Portland and Ogunquit – The Top Vacation Spots In Maine NOW



The closing days of summer bring out the best of Maine and its scenic New England towns. The Pine Tree State is a living postcard of historic lighthouses, patches of blueberries, dazzling white sand beaches, and lobster galore.

Learn how to properly eat steamed lobster at a waterside shack, practice the local accent, enjoy the craft beers, stroll along cobblestone streets, and view the gorgeous shoreline at these two great coastal towns in Maine where we have some inspiring ideas for you to experience these destinations like a savvy local.

The Wave – Photo by: Benjamin Williamson

Portland, Maine

Portland is a historic seacoast town with a funky vibe, working waterfront, art galleries, unique boutiques, and award winning restaurants serving everything from classic lobster rolls to exotic cuisine that is stylish and sophisticated, yet genuine and unpretentious. Experience the quintessential Maine Coast and urban sophistication, as well as lighthouses, lobsters, and surf crashing on the rocky shore. Vacationland!

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Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit is a “beautiful place by the sea” and one of Maine’s most popular and charming small towns where you can enjoy scenic coastal strolls, a world-class theater, nearby beaches and outstanding seafood. Take a walk along the Marginal Way, a path that winds along rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, or explore the colorful town center. The town of Ogunquit is a favorite vacation destination.

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Stop the Poisoning!

Many of us choose to eat fish because of the health benefits that have been made known to us over the years: Omega-3 fatty acids and its low saturated fat content.

However, now nearly all fish and shellfish contain some traces of mercury. Mercury can affect development of the brain and nervous system. Right now in America, one in six children are born every year with exposure to mercury at levels so high that they are at risk for impaired motor skill development, learning disabilities and loss in their short term memory.

Recently diagnosed with mercury poisoning, I am in search of answers. This is what I know to be true. The EPA recommends eating no more than two meals a week that include fish and highly recommends avoiding swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish. Many groups are urging the government to add tuna to this list as well, and I strongly agree.

Here is a list of high risk fish to avoid which tend to have higher levels of mercury than others:

  • Marlin
  • Orange Roughy
  • Tilefish
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Mackerel (Spanish, king and gulf)
  • Tuna (big eye, Ahi, canned, yellowfin, white albacore)
  • Sea Bass
  • Bluefish
  • Grouper

Sources: americanpregnancy.org, spa.gov, pbs.org, mercury policy.org

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