Maine’s winters are long, snowy, and very cold. January temperatures are generally in the negative teens (C). Spring is late with May temperatures in the low 10s. Summer is mild with the warmest days in July (upper teens to mid-20s) and the most humid days in August. September’s temperatures drop and the foliage starts to turn.The state’s most severe weather is the nor’easters, with their high winds and heavy snowfalls.
When to fly to Maine
The high season is summer, from July 4 to Labour Day. Mount Desert Island alone brings in 2 million visitors during this season. Maine flights and resorts and hotels can book up fast and prices might be higher so travellers should plan ahead. The second peak comes in the winter when the snow enthusiasts arrive for winter snow sports.
Fall is also very popular for the foliage which can start in September and peak in October, depending on how far north you go.
Spring is a good time to visit, but the season is very short and unpredictable and always muddy. It can happen any weekend in mid-May, or sometimes in June. Early summer can have fewer crowds but swarms of mosquitoes and black flies. Thanks to Maine's close proximity to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, finding cheap flights to Maine is easy to do with a little research.
Maine insider information
- For outdoor pursuits, head for Arostook, the largest and most northern county in Maine. There are 2,000 lakes and rivers for canoeing or fishing; cycle trails through potato blossom fields; woods and mountains for hiking and, in the winter, cross-country skiing.
- Boothbay Harbour has been called the boating capital of New England. It’s the largest harbour north of Boston, and you can stay here and enjoy the town’s restaurants and shops, or take a boat out on the water.
- Portland is the largest city in Maine, though not the capital of the state. One of its many attractions are the lighthouses surrounding the city. Portland Head Light is the oldest in the state; it has been operating since 1791. The adjacent lighthouse keeper’s house has now been turned into a museum. As well as the lighthouse itself, a number of walking trails start from the area, from which ocean views are stunning.
- 489 Congress Street, Portland, is the Wadsworth-Longfellow House; childhood home of the poet. The house has been restored to how it would have looked in the 1850s and is run by the Maine Historical Society.
- Trying the seafood, especially lobster and clam, is an essential part of any visit to Maine. The Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound is one of the best-loved lobster restaurants in the area.
- Acadia National Park is formed of more than 30,000 acres primarily on Mount Desert Island off the coast. The park has coastline, mountains, lakes and woodland, as well as 40 species of wildlife.