Why go: Find quintessential lobster shacks nestled in the remote calm of Maine’s small-town, island-studded shoreline.
What to do: Explore Reid State Park (207-371-2303, maine.gov), whose Mile and Half Mile beaches feature classic sandy stretches flanked by dunes. Charter a boat to Seguin Island Lighthouse (207-443-4808, seguinisland.org; adults $30, children $25), on an island two-and-a-half miles offshore, or hike through the 119 acres of forest, meadows and rocky outcroppings at Josephine Newman Audubon Sanctuary (207-781-2330, maineaudubon.org).
Local favorite: Five Islands Lobster Co. (1447 Five Islands Rd; 207-371-2990, fiveislandslobster.com) is no tourist magnet, and its lobsters come straight from the harbor it sits on. It’s tough to resist a “big boy” lobster roll, served on a toasted split-top bun and dressed with mayo (market price).
Where to stay: The turreted Grey Havens Inn (96 Seguinland Rd; 207-371-2616, greyhavens.com; $195–$395), perched on a hill that slopes into a classic Maine inlet, offers charming rooms, an in-house restaurant and, best of all, a wraparound veranda on which to take in the views.