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  • 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

  • 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

  • Get an intuitive reading with your 3-course dinner at Clay Hill Farm

    Beginning Monday, August 18, Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick is bringing back New Age Night - a three-course dinner paired with an intuitive reading. 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 about wine on a sailboat: Sunset Wine Sails in Casco Bay with Wine Wise

    These Sunset Wine Sails aren't simply wine tastings. You'll drink wine, no doubt about it, but instead of thoughtlessly tossing back the glass like you usually do, Archer will insist you pay attention to it. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 11 things to do with out-of-town friends & family in southern Maine

    These ideas will help you keep everybody entertained, well-fed and happily exhausted by day's end. Careful, though - your visitors are going to fall in love with Maine (and they're going to think you're the best tour guide ever) and they'll be coming back every year. Lucky you. 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

  • 14 Maine races that put “fun” before “run” – with colors, obstacles and mud

    There's a litany of upcoming obstacle courses, mud pits, colored powder showers, escaped fugitives and finish-line beers to keep us focused on anything but the fact that we're actually running. Read on

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