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KENNEBUNK Travel ideas

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IN WESTERN MAINE An introspective journey Campgrounds with real wilderness feel without the long drive

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Maine’s fabled region of outdoor recreation Father & son team from Maine battle the History Channel’s toughest reality competition

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PHOTOGRAPHY Take your best shot Five Can’t Miss Hikes

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WELCOME to the Guide T

REGIONS & EVENTS

his 34 edition is dedicated to my dad, founding publisher of The Activities Guide of Maine, who unexpectedly passed in January. You can read the dedication on the next page. th

THE COUNTY

The Activities Guide of Maine, born from a passion for 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, writers and contributors we bring you a unique selection of ideas that range widely in their destinations and activities, yet 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!

— Stanley J. Rintz, III

9 Susan’s Way, Windham, ME 04062 www.activitymaine.com stan@activitymaine.com (207) 671-7230

PUBLISHER

Stanley J. Rintz III

FOUNDING PUBLISHERS

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Stanley & Barbara Rintz

SENIOR EDITOR Jim Harnedy

ART DIRECTOR Larissa Davis

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GRAPHIC ARTIST

Robin Bean Kristina Roderick Elizabeth Berry MacKenney

RANGELEY & OQUOSSOC 47 BETHEL 42 DOWN EAST 78 FARMINGTON/ WILTON 54

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SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Kristina Roderick

CONTENT MANAGER Kay Stephens

MID-COAST 64 WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS 27

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KITTERY AND THE KENNEBUNKS 7

Mike Leonard Carol Savage Robbie Martin

ADVERTISING SALES

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64 MID-COAST

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LAKES & MOUNTAINS

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& WILMINGTON

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CRAFT BEER • ADVENTURE • RACES & FITNESS

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HIGHLANDS

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

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shannon Bryan Bobbie Randolf Fran Folsom Carey Kish Kay Stephens Lafe Low Johanna Billings Jim Harnedy

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT Marissa Gianino

MEMBER

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


A Publisher’s Tribute T

his Summer/Fall Issue is dedicated to our Publishing founder Stanley J. Rintz II,

Born June 27th, 1930 and died

this past January 2, 2017. This one is for you Dad. Stan Rintz Sr. began this magazine as The Regional Activities Guide of Maine in 1984. Though his life led him through careers of engineering, manufacturing and sales, his magazine experience actually began in the late 1940’s at Forbes Magazine in New York, New York. Early on he used his engineering mind to incorporate a way to improve their mailing operations when he worked there along side other family members. course he still retained his relationships

grieving beyond our immediate family

from VP of manufacturing at London Fog

with many sales accounts in the

and friends to the businesses whom

to Publisher of this Magazine. He was

Mid-Coast and Western Maine regions.

he and my mother Barbara, befriended

He lived his life to make things better,

a very generous family man and was

Charged with the task of reaching out

through sales and publishing for over 33

to his advertising clients to let them

years. Everyone knows we lost one of the

know the sad news, I could palpate their

greats. Rest easy Dad and watch over us

he had more than the “gift of gab,” he

genuine sorrow when they heard he

as we take Activity Maine to new heights.

had a sincere interest in people and he

had passed. I was heartened by hearing

valued his relationships. He asked a lot

how his interactions went with his

of questions about how you were doing

customers, some of them he has worked

and brought humor and good cheer

with for 30 years! Most would say, “he’s

with him. I always learned from him

quite a character!” or mention how he

by seeing how he interacted with close

raved about his wife and family. One of

friends, family and even while riding

his clients said “Whenever Stan called,

along with him on his sales calls.

tell him it’s a yes!” He had an ease about

always on a mission. Conversations with him were so easy,

Right up until the time of his

him and a lovable charm. Everyone

unexpected passing, he was in good

enjoyed his visits or calls and it was

health and still an active part of Activity

comforting to hear all the good things

Maine as a trusted consultant and of

people had to say. It opened up the

You did it your way! We love you!


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www.sea-vucampground.com

www.Sea-VuWest.com Cable TV • Free WiFi • Store Big Rigs • Extra Large Sites Full Hookups (30/50 amp) Pool and Kiddie Pool • Hot Tub Playground • Game Room Pickle Ball • Bocce Horseshoes • Basketball Putting Green • Walking Trails Campground Sponsored Activities throughout Season Trolley to Beach, Shopping, Restaurants and Attractions.

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KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS KENNEBUNKPORT / WELLS

SANFORD / YORK Properties

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Camping at Wells Beach Resort Free Wi-Fi All Sites • Cable TV Large Store • Pool RV Friendly • 50/30/20 Amp Tent Sites with Electric Spring and Fall Discounted Rates Walk to Restaurants, Stores & More Trailer Life Rated 10/10/10

On the Extensive Trolley Route

Wells Beach Resort • 1000 Post Rd. • US Route 1 • Wells, ME 04090 www.wellsbeach.com • For Reservations 207-646-7570 or 1-800-640-CAMP One of Maine’s Top-Rated Parks and One of the Highest Rated Parks in North America. activitymaine.com 9


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Text: BOBBIE RANDOLPH

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

Resort & Mini Golf (WWW.WELLSBEACH.COM) has drive-through RV sites with full hookups, cable TV and wifi. There’s a big pool, an 18-hole mini-golf course, two

Kennebunkport and York?

playgrounds, a rec room and volleyball, The quartet of beach towns —

For a traditional shore dinner

basketball and bocce courts.

Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit and

go to Mabel’s Lobster Claw (www.

York — couldn’t offer more variety.

mabelslobster.com); if you’re lucky, the

Sea-Vu Campground include shaded

Wells and York are all about families

signature Lobster Milanese – grilled

tent sites as well as RV sites with full

kicking back. Kennebunkport and

shrimp and lobster – will be on the

hook-ups, TV and wifi. Everyone loves

Ogunquit are known as more high-

day’s menu. On Route 1, taste craft

the setting overlooking the ocean, and

end enclaves, although their beautiful

beers at Sebago Brewing.

families appreciate the large pool and

beaches are open to all and each offers

WWW.SEBAGOBREWING.COM.

mini-golf course, as well as the trolley

a wide range of lodging and dining choices. Near scenic Cape Porpoise in

Get a different view of Cape Porpoise or the Kennebunk River on a guided tour with Coastal Maine Kayak and Bike

The 220 grassy sites at

stop at the front gate for car-free beach access. Sister campgrounds of Sea-Vu West and Sea-Vu South are nearby:

Kennebunkport, the affordable Rhumb

in Kennebunkport or join them for

WWW.SEA-VUCAMPGROUND.COM. Sea-Vu West

Line Resort, WWW.RHUMBLINERESORT.COM, caters

paddle board lessons or tours. They

offers spacious sites with full-hookups,

to families, with large indoor and

welcome all skill levels, and offer bike

WiFi and cable, a pool and kiddie pool,

outdoor swimming pools. Stop at Cape

and scooter rentals, too.

recreational facilities, and is on the

Porpoise Kitchen, WWW.CAPEPORPOISEKITCHEN.

WWW.COASTALMAINEKAYAK.COM

trolley route.

COM,

for take-out and picnic at Cape

The best beach at Wells is the

If camping’s not your style, Sea Mist

Porpoise with views of Goat Island

four-mile stretch north of Mile Road

Motel on Route 1 is reasonably priced

Light. Or head a mile or so north to

(park on Mile Road or Atlantic Avenue).

and has in-room kitchenettes and

Goose Rocks Beach, less known than

Only a mile from the beach and on

an indoor pool: SEAMISTMOTEL.COM. A bit

the popular ones along Beach Avenue.

the handy trolley route, Wells Beach

more upscale are the condo suites

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PHOTO DONALD & JOANNE WALISZEK

Summer Fun on Maine’s South Coast


KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS at Misty Harbor Resort on Mile Road,

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

MISTYHARBORRESORT.COM.

Experience a different coastal

and Short Sands), but for Maine’s most

environment at the Rachel Carson

iconic lighthouse, Nubble Light at Cape

National Wildlife Refuge on Route 9.

Neddick. Add The Golden Rod,

A mile-long interpretive trail winds

WWW.THEGOLDENROD.COM,

through a coastal forest and along tidal

century for its saltwater taffy, and

marshes where sightings of heron,

New England’s only zoo/amusement

egrets and sea birds are common:

park at York’s Wild Kingdom,

WWW.FWS.GOV/REFUGE/RACHEL_CARSON.

WWW.YORKSWILDKINGDOM.COM,

Just

across a tidal creek, the Wells Reserve

at Laudholm has seven miles of walking trails. WWW.WELLSRESERVE.ORG.

The Maine Diner on Route 1 in Wells

famed over a

and you

have a winner. You can’t camp closer to the beach than at Libby’s Oceanside Camping, WWW.LIBBYSOCEANCAMPING.COM

in York Harbor,

is no secret: for more than 30 years

overlooking the mile-and-a-half Long

it’s been serving fried clams, chowder,

Sands. Owned by the third generation

blueberry pie and all the other Maine

of the family that founded it in 1923,

coast favorites: WWW.MAINEDINER.COM. Get

Libby’s offers full hook-ups, TV and free

more suggestions of things to do at the

wifi, but best of all are the ocean views

Wells Chamber of Commerce visitor

from nearly every site, and direct beach

center or check WWW.WELLSCHAMBER.COM.

access.

Don’t think all the fun is within sight of the sea. Head inland to Sanford to find Mountain View Golf Range, a family-friendly center with mini-golf, a driving range and batting cages. MOUNTAINVIEWGOLFRANGE.COM

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

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

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SOUTH COASTAL

PHOTO AMANDA GAGNON

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

M

AINE’S LONGEST STRETCH OF SAND BEACH MAKES OLD ORCHARD BEACH a magnet for summer vacationers. And what a beach

Every Thursday evening there are free fireworks. With all this coastline,

Fun And Sun Rentals (WWW.FUNANDSUNRENTALS.COM) will bring you anything from

you can expect a variety

beach gear to kayaks, paddle

of water sports — surfing,

boards and sail boats —

cleaned each night by volunteers. Backed by a band of

paddleboarding, sailing,

even bicycles, delivered free

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

fishing and waterskiing. Quiet

throughout the area.

it is, 7 miles of soft white sand that’s meticulously

enough so even at high tide there’s space for everyone to find their patch of sand. That’s just Old Orchard.

A few miles away in Saco, at

coves and tidal estuaries

This flat coastline is great to

invite canoes and kayaks.

explore on two wheels, and

Scarborough Marsh has miles

you can follow the Eastern

of meandering channels alive

Trail, a greenway of backroads

with birds, to explore on foot

and trails for bicycles. With beach parking often at a

Smaller beaches spread north

the 18-hole Schooner Miniature

or in a kayak or canoe.

along Scarborough’s coast,

Golf (SCHOONERMINIGOLF.NET), there’s

Black Point Surf Shop

some – such as the beautiful

a big replica schooner and

(WWW.BLACKPOINTSURFSHOP.COM) in

way to get to the beach from

Western and Ferry beaches

lighthouse, along with

Scarborough is a full-service

your campground or motel.

— protected by the long

outdoor batting cages for

surf shop, with new and used

There are bike racks on the

peninsula of Prouts Neck.

slow-pitch softball and

surfboards and all the related

shuttle buses that connect

60-mph-big-league hitters.

equipment. Their surf lessons

the beach and Amtrak station

include wetsuits and boards.

to inland lodgings.

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premium, a bike is a handy


SOUTH COASTAL

events |

Old Orchard Beach

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 24 Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 Mile Walk 7:30 - 10:00am. Join us for the 12th annual Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 mile walk! Kid's fun run starts at 7:45am, 5K Run begins at 8:30AM, walk at 8:40am. You can register online! Race start/ finish at the Old Orchard Beach High School. Pre-Race Packet Pick up on Friday, June 24th, 2016 from 10am – 2pm, at Old Orchard Beach High School. JUNE 22 Weekly Thursday Night Fireworks Downtown! The Thur day night summer fireworks display (weather permitting). The weekly display runs every Thursday night at 9:45am through August 25th. Fireworks are set off by the Pier and Palace Playland.

AUGUST 18-20 34th Annual Old Orchard Beach Olympics 8:00am -5:00pm. Three days of gamesand fun competition including opening ceremony, live music, silent auction,all to benefit Special OlympicsMaine. Located in the town square, all are welcome! FMI 207934-2500. SEPTEMBER 16 - 17 23rd Annual Car Show Friday, September 16 Registration starts at the Chamber of Commerce (11 1st Street) from 4pm to 7pm. Car Preview Lineup on Maine Street – 4pm to 7:30pm Car Parade with police escort – 7pm to 7:30pm Saturday September 17 Car Show Registration and Car Show – 8am to 2:30pm

Ocean front rooms directly on the beach

Old Orchard Beach Campground www.gocamping.com • 207.934.4477

Stay for a Weekend, a Week or the Season!

Only 1 mile to 7 mile Beach & Pier

thebeachfront.com

~ 7 miles of beautiful Maine beach is just steps away ~ ~ Within walking distance of the famous Pier & downtown ~ ~ Variety of rooms including studios & 2 bedroom suites ~ 1 Walnut St., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 207-934-7434 • Email: info@thebeachfront.com

Take the Trolley to the Beach

Voted Maine’s Best Beach

Online Reservations Accepted

Deluxe RV Sites, Cable TV and Wifi Full Hook-ups (30-50 amp) Pool • Two Playgrounds • Arcade Tenting Area • Store • Laundry Open May 1st to Nov. 1st

27 Ocean Park Rd., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 reservations@gocamping.com

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SOUTH COASTAL 10th Annual New England Parkinson’s Ride September 9, 2017

At the Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach, join the largest independent Team Fox fundraising event for The Micheal J Fox Foundation in the country! 10, 30, 50, and 100 Mile Routes all begin and end at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. FMI: Call 603-494-1864 or visit NEPARKINSONSRIDE.COM

Also an easy walk away from

campsite before reserving.

park, Beachfront Condotel

Also within walking distance

(thebeachfront.com) has two-

of the beach, the resort-style

bedroom and studio units

Powder Horn Family Camping (WWW.

with kitchens and Jacuzzis.

MAINECAMPGROUNDS.COM)

Less than 10 minutes from

swimming pools, two Jacuzzis

The Pier are the neighboring

and an 18-hole mini-golf

budget-friendly Sea View Inn

course all free to campers.

(SEAVIEWGETAWAY.COM) motel and

Family owned Wassamki

has four

Waves Oceanfront Resort (WWW.

Springs Campground (WWW.

WAVESOCEANFRONT.COM),

WASSAMKISPRINGS.COM)

both with

in

straightforward rooms and

Scarborough—Maine’s closest

kitchenettes. Two miles

campground to Portland and

north on Grand Beach in

Casco Bay—offers vacation

Scarborough, The Holiday House

and seasonal camping, full

(WWW.HOLIDAYHOUSEINN.COM) is a bed

hookups, cable and WiFi.

& breakfast with ocean-view

Enjoy live entertainment,

rooms (some have private

planned activities, swimming,

decks), and motel rooms that

and recreational activities

include the use of a common

offered at the campground.

kitchen. RV owners and campers will

Seacoast Rv Resort (WWW. SEACOASTRESORT.COM)

in Saco, a

find plenty of options. A mile

mile from Old Orchard and

from the beach and on the

Scarborough beaches, is a

trolley route, family-operated

residential community for 110

Old Orchard Beach Campground

park model RVs only, with a

(WWW.GOCAMPING.COM) offers full

pool, hot tubs and clubhouse.

hookup delux RV sites, cable

If all the saltwater makes

TV and WiFI, a pool and

you hungry for seafood, you

recreational facilities, as well

won’t find it fresher than at

as a tenting area. Catering to families and

Ken’s Place (207-883-6611) on Pine Point Road in Scarborough.

couples only (no groups) and

Nothing fancy, but ocean-

half a mile from The Pier,

fresh fried clams, lobster rolls,

Hid'n Pines Family Campground

chowders and a raw bar.

(MAINEFAMILYCAMPING.COM) also has basic tent sites and large full-service lots, and

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you can see photos of each

The Pier and amusement


Surf ME

SOUTH COASTAL SACO Schooner 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 one of the only outdoor batting cages in the area 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.

s u r f l e s s on s are fun for e v e ryon e PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACK POINT SURF SHOP

SCARBOROUGH

W

hether you are new to surfing or looking to hone your skills, working with a knowlegedable instructor on the beach is

a great way to spend your precious time! Meet at the beach and Black Point Surf Shop will supply the board and suit. Located in Scarborough, just minutes away from Higgins and Scarborough Beach, Black Point Surf Shot offer kids ages 6+ to adults the chance to get

Celebrating Over 20 Years!

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. For questions or to schedule a lesson give the shop a call at 207-939-6016 or stop by.

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SOUTH COASTAL SCARBOROUGH

Closest Campground to Portland Near Ocean Beaches, Portland's Old Port, Casco Bay, Shopping and Attractions

Free Live Entertainment and Scheduled Activities on Weekends for All Ages WiFi • Cable TV • Store • Snack Bar Big Rigs Welcome • Family Tenting Swimming • Fishing Horseshoes • Pickleball Sports Fields & Playgrounds Indoor Shuffleboard • Rec Center E,W,S 30 & 50 • Dog Run Open, Wooded & Waterfront Sites Seasonal Sites

Open May 1 - October 15

Cable TV, WiFi 50 Amp, Big Rigs Family Tenting

Wassamki Springs Campground 56 Saco Street Scarborough, ME 04074

(207) 839-4276 wassamkisprings.com

wassamkisprings@gmail.com Half Moon Jug Band

Family Owned & Operated Since 1968

Ken’s Place

Famous for Seafoods Since 1927 Fabulous Fried Clams!

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

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PHOTO Happy guests aboard Portland

when in

PORTLAND Schooner Company's Bagheera

Be sure to check out these great businesses for adventurous activities and delicious food!

Portland Schooner Company has

you’re looking to experience the

National Register of Historic Places,

been making memories for Casco

Portland waterfront from a unique

both schooners were designed by

Bay visitors since 2002. Owned and

perspective or just hoping to step back

famed naval architect, John G. Alden,

operated by husband and wife team,

to a simpler time for a couple hours,

in the early 1900s and built by some

Scott Reischmann and Michelle

Portland Schooner Company offers an

of the best craftsmen in the world at

Thresher, they offer an authentic, Old

experience you don’t want to miss.

the shipyards of East Boothbay, Maine.

The adventure begins aboard one

Two-hour sails depart from the Maine

World sailing experience from May through October aboard Portland’s

of their classic wooden schooners,

State Pier in Portland’s Old Port and

only historic windjammers. Whether

Wendameen or Bagheera. Listed on the

are offered four times daily, presenting

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF PORTLAND PADDLE

And you’re welcome to bring

for seals, lighthouses, wave-

food and drink, including

battered cliffs, seabirds,

beer and wine, aboard. The

hidden beaches, wooden

cost for a two-hour sail is

schooners and 19th-

just $44 for adults and $22

century granite forts.

for children. Buy tickets at

Portland Paddle’s guided

WWW.PORTLANDSCHOONER.COM,

trips and lessons are led by

or call

207-766-2500. If you’ve got more time to

licensed Maine Guides who are passionate about sharing their love of sea kayaking

visitors with a perfect

… they’re happy to share

spend on Casco Bay, Portland

vantage point for viewing

a bit of Casco Bay history

Schooner Company also

and their knowledge of the

Portland’s unforgettable

and trivia. You’re invited to

offers charters for family

history and ecology of the

sights and sounds – from

join in any way you’d like:

or corporate functions,

Maine coast. Multi-day trips,

lighthouses and seabirds to

hoisting the sails alongside

lunchtime lobster bakes

advanced paddling lessons

seals and the rocky coastline.

a deckhand, taking a turn

on scenic Cow Island, and

and rentals are also offered

The friendly, professional

at the ship’s wheel, or just

overnight excursions where

at Portland Paddle.

crew is not only there to

relaxing and enjoying the

you can spend an evening

provide you with a safe trip

ocean breeze and salt air.

nestled in a quiet island

Kon Asian Bistro Hibatchi Bar offers a wide range of

anchorage.

cuisine including sushi,

Portland Paddle offers

shrimp, steak, calamari,

and paddleboard rentals at

salmon, fillet mignon,

the East End Beach on the

lobster tail, pad thai, teriyaki,

Portland waterfront. It’s

tempura, scallop, tuna, rolls,

amazing how rugged and

sushi bar entree, orange

wild the coastline gets just

ginger duck, general tso’s

a short paddle from bustling

chicken, fried rice, fried

Portland harbor. The great

udon, soup, salad, beef. New

variety of islands in Casco

for 2017, Kon added 6 more

Bay offer endless possibilities

Hibachi tables!.

for exploration. Look out

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sashimi, hibachi, chicken,

guided sea kayaking trips


SOUTH COASTAL

the gateway  of the east bay Text: JOHN BREERWOOD

L ONE PINE BREWERY

In early 2016, LONE PINE BREWING began bridging the gap between domestic drinkers and beer geeks with their Portland Pale Ale. Since then, Mainers literally cannot get enough of Lone Pine’s beer, which has made owners, Tom Madden and John Paul, undergo an expansion to keep up with demand. Paul, the Director of Business, says, “Portland Pale Ale is a gateway beer, and we wanted to bring the worlds together. We targeted accounts with a limited draft selection and experienced a ton of success from that.” Due to Mainers’ insatiable demand and Lone Pine’s limited supply, Madden

and Paul brewed mostly Portland Pale Ale. However, they recently acquired more dry and cold storage space. Operating a 5-barrel brew house, Lone Pine has also purchased five new fermenters in order to increase production, which will enable them to consistently produce other brands like Brightside IPA (similar to the Portland Pale Ale, except for more prominent “juicy” hop flavor), the Tessellation DIPA (hopped exclusively with mosaic), and the Chaga Stout (brewed with Mainegrown Chaga mushrooms). They have improved the efficiency of packaging operations by contracting Iron Heart Canning. Head Brewer Madden says,

“We are way ahead of schedule which is both exciting and intimidating.” In addition to production developments, Lone Pine is offering much more for patrons and the community in 2017. Live bands play on Friday evenings. They recently did a collaboration with neighbor Urban Farm Fermentory to raise money for Portland Trails. Food trucks will also be scheduled every weekend starting in Spring. A street-side deck is planned for summer to accommodate more customers, since their taproom frequently reaches capacity. Also, they plan on experimenting with kettle sours and barrel-aging this summer.

PHOTO ELLIS DUCHARME

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FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY

or listen to music while

Stimulation Therapy) or

you float. If you choose you

Sensory Deprivation rose

can shut both off and allow

in popularity through

your central nervous system

the sixties and seventies

some much needed time free

amongst researchers,

from external stimulation.

hippies, and athletes, it

Floating is an amazing tool used around the world

During a float session your

experienced a bit of a lull

for many reasons including relaxation, muscle

body experiences reduced

in the eighties and nineties

cortisol production, reduced

but has experienced a

inflammation, increased

resurgence in the new

of pregnancy discomfort, just to name a few. From

blood flow and dopamine

millennium with float

Olympians and Navy SEALS to busy executives and

production. It is a truly

centers opening in major

unique way to relax your

cities around the world.

recovery, pain relief, stress relief and the easement

grand parents, people everywhere are discovering how this simple practice can benefit their lives.

body and your mind. Floating was developed

As people all over are waking up to the importance

in 1954 at the National

of a healthy active lifestyle,

Inside a float tank there’s

(about 94 degrees) with the

Institute of Mental Health

floating is another tool

10’’ of water saturated with

water, your skin, and the air

in hopes of answering the

to be used along with

over 1,000 pounds of medical

all the same temperature

question “If all sensory input

massage, yoga, meditation,

grade Epsom salt, this allows

after a short while the

is removed, will the brain

and acupuncture. Try it for

you to float effortlessly on

boundary between them is

go to sleep?” That answer

yourself and see how much

the surface of the water. The

nearly indiscernible. Some

was found, along with many

better you can feel.

water and air are heated to

float tanks are equipped with

others, and even more

the same temperature as

colored lights and speakers,

questions. Floating, R.E.S.T.

the outer layer of your skin

so you can leave a light on

(Restricted Environmental

Relieve aching muscles and clear your mind! Floating in warm, Epsom salt saturated water reduces inflammation, cortisol production and can help you to reach a deep meditative state. COME IN AND FLOAT YOUR STRESS AWAY!!

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Take it Outside! Paddleboarding, mountain biking, and outdoor workouts for every level

Text & Photos: SHANNON BRYAN

S

AY GOODBYE TO THE TREADMILL for a while, because your sweat-inducing workouts are moving outside this summer. From mountain biking and paddleboarding to outdoor boot camps and yoga in the park, you can find an

outdoor activity that'll have you panting up a storm and loving every minute of it. You'll be on the water, on a trail, or planking in the sunshine (and that beats a

state offer lessons, including

Wheels N Waves in Wells (WWW.WHEELSNWAVES.COM), Coastal

Maine Kayak in Kennebunk (WWW.COASTALMAINEKAYAK.COM),

Portland Paddle in Portland (PORTLANDPADDLE.NET), SOPOSUP

treadmill any day).

in South Portland/Cape

to a sport, taking a lesson

BEGINNER: Paddleboarding

is always a good way to go.

looks easy enough to figure

Elizabeth (SOPOSUP.COM), L.L. Bean in Freeport (WWW.LLBEAN. COM), and Acadia Stand Up Paddleboarding in Bar Harbor

You'll learn proper form and

out (it's just standing up,

(ACADIASUP.COM), to name a few.

technique, as well as the best

right?), but it doesn't come

ways to stay safe once you're

naturally to everyone.

SUP EXPERIENCED: If you’re

out on your own (all things

Start by learning the best

comfortable standing up on

you don't want to learn the

techniques for getting

a SUP, then it’s time to start

hard way). Plus, that expert

upright - which can be harder

exploring. You can certainly

guidance will help you learn

than it looks - proper paddle

chart your own course

more quickly (bonus!). If

form, and safety measure

on Maine's waterways, or

you've already got some

(including wearing a leash

sign up for a guided tour

experience, there are groups,

and PFD and being aware

to places you might not

tours and events for you, too.

of weather conditions and

think of. Maine Kayak in New

tides). Outfitters around the

Harbor (MAINEKAYAK.COM) leads

If you're brand-spanking-new

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Paddleboarding


SOUTH COASTAL PORTLAND

Casco Bay Lines Music Cruise Schedule

sunset tours in Pemaquid

To really work yourself out,

Jenny Woodman

Wavelength

Monday, Jul 3, 2017 | 7–10 pm

Friday, Jul 21, 2017 | | 7:30–10:30 pm

This Maine legend plays of variety of classic hits and music from today.

Plays a variety of classic dance music.

Harbor, Portland Paddle

check out a paddleboard

leads tours to Fort Gorges

yoga class with Koan Wellness

in Casco Bay, and Seaspray

in York (WWW.KOANWELLNESS.COM),

The Don Campbell Band

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

on Lake Androscoggin with

Friday, Jul 28, 2017 | 7–10 pm

(WWW.SEASPRAYKAYAKING.COM)

Windsurfing Maine

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 | 7–10 pm

Rock, Pop, Metal

offers downwind ocean

(WWW.WINDSURFING-MAINE.COM), or

paddleboard tours that

with an area paddle shop,

depart from Hermit Island

many of which are offering

in Phippsburg and end at

SUP yoga these days. Maine

Sebasco Harbor Resort (where

Sport Outfitters in Rockport

a restaurant, bar, and outdoor

(WWW.MAINESPORT.COM) offers SUP

pool await).

Fit classes to really work

MidLife Krisis

Adult contemporary/country crossover and America rock ensemble

The Hurricanes Friday, Aug 18, 2017 | 8—11 pm

Racer X Friday, Jul 14, 2017 | 7:30–10:30 pm Maine’s # 1 80’s Cover Band

A true party rock band!

Come visit us on the Portland Waterfront! Casco Bay Lines offers a variety of scenic trips. Choose from a harbor cruise, a day at the beach or bring your bike and explore island life. There truly is something for everyone.

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beer, check out the Bikes

offers yoga at Bug Light

& Brews events from

Park every Tuesday 6-7 p.m.

Gear Works Productions

and Sundays 10-11 a.m.,

(WWW.GEARWORKSPRODUCTIONS.COM).

and Willard Beach Yoga leads classes on Fisherman’s Point.

GO AFTER IT: Challenge

In Portland, Ashley Flowers

yourself with one of Maine’s

teaches 6-7 p.m. Wednesday

mountain bike races. You’ll

nights at Payson Park. If you

compete against other area

like to cuddle some baby

riders, push yourself harder,

goats after your workout,

and have an incredible experience, too. Sign up for

check out yoga at Sunflower Farm (WWW.SUNFLOWERFARM.INFO) in

the Bondy Brook Tread Fest in

Cumberland.

Augusta on June 25 your core and get your heart

beginner to intermediate

(WWW.TREADFEST.ORG), Carrabassett

SERIOUS SWEAT: Outdoor boot

racing.

clinics on the Stroudwater

Backcountry Cycle Challenge

camps offer you the chance

Trail. Sunday River in Newry

in Carrabassett Valley

to sweat your brains out on

READY TO RACE: Really want

(WWW.SUNDAYRIVER.COM) runs a

on July 15 (BIKEREG.COM/

the beach, on the grass, or

to give your muscles a run

bike school with 90-minute

CARRABASSETT-BACKCOUNTRY-CYCLE-

up and down the bleacher

for their money? Sign up

clinics that include a bike

CHALLENGE),

stairs at your locals sports

for a paddleboard race. The

rental and helmet. Clinics are

Nordic Trail Festival 6-Hour Races in Preque Isle

Casco Bay Summer Race Series

daily in June and Thursday

July 22 (NORDICTRAILFESTIVAL.

are open to beginners, too,

(WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CASCOBAYSUP)

through Sunday the rest of

COM), Titcomb

and offer heart-pounding

starts in June and runs

the summer. And L.L. Bean in

Challenge in Farmington on

workouts that’ll leave you

Mountain

stadium. These boot camps

weekly through August at

Freeport (WWW.LLBEAN.COM) is now

August 13 (SITES.GOOGLE.COM/SITE/

exhausted and happy. In

various locations in greater

offering Learn to Mountain

TITCOMBMTNCHALLENGE),

Kennebunk, check out Get Out

Portland. The Nonantum

Bike courses that include all

12 Hours of Bradbury Mountain

There Fitness (GETOUTTHEREFITNESS.

Resort’s annual Paddle Battle

equipment and instruction.

in Pownal on September 16

COM)

(CASCOBAYEVENTS.COM/BRADBURYTWELVE).

at Mother’s and Gooch’s

in Kennebunkport, date TBD

and the

for 45-minute workouts

for 2017, (WWW.NONANTUMRESORT.

INTERMEDIATE RIDER: Hit

COM)

the trails on your own —

Outdoor Workouts

Beaches. Saco Biddeford Bootcamp (BIDDEFORDSACOBOOTCAMP.

and beginner paddlers, as

the New England Mountain

BEND & STRETCH: Yoga is

COM)

is another Paddle Battle on

Biking Association is a

splendid for all levels - it’s

beaches of Biddeford Pool

Highland Lake in Bridgton on

great resource for trails

great for strength, balance,

on Monday, Wednesday,

July 1, organized by the Lakes

(WWW.NEMBA.ORG/TRAILS/MAINE) -—

and flexibility. But if you’re

and Friday, and Portland

Environmental Association

or join up with a local

looking for an accessible

Sweat Project (WWW.FACEBOOK.

(WWW.MAINELAKES.ORG). The

mountain biking group for

workout that’ll have you

COM/PORTLANDSWEATPROJECT)

Sheepscot River Race on

some trail togetherness.

inhaling warm summer air

every Wednesday morning

July 4 has recreational

The Single Track Sisters is a

(rather than panting for

for free fitness at various

and racing categories

free women’s group that

breathe), yoga is it. Many

locations around town.

(WWW.SEASPRAYKAYAKING.COM).

rides regularly on Monday

studios offer outdoor classes

and Wednesday evenings

in warmer months. Practice

(Mondays are great for

Yoga (WWW.PRACTICEYOGA.COM) leads

BEGINNER: Learn the basics

beginners, too). NEMBA has

yoga classes on Ogunquit

with free weekly skills clinics

several Maine chapters,

Beach every morning from

in Portland. Sponsored by the

including in the Carrabassett region, Midcoast, Central

7:30-8:30 a.m. The Viewpoint Hotel in York (WWW.FACEBOOK.

on July 29, the Ragged

Bicycle Coalition of Maine (WWW.BIKEMAINE.ORG), the

Maine, Portland, and

COM/NUBBLELIGHTYOGA)

raggedmountainscuttle.

Wednesday evening clinics

Penobscot area. The Green Machine Bike Shop in Norway

outdoor yoga with views

com) at Camden Snow Bowl

are perfect for beginners.

of Nubble Light every

on September 24, and Beach

They’ll alternate each week

leads group rides, too.

Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. In

Raid (WWW.RAIDEVENTS.COM) in Old

between novice clinics

For group rides (all levels

South Portland, Kelly Rich Yoga

Orchard Beach in September

on the Eastern Prom and

welcome) that end with

(WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/KELLYRICHYOGA)

(exact date TBA).

is great for experienced

Mountain Biking

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is hosting

offers workouts on the

meets

REALLY KILL IT: Sign up for the Tough Mountain Challenge (www.toughmountain. com) at Sunday River Mountain Scuttle (www.


“Running groups are supremely social (which often translates to making new friends), and running with other people supplies a level of motivation that’s hard to summon on our own.”

Run For It FIND RUNNING CAMARADERIE ON THE TRAILS AND THE ROAD WITH THESE FIVE RUNNING GROUPS Text: SHANNON BRYAN

Maine Track Club Maine Track Club has gathered local runners together since 1979. Open to all level, MTC has groups in several towns, including South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Gorham, Scarborough, Sabattus, and Yarmouth. They also organize several races a year, and members have access to training clinics and social events. Membership is $25 a year.

W

arm weather brings all the runners out, from the mighty fast marathoners

to the easy-going jog-walkers. And while solitary runs on local trails suit plenty of folks just fine, running with

MAINETRACKCLUB.COM

Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine is a free, year-round trail running group that meets a couple times a week in the Camden area (in warmer months, they

a group has perks, too. Running groups

usually run the trails at Camden Snow

are supremely social (which often

Bowl). Monday Night Dirt is a no-drop

TOP LESLIE DILLON

translates to making new friends), and

ABOVE EMILY HIGGINS MCDEVITT

running with other people supplies a level of motivation that's hard to

group run, which means beginners won't feel left in the dust, and there are also runs on Wednesday and weekends. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RAILRUNNERSOFMIDCOASTMAINE

summon on our own. Many of Maine's running groups are free to join, or have a nominal annual membership fee, and most of them run year-round, too (sometimes in snowshoes).

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SOUTH COASTAL Old Port Pub Run

Trail Monster Running

Old Port Pub Run is perfect for

Trail Monster Running is for

Portland-area runners who are

serious trail runners who

motivated by post-run beers.

aren’t shy of rain, mud, and

The group meets at 6:15 p.m.

snow. Membership is “paid in

every Thursday, year-round, at

the form sweat and blood on

Liquid Riot Bottling Company

the trails,” which means you

in Portland. Runs range from 3

become an official member

to 5 miles, and socializing back

by showing up to run and

at the bar follows. The group

volunteer. How fast you are

is free, but bring money to buy

doesn’t matter - the love of

your own beer.

trail running does.

WWW.OLDPORTPUBRUN.COM

TRAILMONSTERRUNNING.COM

Fleet Feet Maine Running

Central Maine Striders

Fleet Feet Maine Running offers

Central Maine Striders in

run groups its locations in

Waterville, established in 1975,

Brunswick and Portland. The

connects runners of all levels,

$75 fee includes three days of

from recreational runners to

running (Tuesday, Thursday,

competitive racers. The $15

and Saturday), coaches, a year-

yearly membership fee is good

long training program, and

for the whole household and

informational clinics.

includes discounts for club

FREEPORT IS A PICTURESQUE HISTORIC TOWN LOCATED ON

WWW.FLEETFEETMAINERUNNING.COM

races and access to group runs

THE SHORES OF CASCO BAY 20 minutes north of Portland. It is

and training programs.

renowned for being the original home of the world famous L.L.

WWW.CENTRALMAINESTRIDERS.COM

Bean store. Over the years other retailers were drawn to the

Freeport, Maine town, now know for its outlet shopping. There are also dozens of locally owned and operated stores, shops, boutiques, and of course many wonderful restaurants. But Freeport offers much more than shopping! Check out

HARRASEEKET LUNCH & LOBSTER CO.

(207) 865-4888 Home made desserts too!

Just 3 miles from L.L. Bean on the wharf at the end of Main Street on beautiful South Freeport Harbor Come and enjoy fresh seafood for lunch or dinner Experience the working waterfront from inside the dining room or from our picnic tables under the awning!

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park for hikes along the shore on it’s many ocean trails, and excellent bird watching. And you may find it hard to believe, but among the rolling hills and rambling brooks at the end of Desert Road, there is a desert. 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 combined with massive land-clearing and overgrazing resulted in severe soil erosion that exposed this hidden desert. If you are a history buff, you can visit Jameson Tavern, built in 1779, and several of the town’s original schools, homes and churches. Check out the demonstrations, exhibits, and walking tours offered by the Freeport Historical Society. the society also hosts several events, including a vintage baseball game, and a barn and quilt tour.

Summer Hours: Lunch 11am to 8:45pm • Lobster Pound 7am to 8:45pm. Labor Day to end of season: Lunch 11am to 7:45pm Lobster Pound 8am to 7:45pm • Live lobsters packed to travel! 865-3535

The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School offers an affordable way to combine instruction with adventure year-round.And Freeport hosts events year-round that offer something for everyone from foodies to outdoor adveture seekers to art and music fans.

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LAKES T

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

This is the place to fish, kayak,

Mahoosuc Range, providing a single

swim, hunt and mountain bike.

or multi-day backpacking trek.

Experience world-class bass, trout,

ABOVE: PHOTO BY MICHELLE LIBBY

Tree-lined main streets, friendly

and salmon fishing. Glide along a

towns, country fairs and festivals,

lake in your canoe or kayak. Venture

one-of-a-kind museums, antique

into the woods for a hike, or climb

shops, boutiques, unique eateries—

a mountain. Bike the rural byways.

it’s all here in the Lakes and

Try a zip-line adventure. Hit a few

Mountains Region of western Maine.

golf balls. Ride your ATV on miles

Don’t miss the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s

and miles of maintained trails. The

Blue Ribbon Classic.

Appalachian Trail passes through the

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The road to many Maine adventures

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OCALS AND VISITORS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD, ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO AND EXPERIENCE THESE RARE, UNIQUE PLACES all

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

BELOW: A black bear at Maine Wildlife

Park

Fenn Park has it all! Located

bag. The Golf Learning Center

WIFI & cable, handicap

across from the 18 hole

has all facets of improving

services available and ask

Poland Spring Resort you

your game covered from

about group event services.

will find Miniature Golf, a

video analysis to on course

Smedberg’s roadside stand

Disc Golf Park even private

instruction!

was originally built in 1967

and group golf lessons with

Poland Mining Camps is located

and is owned and operated

a delux driving range. Plus

in Poland, Maine and our

by Roger and Gayle Smedberg

you can reward yourself

primary business is to cater

and Roger Smedberg Jr. From

at the ice cream shop that

to the needs of the pegmatite

Made-in-Maine products

serves Gifford’s Ice Cream

mineral collector, enthusiast

like maple syrup, honey,

specializing in cones, sundaes

or geologist, whether as

fruit salsa, soaps, and

and more!

individuals or as a Group. Our

ornaments, to their own One

The driving range at Poland

customers have exclusive

Cow Homemade Ice Cream

Spring Resort stretches over

access to famous pegmatite

that’s “udderly delicious”,

330 yards in length with

quarries and are allowed to

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm

spectacular views of Mount

collect mineral specimens,

is an experience unlike any

Washington. There is a

study the geology and enjoy

other. Stop by and check out

practice bunker and several

the opportunity unavailable

their homemade baked goods

different target greens for

to the general public.

including pies, bread, and

you to work on different distances and clubs in your

Egg-Ceptional Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch from

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

Gayle’s delicious homemade baked beans and chicken

6:00am until 2:00pm everyday.

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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

Fenn Park at Poland Spring Resort

DRIVING RANGE DISC GOLF MINI GOLF

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

COLLECT MINERALS IN MAINE We have access to private and closed locations like: Mount Mica, Mount Apatite, Emmons and more! Poland Mining Camps Dudy & Mary Groves P.O. Box 26 • 34 Groves Lane Poland, Maine 04274

visit Oma’s Attic

A UNIQUE AND COMPLETE VACATION OPPORTUNITY

(207) 998-2350

visit our website: www.polandminingcamps.com

Experience the Gems of 26 Road Trip from Gray to Bethel

Mid-May to Mid-October Maine Wildlife Park Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Poland Spring Resort Maine State Building Museum McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

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ABOVE: Resting lynx at Maine Wildlife Park PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

pies. Smedberg’s fully-

and Inside Paws Treats for

stocked greenhouses feature

furry customers. You have

beautiful annuals, hardy

the option of inside service

perennials, fertilizer, soils, as

with seating, a walk up

well as seedlings and plants.

window or drive thru service

Smedberg’s all-natural,

for your convenience.

home-grown beef, pork,

Dennis and Julie Creaser

farm, fed from the field with

have turned their love of

no added hormones. Also

gemstones and jewelry

available: chicken, turkey,

into a thriving small

seafood and live lobster. You

business which specializes

won’t want to miss a stop at

in Maine Gemstones

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring

(Maine Tourmaline, Maine

Farm.

Amethyst), fine jewelry and

Oxford Casino, located in the

PHOTO: PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

Creaser Jewelers owners

and lamb are raised on the

custom design. Dennis has

heart of southern Maine,

dedicated over 20 years to

just minutes from Exit 63

gemcutting and jewelry

off the Maine Turnpike is

design – and the pursuit of

your destination for wicked

Maine gemstones. He facets

good fun. The casino offers

and carves gems with one

a unique gaming and

goal in mind: create the

entertainment experience

brightest, cleanest, most

unlike any other. From table

beautiful jewel possible.

games to slot machines,

He designs jewelry to

their non-stop gaming action

perfectly enhance, perfectly

delivers a thrill a minute to

compliment a beautiful

fortune seekers, and their

gemstone. Julie has over 12

on-site restaurant and full

years experience in business

bar provide places to refuel.

management and customer

The Inside Scoop offers their

service and a lifetime of

own delicious homemade ice

appreciation for fine jewelry.

outdoor writers & photographers wanted

cream that is made onsite!

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GREEN MACHINE BIKE SHOP

Bikes &

BREWS The Green Machine Bike Shop, established in 2012, is excited to be rolling into it’s 2nd season in their new home, the Historic L.M. Longley Building! They have lots of great things going on in Norway/Oxford County region around bicycles & trail building initiatives! If you don’t want to ride alone, the Green Machine Bike Shop offers weekly bike rides: ■■ Wednesdays Road Bike Ride leaves the bike shop at 5:15p.m. ■■ Friday’s Mountain Bike ride leaves the bike shop at 5:15 p.m.

as well. To kick off the weekend, after the mountain bike ride, you will find riders sipping on brews at one of the local establishments! Green Machine Bike Shop has winter Fat Bike rentals available at Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn. For more information about our rides, rentals, etc you can contact us at 207-739-2324.

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Quiet Paddling in Western Maine Text & Photos: JEN DERASPE

M

Y ALL-TIME FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION IS BY

The Saco River begins in Crawford

CANOE. This ancient way of travel leaves me feeling peaceful

Notch, NH, as Saco Lake, descending

and present in no time as I leave the work-a-day details

out of the White Mts, traversing through

behind with a few short paddle strokes. Experiencing the floating support, being suspended on water, another body, holding me up and carrying me along is powerful and healing. The sound of the wooden paddle slicing through the water’s surface, plunging down silently, propulsing me along the slow passing scenery, the perspective gained from being on top of the water, a place no one has walked or driven before—it’s simply magical.

24 towns, carving its way through south western Maine all the way to the Atlantic between the towns of Biddeford and Saco. Our cities and towns used to turn their backs to the rivers, using them a receptacles for industrial waste, including paper, tanning and textiles. Thankfully, waterfronts are now being cleaned up, honored and featured, as the beautiful resource that it is.

Abenaki Indians, “The People of the

from south to north to help ensure

Dawn”, relied a great deal on waterways

greater success with hunting and

The Saco has been a hot bed for

of this area for easy and swift transport.

gathering. Many tribes spent their

conservation drawing in the Nature

Maine has 7 major rivers that tribes

summers on the coast taking in the

Conservancy and the Saco River

used as super highways to explore,

ocean’s bounty. By early fall, they would

Corridor Commission to protect is

gather resources, trade and enjoy

paddle and pole back upstream to their

shores and waters. Because of its

the bounty provided my Maine’s epic

winter home, rich with game, shelter

seasonal flooding and intense water

natural resources. The rivers served

and resources.

level fluctuations after sudden storms,

as trade routes and also helped the Abenaki to make seasonal migrations

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I get to live near the serpentine shores of the Saco River, one of these 7 gems.

it is home to rare plants and animals that sustain and thrive in these varying


conditions. The receding glacier left

been directly escorted by river otter,

Magic happens when one just

the river with a thick sandy bed that

swacked into attention by beaver as

shows up and joins the circle of

acts as a water filtration system,

they slap their tails adamantly letting

what is already going on, tuning

providing some of the cleanest

me know who’s turf I am in. I have

into the natural rhythm and natural

water on the planet. Over 250,000

paused to watch dozens of painted

world. Canoeing provides a life-long

people and multiple bulk water

turtles sun bath on a river-worn log.

opportunity to access the wilderness

extraction corporations tap into the

Around bend and curve, I have followed

we still get to experience and witness.

aquifer surrounding the Saco’s sandy

the flight and distinct King Fisher’s

Paddling totally shifts my mental state.

surroundings.

song. Being mesmerized by the stillness

There is still deep quiet in western

and majesty of the great blue heron,

Maine, off the hub-bub of major

to drift into some amazing wildlife

bald eagle and osprey is humbling and

highways, out of town just enough to

along the Saco and its connecting

inspiring.

smell the trees, see the sky and hear

The quiet paddler has an opportunity

streams, bogs, ponds and lakes. I have

the birdsong strong. Jen Deraspe, founder of Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center, Maine’s first GreenCertified lodging retreat, lives off the grid on the slopes of Pleasant Mt in Denmark. Her passion is leading earth-friendly retreats and holistic life coaching. FMI: www. ntnretreats.com

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BETHEL MAINE

B

ETHEL IS A YEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR

This is a lovely time of

PARADISE. Summer brings excellent hiking,

year to get outside and

biking, paddling, camping, and fishing, or

just relaxing near a local swimming hole or at a

biking, wildlife watching, or sightseeing. Come enjoy

spa. A wide variety of lodging and shopping, as

all that Bethel’s mountain

well as dining options to suit every taste, await

village has to offer: wonderful

you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful

community events,

events in the summer and fall months. Experience the historic village and beautiful mountain

performances, shopping, golf, mountain biking, and lots more at Sunday River Resort.

landscapes. From canoeing and fly fishing one of

Campgrounds are open and

the many local rivers, streams or ponds to miles of

local accommodations await;

cycling, hiking and mountain bike trails, Bethel is a true four-season recreational destination.

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do some hiking, paddling,

visit this summer and explore what Bethel has to offer during each unique season.


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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

events | Bethel Area

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JULY 1 28th Annual Bethel Art Fair Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, and more. On the Bethel Town Common. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 207-824-2282, www.bethelartfair.com. JULY 4 The Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert Museums of the Bethel Historical Society – Celebrate our nation’s independence with an outdoor concert by the fabulous Portland Brass Quintet. Bring your lunch, and after the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, enjoy a two-hour concert. Starting at 11:30am, 14 Broad Street, Bethel. 207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910 bethelhistorical.org JULY 7-8 River Rock Festival Sunday River Resort – The River Rock Music Festival, presented by Lighthouse Events, hits the Sunday River stage this July as a two-day Christian music celebration with some of the top artists in Christian music. www.riverrockfestival.com JULY - AUGUST Source to the Sea Androscoggin River Watershed Council, whose mission is to continuously improve environmental quality, encourage stewardship and promote healthy and

prosperous communities in the Androscoggin Watershed, hosts a journey of nearly 170 miles, from Umbagog to the Atlantic Ocean in Merrymeeting Bay. (207) 754-8158 androscogginwatershed.org JULY 8-9 Western Maine Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School - Gems, minerals, crystals, books, magazines, fossils, jewelry, door prizes, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much more. Entrance fee $3, and under 12 is FREE. 9am-4pm. Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. FMI 207-665-2759 mincoll@megalink.net JULY 15 Molly Ockett Day & Molly Ockett Day Classic Road Races Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event for over 50 years. Artists and crafters on the town common, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping contest, food, fireworks, more. Road races: 5-mile run, 2-mile walk, 1-mile kids’ run, diaper dash too! Tshirts & prizes. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. 207-824-2282, www.mollyockettday.com. July 15 Tubing & Treasure Scavenger Hunt – 12 noon - float in tubes

from Bethel Outdoor Adventure to Davis Park, then pick up a treasure map and find treasure on the return trip! Tubes and PFDs provided by BOA. 207-824-4224, www.BethelOutdoorAdventure.com JULY 21-22 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. www.newenglandforestrally.com JULY 29 Tough Mountain Challenge Sunday River Resort - The ultimate event for the thrill-seeking athlete, and undoubtedly the hardest race at Sunday River, competitors face many obstacles and some of the most demanding and unique terrain on a 5k course. 800-543-2754, www. sundayriver.com. AUG. 5 10th Annual Maine State Kids’ Triathlon A non-competitive 100 yard, 3 mile bike ride, 1 mile run. Ages 8-14. Everyone is a winner! Start and finish at Angevine Park, 456 North Road. Bethel Outing Club. bethelouting.org AUG. 6 26th Annual Maine State Triathlon A sprint triathlon with a 750-meter swim at Songo Pond, 24K bike 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, 207-824-2282, www.mainestatetriathlon.com. AUG. 17-19 40th Annual Trappers’ Weekend 760 East Bethel Road – Trapping and hunting demonstrations, contests, music, auction, and Maine Humorist Bob Noonan. 207-875-5765. SEPT. 7 Annual Meeting and Program Museums of the Bethel Historical Society - 6:30 pm pot-luck supper will precede the Society’s Annual Meeting at 7:30 pm. Officers and trustees will be elected. Program to follow. 207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910 bethelhistorical.org. SEPT. 16 20th Annual Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel town common - An old-fashioned fun fall festival with artists, crafters, chowder cook-off of local restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce 207-824-2282, www.bethelmaine.com, www.bethelharvestfest.com. SEPT. 28, 29, 30 28th Annual Maine Mountains Jeep Jamboree - Don’t miss this sell-out event! Challenging trails, beautiful New England fall setting and awesome Trail Guides make this event so popular. On Saturday at 9am, come see over 180 Jeeps parade through the town of Bethel. www.jeepjamboreeusa.com 

Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campgroup is a family friendly campground and outdoor adventure business on the banks of the Androscoggin River, close to the center of Bethel. They provide a beautiful river front campground for RVs and tenters, as well as canoe, kayak, paddle board and drift boat rentals, guided fishing and guided trips. Their burgeoning tube business is perfect for those hot, lazy mid summer days, or try out their single span Burma Bridge to Hastings Island. Your visit with Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground is sure to be adventurous and is a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available locally. On site is the GEM AND MINERAL Sluice providing under cover fun and education for the entire family. They sell buckets of material gathered from local mines, and you ‘sluice’ it carefully looking for local gems and minerals - beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite - and more. Everybody gets goodies that can be identified using their handy identification board. Buckets cost $25.00, $50.00, or $100.00. Try out the antique cast - iron hand pump, just in the days of old. story WWW.ROCKSME.BIZ The sluice is open late May through mid October. 207-824-4224.

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PHOTO COUTESY OF HERMIT ISLAND CAMPGROUND

making

CAMP

Text: LAFE LOW

F

ew things truly say “summer” like the crackling of a campfire

as orange light dances around the campsite. The heady scent

of the deep forest and the campfire smoke soothes your senses.

Thankfully, you don’t have to heave off too far into the wilderness to find a piece of the forest you’ll feel you can truly call your own. These campgrounds will bring you that deep wilderness feel without having to mount a multi-day expedition just to get there.

THE HIGHLANDS CHIMNEY POND IN BAXTER STATE PARK Of all the campgrounds and campsites throughout Baxter State Park, you’d be hard pressed to find one that feels more magical. You are right in the cradle of Katahdin, and on the shores of Chimney

MIDCOAST HERMIT ISLAND

Pond. It truly doesn’t get much better you’ll still feel like you have a piece of

than this. Gaze around the scenery and

the island to yourself. The preferred

may feel is if you’ve been transported to

areas are Osprey Point and Sunset

Middle Earth. The gray granite spires of

Hermit Island, while indeed an island

Lagoon, Joe’s Head and Sand Dune

Katahdin loom ominously around you—

unto itself, is one you can reach by

Beach. Make a reservation well in

at once inviting and daring you to climb.

car over short narrow causeway. The

advance and hope for decent weather.

private campground at Hermit Island

When you’re at Hermit Island for a few

Pack light, as you will have to hike in—it’s 3.3 miles from the Roaring Brook

has something for everyone, whether

days, treat yourself with a side trip to

Campground. There are nine two-person

you want to be nestled deep in thick

Popham Beach. This spectacularly scenic

lean-tos and a 10 person bunkhouse,

evergreen forest on plunked on a

smooth sand beach is shaped like two

so you won’t need your tent. This is

windswept ridge or right on the smooth

huge crescents, with a large jetty in the

one of two backcountry campgrounds

sandy beach. It’s a huge campground

middle that’s great for climbing on and

within Baxter State Park and is quite

with 275 individual sites, but it doesn’t

just hanging out to be with the ocean for

popular. Reserve well in advance, and be

feel huge. When you set up your tent,

a few hours.

respectful of the rules. The rangers take

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PHOTOS: Left, Carolsavagephotography.com; Bottom left Lily Bay on Moosehead Lake by Leah LaRoche; Below, Shannon Bryan

very seriously Percival Baxter’s doctrine

Lake. It will truly take your breath away,

of the park being a “wilderness preserve

even on the hottest summer day.

first, recreation resource second.”

MOOSEHEAD LILY BAY STATE PARK Lily Bay State Park is another wild and remote park and that provides the

WESTERN LAKES RANGELEY LAKE STATE PARK In the right moments, the stillness, the

DOWNEAST AND ACADIA COBSCOOK BAY STATE PARK Cobscook Bay State Park has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to oceanfront campsites. Try to get a site on the Cobscook Point peninsula with

feeling of island camping on the shores

darkness and the quiet at Rangeley State

sites 56, 57, 59, and 62. These spectacular

of Moosehead Lake without having to

Park are absolute. The still may only be

sites are truly set off on their own. This

load up a canoe or kayak. There are

punctuated by loons checking in from

is another spot where you can get that

plenty of remote feeling lakeside sites,

alternate ends of the lake before they

remote island camping feel, even though

especially on the Dunn Point side of the

turn in for the night. Rangeley Lake State

if you run out of Cheez-Its, your vehicle

park. Most sites must be reserved, but

Park has 50 sites spread throughout the

is parked only 30 yards away.

several are first come, first served. Do

dense forest. Aim for one near the shore

yourself a favor and reserve a waterfront

of the lake, especially sites 11, 13, 15, 17,

Cobscook Bay State Park is clamming

site. These primo sites fill up fast in the

19, 21 and 23. If those are already full,

out on the mud flats. You can venture

summer. If the Dunn Point side is full,

fear not. You’ll never be that far from the

out there at extreme low tide and pick

don’t despair. Go for the peninsula of

lake either way. Try for one of the sites

yourself a peck (about two gallons or

sites 33 through 38 on the Rowell Cove

set along the outside of the campground

15 pounds) of clams. Be mindful of the

side. This little group of sites is among

loop road, as those typically have a bit

incoming tide though. When the tide

the best at Lily Bay.

more forest separating the individual

turns and comes in, it comes in quite

sites. At night, when the campfire is

rapidly and the tidal range averages 20

spectacular, but since you’re right on

crackling, all you’ll see is your immediate

to 24 feet. Getting trapped on the mud

the shores of Moosehead Lake, your

circle bathed in the orange light of the

flats can be inconvenient; it can even

campsite might as well be there too. And

campfire. The surrounding forest will be

be dangerous. Cobscook is actually the

if you’re truly daring, part Inuit, or have

shrouded in impenetrable darkness and

Passamaquoddy term for “boiling tides.”

a high pain tolerance, you can even take

you’ll feel like you have the forest and

Back at your campsite, you won’t have

a dip in the cool waters of Moosehead

the night to yourself.

any fresher clams than those you just

The sites deeper in the woods are also

One cool thing about camping

dug up and grilled over your fire.

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PHOTO BY MATT TINKER

RANGELEY LAKES summer paradise M

Text: BOBBIE RANDOLPH

AINE’S RANGELEY LAKES REGION INCLUDES MORE THAN THE 10-SQUARE-

winning moose caller Matt

MILE LAKE itself, extending to five other large lakes and hundreds of smaller

Tinker through Green Farm

lakes and ponds. Add rivers and streams, two mountains – Saddleback and The

Guide Service. Green Farm can also plan

Horn -- just east of the lake, and mile after mile of forests. What do you get? A paradise

and guide day and overnight

for those who love the great outdoors and all the activities it invites. Fishing, swimming,

hiking trips and guided

kayaking, canoeing, hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, wildlife watching or just lazing

fishing for pickerel, perch,

beside the lake – whatever your summer bliss, you’ll find it here.

trout or salmon. Their expert fishing guides can help you improve your dry fly casting,

Hikers and climbers have

from AJ’s to the extensive

it’s challenging, and birders

their choice of woodland

network of trails at the

love it for the variety of

trails or several mountains.

Rangeley Lakes Trail Center

species that nest alongside

it’s hard not to spend some

Bald Mountain Hiking Trail,

(rangeleylakestrailscenter.

the course.

time enjoying water sports.

between Rangeley and

com).

Mooselookmeguntic lakes,

Moose Loop Cafe is located on

All the lakes and ponds

too. With lakes on every side,

Lakeside Park, on Main Street

surrounded by forest makes

in Rangeley, has a free sandy

climbs to an altitude of 2, 443

Main Street, at the trailhead

a prime wildlife habitat,

beach with lifeguards, picnic

feet for 360-degree views over

to Franklin County’s Moose

and moose-watching and

tables and changing rooms,

both lakes.

Loop, a forest trail with

photography is one of

while Rangeley Lake State Park,

mountain climbs and scenic

the region’s most popular

on the lake’s south shore, has

views.

activities. If roadside

a beach with lifeguards; it

“stakeouts” between Rangeley

charges a small day-use fee.

AJ Cycles (207-864-2850) on Maine Street in downtown Rangeley rents and sells

Golfers will appreciate the

Fat Bikes. They are a full-

scenic Mingo Springs Golf Course,

and Eustis — a favorite

service bike shop, if your

a favorite of both beginners

moose-spotting spot — aren’t

ponds and enjoy the wildlife

own needs a tune-up

and scratch players. Although

enough, take a moose-

that make their homes on the

or repairs. Take a rental

the course is relatively short,

watching tour with prize-

shore, rent a canoe or kayak

To explore the lakes and

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HIGH PEAKS RANGELEY / OQUOSSOC

PHOTO Nice views from Mingo Springs Golf Course

Mingo Springs Golf Course Since 1923

18 HOLES OVERLOOKING RANGELEY LAKE Public welcome

Driving Range

Tee times recommended

Food & Drink

Leagues & Tournaments

Trail & Bird Walk

Lessons & Rentals

Memberships Available

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

at Ecopelagicon Kayak Rentals

distance of restaurants

(www.ecopelagicon.com) on Pond

and shops, have beautiful

Street in Rangeley. Single and

lakefront views; some have

double kayaks, canoes and

well-equipped kitchenettes.

standup paddle boards can

For lakeside rental cabins,

be rented by the hour, day

contact Russell’s Rentals, (www.

or week. Ecopelagicon also

rlrentals.com).

offers tours and lessons in all three sports. You can find equipment and

little spot of heaven in the

clothing for all your water

Rangeley region, whether it’s

sports and other outdoor

a cozy cabin in the woods or a

activities at Rangeley Region

family-sized lakeside retreat.

Sports Shop in Rangeley or

Start the day with an

at Rivers Edge Sports Shop in

omelet or eggs benedict

Oquossoc.

at The Gingerbread House

Most guides provide the

Restaurant on routes 4 and 17

equipment necessary for

in Oquossoc or savor their

their activities. Black Brook

signature crabcakes at dinner

Cove Guide Services (www.

on the wrap-around porch.

blackbrookcove.com)

The Red Onion Restaurant

offers day

or half-day salmon and brook

in Rangeley is known for

trout fishing trips on the

pizza but has a long menu

famous Rapid and Kennebago

of sandwiches, too. Find

rivers, with all equipment

plenty of take-out options

included.

for trail lunches and picnics

The area has plenty more

at family-owned Keep’s Corner

lodging options. The Rangeley

Café and Bakery (207 864-2262)

Inn and Tavern overlooking

on Main Street or at the

Haley Pond in the center of

sandwich deli in the Moose

town, has rooms with lake

Loop Cafe

and mountain views, as well as a farm-to-table dining room. Rooms at the pet-friendly Town and Lake Motel, are on a beach within easy walking

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Caryn Dreyfuss Real Estate can help you find your own


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Oquossoc Village YOUR VISIT TO THE RANGELEY REGION would not be complete without stopping by The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc. This popular museum has twice been named “Best Sporting Museum in New England” by Yankee Magazine! This gem of a museum features beautiful wildlife and nature-based art as well as numerous artifacts, nine vintage film presentations and antique photographs sharing a unique glimpse into the region’s nationally significant outdoor history. The museum will open 3 new exhibits in 2017 as well as a roster of entertaining programs with its Saturday Summer Series! www.rangeleyoutdoormusem.org | 207-864-3091

Vintage film, unique watercraft, outdoor gizmos and gadgets, mounts, and amazing artifacts.

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OT ONLY DOES THE MAINE’S HIGH PEAKS region offer the 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.

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HIGH PEAKS STRATTON

Where the gossip flows as much as the coffee!!

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High Peaks

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 23-25 Family Fun Days in the Village of Stratton Experience old-fashioned, small town Maine fun this weekend in Eustis and Stratton. Family Fun Days will have events going on this Friday through Sunday. Activities this year include: karaoke, yard sales, a parade bounce house and giant water slides, family games, a pie contest and the 18 hole golf tournament. JUNE 24 15th Annual Kingfield POPS The Kingfield POPS returns June 25th for the 14th annual festival. This year’s festival will truly please the crowds featuring once again the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted and directed by Grammy Award winner Lucas Richman. JULY 13-16 Kingfield Days In commemoration of our town’s bicentennial, the official 2016 Kingfield Days’ theme is... “Mardi Gras”! Put your thinking caps on and put together a float!!! JULY 15 6th Annual Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge The Town of Carrabassett Valley invites you to participate in the 6th running of the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge, a mountain bike endurance event. The approximately 100K, 50K, and (new this year) 25K

courses will cover a great mix of backcountry mountain bike terrain winding through the beautiful, unspoiled forests and mountains of Carrabassett Valley and its surrounding communities. AUGUST 6 Carrabassett Summer Festival The 11th Annual Carrabassett Summer Festival returns August 6th, 2016. Located off Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley on Old Huse Mill Rd. A FREE family event with fun for all ages. SEPTEMBER 9 The Flume 5K & 10K Trail Race Join us Saturday, August 20th for Sugarloaf’s first ever trail running race, The Flume. There will be both a 5K and 10K option for this rugged backcountry foot race through the Sugarloaf Nordic Trail network. AUGUST 25-27 Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival Sugarloaf is excited to announce the Inaugural Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival. We have partnered up with our friends at Carrabassett Region NEMBA to bring a two day, three night Mountain bike festival to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center OCTOBER 7-9 Sugarloaf Home Coming

A Maine Craft Beer Tasting Event Saturday, October 7 at 4 PM - 8 PM Unlimited local beer tasting, delicious food, live music and fire to keep warm with the gorgeous Maine fall foliage as a backdrop! Rain or shine. Hosted by the Spillover Motel. activitymaine.com 51


A L ON E PHOTOS COURTESY OF HISTORY

Mainers Alex Ribar and son Logan tough it out in HISTORY’s hardest season of survival yet

Text: KAY STEPHENS

F

ans of the survival show, HISTORY’s ALONE, will see Maine represented once again for Season 4 premiering on Thursday, June 15 at 10/9c. Coming off Mainer Zachary Fowler’s win in

Season 3, it’s going to be exciting to see what’s in store for the cast members this summer, particularly because there’s a twist.

Once you’re dropped off into the

and marine construction company,

wilderness…you are not exactly “alone.”

he is taking courses for becoming a

No, not like as in LOST; there are no

Registered Maine Guide.

Smoke Monsters. This season, the show

“As a young man, Maine has been

features a brand new challenge as seven

my playground. When I went into the

could have gone out together, but Stan

pairs of family members are dropped

military, it only honed my outdoor skills

was getting married and it wouldn’t

miles apart on Northern Vancouver

even more, particularly, traditional bow

have worked with the time line, so I

Island, where they must at first find

hunting, which has been a big part of

chose to bring my son,” he said.

each other and once reunited, survive

my life,” he said.

During the show Logan Ribar was 19,

He had a number of family members

just fresh out of high school, and the

he could have chosen to accompany him

youngest cast member on the show’s

come into the show with some home

on this hard-core survival adventure. He

history. “I raised both him and my

court advantages. Having grown up

just so happens to be the older brother

daughter Joslyn, with the same skills:

in the wilderness of Maine by a lake,

of Activity Guides of Maine publisher,

hunting, fishing, building traps, and

he learned to fish, hunt, forage and

Stan Rintz, someone he’s spent a lot of

foraging,” he said. “And I knew this

be self-reliant in the woods all of his

time comfortably outdoors with.

would be excellent exposure for him.

together for as long as they can. Montville resident Alex Ribar, 49, has

life. In 1991, he joined the Marines and

“It was a hard choice between my

Any father would have jumped at

served in the Gulf War. Now currently,

brother and my son, Logan; actually it

the opportunity to go on this type of

a foreman and supervisor for a bridge

would have been great if all three of us

adventure with his son.”

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off at a home base and the

calorie intake. Especially,

show me the better way to

Perhaps some would think

other dropped nearly 10

since my partner was my

do something. The most

that was a cushier place than

miles away — with no map

son. If you’re not used

important thing is taking

Patagonia (where contestants

to navigate the forest. The

to being outdoors for an

the time to listen to one

were placed last season) and

directive was to find one

extended time with this

another.”

that two people would be

another and coordinate their

person, there are a lot of

easier to survive together

survival together.

variables that people don’t

Maine, we already have a

realize.

built in cheering section for

Northern Vancouver Island;

than one. But that’s not the

“Both Logan and I decided

Here at Activities Guide of

the Ribars and will follow

with my military background,

“Sometimes fathers and

it made more sense for me to

sons butt heads and that’s

them throughout each

seven teams into the

be the one to be dropped 10

normal,” he said. “There

episode of Season 4’s Alone,

wilderness during one of

miles away,” he said. “I was

were times I wanted him to

where the winning pair will

the rainiest and wettest

quite high up in elevation; I

have a little more resilience,

now win a purse of $500,000.

seasons the region had ever

didn’t know where he was

and at the same time, he

experienced, making for

and how many miles apart

was there to teach me things

wants to win the money, but

intensely uncomfortable

we were. I knew I was in for

as well. He told me that

it was a perfect opportunity

conditions and hard-to-find

quite the long haul before I

when we went out there to

for us to have a good

dry firewood. “The terrain

could get to him. The thing I

treat him not like my boy,

bonding experience,” Alex

was like something out

was most concerned about

but like a man, and I had

said. “The time we spent

of Jurassic Park,” recalled

was how he was going to

to keep remembering that.

together was the best thing

Ribar. “It was very much like

find enough to eat until I got

Logan is a very smart young

I could have asked for.”

rainforest terrain, dense

there.”

man and had a lot of good

case. The show dropped the

undergrowth, very harsh and

The show’s relationship

hard to navigate. In a way,

dynamics will play out

it made Patagonia look like

amongst spouses, siblings,

child’s play.”

parents and children—and

Of the ten tools each team

the stress of survival, will

was allowed to bring, Ribar

bring out the best and

said his custom knife made

worst in those dynamics,

with D-2 steel, was the most

something that Ribar

useful in just about every

anticipated. “I think the

scenario, cutting through

addition of one more person

growth, cutting firewood and

actually made it more

hunting.

difficult,” he said. “You’re

Each team was split up with one member dropped

“To be honest, everyone

ideas. And there were times he’d even correct me and

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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JULY 22 Farmington Summerfest Enjoy a day in downtown Farmington with music and vendors on Broadway. The annual festival includes a farmer’s market, food truck court, artists and crafts people, children’s parade, river float race, 5K run, and musical performances throughout the day and into the evening FMI: www.downtownfarmington.com. AUGUST 4-5 The Wilton Blueberry Festival started in 1982 with a simple ‘Blueberry Church Bazaar’ and has grown into a two-day signature event for people to gather, socialize, and celebrate the heritage of this great region. 35 years running and averaging more than 60 unique events, the festival has something new to offer year after year. FMI: www.wiltonbbf.com.

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AUGUST 26 The Foothills Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Farmington Fairgrounds. It will include music, demonstrations, artisans, food trucks and a business showcase. Admission is $5 for adults, and children younger than 13 are free. FMI: (207) 778-4215, www.franklincountymaine.org. SEPTEMBER 17-23 Farmington Agricultural Fair A large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, rides, and harness racing.FMI visit www.farmingtonfairmaine. com or call (207) 778-6083. SEPTEMBER 22 Seth Wescott & Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual ScolarshipGolf Classic. Sugarloaf Golf Course, Carabassett Valley

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


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the maine

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ROM MAINE’S HIGHEST PEAK, MT. KATAHDIN, TO ITS LARGEST LAKE, MOOSEHEAD, The Maine Highlands is made up of Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. This region offers outdoor adventures, historic and cultural experiences, culinary and craft brew delights, and thrilling

entertainment opportunities. Located in the center of Maine, there are more than 200 waterfalls, thousands of miles of trails, and dozens of lakes and rivers to explore. The famous Appalachian Trail runs right through these woods!

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a Hidden Gem

MILLINOCKET

I

Text: MARCIE BROWN

F YOU WOULD ENJOY HAVING A GREAT TIME while lending your support to a visitor-

Businesses persevered during

with private baths, cable TV and

the difficult economic downturn

free wireless.

friendly town, Millinocket beckons. It is home to

paper mills in 2008 and 2014;

accommodations with a lot

stunning Baxter State Park, which in turn hosts the

The North Light Gallery, the Good

of amenities, the Katahdin Inn

Samaritan Thrift Store, and Moose

& Suites has you covered with

Prints (check out their stunning

large heated pool, hot tub,

wildlife photographs) are all on

exercise, game and play area,

Central Street. Anita Mueller and

plus a business center for those

her partner, Mark Picard, conduct

working during travel.

formidable Mt. Katahdin, named by the Penobscot Indians. Katahdin translates to “The Greatest Mountain”, Maine’s highest peak at 5,270 feet.

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suffered with the closing of its

photography workshops during

If you are looking for

Whether hiking Mt. Katahdin,

moose and foliage seasons

whitewater rafting, camping,

Marsha Donahue’s North Light

kayaking, swimming, fishing,

Gallery is a stellar example of how

taking a moose tour, or taking in

entrancing local art can be when

the scenery with a cocktail, there

meticulously displayed. Her

is something for every member

MOOSEHEAD LAKE AREA

watercolors are exemplary.

of the family. All that fun while

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration

Another local gem is the

helping this great town, makes

Young House Bed & Breakfast a

heading for Millinocket a very

JULY 28 – AUG. 6 Maine State Fair

SEPTEMBER 7-10 Int. Sea Plane Fly-In

beautifully-preserved inn with

rewarding and worthwhile trip!

five comfortable guest rooms,

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BANGOR AREA

AUG. 5 1st Annual Riverwalk Festival, Newport AUG. 25 -27 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront

KATAHDIN AREA JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration SEPTEMBER 15 - 16 Trails End Festival

AROOSTOOK COUNTY JULY 1-4 Houlton Fair JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations throughout the “County” JULY 8 -16 Potato Blossom Festival, Fort Fairfield AUG. 25-26 Houlton Potato Feast Days AUGUST 24-27 Crown of Maine Balloon Festival, Presque Isle

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A GRAND HIKING CHALLENGE IN MAINE’S NORTH WOODS

F

rom my airy perch on Mt. Kineo, feeling the intense exposure of the dramatic 700-foot cliff face of granite below me, I enjoyed one of the finest vistas anywhere in Maine’s North Woods. The misty gray afternoon skies served only to enhance the wildness that characterizes the magnificent view across the vast waters of

Moosehead Lake to a veritable sea of mountains north, east and south.

It’s little wonder then, I

conservation and recreation

and steel rungs of the old

blazes of the renowned

thought, that Mt. Kineo is one

land in the heart of the 100-

fire tower atop Number

Appalachian Trail on part of its

of the mountains featured

Mile Wilderness. Arno and

Four Mountain (2,890 feet),

2,189-mile route from Georgia

in the Moosehead Pinnacle

Rinard sorted through the

which looms over the wild

to Maine. Anytime from about

Pursuit, which challenges

region’s extensive inventory of

landscape just south of First

midsummer on, you’re likely

hikers to scale six high peaks

mountaintops, finally settling

Roach Pond and includes the

to cross paths with a grizzled

around Maine’s largest lake.

on six peaks with maintained

rugged slopes of Lily Bay and

thru-hiker, now less than

Each summit provides a

foot trails that were accessible

Baker mountains. For many

100 miles from the big prize

unique vantage point for

by road year-round.

years, the only trail to the top

at journey’s end, Katahdin,

was the steep and eroded fire

in clear view from the rocks

natural beauty and unspoiled

GIS (the folks that brought

warden’s trail, but the path

above the treeline high on

quality of the Moosehead Lake

you the Maine Trail Finder)

has been recently rehabilitated

White Cap....

region, much of which enjoys

created the maps, while

by a Maine Conservation Corps

conservation protection.

the Chamber had a colorful

trail crew under the direction

appreciating the immense

The Maine Center for

trails guide produced and

of the Bureau of Parks and

Pursuit was developed as

a website established. For

Lands. A series of well-

another avenue to drive

each mountain, hikers get

designed switchbacks now

nature-based tourism to our

driving directions, round-trip

make the hike a little easier

region,” said Angela Arno,

trail mileage, elevation gain

and much more enjoyable.

Executive Director of the

and trail profiles, everything

Moosehead Lake Chamber of

you need to hit the trail.

peaks is White Cap Mountain

Commerce.

You need only lace up your

(3,644 feet), which requires a

hiking boots, shoulder a day

31-mile drive to reach its base,

Dan Rinard, Operations and

pack and go: to Mt. Kineo,

nearly half of that on gravel

Facilities Manager for the

Number Four Mountain, White

roads. The mountain is also

Appalachian Mountain Club,

Cap Mountain, Eagle Rock,

the most strenuous, with an

which is involved in its own

Big Moose Mountain and

elevation gain of 1,909 feet

eco-tourism effort through

Borestone Mountain.

over the course of the 3.3-mile

“The Moosehead Pinnacle

Arno collaborated with

its Maine Woods Initiative project on its 70,000 acres of

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Enjoy an extraordinary vista from the summit ledges

The most remote of the six

climb to the alpine summit. The ascent follows the white

To read the rest of this article go to activitymaine.com and click on this feature story on the home page

Carey Kish of Mt. Desert Island is editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, and writes a regular hiking column for the Maine Sunday Telegram

BORESTONE MOUNTAIN PHOTO BY CAREY KISH

THE MOOSEHEAD PINNACLE PURSUIT


MT KINEO PHOTO BY CAREY KISH

MOOSEHEAD Lake

L

OCATED OVER 1000 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, LIES THE WORLD FAMOUS MOOSEHEAD LAKE. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, Moosehead Lake is a destination high above

the rest. Home to an abundant population of moose, this part of Maine announces its grandeur at first site. Indian Hill at Greenville offers a stunning glimpse of this deep lake and the endless mountain range

The most magnificent views are found here as well as the finest dining, at the Blair Hill Inn & Spa. The road continues to Lily Bay State Park, a resource for recreational trails, day and overnight camping and Moosehead’s most popular public beach. Just beyond Lily Bay, half way up Moosehead Lake is the small

that lies ahead. A warm community of quaint shops, local eateries and

town of Kokadjo, population “not many”.

waterfront gardens welcome you in downtown Greenville, Maine.

This is where the pavement ends and the North Maine Woods begin. ATV trails

Guide Outposts are plentiful and can

Rivers. Fly fishermen of all ages and

abound as do the mountain hikes that

provide you with a northern exposure

abilities can also take to the water.

are found here in Maine’s Hundred Mile

adventure of a lifetime. Moose safaris

Wading, drift boat or inflatable raft,

Wilderness. Number 4, Whitecap, Gulf

are best enjoyed by canoe and NorthEast

Wilson’s On Moosehead Lake can show

Hagas and the B52 memorial crash site

Guide Service can provide you with the

you what they do best in the cool

are just a few of the hikes that are found

experience, knowledge and perfect

headwaters of the Kennebec River and

on Moosehead’s east side.

setting for an authentic Maine wildlife

Indian Pond.

tour or whitewater rafting trip along the rapids of the Penobscot & Kennebec

A short drive up the eastern side of Moosehead Lake leads you to Blair Hill.

Opposite Kokadjo on the west side, lies the town of Rockwood, the heart of [ see “LAKE,” page 60 ]

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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST WHITEWATER LODGE & GUIDE SERVICE

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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 25 9TH Annual C.A. Dean Bike and Boat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM This fun for all ages ride, bikers travel 19.5 miles from Greenville to Rockwood and return aboard the Katahdin! FMI: Terri Sleeper at 207-973-5058 or Bre Graffam at 207-695-5215 JULY 1 Reds, Whites and Blues Cruise 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM All aboard the Steamship Katahdin for a wine tasting cruise with Cellardoor Winery! Enjoy the sounds of our blues band as we head out for a sunset cruise. Tickets available in advance and guests must be 21 or older. FM!: www.katahdincruises.com 207.695.2716 JULY 4 Celebrations in Greenville and Rockwood Each location has a festive itinerary including firework displays, Chicken BBQ, and a Fireworks Cruise! JULY 13-16 Thoreau – Wabanaki Trail Festival

AUGUST 18 Squaw Freestyle Music Festival. Pack the tent. Haul the RV. Make a weekend of it and camp with us! The Mallett Brothers Band will provide the sound, Moe’s Original BBQ- will provide the main course, Fitzgerald Beach and Squaw Mountain Ski Area will provide the venue. The Friends of Squaw Mountain will provide the experience. Tickets on sale May 30 at 9am. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Squaw Mountain. SEPTEMBER 3 Craft Beer Brews Cruise 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sample seasonal and specialty brews of Bangor Maine based Geaghan Brothers Brewery while enjoying a scenic cruise aboard the Steamship Katahdin. www.katahdincruises. com, 207.695.2716 SEPTEMBER 9 Fly-In 5K 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Join fellow runners and walkers and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Moosehead Lake while the planes from the International Seaplane Fly-In buzz overhead! This is a professionally timed race. Register online at: www.mooseheadlake.org/ page/954-833/-FLYIN5, 207.695.2702

PHOTO BY CATHY GENTHNER

[“LAKE” continued from page 59 ]

Moosehead Lake. Rockwood’s

on Moosehead Lake.

location makes it the best

For more information visit

for boating opportunities.

www.friendsofmooseheadlake.org

Here you will find a full

Maynard’s In Maine has

all of your watercraft needs.

provided their guests with

Motorized and non-motorized

outstanding wilderness

boats can be rented at

experiences in addition to

The Birches Resort or Lawrence’s

excellent bungalow style

Lakeside Cabins. No visit to

cabin accommodations and

Rockwood would be complete

great dining with wholesome

without a visit to Mount Kineo

fresh farm foods prepared to

State Park. Accessible only by

perfection. The Moosehead

boat, shuttle transportation

area offers outstanding

can be found for a fee at the

landlocked salmon, trout

Kineo Docks. A beginner hike

and togue fishing. Recently,

will lead you the fire tower

Billy Maynard landed a 29.67

at the summit, giving a 360

lb togue on Moosehead

degree panoramic view of the

Lake measuring 41” long.

entire lake. Mount Kineo is

His huge catch beats the

also home to one of the most

old Moosehead Lake record

historic and scenic 9-hole golf

set in 1961 of a 28 pound

courses in all of New England.

12 ounce togue. The area’s

A short walk across

large, pristine forests provide

the carriage trails leads

excellent cover for deer,

you to Pebble Beach, the

bear and small game and

most beautiful beach on

makeit an outstanding

Moosehead. Pebble Beach sits

hunting region. Here guests

under the 750 foot flint cliffs

at Maynard’s will find a real

of Mount Kineo. A rope swing

pearl in the North Woods.

and smooth stones that you

Maynard’s in Maine can

cannot find anywhere else set

be reached for addition

this beach apart from them

information by tel. (207)

all. Private sailing and lake

534-7703 or on the web at :

fishing charters depart daily

www.maynardsinmaine.com

at Gray Ghost Camps. A sunset sail and an evening spent around the campfire is the perfect way to end any day

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For just short of a century,

service Moosehead Marina for


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GREENVILLE

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ROCKWOOD

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: www.maynardsinmaine.com

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BANGOR Gateway to the Highlands

The Queen City is blessed with a number of cultural attractions including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra which is America’s oldest standing symphony, The University of Maine’s Museum of Art, Maine’s Discovery Museum and The Penobscot Theatre. Each month during the summer season numerous events are featured including Maine’s State Fair, the Annual Folk Festival and the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Concert program that runs from June through late summer and includes for the 2016 seasons such great artists as Hall and Oats, the Dave Mathews Band , Dixie Chicks and Jimmy Buffett. Summer Camp 2017 – Too Much Fun Awaits! Summer camps will provide nine weeks of fun and excitement, from June 14 through August 18. To find out more specifics and registration contact us at: www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

June to Labor Day

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

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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, they have 5 inflatable water slides for kids ages 4-12 and a kiddie pool for those under 2, out back of the building. Perfect for those hot days! Playland Adventures also host parties and field trips.


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MID-COAST PHOTOS MICHAEL LEONARD

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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 this region.

Fishing and ship building

oyster shell mounds along

sustained the area for

river beds. See the harbor

enturies. You can easily delve

seals next to Fort Popham.

into Maine’s maritime past

Browse through an antique

that’s enhanced by a visit to

shop.

the Maine Maritime Museum. Enjoy cool summer breezes

Go on a puffin tour, whale watch or sport fishing trip.

and vistas of sparkling blue

Purchase art directly from an

water as you explore the area

artisan. Catch a ferry to one

by foot, bike or sea kayak.

of the islands, hike Mount

Expect quiet roads, gentle

Battie in the Camden Hills.

rolling hills and secluded

Take an afternoon cruise

beaches. View a sunrise on

on a two-masted schooner.

the Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a

Stroll through the Coastal

local farm. Watch bald eagles,

Maine Botanical Gardens,

ospreys and terns along the coast. Explore the prehistoric

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MID-COAST MAINE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEASPRAY KAYAKING

ON THE WATER In & Around Bath, Maine

IF YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING

Owner Scott Shea has a

ABOUT GETTING ON THE

huge fleet of the latest kayaks

WATER there is no more

— including recreational

exciting way to do it than

kayaks, sit-on tops,

kayaking, and Seacoast

expedition sea kayaks, fishing

Kayaking makes it easy. Owner

kayaks, double kayaks, canoes

Scott Shea has a huge fleet of

as well as a variety of Stand-

the latest kayaks — including

Up Paddleboards! Seaspray

recreational kayaks, sit-on

Kayaking prides itself on being

tops, expedition sea kayaks,

able to accommodate all who

fishing kayaks, double kayaks,

desire to get on the water.

canoes as well as a variety

They even have lifejackets for

of Stand-Up Paddleboards!

dogs, young kids, and infants.

And with two great paddling

“There is no excuse,” said

centers on the water in

Scott. “We have something

Midcoast Maine, a Retail

for everyone: Sunset Paddles,

Outlet with new and used

Moonlight Paddles, Kayak &

equipment, two Rental

Paddleboard Tours, Guided

Centers, and the ability

Fishing Trips, Surf Kayaking

in West Bath, ME and Sebasco Harbor Resort, Phippsburg, ME

to deliver kayaks, canoes,

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Paddleboard Yoga and Birding

explore the Coast of Maine.

[ see “On The Water,” p. 67]

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BRUNSWICK

[“Mid-Coast” continued from page 64 ]

where there are always

been frequented by Maine

interesting textures, shapes

fishermen, Naval aviators,

and colors to be seen from the

Bowdoin College students

many trails.

and thousands of coastal

Life in the Midcoast operates

outdoor writers & photographers wanted Email subscribe@activitymaine.com with ideas or content!

BATH

vacationers. Fat Boy is world

at a slower pace and yet there

famous (it really is!) for its

is so much to do. The sea air

Canadian BLT’s, Maine Lobster

will whet your appetite as

Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western

you realize this is the way life

Frappes. Then, of course,

should be.

there are their Whopper

Every spring, the residents

Burgers. And when you need

of Brunswick eagerly await

service, simply turn on your

the opening of Fat Boy Drive-

headlights and one of the

In and every fall they mourn

friendly waitresses will be

when it closes. Each summer

happy to serve you.

since 1955, Fat Boy has

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

Lighthouse cruises. Trolley tours. Historic shipyard. New for 2017 – Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

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STARCRAFT

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

• Storage • Sales & Service • Parts & Accessories • Boat & Utility Trailers • Over 60 Years Experience • We Service What We Sell

443-3022 126 U.S. Route 1, Woolwich, Maine 04579

[“On The Water” continued from p. 65 ]

on the Bay.” Because July and

limited, and reservations

August can be extremely

highly recommended.

busy, it is best to make

Members $24; nonmembers

reservations ahead of time:

$30; children under 12 $20.

207-443-3646 | seaspraykayaking.

More Bath history can be

com. Want to get on the water

had on the Bath Cemetery Tour: Famed Captains and Shipbuilders

but Kayaking isn’t your

(June 15 – October 12, 22 and

thing? Maine Maritime Museum

29th). From the Museum,

offers Kennebec River

you will ride the trolley

lighthouse and nature cruises

to Oak Grove Cemetery,

from June 1 – October 23

one of Bath’s oldest and

giving you an up-close look

largest cemeteries, which

at Navy destroyers under

contains the most varied

construction at Bath Iron

collections of memorial art

Works, lighthouses, and

in Bath and is a virtual who’s

the unique ecosystem of

who of historic maritime

Merrymeeting Bay.

families. Learn about the

The Bath Iron Works Story

fascinating history of these

Trolley Tour, June 2 - October

shipbuilding competitors,

28, tells the inside story of

and examine the symbolism

Bath Iron Works with current

of these amazingly crafted

and former BIW employees

memorials to gain a greater

as your guides. The tour

understanding of Bath’s

begins with an exclusive

maritime prominence. A

exhibit highlighting key

portion of this tour involves

elements of BIW’s history

moderate walking on

followed by an introductory

uneven ground. Seating is

video that documents the

limited; reservations are

process of constructing

suggested. Tours held May

the most advanced ships

14, June 15, October 12, 22

in the world. Then board

and 29. Seating is limited;

the trolley for a rolling tour

reservations are suggested.

through Bath where guides

Members $20; nonmembers

will detail the history of the

$27; under age 17 $12 (Fee

yard, interpret the views, and

includes museum admission)

highlight key elements of

mainemaritimemuseum.org

the shipyard. Seating is very

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MID-COAST MAINE

GEORGETOWN T

HE ISLAND OF GEORGETOWN, MAINE, IS ONE

If camping is your style,

station and the new post

OF THE MAINE COAST’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS.

Sagadahoc Campground is

office. They have everything a

an amazing oceanfront

store should have for locals,

campground where you

tourist, and the lunch crowd.

can enjoy crashing surf,

People rave about the pizza

soaring ospreys and the

and onion rings but there is

Pottery, offering some of Maine’s finest hand-

cry of seagulls and rent a

so more delicious foods there

painted porcelain pottery featuring Maine and

clamming rake and dig your

and plenty of smiles to go

clams with a town permit!

around.

Take a driving tour to discover some of its

hidden gems on a day trip or an extended weekend getaway. On Route 127 South, you’ll pass Georgetown

nautical themes. On your way to Reid State Park, you’ll pass The Mooring B&B, the remodeled former

And what classic Maine town would be complete with out

home of Walter Reid, who donated the land for Reid

a store with local flavor. The

State Park. The inn offers five unique rooms, all

Georgetown Country Store is a

with private baths, air conditioning and stunning ocean views.

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well established modern land mark between the fire

BELOW COURTESY OF GEORGETOWN CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS


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

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Five Islands Farm Fine Food & Garden Market

Maine Cheese Local Produce Gourmet Food Maine Meats

Local Oysters Fine Wine Craft Beer Garden Accents

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONDARD

Maine Cheese Tastings: Fridays from 2-4 July 1st-Aug 18th. 1375 Five Islands Road, Georgetown ME PH. (207) 371-9383 www.fiveislandsfarm.com

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GEORGETOWN Celebration of the Arts

Route 127 GEORGETOWN

148 Main Street FREEPORT

813 Route 1 WOOLWICH

866 936 7687 georgetownpottery.com

Georgetown, Maine will be celebrating its island artists on Sunday, July 23, at The Mooring B&B- 132 Seguinland Road (near Reid State Park). Mark your calendars for this fun and free event and come see how our island inspires creativity! Highlighting the abundance of creativity generated by residents of the Georgetown island community. Free light refreshments, a youth pavilion. Light/ moderate rain will not cancel though heavy rain will. A FREE event sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society 207-371-9200, georgetownhistoricalsociety.org

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MID-COAST MAINE WISCASSET

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

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

Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln

stroll the pleasant brick

County Jail (1809), and the

sidewalks and find many

Customs House (1870). If

antique shops, art galleries,

you haven’t seen Wiscasset

fine stores and restaurants.

Village’s wonderful sunken

Other attractions include

garden opposite the Nickels-

handsome sea captains’

Sortwell House—take an

homes, the Powder House

extra few minutes and enjoy

(1812), the Lincoln County

its beauty.

Courthouse (1824), Castle

Our NEW GORILLA TACTICS OUTDOOR TACTICAL LASER TAG ARENA is hours of “on the ground-in your face fun” as you and your team try to out play, out wit, outmaneuver, and out last your opponents. The newest infra-red 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! It plays like “paint-ball” but without the “hurt”. 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.

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Discover

BOOTHBAY Harbor

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

T rain Lovers Take Note

“No Rig Too Big or Too Small”

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK

Groups Welcome

Photo by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

3 1/2 Miles to Boothbay Harbor - Shuttle Service

Store • Cable TV • 150 Open, Wooded & Riverside Sites • Full Hook-ups (30/50)

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An Unforgettable Maine Experience

BURNT ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Boothbay Railway Village

By 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. 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. 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 vintage steam or diesel locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of it’s 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. Visit the Museum’s website at RailwayVillage.org to learn more about this special Maine place.

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BOOTHBAY

Railway Village

( Rails + Tails + Ales )

207-633-4727 | ROUTE 27, BOOTHBAY

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NOBLEBORO / PEMAQUID

Rails, Tails & Ales The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival is turning 4 years old this summer. From the beginning the organizers of this event, likely Maine’s most intimate beer fest, wanted to be different. The event takes place at the Boothbay Railway Village on the same weekend as their annual car show. The site is both dog and kid-friendly so the entire family can spend the day together. Instead of being all under one roof the participating brewers are spread throughout the exhibits. You can even meet hops growers, malt producers and the Maine Brew Bus folks here. Brewers rate this as one of their favorite events to attend, according to Mike Fava of head brewer for Oxbow, “We had an amazing time and connected with numerous local beer fans. We actually had time to chat with folks!”

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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PHOTOS COUTESY OF SCHOONER HERON

MID-COAST MAINE

PENOBSCOT P

ENOBSCOT BAY IS MADE UP OF EIGHT VILLAGES; Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset,

Text FRANCES J. FOLSOM

Damariscotta, Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. Make Rockland your home base for exploring the region and you will discover that this special

area is easy to fall in love with.

Stay

Jamie, an addition to the

Cayley, an 1893 Lilienthal and

The Historic Inns of Rockland is

original museum for Andrew.

an 1896 Chanute.

comprised of three elegant

The Maine Lighthouse

At the Project Puffin Audubon

Lake Avenue in Rockland is the place to be on July 16th & 17th for the North Atlantic

inns, the Berry Manor Inn,

Museum is a treasure trove

Center learn about the

Blues Festival. From August

Limerock Inn and the Granite

of lighthouse artifacts

project’s purpose – bringing

3rd through 7th Rockland

Inn. Each offers an array of

and memorabilia. Exhibits

puffins, hunted to extinction,

hosts the Maine Lobster Festival.

specials during the summer.

showcase antique fog horns

back to Maine. Of the 954

Although chowing down on

and two rare second and

puffins brought to Eastern Egg

lobster is the theme there’s

fourth order Fresnel lenses.

Rock in Muscongus Bay by

also live entertainment, arts

Do The Farnsworth Art Museum

One wing of the Owls Head

the Audubon Society in 1973

and crafts, seafood cooking

houses the largest collection

Transportation Museum holds a

914 survived, were banded,

contests, a beauty pageant

in New England of works by

reproduction of the plane the

fledged and returned to the

and a parade.

the Wyeth family, N.C., his

Wright brothers flew in 1903

island. Today Project Puffin

son Andrew and grandson

on their first flight at Kitty

oversees 1,000 pairs of puffins

Rockport has nine greens

Jamie. The collection is in

Hawk NC. The collection also

nesting on five Maine islands.

spread out on a lush

three buildings; a restored

includes a 1910 Henri Farman

At the Visitors Center you can

landscape that was once a

church and the Farnsworth

III Biplane, a 1917 Curtiss JN-

watch puffins in their natural

dairy farm. See Rockport from

Homestead for N.C. and

4D Jenny used in World War

habitat via live video streams.

the water on a sail aboard the

I and three gliders, an 1804

The Goose River Golf Club in

Schooner Heron.

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MID-COAST MAINE

PHOTOS Right and opposite: MICHAEL LEONDARD Above: COURTESY OF NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL

HARBOR PARK IN ROCKLAND MAINE

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WALDOBORO

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MID-COAST MAINE ROCKPORT

Goose River Golf Club

Est. 1965 Est. 1965 • Public welcome

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

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Sailing Adventures aboard a Classic Schooner

207-236-8605

HERON

3 trips daily THE LAURA B. COURTESY OF MONHEGAN TRUCKING

Rockport Harbor www.sailheron.com

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

Eat

Monhegan

James Beard award winning

To catch the boat for

chef Melissa Kelly of Primo

Monhegan Island head south

Restaurant grows her own

out of Rockland on Route 1

vegetables and raises pigs

through Thomaston, turn

and chickens on her farm.

onto Route 131 to Port Clyde

The menu changes frequently

on the St. George Peninsula.

but could include rabbit

The Monhegan Boat Line runs

sausage and Estrella noodles,

several trips daily to the

pan seared day-boat scallops

island. On Monhegan you

with fiddleheads or mustard

can complete your Wyeth

brined and grilled Primo

experience; the island was

grown pork T-bone,

a favorite subject of Jamie

The Rockland Café is a no frills

Wyeth.

place, where everything is homemade. Here you can get a classic Maine breakfast….. fish cakes and beans.

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MID-COAST MAINE

Belfast welcomes you B

elfast features great shopping, entertainment,

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collectibles. Be sure and

make inviting places for

visit our Historic Downtown

picnics. Catch a movie or visit

Shopping section. You will

the music theatre, art fairs,

find merchants willing and

hobby shows and special

ready to courteously serve

holiday events. Antique

you and make your shopping

shops and art galleries

experience a pleasant one!

are filled with one-of-akind items and interesting

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ACADIA GO CLIMB A ROCK! 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.

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

your risks and each year

Am I too old? There are no

thousands of people like you

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climb safely on the rocks

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gear such as helmets and

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it? Virtually anyone can rock

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with expert instruction and

climb. The guides at Acadia

family or group that requires

climbing carries some level of

guide you every step of the

Mountain Guides say “if you

only a moderate level of

risk. Rock climbing is not an

way so you can focus on the

can climb a step ladder, you

fitness.

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harnesses, and provide you

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forefront of guide education

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for over two decades.” They

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appreciate his mentorship,

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instruction.They are

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accredited by the American

the delivery and safety of

Mountain Guides Association

climbing instruction. You will

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too.

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

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Acadia’s Only Trolley Tour!

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exposure. Aperture mode is best for doing still life, portraits and for those times when you want or need to control the depth of field or the selective focus in a scene.

tricking your camera There is a fifth way where you can trick most new DSLR cameras to assist with the exposure, which can help you make your

HOW TO

Photograph Whales and Other Elusive Wildlife

best shot. The Manual mode is usually where you make ALL of the exposure decisions in your camera, including the light sensitivity or ISO. By setting the ISO to Auto you can force your camera to assist with the exposure based on your Shutter and Aperture settings and on the available light in the scene.In Manual mode you can set the shutter speed, to freeze the motion as desired, and set the lens aperture to get the selective focus or depth of field that you want all while letting the camera

I

Text & Photo MICHAEL LEONARD

n most DSLR cameras there are 4 popular modes where exposure decisions are either fully or partially made for you by the computer in the camera. Those 4 modes are…

FULL AUTO – GREEN: where the camera

figure out the proper ISO to make a good exposure. Here is an example – you are going on a whale watch and want to come back with sharp images, but you are on a moving boat and the subject matter is moving as well. Here’s what you do…

chooses everything for you. You will

‘TV’ OR ‘S’ IS FOR TIME VALUE OR SHUTTER MODE: where you set the

and set the shutter speed to a fast setting

certainly make a picture, but usually not

shutter speed and the camera assists by

– 1/1000th to 1/2000th of a second for

with the best results possible.

selecting the lens aperture appropriately

instance. Most lenses have a sweet spot

to make a good exposure. A fast shutter

where their sharpness is the best, usually

‘P’ OR THE PROGRAM MODE: where

speed can be a good option for freezing

between f/8 and f/11. Set the aperture

the camera chooses the exposure for

action to reduce motion blur when

in this range favoring f/11 to get the

you. Your camera will set the shutter

shooting moving subjects.

sharpest image from your lens and to

Select Manual mode in your camera

also gain more depth of field. Next set

speed and the lens f/stop to make a picture and this is a good all-around

‘A’ OR APERTURE VALUE: where you

the ISO to ‘Auto’ and let your camera

mode in which to shoot for everyday

choose the lens f/stop or Aperture

assist by adjusting the light sensitivity

photography.

and the camera assists by selecting

accordingly.These settings work best

the appropriate shutter speed (time)

in areas with bright sunlight. In darker

to collect light to make a good

scenes, the ISO may be raised too high causing noise in the picture that will

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events |

Acadia & Downeast

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information.

JUNE

AUG. 4 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk

JUNE 10 Machias Annual Margaretta Day Festival, University of Maine Machias

AUG. 9 Lubec- Christian Congregational Church 7pm - Summer Keys Concert

JUNE 17-18 Bar Harbor Art in the Park

AUG. 9-13 Calais ME &/St. Stephen, NB 44th International Homecoming Festival

JUNE 17 Machias –Outdoor free movie weather permitting, Chamber Grounds. JUNE 21 Lubec –Christian Congregational Church, 7: 30 pm, Summer Keys Concert JUNE 25 Lubec – Bay of Fundy International Marathon

JULY

AUG. 9 Bar Harbor– Seaside Cinema in the Park-weather permitting AUG. 12 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grounds AUG. 13 Perry – 49th Annual Indian Celebration at Pleasant Point AUG. 16 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

JULY 1 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting, Chamber grounds

AUG. 16 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7: 30 , Summer Keys Concert

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations throughout the Region. Eastport hosts largest celebration and Old Home Week.

AUG.18 -20 Machias – 41st Annual Wild Blueberry Festival

JULY 7 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk JULY 12 Lubec - Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm, Summer Keys Concert JULY 12 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park –weather permitting JULY 15 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grounds JULY 19 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7: 30 pm, Summer Keys Concert

AUG. 26 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grou AUG. 30 Lubec- Christian Congregational Church 7:30, Summer Keys Concert

SEPTEMBER SEPT. 2 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk SEPT. 2-3 Eastport – Salmon & Seafood Festival SEPT. 8-10 Eastport: Pirate Festival SEPT. 21-29 Bar Harbor – Night Sky Festival

JULY 23 Open Farm Day across all of Maine

SEPT. 22-26 Ellsworth –Autumn Gold

JULY 26 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

SEPT. 30 Machias – 3rd Annual Harvest Fair CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS

JULY 29 Eastport – Bay Day

Bar Harbor Chamber 1-800-288-5103 or 207-288-5103

JULY 29-30 Grand Lake Stream Folk & Art Festival

Blue Hill Chamber 1-800-288-5103 or (207) 288-5103

JULY 29 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permittings Chamber grounds

Calais/St. Croix Valley Chamber 1-888-422-3112 or (207) 454-2308

AUGUST

Eastport Chamber 207-853-4644

AUG. 2 Lubec- Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm, Summer Keys Concert AUG. 2 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

B I G . B LU E . B E AU T I F U L .

AUG. 22 Lubec– Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm, Summer Keys Concert

JULY 19 Bar Harbor- Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

JULY 26 Lubec- Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm, Summer Keys Concert

ULTIMATE THRILL OF A WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE!

AUG 9-13 St. Stephen, NB 33rd Annual Chocolate Festival

JULY 1 Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island & St. Stephen, NB

JULY 5 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7 pm, Summer Keys Concert

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PHOTO: Just a 10-minute walk from the main building at Eagle Hill Institute is a scenic overlook offering views of Gouldsboro Bay. Photo by Johanna S. Billings

5 Can’t Miss Hikes

Downeast Text & Photos: JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

O

NE OF THE MOST REWARDING ASPECTS OF HIKING Downeast

for about a mile before cutting back

is the chance to get off the beaten path. Downeast hikes

through the woods to the trailhead. One

offer the same spectacular views as their more well-known

of its best features is a view of Moose

counterparts with the bonus being solitude. Here are five great places to explore hiking trails

Great Wass Island

miles) at Little Cape Point to make a nice

The Great Wass Island Preserve in Beals

difficult and hikers should use caution,

offers several hiking trails with some

especially in bad weather.

of the best views Downeast. Trails take

4.5-mile loop. The terrain is uneven and

Start by taking Little Cape Point trail

hikers both through the woods and

through the woods. You will reach the

along the rocky coast.

ocean shortly before arriving at the

The Little Cape Point trail (2.2 miles) intersects with the Mud Hole Trail (2.3

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Peak Lighthouse, which is located across Eastern Bay on Mistake Island.

Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge The Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge in Steuben offers two trails — Birch Point and Hollingsworth. The 2.2-mile Birch Point Trail begins

point, where you pick up the Mud Hole

in an open blueberry field and takes

Trail. Mud Hole runs along the shore

hikers into the woods. The smooth and


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A family makes its way along the Hollingsworth trail in Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuse in Steuben. Photo by Johanna S. Billings ; A group of seagulls sit on the rocky shore along the Hollingsworth Trail in Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuse in Ste; The trails at Eagle Hill Institute allow hikers direct access to the water. Photo by Johanna S. Billings

wide trail, which is easy for hikers of all ages, provides a number of scenic stops featuring benches and interpretive signs. One of the best views is Lobster Point, where Adirondack chairs in the woods look out over the bay and rocky shore. The 1.5-mile Hollingsworth Trail starts in an open field and takes hikers over a slightly more challenging terrain to a rocky granite beach at Chair Pond where they can enjoy a rest on Adirondack chairs. Explore the beach area, looking for shells, interesting rocks and even old lobster buoys that have washed upon shore. Pigeon Hill Bay and the lighthouse on Petit Manan Island are visible from the trail.

GETTING THERE

Great Wass Island Preserve, run by the Nature Conservancy, features 1,576 acres in Beals, Washington County. Described by its website as the “spectacular gem of Downeast Maine,” it is located off Route 187, accessible from Route 1 in Jonesboro. WWW.NATURE.ORG/OURINITIATIVES/REGIONS/ GREAT-WASS-ISLAND.XML?REDIRECT=HTTPS-301. Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge The refuge does not have its own website, but information on the trails is available at http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/petit-manan-wildlife-refuge-birch-point-trail and WWW.MAINETRAILFINDER.COM/TRAILS/TRAIL/PETIT-MANAN-WILDLIFE-REFUGE-HOLLINGSWORTH-TRAIL Eagle Hill Institute is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting natural history and the arts. Information on the hiking trails is accessible on the eaglehill.us web site. Click on “hiking trails” on the home page. Quoddy Head State Park is located four miles off Route 189 in Lubec and features 541 acres of forest and bog. Additional information on trails, including maps and day-use fees, can be accessed at www.maine.gov/quoddyhead or call 207-733-0911. The lighthouse, located adjacent to the park, is run by the West Quoddy Head Lightkeepers Association. The visitor center is open daily from Memorial Day to Oct. 15. For more information, call 207-733-2180 or email INFO@WESTQUODDY.COM. Pigeon Hill Preserve is located off Pigeon Hill Road, just off Route 1 south of Milbridge. FMI visit downeastcoastalconservancy.org/

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Eagle Hill Institute

ACADIA & DOWNEAST wooded vantage point with periodic overlooks where views can be appreciated

MACHIAS

without obstruction. Eagle Hill offers a network of

The other trails offer the

six intersecting trails, which

hiker the chance to explore

range in length and difficulty.

bogs and forests full of

Just a 10-minute walk from

mosses and lichens. A variety

the main building is a scenic

of birds, from seagulls to bald

overlook offering views of

eagles can also be seen along

Gouldsboro Bay, including

this and other trails. The

Schoodic Head and Cadillac

park also features spots for

Mountain in Acadia National

picnicking.

Park. Other trails take hikers

Pigeon Hill Preserve

through the woods, through blueberry barrens and along the coast of Dyer Bay. Few people seem to know about this hidden gem.

The Pigeon Hill Preserve

Hikers will enjoy solitude and

offers a 1.8 miles of trails.

the feeling of being alone on

Hikers can climb to the

a private preserve.

summit to see views of the

Eagle Hill also offers

Visit the coastal

Visit the coastal Machias Bay area

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

coast and pick blueberries

camping and has an on-site

in season. Other trails take

restaurant that is open in the

hikers to the defunct silver

summer. The institute also

mine.

offers a variety of programs

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

At 317 feet above sea level,

year-round, including

Pigeon Hill is the highest

concerts, workshops,

point along the coast in

seminars and presentations.

Washington County. The top

Quoddy Head State Park

of Pigeon Hill was used in the original “Eastern Oblique Arc” survey when the US government surveyed the eastern coast of the United

Of course, the obvious

States. From the top looking

attraction here is the West

west Mount Desert Island can

Quoddy Head Light, the

be seen, to the south Petit

easternmost lighthouse in

Manan Point and lighthouse

the U.S. However, hikers can

can be viewed.

head off the beaten path

1-888-468-6866

In addition to being an avid

right from the lighthouse to

hiker, Johanna S. Billings is

a series of trails not usually

a nationally award-winning

explored by lighthouse

writer and photographer

visitors. Most notable is the

based in Steuben, Washington

Coastal Trail which takes

County. Her website is

visitors along the shore from

WWW.JSBILLINGSPHOTO.COM.

machias.edu

a high, rocky vantage point. At 4 miles round trip, this is the park’s longest trail. It shows off the cliffs from a

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Call for reservations: (207) 255-4134 or Visit our Website: www.riversideinn-maine.com U.S. Route 1, PO Box 373, East Machias, ME 04630 The Riverside Inn is a charming Victorian Bed and Breakfast located on the pristine East Machias River offering exceptional accommodations with a view. Call for reservations: (207) 255-4134 or visit www.riversideinn-maine.com 86 summer / fall | 2017

Down East Community Hospital is a 25 bed acute care facility with three satellite Physician Practices Facilities that offer state-of-the art technology and specialty services almost unheard of in a small rural hospital. Our hospital serves the need of our immediate community in Machias and all of Washington County, bordered by New Brunswick to the northeast and the Bay of Fundy. To assist us in giving our hospital patients the care and privacy they deserve, the hospital is in the process of building a new Emergency Department. This stateof-the-art facility will be fully operational in November 2017, for which we are seeking full time Emergency Nurses in all shifts. Within our Outpatient Clinics we are currently seeking Primary Care Board Certified Physicians to join our Family Medicine and Pediatric Practices.  We welcome Family Practice & Internal Medicine Physicians with experience to share as well as new graduates looking to start their career.  These positions offer comprehensive benefits, aggressive incentive plans, and a flexible workweek. Nestled in a close knit coastal community in rural North East Maine, Down East Community Hospital’s providers and staff know the importance of delivering expert care and compassion while treating our patients like family.  That is who we are and what we do. This philosophy runs throughout the organization. 


3 NATION VACATION By JIM HARNEDY

T

he Quoddy Bay provides a shared marine opportunity to visit and enjoy the

In addition to the pristine

scenic coastal and island communities of Down East Maine, the home of

views provided from these

the Passamaquoddy Nation and the West Fundy Isles of New Brunswick. An

international tapestry of culture and history are found across the area, but where each town and village exhibit their own distinct flavor.

two lights they both have wonderful nature walks to enjoy. Quoddy Bay affords nature lovers the opportunity to

Adventures abound: nature

near Princeton; while the

been achieved through the

be entertained by eagles,

walks, whale watching cruises,

other is located at Pleasant

years by ferry connections.

porpoises and whales while

lighthouse and history tours,

Point on Passamaquoddy Bay a

Although the distance across

cruising these pristine waters

galleries with works by fine

short distance from Eastport.

the Narrows between Lubec

with their immense tides

and Campobello Island is but

aboard a local charter boat.

and thrilling tides will amaze

eastern most county in the

a stone’s throw, it was not

To arrange for an exciting

you as will the world class

United States. Machias which

until August 1962 that the

adventure on the bay

seafood you can savor in every

was settled in 1763, serves as

two were connected by the

contact in Eastport: Eastport

section of the Quoddy Bay.

the shire town for this region.

Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.

Windjammers (207) 853-2500,

The name Machias is derived

Ferry services continue

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of current Passamaquoddy

from the Native American

to link Lubec, Eastport,

tribal members lived on the

word, Mechises which means

Deer Island, Grand Manan,

be damped by a stormy day. A

Quoddy Loop more than

bad little falls or a bad run

Campobello Island and St.

number of wonderful galleries

twelve thousand years ago.

of water. Machias, Lubec,

Andrews. An example of

can be found throughout

Ancient art depicting their

Eastport and Calais are the

how the ferry service plays a

the area. Several unique

history and culture is found

four largest communities in

key role in transportation, if

museums including Raye’s Old

in three thousand year

the county.

one should choose to drive

Stone Mustard Mill Museum

from Campobello Island to

in Eastport and Ganong

local artists. Unspoiled beauty

It is believed that ancestors

old petroglyphs carved in

Washington County is the

Campobello Island, Deer

Fun activities do not need to

rocks at a shorefront site in

Island and Grand Manan

downtown Eastport, the road

Chocolatier Museum in St.

Machiasport. Pierre Dugua,

Island are the three Fundy

trip would take about one

Stephen, NB (just across from

Samuel Champlain and a

Isles of New Brunswick that

hour, by boat it would be 10

Calais, Maine) are working

group of seventy-seven French

lie closest to their American

minutes.

institutions that should not be

explorers, established the first

neighbors.

European settlement north

Captain William Owen who

A seafaring lifestyle is the strong thread that ties the

missed on a Quoddy Bay visit. The Summer of 2017 marks

of St Augustine, Florida on

came from an affluent Welsh

past to the present. Many

the 53rd anniversary of the

St. Croix Island, just of the

family received a royal grant

celebrations, festivals and

Roosevelt International Park

present day Calais, Maine in

in 1767 for what was then

occupations are dependent on

which lies just across the

1604. The few settler survivors

called Outer Island. Three

the seas around them.

Roosevelt International Bridge

of the horrible winter of

years later, he and a group of

1604-1605 were saved and

38 indentured servants that he

of light houses providing

Campobello Island, NB and

helped to relocate to Nova

had signed up arrived to settle

visibility for the mariners

should be a must stop on all

Scotia by members of the

Outer Island that he renamed

plying the local waters but

visitors lists of activities to

Passamaquoddy Nation. Today

Campobello Island. The

two lights are especially

do. Be sure and bring your

the Passamaquoddy Nation

Owens’ family continued to

well known as attractions

Passport, as both Canadian

is physically located on two

rule the island as their private

for visitors- West Quoddy

and U.S. Customs require

reservations in Down East,

fiefdom for the next 110 years.

Head Light in Lubec and East

them.

Maine. One reservation is located in Indian Township

Transportation between neighboring ports have

Quoddy Bay has a number

that links Lubec, Maine to

Quoddy Head Harbour Light Station on Campobello Island.

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WHITING

Activity Maine’s, Sr. Editor, Jim Harnedy’s new book A Brookline Boyhood in the 1930s and 40s will be available this October. Jim’s latest book takes readers on a journey to the Boston area during an era that evokes both nostalgic memories of Saturday night suppers and the challenges families faced in the aftermath of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II. Through masterful storytelling and a vast assortment of vintage photos, Jim captures the culture, traditions, and mood of the country during some of our nation’s most tumultuous times. Readers of all ages will enjoy the stories Jim shares, such as the need to perform emergency surgery on a Maine Coon kitten during a 1940 vacation on an island in the northern Maine wilderness.

Jim with Duncan, his West Highland White Terrier

Jim’s book revisits the days when families harvested fresh vegetables from their victory gardens and gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. He also describes the Boston sports scene and the excitement of attending his first major league baseball game. Other stories recount the family’s narrow escape from danger during the hurricane of 1938 on a trip to Keane, NH and the day he and his mother learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A Brookline Boyhood in the 1930s and 40s invites readers to travel back to the days before TV and the internet and recall the simple joy of life and the strength and resilience of New England families in the face of great challenges. To reserve your signed copy in October: Send a check payable to Jim Harnedy for $ 23.00 to: Jim Harnedy, 2 Pettegrow Point Road, Machiasport, ME 04655 207-255-0170 | jharnedy@maineline.net

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Raye, this family run business remains committed to continuing the traditions

EASTPORT where the past is alive and well

I

of previous generations, while focusing PHOTO TK on expanding its national presence in the marketplace.

Campobello Island In 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

N 1818, WHEN AMERICA WAS A YOUNG NATION LED BY JAMES MONROE, Portland native Samuel B. Wadsworth, the son of Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth, saw an opportunity to

launch a ship chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport.

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. While the summer home of the late

fish and other sea life. This season, our

president remains the centerpiece of the

shipbuilding industries were booming.

daily cruises will include a 21⁄2 – 3-hour

park, beautiful gardens and 2,800 acres

His entrepreneurship was exactly

whale watching and lobster trap pulling

of natural beauty complete with scenic

perfect for the time and he knew that he

excursion. Ask about our 2-hour sunset

vistas, hiking and driving trails provide

could meet all his customers’ needs by

sails and scheduling a deep sea fishing

additional visitor experiences.

supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes,

trip. For additional Information; Call

canvas, alcohol, tobacco and everything

(207) 853-2500 or see us on line at: www.

Eleanor. Visitors can make reservations

else required for rigging, operating, and

eastportwindjammers.com.

at FDR.NET for this charming experience.

At the time, both the whaling and

provisioning a ship. While the original business site suffered through several fires and storms, the Groundhog Day

Eastport’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum

Another popular event is Tea with

Guests to the Reserve Tea will receive a book of cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter. The visitor

Gale of 1976 completely devastated the

Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum

center offers interpretive displays; a short

facility.

located on Washington Street in Eastport

introductory video and a two exhibits.

Capt. Butch Harris Extends A Special Invitation To Join Him For A Fun Packed Experience On The Eastport Windjammers Fleet New 47’ Lobster Boat.

(America’s eastern-most city). The quaint

The Roosevelt cottage opens on the

and authentic mill is North America’s

Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat.

only working traditional stone ground

prior to Memorial Day) through the

mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th

Saturday after Canadian Thanksgiving

century, J. Wesley Raye started the mill to

(U.S. Columbus Day) 10am-6pm (ADT).

produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning

The park’s visitor center remains open

Sailing out of historic Eastport, Maine

sardine industry. Later in the century,

through October 31st to accommodate

our guests will have an opportunity

when the sardine industry declined,

fall visitors

to see spectacular wildlife: eagles,

Raye’s Mustard Mill became known for

porpoises, seals, minke, and finback

its award-winning gourmet and specialty

is in an exquisitely restored historic

whales. On-board educational

mustards.

family lodge, serving meals throughout

experiences will include lobster trap

This downeast institution has remained

the season. Open for lunch and diner. For

pulling demonstrations, a touch tank

in the Raye family for over a century.

daily specials check

to view crabs, lobsters, sea urchins, star

Currently owned by Kevin and Karen

FDR.NET

The Fireside Restaurant, opened in 2014,

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Gulf Gas

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Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival September 2-3 Eastport Pirates Festival September 8-10

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

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ROOSEVELT INTERNATIONAL PARK In 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. 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.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEONARD

CAMBOBELLO ISLAND, NB

Another popular event is Tea with Eleanor. Visitors can make reservations on the web (HTTP:FDR.NET) for this charming experience. Guests to the Reserve Tea will receive a book of cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter. 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

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BELOVED ISLAND the Roosevelts so loved • 34-room Cottage • 2,800-acre nature park: drive, bike, hike, picnic • The Fireside restaurant • Tea with Eleanor daily • 9-5 EDT , May 27-Oct 14 • FREE admission

restored historic family lodge, serving meals throughout the season. Open for lunch and diner. For daily specials check FDR.NET. ABOVE FDR returns to Campobello Island as U.S. President in June 1933.

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Lunch and dinner daily overlooking scenic Friar’s Bay! 506-752-6055

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Roosevelt Campobello International Park

New Brunswick, Canada, across the bridge from Lubec, Maine

877-851-6663

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Come get your outdoors on.

Want a college where you can combine academics with the active outdoor lifestyle? Situated at the gateway to world-class skiing and snowboarding in western Maine, UMF is smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mt. biking, camping, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in the northeast. We’ve got the swim-able, paddle-able, fly-fishing-able Sandy River running right beside our athletics fields and miles of trail running and bike trails just off campus. To take full advantage of our perfect location, our Mainely Outdoors adventure program offers students a range of exciting opportunities: trips, equipment and gear sign-out/rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities and much more.

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