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The East Coast's Coldest Summer Hotspot

By Sophia Brana
On May 6, 2015


Twin Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine


   With finals week just around the corner, students across campus are looking forward to 

finishing that last final, taking off, and not looking back until August. As the school year 

comes to a close, thoughts of sitting on a beach without a care in the world are what propel 

overworked and under-rested students through the most stressful week known to man. For 

obvious reasons, the beach is a popular summer destination for students and families alike; 

many of us even call the famed Jersey Shore home. It is impossible to go wrong with 

spending a week, a day or even just a few hours relaxing on the beach; however, there are 

so many places that get overlooked by people looking for a memorable vacation.

   For most people, the state of Maine conjures up thoughts of snow and moose, not sun and 

relaxation. With average summer temperatures of 70-80° F, the state of Maine is not a 

typical summer vacation hotspot, but it is a great destination for people looking to try new 

things and experience some of the best nature has to offer.

     From Marist, one can reach Maine in approximately seven hours, making it an ideal road 

trip destination. Whether someone is looking for a relaxing vacation filled with shopping and 

sunbathing, or a more active adventure, there is something in Maine for everyone. Southern 

Maine is home to the East Coast’s very own Portland, a town filled with shops, restaurants 

and history. Here, one can visit an array of art galleries, farmers markets and local 

restaurants and stores.

   The one thing Maine is perhaps most famous for (other than its moose population) is its 

lobster. The coastal towns of Maine have been catching lobsters for centuries, and it is 

evident by the fact that nearly every restaurant in Maine offers lobster rolls, delicious 

creations of lobster and drawn butter on hot dog rolls. The trip to Maine is worth it, if only to 

experience the joy of eating lobster on the go.

   Maine’s beaches are the hidden gems of the East Coast (though they cannot compare to 

the Jersey Shore). Places like Crescent Beach and Wells offer a chance to relax in the sand 

and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. The difference between the beaches of Maine and the 

beaches along the rest of the East Coast is that many of Maine’s beaches are state parks. 

The coast of Maine offers many opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and an 

active lifestyle in general.

   The largely untouched natural landscape of Maine is stunning and offers infinite 

opportunities for adventure. Whether it’s hiking, biking, camping or enjoying a picnic, there is 

a park in Maine that is perfect for any occasion. Cape Elizabeth’s Two Lights State Park is 

one state park that has something for everyone. This aptly named park is home to two 

lighthouses and the remains of a World War II-era seacoast battery bunker. At Two Lights, 

one can hike the multiple trails, climb down the cliffs to the ocean, glimpse into the hundreds 

of tide pools along Maine’s rocky coast and enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean 

and Casco Bay.

   This summer, instead of immediately migrating south after finals week, consider heading 

north to experience some of the best culture, nature and lobster available on the East Coast.

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