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Maine Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Home Rentals

The postcard and picturesque state of Maine has a 3500-mile coastline peppered with rocky ledges, 6000 trout filled lakes and ponds and over 17 million acres of woodland mountains. The most popular New England destination thrills tourists all year round.

To get the full Maine experience, many tourists prefer bed and breakfast (B&B) or inns, to the bigger hotels. These inns are scattered throughout the state in every town and village. Several of the B&B lodgings are year round homes where owners rent extra rooms with private baths. They often provide delicious Down East meals.

The accommodations range from private rooms with period furnishings, modern suites or self catering cottages. Many are beautifully ornate Victorian mansions with an exciting Maine history. The experience uniquely different from the normal hotel stay; romance and a step back in time is on the itinerary. For the business traveler, amenities like fax machines and internet service are usually available at most of these lodgings.

Accommodations can be on a daily, weekly or extended stay. Rates vary dramatically from type and location. When searching for prices consider weekdays and weekends will often have very different rates. The high season (July-August) will be considerable more than cooler seasons. Discounts are available for longer stays in most locations. Always ask for an extended stay rate, as these rates may not be published. Remember to mention special occasions when booking, as there are often special packages available.

Every time of year is great for a Maine Bed and Breakfast. The Saddleback Fall Festival, the Wiscasset Twilight Tours, visits to Acadia National Park or shopping in downtown Bar Harbor; a Maine Bed and Breakfast makes the visit come alive.

Often certain types of pets are permitted at several facilities either free, or for a small fee. Make sure of the house rules and schedules such as meal times, late night entry, smoking and whether or not credit cards are accepted. Liquor may be available in house or you may be able to bring your own.

Winter offers a whole new choice of activities for Maine Tourism. Skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are an exciting adventure.

Fall is the time of year that fairs are active and festivals are many. The foliage season brings a fireworks display that only mother nature could provide.

Summer is the most popular Maine Tourism season. Sailing in Maine is among the best in the world. Hiking the many Maine Mountains is a pastime most favored by all. The quaint little villages offer antique shops that rival the best of any big city.

And let’s not forget the food. The mighty Maine Lobster is king here in Vacation land. But don’t pass up the famous Maine Whoopie Pie, found in almost every corner store.