Maine is the perfect place to visit for a romantic getaway! This beautiful state offers a wide range of activities and attractions ideal for couples to experience a Maine life. Maine has something for everyone, from picturesque roadways to quaint bed & breakfasts. We’ll go over some of the top romantic activities to do from southern to northern Maine. So gather your belongings and prepare for a romantic trip!
Are you planning a romantic getaway to the beautiful state of Maine?
The Meadowmere Resort is the perfect place to stay while you’re in town. Our luxurious accommodations and top-notch service will make your trip unforgettable. Plus, there’s plenty to do in the area – from exploring the great outdoors to enjoying local cuisine.
We know that a romantic getaway is about spending quality time with your partner. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Maine. From enjoying the views to exploring the wilderness, there’s something for everyone here.
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Here are our Top 20 Picks for the Best Romantic Things to do in Maine
1. Drive along the coast
There’s nothing quite like a romantic drive along the coast. And when you’re in Maine, there are plenty of beautiful coastal roads to explore. So hop in the car and enjoy quality time with your partner while enjoying the stunning views.
From the rugged cliffs of Acadia National Park to sandy beaches like Ogunquit Beach, there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. And who knows, you might just fall in love all over again.
Some Maine scenic byways we recommend:
- Acadia All-American Road
- Schoodic National Scenic Byway
- Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway
- Grafton Notch
- Blackwoods (Route 182)
- Katahdin Woods & Waters National Scenic Byway
- Million Dollar View (Route 1)
- Moosehead Lake Scenic Byway
- State Route 27
- The Bold Coast
- Old Canada Road (Route 201)
- Rangeley Lakes
Great places to visit by car:
- Penobscot Bay
- Bar Harbor
- Old Orchard Beach
- Downtown Portland, NH
- Acadia National Park
- The Penobscot Narrows Bridge
- Two Lights State Park
- Cadillac Mountain
- Casco Bay
2. Visit a bed and breakfast
Maine is known for its cozy bed and breakfasts. So why not treat yourself and your partner to a romantic getaway at a charming inn? You’ll be able to relax and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of a cozy room. If you’re looking for a place that offers a private bath, comfy pub, onsite pools and areas to relax, look no further than Meadowmere Resort.
Best of all, you’ll be able to explore all Maine has to offer during your stay, from its stunning coastline to its quaint towns and villages. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Meadowmere Resort today!
3. Get out into nature
There’s nothing quite like getting out into nature to clear your head and recharge your batteries. And luckily, Maine is the perfect place to do just that. With beautiful places like Cadillac Mountain, our many pristine lakes, and endless stretches of forest, Maine is a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Go get lost in the Desrochers Memorial Forest or bike down the Eastern Trail! Whether you’re looking for a hike, stroll, or something in between, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in this beautiful state.
And if you’re looking to get away from it all, there are plenty of remote camping spots where you can truly disconnect from the world and recharge in peace. So next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, remember that nature is always there for you – and there’s no better place to enjoy it than Maine.
Some of the best parks in Maine:
- Vaughan Woods State Park
- Ferry Beach State Park
- Two Lights State Park
- Fort Williams Park
- Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge
- Androscoggin Riverlands State Park
- Baxter State Park
- Acadia National Park
- Quoddy Head State Park
- Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
- Rangeley Lake State Park
- Aroostook State Park
- Cobscook Bay State Park
4. Enjoy some local cuisine
Food is an essential part of any travel experience. It can be a way to try new things and taste the local culture. Maine is known for its seafood, so try out a lobster roll in town. If you’re not a fan of seafood, don’t worry – there are plenty of other local cuisines to enjoy.
Blueberry pie is another Maine specialty; you can find it in restaurants and bakeries throughout the State. So whether you’re looking for a unique culinary experience or trying some delicious food, enjoy some of the local cuisines while in Maine.
Some of the best choices for romantic dinners:
Natalie’s Restaurant | Camden, ME
Upscale French cuisine served in a bold Victorian inn
David’s Restaurant | Portland, ME
Great seafood and fish served in a stylish setting with huge windows overlooking Monument Square
Primo Restaurant | Rockland, ME
The acclaimed Italian eatery features beautiful dishes and an intimate setting
Fore Street Restaurant | Portland, ME
A rustic favorite, their open wood-fire grill lends a gorgeous smoky flavor to fine American fare
Union Bluff Grill & Pub | York, ME
Local Maine favorites served by the seaside with views of York Beach
DiMillo’s On the Water | Portland, ME
A classic New England delight, with harbor vistas, seafood, and nautical decor
Novio’s Fine Dining | Bangor, ME
Seasonal, locally-sourced seafood, meat, and produce served in a warm, inviting cafe with full bar
The Boathouse Restaurant | Kennebunkport, ME
A chic eatery inside The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, with top notch seafood and waterfront views
Joshua’s | Wells, ME
Inspired farm-to-table New American meals served in a charming Revolutionary War-era house
Chez Rosa | Kennebunkport, ME
Enjoy a French specialty in this dinner-only restaurant with intimate, quiet ambiance
5. Visit a winery
If you love wine, visiting a Maine winery is the perfect way to spend a day. There are many different wineries, each offering a unique atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or you’re interested in learning about the wine-making process, you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot. There are many wineries within an hour of Ogunquit. And right here in town, Coastal Wine Ogunquit offers tastings featuring local and regional growers!
And if you’re visiting during the fall, you can enjoy the beautiful foliage while touring the vineyards. So whether you’re a wine lover or just looking for a unique experience, be sure to add a visit to a Maine winery to your list. So raise a glass and enjoy a romantic day at one of Maine’s many wineries.
6. Go on a romantic hike
One of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors with your partner is by going on a romantic hike or mountain biking. And luckily, Maine has no shortage of beautiful hiking trails to choose from. So whether you’re looking for an easy route or something more challenging, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you and your partner.
And if you’re looking to impress your date, you can even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top of the trail. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your boots and hit the trails up Cadillac Mountain!
Some of the best places to hike in Maine:
Camden Hills State Park
Known for its 360 views over Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay, enjoy gorgeous views from the top of this state park!
This mountain offers something for hikers at every level, with a network of trails with beautiful views, ranging in difficulty.
Bar Harbor Shore Path
This easy, scenic walk follows the coastline for 1.5 miles in Bar Harbor.
This short but steep hike rewards hikers with stunning views from the top.
This world-famous trail stretches over two thousand miles, but you can enjoy it at any point as it passes through Maine.
This popular mountain is the tallest on the East Coast, with lots of trail options.
Blue Hill Mountain Trail
This moderate hike has a few steep sections but is worth it for the views from the top.
7. Going on a Kayak Adventure
Maine is the perfect place for a romantic kayak adventure. With its many lakes and rivers, you’ll be able to find the ideal spot to paddle and explore. You can even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you’re out on the water.
So whether you’re an experienced kayaker or just getting started, add this activity to your list. Exploring the Ogunquit River is highly recommended. You and your partner will have a blast exploring all Maine offers from the comfort of your kayak.
Here is a list of some businesses that offer kayak rentals and tours:
Maine Sport Outfitters | Rockport, ME
It offers kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, lessons, and tours.
Coastal Kayaking Tours | Bar Harbor, ME
Guided kayak tours are available, or you can rent a kayak to explore on your own.
Acadia National Park Tours | Bar Harbor, ME
It offers both group and private kayak tours of Acadia National Park.
Tidal Transit Kayak Co | Boothbay Harbor, ME
You’ll find countless choices of things to see and do about 166 miles north of Boston and a little over an hour north of Portland. The Boothbay Harbor and Midcoast areas are genuinely wonderful for everyone, whether you’re in Maine for a brief vacation, a summer, or a lifetime.
8. Spend a day at the beach
Maine is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. So whether you’re looking for a place to relax and soak up the sun or you’re interested in exploring the tide pools, you’re sure to find the perfect spot.
And if you’re visiting during the summer, check out one of the many lobster shacks along the water. You can’t get fresher seafood than that! Spending a day at the beach is the perfect way to relax and enjoy each other’s company. So pack a picnic lunch, find a secluded spot, and soak up the Maine sunshine.
Notable Maine Beaches for Couples:
- Ogunquit Beach – This sandy beach is perfect for walking, sunbathing, and swimming.
- York Beach – This beach is known for its dramatic cliffs, beautiful views, and secluded coves.
- Gooch’s Beach – This Kennebunk beach is perfect for those who want to relax and enjoy the stunning Maine coastline.
- Old Orchard Beach and Pier – Walk along this pristine beach and visit the quaint, beautiful boardwalk pier
- Crescent Beach – This beautiful beach is perfect for a romantic picnic lunch
9. Visit a lighthouse
Maine is home to many beautiful lighthouses. So if you’re looking for a romantic way to spend the day, add this activity to your list. You can even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the top of the lighthouse.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even go for a swim. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or an adventure, visit one of Maine’s many lighthouses.
Some of the lighthouses in Maine are:
Portland Head Light
Located in Cape Elizabeth, this is the oldest lighthouse in Maine.
Marshall Point Lighthouse
This iconic lighthouse is located in Port Clyde and was featured in the film Forrest Gump.
Baker Island Light
This remote lighthouse is only accessible by boat and is located on a small island off the coast of Acadia National Park.
West Quoddy Head Light
This brightly colored lighthouse is located in Lubec and is the easternmost point in the United States.
So whether you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or an adventure, visit one of Maine’s many lighthouses. You and your partner will create lasting memories exploring all Maine offers.
10. Going to the river
Maine is home to some of the most beautiful rivers in the country. So if you’re looking for a romantic way to spend the day, add this activity to your list. You can even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the riverbank.
The most famous river is the Androscoggin River which is located in Western Maine. The river is known for its beautiful scenery and is a popular spot for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. So whether you’re looking to relax or get active, add this activity to your list.
Some of the Rivers of Maine:
- Androscoggin River
- Kennebec River
- Penobscot River
- Aroostook River
- St. Croix River
11. Go camping or glamping
Camping is a major part of the New England culture, especially in Maine, known for its miles of wilderness and beauty. There are many camping areas around the state, with options to rough it or stay in a more glamping-style atmosphere.
A fun place to keep mind as you plan is Sandy Pines Camping near Kennebunkport. This location offers both traditional camping and glamping choices, and a stunning salt lake pool, general store, and activities suited for children and couples on vacation.
12. Check Out Pineland Farms
Maine is known for its many farms, and excellent local produce and ingredients. Pineland Farms is a fun place to visit, located in New Gloucester’s lovely green hills, on five hectares of land. Originally the site of a Maine state institution, it has since been converted to a working farm with educational site to honor the island of Malaga and the people who once lived there.
There you have it! These are just a few romantic things you can do in Maine. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or an adventurous day trip, add these activities to your list.
13. Hop aboard a historic schooner cruise
Not enough cool Maine stuff to do? Try out a historic sailing yacht! The experience of sailing on a historic boat is unforgettable with views of the Maine coastline and exceptional beaches. We highly recommend trying it out on your next Maine visit.
14. Join a Red Cloak tour
Red Cloak Tours is the largest tour operator in the state, with great reviews from previous clients. The company specializes in the histories of Bar Harbor and Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Hallowell, and Rockland.
The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, so you’re sure to learn a lot on your tour.
15. Sip beer in Portland
Portland is one of the beer capitals of the U.S., and is an ideal spot for couples who enjoy visiting breweries. Be sure to check out some of the best ones in the area, including Funky Bow Brewery at Lyman, Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Sebago Brewing Company in Gorham, Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston, and many more!
16. Go whalewatching
Whalewatching is another favorite Maine activity. The Whalewatching season goes from mid-April to October in Maine, when whales are the most active in our waters. It is genuinely breathtaking to watch these majestic creatures in the waters, settling in the the summer and traveling south again in the fall/winter. There is no better summer activity in Maine for folks that enjoy wildlife.
17. Take a seaplane ride over Moosehead Lake
Ever wanted to enjoy the scenery of Maine from the air? Take a seaplane ride over Moosehead Lake to get the best of the air and sea. Many companies offer seaplane rides in the area, as well as scenic boat trips to Greenville, Maine. It’s one of Maine’s most beautiful places, definitely something to add to any Maine bucket list. Maine has many lakes and ponds to go boating, but Moosehead Lake is the biggest.
18. Pick blueberries and indulge in blueberry desserts
Maine’s blueberries are legendary. Treat yourself and your loved one to blueberry picking at harvest time. Alternatively, enjoy the blueberry on a variety of desserts. Blueberry pie, blueberries beer, or blueberry jam are just some things to sample.
19. Check out Maine’s only ghost town
If you’re a couple that enjoys creepy or unusual attractions, then visit Portland ghost town: Swan Island. This town right near the Kennebec River was abandoned in the 1940s. Some buildings still stand there. It is an island accessible only to visitors in summer. You can get there by taking a ferry ride on the Maine State Ferry service between Bass Harbor and Swan’s Island.
20. Try whitewater rafting
Explore the rapids with this outdoor Maine activity: whitewater rafting. The Kennebec River is a rocky river that is a highly powerful and very quick-moving river. Rafting can provide the perfect experience for rafters, beginner groups, families, and experts alike!
Here are the Top Maine Attractions that you should visit:
Farnsworth Art Museum
With more than 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 15,000 words in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the nation’s largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Discover the giant trolls at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Top your friends’ social media by challenging yourself to find all 5 trolls in this huge, beautiful, extensive botanical garden in Boothbay, Maine. Located on more than 300 acres along the MidCoast, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is an authentic Maine experience.
National Historic Landmark
The Portland Observatory Museum is set in a National Historic Landmark is a historic landmark located in Portland’s East End. The area includes a working waterfront, historic ships, and warehouses that tell the stories of Portland’s maritime past.
Portland Head Light
With beautiful scenery and a great history, the Portland Head Light is a perfect spot to visit while on Maine’s Coast, located at Cape Elizabeth. The light is located on the site of Fort George, which was built to protect Portland Harbor. The light was first lit in 1791 and is still an active aid to navigation.
Hamilton House is a National Historic Site and a popular locale for hosting events and parties. Jonathan Hamilton – a merchant in the region – built this gorgeous country seat between 1785-1788. It is situated 50 hectares along the Salmon Falls river between Rollinsford and South Berwick. The home has changed hands several times, maintaining its elegance with only minor alterations throughout the years.
Asticou Azalea Garden & Thuya Garden
The Asticou Azalea Garden lies at the Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, close to Acadia National Park. Established in 1912 with a trust to protect what was then Asticou Hill, these beautiful gardens look out over a lake. It is home to numerous plants of azalea and rhododendron species, including Maine’s native rhododendron canadense. The structure was intended to be like a Japanese stroll park, with gravel paths swept to create a flowing water effect. The gardens offer many opportunities for bird watching, plant identification, and more.
The Ogunquit Playhouse is a historic theater that was established in Ogunquit in 1933. Their 26-week season runs from May through October. They offer many excellent productions throughout the season, with shows from Tuesday to Sunday. Over the years, Ogunquit audiences have enjoyed many top stars and professional actors in the top Broadway shows.
The Victoria Mansion – also known as the Morse-Libby House – was built between 1858 and 1860 in Portland, Maine. It was designed by architect Henry Austin of New Haven, CT for a wealthy businessman, Ruggles Sylvester Morse. The house is an excellent example of Italian Villa style in America. The mansion is open to the public for tours and features original furniture, paintings, and decorative arts.
Jordan Pond House
The Jordan Pond House is a historic building located in Acadia National Park, in the town of Bar Harbor, Maine. The building was constructed in 1889 as a summer residence for Harriet Beal and her family. In 1901, the house was sold to John D. Rockefeller, who expanded the property and added several outbuildings. The park concessionaire Aramark now operates the Jordan Pond House as a restaurant and gift shop.
Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory
Named after Major General Henry Knox is one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense fortifications constructed in the mid-1800s. Located on the Penobscot River in Prospect, Maine, this fort has a rich history and many unique architectural features. The nearby Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is the crown jewel of coastal Maine. Taller than the Statue of Liberty, it offers spectacular 360-degree views of the river and bay.
The Maine Brews Cruise
With almost 20 breweries and 10 of them on their various tours, the Maine Brews Cruise offers several fun options to experience the incredible beer culture of Maine. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Maine breweries, including some new smaller breweries. Guests will enjoy guided tours of each brewery, beer trivia, snacks, fun drinks, and sampling beer. You’ll have fun tasting some great Maine brews.
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, or Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow house in Portland, was once the home of the American poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow. Today it is one of Portland’s oldest buildings. It is currently a house museum operated by the Maine Historical Society. The house was built by Peleg Wadsworth, the general of the American Revolution, in 1686. It is Portland’s first brick home, with two-sided floors and pitched roofs. Wadsworth had ten kids in the family.
Merryspring Nature Center
Merryspring Nature Center, The Merryspring Nature Center, has 66 acres of private parks in Camden and Rockport. The garden offers walking paths and a variety of attractions, including a botanical garden, an arboretum rock garden, a bird and honey bee garden, a children’s garden, a rose garden, and a butterfly garden. You will also see barred owls and other songbird species. The center is being established by Mary Ellen Ross, a horticulturist from the area.
Stephen King’s House
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Maine, famed horror author Stephen King’s home is located in Bangor, ME. Maine has been been the setting for many of King’s stories, and horror buffs will enjoy taking in the views at this distinctive mansion.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
A settlement established in 1783, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is the last active Shaker community. This land is a National History Monument with 17 historic buildings. Learn about Shaker history in the U.S. and tour the village buildings!
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine. The park covers an area of 47,389 acres and was established as a national park in 1916 thanks to a donation of JOhn D. Rockefeller. Acadia National Park is home to various plant and animal life and numerous hiking trails and scenic vistas, with even more to do.
The park is also home to the highest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain. Visitors to Acadia National Park can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and bird watching.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Are you fond of gourds? Gourd knows we are, too. It doesn’t feel like Fall in Maine without the Pumpkinfest Damariscotta, a seasonal tradition with many special activities like pumpkin decorating, pumpkin weighing contests, and a boat race around the bay.
Maine Lobster Festival
The Lobster Festival is a summertime tradition in Maine, held annually in the town of Rockland. The festival features live music, one of the Maine attractions; it is five days of fun and feasting on fabulous coastal Maine! This annual seafood festival takes place from Wednesday through Sunday on the first weekend of August.
Celebrating Ogunquit’s artistic heritage, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art engages and educates a diverse audience by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting American art.
Some of the many museums in Maine include:
- Maine Maritime Museum
- Owls Head Transportation Museum
- Seashore Trolley Museum
- Maine State Museum
- Ogunquit Museum of American Art
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art
- Colby College Museum of Art
- Portland Museum of Art
And if you are looking for a specific place to stay, check out our Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, which is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
5 Tips to Enjoy your romantic vacation in Maine
- Make the most of your time together and plan.
- Pack for all weather conditions, as Maine can have unpredictable weather.
- Be sure to pack your camera to capture all the memories!
- Choose the best accommodation for you.
- Relax and take in all that Maine has to offer.
Let us Help make your Ogunquit getaway as romantic as possible
Ogunquit is a classic couples’ getaway spot. And the Meadowmere Resort provides the perfect romantic accommodations for your retreat.
The staff at our Ogunquit hotel is here to help with the details, such as finding a delicious restaurant for two or arranging a relaxing massage. We welcome you to settle into our cozy surroundings and enjoy a central location to stroll hand in hand through the village. We will happily help make your romantic escape a particular time to spend with each other.
Some of the most popular activities for romantic couples include antiquing along Route 1 in Southern Maine, taking a cooking class together, heading outside for golf or tennis in the Ogunquit area, and enjoying live music and concerts.
To see all our resort offers for romantic accommodations, we welcome you to call us at (207) 646-9661to plan your retreat. Our goal is to provide a home away from home for your couple’s getaway in the heart of Ogunquit. (And if you waited too long to book with us and are sold out, we’ll even help recommend a hotel like the Meadowmere for your trip.)
Ogunquit is known as a beautiful place by the sea. And our hotel is known for a warm welcome, relaxing Roman Spa, and home away from home are perfect for romantic weekend getaways.
Join us any time of year to experience our outstanding and romantic couples packages – available every season for your unique retreat.
Q: What should I do for a romantic date?
A: It depends on what you and your partner are interested in. But some ideas might be going for a romantic hike, having a picnic lunch by the ocean, or taking a sunset sail.
Q: What is there to do near Meadowmere Resort?
A: We are located right in the heart of Ogunquit village, which means you are within walking distance to many great shops, restaurants, and activities. We are just a short drive from all the best attractions in Southern Maine.
Q: Why is Maine a tourist attraction?
A: Maine is a tourist attraction because of its many beautiful beaches, rich history, and delicious seafood. Plus, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Maine has something to offer everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
Q: What is something unique that you might see in Maine?
A: One of the unique things you might see in Maine is a lobster boat. These boats are used to catch lobster for all kinds of delicious seafood dishes. You might also see a moose, which is the state animal of Maine.
Q: What is the best time of year to visit Maine?
A: The best time of year to visit Maine is during the summer. It is when the weather is warm and the days are long. However, Maine is a beautiful place to visit year-round.
Q: What should I pack for a trip to Maine?
A: You should pack for all weather conditions, as Maine can have unpredictable weather.
Q: What are some of Maine’s most popular activities for couples?
A: Some of the most popular activities for couples in Maine include antiquing, taking a cooking class, playing golf, and enjoying live music.
Q: What is the Meadowmere Resort?
A: The Meadowmere Resort is a hotel located in Ogunquit, Maine. We offer an onsite pub, cozy rooms, a great location, and more.
Q: How can I contact the Meadowmere Resort?
A: You can contact the Meadowmere Resort by calling (207) 646-9661
Q: What is the cancellation policy for the Meadowmere Resort?
A: The cancellation policy for the Meadowmere Resort is 48 hours before arrival.
Maine is the place to go if you want a romantic getaway. You can enjoy quality time together with its stunning coastline and quiet towns. From hikes and kayaking to exploring charming villages and dining at world-class restaurants, there is something for everyone in this beautiful State.
The Meadowmere Resort is the ideal location for a romantic weekend. Our hotel is located in the middle of Ogunquit Village, near all the most incredible shops, restaurants, and activities, and we offer a choice of couples packages.
Please contact (207) 646-9661 to learn more about our resort or make a reservation. We are delighted to welcome you to Meadowmere Resort.