Every January we pick a new spot in Maine’s woods to rent a cabin with friends. This year the destination is Long Lake in Bridgton. It’s a yearly tradition that seems to get better every year. Each January we pack our bags and head from our separate areas of New England to converse on the back country of my great state. I’m the only Mainer of the group. The others hail from Massachusetts and New Hampshire – Bridgton seems a lot more “remote” to them!
We spend four days exploring the hidden trails on snowshoes, skiing the local mountain, and sliding (like kids) on makeshift cookie sheets down the hill in the front yard towards the lakefront. Cookie sheets and mixing bowls, with a greased bottom, I’ll have you know, race downhill. The snow falls like crazy for and piles up on the frozen lake.
Board games, tending to th e fire, flying downhill on snowboards and a fridge full of ice-cold beer make for great ways to spend the days. Dinners of racks of ribs, steaks, and shrimp cocktail top off successful days outdoors. With 8 friends, you, too, can rent a beautiful lakefront cabin from www.homeaway.com and within a couple hours, escape the city, for about $60 each (total) for a long weekend. One of my favorite ways to escape the day-to-day monotony. Get outdoors!