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Like the rest of the world, Maine businesses are navigating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check websites for your destinations before visiting for the latest health and safety guidelines in place, and please remember to be patient and kind while visiting.

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Shopping in Our Main Street Communities

Region: Various
Activities:  Shopping, Sightseeing
Family Friendly 

It’s easy to shop locally and safely while enjoying the charm of Maine’s 10 Main Street Downtowns. Main Street Maine’s website is a great resource for downtown shopping throughout Maine—like the Chocolate Drop Candy Shop in Belfast or The Chocolate Shoppe at Merkaba Sol in Augusta for those with a sweet tooth. If you’re a bookworm, check out Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick or HelloHelloBooks in Rockland. To bring joy to the little ones in your life, head to Island Treasure Toys in Bath.

Whatever items you are looking for, there are local shops full of choices. For the fashionable among us, head to Sugar in Biddeford or Curator in Rockland, and for the fitness guru, be sure to check out Catalyst for Change in Biddeford.

Looking for something special to brighten up the home? Main Street Maine communities are full of locally made textiles and unique furniture. Check out Main Street Design Co Shop in Bath, Vintage Shabby Beach in Saco or Hilltop Antiques in Skowhegan for one-of-a-kind items. Need something for that homesick Mainer? Visit Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine in Bath with hundreds of Maine-made gifts to ship to your loved ones.

For the foodie on your list, head to Maine Grains in Skowhegan, Ragged Coast Chocolate in Westbrook, Night Moves Bread in Biddeford, and Fiore in Rockland and Brunswick for culinary tools and treats.

Just want to browse for ideas? The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland has something for everyone, or simply enjoy strolling along these delightful streets and see what catches your fancy.

When you need a pick me up, grab a bite to eat or a glass of wine or beer at the many local cafés and bars. Take out and curbside pick up is available at most restaurants, wine shops and breweries.

Just remember to wear your face mask indoors and where you cannot maintain at least six feet from others while outdoors.

Consider making your visit a longer one with a stay at a local hotel, motel, B&B or other property to enjoy a mini vacation. Check our Travel With Care page for important information about traveling to Maine during the pandemic.

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Beginning May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If a state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Maine CDC will apply testing and quarantine protocols to all travelers from that state.

Learn how our safe travel protocols are helping ensure everyone's visit is a safe one.