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Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

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Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

My husband and I have 5 days ( Monday thru Friday ) available to tour around Maine next week. We will be near Belgrade Lakes early on a Monday morning and then are free to travel.. but must return to Augusta, Friday evening. Would love all itinerary suggestions that could start/ end in Augusta. We are open to staying in different places each nite or could stay in one place if there were easy day trips that we could do as long as we returned to Augusta on the 5th nite.

Any suggestions? Looking for charming towns, waterfronts, interesting places to stay, walk around etc. We enjoy bike riding & easy hikes. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

Lots of possible options, but I'd be tempted to try something like:

Monday - drive to Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park. Check with Park Visitor's Center for ideas for easy hikes and great bike rides. Begin exploring Bar Harbor. Overnight Bar Harbor.

Tuesday - Continue exploring Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park. Overnight Bar Harbor.

Wednesday -- Morning exploring Bar Harbor/Acadia. Afternoon driving to Rockland/Camden area. Check out Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory and Mt Battie Auto Road in Camden Hills State Park en route. Explore Camden Harbor if time allows. Overnight Camden or Rockland.

Thrusday -- If weather is good, take bikes aboard the Maine State Ferry Service ferry to Vinalhaven Island and spend as much or as little of the day as you want exploring the island. Just be sure not to miss the last ferry of the day back to the mainland or you'll be stuck there overnight. Second night in Camden/Rockland.

Friday -- Morning departure for easy drive back to Augusta. Bike the Kennebec River Rail Trail -- 8-mile, hard-surfaced, gentle grades trail from Augusta to Gardiner -- great chance to see bald eagles, osprey, fish and wildlife. Plan on lunch in Hallowell (we like Slate's or Liberal Cup) on the way.

Or -- as an alternative -- base yourselves in Augusta and do day-trips to Camden-Rockland, Wiscasset-Boothbay Harbor, Rangeley Lakes region, and Belfast....greater flexibility for adjusting to weather than the previous itinerary, but more travel too.

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2. Re: Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

MainerOntheGo- thank you so much for the great ideas!!! We're thinking of staying near the coast for a nite or two & then a nite in Portland. Could use a suggestion for nice inns or charming B&B's near the water as well as a good place to stay in Old Port. All suggestions welcome! Thx :)

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3. Re: Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

In the Old Port, you really can't go wrong with whatever you choose. Most of the hotels are relatively recently built and get good reviews. That said, the Regency stands out because it is a non chain hotel in an historic renovated former armory. Great location also.

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4. Re: Augusta Itinerary Needed - 5 nite trip

Can't help much with coastal B*B's... that's "day trip" country for us...can't remember the last time we stayed overnight down that way. In the Old Port, you can't go wrong with The Regency.... great location, great atmosphere, great staff.

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