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Unusual ‘Staycation’ Destinations in Maine

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I’m going to be on vacation the week of July 21st and I am staying in state so I was looking for some ‘different’ places to visit, and I found some. Did you know Maine has a desert? It’s in Freeport not too far off I-295. It’s called, ‘Desert of Maine’.

A farmer in the 19th century failed to rotate his crops which led to soil erosion and exposed sand-like glacial silt. He abandoned the farm in early 1900 and today it’s a tourist attraction.

If you like Umbrellas check out ‘The Museum of Umbrella‘ just outside of Portland in Peaks Island. Founded in the 1990’s and named by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 as the world record holder of the largest collection of umbrella covers. At that time it was the total was 730.

In Falmouth there is Mackworth Island, the home of ‘Fairy Houses Village’. The Island is accessible by road and the village is a 10 minute walk from there. The hiking trails have dozens of hidden fairy houses built with onjects found in nature.

Just a few unusual ‘staycation’ destinations in Maine for you to explore.

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