SENIOR CITIZENS VISIT MAINE

Sep 19th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

A Great State for Seniors to Visit

So why would any Senior want to visit the Pine Tree State also known as Vacation Land? What’s up there anyhow? Well, to start with, Maine:

  • …is about 320 miles long and 210 miles wide, with a total area of 33,215 square miles or about as big as all of the other five New England states combined.
  • …claims America’s first chartered town: York, 1641.
  • …consists of 16 counties with 22 cities, 424 towns, 51 plantations and 416 unorganized townships.
  • …boasts of 6,000 lakes and ponds, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 17 million acres of forestland, 3478 beautiful miles of coastline, and 2,000 islands.
  • …is recognized as one of the most healthful states in the nation with summer temperatures averaging 70 F and winter temperatures averaging 20 F.
  • …has one county (Aroostook) so big (6,543 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • …has one mountain which is approximately one mile high-Mt. Katahdin (5,268 ft. above sea level).
  • …is America’s largest blueberry growing state raising 98% of the low-bush blueberries in the United States. Potatoes rank consistently in the top five in both acreage and in production nationally.
  • …has in excess of 60 lighthouses including Portland Head Light commissioned by George Washington.

That’s a pretty good start but let’s check out those lobsters, the beautiful fall trees and some great cities to boot. Maine has a spectacular coast and a woodsy, mountainous interior – a senior visitor to the state can find an almost endless variety of things to do. From the shops of Kittery to the dogsled races of Fort Kent.  There is so much to do you’ll run out of time before you ever explore all the possibilities.

Part of the fun of a visit to Maine is its great diversity. A trip to southern Maine, with its beaches, resort communities, and cosmopolitan cities, is very different than a visit to the north, where forests and farms prevail.

Portland, located on Casco Bay, is Maine’s largest city as well as its creative hub. Many craftspeople, artists, and other creative types have chosen to live and work in Portland, positioning the city as one of the most fashionable locations in the Northeast. Did you know Portland was considered the foodiest small town in America by Bon Appetit magazine?

Things for Seniors to See and Do in Maine

The Maine coastline is awesome in its beauty. Like to camp?  Maine is a great place for camping. I often find Ten Things to See and Do… but here take a look at 80 things for seniors to see and do in Maine.  Divided into eight distinct tourism regions, each offers unique activities, events and accommodations. With 6,000 lakes, 32,000 miles of rivers, 5,000 miles of coast and 17 million acres of forestland, there’s plenty of room to spread out and experience all Maine has to offer.

Then there is Bar Harbor, said to be one of the best places to visit in Maine and New England.  Acadia National Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine, comprises 49,000+ acres of rock-bound coast on Mount Desert Island, a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland, and offshore islands.

One of my daughters is fascinated with lighthouses.  She collects them.  I don’t know how that got started growing up in Iowa…but she loves them.  Many seniors do as well and Maine is known as The Lighthouse State and for good reason.  By the turn of the 20th century, at least 70 lighthouses guarded its craggy seacoast, its deepest rivers and even one lake.  A mariner could sail up and down the coast and always have a lighthouse in sight. Sixty-five of these beacons still stand. So crank up the old Ford and head N by NE.  Anytime during the year will do in Maine. It is always ready for you.  jeb



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