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Connecting you to the Best Maine Adventures since 1984

e d i s t Get o u /// Early Winter Hikes P. 29 /// Bethel: A True Winter’s Escape P. 32 /// High Peaks Polar Blast! P. 39



Tips, Gear & Yoga to improve your Winter Running P. 6


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

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regions 32 BETHEL


The place to play this winter

The prefect jumping-off point to winter adventure




Come Ski Big Squaw Mountain this year and experience Moosehead’ s winter recreation and events!

Curling, Fat bikes, Snow Kiting, Skating, Dog Sled Rides, Pond Hockey, just a few activities this new annual free winter festival has!



Aroostook County is a region rich in ourdoor recreation opportunities

Plan an adventure in Stratton and the High Peaks to coincide with the February Polar Balst.


Moosehead 44

The County 49

Jackman 9 Susan’s Way • Windham, ME 04062 (207) 671-7230

PUBLISHER Stanley J. Rintz III FOUNDING PUBLISHERS Stanley & Barbara Rintz SENIOR EDITOR Jim Harnedy ART DIRECTOR Larissa Davis GRAPHIC ARTIST Elizabeth Berry MacKenney SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER & DESIGN Kristina Roderick DIGITAL DESIGN & WEB MASTER Robin Bean PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Leonard Carol Savage Robbie Martin

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ADVERTISING SALES Jim Harnedy Stanley J. Rintz Sr. Ellie Stengel CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Bobbie Randolf Jennifer Van Allen Kate Cone Josh Christie Kate McCarty Robbie Martin Terry Cockburn Paul Lamoreau

HIgh Peaks 39 Rangeley & Oquossoc 36

Down East 52 Farmington/ Wilton 42

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT Marissa Gianino MEMBER Maine Tourism Association Convention & Visitors Bureau Maine Merchant’s Association Chambers of Commerce

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Lakes Region

Bangor 51 Augusta/ Waterville


Michael and Tammy Madore XC Ski with friends to winter camp in Baxter State Park PHOTO BY MICHAEL MADORE; Two Runners bundled up for the LuvME 5k in the Midcoast PHOTO BY JOE MCGURN; and inset Maine Brew Guide cover photo is a guest of Maine Huts and Trails enjoying a craft beer after a ski into one of their well appointed cabins, COURTESY OF MAINE HUTS AND TRAILS.


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Run Safe This Winter, Winter Running Gear, Yin Yoga for Runners


Meet Austin Street Brewery’s Assistant Brewer Lisa Kellindorfer, The Rise of Maine Distilleries, Brewed Awakening


26 GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 26 Include a trip to this Maine’s winter playground in your adventures this season


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Don’t let dipping temperatures and shorter days put an end to your hiking

32 ESCAPE TO BETHEL A center for winter sports


47 KAHTAHDIN IN WINTER Experience some of the best snow mobiling in the country

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Conveniently Located "On The Way" North or South

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Open 7 Days • Route 1 North, Wells • 207-646-4441 • Maine Diner and Remember the Maine Gift Shop With six million customers and counting – appearances on “The Today Show” and raves from the Phantom Gourmet – it takes quite a bit to get the Maine Diner all abuzz. However, in the summer of 2010, The Maine Diner hit another

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milestone as they were featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Maine Diner has been serving delicious food for over 30 years. In addition to the extensive menu selections there are daily specials also made fresh to order. Enjoy chowders and stews, salads, seafood and steaks, comfort

foods, burgers and sandwiches, and much more. Try one of their homemade desserts. Breakfast is served anytime! Be sure to visit the Remember the Maine Gift Shop located next to the Maine Diner. In May of 1997, the Gift Shop opened its doors to offer their customer3s an assortment of gifts from America's

favorite Diner, The Maine Diner! Since opening day, Remember the Maine has grown to include gifts not only from the Maine Diner, but Maine memorabilia, collectibles, postcards, gourmet food and so much more— something for everyone.



OOKING FOR SOME WINTER FUN IN PORTLAND? Pull on your long johns and

Once you have the right gear, we have a few suggestions for you. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers should check out the trails at Mayor Baxter Woods, Capisic Pond Park, Riverton Trolley Park and Evergreen Cemetery Woods. Follow the miles and miles of trails from Oat Nuts Park to the Presumpscot River Preserve and you’ll be rewarded with a view of the Presumpscot Falls. And for groomed cross-country classic and skate trails, check out the Riverside Snow Park at Riverside Golf Course. Riverside Snow Park also has hills for snowboarding, sledding and tubing. The same is true near the Back Cove at Payson Terrain Park. And Eastern Prom Hill is a great place to sled, tube, telemark ski, cross-country ski

and snowshoe. For other opportunities, Portland Trails offers maps of the trail systems and occasional guided walks/hikes. Sharpen your blades, lace up your skates and take a spin on the ice at Deering Oaks Park, Nason’s Corner/Breakwater School Pond, Payson Park and Riverside Snow Park. At Riverside, the rink is lit for night skating.


embrace the invigorating fresh air.



When in Portland, be sure to visit KON ASIAN BISTRO HIBATCHI BAR. Kon offers a wide range of cuisine including sushi, sashimi, hibachi, chicken, shrimp, steak, calamari, salmon, fillet mignon, lobster tail, pad thai, teriyaki, tempura, scallop, tuna, rolls, sushi bar entree, orange ginger duck, general tso’s chicken, fried rice, fried udon, soup, salad, beef…and much more! 5


RUN SAFE this winter



f you’re gearing up for a spring race, or just running on a regular basis, you may be dreading the approach of winter. Between the snow, ice, shorter days, and the stresses of the holidays, it can be tough to keep your training on track. Text JENNIFER VAN ALLEN

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While winter workouts do require a little extra strategizing, with a few simple precautions, you can increase your fitness, and stay safe and healthy until spring arrives. Here are some tips. STEP OUTSIDE There’s no doubt about it, treadmills can be lifesavers when road conditions feel unsafe. But running all of your miles inside can lead to nagging aches and pains, says physical therapist and athletic trainer Greg Knapton, owner of Riverview Physical Therapy. Biomechanically, running on the treadmill is not the same as running outside. If you’re training for a long-distance race, like a marathon, “as

long as you’re dressing appropriately in layers, and conditions are safe, get your long runs in on the road,” says Knapton. TREAD CAREFULLY If you are logging lots of miles on the treadmill, watch your form to prevent overuse injuries. Resist the temptation to keep increasing your speed if the pace on the electronic display is tough on the ego. “I always think I should be running faster than what the treadmill,” Knapton says. Cover the display with a towel, and focus on running at a pace that you can sustain without holding on to the handrails. If you have to hold on, you’re running too fast. And watch your form

/// SPECIAL RaceME SECTION /// on the treadmill. Avoid staring down at the electronic display on the treadmill— that can cause extra tension into the shoulders and back, and make running feel harder than it needs to. Instead, look straight ahead and keep your shoulders relaxed. If you’re running for an hour or more on the treadmill, take a break every 30 minutes to walk, stop, rehydrate, and stretch, just as you might if you were on the road, says Knapton. Avoid just punching in a pace, and zoning out for the rest of the workout. But when you’re running outside, your pace varies as you warm up, and you navigate undulations in the terrain. So inside, vary the pace and incline often to more closely mimic the way that you would run outside. DRINK UP In the winter, it’s easy to let good hydration habits slide,since you’re sweating less in colder conditions. “People forget to hydrate in the winter,” says

Knapton. Dehydration can slow you down, tire you out, and increase your perception of effort, making even an easy pace feels difficult. All that can destroy the quality of your workout. So make hydration a priority. Each day, aim to consume about half your weight in calorie-free fluids, like water. So if you weigh 150 pounds, aim for 75 ounces of water per day. DRESS RIGHT When you’re running outside, wear shirts and pants made of technical materials that wick the moisture away from your body so you stay warm. Dress in layers that you can shed as you warm up. For wet days, make sure to have a shell that will keep you dry and vent the moisture from sweat. Look for shells that are waterproof, but offer some breathability.

ABOVE: Luv Me 5K February 2015 BY JOE MCGURN OPPOSITE: Luv Me 5K February 2015 BY JOE MCGURN

2017 will be a growth year for the Maine Track Club! If you are or have been a Maine Track Club member, volunteer or just inquisitive about joining a dynamic non profit organization, let us know! We would love to hear from you as we continue to grow and evolve the club around our passions for the sport of running. If you interested in joining the Maine Track Club, some benefits include: Coaching & training opportunities, group runs, fun social events, volunteering opportunities, annual membership banquet & awards, updated run calendar & tips from experts. Come and join us and "run with a friend!” Please email us at: 7


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COVER UP Watch the extremities. “Don’t underestimate facial cover,” Knapton warns. The extremities—nose, ears, cheeks, fingers, and toes— are the first to freeze and the most vulnerable to frostbite. So find mittens, gloves, hats, balaclavas that are comfortable in various conditions, and you can regularly wear. STAY DRY You’re most at risk for hypothermia when it’s rainy or snowy and your skin is damp. Sweaty clothing increases your heat loss. So if you sit around in wet clothes post-workout, you’re going to get cold fast. Be sure to have a warm, dry, change of clothing ready at the end of your run so you can warm up and get dry ASAP. BE PREPARED FOR NEW ACHES AND PAINS When you have a slippery surface, or you’re running in the snow, stepping through deep snow, and you’re sidestepping tricky areas, it changes your gait, and stresses and works your muscles in new ways. All that can lead to tweaks and strains of hamstrings, achilles, and back, Knapton says. So prepare for those issues, and be sure to allow for plenty of stretching and recovery. FOCUS ON EFFORT, NOT PACE Factors like snow, frigid air, and ice are bound to impact how fast you can run. So don’t be a slave to a prescribed goal pace for a workout or the numbers you see on your training watch. When temperatures and road conditions are dicey, it’s better to run according perception of effort, Knapton

says. If an easy workout is on the schedule, focus on maintaining a pace that feels easy, sustainable and conversational. BE FLEXIBLE If you’re preparing for a big spring race like a marathon, staying flexible about your training will help ensure that you get to the starting line injury-free. If you try to maintain an iron grip on your routine, you may end up hurt, sick, and sidelined. In any season, the runners who get injured are the ones who say ‘I have to do this because I have this time crunch,’ says Knapton. If you’re a morning runner, it may be safer to move your workouts to midday, when the sun is the strongest and you’re less likely to contend with risks like black ice. “Be willing to vary your days,” says Knapton. “If it’s negative 10 degrees and icy on the roads, you’re better off on the treadmill. Or it may be worth it to wait until tomorrow.” MIX IT UP Having a non-running workout can help prevent injury, build all-around fitness, stave off burnout, and provide a fun alternative when running outside is unsafe. Substitute a snowshoe for a hill workout, or go for a crosscountry skiing outing, Knapton recommends. Cross training with a spin class, pool running, or time on the elliptical can be a great alternative, says Knapton. If you only crosstrain sporadically, it’s going to be a challenge to develop the fitness and proficiency to enjoy the workout, and get the cardiovascular benefits or the mental release that comes from breaking a sweat. Your workouts may feel chronically difficult and frustrating. It’s

ABOVE: Luv Me 5K February 2015 BY JOE MCGURN

best to start training for those days when the roads are unrunnable by integrating one cross-training day into your routine each week. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Upper respiratory infections are common in cold weather, and it can be tough to determine when to run and when to stay in. In general, if you’re sniffling and sneezing it’s usually okay to workout—it might even make you feel better. But if you have a fever, full-body aches, and symptoms of the

full-blown flu, it’s best to stay in. One day of rest won’t ruin your fitness. But trying to plow through a sickness when you are worn down can sideline you. DON’T GO OUT ALONE There’s safety in numbers, especially when you’re running in the cold and dark, or in rural areas. “Run with a buddy or a friend,” says Knapton. Even if you’re a bonified solo runner, it’s best to make safety your first priority.


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essentials HATS A hat or balaclava will help ensure that your face and ears are protected from biting-cold temperatures. MITTENS AND GLOVES Extremities are the first to freeze. High-quality mittens or gloves which keep you warm and protect you from the wind will reduce your risk of frostbite.

EXTRA TRACTION Products like Yaktrax, spikes, or even some heavier trail shoes can offer more traction in snowy conditions. LIGHTS A headlamp or hand-held flashlight will help ensure that approaching motorists, cyclists, and runners can see you, and that you are visible to them.



The investment you make in high-quality gear will pay off in the form of many safe, comfortable runs all winter long. It’s a matter of making safety a priority. In addition to tights, tops and a running jacket that protects you from the wind and the snow, make sure to stock your gear closet with these essentials.

Always assume that drivers have not seen you, and get out of the way. REFLECTIVE GEAR To increase your visibility, make sure to wear a reflective vest, or clothing with reflective accents. DRY CLOTHES Moisture will make you colder, so be sure to have dry clothes close at hand so you

can change right away after a sweaty or snow-soaked run. IDENTIFICATION Even if you don’t tune in on the run, it’s best to have a phone in case of an emergency, or carry identification that includes emergency contact information.

2017 Boston Qualifier Marathon ALERT! The Caribou Maineiac Marathon (A Boston Qualifier) will take place SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2017. There will be a full marathon, 1/2 marathon, a full marathon relay, a 1/2 marathon relay and a kids race. We will have an expo before the race and a festival during and after the race for spectators and racers to enjoy. FMI or

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Treadmills, Ellipticals, Bikes, Rowers & Home Gyms


200 Gorham Rd. South Portland (next to Olive Garden) Monday – Saturday 10 – 5:30 772-7110 Workout Fitness Store sells top quality home and commercial fitness equipment. They offer great service and advise to help you meet your fitness goals and turn your home into a great fitness experience! Try their equipment in store before you buy it like the new Zero Runner! They have catered to all levels of runners for 30 years and provide top quality products that offer the best cushioning and latest technologies to protect body!

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WINTER WARRIORS FLEET FEET’S FREE PROGRAM This winter you can get motivation and coaching by joining others runners for FREE winter training runs at both Fleet Feet Maine Running store locations:



Where: Fleet Feet Maine Running, 309 Marginal Way, Portland

We are excited to once again offer our popular Winter Warriors Program in Brunswick this year!

Information Night: Tuesday, January 3rd, 5:30 p.m. followed by a Group Run at 6:00 p.m. When: Winter Warriors meet Tuesday and Thursday 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. How Much: FREE! Coaches: Dave Dowling, Erin Flatley, John Rogers, Kathy Bowe & Michael Gaige

When: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 8:00 a.m. Where: Brunswick store, 89 Maine Street How much: FREE! Coaches: Katrina White & CeCe Camacho



This FREE winter program will help motivate you to stay active in the winter time. Simply come to one of our workouts and you will automatically be entered in the program. It is for walkers AND runners and exercise fiends. We don't care, we just want you to stay active this winter! One rule—no whining about the weather or else we can poke fun at you!

The program is completely FREE and includes: ■■ FREE group workouts ■■ Fabulous people to work out

with all winter long! ■■ 5 Point accrual by participating in each workout, run and by volunteering or running certain local races—Jimmy The Greeks Frozen 4 Miler, Mid Winter Classic, Irish Road Rover 5K and Kerrymen's Pub 5K ■■ At the end, the one with the most points will be deemed


the Winter Warrior and receive a free pair of shoes of his choice. All ties will be broken via a drawing!!! ■■ If you accrue at least 125 points, you will receive a Winter Warrior prize!

How do you accrue points? Participate in any Fleet Feet Maine Running Winter Warrior workouts and runs (walkers and runners welcome). These start at Fleet Feet Maine Running at 309 Marginal Way. Each Fleet Feet Fun Run and designated race is valued at 5 points. How do you join the Winter Warrior Program? Come to a workout anytime between January 5th and March 12th, then you're in—or register online! 

For more info visit and check out their 2017 Gear List to be ready to participate in this great program!


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POSTURES BUTTERFLY Target Areas: spine/inner lines of legs

An Essential Practice for Runners


oga is a fantastic complement to running and is one of the best practices for our physical and emotional wellbeing. Yin Yoga, specifically, is an ideal practice for athletes as it targets the denser connective tissue, particularly within the joints, which other styles of yoga or exercise can't adequately address. More active forms of yoga such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Flow and Core style classes may also attract runners as they are great for building strength and balance, enhancing range of motion and creating greater body awareness. A naturally meditative practice, by spending time in stillness, Yin Yoga creates the opportunity to pay attention to what arises. We are able to closely examine the nuanced sensation of the tissue as it receives the benefits from the long holds, as well as observe the natural tendencies of the mind. This time of inward focus directly parallels all that takes place on a challenging run and is a valuable component to athletic training. It allows us to become receptive to any adversity whether it’s mild discomfort in the body, or agitation in the mind. By learning to be with these sweeping states, we can become more tolerant of that discomfort, and may notice that a certain level of calm arises. Within a more peaceful and grounded state, we have a greater capacity to examine our goals and appreciate our accomplishments. It’ s truly the ultimate recharge. Here are a few Yin poses that can be incorporated into your existing routine and are designed to energetically complement the Transition/Build phase of training.

How to practice

to the first point of resistance, and from that mild “edge” of sensation, observe what is being felt. Sensation should be no more than a mild, dull ache, and not gravitate toward anything sharp, stabbing or burning. The second principle is to remain still. With the muscles relatively relaxed, the stress will transfer to the denser connective tissues. Keep in mind, you are not fixed in a single spot for the duration of the pose. Do be sure to change the angle of the pose to accommodate for any release, or to back away from sensation that becomes too intense. Lastly, yin postures are held for longer periods of time. Postures can be held anywhere from 3 to even 20 minutes, but start with a time frame that makes sense for you, honoring the foregoing tenets. Practice the postures sequentially as listed, allowing for 3-6 minutes in each pose. Give yourself at least 1-2 minutes between postures to rest in a prone or supine position (savasana), observing the effects. It is normal to feel some fragility as you exit a posture, and that sensation may stay present for a minute or two.

There are three main principles of Yin Yoga. First, we come into a shape and go

Terry Cockburn has been teaching yoga since 2006 and owns Freeport Yoga Company (Freeport, Maine) and Yarmouth Yoga Studio (Yarmouth, Maine). A marathon runner, mother to two boys (and one yellow dog), business owner and outdoor adventure seeker, she balances an active yang lifestyle with time on the meditation cushion and a contemplative yin practice. Terry teaches classes, workshops and retreats and has a passion for working with the athletic population. Check out her upcoming offerings at

DRAGON FLY (to the side) Target Areas: Spine/back

and inner lines of legs

DRAGONFLY (center)

SPHYNX Target Area: lumbar and potentially cervical spine

TWISTED ROOT Target Areas: spine/upper body/

massage for stomach and internal organs.

Disclaimer: Not all yoga poses are suitable for all persons. Always consult your health care provider and obtain full medical clearance before practicing yoga or any other exercise program. The information provided in this blog is strictly for reference only and is not in any manner a substitute for medical advice or direct guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. These postures are part of a longer sequence. To receive this sequence in full, please email 13

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