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  • Amazing hiking, free camping, paddling at Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area in northern Maine

    20 miles of hiking trails, untold miles of paddling routes over lakes and ponds and several dozen primitive campsites allow for tripping into the wild and scenic interior of the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area for anything from a day excursion to a journey of a week or more. Read on

  • Skiing: Grand views, great skiing make me looney for Loon Mountain

    Powerful snowmaking, awesome grooming, a fun mix of trails and terrain plus amazing scenery make Loon Mountain a great place to ski and ride. Read on

  • Maine ski season dining guide: Where to eat on and near the mountains

    Of course you'll find pub grub, pizza and local beer, but also what may be a surprising variety of food and drink choices. Read on

  • Ride Maine’s snowy trails on a fat tire bike: the honey badger of the cycling world

    A new winter sport is growing in Maine — one that doesn't require expensive lift tickets or knee pads: Fat tire biking. The mountain bikes usually have 4- to 6-inch tires (compared to 2-inch tires on regular mountain bikes). Read on

  • Cold weather beach adventure: Reid State Park in Georgetown

    Reid State Park in Georgetown has a fairly private mile-long beach to walk along and beautiful views along the way. It's truly the perfect afternoon getaway in December - and you'll more than likely have the place nearly to yourself. Read on

  • 14+ can’t-miss winter events in Maine (most of which are in the snow!)

    The cold season can ice our spirits and bury our good natures under a half-ton of ash-colored slush. But we can break free from winter's frigid clutches with a little help from a toboggan, an ice bar, and a few well-placed snowballs. The key is strategy. Read on

  • This is the year you’re going to learn to ski: $29 lessons (w/rentals & lift ticket) at Sunday River

    Most of Maine's downhill ski areas offer lessons - even the smaller mountains. And the prices listed here include lesson, lift ticket (usually limited to beginner trails, which will help keep you out of trouble) and equipment rentals. But the deal at Sunday River is worth paying attention to. Read on

  • Maine’s hidden secrets #003: Five Islands Lobster Co.

    If you drive out to Georgetown during the operational summer months, you'll be another face in the crowd admiring the coastal scenery and enjoying fresh, buttery lobster tails. If you drive out during December, you'll be the only one there (and slightly cold), BUT it's worth it! Read on

  • Hiking: Explore the Whiskeag Trail and the many other conservation lands and trails of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

    Take a hike on the Whiskeag Trail or any of seven other preserves with foot trails in the scenic Midcoast region encompassing the ecologically rich Kennebec Estuary. Read on

  • Ski deal: Get a ride to the mountain and a lift ticket for a bargain with the Mainely Ski & Ride meetup

    There's a new meetup in Maine that wants to relieve some of the skiing hassle for you. You can get a bus ride to the mountain, a full-day lift ticket, coffee and a light breakfast during the drive up and snacks for the ride back - all for less than a lift ticket alone if you'd gone on your own. Read on

  • Hiking: Lots of nice scenery and sweet solitude to be found on the trails at Jamies Pond

    There are five miles of great hiking on six trails at the lightly-visited Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hallowell, where there's a pristine pond, big trees, stone walls and not a lot of people. Read on

  • Hiking, skiing & mountain biking: On top of the world at Stratton Brook Hut

    Now is great time to visit Stratton Brook Hut or any of the other three huts in the Maine Huts & Trails system. It's "self-service" at the huts until Dec 19, meaning you can enjoy an overnight stay at deeply discounted rates. Read on

  • Bath and Reid State Park make for a serene off-season trip: Here’s where to eat, shop and play (cheap)

    Reid State Park is one of the most beautiful places in Maine. It has sandy beaches with birds nesting in the dunes, a lagoon, forests and views of nearby lighthouses and lichen-covered islands. The park alone is worth the 55-minute drive from Portland. Read on

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hiking: Caribou Mountain a top pick for Maine’s best mountain day hike

    Caribou Mountain has all the elements of a perfect day hike: two clear and cold streams, a waterfall, extensive open edges and incredible summit views, all reached via a loop hike of moderate mileage. 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

  • 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

  • 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

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