Top things to do

Top Choice Ice Cream in Inland Maine

Gifford's

At Gifford's, every ice-cream flavor sounds delicious, from Maine Wild Blueberry and Caramel Caribou to Moose Tracks, made with peanut-butter cups and fudge. If you don't pull over for a scoop, you'll never hear the…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Sabbathday Lake & Poland Spring

Maine Wildlife Park

Not quite a zoo but a great place to view native Maine wildlife, this park is a bucolic reserve with plenty of picnic tables, short walking trails, and animal enclosures. Residing here are various animals (30 specie…
Museum in Inland Maine

LC Bates Museum

Eccentricity abounds inside a 1903 school building on the Good Will–Hinckley educational complex south of Hinckley. Here, the LC Bates Museum heartily embraces the concept of a 20th-century Cabinet of Curiosities, w…
Museum in Inland Maine

Colby College Museum of Art

The Colby College Museum of Art is fresh from a marvelous expansion and the addition of a 26,000-sq-ft glass pavilion. The space displays works from a nearly 500-piece collection gifted to Colby by longtime benefact…
Museum in Augusta

Maine State Museum

What happens when a moose and his rival lock horns in mortal combat? Their interlocked racks end up in the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Maine State Museum. The museum, an engaging, four-story ode to all things Main…
Modern American in Bangor

Fiddlehead

The young chef at this downtown place has been earning raves (and a packed dining room) for her international spin on local, seasonal ingredients. Think okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) with Maine shrimp, seared halib…
Pub in Augusta

Liberal Cup

Wash down your haddock sandwich with a pint of Sow Your Oats Stout at this friendly local brewpub in a renovated downtown storefront. Food is high on comfort – bangers and mash, pot roast – and high on flavor (mains…
Village in Sabbathday Lake & Poland Spring

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

The Shakers, a Protestant religious sect named for their habit of ecstatic spiritual dancing, once inhabited communities up and down the East Coast. They believed in simple living, prayer, egalitarianism and hard wo…
Historic Building in Augusta

State House

Built in 1832 and enlarged in 1909, this stately granite dome was designed by Boston architect Charles Bulfinch (the architect behind the nation’s Capitol building in Washington, DC). Walk-in visitors are welcome; y…
Park in Sabbathday Lake & Poland Spring

Poland Spring Historic District

The village of Poland Spring is famous for its mineral water, which is now sold throughout the US. From the mid-19th century, Poland Spring was a destination for its curative waters and picturesque setting, so in th…