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MAINE BIRDING TRAIL

Best Nests - Mid Coast

Bath Hampton Inn ►  Mount Battie Motel - Lincolnville - Camden.
The location can't be beat. This reasonably priced motel lies in the shadow of Camden Hills State Park - Site 32 on the Maine Birding Trail. The park features good birds, great views, and over 25 miles of excellent hiking. There are many other great birding sites nearby, both inland and on Penobscot Bay. The popular tourist towns of Camden, Rockport, and Rockland are just to the south. Acadia National Park is a daytrip north. One of Maine's puffin tours is 45 minutes away. Wireless Internet, in-room refrigerators, and the convenient continental breakfast are big pluses for birders on the go.

White Cedar Inn B&B Birchwood Sustainable Lodging - Camden.
"Camden's Best Value" is not a mere boast. Excellent rates and clean, modern rooms are what birders-on-the-go look for. The motel is located just one minute from the entrance to Camden Hills State Park and merely four minutes from downtown Camden. Birders will relish the little touches, such as the solar-powered hot water that was added in 2011, the fair-trade coffee served with the fruit and pastries at breakfast, and the native plantings in the flower gardens that surround the motel. Stay close to hiking in the state park, sea kayaking along the shoreline, or day sailing aboard one of Maine's famous windjammers nearby.

Inn by the Sea Hampton Inn & Suites - Rockland.
Rockland is the centerpiece of the Midcoast Region. A reinvigorated downtown hosts The Farnsworth Museum - home of the world's largest collection of Wyeth artwork, the Maine Lighthouse Museum, and the Project Puffin Visitor Center. It is homeport to many of the windjammers that sail the incredibly scenic waters of Penobscot Bay. The Maine Lobster Festival takes place in Rockland every summer. A traveler plunking down at Hampton Inn and Suites will find the biggest challenge is the sheer volume of things to do and places to bird. Weskeag Marsh is just down the road; Camden Hills State Park is just up.

Homewood SuitesHomewood Suites by Hilton - Scarborough.
Homewood Suites by Hilton is nestled at the entrance to Southborough Business Park, and tucked behind the brand new exciting Sebago Brewing Company, just minutes from Portland Jetport. It is ideal for anyone looking for corporate housing for a short or extended stay in the area. This all-suite upscale residential living style hotel offers all the comforts of home while traveling. It's a must for executives who wouldn't think of leaving home without binoculars. Sure it's close to most of the largest companies in Maine's largest city. Nobody else needs to know that it is also close to Maine's largest saltwater marsh and a dozen other great birding sites.

Courtyard Inn by MarriottCourtyard Marriott - South Portland.
Only 3 miles from Portland Jetport, minutes from the Maine Mall, and with easy access to I95 and 295, Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport is in the perfect location to begin a birding adventure in Maine. After a flight into Maine's largest airport, a stay at this Platinum Award property makes a good jump off point for traveling to other destinations throughout the state. But save plenty of time to explore nearby Scarborough Marsh and other local hotspots. Some of the best birding in the state happens to be right nearby. Certified: Environmental Leader.

Bath Hampton Inn Bath Hampton Inn - Bath.
This new hotel gets three diamonds from AAA. Two more gems are just down the road: Popham Beach State Park and Reid State Park - sites 23 & 24 on the Maine Birding Trail. The inn lies right between the two parks in a city renowned as the City of Ships because of its seafaring and ship-building history. The inn is so well located for birders that it is within a half hour drive to eight trail sites - nearly a tenth of the state total! Indeed, there are 25 Mid-coast lighthouses within 25 miles of the inn, too, and you're less than an hour's drive from two of the puffin boats that visit Eastern Egg Rock. Better plan to stay awhile.