Admittedly, this was a pretty niche listicle, so if a handful of Maine towns didn’t make cut, I would have had some serious misgivings about its validity.
But when a Facebook fodder flinger like Buzzfeed posts nice things about Maine communities, as it did in its picturesque “24 Small New England Towns You Absolutely Need to Visit” piece on Monday, you can be sure thousands of social media users will read them.
Representing the Pine Tree State on the Buzzfeed rankings were Bar Harbor at No. 5, Camden at No. 8, Castine at No. 12 and Kennebunkport at No. 19.
Claiming the top spot on the listicle was Woodstock, Vt., if you’re curious.
Buzzfeed urged travelers to stay at The Bayview or 19th century-built Moseley Cottage Inn & Town Motel when visiting Bar Habor; to eat at The Side Street and Two Cats cafes or Jordan Pond House; and to hike Cadillac Mountain and visit the Abbe Museum.
Here’s what Buzzfeed said about Bar Harbor, more generally:
Bar Harbor is a haven for nature lovers, known for its rugged coast and containing the largest parts of Acadia National Park. The town’s name comes from a sandbar revealed during low tide that is used by kayakers and hikers as a launching point for exploration.
When in Camden, Buzzfeed recommends the Grand Harbor and Main Stay inns for rooms; the Camden Deli, Waterfront and Cappy’s Chowder House for food; and hiking Camden Hills State Park, sailing the harbor and viewing the historic architecture as “things to do” while visiting. Here’s the rest of the skinny, according to Buzzfeed:
Settlers first arrived in what is now Camden in the mid-18th century, and the town has grown since then to a population of just under 5,000 people. While the town was originally a haven for manufacturing, especially the creating of seafaring vessels, it is now most known as a fantastic tourist destination.
In Castine, the ubiquitous website urges visitors to stay at the Queen Anne Victorian-style Pentagoet Inn, and Dennett’s Wharf and Markel’s Bakehouse for fill their tummies. Tours of a Maine Maritime Academy ship and stops at Dice Head Lighthouse and the Wilson Museum are suggested activities for tourists. Buzzfeed adds:
Occupied since the early 1600s, Castine is one of the oldest communities in the United States. The settlement was occupied by the French, and even briefly by the Dutch, during its early history. Today, it is home to just under 1,500 permanent residents.
Finally, Buzzfeed implores travelers to stay at The Nonantum Resort or Captain Lord Mansion when taking in Kennebunkport. The website lists Alisson’s Restaurant, David’s KPT and Pier 77 Restaurant as recommended eateries. And as far as what to do in town, Buzzfeed suggests going to the beach, visiting the 19th century stone St. Ann’s Church and stopping in at the Seashore Trolley Museum. More from the site on Kennebunkport:
Perhaps infamous for being the site of the Bush family’s summer compound, Kennebunkport is, in fact, much more than a destination for would-be political spies. With just around 3,500 residents, Kennebunkport may be small, but it is comprised of many different areas with different personalities — the Lower Village, which acts as a “downtown” in many ways, Cape Porpoise, a small fishing village, and Goose Rocks Beach, the town’s coastline.