In September 2014 we drove to Maine and stayed at Dave Gilmour's "Shacque," not to be confused with a Maine "Cottage," outside Brunswick. On our first full day we visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens — Barbara's goal — and also cycled in the Boothbay area. It was a spectacular day in every way.
The next day, we rode a nice bicycle route from Brunswick to Freeport and back. It was an enjoyable ride, surprising in its lack of traffic, but without the oceanside cycling that we enjoyed south of Boothbay. We returned to Brunswick early enough to stop at the shacque for tea and then drive south on Route 24 to Orr's Island and Bailey Island. That's when the weather began to gradually fall apart, making it relatively easy to decide on a return home the next morning.
Dave's Shacque in Brunswick
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens