Maine’s beautiful coasts and laid-back islands have earned it the name ‘vacationland’. We have top insider tips on where to stay, from historic homes to waterfront inns – and even luxury yurts
It’s impossible to mention vacations in Maine without talking about the breathtaking beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia national park. A historic vacation destination for the rich and famous, the island has been wonderfully preserved and remains a must-visit spot. Just outside the park on the north side of Northeast Harbor is the Asticou Inn, one of the oldest and most prestigious inns on the island, retaining much of its classic character and charm over the years. The Asticou azalea gardens offer a gorgeous walk at any time of year.
• 15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, +1 207 276 3344, asticou.com. Doubles from $155
Historic monuments, huge parks, art collections, a market, a creepy old prison … the city has plenty of experiences to delight the eye and feed the soul
After the Revolution, Benjamin Franklin began hosting meetings about ways to reform criminals, rather than just punish them. Eastern State, a hulking, castle-like structure that now looks quite out of place in its quiet neighbourhood, was the eventual result. Cells were designed to isolate prisoners from all human contact, under the assumption that anyone left completely alone with their crimes would become penitent – hence the new term “penitentiary”. It’s still creepy enough to be the site of an enormous “haunted house” attraction every autumn, and to have its audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi.
• 2027 Fairmount Avenue, easternstate.org. Open daily 10am-5pm. Adults $14, seniors $12, students and children $10