AUGUSTA, ME — Despite the countless other tourist spots around the globe more deserving of the title, Maine has once again declared itself “Vacationland.”
“For the 86th year, we are pleased to announce that we are the undisputed ‘Vacationland,’” said Lindsay Weber of the Maine Tourism Board (MTB). “Maine is a world-famous destination uniquely deserving of the title, because we have lakes, lighthouses, and blueberry bushes.”
While the slogan has appeared on nearly all of Maine’s license plates since 1936, not everyone agrees on its validity.
“The title may be overdue for a reappraisal,” said Bowdoin College History Professor Evelyn Knacksteadt. “‘It came from the Maine Central Railroad in the 1890’s when wealthy elites maintained summer homes in Bar Harbor.”
“But can you really compare a moth ball-filled bed-and-breakfast in Kittery to an all-inclusive luxury cruise with 24/7 ice cream machines and excursions to swim with sea turtles in Barbados? I’m not convinced, and I’ve lived in Maine my whole life.”
However, the MTB remains steadfast in their claims.
“We are the perfect summer playground for people who love freezing water, rocky shorelines, and Susan Collins,” Weber said. “And don’t forget about our cultural exports, like Bob Marley,” Weber added. “Not the legendary musician–the white comedian from Bangor.”