FOR LIGHTHOUSES AND LOBSTER
The Plan: From Boston, head to Portland, ME, stopping at two lighthouses— York, ME’s Cape Neddick Light, and Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Head Light. Stay at the elegant Inn by the Sea (starting at $409 a night for a garden suite), 15 minutes away from Portland, where you’ll have access to a private boardwalk and mile-long beach. Travel to the city the next day to go on a Lucky Catch Cruise to haul lobster that you can buy and have cooked for a fee at a nearby restaurant. Next, shop at Old Port, and tour Victoria Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, minutes away. Spend the next two days in Bar Harbor exploring Acadia National Park. There you can admire Jordan Pond, the park’s deepest and clearest lake, and do the Ocean Path Trail, where you’ll pass pink granite formations, a rocky beach cove and a 110-foot cliff. Don’t miss a drive to Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic Coast at 1,530 feet.
Why We Love It: Foodies will love the seafood dishes they can try on this journey, from lobster rolls at the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth to clams at DeMillo’s On the Water in Portland. Acadia National Park has a famed food too—the popovers at Jordan Pond House. The light, muffin-like pastries have a hollow shell, and are eaten with jam and butter.