48 Hours

Your guide to weekend escapes all across Maine.

48 Hours in Bangor

One of Maine’s largest cities, Bangor has strong arts and cultural offerings and a vibrant downtown that’s been boosted by recent investments.

Brunswick + Topsham

Well-known as the home of Bowdoin College, Brunswick still maintains its roots as a manufacturing city—L.L.Bean makes its iconic Bean boots and totes here—while offering a growing range of dining options.


With a combination of New England seaside charm and metropolitan energy, the stylish seaport of Portland is home to historic buildings, award-winning restaurants, and a working waterfront. The abundance of unique, locally owned boutiques, eateries, and markets provides something for everyone in Maine’s largest city.


Home to Colby College and Thomas College, and with a history of textile and paper production, Waterville is a city of juxtapositions where Mainers, tourists, and college students “from away” share the same space.

Westbrook, Gorham + Windham

Neighboring Portland and Sebago Lake, these three communities invite you to explore their historical downtowns, culinary offerings, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla Lodge

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s newest lodge, Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, serves as a home base for exploring the 100-Mile Wilderness and provides meals and access to AMC’s lodge-to- lodge trail network.

Lewiston + Auburn

Located on either side of the Androscoggin River, these former manufacturing hubs are now home to cultural and culinary destinations, along with an increasingly diverse community.

Carrabassett Valley: Summer

In the summer, Sugarloaf’s steep, snow-covered trails give way to green, opening up opportunities for an outdoors-focused weekend on and around the mountain.

Carrabassett Valley: Winter

At 4,237 feet Sugarloaf is New England’s third-tallest ski area, but in skiing and snowboarding, it’s not just size that matters—each ski area has its own identity and character, defined as much by its activities, dining, and atmosphere as by its mountain stats.

Bethel: Summer

Nestled in the mountains of western Maine, Bethel provides more than just winter sports. The vibrant small town has great food and shops, and the surrounding area offers unlimited outdoor activities year-round.