May 31, 2012

Listen, do you want to know a secret?

Some of Maine's best summer spots aren't necessarily the best known. Luckily, we're willing to share the ones we know.

From staff reports

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Birch Point State Park is a little harder to find – and therefore a lot less crowded than many beaches in Maine in the summer months.

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Blueberry Mountain, White Cairn Trail to Blueberry Ridge Trail to Stone House Trail. Directions: On Stone House Road off Route 113 north of Fryeburg (about 1.3 miles north of Cold River camp). Park at the steel gate. GPS coordinates of trailhead are: 44.252, -70.9909.


If Blueberry Mountain is too much climbing for you, try Douglas Mountain in Sebago. The elevation gain -- less than 500 feet -- is an easier and shorter hike, at 1.5 miles. But it's also more popular, so you'll need to get to this mountain at the beginning of wild blueberry season to eat them on the way to the summit. The stone tower at the summit offers a beautiful view of Sebago Lake and surrounding mountains. The tower also features a great panoramic map that identifies mountains and bodies of water orientated to the 360-degree view.

Douglas Mountain. Ledges and Woods and Eagle Scout trails all lead to summit. Directions: From Route 107 in Baldwin, take Douglas Hill Road to Dyke Mountain Road. GPS coordinates of trailhead are: 43.876, -70.696.

- Staff writers Wendy Almeida, Meredith Goad, Avery Yale Kamila, Bob Keyes, Aimsel Ponti and Ray Routhier contributed to this story.

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Chef Jason Williams' mobile kitchen, The Well in Cape Elizabeth, opens for the season on Friday.

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Rattlesnake Pool is on a trail spur off the Stone House Trail on Blueberry Mountain. The water is incredibly clear and deep.

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The Oak and The Ax in Biddeford is a great place to listen to live music.

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