“You can’t get there from here,” I mutter as my husband turns the car around, again. There’s something true about that old Maine adage, I think. We’ve been driving for hours, seeing more deer than people and wondering why we thought a road trip to northern Maine would be relaxing or romantic. A few wrong turns have me fully appreciating the vastness of the northernmost New England state. You really could get lost here, I think, watching the hours of our weekend escape ticking away in the car.
But as I peer out the window, I suddenly catch a glimpse of the ocean. No crashing waves, but the slow rise and fall of the backwater inlets that define Maine’s craggily coast. A bald eagle dives, skimming the water. Did you see that?, I gasp, wondering if the iconic image was just a mirage after a long day in the car.
My husband had seen it. With one swoop the majestic bird broke our melancholy and reignited our excitement about Maine, with all its rugged, remote beauty. As we finally pulled into Bar Harbor, we were even more enchanted, watching the green lawns spill into gray rock and then smooth, blue water.
Maine is a world away. Sure, the state’s southern beaches and plentiful outlets are just a 90-minute drive from Boston, but the focus on the outdoors and the touch of isolation make you feel like you’re much further removed. And that’s just what makes Maine a great destination for a romantic weekend away to focus on you and your partner, like nothing else in the world matters.
Here are a few of the most romantic getaways in Maine, just waiting for you to discover.