NEW KDHamptons Travel Diary: Magical Maine, The "Vacation State"

Lara Shriftman, Juan Bacardi and Lucas Bacardi Shriftman

Fresh caught lobster, sailing on Lake Sebago, and island hopping by pontoon….just a few of the fun reasons why Maine is known as the “Vacation State” of the Northeast.  KDHamptons contributing editor [and partner of Harrison & Shriftman], Lara Shriftman shares her latest adventure in a new travel diary, below.

View of Sebago Lake from the dock

“Maine is a great place to visit over the summer. It’s really easy to get to and is just a 45-minute flight from JFK. There are so many great camps there and it’s a great place to spend a few days when picking up or dropping off your kid at camp. The Portland International Airport and private air terminal is easy to navigate. After arriving, you can walk across the hall to Enterprise and rent a Jeep Wrangler to drive around the beautiful country roads of Maine.”

Sailing on Sebago Lake
View of a lodge from the lake
Lucas tying up the boat

“Make sure to enjoy Sabego Lake, the second largest lake in Maine, and all of the activities it has to offer. Go kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, jet skiing, wakeboarding or take a pontoon boat from island to island.”

Lara Shriftman and Juan Bacardi

“The Migis Lodge is a great place to stay near Portland. People make reservations up to two years in advance so you must plan accordingly. It feels like camp itself with many cabins on the lake and organized formal dinners and cookout breakfasts. The Lodge is set on 135 acres of pristine woods stretching along 3,500 feet of Sebago Lake shoreline. Located in South Casco, Maine, on the northern edge of Sebago Lake, the lodge offers 35 guest cottages ranging in size from studios to six bedrooms, along with 8 guestrooms inside the main lodge.”

Fresh Maine lobster!

“Portland, Maine has a great food scene. If you enjoy beer, visit Shipyard Brewing Company in the heart of Portland. It is Maine’s largest brewery, offering tastings every hour on the hour from open to close. Dine at Eventide Oyster Company, which boasts 12 different kinds of Maine oysters that are all amazing. The rest of their menu is incredible, with fresh Maine lobster, lobster rolls and a classic New England clam bake available. There’s always a wait, but it is well worth it.”

Eventide egg sandwiches

Migis Lodge welcomes visitors of all types, from solo travelers to multi-generational families, with a wide range of activities to enjoy, regardless of age. “The weather in Maine is perfect, with chilly mornings leading to pleasant afternoons best spent on the lake. Portland’s tone is really casual, making it the perfect summer weekend. Visit soon!”

Kayak launch & boat dock