10 Great Places to Propose
For many brides to be, where and how the groom proposes is the first step in a fairy-tale wedding.
For many brides to be, where and how the groom proposes is the first step in a fairy-tale wedding. Maine is full of romantic and beautiful places that will inspire and impress. Herewith, ten locales we think are perfect for popping the question.
Photograph Courtesy Barbara Freeman
1 Whitehead Cliffs, Monhegan Island
Standing atop these 160-foot cliffs, the highest on the Maine coast, will have your partner’s heart soaring before you even pop the question. Celebrate by strolling into the village and shopping for the perfect memento — an original painting by an island artist.
2 Lily Bay State Park, Moosehead Lake
At sunset on the beach at Lily Bay, Maine’s largest lake shines gold and full of promise for the morrow. The views are long and pristine, and unless it’s a summer weekend, you and your mate will enjoy plenty of solitude to reflect on your future together.
3 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay
Is there any more romantic setting than the central garden’s rose arbor, a fragrant, entwining mass of pink, yellow, red, and cream blooms? Perhaps it’s the secluded pavilion at the end of the Shoreland Trail, where you and your new mate-to-be retreat for a picnic lunch.
4 Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
On vacation in Maine in August of 2007, Henry Hager and Jenna Bush rose at 4 a.m. to hike up Cadillac Mountain. As the sun cast its first rays on the United States, Henry dropped to his knee and asked for Jenna’s hand. She said yes. We bet your sweetie will say yes, too.
5 White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport
Make it a night to remember by getting engaged at one of Maine’s most luxurious and sophisticated restaurants. Reserve a seat by the window, always beautifully decorated for the season, and splurge on the nine-course menu. Don’t see your lover’s favorite food among the offerings? Just ask; executive chef Jonathan M. Cartwright is happy to oblige.
6 Katahdin’s Baxter Peak, Baxter State Park
For most Appalachian Trail through-hikers, 5,268-foot-high Baxter Peak, Maine’s highest, is the end of a journey. But it’s a great place to begin yours as a committed couple. After all, climbing a mountain is a metaphor for marriage: Pushing through the hard stuff yields the greatest rewards.
7 Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg
Plan your visit around the incoming tide, when the waters of the Atlantic and Kennebec and Morse rivers intermingle dramatically — and dare we suggest symbolically? — in front of Fox Island. And there’s no softer support for your bended knee than Popham’s white sands.
8 Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth
Yes, this most photographed of lighthouses is practically a Maine cliché, but with good reason: It’s gorgeous. Tall and majestic, it sits on a rocky perch, high above the roiling ocean. Who knows how many storms it has endured in its 221 years? Such a weathered fixture provides the perfect backdrop for a relationship to stand the test of time.
9 Tote Road Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain Resort
Sugarloaf’s longest trail winds its way from the peak to the base — so why not pose the question at the top and make the slow, scenic slope your first run as an engaged couple? The spectacular view from the top spans the Bigelow Range and far western Maine. Then, when it’s all said and done, settle in for a cozy, romantic evening.
10 York Beach, York
Turn an old-fashioned date night into a truly special memory. At this slice of sand you can bowl a few strings and play arcade games, grab an ice-cream cone, and stroll the boardwalk at sunset with your spouse to be, all the while looking out at the iconic Nubble lighthouse. Retro romantic for the fun-loving fiancées.