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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Handbooks
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fifth Edition edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598807463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598807462
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Despite brief out-of-state interludes for college, grad school, and a stint as a ski bum, Hilary Nangle has never been able to resist the lure of her home state. She grew up on Maine’s coast, spending much of each winter skiing in the western mountains. Her sense of wanderlust was ignited when she became a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide on the Kennebec River, which gave her a chance to explore the central and northern regions of the state. When she tired of her parents asking when she was going to get a real job, she drew on her writing skills and began seeking out editorial work. She started out editing pro ski tour publications, and then became a managing editor for a food trade publication and a features editor for a daily newspaper. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor.

Hilary never tires of exploring Maine, always seeking out the offbeat and quirky, and rarely resisting the invitation of a backroad. To her husband’s dismay, she inherited her grandmother’s shopping gene and can’t pass a used-book store, artisans’ gallery, or antiques shop without browsing. She’s equally curious about food and has never met a lobster she didn’t like. Hilary still divides her year between the coast and the mountains, residing with her husband, photographer Tom Nangle, and two oversized dogs, all of whom share her passions for long walks and Maine-made ice cream. To follow Hilary’s travels, visit mainetravelmaven.com.

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This book gives a range of affordable, high quality options for dining, lodging, and exploring.
AmandaW
I previously used the Foghorn book, which was very similar, but I lost it and Hilary does just as well in this one.
Ryan Whiteside
Maine is a good sized New England state, so I'll be referring to this book plenty as I plan for our trip out there.
MAPals

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Whiteside on June 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a new resident of SW Maine, this is my goto guide book for hiking. I previously used the Foghorn book, which was very similar, but I lost it and Hilary does just as well in this one. This covers ALL of New England and provides just the information I need: Scenic and difficulty rating with estimated time, a short but concise description of each hike, and exact directions (including GPS coordinates which I punch into my Android phone's GPS). The scenic ratings in this book are spot on, love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAPals on February 27, 2013
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When my husband and I decide to go anywhere on vacation in North America, first order of business is to buy the Moon handbook of that state or province. We are headed for Maine next fall, so I looked on Amazon, found the latest edition of the Maine Moon handbook, and ordered it. Maine is a good sized New England state, so I'll be referring to this book plenty as I plan for our trip out there.

Moon handbooks are so comprehensive and up-to-date. They include the sightseeing highlights of any particular area, a nice smattering of places to stay overnight, and a few tried-and-true restaurants in the area too. They give websites, phone numbers, prices of major attractions, length and difficulty level of popular hikes, and with nice zoomed-in maps of towns and small regions. I own 12-15 Moon handbooks already and I would not think of leaving home without one. And I can always count on Amazon to have the latest edition of whichever book I need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AmandaW on January 1, 2013
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I'm very picky with my travel guide books because I'm not looking for the most expensive, 5-star experience while I'm traveling. This book gives a range of affordable, high quality options for dining, lodging, and exploring. I would definitely buy Moon Handbook guides for other destinations in the future.
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By Robert Simmons on February 12, 2014
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Very comprehensive report on the entire State of Maine for travelers who are not familiar with Maine. Good recommendations for dining and accomodations. Includes sporting activities, camping, etc.
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By raczniak on July 11, 2013
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When going away, i always purchase the destinations handbook; they are sooooo helpful and offer more information than you can imagine. I wont leave home without it!!
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Maine is so full of things to do, it is the kind of place that is best to get lost in. A guidebook isn't really necessary unless you're picky about accomodations and you want to plan ahead.

That said, this is a good book for the purpose. Geographic coverage is exhaustive, but listings are just a small sample of recommended options. Historical and cultural contexts are minimal.

Personally, I prefer the thicker Explorer's Guide, but this book will work just as well for the casual tourist. If you're interested in the outdoors, this book provides a good summary of top attractions. For those keen on spending most of their time in Portland and the coastal towns, the other book is better.

Speaking of Portland, if you come to Maine for any length of time whatsoever, be sure to include Portland on the itinerary.
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