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    New England Vacation Week: Maine's Lake Region

    If you're considering a summer getaway to Sebago Lake in Maine, here's what you should eat, explore and enjoy around the Lakes Region.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

    Heading to Maine this summer? Check out these great places in the state's Lakes Region:

    1. Sebago Lake State Park, Casco: More than a quarter of a million visitors each year can’t be wrong. Visit Sebago Lake State Park in Casco, Maine for a quintessential lake vacation. There’s 250 camp sites, places to picnic, 12 miles of hiking trails, and endless ways to get out on the water, including boating, swimming, fishing, and watching the historic Songo Locks. The park is open year-round, and camp sites fill up in the summer. Book your reservation in advance during peak season. Click here for more.
    2. Carousel Horse Farm, Casco: Beginner riders and expert equestrians alike will enjoy a horseback ride at the Carousel Horse Farm in Casco – Maine’s only full-time guided trail stable. A tour guide takes you along trails in the Jugtown forest and along the Crooked River. You can opt for a ice cream ride that stops at a shop in town. They also offer carriage rides, wagon services, and a sunset trail ride. Click here for more information.
    3. Snug Harbor Fishing Guide, Casco: Fishing can often be a solitary activity, but there’s nothing like getting a group together and going on a guided fishing tour, led by a local. Scott Bartlett operates the Snug Harbor Guide Service, and lives on Sebago Lake. He guarantees you’ll catch a fish, and learn a lot about the region. Snug Harbor offers everything from 4 to 8 hour tours, lighthouse and sightseeing excursions, off-shore and salt water trips, and shark fishing on his spacious Trophy boat. Click here for more.
    4. Frye Island/Cafe, Frye Island: Locals call it the hidden gem of Seabgo Lake for a reason. Only accessible by boat or ferry, Frye Island is home to several hundred summer residents and 12 beaches. Right at the dock is the Frye’s Leap Café, the island’s only restaurant and general store. Enjoy a meal and a drink, listen to music and play corn hole as Sebago’s busy boat traffic buzzes by. Ask a local to tell you about the legend of Captain John Frye, and show you where to cliff jump and replicate "Frye’s Leap." Click here for more information.
    5. Songo River Queen, Naples: Naples, Maine is the only place in New England to ride a replica of a Mississippi Paddle Wheeler. The Songo River Queen is docked at the Naples Causeway – and you can’t miss the giant 100-ton red and white ship. Take a narrated tour around Long Lake and learn the region’s history on the Songo River Queen this summer. It’s available for public tours, private charters, and special occasions. Click here for more.
    6. TP's Rad Jet Ski Rentals, Naples: A thrilling way to take in the beauty of Maine’s Lakes Region is a jet ski ride. Visit TP’s Rad Jet Ski Rental in Naples to start your excursion on Long Lake. The business on the Causeway also offers hydro and aqua bikes, Hobie water elipticals, power boats, jet boats and kayaks. Click here for more information.
    7. Bomb Diggity Cafe, Windham: On your way to Sebago Lake, stop at this Windham café for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The creative dishes use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Try the maple almond latte, made with real Maine maple syrup – or The Bog, a breakfast dish that comes with kale, sauerkraut, tomatoes and poached egg. The cinnamon rolls are the size of your face! And the menu includes vegan and gluten-free options. But what makes Bomb Diggity stand out is its staff. The café started as a way to employ people with intellectual disabilities. The inclusive kitchen helps adults of all abilities learn new skills in the kitchen! Click here for more.
    8. The Mosquito, Raymond: Every Maine summer should have a sample from The Mosquito – not the insect, the ice cream shop! Located in Raymond, Maine, The Mosquito serves 50 flavors daily. The family-owned business has become a staple in the lakes region, and offers ice cream made at Blake’s Creamery in Manchester, New Hampshire. Click here for more information.
    9. Bray's Brewing Company, Naples: What happens when an environmental chemist leaves the lab and starts a brewery? Bray’s Brewing Company. Owner Mike Bray opened his brew pub in Naples in 1995, at the start of Maine’s craft brewing scene. He specializes in drinkable IPAs and ales that are more malty than hoppy. Enjoy a brew at Gary’s Old Towne Tavern next door, or take your drink out back to the beer garden. Click here for more.
    10. Rick's Cafe, Naples: Visit this Casablanca-themed restaurant in Naples, Maine for a bite by the water. Rick’s Café has a large patio and upper deck across the causeway on Long Lake. Enjoy their famous nachos, comfort food, mixed drinks, and fresh sea food. There’s music and entertainment on the weekend. Rick’s is the entertainment center of Naples, located inside the historic Naples casino building. Click here for more information.
    11. Amtrack Downeaster, Old Orchard Beach: On the Amtrak Downeaster, planning your New England vacation has never been easier. The train makes five round-trips to Boston each day, and connects to some of the most desirable communities in Maine, like Portland and Freeport. Take the train to Old Orchard Beach, and you’re steps away from the sandy beach, pier, Palace Playland amusement park, and more. The new Discover Maine rail pass gives you 10 one-way trips on the Downeaster in one week, for just $19! Click here for more information.
    12. The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach: The largest patio, and the only beachfront bar in Old Orchard Beach is the hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy pub food and a frozen drink after a day out in the sun, while listening to live music. There’s entertainment each night. The Brunswick is also a hotel. Visit their website to book a room and see the entertainment schedule. Click here for more.
    13. Sabbathday Shaker Village, New Gloucester: Visit the world’s only active Shaker Community at the Sabbathday Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine. At the height of this religious movement, there were thousands of members – but today, there are just two living members. Shakers are known for their furniture and hand-made crafts. Visit the store, go to the museum, or take a tour of the grounds to learn more about the Shaker history and culture. Click here for more.