Places to Explore

Lilac, by Gabriele Lässer from Pixabay

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9 Homey Things to Do in Maine This Summer

Places to Explore


Shop for artwork and crafts by New England artisans during Visit Freeport’s Makers on Main events on the first Saturday of each month. May– Sept., 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. 207-865-1212.

South Paris

Breathe in the scent of more than 200 lilacs — New England’s largest collection of the springtime blooms — at the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival. May 28–31, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 207-743- 8820.


Find Maine-grown perennials, 16 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, and gardening advice at the Morris Farm Community Plant Sale. May 29, 8:30 a.m.–noon. 207-882-4080.


Book a site at Sandy Pines Campground during its Vintage Camping Weekend and enjoy camper tours, a dessert potluck, and a bonfire. June 11–13. 207-967-2483.


Visit 11 gardens in Bath’s historic district during Sagadahoc Preservation’s Hidden Gardens of Historic Bath tour. June 19, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 207-443-2174.


Admire some of the midcoast’s most beautiful green spaces during the Camden Garden Club’s annual Camden Garden Tour. July 15.

Cape Elizabeth

Take a self-guided stroll through 10 sweet private gardens during the annual Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. July 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-767-3707.

Bar Harbor

Collect work by Maine artisans at the Guild Fine Craft Show at La Rochelle Mansion and Museum. July 23, 5–8 p.m., July 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., & July 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-205-0791.


Peruse wares from more than 150 dealers, and sample local food, at the annual Maine Antiques Festival. Aug. 6, noon–5 p.m., Aug. 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., & Aug. 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-221-3108.