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  • Photos: PARK(ing) Day 2013: See the mini parks made from parking spaces

    Some parking spaces around Portland don't have cars in them today. They have parks. Small parks, sure, but parks nevertheless. It's PARK(ing) Day, and several local businesses are celebrating. The event is "an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks." Some are giving away cookies, some are encouraging passersby to draw, talk, or ride a smoothie-making bicycle. And they're all hoping you'll take a minute to consider the perks of open spaces. Read on

  • Pick up your wife: Registration open for Wife-Carrying Championships at Sunday River

    A good wife is lightweight and not easily dropped. At least it helps during a wife-carrying competition. Registration is now open for the annual Wife-Carrying Championships at Sunday River Read on

  • Maine Apple Guide: Pick-your-own orchards, recipes & apple etiquette

    It’s apple season in Maine. Maybe you've noticed. Whether you buy your apples pre-picked from the market or prefer to get all hands-on with the fruit and pick it yourself, we've got the apple guide to suit you. From pick-you-own orchards to apple recipes and even a few videos on apple-picking etiquette and apple storage, consider your apple needs fulfilled. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Fort Popham, ocean kayaking & lunch at Ledges Pub in Phippsburg

    I’ve learned that when traveling through most of Maine’s coastal towns there’s no reason to rush to get from here to there. Often the best part of the trip is when you pull a U-turn on a whim and make an unexpected discovery. Read on

  • First look at Arcadia National Bar: Your new favorite place for craft beer and Galaga

    It's open! Go play Galaga and pinball and Cards Against Humanity on someone else's couch. Arcadia opened Friday and, as of opening time, it was packed. Read on

  • See the light: Take a tour of Wood Island Lighthouse in Saco Bay

    As part of its fundraising efforts (restoring a centuries-old lighthouse is no cheap endeavor) Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse runs tours out to the island a few times a week during July and August. Read on

  • Maine Mini Adventure: Forget the outlets. Books, smoothies & beach in Kittery

    Maine's southernmost town has evolved into a mecca of good food, quaint stores and natural beauty. Read on

  • Bike a little to walk a lot: Baxter Boulevard to Mackworth Island

    There's plenty to see once you pedal over to Mackworth Island, including a pet cemetery, a beach, a walking trail that circles the island, and Baxter School for the Deaf. Read on

  • Learn to mountain bike: A free women’s beginner group meets weekly near Portland

    "Mountain biking is challenging and humbling. It’s dirty and buggy, and you will likely end up with bloody legs and bruised hips from falling, but somehow you will love it anyway. It’s addicting." (This has a 2-minute GoPro video of biking through Bradbury Mountain - cool). Read on

  • Saco lawnmower races: The most fun you’ll have for $5 on a Friday night (with video)

    This may be the Maine-est event I've ever had the pleasure of attending. It has all the ingredients for success: Bleachers in the woods, fair food, coolers full of cheap beer, gasoline and shiny trophies. Read on

  • 10 easy Maine hikes anyone can do: Great views for the casual hiker

    All these hikes are less than 2 miles. They're not difficult, but they are super gratifying. 6 of them are within an hour's drive of Portland. If you're not a hardcore hiker, but want a mountaintop view, here's our picks for you: Read on

  • Exploring the dog-friendly Maine summer side of Sunday River Mountain Resort

    Discover the dog friendly summer side of Sunday River Mountain Resort - ride the Chondola, have a picnic, take a hike, kiss under the covered bridge and cool off in a swimming hole. Read on

  • Ride horses on Peaks Island: Horse Island Camp offers trail rides along the ocean

    Sure, you've biked on Peaks Island, but have you galloped along the beaches? Have you trotted your horse up to old WWII forts? Well, you have to. It's just plain magical. Read on

  • Be courageous on the ropes course: Aerial Treetop Adventures at Gunstock, NH

    Tucked into the trees not far from Gunstock's base lodge, the ropes course consists of 91 different challenges - from bridges and swings to wooden barrels and cargo nets. The final course - black - is 50 feet up. Might not sound that high, but trust me, it's up there. Read on

  • Free women’s surfing lessons every Tuesday with Aquaholics in Kennebunk

    Nanci started the free surfing lessons 12 years ago to introduce more women the sport. It's free, but people have to sign up online the week before. That's right ... you can learn to surf - no gear or money needed. Just sign up and show up. Read on

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