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June: Travel Tips

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Traveling is one of our main passions in life here at deVivre! So, each month we will share the love by letting you in on some of our favorite places in the world and the most fun things to do in those places. This month...


Summer in Maine is simply one of the most wonderful vacations you can take in the US and it's only a bus ride away. My home away from home is in Camden and so I am sharing some of my favorite off-the-beaten-track things to do in that area.

-Mount Battie, Camden Hills State Park (fun, easy-moderate hike with stunning views) - There are various ways to get to the peak of Mt Battie, but my fave is scrambling up from Megunticook St. You can reach the peak in under an hour and will be rewarded with some of the most stunning views of Camden Harbor and the Islands off the coast. Take a picnic and make a half day of it.

-The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland (wonderful collections of Art related to Maine) - This ain't no local artsy crafty museum. This is a world-class collection paying particular attention to modern and contemporary art and also to the three generations of Wyeths who lived in the area. If you want to experience something really special, drive out to the Olson House, which is the house in the background of Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth which is permanently on display at MOMA in NYC to learn about the fascinating history of the Olson family.

-Curtis Island, Camden Harbour (explore this lovely little island and the lighthouse that occupies it) - Rent a Kayak or Canoe at Maine Sports (or ask deVivre for their local hookup) and row across to Curtis Island. Swing on the magical lawn in the center of the island, explore the walking trails and say hi to the family who still mans the lighthouse which you can usually climb up and take in the view. Don't forget to take your swimming gear so you can take a plunge in the ocean after exerting all that energy rowing across.

-Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island (head "Downeast" to the first eastern national park) - Head up the scenic coastal route 1 to explore this wonderful park. As with most national parks, you can camp if you'd like to stay longer than a day. Swim in the summer, go leaf-peeping in the fall and treat yo'self to an afternoon tea of popovers and jam at Jordan Pond House. On your way in or out stop in Bar Harbour (pronounced Bah-Hah-Bah) which is a great place to try the famous Maine lobster (lob-stah!) and take a whale watching tour.

Contact deVivre to help you plan your next adventure!