Need to get away? Stay in the Midcoast

Posted June 20, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.

When you live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, a staycation seems like a pretty good idea. Now that summer is upon us, I’d like to invite you to take some time to make the most of this incredible area we call home by exploring the Midcoast.

Still need convincing? OK,  imagine coming to visit the following region:

“Maine’s Midcoast: where Maine’s coast and mountains come together to create one of the most

beautiful places on earth. Breathtaking hilltop vistas reveal quaint New England villages and beautiful harbors nestled along the shores of Penobscot Bay. Iconic New England’s harbor Camden sits at the foot of stately Mount Battie, its waters full of windjammers and its welcoming streets lined with a refreshing mix of classic small town and sophistication. Art and inspiration abound in Rockland along with Maine’s most famous foodstuff: welcome to the Lobster Capital of the World! And while Camden and Rockland are the largest communities of Maine’s lobster coast you could almost claim to experience everything Maine has to offer between them and the villages and harbors that dot the hills and peninsulas of this Jewel of the Maine Coast. The beach side ambiance of Lincolnville, the craggy coast of Port Clyde, the golf links and antique stores of Rockport, and the small town nostalgia of Thomaston only hint at the exploration and adventures that await you here.”

Now doesn’t that make you want to cash in some vacation time and explore your own backyard?

So, imagine if you could experience the Maine you love for just $50. Thanks to the Maine Dream Vacation raffle you could do just that! Enter to win a dream Camden area vacation and support Maine’s Youth with the Maine Dream Vacation Raffle from Youthlinks and the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce.

The Maine Dream Vacation giveaway is a limited-ticket raffle that will send the winner and a guest on a luxury Maine vacation that includes a three-night stay at the Camden Harbour Inn; dining at the Hartstone Inn, Primo and Natalie’s; various choices for day trips, including a spa retreat, golf at the Samoset and a personalized schooner trip; a rental car; a Sea tote bag filled with Maine treats; and $500 in spending money.

Net proceeds from the raffle will go to Youthlinks, a free after-school program for youth based in

Rockland. Each ticket is $50 with a limit of 500 tickets sold. The winner will be drawn on July 15. To purchase a ticket, see the complete prize package and to learn more about Youthlinks visit http://www.mainedreamvacation.com.

Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email dbookham@camdenme.org or visit http://www.visitcamden.com for more information.

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