Sunday, May 31, 2009

Shopping in Portland, Maine

Looking to visit Portland, Maine and do a little shopping? See the possiblities by clicking on the link below:

Birding in Maine

Are you looking for info about birding in Maine? Visit the Travel-Maine.Info webpage on birdwatching in Maine. Click on the link below:

Katahdin Area ATV Trails

A new ATV trail is to be built in the Mount Katahdin, Maine area. Read more in "Katahdin area ATV trails could bring millions", Bangor Daily News, May 28, 2009.

Kennebec Estuary Land Preserved

150 acres have been added to other lands that form the Kennebec Estuary along the coast of Maine just north of Brunswick. The Nature Conservancy will be owning and managing the land as a preserve. It is a habitat for bald eagles and ospreys. Read more about the Kennebec Estuary.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Camden, Maine Farmers' Market

The Camden, Maine Farmers' Market takes place from 9:00 to noon every Saturday and on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Click on the link below for more information:

History Camp in Maine

An organization called the Maine Humanities Council is offering "History Camp" this summer. There will be two camps; one about Arctic exploration and the other about the history of immigration in Maine. Read an online article on these two camps published by of on May 27, 2009. Click here to learn more about other summer camps in Maine.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Baxter State Park in Maine

Baxter State Park in Maine is now partially open for hikers and campers. There is still some snow on some of the trails (as of May 26th) but they will soon open as well. The state park officials anticipate another good season with plenty of hikers and campers. A recent news article explains how the park is self-funding so the state of the economy is of concern to park officials. Read more on this topic in "Baxter State Park weathers tough economy", Bangor Daily News, May 26, 2009.

It is important to make reservations for the campgrounds as they fill up quickly. Reservations can be made at the link below:

Winslow Park in Freeport, Maine

The Freeport, Maine area offers a lot for the visitor and vacationer. One of the nice places to visit along the seashore is the Winslow Memorial Park and Campground located in South Freeport. The park is on the ocean, provides 100 campsites, a playground, walking trails, and a beach In addition there is a boat launch for boats and kayaks. You can reserve a group shelter with picnic tables a family outing, company picnic or organization get-together. 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.

Maine Lighthouse Museum May Close Doors

Maine's Lighthouse Museum in Rockland may be closing its doors. It has run into some financial difficulties. A local publisher is helping out with some of the expenses - read more in "Lighthouse Magazine Helps Out Lighthouse Museum", WABI TV 5, May 27, 2009. Click here to learn more about Maine lighthouses.

Lobster College in Maine - Sep 09

Have you ever desired to increase your appreciation and knowledge of lobster? Well now you can by attending "Lobster College" in Maine. Read more in the news posting entitled "Time to apply for Lobster College",, May 27, 2009.

Willow Brook Museum, Newfield, Maine

The Willow Brook Museum and 19th Century Village located in Newfield, Maine is open during the summer season from May 23rd to into the fall. This is a 19th century village in Maine that depicts the way life used to be. There is a carriage house, blacksmith shop, portable steam driven carousel, old fashioned horse-drawn coach, federal style farmhouse, buildings with old farm equipment, gift shop, country store, working water pump, bandstand, an old manufacturing company that produced pumps, a grain thresher, canoe shop, old gasoline engines for farms, old forestry saws, horse-drawn equipment, haying shed with haying equipment, cooperage and cider mill, fire house, carpentry shop, print shop, school house, and a sandwich shop.

Click here for a listing of museums in Maine.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Maine Crafts

The Etsy Maine Team offers Maine Crafts online. Very interesting stuff!

Camping in Maine?

Are you interested in camping in Maine? There are lots of places to do that. To explore the opportunities to camp in Maine read the following article posted in the Maine Outdoor Journal of on May 26, 2009: "Getting close to nature in a tent".

Click here for a listing of camp areas in Maine.

Beer and Birding in Maine

A recent online column discusses the opportunities for birdwatching and beer drinking in Maine! Read "Two new reasons to trek through Maine", Kennebec Journal, May 27, 2009. The article highlights efforts to improve an appreciation for birding in Maine and make known some of Maine's micro-breweries. See and Click here for more information on birding and a list of beer breweries and pubs in Maine.

Pittsfield, Maine Farmers' Market

The Pittsfield, Maine Farmers' Market is open every Monday and Thursday afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm. The market is located just one mile off I-95 at exit 150.

Fort Allen of Portland, Maine

The remnants of Fort Allen can be found along the Eastern Promenade of Portland, Maine. The fort was built in the very early 1800s. Some of the earthworks are still visible. Click here to learn more about historic forts in Maine or the city of Portland.

Favorite Canoe and Kayak Spots in Maine

The Kennebec Journal has published a short article listing great places to canoe and kayak in Maine. See "Local paddling experts share their favorite canoe and kayak spots", May 23, 2009. Click here for more info on paddling in Maine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bar Harbor, Maine Tourism Report

Things look good for tourism in Bar Harbor, Maine this coming summer tourist season. Memorial Day weekend was busy for Bar Harbor and the businesses were feeling good about that. With some decent weather and low gas prices it should be a profitable season for the stored, hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Read more in "Bar Harbor tourism outlook rosy", Bangor Daily News, May 25, 2009.

Maine State Park Vehicle Pass

For just $60 you can purchase a Maine State Park Vehicle Pass. This pass will be good year round and cover the cost of everyone in your vehicle. Maine has loads of public beaches and state parks that the pass is good for. You can purchase a Maine State Park pass online at

Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory in Maine

The seasonal opening of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory took place on May 1, 2009. This observation perch is located 420 feet high in one of the towers of the Penobscot Narrows bridge. The observatory is located very close to Fort Knox - a historic coastal fort also worth visiting. Click here to read more about the Penobscot Narrows Bridge area.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Maine Canoe Symposium June 5-7, 2009

Read about the Maine Canoe Symposium to be held on June 5-7, 2009. It is an annual event held at Winona Camps on Moose Pond, Bridgton, Maine.

"The Symposium allows participants of all ages to develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of North American canoeing heritage and to develop canoeing and related skills through educational workshops, presentations, and hands-on instruction." See for more details.

Stonington, Maine - Review by New York Post

The New York Post has published an online travel description of the quaint fishing village of Stonington, Maine. Read about things to do, places to visit, where to stay overnight and where to eat. Click here to find out more about Stonington, Maine.

Maine Paddlers Film Fest 6/4/09

The Maine Paddlers Film Fest will take place on June 4, 2009, Thursday at the Southern Maine Community College in Portland, Maine. This is the second annual Maine Paddlers Film Fest. There will be a series of films about canoeing and kayaking. Call (207) 761-8225 X107 or click here for more details. Click here for more info on canoeing or kayaking in Maine.

Maine Antique toy & Art Museum

The Maine Antique Toy & Art Museum located in Waldoboro, Maine will open this coming Saturday, May 30th for the season. Read more about this unique museum located on the historic coastal road of Maine (Route 1). See "The art of popular culture", Village Soup, May 25, 2009. Click here for a listing of museums in Maine.

More to Maine than Lobsters and Lighthouses - Ad Campaign

Maine has now put out a new advertising campaign to encourage visitors to spend some time here. The new media campaign is designed to get people thinking about all aspects of Maine not just the typical coast of Maine. See "Maine: More Than Lobsters and Lighthouses", MarketingDaily, May 26, 2009.

Buy a Maine Built Boat!

Interested in buying a Maine-built boat? Maine has a long history of boat building going back a few hundred years. This tradition still goes on in small marinas where custom made pleasure craft are fashioned to big Navy warships built at the Bath Iron Works (BIW). Visit our online directory of Maine boat builders.

Basketball Skills Camp in Maine

Unity College in Unity, Maine is offering a basketball skills summer camp. For more information on this topic see "Unity College offers summer hoop skills camp", The Village Soup, April 23, 2009. Click here for more info on Maine summer camps.

Black Fly Season in Maine

Black fly season is here in Maine. There is not much you can do about it. Here is a recent online article that humorously offers some suggestions to mitigate the hordes of black flies that want to ruin your outdoor cookout. See "Black flies and barbecues: facts for staying at the top of the food chain", The, May 23, 2009.

Read a previous post on black flies from 2008 on Maine Vacation and Travel Info.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Freeport Community Players - Maine

The Freeport Community Players provide performances through the year. Freeport is a lovely place to visit, stay several nights, dine, and to enjoy the entertainment offered. For more information about Freeport click on the link below:

Bath, Maine Farmer's Market

The Bath, Maine Farmer's Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Waterfront Park on Commercial Street in Bath. For more information click on the link below:

Good News About Biking in Maine

Maine continues to get good news about the state of biking in Maine. It seems that Maine enjoys a great reputation for being a great destination for bikers. The League of American Bicyclists ranked Maine among the top 10 bike-friendly states. We have new trails opening up giving access to the coast and other areas of Maine. Read more about how Maine is becoming a great place to bike by seeing the following article:

"Miles of improvements for bicyclists in Maine", by Maine Outdoor Journal, Portland Press Herald, May 21, 2009.

Click here to learn more info biking in Maine.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Kennebunk, Maine Farmer's Market

The Kennebunk, Maine Farmer's Market takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Grove Street parking lot. The market featurs fresh local fruits and vegetables, organic produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, and more. Click here for more information:

Maine is Bike-Friendly

Maine has been named " . . . as the third most bike-friendly state in the country." So says the League of American Bicyclists. The use of bikes in Maine for recreational and transportation purposes continues to rise. Bike friendly legislation and the setting aside of bike paths in Maine has also helped. Click here to learn more about biking trips and tours in Maine.

Want to Buy an Inn in Maine?

Have you ever dreamed of being the owner of a bed and breakfast? How about buying and managing an inn in Maine? These things are possible (with the right amount of money). There are brokers who specialize in Maine inns that are for sale. Visit the blog of one of these brokers at the link below:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Port Authorities: Maine's Roller Derby Team

Maine's women's roller derby team, the Port Authorities, will be skating on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 6:00 pm in Portland, Maine. They will be matched against the Dutchland Roller Girls from Pennsylvania. The event takes place at the Portland Exposition Building located at 239 Park Avenue in Portland. See for more info.

New Art Gallery Opens in Camden, Maine

A new art gallery is opening in Camden, Maine. The gallery is called "Ten". It will feature coastal Maine works by the late Donald Resnick. Read an online article on this topic at "Art gallery to open on Bay View Street in Camden", Village Soup, May 21, 2009.

Coastal Maine Memorial Day Events - 2009

Click here for a listing of Memorial Day events for coastal Maine (Bath, Falmouth, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Limerick, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, and Yarmouth). Read more "Memorial Day Events", WMTW 8 TV, May 22, 2009.

Maine Vacation for the Eco-Family

ECOMII has published an online article (May 14, 2009) about " . . . a sensibly priced vacation of nature programs, boat trips, hiking and biking." The article, "Maine Vacation for the Eco-Family", describes a vacation package on Mount Desert Island and in Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine. The family vacation program is called the "Family Nature Camp" and is offered by the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. The College of the Atlantic is on 35 acres of oceanfront property.

Save Money on Summer Camp

WMTW 8 News has posted an online news article on how to save money on summer camps. Click here for a list of Maine summer camps.

New Comedy Club in Ogunquit, Maine

A new comedy club has opened up in Ogunquit, Maine. It is called BeachFire Grille's Comedy Club. Show time is 9 p.m. Click here for more information about Ogunquit, Maine.

Looking for a Nice Room in Portland, Maine?

Are you looking for a nice room in Portland, Maine? The Maine Switch has posted an online blurb on "rooms with a view" and where to get the red carpet treatment. See the article (May 12, 2009) entitled "Suite digs". Click here for more information about Portland, Maine.

Mount Katahdin, Maine Trails Now Open

Two hiking trails on Mount Katahdin, Maine are now open. See "2 Popular Trails On Katahdin Open For Season", WMTW TV 8, May 21, 2009. Click here for more information about hiking trails in Maine.

Profile of a Modern Maine Guide

Read an online newspaper account of a modern-day registered Maine Guide. See "Modern guides expanding", Kennebec Journal, Jan 10, 2009.

Lobster Shacks for Portland, Maine

Here is an online posting that provides a partial listing of lobster shacks in the Portland, Maine area. See "Lobster Shacks for Memorial Day in Portland, Maine",, May 22, 2009. Read more about lobsters in Maine.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Parade in Portland, Maine

The Portland, Maine Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 25th, 2009. For more info call (207) 772-6828.

Strawberry Festival in Portland, ME (May 23)

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine will host a Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 in Portland, Maine. There will be some fresh strawberries and treats. It will take place at 1:00 pm. Call (207) 828-1234 X229 for more info.

Book: "Bicycling With Kids in Downeast Maine"

Are you heading to Maine for a vacation? Taking bikes for you and the kids to ride on? Then you will want to buy this book to ensure a rewarding Maine biking experience. The book presents short, safe, and scenic family rides along the picturesque coastline of Maine. This collection of bike rides is perfect for the whole family. To order the book click on the link below:

Bicycling With Kids in Downeast Maine: Discover Short, Safe, and Scenic Family Rides Along the Most Picturesque Coastline in the East

Click here to learn more about bike rides in Maine.

Maine Craft Fairs and Festivals Event Listing

Are you interested in visiting Maine and seeing some of the craft fairs and festivals? You can visit an online event calendar and find a fair that fits your schedule. See Maine Fairs & Festivals.

The Arts in Maine

The Maine Arts Commission is offering free public art events.
"In celebration of 30 years of Maine’s Percent for Art program, the Maine Arts Commission announces a series of free public art events that feature world renowned artists. This series, highlighting successful and innovative public art, will take place at venues throughout the state beginning May 29 in Portland and ending at the Juice Conference on the creative economy in Camden, November 13."
Read more in "World Renowned Artists Help Celebrate 30 Years of Maine's Public Art", Maine Business -, May 21, 2009.

Mahoosuc Region of Maine

The Mahoosuc region of Maine and New Hampshire contains deep woods, ponds, lakes, rivers, and plenty of room for outdoor recreation. Outdoor activities include skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, snowmobiling, and dogsledding, and more. The Mahoosuc Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to help local communities look into the future and develop opportunities to preserve the land. The Mahoosuc Initiative has also published a touring map and guide to the Mahoosuc Region. This can be found online at Mahoosuc Map and Guide. Read more about the Mahoosuc Region in "Scenic Touring Route map of Androscoggin headwaters now online",

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Presentation on Maine's Historic Forts

On Thursday evening, May 21st, a book author (Tom Desjardin) and a historian with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land, will provide a presentation on historic forts of Maine. The talk will take place at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum at 7 p.m. located at 505 Main Street in Springvale, Maine. For more info call (207) 324-2797.

Winslow Park, Freeport, Maine Opens May 21st

Winslow Park & Campground in Freeport, Maine will open today (May 21st) for the 2009 season. Listed below is the Events Calendar for Winslow Park.

May 21 - Campground opens
June 7 - Harb Cottage Weekly Rental Begins
June 20 - Family Fun Day and Close to the Coast Run
June 22-28 - Free Camping Week for Freeport Residents
July & August - Thursday Evening Concert Series, 6:30 pm
September 19 - Lobsterman Triathlon
October 12 - Campground Closes

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

Kayaking in Maine

Maine offers some wonderful areas to kayak - both freshwater and along its seacoast. Click here for a listing of kayak outfitters and firms that offer kayaking tours and trips in Maine.

Biking in Maine

Maine is a wonderful state to take a bike trip or tour. Whether for just a couple of hours or for a few days - there are plenty of places to see. For a listing of Maine bike clubs, biking events, firms offering bike trips and tours, places to bike in Maine, Maine bike shops, and blogs about biking in Maine click on the link below:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Down East Spring Birding Festival (Maine)

The Down East Spring Birding Festival will take place May 22-25, 2009. There will be bird walks, boat rides, and presentations for all. The Cobscook Bay area is well-known to birders. This is a super event for those who live in the local area or who are from "away". For more information see a Bangor Daily News online article published on May 19, 2009 entitled "Festival to give birders an eyeful". Click here for more info on birding in Maine.

Map & Guide to Maine Lighthouses

Here is an illustrated map and guide to Maine's lighthouses.

" The illustrated map and guide to all Maine's lighthouses, completely revised with new design, cartography and more illustrations. All standing and "lost" lighthouses in Maine and nearby New Hampshire and New Brunswick are
located on a detailed coastal map. History and description of each lighthouse. Directions to each light or best viewing spots. 37 original watercolor illustrations. Directory of lighthouse cruises and island ferries. Lighthouse and maritime museums listed and located on map. True tales of Maine lighthouses."

Maine Lighthouses Illustrated Map & Guide

Listing of Summer Camps in Maine

The state of Maine is home to a large number of summer camps of many different kinds. Camps for young children, teenagers, sports camps, and more are available. Click here for a listing of summer camps in Maine.

Maine State Museum and Wabanaki Exhibit

The Maine State Museum in Augusta, Maine will be exhibiting "Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costumes" starting May 23rd, 2009 until May 2010. Read more in "Maine State Museum celebrates Wabanaki creativity", Bangor Daily News, May 19, 2009. Click here for more info on Maine museums.

Camp CaPella, Dedham, Maine

Camp CaPella on Phillips Lake in Dedham, Maine is a special summer camp located in eastern Maine. This camp is inclusive of children with disabilities.
"The mission of Camp CaPella is to provide quality of life experiences for people with disabilities, and their families by providing year round accessible recreational and educational learning experiences."
The camp has been affiliated with the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine. The camps summer season runs from June 22nd though August 14th. For more information about Camp CaPella call (207) 843-5104 or click on Details in this blog posting were taken from "Camp CaPella gears up for season", Bangor Daily News, May 19, 2009 and the camps' website. Click here for more information about summer camps in Maine.

UMaine Engineering Summer Camp

The University of Maine is offering a variety of summer day camps at its Orono, Maine campus. Visit the UMaine Summer Youth Programs web site. Read a recent press release by UMaine on its summer events and programs. Some of the summer programs include the Maine Summer Transportation Institute, Innovation Adventure Day Camp, and the Computer Assisted Design/Adventure Camp. Click here for info on summer camps in Maine.

Ocean's Edge Opens in Lincolnville, Maine

The Ocean's Edge Inn in Lincolnville, Maine has opened for the season. The Inn is located on the western shore of the Penobscot Bay on 21-acres of woods, lawns, and gardens that overlook the Penobscot Bay. For more information visit their website at The Ocean's Edge Inn is located very close to Camden, Maine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Central Maine Clay Artists: Sat, May 30, 2009

The "Day of Clay" with the Central Maine Clay Artists will be held on Saturday, May 30th. The artists are a group of potters and clay artists that hold craft shows and functions. Various ceramic techniques will be demonstrated and products will be sold. The program takes place at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, Maine and is free. See for more information.

Fort St. George, Popham, Maine

Are you interested in old forts along the Maine coast? Fort St. George is a fort that was built on the site of the old Popham Colony located along the Kennebec River. The fort was the site of an early English settlement established in 1607. Read more about this historic fort in the book by Jeffrey Phipps Brain. Click on the link below for more information on how to purchase this book:

Fort St. George: Archaeological Investigation of the 1607-1608 Popham Colony

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Maine offers a wonderful and exciting whitewater rafting experience. There are several rivers in Maine and all have firms that offer guides and whitewater trips and tours. The three most popular rivers are the Penobscot River, Dead River, and Kennebec River. The Penobscot River is probably the most exciting. For some informational resources on rafting firms in Maine click on the link below:

Some History on Camden, Maine

A recent posting on reveals some history of the seaside town of Camden, Maine - specifically the very early days when it was first settled. Read "Three Names for Camden". Click here to learn more info on Camden, Maine.

Maine Tourism - "Its a weather thing"

The Portland Press Herald has posted an online article discussing the upcoming Maine tourism season. The article discusses the adverse effect of the bad economy on vacationers plans for the summer; but concludes that it might not have too bad of an effect. The article states that weather is the biggest factor that will have the biggest effect upon the Maine tourism industry. There are a lot of potential vacationers within a one day's drive to Maine - and that has a positive effect on Maine tourism during bad economic times. Read more in "Tourism depends on weather, wallets" published on May 17, 2009.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Guide Book to Mountain Biking in Maine

Learn about the many old trails, retired rail lines, and multi-use recreational trails available to bike enthusiasts here in Maine. This book covers the bike trails of Maine from the highest mountains to the coast. The 75 best bike rides that Maine has to offer are presented in this biking guide book. Trail maps, trail info, tail conditions, local trail policies, hazards, elevation changes and more are presented. The book is 408 pages long and was published in 1998. To order the book click on the link below:

Mountain Bike! Maine

Click here to learn more about biking trails in Maine.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Book Guide on the Maine Coast

If you are looking to visit the coast of Maine then you should prepare yourself for the trip with a guidebook about the coast of Maine. Click on the image above to learn how to buy Fodor's Maine Coast or click on the following link:

Fodor's Maine Coast, 2nd Edition: With Acadia National Park (Fodor's Gold Guides)

Coastal Forts in Maine

The state of Maine has a series of historical forts dating back to the colonial days and constructed during various conflicts that took place between the French, English, and Indians. Some were built prior to and during the civil war and later as coastal defenses during WWI and WWII. Most of these forts are located along the coast, usually at the mouth of rivers or entry ways to harbors. Click here for a listing of historic forts of Maine.

"There is More to Maine" : A new Tourism Slogan

Maine has a new tourism slogan. It is "There is More to Maine". Read about the change to the slogan for Maine tourism in the following news article. "New slogan woos tourists to all of Maine", Kennebec Journal, May 14, 2009. Click here for a list of places to visit in Maine.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Camden, Maine Restaurant Reopens

A Camden, Maine restaurant - destroyed by a fire - has been rebuilt and is now open for business. Read more about this very nice Camden waterfront restaurant.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NY, VT, NH, and ME)

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail stretches from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. Along its path it crosses over the states of New York, Vermont, into Quebec, New Hampshire, and finally Maine - ending along the Canadian border. The trail links the waterways of all of these states and a small part of Quebec. The 740-mile paddling route lies along historic routes used by early Native Americans and European settlers. For more information visit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail website.

Fishing Season in Maine

The fishing season is finally started here in Maine. Read a recent news article on how the season is shaping up. See Maine Outdoor Journal's online post entitled "Spring fishing in fine form for now". Click here to learn more about fishing in Maine.

Pineland, Maine Recreational Area

The Pineland Farms and recreational area is located on Route 231 in New Gloucester, Maine. There are many acres of land (fields and woods) set aside for recreational purposes such as hiking, orienteering, skiing and more. In addition, there is a lodge, small restaurant and bakery. There are also working sheep, dairy, and poultry barns. It has a beautiful garden with a wide variety of flowers planted. Click on Pineland Recreational area for more information.

Taste of Brunswick, ME - June 20, 2009

The "Taste of Brunswick 2009" will take place in Brunswick, Maine on June 20, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There will be food and drink available by many of Brunswick, Maines local dining establishments. Music will also be present.

Click here for more information Click here for more information about Brunswick, Maine.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pittston Farm, Maine

Pittston Farm is a great northern Maine country get-away. Lodging is available to include single rooms or cabins that sleep up to seven people. The meals area all-you-can-eat. Read an article posted on Maine Today about Pittston Farm entitled "Get off the grid at Historic Pittston Farm". Visit the Pittston Farm website. There are lots of outdoor activities available in this are to include fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, hiking and more.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"The Way We Get By" - Troop Greeters of Bangor

Maine folks are a separate breed. What many people don't know is that we are also very supportive of our troops who fight for us overseas. This is demonstrated almost every day at the Bangor International Airport in Maine. This airport is a frequent stopover for military and civilian aircraft carrying troops to and from places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The airplanes stop off at Bangor to refuel. While the plane refuels the troops can get off the plane to grab some snacks, drinks, and coffee. As soon as they get off the plane they are met by the "troop greeters" who shake their hand and thank them for their service.

My daughter has gone to Bangor to be among the troop greeters and it was a powerful experience for her. As a member of the Army National Guard, I have returned to the states from deployments from both Iraq and Afghanistan, deplaned for a few hours at Bangor, and have experienced first-hand Maine folks welcoming me home. It truly is a unique experience. Mainers should be very proud of the "troop greeters".

A documentary film, entitled "The Way We Get By", has now been made about these "troop greeters" and you can learn more by visiting the website:

To learn more about the troop greeters visit:

Fishing History Display at Maine Maritime Musuem

The Maine Maritime Museum located in Bath, Maine now has a fishing history exhibition on display. The exhibition is titled "Net Worth: The Rise and Fall of Maine's Fin Fisheries". The exhibition opened on May 2nd and will close on November 29th. Read more about the show in "Fishing nets on display help bring history alive at new exhibit", The Working Waterfront, May 14, 2009. The Maine Maritime Museum is located at 243 Washington Street in Bath, Maine. Click here for more information about Bath, Maine and museums in Maine.

Bar Harbor Maine Budget Tour

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to visit Bar Harbor, Maine? Down East magazine offers an online article that tells you how to do Bar Harbor cheaply - see "Bar Harbor on a budget". Click here for additional info on Bar Harbor, Maine or Acadia National Park.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Maine Farmers Markets

The Maine Federation of Farmers Markets provides a number of resources for those interested in farmers markets in Maine. There is a discussion group, news web page, a listing of Maine Farmers' Markets websites, rules and by-laws, news articles, and more.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What Did Indians Eat in Maine?

Did you ever wonder what the Indians of Maine ate in the olden days? has posted an online article on this very topic. "What the Indians Ate",, 2009.

Rafting Adventure in Maine

The rafting season is now upon us here in Maine. The different whitewater firms offering raft tours are ramping up with special tours and trips. One such firm - Northern Outdoors - is offering its "Raft'n Draft'n Mud" run the last weekend of May. This raft run features brewery tours, beer tastings, a pig roast, 4 mile Mud run, and live entertainment to take place in The Forks, Maine. Click here to learn more about whitewater rafting in Maine.

Wyeth Center Showing in Rockland, Maine

The Farnsworth Art Museum will provide a free showing of paintings by Jamie Wyeth from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, May 15th. The event will also include music, a cash bar, and tasty appetizers. Click here for more information "Rockland - 'Seven Deadly Sins' at the Wyeth Center", Knox Village Soup, May 7, 2009. Click here for more info about museums in Maine.

Freeport Village Station Opens May 16th

Some of the stores at The Freeport Village Station will open on May 16th. The stores opening are the first of many that will add to the Freeport, Maine shopping experience. The stores will open in stages - with Nike and Brooks Brothers opening first. Once completed the complex will house Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, IZOD, and other clothing stores. Click here for more information about Freeport, Maine.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Visit Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine is on Mount Desert Island and adjacent to Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine. This lovely tourist destination has lots of offer the traveler on vacation. There is boutique shopping, lovely inns, nice restaurants, and plenty of scenic views and opportunities for outdoor activity.

Recreation. There is lots of recreation available in the Bar Harbor, Maine area. Hiking, scenic rides, and other activities found in Acadia National Park is easily accessible. There are a number of golf courses, island cruises and museums.

Lodging. Inns, hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast arrangements in Bar Harbor, Maine are found in abundance.

Dining. There are a number of dining establishments in Bar Harbor. Some of the popular ones include Rapununi Restaurant, The Quarterdeck, Geddy's Pub and the Poor Boy's Gourmet Restaurant.

Click here for information about the weather in Bar Harbor or for a listing of maps for Bar Harbor.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maine Birding Trail Map

On May 11, 2009 Maine will debut its Maine Birding Trail Map. The map and brochure is the result of the Maine Nature-Based Tourism Initiative. Read a news article about this event. Click here for more information about birding in Maine.

Maine Lighthouse Sightseeing and Tours

Maine has a number of lighthouses located along its coast. If you are interested in visiting one or more of these lighthouses then the two online destinations below will provide some useful information.

The Maine Office of Tourism has a web page entitled "Sightseeing & Tours Lighthouses". The web site has a page on lighthouses in Maine.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aroostook River 60 Mile Canoe and Kayak Race

The 2nd Annual Aroostook River 60 mile Canoe & Kayak Race will take place on Sunday, May 17th, 2009. Participants will launch at the Ashland Boat Launch Area. The finish line is located at the historic Fort Fairfield. Click here for more information about kayaking in Maine.

Birding on Deer Isle, Maine

The Wings, Waves and Woods Festival on Deer Isle will be sponsored by Island Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon, and other organizations. This is a Birding Weekend scheduled for May 15-17, 2009. Read more at:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Cumberland, Maine Farmers Market

The Cumberland Farmers Market Association operates in four locations - Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Falmouth. The Falmouth and Cumberland markets will open in mid-May. The market is open at different locations on different days:

Falmouth - Wednesday
Yarmouth - Thursday
Freeport - Friday
Cumberland - Saturday

For more information visit the Cumberland Farmers Market Association website at

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Living Along Maine's Coast

USA Today has published an online article about acquiring a second home (vacation home) along the Maine coast. It identifies some of the Maine coastal communities that are ideal for a vacation home. Read "Second homes: Live among natural beauty, native charm on Maine's coast" published on April 30, 2009. Click here for more information about the Maine seacoast.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maine Birding Event has announced a birding event for Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the New Gloucester Marsh - a Pineland Farms Field Trip. Click here for more info on birding in Maine and about New Gloucester, Maine.

How to Draw and Paint a Maine LIghthouse

Want to learn how to draw and paint a lighthouse in Maine? Go to the "Visit Maine" website for information being presented in Rockland, Maine in the "How to Draw and Paint a Lighthouse Workshop". Click here for more information on Maine lighthouses. Date is Thursday, May 7th, 2009.

Maine Island Trail

The Maine Island Trail has been recognized by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the 50 Best American Adventures. This honor was mentioned in the April/May issue. The Maine Island Trail is a superb way to kayak along the Maine coastline.

Read more about the Maine Island Trail and Kayaking in Maine at:

"Maine Island Trail Makes National Geographic List of Top American Adventures", Maine, May 1, 2009

Maine Island Trail Association

Kayaking Trips in Maine

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Maps of Maine

The Maine Office of Tourism offers maps of Maine online. There are interative and activity maps available at the following link:

In addition, the www.Travel-Maine.Info website has a number of online map resources for Maine.

Seeds for the Garden - Maine Seed Companies

If you are still looking to buy seeds to plant in your garden (running a little late are you?) then consider some seed firms from Maine. The online article below lists several seed companies right here in Maine.

"Take a walk on the seedy side", Bangor Daily News, January 23, 2009.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Strawberry Island, Maine

Volunteers working with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) helped return a small island to a wilderness state. Strawberry Island is a small coastal property owned by the state located in Muscongus Bay, near Waldoboro, Maine. In the past an old cabin from the island was removed. Recently the cement foundation pilings and the old floor were removed and grass seed was planted. This is just more good work performed by the Maine Island Trail Association. Click here for more information about Maine islands.

Maine Nature Photo Blog

A nature photographer and kayaker from Maine shares his experiences and photographs on his online blog. The author is from Lewiston, Maine and he documents his nature excursions almost daily on his blog. The link to the Maine Nature Photos blog can be found at:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Stonington, Maine: Nice Place to Visit

Are you looking for a place to visit in Maine? One recommendation is Stonington, Maine. Stonington is a small fishing village located on southernmost tip of Deer Isle, Maine that is very picturesque. There are boats to the islands, some restaurants, small hotels, an opera house and some art. But for the most part it is a very beautiful working fishing port - lobstering and other fishing activities are the main source of income; not tourists. There are about a dozen small art galleries and studios that feature fine arts and crafts. Stonington is also the departure point (by boat) to get to the lovely Isle au Haut.

Maine Vacation Planner

For those of you who are traveling to Maine for the first time planning your vacation can sometimes be a time-consuming endeavor. In addition, it is really hard to choose what to see in one short week. If you are short of time to plan your vacation then try the suggested one-week Maine vacation outlined below.

Start your trip by traveling along the coast of Maine. Visit Portland, Freeport, Camden, Stonington, Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. Stay overnight in Portland, then choose between Freeport, Boothbay Harbor, or Camden for your next night stay. Stonington is also a possibility for an overnight stay followed by Mount Desert Island. After visiting the coast head west and inland to Moosehead Lake. Then south back to home.

Read more about planning a vacation in Maine.

The Bold Coast of Maine

The Bold Coast of Maine is a wonderful hiking destination for those who want to experience a coastal wilderness (see Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land). There are grasslands, meadows, headlands and cliffs located along this unspoiled coastline. Read of one persons experience along the Bold Coast in an April 25, 2009 news article entitled "Blue skies on the Bold Coast" on the Maine Outdoor Journal. For other hiking experiences in Maine click on "Hiking in Maine".

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Smelts and Maine

Early May brings rainbow-smelt schools are doing their annual spring spawing runs. Read an article by a Maine author posted online (May 2, 2009) on the Kennebec Journal entitled "Ancient spring ritual". Click here to learn more about fishing in Maine.

Maine Lighthouse Keeper's House for Sale

A lighthouse keeper's inn located on the Isle Au Haut off the coast of Maine is for sale. For some small change ($2.2 million) you can purchase this picturesque and well-kept lighthouse keeper's inn. The Isle Au Haut is a very quaint and small island that does not have a lot of full-time residents. Read more in the "Lighthouse News" online news article of April 27, 2009 at "Lighthouse Keeper's Inn For Sale". Click here for more information about lighthouse locations in Maine.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Maine's Hiking Trails - Who Builds Them?

Have you ever wondered who builds and maintains Maine's many hiking and walking trails? The answer is lots of people of many different organizations. One group that helps maintain the trails is the Maine Conservation Corps. Read an article about this topic on WCSH 6's web site entitled "Maintaining and Building Maine's Hiking Trails". Click here for more info on hiking trails in Maine.