Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Why I love Maine

There’s just no question about it. I may have been born in Ohio and am a very loyal Buckeye, and though I absolutely love living in Lancaster County, PA and think it is absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful place to live, my favorite state of all has got to be Maine…hands down. I have visited all but 2 or 3 of the 48 continental states and have traveled to several foreign countries including Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Korea, and Cambodia. But yet, my favorite place to visit is the great state of Maine. Why do I love Maine? Here are a few reasons:
  • Dozens and dozens of majestic lighthouses
  • Whale watching out of Boothbay Harbor
  • Plenty of lobsters
  • Moose sightings
  • Tax free shopping across the border in New Hampshire
  • “Lighthouse Depot”, the world’s largest lighthouse and nautical store
  • Rocky beaches
  • The ocean
  • Coastal towns
  • Finding starfish, sand dollars and sea shells
  • Dunkin Doughnuts at every exit and on every corner
  • More ice cream parlors than you can shake a stick at
  • The famous “Maine Diner”
  • Nobody is a New York Yankee fan
  • Dazzling falls
  • Lots of snow
  • Maine blueberries
  • Acadia National Park
  • Seeing the sunrise on Cadillac Mountai
  • Loons

Laura and I have been able to take two vacations to the great state of Maine. The first time we spent the entire time on the coast going as far as Bar Harbor. The last time we stayed at a resort up in the ski country of Bethel. Both experiences were wonderful and absolutely beautiful.

There are still some parts of Maine that we have yet to experience but hopefully will someday. We would love to stay in Maine at a quaint New England Bed and Breakfast during the height of the fall color season. We would also love to take a trip to Maine and enjoy the beauty of the winter snow and a horse drawn sleigh ride. And someday we would love to take a trip all the way up the coast to see the lighthouses which are north of Bar Harbor and then take a boat ride from there over to Nova Scotia in Canada. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll retire and live out the rest on my life in Maine.

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