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Here's Why the Kennebunkport Festival is a Perfect Summer Getaway in New England

May 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

Pull on your critter pants and grab a cable knit sweater. (You know, just in case there’s an evening chill.) The annual Kennebunkport Festival is nearly upon us.

From June 8-15, Maine’s quaint summer colony — which draws both regional tourists at large and upper-crust second homeowners — will be where it’s at on the northern New England seacoast. And if you’ve never had a chance to visit the Pine Tree State, this is a great way to experience all the quintessential Yankee charm it has to offer. (And a whole lot of lobster too.) Food, wine and art are the three main pillars supporting the Festival, when local restaurants, resorts, and tented dockside soirees spill over with special meals — from grand tastings to beverage pairing explorations — held in elegant dining rooms or al fresco by the lapping waves and light of the Maine moon. Some highlights include a “Taste of Grace” with grand chef Relais & Chateaux Jonathan Cartwright at his impressive White Barn Inn, and a Grand Tapas Party that unites 25 chefs and wineries by the Kennebunk River. (Also united there: WASPs and weekending city slickers.)

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Road Trip to These 5 National Forests for Fantastic Fall Foliage

October 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

Tuesday, September 23 marked the first official day of Autumn and, while some parts of our nation are still basking in overly Summer-y temperatures, the mercury is dropping in others. This is the time of year that Mother Nature sheds her green clothes in lieu of a more vibrant and colorful wardrobe and there's no better place than to witness this in our National Parks and Forests.

These protected pockets of nature are devoted to conservation and education efforts, not to mention they provide a dazzling kaleidoscope of hues once the season changes. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of the the best places for scoring a few captivating snaps of this fall phenomenon:

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How to Visit Winslow Homer's Studio in Maine

August 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | ()

When it comes to Maine artists, nobody is more beloved than Winslow Homer. The painter and engraver was born in Boston but spent most of his years in Maine, where he had a studio just outside of Portland in Prout’s Neck. You can see many of Homer’s works at the Portland Museum of Art. However, if you want to see his studio, you’ll need to do a little bit of planning.

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Get Outside for the Last Gasps of Summer in Maine

August 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

Maine may have a reputation for being cold most of the year, but The Pine Tree State is freakin' beautiful in its short summer. If you're more the stay-in-town type than the rent-a-remote-cabin type, there are several ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without venturing too far from civilization. Centering on Portland, we recommend these:

1. The Portland Head Light There are pretty lighthouses, and then there's the Portland Head Lighthouse. This picturesque light in nearby Cape Elizabeth is set among small buildings, including the lighthouse museum, and is basically incapable of being badly photographed. Once you're done with your tour, hang out in Fort Williams Park along the beach, which is doggie-friendly.

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Float from Maine to Nova Scotia on a New Overnight Ferry Route

May 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

Just a few months ago we filled you in on the awesomeness that is the new ferry service planned between Maine and Nova Scotia, and now we have a little more information about when things will start cruising across the Atlantic just shy of the Bay of Fundy.

The back and forth between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia will all happen thanks to the Nova Star Ferry, beginning on May 15. Now that departures and arrivals are finally on the schedule, travelers can now view the ferry fares.

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New Ferry to Nova Scotia Means More Excuses for Quick Trips to Canada

March 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

This spring, the Nova Star Ferry will begin service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, increasing accessibility for Americans in the northeast to Canada's beautiful maritime province. The ship is currently making its way from Singapore and is scheduled to begin service on May 1st.

We're sure it's a pretty ride across the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, but this ferry will do its best to keep you occupied and spending money onboard with three restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, and a casino. It will also have a fitness center and children’s play area to accompany 163 cabins and the capacity for 1,215 passengers and 336 cars.

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From Maine to Florida, Labor Day Weekend Means a Beer Festival Near You

August 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

With summer winding down and cooler weather right around the corner we suggest raising a glass to remember the season. The long holiday weekend brings a few solid options, so pick a beer festival that looks good to you and enjoy. Here’s our picks for three winners—cheers!

Key West BrewFest

There’s still plenty of summer weather left down in Florida, so may we suggest heading down to Key West to enjoy a little sun and suds. The 4th annual Key West BrewFest arrives in town on August 29, and things are scheduled to run throughout the weekend until September 2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida Keys Brewing Company, and Florida Beer Company will be just a few of the breweries in attendance, so be sure to pace yourself with the sips and samples. Tickets will set you back $35 in advance, and that will get you access to over 150 beers all during the Signature Tasting Festival right on South Beach.

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This Week Sees Lobsters on the Loose for Maine's Annual Festival

July 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM | by | ()

There’s only a few days left in July, but that’s fine with us. That’s because August welcomes the lobsters to Maine, as the annual Maine Lobster Festival does its thing between July 31 and August 4.

It’s not too late to make plans to head to Rockland to take in all the action, as all the boiling and buttering takes place at Rockland's Harbor Park. Obviously there’s going to be plenty of those tasty crustaceans on display, but there’s way more than that.

There’s a road race, a fun run, and even a chance to just complete a leisurely walk as part of the festival. Plenty of music keeps things going well into the evening, and there’s a few acts that you might even recognize from your iPod. David Cassidy does his thing on Saturday evening, and the Spin Doctors hit the stage on Friday night. Tickets to the concerts are a little bit extra—like $25 or so—but that does include your festival admission as well.

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New Airline Alert: Elite Airways Will Hit The Skies This Summer

May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | ()

It’s been some time since we got to talk about a new airline, and that’s probably because they just never seem to start flying—we’re looking at you PEOPLExpress. Anyway, there’s a new carrier coming to town, as Elite Airways, a charter carrier based up in Maine, looks set to expand within the next few months, offering service to and from Louisiana.

Obviously there’s still a lot to be decided and plenty of cash to be raised, but it seems that airline officials have a general idea of how to get this new venture up into the air.

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Where to Celebrate a Same-Sex Marriage in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington

November 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

After (probably) staying up late last night and biting off all of your fingernails, Election 2012 finally came to an end with the result that there won't be any packing up going on in the White House.

Here at Jaunted, we always look at the travel angle and, of course, there was a huge issue to watch: that of gay marriage. Four states— Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington—had a proposal on the ballot for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In all four states it passed and now happy couples of all sorts can say their "I dos" in each (not to mention a few others). This ultimately opens up the possibility of gay marriage travel and honeymoon travel. And voila, you have the travel angle.

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Three August Festivals to Celebrate All Things Blueberry

August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM | by | ()

While we we've busy enjoying the warmer weather it’s been all work for those responsible for tending to this year’s blueberry crop. Thankfully things must have gone according to plan, as it’s time to harvest. Before August slips into September it’s time to celebrate blueberry season, and here’s three of the best festivals where you can do exactly that:

National Blueberry Festival – South Haven, Michigan

Running August 9-12, this festival has everything and anything involved with the berries that are little and blue. All the events go down right on the shores of Lake Michigan at the town’s Riverfront Park. Blueberry Pie Socials, Lawn Tractor Pulls, Pie Eating Contests, and a Blueberry Cookout round out the weekend’s events.

Organizers are expecting at least 40,000 hungry visitors as the event celebrates its 49th year filled with live entertainment and way too many blueberry pancakes. If you need a blueberry break—like that’s even possible—just swing by the Sand Sculpture Contest scheduled to do its thing at North Beach on Sunday afternoon.

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Maine's Famous Topless Coffeeshop Finally Sees Justice

January 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

In the long tradition of destination stories here at Jaunted, we've never abandoned covering the dramatic history of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine. Opening nearly three years ago with $3 coffee and $2 donuts and free gazing at the waitress' gazongas. As expected, the joint was controversial from the start and even a mini-documentary went about profiling the place and its customers.

Then it burnt to the ground. Suspiciously. Well CBS News shares that the arsonist has finally been convicted, and he wasn't doing it for morality reasons at all; he was angry at his ex-girlfriend, an employee of the Grand View who had left him to shack up with the coffeeshop's owner. Raymond Bellavance Jr. is now headed to jail as the Grand View gets on with business.

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