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The Seasoned Traveler: The best vacation value in New England

Maine’s Point Lookout

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May 30th, 2009

The perfect vacation for the summer of 2009? Think beautiful sunsets on a pristine bay, quiet time in a natural preserve, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, great restaurants, and quaint New England shops. Easy to get to, but it feels like it s a world away. I m talking about one of the best-kept secrets in travel destinations Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. Situated along the scenic coast of Penobscot Bay, the property boasts an eight lane, ten-pin bowling alley; a 40,000-square-foot fitness center with a racquetball court; a full-sized indoor basketball court; squash; virtual golf; and 37 cardio machines. Outdoors, enjoy the hiking trails, the turf soccer field, the softball diamond, or have a picnic along Penobscot Bay. Maine s natural beauty Beyond the resort, there s the natural splendor of Maine. Whale watching in Bar Harbor is just an hour-and-20-minute drive away. Shoppers will enjoy the charm of nearby towns like Camden and Belfast. Those famous Maine lobster dinners await diners at the many fine restaurants in the area. And, of course, if your ideal vacation includes lots of fabulous fall color, come September, the cabin porches at Point Lookout are like front row seats to nature s most spectacular pageant. ' Sound expensive? Think again. Mark Blair, general manager of Point Lookout, says, "We are the number one best vacation value in New England." While many top New England hotels charge $300-plus a night for a standard hotel room during the height of the summer season, Point Lookout offers guests their own luxury cabin complete with a kitchen, gas fireplace, and screened-in porch to enjoy those vivid sunsets starting at $125 a night. Looking to make it a real family vacation? The three-bedroom cabins sleep eight so there s plenty of room to bring the grandchildren along. The 106 luxury log cabins may look rustic, but that s just the d cor. Each cabin is fully air conditioned and heated, has cable TV, wireless Internet access, housekeeping service, and 24-hour security. All that plus the on-site market and casual dining restaurant means that vacationers at Point Lookout can relax and enjoy all that the resort has to offer. Point Lookout s six miles of trails are perfect for activities like bird watching. Since The Erickson Foundation owns Point Lookout, residents and employees of Erickson Retirement Communities get an even sweeter deal an additional 10% off. An easy drive from Boston or Portland, Blair calls Point Lookout "the quintessential New England destination. For a great vacation that s also a great value, why not give Point Lookout a try? To find out more, visitwww.visitPointLookout.comor call 1-800-515-3611. For help in planning your visit to Maine,