- by Cathy Genthner Maine has a wealth of ATVing opportunities. There are more miles of ATV trails in Maine than in almost any other state in the country. That makes ATVing in Maine an excellent adventure! There are 6,000 miles of trails that traverse a diverse landscape of woods, mountains, fields, lakes, streams and salt water marshes. "We have the largest variety of trails in terms of geography as well as different types of trails. We have everything from a major gravel road to a remote t[read more]By Cathy Genthner The 65-mile long Eastern Trail extends from the Piscataqua River in Kittery to Bug Light in South Portland on Casco Bay and includes eight lighthouses along the way. The Eastern Trail (ET) is part of the 3,000 mile long East Coast Greenway that stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. It is open to all kinds of recreational use, such as biking, hiking, bird watching, photography and even fishing along some spots. It consists of urban, remote, and suburban sections [read more]Summer in Maine means lobster rolls, visits to the beach, and warm weather. What it also means is beautiful drives along the beautiful Maine coastline or amongst the luscious greenery inland...to local breweries. Maine has so many areas that are worth a visit but not just because they have phenomenal food and scenery but because they have producers of delicious local beer. For the next few pages I've sectioned out areas of Maine that are perfect destinations for good beer, good food & good[read more]The water temperature is definitely not tropical, but the summer months in Maine make up for those long winters and relentless springs. Maine is great place to learn how to surf for more reasons than one, it's a joy that you'll have to discover for yourself this summer! Arlberg Surf Tip: Surf movies and surf videos are great to learn to get to advanced surfing levels. From the take off to the aerial landing, it's always interesting to watch and try yourself. Movies are available at Arlberg Surf[read more]By Kate Kastelein For many, summer in Maine means time on the water. From the gorgeous Atlantic coastline to our hundreds of paddle-worthy lakes, ponds, and streams, there?s ample opportunity for aquatic enjoyment. Families with small kids often wonder what is the best way to get their little ones safely into a canoe or kayak. Maria Jennes, Regional Stewardship Manage for Maine Island Trail, spoke with me about how she and her partner, Travis Jornagen, owner of Tidal Kayak in Boothbay Harbor,[read more]By Marcie Brown If you would enjoy having a great time while lending your support to a visitor-friendly town, Millinocket beckons. It is home to stunning Baxter State Park, which in turn hosts the formidable Mt. Katahdin, named by the Penobscot Indians. Katahdin translates to "The Greatest Mountain," Maine's highest peak at 5,270 feet. If you walk along the main street in downtown Millinocket, you might wonder where everyone has gone. Even the library closed in August 2015, though it may r[read more]
- By Michele S. Trahan Surfing and paddleboarding in Maine are still in their infancy. Imagine -- once the sport of only kings, they are now enjoyed by everyone! Being in the moment of riding the waves is very exhilarating for some, and for others, it is a very spiritual experience. Keep in mind, it's not just the physical act, it's about becoming one with your environment-- the ocean-- its beauty, its power, the creatures who you'll share your time with and get to know, along with the comradeshi[read more]Let's hear it for Carousel Horse Farm in Casco for an incredible outdoor Maine adventure! My one hour scenic trail ride through open fields and wooded areas was a quintessential experience for a first time rider, like myself. I felt lively and safe riding Rockette, a twenty-four year old black and white spotted female, who seemed to know the trail inside and out. Her coat struck me the moment I saw her, as I could not help but think how she resembled a dalmatian. The company of this sweet four-l[read more]Baxter State Park: A Blend of Beauty and History for the Next Generation By Cathy Genthner New England naturalist and author Henry David Thoreau was as drawn to the majestic Mount Katahdin as are the clouds that cling to its cliffs and Baxter Peak. Thoreau wrote about the mountain in his books and letters to friends, not being able to get enough of it with his eyes alone. It is Katahdin- which in Abenaki means ?Greatest Mountain? - that draws and seduces visitors to its shadow and sum[read more]by Ellie Stengel Throughout the State of Maine there are more than 200 privately-owned campgrounds in addition to a number of State Parks that offer camping facilities. Many privately-owned campgrounds are included in this issue of Activities Guide. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity you are planning to enjoy. Diversity is the word to best describe the choices of Maine's [read more]A world away! There is nothing like exclusive feeling of being on a boat or water craft in Maine. Whether it is fishing on a home town lake or cruising the sparkling sea in Maine you are welcomed to be a part of what it truly means to be in Maine. Owning your own boat means you are the "captain of your own adventures from cocktail cruises to water sports like wakeboarding, skiing and tubing." Nobody forgets their first time up on skiis or being whipped outside the wake on a tube! Old friends and[read more]Rockhounding in Maine is a unique family adventure! Scour the Western Maine foothills for beautiful Maine gems! MAINE MINERALOGY EXPEDITIONS, (MME) www.rocksme.biz We are the premier attraction in the greater Bethel area for rockhounds of all experience levels. Take a look at our web site, (www.rocksme.biz) for pictures and comments from our guest experiences! Along with MME, two closely affiliated businesses provide a great menu of experiences that will make your visit to our area a t[read more]by Cathy Genthner Fishing in Maine offers both salt water and fresh water opportunities. For the casual angler to the serious fishermen/women, Maine offers plenty of fishing excitement. Salt water fishing guide Dave Pecci has been fishing the tidal waters of the Kennebec River and the midcoast of Maine for over 50 years. Pecci grew up in Bath and caught his first striped bass from the Kennebec when he was eleven years old. It is still a thrill for him to catch stripers today. "Striped bass a[read more]Above: Biking in Maine: Some members of the Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CR NEMBA) at the Outdoor Center with Sugarloaf Mountain in the background, July 31, 2010, photo by Joe Hines. Maine offers some of the very best biking around. Check out our featured Biking in Maine advertisers to plan your next biking adventure! Summer Feet Cycling is the only Maine based bicycle tour company offering a full range of tours from weeklong, weekend, custom [read more]Dining in Maine can span the spectrum of culinary possibilities. The seafood, fresh local produce, diverse ethnic choices, award-winning chefs, quiant cafes and 3-star restaurants await you on your dining adventure. One of the highlights of dining in Maine is The Maine lobster festival - peaceful, quaint carnival featuring many options and activities for the whole family. The biggest feature: The seafood, and boy was it good! The first place we went was the dining tent to grab our fresh lobsters[read more]When it comes to mountains, Vermont has the Greens, New Hampshire has the Whites, and Maine has the Blues. The Blues, better known as the Longfellow Range after Maine's most famous poet, extend northeast from Bethel to 5,268 foot Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The section of the Blues from the Androscoggin River to the Bear River in Grafton Notch is called the Mahoosucs, likely an anglicized Abenaki Indian term for "land that is hard to hunt in" or "abode of hun[read more]If you're into paddling, then paddling in Maine is where it's at. Seaspray kayaking Mid-Coast Maine is a great place to enjoy the two fastest growing water sports in the country! Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayak Fishing have hit Mid-Coast Maine! It doesn't matter if you are thinking about an outdoor activity for yourself, a group or your family; stand up paddle boarding and/or kayak fishing in this area will keep you coming back for more. With a great mixture of protected rivers, inlets [read more]
- Feel the excitement as you ascend the peaks by chairlift, snowmobile or on foot. This is the land of adventures, where there's no such thing as too much fun or too much snow! Search for an adrenaline rush in the Brackett Basin Glades and double black diamond trails at Sugarloaf, share stories and laughs around the fire as you wait for a bite while ice fishing, or explore the region's rich heritage and miles of trails. The Mountain View Motel on Carrabassett Road in Stratton is an ?outdoor [read more]by Joe Zentner Eerie calm and cheery cold. Two winter trademarks of Acadia National Park. Recently my wife and I experienced the snowy white peaks of Maine illuminated by pink dawns and golden sunsets. We tramped on snowshoes where the only tracks in evidence were those of an occasional moose. During wintertime, Acadia National Park attracts hardy visitors to come to cross country ski and snowshoe on Mount Desert Island. The winds whip mightily around pines, firs and birches. The French na[read more]by Leigh Macmillen Hayes Alpacas are bred for their fiber, which is often referred to as "the fiber of the Gods" due to the luxurious qualities. Alpaca fiber is soft, lightweight, water and oil resistant, and is considered to be hypoallergenic. Unlike sheep's wool, alpaca fiber has no lanolin or oils that cause itch. You can wear alpaca directly on your skin without causing any irritation. Alpaca fiber is very fine. This is what makes such soft, lightweight yarns for knitting into beautiful g[read more]By Robert Martin Navigating one of Maine's ski resorts for the first time can be a daunting task. Add in a spouse and a few children and one can easily be overwhelmed. Just getting your family's equipment to the lodge can be a nightmare if you are not unfamiliar with these behemoths. Then there is a question of what to bring along when visiting a mountain as a family. Whether it is a big ski resort like Sugarloaf with 154 trails or a family mountain like Black Mountain with just 15 trails,[read more]Let's hear it for Carousel Horse Farm in Casco for an incredible outdoor Maine adventure on horseback! My one hour scenic trail ride through open fields and wooded areas was a quintessential experience for a first time rider, like myself. I felt lively and safe riding Rockette, a twenty-four year old black and white spotted female, who seemed to know the trail inside and out. Her coat struck me the moment I saw her, as I could not help but think how she resembled a dalmatian. The company of this[read more]by Leigh Macmillen Hayes Yankees are a hearty bunch, and for Mainers, winter surfing is not just a hobby, it's a lifestyle. Dedicated surfers wait all summer for the fall surf to roll in and the beach crowds to thin out. Among them are the real estate agents, web designers, financial planners, carpenters and students. When the swell is pumping, the fanatics shed their clothes (often standing barefoot on snowy sidewalks and streets), encase themselves from head to toe in rubber, leaving only t[read more]Greetings! March in Maine--not quite Winter, not quite Spring-- leaves Mainers with a perfect overlap of outdoor activities to get involved in. There is of course still time for all of you adventure-seeking Mainers to spend time skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and dog sledding, and all with plenty of daylight. Some of the things we at Activity Maine love about March are festivals, races, longer days, and off season prices. Here are some of our favorite places to go this time of[read more]Well, our backyards may be void of snow, but the backyard skating is just PERFECT right now! Enjoy our photos of one the best Maine winter activities: Pond hockey.[read more]One of life's great adventures awaits you. Consider gliding through the northwoods behind a team of sled dogs. Tuck yourself into a warm sled and enjoy the majestic winter wilderness on a truly unique journey. Listen to the swish of the sled runners and the panting dogs. Try your hand standing behind the sled to guide the team. You'll have breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and wooded trails, plus a good chance of seeing wildlife or signs that wildlife is present, as an expert guide and a te[read more]I volunteer at Maine Handicapped Skiing at Sunday River. It is just an inspiration to work with their participants. Believe it or not, I was up there on the coldest day in two years. I drove all the way up there and wasn't even sure if it was cancelled or not. Sure enough, it was open! I ran into a guy getting changed in the locker room, and the first thing he said to me was "Quite a heat wave out there isn't it?" I laughed and said "Yeah, downright BALMY!" Little did I know it was he that I wou[read more]As most parents know, it can be challenging to plan a winter birthday party, let alone a super awesome one! We were fortunate enough to have outstanding snow conditions to pull off a fun-filled sledding party. The two golden rules of large groups of kids: have something fun to do outside, and have tons of food! In this case, I think the hot chocolate was the star of the show. The sledding hill is also an important component. We are lucky to have a great hill, that also happens to b[read more]
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