Places to Explore

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8 Homey Things to Do in Maine This Summer

Places to Explore

South Paris

Breathe in the scent of more than 200 lilacs at the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival. May 27–30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 207-743-8820.


Book a site at Sandy Pines Campground during its Vintage Camping Weekend and enjoy camper tours, a dessert potluck, and a bonfire. June 10–12. 207-967-2483.


Discover the beauty of historic Bath on Sagadahoc Preservation’s Homes & Hidden Gardens tour. June 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-443-2174.

Kittery Point

Visit nine sites from John E. Frost’s 1947 Colonial Village during the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum’s Kittery Seaside Gardens Tour. July 9, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-439- 3080.


Tour private gardens and help raise money for the nonprofit Oasis Free Clinic medical/dental practice during Brunswick in Bloom. July 16, noon–4 p.m. 207-721-9277.


Explore 10 downtown homes and six gardens during the Castine Historical Society’s Castine House & Garden Tour. Maine Homes is a media sponsor. July 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 207- 326-4118.

Northeast Harbor

Stroll six luxurious gardens during the Garden Club of Mount Desert’s Open Garden Day. July 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


Shop for baskets, ceramics, furniture, and more by 100 New England artisans during the Portland Fine Craft Show. Aug. 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 207-805- 4918.