic in the country. During the pandemic, chefs and owners have had to get creative and are currently offering take-out, delivery and outside dining options. A select few have made indoor dining available. Who has a garden patio or waterfront deck, which food trucks are operating, and which pubs and bars are serving? The reality is constantly evolving, so check out the Portland Food Map, a site that stays up to date on the city’s best-loved eateries, bars, cafes, diners and food trucks.
Lobster Shacks Open for Outdoor Dining
Lobster shacks, which traditionally have outdoor seating at picnic tables, may well be the perfect place for a socially distanced lunch or dinner. Five of the best include Beal’s Lobster Pier, a working lobster wharf in Southwest Harbor, not far from Acadia National Park. Five Islands in Georgetown is a working lobster pier with a view of five pine-clad islands, along with a classic Maine harbor view of sailboats, lobster boats and gulls. Then there’s The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, in Cape Elizabeth, with an idyllic setting on the rocky Maine coast not far from Portland. Diners sit on picnic tables on the rocks, framed by the white tower of Two Lights lighthouse and extraordinary surf and views out to sea. Thurston’s Lobster Pound, in Bernard is set on a wharf on Mount Desert Island and overlooks the lobster fishing fleet in Bass Harbor. Finally, Estes Lobster House in Harpswell has terrific views of Harpswell Sound and Potts Harbor, with lots of outdoor seating and spectacular views of sunset.
Glamping & Camping
Maine’s newest glamping resort opened on August 1 in Bar Harbor. Terramor is a $9.7 million resort, a complete renovation of what was the former KOA-branded Woodlands Campground into a luxury glamping experience. Glamping is also available at select Maine State Parks and throughout the state as Tentrr.com. They offer canvas-wall tents with queen-size bunk beds and wood stoves, along with a fire pit, a picnic table, benches, Adirondack chairs, and a Coleman Sun Shower at Bradbury Mountain, Rangeley Lake, Camden Hills, Mount Blue, Lamoine, Peaks-Kenny, and Warren Island.
The best bet for a classic campsite away from the crowds during the late summer is at one of Maine’s State Parks, where family camping sites can be reserved. They include Aroostook State Park in northern Maine, Rangeley Lake State Park in the northwestern part of the state and coastal parks like Cobscook Bay and lakeside parks like Mount Blue. For those really looking to get off the beaten path, Maine offers backcountry camping sites, in places such as Deboullie Public Lands, Bigelow Preserve and Cutler Coast Public Lands, which has miles of ocean front hiking.
Fall Foliage Hikes
Sunny days and cool temperatures make September and October the best months for a socially distanced hike in Maine, a state with no shortage of peaks for hikers at all levels of fitness. Rattlesnake Mountain in Raymond is an easy 90-minute hike with glimpses of Sebago Lake and the surrounding foliage. Mount Blue rises 3,187 feet above the state park of the same name in the Western part of the state, with oak and maple trees providing a colorful backdrop to a fairly strenuous hike. On the coast, there’s Mount Megunticook in Camden Hills State Park, topping out at 1,384 feet high and offering a moderate hike with big views as a reward. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers an easy hike in southern Maine and ocean views as a bonus. Old Speck in the Mahoosuc Range offers a very strenuous hike for accomplished hiker who climb the fourth highest mountain in the state at 4,170 feet. Go to Maine.gov for more ideas.
Welcome to Fall in Maine
Safely Get Outside and Enjoy the Colors During Indigenous Peoples’ Holiday Weekend
This week’s Fall Foliage Report shows peak and slightly beyond peak conditions for this upcoming weekend in northern, western and central Maine. Coastal and southern regions are displaying moderate color changes.
This week’s Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) reports less than 30 percent color change for central, coastal, and southern Maine. Forest rangers in the higher elevations report high color (less than 70 percent) in the forest.
The first of this year's fall foliage reports. Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red in the upcoming weeks.