The Holidays are coming!
Don’t fight it. We mere humans are powerless against the kindness-engendering effects of Christmas. Besides, they once wrote a story about some old greedy dude who shirked holiday spirit for alone time and bottom line profits, and let me tell you, no one much liked him at all. So revel in the season, even if your way of reveling involves a bonfire, bar crawl, or cold-air sprint. We can all find something to get us into the spirit this December:
It’s only November. Early November. Most of us haven’t even pulled our winter coats out of storage yet. But the folks at Portland Harbor Hotel are thinking about the future. They’re planners, like that, and are probably already done with their Christmas shopping. The hotel’s annual Ice Bar is slated for January 23-25, 2014. And tickets are ALREADY ON SALE.
Maine Huts and Trails offers 80 miles of trail in Maine’s western mountains, with four huts along the way for respite and warming up or cooling down, depending on which season you’re in. Hike in the summer, cross-country ski or snowshoe in the winter. The Maine woods are happy to have you in any weather.
We’re ready for warm weather. We’re ready to leave the gloves behind. We’re ready to be outside without the risk of frost bite, slush-covered pants, and an ever-flowing runny nose. It’s be grand, winter. But we’re breaking up.
I ran into Mara, founder of Mainely Mara, as she was headed to source out some new deals (lucky us) fresh from a haircut at Head Games. Mara is one of those women that looks put together whenever you see her. I’ve bumped into her everywhere from downtown Portland to the aisles at Target and trust me, girl always looks good.
There are two distinct coat-wearer categories among Portland residents. The “function first” folks who gravitate towards a down hooded parka (I fall into this category) and then there’s the “fashion first” category (which I should fall into, but do not) for ladies and gents that know the best investment they can make for Maine winters is a chic topper.
“It starts snowing in November and we don’t see the ground again until May.” An old roommate once described a Maine winter that way. And while it may historically be true, the winters of recent memory – and, like, right now – don’t seem keen on abiding by the six-months-of-snow-covered-ground rule. It’s been warm-ish in Maine’s southern parts. The snow has melted. And the snowshoeing? Not great at the moment, unless you head farther west or north. So what does one do to keep occupied in Winter when the snow is being elusive? This stuff:
Do you all know how hard it is to look good in a puffy down coat? Though they’re a style staple when it comes to winter in Maine, it’s hard to make them look chic. This lovely Salt student and former New Yorker has it figured out.
Who needs a zipper on your coat when you can use a little Yankee ingenuity? This Augusta native and MECA graduate kept herself warm with a faux fur hat, Bean Boots and binder clips. Yes. You heard that right.
A French Toast Alerts System might prove handy here in Maine, too. Or a Ryan’s Irish Cream Alert System. Both are swell on a snow day. But weather forecasters are helpful to listen to, too. And they’re projecting quite the storm for Friday into Saturday. Events are being canceled. Driving anxiety is beginning to build. And people are starting to despair. I mean, it’s a storm! What are we gonna do!?!?