Poland Spring, Maine, 25 mi/40 km north of Portland, was once the home of the famous Poland Spring Resort and is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the Northeast. It's also known for its fabled mineral water that is sold as Poland Spring bottled water. The State of Maine Building is a Victorian gem that was constructed for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, then dismantled and reconstructed in Poland Spring. The nearby All Souls Chapel is made of beautiful Maine granite.
If you're looking to spend some time outdoors, check out Range Pond State Park (http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/index.html). This 750-acre/304-hectare park offers swimming at a sandy beach, nature trails and a boat launch.
The Shaker Village and Museum near Poland Spring is made up of 13 buildings that were built by the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community after its establishment in 1793. Tours of the community's buildings are available, and the museum (open Memorial Day-Columbus Day) features examples of the simple and elegant Shaker furniture. Shaker handicrafts are sold in the gift shop (http://www.shaker.lib.me.us).
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