Bite Into Maine
Play tourist — and actually enjoy it
•EAT A LOBSTER ROLL NEXT TO A LIGHTHOUSE | Fort Williams Park, Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth | Snag an award-winning Bite Into Maine lobster roll (in six varieties!), and kick back on the grass or the picnic tables. Bring a kite for extra enjoyment. | facebook.com/biteintomaine
•HARBOR SAIL ON A SCHOONER | Portland | BYOB and snacks, sit topside, and watch the scenery go by. | portlandschooner.com
Harbor sail on a schooner
•HORSEBACK RIDING | Casco | Take scenic rides through fields and forests, with different trails available for beginners through experts. | maine-horse-trails.com
•LUCKY CATCH LOBSTERING TRIP | Portland | Combine a harbor cruise with seal-spotting, ecology learning, and — oh, yeah — hauling lobster traps. | luckycatch.com
•SEGWAY OF SOUTHERN MAINE | Portland | If you want to walk around without walking, this company offers quirky Segway tours of Portland's Historic Waterfront, East End, and Bayside. | portlandsegway.com
Pick a quiet beach to read on . . .
•CLEAVES COVE BEACH | Ocean Ave, Kennebunk | A secluded spot in popular Kennebunk, this beach has no facilities — so bring everything you'll need for the day with you.
•CRESCENT BEACH | Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth | A calm beach bordered by sand dunes, sea roses, and paths through the woods.
•HIGGINS BEACH | Bayview Ave, Scarborough | A "private beach with public access" maintained by its own beach association, this beach is always clean. Be sure to check out the remains of an 1897 shipwreck in the sand.
•WILLARD BEACH | Willow St, South Portland | A small, clean beach frequented more by locals than tourists. Has a playground, snack bar, and facilities.
. . . and read these books there
The Great Gatsby
•ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy | Read this book about . . . tragic Russian love . . . before it becomes a movie later this year (November).
•BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer | ditto . . . sexy vampires . . . ditto (November).
•THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald | ditto . . . the illusion that wealth leads to happiness . . . ditto (December).
•THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien | ditto . . . hobbits and the rediscovery of the One Ring . . . ditto (December).
•LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo | ditto . . . people singing (and rebelling) movingly during the 1832 Paris Uprising . . . ditto (December).
•THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky | ditto . . . awkward young adult introversion . . . ditto (September).