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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Maine Money-Saving Tips

Stop at Red’s

Miss this mid-coast, seafood snack shack at your own peril. Red’s Eats in Wiscasset serves up the tastiest lobster roll in the state. Also try the marvelously crispy beer-battered fried clams.

Hit the slopes

The Sunday River ski resort (lesser known for snow play than popular Sugarloaf) offers top-notch, and often uncrowded, ski runs.

Lighthouse insight

Many of Maine’s 60+ lighthouses are best viewed from the sea. Board from mid-coast’s Port Clyde (207-372-8848; for an afternoon cruise or in New Harbor (800-278-3346; for a sunset spin around Pemaquid Point Light.

Meet a moose

Insiders insist the most likely place to observe the massive mammal is late afternoon or early evening at Compass Pond. This tranquil place sits halfway between Ambejejus Lake and Abol Bridge along the Golden Road in the Maine Highlands.

Spectacular autumn vista

Vermont may have a bigger reputation, but seasoned leaf peepers know nothing beats the vibrant foliage viewed from atop Mount Battie. Bonus: the panorama extends across Camden harbor and all of Penobscot Bay.

Soar over the scenery

A floatplane excursion helps you grasp the vast size and geographical scope of the Maine Highlands. Taking off and landing in the water adds to the fun.

Spring migration

Get up close and personal with a Puffin. Commune with these feathered friends over Memorial Day weekend at the Spring Birding Festival in Downeast’s Cobscook Bay.

Fine arts and culinary arts

Kennebunkport’s Arts In the Inns event pairs palates with palettes the first weekend in June. Inns play host to both artists and chefs during this unique early summer affair.

Windjammer Festival

Fully rigged windjammers sail in the harbor, antique boats parade through the water, and fireworks shoot into the night sky. Boothbay Harbor’s late June Windjammer Festival also features waterfront concerts.

Lobster season

Late summer is the surest season to crack open a fresh-off-the-boat crustacean. Although lobster boats work year-round and pick up the pace in mid-June, peak lobstering runs from August through early October.

Seaworthy Saint Nick

In Maine, Santa skips the chimney and arrives via lobster boat escorted by lobster elves. Don’t miss Kennebunkport’s early December Christmas Prelude festival to catch a glimpse of this odd occurrence.

Chilly cocktail lounge

A 7,000-pound ice block transforms into a wintry outdoor tavern during Portland’s Harbor Hotel’s January Ice Bar event. Bartenders pour specialty martinis from the frosty carved bar, which gleams from the glare of a dozen lights in the hotel’s garden terrace.

Wells-stocked shelves

Wells, on the Southern Maine Coast, is an acclaimed hot spot for nautical antique shops and antiquarian bookstores.

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