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    Go Apple Picking

    There's no shortage of apples in Maine in many varieties for your pies, cider, crisps and just plain chomping. September is the sweet spot for apples, and Maine has more than 50 orchards waiting for you to roam through. Try Spiller Farm in Wells, Cayford Orchards in Skowhegan, Rollins Orchard in Garland and Hope Orchards in Camden, to name just a few.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Have a cocktail at The Top of the East

    You'll feel like you're in another city as you sip your libation at the Top of The East lounge on the top floor of Portland's in-town Westin Hotel. Panoramic views have been enjoyed there since 1963. The lighting is perfect, the seating is comfortable and this is a sweet spot to end a first date or just tuck into on an idle weeknight.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    See a concert at Thompson’s Point

    You'll drink local brews, eat local tastiness from food trucks and most importantly, see nationally known acts perform. And this all happens outside, right by the water. Thompson's Point has become a destination music venue and every summer the magic grows stronger.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    See a concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

    There's no music quite like live music and Darling's Waterfront Pavilion has the massive stage to prove it. They bring in huge, national acts every summer and people come in droves to rock out, freak out, chill out and take in the tunes outdoors in the heart of Bangor.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Cross-Country Skiing at Pineland Farms

    Find a pair of used skis on the cheap and then you're off! Cross-country skiing in Maine is widely available whether it's in your own secret spot or on groomed trails at places like Pineland Farms, and it gets you outside without as much fanfare – or expense – as downhill skiing. It's also a terrific way to burn some of those extra "seasonal" calories. However, you're likely to put those calories right back into your body with an apres-ski visit to the Pineland market and its to-die-for bakery.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Explore the Desert of Maine

    Wait, what? A desert? In Maine? It's entirely true, and you can see it for yourself in Freeport. The Desert of Maine is a glacial desert that was once fertile farmland back in the 1700s. But after years of clear-cutting, sheep grazing and not rotating the crops, sand started to reveal itself. And voila: a desert! If you're into geology, tram rides and marvelling at how it's possible to have a desert in Maine, this is your spot.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Visit a Maine diner

    Few foods are comforting in quite the same way as diner food. From homemade pie to giant breakfast platters, a diner visit always hits the spot. The good news is that Maine's got several good ones including the iconic Moody's Diner in Waldoboro and the A1 in Gardiner. Chow down!
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Play disc golf

    It's a combination of Frisbee and golf, and it's caught on big-time in Maine over the past few years because it's a fun way to spend a few hours outdoors with friends while trying to outshine each other with your mad skills. There are more than 40 disc golf courses in Maine including Enman Field in Brunswick, Pleasant Hill in Scarborough and Woodland Valley in Limerick. Mark Twain once referred to golf as a "good walk spoiled," but we think he would have loved disc golf.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Eat mashed potato pizza at OTTO

    Pizza is a glorious thing, and the people at Otto take it to a whole other level with their mashed potato, bacon and scallion pie. As you sink your teeth into your first bite you'll savor the flavors of a winning combination of ingredients you didn't know you'd been missing out on. Otto has three locations in Portland, two in South Portland and one in Yarmouth.
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    Posted: October 17, 2017
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    Eat at DiMillo’s floating restaurant

    You'll be out to sea (sort of), while you dine at Maine's most famous floating restaurant. Retired from its sea-faring days , DiMillo's Restaurant & Lounge began its life in 1941 as a car ferry called "The New York." The 206-foot ship weighs 701 tons (more after you've eaten too much) and has room for more than 600 guests in the three interior and three exterior seating areas. It's been feeding tourists and locals since 1982. Ahoy!
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    Posted: October 17, 2017