I love living in Maine, and I find lots of things to do all year round, but let’s face it—summer in Maine is the best. Obviously, I am not the only one who thinks so. We residents see evidence in the grocery stores, at our favorite bars and restaurants and, of course, every Friday and Sunday on the Maine Turnpike. We love it here, and so do our guests from away. In addition to the miles and miles of gorgeous coastline, endless hiking and biking trails, sandy beaches, fabulous lobster rolls and local ice cream on every corner, there is just a ton of stuff to do around here all summer long.
We know summer is here when we start hearing about the Old Port Festival. That’s a big one, but there are dozens of other festivals taking place all around the state. The Kennebunks have a couple that happen early in the season, there’s fun to be had in OOB during the Back to the Beach Corvette Festival and if you are a fan of local strawberries, you won’t have to travel far to find a strawberry festival. Check out our comprehensive list of summer festivals on page 6. Maybe when I am retired, I can make a point of going to each one.
I’ve never owned a boat, but I have enjoyed many summer days and evenings aboard a friend’s vessel, leisurely exploring Casco Bay, Sebago Lake and the Saco River. For me, it’s such a treat to spend a few hours out on the water with friends. If you are looking for some water excursions, Maine has plenty to offer—even if you don’t have friends with a boat. You can find countless fishing and whale watching tours, you can take a leisurely tour on the Songo River Queen or enjoy an island clambake. Find some great ideas for boat tours on page 12.
Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite part of the summer is all of the great music that happens throughout the season. Whether it’s on a deck at a local eatery or at one of the great concert venues we have, there is a ton of music to see. I’m lucky enough to live just about 4 miles from L.L. Bean, and my husband and I make our way down to their free summer music concerts whenever we can. Thompson’s Point has a full lineup of fabulous national acts, as does the Maine State Pier. Our list of summer music can be found on page 10.
So, in between sun bathing, golfing, playing tennis, camping, mountain biking, racing cars—or anything else that you do in the summer—we’ve got lots of suggestions for fun and entertainment. There is no need to spend a single minute (unless you want to) wondering what to do! Have fun and enjoy! And stay tuned to My Generation online www.mygenerationmaine.com, and please give us a thumbs up on Facebook.