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  • Own the snow: Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing events, lessons, rentals and trails

    Imagine it: Just you, the trees, and an expanse of snow. Cross-country skiing is a fine winter way to get outside and get one with the white stuff. Many of the XC spots on our roundup also offer rentals, so first-timers can give the sport a try even if they don't already own equipment. Read on

  • A re-energized Spose performs first Maine show since being robbed on tour – Saturday at Port City

    Thanks to an $18,000 fan-based fundraising campaign, the rapper has bought back all his stolen equipment, and has felt energized to write ten new songs since coming off his tour in November Read on

  • Whisky tasting, carol slam & Holiday Spectacular: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    There's "A Christmas Carol," except this version includes fairy tale characters. There's Magic of Christmas, a classic. Take a steam engine train ride to see Santa, see local musicians performing holiday tunes and attend the Carol Slam to vote on your favorite new carol. Read on

  • Want to be happier? Change your expectations

    Here are four tips for modifying your expectations to experience more enjoyment and fewer disappointments any time – not just when you’re unwrapping presents. Read on

  • ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is a roaring blockbuster war movie

    It's hard to find a thing not to praise. "The Battle of the Five Armies" is a roaring blockbuster of a war movie that manages to be great thrills and totally ridiculous fun at the same time. Read on

  • It’s official: Dana Street, Sam Hayward and their partners opening a restaurant on Portland’s waterfront

    No two Portland restaurateurs are more dynamic and far reaching than Dana Street and chef Sam Hayward who both helped put Portland on the nation's foodie map. And now they're doing it again. This time on the city's valuable waterfront. Read on

  • Video: Portland’s Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. From ABOVE

    Pretty sure drones were invented for exactly this. It's a view of Portland's annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights (when several boats decked with lights and holiday decor take to Portland Harbor to play a festive game of follow the leader. One boat usually shoots off fireworks, too). Read on

  • Snacktime: New hangout for SoPo, ‘cash only lounge’ in the works, Plow-WOW returns, and more

    In this week's food and drink news, Plow-WOW has a new home for snow day partying, Mama's Crowbar hosts its final Allagash Ugly Sweater Party and Lincolns (where all food is served with Fritos!) is coming to Market Street. Read on

  • An adventurous day in Freeport: 12 fun things to see and do at Christmastime in this historic village shopping mecca

    There are dozen different ways to enjoy a fun day in Freeport at holiday time, and believe it or not, not all involve shopping. Read on

  • The best places to nerd out and play games in Southern Maine – pinball or Halo, start your thumb stretches now

    I nominate Portland, Maine as the nerdiest city in America. The benefit: Lots of places to play games with friends. Read on

  • Cold weather beach adventure: Reid State Park in Georgetown

    Reid State Park in Georgetown has a fairly private mile-long beach to walk along and beautiful views along the way. It's truly the perfect afternoon getaway in December - and you'll more than likely have the place nearly to yourself. Read on

  • Topsham’s Fairground Cafe gives a diner an appetizer lesson

    The cozy restaurant has fans, but our reviewer isn't one of them after a sampler plate. Read on

  • Give adventures, not junk: 13 Maine experiences you can gift (even last minute)

    Things don't make people happy, experiences do. Instead of buying your friends and family books and electronics, give them these adventures: Read on

  • Holiday dining guide: Maine restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

    From haute cuisine to burgers and egg rolls, there's a Maine restaurant to feed whatever you're hungry for on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on

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