Can you say, “temps de vacances?” If not, brush up on your French, and then get ready for a rendezvous in Paris. However, if you’d rather spend your vacation running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, you may want to add “ay, caramba” to your vocabulary.
Voted one of the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2011, Inn by the Sea is Maine’s premier luxury beach destination. All 57 guest rooms, suites and cottages have been designed to pamper you with comfort in a sophisticated palette of deep red, cognac and charcoal with maple furnishings and locally commissioned artwork.
Ten miles out to sea, tiny Monhegan Island is Maine in miniature, a 700-acre artist’s rendering of everything that makes this stretch of coast called Down East great. On its eastern side, towering headland cliffs greet the pounding Atlantic, while from the western (village) side hikers can set out on 17 miles of wooded trails that criss-cross the island. Only about 60 people live here year-round. There are no cars, and no paved roads; until 1984 there wasn’t even electricity. What there is is peace and quiet—and artists, lots of artists.
If you had to pick one symbol to represent coastal Maine, it would have to be the lighthouse. Standing out on a cliff, or on top of a storm-racked island, these beacons act as earthbound stars to sailors on the dark sea.
It is always a difficult task to try and come up with interesting activities for the children when they accompany you on your trips around the country. Notice I say it may be difficult but it is not impossible. As an example, we decided to take a vacation to the state of Maine and as …