On most Maine license plates, you’ll see the word “Vacationland.” It’s been that way since 1936. But vacationing in Maine is a refined experience. You don’t come here for throbbing dance parties. You come here for lighthouses, rocky beaches, and wood-shingled villages. For fishing boats emerging from the fog. For lobster rolls and fresh chowder. For endless expanses of forest.
You come to Maine to really, truly get away from it all.
Maine is a quiet state. It has the lowest population density on the Eastern Seaboard. Mainers are famously even-tempered, and they’re not known for small talk. Instead of crowds and banter, you get 35,000 square miles of coves, rivers, cliffs, and wetlands, with more fishing and sailing than you can shake a fly rod at. And while Vacationland is most popular in the summer, it really is a four-season state with spectacular colors in autumn and limitless winter sports.
Want to find hospitality without all the tourist trappings? Head up to the wild northeast; here are eight destinations for peace, quiet, and good eating.