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Famed for its rugged coastline, Maine provides ample opportunities for scenic vistas and water-based activities. Less known is how this glorious land has attracted all manner of artists and food producers who work their trades in down-to-earth communities along the shore. Art galleries, dance centers, boutiques, and cooperatives give visitors plenty to do on a rainy day, as do numerous nature centers and museums devoted to Maine's agrarian and nautical past and present.

Impeccably fresh seafood predominates the dining options, especially the classic experience of a lobster-in-the-rough restaurant. Fine chefs drawn to Maine's ...

Famed for its rugged coastline, Maine provides ample opportunities for scenic vistas and water-based activities. Less known is how this glorious land has attracted all manner of artists and food producers who work their trades in down-to-earth communities along the shore. Art galleries, dance centers, boutiques, and cooperatives give visitors plenty to do on a rainy day, as do numerous nature centers and museums devoted to Maine's agrarian and nautical past and present.

Impeccably fresh seafood predominates the dining options, especially the classic experience of a lobster-in-the-rough restaurant. Fine chefs drawn to Maine's abundant fresh ingredients bring cutting-edge cuisine to the most remote locations. The bustling farmers market scene spoils eaters with fine cheeses, baked goods, free-range meats, smoked seafood, and endless vegetables and fruits. Late July brings wild blueberry season and pie heaven, and autumn draws avid hunters to the deer, moose, and other wonders of the inland pristine forests and lakes.

Camping, boating, and outdoor activities remain the biggest draw for visitors seeking solitude, adventure, and spectacular natural settings.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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