Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ice Skating at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine

If you are looking for a place to do some ice skating in Maine then consider Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.  This outdoor recreational center offers two different ponds - click here for more info.  For more info on Pineland Recreational Area click here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snowmobiling in Western Maine

Maine has lots of snowmobile destinations.  One of these is the Eutis / Stratton area located not far from the New Hampshire border northwest of Waterville, Maine.  The website of the Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club can provide info on this area.  A place to stay in this area is the Tranquility Lodge.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

100 Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race

The 100 Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race will take place in northern Maine (Greeneville area) on February 6, 2010.  Teams are made up of 12 huskies and they train for most of the year for this annual event.  Read more at http://www.100milewildernessrace.org/

Monday, December 28, 2009

Brooklin, Maine: Wooden Boat Building Community

Brooklin, Maine is locate along the coast of Maine in the Blue Hills region.  It is home to many builders of wooden boats. The town is also the home of Woodenboat magazine. The writer Virginia Wright has posted a lengthy article about Brooklin, Maine.  If you are interested in boat building in Maine or coast villages in Maine then Brooklyn is worth a visit.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday Night in the Old Port (Portland, Maine)

Old Port.  My wife and I decided to visit the Old Port district of Portland, Maine this weekend.  We wanted to stay overnight in a hotel in the Old Port (that is the working waterfront district) and experience some of the scenery, restaurants, and night life.  We picked the night after Christmas (Saturday, December 26th).  All our family visiting would be done, we had the weekend ahead of us, and we could use a little adventure (when you are in your 50s a night in Old Port is a big adventure for country folk!).



Hilton Garden Inn on Commercial Street.  As I travel a lot I have numerous free "award" nights available from about four different hotel chains.  We decided on the Hilton chain because there is a Hilton Garden Inn on Commercial Street right in the Old Port section and I belong to the Hilton HHonors program. So I burn't some award points (only 35,000) for one night (still got about 130,000 left).  We checked in early and got a room on the 5th floor overlooking the harbor; normally I wouldn't think they would offer a "Rewards Stay" a waterfront view - however the hotel wasn't exactly packed with guests due to being just after Christmas.  One concern we had prior to arrival was parking.  However, Portland has lots of parking garages available within walking distance of this hotel.  The hotel also has valet parking ($15.00 for parking plus tip for the valet); for ease we went with the valet parking.  From our room window it was a pretty scene of the waterfront and Casco Bay with the snowflakes coming down; not a heavy storm but enough to add atmosphere.  The hotel has a small pool, small fitness center, a lounge and bar, and a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. The two pictures of the Old Port waterfront were taken from our hotel window.  (65 Commercial Street, 207-780-0780, Old Port Hilton Garden Inn)

Late Lunch.  Upon arrival (we had an early check-in) we settled in, unpacked, and said "Let's eat".  We went out for a walk to explore the area and soon came upon a small restaurant that looked inviting.  It was called the "Farmer's Table".  There were tables and a small bar; we chose the bar.  My wife had butternut squash soup, half of a Rueban sandwich and hot chocolate.  I had onion soup, half of a Rueban sandwich (the other half), and a Shipyard beer.  Not a bad lunch - but a little pricy.  The Farmer's Table has an upstairs as well which will afford quieter dining.  (The Farmer's Table, 205 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 207-347-7479).  The website for The Farmer's Table is:  http://farmerstablemaine.com/.  (CORRECTION:  I have been informed by my wife who just read this post that the meal at the Farmer's Table was EXCELLENT!).

Walk-About.  We walked around after our late lunch.  It was quiet with a little snow falling.  Fore Street was nice to look at with its old historic looking facades, cobblestone street, restaurants, bars, and shops.  But soon we were back to the hotel to warm up and take a nap.



Dinner.  We had dinner (a late one at 8:00 pm, at least late for us) at a place called Ri Ra.  I had never heard of it.  It is an Irish Pub / Restaurant.  I looked it up online and it appears that it is a chain with ten other stores up and down the East coast.  What looked to be a small Irish pub from the outside (street view) is in fact a large pub (downstairs) and very nice restaurant with a water view upstairs.  My wife had a macaroni dish (very good) and I went with the lamb stew (delicious).  The service was great (thanks Michelle) and atmosphere was very nice as well - given the fireplace and view of the harbor through the very expansive glass windows.  Ri Ra was located just across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn - see the top picture - it is the two-story building.

Pub Scene.  Afterwards we went downstairs to the Ri Ra pub.  The entertainment started at 10:00 pm.  Ri Ra (according to its website) has entertainment from many different bands throughout the week.  This evening was a band called "High Beam".  Not my cup of tea; but I was easily 20 years older than the rest of the crowd listening.  After an hour my wife and I rolled our eyes and decided to walk off dinner.

A Late Evening Stroll.  The night scene in the Old Port is great if you are in your 20s or 30s.  Lots of places with live entertainment and even on a cold winter Saturday night the sidewalks were crowded with young folks going from bar to bar.  It was the night after Christmas so the lights were still up.  A nice place to be at.  Next time we come we will have to visit the Comedy Connection or perhaps find a jazz club.  But for now; back to the hotel so we can be in bed by midnight!

A Rainy and Windy Sunday Morning.  We woke up to a rainy day.  The wind was blowing and carrying the seagulls to and fro.  We didn't see too much boat activity on the water.  By this time all the sailboats are gone and anyone else isn't going out in bad whether unless they have to.  The island ferry was still on schedule and they could be seen docking and departing right from our hotel window.  We also saw the police boat and a few other utility type boats come and go on this cold Sunday morning.

Breakfast.  We skipped the walk around the neigborhood.  The wind was blowing and rain coming down.  Instead we went with the buffet breakfast and had omlettes to order.  Very good.

On the Road.  It is time to pack up and go.  Glad we went with the valet parking.  The staff will bring the car around to the front door for us where it will be sheltered from the elements as we load up.

Return Trip.  We had a wonderful time.  We plan on coming back again for another Saturday night stay.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  If you want to learn more about Portland, Maine click on lodging, dining and recreation for Portland.

New Year's Eve in Kennebunkport, Maine

The Kennebunkport Inn in Maine is offering a New Year's Eve package.   The weekend package includes a guest room, champagne, four-course dinner, and entertainment.  Click here for more information on the New Years Eve celebration package or on Kennebunkport.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Years Eve in Maine: PineCrest Inn in Gorham

New Year's Eve is fast approaching.  If you are not spending it at home then consider spending it at a Maine inn.  Once such inn is the PineCrest Inn in Gorham, Maine.  Read an entry in the blog for the PineCrest Inn entitled "Kick Off to 2010" (Nov 20, 2009).

Friday, December 25, 2009

Nordic Skiing at Pineland Farms, Maine

Nordic skiing is big in Maine and there are many locations to go for this outdoor sport.  One of the best found in Maine is located at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.  Click here to learn more about the Pineland Recreational area.  Click here to visit Pineland Farms webpage on Nordic Skiing.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Online Guide to Western Maine's Best Ski Mountains

The University of Southern Maine's Free Press has published an online guide to some ski areas in western Maine.  See "A Guide to Western Maine's Best Ski Mountains", Free Press, December 7, 2009.  Click here for a listing of alpine ski resorts in Maine.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snowmobile Maps of Maine for Garmin GPS

SledGPS.com offers snowmobile trail data overlaid on Google Maps. This is worth checking out if you snowmobile in Maine. See the link below:

http://www.sledgps.com/Snowmobile-Trails-Maine.html

Click here for more information on Maine maps.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Years Eve Package in Bangor, Maine

The Holiday Inn in Bangor, Maine is providing a New Years Eve Package for those wanting to stay overnight.  The stay includes a party with dinner buffet, open bar, dancing and more.  Reservations are required.  Learn more at the link below:

http://www.visitmaine.com/package/5171/spectacular_new_years_eve_package/

Maine Antique Digest

For those of you who are interested in shopping for antiques in Maine there is a source of info on antiques available for viewing or purchase.  It is called the Maine Antique Digest - an online resource with news, gallery advertisers and show and auction schedules.  The website follows:  http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/index.html.

Map of Maine Ski Areas

Are you looking for different locations of ski areas in Maine? The website http://www.skimaine.com/ has a map for determining where these ski resorts are. To view the map click on Ski Maine Map. Click here for more information about maps or skiing in Maine.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby (Jan 30-31, 2009 Maine)


The Long Lake Fishing Derby will take place in St. Agatha, Maine (it is way up there on the map).  It is sponsored by the town and the Black Bear Rod & Gun Club.  Read a recent online posting on this event entitled "Changes bolster Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby", Bangor Daily News, December 12, 2009.  Click here to learn more about ice fishing in Maine.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Blog about Maine People, Places and Culture

If you are interested about life in Maine a good source of info on the topic are blogs.  There are many blogs about Maine.  One of these blogs is provided by Virginia M. Wright, an accomplished writer who presents a collection of articles about Maine people, places and culture.  See her blog here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Maine Highlands

The region of Maine sometimes referred to as "The Maine Highlands" encompasses the northern central portion of Maine.  It includes the area around Bangor, Katahdin, Moosehead Lake, Sebasticook Valley, and Lincoln Lakes.  There is lots to do there at all times of the year.  In the winter many outdoor sports activities abound to include ice fishing, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowmobiling, and more.  There is a website that can provide lots of information on this region called The Maine Highlands.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Skiing in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine

Ski season in Maine is upon us and one of the super areas to go skiing in Maine is in the Rangeley Lakes Region.  There just happens to be a website loaded with information on skiing in this area.  See Alpine Skiing in Rangeley, Maine.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ice Fishing Is Around the Corner in Maine


Ice fishing is around the corner in Maine.  We just got to wait for the lakes and ponds to freeze.  Read a recent blog about a visit to Jacks Traps by a blogger from Central Maine.  See "A Part of Maine Ice-Fishing History", Random Digressions Blog, December 12, 2009.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Maine Chickadee Nest: A blog on Maine Life, Scenery, and Shopping

I recently came across a cute little blog with nice photos called the Maine Chickadee Nest.  The blog is by a college student who is studying in North Carolina but hopes to relocate to Maine.  Click here to view other blogs about Maine.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Norway Christmas in Maine - Maine Nordmenn Julefest

Christmas is celebrated around the world.  Many cultures and nationalities here in the United States look back to their homeland for their unique way of celebration.  An organization known as the Maine Nordmenn holds their annual Julefest in early December.  This year it was held in Topsham, Maine at the Sky-Hy Convention Center.  Read an online article about this event entitled "Maine Nordmenn Julefest", blog.norway.com, December 2, 2009.

The History of Maine Skiing - Presentations by The Ski Museum of Maine

The Ski Museum of Maine provides a presentation of the history of skiing in Maine.

"Scott Andrews, a writer and researcher with the Ski Museum, will survey the entire history of Maine skiing, from its beginnings with Swedish immigrants in Aroostook County in 1870 to the present day. Using dozens of historic photographs, Mr. Andrews will cover such varied subjects as the winter carnivals of the 1920s and 1930s, early rope tows in western Maine (including one in Bethel), and the growth of today's large-scale resorts. He will also recall a few skiing-related failures, such as the expensive saga of Evergreen Valley in Lovell/Stoneham. Key personalities in Mr. Andrews' talk will include Olympic athletes, plus other men and women who built skiing from a fringe sport for a hardy few into today's multi-million dollar industry . ."
Click here to view the schedule of presentations. Click here to learn more about skiing in Maine.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Facebook for Cundy's Harbor, Maine

Cundy's Harbor, Maine may be a small fishing village off the beaten path but they now have a Facebook account!  See Facebook for Cundy's Harbor.  It was recently established (November 2009) but I am sure it will grow.  Click here for more information about Cundy's Harbor, Maine.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Getting Ready for Christmas in a Tiny Island Community in Maine

Christmas in Maine on an island has its own unique character.  The activities (shopping, gift giving, cooking, searching for Christmas trees, etc.) are different as well as the memories.  Read an online column about Maine island Christmases in "Cranberry Report: Parallel Christmases", The Working Waterfront, December 13, 2009.

L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine: Selling a Way of Life

A recent posting at the Maine Outdoor Journal (mainetoday.com) provides us a glimpse of the business end of the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, Maine.  The article provides a glowing account of the well-known outdoors and sporting store that has stood in the center of Freeport for many, long years.  Read "A tip of the hat to Leon L. and the folks at Orvis", December 13, 2009.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Narraguagus Snowmobile Club, Cherryfield, Maine

The Narraguagus Snowmobile Club is located in Cherryfield, Maine.  Cherryfield is northeast of Acadia National Park and east of Bangor.  The club was organized in 1969 and has been in existance since then.  The club has been very active in the community and does a lot of work setting up and maintaining trails in their vicinity of Maine.  Click here for information about snowmobiling in Maine.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Plan Next Year's ATV Trip in Maine Now

There is a Maine resort that provides lodging, ATV trails, and other amenities to ATV riders.  The Forks Resort Center in Maine is located on Route 201 about a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Portland, Maine.  You can learn more about it by reading an online article "Maine Resort Provides Access to 1,300 Miles of Trails", ATV Source, December 11, 2009 or visiting the resort website at http://www.northernoutdoors.com/

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Maine 101: Everything You Wanted to Know about Maine (book)

If you are looking for a book about Maine then consider "Maine 101" by Nancy Griffin.  This is a fun book loaded with statistics and facts.  Read more in an online article about the book on The Working Waterfront.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Maine and Pottery Blog

From time to time I like to highlight other bloggers from Maine.  This is an attempt to share a little about Maine that is more than where the best spots are for finding lighthouses, hiking trails, or hotels along the coast.  Maine is made up of a diverse lot of people and we have our share of craftspersons and artists.  The link below will take you to one such person - a pottery artist living in Lubec, Maine.  She does some nice writing about life in Maine, the arts, and has wonderful pictures of art.  Visit the "Clay, Fiber, and Other Musings" blog, by Shanna Wheelock - The Easternmost Potter in the United States.  Click here for a listing of other blogs about Maine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Building Bike Trails in Maine


A recent online article is a question and answer session with an avid trail biker who spends a lot of his spare time planning, coordinating, and building bike trails in central Maine.  Brian Alexander is a member of the Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (see http://www.cemenemba.org/).  Read about this man who has advanced trail bike riding in the state of Maine in "Man with a bike, and a biking plan", Maine Outdoor Journal, December 6, 2009.  Click here to learn more about biking in Maine.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Small Ski Hills of Maine Offer Lots of Outdoor Winter Fun

Read an online article about skiing the smaller ski hills of Maine. These venues offer inexpensive family fun. See "Smaller hills can offer big, quirky fun", Maine Outdoor Journal, October 11, 2009. Click here for more information about skiing in Maine.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wood Island Lighthouse in Biddeford Pool, Maine Being Renovated

The Wood Island Lighthouse in Biddeford Pool, Maine is being renovated.  Read more in "Renovation of Historic Maine Lighthouse Continuing", WBZTV.com, December 1, 2009.  Read more about Maine lighthouses.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine is presenting a new exhibit called "Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories in Coastal Maine".  Read an article about this here by the Bangor Daily News (Nov 28, 2009).  Click here to learn more about museums in Maine.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Festival of Trees in Portland, Maine by Portland Symphony Orchestra

The Portland Symphony Orchestra will be starting a new holiday tradition called the "Festival of Trees".

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is delighted to announce a new Portland holiday tradition, the Festival of Trees. A display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will fill the lobby of Merrill Auditorium during this holiday season, December 7 through 21. The lobby of Merrill will be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland by local companies who have donated the trees and their creative talents to provide a captivating, festive atmosphere. Each tree will have its own unique style, all charming and inspirational.
Read the rest of the article here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

York, Maine Art Association to Hold Craft Show on Dec 11-12, 2009

The York Art Association will hod a holiday fine crafts show on December 11-12, 2009.  The show will take place at the York Art Association location on 394 York Street, York, Maine.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Maple Syrup Symposium in Maine Dec 3-4, 2009

A maple syrup symposium will be held in Skohegan, Maine on December 3-4, 2009. The event is sponsored by the International Maple Syrup Institute.  This is the sixth annual maple grading school held and is a two-day course.  Read more in "Maple syrup school gives Maine taste of respect", Portland Press Herald, December 1, 2009.  Read more about maple syrup in Maine.

Blog About Portland, Maine - "Orginal Portland"

Here is an interesting blog about Portland, Maine. It doesn't have much to do with tourism but if you are a Portlander (is there such a term?) it has items of interest commenting on doings and news of Portland, Maine.  See http://originalportland.blogspot.com/.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Portland Holiday Arts & Crafts Show II (December 12, 2009)

Portland, Maine will be the site of a Holiday Arts & Crafts Show by the United Maine Craftsmen. It will be held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the USM Sullivan Gym.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Portland, Maine Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show (Dec 5-6, 2009)

The 32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will take place December 5-6, 2009 in Portland, Maine. Admission is $2.00 and under 12 is free. Free gift-wrapping is available. The event is organized by the United Maine Craftsmen.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

History of Maine Skiing



The Ski Museum of Maine now offers a narrated digital slideshow about the history of Maine skiing. Called the "Fireside Chats" - the presentation looks at recreational skiing in Maine and goes back to 140 years ago at its start. Read more in "Fireside Chats - 140 years of Maine skiing", Maine Outdoor Journal - Ski Tracks, November 13, 2009.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Annual Down East Ski Sale

The 48th Annual Down East Ski Sale will be held today, Saturday - Nov 28th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Portland Expo Building on Park Avenue - next to Hadlock Field.

"This is the Down East Ski Club’s 48th annual ski sale. The event was one of the first of its kind in 1962. The idea was to give skiing families an opportunity to “swap out” equipment to help make skiing more affordable. For many, standing in line waiting for the sale to open to find the best deals has become a tradition, but with over over 10,000 pieces of ski equipment: boots, skis, bindings, helmets, clothing and poles, great deals can be found all day long. Most southern Maine ski enthusiasts wouldn’t overlook this event any more than they’d forget the turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving."
Read the rest of the article in "48th Annual Down East Ski Sale" by prmaine.com. Click here to learn more about skiing in Maine.

Friday, November 27, 2009

"Fireside Chat" about the History of Ski Craftsmanship in Maine in North Berwick

North Berwick, Maine will be the site of a "Fireside Chat" on the history of ski equipment manufacturing in Maine.  The presentation will be made by the Ski Museum of Maine and the North Berwick Historical Society on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm.  Read more in the online news article on this event by clicking here.  Click here to learn more about skiing in Maine.

Ghost Stories and Maine's Lighthouses


Lighthouses have always been the scene of eerie ghost stories. There are two lighthouses in Maine that are the location of tales of ghosts who roam the premises. They are Goat Island Light and Boon Island Light. Read a story about ghosts who inhabit lighthouses of Maine in "The ghost of Goat Island Light", Seacoastonline.com, October 29, 2009.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Belfest, Maine: A Maritime Culture along the Coast

The town of Belfast, Maine was the topic of a recent news article about travel and vacations. Read "Culture on the coast of Maine", Post-Bulletin.com, October 23, 2009. The article discusses Fort Knox in Prospect, the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, and many other attactions.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Maine Ski History at Bethel Historical Society


The Bethel Historical Society will open an exhibition celebrating the skiing heritage of the Bethel, Maine area. The display will include photos, old equipment, and more. The exhibit will be open through May 31, 2001. Read more in "Ski history on exhibit at BHS starting Nov. 21", The Bethel Citizen, November 15, 2009. Click here to learn more about skiing in Maine.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Turkeys for a Maine Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming soon! So where do all those turkeys come from? Many of the ones found on Maine dinner tables will come from "The Turkey Farm" in New Sharon, Maine. Read more in "Maine's Largest Turkey Farm Read for Thanksgiving", WABI TV, November 13, 2009. Don't want to cook your own turkey? Click here to learn about thanksgiving dinners in Maine.

Maine, Thanksgiving, and Cranberry Dressing


Maine grows lots of cranberries and many of them are an addition to the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Read a short online article on how many cranberries are produced in Maine each year.  See "Here comes your cranberry dressing!", WKYC.com.  The links below will provide more information to you about cranberries in Maine:
Cranberry Agriculture in Maine, The University of Maine.
Pictures of Cranberries.  The University of Maine.
"Cranberries continue return to Maine", Kennebec Journal, Nov 1, 09.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Traditions (and a little history)

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving took place in Maine? Or that turkey doesn't make you drowsy - other foods do! And that Thanksgiving wasn't really a national holiday until the civil war. Read about these facts and more in the article "It's time to talk turkey about Thanksgiving traditions", Journal Star, November 21, 2009.

Bow Hunting in Maine

A short article about the Maine Bowhunters Association and how they are helping to manage over-populated deer herds. See "When deer multiply, bowhunter subtracts", Maine Outdoor Journal, November 15, 2009.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eastport, Maine: An Artist Colony

Eastport, Maine has become an artist colony of sorts. While it is at the very end of a long drive along the coast it is a wonderful spot for artists of all types (and tourists as well). The town boast a number of art galleries and shops to visit. Read an online article on this topic in "Eastport artist establishes bronze foundry", Bangor Daily News, November 14, 2009.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Appalachian Mountain Club and Land Purchase

The Appalachian Mountain Club recently purchased 29,500 acres of forest land and donated it to the state of Maine. The purchase facilitates the creation of a 63-mile-long corridor of conservation land in Maine. Read more in an AMC news release.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Safe Thanksgiving Day

The state of Maine offers numerous Thanksgiving packages for those wanting their turkey day prepared by someone else. Here are some helpful safety hints for enjoying Thanksgiving. Learn how to travel safe, eat safe, and cook safe on Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

York Maine Business Directory

If you are visiting York, Maine and are in the mood for some shopping then consult the York, Maine Business Directory. It will list lodging, dining, recreation, and shops in York, York Beach, and York Harbor, Maine.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving - How a Woman from Maine Help Spread the Tradition

A New Englander was partially responsible for the spread of the Thanksgiving holiday in the mid-1800s. Read how Sarah Joseph Hale - remembering her fond memories of Thanksgiving in Maine - helped with the spread of celebrating Thanksgiving.

"The Thanksgiving menu was spread around the country in the 1850s partly by homesick New Englanders bringing their party with them wherever they moved and partly through the efforts of Sarah Joseph Hale, editor of the most influential publication in the country, Godey's Lady's Book. She started using her position to promote the idea of Thanksgiving in the 1840s, and by 1860, the custom had spread to nearly all the states. During the Civil War, she persuaded President Lincoln to declare a national Thanksgiving Day, and the date he chose for it is basically the one we use today.

Hale had fond memories of her family's bountiful Thanksgivings in Maine, and the holiday menu she publicized is still the norm in New England. One thing that may strike people from other parts of the country is the prominence of plain boiled vegetables: boiled turnips, boiled cabbage, boiled onions."
Read the rest of the article in "Thanksgiving, an American meal", The Los Angeles Times, November 18, 2009.

Click here to learn how to enjoy Thanksgiving in Maine.

Maine Hunting Jokes

At the link below are some humorous hunting and fishing jokes provided by the Maine Hunting Camps website. Enjoy!

http://maine-hunting-camp.com/huntfishjokes.html

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

News about Maine Ski Areas

A recent post by nj.com has described some of the new looks that Maine ski areas and resorts are providing us. Among the changes are news from Mt. Abram, Saddleback, Shawnee Peak, Sugarloaf, and other Maine ski areas. See "Here's what 's new this season at Maine ski areas".

Monday, November 16, 2009

Maine Brewers Fest Draws Beer Fans

Portland, Maine was the host of the recent Maine Brewers Festival a few days back in early November. The event was held in the Portland Expo and featured 17 different breweries and 60 different brews. Read more in "Maine Brewers Fest draws thirsty crowd", Morning Sentinel, November 8, 2009. Click here for a listing of Maine breweries and pubs.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Portland, Maine Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show (Nov 27-29, 2009)

The 35th Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show will take place November 27-29, 2009 in Portland, Maine. The location will be the Brewer Auditorium on State Street. Admission is $1.00. The event is sponsored by the United Maine Craftsmen. The show is especially suited for Christmas shoppers.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Turkey Day in Maine

The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine has a Thanksgiving package for those who want to enjoy a Maine Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Paddling in Maine in November on Damariscotta Lake

If you are looking for a spot to paddle your canoe or kayak one more time this year then consider Damariscotta Lake. A paddling enthusiast describes his recent voyage on this lake in an online article. See "November a fine time for a paddle", Maine Outdoor Journal, November 8, 2009.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

York, Maine and Thanksgiving

There are a number of restaurants in the York, Maine area that offer dinner on Thanksgiving. The Greater York Chamber of Commerce has listed them with their phone numbers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

When is the Best Time to Hunt Deer in Maine?

Many folks are wondering when is the best time to hunt deer in Maine? A registered Maine Guide who lives in Pownal, Maine has published an online article that explores the science and conjecture on the best time to hunt deer. Read his article in "Best time to go hunting? Deer know", Maine Outdoor Journal, November 8, 2009.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Land Acquisitions Preserves Maine Land as Wilderness

Two large parcels of Maine land have been acquired by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Nature Conservancy. Maine now has 16% of its land in preservation plots; much higher than the national average. Read more in "Land Acquisitions a Landmark Achievement", MPBN, November 9, 2009.

Augusta Arts & Crafts Show (Nov 14-15, 2009)

The 28th Annual Arts & Crafts Show is presented by the United Maine Craftsmen on November 14-15, 2009. It will be held at the Augusta Civic Center, in Augusta, Maine. For more info click on http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine

Yesterday my wife and I visited the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. It is every bit as nice as the photos and paintings that I have seen of it. We stayed overnight at the Anchorage Inn right on Long Sands Beach in York, Maine. The Inn was nice and even though it was mid-November it was still doing some good business. There are lots of lighthouses in Maine; however, Nubble Lighthouse is one of the more scenic ones.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hints for Cooking Turkeys for Thanksgiving

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has provided some helpful hints on handling Turkeys for Thanksgiving. The information provided includes suggestions on how to buy a turkey, whether to get one frozen or fresh, how to thaw the bird, how to stuff a turkey, cooking a turkey in a microwave oven, and serving the turkey. Read all about it in handling turkeys for Thanksgiving. If you decide you don't want to cook a Thanksgiving meal then consider a Thanksgiving getaway in Maine where the turkey is cooked for you!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Getting Lost in Maine Woods: Or How Not To

The Maine Outdoor Journal has posted an article entitled "Don't get lost in the first place" on the Internet. The post offers some sound advice on how not to get lost while hiking in the Maine woods. Learning how to use a map, compass, and GPS is a start. Putting fresh batteries in your GPS is a good second step. Planning your hiking route is also a good measure.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Some Fall Foliage in Maine Still Around

Maine still has some fall foliage to view. Most trees have turned to a rust brown and many trees are leaveless. Still beautiful to look at just the same. There was snow on the ground this morning - wonder if it will stick?

Thanksgiving in Ogunquit, Maine


Spend your Thanksgiving by the ocean in Ogunquit, Maine! The Cliff House Resort & Spa offers a 4-day Thanksgiving package with a full breakfast each morning. Learn more at The Cliff House. Click here for a listing of other inns and resorts offering Thanksgiving packages in Maine.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wild Rice Stuffing for Thanksgiving (Seasonal Vegan Recipe)

A Mainer has posted her wild rice stuffing recipe for vegans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Learn her secrets at her blog "Mitten Machen" - on the Maine Food & Lifestyle Blog.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bethel, Maine Thanksgiving Getaway

The Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine offers its "Thanksgiving Weekend at the Inn". Located in the mountains of western Maine this small town offers a traditional New England setting. There are many family attractions to explore in this area. Click here for a listing of other inns, hotels, and resorts offering Thanksgiving packages in Maine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Augusta, Maine Arts & Crafts Show

The 28th Augusta, Maine Arts and Craft Show will take place on November 14-15, 2009 at the Augusta Civic Center. Admission is $2.00. The event is sponsored by the United Maine Craftsmen.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hunters Breakfast - North Pownal General Store in Maine


The North Pownal General Store in Pownal, Maine offers a "hunters breakfast" on Saturdays during the fall hunting season. Come by for your early morning provisions for your day in the woods.
Click here for a map to the North Pownal General Store.

Bike Trails for the Family in Maine


Are you looking for some off-street bike trails to bring your family on in Maine? A outdoor writer has posted a blog post on just that. Learn about the Mountain Division Trail in Standish, the Greenbelt Trail in South Portland, and the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. See "Off-street trails keep family bike trips stress-free", MaineToday.com, November 1, 2009. Click here to learn more about biking in Maine.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Maine's Deer Hunting Season Starts

Maine's deer hunting season has started. The season started on Saturday and ends on November 28, 2009. The deer herd has been thinned the last two years because of heavy winter snow and low temperatures.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Maine Beer Company: New Brewery in Portland

The newest Maine brewery is called the Maine Beer Company. It is a very small micro brewery located in Portland, Maine. Their first ale offered was the Spring Peeper Ale. Their beer can be found in a number of taverns and groceries throughout Maine. Tours are by appointment. Read an online blog post about their beer. Click here to learn more about beer companies and breweries in Maine.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Portland, Maine Map: Places to Play

The City of Portland has a map of playgrounds, recreation areas, basketball courts, dog parks, beaches, swimming pools, and more. It is called the "Places to Play" map. It is available online as an Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file where you can view it of download it. The map is accessed at:

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/placestoplay.pdf

Click here to learn more about the City of Portland or maps available for Maine.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Maps of Maine Lighthouses


Are you looking for some info on Maine lighthouses? Perhaps an illustrated map of Maine lighthouses is what you need. These are available either folded or laminated (makes a great poster). Maine Lighthouses Illustrated Map & Guide

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How to Cook Maine Lobster

Are you interested in the different ways to cook Maine lobster? The Maine Lobster Council offers a number of recipes and helpful hints for how to cook a lobster.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Portland Fire Museum

The Portland, Maine Fire Museum is open the first Friday of every month from 6-8 pm. It is located at 157 Spring Street in Portland. Read a recent news article - "All fired up about museum's look at past", Portland Press Herald, October 11, 2009. Click here to learn more about museums in Maine.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Book Reader's Map and Guide to Maine

Are you interested in books that are about Maine, how stories that take place in Maine, or books that are authored by Maine writers? Then the blog post entitled "A Reader's Guide to Maine" (White Cedar Inn Blog, July 18, 2009) will provide you with a Google map depicting all these places. View the map by clicking here - "A Book Lover's Tour of Maine" by Google Maps. Click here for a listing of maps about Maine.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Maine Fiber Arts

The Maine Fiber Arts organization provides a print and online map depicting the locations of many artists who work with basketry, beadwork, clothing, crochet, embroidery, knitting, needlework, quilting, sewing, spinning and weaving. Click here to learn more about the Maine Fiber Arts Tour Map.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hiking Evans Notch in Maine

A recent online posting talks about hiking Evans Notch in Western Maine. Evans Notch is located north of Fryeburg, Maine. The author describes her favorite hiking trails for her family (with kids). See "Variety of terrain makes Evans Notch tops with family", Maine Outdoor Journal, September 27, 2009. Click here for more info on hiking in Maine.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Weekend in Portland, Maine

The Old Port section of Portland, Maine has become a destination for those looking for an interesting weekend in the city. Not that Portland is that big of a city. But it offers boutique shopping, a waterfront experience, restaurants, and drinking establishments. Read an online post about Portland's places to see, eat, and drink in "Portland is a destination for walkers, eaters, and sailors", Argus.com, August 2, 2009.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween with Motor Booty Affair in Eliot, Maine

The Motor Booty Affair will be playing in Eliot, Maine on October 31st, 2009 for Halloween. Click here to learn more about the event.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beaver Park, Lisbon, Maine

Beaver Park is a little-known 337-acre preserve located in Lisbon, Maine. It has forest, fields, and ponds. The park is owned by the town of Lisbon and is managed by the Lisbon Parks Department. There are 10 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, baseball fields, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Read a recent news article on the park, visit http://www.lisbonme.org/ for a down-loadable map, or click here for more information about hiking in Maine.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kittery, Maine Tourist Welcome Center

Read an article about the employees at the Kittery, Maine Welcome Center. Find out some interesting facts about their job in "To work at welcome center, you just need all the answers", MaineBusiness.com, October 19, 2009.

Portland, Maine One of Ten Healthiest Places to Live for Women

The website MSN Health & Fitness has designated Portland, Maine one of the ten healthiest cities for women to live in. In fact, it placed number three on the list. See "The 10 Healthiest Cities for Women".

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hudson Museum at University of Maine in Orono

The Hudson Museum at the University of Maine at Orono has gone through a transformation. Many "Maine" items are now on display. Read more in "Talk about transformational", Bangor Daily News, October 3, 2009. Click here to learn more about museums in Maine.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Late Season Biking in Maine


There is still some pedaling time left in Maine this year. A columnist for Maine Outdoor Journal (Melissa Kim) has wrote an article about biking in Maine during the late fall season. She describes a trip to take in York County. See "A York County ride offers Maine's late-season charm" (October 18, 2009).

Maine Lobster Boat Tours

For a listing of boats in Maine that offer lobster boat tours visit the web page of the Maine Lobster Council. They list a number of boats that will take people out to experience the lobster life for a few hours.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Foliage Tips by Yankee Magazine

Read an online article by USA Today (9/9/2009) about how the Yankee Magazine website has posted tips for fall foliage. The Yankee fall foliage web site is listed below.

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/

An additional resource is:

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Friday, October 16, 2009

3rd Annual Yarmouth, Maine Pumpkin Run

The 3rd Annual Yarmouth Pumpkin Run will take place in Yarmouth, Maine on Saturday, October 31, 2009. The starting place is the Yarmouth High School. Read more in "Get Your Costumes Ready for the 3rd Annual Yarmouth Pumpkin Run!", Maine Business.com, October 2, 2009. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Get-Away Package in Maine


Thanksgiving is fast approaching and now is the time to make plans for your holiday. Why not spend it here in Maine where you can enjoy time away from home, have a nice country atmosphere, enjoy the remnants of the fall foliage, visit some quaint fishing villages, enjoy our Thanksgiving meal and not do the dishes? The many B&Bs, inns, and hotels in Maine are prepared to cater to your every need. Click here to learn more about Thanksgiving Vacation Packages in Maine.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Maine Fall Foliage Reports via Email

Sign up to receive weekly fall foliage reports by email from the Maine Dept of Conservation:

"Maine's Department of Conservation provides weekly foliage reports during foliage season (mid-September to mid-October). Forest Rangers assess the amount of color change and leaf drop when they are on assignment in the field. These reports represent the official word on foliage conditions in the state of Maine and are provided to the public and media."
http://www.maine.gov/doc/foliage/report/email.html?subject=subscribe

Click here to learn more about Maine fall foliage and leaf peeping.

Photographs of Maine Fall Foliage

Can't make it to Maine to enjoy the fall foliage season? Don't despair. A local Maine TV station has uploaded almost 100 photos showing fantastic scenery for you. Click here to view the photos.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How Maine's Forest Rangers use High-Tech to Track Maine's Fall Foliage


Maine forest rangers are using personal data assistants (PDAs) to help track data that is inputted into the Maine fall foliage reports issued on a weekly basis. Read more in "Foliage reports go high-tech in Maine", Boston.com, October 12, 2009.

Fall Foliage in Acadia National Park (Maine)

Do you want to know more about Acadia National Park in Maine? This online article will provide some info on this favorite vacation spot. Read "Discover Acadia National Park in the Fall".

Monday, October 12, 2009

Maine's Fall Colors

A recent online article in The Christian Science Monitor discusses the fall colors to be found in Maine. Read "Fall foliage - Maine's fall colors look spectacular" (September 25, 2009).

About Maine Lobster

Do you want to know some information about Maine lobster? The Maine Lobster Council offers an online information page on lobster. It discusses the economic impact to the state of Maine, who the lobstermen are, the types of lobster, and when lobster season typically lasts. Read more in "About Maine Lobster".

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Traveler's Checklist for Acadia National Park

If you plan on visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park then a traveler's checklist might be helpful. Fortunately one has already been developed and is available free online at the National Parks Traveler website. See their Acadia Traveler's Checklist for advice on what to see, maps for hiking trails, info on the ranger-led programs, and about the many different sights and activities available.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pumpkin Hayrides at Wolfes Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine on Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wolfes Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine will offer pumpkin hay rides on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm. Visit their website for more info.

Fall Foliage Hike on Bradbury Mountain State Park - Pownal, Maine (Oct 11, 2009)

There will be a "Fall Foliage Hike" on Bradbury Mountain, in Pownal, Maine on Sunday, October 11, 2009 between 2 pm and 2:30 pm.

Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine (October 22-24, 2009)

Harvest on the Harbor will take place in Portland, Maine on October 22-24, 2009. See a description below:


"Harvest on the Harbor promotes Maine as a culinary destination by celebrating great local chefs and wines from Maine and around the world. Last fall, Harvest on the Harbor was named one of the “Top Ten Seafood and Wine Festivals” by Coastal Living magazine, and it was attended by more than 3,000 foodies from Maine and around the country.

Governor John E. Baldacci recently proclaimed October 22-24 as “Harvest on the Harbor Days”. Sponsors of the event include Down East magazine, Hannaford Supermarkets and WHOM 94.9FM."
For more informaiton visit http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fort Preble, South Portland, Maine - Saving the Fort

The Fort Preble Preservation Committee is working to give Fort Preble a face lift. Located in South Portland, Maine this fort was built in 1808. At the time it was the largest federal fort in Maine and it is loaded with history. Read an online news article about how the committee is working to preserve the fort in "New group takes aim to save Fort Preble", keepMEcurrent.com, September 29, 2009. Click here to learn more about forts in Maine.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Leaf Peeping & Bird Watching in New England

Read an online post entitled "6 Best Leaf Peeping & Bird-Watching Destinations in New England", by Cliff Calderwood (posted on New England Birdhouse). One of his six destinations is Acadia National Park.

Maine Lobster Harbor Days

Maine Lobster Harbor Days will be held throughout October and November in 2009. The events are being organized by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council to help support the Maine lobster industry. Most Maine lobster is harvested during the fall so the holding of the event in the fall makes sense to lobstermen. The dates of these events are listed below:

October 11, 2009. Bath, Chebeaugue Island, Port Clyde, Scarborough and Stonington
October 17, 2009. Georgetown
November 15, 2009. Boothbay Harbor

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Maine Fall Foliage Report - Far North of Maine has Reached Its Peak

As of September 30th, 2009 the foliage color has reached its peak in the far north of Maine. It is slowly spreading south. Read a detailed fall foliage report issued by the state Department of Conservation. Click here for more information on where to view Maine fall foliage.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kittery, Maine: Night Terrors Haunted Walk - a Super Halloween Event

Kittery, Maine will host the Night Terrors Haunted Walk during three nights spanning October 29-31, 2009. This is an annual event and admission is free. Many artists from the surrounding area participate. Read more about this Halloween event in "Works of art sought for Night Terrors haunted walk", Foster's Daily Democrat, October 1, 2009. Read more about Halloween events in Maine.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thanksgiving in Maine


Are you planning on coming to Maine for a thanksgiving getaway? There are lots of places to stay and get a good turkey dinner. Many of our inns, B&Bs, and hotels cater to folks from away on Thanksgiving Day. Check out some of the Thanksgiving Vacation Packages that are available. Here in Maine we have a slower atmosphere, fall foliage, quaint fishing villages, lovely country settings, bed and breakfast inns, and more. The information below will help you pick a lovely Thanksgiving vacation for you. And the good news is - no cooking or cleanup!!!!

Bangor, Maine Arts & Crafts Show

The 21st Bangor Arts & Crafts Show will take place on November 7-8, 2009 at the Bangor Civic Center. Admission is $1.50. Click here for more info. This event is organized by the United Maine Craftsmen.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Portland Ballet and Halloween Spooktacular (Oct 31, 2009)

The Portland Ballet will present a Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday the 31st. The show will have a halloween theme. The show will be located at the Portland High School John Ford Theater. Click here for information about Portland or halloween events in Maine.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Biking on Acadia's Carriage Roads (Maine)

If you are a biker (bicycles) who enjoys the outdoors then a perfect spot to bike is on the carriage roads of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. There are forty-five miles of roads in the park. The roads were designed for horse-drawn carriages so they are easily navigable by bikes. The roads are laid out to take advantage of the vistas that Mount Desert Island has to offer. Click here for more information about the carriage roads of Acadia.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair, Sunday River, Maine

The 26th Annual Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair will take place at Sunday River, Maine. There will be artists and artisans displaying their wares. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, and more will be on display.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

North American Wife Carrying Championship (Sunday River, Maine)

The North American Wife Carrying Championship will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Sunday River, Maine. Teams are comprised of one male and one female. The winner wins the wife's wieght in Bud Light Beer plus cash. Learn more about the Wife Carrying Championship.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Eliot Fall Foliage Arts & Crafts Show (Oct 3-4, 2009)

The Eliot, Maine Fall Foliage Arts & Crafts Show will take place on October 3-4, 2009 at the Regatta Banquet & Conference Center. It will be presented by the United Maine Craftsmen. There will be over 60 Maine artisans displaying their goods to include pottery, quilts, needlework, jewelry, wood products, fine art, birdhouses, stained glass, pressed flower art, and more. Admission is $2.00 with children free. Click here for more information on the crafts show.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Guide to Acadia National Park

There are lots of guide books published for Acadia National Park, but one of the best is available free online from the National Park Service. The online document has the guidebook divided into segments (sections and chapters) that are available in Acrobat Reader (PDF) file format. Most files are under a megabyte so they are easily downloadable. There are chapters on park information, different sections of the park to visit such as Jordan Pond, Sieur de Monts, Isleford Historical Museum, and Acadia's west side. There are several appendices on wildlife, plants, land, history, and trail guides. Click here to access the Guide's Guide to Acadia National Park.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Great Fall Foliage Season in Maine This Year

Indications are that Maine will have a wonderful fall foliage season this year. Click here to learn more about leaf peeping in Maine.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cumberland Fair in Maine Starts Today (Sep 27th)

The Cumberland Fair (Maine) will take place starting September 27th (today) and run through October 3rd. The fair has midway rides, food, music, livestock, craft shows, animals, pumpkin contests, and more. Visit http://www.cumberlandfair.com/.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Patrick Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston, Maine (Oct 4, 2009)

The Patrick Dempsey Challenge bike race (or walking or running) will take place in Lewiston, Maine on Sunday, October 4, 2009. The event will benefit The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Find out more info at http://www.dempseychallenge.org/.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Map of the Maine Wine Trail

If you are interested in Maine wineries then you would like a map of the Maine Wine Trail. It is an Acrobat Reader pdf file accessible on the website of the Maine Wine Trail. Click here for a listing of other maps available for the state of Maine.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club (Brunswick, Maine)

I try to keep tabs on the different bicycle and biking clubs here in the state of Maine and include them on my "Biking in Maine" web page. But every once in a while I run across a new club (new to me; not that it is a new club) and I add it to my web page. The latest addition is the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club located in Brunswick, Maine.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eliot Festival Days (Maine) Sep 26-27, 2009

The town of Eliot, Maine will have its weekend festival September 26-27, 2009. There is lots of food, entertainment, road race, antique car and motorcycle show, hot air baloon rides, chili festival, music, the annual parade and more. For more info click on http://www.eliotfestivaldays.org/. Read a news article about the festival.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Maine Marathon (October 4, 2009)

The Maine Marathon will be held on October 4, 2009. Click on http://www.mainemarathon.org/ for more information. Also read "Entries running at record pace for Maine Marathon", Portland Press Herald, September 6, 2009.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wiscasset, Maine Antique Shops

If you are traveling along the coast of Maine (heading east) then you will eventually come to the lovely seaside town of Wiscasset. Wiscasset is one hour north (or east) from Portland and is a charming village. There are lots of antique shops to explore - over 22 by last count! To find out more about antique shops in Wiscasset, Maine click on http://www.shopwiscassetantiques.com/.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

The Farnsworth Art Museum located in Rockland, Maine is showing the "Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope" exhibit through October 25, 2009. The museum is located on 16 Museum Street in Rockland, Maine. You can call for more information at (207) 596-6457 or visit their website at http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/. Click here to learn more about museums in Maine.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Acadia National Park Visits Up Significantly (Maine)

The number of visitors going to Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine have increased by 3% over last year. The good weather in August made up for a rainy June and July. Read the news article entitled "Acadia Visits Up Over Last Year", Maine Public Broadcasting Network, September 15, 2009. Click here for more information on Acadia National Park.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bath, Maine Autumn Festival (Oct 10, 2009)

Downtown Bath will be host to the October 2009 AutumnFest to be held on Saturday, the 10th. There will be activities for the entire family. Activities include scarecrow making, craft show, yarn shop open house, farmer's market, BBQ, music, food and more. Click here to learn more about the city of Bath, Maine.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ghostport - Bucksport, Maine (Oct 2009)

Planners in Bucksport, Maine have coordinated an event called Ghostport that will take place during the Halloween season this year. A full range of Halloween activities will take place during October 23 and 24, 2009. The Ghostport event will be linked with the Fright at the Fort event held nearby at Fort Knox. To learn more about these two Halloween events see "Something wicked for October", Village Soup, September 14, 2009.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"The Maine Dog" - Maine Specialty Shop

"The Maine Dog" is a specialty shop selling T-shirts, sweatshirts, dog toys, books, and much more. Most products have a Maine theme. There are two stores - one in Camden and the other in Freeport. Plus you can buy stuff online at http://www.themainedog.com/. If you are looking for gifts with a Maine theme then try "The Maine Dog".

Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club (KVBC) Blog (Maine Bikers)

The Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club (KVBC) has a weblog called "Posted Roads". They, judging by their blog, appear to be a very active bicycle club. Click here to visit the "Posted Roads" blog. Click here to learn more about bicycling in Maine.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Acadia Night Sky Festival (Sep 17-21, 2009)

The Acadia Night Sky Festival will take place this coming weekend on Mount Desert Island. Read more on this event in "Acadia Night Sky Festival", Bangor Daily News, September 12, 2009.
To draw attention to and to celebrate the visibility of stars in eastern and northern Maine, officials with the park and on MDI have organized the Acadia Night Sky Festival, which is set to get under way in the park and in Bar Harbor next week. The festival begins Thursday, Sept. 17, and runs through Monday, Sept. 21.

Peter Lord, director of the Island Astronomy Institute on MDI, said Friday that festival organizers expect to be busy during the event, which they plan to do annually. Individual festival programs, some of which cost money and require advance registration, include telescope-aided stargazing events in the park, art shows, panel discussions, planetarium presentations, and owl-related exhibits, to name a few.

Maine Oyster Guide by DownEast Magazine

Ever wonder how many different types of oysters can be found along Maine's coast? Here is the answer. DownEast.com has published an online guide to Maine oysters. If you are interested in Maine seafood then this is a good read.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Foliage in Maine


The fall foliage is not here yet; but it is coming. Now is the time to make some hotel reservations, plan your routes, and schedule a trip on the calendar for a visit to Maine to view the upcoming fall foliage. The link below will bring you to a web page with lots of useful resources for planning your upcoming fall foliage trip to Maine. It provides info on how to get maps, fall foliage reports, driving tours and routes, bike trips, hiking trips, blogs and forums on leaf peeping, and more.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Maine Illustrated (Trivia Map of Maine)

There are lots of maps about maine. Hiking, camping, ATV trails, cross-country trails, road and highway, and more. A new map to hit the stores is the "Maine Illustrated" map by Beth Lambert of Mariaville, Maine. This map is " . . . filled with hundreds of cartoons about Maine oddities, factoids, and trivia". Read about the map in "Maine Illustrated (and now revisited)", Bangor Daily News, September 5, 2009. You can view the map online or purchase it by visiting the website located at http://www.mymainemap.com/. Click here to learn more about maps on Maine.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Today is Maine Lighthouse Day (September 12, 2009)


Today, September 12, 2009, is "Maine Lighthouse Day". For more information about lighthouses in Maine. Read all about "Open Lighthouse Day" by the Maine Office of Tourism.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Portland, Maine: Cruise Ship Destination

A recent blog with the title "I Love Portland Maine.com" has posted a blurb about cruise ships visiting Portland, Maine on September 6, 2009. Read "Cruise Ship Destination - Portland, Maine". Click here for more information about Portland, Maine.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Colby College Museum of Art

The Colby College Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Attendance has grown in the past two years despite the economic downturn. Perhaps the bad economy is an impetus to the growth of attendance as admission to the museum is free. Read more about this museum in "In hard times, museum gets creative", Morning Sentinel, September 7, 2009. For a list of museums in Maine click here.

Colby College Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901
Phone: (207) 859-5600

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum in Brunswick, Maine


Bowdoin College is host of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum in Brunswick, Maine. Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan were graduates of Bowdoin College and they made the trip to the North Pole about 100 years ago. The museum is located in Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College.

www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum

Click here for a listing of museums found in Maine.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pequawket Trail in Maine: A Scenic Drive

The Pequawket Trail is a section of a Maine highway from Stanish to Fryeburg. There is much to see in this country drive. An online posting by the Maine Outdoor Journal of MaineToday.com provides information on the sights and the routes. See "Hikes, waterways, attactions along Pequawket Trail byway" by Carey Kish. Click here for more information about hiking in Maine.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Open Lighthouse Day in Maine (Sat, Sep 12th, 2009)


September 12, 2009 (Saturday) is "Open Lighthouse Day" in Maine. The event is designed to provide access to the public to all participating lighthouses on this one day. The intent is to increase awareness of Maine's maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers. For information on water tours and which lighthouses will be open visit "Open Lighthouse Day". Click here for information about lighthouses in Maine.

List of Autumn Hiking Trails in Maine

If you are looking for a list of hiking trails in Maine (along with some descriptions) then consider clicking on the following link. DownEast.com has published an online posting of some great autumn hiking trails in Maine. See "Take a Hike!" Click here for more info on hiking trails in Maine.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sebago to Sea Trail (Maine Hiking Trail)

Efforts are underway to establish a walking and hiking trail from Sebago Lake to the coast of Maine. The group heading the effort is called the Sebago to the Sea Coalition. Some of the trail is already established - such as the 6-mile long Mountain Division Trail from Standish to Windham. The total trail will be 28.5 miles long when completed; 10 miles remain to be identified. The trail will be a connection between two of Maine's' biggest bodies of water - Sebago Lake and Casco Bay. The trail would start at Sebago Lake and end in Falmouth. Read an online news report on this trail in "Group trying to complete trail from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay", Keepmecurrent.com, September 3, 2009.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Camden International Film Fest (Oct 1-4, 2009) to be Held in Camden, Maine

The Camden International Film Festival will be held on October 1-4, 2009 in Camden, Maine. Read a news article on this event in "Camden International Film Fest Lineup", The Village Soup, September 4, 2009.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Camden, Maine Windjammer Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

The Camden, Maine Windjammer Festival starts today (Friday, September 3, 2009). It will be held throughout Labor Day Weekend. Read more about it in "Camden Windjammer Festival Starts Friday", WABI TV 5, September 3, 2009. To learn more about the festival and Camden, Maine click on http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com/ and Camden, Maine.

Paul Bunyan Bluegrass Festival - Maine - Sep 11, 2009

The Fifth Annual Paul Bunyan Bluegrass Music Festival will take place at the Paul Bunyan Campground next Friday, September 11, 2009. The location is on Route 222. Learn more at http://www.paulbunyanbluegrass.com/.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Woman's Outdoor Workshop in Caribou, Maine Sep 18-20, 2009

"Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" (BOW) is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. The program is aimed primarily at women 18 years and older who are interested in learning or improving their skills in hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment. Some of the topics covered in the camp include ATVs, forest ecology, firearms and range safety, archery, canoeing, self-defense, talking turkey, outdoor skills, survival, GPS, geocaching, campfire cuisine, kayaking, fly casting, map & compass, skeet shooting, first aid, bow hunting and bird watching. Click on http://www.mainebow.com/ for more information.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lobsterman Triathlon - Freeport, Maine Sep 19

The Lobsterman Triathlon will be held at Winslow Park & Campground in Freeport, Maine on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

Click here for more information about Winslow Park & Campground in Freeport, Maine.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bangor Labor Day 5-Miler Race

The Bangor, Maine Labor Day 5-Miler Race will take place at 9:00 am on September 7, 2009. Contact the Bangor Parks and Recreation at (207) 992-4490.

Monday, August 31, 2009

No Umbrella - Maine's Offbeat Outdoor Paper

Although this offbeat online outdoor paper seems defunct - the past issues are interesting reading. Visit "No Umbrella" for some nice articles about Maine and the outdoors.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Swan Island, Maine

Swan Island, also known as the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area, is located in the middle of a river in Maine. The island is accessible by ferry and there is a nominal admission fee. There is wildlife, hiking, camping, scenery, and history to be had with a visit to the island.

"The island management area, about 1,755 acres in size, is located in the Kennebec River between the towns of Richmond and Dresden. It includes Swan Island, Little Swan Island, and several hundred acres of tidal flats.

Swan Island, known for its abundant and often quite visible wildlife (especially nesting bald eagles, white-tailed deer and wild turkey), is actually an abandoned 18th and 19th century town called Perkins Township, and has long been recognized for its varied and interesting history. It was used by Native American tribes, early explorers, and settlers, and was reportedly visited by American historical figures such as Aaron Burr and Benedict Arnold."

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Maine Fall Foliage Guide - Color Key

With the end of August New Englanders look to the fall for many things. The return of kids to school or college, cooler weather, hunting season, and - of course - the start of the foliage season. The state of Maine has an online guide for fall foliage that will tell you which regions are experiencing the best foliage. Visit http://www.mainefoliage.com/. Click here for more information of fall foliage in Maine.

Friday, August 28, 2009

ATV Maine - Alliance of Trail Vehicles of Maine

The Alliance of Trail Vehicles of Maine is located in South Portland, Maine. The organizations website lists ATV Clubs and events. In addition the website provides information on ATV trails, land owner relations, has a newsletter, and has an ATV safety page.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pine Tree State Rifle & Pistol Association (Maine)

The Pine Tree State Rifle and Pistol Association organizes rifle and pistol shooting events, promotes gun safety and marksmanship training in the state of Maine. The associations' website offers information on membership, a photo archive, contact info, mailing list, and more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine

The Maine Wildlife Park is located on Route 26 in Gray, Maine. The park is open from mid-April through Veteran's day. The gates open daily at 9:30 am and close at 4:30 pm. There are fun activities for the kids, animals, and events that are scheduled throughout the season. Read more at Maine Wildlife Park.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

North Maine Woods, Inc.

Are you interesting in visiting the Northern areas of Maine? If so, a visit to the website of North Maine Woods, Inc. is worth your time. The organization has a diverse membership consisting of landowners (big and small), corporations, individuals, and other organizations that is joined in a partnership to solve today's problems and plan for the future. The website provides information on camping, business links, maps, and other information about the North Woods.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

Here is some information on the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine:
"The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM) is Maine's largest sportsmen's organization with a full-time headquarters and staff in Augusta. SAM's staff works at the Legislature, state agencies and other forums on critical issues. SAM was organized in 1975 as a non-profit membership organization to promote conservation of Maine's wildlife resources and to be an advocate for hunters, anglers, trappers and gun owners throughout the state."
Learn more at the website of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tips for Climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine

The highest mountain in Maine is Mount Katahdin located in the Millinocket, Maine area. If you are contemplating climbing this mountain then read the article "How To Climb Mount Katahdin", DownEast.com, September 2008. Click here for more information about hiking in Maine.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Western Maine ATV Club

If you are looking for a source of information about ATVs and western Maine then a good place to start would be the online website of the Western Maine ATV Club. The club provides pictures, a listing of other ATV clubs, newsletter, club ride schedule, riding areas, and upcoming events.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Online Store

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has an online store where you can buy clothing, conservation prints, Maine Wildlife Passes, mugs, posters, signs, stickers, and publications. Check it out at the IF&W Online Store.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Outdoors Woman in Maine (Camp Caribou)

The 2009 Introductory Skills Weekend for Women in Maine will be held at Camp Caribou in Winslow, Maine on September 18, 19, and 20, 2009. Click here for the Introductory Skills Registration Packet and Scholarship Application.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Camden, Maine Windjammer Festival

Camden, Maine will host its Windjammer Festival on Labor Day Weekend (September 4-6, 2009). There will be a celebration of Camden's maritime heritage and living traditions. Tall ships will be sailing, entertainment will be present, and fun will be had by all. Learn more at the link below:

www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com

Click here to learn more about dining and lodging in Camden, Maine.

Recipes from a Maine Windjammer



"At Home, At Sea: Recipes from the Maine Windjammer".

"A simple time. A simpler life. And simply wonderful food. The recipes and stories in At Home, At Sea recreate life on a Maine Windjammer: a week in a different world, a different century, with homemade, old-world food cooked with fire and passion. In these pages you’ll find memories of the Age of Sail -- the gleam of brass, the sound of the wind in the rigging, and the delicious smells of Maine cooking -- baked breads from the woodstove, steamed lobster, hearty stews, and mouthwatering desserts -- all from the galley of the Schooner J&E Riggin. Chef Anne Mahle started as a mess cook on one of the windjammers and quickly developed a passion for cooking. She has spend the last 15 years working and learning, graduating from mess cook to head cook on the windjammers to private chef on a Caribbean yacht. She further developed her skills as sous chef to classically trained Swiss chef Hans Bucher and at The Culinary Institute of America. She currently owns and operates the J&E Riggin with her husband, Captain Jon Finger."

To learn more about this book click the link below"

At Home, at Sea: Recipes from the Maine Windjammer