Exploring Maine’s rustic beauty

July 12, 2016

I feel that Maine is one of the most beautiful states in all of the U.S., although its somewhat remote location might make it less well known.

Many people from the overly crowded cities along the East Coast – New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., etc. – travel up to Maine to gain some peace and soak up the lovely scenery. The dramatic rocky coast with its historic lighthouses and quaint towns, (some of which date back to the mid 1700’s) will keep you busily shooting photos.

With a Switchblade flying sports car, you could enjoy the amazing scenery from the air or the ground, whichever suited you. Cruise along the winding coast on historic Route 1, stopping in Kennebunkport, with its lovely inns, wonderful art galleries and high-end shops. Or maybe you’ll want to fly along the coast, viewing the lighthouse- dotted shore from several thousand feet above.

My family’s favorite Maine destination is the all-inclusive resort, Migis Lodge, on Sebago Lake. www.migis.com  We call it paradise. (It’s only a 45-minute drive from the coastal city of Portland.)  Now, I have to tell you that I really struggled with whether or not I should tell you why we love this place so much. If too many people go, maybe it’ll get too crowded. Or lose it’s relaxing vibe. Maybe people will bring their loud cell phones down to the dock, or to the dining room, disregarding the Migis rule to use them only in their cottage.  Well, I decided to share it despite the risks.

Migis Lodge is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and my great grandparents first started going there in 1921. (Our extended family has been having the most wonderful reunions there for the last 16 years!) Cozy, beautifully decorated cottages are scattered along the lakeshore, treating you to a never-ending view of water, sky, and towering pines. You can water-ski, wake board, canoe, kayak, sail, play tennis, use the outdoor fitness center, swim in the gorgeously clear Lake Sebago, and also sit on your porch reading or visiting.

Trust me, though, it’s really good to be active at Migis. The food is so delicious that you’ve got to burn some calories just to be ready for the next meal. And the desserts – don’t get me started. To me, even more important than the cuisine, is the outstandingly friendly service you receive from the staff. It’s hands down the best I’ve experienced at any resort.

If I lived on the East Coast, I would take my Switchblade flying sports car up to Maine several times a year – to enjoy the warmth of summer, the fall color and the spring thaw. From Boston, MA to Portland, ME – flying at 160 mph – the Switchblade will get us there in just over 30 minutes, and then we’ll drive for 40 minutes to Migis Lodge. A little over an hour door-to-door.  Of course you can certainly enjoy traveling from greater distances and making a stop about every 400 miles to re-fuel, drive to a favorite restaurant if you’re hungry and then carry on flying. Personally, I think the enjoyment and serenity of traveling in our classy vehicle will be matched or even surpassed by what awaits us in paradise.

–  Martha Hall Bousfield

Photo:  Lake Sebago sunset at Migis Lodge

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