If you’re craving a vacation with that special someone but can only get away for a few days, consider a mini-vacation in Maine. Imagine strolling hand-in-hand on an ocean beach or along a forested glade. Take an intimate sailboat cruise for two, or stay in an romantic, cozy inn overlooking the sea. With scenery to spare, small towns full of shopping and dining opportunities, outdoor recreation galore and eclectic lodging options, Maine has something to offer any romance-seeking couple.
Goddess of the Sea Cruises
Begin your romantic getaway with an overnight cruise for two on a 42-foot sailboat. Goddess of the Sea Cruises, based in Boothbay Harbor, offers all-inclusive packages. Depart from the marina at Boothbay Harbor and cruise through Muscongus Bay with its lighthouse views. Keep your eyes open for seals, whales and dolphins. Order the Captain’s Dinner, featuring Maine lobster or filet mignon, cooked onboard. Sleep in a private stateroom and wake to a hot breakfast in the morning.
Goddess of the Sea Cruises 125 Atlantic Ave Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 207-649-2628 goddesscruise.com
Camden Harbour Inn
After your sailing adventure, drive north up to the coastal town of Camden. Spend the day browsing through downtown shops, dining at local restaurants and exploring the area’s many galleries and museums. Spend the night at the Camden Harbour Inn. Set on a hill overlooking Penobscot Bay, the inn’s 18 rooms and suites offer views from almost every window. Each room has different features, but can include private balconies, fireplaces, pillow-top king beds, premium linens, mini-bars, flat-screen televisions, DVD/CD players and wireless Internet access. Enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast, including fresh baked goods from the inn’s kitchen. The inn’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant overlooks the bay and features fresh, local ingredients and an extensive wine list.
Camden Harbour Inn 83 Bayview St. Camden, ME 04843 800-236-4266 camdenharbourinn.com
Acadia National Park
Enjoy a scenic 75-mile drive from Camden to Acadia National Park near the town of Bar Harbor. The park offers 45,000 acres of forest, hills, lakes and beaches to explore. Hikers will appreciate the more than 125 miles of trails, ranging from leisurely to challenging. The 45-mile carriage road is perfect for biking, or you can take a romantic horse and buggy ride. If you’d prefer a more relaxing day, rent a canoe and float on one of the park’s many lakes, or simply stroll along the oceanfront and do some beachcombing.
Acadia National Park P.O. Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609 207-288-3338 nps.gov
Salt Air Inn
After a day of outdoor recreation in Acadia, spend the night in the Salt Air Inn’s master suite. This romantic suite offers a king-sized four-poster bed, two fireplaces, a two-person Jacuzzi tub and views of Frenchman Bay and Bar Island. Rooms also offer televisions, CD.DVD players and Internet access. The inn is set on the ocean and is three blocks from downtown Bar Harbor. Watch the sailboats go by from the deck as you sip your morning coffee, then eat breakfast in front of the fireplace. Your meal will include fresh baked goods, fruit, coffee and a gourmet breakfast selection such as egg strata.
Salt Air Inn 121 West St. Bar Harbor, ME 04609 207-288-2882 saltairinn.com