Destination guide

Maine is New England at its best

Maine is as scenic as coastal regions come. There are few things as pleasing as gorging on the state's famously good lobster, on a sunny afternoon, in one the charming seaside villages. Once you've had your fill of crustaceans, you could explore the other historic villages, hike along the trails in Acadia National Park, or kayak along the bays passing noisy seals. Whether you nab a Maine vacation rental along the shore, or in the pine-forested interior, this is a place to leave your cellphone at home and get on with the job of living.

Things to do

Maine is The Lighthouse State

With such a long coastline and maritime heritage, it's hardly surprising that Maine is often called "The Lighthouse State". More than 60 beacons still dot the coast and while most have retired from warding passing ships away from the jagged cliffs, they have new jobs as popular historical attractions. If you're lucky enough to have nabbed a coastal Maine vacation rental, you're not going to want to miss the state's beaches, some of the prettiest in North America. Nor should you skip a visit to the 270-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or the Maine Maritime Museum.


Bring the kids to Maine

You'd need a long time to list everything there is to do when you stay in a Maine vacation rental, but there are a few standouts that sit high on most peoples' bucket list. Maine is seriously kid-friendly and there are few places as good to bring them on vacation. With the young ones in tow, you can spend your days white-water rafting down the rapids, cycling along the glorious coastline, or enjoying a night under the stars. If you've brought your rod, consider chartering a fishing boat and heading out to sea to hook in a big one.


Typical New England weather in Maine

When you choose to stay in a Maine vacation rental completely depends on what you plan to do while you're there. It's true that the most gorgeous New England weather is seen during the summer, between June and October, but this is also the busiest season. Those in the know are visiting in the shoulder months of spring and fall, when the climate is more comfortable, the prices lower and the crowds have yet to come or have left already. Don't discount winter. It may be cold, but with rock-bottom vacation rental prices and plenty of snowy fun to be had, some people swear it's the best season.

Natural features

Wild moose and fluking whales in Maine

The state might not be known for its wildlife, but those who come to stay in Maine's vacation rentals are usually pleasantly surprised. The northern interior is thought to have almost 30,000 wild moose, gentle giants best seen on one of the year-round guided safaris. Along Maine's marine-rich coastline, whales annually migrate through. While they're in the bays, they often leap out and crash back into the sea, resulting in much oohing and aahing from eager spectators. Sitting on the crossroads, between the colder lands of North America and the more temperate forests of the south, means that creatures from both reside in the state.

Where to stay around Maine?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,471 vacation rentals near Maine. From 4,144 Houses to 2,562 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maine for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Maine?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maine. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ogunquit: 1,288 vacation rentals
  • Kennebunkport: 1,620 vacation rentals
  • York Beach: 386 vacation rentals
  • Acadia National Park: 1,308 vacation rentals
  • York: 1,213 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Maine! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Maine?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maine:

  • Ogunquit: 1,288 rentals
  • Kennebunkport: 1,620 rentals
  • York: 1,213 rentals
  • Freeport: 801 rentals
  • Cape Elizabeth: 1,070 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Maine?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Maine are:

  • Wiscasset, ME (ISS): 952 vacation rentals
  • Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive): 919 vacation rentals
  • Fryeburg, ME (FRY-Eastern Slopes Regional): 1,409 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Maine?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Maine. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: 1,381 rentals
  • Sunday River Ski Resort: 452 rentals
  • Perkins Cove: 598 rentals
  • Maine Mall: 1,394 rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,253 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maine listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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