Places to Explore

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Photograph by Mark Fleming

8 Homey Things to Do in Maine This Summer

Places to Explore

Sabbathday Lake

Learn to craft natural Shaker-inspired brooms during a broom-making workshop in Shaker Village. May 13, June 10, July 15, and July 29, various times. 207-926-4597.

South Paris

Breathe in the scent of more than 200 lilacs at the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival. May 26–29, 10 a.m.–4 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 9–11. 207-967-2483.


Master the art of timber-frame building during Midcoast Conservancy’s Timber Frame Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center. July 6–9, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-389-5150.

Cape Elizabeth

Check out exquisite gardens, and help raise money for Fort Williams Park, during the Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour. July 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Visit six private gardens emphasizing sustainability and native plantings on the Camden Garden Club’s Garden Tour. July 20, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

Explore inspiring seaside properties on the Boothbay Region Garden Club’s Home and Garden Tour. July 21, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 207-633-2353.


Discover the beauty of historic Bath on Sagadahoc Preservation’s House and Garden Tour. August
5, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-443-2174.