Take a day trip

ANTIQUING ALONG ROUTE ONE | We think 23 antique shops in 28 miles (between Kittery and Arundel) will fill up the better part of a day. And the better part of your car. | antiquesmap.com

BELFAST + LAKE ST. GEORGE | Drive a couple hours up the coast to Belfast, everyone's favorite hippie enclave; refuel at the food co-op or grab a hand-brewed beer and some oysters at Three Tides; then drive half an hour west to Lake St. George State Park to swim, play, fish, or boat it off. | cityofbelfast.org + 3tides.com + tinyurl.com/stgeorgestatepark

COOS CANYON + WEBB LAKE | Venture into Central-Western Maine with a two-hour drive to Coos Canyon, where brave souls can jump (not dive) into the Swift River between vertical cliff walls; if pastoral swimming is more your style head 45 minutes east to Webb Lake and Mount Blue State Park. | Just Google map it.

REID STATE PARK | Georgetown | Just over an hour from Portland, this coastal park offers wide sand beaches, short hikes, a lagoon, rocky ledges, and a snack bar. Stroll and eat in Bath on the way there or back. | tinyurl.com/reidstatepark 

 

Get naked

APPLETON RIDGE POND | Appleton | A man-made circular pond on private land.

FRENCHMAN'S HOLE | Mahoosuc Public Reserve Land, Newry | A waterfall-formed swimming hole known for its skinny dipping.

POPHAM BEACH STATE PARK (south end only — no pun intended!) | Phippsburg | Watch out for rangers, who are known to give citations, but you may be able to skinny dip out of view of the rest of the beach.

RICHMOND SAUNA | Richmond | A clothing-optional sauna retreat with a colonial bed and breakfast.| richmondsauna.com

 

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Put on your dancing shoes

BENTLEY'S SALOON | Arundel | Were your boots made for dancing? New England's favorite biker destination hosts karaoke singing and dancing on Thursday nights and live bands all weekend long. | bentleyssaloon.com

BOWDOINHAM CONTRADANCE SERIES | Bowdoinham | On the third Saturday of every month at the Bowdoinham Town Hall, experience what some call "New England folk dance" — partnered dancing in two facing lines, with oral instructions from a featured caller. | tinyurl.com/mainecontradance

MAINE BALLROOM DANCE CENTER | Portland | Ballroom dance, Argentinian tango, West Coast swing, and West African dance classes, plus ballroom dance "parties" on Saturday nights. Participate, or just watch through the Congress Street window. | maineballroomdancing.com

MAPLEWOOD DANCE CENTER | Portland | Lessons (rumba, foxtrot, tango, and more) and social dancing, often featuring a live DJ or the Tony Boffa Band. | maplewooddancecenter.com

STYXX | Portland | Get sweaty to hip-hop, pop hits, and house and dance mixes on the front and rear dance floors; turn up the heat with All-Male Revues on Monday nights. | styxxportland.com

THE BRUNSWICK | Old Orchard Beach | Featuring live music every night, a huge patio, beach access, and raucous OOB-ers. | thebrunswick.com

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