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HE ACTIVITIES GUIDE OF MAINE, a two-generation magazine born from a passion of adventure, offers you the opportunity to discover exciting travel and recreational opportunities around Maine. Combining the experiences and resources of our advertisers, world class partners, designers, writers and contributors we bring you a unique selection of ideas that range widely in their destinations and activities, yet are tied together by a basic principle, enjoy activities in Maine! The advertisements are the presentations of the good people who live and work here. These businesses have something of value to offer you and they sincerely want the opportunity to meet and serve you. They are our friends and we hope they will become yours as well... We’ll see you out there! — Stanley J. Rintz, III

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A four season Destination

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Sharpen your brain power with skill games for kids and adults!

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An established and growing four season mecca invites you to visit their hopping winter scene.

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The place to play this Winter

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Check out whats brewing this winter a breweries all over Maine. Plan these beer stops around your winter adventures.

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MAINE PHOTO: Nuble Light in Holiday style. York, Maine. PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

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 over 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 customer3s 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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LAKES region Windham to Greater Bridgton and Surrounding Areas — A Maine Four Season Destination! PHOTO: COURTESY OF FIVE FIELD FARMS

Visit us for updates on new merchandise, promotions and events!

Unique, Quality Toys & Games for All Ages Offering a wide selection that is constantly being updated and changed — puzzles, books, puppets, games and toys for both indoors and outdoors. Open Mon, Weds, Thur, Sat 10-6, Fri 10-8, Sun 10-4

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When in the region, include a visit to the Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.) in Naples at the Shop n Save shopping center (Jct. Rt. 302 and 35). You'll find an impressive selection of craft beer, wine and liquor. Additional information and their ad appears in the Brew Guide section. For family fun, include crosscountry skiing at Five Fields Farm in Bridgton. They offer 27 km of trails including guidance and terrain to start the inexperienced. Cross-country gear and showshoe rentals are available. Plan to include a visit to At Once All Agog — Southern Maine’s Treasure Chest of Games and Toys. As soon as you step inside, you’ll discover why they are not just another toy store. Whatever your age, you'll find an impressive selection of quality, unique toys and games, puzzles, books and much more. Conveniently located on Main Street (Route 25) in downtown picturesque

Cornish, it is an easy drive from area towns. (Windham 25 miles, Bridgton 23 miles, Portland 35 miles, and Conway, NH 28 miles.) Visit their facebook page for updates on merchandise, promotions and special events. Lakes Region Properties offers the services of a committed group of professional real estate agents. Waterfront and residential properties and land are included in listings for the greater Naples area, Long Lake, Sebago Lake, Thompson Lake and Brandy Pond. Inquiries for immediate and future interests are welcomed. The LRP office is located on Route 302 near the Naples Causeway.

events

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ew England winter is something that can only be understood by experiencing it. This, of course, was something I didn’t know when I moved here as a naive Midwesterner. As I approach my tenth winter here, I have learned that the basic lessons of surviving winter in New England also apply to winter running.

Be prepared. Getting dressed for winter running can feel like it’s own workout. Having the right gear, though, can be the difference between a comfortable run and an unbearable one. Consider investing in a waterproof jacket, footwear with solid traction (or a traction product), and high visibility gear in addition to a tech base layer, tights, gloves and headwear. Tough it out together. Even after getting all layered up it can be tough to make it out the door, especially in the cold and dark hours before or after work. Having a reliable running buddy or a year-round

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running group can provide the extra motivation needed in the less appealing winter running conditions. Two great group options include Old Port Pub Run in Portland (oldportpubrun.wordpress.com) and the SIX03 Endurance Pub Runs in New Hampshire (six03endurance.com/pub-runs). Get creative. For runners who normally train on trails, the first snow fall or ice storm might mean moving their mileage to the roads, but it doesn’t have to. In true New England fashion, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the trails in the snow. There are several snowshoe and winter

ABOVE: Leslie Dillon running up the Eastern

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racing series that can add a fun twist to winter training. Check out the Granite State Snowshoe Series (granitestatesnowshoeseries. org) or Baxter Outdoor’s Packed Powder Series (bbaxteroutdoors.com/ packedpowderseries.html). Adapt. This is perhaps the most important lesson for surviving winter in New England. There will be days where the road or weather conditions require a change of plans. Being prepared to adapt a workout to the treadmill or shift around your training schedule is essential.


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ABOVE: Winter Warroirs gathered before a run at Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running store in Portland on

Marginal Way. RIGHT: Right, Baxter Outdoors Winter Cowboy Race event at Mount Abram 2015. PHOTO BY DOUGLASWEISMANPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

WINTER WARRIORS This winter you can get motivation and coaching by joining others runners for FREE winter training runs at both Fleet Feet Maine Running store locations: 309 Marginal Way, Portland on Tuesday and Thursdays 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Coaches: John Rogers, Kathy Bowe, Michael Gaige, Eric Martinson, Victoria Foley. 89 Maine Street, Brunswick, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 8 a.m. Coached by Tara Whiton. An information night will be held on January 4th at 6pm at the Brunswick store and on January 5th at 5:30pm at the Portland store (come ready to run after the information session!) This FREE winter program will help motivate you to stay active in the winter time. Simply come to one of our workouts and you will automatically be entered in the program. This program is for walkers AND runners and exercise fiends. We don't care, we just want you to stay active this winter!

One rule—no whining about the weather or else we can poke fun at you!

The program is completely FREE and includes: ■■ FREE group workouts ■■ Fabulous people to work out with all winter long! ■■ 5 Point accrual by

Come to a workout anytime between January 5th and March 12th, then you're in—or register online! For more info visit

fleetfeetmainerunning.com and check out their 2016 Gear List to be ready to participate in this great program!

Baxter Outdoors Winter Events Check out these fun events this winter. Visit baxteroutdoors.com for the most up-to-date information. JANUARY 30TH Lost Valley Winter Duathlon, Auburn, ME MARCH 12 Winter Cowboy 5k & Mt. Abram Uphill Challenge (2 separate events), Greenwood, ME

participating in each workout, run and by volunteering or running certain local races— Jimmy The Greeks Frozen 4 Miler, Mid Winter Classic, Irish Road Rover 5K and Kerrymen's Pub 5K ■■ At the end, the one with the most points will be deemed the Winter Warrior and receive a free pair of shoes of his choice. All ties will be broken via a drawing!!! ■■ If you accrue at least 125 points, you will receive a Winter Warrior prize!  

How do you accrue points? Participate in any Fleet Feet Maine Running Winter Warrior workouts and runs (walkers and runners welcome). These start at Fleet Feet Maine Running at 309 Marginal Way. Each Fleet Feet Fun Run and designated race is valued at 5 points. How do you join the Winter Warrior Program?

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ABOVE: XC Ski trails at Quarry Road Recreational Area PHOTO BY SUSAN CHILDS. LEFT: “Kids with bibs” PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTERN FOOTHILLS LAND TRUST

MAINE’S RECREATIONAL HOT SPOTS Quarry Road in Waterville and both Robert’s Farm Preserve and Shepard’s Farm Preserves in Norway offer a myriad of winter races and family events all year long. DECEMBER 13 Quarry Road Opener / NENSA Zak Cup A fun early-season Nordic race for all ages.

JANUARY 30 Quarry Road Winter Carnival Our biggest event of the year! Free skiing and many activities for the whole family.

DECEMBER 19 Community Free Ski Day Join us for a day of free skiing on the Quarry Road trails.

FEBRUARY 6 Paintball Biathlon Ski, shoot, ski, shoot, ski. Open to all at Quarry Road.

JANUARY 23 & 24 Colby College Carnival Come watch the top collegiate skiers in the country battle it out in Waterville.

FEBRUARY 13 Community Free Ski Day Join us for a day of free skiing on the Quarry Road trails.

Please visit quarryroad.org/events for details on the events lsited above, and more event listings.

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JANUARY 2, FEBRUARY 6, MARCH 5 Family Fun Ski Clinics

partners. Please use harnesses. Registration opens at 9am.

JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 20, MARCH 12 Skate Ski Clinics

FEBRUARY 12 -14 Mellie Dunham SnowShoe Festival features snowshoe walks, 5k and 10k snowshoe races, snowshoe games for the whole family, and a Valentine’s Day Dance featuring the Don Roy Trio.

JANUARY 16, FEBRUARY 27, MARCH 19 Classic Ski Clinics JANUARY 17 Air Rifle Biathlon Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway. $5 students, $10 adults. We supply air rifles. Registration and practice 9:30-10:45. Pre-Register 739-2124. FEBRUARY 7 Skijor Race Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway. $10, 5k for skiers and their canine

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Roberts Farm Preserve is a conservation and recreation project of the Western Foothills Land Trust who welcome you to explore beautifully maintained trails on their 165 acre preseerve. In the winter they offer group snowshoeing, full moon skiing and snowshoing, as well as clincs for skijoring, skating and sking to individuals and families. They also have race events for Skijoring (XC skiing while harnessed to your canine partner) air rifle bi-atlons and snowshoe races.

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MARCH 16 Snowshoe 10am -12pm Packard Trail, Buckfield. Call to register 739-2124 SATURDAYS 10AM-12 Sarah Carter Nordic Ski Clinics Roberts Farm Preserve. $10 adult, $5 student, $20 family


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LOOKING FOR OUTDOOR WINTER FUN IN MAINE? Look no further than the February 12-14, 2016 Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Thousands of Mainers are expected to join in the ninth Great Maine Outdoor Weekend series! Events range from classic snowshoe or cross-country skiing trips in some of Maine’s most scenic areas to more unique activities like ice-fishing derbies, nature walks, and stargazing. “We’re looking forward to another fantastic winter weekend for the February GMOW,” says Julie Mulkern, planning team member and Executive Director of WinterKids. “WinterKids is co-hosting a Snowshoe Dance at L.L.Bean – guaranteed to be an epic event you don’t want to miss!” “The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a perfect opportunity to get out and explore Maine’s best recreational resources,” encourages Kaitlyn Bernard, Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and Appalachian Mountain Club coordinator. “Explore the trails, parks, and land trust preserves. Get to know organizations in your community, or travel to a new corner of the state and

experience something new!” Many of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events include free equipment rental and lessons, and nearly all of the events are family friendly. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition. Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Planning Partners include: Appalachian Mountain Club, L.L. Bean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Mesh Marketing, No Umbrella Media, and WinterKids. For more information about the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, visit greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org.

L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School

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Discover Your Inner Polar Bear Learn how to snowshoe by signing up for one of our snowshoe lessons, starlight tours or exciting snowshoe hikes. llbean.com/adventure

Discover Your Inner Arctic Explorer Kick-start winter fun by learning how to cross-country ski or skate ski. Beginner and private lessons available. llbean.com/adventure

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bring a sense of adventure we’ll bring the rest Hit the trails on cross-country skis, enjoy the beautiful winter landscape on snowshoes or try one of our other exciting

2016 Boston Qualifier Marathon ALERT!

adventures—led by experts and starting at just $25.

The Caribou Maineiac Marathon (A Boston Qualifier) will take place SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2016. There will be a full marathon, 1/2 marathon, a full marathon relay, a 1/2 marathon relay and a kids race. We will have an expo before the race and a festival during and after the race for spectators and racers to enjoy. FMI cariboumaine.org or Facebook.com/cityofcaribou

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ou may be surprised when I say Winter is my favorite time of the year. It’s the season of warm layers, bountifully beautiful snow, and very short days. Winter is also post-pumpkin beer season, which frees the shelf space and tap lines for a wide variety of heart warming darker beers.

ABOVE: Brewtis Miller and Nikki Chadbourne enjoying the beer samples at

Allagash on Riverside St. in Portland OPPOSITE: PHOTO BY BENJAMIN MOORE

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Fall is a time of artificial flavored beers, but more importantly malt-forward styles as well. I’m always a big fan of hopping everything under the sun but sometimes I forget about beers like Marzens, Octoberfests, and even brown ales until the fall comes. Winter continues the sweeter and darker times with stouts and porters. Something about the cold weather and the holiday cheer makes me want to imbibe. Although I don’t gravitate towards any style in general. In fact, I drink what is local, available, and what I’m in the mood for at the time. Maine has so many breweries to choose from now that we are spoiled by the quality and variety. I can fill this whole magazine with segments of each Maine brewery, their awesome beers you can drink in the winter, and where you can find them. Instead, I’ve chosen

5 of my favorites right now to highlight. If you talk to me next week those 5 may change.

Biddeford/Saco In the old mill buildings in Biddeford and Saco are a brewery and a brewpub that are right around the corner from each other. One is Banded Horn Brewing Company and the other is Run Of The Mill Pub. Banded Horn has been brewing beer for just over a year now and has been making a splash in the beer scene in Maine. They brew a very nice traditional German Pilsner called Pepperell Pilsner, named after the building they are located in. Run Of The Mill has been in operation for a bit longer than Banded Horn and makes some of the best pub style food that I’ve ever tried. Their Bug Lager is brewed year-round and pairs perfectly with their cuisine. The brewpub is located right over the Saco River, which is


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the perfect view during the summer on Run Of The Mill’s outside deck. Nestled amongst the mill buildings in Biddeford, Banded Horn has a collection of beers that will really surprise you. Their Pepperell Pilsner, Luminaire Lager & Veridian IPA are great staples to their year-round core selection. But this winter you can catch their Norweald Stout and their Daikaiju IPA are some of my favorite beers of those styles. The Daikaiju is the right balance of intense IPA bitterness with a ton of fruit and citrus flavors. Overall, Banded Horn never disappoints.

Portland You’re favorite brewpub Sebago Brewing Company makes great beers all winter long. My fridge always has at least a few cans of fresh Frye’s Leap IPA ready to drink. We were very lucky in the fall to enjoy Sebago’s Hop Swap, Local Harvest & Bonfire Rye. Bonfire Rye has to be one of my favorite rye-based beers on the shelves. The bitterness of the rye is balanced by the abundance of malt. But after fresh hop season is over and the leave have fallen, Sebago is just getting started for the winter. Their Slick Nick

Long Winter Ale has been reformulated to be stronger and even more smooth as the previous versions. It’s a smooth and warming winter seasonal that’s not too sweet. I love the flavors of Slick Nick so much that I love using it to cook with. Soon you’ll find the annual Barleywine available on shelves and taps from Sebago. This has to be my favorite beer they brew because every year it keeps getting better. They age it for a year in barrels that give a bourbon and sweet vanilla flavor. The boozy notes are balanced by the sweetness. Get the Whistle Punk 4 pack cans while available. It has an abundance of tropical fruit, citrus and pine aroma and flavor from the great hop blend. Big juicy American hops burst from this unfiltered Double IPA. It will be released several times throughout the year. If you’re ever stuck in Kennebunk, Portland, Gorham, or Scarborough in a snowstorm, a Sebago Brewpub is a great place to hunker down and enjoy a beer or two. The Liquid Riot Bottling Company, a brewpub/distillery located in the heart of downtown, is one of the best kept secrets in Portland. They serve only their own

INCLUDING 40 LOCAL FRESH MAINE BEERS 540 FOREST AVENUE PORTLAND, ME 207-772-0300 www.greatlostbear.com

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Wester n Maine’s newes t br e w e r y inv ites you to tak e a LE F T T UR N ! • Beer s to su i t any palate • H ouse-gr oun d sl iders & sau sages • L oc al l y-sour c ed i ngredi ents • Growler fi lls

norwaybrewing.com 237 Main St. • Norway, ME 04268 • 207-739-2126 30 min to Mt. Abram • 35 min to Shawnee Peak • 40 min to Sunday River

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NORWAY BREWING COMPANY

PHOTO: Norway, Maine, Erika and

Charlie Melhus stand behind the newly refinished bar in their tasting and tap room of Norway Brewing Company schedule to open in early 2016.

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Just a quick left turn off of route 26 is Western Maine’s newest brewery, Norway Brewing Company. It is located in a historic building at 237 Main Street in Norway. Due to open in January 2016 the brewery is owned and operated by the Melhus family who have roots in northern Norway (the country!). Norway Brewing Company's style comes from a mix of influences: Scandinavian design, European brewing, food culture and New England’s robust lifestyle to mention a few. Head brewer, Charlie Magne Melhus, with designer and beer connoisseur Erika Melhus, have teamed up to bring their Norwegian heritage and brewing experience back to their favorite community.  In the taproom, you can enjoy a variety of brews ranging from an easy drinking session ale to an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee, to hop-heavy IPAs. Plans are also in the works for a series of farmhouse and wild beers, barrel aging, and collabs with some of their friends both across the Atlantic and at home.  In a past life, Charlie was a chef and he brings all of his favorites to the table: house ground sliders and sausage, home-made ramen and cheddar maple french toast are just a few of the items on this simple but tasty menu of pub favorites and family recipes. Less than an hour away from Western Maine’s ski resorts and in the neighborhood of countless local snowshoe, fatbike & cross county ski trails, Norway Brewing Company is a perfect winter stop for a pint and a bite, or a growler of craft-brewed goodness to take home!


beers on tap, and offer a wide variety of house-made spirits including a single malt whiskey and a brand new bourbon whiskey. Liquid Riot doesn’t brew any winter beers per say, but their line up is hard to beat. They are brewing beers like The Killing, a kettled soured ale that has 200 lbs of fresh Maine grown cranberries aged. They also have the coveted Russian Imperial Stout called Back to Black as well as the return of their Belgian dark strong ale called Disbelief. Disbelief is brewed with Maine Maple Syrup and Trappist yeast. If the spirits and beer don’t warm you up enough, Liquid Riot has a tabletop shuffleboard and a pool table to have fun when the snow is falling.

Far North If you head 2 hours North West of Portland to the Farmington & Skowhegan area you’ll find two really nice destination breweries called Bigelow Brewing Company and Tumbledown Brewing Company.

Bigelow is nestled into a little farm in Skowhegan, Maine. The owners refit a custom-built horse barn into a cozy brewery with a fireplace. My favorite beer from Bigelow is their Dementia Double IPA, a hefty double IPA that is piney and delicious. Tumbledown Brewing Company is located in Farmington, Maine. They are very small in operation yet produce traditionally styled craft beers. Their Tumbledown Red Ale is their flagship and is a malt forward ale that keeps you wanting more. At the brewery and tasting room, Tumbledown runs four beers on tap (three standard beers, including the Tumbledown Red and a line reserved for seasonal/limited edition beers. They sell beer in 32oz & 64oz growlers and will be offering 22oz Bombers that are being released on Small Business Saturday! Their Growler Club entitles members to exclusive benefits that are detailed on their website: tumbledownbrewing.com.

A visit to Naples would not be complete without a stop in to the Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.)! Located in the Shop n Save shopping center on the corner of Rts 302 and 35, the U.F.O. offers over 2500 sq. ft. of liquor, wine and craft beer choices. It is an agency liquor store, offering over 1600 liquor, 1800 wine, 600 craft beer, 180 nips/pints and 100 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 customer's convenience. Open daily M-Th 9am-8pm and Fr-Sat 9am-9pm in Naples: Route 302, 639 Roosevelt Trail. Visit the website at www.umbrellafactoryofmaine.com and like on Facebook.

UFO Store

Liquor Store, Craft Beers, Fine Wines Open Sunday–Thursday 9am–8pm, Friday & Saturday 9am–9pm 639 Roosevelt Trail (Rt. 302), Naples, ME • (207) 693–3988 • www.UmbrellaFactorySupermarket.com

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Take the time and drive over to Lyman, Maine and pay Funky Bow a visit. Their brewery is a really fun place, especially on Friday evenings. On Fridays you can find delicious wood fire pizza, local musicians playing, and more importantly their beers on tap. Like most breweries, you can find rarer beers at the source. Their G-String Pale Ale and So Folkin’ Hoppy IPA are great examples of those styles and can be found year around. You’ll notice that lately Funky Bow is ramping up their lineup of beers. They just released their Cherry Picker Barrel Aged Stout in limited bottle release. They also started a new single-hop series of beers that will be on tap at the brewery. Every beer from that series will feature a beer brewed with just one type of hop to feature all the flavors in that one variety. Also be on the lookout for Funk Bow’s Santa’s Sack Barrel Aged Red Ale releasing in December as well as Smoked Staccato Stout available throughout December.

Mid-Coast At 27 years old, Dan Pease started Rock Harbor Restaurant on Main Street in Rockland, Maine

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with the idea of some day making it a brew pub. After 2 years of growing the restaurant into one of Rockland’s favorite pubs, a brewery in southern Maine decided to close it’s doors. The opportunity to start a brewery presented itself and Dan purchased the equipment and moved it two hours north and installed it at Rock Harbor in July of 2013. After licensing Rock Harbor Brewing Co., the brewing began and by October the first pints were poured. Since October Dan has made three different IPAs, an ESB, Pale Ale and two stouts. His only previous experience in brewing was ten years of home brewing, but through research and experimenting he has been able to create brews that people at Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery are loving.

Lewiston-Auburn

Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery which is the first of its kind in New England to can all of its beer. Located in Bates Mill in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, ME, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its flavorful and unique craft beers in ME, MA, NH & VT, CT, & RI both in sixpack and on draught.


Benjamin Moore is a photographer and martial artist. He has been blogging about beer for 5 years in Southern Maine.

Blaze Bangor—Gourmet wood-fired dishes, all natural ingredients and over 50 craft beers on tap is all waiting for you at this uniquely cozy dining experience. The Run of the Mill and The Liberal Cup bring the comfortable, inviting atmosphere of English style pubs to Maine. Housed by a sprawling mill building in Saco, ‘The Mill’ offers ample indoor and (seasonal) outdoor seating with views overlooking the Saco River and up-andcoming mill district. Smaller and more intimate than its

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southern counterpart, ‘The Cup’ is located in the heart of Hallowell—a vibrant, historic town. Both feature hand crafted beer and home-style food surrounded by distinctive architecture and old world charm in rustic brick & mortar structures. The Great Lost Bear has become a Portland institution since opening in 1979. With the Craft Beer Revolution in full throttle they offer over 78 beers on tap with over 40 from the State of Maine alone. The GLB features an enormous eclectic menu with something for everyone, all served in an entertaining atmosphere where you can taste Maine some of the freshest local beer around!

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EADING NORTH ON ROUTE 26 FROM PORTLAND AND GRAY takes you to the heart of Maine’s Winter playground. When planning your trip, leave SOME extra time to visit these great destinations along the way.

WINTER BIKING: If you don’t want to put your bike away for the winter, try ripping up

the snow on a fat bike! With 4-5 inch wide tires, more than twice as wide as the standard mountain bike tire, these bikes provide excellent flotation in soft conditions like snow or sand! They are an amazing way to enjoy the outdoors in the Winter.  Ride across a frozen lake or go for miles on a bike-friendly trail. There are many locations throughout the state to rent a fat bike, so you can try one before you buy one. Don't let this winter pass you by without giving fat biking a try! MAIN PHOTO COURTESY OF GREEN MACHINE BIKE SHOP SMALL PHOTO COURTESY OF GREATER HOULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Carter's XC Ski in Oxford has purposely built fat bike trails & fat bike rentals provided on sight by the Green Machine Bike Shop. Other noteworthy places to ride are, Shepard's Farm Preserve in Norway & Range Pond State Park in Poland. Snowmobile trails are also a great option, just be sure to ask permission from your local snowmobile club, as not all snowmobile trails are fat bike friendly.  The Green Machine Bike Shop opened its doors on Main Street in Norway, the Spring of 2012,

with the focus on bicycle & ski repair. They have expanded their retail offerings to include bicycles & accessories from Felt, Scott, KHS, Santa Cruz & Fizik. Their ski lines include Volkl, Black Diamond & Scott Skis, Scarpa Telemark boots, Dalbello Alpine boots, Rottefella, NTN, 22 designs, BlackDiamond & Marker bindings. They have group rides for experienced road and mountain bikers, and a group that builds trails. Group road bike rides are Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.  The group mountain


bike ride is Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The trail building group meets Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m. Call 207-739-2324 for the most up to date information. Smedbergs’ Crystal Spring Farm’s roadside stand in Oxford was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger and Gayle Smedberg and Roger Smedberg, Jr. From Madein-Maine products like maple syrup, honey, fruit salsa, pottery, soaps and ornaments, to their own One Cow Homemade Ice Cream that’s “udderly delicious,” Smedbergs’ Crystal Spring Farm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check out their homemade baked goods including pies, breads and Gayle’s delicious

homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s allnatural, home-grown beef, pork and lamb are raised on the farm and fed from the field, with no added hormones. Also available: bison, chicken, seafood and live lobster. You

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won’t want to miss a stop at Smedbergs’ Crystal Spring Farm. Carters Cross Country Ski Center is a family owned and operated business, and has been for over 30 years. They have 2 locations with full-service ski shops and unique trails. Their ski shops can equip you with quality touring packages, as well as Back Country and top of the line racing equipment for your enire family. Carter’s has many trails designated for Back Country skiers and snowshoers. They rent Back Country equipment and snowshoes at both locations so you can try before you buy. After all that trail time you will have worked up an appetite! Located right on Route 26 in South Paris, stop for a meal at Maurice Restaurant. Since 1976, Maurice’s has been a pleasant surprise for world sojourners and people new to the beautiful Oxford Hills area of western Maine. The 200-year old clapboard house turned restaurant continues to delight, serving FrenchContinental cuisine in an elegant country atmosphere at affordable prices. Whether you crave breakfast in the morning or for lunch,

Egg-ceptional has the menu for you. They offer breakfast all day and are home to the “Belly Buster,” an Omelet Challenge. Located at the 5 Corners in Mechanic Falls, Egg-ceptional features hearty country cooking and a friendly staff. You’ll feel as if you’re eating at home, except—you don’t have to wash the dishes! The restaurant is openseven days a week from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. Interested in mushing? Founded in 1977 by mushers Grey and Kathy Pickett, Nooksack Racing Supply is a provider of top quality equipment for novice and experienced mushers and dog powered sports. Friendly, courteous and knowledgeable staff to help you & your four legged friends. Proudly made in Maine, USA.

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ore and more skiers head for the slopes these days with dogs in tow, leaving the rest of us wondering how they do it. Their secret is simple: careful planning. Here at Activity Maine, we have discovered the formula for a successful, dog inclusive ski vacation.

Step One: Choose A Ski Resort Maine is brimming with ski resorts. If you are a Mainer, you probably already have a few favorites. Out-of-staters get to choose from some of the best slopes on the East Coast. Here are a few of Maine's most popular (and dog-friendly) mountains. The Bethel area boasts two alpine ski resorts: Sunday River and Mt Abram. Sunday River maintains 135 trails and nearby Mt. Abram 44. If this is not enough incentive, Bethel is also home to Maine's skijoring scene. Skijoring is the perfect

sport for avid skiers and their dogs. With the help of a special harness and a pair of crosscountry skis, you and your dog can ski together. Check out New England Dog Sledding and the Down East Sled Dog Club for skijoring lessons and events while you are in the Bethel area. Sugarloaf USA, the East Coast's largest single ski mountain, offers skiers and snowboarders over 154 trails, plus snowfields and glades. With 1,056 skiable acres, not to mention a few truly delicious dining options, it is no wonder the resort ranks among Maine's top ski destinations. The

mountain also maintains a Dog Trail just for pets and their owners. Saddleback Ski Area's claim to fame is the mountain's base elevation, which is higher than any other ski area in New England. The breathtaking views and the resort's 66 trails provide skiers with a classic skiing experience and exciting backcountry opportunities in their Casablanca Glades and Chutes. Nearby Rangeley Lakes and Trails Center offers Nordic skiing, with a designated skijoring trail and a dog loop.

Skiers who want to enjoy both snow and the Maine coast can “ski the sea” at the Camden Snow Bowl. The resort's 12 trails, plus the petfriendly Hosmer Trail, offer an affordable family friendly skiing experience. While there, families also enjoy sledding down the resort's 400' Toboggan chute, snow tubing, and ice skating on the pond.

Step Two: Pet-Friendly Lodging Planning a ski vacation with Fido takes a little more thought

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Step Three: Doggy Daycare You also need to find Rover something to do while you ski. Even resorts with dog-friendly trails won't allow your pooch on the ski lift. Leaving your pet in your room is not an option either. Hotels and B&Bs usually have strict policies about unattended pets. This places pet owners in a difficult position. Barker Brook Kennels, located near Sunday River Ski Resort

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than hitting the road with a weekend ski pass. You and your pooch need a pet-friendly hotel where you can relax after a long day with a cup of hot cocoa and a new toy from one of Maine's many locally owned pet stores. Maine boasts a large number of dog-friendly hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. This is not surprising, considering the state's endless outdoor opportunities for dog lovers. Dog-oriented travel sites are great resources for finding pet-friendly hotels near your ski destination. Be sure to call ahead and ask about any pet restrictions or additional fees before booking your reservation.

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in Bethel, offers pet owners an easy solution to this dilemma. With their indoor and outdoor play yards and experienced staff, Barker Brook provides daycare and boarding facilities for your dog while you enjoy the numerous ski opportunities in the Bethel area. Your pooch will love an opportunity to romp and run with other dogs in their carefully supervised dog daycare center, and all the fun is sure to have him tuckered out by the end of the day. Barker Brook Kennels is not alone. There are dog daycare and boarding facilities located across Maine. For the price of boarding your dog at home or paying for a dog sitter, your dog could join the fun. Just make sure you call ahead to make a reservation for your pet, as daycare centers fill up quickly. Bringing your dog on vacation has never been easier. With a growing number of dog daycare centers, pet-friendly hotels and B&Bs, you might never need to leave your dog behind again.

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BETHEL The Place to Play in the Winter

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ITH ONE OF THE STATE’S TWO BIGGEST SKI AREAS, it’s not surprising that Bethel is a center for winter sports. But you may be surprised at the variety of outdoor options winter offers there. Besides downhill and Nordic skiing, ice skating and snow tubing, there are places to snowshoe, dogsled, take a sleigh ride, even fish through a hole in the ice. Those who’ve never tried any of these winter activities will find lessons, equipment and lots of outdoor company in this friendly town. activitymaine.com 23


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ABOVE: People and pets gather at the Sudbury Inn on Main Street in Bethel on a

snowy afternoon. PHOTO BY CAROL SAVAGE WWW.CAROLSAVAGEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The centerpiece of winter sports is Sunday River (sundayriver.com), eight mountain peaks connected by 135 trails across 870 acres of developed trails and glades served by 15 lifts. It’s a familyfriendly place, where kids love the slope-side entertainment and snow tubing at South Ridge, and teens appreciate the six terrain parks. Boarders of all ages gravitate to Pinnacle Snowboard Shop (pinnaclesnowboardshop.com), with top names in boards, customized goggles and gear right at the mountain. Cross-country skiers find trails and equipment right in town at Bethel Nordic Ski Center, at the start of 30km of classic and skate tracks, through forests and across fields with views of the Mahoosuc Mountains. Five miles of snowshoe trails and a skating rink make this a onestop winter recreation center. Plenty of scenic trails are available, too, for those who prefer to explore the woods and fields on a snowmobile. Northeast Snowmobile Rentals (northeastsnowmobile.com) can provide machines to use on their trails and groomed terrain, the largest in the area. Complete instruction, helmets

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and free trail maps, along with free GPS tracking assure your safety. For a quieter ride, reserve a spot on a romantic evening sleigh ride by Deepwood Farm (deepwoodfarm.com), from the Bethel Inn in the center of town. Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs (sledpets.com), just south of Bethel, offers hand-on dogsled experiences that are more than just a ride. Fishing is an all-season sport, so if you want to know how – and where – to land a 10-pound pike in February, stop at Orion Outfitters and Guide Service (orionoutfitters.net) For augers, bait,and tackle, the experts at Bethel Bait & Tackle and More (bethelbait. com) offer plenty of tips about nearby lakes and ponds. Rent Bethel is a premier vacation rental agency servicing the greater Sunday River & Bethel, ME area. They offer a great selection of on and off mountain homes and condos for rent seasonally and short term. With over 10 years of experience in vacation rentals and a handpicked inventory of rent ready properties staying with Rent Bethel guarantees your satisfaction from booking to check out. See your winter


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At Never Summer, each board is carefully handcrafted in their Denver, Colorado factory to precision tolerances. They allow only the world’s best snowboard shops to sell their products. Like locally owned Pinnacle Snowboard shop, located on the Sunday River access road in Newry who are celebrating their 15th year serving customers from around New England.

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your bethel

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GO GET ’EM! 7am Make your favorite breakfast

in the kitchen of your fully equipped accommodation from Rent Bethel.

8am  Out the door to either hit the

slopes or rent snowmobiles and take a half day selfguided tour of the Mahousucs at Northeast Snowmobile Rental in Bethel.

12pm S  top for Lunch at Pat’s Pizza 1pm Afternoon adventure at

Carters XC Skiing to rent Skis or Fat Bikes to check out their groomed back country.

6pm Dinner and apres bevies

with a lively atmosphere at Rooster's Road House- PHEW!!

TAKE IT EASY Enjoy a leisurely and elegant stay at the Sudbury Inn (with pet friendly options) Sleep in a little and enjoy breakfast not too early. Make it a day of shopping and sight seeing, first stop is Maine Mineral and Gem Museum to check out their museum store and Preview Gallery. Then its hitting the stores in downtown Bethel and a break for Lunch at Homeslice Pizza. Afternoon you want see some of the area so you drive the access road to Sunday River and on the way shop for the latest snowboard gear and styles at Pinnacle Snowboard Shop. Then head back to your room before joining the apres crowd down stairs at Suds Pub and or enjoy fine dining at Bistro 151 right on premises!

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TOP: Cross Country Skiing on one of the many family friendly ski trails in Bethel. PHOTO BY CAROL SAVAGE, CAROLSAVAGEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM ABOVE LEFT: PHOTO BY CAROL SAVAGE, CAROLSAVAGEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM ABOVE RIGHT: Sunday River Jump PHOTO BY ROBBIE MARTIN

check out. See your winter getaway options right now at rentbethel.com For rooms, dining and an après-ski scene in one place, consider The Sudbury Inn (thesudburyinn. com), a family-friendly inn with a French bistro and Suds Pub, featuring 29 beers on tap. The free Mountain Explorer (mountainexplorer.org) shuttle takes skiers right to Sunday River and home again, so you can leave your car right at the inn. No winter getaway is complete without some quality après-ski time. Sunday River Brewing Company (sundayriverbrewingcompany.com) is a microbrewery where you can lift a glass by the

fireside and satisfy your appetite with a hearty pub dinner. Homeslice Pizza (homeslicepizza207.com) serves New York style pizza in a bar with a bigscreen TV and a game room where kids can play while you enjoy dinner. Pat’s Pizza (patspizzabethel. com) also serves burgers, subs, sandwiches and pasta dishes. There’s plenty of winter fun in Bethel; stop by the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce (bethelmaine.com) at Station Place in the center of town to learn more.


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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. Thanksgiving to Christmas: Country Christmas in Bethel. Horse-drawn wagon rides, shopping specials, open houses, The Living Nativity, Christmas tree lighting, caroling—a fun country Christmas atmosphere. See website for specifics. (207) 824.2282. bethelmaine.com DECEMBER 6: Santa Sunday at Sunday River. Dress in full Santa costume and ski or ride for free. Must pre-register on Nov. 30; limited to first 250 participants. Benefits Sunday River Community Fund. (800) 543-2754 sundayriver.com Mt. Abram’s Full Moon Hike & Ski Dec. 26, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 19: Take a guided winter hike to the peak of Mt. Abram to view a spectacular full moon. Meet at base area at 5:30pm. 2.5 hours round-trip. Reservations recommended, but not required. (207) 875-5000 mtabram.com JANUARY 8: Red Bull Frozen Rush Sunday River. 900-HP suped-up Pro4 trucks will race head-to-head, defying snow and gravity as they rip figure eights, fly off jumps and shred the snow on South Ridge. (800) 543-2754 sundayriver.com FEBUARY 6: Maine Telemark Festival & White Grass Festival Mt. Abram Ski Area Free your heel with tele skiers from all over New England, and try gear demos and clinics for all ability levels. Also dance away the day at the only bluegrass festival on snow in Maine. (207) 875-5000 mtabram.com

FEBUARY 13: Flying Moose Classic XC Ski Race, Pine Hill at Gould Academy. Classic technique, mass start XC ski race. 7.5 km, 22km, and youth/Bill Koch league events. Bethel Outing Club (207) 824-4099 | bethelouting.org FEBUARY 14: Valentine’s Ski Date at Carter’s XC Ski Center. Free chocolate for lovers. (207) 539-4848 / (207) 824-3880 | cartersxcski.com MARCH 12: Wild West Festival Mt. Abram Ski Area Giddyup! The Wild West Festival celebrates spring skiing with the Baxter Cowboy 5K, live music, BBQ, cowboy & cowgirl ski race, and a mechanical bull. (207) 875-5000 mtabram.com MARCH 19: Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon Sunday River. Hundreds of skiers, riders, volunteers, participants join together to raise money for Maine Adaptive’s free programs for people with physical disabilities. Start a team or donate. (800) 639-7770 maineadaptive.org APRIL 1-3: Spring Festival Weekend Sunday River Resort Parrothead Festival on Saturday features Jimmy Buffett cover bands and everything tropical, followed by Sunday’s Margarita Mix-Off, Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff, and Firefighters’ Race. (800) 543-2754 sundayriver.com APRIL 8-10: SnoMoFest Mt. Abram Ski Area. Snowmobilers test their limits in sled drags, snow-cross and vintage snowmobile racing. (207) 875-5000 | mtabram.com

Bethel Bait Tackle & More is a sporting goods store that provides good & service to enable people to get outside, & enjoy all of the natural resources the Maine wilderness has to offer. They sell gifts, Maine made products, hunting & fishing supplies, live bait, guns, ammunition, hunt/fish licenses, and are a game inspection station with certified scales, they host game pools, & fishing derbies, coordinate guided hunt/fish trips for all seasons, host lobster bakes, sell live lobster, & Maine seafood. 207-8244868 bethelbait.com.

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Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. — John Ruskin

Welcome to

RANGELEY Surrounded by beautiful lakes and with 10 of Maine’s highest peaks with in reach, this world class 4 season town comes alive with winter events!

RANGELEY WINTERPALOOZA!

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This year why not visit Rangeley for their first Annual WinterPaloozah! on Haley Pond in the town’s most complete winter sports village. The main event will be held on Saturday, February 13, beginning at 11:00am and continues throughout the day; winding up with a Valentine’s Eve horse drawn hay wagon rides from 5-7 pm. A campfire, marshmallows and a hot cocoa bar will keep our attendees warm while taking part in this winter scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. WinterPaloozah! includes ice skating, pond hockey, kicksledding, snowshoeing, Nordic

skiing, a snowman building competition, ice golf, ice curling, demonstrations on ice safety, fat tire bike demos, Nordic skating, snow-kiting and kite winging demonstrations and instruction, dog sled rides an other games and activities for all ages. Many on ice games and activities will be available for public use throughout President’s Week including additional campfires and marshmallow roasts. Rangeley is a winter wonderland and outdoor recreation mecca. This year we have organized our first ever WinterPaloozah! to share our


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passion for outdoor family fun. Best of all, WinterPaloozah! is free!! Winterpalooza! is a joint effort of local businesses, the Rangeley Skating Club,

the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Regional School Parent Teachers Association. Rangeley Events.

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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. DECEMBER 5TH Saturday 5:00 PM

FEBRUARY 6 & 7TH

Parade of Trees Community Party

NE Pond Hockey Festival

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JANUARY 21 Thursday 5:30

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Chili/Chowder Cook-off

Rangeley 4th Annual World Record Snowmobile Ride for Cystic Fibrosis

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MARCH 5 Saturday 8:30 AM

JANUARY 23 Saturday

20th Annual Rangeley Lakes Loppet

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At Rangeley's Moose Loop Cafe, Bakery & Rentals on Main Street, you can rent snowmobiles, plus the gear to go with them, including gloves, jackets, pants and boots. Even if you don’t hit the trails, dine on breakfast or lunch at the General Store and enjoy the view overlooking Haley Pond. Also located on Haley Pond is Ecopelagicon, a nature store. Purchase books about the Maine outdoors, maps and camping supplies, as well as crafts, cards and jewelry. Right outside their door is the town cleared ice rink on Haley Pond. Need skates? Free skates are available at Ecopelagicon. The 10th Annual New England Pond Hockey Festival will take place on February 6th & 7th. This weekend of outdoor games on Haley Pond celebrates a time-honored New England tradition. Strap on your skinny skis, grab some poles and head out on the 55 kilometers of groomed trails at the Rangeley Lakes Trail Center. The Center will host the 20th annual legendary Rangeley Lakes Loppet on March 5th. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available in the rustic yurt lodge at the center.

At the end of the day, get some rest at either the newly updated Rangeley Inn or stay lakeside at the Town and Lake Motel and Cottages. Come experience the revival of a landmark, the Rangeley Inn offers a perfect combination of location, ambiance, and comfort. Their Rangeley Tavern that offers refined rustic cuisine by the fire. The Town and Lake Motel and Cottages are open year round and located on Rangeley Lake. Lyons Lakeside Cabins offer reasonably priced Rangeley vacation rentals on the shore of Rangeley Lake. The cabins offer direct snowmobile access to Rangeley Lake and are just 10 minutes drive from Saddleback and 4 minutes from the quaint village of Rangeley. Whatever type of outdoor enthusiast you are, this fourseason vacation destination is sure to pull you back again and again. Ready to help you call this place home is Caryn Dreyfus of City Cove Realty. From building lots to condos, and lakefront homes to mountain camps, they’ve got something that will tickle your fancy. Come to Rangeley and embrace this winter wonderland. Be sure to bring your camera!


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HE BLACK FLY LOOP, A LARGE SNOWMOBILING TRAIL that connects several towns in the Western Maine Mountains, stands as the epicenter of snowmobiling activity in this region.

The Black Fly Loop, a large snowmobiling trail that connects several towns in the Western Maine Mountains, stands as the epicenter of snowmobiling activity in this region. Articles in the October 1997 issues of SnowGoer Magazine and Snowmobile Magazine list the Black Fly Loop trail system as one of the top 40 snowmobiling hot spots in the United States and Canada – and with good reason. When viewed on a map, the Black Fly Loop, a 300mile system of connecting snowmobiling trails, looks like a large wagon wheel. The hub of the wheel connects the towns of Stratton, Rangeley, Phillips, Kingfield, and Carrabassett, with the spokes of the wheel branching out in all directions to places like Jackman, New Hampshire, Canada, Rumford, Farmington and other areas surrounding the region.

Snowmobiling Vacations Riding back on the same trail doesn’t completely ruin a trip, but seeing new territory sure increases the pleasure of a snowmobiling adventure – especially if the trip includes overnight stays, or a day trip anywhere close to the onehundred-mile mark. Most riders that plan out these more extensive snowmobiling

trips try to detail a riding agenda that looks something like this: 1. Go from one place of lodging to the next in one day. 2. Make sure the lodging areas include restaurants, gas stations, and plenty of shopping possibilities. 3. Route the trip to take in as much regional beauty as possible. 4. Be sure the region includes plenty of alternative possibilities for those in the party that might not enjoy riding a snowmobile over an extended period of time. Snowmobilers can also plan a winter vacation around one of the festive events in the region. The Eustis/Stratton Region holds their popular Polar Blast event each February, an especially fun-filled show that provides a spaghetti supper and cribbage tournament at the Stratton Plaza Hotel, a Crazy Cardboard Slide and Bonfire event in Eustis Village, a karaoke contest, chili/chowder/ stew contest, and fireworks. For details contact the Flagstaff Area Business Association website (maineshighpeaks.com) or the local snowmobile club (arnoldtrailsnowmobileclub.com).

that are here for the first time, and those trail-tested veteran sled riders. If someone is used to riding the trails in somewhere like Aroostook County, they are going to be pleasantly surprised at the variety of terrain here. Upcountry trails take riders through miles of flat land, with loads of straight and flat riding…not so here in the mountains of Western Maine Snowmobilers follow wellgroomed trails that lead them through rolling hills, heavilyforested mountains, and scenic plateaus with views that take in huge expanses of the awesome horizon. If a rider desires flat straight riding where they can open it up a little, there are plenty of flat and straight

sections of the trail for that. It just never stays the same for long; one moment you are winding through a mature forest, up the side of a huge mountain…and the next you are gliding along a trail that parallels a lowland river that leads to the wide open space of one of the big lakes in the region. Variety, certainly available in the terrain that makes up the Black Fly Loop, happens to be one of the factors that attract snowmobile enthusiasts to this region – and it keeps them coming back. Each year the trail seems to change a little, due to generous landowners opening up further access. For current trail description, please consult a 2015/16 trail map of the region purchased at local snowmobile and sporting goods shops, the Chamber of Commerce, or the Maine Snowmobile Association (mesnow.com). Plan ahead and enjoy an awesome trail ride on Maine’s Black Fly Loop this winter. Take a trip on the “loop” and travel over 300 miles of perfectlygroomed snowmobile trails without ever hitting the same section twice.

The Trails The Black Fly Loop and its surrounding system of trails really impress snowmobilers

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” — John Muir

HIGHPEAKS T

HE STRATTON AND HIGH PEAKS REGION offers easy trail access and gives snowmobilers a lot of choices during their February Polar Blast.Polar Blast events include a karaoke contest, a spaghetti supper and cribbage tournament at the Stratton Plaza Hotel, a Crazy Cardboard Slide and bonfire event in Eustis Village, chili/ chowder/stew contest, and fireworks at night. The 2016 Polar Blast runs from February 4 through February 6. You'll find comprehensive information about the Polar Blast and other winter activities in the High Peaks region at the F.A.B.A. website maineshighpeaks.com For other winter adventures, check out the Cathedral Pines trails in Eustis that are XC and snowshoe friendly. And if you book rooms at the Spillover Motel, you will have use of the snowmobile and XC skiing trails all around their property. When you want some indoor fun and great food, stop into The Sugarbowl Restaurant and Sports Pub. In fact, you can find a lot of great places to eat in the region. One place you might consider is The Coplin Dinner House, offering an overnight dinner package, a winter weekend dinner/ brunch package, and a romance package that includes an overnight guest room, dinner ABOVE: PHOTO COURTESY OF WSKI-TV

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at The Coplin Dinner House, and a basket full of romantic goodies in your room. When you are on Main Street in Stratton, think about breakfast or lunch at the Looney Moose Cafe. Open seven days a week, this is the place for a delicious home-cooked meal. If you are looking for comfort food, warm up with a cup of their famous chili and a grilled cheese sandwich! And a special shout out to the people at WSKI-TV 17, the station locals and visitors rely on to “Know Before You Go!” This Winter marks the 30th anniversary for Snowfields Productions, the owners and operators of the station. The Carrabassett Valley Antigravity Complex at the base of Sugarloaf is operated by the Town of Carrabassett and Carrabassett Valley Academy. This recreation complex


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features Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest indoor skate park and skate bowl, Olympic-size trampolines, an indoor rock climbing wall, full-court gymnasium and fitness room. Classes and private lessons are offered and reservations are required for the trampolines and climbing wall. Tucked into the trees at 3004 Town Line Road, Carrabassett Valley, is Nestlewood Inn Bed & Breakfast. This elegantly furnished log cabin lodge offers seven cozy guest rooms, each with a private bath and all with woodland views. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be conveniently located near Sugarloaf, yet just off the beaten path. After your day-long outdoor adventures, warm up by the field stone fireplace in the Great Room as you sip a cup of tea.

One way to see the beautiful backcountry of Maine is by renting snowmobiles at Flagstaff Rentals Inc. They have just the ride for you to enjoy scenic terrain and groomed trails on self-guided snowmobile rentals that are well suited for novice to experienced riders. Some day trips from their location include Quil Hill, Rangeley, Carrabassett and The Canadian Trail where you can cross the border and have lunch with your passport! Ask about multiple day packages as well. Why Rent? Because renting is much more convenient and affordable than owning. Just show up and ride. No purchase, registration, maintenance costs, storage or trailering. Just pure enjoyment and memories to last a lifetime.

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FARMINGTON &WILTON PHOTO: COURTESY OF

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON

WHETHER 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. Farmington’s residents have long appreciated the outdoor activities that are close at hand. Each year the town celebrates Chester Greenwood with a parade. In 1873, at the age of 15, Chester invented the earmuff. Local lore has it that he came up with the idea while ice skating and had his grandmother help him create the ear coverings out of wire, beaver fur and cloth. More recently, Seth Wescott became the first Olympic gold medalist

in Snowboard Cross during the 2006 games. Local skiers enjoy Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley as well as Titcomb Mountain in West Farmington. Titcomb Mountain is big enough to offer a variety of terrain, yet small enough that families are quickly at ease. Here, you’ll find both alpine and Nordic skiing opportunities. Titcomb Mountain has added new upgraded snowmaking system and the lodge has added a new stone patio with a grill and fire pit. The mountain has snowmaking capacity to cover 70% of its alpine terrain and lighted trails for night skiing, also a new small lighted XC Ski loop trail. Northern Lights Rental Shop, located at Titcomb Mountain, offers ski and snowboard rentals for children and adults. FMI: titcombmountain.com, or

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207-778-9031. Since the 1970s, Northern Lights Stove Shop in Farmington has helped make homes cozy. They carry classic wood stoves, gas fireplaces, pellet stoves and outdoor wood furnaces. Wilton, Maine, is a four season destination nestled in the foothills of Western Maine on the shore of beautiful Wilson Lake. While most of the wellknown areas in Maine get lots of press, you’ll find a gold mine of other destinations to call your own special discovery and Wilton is one of them. Located in the hub of Maine’s recreational mecca–Wilton is less than one hour from Saddleback, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Black Mountain and Titcomb ski areas. It’s also located on ITS 82 and 89. In 2012, the Wilson Lake Inn was awarded the “Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.” Wilson Lake Inn delivers unsurpassed value, warm hospitality, and personalized service you can only find at a family-operated inn. The guest rooms, studios and suites are bright, clean, spacious and quiet. Continental breakfast includes freshly ground coffee, bakery fresh coffee cakes and muffins, fresh fruit and juice to get you off to a great start to explore this winter wonderland. Inn owners Tom and Susan invite you to enjoy the peace, serenity and service that will exceed your expectations. As

your base camp for a funfilled getaway, they want to share the snow covered hills and valleys that surround the lake and provide you endless opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice fishing. In 1876, George Henry Bass founded G. H. Bass & Company on Wilson Lake in Wilton. Bass shoes were manufactured here until the family sold the business in 1998. Today, Calzolaio Pasta Company, an Italian Restaurant with some American alternatives, is located in the historic former shoe factory building. The restaurant features homemade sauces and pasta, brickovenstyle pizza, fresh Maine seafood and natural meats. It’s open 7 days a week from 11am- 9pm for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Are you ready to purchase that mountain getaway or new snowmobile? At Franklin Savings Bank, they’ll be happy to assist you in the process. The bank has convenient locations in Farmington, Jay, Mexico, Mount Blue, Rangeley, Rumford, Skowhegan and Wilton. You’ll also find ATMs at most of these locations. To learn more about all of the businesses and events in Farmington, visit the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce on the web at: franklincountymaine. org or call 207-778-4215.

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Come visit the

Moosehead Lake region

PHOTO: View from Kineo summit PHOTO COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF MOOSEHEAD LAKE.

itinerary

DAY 1 (FRIDAY)

Get an early start and spend the day at Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area. Sign up for a lesson, rent equipment and spend the afternoon. Bring your snowshoes or cross country skis and try the loop to peaceful Mountain View Pond. Finish with Dinner at Kelly’s Landing and a nightcap with the locals at Stress Free Moose Pub.

DAY 2 (SATURDAY) Breakfast at Auntie M’s, rent an ice fishing shack from Northwood’s Outfitters, pick up a famous dagwood lunch from Jamo’s, go ice fishing and watch the ice car races in Greenville’s West Cove, finish the day with dinner at Flatlander’s Pub and dancing at West Cove Lounge.

DAY 3 (SUNDAY) Breakfast at Kelly’s Buffet, ride up to Rockwood and rent snowmobiles from Moosehead Sled Rental and go for a ride up to Historic Pittston Farm for lunch, feed the deer and finish the day with dinner at The Birches Resort and a nightcap at the Rockwood Bar & Grill.

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AJESTIC MOOSEHEAD LAKE with its 400 miles of undeveloped shoreline, surrounding mountain peaks and expansive views provide an inspiring backdrop to escape from the everyday fast pace of life. The winter months and the abundant snowfall open up a spectacular opportunity to explore back country trails and frozen water bodies. Wildlife abounds on our trails and it is common to see moose, deer, wild turkeys and many woodland animals up close and personal.

The surrounding townships of Greenville, Rockwood, Pittston Farm, Northeast Carry and Kokadjo and their clubs work in unison to maintain a worldclass network of groomed snowmobile trails. Start your trip from any of these locations and loop through the wooded forests and enjoy convenient services and warm up stops along the way. If manpower fun is your thing, Nordic and Cross Country trails are offered throughout the region. Groomed and marked ski and snowshoe trails can be found at Greenville's Natural Resource Education Center (NREC), Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area,

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) near Kokadjo and The Birches Resort in Rockwood. Each location offers a different type of terrain whether it be wooded, rolling streams, mountain or lake views. When it comes to downhill skiing and boarding, views from Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area are some of the finest in the Eastern US! Located on the west shore of Moosehead Lake, this family ski area is only 5 miles from downtown Greenville and 13 miles from Rockwood. Lift ticket pricing remains affordable for young and old ($20 - $25 daily) thanks to the fundraising efforts of the non-profit 501c(3) Friends

of Squaw Mountain. The base lodge is open to guests FridaySunday, 9am - 4pm, vacations and holidays. Here you will find a full service rental shop, ski/ board school and snack bar with hot and cold food items. For more information visit skibigsquaw.com More winter fun can be found in the Village of Greenville at the southern end of Moosehead Lake. Home to the quaintest shops, replenishing pubs and recreational services like the ice skating rink, Greenville is for snow lovers! Pick up the perfect souvenir and plan your next adventure. How about trying something new? Guided dog sled adventures and moose tours to find a fresh antler shed are offered daily. Sportsmen favor the big lake and it’s many protected ponds near Moosehead for fishing action on the ice. Heated and equipped ice fishing shacks and gear are available to rent by the day. Enter one of our annual ice fishing derbies to add a friendly competition to your sport. You


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events |

Moosehead

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. DECEMBER 19 Grand Opening Christmas Party at Big Squaw Mountain DECEMBER 31 The Birches-New Years Eve, 9pm at The Birches Resort, The Birches Road, Rockwood. New Years Eve at The Birches in Rockwood with Live Band “Special Guest” featuring ELVIS. Start with their amazing Buffet $29.95 (3 Seatings, reservations recommended) 207-534-7305 or 207-534-2242 JANUARY 23 B52 Commemorative Ride. 12pm – 4pm, Scammon Ridge Road, Greenville, ME. Every year the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club hosts a snowmobile ride up Elephant Mountain to the memorial site where a B-52 Bomber crashed in 1963 during a training flight. There will be a spaghetti luncheon at Noon and the ride leaves the clubhouse at 1:00pm

may win the big prize and help raise money to support the local causes of NREC and the Friends of Moosehead Lake. Longstanding organizations like the Friends of Moosehead Lake have been established for nearly 60 years to help connect area businesses, non-profits, residents and visitors with the unique, natural landscape that makes Moosehead so unique. The tradition of sportsmen and vacationers to the Moosehead Lake Region is strong and our doors are open to offer hospitality to those seeking an inspiring destination to rejuvenate the soul. Check out friendsofmoosehead.org for area

JANUARY 29-31 Ninth Annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with Ricky Craven. The Ice Fishing Derby is for Lake Trout (Togue) caught in Moosehead Lake only. All fish entered must be caught between 12:01 Friday, January 29th and the close of the Derby on Sunday. You MUST be in line by 4:00pm on January 25th to have your fish weighted to be included. Visit nrecmoosehead.org for more details! FEBRUARY 6 2016 Wilderness Sled Dog Races

FEBRUARY 13 – 14 Snowfest FEBRUARY 14 Annual Chocolate

ROCKWOOD ABOVE: PHOTO COURTESY SERENDIPTY PHOTOGRAPHY

Festival

MARCH 5-12 Moosehead Lake Fishing Derby

maps, activities and helpful links to help plan your next Moosehead escape. When looking for accommodations see what a recent guest said about Driftwood Cabins “I think this is a place close to God’s heart, away from the busy hectic pace we keep at home. We “moosed” and saw 5 moose, 2 deer, and two fox. We just listened—the birds sing such a joyous song here—and my heart surely understands why!” —Suzy & Scott Sidney, OH MCN Builders has been building beautiful custom homes on and around the Moosehead Lake Region for 25 years.

D riftwooD C abins Pet-friendly waterfront cabin rentals on Moosehead Lake Amongst the very best summer vacation spots, we’re located on a quiet shore of remote Tomhegan Cove. Enjoy Maine’s Moosehead Lake at its secluded and relaxing best!

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Come see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new and ski the view GREENVILLE

The Friends of Squaw Mountain became a non profit corporation with the goal of sharing the Squaw Mountain experience that has been celebrated and loved by many. Squaw is a community mountain for youth and families to ski & ride affordably, as well as learn to ski, ride & race. We embrace the history that once was, while working together to make the future of our mountain a resort for the family.

We look forward to skiing the view with you.

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find yourself in the

KATAHDIN region

T

HE NORTH WOODS IN WINTER BECKONS. When Mother Nature decorates the North Woods and the legendary Katahdin and Moosehead Lake Regions with a blanket of deep snow, some of the very best snowmobile trails in North America beckon sledders to come and partake in a fabulous winter getaway. Here you will celebrate nature at its best with a spectacular view of the mountains all adorned in a beautiful white coat. A 100+ mile loop of extraordinary beauty awaits you. From your door at the edge of ice coated Moosehead Lake you can sled east to Mt. Katahdin and Millinocket or go west to Jackman and the Forks. You can be sure that you will enjoy a fun packed snowmobiling adventure. If

you do not have a sled or don’t wish to trailer one, there are outfitters where you can rent a top-of-the-line sled by the day. Here you will find a complete menu of winter outdoor activities for fun, excitement and relaxation, including some of the finest cross-country skiing trail networks in New

England. Guided ski excursions as well as guided snowmobiling tours are also offered. These are a perfect way for the novice to safely learn and enjoy these winter activities. Excellent accommodations and fine dining make the North Woods the perfect destination for a Winter 2016 getaway.

events

Check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information.

FEBRUARY 12-13 Winter Fest 2016 BIG Snowmobile Parade Starts at Sterns High School (Downtown Millinocket) FEBRUARY 13 Antique Snowmobile Show at The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club House. Sleds on display range from Model Ts to late 70s models. Antique Snowmobile Museum open. PHOTO: PAUL CYR, PAULCYRPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

MEDWAY Lennie’s Superette Jaimie & Michelle Wallace

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MILLINOCKET

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Largest Property in town, Heated swimming pool, Hot Tub, Fitness center, Pool table and Game area. Free Continental Breakfast. Free WIFI, Local Calls and Business Center. We are Motorcycle and Pet friendly. Large parking lot for trailer parking. Grocery Stores, Pharmacy, Gas Station, and Restaurants in walking distance.

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adventure awaits in

THE COUNTY PHOTO: PAUL CYR , PAULCYRPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

events |

The County

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY WEEKEND IN JANUARY Irving Woodland Mad Bomber 100 Mile Sled Dog Race, Eagle Lake, eaglelakesleddograces.com

LAST SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY IN JANUARY Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, St. Agatha, facebook.com/ longlakeiceshingderby

Contact Paul Bernier at 207-493-3318 FEBRUARY 20 USCC 100 CrossCountry Snowmobile Race Madawaska madawaska100.com

Winter Fun Day at Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle parksandlands.com 207-768-8341

FEBRUARY 11-13 IBU World Cup Biathlon, Presque Isle EARLY MARCH Island Falls Winter Fest/Log Drivers Cookout Island Falls 207-463-4634 MARCH 5-8 Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race Fort Kent, can-am.sjv.net

MID-FEBRUARY, Ice Fishing Derby (during Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free shing days) Van

SEPTEMBER 18TH Caribou Maineiac Marathon There will be a full marathon, 1/2 marathon, a full marathon relay, a 1/2 marathon relay and a kids race. They will have an expo before the race and a festival during and after the race for spectators and racers to enjoy. cariboumaine.org or Facebook.com/

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FEBRUARY 5-6 Moosestompers Weekend, Houlton. Family fun includes sledding, XC skiing, sleigh rides, and snowman building. moosestompers.com 207-532-4216

A

roostook County is rich in outdoor recreation opportunities in every season.

If you are new to outdoor adventure consider hiring one the many local Registered Maine Guides in the area. Even if you are an experienced outdoor adventurer, a Registered Maine Guide can make your trip a more enjoyable and often an educational experience.

Caribou Caribou has the best of both worlds with modern urban amenities and breathtaking scenery. Whether you like snowmobiling, four-wheeling, motorcycle cruising, kayaking, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, summer street

fairs, fall arts and crafts or just plain relaxing by a campsite, Caribou is for you. Caribou has over 100 miles of beautifully groomed snowmobile trails which connect to over 2300 miles throughout Aroostook County. The season typically starts in December and often runs well into April. With copious amounts of snowfall, typically measured in feet rather than inches, Caribou offers endless sledding adventures for all! Go to cariboumaine.org or facebook. com/cityofcaribou for more information.

LATE FEBRUARY Caribou Winter Carnival, Caribou, cariboumaine.net

CARIBOU

has over 100 miles of beautifully groomed snowmobile trails which connect to over 2300 miles throughout Aroostook County. The season typically starts in December and often runs well into April. With copious amounts of snowfall, typically measured in feet rather than inches, Caribou offers endless sledding adventures for all! Go to cariboumaine.org or Facebook.com/cityofcaribou for more information

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PHOTO: PAUL CYR, PAULCYRPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The Sled Shop

3 Houlton Road, Presque Isle, ME 04769 www.centralaroostookchamber.com 207-764-6561

The Sled Shop, Inc. opened in June 1992 by owner Kevin Freeman, he brings a long history in outdoor recreation to the business. They have a snowmobile rental inventory of well maintained Ski-Doo snowmobiles and rates that start at just $200 a day. Service: From basic factory authorized maintenance to custom race applications, The Sled Shop has years of experience in sales and racing and is an authority in both performance and customizing solutions. Their certified technicians are well trained and dedicated to customer support. They also do sled wraps and custom body work and have a 9000 square foot storage facility for summer or winter sled storage. Join one of their riding teams to experience new challenges and meet some great people. As a member of a Sled Shop team, you will get first access to adventure trips and tours. You’ll also experience guided tours of County trails otherwise unknown.

Houlton Southern Aroostook is the perfect place to work and play providing you with a rural experience filled with bits of history, acres of wilderness, wildlife that is upfront and personal and events for every season. All of this in the most beautiful setting in the

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Northeast. Houlton is the place to be! Don’t miss the Holiday Light Parade on November 26. Moosestompers, February 5-6th, has loads of family fun! Snowman building, sledding hill, XC skiing, sleigh rides and a lot more. The Houlton area Winter carnival provides childern and families some free or low cost healthy entertainment in the Houlton area during our winter season. The Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Gala Evening is March 1st, the Houlton International Snow Drags is March 13, and keep an eye out for snowmobile drag racing at the airport!

Presque Isle Central Aroostook County offers beauty and interesting vistas every season. As the leaves change color we prepare for the incredible snowmobile season, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, biathlons, skating, star gazing and more. There is nothing that compares with star gazing and the Northern Lights in Aroostook County. Join the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce for the 26th Annual Holiday Light Parade on Saturday, December 5. Lineup begins at UMPI at 4:30 p.m. and the Parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Awards will be handed out at Tamc’s North Street Health Center following the parade.


BANGOR

The Queen City

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S EARLY AS THE 1500S, WHEN DAVID INGRAM sailed up the Penobscot River, explorers believed the region was extraordinary. Some thought that the area was possibly the lost City of Gold – Norumbega. Samuel de Champlain attempted to find the gold but settled for a lucrative fur trade with the Indians. Lumber was the key industry in the Queen City during the city’s early history. By the late 1800s, Bangor was the busiest seaport on the East Coast shipping lumber to Europe and other parts of the United States. Bangor has been home to many national luminaries including President Lincoln’s, Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin, as well as such contemporaries as authors Stephen King and Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Owen Davis. The Queen City offers visitors great accommodations and

a diverse menu of fantastic dining opportunities as well as an abundance of cultural choices. The University of Maine’s Museum of Art, Maine’s Discovery Museum, The Penobscot Theatre and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra which has been providing music to Bangor audiences since 1896 are but a few of the cultural interest that one can enjoy. Outdoor winter activities including skiing/snowboarding, Nordic skiing, hiking, ice fishing and snowmobiling abound close by.

Rae Ann Rice, Home Mortgage Specialist with Regency Mortgage Corporation of Bangor has been assisting folks for nearly a decade through the process of purchasing or refinancing of their home. Her professional expertise, compassion and drive will turn your need into a reality. You can reach her by Tel. (207) 974-8996 or by E-mail:rrice@regencymtg.com.

Adventure Awaits at MDM Vacation Camp! December 28th-30th! Morning snack provided, bring your own lunch and afternoon snack Ages: 4 and up We'll spend the day performing exciting science experiments, creating wonderful crafts, and having lots of fun play time in the Museum! mainediscoverymuseum.org.

BELFAST

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Foodies and Spirits Connoisseurs will delight in discovering fine Maine made products Downeast. While all across Maine you will find great locally produced foods and spirits, here in the Downeast Region you will be delighted by the wonderful treats that you will enjoy at Monicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chocolates in Lubec.

Down East Community Hospital offers specialties unheard of in a small rural hospital that include pain management procedures, otolaryngology (ENT), orthopedics, urology, a sleep lab, and many

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minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries such as splenectomies and hysterectomies. Our imaging services include a digital mammography unit, a 32-slice CT scanner, an MRI, and a nuclear medicine suite with a state-of-the-art GE camera with computed tomography. Down East Community is 100% committed to delivering a high level of care while providing the healthcare services that match the needs of Washington County.Come see us for your healthcare needs.

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