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  • Snow before you go: Sunday River ski condition report

    With 68 trails open, 54 of which are groomed - our group woke up early and headed to Sunday River on 12/14 (Sunday) to check out if all those amazing photos they'd been posting to Instagram are for real. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. We need a wintry plan of attack. For, like the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of February shock therapy." Here are a few options for staving off winter psychosis: Read on

  • Friday Happy Hour: A trio of bubbly cocktails for the holidays

    Sparkling wine adds its festive effervescence to three cocktails you can enjoy at Portland-area restaurants or make at home. 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

  • 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

  • 25th ‘Christmas with Cornils’ offers something new & different at the end of the holiday concert season

    Municipal organist and a bunch of friends perform at Merrill on Tuesday. Read on

  • Sur-Lie redux: Second time around is a superb dining experience

    As a downtown bistro serving tapas style fare, Sur-Lie, which opened with a bang in October, has become a fine dining haven where both Portland's glitterati and gastronomes happily convene. 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

  • Revamped inn and a new restaurant, Pig + Poet, coming to Camden this spring

    When The Whitehall Inn reopens as just Whitehall in May 2015, it will have an updated look and a restaurant, Pig + Poet, whose chef will be "Top Chef" semifinalist Sam Talbot. Read on

  • 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

  • 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

  • Maine restaurants serve up special menus, good times for New Year’s Eve

    The grand finale to 2014 is less than two weeks away. If you're planning to ring out the old and ring in the new with a special meal at a Maine restaurant, it's time to make reservations. 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

  • 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

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