Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Annual Maine Bike Rally

The 21st Annual Maine Bike Rally will take place in Fryeburg, Maine on July 10-12, 2009. This rally offers three days of road and off-road rides in western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Many different types of rides take place of varying lengths for different levels of bike riders. There is plenty of entertainment for all members of the family. Click here for more info on biking in Maine.

Guide to Biking and Hiking Acadia National Park in Maine

The book at left is a guide to the best hiking, biking, and paddling in Acadia National Park. It is available in paperback. Acadia offers mountain views, rugged ocean scenery and lots of wildlife. for hikers, bikers, and paddlers. It is one of the best areas in the northeast to visit if you love great scenery and the outdoors. This book has a pull-out map, photos, and is 296 pages long. It is published by the Appalachian Mountain Club. To learn more or to order the book click on the link below:
Discover Acadia National Park: A Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling

Hike Saddleback Mountain in Maine

Are you looking for a summer or fall hiking adventure in the state of Maine. Saddleback Mountain is know for its great skiing in the winter; however it also offers some great outdoor activities in the summer and fall. Consider hiking Saddleback Mountain in Maine.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Maine Woodsman Day - July 18, 2009

The Maine Wildlife Park located in Gray, Maine will host the Maine Woodsmen Day on July 18, 2009. Wood sculptures and carvers will be present making works of art out of blocks of wood. The activities will take place from 11 am to 2 pm. This is a great way to have a family day at the park! For more information call (207) 657-4977 or click on www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Skolfield Nature Preserve in Brunswick, Maine

Located in Brunswick, Maine the Captain Alfred Skolfield Nature Preserve consists of marsh and mudflats that attract many species of birds. The site used to be a traditional portage site for Native Americans and then later the site of the Skolfield shipbuilding yard.

Click here for more info:


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Recreation in Portland, Maine

There is lots of stuff to do in Portland, Maine. This is especially true in the summer months when the weather is quite nice. There are walking trails within the city, fine restaurants, museums, art galleries, music, festivals, comedy houses, clubs, nightclubs, shopping districts, the waterfront, cruise ships that visit the islands in Casco Bay, ballet, symphony, sports, theater, sailing adventures, and much more. Click here for a listing of things to do in Portland, Maine.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Music Cruise - Portland, Maine

Interested in summer night cruises in Casco Bay? The Casco Bay Lines offer just that departing and returning to Portland, Maine. The cruises offer refreshments, dancing, and music. For more info click on http://www.cascobaylines.com/. Click here for more info on things to do in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Maine Sporting Camp Association

Listed below is the website for the Maine Sporting Camp Association (MSCA). The members of MSCA are committed to providing a quality experience for all their guests.

"The Maine Sporting Camps tradition started over a century ago, long before L.L. Bean pulled on his first pair of boots. In fact, some camps have remained in the same family and have guests who return year after year, even generation after generation. While these guests' grandparents may have traveled by railroad, steam boat, horse-drawn wagon or canoe, this generation has access by float planes or gravel logging roads."


Book: Maine Sporting Camps

This book, "Maine Sporting Camps", by Alice Arlen recommends more than 80 traditional hunting and fishing lodges in backwoods Maine for sportsmen in search of getaways. This comprehensive guide describes how to get there, where to go, and describes the facilities, recreational activities, and more info for each sporting camp. This is an ideal book for hunters and fishermen. Plenty of photos with maps. Alice Arlen is a writer and a registered Maine Guide and has visited every camp in her book. She lives in Bryant Pond, Maine. The book has 312 pages. Click on the link below to order the book:

Maine Sporting Camps: The Year-Round Guide to Vacationing at Traditional Hunting and Fishing Lodges, Third Edition

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Popham Beach State Park in Maine

Popham Beach State Park is located in Brunswick, Maine along the coast. This is a very nice family beach with good sand. The Popham settlement of 1607 and Fort George are located nearby. There are 529 acres, bathhouses, showers, picnic areas, grills, and trails for walking. The city of Bath, Maine is located about 15 miles distance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Book: Windjammers and Lighthouses of the Maine Coast

The coast of Maine is a wonderful place to vacation. One having vacationed there then you need ways to remember the vacation. One way of remembering is purchasing a book with photos of the beautiful Maine coast. The author of this book is Frank Chillemi - a renowned photographer. Read more about this lovely book, the author, and how to order the book. Click on the link below:
Windjammers, Lighthouses, & Other Treasures of the Maine Coast

Dining in Portland, Maine

If you are staying in Portland, Maine on either business or pleasure then you should know that there are many great restaurants to dine at in Portland. Click here for a comprehensive listing of restaurants in Portland, Maine.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Crystal Spring Farm Preserve in Brunswick, Maine

If you live or are visiting the Brunswick, Maine area and are interested in doing some walking in nature then check out the Crystal Spring Farm Preserve. The farm has 2.5 miles of hiking trails that run through woods and fields.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Bug Head Blog"

For you kayakers out there! Here is a blog from a maker of neoprene sea kayaking gear located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Fall River, Massachusetts. See http://www.bugheadblog.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Maine Birds: How to Enjoy, Attract, and Study

This book, "Enjoying Maine Birds", is published by the Maine Audubon Society. The book is an aid to finding, studying, and attracting birds in Maine. To order this book click on the following link: Enjoying Maine Birds.

Click here to learn more about birding in Maine.

Visit Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine is a great destination if you want to visit the coast of Maine. There is fishing, boat tours, inns, and lighthouses in the Rockland area. Rockland has a Lobster Festival every year - the dates for 2009 are July 29th to August 2nd. For more information click on http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/. While visiting Rockland you should check out the Maine Lighthouse Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Rockland Breakwater Light, and its many restaurants and inns.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, Maine

Located in the small country town of Pownal, Maine is a small mountain that offers walking trails that are easy for everyone in the entire family. Bradbury Mountain State Park offers trails for hikers and mountain bikers. This park is located on Route 9 and has a number of campsites available. There is 610 acres of forested land. The park is easy to get to - just five miles from the Freeport-Durham exit 22 of U.S. 295.

Safe Hiking

If you are going on a hike - especially one long in duration and in a remote area - then you should prepare properly and organize the clothing and equipment to be able to conduct the hike in a safe manner. If that concept if foreign to you then there are resources out there that can assist you in planning a safe hike for you and your family. Learn more in a recent news posting entitled "HikeSafe gets people ready for the trail", Portland Press Herald, June 18, 2009. Visit and online safe hiking resource entitled http://www.hikesafe.com/. To learn more about hiking click on hiking trails in Maine.

Sebago Lake to Casco Bay Hiking Trail in Maine

A Maine hiking trail is nearly completion that will span from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay. A group of 15 nonprofits and agencies have combined their energy to form the Sebago to the Sea Trail coalition. Read more on this future hiking trail in "Connecting Sebago Lake to Casco Bay", Portland Press Herald, June 18, 2009. Click here to view other resources about hiking in Maine.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A History Trail of Maine by DownEast.com

The editors of DownEast.com have put together a guide of Maine that explores the history of this state. Through visits to historical locations, sites, and museums you will gain an appreciation of how the state came to be what it is today. The guide discusses the early beginnings from the Ice Age to modern day history. Learn more by viewing the online article entitled "A Caveman's Guide to Maine".

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine

The Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival will take place in Blue Hill, Maine for a ten-week period starting in June. This chamber music program takes place from June 19th to August 23rd, 2009 and consists of a series of public concerts on Friday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 4:00. Click on the website below for more information:


20th Annual Bethel, Maine Arts Fair

The 20th Annual Bethel, Maine Arts Fair will take place on the 4th of July. There will be over 50 artists and artisans displaying their work on the Bethel Town Common. Food and entertainment will also be available. There will be fireworks in the evening.

"Walk Around Portland" - A Maine Blog

I stumbled across an interesting blog about Portland, Maine. It is called "walk around portland". The author lives and works in Portland and is definitely into "the Green Revolution". If you live or want to visit Portland he offers some good insight on the city. Click here for more information about Portland, Maine.

Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Championships - West Forks, Maine

West Forks, Maine will be the site of the canoe and kayak downriver championships during July 1-5, 2009. The races will take place on the lower Dead River. Racers from all over the country will participate. For more information visit the following sites:

"Canoe, Kayak Championships in West Forks, Maine, July 1-5", MaineBusiness.com, June 16, 2009.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

DeLorme Map Store

Located in Yarmouth, Maine, the DeLorme map store offers a wealth of maps, GPS, and mapping software for the state of Maine and around the world. The store has the world's largest globe in the front lobby. The store is very easy to get to as it is located within feet of a Route 295 exit; with easy on/off access to the highway. Worth stopping at on your way north. Combine it with a trip to one of the restaurants located in Yarmouth, Maine.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Maine Camps to Become More Rustic

The economy is forcing and prompting many of Maine's summer camps to economize and promote energy efficiency. The Maine Youth Camping Foundation is promoting environmentally sound practices at Maine's summer camps. Maine camps are seeing a reduced enrollment this summer; probably due to the poor economy. So this environmental policy will also save the camps some money. Read more on this topic in "Eager to nurture nature", Portland Press Herald, June 15, 2009. Click here for a listing of summer camps in Maine.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Birds of Maine Field Guide

The "Birds of Maine Field Guide" by Stan Tekiela provides the reader with opportunity to learn about and identify birds in Maine. The photos show winter plumage, color morphs and more. Each picture has editorial comments by the author. A great book for the bird watcher. To learn more about the book or order the book click on the link below:

Birds of Maine Field Guide

Click here to learn more about birdwatching in Maine.

Canoe Hullabaloo in Old Town, Maine June 19-20, 2009

The River Coalition is presenting the 2009 Canoe Hullabaloo on June 19-20, 2009. This is the 5th annual community festival held in Riverfront Park in Old Town, Maine. There will be a BBQ on Friday evening. Saturday includes games for the kids, food, Classic Cars, entertainment, and more.


Mountain Biking at Sunday River, Maine

Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine offers mountain biking trails during the summer and fall. There are 15 trails to ride many of them accessible with the ski resorts lift system. The park opens on June 26th, 2009. Season passes are on sale. Click here for more opportunities to mountain bike in Maine.

Cycling in Maine

Biking offers great exercise and a cheap mode of recreation during the summer months in Maine. A recent news article reports that bicycling has increased in popularity in Maine in the last 15 years (see "Maine a cycling hot spot", Kennebec Journal, June 13, 2009). Click here for a listing of Maine bike associations, shops, and bike trails.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lupine Festival - June 19-21, 2009 Deer Isle, Maine

The Lupine Festival will be held on June 19-21, 2009 on Deer Isle, Maine. Call (207) 367-2420 for more information or click on http://www.deerisle.com/.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Windham, Maine Summerfest 2009 - Sat, June 20th

The annual Windham, Maine Summerfest will take place on Saturday, June 20th, 2009. There will be vendors, crafters, games, contests, trucks, parades and more.


Art Fest at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Maine (June 20, 2009)

The Wolfe's Neck Farm Art Fest will be held in Freeport, Maine on June 20, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 50 artists, artisans and musicians showing their work. Lots of crafts, children's activities, and food. For more information call (207) 865-4469 or click on http://www.wolfesneckfarm.org/. Click here for more information about lodging and dining in Freeport, Maine.

Bailey Island, Maine

My wife and I will soon be spending a week (last week in June - I will post some pictures) on Bailey Island, Maine in a cottage overlooking the ocean. It has been a long year so we are looking forward to it.

Bailey Island is a small island on the tip of a penisular on the coast of Maine. The island is connected by a land bridge to Orr's Island and then to the mainland. It is part of Harpswell, Maine. The island is very small with a population of about 450 people. Bailey Island is easy to get to. Travel north or south on Route 1 and then go south on Route 24.

In anticipation of the trip I am surfing the net for info on Bailey Island. And if I am looking it up I may as well share it with you! Here are some links:

Blog by Bailey Island Inn (some nice pictures)

Bailey Island by Wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_Island_(Maine)

Cook's Lobster House is one of the places to eat

There are some lodging available on Bailey Island but it is best to make reservations ahead of time. Places to stay include Bailey Island Motel, The Parkwood Inn (located in Brunswick), and the Log Cabin Motel.

Other nearby towns to visit include Brunswick and Bath, Maine.

I will let you know how our stay goes!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, Maine

Visit the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine. There are ten acres of galleries and exhibits of 25 acres of waterfront. Some of the museum buildings are 19th century shipyard buildings.

"Experience Maine’s rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River at Maine Maritime Museum. From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, you’ll hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890s, smell the sawdust from historic ship timbers, and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine’s maritime culture."

Click here for more information on Bath, Maine or museums in Maine.

Downtown Art Walk, Bangor, Maine (Jun 19)

The city of Bangor, Maine will hold a Downtown Art Walk on Friday, June 19. Artisans such as painters, fabric artists, printmakers, and photographers will show their creations. The walk is free and open to the public. Click here for a listing of other recreational activities in Maine.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Blistered Fingers Blue Grass Music Festival - Maine

Performances will be on June 18-21, 2009. Four days of music and camping at the Silver Spur Riding Club in Sidney, Maine. Click here to visit the website at http://www.blisteredfingers.com/.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book: A Crusing Guide to Maine Coast

"A Visual Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast" is a spiral-bound book of 240 pages that is an aid to navigating Maine's coastal waters. There are over 180 full-color aerial photographs that show Maine's harbors, passages, and approaches. Included are chart segments, approach lines, and text descriptions with piloting instructions. There are about 110 Maine harbors covered. This book is ideal for planning a cruise of the coast of Maine. The author is a sailor, helicopter pilot, explore and summer resident of Maine who has sailed the coast of Maine for over 25 years. Click on the link below to find out more info on this book or to order the book:

A Visual Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast

Click here to learn more info on the Maine coast.

Paint Ball in Maine

Most ski areas in Maine offer attractions and recreational activities during the summer in a bid to keep their businesses thriving. Lost Valley of Auburn is no exception. One of their summer and summer activities is Paintball. Visit their website for more info.

Family-Run Inn on Ocean in Maine

Read an online article about a lovely family-run inn on the ocean in Kennebunk, Maine. The lodging featured in the article is the Seaside Inn & Cottages and it has quite a history. Its 20-acre location is one of its best features as it is less than one mile from the seaside community of Kennebunkport, Maine and directly on the Kennebunk Beach. Click here for more info on the seacoast of Maine.

Family Fun Day - Winslow Park, Freeport, Maine

Winslow Park in Freeport, Maine will have a Family Fun Day on June 20th (Saturday). In addition, it will host the Close to the Coast Run. There will be free admission to the park.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fort Gorges, Portland Harbor, Maine

Fort Gorges, located on an island in Portland Harbor, Maine is a great place to visit by kayak. Read an online article entitled "Gorges Gem" in the Portland Press Herald, May 7, 2009. Click here to read more info on Fort Gorges and on kayak trips in Maine on the http://www.travel-maine.info/ website.

Critters in Maine - Don't be Scared!

Maine has lots of wildlife but if you are unaccustomed to it you might have some apprehensions. This article about the animals found in the woods of Maine will help you explain away those eerie noises you hear at night. Read "They eat tourists, don't they?", Sports & Outdoors News from Knox Village Soup, June 3, 2009.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Visit Portland, Maine

Are you visiting Portland, Maine in the future? Read some past posts on this blog about Portland, Maine. See our companion webpages on Portland, Maine.



Ski Museum of Maine

The Ski Museum of Maine will have an Exhibit Opening of "Preserving Theo Johnsen" on Friday, June 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The museum is located at 109 Church Street in Farmington, Maine. Theo Johnsen was a Portland, Maine author who wrote the first ski book in America which was published in 1905. He also made skis. Click here for a listing of Maine museums.

Maine Birding Festival - June 13, 2009

The Aroostook State Park will hold a birding festival in Presque Isle, Maine on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Some prominent Maine birders will be in attendance.

"Located in scenic Northern Maine; this event is open to everyone who would like to learn more about birding. This birding festival combines bird walks, bird banding demonstrations, educational programs, and friendly people who will create a wonderful outdoor, wildlife experience at Maine's First State Park. The wooded hiking trails and lake shoreline offer attractive bird habitat, where over 100 different bird species have been seen, a great opportunity to increase ones life list. Fee: $2:00 per adult. For more info call the park at 207-768-8341, or email scott.p.thompson@maine.gov."

Learn more about birding in Maine.

Acadia Birding Festival - June 11-14, 2009

The Acadia Birding Festival will take place June 11-14, 2009 on Mount Desert Island in the towns of Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor.

"Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at our 11th Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. Our combination of lectures, walks, and adventures will connect you to Downeast Maine’s many bird species, diverse habitats and local birding experts."

To learn more call (207) 288-8128 or click on http://www.acadiabirdingfestival.com/. Click here to learn more about lodging and dining near Acadia National Park.

Great Maine Bike Rides

Read an online article entitled "Five Great Maine Bike Rides" by The Bicycle Vacation Blog. The rides highlighted are the coastal areas of Acadia National Park's carriage roads, Blue Hill Peninsula, Cape Elizabeth and Prouts Neck, Rockland and Port Clyde Loop, and Route 113 in western Maine. Click here for more info on bike shops, trails, and maps for biking in Maine.

Campfire Cooking While Camping in Maine

Learn some secrets of campfire cooking. Read "Great outdoors is main ingredient for this cake", Sun Journal, May 10, 2009. Click here to read more about camping in Maine.

Islesford, Maine

Read about life on a small island in Maine. See "Cranberry Report", The Working Waterfront, June 2009.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Maine Blueberries

Want to learn more about Maine blueberries? Read a blog post by Mara Hernandez-Capili entitled "Blueberry Affair".

A Map for Hiking in Camden, Maine

Going to Camden, Maine? There is some good hiking there if you feel like getting outdoors. Click here for a map of the Ragged and Bald Mountains Trail System Map. Click here for more information lodging and dining in Camden, Maine.

Monmouth Museum in Maine

If you are looking for a " . . . snapshot of life in 19th century rural Maine . . ." then a visit to the museum in Monmouth will provide that to you. The museum, which opened in 1970, has a collection of artifacts from the early 1800s to 1950. There are over eight buildings in the Monmouth Museum including a corn crib, cobbler shop, blacksmith shop, carriage house, gift shop, country store, and stencil shop. Read "A visit to the Monmouth Museum might surprise you", Morning Sentinel, May 10, 2009. Summer hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1-4 pm. Click here for a listing of museums in Maine.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

National Trails Day - June 6th

June 6th is National Trails Day. This is a good opportunity to remind ourselves of all the wonderful hiking and walking trails we have in Maine. Read a recent online article on this topic; see "National Trails Day full of opportunities for hikers", Morning Sentinel, May 23, 2009. Click here for more information about hiking in Maine.

Biking at Ragged Mountain in Camden, Maine

A great place to go mountain biking in Maine is at Ragged Mountain located in Camden, Maine. This recreational area on the coast of Maine has a number of mountain bike trails. Click here for more information. See also biking in Maine.

Linekin Bay Resort, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The Linekin Bay Resort in Boothbay Harbor is celebrating its 100th anniversary (centennial celebration). This coastal village town has lots to offer and the resort is offering specials in rates and special activities to celebrate its anniversary. Click here to learn more about Boothbay Harbor.

National Trails Day in Maine

Today (Saturday, June 6, 2009) is National Trails Day. The day is promoted by the American Hiking Society as a day to get out and hike with hopes that folks will be inspired to continue hiking as a recreational activity throughout their life. Read more in "Hit the trail Saturday - it's the perfect day", MaineToday.com, June 4, 2009. Click here to learn more info on hiking trails in Maine.

Friday, June 5, 2009

World's Largest Lobster Roll

There will be an attempt to create the world's largest lobster roll on June 7, 2009 in Portland, Maine. The event is a team effort between Maine's West End Neighborhood Association and Linda Bean's Perfect Maine. They are trying to get a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by building a 60 foot long lobster roll.

Maine Atlas & Gazetteer - Maps

The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer published by DeLorme offers detailed, large-format maps for all areas of Maine. Info about attractions, historic sites, museums, recreation areas, lighthouses, trails, fishing areas, and scenic drives is included. This publication is updated every year. Every Maine town and city is listed. If you plan on going on vacation in Maine or if you live in Maine then this book is a must. To order click on the link below:
Maine Atlas & Gazetteer

Student Experience on Small Maine Island

Read an online posting about student life in an elementary school on a small Maine island. The Chebeague Island School located in Casco Bay has some challenges being on a small island with an extremely small student population but they seem to overcome it. Read "Something to write home about", The Working Waterfront, June 2009.

Museums of Old York in Maine

The Museums of Old York are opening for the season. June 6th is the opening day. Read more in "Museums open for the season", Seacoastonline.com, June 3, 2009. Click here to learn more about museums in Maine.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bath, Maine Blog

Looking for some info or photos of the Bath, Maine (coastal region) area? A local blogger from Bath, Maine (I suspect his is a photographer) makes occasional entries of very nice photos of his part of Maine. Worth checking out if you enjoy photos of Maine. See http://www.essenceofmaine.com/. Click here for more information about Bath, Maine.

Maine Company Makes Doormats from Discarded Floating Rope

A Waldoboro, Maine company, Custom Cordage Company, is making doormats out of discarded floating rope formerly used by fishermen. Ever since the government prohibited floating rope in fishing activities (they were a danger to whales) there has been lots of excess used floating rope around to be disposed of. Read more about this topic in "Company turns discarded rope into doormats", The Working Waterfront, May 6, 2009.

Civil War Reenactment - Livermore, Maine June 6-7, 2009

There will be a Civil War Reenactment this weekend (June 6-7, 2009) in Livermore, Maine. The location is at 290 Norlands Road at the Washburn Norlands Living History Center.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Old Port Festival 2009 - Maine

The Old Port Festival 2009 will take place on June 7th, Sunday in Portland, Maine. It starts at 11:00 am. The festival will feature arts, food, crafts, shopping, music, parades, and more. Click here for dining and lodging info for Portland, Maine.

LL Bean Paddlesports Festival June 6-7, 2009

LL Bean will hold its Paddlesports Festival on June 6-7, 2009 in Freeport, Maine. Click here for more info.

Investing in Maine's Hiking Trails

An avid hiker of Maine has wrote an online article entitled "Why Invest in Maine's Trails?", The Exception Magazine, May 5, 2009. He advances the notion that we should invest money, time and effort in building and maintaining hiking trails in Maine. The reasons for doing this include the benefits of health (we get healthier if we get out and exercise), economics (more hiking trails means more tourism dollars), and pride in having good walking trails in our state. The American Hiking Society is one organization that advances the causes of hiking trails. Click here to learn more about hiking trails in Maine.

Photo Exhibit in Camden, Maine - June 2009

A photograph exhibit of Liv Kristin Robinson and Deb Vendetti will be on display in Camden, Maine during the month of June 2009 at the Camden Public Library. Read more in "Images 'Where Water Meets Land'", Knox Village Soup, June 2, 2009.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Camden, Maine Summer Concert - Music by the Sea

The Camden Rotary will be presenting its Summer Concert entitled "Music by the Sea" on Sunday, July 5th, 2009. It will take place at Harbor Park in Camden, Maine and will feature Maine's Own 195th Army National Guard Band and several other bands as well. This is part of the Camden, Maine Festival of Independence.

Book: Camden Maine A Photographic Portrait

"Camden, Maine: A Photographic Portrait"
"This is a book whose heart lies within the towns of Camden and Rockport, their neighboring towns: Rockland, Belfast, Lincolnville and the villages from Owls Head to Port Clyde on the western shore of Maine's Penobscot Bay. It also includes the islands of North Haven, Vinalhaven, Monhegan and Martiniucs." Click on the link below to learn more about this book or to order the book"

Camden, Maine: A Photographic Portrait

Healthy Maine Walks

Are you looking for a walking route in the state of Maine? Healthy Maine Walks provides information on how to find a walking route. This organization is sponsored by a coalition of trail and health organizations and agencies that have joined together to promote healthier lifestyles in Maine. Your community or organization can register your walk online on the website. The website also provides a calendar of events, seasonal info and safety tips for walking, tips on how to build a walking route or trail, and other useful links. Click here for more information on hiking in Maine.

Furniture Stores in Maine

If you need to do some furniture shopping in Maine then consult our list of Maine furniture stores.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bike Routes in Maine

If you are pondering a bike trip in Maine and are looking for some bike routes there is a web site that can be helpful. Bikely.com has bike routes posted over Google maps that have been submitted by other bikers. Some of the bike routes are labeled "Bar Harbor, Maine", "Maine Sport Triathlon Bike", "Maine State TT", "Maine Tour", "Portland Joyride", "Portland to Bar Harbor", and others. Visit the bike trail / map website at http://www.bikely.com/. Click here for more information about biking in Maine.

Pocket Guide to Biking on Mount Desert Island

The image at left is of a pocket guide to Biking on Mount Desert Island. The guide is filled with info on hikes, bike rides, and the carriage road system in Acadia National Park located on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine. Trips include family trips to very demanding solo rides. Also included are tips on planning and preparing for a trip, weather information and safety tips. Directions and maps are included. To order click on the link below:

A Pocket Guide to Biking on Mount Desert Island.

Click here to learn more about biking tours and trips in Maine.

Trek Across Maine - Biking Event

The Trek Across Maine is sponsored by the Maine Lung Association. This is a multi-day bike riding event. The start is at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine on June 19, 2009. The finish takes place in Belfast, Maine on June 21, 2009. This bike ride is a 3-day, 180 mile bicycle tour across Maine from the western mountains to the coastline. The tour stops overnight at the University of Maine in Farmington and Colby College in Waterville.

For more information click on the Trek Across Maine or call (207) 458-6572.

Click here for more info on biking tours in Maine.

Pairing Palates & Palettes - Arts and Dining in Maine

The town of Kennebunkport is hosting the "Pairing Palates & Palettes" event from June 3-7, 2009. This is an annual "Arts in the Inns Festival" that combines good dining and lodging with the arts.

"This event is a collaboration between Kennebunkport inns, galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and resorts to add exciting activities to Southern Maine’s summer events calendar. Artists, chefs, innkeepers, gallery owners and musicians share their passions for fine food, fine art, fine wine and fine living. Art shows, cooking demonstrations, live music, inn tours, and food and wine tastings are incorporated into a format in which all types of artists interact, work together, and share their creations with festival guests."
Learn more at http://www.artsintheinns.com/. Click here for more information about dining and lodging in Kennebunkport.

Rockport, Maine Chamber Music Festival

From June 4th to July 2nd Rockport, Maine will hold its Chamber Music Festival. World-renowned musicians will participate in this event. Click here for a schedule for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival.