Rubys on the Road - A Family Guide to Maine's Parks and Other Hot Spots
Reid State Park

Reid State Park

Reid State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Maine, besides Baxter. It was the first salty beach that the state ever owned.  Without going into a history lesson we ourselves just learned about, let’s just say businessman and philanthropist Walter E. Reid was a stand-up dude who worked his butt off and then gave back to his community. On December 1, 2017 we made the 60-minute commute from our home in Portland to the park. It was…

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Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park

Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park

There is Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park in South Berwick, and there is Vaughan Woods of Hallowell. Both historic sites, however, two different locations separated by 100 miles via car, not as the crow flies. The location in Hallowell has been on our ‘must visit’ list for a couple years. It’s been nicknamed “Hobbitland” because locals view it as a Shire. The main attraction appears to be an incredible stone walking bridge. This Vaughan Woods is actually closer to our…

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Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park

Raise your hand if you knew Bradbury Mountain State Park had a campground. If you’re raising your hand, you knew more than us. If you didn’t, it’s tucked away in the woods across the street from the park entrance. Until we started researching state parks, we had no idea it existed. Talk about a perfect example of not knowing exactly what’s in your own backyard. Bradbury Mountain State Park is 20 minutes from our house in Portland and like most…

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Cobscook Bay State Park

Cobscook Bay State Park

And we give Cobscook Bay State Park 10 Rubies! Wait, rewind, sorry for jumping to the end, but you will see that we fell in love with this park. So, from the beginning…the GPS says this park is 4 hours from our home in Portland, but in actuality, with a cranky car baby you need to tack on another 90 minutes or so to factor in stops. We even passed on watching the eclipse during the ride home because Eloise…

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Lake St. George State Park

Lake St. George State Park

State Park visit #6 and family camping trip #2 brought us to Lake St. George State Park in Liberty, Maine. Full disclosure, this trip almost didn’t happen because of busy lives and some big life changes. Yet another wonderful lesson in learning how to roll with the punches. On top of an already busy summer with probably too many things planned in July and August, our coach and the mom (Danielle) started a new job. This has caused for longer…

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Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent Beach State Park has been our go-to spot on a warm summer’s day for many years now, so it was comical to think we had to visit this state park as a family to cross it off our list. We decided to treat it like we have always treated beach days. We watched the weather forecast all week and chose the better of the two weekend days. This is one of the many benefits of living so close to…

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Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park

To celebrate Father’s Day weekend, we decided to take on our first state park camping adventure. 12 of the state parks across Maine have family campgrounds, so we plan to spend a night or two at each one. I know, we took a 6-month-old camping for the weekend in rainy, 50-degree weather. The weather could have made the trip easier and probably more enjoyable at times, but once you come to terms that it’s out of your control you can…

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Two Lights State Park

Two Lights State Park

We had a free Saturday during the first weekend in June, so we decided to visit another state park. Between lots of travel at the end of May and our first big camping trip in late June, we decided to visit a park in Southern Maine. Due to a rainy weather forecast we decided to visit Two Lights State Park because it is close to our home. On our way to the park, we made a stop at Scratch Bakery…

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Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

As most of you know, life with a new baby can be busy. With work, family visits and everyday responsibilities, there has been little time to get away. Last weekend, we had some time to get out and visit a state park, but of course our trusted meteorologists were predicting rain during our few free hours. The plan was to wake up Saturday morning and decide whether to go or not. With no rain in sight, we had decided that…

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Owls Head State Park

Owls Head State Park

This is our first post so please bear with us in format and blogging skills. I’m sure there’s a Groupon for a blogging class but “aint nobody got time for that.” However, we would like to thank Chrystie Vachon for at least standing us up straight and showing us how to get started. Out of all the state parks in Maine, why did we pick Owls Head as the first to conquer as a family? That’s easy, we picked it because…

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