Situated on Mount Desert Island along the rock-bound, scenic mid-coast of Maine, picturesque Bar Harbor (Bah Habah) began in the mid- to late-1700s. It has been a shipbuilding, fishing and agricultural center, and its breathtaking views of the Atlantic and nearby islands have attracted numerous writers and painters over the years.
Maine's rugged mid-coast is dotted with picturesque, weathered hamlets, and Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor are two of them. Once one town, they are adjacent to one another and sit on a peninsula formed by the Sheepscot and Damariscotta rivers. This scenic area is simply called Boothbay.
The most northern state of the seven states of New England, Maine is characterized by a rugged, scenic coast, rolling hills and thick forests. Parts of Maine are very remote, not easy to reach by train, plane or automobile. Other areas, most notably the southern coastal and mid-coastal towns, are easily accessible and often very crowded during tourist season.
Vacationers come for the amazing scenery. In fact, Maine has some of the prettiest coastal areas in the entire country. Vacationers also come for the lobster and other tempting seafood. Some of the most popular tourist towns include Portland, Camden, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Kennebunkport and Freeport, where L.L. Bean and dozens of outlet stores are located.
Northern and inner Maine are dotted with pristine lakes and rivers that are far from the madding crowds. Apple cider stands, winding country roads, friendly, down to earth people and roadside cafes that serve delicious blueberry pancakes and sumptuous lobster dinners are highlights of the Maine that few tourists ever see.
Summers are humid but not too hot, and autumn's crisp, cool air begins to arrive in late August. Winters are not for the faint of heart, but they are breathtakingly beautiful.
Mainers like to say, "Ayuh, you can't thare from here," but everyone should get to magical Maine at least once in his lifetime.
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