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  • Ski in Maine for less this winter: 9 ski deals to act on right now

    Yes, it's only October, but you know what they say: The early bird saves up to 61 percent. But act soon, some of these deals end at the end of the month. Read on

  • Ski sales in Maine: Find your winter gear – cheap

    Maybe you're thinking "too soon! It's not even Halloween yet." News flash: You've already missed a couple ski swaps in Maine this year and Bangor's big'un is this weekend. Here's where to find deals this year 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

  • 29 stunning photos of fall foliage in Maine (and some perfect spots to leaf peep)

    Dang, those leaves sure do look purty this time of year. And while locals might give the influx of "leaf peepers" a hard time, there's truly no shame in staring. Read on

  • Get lost in the stalks: Corn Mazes in Maine

    They seem easy, but corn mazes can confound even the most capable problem solvers. Test your sense of direction (and maybe bring a cell phone, just in case) in one of Maine's corn mazes. Read on

  • Maine’s hidden secrets #001: Squirrel Point Light

    This new series will explore Maine's best, yet slightly lesser-known destinations - all in your back yard! Bringing photos, hikes and hot spots to your desktop! Read on

  • Ride your bike, eat apples and help out Community Bicycle Center

    No fall season is complete without a trip to an apple orchard and a cruise along some of Maine’s country roads to admire the fall foliage. Doing both of these by bikes means you’ve hit the fall trifecta. So pause for a moment to thank Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford for yet another unique cycling… Read on

  • Top 5 afterwork adventures close to Portland

    Find the top five destinations within a few minutes of Portland. Escape after work for serene views that'll make you appreciate the state in which you live. Read on

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    Wild ride on Maine river highlights North Woods’ potential

    The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through the new Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. 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

  • Things I wish I knew before vacationing in Baxter State Park: 8 tips for planning your next trip to the North Maine Woods

    I recently spent 10 days in Baxter State Park, and while I found a lot of articles on the various ways to hike Katahdin, there was little about other hikes, places to swim, which campgrounds are the best, etc. Even Maine guidebooks glossed over the park. And there were some things I would have liked to know. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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