Friday, December 26, 2008

Ski Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine

Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine offers fun downhill skiing for all members of the family. For more info see their website - Shawnee Peak. Click here for general information on skiing in Maine.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Gondola at Sunday River, Maine

The Sunday River ski resort has a new gondola in operation. Read about it in "New gondola enhances Sunday River", Worcester Telegram, December 5, 2008. Click here for more information about skiing in Maine.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Seagulls in Maine

Read an interesting article about the increase of seagulls in Maine (or at least the perception that the population is growing). See "Birds of a feather will sometimes flock together", Kennebec Journal, December 3, 2008. Click here for information on birds of Maine.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Artist to Paint Maine Lighthouse

A Maine artist will paint scenes of a the Cutler Little River Lighthouse.
"Karen Staake, of the nonprofit Friends of Little River Lighthouse, said the group actually commissioned Britton to create three separate images of the lighthouse, one last year and two this year, for products that the group is selling as part of its ongoing fund raising for the historic beacon, which is located on an island in Cutler’s harbor.Staake said, “Last year we commissioned Pam to paint a winter scene of the lighthouse that we named, “Winter Delight,” which we put on a sweatshirt. However, since our previous Christmas ornament was nearly sold out and because Pam’s “Winter Delight” image was so popular on the sweatshirt, we decided to use it on a new ornament for this year.”The image of the “Winter Delight” lighthouse scene is surrounded by oval brass with the words
Little River Lighthouse embossed on the top and Cutler, Maine is embossed on the bottom. “As an extra bonus,” Staake said, “the ornament comes in a gold colored box that makes it perfect for gift giving as well as proper storage for many years. Priced at only $15.00, we expect sales to be brisk for the holidays.” The
group is also selling the image as a print that is ready for framing".
Read the rest of the article at "Cutler Artist Tapped for Lighthouse Images", MaineBusiness.com, December 4, 2008. Click here for more information about lighthouses in Maine.

Gifts for Maine Hikers

If you are searching for a gift for a friend, spouse, child, etc who is interested in hiking or camping in Maine then you should consider buying a book or magazine subscription that covers that topic. See a recent article on suggestions - "Gifts make happy campers - and hikers", Maine Outdoor Journal, December 4, 2008. Click here for general information on hiking in Maine.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Winter Expo in Freeport, Maine

L.L. Bean in Freeport hosts a Winter Expo. See the excerpt below from the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
"LL Bean will be hosting a “Winter Expo” on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at their store in Freeport. There will be gear clinics and demonstrations to get you prepared for any type of winter adventure from nordic skiing, to snowshoeing, to camping. There will also be information from local organizations and clubs who have knowledge in these activities, such as the Maine Chapter of the AMC! The event is free and open to the public, so be sure and mark your calendars and get prepared for winter!"

Events for Dec 6-7, 2008 in Maine

The Sun Journal has listed a number of events taking place this weekend in Maine. There are Christmas concerts, plays, music shows, and craft shows. See "What's happening this weekend".

WinteRush - Portland, Maine Festival Feb 6-14, 2009

Portland, Maine is announcing plans for a winter festival to take place in February 6-14, 2009.
"WinteRush will provide exciting and fun winter activities that can be enjoyed by all ages in downtown Portland. The week-long festival was conceived as a way to promote health and fitness during what can often be a cold month. Healthy Portland with the City of Portland's Public Health Division and Let's Go! will host a series winter activities as a part of Winterfit, one of the components of WinteRush. Winterfit will include cross county skiing, ice skating, sliding, snowball fights, scavenger hunts, shoveling contests, relay races, and much, much more!"
Read more about this upcoming event in "Portland Announces WinteRush, Maine's Coolest Festival", MaineToday.com, December 5, 2008. Click here to learn more about dining, lodging, and recreation in Portland, Maine.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - Portland, Maine

The 31st Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will take place on December 6-7, 2008 in Portland, Maine. The event will be held at the University of Southern Maine gym at 96 Falmouth Street in Portland. Hours are Saturday 9-5 PM and Sunday 10-4 PM. There will be almost 100 exhibitors selling their handcrafted products. Admission is $2 at the door. For more information visit the website of the United Maine Craftsmen.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Shopping in Kittery, Maine

The holiday shopping season has begun. There are lots of places to do your Christmas shopping in Kittery, Maine. The many outlet stores are located just over the Maine-New Hampshire border in Kittery. Kittery is easily accessible from the Maine Turnpike. For general information see "The Kittery Outlets". For more information click on any of the following - directions, map, directory of stores, and if you are staying overnight check out the accommodations and lodging. If you need a break from shopping consider one of the many restaurants to eat at to include the Weathervane, Warren's Lobster House, and Bob's Clam Hut. More information can be found at the website for the Town of Kittery, the Wikipedia encyclopedia description of Kittery, Maine, and of course, the Kittery Trading Post. Other websites providing information on shopping in Kittery include Kittery Shopping (with a description of many of the stores based on their location on Route 1), Kittery Premium Outlets, Maine Lobster Outlet, Inc., and Tanger Outlets.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Shopping in Maine

The holiday shopping season is in full swing here in Maine. The malls, downtown stores, outlet stores, and traditional tourist shopping spots (think Freeport and Kittery) are all geared up for the holidays. Read more about shopping in Maine in "Shopping frenzy begins", Portland Press Herald, November 28, 2008.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Meals in Maine

Where to spend Thanksgiving:

The Travel-Maine.Info website has a page that offers lots of information on where and what to do in Maine during Thanksgiving - see "Thanksgiving in Maine".

Safety During Thanksgiving.

The Maine State Government has sent out a safety message entitled "Enjoy Thanksgiving Safely". It also has a "Turkey Day Safety Fact Sheet". And if you are NOT traveling and are preparing your turkey meal at home then here is some safety advice available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on "Helpful Hints on Handling Turkeys for Thanksgiving".


Ski Area Upgrades in Maine

Here is a blog post from Maine Outdoor Journal on some upgrades made to some of Maine's ski areas to include Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Saddleback. In particular, the article talks about Sunday River's Chondola. See "Sunday River's new 'Chondola' tops long list" posted on November 20, 2008. Click here for more information about skiing in Maine.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Black Friday" Shopping in Freeport, Maine

The tourist town of Freeport, Maine will start the traditional "Black Friday" shopping day (day after Thanksgiving) at 12:01 on Friday, November 28th. They are calling this event the Freeport Moonlight Madness Shopping Celebration. Read more about this post-Thanksgiving shopping event in "Freeport merchants prepare for Moonlight Madness on Black Friday", Wolfe News Wire, November 20, 2008. Click here to learn more about lodging, dining, and shopping in Freeport, Maine.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving in Maine - Captain Fairfield Inn

Are you looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving in Maine? Try the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. Phone: 800-322-1928.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Low Cost Ski Trips in Maine

With the economy in the tank many folks are tightening their belts and cutting back on recreational expenses. However, for those active downhill skiers bargains exist in Maine if you do your research. One outdoors blogger in Maine has done that research for you. He has listed some of the value ski areas in Maine in his blog post. To see his recommendations visit "Ski deals for ME", Maine Outdoor Journal, November 20, 2008. Click here for more information about downhill skiing in Maine.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Maine Winter Get-aways with AMC

The Appalachian Mountain Club has family weekend get-aways that include snowshoeing, hiking, crosscountry skiing and other winter activities. The programs take place at the AMC lodges along the coast and in the Moosehead Lake region of Maine. Visit the AMC website for more information at www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodging-facilities.cfm.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Maine Birdwatching Info

Read a bloggers advice on where to do birdwatching in Maine. See "Birdwatching in Maine is the Ideal Spot for Birders or Birdwatchers", Halloween Costume Index Blog, October 2008. Visit this link to find more information about birding in Maine.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Arts & Craft Show - Brewer, Maine

The 34th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show will take place on November 28-30, 2008 in Brewer, Maine. The event will take place at the Brewer Auditorium on State Street. Admission is $1.00 at the door. This is a great show for Christmas shoppers. Click on United Maine Craftsmen to find out more information.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Farm Bed & Breakfast in Maine

Ever think about spending time on a farm in Maine? Well, you can do this. Spend some time at the Three Pines Bed & Breakfast and Farm located in Hancock, Maine. This farm is located near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine. It is a waterfront farm with great views. Read a recent news article about this B & B in "Breaking from the herd to smalltown Maine", The Boston Globe, November 17, 2008.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Maine Lighthouse Collection Series

The Maine Lighthouse Collection Series is a series of travel posters that reflect the many different lighthouses and their varied surroundings found along the coast of Maine. The illustrations are done by graphic artist Alan Claude of Maine.

"The Maine Lighthouse Collection Series by award-winning graphic artist Alan Claude is a dramatic and bold interpretation of Maine lighthouses and their surrounding environments. With colorful contrasting imagery, dimensional light and shadow, these classic travel posters illustrations bring forward the strength and spirit of each Maine lighthouse".

Visit the website to view or purchase the lighthouse travel poster illustrations. Click here to read more about Maine's lighthouses.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Isle au Haut Chocolates

Read a review about the Black Dinah Chocolatiers who are located on the Isle au Haut of the coast of Maine. The author believes that these are the best chocolates possible! See "Black Dinah Chocolatiers: Amazing chocolates that blew me away", September 15, 2008, Slashfood.com. Find out more about the charming Isle au Haut. Click here to learn more about lodging, hiking, and camping on the Isle au Haut.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Portland, Maine - Nice Place to Retire

Portland, Maine was recently selected as one of the top ten places to retire by US News and World Report. The magazine cited the diverse landscape (seacoast and mountains), numerous healthy activities (walking and hiking), and Casco Bay with its many harbor islands. Read the article at "America's Best Healthy Places to Retire", US News and World Report, October 18, 2008. See the magazines retirement fact sheet on Portland, Maine. Click here for more information about Portland, Maine.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 in Maine

Now that the Maine fall foliage season and Halloween is behind us our thoughts now move on to other upcoming events. The activities for our household here in Maine during November are football, avoiding the hunters while hiking outdoors, shopping in Freeport, scenic drives to places like Camden, Maine, and planning for Thanksgiving. All the chores of wood cutting, splitting, and stacking are now done! Maine is a great place to spend Thanksgiving - click here for more information on Thanksgiving in Maine and read how Maine actually had the first New England Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Maine Brand - Products Made from Maine

Read an interesting online blog post about products made in Maine and how they are perceived by those "from away". A blogger from "Maine Food & Life Style" writes on this topic.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Morning Glory Inn, York, Maine

York, Maine is a wonderful community located on the southern coast of Maine. It has some great beaches and is convenient to travelers from the Boston area. There are many nice inns to stay at in York and the Morning Glory Inn is one of them. Read a news article about this inn in "Maine Inn an oasis away from bustle and beaches", Boston.com, October 19, 2008. While staying in the York area you can take day-trips to visit Maine's lovely seacoast, historic forts, museums, and lighthouses.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Late Season Kayak Trip in Maine

The kayaking season in Maine is by most accounts almost over; but there are some small trips that can be attempted weather permitting. Read the account of a trip by a local Maine kayaker around a couple of Maine coastal islands (Head Harbor Island and Steele Harbor Island) near Jonesport, Maine. See "Make No Mistake: A Kayak Trip to Mistake Island in Downeast Maine", Waldo Village Soup, October 22, 2008. Click here for more information on kayaking in Maine

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

10 Reasons to Visit Acadia National Park in Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine is a great place for a family vacation. Here is one blogger who firmly believes that. Read his post in "10 Great Reasons To Choose Acadia For Your Next Family Vacation" on Shoestring-Travel.com. Visit this link for more information on camping, dining, lodging and visiting Acadia National Park.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Deer Hunting in Maine

Read one Maine native's exploration of what deer hunting means to a Mainer. See "Deer hunt keeps us close to earth", Kennebec Journal, October 25, 2008.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Maine Birders Network

A discussion forum for Maine birders (or birdwatchers as others know them) has been launched by a Maine "birder". See the announcement of this Maine birder forum. Click here to visit the website for the Maine Birders Network. Visit this link to find more information about birding in Maine.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Eat Maine Foods!

There is a local grass-roots movement here in Maine on how to eat the proper foods in a socially and environmentally conscious manner.
"Eat Maine Foods is the networking site of the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine (ELFC), a coalition of groups and people working to put more Maine foods on more Maine tables more often."
Find out more about this organization by clicking on http://www.eatmainefoods.org/.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

November Calendar of Events

Looking for something to do during the month of November in Maine? Check out the "Maine Events Calendar: November" posted by the Maine Food and Lifestyle Blog.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tactics for Deer Hunting in Maine

We are in the beginning of the deer hunting season here in Maine. The Kennebec Journal published an article providing helpful hints (tactics?) for hunting deer in Maine. Read the story here at "Best deer hunting tactic depends", Kennebec Journal, November 1, 2008.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New England Exhibition of Marine Artists

The American Society of Marine Artists 2008 New England Exhibition is taking place during the month of November at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.
With several hundred historical maritime paintings in the collection, we need to remind ourselves that marine painting is indeed a living vital art genre. So it is that we are pleased to be hosting the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) 2008 New England Regional Exhibition. Seventy juried new works will showcase the member artists of this esteemed national organization and their diverse approach to maritime subjects of both contemporary and historical nature.
For more information on the exhibit click here. Click here for more information about dining, lodging, and things to do in Bath, Maine.

Maine Literary Festival - Camden, Maine

The Maine Literary Festival will be held in Camden, Maine on November 7-9, 2008 at the Camden Opera House. Click here for more information on the Maine Literary Festival. Click here for more information on dining, lodging, and events in Camden, Maine.

Augusta Arts & Craft Show

The Augusta Arts and Crafts Show will take place this weekend, November 8-9, 2008, at the Augusta Civic Center. Artisans will offer jewelry, hand painted ornaments, hand made linens, toys & puzzles, soaps, delicious food, and more. There will be over 120 booths of Maine made gifts. Read more at the United Maine Craftsmen website.

One More Week of Foliage Viewing in Maine

We probably have one more week of fall foliage viewing in Maine. While the northern, central and western areas have gone past peak leaf peeping time; the areas of southern and coastal Maine are still vibrant. Read a post on foliage viewing in southern Maine by "Hezzy's Sidewalk Talk".

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

USS Portland Memorial to be Rededicated

The memorial site of the USS Portland located on the Eastern Promenade of Portland will be rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. The town, construction firms and other businesses have contributed $150,000 towards a repair and facelift effort. The USS Portland, a navy cruiser, was first commissioned in 1933 and saw service in the Pacific against Japan. The cruisers mast, bell and other parts of the ship were installed as a memorial at the seaside park in 1962. Read more about this November 11th event at "Ship memorial showing its age, gets a face-lift", Portland Press Herald, September 19, 2008. Read up on a little history of the USS Portland at this website and at http://www.ussportland.org/.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

One-Week Fall Foliage Drive in Maine

Read one blogger's account of her one-week fall foliage drive through Maine in early November 2008. Has some nice pictures and her trip listed presented chronologically for those who might need some trip ideas. She lists places she visited, dined, and lodged at. Part of her travels took her to Acadia National Park. See the blog post at World of Susie. Click here for more info about fall foliage drives or Acadia National Park in Maine.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hiking in Maine During Hunting Season

This is a great time of the year to hike in Maine. However, one must be careful during November as that is the deer rifle deer hunting season and the woods are full of eager hunters. Be very visible - wear an orange hat and vest. Try to hike on trails in areas that exclude hunting. There is no hunting on Sundays so that is the best day to hike. Read more on this topic at "Safe Hiking During Hunting Season", Trailspace.com, November 2, 2008. For more information about hiking and hiking trails in Maine see "Hiking in Maine: Info, maps, trails, guides, and tours".

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Berwick, Maine Touch-a-Truck Event

The Berwick, Maine Parent-Teachers Organization (PTO) will conduct its 1st Annual Touch-A-Truck Event. All proceeds will benefit the Vivian Hussey and Knowlton Schools. There will be lots of cool cars, trucks, and more trucks. Over 30 vehicles for your children to explore. The date of the event is November 8th from 2-4 pm. Rain day is November 9th. The location is at Vivian Hussey School on 20 Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick, Maine. Hotdogs, popcorn, and drinks are available for sale. Free goody bags for kids. Admission is $5 per family.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pine Crest B&B - Thanksgiving in Maine


The Pine Crest Bed and Breakfast Inn provides a "Thanksgiving Getaway" for those interested in escaping to Maine on Thanksgiving. Visit their blog for more info:

Pinecrest Blog - "Thanksgiving Getaway"
Pine Crest Bed & Breakfast Inn
91 South Street (Rte 114)
Gorham, Maine 04038
Phone: (207) 839-5843


Click here to learn more about inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels that offer Thanksgiving getaways in Maine.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Maine Fall Foliage

The leaf peeping season in Maine is slowly fading; however, the scenery is still bright with reds, yellows, and oranges. Read an article on Maine's foliage - "Maine's Mosaic", The Maine Campus, October 21, 2008. Visit http://www.mainefoliage.com/ for the latest foliage report on Maine.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bird Watching in Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine is one of the best places to do some birdwatching (or birding as some call it). Read a recent blog post about birding in Acadia National Park entitled "Bird Watching Mecca - 338 Species At Acadia National Park", NE Hikers, October 2008. Visit this link to find more information about birding in Maine. Visit this link for more information on camping, dining, lodging and visiting Acadia National Park.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Girlfriends Getaway to Freeport, Maine

The Freeport, Maine Merchants Association has announced the "Girlfriends Getaway Weekend" for Freeport, Maine. This will take place on November 14, 15, and 16. Read more about this event at "Girlfriends Getaway in Freeport, Maine". Click here to learn more about lodging and dining in Freeport, Maine.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Winter Camping in Maine

There are many guide services in Maine that will provide tours and expertise to the adventurers who wish to camp in the winter time. One of these services is Maine Path and Paddle Guides. See their web page on winter camping and excursions. They also offer practical advice on winter camping gear, clothing, and preparation.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Hike up Douglas Mountain in Sebago

Douglas Mountain is located in the Sebago, Maine area. The conservation area belongs to the town of Sebago and is located to the left of Sebago Lake. Read a detailed blog about a family hike up Douglas Mountain on the Ledges Trail. The blog post has a great description of the hike to include some maps and photos. If you are going to hike this mountain then read this blog post first. "Hiking Douglas Mountain in Sebago", by Almeida Family of Maine Outdoor Journal, October 20, 2008.

Other sources of information about Douglas Mountain are:
"Douglas Mountain: Easy hike's reward is great view", MaineToday.com, August 17, 2003.
"Douglas Mountain - Sebago Lake, Maine", World Around G: Blog, October 10, 2007.
Info on Douglas Mountain by the Town of Sebago.
Parking restrictions at Douglas Mountain. Town of Sebago.

For more information about hiking and hiking trails in Maine see "Hiking in Maine: Info, maps, trails, guides, and tours".

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lighthouses in Maine for Sale


Two lighthouses in Maine are for sale. The lighthouses are offered to non-profits and municipalities under the National Historic Preservation Act of 2000. The two lighthouses are the Baker Island Lighthouse (Islesford) and Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse (Casco Bay, Portland). Read more about this proposed sale in "Last One Dollar Lighthouses For This Year", Lighthouse News, October 21, 2008. Click here for more information on lighthouses in Maine.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Bloggers Trip to L.L. Bean (Freeport, Maine)

L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine is a popular destination for tourists and travelers. Occasionally someone blogs about their day there. Here is one blog post with great photos of the store. Read "Long Live L.L. Bean!", by "33 For a Moment", October 21, 2008. Click here for more information on dining and lodging in Freeport, Maine.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Animal Menagerie Exhibit at Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art is exhibiting an "Animal Menagerie". This is a collection of art by different artists using a variety of mediums. The exhibit runs until November 9th.
From the earliest examples of American art until the present day, images of animals serve as vehicles for meaning. Native and exotic creatures alike help artists to explore issues of identity: the quality and nature of being American or foreign, human or beast, wild or civilized, innocent or worldly. These are all issues that artists grapple with in American Menagerie. Featuring 25 works drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features artists such as Dahlov Ipcar, Bernard Langlais, Will Barnet, Wendy Kindred, Scott Leighton, and Edward Hicks.
Read more on this exhibit in the news article "Animal Menagerie Portland Museum of Art exhibit appeals to children, yet is sophistitcated", by Pat Davidson Reef, Sun Journal, October 21, 2008. To learn more click on info about museums in Maine.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rare Clock Donated to Little River Lighthouse (Maine)


A rare clock has been donated to the Little River Lighthouse in Maine.

"A rare Seth Thomas brass clock that once hung at the old Cross Island Moorings Life Saving Station, near Machiasport, has been donated to the Friends of Little River Lighthouse for display at Little River Lighthouse, which is located on an island in Cutler, Maine".
Read the rest of the story at "Rare Clock Donated to Lighthouse", MaineBusiness.com, October 21, 2008. Click here for more information on lighthouses in Maine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Competition at Fryeburg, Maine Fair

Read a news story about a 375 pound pumpkin and its entry into the pumpkin contest at the Fryeburg, Maine Fair. See "One couple's attempt to win a giant pumpkin competition", The Christian Science Monitor, October 21, 2008.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Safe Fall Hiking Tips for Maine


Fall is an excellent time for hiking in Maine. The fall foliage is beautiful, the weather is cool, there are less bugs and people, and the trails are usually dry. You do have to plan for cooler weather and less periods of light. The weather can also have some drastic "mood swings"! You need to plan your hike, pack for cooler weather, and anticipate weather changes. Read more on "Safe hiking tips offered for fall's changing weather", Bangor Daily News, October 18, 2008. Click here for more information on hiking in Maine.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Maine WinterKids Ski Pass Available Online

The WinterKids Passport for skiing in Maine is now available online.
"The WinterKids Passport offers all Maine 5th, 6th, and 7th graders an entire season of healthy, outdoor winter recreation including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and ice skating, along with free or discounted lessons and rentals. The Passport also offers parents and siblings of all Passport holders free or discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals, ensuring that families develop healthy lifestyles together. WinterKids also participates in the National Passport which provides discounts to resorts in participating states".
Click on the link below:
http://www.winterkids.org/passport/online-application.html

Click on the link below for more information about skiing in Maine:
http://www.travel-maine.info/skiing.htm

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wine Tasting in Rockland, Maine - Oct 25

There will be a wine tasting event at "The Wine Seller" located at 15 Tillson Avenue, Rockland, Maine on Saturday, October 25th. Click on the following link for more information.

http://www.localwineevents.com/Southern-Maine-Wine/event-210206.html

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Spend Thanksgiving in Maine

The Bear Mountain Inn will provide you with a Thanksgiving holiday experience to remember. Visit Waterford, Maine for your Thanksgiving weekend. Bear Mountain offers you their Thanksgiving Day Feast Package - an old traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Click here for more information on a weekend trip to Maine for Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Leaf Peeping Along Maine Coast

Leaf peeping will be at its best over the next week here in Maine along the coast. Read more in "Time to leaf peep along coastline", VillageSoup, October 17, 2008. Click here for more information about Maine fall foliage reports, tours, trails and maps.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mount Desert Island Marathon - Maine

The Mount Desert Island Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2008. This event is over 26 miles long and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Click here for info on lodging, dining, and activities in Bar Harbor and Acadia.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pancake Breakfast and Chairlift Rides - Camden

On Sunday, October 19, 2008, the Camden Snow Bowl will offer a pancake breakfast and chairlift rides. This is a great way to experience the Maine coast and the lovely fall foliage. Read more on this event at www.camdensnowbowl.com. You can also call or email them at: (207) 236-3438 or Email: info@camdensnowbowl.com. Click here for more information about Camden, Maine.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pineland Public Reserved Lands (Maine)


If you are looking for some scenic and quiet hiking or walking paths close to the Maine coast (Portland / Freeport area) then consider the Pineland Public Reserved Lands located in New Gloucester, Maine. The woods area is easy to get to - follow Route 231 in New Gloucester, Maine. There are 600 acres of preserved land to hike on with two short hiking trails. One trail is the North Loop Trail, accessed off Depot Road. The North Loop Trail will take you to Royal River and back to the trailhead (parking area). The South Loop Trail is accessed off Old Farm Road. Click here for more information on Pineland Public Reserved Land.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Visit Bethel in Western Maine

Looking for a get-away for one of the upcoming fall weekends? A visit to Bethel, Maine may be just the place to go. The fall scenery is at its best and the weather is cool for hiking. Read one writers description of his great weekend while staying in Bethel and hiking in Western Maine. See "Western Maine serves up fall delights", Wicked Local Sharon, October 5, 2008. For more information about hiking and hiking trails in Maine see "Hiking in Maine: Info, maps, trails, guides, and tours".

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Events in Maine in October (2008)

Here is a blog - Maine Food & Lifestyle - that has listed some events taking place in Maine during the month of October. See "Maine Events Calendar: October".

Fall Foliage on Columbus Day Weekend in Maine

Fall foliage is at its peak here in Maine. According to the state authorities northern Maine is at its peak (as of October 9, 2008) and southern Maine is at 50 to 70 percent. The Columbus Day weekend will see lots of tourist activity here in Maine (see "Businesses Welcome Columbus Day Tourists", WMTW.com, October 10, 2008). While many visitors make the drive from other parts of the Northeast some arrive aboard cruise ships or motor coaches. See also "Tourism Industry Hopes For Strong Weekend", WCSH6.com, October 10, 2008. There is lots to do in Maine this time of year. For instance, you can ride on a coastal Maine railroad and look at the surrounding scenery during the ride. Here is another story on Maine foliage by the Village Soup. The bottom line is that with the good weather and nice foliage this is a great weekend for leaf peeping. Find more resources and information about leaf peeping in Maine.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mount Blue

The Sun Journal has published an online article about the Mount Blue State Park area - located in Western Maine. The article lists sights to see, things to do, places to stay and dine, and more. Also provided are websites to further investigate this wonderful area of Maine. See "Road Trip: Mount Blue" (September 28, 2008).

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Peaks Island, Maine

A Maine blogger describes her day-trip to Peaks Island. Peaks Island is located just off the coast (you get there by taking a ferry to the island from Portland, Maine). She has some nice photos and a good description of her trip. See "Falling for Peaks Island", September 28, 2008. For more information about the islands off the coast of Maine click on the "island" label below.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mt. Agamenticus, York, Maine

Not far from Route 95 or Route 1 along the coast of Maine is a a lovely place to view fall foliage or to enjoy the outdoors. It is called Mount Agamenticus and it is located in a 10,000-acre wooded wilderness. It is an ideal place for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikes. For more information visit http://www.agamenticus.org/ or read an online news article of the location at "A Maine haven for hawks, horses, and ATVs", Boston.com, September 28, 2008.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Foliage Drives Through Western Maine

It is leaf peeping time in Maine. The Portland Press Herald has posted an online article about this topic with some suggested driving routes in Western Maine. The article also provides some interesting stops along the way - such as the occasional covered bridge and small town museum. See "Back roads beckon" (September 28, 2008).

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Maine Fall Foliage Hikes and Walks


Maine is a wonderful place to walk and hike during the fall. Bugs and mosquitoes have gone away, the weather is cool, and the scenery is spectacular with the bright fall colors. New England Vacations Guide offers information on where to walk and hike in Maine in order to experience the best in the fall foliage. Visit their web page below for more information:

http://www.new-england-vacations-guide.com/fall-foliage-hikes-maine.html

Click here to learn more about Maine fall foliage and the best time for leaf peeping.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Exploring Maine by Bike

Maine.gov has a website that provides a good amount of information about biking in Maine. There are over 25 suggested bike tours that you can plan around. You can click on an Adobe Acrobat file to download complete details on each of these suggested tours to include maps, routes, sights to see, and accomodations. Click here for more information about bike trips in Maine.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Trail Clearing in Acadia National Park (Maine)

Acadia National Park has some wonderful hiking trails. Trails are maintained by volunteers - some from Maine and others from "away". Read about one woman's trail clearing adventures and see some nice photos of Acadia National Park. Learn more about Acadia National Park.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Visiting Peak's Island in Maine

Visit a blogger's account of her visit to Peak's Island (located off the coast of Portland, Maine in Casco Bay). She has a nice account of renting bicycles and traveling about the island. Some nice pictures of Battery Steele (a coastal fortress). See the blog post at "Peak's Island". Learn more about Maine's islands.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Six Fall Hikes in Maine

Here is an online news article recommending six fall hikes all within two hours of Portland, Maine. It provides a description of the hike and also some websites to go check them out. See "Coloring the joys of hiking", Portland Press Herald, September 28, 2008. Visit this link for more information about hiking in Maine.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Covered Bridges in Maine


There used to be over 120 covered bridges in the state of Maine. Now, there are only nine. If you are leaf peeping in Maine these bridges are a nice sight to view on that foliage trip. Read an online news article that tells you where they are located. See "Covered bridges make great stops", Portland Press Herald, September 28, 2008.

"First Friday Art Walk" in Portland, Maine

On the first Friday of each month the city of Portland, Maine has an event called the "First Friday Art Walk". This is a free self guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, and museums in Maine and takes place from 5 to 8 pm. Art walks scheduled for the remainder of this year are to be held on October 3, November 7, and December 5. To learn more about this event visit http://www.firstfridayartwalk.com/.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall Foliage Bus Tours in New England

Caravan offers bus tours of the New England states during the fall foliage season. Visit http://www.caravan.com/tour/usa-new-england for more information. Click here for info on Maine fall foliage.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maine Fall Foliage Bike Tours

Summer Feet . . . Maine Coast Cycling Adventures offers "Maine Fall Foliage Bike Tours". There schedule starts the last weekend of September and ends in late October.
"Autumn, the word conjures thoughts of brilliant colors and crisp clear days. People travel from around the world to experience nature's palate as it spreads across the mountains and fields of New England. Autumn in Maine is a special time, the days are clear, and the red, yellow, and orange colors on the trees reflect off the blue of the ocean creating a wonderland of color. For guests wishing to experience the jaw dropping beauty of the autumn in Maine we recomend the following bike tours."
Visit their website at: http://www.summerfeet.net/fall-foliage-trips.asp

Click here for more information about Maine fall foliage or bike tours in Maine.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Maine Fall Foliage Drives by Region

Maine's Internet Magazine (http://www.meliving.com/), provides a valuable guide to Maine fall foliage drives. The drives are presented for different regions of Maine to include Aroostook County, Downeast and Acadia, Greater Portland and Casco Bay, Kennebec and Moose River Valley, Maine Lakes & Mountains region, Katahdin & Moosehead Lake, and the Southern Maine coast. Each drive depicted provides directions and routes and also gives pointers to interesting things to see along the way. Click here for additional information about on reports, maps, foliage updates, tours, and trails on Maine fall foliage.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Maine Tourism Association and Fall Foliage Info


The Maine Tourism Association provides information for those seeking to visit the fall scenery abundant here in Maine during the September and October months. For information on Maine fall foliage reports, maps depicting peak fall foliage by time and place, and leaf peeping driving tours visit Travel-Maine.Info's fall foliage page for Maine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall Foliage in Moosehead Lake Region of Maine

The Moosehead Lake Region has a varied views of woods, lakes, and mountains that offer very scenic drives during Maine's fall foliage season. This past summer was cool and wet . . . and that means an earlier than usual leaf peeping season. Read more of this region of Maine in "Colors Emerge in Moosehead Area", Yankee Foliage. Visit this link for more information on scenic drives, leaf peeping, and fall foliage in Maine.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Maine's Bold Coast - Beyond Downeast

A part of Maine is seldom seen by some tourists. The coastline of Maine that is found beyond (east) Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park is largely untraveled by visitors. There are stretches of the coastline with no visible signs of civilization. The Bold Coast is the 30 miles of coastline from the Western Head in Cutler, Maine to Lubec, Maine. There are hiking trails along the coast in the Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land. While home to all sorts of wildlife it is especially known to birders who come to see a large variety of birds to include the famous puffins. Click here for more information on the Bold Coast. Read more in an online news article entitled "Maine's rugged Bold Coast is an untouched treasure", USA Today, August 25, 2008.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Museums in Old York, Maine (a rainy day affair)

The museums in Old York, Maine saw a marked increase in visitors this past summer (2008). This is due to more publicity about the "Maine Folk Art Trail", a new museum added to the area, and an abundance of rainy weather. Read more on this topic in "Museums of Old York sees more visitors in summer '08", Seacoastonline.com, September 3, 2008. To learn more about Maine museums click on info about museums in Maine.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hiking Mars Hill Mountain and View a Wind Farm

Part of the International Appalachian Trail (Baxter State Park to Canadian border and beyond) passes over the Mars Hill Mountain area in Aroostook County, Maine. One of the sites a hiker will see along this trail are the wind turbines of the Mars Hill Wind Farm. The Mars Hill Wind Farm is Maine's first major wind farm enterprise. There are twenty-eight wind turbines on the mountain top that go up to 400 feet high. These wind turbines produce enough electricity for 25,000 homes. An online posting provides more information on this hike, directions on how to get there, and a link to download a hiking map of the area. See "Travel to Mars Hill for trail, turbines", Maine Outdoor Journal (MaineToday.com), August 28, 2008.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fryeburg Fair, Maine Sep 28 - Oct 5

The 2008 Fryeburg Fair will take place on September 28 to October 5, 2008. This is known as Maine's largest agricultural fair and takes place at the start of "leaf-peeping" season. There are many exhibition halls, a midway, livestock displays and shows, entertainment, racing, and Woodsmens' Day. Some other events include a calf scramble, Firemen's Muster, parade, sheep dog trials, games, and pig scramble. Fryeburg, Maine is located in western Maine just a few miles from the New Hampshire border on Route 302.

Friday, September 19, 2008

September and October in Maine - A Quick Guide

Newsweek Magazine's "Budget Travel Guide" has published a wonderful article on visiting Maine during the fall months of September and October. Discussed in the article are the best times to visit Maine (in the north the last week of Sep and along the southern coast in mid-Oct), some nice spots to see the scenic views with colored foliage (Rangeley, Greenville, Mt. Desert Island, and Bethel), what the weather is like, how to plan a trip to Acadia National Park, what to see in Portland, and a proposed mid-Maine coastal trip itinerary. The article is entitled "Planning to visit Maine? Read these tips from a top guidebook author", Newsweek Magazine, September 4, 2008.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cumberland County Fair - Maine Sep 21-27

The 137th Annual Cumberland County Fair will take place on September 21-27, 2008 in Cumberland Center, Maine. There will be many events to include harness racing, pumpkin contest, exhibitions, animals, entertainment, food, and more. This fair is host to the the 21st Annual Maine State Pumpkin and Squash Weigh-In.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Good Times on a Maine Windjammer

One of the more unique experiences a visitor can have while seeing Maine is to spend some time on a windjammer (usually 3-6 days tours). These old-fashion schooners sail out of picturesque seaports, along Maine's rocky and irregular coastline, past small and large islands that are most times uninhabited, and by the occasional lighthouse. Read about one family's time aboard a Maine windjammer in "Maine: Low bridges on high seas, plenty of fun", Chicago Sun-Times, September 3, 2008.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Camden International Film Festival (2008)

The Camden International Film Festival will take place from September 25th (Thursday) to September 28th (Sunday). The festival will screen some of the finest international documentary films. Films can be viewed in the Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, Maine areas.
"The Camden International Film Festival is committed to supporting and generating interest in independent documentary films, showcasing the finest international documentary cinema from the lenses of the world's best non-fiction visual storytellers. CIFF is dedicated to creating an environment miles away from distractions that promotes thought provoking examination of documentary film as an art form as well as an outlet for the independent and informed voice".
Read more at http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/. Click here for information about lodging and dining in Camden, Maine.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking in Maine

With fall upon us here in Maine it is time for kids to enjoy hay rides and pumpkin gathering. A number of Maine farms offer this opportunity. One of these farms is the Spiller Farm in Wells, Maine. Starting in mid-September through mid-October they will offer free farm tour hay rides along with the opportunity to pick your own pumpkins (you pay for the pumpkins). For more information click on "U PICK Pumpkin Hay Rides".

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Common Ground Country Fair - Unity, Maine Sep 19-21

The Common Ground Country Fair will be held in Unity, Maine on September 19-21, 2008. See the extract below from the MOFGA.org website about the fair:
"32nd Common Ground Country Fair on September 19, 20 & 21, 2008, in Unity, Maine. The Fair allows fairgoers to make connections with a rapidly expanding base of organic farms in the state of Maine. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, more than 1,000 volunteers, and roughly 50,000 fairgoers will gather to: share knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and useful agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing and have a great time."

Sign Up for Weekly Fall Foliage Reports for Maine

The state of Maine has made it easy to track the peak leaf peeping season in the different regions of Maine. The Maine Department of Conservation provides weekly foliage reports each fall via email. To sign up for these weekly foliage reports click on the following link:

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Four Fall Weekends in Maine by Downeast Magazine


Now that we are past Labor Day, the cooler days are coming, and the summer tourist crowds are easing - our thoughts turn to the coming of fall. In Maine the new season comes our beautiful fall foliage views. Downeast Magazine has published in its October 2008 issue an article entitled "4 Fabulous Fall Weekends". Downeast has mapped out four weekend itineraries for the month of October. The four weekends are trips to the North Woods, western mountains, Acadia, and southern Maine. The intineraries include scenic routes, places to stay, places to eat, and things to see. Click on this link for more information about Maine fall foliage.

When and Where to See Maine Fall Foliage

Have you ever been confused as to when and where to visit Maine to see the fall foliage in the right place at the right time? The colors change at different times each year. The state of Maine has made it easy to figure the timing and place of a leaf peeping trip. They have a website that provides historical peak foliage dates for the different regions of Maine. Visit http://www.maine.gov/doc/foliage/whenandwhere/index.html to see when and where to visit Maine for the best in fall scenery. Visit this link at Travel-Maine.Info for more information on scenic drives, leaf peeping, and fall foliage in Maine.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lobsterman Triathlon (Sep 13, 2008 in Freeport, Maine)

The 2008 Maine Lobsterman Triathlon will take place in Freeport, Maine on Saturday, September 13th, 2008. This will be a weekend of fun to include the race, kids activities, lobsterbake, beer garden, evening concert, live music, kids triathlon, and more. Click here for more information on dining and lodging in Freeport, Maine.

Friends of Kingfield Farmland (Maine)

A group of conservation-minded community members of Kingfield, Maine have organized a committee called the "Friends of Kingfield Farmland". The intent of the group is to raise funds to buy a section of 46-acre section of land in Kingfield, Maine that is currently owned but is used by the general public for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and river access along the Carrabassett River. Maine is a wonderful place to live and to visit and that is due in part because of the hard work and generosity of its citizens that live here. Read more on the work being done by this civic-minded group of individuals in "Organization launched to protect farmland", The Original Irregular, September 3, 2008.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sailing in Down East Maine

Sailing the waters off the coast of Maine in a windjammer can be quite an experience. Many of the Maine windjammers leave out of the Camden, Maine harbor. The New York Times recently published an article about about a one persons experience on the windjammer Angelique which is based in Camden, Maine. This article describes in detail all aspects of the three-day trip about the vessel. If you have ever wondered what a windjammer experience would be like then read this article - "Sailing Away Down East in Maine", The New York Times, September 5, 2008. For more information on windjammers in Maine visit the Maine Windjammer Association website.

State of Maine's Official Fall Foliage Website

Now is the time to start planning your Maine fall foliage trip. The state of Maine has an "official" fall foliage website that provides a wealth of information about the leaf peeping season. There is a map that provides the current foliage conditions, video footage of Maine fall scenery, some leaf-peeping tips, and more. Visit http://www.maine.gov/doc/foliage/ to see what colors the state of Maine has to offer this fall! Visit this link to travel-maine.info for more information on scenic drives, leaf peeping, and fall foliage in Maine.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bradbury Mountain Bike Race (Sept 20th)

There will be a mountain bike race on September 20, 2008 at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. Click on "12 Hours of Bradbury Mountain" for more info. Click here to find out more about Pownal, Maine.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, Maine

The New York Times travel section recently posted a short article on the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine. The article has a nice picture and a visitors review of the lodging establishment. Sebasco Estates is located on the Phippsburg Penisula along the Maine coast about one hours drive north of Portland, Maine and three hours drive north of Boston, Massachusetts. It is set on 550 acres on woodland, waterfront, gardens, and has a golf course.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Maine State Archives Online Store

If you have an interest in Maine history then you will be delighted with the Maine State Archives Online Store. There are historical documents, old maps, prints, special collections, portfolios, posters, matted artwork, images, framed photographs, and more. A nice place to browse and you can purchase replicas for gifts or decorations. The website is www.maine.gov/online/archivestore.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Winslow Memorial Park and Campground (Freeport, Maine)

If you are planning of visiting the Freeport, Maine area and are looking to visit the seashore then a nice place to go is the Winslow Memorial Park and Campground located in South Freeport. The park has some great views, 100 campsites, a playground, walking trails, small beach, boat launch for motorized boats and kayaks, and picnic areas. Groups can reserve a group shelter with picnic tables under it for the family outing, company picnic or organization get-together. At the very end of the campground (at Stockbridge Point) you have a good view of many fishing and pleasure boats in South Freeport Harbor located at the mouth of the Harraseeket River. Looking out to Casco Bay you will see numerous islands off in the distance. There are extremely clean restrooms for the day visitors and overnight campers. Click here for more information about Winslow Memorial Park and Campground in Freeport, Maine. Click here for info on lodging and dining in Freeport, Maine.

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park


Yesterday my wife and I hiked Wolf Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, Maine. As we live in the Freeport, Maine area it is just a short drive to get there. Coming from Freeport center the drive is very pleasant as you travel past old houses (some new ones also), farm fields with hay, pastures with cows, barns, streams, and lots of woods. Once there we parked the car and we set off to hike. On a whim we set off on a path we had not taken before. Little did we know that it was the longest trail in the park. After a while, as I gazed at what little sun was poking through the clouds, I determined we were heading west and eventually we came upon the west side of the peninsular that juts southward into the Atlantic Ocean. The trail then follows the waters edge with the woods on the left and the water on the right (a map check later in the day reveals that this is called the Harraseeket River). Across the water we could see Freeport Harbor where all the lobster and pleasure boats moor. It was foggy so there was not much activity on the water; although we could hear the occasional small motor boat running about. After a while the trail turns back east and we eventually got back into the Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park area. We have been there before and recognized one of the other trails that would take us to the waters edge within the park. Once there we sat on the rocks, rested a little, and admired the fog rolling in. For the first 50 minutes of our hike we did not see a soul; the last ten minutes we came across the occasional couple or family. A nice quiet walk in the woods along the ocean. Next time though I will bring my map! Click here to visit the Maine Department of Conservation website for Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Click here for more information on dining and lodging in Freeport, Maine.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Brunswick, Maine Air Show (Sep 6-7, 208)

The LAST Brunswick Naval Air Station Air Show will take place today and tomorrow (Sat/Sun Sep 6-7, 2008) at Brunswick, Maine. The naval air base is due to close. Flying aircraft, stationary exhibits, a exhibit on the Berlin Airlift, and much more. Officially known as The Great State of Maine Airshow of 2008, this annual show has lots to offer to include souvenirs, static displays, stuff for kids, performers, aircraft from the Navy and Air Force and civilian sector, and more. Performers will include the Blue Angels, Golden Knights (skydivers from the U.S. Army), and other aerial artists. Read about the Berlin Airlift exhibit at "Exhibit recalls heroics of Berlin Airlift", The Times Record, September 5, 2008.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Folk Art Symposium 28 Sep 08 at Bates College, Me

A folk art symposium will be held at the Olin Arts Center, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine on September 28th, 2008. Click here for more information on the folk art symposium. Click here for more info on other museums located in Maine.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Apple Picking Time in Maine

The months of September and October are the prime months for apple picking here in Maine. If you are the outdoors type and would enjoy a trip to a farm with the kids then why not spend a nice fall day picking apples? The Maine State Pomological Society provides a listing on its website of a number of farms throughout Maine that offer apple picking. Click here for a list of Maine Apple Orchards. The same organization also offers some interesting facts about apples to include info on nutrition, characteristics (or types), history, facts and what happens in an orchard during the four seasons.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Oxford County Fair (Maine Sep 7-13)

The Oxford County Fair will take place on September 7-13, 2008 in Oxford, Maine. There is plenty to see and do. Bullriding, exhibits, harness racking, entertainment are just a few of the activities. Conveniently located off of Route 26 just south of Norway, Maine.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Maine is blessed with an abundance of things to do and see. One sometimes overlooked activity are the botanical gardens found in Maine. One of the newest gardens is found in Boothbay, Maine and is called the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Visit the website of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Listed below are some news articles about this garden:
"New botanical gardens give flavor of Maine", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 1, 2008
"Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens" by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Clinton Lions Fair (Maine Sep 4-7, 2008)

The Clinton Lions Fair will take place on September 4-7, 2008. Lots of activities take place during this fair to include midway rides, exhibits, pig scramble, Beano, martial arts demo, horse pulling, pickup pull, Maine Dairy Princess Event, Woodsmen's events, and music entertainment.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Portland, Maine's Art District

The city of Portland, Maine has a very rich arts district. There is plenty to experience in its theaters, museums and concert locations.
"Uptown, a few blocks from the waterfront, is Portland’s secret treasure–the Arts District. With Congress Street as its spine, this once traditional shopping street has turned into a mecca of art galleries, antique shops, and artist studios. The world class Portland Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Maine, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, the Center for Cultural Exchange, the State Theater, the Portland Stage Company, the Center for Maine History, and the stunningly-renovated Merrill Auditorium all line Congress Street".

Read more of this online posting in "Portland's Art District" (by portland.com). Click here to read more about attractions and things to do in Portland, Maine.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Events in Maine - Craigs List

One way of finding out what is going on in Maine is to hit the website "Craigs List". Lots of different types of events are listed and there is a search function to help narrow down the list. Click on the following link for "events in Maine by Craigs List". For another listing of events in Maine see Travel-Maine.Info's Maine Event Calendar.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Harmony Free Fair (Maine Aug 29 - 1 Sep)

This time of year Maine is host to numerous fairs that say "Goodbye" to summer vacation and "Hello" to the fall season. Many of these fairs take place over the Labor Day weekend. One such fair is the Harmony Free Fair - which will take place in Harmony, Maine on August 29 to September 1, 2008. This is an agricultural fair celebrating its 61st anniversary. There will be many events, exhibitions, and contests. Some events include horse pulls, demolition derby, tractor pulls, Woodsmen Competition, and more. Entertainment and rides will be available. The fair takes place in northern Maine, just north of Skowhegan.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Springfield Fair (Maine, Aug 29 to Sep 1, 2008)

The Springfield Fair will be held on August 29 to September 1, 2008. The location is Springfield, Maine (eastern Maine near Route 6). There will be stage shows, animal displays and pulling events, antique auto displays, livestock, entertainment, rides, stunt drivers, and more. For more information click on Springfield Fair.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Blue Hill Fair - Aug 28 - Sep 1 (Maine)

The Blue Hill Fair will take place on August 28 to September 1, 2008 in Blue Hill, Maine. This fair, scheduled around Labor Day Weekend, has lots of entertainment, attractions, livestock, sheep dog trials, music, midway, tractor pulling, and exhibits. Blue Hill is a beautiful community along the coast of Maine. A great way to spend the weekend.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Downeast Sea Kayaking Symposium

The 3rd Annual Downeast Sea Kayaking Symposium will be offered in Bar Harbor, Maine on September 5-8, 2008. the Carpe Diem Kayaking Company and Aquaterra Adventures are hosting the symposium. Click here for more information on kayaking in Maine.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Maine Dinner Recipes

The website GetRealMaine.com has a listing of Maine food recipes. You can utilize the search function to find recipes for appetizers, main courses, and desserts. To find your favorite Maine recipe click on "Recipes Using Maine Foods".

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Weekend Bike Trip of Portland ME (from Boston)


Portland, Maine is a wonderful city to visit. It's not far from the other states in New England and there are many ways of getting here. The airport is located just outside the city, we have Route 95 that takes you right by Portland, and there is the train (often overlooked). Once in Portland there is much to see. You can visit places the usual way by taking your car or walking around the city. An alternative (some would say "Green") method is using your bike. Read a blog by someone who lives in Boston who took a weekend trip to Portland, Maine by train and bike. It is a "how to" description of visiting Portland via train/bike. See "Portland is a Sunny/Foggy Place". Click here for more information on visiting Portland, Maine or biking in Maine.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Windsor Fair (Maine Aug 24 - 1 Sep)

The 2008 Windsor Fair will take place on August 24 to September 1. Lots of activities and events are planned to include stage shows, racing, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Maine Apple Festival, Woodsmen's Day, entertainment, "Maine Apple Queen" Pageant, pig scrambles, tractor pulls, beef and dairy judges, and more.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Maine Apple Queen Pageant (Sun, Aug 24th, 2008)

On Sunday, August 24th, 2008 the Maine Apple Queen Pageant will take place at the Windsor Fair located in Windsor, Maine. For more information click on Maine Apple Queen Pageant.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Acton Fair (Maine Aug 21-24, 2008)

The Acton Fair will be held on August 21-24, 2008 in Acton, Maine. This fair is presented by the Your County Agricultural Association. Events include 4-H shows, pig scramble, horse and ox pulling, Ms. Acton Pageant, and a parade. Acton is located near the intersections of Routes 109 and 11 in western Maine. For more information click on Acton Fair.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Piscataquis Valley Fair (Maine Aug 21-24, 2008)

The Piscataquis Valley Fair will take place in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine on August 21-24, 2008. Home made ice cream, agricultural exhibits, crafts and more will be featured. For more info click on Piscataquis Valley Fair.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Forts Along the Lower Penobscot River of Maine

Maine is home to many forts that date back to the Revolutionary War days and earlier. Most of these forts are located along the Maine coast where they could protect entrances to rivers or harbors. One blogger from Portland, Maine has described a day trip to two of these forts - Fort Point of Stockton Springs and Fort Knox of Prospect. Her post includes links to the state park web page describing the forts, wonderful pictures of the forts and suggestions on how to enjoy the trip. See "Around the Lower Penobscot River, Maine" to view her informative post. Visit this link for more information on historic and coastal forts of Maine.

Hiking in Acadia National Park (Maine)

The Acadia National Park in located along the coast of Maine is one of the most beautiful spots in New England. The park is well-suited for hikers as well. One blogger from New York has a blog devoted to Acadia where she describes her visits to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. Her most recent post is of help to folks thinking about hiking in Acadia. She has suggested four separate hiking trips for the family, provides a description of those hikes, where to purchase maps, and hiking trip suggestions. Read more in the post "Four Hikes in Acadia National Park You and Your Kids Will Love - Easy Terrain and Big Payoffs".

Visit this link for more information on camping, dining, lodging and visiting Acadia National Park.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Eastern Trail of Maine

Another section of the Eastern Trail of Maine has been completed. The Eastern Trail will be a pedestrian and bike path that will span 60 miles and run from Kittery to South Portland. The Eastern Trail will be part of the East Coast Trail Greenway which will run from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. This new section of the trail links Milliken Mills Road and the Scarborough Marsh. Click here for more information on trails and hiking in Maine.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Portland, Maine Airport - (Portland International Jetport)

Maine has a very small but efficient airport. Located on the outskirts of Portland, Maine - the Portland International Jetport is very close to the center of the city and major road networks that take you south, west, north, and east to the rest of Maine. Rental cars are available from a variety of firms. The rental car desks are located outside the terminal under the parking garage - a very short walk from the baggage carousels. Mermaid Transportation provides shuttle service and there always seem to be a number of taxis available. There are lots of hotels in the Portland area all within 15 minutes of the airport; and there are two that are located adjacent to the airport - the Hilton Garden Inn and the Embassy Suites. The airport is quick to get into and out of, baggage doesn't take that long to get, check in lines are usually not too long and the security lines have gotten a lot better. The parking garage is currently under construction (summer of 2008) so give yourself an extra 15 minutes for parking.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cooking Lobster Humanely

Do you know how to cook lobster humanely? Do you even care? Maine is one of those places where lobster is a staple - both for residents and tourists. One chef who writes for the New York Times decided to investigate the cooking of lobsters and find the most humane way of doing it. While her article is very interesting I am not sure she has come up with any solid answers! Read the blog post "The Back Story Shell Shock", The Moment (NY Times), July 3, 2008. Click here to learn more about lobsters in Maine and how to order lobsters online.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Union Fair (Maine, Aug 17-23, 2008)

The Union, Maine Fair will take place on August 17-23, 2008. Fair events include He-Man Contest, midway rides and activities, parade, animal and dairy shows and exhibits, pig races, music entertainment, and the "Blueberry Festival". Below is an extract from the Union Fair website:
"The fairgrounds are nestled among the rolling hills and beautiful farmlands in Union, Maine. There are activities and entertainment for all age groups, so bring the entire family and spend the day at the festival. Better yet, stay for a few days and enjoy the surrounding area as well. There's lots to see and do in the Mid-Coast area".

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kayaking St Johns Bay, Maine

Located west of Pemaquid Point in Maine, John's Bay is a great place for paddling. Or so says kayaking guide Alvah Maloney (http://www.mainekayak.com/). Read a recent article he wrote about kayaking in Maine in "Sea Kayaking John's Bay", U.S. Outdoors Today, July 4, 2008. Click here for more information on kayaking in Maine.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Camping in Maine - A Budget Vacation

With today's gas prices folks are looking to cut some corners with vacation costs. One way to do this is camping. No expensive hotel bill, cheap meals prepared over a cook stove or campfire, and low-cost entertainment such as hiking, swimming, and more. A recent article on camping in Maine provides some places to go with descriptions, locations, costs associated, and either a phone number or website for further information. Read "The Ultimate Budget Vacation", by The Maine Switch, June 26, 2008. Click here for a listing or directory of places to camp in Maine.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Maine Beaches

The state of Maine has some wonderful beaches. Much of the sandy beaches to be found in Maine exist between Kittery and Portland along the southern Maine coast. This 30-mile stretch of seashore sees lots of visitors during the summer months. There is lots to do including shopping, dining, hiking, biking and more - all in addition to water sports and sunning on the beach. Some of these beaches are well-known (Old Orchard, Wells, Ogunquit), however, some of the smaller ones (Goose Rocks Beach) are not readily recognized by out-of-staters. For more information visit the website of The Maine Beaches Association. Click here for more information facts, maps, about the Maine seacoast.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hiking the Cathance River Preserve, Topsham, Maine

The Cathance River Preserve in Topsham, Maine offers an excellent outdoor experience. The sanctuary is comprised of 230 acres - woods, fields, with a section of the Cathance River running through it. The town of Topsham, located along the coast of Maine just northeast of Brunswick, Maine, is the home of this preserve. The preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk. There are five walking trails - each about one mile long. One of the trails - the Heath Trail - goes by a prime birdwatching area. The preserve has an "ecology center" built from ecologically sensitive materials with "green" building features. The Cathance River Education Alliance presents lectures and workshops in the ecology center. Worth a visit if you are living or visiting the Topsham or Brunswick, Maine area.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Portland, Maine: A "Green" Guide to the City

With the recent surge in the use of the politically-correct word "green" in our vocabulary - we are now seeing products and services promoted as being "green" - such as "green" autos, "green" food, "green" investments, etc. It was only a matter of time before someone would publish a "Green Guide to Portland, Maine" in an attempt to provide some "green tourism" travel advice. How green the Portland destinations are in this well-written blog post I really don't know. However, the blog post is an excellent piece on where to stay, eat and what to do in Portland, Maine. Click here for more travel information about Portland, Maine.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Kayaking Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine

A Maine kayaking guide recently wrote an article about a kayaking tour that he led in late June 2008 among the islands just south of Stonington, Maine. See "Island Hopping Off Stonington - - A Kayak Tour of the Deer Isle Archipelago", Waldo Village Soup, June 29, 2008. Deer Isle and Stonington (the small fishing village on the southern tip of Deer Isle) offer an great place to kayak. There are numerous islands to paddle by and stop and visit. Some offer overnight camping opportunities. For more information click on the following topics kayaking in Maine, Deer Isle, Maine, Stonington, Maine, and Isle Au Haut, Maine.



Thursday, August 7, 2008

Maine Vacation Rentals - Craig's List

Are you looking for a vacation home in Maine to rent? One source of info is the well-known "Craig's List". Click on the following link for "Craigs List of Maine Vacation Rentals". It has a search function that allows you to search a multitude of criteria such as dates, number of bedrooms, pets allowed, and more.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Maine Maritime Museum in Bath

The Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath, Maine. This small coastal city also is host to Bath Iron Works (BIW) - a shipyard that builds many of the warships for the U.S. Navy and that had its start in 1826. (Click here for a history of Bath Iron Works). Bath has a long and strong maritime tradition. In addition to the museum exhibits, the museum also offers BIW trolley tours, history experiences, lectures, workshops, and several different types of cruises.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Skowhegan State Fair (Aug 7-16, 2008)

The Skowhegan State Fair will take place on August 7-16, 2008. Lots of activities will take place to include rides, midway, food, entertainment, demolition derby, animal exhibits, crafts, harness racing, vehicle and animal pulling, and more. The event takes place in Skowhegan, Maine. For more information click on Skowhegan State Fair.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Acadia National Forest in Maine

One of the best places to vacation in Maine is in the Acadia National Forest. This destination is suitable for young and old no matter what your physical shape might be! There is something for everyone. If you are the type that tends to be tethered to your automobile then there are scenic drives on the Loop Road and around Mount Desert Island during the day and plenty of places to eat at night. If your more about doing sports outdoors then there is kayaking, hiking, biking, and climbing. Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, has plenty of places to stay overnight. Bikes and kayaks can be rented locally in Bar Harbor. Read a recent article about one couples trip to Acadia National Forest - "Getting Active in Maine", wickedlocal.com, June 29, 2008.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Maine State Music Theatre - Brunswick, Maine

The Maine State Music Theatre is located in Brunswick, Maine. The summer schedule is posted below:

June 25 - July 12. The Producers.
July 16 - August 2. All Shook Up.
August 6 - August 24. Les Miserables.

Tickets can be purchased online (see the MSMT link above). If traveling from out of town click here for information on dining and lodging in Brunswick, Maine.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Boat Show in Rockland, Maine (Aug 8-10, 2008)

The 2008 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will take place in Rockland, Maine on August 8-10, 2008. Lots of Maine-built boats will be on display with over 300 exhibitors. Read a press release providing more details in "Sixth Annual MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBOR SHOW", MaineBusiness.com, June 23, 2008. Click here to learn more about Maine boat builders and manufacturers.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, ME - 1-5 Aug 08

The 60th Anniversary Maine Lobster Festival will take place on August 1-5, 2008 at Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine. The event features five days of entertainment. Wednesday night the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation Pageant will take place. There will be featured entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. A parade will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday on Maine Street. Sunday the 10K Road, Children's Fun Run and the Great International Lobster Crate Race will be held. In addition there will be Maine arts and crafts, marine exhibits, lots of lobster and seafood and many children's activities. See the website for Maine Lobster Festival. To learn more about lobsters click on info about Maine lobster.