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    Going to Maine this fall!!

    OK guys, need your help. Finally going to MAINE !! STAying at Samoset Resort middle of Oct o should be plenty of color.

    Should I fly into Bangor or Portland. I have Airline miles so could do either. Depending on time I would like to do some
    sightseeing . Which route is the most scenic??

    Any and all recommendations are appreciated.

    TIA Shaggy

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    Great catch! You will love Samoset! Portland drive is very scenic along the coast. Bangor is inland, and we mainly focused along the coast while we were there in 2016 so can't tell you what it's like, probably pretty as well. Distances are about the same to the resort. I would say whichever has the best schedule and price...

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    Goomba & Super Moderator tonyg's Avatar
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    We rarely head down toward Samoset. Route 1 from Portland would be more scenic. Castine is an interesting little town. If you plan on going to Acadia National Park, leave early as it could take as much as 2 hours to get there from Samoset. The color may be waning by mid-October depending on prior weather conditions.

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    I'll have to take the chance Tony. I may lose a day and spend one night near Acadia so won't feel rushed.

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    A lot of nice shops in Portland, And The famous Portland light house. The resort was very nice when we were there. There is a huge Jetty right through the golf course. There was also a very scenic area right near where they told us to go to get lobsters, I will see if I can find information on where it was. I may have posted it here years ago
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    OK found it only 7 miles from the resort
    https://www.bedandbreakfast.com/me-s...inn.html#img-6
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    If you take the Portland arrival, along the route to Samoset there's world famous Moody's Diner - tho I was not impressed. Also, Red's in Wiscassett is supposed to make the world's best lobster roll. Freeport is not far from Portland and is the place for the main L.L.Bean store along with many others. Not sure if everything will be open in mid-October as that is around the time the tourist season begins to end (used to be Labor Day). Cruise ships stop at Bar Harbor now and can be seen from certain places in the park as well as from the shoreline in Bar Harbor. The weather can be pleasant or somewhat on the cold side, so bring a coat.

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    We visited Acadia for a day while staying at the Samoset during the month of April. Took 2 hours, but it was off season so no traffic really. I would think flying into Portland makes much more sense than Bangor. Town of Camden is really nice and has good restaurants and nice shops.

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    We were at Samoset last summer. Stopped at Moody's and loved it. If you're going to go down to Freeport, at the end of the road that L.L.Bean is on is the Desert of Maine - google it - interesting, glad we stopped. Check out Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory - not far from the resort. Here's a few links - I know you'll have a great time whatever you do.

    http://www.desertofmaine.com/index.html

    http://fortknox.maineguide.com/

    https://moodysdiner.com/
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    I didn't see anything about a restaurant there??

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