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18 ON THE WATER

FEATURES 10 THREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE YOUR SCREEN TIME AND RECHARGE YOUR SPIRIT

18 ON THE WATER:

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF BOATING & HOW TO GET ON THE WATER IN MAINE

28 HIT THE PEDALS: ENJOY A SCENIC, STELLAR RIDE AROUND PORTLAND

42 BETHEL 48 OVERLANDING:

THE LATEST TREND TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL!

56 MOOSEHEAD:

AN ADVENTUROUS TRADITION

59 MILLINOCKET 61 ALLAGASH SPLASH

31 WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

36 THREE YOGA

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PUBLISHER

Stanley J. Rintz III

FOUNDING PUBLISHERS

F

or this issue, we’d like to acknowledge the talented team that has brought you our 35th edition. Their amazing work has taken Activity Maine, and our sister media

titles, RaceME and the Maine Brew & Bev Guide, to the next level. My deepest gratitude to all: Jim Harnedy for more than

Stanley & Barbara Rintz

25 years of sales and editing, Larissa Davis, Kristina Roderick,

SENIOR EDITOR

Mike Leonard, Kay Stephens, and Robin Bean—you all are

Jim Harnedy

ART DIRECTOR

VIPs!

This 35th edition is dedicated

Larissa Davis

to the founding publishers, my

GRAPHIC ARTIST

parents, who both were still

Robin Bean Kristina Roderick Elizabeth Berry MacKenney

ABOVE: Founders Stanley J. Rintz Sr. (6/27/1930 - 1/2/2017) and

Barbara Bay Rintz (1/15/1934 – 5/3/2006)

a major part of the sales and

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Kristina Roderick

MANAGING EDITOR Kay Stephens

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Leonard

operations of each magazine,

keep pushing forward. She was

months before each of their

a true matriarch. While raising

passing. Both started this new

a family, she became the top

career in their early 50s, just

grossing sales person the last

as they were getting close to

15 years of her publishing

retirement and technology was

and sales career. She played a

archaic.

huge part in the production of

Mom and Dad, look how far

every magazine as she and my

Jim Harnedy Stanley J. Rintz Sr. Ann-Marie Rintz

we have come since 1984! To

Dad would stay up until dawn

Mom—whose unconditional

for three days straight, laying

COPY EDITOR

love for me and all my siblings,

out the magazine on light

has taught us to always be

boards and using the very first

positive, keep smiling, and to

desktop Mac computer with

ADVERTISING SALES

Elizabeth Rintz

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Johanna Billings Melanie Brooks Frances J. Folsom Jim Harnedy Garrick Hoffman LeeMarie Kennedy Alex Ribar Bobbie Randolph

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Kristina Roderick

MEMBER

Maine Tourism Association Convention & Visitors Bureau Maine Merchant’s Association Chambers of Commerce

OUR FIRST ISSUE: 48 pages, our first issue was filled with mom’s recipes, Maine history, and travel anecdotes.

THE COUNTY

REGIONS 7 KITTERY & THE KENNEBUNKS

12  THE SOUTH COAST

16  PORTLAND 31  WESTERN

LAKES & MOUNTAINS

42 BETHEL

MOOSEHEAD 59

46 RANGELEY 47  NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS

51  FARMINGTON

& WILMINGTON

53  THE HIGHLANDS

NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS 47

RANGELEY & OQUOSSOC 46 BETHEL 42

FARMINGTON/ WILTON 51

63 MIDCOAST 74  DOWNEAST

DOWN EAST 74

BANGOR 62 MIDCOAST 63

WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS 31

KITTERY AND THE KENNEBUNKS 7

ON THE COVER: Navigating to Long Lake from Brandy Pond

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ABOVE: Tribute issues to Mainers who serve: Firemen (1987-88), State Troopers (1991), and Coast Guard (1990).

1989

1993

25TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

2002

2004

the PageMaker program. She did the

d'oeuvres recipes made appearances in

"paste ups" literally, using Elmer's glue

every magazine (recipes which I would

partners and built relationships they

to add all the little clip art and fun

like to bring back to future issues).

valued and this is something I hope

sketches that brought life and humor

To Dad—the consummate salesman,

Both were loved by their advertising

to do as we move our publishing titles

to pages of the Regional Activities

who lit up a room and had the gift of

forward. As part of our remembrance

Guide of Maine before the digital era.

being an expert conversationalist. He

for this issue, we lost Ellie Stengle, a

She was a renowned cook, homemaker

asked a lot of questions and would

veteran of our Sales team who passed

and entertainer; her famous hors

actively listen to get to know a new

away last November. She is greatly

acquaintance or offer family members

missed.

some knowledgeable advice. He

acknowledgement to my

relationships were always important,

wife, Elizabeth,

which was also evident in his sales

for all her

accounts. Dad was a great teacher and

encouragement

planted goals in all of us in hopes they

and assistance

would grow and flourish.

throughout

I remember riding along on sales

together.

was a kid; it always seemed like they

See you out

and handshakes. I could see that the advertising relationships were deeper than contracts and marketing.

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our adventure

visits with both Mom and Dad when I were meeting old friends with hugs

ABOVE: My first issue doing sales in Portland.

I close with a heartfelt

had a sincere interest in people and

there!

Stanley J. Rintz, III


W

ELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN MAINE!

PHOTO BY MELISSA WESTON

Coastal Kittery is home to

KITTERY TO THE KENNEBUNKS

Summer Fun M

numerous factory outlet shopping malls, Kittery Naval Shipyard and an extensive Maine Tourism Information Center. Visit local Chamber of Commerce offices for more information about various towns and events throughout the region.

SUMMER FUN ON MAINE’S SOUTH COAST

By BOBBIE RANDOLPH

ILES OF WHITE SAND, SALTWATER TAFFY, long estuaries to explore by kayak, one of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses – what’s not to love

They welcome all skill levels, and offer bike and scooter rentals, too. The 220 grassy sites at Sea-Vu Campground (SEA-VUCAMPGROUND.COM)

about that stretch of shore between Kennebunkport

include shaded tent sites as well as RV sites with full hook-ups,

and York?

TV and WiFi. Everyone loves the setting overlooking the ocean,

The quartet of beach towns —Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit

well as the trolley stop at the front gate for car-free beach access.

and York — couldn’t offer more variety if they tried. Wells and York are all about families kicking back. Kennebunkport and

Experience a different coastal environment at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on Route 9. A mile-long interpretive trail

Ogunquit are known as more high-end enclaves, although their

winds through a coastal forest and along tidal marshes where

beautiful beaches are open to all and each offers a wide range

sightings of heron, egrets and sea birds are common:

of lodging and dining choices.

WWW.FWS.GOV/REFUGE/RACHEL_CARSON. Just

For a traditional shore dinner go to Mabel’s Lobster Claw (MABELSLOBSTER.COM.) If you’re lucky, the signature Lobster Milanese

and families appreciate the large pool and mini-golf course, as

across a tidal creek, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm has seven miles of walking trails. WWW. WELLSRESERVE.ORG.

– grilled shrimp and lobster – will be on the day’s menu. On

The Maine Diner on Route 1 in Wells is no secret: for more than

Route 1, taste craft beers at Sebago Brewing (SEBAGOBREWING.COM).

30 years it’s been serving fried clams, chowder, blueberry pie and

Get a different view of Cape Porpoise or the Kennebunk River on

all the other Maine coast favorites: WWW.MAINEDINER.COM. Get more

a guided tour with Coastal Maine Kayak and Bike (COASTALMAINEKAYAK.COM) in Kennebunkport or join them for paddle board lessons or tours.

[ see “Summer Fun,” page 9 ]

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KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS

Maine Diner and Remember the Maine Gift Shop With six million customers and counting – appearances on “The Today Show” and raves from the Phantom Gourmet – it takes quite a bit to get the Maine Diner all abuzz. However, in the summer of 2010, The Maine Diner hit another milestone as they were featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Maine Diner has been serving delicious food for more than 30 years. In addition to the extensive menu selections there are daily specials also made fresh to order. Enjoy chowders and stews, salads, seafood and steaks, comfort foods, burgers and sandwiches, and much more. Try one of their homemade desserts. Breakfast is served anytime! Be sure to visit the Remember the Maine Gift Shop located next to the Maine Diner. In May of 1997, the Gift Shop opened its doors to offer their customers an assortment of gifts from America's favorite Diner, The Maine Diner! Since opening day, Remember the Maine has grown to include gifts not only from the Maine Diner, but Maine memorabilia, collectibles, postcards, gourmet food and so much more—something for everyone.

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[“Summer Fun” continued from page 7 ]

suggestions of things to do at the Wells Chamber of Commerce visitor center or check WWW.WELLSCHAMBER.COM. Don’t think all the fun is within sight of the sea. Head inland to Sanford to find Mountain View Golf Range, a family-friendly center with mini-golf, a driving range and batting cages. MOUNTAINVIEWGOLFRANGE.COM

York is a family favorite, not only for its beaches (descriptively

WELLS

named Long and Short Sands), but for Maine’s most iconic

Miles of Beautiful Sandy Beaches

lighthouse, Nubble Light at Cape Neddick. Add The Golden Rod, WWW.THEGOLDENROD.COM, famed

over a century for its saltwater taffy, and

New England’s only zoo/amusement park at York’s Wild Kingdom, WWW.YORKSWILDKINGDOM.COM, and

you have a winner.

Family Owned & Operated

You can’t camp closer to the beach than at Libby’s Oceanside

Camping, WWW.LIBBYSOCEANCAMPING.COM in York Harbor, overlooking the

5 Miles to Ogunquit or Kennebunkport

OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN

mile-and-a-half Long Sands. Owned by the third generation of the family that founded it in 1923, Libby’s offers full hook-ups, TV and free WiFi, but best of all are the ocean views from nearly every site, and direct beach access.

Wi-Fi • 50 Amp • Cable TV

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BOBBIE RANDOLPH writes about her favorite Maine experiences, from camping and kayaking to skiing and dogsledding.

U.S. ROUTE 1 WELLS New Pool and Kiddie Pool Large Store • Putting Green 18 Hole Mini Golf • Rec Field Playground • Basketball • Bocce Horseshoes • Fitness Classes Recreation Hall/Function Room Picnic Tables and Fireplaces Shaded Tent Sites • Laundry Leashed Pets Welcome

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Reduce Your Screen Time and Recharge Your Spirit

I

By LEEMARIE KENNEDY

n a world that’s never been more easily connected,

term consequences such as

emotions, decreases stress

the average American spends about 11 hours per

disc degeneration, arthritis

and even enhances our

and chronic pain.

ability to solve life problems.

day on a device. According to the Nielsen Total

The good news is, spending

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Audience Report, whether we’re scrolling through

time outside is one of the

(SUP) is a fun alternative

social media, watching TV or video, swiping through

best ways to undo all that

to traditional paddling and

digital damage. Here are

provides a full-body workout

three outdoor activities that

at the same time. On top of

reverse the negative effects

engaging the entire upper

of screen time and recharge

body, SUP flexes deep core

your spirit:

muscles to keep you upright and cruising across your

mobile apps or perusing digital media, the majority of the population’s pastimes revolve around staring at a screen; which can be a little bit... disconcerting. This unprecedented

endeavors. And according

engagement with technology

to the Journal of American

is also causing an influx of

Medical Association, the

digitally-induced afflictions.

risk of developing Attention

1. PADDLING AND STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

“Facebook Depression,”

Deficit Hyperactivity

Paddling puts your muscles

2. HIKING THE ERGO WAY

for example, is an actual

Disorder (ADHD) symptoms

in the perfect position to

The world’s most tried,

disorder that correlates

more than doubles with high

open up the front line,

true and time-honored

social media usage to

screen use.

stretch and strengthen the

pastime — hiking, is one

favorite body of water.

depression and loneliness.

With all this time spent

shoulders and stimulate

of the easiest ways to get

“Cell Phone Addiction”

adapting the body to meet

the trapezius muscles to

away from your desk for

is also considered one of

our digital demands, the

combat all that hunching

even just an hour. Just you,

the greatest addictions of

physical effects of stress

over. Activities like kayaking

your backpack and the

the 21st century, causing

take their toll. The strained

and canoeing build overall

profound sounds of nature.

all kinds of physical and

position of the head and

endurance and can carry

The benefits of hiking are

psychological issues,

neck with device use is

us to some of the most

almost too many to list:

including rigidity and

known as “Tech Neck.” It

scenic destinations Maine

cardiovascular engagement,

muscle pain, ocular

causes unnecessary stress

has to offer. Some studies

decreased blood pressure

afflictions, fatigue, insomnia

on the spine and reinforces

show that our connection to

and stress, overall

and a loss of interest in

poor posture patterns—

nature increases attentional

enhancement in physical

social and recreational

bringing some serious long-

capacity and positive

and mental wellbeing, and

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THREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO


PHOTO COURTESY OF LIBERTY ROGUE OUTDOORS

PHOTO COURTESY OF PORTLAND PADDLE

most importantly: restored

decompression. It’s also

attention. There’s no WiFi

a chance to connect with

in the woods, so there’s no

nature in a truly immersive

temptation to break your

way.

focus. To maintain healthy

Whether it’s charging through the ocean waves,

alignment, however, choose

drifting down a flowing river

your backpack wisely.

or floating along a calm lake

Ergonomic backpacks are

or pond, swimming offers

padded for your spine,

you the chance to build up a

designed to reduce the strain

healthier spine and reverse

on your neck, easy to adjust,

the dreaded screen time.

and facilitate overall ease in

However you choose to

your hiking experience. Some

engage with the outdoors,

important features to look for

remember to put the phone

include wide straps, a waist

away. A simple reset is often

strap, multiple compartments

the best remedy for tech

to evenly distribute weight

burnout. Get outside, get

and proper contact of the

moving and experience all

body with the pack. The more

the offscreen Maine has to

adjustable the pack, the more

offer!

comfortable and enjoyable your hike will be.

3. SWIMMING Swimming is a low-impact aerobic activity that reduces joint stress, increases personal strength and promotes overall spinal

LEEMARIE KENNEDY is a copywriter and content marketing specialist in Boston, Massachusetts. When she’s not meticulously wordsmithing, she can be found teaching as a certified yoga instructor, exploring her own yoga practice, traveling the world, laughing, drinking coffee or eating something delicious.

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OLD ORCHARD Visit Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Scarborough for Summer Fun

M

By BOBBIE RANDOLPH

AINE’S LONGEST STRETCH OF SAND BEACH

of water sports — surfing,

delivered free throughout the

MAKES OLD ORCHARD BEACH a magnet for

paddleboarding, sailing,

area.

summer vacationers. And what a beach it is,

seven miles of soft white sand that’s meticulously

fishing and waterskiing. Quiet

This flat coastline is great

coves and tidal estuaries

to explore on two wheels,

invite canoes and kayaks.

and you can follow the

cleaned each night by volunteers. Backed by a band of

Scarborough Marsh has miles

Eastern Trail, a greenway

dune grass, the beach slopes gently into the surf, wide

of meandering channels alive

enough so even at high tide there’s space for everyone to find a patch of sand.

with birds, to explore on foot or in a kayak or canoe. Black Point Surf Shop (BLACKPOINTSURFSHOP.COM) in

That’s just Old Orchard.

A few miles away in Saco, at

Scarborough is a full-service

Smaller beaches spread north

the 18-hole Schooner Miniature

surf shop, with new and used

along Scarborough’s coast,

Golf (SCHOONERMINIGOLF.NET), there’s

surfboards and all the related

some – such as the beautiful

a big replica schooner and

equipment. Their surf lessons

Western and Ferry beaches

lighthouse. Every Thursday

include wetsuits and boards.

— protected by the long

evening there are free

peninsula of Prouts Neck.

fireworks at the beach.

Fun And Sun Rentals (FUNANDSUNRENTALS.COM) will bring

With all this coastline,

you anything from beach gear

you can expect a variety

to kayaks, paddle boards and sail boats — even bicycles,

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ABOVE: For thrills and excitement,

visit Palace Playland and take a ride on the Sea Viper, voted Yankee Magazine’s Best Thrill Ride for 2019.

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neparkinsonsride.com of backroads and trails for

recreational facilities, as well

bicycles. With beach parking

as a tenting area.

often at a premium, a bike is a

couples, and half a mile from

from your campground or

The Pier, Hid'n Pines Family

motel. There are bike racks on

Campground (MAINEFAMILYCAMPING.

the shuttle buses that connect

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the beach and Amtrak station

and large full-service lots,

to inland lodgings.

and you can see photos

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Catering to families and

handy way to get to the beach

also has basic tent sites

of each campsite before

The Pier and amusement

reserving. Family owned

park, Beachfront Condotel

Wassamki Springs Campground

(THEBEACHFRONT.COM)

(WASSAMKISPRINGS.COM) in

has two-bedroom and

Scarborough—Maine’s closest

studio units with kitchens

campground to Portland and

and Jacuzzis. Less than 10

Casco Bay—offers vacation

minutes from The Pier are the

and seasonal camping, full

neighboring budget-friendly

hookups, cable and WiFi.

Sea View Inn (SEAVIEWGETAWAY.COM)

Enjoy live entertainment,

motel and Waves Oceanfront

planned activities, swimming,

Resort (WAVESOCEANFRONT.COM), both

and recreational activities

with straightforward rooms

offered at the campground.

and kitchenettes. Two miles

Seacoast Rv Resort

north on Grand Beach in

(SEACOASTRESORT.COM) in Saco, a

Scarborough, The Holiday House

mile from Old Orchard and

(HOLIDAYHOUSEINN.COM) is a bed &

Scarborough beaches, is a

breakfast with ocean-view

residential community for 110

rooms (some have private

park model RVs only, with a

decks), and motel rooms that

pool, hot tubs and clubhouse.

include the use of a common kitchen.

If all the saltwater makes you hungry for seafood, you

RV owners and campers

won’t find it fresher than at

will find plenty of options.

Ken’s Place (207-883-6611) on Pine

outdoor writers & photographers wanted

A mile from the beach and

Point Road in Scarborough.

on the trolley route, family-

Nothing fancy, but ocean-

operated Old Orchard Beach

fresh fried clams, lobster rolls,

Email content@activitymaine.com with ideas or content!

Campground (GOCAMPING.COM) offers

chowders and a raw bar.

full hookup deluxe RV sites,

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cable TV and WiFi, a pool and


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Portland Paddle offers guided sea kayaking trips and paddleboard


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The rush of a river pouring over rocks — it’s no wonder

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out on the water, you’re missing out

we’re drawn to the water. Scientific evidence proves that

on what makes Maine unique,” said

best way to relax and reconnect in Maine this summer is to get

Yard, and Moose Landing Marina. The

aves crashing against a shore. The buoyancy of floating.

water, just the sound and the movement of it, relaxes us. And, the on a boat.

“If you’re in Maine and you’re not

Tracy Coughlin, marketing director for Freedom Boat Club, Yarmouth Boat Freedom Boat Club of Maine is helping more families discover recreational boating. Their rentals are moored in

Discover Boating, the world’s largest

Luckily it’s easy to do that in Maine.

Portland, Yarmouth, and Naples. Steve

online guide to recreational boating,

Our state is filled with pristine lakes

Arnold, owner of the Freedom Boat

is tapping in to research conducted

and rivers as well as 3,478 miles of

Club franchise and the two marinas,

by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a marine

coastline to explore. Our blue waters

started the program last year out of the

biologist and author of Blue Mind, to

beckon you to grab a boat — any boat

Yarmouth Boat Yard. The premise is so

promote the health benefits of boating.

—and experience the happiness that

popular they doubled their projected

“We now know, thanks to science, that

comes from being out on the water.

membership last year from 30 to 60.

the mere sight and sound of water

Nearly 40 percent of visitors to Maine

Here’s how the Freedom Boat Club

promotes wellness by lowering cortisol,

in the summer of 2018 took part in

works. You sign up to become a

increasing serotonin, and inducing

water activities, according to research

member, pay a monthly fee, and get

relaxation,” said Dr. Nichols. “It only

by the Maine Office of Tourism. Most

unlimited access to their 22- to 24-

makes sense that being on a boat is one

of those visitors were from other New

foot Sea Fox boats moored in southern

of the best ways to access the wellness

England states, traveling with their

Maine. Members also enjoy access to

benefits of the water.”

kids.

other Freedom Boat Clubs across the country. “It’s a great way for people to

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PHOTO BY MELANIE BROOKS

By MELANIE BROOKS


“Boating provides the means to get outside of daily routines, allowing our brains to reset, think beyond our current circumstances, and connect to nature.” SEBAGO LAKE This southern Maine lake is the second largest lake in the state after Moosehead. It’s the deepest lake in all of New England, making it a favorite with motorboating enthusiasts. Thanks to its location, (just 30 minutes from Portland) fishing opportunities

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MAINE HIGHLANDS

and crystal clear water, make it a consistent draw for visitors from

try out the boating lifestyle without

■■ Boating is playful. Watersports are a

across New England. There are many

making a huge investment in their

source of play, which trigger the body’s

marinas along the lake where you

own equipment,” Coughlin said. Not

natural feel-good chemicals.

can fuel up, rent a boat, or purchase

only does Freedom Boat Club of Maine

a boat for your own family fun.

Maine is filled with opportunities

offer beautiful boats and top-notch

to get on the water. Whether you’re

If you’re heading to Sebago Lake,

service, they also train you how to

looking to explore one of our beautiful

check out Sebago Lake Marina, Long

safely use and maneuver the boats.

bays on the Atlantic or go tubing

Beach Marina, Kettle Cove Marina,

“Boat Clubs are changing the way

around one of the vast many inland

Richardson’s Boat Yard, Panther Run

people vacation; it’s a brand new way

lakes, boating in Maine is a fun-filled

Marina, and Port Harbor Marine.

of boating in Maine,” Coughlin added.

activity all summer long. Here are

Boating provides the means to get

some of our favorite places to take

CASCO BAY

outside of daily routines, allowing our brains to reset, think beyond our current circumstances, and connect to nature. Here are more benefits to

A popular inlet of the Gulf of Maine

your motorboat this summer:

on the southern coast, Casco Bay is

MOOSEHEAD LAKE

certainly a working waterfront. It’s also

Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in

boating:

Maine and one of the state’s crownw

■■ Boating resets our brain. We work

jewels. The lake is approximately

hard and getting out from behind

40 miles by 10 miles and is home to

our desks gives our brains (and our

more than 80 islands. You may even

bodies) a change of pace. Boating is a

see a moose hanging out in one

fun, active activity that you can do by

of the quiet coves of this massive,

yourself or with a group. Being on the

rural lake. There are public boat

water is as different from your cubicle

launches in Greenville, Rockwood,

as it gets.

and Seboomook. If you don’t have

■■ Boating is meditative. The ebb and

your own motorboat, you can rent

flow of the water is relaxing. Bobbing

one at Wilson’s on Moosehead,

along in a boat, breathing in fresh air,

The Birches Resort, or Wilson Pond

helps connect you to nature.

Camps.

a great spot for exploring the islands

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that make the bay a unique setting for exploration. Motor your boat out of Four Points Marina and start island hopping. Explore the sandy beaches of Long Island or fine dining on Chebeague Island, Peaks Island, or Great Diamond Island. Bring along your camera and binoculars to spot seals and sea birds.

BELGRADE LAKES If pristine and serene are two adjectives that appeal to you, head north from Augusta and spend some time on the water in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes Region. You’ll want to pack your fishing pole for this trip. The Belgrade Lakes are a chain of seven freshwater lakes that range in size from 500 acres to more than 8,000 acres. Each of these lakes has a public boat launch and PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MAINE HIGHLANDS

excellent fishing (just be sure you have the proper license). Visit the Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group to find local businesses that will make your boating trip to this region a memorable one.

LINCOLN LAKES You Make the Memories We Manage the Maintenance

Home to 13 lakes — and some of the most beautiful, relaxing views you’ll see in the state of Maine — the Lincoln Lakes Region is a lovely spot for some boating fun. The downtown area is located right on the shores of Mattanawcook Pond. There are six public boat launches in Lincoln, giving you access to several lakes and the Penobscot River. You can also fish for brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, white perch, pickerel, and smallmouth bass. Ready to launch your watercraft? Check out the hundreds of public boat launch sites on the Maine.gov website and enjoy the beauty of Maine from the cockpit this summer.

3 Locations in Maine ~ Portland, Yarmouth & Naples

FreedomBoatClubMaine.com 207.650.9374

MELANIE BROOKS has had the pleasure of writing and photographing her home state of Maine for the past 12 years. You can find her work at www. melanie-brooks.com.

the nation’s oldest and largest boat club. Affordable membership plans offer unlimited usage of our fleet of center and dual consoles, pontoon boats, and deck boats at our three Maine locations. One is at Moose Landing Marina in Naples and the other is on Casco Bay at Yarmouth Boat Yard. Members also have access to boats at 180+ clubs across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Guests, children and pets are welcome and free unlimited training with U.S. Coast Guard Captains is included. For more info, visit FREEDOMBOATCLUBMAINE.COM or call 207-650-9374.

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

Freedom Boat Club Enjoy maintenance-free boating with Freedom Boat Club,


HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THE MAILBOAT RUN?

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PORTLAND’S ICONIC FERRY, CASCO BAY LINES, services the islands of Casco Bay and offers a full schedule of cruises for those looking for way to get out on the water this summer! Don’t own a boat? No problem! The locals’ favorite way to experience Casco Bay is on the Casco Bay Lines Mailboat Run. The Mailboat is a true working boat that departs the Portland terminal twice a day, 365 days a year, carrying passengers, mail and freight to Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff and Chebeague Islands. As the oldest running service of its kind, this boat is the lifeline for those living on the islands and offers landlubbers an opportunity to adventure along Maine’s rugged coastline. Ready to cruise? Visit cascobaylines.com, choose your cruise, pack a picnic lunch and a cooler, purchase your tickets in the terminal and come aboard!

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JUNE 28-30 Maine YogaFest (MYF) is Maine's premiere yoga festival offering a diverse selection of yoga workshops across multiple styles. Taught by local and regional teachers, we celebrate all that yoga is and does for us, physically, mentally and spiritually!

Over the course of the 2+ days of the weekend, you'll have the opportunity to plug into this vast yoga community and experience a diverse program infused with talented yoga practitioners, instructors, artists, musicians, sponsors and vendors. Bring a friend or make new friends, it's a festival!

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ABOVE: Happy guests aboard Portland Schooner Company's Bagheera

Portland Schooner Company has been making memories for Casco Bay visitors since 2002. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Scott Reischmann and Michelle Thresher, they offer an authentic, Old World sailing experience from May through October aboard Portland’s only historic windjammers. Whether you’re looking to experience the Portland waterfront from a unique perspective or just hoping to step back to a simpler time for a couple hours, Portland Schooner Company offers an experience you don’t want to miss. The adventure begins aboard one of their classic wooden schooners, Wendameen or Bagheera. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both schooners were designed by famed naval architect, John G. Alden, in the early 1900s and built by some of the best craftsmen in the world at the shipyards of East Boothbay, Maine. Two-hour sails depart from the Maine

two-hour sails private charters overnights 207-766-2500 portlandschooner.com

State Pier in Portland’s Old Port and are offered four times daily, presenting visitors with a perfect vantage point for viewing Portland’s unforgettable sights and sounds – from lighthouses and seabirds to seals and the rocky coastline. The friendly, professional crew is not only there to provide you with a safe trip… they’re happy to share a bit of Casco Bay history and trivia. You’re invited to join in any way you’d like: hoisting the sails alongside a deckhand, taking a turn at the ship’s wheel, or just relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze and salt air. And you’re welcome to bring food and drink, including beer and wine, aboard. The cost for a two-hour sail is just $44 for adults and $22

located at the Maine State Pier adjacent to Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal

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for children. Buy tickets at PORTLANDSCHOONER.COM, or call 207-766-2500. If you’ve got more time to spend on Casco Bay, Portland Schooner Company also offers charters for family or corporate functions, lunchtime lobster bakes on scenic Cow Island, and overnight excursions where you can spend an evening nestled in a quiet island anchorage.


Freeport, Maine FREEPORT IS A PICTURESQUE HISTORIC TOWN LOCATED ON THE SHORES OF CASCO BAY 20 minutes north of Portland. It is renowned for being the original home of the world famous L.L. Bean store. Over the years other retailers were drawn to the town, now know for its outlet shopping. There are also dozens of locally owned and operated stores, shops, boutiques, and of course many wonderful restaurants.

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HIT 

THE PEDALS

ENJOY A SCENIC, STELLAR RIDE AROUND PORTLAND

Text & photos GARRICK HOFFMAN

A

fter the spring thaw when the warmth and summer sunshine begin to stick

around, a dizzying array of activities opens to outdoor lovers. And now, after another long winter and a particularly cruel spring, here in Maine, some bicycling is indubitably in order.

ABOVE: Cailyn Burke of Saco pauses for a moment to take in the scenery at Bug Light Park in South

Portland. LEFT: Riding along the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland, past the renowned graffiti wall.

There are 70 miles of trails and green

adventurous and dynamic route, this

space in Greater Portland, according to

approximately 16-mile bike ride isn’t

non-profit organization Portland Trails,

terribly strenuous, takes about three

which builds and maintains the trails.

hours (depending on pace) and enables

This means there are plenty of trails to

you to see a myriad of scenic Portland

take, whether you’re running, biking,

landmarks – and drink beer! You’ll see

walking, rollerblading, scootering

and experience Baxter Boulevard, Casco

or performing an endless series of

Bay, the Old Port, the Casco Bay Bridge,

cartwheels while juggling chainsaws,

South Portland’s Green Belt Trail, Bug

which I wouldn’t recommend.

Light Park and, of course, a couple

However, I would recommend one particular trail for bicycling enthusiasts. A picturesque,

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breweries.


ABOVE: Riding through Bug Light Park in South Portland. LEFT: The CMYK IPA at Goodfire Brewing in Portland.

START HERE Begin by parking in the Back Cove parking lot, located across the street from Hannaford Supermarkets on Forest Avenue, which is accessible off Exit 6B from I-295 north or Exit 6A from I-295 south. From here, hop onto the beautiful Baxter Boulevard trail. This is a scenic trail with amazing views of Back Cove that touches upon Edward Payson Park. Follow this all the way until you get to the trail that hugs I-295 south, where a barricade will keep you safe from all the motorists like Sammy Hagar who can’t drive 55. This is when you’ll deviate off this part of the trail and head under the bridge of I-295, known as Tukey’s Bridge. This will lead you to the Eastern Promenade Trail to the left, where a series of beguiling scenes await you. Follow this straight for more nearly two miles, marveling at the 360-degrees of arresting charm and

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ABOVE: Foulmouthed Brewing.

beauty (that is, after you pass

Road, then take a left onto

the East End Treatment Plant)

the paved path right after

until the trail transitions into

Hannaford, called the Green

Commercial Street. This is

Belt Walkway. Follow this

where you’ll get the most

straight all the way until you

urban conditions and, thus,

reach Bug Light Park, and take

traffic, (as well as pedestrian

in a stunning panoramic view

activity) so use caution as

of Portland and Casco Bay.

you proceed all the way down

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

ABOVE: Taking a break with a CMYK IPA at Goodfire Brewing in Portland.

enjoy this – the terminus of

Bridge. I’d suggest taking a

the first half of your bike ride

right onto High Street, a left

and turn around and go back

on York Street, then getting

the way you came. (Indeed,

on the pedestrian side of

this unfortunately is not a

the bridge to the left since

loop trail, but it’s so dynamic

it feels safer than the bike

and ever-changing that it

lane on the other side. It also

hardly matters.) Only this

provides an easier exit from

time, be sure to pull off the

the bridge. Just be mindful of

Eastern Prom Trail by Tukey’s

and courteous to pedestrians.

Bridge and head over to

When you eventually see the

Goodfire Brewing, Lone Pine

exit to the left, follow this

Brewing, or any of those other

instead of continuing down

breweries in that area.

the entire bridge. When you get off, you’ll land on an enchanting cobblestone strip in what’s known as Thomas Knight Park, where you can take in the views of Portland beneath the bridge. Just past this is Foulmouthed Brewing on the right, where you can stop for both beer and a

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After taking a moment to

until you reach the Casco Bay

snack. After that refreshing pause, continue straight on Ocean Street, then to Cottage

After all, as Bissell Brothers is wont to say, “you earned it, bud.” GARRICK HOFFMAN is a freelance writer and photographer living in Portland. Follow him on Instagram, @satisfaction_garrickteed, and visit his blog at GarrickHoffman.com.


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his region of western Maine, filled with sparkling lakes and ponds, cascading rivers and streams, waterfalls and covered bridges, is the ideal

setting for outdoor activities. This is the place to fish, kayak,

climb a mountain. Bike the

swim, hunt and mountain

rural byways. Try a zipline

bike. Experience world-class

adventure. Hit a few golf balls.

bass, trout, and salmon

Ride your ATV on miles and

fishing. Glide along a lake in

miles of maintained trails.

your canoe or kayak. Venture

The Appalachian Trail passes

into the woods for a hike, or

through the Mahoosuc Range,

Four-season lakeside accommodations (extended stay in winter) Rooms equipped with kitchenettes, screened-in porches Charming lakefront cottages with full kitchen and bathroom

providing a single or multiday backpacking trek.

Complimentary Wi-Fi, canoes and kayaks, continental breakfast

Tree-lined main streets, friendly towns, country fairs and festivals, one-ofa-kind museums, antique shops, boutiques, unique eateries—it’s all here in the Lakes and Mountains Region of western Maine. Don’t miss the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic. ABOVE: PHOTO BY MICHELLE LIBBY

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ABOVE: Enjoying Sebago Lake, June 2019. Moose Landing Marina The largest on-the-water facility in the lakes region, Moose Landing Marina’s 15-acre property has more than 1,000 feet of water frontage and offers easy access to both Long and Sebago Lakes. Located just minutes from Portland on Brandy Pond in Naples, Maine, Moose Landing’s full-service marina has more than 200 deep water slips, a convenient boat launch ramp, a double-sided fuel dock, and a huge fleet of rental boats. An authorized dealer and service center for Yamaha marine engines, Moose Landing is the largest pontoon and deckboat dealer in New England representing Aqua Patio, BRIG Inflatables, Hurricane, Ranger Tugs, Regal, Sanpan, Starcraft, and Sweetwater boats. Their team of expertly trained technicians can assist with everything from basic preventative maintenance and routine repairs to electronics installations, fiberglass and gelcoat cosmetic services, to engine overhauls and repowers. For more info, visit MooseLandingMarina.

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Include a Stop at the U.F.O. in Naples! The Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.) is located in the Shop n Save shopping center on the corner of Routes 302 and 35 in Naples, Maine. The U.F.O. offers over 2500 square feet of liquor, wine and craft beer choices. It is an agency liquor store, offering over 1700 liquor, 1800 wine, 800 craft beer, 180 nips/pints and 150 cider selections! From hard apple cider to seasonal brews, you’ll find them here! From fruity reislings to rich merlots, this store provides them! From a smooth vodka to a warm whiskey, browse them at the U.F.O.! This remarkable store not only offers discount beverages but also great prices on cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products. Labeled the “Wine Capital of Maine,” the store expanded in 2015 to add the Craft Beer Runway, which leads to the Lost Moose Campground tasting center where wine and beer tastings are held. The U.F.O. also supplies a selection of cold wine and beer for the customer’s convenience. Visit us at 639 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302) in Naples. Open Daily September–June: Sun.–Thu. 9am–8pm, Fri.–Sat. 9am–9pm. July–August: Sun.–Thu. 9am–9pm, Fri.–Sat. 9am–10pm. Check out our website at www.umbrellafactoryofmaine.com and like us on Facebook!

Over 800 Craft Beer Choices More thank 150 Hard Ciders Great Prices on Wine

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3 YOGA POSES OUTDOORS

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF MAINE FARMINGTON

TO PRACTICE IN THE MAINE

By LEEMARIE KENNEDY

TREE POSE

A

s the weather gets warmer and the days stretch out longer, Mother Nature presents us with an abundance of opportunities to bask in summer mindfulness. There’s no simpler way to

get lost in the moment than by spending the perfect present being perfectly present. Whether it’s a hike along your favorite trail, paddling down a rushing river or picking the season’s plumpest blueberries,

1. A MOUNTAIN TOP MOUNTAIN POSE Mountain Pose, or “Tadasana,” is the single most foundational pose in yoga. To practice it, the yogi stands tall and straight, stacking the spine upright while rooting the feet into the earth.

the outdoors can offer us countless chances for deep self-reflection,

It’s from this pose that all other poses

restoration and wonder.

stem. As yogis flow through more progressive movements, maintaining Tadasana, authenticity is what keeps

Adding yoga and meditation to the list

autonomic functions and offer a myriad

them safely aligned. This stacked

of outdoor activities that can awaken

of other physical and mental health

positioning facilitates ease in seated

the senses feels like a no-brainer.

benefits.

meditation — a pivotal part of yoga.

An article from Psychiatry Research:

With the many majestic destinations

Practicing Tadasana on top of a

Neuroimaging shows that meditation

Mainers have to choose from, it seems

mountain is an awe-inspiring way to

plays an active role in positively

only fitting to explore them as places

become one with the outdoors. Since

changing brain matter and increases

to practice yoga and meditation. Here

it’s also the first posture in the series,

overall well-being and quality of life.

are three of the best yoga poses you

“Sun Salutations A,” flowing through a

And according to the International

can strike to become one with Maine’s

few rounds is a great way to welcome

Journal of Preventive Medicine, yoga

natural beauty:

the dawn and channel the ancient yogis

has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve a vast number of

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with mindful morning movement.


DEER ISLE, PHOTO BY AMY SHEPARD

OCEAN BREATHS

MOUNTAIN POSE

Tree pose, or “Vrksasana,” is a

3. FLOW THROUGH EASY SEATED OCEAN BREATHS

balancing posture that explores the

Ocean Breath, or “Ujjayi Pranayama,”

Merging it with Maine’s most

deep connection between our inner

is known as the “Breath of Victory.”

compelling outdoor destinations is one

roots and the Universe. To practice

This deep, measured yogic breath is

of the best ways to nurture yourself…

it, place the sole of one foot on the

practiced by inhaling fully through

with nature.

inside of the opposite calf or thigh.

the nose, keeping the lips sealed and

You can adopt a “mudra” or symbolic

breathing out through the nose. The

hand gesture to draw yourself further

length of each exhale is equal to the

inward, or grow your branches into

length of each inhale. The breath

the sky and sway them playfully in the

originates from the base of the throat

breeze.

and creates a hoarse, whisper-like

2. GROW YOUR OWN TREE

The best way to experience Tree

noise upon release (think Darth Vader).

Pose is in your favorite stretch of

You can practice Ocean Breath to help

woods. Strive to become one with the

maintain focus, invigorate the senses

elements, fixing your gaze on a faraway

and distribute dynamic breath through

focal point or “drishti” and taking deep,

the entire body.

relaxing breaths of fresh, forest air.

crashing waves, keeping your thoughts on the power of the present and the force of your Ujjayi Breath. Yoga means “Union” in Sanskrit.

LEEMARIE KENNEDY is a copywriter and content marketing specialist in Boston, Massachusetts. When she’s not meticulously wordsmithing, she can be found teaching as a certified yoga instructor, exploring her own yoga practice, traveling the world, laughing, drinking coffee or eating something delicious.

Find a comfortable seat on the sand of your favorite Maine beach, close your eyes, place upward-facing palms on your lap and begin to flow this energizing breath through your system. Work to sync up to the sound of the

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THE MAINE TRIFECTA Looking to play more than just one great golf course on your next vacation? Want to go someplace that you can relax and not spend an arm and a leg? The Maine Trifecta is the perfect solution! Here is a unique deal called the “Maine Trifecta,” which allows golfers to play three beautiful courses; Spring Meadows in Gray, Fox Ridge in Auburn and Poland Spring in Poland. This deal includes all of the green fees and carts for 18 holes each day plus 2 nights lodging, and 4 meals at the Poland Spring Resort.

POLAND SPRING GOLF COURSE is considered the oldest golf course in America. Famed architect, Donald Ross, designed the Links style course. Spectacular views of the White Mountains, velvet bend grass greens, beautiful well maintained fairways, ponds, and tees for all abilities.

SPRING MEADOWS GOLF COURSE A naturally beautiful and challenging layout offering plush fairways and superb greens. “A venue worth the drive… a sweetly sublime design from Maine architect laureate Brad Booth.” Golf Digest

FOX RIDGE GOLF COURSE Rated among Maine’s most challenging 18-hole golf courses and former home of the Maine Open. Designed to take advantage of the natural lay of the lay, which will demand every shot in your bag. Fox Ridge is ranked top 10 in Maine by Golf Digest.

THE MAINE TRIFECTA PACKAGE The Maine Trifecta Package includes 2-nights lodging at the Poland Spring Resort, which has comfortable accommodations in three different inns, or cottages. All meals are served at the Maine Inn, buffet style, all-you-caneat. The Resort has loads of amenities including grass tennis courts, swimming, bocce, shuffleboard, boating, and lots more. This rate is per person, double occupancy, plus 17% service charge, and Maine sales tax. FMI Call (207) 998-4351, find us on Facebook or go to: MAINETRIFECTA.COM.


ROUTE 26

THE ROAD TO MANY MAINE ADVENTURES

L

OCALS AND VISITORS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO AND EXPERIENCE THESE RAREUNIQUE PLACES all less

than an hour from each other on the picturesque Route 26 in western Maine. The road meanders through gorgeous countryside and boasts culturally, historically, and ecologically significant attractions. Just 30 minutes north of Portland, a family can spend a day or several days visiting these destinations for very little money – a true value! The gems include: The Maine Wildlife Park, New Gloucester Shaker Village, Poland Spring Resort and Golf Course, Maine State Building Museum, Poland Spring Bottling Museum, McLaughlin Garden and Homestead and Oxford Casino and Hotel. Fenn Park has it all! Located

video analysis to on course

across from the 18-hole

instruction!

Poland Spring Resort you

Smedberg’s roadside stand

will find miniature golf, a

was originally built in 1967

disc golf park with private

and operated by Roger and

and group golf lessons and

Gayle Smedberg, and Roger

a delux driving range. Plus,

Smedberg Jr.

you can reward yourself

Recreation - Wildlife - History - Culture

Visit the Gems of

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm

at the ice cream shop that

is an experience unlike any

serves Gifford’s Ice Cream

other. Stop by and check out

specializing in cones, sundaes

their homemade baked goods

and more!

including pies, bread, and

The driving range at Poland

PHOTO BY JOYCE LOVE

Maine Wildlife Park

McLaughlin Garden Homestead

26 Route

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Gayle’s delicious baked beans

Spring Resort stretches over

and chicken pies. Smedberg’s

330 yards in length with

fully-stocked greenhouses

spectacular views of Mount

feature beautiful annuals,

Washington. There is a

hardy perennials, fertilizer,

practice bunker and several

soils, as well as seedlings

different target greens for

and plants. Smedberg’s all-

you to work on different

natural home-grown beef and

distances and clubs in your

pork comes from animals

bag. The Golf Learning Center

raised on the farm, fed from

has all facets of improving

the field with no added

your game covered from

hormones. Also available:

Poland Spring Resort ~ Preservation Park ~ Maine State Building

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ABOVE: Smedberg’s Farm Celebrates their 50th PHOTO COURTESY OF SMEDBERG’S FARM

Fenn Park at Poland Spring Resort Gifford’s Ice Cream Eli’s Root Beer Floats & More! Bring your family and friends! Open until dusk All Summer! 547 Maine Street (Route 26) Poland Spring www.polandspringresort.com

DRIVING RANGE DISC GOLF MINI GOLF

chicken, bison, lamb, turkey,

has dedicated more than

seafood and live lobster.

20 years to gemcutting and

Oxford Casino, located in the heart of southern Maine,

pursuit of Maine gemstones.

just minutes from Exit 63

He facets and carves gems

off the Maine Turnpike is

with one goal in mind: create

your destination for wicked

the brightest, cleanest, most

good fun. The casino offers

beautiful jewels possible.

a unique gaming and

He designs jewelry to

entertainment experience

perfectly enhance, perfectly

unlike any other. From table

complement a beautiful

games to slot machines,

gemstone. Julie has more

their non-stop gaming action

than 12 years experience

delivers a thrill a minute to

in business management

fortune seekers, and their

and customer service and a

on-site restaurant and full

lifetime of appreciation for

bar provide places to refuel.

fine jewelry. This, combined

The Inside Scoop offers their

with her knowledge of styles

own delicious homemade ice

and trends, both current and

cream that is made on-site!

traditional, guarantees her

They have soft serve ice cream

customers’ satisfaction.

featuring flavor-bursts, fresh

The McLaughlin House and

waffle cones, and yummy

Garden are a historic house

sweet treats. They also offer

museum and associated

non-dairy treats, sugar-free

specimen garden at 97 Main

ice cream, ice cream cakes

Street in South Paris, Maine.

and Inside Paws Treats for

In 1936 Bernard McLaughlin

furry customers. You have the

began planting what would

option of inside service with

become one of Maine’s

seating, a walk up window or

most beloved gardens. A

drive thru service for your

century-old Maine farmstead

convenience.

with massive stone walls

Creaser Jewelers owners

and huge barn provided a

Dennis and Julie Creaser

unique background for his

have turned their love of

sophisticated collection of

gemstones and jewelry into

trees, woody shrubs, and

a thriving small business

perennials. The landmark

which specializes in Maine

two-acre garden is open daily

gemstones (Maine tourmaline,

to the public from May to

Maine amethyst), fine jewelry

October, free of charge.

and custom design. Dennis

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jewelry design – and the


• Expert in-house repair & jewelry restoration • Fine Jewelry

• Maine Tourmaline

• Custom Design

• Maine Amethyst

• Gem Cutting

• Mineral Museum

145 Main Street, South Paris, Maine • 800.686.7633 • www.creaserjewelers.com •


COURTESY OF BETHEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BETHEL

PHOTO BY GABE PERKINS

B

ETHEL IS A YEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR

PARADISE. Summer brings excellent hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and fishing, or

just relaxing near a local swimming hole or at a spa. A wide variety of lodging and shopping, as well as dining options to suit every taste, await

do some hiking, paddling, biking, wildlife watching, or sightseeing. Come enjoy all that Bethel’s mountain village has to offer: wonderful community events, performances, shopping, golf,

events in the summer and fall months. Experience

mountain biking, and lots

landscapes. From canoeing and fly fishing one of

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year to get outside and

you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful the historic village and beautiful mountain

PHOTO BY GABE PERKINS

This is a lovely time of

more at Sunday River Resort. Campgrounds are open and local accommodations await;

the many local rivers, streams or ponds to miles of

visit this summer and explore

cycling, hiking and mountain bike trails, Bethel is a

what Bethel has to offer

true four-season recreational destination.

during each unique season.


WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

events | Bethel Area

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JULY 5-7 River Rock Music Festival Sunday River. Presented by Lighthouse Events, this Christian music celebration has some of the top artists in Christian music coming to perform in the mountains. riverrockfestival.com, 800-543-2754 JULY -AUGUST 24th Annual Source to Sea Androscoggin River Watershed Council, whose mission is to continuously improve environmental quality, encourage stewardship and promote healthy and prosperous communities in the Androscoggin Watershed, hosts a journey of nearly 170 miles, from Umbagog to the Atlantic Ocean in Merrymeeting Bay. androscogginwatershed.org 207-754-8158 JULY 6 30th Annual Bethel Art Fair Bethel Town Common. Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, fireworks and more. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, bethelartfair.com, 800-442-5826 JULY 19-20 New England Forest Rally Sunday River & surrounding area. Regional and national rally racing pros take on the back roads of western

Maine and northern New Hampshire. newenglandforestrally.com JULY 20 Molly Ockett Day & Molly Ockett Day Classic Road Races Bethel Town Common. Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event for over 50 years. Artists and crafters, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, pony rides, frog jumping contest, food, fireworks, & more. Road races: 5- and 1-mile runs, 1-mile kids’ run, diaper dash too! Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. mollyockettday.com, 207-824-2282 JULY 13-14 58th Annual Western Maine Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School,

284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. Gems, minerals, crystals, books, magazines, fossils, jewelry, door prizes, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much more. Entrance fee $3, under 12 is FREE. 9am-4pm. mincoll@ megalink.net, 207-665-2759 JULY 27 10th Annual Tough Mountain Challenge Sunday River. Thrill-seeking competitors face natural and manmade obstacles on a 5k alpine terrain

course. toughmountain.com, 800543-2754 AUG. 3 Andover Olde Home Days Andover Town Common. Parade, antique car displays, exhibits, photo contest, art & flower shows, crafts, firemen’s muster, horse show, plenty of food & music. 207-392-3761 AUG. 3 Maine State Kids’ Triathlon Make it a weekend in Bethel. Children ages 8-14 may enjoy this fun, untimed triathlon. 100-yard-swim, three-mile bike ride, one-mile run start and finish at Angevine Park. Hosted by Bethel Outing Club. Register online. mainestatetriathlon.com/kids-tri SEPT. 13-15 Maine Brew Fest Sunday River. A craft beer bonanza featuring as many as 50 beer selections from around Maine plus live music, food, a disc golf tournament, and family-friendly activities in the Mountain Park. sundayriver.com, 800-543- 2754 SEPT. 21 22nd Annual Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel Town Common. An old-fashioned fun fall festival with arts & crafts, chowder cook-off of local restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’

activities. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. bethelharvestfest.com, 207-824-2282 OCT. 3-5 30th Annual Maine Mountains Jeep Jamboree. Our challenging trails, the beautiful New England fall setting and the awesome trail guides are just a few of the reasons why this event is so popular. On Saturday at 9am, come see over 180 Jeeps parade through the town of Bethel. jeepjamboreeusa.com, 530-333-4777 SEPT. 28 Mt. Abram Ski Club Golf Scramble The Bethel Inn Resort. Participate in this annual fund raiser to support the Mt. Abram Ski Club, a non-profit organization providing education and scholarships related to snow sports for the youth in Western Maine. skiclub@mtabram.com OCT. 12-13 Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championship Sunday River. Saturday’s

legendary North American Wife Carrying Championship and Sunday’s New England Cornhole Championship are the center of the party featuring live music, the Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair, and activities for the whole family, usually among peak foliage. sundayriver.com, 800-543-2754

Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campgroup is a family friendly campground and outdoor adventure business on the banks of the Androscoggin River, close to the center of Bethel. They provide a beautiful river front campground for RVs and tenters, as well as canoe, kayak, paddle board and drift boat rentals, guided fishing and guided trips. Their burgeoning tube business is perfect for those hot, lazy mid summer days, or try out their single span Burma Bridge to Hastings Island. Your visit with Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground is sure to be adventurous and is a natural complement to the many outdoor activities available locally. On site is the GEM AND MINERAL Sluice providing undercover fun and education for the entire family. They sell buckets of material gathered from local mines, and you ‘sluice’ it carefully looking for local gems and minerals - beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite - and more. Everybody gets goodies that can be identified using their handy identification board. Buckets cost $27.50, $55.00, or $110.00. Try out the antique cast - iron hand pump, just in the days of old. ROCKSME.BIZ The sluice is open late May through mid October. 207-824-4224.

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SECOND NATURE HIKES W

10AM-4PM Thursday to Sunday (June 27 to September 1) Friday to Sunday (September 6 to October 13)

PHOTOS BY GABE PERKINS

These hikes are made possible by Mahoosuc Land Trust, Mahoosuc Pathways, and Western Foothills Land Trust.

FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE. From ziplines to scenic lift rides and world-class golf to mud races, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here in the summer.

ear layers of clothing, hiking boots or rugged sneakers, bring plenty of water, and lunch or snacks. You’ll have a hiking leader to guide

your way. Email us at outside@mahoosucpathways. org to arrange for carpooling, meeting times at trailheads, and directions.

JUNE 25 Rumford Whitecap - A lovely 5-mile round-trip hike that offers an open summit with incredible views. JUNE 25 Glassface - This short, moderately difficult hike offers beautiful views of the Androscoggin River and the valley. One of the Second Nature Adventure Challenge hikes, it leaves from the boat landing in Rumford Center.

AUG. 14 Round Mountain – This hike is perfect for an after-work or late-day excursion. This moderate hike offers views in the White Mt. National Forest, and it takes between 1-2 hours to complete.

SundayRiver.com 800.543.2754

AUGUSTA

SEPT. 22 Old Speck - This challenging 7.6-mile roundtrip hike is a rewarding endof-the-season excursion. Climb the platform at the summit for incredible views all around.

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RANGELEY PHOTO BY CHRIS RILEY

A SUMMER PARADISE

Text: BOBBIE RANDOLPH

SUMMER AND FALL AT THE RANGELEY LAKES TRAILS CENTER offer up abundant opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in the Rangeley region...a variety of terrain for hiking, biking, bird and nature watching, and dog walking with great views, a lake and streams for cooling off, and picnic tables for rest stops. Our trails are free to the public for all non-motorized use. There’s a new group in town called R.A.S.T.A. (Rangeley Area Single Track Advocates—search this on FB) that has impromptu and scheduled bike rides throughout the season. Their popular “Dirt Church” on Sunday mornings is a great way to meet other enthusiasts and get to know the trails. Have fun and see you on the trails!

M

AINE’S RANGELEY LAKES REGION INCLUDES MORE THAN THE 10-SQUARE-MILE LAKE itself, extending to five other large lakes and hundreds

of smaller lakes and ponds. Add rivers and streams, two mountains – Saddleback and The Horn — just east of the lake, and mile after mile of forests. What do you get? A paradise for those who love the great outdoors and all the activities it invites. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, wildlife watching or just lazing beside the lake – whatever your summer bliss, you’ll find it here. Hikers and climbers have

the course is relatively short,

their choice of woodland

it’s challenging, and birders

trails or several mountains.

love it for the variety of

Bald Mountain Hiking Trail,

species that nest alongside

between Rangeley and

the course.

Mooselookmeguntic lakes,

Joey & Sheryl Morton Owners

Directly on Rangeley Lake “Open Year Round”

Town & Lake Motel & Cottages (207) 864-3755 P.O. Box 47, 2668 Main Street Rangeley, ME 04970

All the lakes and ponds

climbs to an altitude of 2,443

surrounded by forest makes

feet for 360-degree views over

a prime wildlife habitat,

both lakes.

and moose-watching and

AJ Cycles (207-864-2850) on

photography is one of

Maine Street in downtown

the region’s most popular

Rangeley rents and sells fat

activities. If roadside

bikes. They are a full-service

“stakeouts” between Rangeley

bike shop, if your bike needs

and Eustis — a favorite

a tune-up or repairs. Take

moose-spotting spot — aren’t

a rental from AJ’s to the

enough, take a moose-

extensive network of trails at

watching tour with prize-

the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center

winning moose caller Matt

(RANGELEYLAKESTRAILSCENTER.COM).

Tinker through Green Farm

Golfers will appreciate the

Guide Service.

Email. info@rangeleytownandlake.com

scenic Mingo Springs Golf Course,

www.rangeleytownandlake.com

a favorite of both beginners

it’s hard not to spend some

and scratch players. Although

time enjoying water sports.

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With lakes on every side,


NORTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS RANGELEY / OQUOSSOC

ABOVE: Nice views from Mingo Springs Golf Course

Lakeside Park, on Main Street

rooms with lake and mountain

in Rangeley, has a free sandy

views, as well as a farm-to-table

beach with lifeguards, picnic

dining room.

tables and changing rooms,

Rooms at the pet-friendly

while Rangeley Lake State Park,

Town and Lake Motel, are on a

on the lake’s south shore, has

beach within easy walking

a beach with lifeguards; it

distance of restaurants

charges a small day-use fee.

and shops, have beautiful

To explore the lakes and ponds and enjoy the wildlife that make their homes on the

lakefront views; some have

at Ecopelagicon Kayak Rentals

little spot of heaven in the

(ecopelagicon.com) on Pond

Rangeley region, whether it’s

Street in Rangeley. Single and

a cozy cabin in the woods or a

double kayaks, canoes and

family-sized lakeside retreat. Start the day with an

be rented by the hour, day or

omelet or eggs benedict at The

week. Ecopelagicon also offers

Gingerbread House Restaurant on

tours and lessons in all three

routes 4 and 17 in Oquossoc

sports.

or savor their signature

Mingo Springs Golf Course Since 1923

18 HOLES OVERLOOKING RANGELEY LAKE Public welcome

Driving Range

Tee times recommended

Food & Drink

Leagues & Tournaments

Trail & Bird Walk

Lessons & Rentals

Memberships Available

207-864-5021 | 43 Country Club Road • Rangeley, Maine | mingosprings.com

crabcakes at dinner on the

clothing for all your water

wrap-around porch. The Red

sports and other outdoor

Onion Restaurant in Rangeley

activities at Rangeley Region

is known for pizza but has

Sports Shop in Rangeley or

a long menu of sandwiches,

at Rivers Edge Sports Shop in

too. Find plenty of take-out

Oquossoc.

options for trail lunches and

The area has plenty more

Contact Me Directly

(207) 233-8275

2478 Main Street, Rangeley, ME • Cell caryndreyfuss@morton-furbish.com • realestateinrangeley.com

Caryn Dreyfuss Real Estate can help you find your own

You can find equipment and

Buying? Selling? Investing?

well-equipped kitchenettes.

shore, rent a canoe or kayak

standup paddleboards can

Caryn Dreyfuss, Broker

picnics at family-owned

lodging options. The Rangeley

Keep’s Corner Café and Bakery

Inn and Tavern overlooking Haley

(207-864-2262) on Main Street.

Pond in the center of town, has

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Got a jeep? OVERLANDING THIS SUMMER IS A GREAT WAY TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL A Jeep Wrangler is one of a number of vehicles well suited to overlanding. Here we parked to watch the sunset of Mt. Katahdin.

Text & Photos by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

O

verlanding, a relatively new trend in the U.S., fuses camping and driving an off-road vehicle, and if you’re planning an overlanding adventure in Maine, you’ll need a tough and

reliable vehicle. My pick is the Wrangler, though a Land Rover or Toyota Land Cruiser are other popular choices. Although it’s a bit ironic, the vehicle actually helps you get

other in Piscataquis County and

closer to nature by allowing you

encompass more than 200,000 acres.

to get away — far away — into the wilderness. In exploring the rugged terrain of

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wilderness. The roads are not paved. And you’ll find no visitor centers,

including the North Maine Woods,

stores or supply stations. Camping is available in designated

Woods & Waters National

areas, all of which are without a

Monument.

bathhouse, portable toilet or even

The North Maine Woods is

reach Gulf Hagas, where we parked and then hiked a trail to see Billings Falls. The trail goes for miles and takes hikers to a number of different sites.

Known as The Maine Highlands, these places are truly in the

Maine, you have several options, Baxter State Park and Katahdin

ABOVE: We drove our Jeep over several miles of dirt roads to

Waters are located adjacent to each

running water. You will have to

made up of more than 3.5 million

bring your own water for cooking

acres of commercial forest

and washing as well as drinking.

owned by an organization of

We freeze reusable bottles of water,

private landowners. It is situated

which serves as ice in the cooler. As

in western Aroostook and

it thaws, it becomes extra drinking

northern Somerset, Penobscot

water. Don’t forget a good knife

and Piscataquis counties. Baxter

and some kind of small basin for

State Park and Katahdin Woods &

washing.


Campsites are primitive, without access to running water or even portable toilets. We recommend a small tent and folding chairs that can be set up anywhere.

ABOVE: You won’t see views like this from the paved

roads. In many cases, it requires more than a day trip to reach spots like this one.

To avoid unpleasant encounters with hungry bears, store everything, including dry goods, such as beef jerky, trail mix and bread, in a sealed container. A cooler inside a locked vehicle is probably safe, unless your vehicle has a soft top which may not keep the scent from reaching hungry noses. In that case, consider a good locker, food canister or bear bag.

The sunset behind Mount Katahdin is seen from one of the unpaved roads running through the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument.

Another caveat while overlanding — don’t count on having cell phone service. You want to make sure you

Overlanding also gave us the chance

The closest place to rent a vehicle that

have everything you will possibly need,

to eat when we were hungry without

can handle overlanding is in Bangor,

including a spare tire, because you

concern about where we would find

which is approximately two hours

probably won’t even be able to reach

the next restaurant or picnic area. We

south of the North Maine Woods. A

AAA. If you bring a cell phone, or if your

simply stopped the Jeep, set up our

Google search of outdoor outfitters in

camera uses rechargeable batteries,

folding chairs and had lunch, using the

Bangor will provide all of your camping

make sure you have the means to

cooler as a makeshift table. Lunches like

and sporting good rentals, along with

charge them in your vehicle. You’ll also

this don’t take long, either, leaving more

Northwoods Outfitters in Greenville, as

have to plan your trips so that you pass

time to dedicate to exploration.

well.

by towns at the right time to get gas

My passion for photography goes

and other supplies. GPS navigation is

hand in hand with my enjoyment of the

notoriously flawed up in these areas, so

outdoors. During our overlanding trip,

get a Maine Atlas and Gazetteer at any

we saw only about a half dozen other

sporting goods store as well.

people, not counting those at supply

Of course, you will also need to

stops. This meant I could take virtually

take along anything needed for your

any photo I wanted without unwanted

preferred activity, from a good pair

people in the shots. There was no

of hiking boots to fishing gear, bikes,

waiting for giggling visitors to take two-

canoes and kayaks. For us, the joy comes

dozen selfies before I could capture my

from hiking. Among the highlights of

own image. I didn’t have to worry about

our trip was hiking to Billings Falls (extra

anyone walking into the shot either.

special because we share its name)

Those were probably some of the easiest

located in Gulf Hagas near the Katahdin

photos to take, but they remain among

Iron Works gate to the Maine North

my favorites.

Woods.

RESOURCES Northwoods Maine www.northmainewoods.org/Camping available on a first-come, first served basis. Baxter State Park baxterstatepark.org/ National Parks Service www.nps.gov

JOHANNA S. BILLINGS is an award-winning writer/photographer based in Steuben. She covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County for the Ellsworth American newspaper.

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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 28-30 Family Fun Days Experience old-fashioned, small town Maine fun this weekend in Eustis and Stratton. Family Fun Days will have events Friday through Sunday. Activities include: karaoke, yard sales, a parade, bounce house and giant water slides, family games, a pie contest and the 18 hole golf tournament. JUNE 29 Kingfield Pops An outdoor concert in a stunning mountain venue. Festive and welcoming to families of all ages and all levels of ability. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.. Food is available on site, but picnics are welcome. Bring blankets and/or lowback chairs. Sorry, no dogs, no fires. JULY 13-14 Backcountry Challenge Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge mountain bike endurance event. The approximately 100K, 50K, and 25K courses will cover a mix of mountain bike terrain winding through the unspoiled forests and mountains of Carrabassett Valley and surrounding communities.

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Northwestern Mountains

JULY 18-21 Kingfield Festival Days A fun weekend with activities and games for all ages! No admission fee. This year’s parade theme is “Outerspace” so start thinking about your floats. JULY 27 Plaza PaLooza An excellent outdoor party at the Stratton Plaza, Stratton, Maine. AUGUST 3 Carrabassett Summer Festival The 14th Annual Carrabassett Summer Festival returns August 3rd, 2019. Located off Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley on Old Huse Mill Rd. A FREE family event with fun for all ages. AUGUST 17 The Flume Trail Race Join us Saturday, August 17th, for Sugarloaf’s trail running race, The Flume. There are a 5K and 10K options for this rugged backcountry foot race through the Sugarloaf Nordic Trail network.


FARMINGTON & WILTON

W

HETHER YOU ARE A STUDENT OR A VISITOR, Farmington’s prime location among the rolling hills of western Maine is a perfect jumping-off point to winter adventures and R & R. This picturesque town is home to the University of Maine Farmington, named “One of America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years. In the old-fashioned downtown setting you’ll also find art galleries, plays, concerts, plus a diverse variety of shops and eateries. If you know a college-bound student who’s into the outdoors – really into the outdoors — the University of Maine at Farmington may be the perfect place for her or him to spend their college years. Perfectly located at the gateway to worldclass skiing and snowboarding, the University is also smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mt. biking, camping, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Maine.

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FARMINGTON

To take full advantage of its perfect location, UMF also offers a backpack full of epic outdoor adventures through its Mainely Outdoors program. Mainely Outdoors offers students, staff and the local community a wide range of exciting outdoor opportunities: trips and excursions, equipment and gear sign-out/ rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities, and much more. Mainely Outdoors introduces people to new active outdoor activities and takes advantage of the unbelievable natural resources in the Farmington area: hiking Tumbledown Mountain, overnight camping at Acadia National Park, mountain biking the Carrabassett Rail Trail, skiing at Sugarloaf, flatwater kayaking North Pond, overnight camping at Gulf Hagas, whitewater rafting the Kennebec, snowshoeing the Maine Huts & Trails System, sunset canoeing Wilson Lake and a whole lot more. At the University of Maine at Farmington, college students from across the northeast come to get their outdoors on.

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Uno Mas is where you will find great beer and bright, vibrant food and cocktails with ingredients made in-house, from scratch. Whether it’s the pico scooped up with hot chips fried from fresh-cut tortillas, or the tonic used in original cocktails, it is that “from-scratch” philosophy that informs everything they place on the menu, and at your table. Uno Mas’ curated draft list is in a constant state of thirst-quenching flux, and features hard to find beers from the best breweries in Maine, New England, and beyond. While their menu features classics like fresh fajitas and margaritas, their chef is constantly delighting customers with innovative taco specials. Uno Mas bartenders work with fresh fruits and herbs to create original cocktails. Since their menu changes with the seasons, both first-timers and the most devoted regulars have a new Uno Mas experience waiting for them just around the bend. So whether you’re heading back from a day on the mountain, or just passing through, take a taco timeout and try some Mexican style in Western Maine.

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ROM MAINE’S HIGHEST PEAK, MT. KATAHDIN, TO ITS LARGEST LAKE, MOOSEHEAD, the Maine Highlands is made up of Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. This region offers outdoor adventures, historic and cultural experiences, culinary and craft brew delights, and thrilling entertainment opportunities. Located in the center of Maine, there are more than 200 waterfalls, thousands of miles of trails, and dozens of lakes and rivers to explore. The famous Appalachian Trail runs right through these woods!

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you with a northern exposure adventure of a lifetime. Moose safaris are best enjoyed by canoe and NorthEast Guide Service can provide you with the experience, knowledge and perfect setting for an authentic Maine PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST WHITEWATER

MOOSEHEAD Lake

Guide Outposts are plentiful and can provide

wildlife tour or whitewater rafting trip along the rapids of the Penobscot & Kennebec Rivers. Fly fishermen of all ages and abilities can also take to the water. Wading, drift boat or inflatable raft, Wilson’s On Moosehead Lake can show you what they do best in the cool headwaters of the Kennebec River and Indian Pond. Opposite Kokadjo on the west side, lies the town of Rockwood, the heart of Moosehead Moosehead Lake’s Rockwood location is where you will find Mount Kineo State Park

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OCATED OVER 1000 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, LIES

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THE WORLD-FAMOUS MOOSEHEAD LAKE. Surrounded by majestic

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mountain peaks, Moosehead Lake is a destination high above the

the Kineo Docks. A beginner hike will lead you the fire tower at the summit of Mount

rest. Home to an abundant population of moose, this part of Maine

Kineo, giving you a 360 degree panoramic

announces its grandeur at first site. Indian Hill at Greenville offers a

view of the entire lake. Mount Kineo is also

stunning glimpse of this deep lake and the endless mountain range that lies ahead. A warm community of quaint shops, local eateries and waterfront gardens welcome you in downtown Greenville, Maine.

home to one of the most historic and scenic nine-hole golf courses in all of New England. A short walk across the carriage trails leads you to Pebble Beach, the most beautiful

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Private sailing and lake

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perfect way to end any day on Moosehead Lake.

Indian Hill Trading Post is a unique combination of a large

For 100 years, Maynard’s

sporting goods store with a

In Maine has provided their

complete super market and

guests with outstanding

liquor department. This one

wilderness experiences

stop location offers a wide

in addition to excellent

range of name brand gear

bungalow style cabin

and apparel, hunting and

accommodations and great

fishing licenses for residents

dining with wholesome

and non-residents, firearms,

fresh farm foods prepared to

fishing poles, and extensive

perfection. The Moosehead

outdoor supplies. Check

area offers outstanding

out the vast clothing and

landlocked salmon, trout

shoe departments featuring

and togue fishing. Recently,

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lb togue on Moosehead

and more. From groceries to

Lake measuring 41” long.

gear, Indian Hill Trading

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the old Moosehead Lake

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Moosehead

AN ADVENTUROUS TRADITION By JIM HARNEDY

F

OR EONS, OUR WAPONAKI NEIGHBORS HAVE LIVED, FISHED, HUNTED AND PROTECTED THE MAJESTIC WILDERNESS AREA WE CALL THE

MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION. In 1846, Henry David Thoreau made the first of his three

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adventurous trips to the pristine wilderness with the assistance of Penobscot , Joe Attean. The Penobscot River was

excellent supply of timber) were available, and in 1834,

a central portage of what had been known for centuries as

purchased the two islands. Their timberland investment soon

the Meductic Trail; an ancient water road used by the tribes of

evolved into Capen’s Sporting Camps.

the region for seasonal trading and swift travel to southerly

Harry E Wilson, a Union Army Civil War veteran, decided

regions. This trail begins in New Brunswick, on the St. John

that a life in pristine Maine with a guaranteed job provided

River near the site of Meductic, the oldest known Maliseet

him with a perfect choice. Thus, he moved to the Greenville

settlement, which was a fortified village and thriving trade

Junction area, and commenced working at a local sawmill. He

center.

soon realized that the loggers needed some accommodations,

The poet, philosopher, activist and great voice of wildness and wilderness, described Moosehead Lake as a “gleaming platter at the end of a table” in the documentary account of his explorations in The Maine Woods.

LUMBERING Starting in the mid-1830s, lumber became a major Maine

which motivated Harry to build Wilsons Camps in 1865.

THE GILDED AGE In the later part of the 19th century, industrialist and bankers such as John Astor, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller were often referred to as the Robber Barons. As a result of their wealth and power, this new class of

industry. During that period, Bangor became known as the

nouveau riche was fascinated with having wilderness

Lumber Capital of the World with more than 300 sawmills and

experiences, and entrepreneurial Mainers were up for the

numerous vessels from both Europe and the U.S. docking daily

challenge of developing fishing and hunting camps to satisfy

to fill their limit of lumber cargo. Entrepreneurs saw the North

this need.

Maine Woods as a golden opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the burgeoning lumber industry.

Trains, steamboats and stagecoaches formed the transportation infrastructure that made travel to the Maine

Aaron Capen, Sr. and his son, Aaron Jr., trekked up from

wilderness possible. During the summer of 1873, Teddy

Boston in 1833 to check out timberland opportunities in the

Roosevelt, then a young teenager, made his first trip to

Moosehead Lake Region. After cruising around the lake, they

Moosehead Lake from New York with his family. They traveled

found that Deer Island and neighboring Sugar Island (with an

to Dexter, Maine by train and then boarded a stagecoach for Greenville. During the last half of the 19th century as many as 55 steamboats plied the waters of Moosehead Lake. The late 19th century and early 20th century saw the development of additional sporting camps and infrastructure. In 1880, Charles Randall from Milo, Maine developed West Branch Pond Camps, and in 1901, Mose Duty a young Maine guide and boat builder, started clearing land for what would become Spencer Pond Camps. A century ago, Walter Maynard

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established the iconic Maynard’s in Maine Sporting Camps in Rockwood.


IN MAINE. Y OF MAYNARD’S

In 1910, the Great Northern Paper Company established Pittston Farm in Rockwood to provide accommodations and food for the men involved in logging drives. Today, the farm serves as a lodge for folks engaged in sporting activities and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic steamboat Katahdin was built in Bath in 1914,

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MOOSEHEAD MARINE MUSEUM

safaris, bird watching and leaf peeping were new activities that brought new adventurous to the Moosehead region. Unfortunately, November 17, 1953 saw the iconic Capon’s Sporting Camps on Deer Island be destroyed by fire. The 1960s saw the opening of downhill skiing at Squaw Mountain, and a bit later, snowmobile trails started to be

and joined the fleet of steamboats carrying passengers to

groomed, which ushered in a whole new era of sports for the

sporting camps and lodges that dotted Moosehead Lake. Later,

region.

she was converted into a towboat for hauling lumber. The

Moosehead sporting camps continued to flourish in this new

Moosehead Marine Museum completely refurbished Katahdin

era by adapting to the needs of the time. Many stayed open

during the 1990s and today, it’s listed on the National Registry

year-round to support the growing interest in winter sports.

of Historic Places, while offering cruises on the lake from their Greenville dock from late June until Columbus Day. Another legendary fixture in Greenville is Harris Drug Store,

Roger Courier made access to remote lodges and lakes of the region by initiating a float-plane service in the early 1980s. Prior to this venture, Courier had been a contract pilot for Maine’s

which has been serving local resident and visitors for well over

Department of Inland Fisheries. He currently operates Courier

a century by Harris family pharmacists. Today, Mike Harris

Flying Service that offers sightseeing service to the region, as

carries on the family tradition.

well as a seaplane museum. His operation is located at 447

The 1930s saw the establishment of The Birches as a hunting and fishing lodge in Rockwood on the shores of Moosehead Lake. Today, in the summer months, they have fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking trails to

Pritham Avenue, in Greenville.

TODAY Coming up on the current summer season will see Maynard’s

explore. You can search for wildlife on a moose cruise or

in Maine celebrating their 100th anniversary. Gail Maynard

wilderness safari. Accommodations vary from cabins on the

and her son, Bill, are the camp’s hosts. They operate a four-

lake and lodge rooms, to large rental homes. Breakfast, lunch

season business, but have limited winter accommodations for

and dinner are all served in the dining room overlooking the

snowmobilers.

lake.

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THE GREAT DEPRESSION & WORLD WAR II YEARS The ingenuity, strength and resilience of the families that operated the sporting camps in the Moosehead Lake Region during WW II and ensuing years, allowed the families to come through those hard times, ready to move forward. Traditions are valued, but nostalgia does not mark today’s sporting camps and the new adventurous traditions have evolved.

THE NEW ERA The mid-1950s marked a new era in family vacations. The new suburbanites with access to cars and interstate highways soon discovered Moosehead Lake as a vacation destination as it had become a one-day drive from southern New England. Fishing and hunting remained a part of the region’s attractions, but canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, moose

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GREENVILLE

Wilsons Camps were purchased by the Snell family in the 1980s from the Wilsons, run by the camp’s hosts, Scott and Alison Snell. Today, renamed Wilsons on Moosehead Lake, the

“A lake...is the earth’s eye.” Henry David Thoreau

camp is run as a four-season operation. Snowmobilers can sled from their cabin onto well-groomed trails. In 1969, the Willard family purchased The Birches. John Willard is the host of this iconic camp that is marking its 50th anniversary within the Willard family. The West Branch Pond Camp, hosted by Eric, Mildred, Avis and Oscar Stirling, has two seasons: Summer/Fall, which runs from ice out in May until Columbus Day and Winter, which starts on January 15. Their winter season specializes in serving cross-country skier Spencer Pond Camps, hosted by Christine Howe and Dana Black, (both registered Maine Guides) provides guests with a true nostalgic wilderness experience as it is off- the-grid,

See it aboard the Katahdin. Katahdin Cruises on Moosehead Lake Sailing late June thru Columbus Day, Closed Sun. & Mon. Tel: (207) 695-2716 Fax: (207) 695-2367 PO Box 1151 Greenville, ME 04441

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which allows its guests to experience what life was like at camps in the late 19th century. Guests to the Moosehead Lake Region can choose accommodations from lodges with impressive amenities and gourmet cuisine to rustic cabins and yurts with family-style meals. A huge menu of activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, birding, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, and ATVing are just a few of the opportunities. Northern Outfitters in Greenville can help visitors with any outdoor sporting needs, including the rental of ATVs and in winter snowmobiles. They also can arrange for a fun rafting adventure. If you should bring your own ATV or snowmobile, and it needs servicing, Moosehead Motor Sports is available to help. And Northeast Whitewater can arrange for a perfect experience on Maine’s wild and beautiful rivers. Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville is worth the visit as it is a unique combination of a large sporting goods store with a complete super market and liquor department. This one-stop location offers a wide range of brand name gear and apparel, hunting and fishing licenses for residents and non-residents, firearms, fishing equipment and extensive outdoor supplies. If it’s cultural interests you seek, drop by the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum. In June, the Moosehead Lake region’s famed outdoor traditions are being celebrated with the unveiling of a new, permanent exhibition titled, “Moosehead’s Outdoor Heritage.” The renewed interest in the mystique of the North Maine Woods makes the opening especially relevant. Visitors will be introduced to the spectacular places, wildlife, and the working traditions that are still a part of the Moosehead Lake Region today. The Main Campus of the Moosehead Historical Society is located at: 444 Pritham Avenue Greenville, ME. FM!: (207) 695-2909 or email: MOOSEHEADHISTORY@MYFAIRPOINT.NET. This year, plan to enjoy traditions following in the footsteps of many a Maine adventurer. JIM HARNEDY joined the Activities Guide of Maine team as Sr. Editor in 1992, and has been closing involved with the magazine’s evolution through time. His 10th book: Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine was just released by The History Press.

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a Hidden Gem

MILLINOCKET M

ILLINOCKET HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Big recreation, big woods, big mountains, big trails and big adventures.

Whether hiking Mt. Katahdin, whitewater rafting, fishing, camping, canoeing, birding or taking a moose tour, there is something for everyone. Businesses persevered

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downturn suffered with the

the perfect way to relax in

closing of its paper mills

there hot tub and heated

in 2008 and 2014; The North

pool.

Light Gallery, the Good Samaritan

For visitors to the region

Thrift Store, and Moose Prints

who would enjoy checking

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out a remote lake or pond for

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all on Central Street. Anita

Air Service is ready to provide

Mueller and her partner, Mark

for your special needs. Piolet

Picard, conduct photography

Jim Strang, has decades of

workshops during moose

experience flying into remote

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spots in Northern Maine. He

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H

ey folks — now that spring has sprung and elsewhere, it’s time to get your outdoors on!

Maine is a vast place, full of wild things and wild places to enjoy. One of the greatest ways

into a remote and scenic

to enjoy Maine is to hit the

area of wilderness in the

waterways of this great

Maine North Woods north of

state via a canoe expedition.

Mount Katahdin.

The classic canoe trip down

If you’re looking for

the Allagash Wilderness

something a little more

Waterway is just the ticket.

relaxing and effortless,

The Allagash is Maine’s

but just as awe-inspiring,

most famous canoe

there are around 6,000

expedition, with lakes, easy

lakes and ponds to explore

river sections and miles

in Maine. Beyond those

of unspoiled scenery. It’s

that are named, there are

also the best way to see the

additionally more than

wildlife of this great state

2,500 unnamed lakes and

—moose, deer, eagles maybe

ponds to take your pick.

even a bear or two. And

Open a map, pick a spot,

don’t forget to wet a line

pack a tent, canoe and

for some of the best fishing

provisions, and don’t forget

around!

your camera.

The classic Allagash

Get your outdoors on folks,

expedition takes about

be safe and I’ll see ya out

seven days or longer if

there! Booyaakah!

you want to take your time. From Chamberlin Lake north to Allagash Village, there are 80 rustic campsites along the way with a couple of short portages (nothing too drastic). The Allagash is roughly

ALEX “THE ROGUE’STAH” RIBAR is a U.S. Marine, survival expert, avid traditional bow hunter, contestant on ALONE, season 4 and alternate on ALONE Mongolia season 5. Owner and operator of Liberty Rogue Outdoors, check it out on YouTube!

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Summer Camp 2019 – Too Much Fun Awaits! Summer camps will provide ten weeks of fun and excitement, from June 24 to August 23. To find out more specifics and registration contact us at: www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

BANGOR

Gateway to the Highlands

T

he Queen City is blessed with a number of cultural attractions including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra which is America’s oldest

July 1 to September 1

standing symphony, The University of Maine’s Museum of Art, Maine’s Discovery Museum and The Penobscot Theatre. Each month during the summer season numerous events are featured including Maine’s State Fair and the Annual Folk Festival.

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MIDCOAST PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

E

XTENDING FROM BRUNSWICK TO ROCKLAND, Midcoast Maine offers a quiet, pastoral setting, as

WOOLWICH

well as a rocky, rugged coastline. Scenic

126 US Route 1 Woolwich, ME (207) 443-3022

bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling islands, picture-perfect fishing villages, historic forts and lighthouses, seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns all comprise this region. Fishing and ship building

the Lantern: A Lighthouse

sustained the area for

Experience is an immersive

enturies. You can easily delve

exhibit that recreates the

into Maine’s maritime past

sensation of standing high

that’s enhanced by a visit to

atop a lighthouse through

the Maine Maritime Museum.

180-degree video projections.

Maine Maritime Museum

Enjoy air-conditioned

— Over 65 Years in Service —

BFC Marine Howard “Howie” W. Kirkpatrick, Jr.

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is located on a 20-acre

galleries with exhibits and

Early Primitives

waterfront campus in

hands-on activities for all

charming Bath, the “City of

ages and go outside for a

Antiques

Ships,” just 20 minutes from

stroll through the country’s

Freeport; one mile off of

only surviving shipyard

Route 1. See some of Maine’s

where large wooden sailing

most iconic lighthouses

vessels were built. Kids

from the water on one of

love exploring the Pirate

our daily cruises. Explore the

Playship, climbing inside the

2018 restoration of the 1906

human-sized lobster trap,

schooner Mary E, the oldest

taking the wheel to captain

Maine-built fishing vessel

a tugboat, and launching

still afloat. Take the BIW By

a wooden ship! FMI: visit

Land & Sea tour for an up

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close look at the incredible

call 207-443-1316.

vessels from the water! Into

Memorabilia

Arts & Crafts Mixed Merchandise Refreshments —————— Open May thru Mid-October Wed, Sat, Sun 6:30AM–3PM Antiques Day Wednesday 5:30AM–2PM

Coastal Rt. 1 • 6 Hunnewell Lane • Woolwich, ME fleamarket77@comcast.net • (207) 443-2809

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BRUNSWICK

Enjoy cool summer breezes

textures, shapes and colors to

water as you explore the area

be seen from the many trails.

by foot, bike or sea kayak.

Nostalgic Carhop Service Since 1955

there are always interesting

and vistas of sparkling blue

Life in the Midcoast

Expect quiet roads, gentle

operates at a slower pace and

rolling hills and secluded

yet there is so much to do.

beaches. View a sunrise on

The sea air will whet your

the Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a

appetite as you realize this is

local farm. Watch bald eagles,

the way life should be.

ospreys and terns along the

Every spring, the residents

coast. Explore the prehistoric

of Brunswick eagerly await

oyster shell mounds along

the opening of Fat Boy Drive-In

river beds. See the harbor

and every fall they mourn

seals next to Fort Popham.

when it closes. Each summer

Browse through an antique

since 1955, Fat Boy has

shop.

been frequented by Maine

Go on a puffin tour, whale

fishermen, Naval aviators,

outdoor writers & photographers wanted

watch or sport fishing trip.

Bowdoin College students

Purchase art directly from an

and thousands of coastal

artisan. Catch a ferry to one

vacationers. Fat Boy is world

of the islands, hike Mount

famous (it really is!) for

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Battie in the Camden Hills.

its Canadian BLTs, Maine

Take an afternoon cruise on a

Lobster Rolls, and 20 oz.

two-masted schooner. Stroll

Thick Western Frappes. Then,

through the Coastal Maine

of course, there are their

Botanical Gardens, where

Whopper Burgers.

BATH

“THIS IS WHAT WE CAME TO MAINE FOR.” MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM Bath, Maine • 207-443-1316 • www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

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NOWN AS THE “PRETTIEST VILLAGE IN MAINE,” Wiscasset was settled in 1663 on the banks of the Sheepscot River. Due to its deep harbor,

Wiscasset was once the largest working harbor east of Boston as a bustling shipbuilding center and lumber port. Today, the harbor is home to local fishermen and recreational boaters and the final resting place since 1932 for the four-masted schooners the Hesper and the Luther Little, whose remains are currently being salvaged. Visitors to Wiscasset can

Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln

stroll the pleasant brick

County Jail (1809), and the

sidewalks and find many

Customs House (1870). If

antique shops, art galleries,

you haven’t seen Wiscasset

fine stores and restaurants.

Village’s wonderful sunken

Other attractions include

garden opposite the Nickels-

handsome sea captains’

Sortwell House—take an

homes, the Powder House

extra few minutes and enjoy

(1812), the Lincoln County

its beauty.

Courthouse (1824), Castle

MONKEY C MONKEY DO - Our new “Gorilla Tactics” outdoor tactical laser tag arena is hours of “on the ground - in your face fun” as you and your team try to out play, outwit, outmaneuver, and outlast your opponents. The newest infrared technology weaponry allows the lasers to work outdoors in the daytime and the guns are WiFi and Bluetooth capable. This is Maine’s first and ONLY dedicated outdoor laser tag venue! It plays like “paintball” but without the “hurt.” Gorilla Tactics is NOT your “bang-bang shoot ‘em up glow in the dark laser tag!” Strategic “missions” are carried out and may the best team win! Experience multiple games, multiple missions, and multiple hours of adrenalized fun for those of us who would like to sense “danger” a little closer to the ground. Call 207-882-6861 for prices and availability.

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Where Luxury Meets Nature

Best Private Club in Maine – Northeast Golf Magazine Best Clubhouse – Architectural Digest Best of Maine 2018 & 2019 – DownEast Magazine Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course, featuring breathtaking vistas, challenging holes and a sea breeze blowing off the ocean. Located just minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor Country Club’s 18 championship holes are truly a “Pure Maine” golfing experience.

We offer vacation memberships. www.BoothbayHarborCC.com

207.633.3673

50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay, Maine


MIDCOAST MAINE

Discover

BOOTHBAY Harbor

ABOVE Summertime harbor tour aboard Balmy Days II PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

BOOTHBAY HARBOR COUNTRY CLUB The Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course. A brand new clubhouse, fine dining, and a challenging and historic course, the Boothbay Harbor Country Club is perfect for golf enthusiasts. The views from the fairway and green complex are absolutely stunning with eastern views of the Damariscotta River and the Atlantic ocean to the south. “Members and their guests comment daily about how Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the best golf experience in Maine and one of the best in the country,” says Chad Penman, Director of Golf & Membership at Boothbay Harbor Country Club. Looking for a little help with your golf game? A team of friendly, knowledgeable, dedicated professionals are ready and waiting to help you. This world-class facility has luxury locker rooms, a pro shop, 5-star restaurant, sports bar and grille, and outdoor seating with a fire pit. New this year is the Wellness Center which houses a fitness room, 2 tennis courts, 2 pickleball courts, a heated salt water pool, a 12-person hot tub and a poolside bar. There are three restaurants on the premise. If you’re out on the course, stop in to Over the Ledge just past the 9th hole to relax and refresh. Grille 19 is the perfect spot for casual dining. Stop in for a frosty beer, juicy burger, and catch the score of the game. Paul’s Steakhouse is the luxury dining experience you’ve been looking for. The menu is filled with perfectly selected hand-cut steaks, fresh Maine seafood, and local vegetables. “We source and buy the very best ingredients in the markets and then we execute the cuisine with the finest, well trained professionals chefs we can find,” says

ABOVE: Relaxing at Boothbay Harbor

George Schimert, Executive Chef. The restaurants are open to the public in May, June, September, and October. The club is open in

Oceanside Golf Resort

July and August to Boothbay Harbor Country Club members only.

An Unforgettable Maine Experience

BURNT ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

BALMY DAYS CRUISES PIER 8 42 Commercial Street Boothbay Harbor, ME (207) 633-2284 or book online at www.balmydaycruises.com

Monhegan Island Harbor Tour & Harbor Lights Lighthouse Tour Mackerel Fishing Sailing Trips

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PEMAQUID / NEW HARBOR May & October by Reservation

SEA ACRES MOTEL www.seaacrescottages.com

DAMARISCOTTA Family Atmosphere

Quiet, Wooded Sites on Pemaquid Lake Pool • Jacuzzis • Sauna Rec Hall • Playgrounds Rentals Boats, Canoes and Kayaks Swimming • Fishing Scheduled Summer Activities & Events Store • Snack Bar Rental Cabins & Cottages E,W,S Hookups • WiFi Avail. Locally Owned & Operated

23 Bradley Hill Road, Pemaquid, Maine 04558

(207) 677-2693

Private Dock Kitchenettes • Full Baths Color Cable TV • Pool Short walk to Coombs Cove MasterCard & Visa Open June–September Steve & Beverly Lord

Great for Family Reunions!

PO Box 967, 100 Twin Cove Lane, Damariscotta, ME 04543

207-563-5202 • www.lakepemaquid.com

NEWCASTLE OceansWide is a non-profit organization whose mission is to put students and scientists together at sea in the Gulf of Maine. Our team is made up of a dedicated group of scientists, teachers and marine professionals who believe it is important to educate people about the amazing and mysterious world that exists offshore. We are excited about having students work with scientists to determine research goals, participate in the actual at-sea research, and write reports on their findings. All of this happens while getting wet on the deck of our research ship.

A NEW SUCCESS STORY: TRAPS TO TREASURE It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of lobster traps are accumulating every year along the sea floor and along the coast of Maine. OceansWide, along with the students are beginning to collect some of these traps and are recycling them in an environmentally responsible way. Old traps are obtained by either finding them while diving or accepting old traps from fishermen. They breakdown old traps which then are sold as scrap metal. The money from selling the scrap metal and other component elements help fund OceansWide mission to provide opportunities for students to learn about marine science. Also a portion of the funds are donated back to local community programs.

PHOTO: Students in Oceanswide’s S.C.U.B.A. program. PHOTO COURTESY OF OCEANSWIDE


PENOBSCOT bay PHOTO CRUISE

Text BY FRANCES J. FOLSOM

Photo taken on a photo cruise aboard the Schooner Heron in Rockport, Maine PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

P

ENOBSCOT BAY IS MADE UP OF EIGHT VILLAGES; Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. Make Rockland your home base for exploring the region and you will discover that this special area is easy to fall in love with.

Places to stay

Things to do

church and the Farnsworth

and two rare second and

Homestead for N.C. and

fourth order Fresnel lenses.

The Historic Inns of Rockland is

The Farnsworth Art Museum

Jamie, an addition to the

comprised of three elegant

houses the largest collection

original museum for Andrew.

inns, the Berry Manor Inn,

in New England of works by

Limerock Inn and the Granite

the Wyeth family, N.C., his

Museum is a treasure trove

Wright brothers flew in 1903

Inn. Each offers an array of

son Andrew and grandson

of lighthouse artifacts

on their first flight at Kitty

specials during the summer.

Jamie. The collection is in

and memorabilia. Exhibits

Hawk NC. The collection also

three buildings; a restored

showcase antique fog horns

includes a 1910 Henri Farman

One wing of the Owls Head

The Maine Lighthouse

Transportation Museum holds a reproduction of the plane the

ALL YOU CAN EAT

SEAFOOD Like a Buffet, but We Serve You!

441 Main Street • Rockland, ME (207) 596-7556 — Souvenir Coffee Mugs Available $6 —

rocklandcafe.com

Homemade Seafood Chowder Sm. $9.99 Lg. $11.99

Serving Lobsters & Steamers Daily Market Price

Homemade Seafood Lasagna $ 18.99 Lunch or Dinner

HOURS:

Nov–Apr 6AM–8PM Jun–Aug 6AM–9:30PM May, Sep & Oct 6AM–9PM —

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Lobster BLT $ 23.99 Crabmeat BLT $ 19.99

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MIDCOAST MAINE III Biplane, a 1917 Curtiss JN-

Blues Festival. From From

4D Jenny used in World War

July 31 through August 4

I and three gliders, an 1804

Rockland hosts the Maine

Cayley, an 1893 Lilienthal

Lobster Festival. Although

and an 1896 Chanute.

chowing down on lobster

At the Project Puffin Audubon

is the main theme, there’s

Center learn about the

also live entertainment, arts

project’s purpose – bringing

and crafts, seafood cooking

puffins, hunted to extinction,

contests, a beauty pageant

back to Maine. Of the 954

and a parade.

puffins brought to Eastern

The Goose River Golf Club in

Egg Rock in Muscongus Bay

Rockport has nine greens

by the Audubon Society

spread out on a lush

in 1973 914 survived, were

landscape that was once

banded, fledged and returned

a dairy farm. See Rockport

to the island. Today Project

from the water on a sail

Puffin oversees 1,000 pairs of

aboard the Schooner Heron.

puffins nesting on five Maine islands. At the Visitors

Places to eat

Center you can watch puffins

The Rockland Café is a no frills

in their natural habitat via

place, where everything is

live video streams.

homemade. Here you can get

Lake Avenue in Rockland is the place to be on July 13 & 14 for the North Atlantic

a classic Maine breakfast… fish cakes and beans. [ Article continued on next page ]

ABOVE: COURTESY OF NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL

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MIDCOAST MAINE ROCKPORT

Goose River Golf Club

Est. 1965 Est. 1965 • Public welcome

Nine greens on the Camden/Rockport line offering distinctly different tees on front and back nines Cart & Club Rental • Golf Lessons Pro Shop • Practice Range

P.O. Box 1230 • 50 Park Street, Rockport, ME 04856 • 207-236-8488 ** Receive $5 off in July & August with this Coupon **

Sailing Adventures aboard a Classic Schooner

HERON

3 trips daily

THE LAURA B. COURTESY OF MONHEGAN TRUCKING

Adventure awaits you aboard the 65’ Schooner Heron. Choose from our Island Sail with Lobster lunch, Afternoon Eco/Wildlife Sail or Sunset Dinner Sail. Each trip takes you on an unforgettable sail among pristine islands of Penobscot Bay. As Heron glides mightily through the water you will experience the amazing coast of Maine with its many lighthouses, working lobster boats, rocky ledges dotted with harbor seals, osprey and eagle soaring overhead, traditional windjammers sailing among spruce studded islands and even harbor porpoise swimming alongside the boat. Whether you like Lobster lunch, Educational Eco-tour or Serene Sunset Dinner, you will love Heron. MENTION ACTIVITY MAINE AND GET 10% OFF A SAIL.

PORT CLYDE COASTAL DISCOVERY CRUISES 2- to 2½-hour cruises

Puffins/Nature • Lighthouses Sunset Puffin/Nature Cruise • Charters

The original

PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

207-236-8605

Rockport Harbor www.sailheron.com

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MONHEGAN ISLAND MAIL BOAT EXPERIENCE 3 trips daily during summer

Visit Monhegan

207-372-8848

To catch the boat for Monhegan Island head south out of Rockland on Route 1 through Thomaston, turn onto Route 131

W W W

.

Craig Carreno

M O N H E G A N B O A T

.

C O M

to Port Clyde on the St. George Peninsula. The Monhegan Boat Line runs several trips daily to the island. On Monhegan you can complete your Wyeth experience; the island was a favorite subject of Jamie Wyeth. And reward yourself at the end of an island hike with a cold beer at Mohegan Brewing Co.

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BELFAST

MIDCOAST MAINE

B

elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access from land or sea. The city is surrounded by fine

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motels, restaurants, shops, parks and galleries. Belfast has become a popular destination for boaters of all kinds. Sit by the harbor, relax and enjoy! Moorings in the magnificent harbor now number more than 200, with room for many more. The parks and shoreline

kind items and interesting

make inviting places for

collectibles. Be sure and

picnics. Catch a movie or visit

visit our Historic Downtown

the music theatre, art fairs,

Shopping section. You will

hobby shows and special

find merchants willing and

holiday events. Antique

ready to courteously serve

shops and art galleries

you and make your shopping

are filled with one-of-a-

experience a pleasant one!

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www.bennettsgems.com 207.338.5530 • Open All Year • • Since 1989 • Next to Perry’s Nut House Cash For Your Gold, Silver & Coins!

68 Main Street · Belfast, ME 04915 207.338.4880 · 800.588.7591· www.thegoodtable.me

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ACADIA GO CLIMB A ROCK! ACADIA MOUNTAIN GUIDES CLIMBING SCHOOL

IS IT SAFE? Just like driving a

with expert instruction,

Voted #1 family activity in Maine and rated #1 activity in Bar

car, climbing carries some

guiding you every step of the

Harbor every year since 2014 on Trip Advisor. Featured by

level of risk. Rock climbing

way, so you can focus on the

Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Bill

is not an extreme sport.

fun.

Green’s Maine Outdoors, CBS, The Travel Channel, and many more.

Professional guides focus on

Meet the guides and experience the AMGCS difference.

minimizing your risks and each year, thousands of people

CAN I DO IT? Can my family do

regularly climb with clients

like you climb safely for the

it? Virtually anyone can rock

from four to 82 years old.

first time. Acadia Mountain

climb. The guides at Acadia

It’s a great activity for an

Guides Climbing School outfits

Mountain Guides say: “If you

individual, couples, families

you with all needed safety

want to experience it, there

or groups and requires only a

equipment, such as helmets

are climbs for all ages and

moderate level of fitness.

and harnesses, and provides

abilities in the park!” They

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you

WHO SHOULD I CLIMB WITH? In Maine, Acadia Mountain Guides has a long history of providing great instruction. They are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. They have been under the

MOUNTAIN GUIDES 207-866-7562

PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA

& Downeast


ACADIA & DOWNEAST

Ride the Trolley!

Rated #1 on Trip Advisor 2014-2018

same ownership since

has offered summer camps

opening in 1993. AMG is led

to youth 9-18. All camps

by internationally-licensed

encourage self-discovery,

IFMGA guide Jon Tierney. Jon

responsibility, fitness, and

is one of 138 U.S. guides to

fun! The outdoors is a great

achieve the IFMGA award,

classroom and ideal for

signifying the pinnacle of

teaching decision-making,

achievement for guides. The

personal confidence, and

guides who work for Jon say

teamwork, while learning

he has been at the forefront of

new skills and having a

guide education for more than

blast. AMGCS was one of the

two decades. They appreciate

first climbing schools in the

his mentorship, attention to

nation to offer specialized

detail, and desire to constantly

rock climbing camps staffed

improve the delivery and

by certified instructors and

safety of climbing instruction.

guides in a summer camp

You will too!

format. Have all the fun and

CLIMBING & ADVENTURE CAMPS Since 2001, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

The Best Way to See Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park!

Acadia’s Only Trolley Tour! Oli’s Trolley Gift Shop - 1 West Street Bar Harbor, Maine 207 288-9899 for tickets and information log on to olistrolley.com

Ride the Trolley and let the local guides amuse and inform you. As an authorized concessionaire of Acadia National Park, fully narrated tours of Acadia National Park are offered daily. Also, enjoy a fully narrated tour of Bar Harbor For departures and tickets visit olistrolley.com, 207-288-9899, 1 West Street – Oli’s Trolley Shop or 55 West Street – Oli’s Trolley Station

excitement of summer camp with the reassurance of professional leadership!

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BAR HARBOR

JONESPORT

William K. Milliken, Owner/Broker Julie A. Farris, Broker 261 Main St. • P.O. Box 289 • Jonesport, ME 04649 (207) 497-5725 • Fax: (207) 497-2529 www.jonesportrealty.com • jonesportrealty@aol.com

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HANCOCK More than a Quarter Century of Great Down East Family Dining Ruth & Wimpy’s has become a family dining icon in down east, Maine. Their restaurant’s reputation for serving great food makes it the number one dining choice for locals and brings summer visitors to the area back year after year to enjoy a great meal. Thanks for making a down east dining experience so special.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

LOBSTER, PASTA, SUBS, CHICKEN, GLUTEN FREE DISHES, 40 PLUS BEERS, TOP SHELF LIQUORS AVAILABLE AND LOTS MORE! INSIDE DINING OR ENJOY OUR DECK SEATING WWW.RUTHANDWIMPY@YAHOO.COM WWW.WILBURTHELOBSTER@YAHOO.COM 5 MILES EAST OF ELLSWORTH ON ROUTE 1, HANCOCK, MAINE

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PASSPORT FOR A THREE-NATION ADVENTURE

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LEONARD

By JIM HARNEDY

T

he Quoddy Loop provides a unique opportunity to visit and enjoy the scenic coastal and island communities of Down East Maine, the home of the Passamaquoddy Nation and the West Fundy Isles of

New Brunswick.

Washington County is the eastern most county in the United States. Machias which was settled in 1763, serves as the shire town for this region. The name Machias is derived from the Native American word, Mechises which means

Adventures abound: nature walks,

settlement north of St Augustine, Florida

“bad little falls” or “a bad run of water.”

whale watching cruises, lighthouse and

on St. Croix Island, just of the present

Machias, Lubec, Eastport and Calais

history tours, galleries with paintings,

day Calais, Maine in 1604. The few

are the four largest communities in the

jewelry, pottery and sculpture by fine

settler survivors of the horrible winter

county.

local artists as well as chance to enjoy a

of 1604 -1605 were saved and helped to

leisurely pace and refresh oneself.

relocate to Nova Scotia by members of

Grand Manan Island are the three Fundy

the Passamaquoddy Nation. During the

Isles of New Brunswick that lie closest to

own rich history. It is believed that

Revolutionary War the Passamaquoddy

their American neighbors.

ancestors of current Passamaquoddy

tribe joined forces with Americans in

tribal members lived on the Quoddy

their fight for independence. Today the

an affluent Welsh family received a royal

Loop more than 12,000 years ago. Ancient

Passamaquoddy Nation is physically

grant in 1767 for what was then called

art depicting their history and culture

located on two reservations in Down

Outer Island. Three years later, he and

is found in 3,000-year-old petroglyphs

East, Maine. One reservation is located

a group of 38 indentured servants that

carved in rocks at a shorefront site in

in Indian Township near Princeton;

he had signed up arrived to settle Outer

Machiasport. Pierre Dugua, Samuel

while the other reservation is located at

Island, which by then, he’d renamed

Champlain and a group of 77 French

Pleasant Point on Passamaquoddy Bay a

Campobello Island.

explorers, established the first European

short distance from Eastport.

Each of three communities has its

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Campobello Island, Deer Island and

Captain William Owen who came from


The Owens family continued to rule the island as their private fiefdom for the next 110 years. Transportation between neighboring ports have been achieved through the years by ferry connections. Although the distance across the Narrows between Lubec and Campobello Island is but a stone’s throw, it was not until August 1962 that the two were connected by the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. Ferry services continue to link Lubec, Eastport, Deer Island, Grand Manan, Campobello Island and St. Andrews. A seafaring lifestyle is the strong thread

as attractions for visitors—West

Captain Butch extends a special

that ties the past to the present. Many

Quoddy Head Light in Lubec and East

invitation to visitors to the region, to

celebrations, festivals and occupations

Quoddy Head Harbour Light Station on

join him for a fun-packed experience

are dependent on the seas around them.

Campobello Island. In addition to the

on the Eastport Windjammer’s 47-

pristine views provided from these two

foot lobster boat. Guests will have the

light houses providing visibility for the

lights they both have wonderful nature

opportunity to see spectacular wildlife:

mariners plying the local waters but

walks to enjoy.

eagles, porpoises, seals, minke, and

The Quoddy Loop has a number of

two lights are especially well known

finback whales. On-board educational experiences will include lobster trap pulling, demonstrations, and a touch tank for viewing crabs, lobsters and sea urchins and other sea life. Captain Harris also offers two-hour sunset sails. For more information and reservation call (207) 853-2500 or visit: WWW.EASTPORTWINDJAMMERS.COM. Great nature hikes marked by refreshing ocean breezes and unspoiled natural beauty are available across the entire Quoddy Loop from Fort O’Brien State Park in Machiasport, where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Machias Bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was successfully fought by a small

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MACHIAS Come find the magic at Machias Bay: the magic of our people, our history and coastline. We’re waiting for you.

Visit the coastal

Visit the coastal Machias Bay area

History Tours, Art Tours, Free O History Tours, Art Tours, Free Outdoor Movies, Visit us Boat Tours and more...

at: www

(207) 255-4 St.,

85 Main Street Ste #2 Machias 11 Main Find us on Facebook!

www.machiaschamber.org band of American patriots to the St. Croix Island National Park site near Calais that commemorates the ill-fated first North American settlement north of St. Augustine, Florida.

Come find the Magic at Machias B our history and coastline.W

Fun activities do not need to be damped by a stormy day. A

&

number of wonderful galleries can be found throughout the area. Several unique museums including Raye’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum in Eastport, which offer daily tours at 10:30 a.m., are open to visitors. This iconic mill has been inthe Raye family for well over a century. This year the Rayes have opened a new retail outlet for their gourmet mustards and other Maine products at 54 Water Street, downtown Eastport. The Summer of 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the Roosevelt International Park, which lies just across the Roosevelt International Bridge that links Lubec, Maine to Campobello Island, This should be a must stop on all visitors’ lists of activities to do. The summer home of President Roosevelt is the centerpiece of the world’s only international park and serves as a unique memorial to the close relationship

207-255-4402

Homemade, Fresh, Local, Healthy Foods

Local Dairy, Eggs, Meats & Produce Bulk Herbs & Spices Supplements Gluten-Free Products Organic Wine • Maine Gifts Quality Pet Food

Stop in and enjoy our café! Lunch 11AM–2PM Espresso and Smoothie Bar Open All Day Serving Sandwiches & Sounds All Day

4 Colonial Way, Downtown Machias • (207) 255-8855 Summer Hours: Mon–Fri 8–5, Sat 8–4, Sun 10–4

www.wholelifemarket.com

between the people of Canada and the United States as well as the special place that FDR had with his beloved island. The Roosevelt cottage is open from Victoria Day (the Saturday prior to Memorial Day) through Canadian Thanksgiving Day (corresponding with Columbus Day in the U.S.) from 10 a.m. to

Toll-Free 1-866-636-2463

6 p.m. (ADT). The park’s visitor center remains open through October 31 to accommodate fall visitors. Check out our events calendar for the many festivals held in the region. Great dining and accommodations from B&Bs, inns, motels

R E A L E S TAT E Machias Office – 25 Main Street, Machias, ME 04654 207-255-9099 • 866-636-2463

and campgrounds make the Down East Quoddy Loop your 2019 destination. Be sure and bring your passport, as both Canadian and U.S. Customs require them. JIM HARNEDY joined the Activities Guide of Maine team as Sr. Editor in 1992, and has been closely involved with the magazine’s evolution through the years. His 10th book: Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine was just released by The History Press.

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Jason A. Smith Broker/Owner 207-263-9187 Mike Jenkins Broker 207-745-1100 Patricia Morris Associate Broker 907-240-4906 Jenna Joeckel Associate Broker 207-263-7793 Jennifer Wendt Associate Broker 207-263-7447 Barbara Wison Associate Broker 207-214-6776

Email: INFO@POINTEASTRE.COM Website: WWW.POINTSEASTRE.COM


ACADIA & DOWNEAST Free Wi-Fi – Fridge, Microwave and in-room Coffee 32” HD Flat Screen TV’s with 200 channels of DirecTV

(866) 375-0177 (toll free) or (207) 255-3333 231 Dublin St. (Rt. 1) Machias, Maine www.bluebirdmotelmaine.com

Family Practice Are you looking for a family practice provider to take care of you and your loved ones? Arnold Memorial Medical Center (AMMC) is located at 70-Snare Creek in Jonesport. AMMC is a Family Practice that offers care for individuals of all ages. Samuel Hunkler, MD, Mary Dudzik, MD, Jillian LaPointe, PA-C, and dedicated staff are here to provide you with continuing, personalized comprehensive care. Office hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Call 497-5614 to make an appointment Are you looking for a family practice provider to take care of you and your loved ones? Down East Community’s Arnold Memorial Medical Center (AMMC) is located at 70-Snare Creek in Jonesport. AMMC’s Family Practice practitioners provide continuing, personalized comprehensive care for individuals of all ages. AMMC is a Family Practice that also offers OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health care.

THE RIVERSIDE INN Upscale. Downeast. Cynthia McDonough innkeeper

207•255•4134 Relax on your private deck, on the patio, or elsewhere in this well appointed Victorian Inn. Watch the eagles fly, the seals swim playfully by and the tides of the beautiful Machias River rush in or lazily move out. It’s all here, waiting for you. More than a B&B, it’s an experience. Call for reservations. We are located at 622 Main Street in East Machias Machias, Maine 04630

The Riverside Inn is a charming Victorian Bed and Breakfast located on the pristine East Machias River offering exceptional accommodations with a view. Call for reservations: 207-255-4134 or visit www.riversideinn-maine.com

Meet Our Practitioners

Samuel Hunkler, MD received his degree from Case Western Reserve University and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Hunkler currently oversees the AMMC practice. Jillian LaPointe, PA-C is Board Certified with the National Commission on Certifications of Physician Assistants. Jillian received her degree from South College in Knoxville Tennessee. Mary Dudzik, MD is a Board Certified Family Practice provider who provides a broad spectrum of care, including obstetric and pediatric care. Dr. Dudzik received her degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and was recently awarded the Degree of Fellow, from the American Academy of Family Practice. Office hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please call 4975614 to make an appointment with a practitioner who will provide you and your family with expert care and compassion.

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JUNE JUNE 10 Bar Harbor –Wabanaki Spirit Tales Walking Tour JUNE 15 -16 Bar Harbor – 69th Art in the Park JUNE 14- 15 Machias – Annual Margaretta Festival at the University of Maine at Machias JUNE 19 Bar Harbor – Music Festival Young Audience Concert JUNE 19 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church -7: 30 pm – Summer Keys Concert JUNE 22 Lubec – West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Tours every Saturday through September

The University of Maine at Machias is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Study and build skills amid the coves, rivers, lakes, and forests near Maine’s coastal university. UMM’s Recreation and Tourism Management Program is accredited by COAPRT.

Nestled in the heart of Machias Valley and surrounded by miles of pristine forest and wild coastline, this small-town university offers big-time opportunities for college students who want to get their hands dirty and learn through experience in the wilderness. UMM students earn credit while they canoe, kayak, sail, hike the backcountry, and learn to navigate with a map and compass -- all while gaining essential leadership skills and working closely with faculty and peers. They also develop work experience with the university’s many community partners, such as land trusts, conservation groups, and experiential education programs. “I turned my UMM degree into the job of my dreams,” says Matthew Cole, now a full-time conservation educator at University of Maine’s 4H Camp at Bryant Pond. “The program, like all UMM degrees, requires students to work as interns in the field. I worked at the camp seasonally as a student.” “This degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers,” says program coordinator Karen Beeftink. “Our graduates can work as game wardens, adventure or interpretive guides, experiential educators, backcountry rangers, and more. We offer numerous specialized certifications to give students a competitive edge in the job market.”

AUG. 4-8 St. Stephen, NB – 39th Annual Chocolate Festival AUG. 7 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park – weather permitting AUG. 7 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert AUG. 9-11 Eastport – Music Festival AUG. 14 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert AUG. 14 Bar Harbor Seaside Cinema in the Park – weather permitting. AUG. 16-18 Machias – 42nd Annual Wild Blueberry Festival

JUNE 29 Eastport – Barkfest

AUG. 20 & 24 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm (both nights) Summer Keys Concerts

JULY JULY 1 Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island & St. Stephen, NB JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations throughout the Region. The City of Eastport hosts the largest celebration in Maine as well as Old Home Days JULY 3 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7 pm – Summer Keys Concert

AUG. 28 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert

SEPTEMBER SEPT. 1- Eastport – Salmon and Seafood Festival SEPT. 6-8 Eastport – Pirate Festival

JULY 10 Bar Harbor Seaside Cinema in the park –weather permitting

SEPT. 13-14 Machias –Fiber Festival 9-3 at the Pellon Center

JULY 10 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm – Summer Keys Concert

SEPT. 14 Machias – Harvedt Fair 10-3 at the Chamber train station, vendors, live music and contests

JULY 17 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park –weather permitting

SEPT. 25-29 Bar Harbor – Night Sky Festival

JULY 17 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7: 30 pm –Summer Keys Concert

SEPT. 27-29 Ellsworth – Autumn Gold

JULY 20 Machias – Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival (various locations)

OCT. 12 Machias – Sixth Annual Wine & Beer Festival –Noon Pellon Center

OCTOBER

JULY 28 Open Farm Day across all of Maine

OCT.1 -18 Machias – Town wide Scarecrow Contest

JULY 27-28 Grand Lake Stream Folk & Art Festival

OCT. 25 Machias – Main Street Trick or Treat

JULY 31- Bar Harbor –Seaside Cinema in the Park –weather permitting

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AUG. 4-8 Calais – St. Stephen, NB 49th Annual Homecoming Festival

JUNE 23 Lubec – Campobello Island, NB - Bay of Fundy International Marathon

JULY 31 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm – Summer Keys Concert

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT MACHIAS

AUG. 3-4 Eastport – National Mustard Days Celebration at Raye’s Mustard

AUG. 3 Machias – Antique Appraisal Fair 10-2 at the chamber train station

CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS Bar Harbor Chamber: 1-800-288-5103 or 207-288-5103 Calais/St. Croix Valley Chamber: 1-888-422-3112 or 207-454-2308 Eastport Chamber: 207-853-4644 Ellsworth Chamber: 207-667-5584 Machias Bay Chamber: 207-255-4402


ACADIA & DOWNEAST For reservations: 207-255-4861  Walk out deck with river views

 Keurig, microwave, & refrigerator

103 Main Street Machias, Maine 04654 www.machiasriverinn.com

 Well behaved dogs welcome

 Only AAA approved lodging in Machias

Activity Maine’s, Sr. Editor, Jim Harnedy’s new book

Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine is now available.

Jim Harnedy’s newest book: Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine connects readers with a cast of unique characters and events that have helped shape Maine’s identity. Jim uncovers a hidden gem in how Marie Antoinette played a role in Maine’s Mid-Coast. Readers will discover that Maine’s flags were flown at half- mast for a very special dog, and the story of a very bizarre bank robbery in Mars Hill. Eastport’s Mysterious Billy Smith, and the Midas Scam in Lubec, which left investors with little to show for their investment but salt water are but two quirky tales from way Down East. You will meet the Artist who played Robin Hood as well as an uplifting story of a School Girl, Ambassador. Jim is a Jim with Duncan, his West Highland White great story teller and his offbeat and Terrier obscure bits of Down East Maine History will delight history buffs, as well as those who want to discover more about legends that they have heard.

Vue Restaurant at The Riverside Inn is Open for Dinner Tuesday–Saturday at 5PM — Reservations are limited to 12 diners each evening to assure your personal dining experience. Menu options change often to reflect locally sourced ingredients. The Prix Fixe menu always includes salad, entrée of your choice, and desert. $49.99/couple • $29.99/single Full Bar Menu & Premium Wines Available —

Call Now N to Reserve Your Table — Ask About Our Outdoor Patio Option! (207) 255-4134

PERRY

— Contact Jim Harnedy for a signed copy — Jim Harnedy, 2 Pettegrow Point Road, Machiasport, ME 04655 207-255-0170 | jharnedy@maineline.net

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Megabucks Tickets • Cold Beer & Groceries Diesel Fuel Diesel Fuel • Fresh Sandwiches & Pizza Made to Order Sandwiches & Pizza Made to Order Route 189 •Fresh Lubec, Maine 04652 • 733-2134

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Eastport Barkfest June 29 Eastport’s 4th Old Home Days July 2-4 Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival September 1 Eastport Pirates Festival September 6-8

141 Water St.

Monica’s Chocolates is must stop when in Lubec Monica’s award winning chocolates are made from the very highest quality ingredients, without the addition of any artificial flavoring or preservatives. They are made of pure love and are something to die for. Her shop also features beautiful Peruvian alpaca sweaters and scarves, as well as jewelry from India and Peru.

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Adventures


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Looking for an everyday favorite beverage, a hard-to-find craft beer or need to place a special order? We can help. Open 365 days a year whether it’s a major holiday or a regular Saturday. The party starts with Roopers.

Stock up at one of our SIX convenient package stores AUBURN

545 Minot Avenue – 783-2047 301 Main Street – 783-9098

LEWISTON

694 Main Street – 782-1482 794 Sabattus Street – 783-6353 1420 Lisbon Street – 333-3095

OXFORD

980 Main Street – 539-6072


farmington

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Get your outdoors on.

A college where you can combine academics with the active outdoor lifestyle — that’s the University of Maine at Farmington. Smack in the middle of the best hiking, kayaking, mt. biking, camping, rafting and canoeing in the northeast. Near Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Maine Huts & Trails and the Appalachian Trail. Our Outdoor Rec Business Administration major, Alpine Operations Certificate, plus our Mainely Outdoors adventure program offer exciting, real-world outdoor experiences and valuable professional contacts in the outdoor recreation & skiing industry. Visit us and see why Farmington is the natural fit.

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Activities Guide of Maine Summer 2019  

Outdoor adventures in Maine, travel, wellness, Maine Activities, Hiking, Rafting, Brewery Tours, Maine Beaches

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Outdoor adventures in Maine, travel, wellness, Maine Activities, Hiking, Rafting, Brewery Tours, Maine Beaches

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