What to Know About Maine

Maine is a great place to get away from it all.

It sure feels like home, but here are a few things we think you should know...

Cell phones: Although coverage is getting better, there are some places where cell phones don't get reception. Chances are you will have service, but just in case, make sure you leave the number of the house you are renting with those who may need to get in touch with you. Coverage with AT&T can be spotty in many areas of Maine many guests have reported less than stellar service here in Maine but can still use their phones.

Internet: Most houses have Internet at this point, but some are on a limited download capacity. Further, some are on satellite Internet which is MUCH faster than dial-up, but not as fast as broadband. If you plan on large downloads, or need a certain type of connection, please be sure to mention it when discussing rental houses.

Weather: If you have heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times: if you don't like the weather in New England, wait a minute. It can be hot in Rockland and cool in Port Clyde so make sure to pack a variety of clothes from a bathing suit to a sweater for cool evenings. Check out the current local weather and tides in Midcoast Maine and Penobscot Bay.

Bugs: A lot of people ask us if we have mosquitoes... we sure do. But they aren't huge and they don't ruin a vacation. Bring some DEET-free repellant and you will be fine; usually, you won't even notice them.

Dogs: We love dogs around here, but not all beaches allow them. Make sure to look for signs stating if dogs are allowed and always have them on a leash. And if they, well, leave behind anything, please pick it up. Not a fun surprise when you are building a sandcastle.

TV: Not all houses have cable or satellite television some still rely on a good old fashioned roof top antenna. If TV is really important, please be sure to let us know. And with satellite television, if it's foggy, reception can get a little spotty.

Raccoons and other annoyances: You probably have them too, but raccoons can make you regret last night's lobster dinner. No one wants to pick up old, smelly shells that have been cast out onto the lawn by these cute, but curious and disastrously messy, little guys. Rocks on the top of cans don't work make sure to secure the trash in bins, garages, etc.

Tides: The tides in Maine can be quite drastic - if you want to spend a day on the beach it is best to check the tides to make sure the beach will be there! Check out the local tide chart at Midcoast Maine and Penobscot Bay.