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The Loop

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  • Deer Isle hiking: Seas of granite, spruce woods, scenic islands

    There's a bounty of wonderful hiking to be had at a handful of nice conservation preserves on Deer Isle, thanks to the Island Heritage Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the State of Maine. Make the trek and enjoy! Read on

  • 3 Maine islands you should stay on this summer (for cheap or free)

    You don't have $500 to blow on an island adventure, but you need to get out of dodge — like, really really really out of dodge? I have 3 islands you should know about. You can stay at them for $0-60. Sweet. Islands are magic. Read on

  • Lessons about life and fishing Maine’s rivers

    Spend time on the river. Catching fish is casting for memories and you'll leave with a greater peace of mind and respect for nature. Read on

  • 7 of Maine’s most beautiful lakes

    You have GOT to see these amazing photos. We hand-picked the prettiest lakes in Maine, so you'll know where to go for a swim, paddle or just to gaze at the view. Read on

  • Schoodic Point: The premier destination in Acadia National Park

    If you want to find the most scenic and beloved spot inside Maine's famous Acadia National Park, you've come to the right place. 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

  • 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

  • Hiking: Treat your trail water to avoid a bad case of the nasties

    Out on the trail, drink lots of water and eat well. And if it's a long day hike or a backpacking trip, carry and use a water purification system. 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

  • Great hiking, great views at Great Pond Mountain

    In the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland, a granite bedrock trail leads to the extraordinary cliffs atop Great Pond Mountain and far-reaching views south to Acadia, Blue Hill and Penobscot Bay. Read on

  • 3 top summer canoe trips in Maine

    Here are the three best river trips in Maine if you're looking to experience our state and make memories you'll look back on for decades. Any experience level, any length of time - you're covered. Put it on the calendar. Read on

  • 7 of the most beautiful beaches within 45 minutes of Portland

    You could visit a different beautiful beach every day of the week - all within 45 minutes of the city. Beaches around here are a little like our restaurants; different ones appeal to different moods and different tastes. Read on

  • 10 easy paddles in southern-ish Maine: Calm waters to explore by kayak, canoe or SUP

    You don’t have to have be an expert paddler to explore many of Maine's waterways - and you don’t have to go far to find them. Read on

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