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This 31st edition is dedicated to the readers and all the loyal business partners we have met along the way and who have grown with us. This edition would not be possible without them or the wonderful and talented crew of sales people, designers, writers, photographers and support staff we currently have running the show today, a BIG thank you and high five to you all!! The Activities Guide of Maine, born from a passion of adventure, we offer you the opportunity to discover exciting travel and recreational opportunities around Maine. Combining the experiences and resources of our advertisers, world class partners, 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, have fun in Maine! The multitude of advertisements are the presentations of good people who live and work here. They 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!

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10 contents

Maine Brew Guide!


Hike The Midcoast The Secret to Happiness


30 Aroostook County p.56

Rangeley p.34 Windham & Naples p.21

Down East p.70 Bangor p.48

Old Orchard Beach p.6 Kittery to the Kennebunks p.2

Bethel Portland p.12 p.31

Kittery to the Kennebunks: And local inland destinations not to be missed this summer!


Old Orchard Beach: Hit the Beach!


Greater Portland: Scarborough to Freeport


Sebago & Long Lake Region: Summer perfected


Get Your Kicks on Rt. 26

31 Western Lakes and Mountains: Bethel, Rangeley, Stratton and Sebago Lake regions

The Highlands p. 44

High Peaks Region p.40


45 The Highlands: Bangor & the Katahdin Region, Moosehead Lake, Greenville and Rockwood 50 Midcoast: Brunswick/Bath to Rockland & Belfast regions 70 Acadia & Downeast: Hancock & Washington Counties



Learn to Surf This Summer! (in Maine!)


Paddling with the Kids!


Maine’s Eastern Trail


Camping in Maine

30 Want to be Happy? Buy Experiences, Not Things 40

Maine’s High Peak Region Come explore Carrabassett Valley Region’s 4-season vitality

53 Take a Midcoast Hike! Discover a few hiking options in Midcoast Maine 59 Summer Brew Guide! Maine brews and summer=Happiness!

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elcome to beautiful southern Maine! Coastal Kittery is home to numerous factory outlet shopping malls, Kittery Naval Shipyard and an extensive Maine Tourism Information Center. Also visit local Chamber of Commerce Offices for more information about various towns and events throughout the region.

In the Yorks you’ll find sandy beaches, York Harbor, and York Beach where highly visited Nubble Light is located. Visit farmer’s markets at the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce on Route 1, local shops and restaurants, and attend festivities at the annual York Harvest Fest in mid October. While visiting, stay in York Harbor at Libby’s Oceanside Camp offering panoramic seaside views from their campsites.  In Ogunquit, enjoy  the inviting main street, and another beautiful sandy beach! Walk the Marginal Way along the ocean, visit scenic Perkins Cove with its shops and restaurants, and perhaps attend a play at the famous Ogunquit Playhouse. 

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ells boasts miles of sandy beaches and is a popular vacation destination. You may want to spend some time shopping, exploring antique shops, visiting the weekly farmers market, do some boating or fishing, or  enjoy some great golfing!    Want to try your luck at mini-golf?  Your family will enjoy the nautical theme at Wells Beach Resort MiniGolf on Route 1 in Wells.  

You won’t want to miss a visit to both Kennebunk and Kennbunkport. Coastal Maine Kayaking in Kennebunkport offers bike rentals to explore the area as well as kayak rentals.  

Travel to inland York County where scenic back roads, ponds, lakes, and recreational opportunities are plentiful. In Sanford, enjoy Mtn. View Golf Range offering a driving range, mini-golf, batting cages and a pro shop. Plan to attend the popular Acton Wells offers a variety of scheduled events throughout the Fair in mid August and discover why Maine fairs are such an summer season. For more information, visit the Wells Chamber attraction. u on Route 1 or see their web site for their detailed Calendar of Events: Ready for a great meal? Visit the Maine Diner on Route 1 for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Home-cooked foods, lighter-fare, chowders, lots of Maine seafood, and delicious desserts are included on the menu. Also visit the Maine Diner Gift Shop located next door . Camp in Wells and enjoy a few days in the area. There are several inviting and well-maintained campgrounds. Whatever your equipment and preferences, you’ll find a good match: Beach Acres Campground, Moody Beach Campground, SeaVu Campground, Sea-Vu West Campground, and Wells Beach Resort. In addition to their own recreational facilities, most are on the trolley route  to help you further enjoy your stay!   Photo courtesy of Wells Beach Resort

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old orchard Maine’s premier family camping resort! Welcoming families like yours for over 45 years.



ith 7 miles of wide, sandy beach, an amusement park, arcade, gift shops and dining options for every taste and budget, Old Orchard Beach provides all of that for a good ole fashion family beach vacation with a huge variety of lodging and camping options. Unwind as you watch the sunset over a giant saltwater marsh. Kayak or canoe a scenic waterway filled with natural wildlife. Watch the excitement in your child’s eyes as you ride the beachside amusement rides. Summer events, festivals, fairs and concerts and weekly fireworks to entertain everyone. All of that in a treasure chest of wonderful memories to take back home and it won’t break the bank!

A clean, quiet, family escape just minutes from the heart of Old Orchard Beach.


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Old Orchard Beach Campground

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Family Camping Since 1957 27 Ocean Park Rd, Take the Trolley to Beach OldOrchard Beach ME 04064


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LOCAL EVENTS Fireworks In The Square: Professional fireworks display every Thursday evening beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. Great views from most location on the beach! Fireworks run June 25 through September 3 weather permitting. Aug. 26-31 - REVOLUTION3 Triathlon Over 1200 athletes participate in a 70.3 & 32 miles Olympic and Half Rev event in Old Orchard Beach. Pro and age group athletes are invited to compete in both distances for cash prizes. Sept. 12-16th Annual Bikefest On The Pier Motorcycle showcase with live music, a giant pig roast and vendors. Ride your motorcycle on the pier! Hundreds of motorcycles on display. Sept. 18 & 19 - 22nd Annual Car Show Car show with many divisions, entertainment, trophies and awards. Friday night lineup on Main Street with parade and car show on Saturday. Great family fun for all.

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH BANGOR chooner Miniature Golf is one of the largest miniature golf


courses in the area. It features a 75 ft. schooner ship as the 11th hole, which is surrounded by its own lagoon.They have outdoor batting cages with speeds ranging from 25mph slow pitch softball up to 60+mph major league and at just $1.00 per token for 16 balls.They also serve one of Maine’s favorite ice creams, SHAIN’S of Maine. Cones, shakes, sundaes and more to be enjoyed on their deck overlooking the picturesque golf course.


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SURFMAINE Photo courtesy of Black Point Surf Shop

Surfing in Maine might be the best kept secret that our coastline has to offer. For most people, surf culture exists in places like California and Hawaii, leaving us New Englanders off the map. This assumption however, sometimes gives us empty waves, and guarantees beginners plenty of space to learn.


he water temperature is definitely not tropical, but the summer months in Maine make up for those long winters and relentless springs. Maine is great place to learn how to surf for more reasons than one, it’s a joy that you’ll have to discover for yourself this summer! Arlberg Surf Tip: Surf movies and surf videos are great to learn to get to advanced surfing levels. From the take off to the aerial landing, it’s always interesting to watch and try yourself. Movies are available at Arlberg Surf Shops in Freeport and Scarborough or book a lesson with one of their instructors. Certified instructors, group or private lessons, they will travel to meet you and all equipment is provided! If your looking for a full body workout try a SUP. You will be amazed at the unique view you have because you stand at your full height and can see the life that is underneath your board as well as what is on the horizon. Maine Surfers Union is Portland’s only surf shop located at 36 Market Street in Portland’s Old Port. It is a year-round surf and 10

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lifestyle shop that was the recipient of two Portland Buy Local Indie Biz Awards 1st Best New Business in 2013 and Portland’s Best Kept Secret in 2014. Maine Surfers Union (MSU) has what you need to get in the water any time of year, from winter and summer wetsuits, glove, booties and a very impressive selection of hand shaped, 100% made in the USA surfboards that you will not find anywhere else in New England. They offer individual and group surf lessons for beginners, plus refresher lessons for more advanced skill levels, and a Buoy Local special - if you buy one lesson with your Buoy Local Card you can add a second person for free. MUS has product for the non-surfers in the family with clothing and accessories for men and women from O’Neill, Poler Stuff, Patagonia, LiveME, FlowFold and many more. The store carries a wide range of urban and beachwear including bikinis, board shorts, button downs, dresses, pants, hats, and sunglasses. MSU also has an in house head shaper, stop by and watch Nick of Neto Shapes design and shape a surfboard from start to finish in the shop shaping bay. They also make custom surfboards for all ages and skill levels; you dream it up, they will build it, along with surfboard

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building classes where you can build your own board from start to finish with MSU head shaper Nick guiding you along. Events at the shop this summer: First Friday of the month Art Walk with local artists displays, live music, beer tasting & live surfboard shaping demonstrations. Every third Thursday if the Month is free movie night, bring a beach chair and hang out and watch a funs surf movie with a good group of people. Blackpoint Surf Shop in Scarborough is just minutes away from Higgins and Scarborough Beach. They offer kids ages 6+, to adults the chance to get comfortable in the water. While the main focus is on having fun, they structure lessons to encourage your individual ability to balance and paddle, while working towards standing, riding and reading a wave. With 12 years of experience following their apprenticeships in California, shop owners and board builders, Andy and Ryan of McDermott Shapes, are experts in ding repair, board restoration, and custom board creation. Black Point Surf Shop is ready for the summer season and excited to add to Maine’s growing surf culture. u

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Ken’s Place

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Baked & Fried Foods • Children’s Menu • Air Conditioned Pine Point Rd. Scarborough, Maine 207 883-6611 • Open thru Oct.

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Looking for Disc Golf in Southern Maine? Woodland Valley consists of 3 well maintained 18-hole courses, parking for 100 cars and a clubhouse with food, drinks and a pro shop carrying all major brand discs, bags and accessories. See more about Woodland Valley and their tournament schedule in our Disc Golf Feature on page 27.

Woodland Valley events: Sun. 7/11 Battle of the Bears (MPT singles event) Sun. 7/12 Womens PDGA Sun. 8/9 Ace Race Sun. 8/23 Leo P. Roy Memorial (fundraiser for MDA) Sun. 9/20 Autumn Singles (NEFA event) Sat. 10/17 Wicked Doubles Sun. 11/15 Turkey Trot Singles Sun. 12/6 Christmas Doubles/Lasagna Dinner

19th Hole Cafe open for breakfast and lunch

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“The Old Port, with its cobblestone streets, gas light fixtures and classic brick buildings, oozes charm and vitality.”


ortlanders have enjoyed amazing food and dining choices for many years and in the last decade, chefs in Maine’s largest city have been racking up accolades from all over the world. The local access to farms and seafood have helped make this scene grow in popularity. Whatever you are looking for, you will most likely find it here!

Portland Paddle offers guided sea kayaking trips and paddleboard rentals at the East End Beach on the Portland waterfront. It’s amazing how rugged and wild the coastline gets just a short paddle from bustling Portland harbor. The great variety of islands in Casco Bay offer endless possibilities for exploration. Look out for seals, lighthouses, wave-battered cliffs, seabirds, hidden beaches, wooden schooners  and  19thcentury  granite  forts. Portland Paddle’s guided trips and lessons are led by licensed  Maine Guides who are  passionate about sharing their love  of sea kayaking and their  knowledge of the history and ecology of the Maine coast. Multi-day trips, advanced paddling lessons and rentals are also offered at Portland Paddle. 

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Paddling With Kids F By Kate Kastelein

or many, summer in Maine means time on the water. From the gorgeous Atlantic coastline to our hundreds of paddle-worthy lakes, ponds, and streams, there’s ample opportunity for aquatic enjoyment. Families with small kids often wonder what is the best way to get their little ones safely into a canoe or kayak. Maria Jennes, Regional Stewardship Manage for Maine Island Trail, spoke with me about how she and her partner, Travis Jornagen, owner of Tidal Kayak in Boothbay Harbor, have had their son Roy paddling with them since he was 6 months old. Maria and Travis are both Registered Maine Master Sea Kayak Guides, as well as Wilderness First Responders, so they really know their stuff when it comes to paddling. When getting your kids on the water for the first time, it’s important to pick a place you are comfortable with, ideally somewhere you have paddled before. If you are vacationing in Maine there are a number of kayak and canoe rental companies that can suggest some calm, easy locations to test out. Tidal Kayak,

south coastal either canoes or kayaks are preferable when starting out paddling with a small child, Maria said, “Whichever the parent is more comfortable with is the best option”. She also mentioned that open cockpit type watercraft are often easier with kids because they have some room to move about. When I asked Roy if he liked canoeing or kayaking better, he said, “Both!” If you plan on getting your kids out paddling regularly, buying them their own equipment is a great way to get them enthusiastic about paddling. In addition to life jackets, kid-sized paddles for both kayaks and canoes are available. Roy was very excited to tell me about his new wetsuit which, I was informed, he puts on any chance he gets. When paddling with kids remember:

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Chose an area you are comfortable with. Select a watercraft you are familiar with. Everyone wears a life jacket. Be mindful of weather conditions. Let someone know where you are going. Bring snacks and water.

Kids as young as 6 months old can enjoy paddling with parents. With a little planning, and proper equipment, kids can acquire a life-long love of paddling, from early on. Get on your life jackets and get out there! u

has had kids as young as 6 months paddling, but recommends rentals as opposed to Jennes stressed that if you are nervous or uncomfortable, your kids will sense it. Life jackets are essential for everyone when paddling. There are a number of great options for kids. It’s important to find one that is Coast Guard approved, and most have a handle on the back so that you can easily pluck your child out of the water if they fall in. A quality life jacket can last a while, Maria’s son Roy has had the same life jacket since he was 6 months, he’s now 2 ½. Sometimes kids are reluctant to wear their life jackets at first, but making the jacket part of the fun can really help. “When Roy sees his life jacket, he gets really excited, because he knows we are going paddling” said Maria. When Maria and Travis first took Roy out on the water, they were in a canoe, Roy sat in the middle on a large pad. When asked if

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Maine’s Eastern Trail: Free Exploring and Adventure

By Cathy Genthner


he 65-mile long Eastern Trail extends from the Piscatqua River in Kittery to Bug Light in South Portland on Casco Bay and includes eight lighthouses along the way. The Eastern Trail (ET) is part of the 3,000 mile long East Coast Greenway that stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. It is open to all kinds of recreational use, such as biking, hiking, bird watching, photography and even fishing along some spots. It consists of urban, remote, and suburban sections winding through the woods, along rivers and marshes, as well through towns and cities. However, less than three miles of the trail takes you on urban streets. “The thing we hear the most from people who have used the trail is that when they are on the trail they are able to get away from the noise of being on the road, whether they are walking, bicycling or doing any number of things in a beautiful natural setting,” said Bob Hamblen, the president of the Eastern Trail Alliance. “When you are on the trail, all you are hearing is the wind in the trees.”

swimming seals in areas where the trail crosses salt water. Horseback riding is allowed, as well as hiking, jogging, fishing, photography or it is a great place just to go for a picnic or read a good book. Most recently, there have been bridges constructed across Route One in Saco and across the Maine Turnpike in Kennebunk. “It is quite a treat to walk or ride across these newly-constructed bridges. We’ve made the trail safer with these bridges and they give people a birds-eye view of their surroundings,” said Hamblen. Much of the trail was constructed from the abandoned railroad that was originally built in 1841 so it is flat and is easy to bicycle or hike. You don’t have to be young or an athlete to enjoy all the things the ET has to offer

“I am so happy when I see people out there enjoying the trail. It is quiet and you can enjoy the outdoors without pollution and without polluting. The ride or walk is good for you. It is a great That is because non-motorized vehicles are not allowed on the way to get in some exercise, “said Bruce Wakefield, a trustee of trail, which makes it a great way to experience the incredible the Eastern Trail Alliance. “This is not our trail. It belongs to landscape of Maine. Bird watching is a popular activity and the people who use it.” you are likely to see other wildlife such as deer, turkeys and fox. While you are on the section of the trail that runs through For more information visit the Scarborough Marsh, you can watch shore birds as well as or 16

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Catch the next boat out of town.

Casco Bay Lines can take you to beautiful island scenery, cool ocean breezes, sun and sea — it’s where the Maine coast really begins. 10 daily cruises. Charters and lobster bakes available.

Go to for the current schedule. Or call us at 207.774.7871 Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Commercial & Franklin Street, Portland. Owned and operated by the Casco Bay Island Transit District.

Kon Asian Bistro has a unique modern look and features 10 hibachi tables with amazing entertainment as your meals are prepared right in front of you. They also have a private party room available.

Tickets are sold at Casco Bay Lines and generally between 12 and 20 dollars

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A once in a lifetime experience. Sailing four times daily.

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 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 $39 for adults and $15 for children. Though not required, reservations are strongly encouraged. 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. u

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Visitors find it difficult to imagine that among the rolling hills and rambling brooks at the end of Desert Road, there is a desert. Once you take your first step through the gift shop’s front door, however, your doubts will vanish as you enter the vast and sandy Desert of Maine. In 1797, the Tuttle family moved to the 300-acre farm that once covered the Desert of Maine where they successfully raised crops of potatoes and hay for several years. Failure to rotate crops thereafter, combined with massive land—clearing and overgrazing, resulted in severe soil erosion that exposed this hidden desert. As the spreading sand grew uncontrollable, the Tuttles surrendered, leaving the desert to its destiny. u

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ust north of Freeport check out Eagle Island home of Admiral Robert Edwin Peary, the first man to discover the North Pole. The Island is open to visitors between 10AM and 5PM, from June 15 through Labor Day. Please note that because of bird nesting, the trails are open only after July 15. Because the Island is a bird nesting sanctuary, no dogs are allowed. Fires are not permitted at any time.

“I will either find a way, or make one.”

-Admiral Peary

27th THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO VISIT THE ISLAND FIRST: BY YOUR OWN BOAT Land your passengers at the float and a Park Ranger will direct you to a mooring near the pier. Moorings in the vicinity of the pier are on a first come basis and can stay on it for about an hour. If full, you can wait return later, or a Park Ranger can tell you where to anchor. Fees are as follows: Children under 5 Free Ages 5 to 11- $1 Ages 12 to -64 $3 for Maine resident, $4.50 for non-resident Ages 65 and over - Free for Maine resident, $1.50 for nonresident SECOND: TOUR BOATS There are several tours that are offered the one we choose is: Atlantic Sea Cruises Capt. Tom Ring Town Wharf, South Freeport, ME & Cooks Lobster House, Bailey Island, ME 207-865-6112


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Welcome to the Sebago Long Lakes Region


he picturesque landscape of the Lakes and Mountains Region of western Maine sets the stage for outdoor activities. To experience the magnificence of this area, begin with a scenic drive. You’ll encounter everything from rolling hills to majestic mountain peaks.

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Gentle mountain breezes take the edge off a hot summer day. Sparkling lakes and ponds, cascading rivers and streams, plummeting waterfalls and covered bridges enhance the experience. The landscape is ever changing. This is the place to fish, kayak, swim, hunt and mountain bike. Experience world-class bass, trout and salmon fishing. Glide along a lake in your canoe or kayak. Venture into the woods for a hike or climb a mountain. Bike the rural byways. Try a zip-line adventure. Hit a few golf balls. Ride your ATV on miles and miles of maintained trails. The Appalachian Trail passes through the Mahoosuc Range, providing a single or multi-day backpacking trek. Tree-lined main streets, friendly towns, country fairs and festivals, one-of-a-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. u

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Camp Maine by Ellie Stengel


hroughout the State of Maine there are more than 200 privately-owned campgrounds in addition to a number of State Parks that offer camping facilities. Many privately-owned campgrounds are included in this issue of Activities Guide. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity you are planning to enjoy. Diversity is the word to best describe the choices of Maine’s many campgrounds; you’ll discover a tremendous variety in the size, location and type of campgrounds located throughout the state. These range from very small properties where the camping experience is the focus to large resorts that offer every imaginable amenity. Even if you have never camped before, or do not have camping equipment, you’ll find quite a number of places that offer onsite rentals and cabin rentals. Some RV dealers also offer rental units for nearby campgrounds. This is a great way to break into the camping experience that has become one of the most popular types of vacations today.




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western lakes & mountains Another way to discover camping and be versatile in your vacation is to rent an RV and travel as you wish! Some of the RV dealers in this issue offer rentals and are ready and pleased to work with you in your planning. Also, these dealers can provide expert advice in helping you make selections in camping gear if you prefer to own your own equipment.

• Four-season lakeside accommodations (extended stay in winter) • Rooms equipped with kitchenettes, screened-in porches • Charming lakefront cottages with full kitchen and bathroom • C omplimentary Wi-Fi, canoes and kayaks, continental breakfast • Fishing, fitness room, swim area, docking facilities • 20–30 minutes from the airport and Portland • Golf, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment nearby • Pet-friendly, family friendly, smoke-free

When planning your getaway, consider what you are looking for in your camping experience --just a place to call home base for other activities you are planning, or a facility that offers enough that it is a vacation in itself. Some campgrounds offer on-site recreational opportunities such as a pool, rec hall and sports fields, scheduled activities and a variety of entertainment. Many are located on lakes, rivers or the ocean, and offer a beach, swimming, fishing and even a variety of boat rentals. In the more popularly visited areas of the state, campgrounds often provide a home base for area activities and attractions and quite a number either offer shuttle service or are on a trolley route. See ‘Camp’ on page 24

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western lakes & mountains The majority of campgrounds and resorts suggest reservations and some require a minimum stay, especially over weekend and holiday periods. And finally, of course, understanding reservation policies and various charges is important. Questions or considerations might include some of the following: • Do you offer any camping rental equipment, RVs or cabins? • Is there shuttle or trolley service available to nearby attractions? • Is there a well-stocked store? How about a snack bar or restaurant? • Are campfires permitted? How about firewood and ice? • Are there any trails for hiking or biking--even ATVing? • Is there WiFi or cable TV? • If a more remote location, how is cell phone reception in the area? • What hook-ups for trailers and RVs are available? Is there 50 amp electric? • Are tents accepted? • Can you bring your own boat? Are there launching facilities and dock space available? • How about pet policies and requirements for camping with pets?

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he Green Machine Bike Shop opened its doors on Main Street in Norway, the Spring of 2012, with the focus on bicycle & ski repair. We have expanded our retail offerings to include bicycles & accessories from Felt,Scott,KHS & Santa Cruz  & Volkl, Black Diamond & Scott Skis. There is a weekly group road ride that leaves the bike shop every Wednesday @ 5:15 p.m.  The group road ride is for experienced riders, who ride road bikes and are looking for a group ride experience.  If you are interested in trail building, there is a group that meets on Tuesday afternoons @ 5:30 p.m.  Call the bike shop  @ 207739-2324 for up to date information on Group Road Rides & Trail Building. 

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Dragon Disc Golf opened Dragan Field in Auburn in 2000, and has had a hand in helping to design a number of the courses around the state as well. In 2013, Dragon Disc Golf opened its latest design, a 18-hole course that will soon be a 27-hole course on the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham. One of the ways in which Dragon Disc Golf is furthering the growth of the sport is by offering instruction to new players, as well as offering tournaments that range from beginner-oriented instructional events to large Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) events, which draw skilled players from all over the northeastern US. u

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Experience a place of peace and beauty at The McLaughlin Garden & Homestead, where the past resonates in the present. The site features a 2.5 acre cottage-style garden lovingly created by the Dean of Maine Gardeners, Bernard McLaughlin. The striking mid-19th-century home, barn, and stone walls complete the historic 20th-century landscape, which features mature collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, bugbanes, sempervivums, and over 125 different varieties of lilacs beneath a canopy of mature deciduous and coniferous trees.  Explore a diverse collection of Maine wildflowers and ferns along the Wildflower lane, which rises up a wooded hill behind the barn.  The garden hosts a variety of seasonal events, including a Wildflower Celebration and Lilac Festival in May, Garden Illuminated in July, a Summer Auction to support the conservation and preservation programs, and a Jack O’Lantern Spectacular in October. Lectures, garden tours, and other programs are offered to visitors through the year as well; visit to learn more about the Garden, its history, and activities offered at this oasis in South Paris. Summer Events: July 18 • Garden Illuminated August 15 • The Annual Auction October 23–24 • Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

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Poland Mining Camps is located in Poland, Maine and our primary business is to cater to the needs of the pegmatite mineral collector, enthusiast or geologist, whether as individuals or as a Group. Our customers have exclusive access to famous pegmatite quarries and are allowed to collect mineral specimens, study the geology and enjoy the opportunity unavailable to the general public. Egg-Ceptional Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from 6:00 A.M. Till 2:00 pm everyday. WIFI & cable, handicap services available and ask about group event services. Oxford Casino, located in the heart of southern Maine, just minutes from Exit 63 off the Maine Turnpike is your destination for wicked good fun. The casino offers a unique gaming and entertainment experience unlike any other. From table games to slot machines, our non-stop gaming action delivers a thrill a minute to fortune seekers, and our on-site restaurant and full bar provide places to refuel. 28

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western lakes & mountains Smedberg’s roadside stand was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger and Gayle Smedberg and Roger Smedberg Jr. From Made-in-Maine products like maple syrup, honey, fruit salsa, soaps, and ornaments, to their own One Cow Homemade Ice Cream that’s “udderly delicious”, Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check out their homemade baked goods including pies, bread, and Gayle’s delicious homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s fully-stocked greenhouses feature beautiful annuals, hardy perennials, fertilizer, soils, as well as seedlings and plants. Smedberg’s all-natural, home-grown beef, pork, and lamb are raised on the farm, fed from the field with no added hormones. Also available: chicken, turkey, seafood and live lobster. You won’t want to miss a stop at Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm. For a fun and rewarding rock hounding experience, stop in and buy a full bucket of real live mine run material from local active mines. Sift your own bucket through a giant water sluice to look for precious gemstones like Maine Tourmaline and what you find is yours to keep! In the process, you will learn how to identify minerals as well as the local geology and some local Maine mining history.

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Pa’s Tradin’ Company pawn brokers located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine, with 14,000 square feet of retail space. Pa’s Tradin’ offers fair prices for your pawn, let them put their experience to work for you. u colleCt minerals in maine We have access to private and closed locations like: Mount Mica, Mount Apatite, Emmons and more! Poland Mining Camps visit Oma’s Attic Dudy & Mary Groves P.O. Box 26 • 34 Groves Lane A unique and complete vacation opportunity Poland, Maine 04274 visit our website: (207) 998-2350


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Want to be happy? Buy experiences, not things Research shows that money can buy happiness, but how you spend it matters. By: Laura Moss and the Mother Nature Network


ven unpleasant vacation experiences — such as getting lost on an excursion — are later evaluated more positively than material purchases. What would bring you greater, longer-lasting happiness: purchasing an expensive item you’ve been eyeing — a bigger TV, a new couch, the latest smartphone — or booking that vacation you’ve been dreaming about? You could use the material item every day, and you wouldn’t have to wait very long for it — you could buy it today. That vacation on the other hand would be months away, and once it’s over, all you’ll have left are memories, photographs and maybe a souvenir.   If you weigh your options this way, it’s logical to assume you’d derive the most pleasure from making the quick purchase — but according to science, that assumption is wrong.   “One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, told Fast Company. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed, but only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”   Zip-lining? Oh, you’ll remember that experience!   Can you buy happiness? While we know that money does indeed buy happiness, it only does so up to a point. Studies show that after our basic needs are met, more money doesn’t make us that much happier. However, how we spend any extra income plays a role in our happiness.   Gilovich has been studying the relationship between money and happiness for more than 20 years and has concluded that spending money on experiences — travel, outdoor activities, concerts, classes, movies — brings us more joy than buying material things.   Even though new cars or gadgets may make us happy in the short-term, the novelty quickly wears off.   In one of his studies, Gilovich asked people to report their happiness with major material or experiential purchases, and initially they ranked them about the same. However, over time, their satisfaction with material objects decreased while their satisfaction with experiences increased. He says one reason for this diminishing satisfaction with material goods is that our experiences are a bigger part of our identity than our possessions.   30

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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 you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful events in the summer and fall months. Experience the historic village and beautiful mountain landscapes. From canoeing and fly fishing one of the many local rivers, streams or ponds to miles of cycling, hiking and mountain bike trails, Bethel is a true four-season recreational destination. This is a lovely time of year to get outside and 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, mountain biking, and lots more at Sunday River Resort. Campgrounds are open and local accommodations await; visit this summer and explore what Bethel has to offer during each unique season. u Photo by Gary Pearl

AREA EVENTS July 4: The Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert Bethel Historical Society – Celebrate our nation’s independence with an outdoor concert by the fabulous Portland Brass Quintet. 14 Broad Street, Bethel. 800-824-2910, July 5-6: Bethel Art Fair Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, and more. On the Bethel Town Common. Mahoosuc Arts Council, 207-824-3575, www. July 11-12: Western Maine Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School. Gems, minerals, crystals, fossils, jewelry, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much more. Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am4:00 pm. 284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. www. July 16-18: 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. July 18-18: MollyOckett Days This is a fun two-day community and family festival held on the Bethel town common on Broad Street. Saturday includes artists and crafters on the common and on Main Street, parade (10 am), live music, entertainment, frog jumping contest, plenty of food, fireworks, Artirondack chair auction, and lots more. Sunday features the Mollyockett Days Classic Road Races. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. 207824-2282,, Aug. 9: Maine State Triathlon A sprint triathlon with a 750-meter swim at Songo Pond, 24K bike race on scenic country roads, and a 5.8 K cross-country run, starting at the Bethel Inn Lake House. Teams or individuals. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 207824-2282,

June 12-14: Bethel Moose Lottery Festival - Moose calling, vendors, exhibits, kids’ activities, and of course, the main event: the moose permit drawing on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Events will be centered in downtown Bethel, walking distance to many lodgings, shops, and restaurants. Sunday, June 14, 2015, includes a field day at UMaine 4H Camp & Learning Center in nearby Bryant Pond and a golf tournament at The Bethel Inn Resort. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce 207-824-2282,,

Sept. 18: Northeast Drift Boat Competition Androscoggin River from Bethel Outdoor Adventure to Davis Park - great spectator event to watch oarsmen test their skills, beginning at 3pm., 800-654-0125. Sept. 19: Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel town common - An old-fashioned fun fall festival with artists & crafters, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce 207-8242282,, summer 2015 | Activities Guide of Maine


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Maine Minerology Expeditions Located at Bethel Outdoor Adventure is a GEM & MINERAL SLUICE operated by Maine Mineralogy Expeditions and they sell buckets of material gathered from several local mines, providing a broad spectrum of area gems and minerals- beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite, and more. Everybody gets goodies that you can identify using their handy identification board. For a “sure find” try a Dream Bucket $25, $50, $100. Try out the antique cast-iron hand pump just as in the days of old. The Sluice is is open late-May through October, weather pending. u Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campgroup (BOA) is a “home base” for MME and mineral sluice “Under the Crystal.” The SLUICE is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. The pictures on the website tell their story and you will not go home empty handed. To round out the total experience, BOA provides a beautiful campground for RVs and tenters. They offer kayak, canoe, drift boat, and SUP rentals in addition to providing fishing adventures and guide services. Your visit with BOA is sure to be adventurous and it’s a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available here. Learn something new and go home with some of nature’s beautiful treasures! For more information on features and tour reservations, please call well in advance: (207) 824-4224. u BBT&M 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. We sell gifts, Maine made products, hunting & fishing supplies, live bait, guns, ammunition, hunt/fish licenses, we are a game inspection station with certified scales, we host game pools, & fishing derbies, coordinate guided hunt/fish trips for all seasons, host lobster bakes, sell live lobster, & Maine seafood. 207-824-4868 u

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“You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences,” he said. Another reason we value experiences even after they’re over is because even negative experiences can become positive over time.   Gilovich found that when he interviewed people about an experience that negatively impacted their happiness, just talking about it made their evaluation of it improve. Why? Because even unpleasant experiences can later become funny stories or looked at as character-building opportunities, he says.   Shared experiences are also looked upon more favorably because they connect us to others more than shared consumption does. We feel more connected to people who have also backpacked through Europe than people who happen to have purchased the same iPhone. Also, experiences make us happier because we’re less likely to compare them to others’ in the same way that we compare material goods.   “It certainly bothers us if we’re on a vacation and see people staying in a better hotel or flying first-class, but it doesn’t produce as much envy as when we’re outgunned on material goods,” Gilovich said. The role of anticipation But it isn’t just how we evaluate past experiences that brings us pleasure; even simply anticipating future ones is more enjoyable than anticipating the purchase of a material object.   Gilovich found that experiential purchases like trips trump physical purchases because the value of buying anything begins before you actually purchase it. And while waiting for a beach vacation is filled with possibility, you know what you’re getting with a material item.   “You can think about waiting for a delicious meal at a nice restaurant or looking forward to a vacation and how different that feels from waiting for, say, your pre-ordered iPhone to arrive. Or when the two-day shipping on Amazon Prime doesn’t seem fast enough,” Amit Kumar, one of Gilovich’s colleagues, told The Atlantic.   The researchers also found that the act of even waiting in line to make a purchase is more enjoyable for people intending to spend money on an experience.

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Grafton Notch Campground is nestled in the woods near the Bear River in Newry, this is the perfect location to set up camp for a series of day hikes. Explore the Grafton Loop Trail, Appalachian Trail, Grafton Notch State Park and Step Falls...all just minutes away! They have 14 wooded sites, fire ring & picnic table on each site, bath house with hot showers, flush toilets and trailer dumping station. Plus a field Area for horseshoes, frisbee or just kicking back and dogs are welcome! u

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The fabled region of Maine outdoor adventure is a place you’ll want to visit over and over again!

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Rangeley Lakes vacation in the Western Mountains of Maine equals pure enjoyment and treasured memories. Mountains and endless lakes offer a pure, majestic scenic backdrop for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, birding, and family vacations either passive or active. Choose from cottage rentals, inns, motels, bed and breakfasts, and camping areas. Enjoy a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions.


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Surrounded by lakes, woods and streams, there are abundant year-round outdoor recreation activities in Rangeley. Pack your fishing gear on your ATV or UTV and try your luck on one (or several) of the 110 lakes and ponds in the region. If you plan on doing some hiking you’ll be glad to know that the Rangeley area has the highest concentration of 4,000 foot peaks in the State of Maine. The Appalachian Trail runs across the summit of Saddleback Mountain on its way from Georgia to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. u

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Roaming Around in Rangeley By Cathy Genthner


he Lucy family’s favorite state park in Maine is Rangeley Lakes State Park where Ellen and John, and their four children ages six to 17– Brian, Kevin, Carolyn and Abby love to spend a week or two every summer. They load up the suburban with tents, sleeping bags, camping equipment, clothing, water skis, food, and bikes, while towing a boat behind. The family also brings a wealth of enthusiasm, energy and passion for God’s creation. “We love to take the kids and go swimming at grassy beach, play badminton and baseball at the playground, walk on park trails and ride our bikes around the loop and sit around the campground at night,” said Ellen. “We love the boat access - we can moor the boat and walk right up to it to and go out on beautiful Rangeley Lake. It is a nice lake for fishing and skiing. We go to town in the boat as well - park at the town beach and use those facilities as well as

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western lakes & mountains go into town,” said Ellen. “The park has spacious sites, a group area, shower building, a playground and is reasonably priced. Plus, we love the town. The staff has been great and is available if we have emergencies. There is a medical clinic in town. People are so knowledgeable about hikes and things to see. We also like visiting with the campground host.” Maine’s Division of Parks and Public Lands oversees 48 state parks and historic sites located throughout the state, and more than two million people each year visit and stay at the parks for a variety of recreational experiences. Rangeley is one of those parks.  In Rangeley, while camping at the state park, there are plenty of things to do in town if the weather turns rainy. “When we camp at Rangeley - it almost always rains in June because we like to go right when school gets out,” said Ellen Lucy. “We sometimes go into the town of Rangeley. We love the IGA food store and Wes, the wonderful owner of the book/gift store recognizes us- and I think looks for us - every year! He (Wes) has been very helpful in suggesting books for all of us at different stages of reading. There is a bowling alley in town now, and Frosty Ice Cream, which we can’t miss. On one of our trips to town - we go daily for ice - we eat at the Red Onion restaurant. And we always go by the golf course to get a picture of the kids in the lupines - just beautiful.” For more information on Rangeley Lake State Park visit: www.

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he Rangeley Lakes Region offers 70 miles of organized ATV Trails open to the public for riding. The ATV Riding season starts Memorial Day Weekend, and closes on October 31st of each year. ATV MAPS: Are available of the area, you may purchase maps at Rev-It-Up Sport Shop, Rangeley Chamber of Commerce, Lakeside Convenience and Boss Power Equipment. MAIN STREET ACCESS: Our club received permission to access Main Street using our ATV’s/side by sides. Main Street access starts at the stop sign on Depot Street when you are facing Main Street, proceed with a right hand turn and ride with the flow of traffic (speed limit is 20mph). You CANNOT PARK ON MAIN STREET OR IN CAR PARKING SPOTS; however, you can patronize the businesses that have private parking with a sign that indicates this. There are many businesses that you can stop at, gift stores, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, ice cream shops, bowling alley, hotels, etc. There are many hotels, B&B’s on Main Street to stay at to make it more convenient for the ATV riders. You can ride right from your hotel room without having to trailer to an unloading zone. MOOSE LOOP TRAIL: 170 plus miles incorporates 9 towns, it is the biggest loop that connects the most towns in the State of Maine. It is suggested you plan 2 days to do this trip and stay overnight somewhere. Moose Loop maps are available for $4.00 each at RevIt-Up Sport Shop. NORTH & SOUTH LOOP TRAILS: Nice 20 mile loop trails that are close to Rangeley, if you are not looking for a super long ride.


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QUILL HILL OVERLOOK TRAIL: A beautiful scenic overlook, that you should not miss while ATV riding in Rangeley.

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OQOUSSOC uaint Oquossoc Village is set amongst pristine mountains BANGOR


and crystal clear lakes--all of which make it a premier vacation destination. Located along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway, you can embrace a slower pace here as you swim, kayak, canoe, bike, hike, hunt or fish for the fabulous brook trout under the spruce and fir canopy. You will also find three meals a day available at The Gingerbread House, a year-round casual, fine dining establishment with indoor and outdoor seating. And for American cuisine and seafood, check out Tall Tales Tavern and Scotty’s Lobster Pound and Meat Market. u

Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th of July – Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Maine Forestry Museum’s Logging Festival and Parade. Friday 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. fairgrounds. Friday Evening Program 7:00 to 9:00 p.m, includes Miss and Mr. Wood Chip Contest and Logger’s Hall of Fame – location at museum fairgrounds. Saturday’s parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street. Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. at MFM’s fairgrounds, immediately following parade.

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Maine’s High Peaks Region has Mountains of Possibilities! Home to 10 of Maine’s 14 Highest Peaks!

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ining at Maine’s White Wolf Restaurant is where you will enjoy endless choices of innovative food… great grub to gourmet. Local favorites like the giant “Wolf ” Burgers and “down home” Turkey Pot Pie, guaranteed to satisfy every hearty appetite! “Wild Things”…Quail, Venison, and Buffalo, or Great Gourmet. Just imagine, Lobster Stuffed Haddock wrapped in Smoked Salmon, finished with a Lemon Cream. Yikes! Prime Rib, old fashioned style with Garlic Butter. Be sure to save room, the desserts are WOW!!! Dreamy Chocolate Passion Torte, drizzled with Raspberry Sauce, “yankee hot” Apple Crisp with Ice Cream. u Fleetfoot, author of The Hiker’s Guide says the food here is “well worth walking 2000 miles for”



ot only does the Maine’s High Peaks region offer the BANGOR best outdoor activities you could ever dream of, our small towns and villages will make you feel right at home with plenty of dining, shopping, art and cultural activities and more. Just take a breath and breathe in the views. There’s so much to do and see in our backyard- make plans for a day trip, long weekend or stay for a week or two! Once you’ve experienced the “Mountains of Possibilities”, you’ll be coming back… again and again. u 40

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ooney Moose Reviews: “Very good meal, loved the place. Leaving today after the best breakfast. Thank you for the great food and excellent service. We will be back!”

“Not only did we have a great breakfast and service while we were there, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful when I realized from 3.5 hours away that I had left my wallet there and they mailed it to me in a speedy manner. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to enjoy another meal next time I’m in town!” u

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Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins Proudly owned by Sandra Lamontagne & Craig House 207.670.3009 | 468 Tea Pond Rd, Eustis, ME 04936

The Maine Getaway Your Group Has Been Searching For

Located in the north western mountains of Maine, you can enjoy many activities! ATVing (rentals available) Fishing (boat rentals available) Canoeing/Kayaking (available on site)

Hiking Biking Hunting Swimming Wedding sites And More!

Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins is e perfect spot ff any large gaaering. Enjoy e ease of staying togeeer in e same place ff your reunion, group getaway, ccppate retreat, wwkend away and any ooer event at requires lodging ff several people. We have even had events at booked our entire property! We offer 8 cabins at accommodate 2-8 guests each. Tea Pond Lodge and Cabins has bbn host to countless anniversary, birrday and engagement parties.

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and fishing camp of drug store Tycoon Louis Liggett, Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins now welcomes guests to the peace and beauty of the Maine woods. Located just north of Stratton / Eustis, Maine in Jim Pond Township, the log cabins are located on 90 acre  Tea Pond which is foot 115 deep in spots. Originally set up as logging camps, the property has access to miles of old logging roads for hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, ATVing and wildlife watching. Tea Pond offers some of the finest fishing in Maine for landlocked salmon, brook trout, and togue. In winter, snowmobile from your cabin to miles of groomed trails, or travel a short distance to Sugarloaf USA and Saddleback ski areas. u

WILTON peaceful, secluded setting awaits you at Wilson Lake BANGOR


Inn. Experience the scenic beauty which surrounds the inn centrally located in Maine’s Western Lakes and Mountains Region on the shore of beautiful Wilson Lake. Wilson Lake Inn is a four season destination offering you a variety of cultural, historical attractions and activities for all ages. The heat of summer brings visions of swimming, boating, and fishing. Kayaking and canoeing through the headwaters of Wilson Lake provide you with wonderful photographic opportunities of a wide variety of wildlife. “Come as our guest, leave as a friend and return as family.” u

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183 Lake Road Wilton, ME 207-645-3721

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A late summer view of Wilson Lake from the park in Wilton

‘Experiences’ from page 33

Why? The abstract nature of future experiences may make them seem more gratifying, but it’s also possible that waiting for an experience typically involves far less competition than waiting for a material item. Take some of the more disturbing headlines from Black Friday, for example.   “You sometimes hear stories about people rioting, smashing windows, pepper-spraying one another, or otherwise treating others badly when they have to wait,” Kumar said in a news release.   “Our work shows that this kind of behavior is much more likely in instances where people are waiting to acquire a possession than when they’re waiting for tickets to a performance or to taste the offerings at their city’s newest food truck.”   In addition to making people happier, spending money on experiential purchases also makes people more generous and more likely to participate in social activities. Therefore, Gilovich’s research could influence not only personal spending, but also spending on a much larger scale, affecting how much vacation time employers offer and how governments allocate spending on recreational spaces like parks.   “Our research is important to society because it suggests that overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences —  such as parks, trails, beaches —  as much as it does material consumption,” Gilovich said. u


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LOCAL EVENTS BANGOR REGION: July 4: Independence Day Celebration July 31 - Aug. 9: Maine State Fair August 28-30: American Folk Festival

Find us On Facebook! 5 Guest Rooms featuring: Private bath • Air conditioning Ceiling fan • Cable TV with DVD player Wireless Internet Plenty of pillows and towels Also offering catering for your special event: Private dinners, baby & wedding showers, anniversary, birthday, and holiday parties.

Open June through October

Tel. 207-723-5452 193 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462

KATAHDIN REGION: July 4: Independence Day Celebration September 17-20: Paint Out at the North Light Gallery Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 723-4443 MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION: June 28: 6th Annual C.A. Dean Bike & Boat July 4: Independence Day Celebration September 10-13 : Intl. Sea Plane Fly-In AROOSTOOK COUNTY: July 11-19th Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Town wide yard sale, human chess, photography and coloring contests, industry dinners, multiple field and court sports tournaments and swim meets, pet show, potato picking contest, massive multi-national parade and lot more! August 14th - 17th Houlton Potato Feast Days August 20-23 Crown of Maine Balloon Festival Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-876-2778

The Ice Fish Inn

millinocket’s newest bed & breakfast

Book online at or call toll free 855-FISH4U2 Bring this ad for a 15% discount 177 Central St Millinocket Maine 04462 discount can’t be combined w/other offers

• Property with 77 rooms. Large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game and play area, free internet WIFI, local calls, cable and business center. • FREE Continental Breakfast. • We are motorcycle and pet friendly • We provide a large free trailer parking area

740 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 1-877-902-4555 • 207-723-4555

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the highlands Look up and come to “The County” The website provides information on places to visit, where to stay, where to eat, things to do, travel packages, events and much more. Visit the site today to help plan your unforgettable experience in Aroostook County.


Call the Aroostook Tourism Hotline

raveling to Aroostook County in the summer and fall attract up to 50,000 visitors to the region. FMI: www.cma2014. provides a wealth of unique experiences. Wonderful all- com. terrain vehicle trails, a number of community festivals, excellent fishing opportunities and for the adventurous, a trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to name only a few.

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Of interest in August is the World Acadian Congress, being held in the St. John Valley, northwestern New Brunswick and the Témiscouata region of Quebec. The World Acadian Congress is a major celebration of Acadian culture and history held every five years since 1994. This summer from Aug. 8-24, more than 300 activities, including more than 100 family reunions, should


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Congratulations to the Gateway Inn on your 20th Anniversary!

Lennie’s Superette Jaimie & Michelle Wallace

Gas • Beer • Soda • Coffee • Pizza • Subs • Gift Cards Lottery • ATM • Groceries • Worms & Crawlers • Souvenirs 2154 Medway Road, Medway, Maine 04460 Phone: (207) 746-5100 • Hours: 5 am – 10 pm

Rt. 157 (JUST OFF I-95, EXIT 244)

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ROCKWOOD BANGOR Spalding, Mellon & Munster

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Moosehead Real Estate

TEL. (207) 534-7200 Elizabeth Munster Broker/Owner

A Maine Tradition for nearly a century Maynard’s in Maine P.O. Box 220, Rockwood, ME 04478(207) 534-7703 (866) 699-0857 for more information:


or just short of a century, Maynard’s In Maine has provided their guests with outstanding wilderness experiences in addition to excellent bungalow style cabin accommodations and great dining with wholesome fresh farm foods prepared to perfection. The Moosehead area offers outstanding landlocked salmon, trout and togue fishing. Recently, Billy Maynard landed a 29.67 lb togue on Moosehead Lake measuring 41” long. His huge catch beats the old Moosehead Lake record set in 1961 of a 28 pound 12 ounce togue. The area’s large, pristine forests provide excellent cover for deer, bear and small game and make it an outstanding hunting region. Here guests at Maynard’s will find a real pearl in the North Woods. Maynard’s in Maine can be reached for addition information by tel. (207) 534-7703 or 1-888-518-2055 or on the web at :

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


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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BANGOR Maine is becoming a destination for music lovers and Bangor’s BANGOR strength is geography. Bangor is close enough for fans from New England and Canada to come for shows. The only venue north of Boston and east of Montreal that can accommodate a 16,000 concertgoers capacity is Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.

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

Summer Camp 2015 – Too Much Fun Awaits! Nine weeks starting June 22-26 an ending the week of August 17-21 of fun and excitement. To find out more specifics and registration contact us at:

Playland Adventures is the largest family entertainment center in Maine. With over 21,000 sq ft of fun, whether rain or shine, you’re sure to find something to please everyone in the family. From mid June - Labor Day, we have 5 inflatable water slides for kids ages 4-12 and a kiddie pool for those under 4, out back of the building. Perfect for those hot days! We also host parties and field trips. u

14 inflatables • arcade mechanical bull Cannonball Blaster • bungee trampolines much more

OPEN Sun-Fri 10 am-7pm Sat 10am -8pm.

510 Wilson Street in Brewer • 207-989-6611 48

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xtending from Brunswick to Rockland, midcoast Maine offers a quiet, pastoral setting, as well as a rocky, rugged coastline. Scenic bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling islands, picture-perfect fishing villages, historic forts and lighthouses, seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns all comprise the Midcoast.

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Fishing and ship building sustained the area for centuries. You can easily delve into Maine’s maritime past that’s enhanced by a visit to the Maine Maritime Museum. Enjoy cool summer breezes and vistas of sparkling blue water as you explore the area by foot, bike or sea kayak. Expect quiet roads, gentle rolling hills and secluded beaches. View a sunrise on Penobscot Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a local farm. Watch bald eagles, ospreys and terns along the coast. Explore the prehistoric oyster shell mounds along river beds. See the harbor seals next to Fort Popham. Browse through an antique shop. Go on a puffin tour, whale watch or sport fishing trip. Purchase art directly from an artisan. Catch a ferry to one of the islands. Mount Battie in the Camden Hills. Take an afternoon cruise on a two-masted schooner. Stroll through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where there are always interesting textures, shapes and colors to be seen from the many trails.

Every spring, the residents of Brunswick eagerly await the opening of Fat Boy Drive-In and every fall they mourn when it closes. Every summer since 1955, Fat Boy has been haunting the grounds for Maine fishermen, Naval aviators, Bowdoin College students and thousands of coastal vacationers.

Fat Boy is world famous (it really is!) for its Canadian BLT’s, Maine Lobster Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western Frappes. Then, Life in the Midcoast operates at a slower pace and yet there of course, there are our Whoper Burgers. When you need is so much to do. The sea air will whet your appetite as you service, simply turn on your headlights and one of our friendly realize this is the way life should be. u waitresses will be happy to serve you. u

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Learn about the life-cycle and biology of lobsters and how they get from the trap to your plate, and meet the people who make it all happen.

Lobstering & the Maine Coast Exhibit Opening July 26, 10 am-2 pm Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath Admission: Adults Dock Price per-pound, Kids FREE Join us for a day of lobster-related activities, demonstrations, and kids’ crafts as we celebrate the opening of our all-new exhibit Lobstering & the Maine Coast; the state’s largest (6,200 square feet), most comprehensive lobstering exhibit largest exhibit.

Lobster Cruises (2 hours) Mondays and Thursdays, July through August, 9:30 am $35 Members ; $40 nonmembers; $25 Children, under 6 $3 This two-hour trip combines the scenic beauty of Freeport’s shoreline with Maine’s largest commercial fishery. Step aboard Atlantic Seal for a firsthand lobstering experience. Guided kayak tours of Merrymeeting Bay. Fees apply. Three-day

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM This is Maine. The rest is history.

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Lighthouse cruises. Trolley Tours. Historic shipyard. Opening July 26, 2015: Lobstering & the Maine Coast.

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advance registration required. Each unique educational 4-hour trip explores a different area and topic of the bay, led by an expert guide and narrated by members of local environmental organizations. Equipment provided (solo or tandem) or bring your own. No experience necessary; disabilities accommodated. Make reservations at Guided kayak tours of Merrymeeting Bay. Fees apply. Threeday advance registration required. Each unique educational 4-hour trip explores a different area and topic of the bay, led by an expert guide and narrated by members of local environmental organizations. Equipment provided (solo or tandem) or bring your own. No experience necessary; disabilities accommodated. Make reservations at Historic Bath: The City That Ships Built Trolley Tour Members $20; nonmembers $27 (fee includes two-day museum admission) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 12 pm, June 15-October 10 Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath With more than 400 years of shipbuilding history the city of Bath has become known as the city of ships. Ship building and its associated trades have truly shaped the city and left their mark on the culture of the area. Bath’s downtown buildings stand as witness to the city’s past written in brick, wood, mortar and stone. On this rolling trolley tour our guides will share the stories of some of Bath’s and our Nation’s most prominent shipbuilders and examine the unique architectural character they’ve left behind revealing a distinctive portrait of Bath as the city built by ships. Bath has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its architectural treasures and preservation acts that have saved much of the city’s historic character. Limited space, register early. For more information, visit or call 207-443-1316. u

central & midcoast FIND YOUR WAY TO SEASPRAY! Only one outfitter offers so many ways for you to enjoy the Coast of Maine- Seaspray Kayaking! With two great locations on the water in midcoast Maine and the ability to deliver kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and gear to your location, Seaspray Kayaking is highly recommended as a destination for your summer fun. Within minutes of deciding to explore midcoast Maine, you can be on the water! Owner Scott Shea has a huge fleet of the latest kayaks, including recreational, sit-on tops, expedition sea kayaks, fishing kayaks, doubles, canoes and the fastest growing watersport vessel--the Stand-Up Paddleboard! Guided tours, rentals and instruction are given daily out of their West Bath location. When asked what he anticipated the 2013 season to be like, Scott simply said, “Another fun season of meeting new people, sharing outdoor experiences and creating lasting memories. New this year, we are booking Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Kennebec River and also guiding DownWind Stand-Up Paddleboard Tours. And, of course, selling the best kayaks and stand-up boards available!” Seaspray Kayaking accommodates all who desire to get on the water with gear and lifejackets for infants and even dogs! “There is no excuse,” said Scott. “We have something for everyone: Sunset Paddle & Moonlight Paddles, Kayak & Paddleboard Fishing Trips, Surf Kayaking at Popham Beach, Island-to-Island Overnights, Inn-to-Inn Trips, Private Lobster Bakes on an uninhabited island, Paddleboard Yoga and other classes, plus Birding on the Bay.” Because July and August can be busy, it is best to call Seaspray Kayaking ahead to make reservations at (207) 443-3646 or e-mail them at u

Seaspray Kayaking Your one-stop paddling shop in midcoast Maine! • Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboard Rentals • Daily Guided Tours @ 9 am and 1 pm • Instructional Classes

LOCATED ON THE WATER in West Bath, ME and Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, ME

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he Island of Georgetown, Maine, is one of the Maine crowd. People rave about the pizza and onion rings but there is so coast’s best-kept secrets. Take a driving tour to discover more delicious foods there and plenty of smiles to go around. u some of its hidden gems on a day trip or an extended weekend getaway. On Route 127 South, you’ll pass Georgetown Pottery, offering some of Maine’s finest hand-painted porcelain pottery featuring Maine and nautical themes. On your way to Reid State Park, you’ll pass The Mooring B&B, the remodeled former home of Walter Reid, who donated the land for Reid State Park. The inn offers five unique rooms, all with private baths, air conditioning and stunning ocean views. If camping is your style, Sagadahoc Campground is an amazing oceanfront campground where you can enjoy crashing surf, soaring ospreys and the cry of seagulls and rent a clamming rake Route 127 148 Main Street 813 Route 1 866.936.7687 and dig your clams with a town permit! And what classic Maine GEORGETOWN FREEPORT WOOLWICH town would be complete with out a store with local flavor. The Georgetoen Country Store is a well established modern land mark between the fire station and the new post office. They have everything a store should have for locals, tourist, and the lunch

Georgetown Country Store, Serving the Lobster & Grill best Lobster Rolls in town at

Seafood Baskets • Salad Plates a great price! Crab Rolls • Sandwiches Pizza • Breakfast • Lobster • Steamers Corn • Red Potatoes The Best Homemade Onion Rings Around! Five Island Road Georgetown 52


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Perfect Wedding Location!

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Take a Midcoast hike By Kate Kastelein


aine is known for great hiking and many enthusiasts flock to Kathadin and the Camden Hills, but there are some great, lesser known trails in the midcoast. Lincoln County, for example, has some great, easy trails that are open year-round and free! When visiting Boothbay, Damariscotta or Pemaquid this summer, be sure to check out some of the trails, for gorgeous views and close encounters with the flora and fauna. Boothbay Region Land Trust - ( From easy to challenging, The Boothbay Region Land Trust has over 30 miles of trails all over the Boothbay Peninsula, and they even maintain trails on Damariscove and Indiantown Islands. Guided walks are often year round, and a schedule of upcoming events can be found on the BRLT website which also has maps and a trail guide. Cost: Free.

The Damariscotta River Association - ( Up the road a bit from Boothbay Harbor, is Damariscotta. Winding down the peninsula from Damariscotta to South Bristol is the beautiful Damariscotta River. All along the river, you can find trails of various difficulty levels, maintained by the Damariscotta River Association. If you have small children

interested in taking a hike, an easy one to try is located at the DRA farm on the Belvedre Rd. in Damarriscotta. The Dodge Point preserve and hiking area located on the River Rd. in Newcastle is very popular with both locals and visitors to the area. The website for the DRA contains a map of all their preserves and hiking areas. Cost: Free. The Pemaquid Water Association (www.pemaquidwatershed. org/). If you’re taking a drive to Pemaquid to see the beautiful Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, consider taking a quick hike on one of the many trails maintained by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. 8 preserves and 5 hiking trails along the Pemaquid River from Nobleboro to Bristol, are maintained by the PWA. Detailed maps and descriptions of each hiking trail are available on the PWA website. Cost: Free. Check out one, or all of the trails at any of these great locations. Each offers a unique view of the astounding natural beauty around Lincoln County. If you would like to bring a dog to any of the areas listed, check the websites first. Most allow canine companions, but it’s recommended to keep your dog on a leash and please clean up after your pet. u

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WISCASSET nown as the “prettiest village in Maine,” Wiscasset was BANGOR


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 stroll the pleasant brick sidewalks and find many antique shops, art galleries, fine stores and restaurants. Other attractions include handsome sea captains’ homes, the Powder House (1812), the Lincoln County Courthouse (1824), Castle Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln County Jail (1809), and the Customs House (1870). If you haven’t seen Wiscasset Village’s wonderful sunken garden opposite the Nickels-Sortwell House—take an extra few minutes and enjoy its beauty. u

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ur 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, out wit, outmaneuver, and out last your opponents. The newest infra-technology weaponry so they work out doors in the daytime and the guns are wifi- and blue tooth capable. This is Maine’s first and ONLY dedicated outdoor laser tag venue!

Gorrila Tactics is NOT your “bang-bang shootem’ up glow in the dark laser tag”! Strategic “Missions” are carried out and may the best team win! Multiple Games, Multiple Missions, and Mulitple hours of Adrenalized Fun for those of us that would like to sense “danger” a little closer to the ground. Call or email us today for prices and availability. u 54

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WOOLWICH BANGOR ontsweag Roadhouse’s Maine


brews include Shipyard, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Sebago Brewing Co., Atlantic Brewing, Banded Horn, Foundation Brewing Co., Baxter Brewing, Peak’s Organic & Rising Tide. AYS! SU00ND HOS!

They change their brew’s with the changing of the season and to also try something new on the ever changing craft brew scene. With good beers comes good food, check out their daily special’s and great weekly food features.




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GREAT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT! Thurs. - Mike Rodrique - 6:00 Fri. - Barry Arvin Young - 6:00 Sat. - Bill Howard - 6:00

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Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Railway Village Celebrates 50 Years

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK Only 3 1/2 miles to Boothbay Harbor

In May of 1965, the then Boothbay Railway Museum opened to the public for the first time making it the first public railroad museum in Maine. Later that summer when the steam engine arrived and was put into service it was the first narrow gauge train to run in Maine for nearly three decades and the only passenger rail service in Maine for nearly two more decades.

“No Rig Too Big”

Shuttle Service to Boothbay Harbor

Store • Gift Shop • Laundry • Rec. Hall • Near Hiking Trails • Fishing Cable TV • 150 Open, Wooded & Riverside Campsites • Full Hook-ups 30 & 50 amp Electric • 15 Pull-Thru Sites • Picnic Tables • Fire Rings Metered Propane • Ice • Fire Wood • Clean Restrooms • Hot Showers

(207) 633-4782 • 553 Wiscasset Road • Rte. 27, Boothbay, ME 04537 Open May - October • Reservations Suggested Boothbay Harbor and Kayak Photos by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

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y late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport, Maine summer cottage was about to succumb to the same fate. He had to find a place to store his collection.

Today when you visit the Museum you’ll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to a ride in a vintage coach behind a 100 year old steam locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of our Ford Model Ts.  Two of the most popular attractions are the pair of resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. This summer the Boothbay Railway Village is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of special events and a commemorative exhibit. Visit the Museum’s website at to learn more about this special Maine place. u

BALMY DAYS CRUISES Captain Bill Campbell (207) 633-2284 42 Commercial St. Boothbay Harbor

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Railway Village From rolling stock to rolling pins, the Museum’s collection tells stories about how technologies transformed everyday life for Maine residents.

Saturday, July 18

Train Rides + Car Show + Craft Brew Fest Check out our website for more events!

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May & October by Reservation

Family Atmosphere

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!

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

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HVNC Spring trail run series 2015 Photo by Joe McGurn

JEFFERSON BANGOR xplore 25 miles of trails at HVNC in Jefferson, ME. Open



to the public year round for non-motorized recreation and events like:

Trail Run Training Series - Wednesdays 8/12-9/16 Great for runners of all abilities! Each run is timed, and flexible start times make it easy to schedule

Serving the Inland MidCoast

5th annual Race through the Woods - Sunday 9/20/15 All races are entirely on trails. Choose from a half marathon, 5.5 mile, or 5km race. Kids races too! Food and festivities to follow the races. FMI:,

Quarry House Antiques WALDOBORO BANGOR

Charlotte Hollenberg Old and New Books Furniture • Glass • China Closed Mondays

108 Common Road • P.O. Box 578 • Union, Maine 04862 58

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ummer in Maine means lobster rolls, visits to the beach, and warm weather. What it also means is beautiful drives along the beautiful Maine coastline or amongst the luscious greenery local breweries. Maine has so many areas that are worth a visit but not just because they have phenomenal food and scenery but because they have producers of delicious local beer. For the next few pages I’ve sectioned out areas of Maine that are perfect destinations for good beer, good food & good company. Greater Portland Area Portland, Maine is an area that is expanding exponentially in the areas of food and beverage. Breweries and brewpubs are becoming a staple in where people want to visit when they think of Portland, Maine. Sebago Brewing Company is located in the heart of downtown Portland, Maine and it’s a brewpub. That means you can drink their seasonals, year round, and pilot batch beers all while munching on Sebago’s awesome upscale pub food. Their new summer seasonal is called Simmer Down Summer Session Ale. Simmer Down weighs in at 4.9% ABV and is a clean and crisp summer beer in a glass. Sebago Brewing Company also has brew

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maine brew guide pubs located in Gorham, Scarborough, Kennebunk and they Southern Tip of Maine Run by a home brewing father-and-son dynamic duo named distrubute their beers around New England. Dave and David Rowland, SoMe Brewing Company is located in the lovely city of York, Maine. SoMe really does well with Midland Located in Freeport right off of highway 295, Maine Beer some of their beers in terms of flavor and uniqueness. They Company are well known for their westcoast-style hoppy beers. make a single hop beer called Crystal Persuasion that uses 100% They produce awesome beers year-round like Mo and Peeper Crystal hops. It’s a heft pale ale that is 8% ABV and has lots of that you can always find at their brewery and local bars. Their citrus flavors. brewery is as clean looking as their beer logos and just as beautiful. If you’re hungry, drive down the road to Main Street Tributary Brewing Company is just 10 minutes away in Kittery, and try some food and beer at Gritty’s Brewpub. LLBean is also Maine which is a hop skip from the New Hampshire border. located down the road for your all of your rugged Maine needs. Kittery is a hot bed for Tributary was started by Tod Mott, a brewer with a tremendous amount of brewing legacy in the Get back on 295 and head north for dinner (or any meal for that North East. They make amazing examples of simple styles from matter) at Ebenezer’s Brewpub in Brunswick. Ebenezer’s brews IPAs to Porters. some pretty amazing beers that match their food’s excellent quality. Chris Lively own and runs both this location and it’s Biddeford/Saco much older sister pub in Lovell, Maine (which only serves beer). In the old mill buildings in Biddeford and saco are a brewery and a brewpub that are right around the corner from each other. If you’re in an extra special mood to visit a third location, head One is Banded Horn Brewing Company and the other is Run 40 minutes east to Boothbay Craft Brewery. Boothbay, Maine Of The Mill Pub. Banded Horn has been brewing beer for just is a breathtaking destination by itself but the fact that they have over a year now and has been making a splash in the beer scene in a brewery and a restaurant is bonus. Boothbay Craft Brewery Maine. They brew a very nice traditional German Pilsner called and the adjoining Watershed Tavern offer a unique brewery and Pepperell Pilsner, named after the building they are located in. dining experience in a quiet rural setting. Situated on 6 acres with on premise rental cottages, RV sites, and free range chickens from Run Of The Mill has been in operation for a bit longer than the backyard farm you will enjoy some of the finest fresh made Banded Horn and makes some of the best pub style food that ales with farm to table fare. Brewery tours daily at 3pm in season I’ve ever tried. Their Bug Lager is brewed year-round and pairs and a rustic cozy tavern to enjoy pints and wood-fired pizzas. perfectly with their cuisine. The brewpub is located right over A rumored fireplace for those cool evenings and an outdoor the Saco River,which is the perfect view during the summer on biergarten for the warm summer days with a regulation Bocce Run Of The Mill’s outside deck. court and a fire pit makes for a laid back visit to the Boothbay Region a must plan adventure. Daily dinner specials  and beer releases often posted on Boothbay Craft Brewery’s Facebook page. Dining reservations strongly suggested. 207-633-3411

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maine brew guide Sat. July 18th: Rails, Tails & Ales: The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival Visitors will enjoy great craft beer from Maine breweries, an outdoor car show, a family-friendly setting including steam train rides plus brewing demonstrations. PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: Boothbay Craft Brewery, Allagash Brewing Company, Oxbow Brewery, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, Liberty Craft Brewing, Banded Horn Brewing Company, Foundation Brewing Company Watch for updates as this list grows! Tickets for a wristband to enjoy ten – 4 ounce beer tastings from Noon – 4 pm is just $30 (must be 21) and include Museum admission as well as a unique souvenir beer mug. East Coast This is probably the most beautiful drive of all the areas to Marshall Wharf Brewing Company and then to Atlantic Brewing Company. Once you get off the highway 95, take route 1 all the way to Belfast, Maine first to arrive at Marshall Wharf. This is a great location to eat lunch or dinner on the ocean with the attached restaurant to the brewery called Three Tides that specialized on small plate tapas. You can find all of Marshall Wharf ’s beers on tap at Three Tides. Marshall Wharf is known for their hoppy beers as well. They love to brew fresh IPAs and Pale Ales that are really tasty.



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East Coast (continued) Liberty Craft Brewing is a small batch, wood fired operation in beautiful Liberty, Maine. Guy and his wife Karen have dedicated their precious free time to bring you amazing Pub food to go along with the freshest brews made right here.

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Sit on the cedar deck and take in the breathtaking views of the Camden and Hope hills. Bring the whole family, it is a neighborhood pub, a local hangout where you will find “The best local Beer Food and Folklore” Follow the signs off of Rt 3 only 2.7 miles. Enjoy the drive around scenic Lake St. George. Stop over after visiting Liberty tool and Liberty graphics. It’s only a couple of miles up the road from there, just off Rt 220 aka Pinnacle rd. See ‘Brews’ on page 82



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t 27 years old, Dan Pease started Rock Harbor Restaurant on Main Street in Rockland, Maine 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. u

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he North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day Blues music festival featuring national Blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been

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ood Tern Co-op & Cafe is the greater Rockland area hub of organic, local, wholesome foods. We strive to offer the best food for you and yours with a focus on local products from produce, meats, cheese, dairy, Maine produced herbal & vitamin products, organic wines and craft beers.  Membership not required.  Open to all. 

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elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access from land or sea. The city is surrounded by fine 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 make inviting places for picnics. Catch a movie or visit the music theatre, art fairs, hobby shows and special holiday events. Antique shops and art galleries are filled with one-ofa-kind items and interesting collectibles. Be sure and visit our Historic Downtown Shopping section. You will find merchants willing and ready to courteously serve you and make your shopping experience a pleasant one! u

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he Most Unusual Jewelry Store in Maine”, Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry is a must-see on the coast of Maine. Appealing to all generations, Bennett’s truly has STOCKTON SPRINGS “something for everyone”. Children over and over tell them that it is their “favorite store”, rare praise for a Jewelry store! One visit BANGOR will reveal why Bennett’s Gems is a favorite Maine destination. Good Kettle Saturday Night Baked Beans Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry is located in the heart of Midcoast Maine and known far and wide for beautiful gemstones. They specialize in rare and colorful Maine Tourmaline and other Maine gems, such as purple Amethyst and cool blue Aquamarine. You will also find gemstone giftware such as vases and carved gemstones, each unique, lovely and colorful. The one-of-a-kind inventory is personally hand-selected for its uniqueness and high quality. You will find that they have a large variety and all in one place! Their Fossil selection has been hailed by many as the “best north of Boston”, with a nice variety of native U.S. specimens as well as fossils from around the world. They even have whole dinosaur fossils!

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They make much of their own gemstone jewelry, in simple to elegant designs with custom orders gladly received. With a number of very talented jewelers behind the spectacular inventory, you are sure to find something perfect for any occasion.


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ne of Maine’s most popular activities is driving the coast in search of lighthouses. Two hundred years ago lighthouses were incredibly important in safely bringing people and goods to Maine from around the world. At that time there were no cars or highways along Maine’s coast and sailors plying through Maine’s 4,000 islands hoped to have one lighthouse in view at all times and preferably two. “Keepers” maintained the lights at all times and used large bells to respond to ships that approached to close. Sometimes “fog dogs” were trained to ring the bells. Today, Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company offers tours to see many of Maine’s offshore and most storied lights. Throughout the summer and fall they offer a daily fully narrated Lighthouse and Acadia Park tour in the waters around Mount Desert Island to see five island lighthouses, a life-saving station, and fjord-like Somes Sound. On July 25, 2015 they are offering an all-day 17-lighthouse US/Canada Grand Slam Lighthouse Photography Tour. Special guests include lighthouse historians Jeremey D’Entremont and Chris Mills, American Lighthouse Foundation president Bob Trapani, and Vice-president of the Portland, Maine photo club Michael Leonard. u


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June 13: Machias, Margaretta Day Festival June 13: Night At The Mueum – Movie Sponsored By: Downeast Treasures June 20-21: Bar Harbor, Art In The Park June 30: Machias Bay Chamber Concert- Baroque Orchestra of Maine July 1: Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island, St. Stephen & St. Andrews, NB – Canada Day Celebrations July 4: Independence Day is celebrated throughout the Region. For specific event times contact the local Chamber of Commerce. The City of Eastport hosts the largest 4th Celebration in Maine. July 7: Machias Bay Chamber Concert – Novel Jazz Septet July 11: Machias: Into The Woods-Movie Sponsored by: American Legion Post 9 (Costume contest-dress as witches) July 15:Bar Harbor- Seaside Cinema in the Park – FMI call the Chamber (207) 801-2566 July 18-19 Indian Township: Wabanaki Cultural Arts & Heritage Days July 28: Mahias Bay Chamber Concert –Nor’easter String Quartet July 29:Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park FMI call the Chamber (207) 801-2566 Aug. 1: Machais: Paddington – Movie Sponsored by: Cori Collins Aug. 5:Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park – FMI call the Chamber (207) 801--2566 Aug. 7: Bar Harbor, First Friday Art Walk Aug. 8: Machais: Finding Nemo- Movie Sponsored by: University of Maine at Machias Aug. 15-16: Machias, 39th Wild Blueberry Festival Aug. 15: Machias: Cinderella – Movie Sponsored by: Bluebird Ranch Restaurant Aug. 19: Bar Harbor- Seaside Cinema in the ParkFMI call the Chamber (207) 801-2566 CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS: Bar Harbor Chamber: Tel. 1-800-288-5103 or (207) 288-5103 Blue Hill Chamber: Tel. (207) 374-3242 Calais – St. Croix Valley Chamber: Tel. 1-888-422-3112 or (207) 454-2308 Eastport Chamber: Tel. (207) 853-4644 Machias Bay Chamber: Tel. (207) 255-4402 Ellsworth Chamber: Tel. (207) 667-5584

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o climb a rock! Explore the beauty of the coast of Maine from a vertical vantage point. If you have never rock climbed it may be the highlight of your vacation. Here are answers to some common questions. Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School was voted the #1 family activity in Maine in 2014 by and received a 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. They have been featured by Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Bill Green’s Maine Outdoors, CBS, Travel Channel and more. Can I Do It? Can my family do it? Virtually anyone can rock climb. The guides at Acadia Mountain Guides say “if you can climb a step ladder, you can climb.” It’s a great activity for an individual, couple, family or group that requires only a moderate level of fitness. How old do you have to be? Am I too old? There are no age limitations. Dick Chasse, a senior guide at Acadia Mountain Guides has guided clients from age four to eighty-one. Is it safe? Like driving a car, climbing carries some level of risk. Rock climbing is not an extreme sport. Professional guides focus


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jonesboro BANGOR on minimizing your risks and each year thousands of people like you climb safely on the rocks for the first time. Acadia Mountain Guides outfits you with all needed safety gear such as helmets and harnesses, and provide you with expert instruction and guide you every step of the way so you can focus on the fun. Who should I climb with? In Maine Acadia Mountain Guides stands has a long history of providing great instruction.They are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. Under the same ownership since opening in 1993, AMG is led by internationally licensed IFMGA guide Jon Tierney. Jon is one of 80 US guides to achieve the IFMGA award signifying the pinnacle of achievement for guides. The guides who work for Jon say “he has been at the forefront of guide education for over two decades.” They appreciate his mentorship, attention to detail, and desire to constantly improve the delivery and safety of climbing instruction. You will too. u

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An Adventurous Three Nation Vacation Experience For 2015

By: Jim Harnedy


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. Adventures abound: nature walks, whale watching cruises, lighthouse and history tours, galleries with paintings, jewelry, pottery and sculpture by fine local artists as well as chance to enjoy a leisurely pace and refresh one’s self. Each of three communities has its own rich history. It is believed that ancestors of current Passamaquoddy tribal members lived on the Quoddy Loop more than twelve thousand years ago. Ancient art depicting their history and culture is found in three thousand year old petroglyphs carved in rocks at a shorefront site in Machiasport. Pierre Dugua, Samuel Champlain and a group of seventy-seven French explorers, established the first European settlement north of St Augustine, Florida on St. Croix Island, just of the present day Calais, Maine in 1604. The few settler survivors of the horrible winter of 1604-1605 were saved and helped to relocate to Nova Scotia by members of the Passamaquoddy Nation. During the Revolutionary War the Passamaquoddy tribe joined forces with Americans in their fight for independence. Today the Passamaquoddy Nation is physically located on two reservations in Down East, Maine. One reservation is located in Indian Township near Princeton; while the other reservation is located at Pleasant Point on Passamaquoddy Bay a short distance from Eastport.

Campobello Island, Deer Island and Grand Manan Island are the three Fundy Isles of New Brunswick that lie closest to their American neighbors. The Quoddy Loop has a number of light houses providing visibility for the mariners plying the local waters but two lights are especially well known as attractions for visitors- West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec and East Quoddy Head Harbour Light Station on Campobello Island. In addition to the pristine views provided from these two lights they both have wonderful nature walks to enjoy. Passamaquoddy Bay affords nature lovers the opportunity to be entertained by eagles, porpoises and whales while cruising these pristine waters with their immense tides aboard local charter boats out of Lubec and Eastport. To arrange for an exciting adventure on the bay contact in Lubec: Downeast Charter Boat Tours – or tel. (207) 733-2009 - in Eastport: Eastport Windjammers –tel. (207) 853-2500 or Fundy Breeze Charters – tel. (207) 853-4660. 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 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.

Washington County is the eastern most county in the United States. Machias which was settled in 1763, serves as the shire town for this The Summer of 2015 marks the 51st anniversary of the Roosevelt region. The name Machias is derived from the Native American word, International Park which lies just across the Roosevelt International Mechises which means bad little falls or a bad run of water. Machias, Bridge that links Lubec, Maine to Campobello Island, NB and Lubec, Eastport and Calais are the four largest communities in the See ‘Loop’ on page 79 county. 74

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Visit the coastal Machias Bay area History Tours, Art Tours, Free Outdoor Movies, Boat Tours and more... Visit us at: (207) 255-4402 Find us on 11 Main St., Machias, ME 04654

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ust off the beaten path at the foot of the University of Maine at Machias College Hill where Routes 1 and 92 intersect an amazing 11 mile trek steeped in history, culture and exciting natural wonders awaits the adventurous. Route 92 in Machias is Elm Street. The first stop on the trail is at “Bad Little Falls”, located just as one turns onto Route 92. Machias is derived from the Native American word Mechises which means bad little falls or a bad run of water. “Bad Little Falls Park” offers a perfect setting for a picnic and has ample parking for checking out this natural wonder. After savoring the beauty of the falls and the splendid view the park provides, one can walk up Elm Street (Route 92) a little less than .1 of a mile to Avery Street. Turn left down Avery Street to O’Brien Cemetery.

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The cemetery dates back to Colonial Days. Buried here is Colonel Jerimiah O’Brien who commanded the local patriots in their land and sea resistance to the British Crown. The vastly undermanned and under equipped patriots on their ship

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Upon leaving the cemetery you can start your drive south on Route 92 and two (2) miles down the road you will cross into the town of Machiasport. At the 3.7mile point of your journey you will find on your right Liberty Hall. It was built in 1873 in a bold Italianate architectural style at a cost of $ 1000.00. Its architect was Andrew Gilson of Machias. The building served as the Machiasport town hall until 2000 and in addition to its purely civic functions served as a community center for theater productions, lectures, festivals and basketball games. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past several years this Victorian landmark has undergone a major restoration. Diagonally across the street from Liberty Hall is the historic Gates House which was built c.1807. The home was purchased by Nathan Gates and his family occupied it for nearly 120 years. Since 1966, it has served as a museum and headquarters for the Machiasport Historical Society. In 1975, it was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. During the summer the museum with its wonderful maritime exhibits is open to the public. Approximately .2 of a mile south on Route 92 from Liberty Hall and the Gates House on a steep bluff overlooking Machias Bay is the historic Machiasport Congregational Church. This church was built just two years after incorporation of the town in 1828. The church possesses one of the most picturesque


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Call for reservations: (207) 255-4134 or Visit our Website: U.S. Route 1, PO Box 373, East Machias, ME 04630

The name says it all. Riverside Inn is a family owned, authentic B&B located on the bank of the pristine East Machias River offering exceptional accommodations. Call for reservations: (207) 255-4134 or Visit our Website: www. riversideinn-maine.comu

acadia & downeast settings of any church in New England. Fort O’Brien State Park is a must stop on the Down East Heritage Trail. It is just off Route 92 about .2 of a mile south of the Congregational Church. Here you will find a great spot to hike and picnic as well as enjoy a spectacular view of Machias Bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was successfully fought by a small band of American patriots. South on Route 92 approximately one mile, you will find on your left Clark Point Road (also known as Birch Point). Down at the waters edge on a ledge has been found the site of ancient petroglyphs that were carved into the rocks as long as 3000 years ago by members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. It is believed that ancestors of present day Passamaquoddy people have lived in the region for as many as 12,000 years. These picture rocks tell the rich history and culture of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. Nine (9) miles south on your adventure, you will see to your left Pettegrow Point Road, as you turn onto Pettegrow Point Road you will see an old c.1890 cape and barn. The completely finished off cow barn is the home of the Blue Lobster Gallery a fine art gallery. Proceeding down Pettegrow Point Road approximately .8 of a mile you will come to the Bucks Harbor Public Pier. Here you will have an opportunity to see the Bucks Harbor fleet. Now its time to go back up Pettegrow Point Road .8 of a mile to the intersection of Route 92 (Port Road) and take a left onto Route 92. You are again heading south and just short of a mile on your left you will find Jasper Beach. Wave polished pebbles of jasper and rhyolite give it a distinctive color. There is only one other jasper beach in the world and it is in Japan. Two (2) miles south of Jasper Beach Park on Route 92 is the village of Starboard. Here you will see a fully equipped boat yard, a one-room school that served the community from 1804 to 1938 and a beautiful beach. At low tide you can walk on a sandbar out to the “Point of Maine”. Maine’s Down East Heritage Trail offers an opportunity to not only discover a piece of our American heritage but a time to be renewed in body and spirit by the sights and sounds of the sea around you. u

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2 Pettegrow Point Road Machiasport, ME 04655 207-669-4255 or 207-255-0170

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Directions: From Route 1 at the University of Maine at Machias, go exactly 9 miles on Route 92 to Pettegrow Point Road in Bucks Harbor.

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r. Rita Ten, Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist of Down East Community Hospital in Machias is pleased to offer treatment options for patients suffering from chronic back and neck pain caused by facet arthritis. Radio frequency ablation involves applying heat to the nerve supplying the facet joint to “shut off” the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Multiple clinical studies show that radiofrequency neurotomy significantly reduces pain severity and frequency for 1 to 2 years in the majority of patients. Dr. Ten has an office in the Reid Emery Building in Machias. Some other pain management procedure4s Dr. Ten performs at Down East Community Hospital include nerve and ganglion blocks and cervical lumbo-sacral epidural injections to benefit patients with back and neck pain. You can make an appointment with Dr. Ten with your doctor’s referral or you can call her office at 255-0065.

LUBEC BANGOR 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. u

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Treatment Options for Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Dr. Rita Ten, Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, performs pain management procedures for chronic back and neck pain. Some of those procedures include radiofrequency ablation, ganglion blocks, and cervical and lumbo-sacral epidural injections. To make an appointment, call 255-0065.

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LOCAL EVENTS Aug. 22: Machias: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium –Movie Sponsored by:Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Aug. 26:Bar Harbor- Seaside Cinema in the Park –FMI call the Chamber (207) 801-2566 Aug. 29-31: Eastport Seafood and Salmon Festival Aug. 29: Machias: Frozen – Movie Sponsored by: Down East Community Hospital Sept. 4: Bar Harbor, First Friday Art Walk Sept. 5-6: Eastport’s Annual Salmon and Seafood Festival Sept. 10-14: Bar Harbor – Night Sky Festival Sept.11-13: Eastport Pirate Festival


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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 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 (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through Canadian Thanksgiving Day (U.S. Columbus Day) from 10 am to 6 pm (ADT). The park’s visitor center remains open through October 31st to accommodate fall visitors. Key events to checkout are: Canadian Day Celebrations –July 1st; Independence Day-July 4th; Annual Chocolate Festival, St. Stephen, NB; Indian Days Celebration, Pleasant Point; 39th Annual Blueberry Festival, Machias; Eastport Annual Salmon and Seafood Festival & Pirate Festival. (Check our calendar of events for more information). Great dining and accommodations from B&Bs. Inns, Motels and Campgrounds make the Quoddy Loop a special choice for your 2015 get away. Be sure and bring your Passport, as both Canadian and U.S. Customs require them. u


Specializing in Seafood

Serving Lunch & Dinner • Full Lounge Open Daily May through October Dining on the Wharf Diesel & Gas fuel for pleasure and working crafts on the dock

The past is alive and well in Eastport

In 1818, when America was a young nation led by its 5th President, James Monroe, Samuel B. Wadsworth, a Portland native and the son of Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth, saw an opportunity to launch a ship chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport.

Available for Weddings & Special Parties Robert Del Papa • host/owner 167 Water Street, Eastport, ME 04631 • Tel. (207) 853-4700

At the time, both the whaling and shipbuilding industries were booming. His entrepreneurship was exactly perfect for the time and he knew that he could meet all his customers’ needs by supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes, canvas, alcohol, tobacco and everything else required for rigging, operating and provisioning a ship. While the original business site suffered through several fires and storms, the Groundhog Day Gale of 1976 completely devastated the facility. u

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Yankee Magazine’s Choice for Best Lobster Roll in New England

Eastport’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum located on Washington Street in Eastport (America’s eastern-most city). The quaint and authentic mill is North America’s only working traditional stone ground mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th century, J. Wesley Raye started the mill to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry. Later in the century, when the sardine industry declined, Raye’s Mustard Mill became known for its award-winning gourmet and specialty mustards. This downeast institution has remained in the Raye family for over a century. Currently owned by Kevin and Karen Raye, this family run business remains committed to continuing the traditions of previous generations, while focusing on expanding its national presence in the marketplace. u

Capt. Butch Harris Extends A Special Invitation To Join Him For A Fun Packed Experience On The Eastport Windjammers Fleet New 47’ Lobster Boat. Sailing out of historic Eastport, Maine our guests will have an opportunity to see Spectacular wildlife: eagles, porpoises, seals, minke and finback whales. On-board educational experiences will include lobster trap pulling demonstrations, a touch tank to view crabs, lobsters, sea urchins, star fish and other sea life. This season, our daily cruises will include a 21/2 to 3 hour whale watching and lobster trap pulling excursion. Ask about our 2 hour sunset sails and scheduling a deep sea fishing trip. For additional Information; Call (207) 853-2500 or see us on line at: u

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Roosevelt International Park Celebrates It’s 51st Season

our Explore beloved campobello AS SEEN ON KEN BURNS’


On January 22, 1964, The Roosevelt International Park was established by agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. On August 20, 1964 the first ladies of the two countries opened the only international park in the world as a unique memorial to the close relationship between the people of the two nations. Both governments wished to honor the role that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had played in their mutual histories, as well as the special relationship that FDR had with his beloved island.

• 2800-acre nature park • Daily Tea with Eleanor, reserve online • NEW! The Fireside restaurant • Daily 9–5 EDT, May 23–Oct 17 • FREE Admission

While the summer home of the late president remains the centerpiece of the park, beautiful gardens and 2,800 acres of natural beauty complete with scenic vistas, hiking and driving trails provide additional visitor experiences. Another popular event is Tea with Eleanor. Visitors can make reservations on the web ( for this charming experience. Guests to the Reserve Tea will receive a book of cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter.

“#1 Attraction in New Brunswick” –Trip Advisor

Roosevelt Campobello International Park In New Brunswick, Canada, across the bridge from Lubec, Maine


The visitor center offers interpretive displays; a short introductory video and a two exhibits. The Roosevelt cottage opens on the Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through the Saturday after Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day) 10am -6pm (ADT). The park’s visitor center remains open through October 31st to accommodate fall visitors The Fireside Restaurant, opened in 2014, is in an exquisitely restored historic family lodge, serving meals throughout the season. Check for hours of operation and to make a reservation. u

Enjoy Lunch or Dinner overlooking beautiful Friar’s Bay For reservations

506-752- 6055 Photo by Michael Leonard

FDR returns to Campobello Island as U.S. President in June 1933 aboard the Amberjack II.

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If it’s happening in Calais, it’s happening at the Calais Motor Inn! John & Kristy Marchese, Hosts & Proprietors RV Hookups • Continental Breakfast Fully Licensed Restaurant 70-Unit Motel • AAA approved Free Internet access All major Credit Cards accepted Pets welcome with small charge

663 Main Street, Calais, Maine 04619 207-454-7111 • Fax 207-454-8017



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Barreled Souls Brewing Company is located just a few blocks from Funtown/Splashtown USA and the Cinemagic in Saco, Maine off of Route 1. They love to brew beers with unique ingredients. Occasionally they brew beers like their MCAM which is brewed with bacon and 25 pounds of cinnamon and The Fennel which is brewed with grilled oranges, grilled fennel and sage leaves. Extra 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. Tumbledown is in Farmington and located in a minimall. Tumbledown Bigelow is nustled into 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 that 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. Bangor/Orono Bangor is a city often forgotten by visitors to Maine. It’s a city that is growing at a rapid rate in both the culinary and beverage industry, just like Portland. The Drive to Bangor can be done 100% on highway 95 which has beautiful views of Maine’s inland terrain. Geaghan’s Pub is located on Main Street in Bangor. Another awesome (and new) brewery located just under 15 minutes outside of Bangor is Orono Brewing Company located in the college town of Orono, Maine. They are brand new to the brewing scene in Maine and have been producing some broad variety of beer styles. If you need a good bite to eat, head across the street to Woodman’s Bar & Grille for a scrumptious burger with Orono Brewing’s beers on tap. u By Benjamin Moore -Photographer and Martial Artist who has been blogging about craft beer for over 4 years.


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Thinking Outside

Academically rigorous, nationally-recognized public liberal arts college At the gateway to epic skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting and kayaking An affordable college where students are the center of the universe A U.S.News “Best College” 17 times since 1998 An Educate to Career “Top 100 School”

Want a college where you can combine academics with the active outdoor lifestyle? Nestled at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine, UMF has it all. Our Mainely Outdoors program offers exciting outdoor trips and excursions. Hike nearby Bigelow and Tumbledown Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Paddle neighboring Clearwater or Wilson Lakes. Raft the Kennebec. Nordic ski the Maine Huts & Trails System. Mt. bike Farmington’s miles of trails. Canoe the adjacent-to-campus Sandy River. Ski Farmington’s own Titcomb Mt. - FREE. And Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback resorts are practically in our backyard.


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