10 reasons to visit Maine in late spring

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Why visit Maine in late spring? For starters, you’ll have the state practically to yourself. The summerfolk have yet to arrive in droves. And, you can snag some great rates and packages for lodging. And it’s easier to get reservations at the top restaurants. Sure the weather can be a bit iffy and there’s likely road construction, but that’ll all fade when you catch a wave at York Beach, add a bird to your life list, catch a whopper of a fish, and… well, here are just 10 reasons to visit Maine in the late spring.

1. Fishin’! The fish are always biting in spring, so check into a Maine Sporting Camp and cast a line.

2. Birds! The Down East Birding Festival, May 27–30, 2011, in the Cobscook Bay area, and the Acadia Birding Festival, June 2-5, 2011, on Mount Desert Island.

3. Flowers! Spring comes to Maine much later than New York, and if you come to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the Asticou Azalea Gardens are simply gorgeous from late May through early June.

4. Food! Wine! Art! The Kennebunkport Festival celebrates it all, in the Kennebunks, May 31-June 4, 2011.

5. Moose! Spring is the best time to see the critters, especially during Moose Mainea, in Greenville, May 14-June 12, 2011, celebrates everything moose-related: Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, Famous Moose Tales, a Quest Fest, and the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Moose Photo Contest.

6. Restaurants! Ogunquit celebrates Restaurant Week, June 5-9, 2011, with participating restaurants offering breakfast for two for $15; brunch/lunch for two for $20; and a three-course dinner for $25 pp.

7. Art! Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House, opens at Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum on June 11 and continues through Oct. 30, 2011.

8. Fun! The Old Port Festival, June 12, a family favorite in Portland, with a parade, six stages of entertainment, children’s activities, arts exhibitors, and, of course, food.

9. Bluegrass! The Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, 2011, in Litchfield is one of the largest family musical events in New England.

10. Bike! The annual, fully supported  Trek Across Maine, a bike ride (not race) from Sunday River, in Maine’s western mountains, to Belfast, on the coast, a fundraiser for the Maine Lung Association, takes place June 17-19, 2011.