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An Insider's Guide To Coastal Maine
One thing we love most about New England is the changing of the seasons. It’s Mother Nature’s way of keeping you on your toes.
Growing up here, we learned long ago to expect the next shift. And while Labor Day weekend on the beach seems like yesterday, the colors of the leaves and the crisp bite in the air tells us what we all know: Fall is here. And there’s no better place to welcome fall than Maine. So we hit up some of our favorite spots around Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Kennebunkport to see some friends, check out the sights and, of course, eat fresh lobster.
Coastal Maine’s raw, unvarnished beauty has inspired people for years. It’s home to some of the best boatbuilding and sailing in the world, has one of the best culinary scenes in the country, and it’s covered with picturesque towns full of interesting people that we’re lucky enough to call our friends.
This year, when we were looking for a place to recharge and embrace the changing of season, the answer was simple: head north.
Maine 101: What To Do

Check Out The Shops

The best way to get the local feel of Coastal Maine is by stopping into as many as the small shops as possible. There’s an eclectic mix of old and new, as quaint, mom-and-pop businesses coexist alongside a new generation of entrepreneurs adding their own touches to the scene.

Sample The Local Food Scene

From the freshest lobster you can find anywhere to a growing craft beer community, there’s something to delight everyone’s palate in Maine. Go local for your meals and beverages and you can’t go wrong.

Explore The Culture

There’s something about Maine that’s inspired artists and writers for generations. Maybe it’s the slower pace of life or the close connection to the land’s natural beauty; whatever it is, there’s always something new—gallery shows, independent film, live music—worth checking out from the creative community.
For Food And Drink

Socially-Conscious Brewing

Mast Landing Brewing Co.

High-quality, independent beers, brewed and poured in Westbrook and Freeport. mastlandingbrewing.com.

Catch Of The Day

Harbor Fish Market

The freshest seafood you can find in Portland, located in a historic building right along the wharf. harborfish.com .

Simple (Amazing) Seafood

The Clam Shack

Don’t let the name fool you—the clams are great, but Kennebunk’s best lobster roll lives here. theclamshack.net.

On A Roll

Luke's Lobster

Grab a lobster roll from Luke’s flagship shack on the Portland pier for harbor views and delicious bites. lukeslobster.com.

Seafood Done Right

Langsford Road Lobster & Fish House

Fresh-caught, no-frills lobster and seafood, straight from the surrounding waters. langsfordroadlobster.com .

PLAN YOUR ITINERARY

A Vintage Collection

SEACRAFT

Opened in 2020 by creative duo Jackie Greaney and Paul Havel, SEACRAFT’s small Kennebunk storefront is filled with many nautically-inspired vintage items and coastal curiosities. Updated daily by Jackie and Paul, visitors will discover a gallery of antique Americana, expertly curated to appeal to anyone with a love of crafts and an eye for style.
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Coastal Charm, Timeless Elegance

White Barn Inn

Located in the beautiful coastal town of Kennebunkport, The White Barn Inn has been a beloved local landmark for over 150 years, synonymous with warm New England hospitality, rustic charm and uncompromising attention to detail. Beautifully restored rooms and cottages add a touch of luxury to the Inn’s centuries old character.
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Shining A Light On History

Portland Head Light

Located on the shores of Cape Elizabeth, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Portland, the Portland Head Light offers stunning views of the Atlantic and the Maine coastline. First lit in 1791, the Lighthouse, it’s award-winning museum and the surrounding Ft. Williams Park offer a look back through history and plenty of outdoor recreation.
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Our Favorite Upcoming Events

JUNE
2022

Portland Wine Week

A celebration of local ingredients, great dining experiences and, of course, the wine that ties it all together. Events range from educational seminars and wine dinners, lunches and brunches at Portland’s most esteemed restaurants to wine sails aboard a tall ship in Casco Bay. For anyone interested in experiencing and celebrating great wine, this is the chance to meet winemakers, chefs, sommeliers, and other local oenophiles exploring their own backyard. Learn more at portlandwineweek.me.

AUGUST
2022

Maine Home & Boat Show

Each year, over a weekend in August, Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers and marine gear vendors gather together in Rockland to showcase their work and connect with the community. A can’t-miss event for anyone with a love of Coastal Maine and an appreciation of the region’s craftsmanship. Learn more and get dates for the 2022 show at maineboats.com/boatshow.

AUG 3
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AUG 7

Maine Lobster Festival

If you’re serious about lobster—and trust us, people in Maine are serious about lobster—this is the event for you. For 75 years, locals residents and summer visitors have celebrated everyone’s favorite crustacean with five days of feasting and fun on the coast of Maine. A mix of county fair and food festival, with parades, music, exhibitions, children’s games and more. Get ready for the 2022 festival by checking out mainelobsterfestival.com.

OCT 9
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OCT 13

Boothbay Fall Foliage Festival

A family tradition in Mid-Coast Maine for over 50 years, the festival is a chance for guests to take in the beautiful changing leaves and sample a bit of local culture. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge steam train and then stick around for the fall-themed food, crafts, activities and village goats! Plan your trip here: boothbayharbor.com/event/53rd-annual-fall-foliage-festival .

NOV 20
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NOV 21

Maine Harvest Festival

Bangor hosts the 10th iteration of this annual celebration of Maine’s harvest season. Over 200 farmers, chefs and home cooks are on hand to showcase and share their stories and their food. It’s a chance to understand, taste and appreciate what makes Maine, Maine. Find the schedule for this year’s festival at maineharvestfestival.com.

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SHARING OUR MAINE MOMENTS

We all have those special places we love to visit. The ones where cherished memories are made and lasting friendships are formed. The spots we return to, year after year, as a getaway from the day-to-day and as a reminder that Every day should feel this good. Coastal Maine is one of those places.
We’d love to see your Maine moments, from past visits or an upcoming trip. Post a picture or story on Instagram sharing your favorite photos and memories with #EDSFTG @vineyardvines or @vineyardvineswomen for a chance to have your post featured on our account. And, who knows, it may even inspire our next collection or adventure!

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