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  • Casco makes for the perfect fall weekend: Wine, foliage views and odd antiques

    Casco is a little town near Sebago Lake. It makes for a perfect weekend fall trip: It's 50 minutes from Portland and everything you want to do is in a 2-mile radius. The leaf-peeping drive up Hacker's Hill alone is worth the trip. Read on

  • A close-to-shore island adventure in Harpswell

    The colors of fall or quick to come and fast to change. Get outdoors in the next few days before winds blow the beautiful leaves off the trees. This island adventure is in your backyard. Read on

  • 12 fall food and drink events in Maine to put on your calendar now

    Apples, pumpkins, barbecue, wine and beer, beer beer. There's never a shortage of food and drink events in Maine, but the fall calendar seems to be especially full of them. We've rounded up a smorgasbord of food festivals, dinners, and more tasty happenings around the state. Read on

  • 25+ can’t-miss fall events in Maine

    What we’ve rounded up are some of fall's highlights – things we think you shouldn’t miss if you’ve got a choice in the matter. Read on

  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo: It’s all about fall at Treworgy Orchard near Bangor

    Ifyou want a one-stop shop of all things fall (I'm talking corn maze, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, horse-drawn wagon, petting zoo, ice cream and a peanut butter and apple sandwich) then go to Treworgy Orchards in Levant. Read on

  • 15 Maine fall and winter races that put ‘fun’ before ‘run’

    Want to be chased by zombies? Want to be a running zombie? This is the list for you. We rounded up the funnest races in Maine this fall and winter. Most of them are 5k. You can do that. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick is bringing back New Age Night - a three-course dinner paired with an intuitive reading. The readings are 6 p.m. Mondays Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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