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welcome to theGUIDE Welcome to the Activities Guide of Maine, born from a passion of adventure, we offer you the opportunity to discover exciting travel and recreational opportunities around Maine. Combining the experiences and resources of our advertisers, world class partners, writers and contributors we bring you a unique selection of ideas that range widely in their destinations and activities, yet are tied together by a basic principle, have fun in Maine! The multitude of advertisements are the presentations of good people who live and work here. They have something of value to offer you and they sincerely want the opportunity to meet and serve you. They are our friends and we hope they will become yours as well... Your investment in these activities pays major dividends in not just your life but in the lives of the communities represented here. One small act of trying something new could open doors for you that were never even imagined until now. We’ll see you out there!

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6 Eastern Trail 65 miles of free exploring adventure 16 Health A simple exercise to help in your quest for happiness 18

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Biking in Maine Bradbury State Park trails, En route repairs & bike fitting Paddling in Maine Kayak, SUP, & canoe your way to Maine’s pristine destinations

26 Boating 8 reasons to buy a boat THIS summer plus wakesurfing & other water sports 30

L/A Balloon Festival Celebrating 20 years of flight

37 Rockhounding Family fun, digging and sifting Maine’s Treasures! 43 Riverboarding Maine’s newest white water thrill ride 52 52

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Old Orchard Beach Car Show September 14th and 15th

Smokin’ at the Ballpark BBQ & Balloon Festival June 23th and 24th Ocean Park Independence Day Parade July 4th Swap‘n Shop April 14th Taste of OOB May 6th Memorial Day Parade May 28th Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend June 7th – 10th Savor the Flavor – Progressive Dinner June 9th 8th Annual Cpt. Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 2.5 Mile Walk June 23th

REV3 Triathalon August 26th

POW/MIA Weekend at the Ballpark September 22nd and 23rd

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair July 21st Ocean Park 5K Race July 27th American Legion Maine State Baseball Tournament August 1st through the 5th

Autumn Celebration September 22nd JJ’s Eatery & OOB365 Golf Scramble October 7th WoofStock 2012 October 14th

Ocean Park Illumination Night August 4th

Savor the Flavor – Progressive Dinner November 24th

American Legion Northeast Regional Baseball Tournament August 9th – 15th

Last Blast 2012 December 31st

29th Annual Beach Olympics August 17th -19th

23rd Annual Lobster Dip January 1st

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If you are in Maine this summer, there is always a fair in town! Check the fair dates for one near you. Rides, petting zoos, horse and animal shows, harness racing, exhibit halls where locals show off their prized goods, live entertainment and fireworks!

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Maine’s City by the Sea

Try our Sushi! Portland boasts a growing number of places that serve quality sushi in a superb atmosphere. Even we have not tried them all; but we would like to share a few that have been our favorites. You will find the service attentive and friendly, the fish is fresh and eye pleasing displays of culinary art in their dishes. Yosaku Japanese Restaurant has an amazing outdoor Japanese garden and waterfall for a romantic and scenic dinner/lunch. Benkay Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar has skilled chefs prepare over 30 different types of sushi and over 40 types of maki rolls along with many cooked dishes. Kon Asian Bistro - one of the newer additions to the Portland scene - has unique modern look and features several hibachi tables and a private party room. u

An Original Maine Fish Market Top-quality fish, seafood and live lobsters Experienced shippers—to your home or business via FedEx A must-see stop in Maine Located on Portland’s Historic Waterfront

9 Custom House Wharf, Portland ME 04101 207-775-0251 • 1-800-370-1790

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Summer visitors to the Portland area who fish, should consider themselves lucky. Not only are you visiting a city that’s clean, friendly and has great food and attractions, but you’re visiting a city that has endless fishing opportunities as well. Striped Bass are the main attraction from mid-May thru October. Fish from 15-45 inches can be caught minutes from downtown. The Presumpscot River has several access points: Allen Ave, Route 9 and Martins Point being just a few. Fort Williams, Two Lights and Kettle Cove are all in Cape Elizabeth and not only offer good fishing, but a good look at the rugged Maine coast . About 20 minutes from downtown are: Higgins, Old Orchard and Ferry Beaches. All offer surf casting for those that prefer standing on a sandy beach casting into the waves. One of the best parts for a visitor who has a busy family schedules, is that much of the local fishing can be safely done at night or early in the morning when everyone else is asleep. If you’re visiting one of Casco Bay’s 365 islands: Cliff, Peaks, Long and Chebeague Islands being some of the more popular, then all you need to do is find some access to the shore and you can catch stripers. Some of our favorite lures are 6-9” Slug-Go’s, Gags 5” Mambo Minnow’s, Scoolie Poppers Jumpin’ Mimnnow’ and Bucktail Jigs. If your fishing at night the color black is all you need to have. Please feel free to visit us at The Tackle Shop, 61 India Street in Portland or give us a call at 773-3474 for the latest and best info on what and where the fish, or for guided trips. We also ship to most of the islands if you have left the mainland without enough of your favorite lures.u

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f you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks, lighthouses and harbor seals AND learn some city history, join Portland Discovery on a Land & Sea Tour! Start your day on board the Discovery trolley as you travel from city streets to rocky coast and make your way to Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse! After a break for lunch and shopping in the Old Port, board a classic cruise boat for a 90-minute narrated harbor tour, where you’ll see 4 lighthouses up close, 3 Civil War forts and several of the inner bay islands, including Halfway Rock Ledge, home to many seals and seabirds. For those looking to “taste” their way through town, the Culinary Delights Trolley Tour may be the perfect solution. Enjoy a ride on an open-air trolley while you savor the flavors of Portland, now known as “the foodiest small town in America.” (Bon Appétit, October 2009). Our fun loving trolley driver will take you on a 2 ½ hour journey where you will sample Maine culinary delights on board the trolley and disembark at several unique destinations for a tasting and behind-the-scenes look. Along the way you’ll learn about restaurants, food artisans, chefs and brew masters all making their mark on Portland’s culinary scene. For more information on any of these tours, call 207-7740808 or visit www.portlanddiscovery.com. u 12

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south coastal Portland Schooner Company has been making memories for Casco Bay visitors since 2002. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Scott Reischmann and Michelle Thresher, they offer an authentic, Old World sailing experience from May through October aboard Portland’s only historic windjammers. Whether you’re looking to experience the Portland waterfront from a unique perspective or just hoping to step back to a simpler time for a couple hours, Portland Schooner Company offers an experience you don’t want to miss. The adventure begins aboard one of their classic wooden schooners, Wendameen or Bagheera. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both schooners were designed by famed naval architect John G. Alden in the early 1900s and built by some of the best craftsmen in the world at the shipyards of East Boothbay Maine. Two-hour sails depart from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s Old Port and are offered four times daily, presenting visitors with a perfect vantage point for viewing Portland’s unforgettable sights and sounds – from lighthouses and seabirds to seals and the rocky coastline. The friendly, professional crew is not only there to provide you with a safe trip … they’re happy to share a bit of Casco Bay history and trivia. You’re invited to join in any way you’d like: hoisting the sails alongside a deckhand, taking a turn at the ship’s wheel, or just relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze and salt air. And you’re welcome to bring food and drink, including beer and wine, aboard. The cost for a two-hour sail is just $39 for adults and $15 for children. Though not required, reservations are strongly encouraged. If you’ve got more time to spend on Casco Bay, Portland Schooner Company also offers charters for family or corporate functions, lunchtime lobster bakes on scenic Cow Island, and overnight excursions where you can spend an evening nestled in a quiet island anchorage. u

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By Kelcey Hart; Natural Healer, Teacher, Guide

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hen we hike, paddle, hit the mountain biking trails or even chuck the frisbee with our friends we breathe. When we are so comfortable with our breath that it becomes an integral part of our performance we excel. The more we focus on our breath the better our performance will be: Longer strides without a break, summit quicker (celebrate quicker), hit the currents harder with more clarity, reacting to the structure on the trail like you knew they were there, catching the frisbee with such finess its like second nature, these are all bi-products of breath practice, and meditation. Some people use herb(s), some supplements, and others energy drinks. Try using meditation

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south coastal and experience the true feeling of natural annate intelligence, be one with your fun. Here is a simple meditation to help in your quest of happiness, peace and living a life at-ease. Enjoy! : ) • First is posture. Whether you are lying down, sitting crosslegged or on your knees, visualize your spine like a tower of golden coins with relaxation everywhere in your body. If you are sitting up imagine your head is on a string connected to the stars. • Next focus all your attention on your breath. Breathe into an area about 3 inches below your belly button. (For centering, anger management and focus, this is a great area to put your breath.) Visualize a paper bag in this area and fill the bag up with fresh, oxygenated rich air and life force. Now breathe into this special pace, known in China as the “internal elixir field” or the Dan Tien and exhale. • Stay calm, make sure to scan the body for any tension and return to breath. You are now trying just to focus on your breath and staying calm with no thoughts. If a thought comes in exhale it and return to pure stillness. • If it helps to count your inhale and exhale so as to not get lost in “10,000 thoughts” do it. Try counting for a 5 count and hold for a 5 count, then exhale for 5 then hold for 5 repeating the process until its time to go anywhere from 2 minutes and beyond is good. Enjoy! Give yourself this time of rejuvenation, reconnection, health and wellness. It will be a little tough at the start with all the distractions the mind brings but stick to it. Just 10 minutes of meditation can equate to 1+ hours of sleep! Have fun being at-ease! Fmi about Kelcey and his work, visit www.integrated-performance. com or www.rootsenrichmentcenter.com. u

Do you enjoy hiking, biking, camping and kayaking? There is an outdoor club for you in Maine. When the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (MOAC) was founded in 1989, 25 people were at the first meeting. The Club has grown to support over 800 outdoor enthusiasts from Kittery to Fort Kent. MOAC is an all-volunteer member organization. Members organize and lead all trips and activities from beginner to expert. Our outdoor activities range from peaceful and relaxing to challenging and full of excitement. MOAC has something to offer everyone. We are a diverse group with members of all ages and experience. If you would like to challenge yourself, share your outdoor skills and meet other outdoor adventurers, then MOAC is the place for you!! Find out more at MOAC.org www.activitymaine.com

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Gilberts Review- Fabulous little seafood restaurant on the Portland waterfront that has great service, great seafood and great prices. Reccommendations: Start with the seafood chowder. Really tasty and LOADED with all sorts of seafood. Lobster roll is excellent, really light dressing so you can really taste the lobster and is made with a baked roll, not a hot dog bun. Also recommended are the onion rings, tasty and lightly battered, almost a tempura but with just a bit of cornmeal to give the batter a nice texture MMMM! Plenty of good looking daily specials as well. Prices are very reasonable across the board. Located in the historic section of the city, along the water, this is a genuine local restaurant that provides an exceptional experience with seafood. u

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Ride into the great unknown with confidence! Our en-route repair class 1 offers hands-on approach to the art and craft of patching and replacing an inner tube and saving a damaged tire. En-route repair class 2 features hands-on drivetrain troubleshooting. Learn how to effectively adjust brakes and derailleurs and keep your chain rolling smoothly. Number of participants per class: minimum of 4, maximum of 8. Pre-register on our Facebook site, by phone, or in person! If you have a group of between four and eight ridding buddies, you can reserve the night. If there are fewer than 4 participants registered as of the day before a class, all registered participants will be given the opportunity to transfer their registration to an upcoming available night. Cost is $15 per class/ $25 for both classes, or, lifetime free tuition if you have purchased a bike from Back Bay Bicycle. u

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Gorham Bike and Ski

Gorham Bike and Ski has Maine’s only industry certified BG FIT technician, Dave Palese, and is now proud to offer professional BG FIT services. Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology has been developed by one of the world’s leaders in bicycle fitting expertise, Dr. Andy Pruitt from the Boulder Center for Sports Medcine. When you get a BG FIT from Gorham Bike and Ski, you are tapping into the same technologies and fitting and positioning methods utilized by some of cycling’s most accomplished athletes, like Fabian Cancellara, Andy and Frank Schleck, Alberto Contrador, and more!

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

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Giant Sand Dunes Picnic Area Narrated Coach Tours Convenience Store Marked Nature Trails Sand Paintings Mining Sluice 1738 Barn Museum Gift Shop World Sand Collections

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Morning Summer Camps Monday–Thursday 10am–Noon for 2–6 year olds Drop-in hours • Morning Art Camp • Birthday parties 15 School Street • Freeport, ME 04032 • 207.865.0272 art@smudge4kids.com • www.smudge4kids.com

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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! May 1st to June 16 8am–7:45pm • Labor Day to end of season 8am–7:45pm Lunch &Lobster Pound Open June 16–Labor Day 8am–8:45pm

Live lobsters packed to travel! 865-3535 www.activitymaine.com

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SERVING LOBSTER DINNERS Live or Cooked Lobsters Packed to Travel Lobster Rolls • Crabmeat Rolls Steamers • Fried Clams • Fish & Chips Maine Shrimp • Crab Cakes... and more! Exit 17 off I-295, head North 1/2 mile to 1269 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine

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One of the very best ways to experience Maine’s beauty is from paddling her many waterways. FIND YOUR WAY TO SEASPRAY!! Only one outfitter offers so many ways for you to enjoy the Coast of Maine- Seaspray Kayaking! With two great locations on the water in Mid-Coast Maine and the ability to deliver kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and gear to your location, Seaspray Kayaking is highly recommended as a destination for your summer fun. Within minutes of deciding to explore MidCoast Maine, you can be on the water! Owner, Scott Shea has a huge fleet of the latest kayaks, including:  recreational, sit-on tops, expedition sea kayaks, fishing kayaks, doubles, canoes and the fastest growing watersport vessel- the Stand Up Paddleboard! Guided Tours, Rentals and Instruction are given daily out of their West Bath location. When asked what he anticipated the 2012 season to be like, Scott simply said, “Another fun season of meeting new people, sharing outdoor experiences and creating lasting memories.” Scott added, “The Stand Up Paddleboard will continue to attract more attention and a record number of paddlers will discover the story of Malago Island.” Malago Island? 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the eviction of the people of Malago Island. A tiny island in Sebasco Harbor was considered 22

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its’ own kingdom up until the media and state considered the interracial mix of 50-75 people an embarrassment to the community and state. No signs of this civilization were to be left on the island after the 1912 eviction... especially after placing some of the Malagites in a “home for the feeble-minded”... but the descendants lived and their stories are just now being communicated. An outstanding educational kayak tour will fill in many more details, (suitable for all ages). Seaspray Kayaking accommodates all who desire to get on the water with gear and lifejackets for infants and even dogs! “There is no excuse” said Scott. “We have something for everyone: Sunset Paddle & Moonlight Paddles, Kayak & Paddleboard Fishing Trips, Surf Kayaking at Popham Beach, Island to Island Overnights, Inn to Inn Trips, Private Lobster Bakes on an uninhabited island, Stand Up Paddleboard Tours, Paddleboard Yoga and Birding on the Bay.” Because July and August can be busy, it is best to call Seaspray Kayaking ahead to make reservations at (207) 443-3646 or e-mail them at info@ seaspraykayaking.com. u www.activitymaine.com


In the Southern Maine area join COASTAL MAINE KAYAK located in Kennebunk Lower Village to paddle scenic coastlines, lakes, and clean rivers. Watch curious seals and graceful birds as you visit pristine islands and historic lighthouses. Coastal Maine Kayak offers guided tours to nearby Cape Porpoise, the Kennebunk River, Mousam River, and Casco Bay. We offer picnic and lobster on our island picnic tours. We welcome beginner, intermediate and advanced paddlers for our daily and sunset tours. Tours are led by a licensed Maine Guide. We provide kayak, PFD, and paddle. Each trip begins with instruction for the beginners with an introduction to safety techniques. Enjoy paddling on the sea and salt water marshes of Maine and enjoy the waterfowl and marine life. Maine Audubon Society’s salt marshes are respected and protected and one of the most popular of our eco-tours. u Lincoln Outdoor Center n a kayak, you are sitting with your head only a few feet above the water. Your entire view of the water changes. If one of Maine’s countless harbor seals swims nearby, you can look it straight in the eye. You can paddle into the nooks and crannies

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STAND UP PADDLE BOARD SALES & RENTALS Large Assortment of Accessories!

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and literally land on islands that are inaccessible to boats with deeper hulls. If you are planning on spending a night out, there are few places better than on one of our coastal islands. Imagine paddling a few miles or more, landing on an island and “claiming” a camping spot for yourself. You’ll eat dinner with the sunset and wake up to the first sunrises in the U.S., staring out towards open ocean.

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among the many islands, coves, and other areas, seeing seals and other wildlife. We have a large fleet of single and tandem kayaks equipped with rudders, as well as canoes, water bikes & stand up paddle boards, allowing you to pick your own route, picnic or camp overnight. We can also deliver equipment to most anywhere and can schedule a guide for those who wish. Come enjoy a wonderful kayak adventure in Casco Bay!! u

Lincoln Outdoor Center can tailor an experience for you that suits your experience level and desire for energy output and adrenaline. They can take beginners out on short tours and multi-day trips and experts out to practice skills in rough waters. At Lincoln Canoe & Kayak’s Freeport location they manufacture canoes and kayaks and can demo that boat in their on-site pond. It’s also where you can get expert advice on purchasing a boat, paddling accessory, or “water-lifestyle” clothing. A full-service paddling shop for kayakers and canoeists, day-trips and expeditions, rentals, guided tours, etc. LCK’s real interest is helping you get out on the water. u Ring’s Marine Service Inc. is located in the heart of Casco Bay in the sheltered Harraseeket River. People paddle

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(207) 693-7270 DIRECT, (207) 838-8301 CELL (800) 639-2136 TOLL FREE (207) 693-6216 FAX njhanson@lakesproperties.com

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June 15-17th Annual Maine Blues Festival Live bands at many venues around Naples; artisans and food vendors on the Causeway and Village Green. Advance tickets $12; event day $16. Naples. www.mainebluesfestival.com

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June 18 - Windham Summerfest Windham High School grounds. Parade, food, business expo, helicopter rides, kids’ activities, crafters, skateboard competition, soccer tournament, softball game, fireworks. 892-1905. July 4 4th of July parade & fireworks Naples & Limington. FMI 8928265 July 20-21: Sebago Days Fun for all ages at the Ball Field in Sebago. FMI: 787-2751. July 26-28 Casco Days Midway, fireworks, parade, vendors, entertainment, activities for all ages. www.cascodays.org. September 15: Loon Echo Hike/Bike Trek Shawnee Peak, Bridgton. www.loonecholandtrust.org

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Don’t miss Maine Lakes Brewfest!

Happy Hour Everyday & Live music Every Friday

September 29 at Point Sebago, Casco, 11am - 4pm. Advance tickets at www.mainelakesbrewfest.com or call 647-3472.

Fresh Maine Seafood • Award-Winning Chowders

Steaks & Ribs • Pasta • Children’s Menu Large Outside Patio • Casual Dining 61 Tandberg Trail Rt. 35, Windham, Maine www.gilbertschowderhouse.com 893-0700

Voted People’s Choice Best Chowder in Down East Magazine, 2010 www.activitymaine.com

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Top 8 Reasons to buy a boat

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1. Boating improves quality of life: It’s a proven fact that recreational boating goes a long way toward improving your quality of life. Recreational boating provides a constructive outlet for entertainment that reduces stress and provides enriching opportunities for self discovery, whether it’s learning how to water ski or simply enjoying the outdoors. 2. Boating is an affordable recreation activity: Many boats can be financed for less than $200 a month. 3. Water access is close: Maine has numerous lakes and ponds with ramps and parking available all over the state!! 4. Boating Helps you Bond with Friends and Family 5. Boating is convenient: Because there are so many lakes and ponds near by, it makes it possible to hop on your boat for a mini-vacation whenever you feel like it. 6. Boating is good exercise: From rigorous sailing excursions to an invigorating run on water-skis, boating provides sporting enthusiasts with many active endeavors to choose from. 7. Recreational boating is easy to learn: If you’re new to boating, don’t worry, our trained staff at local marinas and dealers will help you every step of the way.

MAINE-LY MARINE FULL SERVICE for all makes and models RENTALS pontoons and runabouts

Rte. 302 • 625 Roosevelt Trail • Windham, ME

207-892-9191 • www.mainelymarine.com

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8. BOATING IS FUN: There are soooo many activities to explore when it comes to boating, whether you like to fish, water-ski, snorkel, or simply enjoy relaxing on the water! u

• Four-season lakeside accommodations (extended stay in winter) • Rooms equipped with kitchenettes, screened-in porches • Charming lakefront cottages with full kitchen and bathroom • C omplimentary Wi-Fi, canoes and kayaks, continental breakfast • Fishing, fitness room, swim area, docking facilities • 20–30 minutes from the airport and Portland • Golf, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment nearby • Pet-friendly, family friendly, smoke-free GPS/Physical Location: 661 White’s Bridge Road Standish ME 04084

Photo: Kim Pouliot Couture

Sebago Lake Lodge & Cottages PO Box 480 • Windham ME 04062

207-892-2698 • www.sebagolakelodge.com

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Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm Saturday: 8am–4pm Sunday: 11am–4pm

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s you drive through the Maine countryside dotted with barns, indoor arenas, fence lines and horses, you realize that no one thinks of horses and horseback riding when they travel to the northeast. Here in Maine we have hundreds of stables that offer everything from lessons to wagon rides. How can you enjoy a day or week of horses in Maine? It’s easy, just jump on-line, look up stables or clubs in your town or region and give them a call. Most horse facilities in Maine are happy to refer you if they don’t offer a service you want. Here are some of your choices for short-term enjoyment of horses in Maine. Hourly Rentals: You can enjoy Maine woods, mountain views and wildlife aboard a pleasant horse for an hour or two. This service is generally for beginners through advanced riders and offers an opportunity to hop on board without the structure of a lesson. Day Camps: If you’re looking for something your children can do for a week check out your local stables’ summer camp programs. Many offer full-day or half-day camps where your kids can learn grooming, tacking and riding as well as many skills needed to own their own horse.

“Whatever you decide to do while you are in Maine, horses can add a touch of class and excitement to activities you may already be planning.” Riding Lessons: Want a day to yourself? How about a lesson at one of our great indoor arenas? Every town has at least one stable offering lessons in every discipline, including saddleseat, western, huntseat and driving. Equine Events: How about a fun day out at a horse show or other event? There are many clubs in Maine including saddle clubs that offer full day horse shows, clinics that you can participate in, team penning, and even horse-drawn farm equipment demonstrations. Our local fairs are a great way to see many horse events and to go on a pony ride as well. Horse-drawn vehicles: Looking for a quiet or informative way to explore Maine’s finest towns? Carriage rides through Old Orchard Beach, Kennebunkport, Portland, Acadia National Park or Freeport are offered regularly and often include a history tour of each area. Wagon rides to an ice cream shop or at a county fair are a great way to enjoy horses with your whole family! Bring your own horse: There are many facilities that will let you bring your horse for the summer or just for a day or two. Some allow you to camp with your horse or stay in a nearby B and B while your horse relaxes in his own stall. You can ride at your leisure, enjoy your own horse and meet new people. u 28

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naples The Heart of Maine’s Sebago Lake/Long Lake Region

Located midway between the coastal city of Portland and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Naples is easily reached from any direction. Route 302 is the primary route through Naples. There are many seasonal and year-round businesses, along with numerous lodging facilities and camping areas. Thanks to its unsurpassed location, Naples is a popular summer resort and year-round vacation area—as well as a rapidly growing residential and business community. Visitors naturally come to a stop when they arrive at the Naples Causeway in the center of town; the view up Long Lake to the White Mountains is one of the most spectacular in New England. u Sun Sports + has been operating a Water Sport School on Long Lake in Naples since 1999. Specializing in Wakeboard, Waterski, and Wake Surf instruction, we provide everything you need to make your experience safe, fun and rewarding. From first timers to advanced riders, we are here to get you out on the water. We will polish your skills and give you the confidence you need to take your performance to the next level. All necessary equipment including knowledgeable certified boat drivers will be available to you to enhance your experience. All ages are welcome. Just bring your swimsuit and your desire to learn something new out on the water! We look forward to sharing the passion we have for water sports with you this summer in Naples! Hourly, Half Day and Full Day rates are available. u Activity Maine photo

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Lewiston AUBURN 20th Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival August, 17-19, 2012 • Lewiston/Auburn,

Celebrating 20 years of flight in 2012, the 20th Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival will be held August 17-19, on the riverfront in Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. The festival is the premier summer event of central Maine and is a destination for many visitors to the state. Established in 1992 by a small group of business people, civic leaders and friends, the festival’s goal is to provide fundraising opportunities to local nonprofit groups while celebrating the community. In 2011, 34 groups raised over $160,000 to fund local schools and public services.

Photo: Angela Lebel

The Androscoggin River—with the rocky Great Falls as its backdrop—provides a picturesque setting for the dozens of balloons which visit annually, including some special shape balloons. This year, the Flying Purple People Eater, Stinky the Skunk and Gus T. Guppy, along with dozens of other hot air balloons, will delight crowds of visitors from around the country. When the balloons aren’t floating overhead, there is still plenty to do: dozens of food booths serve everything from hot dogs to lime cont. page 32 30

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discover Androscoggin County We invite you to discover everything that Androscoggin County has to offer! Music, Theater, History, Great Restaurants, Outdoor Recreation and so much more!

415 Lisbon Street  PO Box 59 Lewiston, ME 04243-0059 (207) 783-2249 E-mail: info@androscoggincounty.com

Visit us on the web at www.androscoggincounty.com rickeys, including breakfast for those early morning launches, all run by volunteers from local nonprofit groups. Along the walkway, which follows the river and winds along the edge of the festival grounds, craft and trade booths invite browsing, and a children’s area entertains everyone from toddlers to tweens. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the day and night at stages in both Lewiston and Auburn. From children’s shows and blues singers to jazz, pop and oldies. A carnival, parade, and various demonstrations and contests round out the weekend’s events. Make plans to visit the Lewiston/Auburn area and be a part of this unique event. Balloon launches are scheduled for 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, Friday through Sunday, weather permitting. It doesn’t have to be just a spectator sport either—arrange in advance to take a flight yourself! FMI: www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org or (207) 783-2249. u

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Open 7 Days a Week for Reservations of 10 or more Open play last sunday of every month 10–2 • Wood field • Family, Corporate & Group Outings • Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties • Other exciting game formats

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

“... among the lushest courses anywhere in New England.”

20 minutes from Portland, 1 mile from Turnpike Exit 63, Route 100 North

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Poland Spring Golf Course is considered the oldest resort golf course in America. Famed architect, Donald Ross, designed the Links style course. Spectacular views of the White Mountains, velvet bent grass greens, beautiful well maintained fairways, ponds, and tees for all abilities. Spring Meadows Golf Course A naturally

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

Fox Ridge Golf Course Rated among Maine’s most

challenging 18-hole golf courses. Former home of the Maine Open. Designed to take advantage of the natural lay of the land, which will demand every shot in your bag. Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest. The Maine Trifecta package includes 2-night lodging at the Poland Spring Resort, which has comfortable accommodations in three different inns, or cottages. All meals are served at the Maine Inn, buffet style, all-you-caneat. The Resort has loads of amenities including grass tennis courts, swimming, bocce, shuffleboard, boating, and lots more. 9 2 rate for the Maine Trifecta is $279.00. 9 The 2011 The rate is per person, double occupancy, plus 17% service charge, and Maine sales tax. FMI: www.mainetrifecta.com. u

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Only Minutes from the New Oxford Casino

Poland Spring Resort Maine’s Best Vacation Value

Enjoy the best vacation value in Maine! Huge swimming pool, Donald Ross golf course, tennis, delicious all-you-can-eat buffets, nightly entertainment, hiking trails, boating, fishing, comfortable accommodations and much more!

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Our Halloween themed Fall venues, Pumpkin Land, The Big Corn Maze Adventure and The Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride have been become THE fall destination for the whole family.

Also the Home of Farm House Pizza & Country Farm Market

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Cyndi’s doCkside ResTAURAnT On Country the Middle Range Causeway on Route 26 Farm Open Year-round & Lakeside Dining Market Maine Lobster, Seafood, Steaks, Harvest Hill Burgers, & Much More! Boat Rentals ~Boat Gas Pub & The Fresh Eggs•Bakery Items Friendliest Staff Anywhere! Range Fed Beef & Poultry

(207) 998-5008

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ake a worth while stop at one of these treasures for incredible deals on clothing, stunning jewelry, or some the BEST French cuisine in New England. The New Balance Factory Store offers footwear, outdoor and fitness apparel and accessories for men, women and children at amazing prices all year long! They specialize in multiple widths - men’s 2A to 6E and women’s 4A to 4E.Since 1976 Maurice Restaurant has been a pleasant surprise for world sojourners and people new to the beautiful Oxford Hills area of Western Maine. Located in South Paris on Route 26, which takes the traveler north into Canada, the two hundred year old clapboard house turned restaurant continues to delight, serving French-Continental cuisine in an elegant country atmosphere at affordable prices. Stop in at Creaser Jewelers showroom to see nothing less than a beautiful, multi-colored collection of only the best gold and sterling gemstone jewelry. Gallery quality, wellcrafted, wonderfully designed pieces of precious metal set with select gemstones. And they can’t wait to show them to you! Check out their new in-store mineral museum. Our mineral museum contains world class and rare mineral specimens from Maine, Maine mining related historical items including rare books, artifacts and gem cutting equipment. Harvest Hill Farms started 18 years ago as a small operation to supply family and friends with healthy, natural range fed beef and poultry. Today it remains a working farm but now features a Country Farm Market and Farm House Pizza located on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls. Over the last 6 years it has grown into Northern New England’s premier family agritainment (agricultural

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Store Hours: Mon - Sat: 9-7 • Sun: 11-5 Store Hours: Mon - Sat: 9-6 • Sun: 11-5 Shoes are factory seconds or discontinued styles. Discount off factory store prices. Cannot apply to prior sales or other offers. For first quality merchandise, visit Cadillac Mountain Sports on High St. in Ellsworth 207-6677819 or on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor 207-288-4532. Sorry, Factory Store offers not valid at dealer locations.

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Kitchenette Clean,friendly, friendly and andrelaxed. relaxed Kitchenette&&family familyrooms rooms available available. •• Clean, Indoor & hot hot tub. tub •• DSL WIFI in in all allrooms rooms Indoorheated heatedpool, pool, sauna sauna, & Open 24 hours yearyear round • 1132 Maine Woodstock, Open 24 hours round. • Rt.S.26 in WSt., oodstock, MaineME

Gather with friends around a beautiful fireplace featuring minerals from Oxford County's 300 mines. We offer tours for rockhounding and wildlife viewing. Join us for an evening of dining or an afternoon of family fun.

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Everything in it’s Season

Open Year-Round 7 Days a Week

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm Smedberg’s M aple Syrup Fresh Vegetables Our Famous Sweet Corn All Natural, Home-Grown Beef, Pork and Lamb

Seafood and Live Lobsters Seedlings, Annuals and Perennials Hay and Live Bait Homemade Baked Goodies Wheel Cheese and Jams

Join us for Customer Appreciation Day - 1st Sunday in November Feed Hay andHay Free Samples! Feed www.smedbergfarm.com 1413 Main Street • Route 26, Oxford, Maine • 207-743-6723

entertainment) destination featuring the Fall attractions of Pumpkin Land, the Corn Maze Adventure and the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride. This summer they will open the Field of Dreams Family Fun Park featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Pedal Kart Track, The Giant Super slide, Petting Zoo, Bunny Village and more. In the plans for the upcoming 2012-13 winter is Winter Wonderland. For more information visit our comprehensive website at www. harvesthillfarms.com”www.harvesthillfarms.com or call 207-9985485. Smedberg’s roadside stand was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger and Gayle Smedberg and Roger Smedberg Jr. From Made-in-Maine products like maple syrup, honey, fruit salsa, pottery, soaps and ornaments, to their own One Cow Homemade Ice Cream that’s “udderly delicious”, Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check out our homemade baked goods including pies, breads and Gayle’s delicious homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s fully-stocked greenhouses feature beautiful annuals, hardy perennials, fertilizer, soils and mulch hay, as well as seedlings and plants. Smedberg’s allnatural, home-grown beef, pork and lamb are raised on the farm, fed from the field, with no added hormones. Also available: bison, chicken, turkey, seafood and live lobster. You won’t want to miss a stop at Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm. u

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MAINE MINERALOGY EXPEDITIONS, (MME) www.rocksme.biz Our main attraction is a four-hour guided tour of the famous Bumpus Mine where some of the world’s largest beryl crystals were found at the Bumpus in the late 1920’s. They were over twenty feet long and weighed many tons. Visitors (5 yrs and older) are treated to a basic introduction to local geology and mineralogy and a guided tour of two of the only mine tunnels in the area still permitting public access. Finally, visitors have an opportunity to dig in the mine tailings in search of mineral specimens including, feldspar, rose quartz, milky and smoky quartz, black tourmaline and beryl. It’s a great outdoor experience for history buffs, nature lovers, students and scouting groups who often take the tour to qualify for various academic and merit badge requirements. Maine Mineral Adventures Learn about the local geology, mining history, and how to identify minerals. Screen a bucket of mine run: material containing different gemstones and mineral specimens from local mines. Take field trips to famous local gem mines in the area and dig on their dumps. Visit mines like Mt. Mica, the Bennett Quarry, Orchard Pit and many others! Learn about the science of mining and see active mines. Prospecting trips are available to learn everything you need to know to go out on your own. MMA will provide an avenue for hobbyists and professionals as well as schools, clubs and organizations to dig for their own gem minerals, learn about lapidary, geology, minerals and the mining history here in Western Maine. we are happy to announce Dig Maine Gems South at One Cow Ice Cream next to Smedberg’s Crystal spring farms on Rt. 26 in Oxford.Call for more info or go to website digmainegems.com.

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rockhounding DIG MAINE GEMS! •• Learn mineral identification •• •• Guided tours of actual mines •• •• Dig for your own special find! ••

Maine Mineralogy Expeditions 121 Mayville Road, US Route 2 Bethel, ME 04217 800-533-3607 • 207-824-4224

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Visitors gather at BETHEL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, (BOA) before noon departure for the Bumpus Mine in their own vehicles. Safety requirements must be obeyed at all times and visitors must be equipped with sturdy shoes, repellent, and their own comfort items. MME provides hard hats, lights, collection buckets, and hand tools. While the site is considered “easy access”, tunnels are not wheel chair accessible. The mine is remote, with the only “improvements” being the access road and a maintained Porta-Jon, pretty much the same as it was when mining operations ceased in the 1960’s. Take a look at our web site, (www.rocksme.biz) for pictures and comments from our guest experiences! Along with MME, two closely affiliated businesses provide a great menu of experiences that will make your visit to our area a truly memorable one. First, to compliment the experience with gems and native minerals is MT MANN JEWELERS. Owner, hard rock miner, gem cutter and jewelry designer Jim Mann has created an educational and eye-popping exposition that is sure to impress the whole family. He provides a fantastic display of native and worldwide mineral specimens in his Museum and the Crystal Cave. Jim completes the experience with local gems set in fine jewelry with a major wow factor. The knowledgeable staff at Mt Mann is well equipped to answer your questions.

Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground Tenting & RV Sites • Rentals & Sales • Laundromat Guided Trips • Canoe & Kayak • Tubing • Fishing & Licenses Mineralogy Sluice • Bumpus Mine Tours

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BETHEL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & CAMPGROUND, (BOA) is “home base” for MME and a mineral sluice “Under the Chrystal”. Rock Hounds can process buckets of great mine material from some of the best sources in western Maine. The SLUICE is a great fun and an educational experience for the entire family. The pictures on our web site tell the story and we’re sure you won’t go home empty handed. To round out the total experience, BOA provides a beautiful campground for RV’s and tenters, has kayak, canoe, drift boat and bicycle rentals, and they provide fishing adventures and guide services as well. Your visit with us is sure to provide adventure and it’s a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available here. Learn something new and go home with some of natures beautiful treasures! For more information on features and tour reservations please call well in advance: (207) 824.4224 (800.533.3607) or Mt Mann at (207) 824.3030.

Ask about our 3-day Dig & Lodging packages with meals. AT POLAND MINING CAMPS Opening May 21! Oma’s Attic filled with treasures, rocks and more! Jewelry maker on site, wire wrapping and stonecutting available. u www.activitymaine.com


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bsolutely! Can you find it? Yes. With a little know-how, a few prospecting supplies and a little luck, you can find gold in some of Western Maine’s streams and rivers. The Swift River in the Town of Byron is one of the best known places in Maine to find this elusive metal. Prospecting for Gold is fun for all ages. Coos Canyon Rock & Gift provides a unique experience for you and your family. Here you can get free demonstrations on the technique of panning gold. The friendly staff is knowledgeable about gold prospecting and will pan some gravel to show you how it’s done. They will explain the rules concerning gold prospecting and point out areas available for prospecting along the local rivers. Enough information is given that you can either rent or purchase the few items necessary and you can head out to the river to seek your fortune. Coos Canyon Rock & Gift Shop is full of prospecting equipment, rocks and minerals from around the world, souvenirs, unique gifts and jewelry. Their food menu includes ice cream cones, pizza, sandwiches and burgers. The gift shop offers unique items and jewelry made of local gold and tourmaline-Maine’s State Gemstone. A collection of locally found gold nuggets is on display. u

Custom Design, In-House Repair Maine Gemstones, Fine Jewelry Fine Mineral Specimens Gemcutting, and much more. New Mineral Museum!

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Local Gold & Tourmaline Jewelry Unique Gifts - Souvenirs Prospecting Supplies & More!

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Jerry’s Gems

A Unique Rock Shop

A one of a kind shop offering a variety of Maine specimens, fossils, chakra stones and custom-design jewelry. 901 U.S. Route 1, Saco, Maine 04072 207-571-4522 www.jerrysgems.com E-mail: jerrysgems@yahoo.com

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We have access to private and closed locations like: Mount Mica, Mount Apatite, Emmons and more! Poland Mining Camps visit Oma’s Attic Dudy & Mary Groves P.O. Box 26 • 34 Groves Lane A unique and complete vacation opportunity Poland, Maine 04274 visit our website: www.polandminingcamps.com (207) 998-2350 visit our website: www.polandminingcamps.com

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Saturday from 9am -2pm at Angevine Park, 456 North Road. Free use of rods and reels or bring your own. Casting, fly-fishing, and fly tying instruction.  Family priced BBQ, or bring your own picnic lunch.  Stay in Bethel for the weekend and fish the Androscoggin River. No license required. 207.824.3694.www.upperandro.com

June 15-17: Trek Across Maine

Sunday River to the Sea. A 3-day, 180-mile bicycle tour to benefit the American Lung Association. 800.LUNG.USA. www.lungusa.org

June 25: 23rd Annual Constellation Energy Bethel Area Chamber Golf Classic at The Bethel Inn Resort. Scramble format. Pre-register as an individual or as a fourperson team. Contests, side-plays, awards, auction, continental breakfast, and more. 207.824.2282. www.bethelmaine.com July 7 - Bethel Art Fair

Jerpoint Glass - Hand Made in Ireland 91 Main St. ~ Bethel, Maine 877-607-7787 www.lindaclifford.com

Artists, artisans, live theater, and music, open studios and galleries throughout the region and fine fare! It is time for the 23rd Annual Bethel Art Fair. www.mahoosucarts.org

July 21 & 22 - Mollyockett Days

Theme - “Our River Runs Through It!” - Full day of events on Saturday. Parade, entertainment, food, frog jumping, arts & crafts, Maine jewelry and gem auction, fireworks. Sunday - road races for children & adults, diaper dash for infants and toddlers, river events and more! www. mollyockettdays.com or 800-442-5826, 800-442-5826 Aug. 5: 21st Annual Maine State Triathlon. A sprint triathlon with a 750 meter swim (or .47 mile, this is NEW -- no longer 1 K) at Songo Pond, 24 K bike race on scenic country roads, and a 5.8 K cross-country run. Teams or individuals. 207.824.2282. www. bethelmaine.com

October 6 & 7 - Sunday River Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championships

Two days of fun at Sunday River Resort including arts & crafts, wagon rides, chondola rides, beer & wine event, food & North American Wife Carrying Championships (on Saturday only) FMI www.sundayriver.com u 40

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Bethel, Maine Has the Blues – Blue Mountains, That is

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hen it comes to mountains, Vermont has the Greens, New Hampshire has the Whites, and Maine has the Blues. The Blues, better known as the Longfellow Range after Maine’s most famous poet, extend northeast from Bethel to 5,268 foot Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The section of the Blues from the Androscoggin River to the Bear River in Grafton Notch is called the Mahoosucs, likely an anglicized Abenaki Indian term for “land that is hard to hunt in” or “abode of hungry animals.” Some historians believe the term means pinnacle or mountain peak. Since the 1870’s, travelers have visited the Bethel area to hike the peaks and neighboring foothills, breathe the clean mountain air, spark their creative spirits, and cure their blues. Not to be overshadowed by the more publicized and well-known Presidential Range and White Mountains, the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to visitors of all ages and abilities to hike, walk, and backpack the variety of trails found in the western Maine region. There are over two dozen day hikes in the area including the Mt. Will Trail, Step Falls Nature Preserve, Table Rock Trail, and Wright Trail leading up Goose Eye Mountain. The Grafton Loop Trail provides a three-night backpacking trip for the adventuresome. In town, the Bethel Pathway along the Androscoggin River, Paradise Road, and self-guided walking

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Take in the mountain views with a scenic Chondola ride, or experience the thrills of our Zipline Tours and Twin Zips.

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Dunn Falls

Grafton Notch

CAMPGROUND Newry, Maine

14 Wooded Sites Bath House • Hiking Trails Nearby 1472 Bear River Road / Route 26

www.campgrafton.com • 207-824-2292

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tours of the town’s historic district satisfy the casual, exercise walker. Recently rebuilt, Table Rock Trail is a favorite with families. The 2.4 mile loop follows the Appalachian Trail’s white blaze to the blue-blazed trail. It rises gradually to a height of 900 feet above the trail head. (You may also take a right on the orangeblazed trail to ascend steeply. Children prefer this. Minor caves and clambering are fun.) From aptly named “Table Rock,” the vista includes 4, 180’ Old Speck Mountain, the third highest mountain in Maine. Step Falls near Grafton Notch was the Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine. The 24 acre preserve trail follows Wright Brook, a braided stream of steeply cascading pools dropping over 250 feet – making this one of Maine’s highest waterfalls. This is an ideal hike for nature photographers. The Mt. Will Trail, developed by the Bethel Conservation Commission, climbs 730 feet through the Bethel Town Forest. The North Ledges Section is highlighted by a descriptive nature trail, followed by a hike to south facing ledges that afford views of the Androscoggin valley and Bethel village. The final rocky descent completes the 3.25 mile loop. The Wright Trail is a full day’s loop hike up to the 3860 foot summit of Goose Eye Mountain. This trail is part of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Mahoosuc Unit. For its hiking visitors, Bethel offers a variety of lodging from restored bed & breakfasts, historic inns, to resorts with swimming pools and golf courses, as well as motels and campgrounds. Dining options range from a half dozen pizza places to Chinese, Korean, BBQ, vegetarian, English pub, microbrewery, and fine dining. Day hikers can pick up a pack lunch at the local supermarket or specialty food stores. There is an outdoor outfitter right in town for those in need of hiking, backpacking, and camping gear. The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce office has trails maps for day hikes in the area and the staff will provide direction to the trail heads. For information on walking, hiking, and backpacking, contact the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-442-5826 or on-line at www. bethelmaine.com. u 42

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riverboarding: “Once you’ve caught a wave, it can provide very long rides. It’s a wonderful experience running rapids from the unique and exciting face level perspective.”

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aine Whitewater River Surfing is New England’s first and only river surfing company. River surfing entails using a body board or river board, fins, helmet and pfd to navigate Maine’s premier whitewater rapids as well as catching and surfing standing river waves. Once you’ve caught a wave, it can provide very long rides, some indefinite! It’s a wonderful experience running rapids from the very unique and exciting face level perspective. River surfing provides a very personalized adventure for you along with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and reward that goes with such an endeavor! This will be Maine Whitewater River Surfing’s third season. With a 100 percent safety record and more and more folks coming back, we really hope you give it a try to see what all the hype is about. Whitewater River Surfing also offers a host of other activities including rafting trips on The Kennebec, Penobscot, Dead, and Canada Falls rivers. We also have moose safaris in the shadow of Mountain Katahdin in addition to a variety of overnight and multi day trips that include combo trip packages and/or our same day “ultimate trip” combining the best of both worlds. By bringing together the best rapids for rafting and the best rapids for river surfing you are left with truly a unforgettable and ultimate

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experience. Maine Whitewater River Surfing gives you a very personalized trip and have everything from relaxing trips designed toward families to high adventure trips as well. We try our best to show you everything the river has to offer! With the variety of rivers Maine has to offer in conjunction with the variety of ways to enjoy them, Maine Whitewater River Surfing truly has something special for everyone. Don’t miss out on all the summer fun! Call to find out about our specials, seasonal deals, group rates and other incentives. Call for any further explanations and questions. u

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36 miles of National Scenic Byway in the Western Mountain of Maine

Route 4 and 17 in the Rangeley Lakes Region offers 36 miles of National Scenic Byway – 1 of 3 in the state of Maine and only 150 such designated routes in the entire United States. The Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway offers not only scenic views and vistas, but an abundant of recreational opportunities as well. Heading north on Route 4 just after the start of the National Scenic Byway in Madrid, is the great explore of Smalls Falls. A 126 foot falls with several tiers offers thrills for the most adventuresome to the youngest members of the family. The main falls is easily viewed from the picnic area but the walk across the bridge is where the real fun begins. You’ll find a trail alongside the main falls that will bring you up the tier and offers opportunities to get into the pools of each tier. Don’t miss finding the path that will lead you across the forested area to the other branch of the river and additional opportunities to slip, slide, and splash in the Smalls Falls stream. cont. page 50

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Acadian Seaplanes specializes in air tours and air charter from or base on Rangeley Lake and Portland Harbor. Experience Maine’s rugged wilderness in one of our Cessna seaplanes. Join us on our popular Fly & Dine to Bosebuck Mountain Camps or search for Maine’s elusive moose on one of our Moose Tours. Visit our Portland base located at 58 Fore Street in downtown Portland for our Casco Bay Tour or our popular Coast of Maine Tour which features a dozen lighthouses and historic forts that protected this great state at times of war. Come fly in the “Moonrise Kingdom” movie seaplane and experience Maine from the air with Acadian Seaplanes. u

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Waterfalls Abound in Franklin County, Maine According to www.northeastwaterfalls.com, the following waterfalls are all in the county more easily recognized by the towns of Carrabassett Valley, Eustis, Farmington, and Rangeley. Here’s the bucket list for you…you’re not going to want to miss any of them! Alder Stream Falls, Alder Stream Falls TWP Alder Stream Angel Falls 126’, Township D Mountain Brook Arnold Falls, near Stratton South Branch Dead River Bowley Brook Gorge, Perkins TWP Bowley Brook Cascades 16’, Sandy River Plantation Cascade Stream Chandler Mills Falls, Township E Chandler Mills Eustis Falls 16’, Eustis Dead River Farmington Falls, Farmington/Chesterville Sandy River French’s Falls 12’, Jay Androscoggin Poplar Stream Falls 51’, Carrabassett Carrabassett Sarampus Falls, Alder Stream TWP Dead River Smalls Falls 54’, Township E Sandy River

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Summertime in the Jackman Moose River Region offers something for Everyone By Hal Blood f you want to beat the heat of summer and enjoy a vacation where you can relax and listen to the cry of the loons on a nearby lake, or have an action packed escape in the great outdoors, Jackman is the place for you. The Moose River valley lies at the headwaters of the Kennebec River, and consists of a chain of lakes connected by the Moose River. It is the last stop on Route 201 National Scenic By-way before the Quebec border, 15 miles to the north. This area is not known as a typical “Tourist Trap,” just a quiet friendly place to relax and enjoy life away from the grind of life.

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June 30, 2012 Family FUN Day PARADE: Scheduled for Saturday, June 30th starting at 4:00 p.m. It will start at the Forest Hills School parking lot and progress through town to the Jackman Town Hall Field. Rain Date will be Sunday, July 1st. 207-668-4171

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4th of JULY FIREWORKS: The annual Fireworks will be at the Town Field by the Jackman Town Office.  For approximate start time, please call (207) 668-4171. August 18, 2012 OUTDOOR PARTY! Enjoy a pig roast, lobsters, crabs, and entertainment by Pianist Jim Austin, Soloist Mike Rodrigue, and live band “River Bottom Funk”. Lots of fun and food for all! 207-668-4446 September 1, 2012 Spinal Cord Society Tournament! Come on out on this Labor Day Weekend and throw some shoes to benefit the SPINAL CORD SOCIETY! This is a fun annual event.207-668-4446. u For more information about the Jackman area: Jackman-Moose River Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Jackman, Maine Tel: 207-668-4171 or visit them@www. jackmanmaine.org.

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“There are also miles of hiking trails to the top of the highest mountain peaks. On a clear day, you can see into Canada and also Mount Katahdin. While hiking the right time of the season you can pick raspberries and blueberries beside the trail. ” Jackman Hardware & Sporting Goods

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MID-MAINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Celebrating PRESENTS 100 Years

Taste of Greater Waterville August 1, 2012 11 AM - 11 PM

Eddie Money, Song Artist of: “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Two Tickets To Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” & more. 1,000 Seats Available. $25 advanced purchase only. $5 Standing room only (not presold). Must be 21+ to enter.

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ocated on the banks of the Kennebec River, Waterville is home to a mix of shops and restaurants as well as two colleges, Thomas College and Colby College. A Main Street Maine community, Waterville takes great pride in its downtown, which is home to seven structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to many shops and one-of-a-kind eateries. Waterville is easily accessed with two exits off Interstate 95 as well as Route 201, which touts a national, historic byway and is part of the KennebecChaudiere Corridor. This year marks the 20th Taste of Greater Waterville. Originally the Taste was an event that recognized the area’s restaurants and gave locals a chance to dine in the streets of downtown. After 20 years, the Taste has morphed into an all day event where there is something for everyone. The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce took over coordinating the event soon after it started and has continued to ensure the event grows, is successful and properly The Taste of Greater Waterville

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waterville exhibits what this region has to offer. Running from 11AM-11PM, one can find limitless food choices, children’s activities, vendors, and live music. This year the Taste will feature 80’s Rock Star, Eddie Money and the Budweiser Clydesdales! For more information visit www.midmainechamber.com or call (207) 873-3315. Shoppers will find a wide array of products, including upscale women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, art, toys and books, and much more. Dining options are equally as diverse, offering authentic Lebanese and Mexican cuisines, Asian specialties, eclectic American fare, delicious pub food, barbeque, and fresh seafood, great bagels, sandwiches and coffee. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight over the miles of hiking trails located throughout the City and its neighboring communities, including the newly developed Quarry Road Recreation Area and the extensive Kennebec Messalonskee Trail System. The Kennebec River also offers spectacular fishing and boating opportunities. www.waterville-me.gov/. u Downtown Waterville Events Maine International Film Festival, July 13-22, 2012 www.miff.org 42nd Annual Waterville Intown Arts Fest, July 28, 2012 Taste of Greater Waterville, August 1, 2012* www.midmainechamber.com 6th Annual Hill ‘n the Ville Music Festival, September 7 & 8, 2012 10th Annual Harvest Fest, October 20 & 21, 2012

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hina Lakes Region, located just outside Maine’s capital city Augusta, is a popular destination for many locals and many from far away. China Lakes region consisting of four villages; South China, China,Weeks Mills and Branch Mills and have beautiful scenic hillsides. Lakeside camps, hilly farmland, three bodies of crystal clear water and a bustling small town are only a few of the reasons many travel to spend time in the China Lakes Region. China Lake has a variety of species which makes it very popular to Maine anglers. In the springtime, white perch run, and many people can be seen fishing from the shoreline and in the summer boaters experience the fun on the water. In the summer and winter season landlock salmon, white perch, and small mouth bass are fished for. Only a stone throw away from busy route 3 there are many motels for your resting comfort. Come and enjoy the outdoor fun including fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, and antique shopping, along Maine’s historic, picturesque countryside or just sit by the water and watch the loons and wildlife play. u

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well as offering tournaments that range from beginner-oriented instructional events to large Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) events, which draw skilled players from all over the northeast US. Disc golf is a fun activity for folks of all ages. It’s also a year round activity. A number of courses stay open year round, clearing and grooming the snow for easier play. So get out there and try the great sport of disc golf, you’ll be glad you did! u

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Sun. June 3 Memory Bowl Doubles (for Alzheimer Research) Sat. July 7 Battle of the Bears (MPT event) Sun. July 22 Summer Doubles Photo David Sage, www.sagefamilystudios.com Sat. Aug. 4 Ace Race Sun. Aug. 26 Leo P. Roy Memorial Doubles (MDA fundraiser) Sat. Sept. 15 Autumn Singles Sun. Oct. 14 Autumn Doubles Sat. Nov. 10 Turkey Trot Singles ooking for a great activity to do with friends, family, or just Sun. Dec 2 Christmas Doubles get away for a few hours? The answer is Disc Golfing, which started in CA over 30 years ago, and is now worldwide! One of the first ten official disc golf courses in the world was built in Maine shortly after the sport Disc Golf was officially formalized in 1975. It is the fastest growing sport 106 Burnham Road in the State. Courses are located in every corner of Maine, which Limerick, ME 04048 now boasts 36 courses. Many are ideal sights for family reunions (207) 229-9825 or gatherings, organizations such as scouts or churches, as well as www.woodlandvalleydiscgolf.com day trips for summer camp programs with many offering special OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, DURING ALL SEASONS group rates. For example, it is only $3 per person in a group of 8 a.m. to dusk, every day 12 or more and that includes rentals. Disc golfing is a sport for all ages and abilities. It is very common to see multi-generations of families out enjoying themselves, and the wildlife on the courses. Most courses have people available to get you started with impromptu lessons for those new to the sport. Players who play this sport are some of the most incredible people, and are always willing share their knowledge and skills. Many of the courses have leagues and tournaments throughout the summer and would love to have you join in. Woodland Valley Disc Golf in Limerick, is presently constructing their 3rd and most challenging course yet, and would love to have you stop by for a round. In addition to Enman Field, Dragon Disc Golf opened Dragan Field in Auburn in 2000, and has had a hand in helping to design a number of other courses around the state as well. One of the ways in which Dragon Disc Golf is furthering the growth of the sport is by offering instruction to new players, as

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he midcoast region extends from Brunswick to Searsport on the north and includes eastern Cumberland, all of Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties as well as a major section of Waldo County. The rich seafaring heritage of the entire region is very much alive and well and seen in its many bustling harbors and traditional fishing villages. History and cultural activities abound here. Historic forts at Popham, Edgecomb, William Henry and the Colonial Pemaquid Restoration as well as the Pownal and Knox forts and the Civil War Museum that honors Maine Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain in Brunswick are a must see for history buffs. For those with an interest in maritime traditions, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport and the Fishing Museum at Pemaquid Point Light provide wonderful opportunities to discover our seafaring past. Cultural activities in the form of concerts, performing arts and fine art galleries and studios are found throughout the region. You will also have a wide variety of fine restaurants to choose from as well as accommodations that range from large resorts, cozy inns, B&Bs and great campgrounds. Boat cruises and deep sea fishing opportunities abound. If you enjoy antiquing, checking out flea markets and boutiques, the mid-coast has it for you. The midcoast region is truly the jewel of Maine’s Coast with something for everyone to enjoy. u 66

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midcoast MAINE brunswick Welcome to the Brunswick Area: Bowdoin College, Maine State Music Theatre, Joshua Chamberlain Museum and much more Perched between the confluence of two giant rivers on one side and the shores of Casco Bay on the other, Brunswick, founded in 1794, has been a community of cultural vigor and diversity for more than 200 years. Its broad Main Street, tree-shaded Village Green and Malls as well as classic New England architecture, combine to create a splendid New England ambience. Brunswick, located a little more than 20 miles north of Portland, offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy cultural events, museums and many 1st class restaurants, presenting a variety of delectable cuisines ... a culinary treat for every palate awaits you! The offerings of this community are ... a summer music theatre, a year-round dramatic theatre, one of the finest small art museums in the northeast, two excellent libraries and regular summer concerts by a premier string quartet. Every spring, the residents of Brunswick eagerly await the opening of Fat Boy Drive-In and every fall they mourn when it closes. Every summer since 1955 Fat Boy has been haunting the grounds for Maine fishermen, Naval aviators, Bowdoin College students and thousands of coastal vacationers. Fat Boy is world famous (it really is!) for its Canadian BLT’s, Maine Lobster Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western Frappes. Then, of course, there are our Whoper Burgers. When you need service, simply turn on your headlights and one of our friendly waitresses will be happy to serve you. u www.activitymaine.com


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rom oceanside to rustic sites in the woods, Maine offers an incredible variety of campgrounds for RV and tent campers. Whether you relax by the campfire or enjoy a full schedule of activities and events, you’re sure to find your favorite camping destination right here. So . . . start packing! In Southern Maine’s Coastal Region, a seven-mile long sandy beach stretches from Old Orchard Beach to Scarborough. The Pier in OOB is famous for its shops, restaurants and entertainment. Area campgrounds are either within easy walking distance to the beach and amusement parks or they offer shuttle service. Old Orchard Beach Campground has large natural sites and a swimming pool. Shady pines and oaks compliment sister campgrounds, Hid’n Pines Family Campground and Powder Horn Family Camping Resort. Wagon Wheel RV Resort and Campground and Wild Acres Family Camping are known for their themed weekends plus live NASCAR races and sporting events shown on a giant screen. In nearby Scarborough, camp sites at Wassamki Springs Campground overlook a 30-acre lake. All of these are minutes from Portland’s Old Port and picturesque Casco Bay. In Freeport, home to L.L. Bean, you’ll find a unique setting at the Desert Dunes of Maine Campground. Open and shady sites are located adjacent to the Desert of Maine, a Glacial Wash Plain created 10,000 years ago from mineral and sand deposits. see Camping on page 71

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Bohemian Coffee House Fresh, locally roasted coffee Our own gelato pastries, espresso drinks voted midcoast maine’s best gourmet coffee house free wireless internet 4 Railroad Ave. (by Hannaford) (207) 725-9095 Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

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Maine MaritiMe MuseuM Halcyon Yarn Maine’s Fiber Arts Destination

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Tour Bath Iron Works*; see the Navy’s new ultra modern destroyer DDG 1000 Zumwalt being built Let your children play on the Pirate Play-Ship or pretend to be a tugboat captain, and more Cruise the Kennebec River on nature and lighthouse tours* Examine indoor exhibits, most with interactive and hands-on displays

Discover the shipyard site and workshops where the world’s largest wooden ship was built Explore 20 acres of outdoor and indoor activities, demos, exhibits, historic buildings and a working boat shop *Advance reservations strongly recommended: available online. Tour, cruise and events fees include 2-day Museum admission.

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Knitting 911! Are you stuck on a project? Is something you have been knitting not working out at all? Do you have UFOs because you don’t know where to go with them or what to do? This is the class for you. Bring your “problem children” - whatever they are - and receive personalized guidance and solutions. This is a small class - 2 people minimum, 4 people max. Friday, June 15! $35.00 Going to the Dogs: Introduction to Needle Felting! Man’s Best Friend in Needle Felt! Learn to make adorable dog sculptures. Explore making fanciful dogs and realistic ones as you learn all the basic techniques of needle felting. Bring a picture of your favorite dog for inspiration. You will take home two completed pets! No experience necessary - recommended for ages 12 and up. Saturday, July 14! $60.00 Elements of Knitting: Cable Connection! Take the mystery out of cables. Explore the basic structure of a cable and learn to knit different types of cables. Included in the instruction will be how to identify cables and read written instructions and charts.! Friday, August 24! $35.00 FiberME 2012! A 5 day bus tour of all things fiber in the beautiful state of Maine. Visit mills, studios, galleries, Haystack School of Crafts, Maine FiberArts and even a boat ride and a traditional Maine Clam/Lobster Bake. Each day we’ll start and end at Halcyon Yarn. www.activitymaine.com


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the Five Islands Farm -not to mention indoor dining at the Osprey Restaurant. Accommodations to make this event memorable and convenient, range from elegant Bed & Breakfasts to a nearby scenic campground with waterfront sites and plenty to do. On site is

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the Mooring Bed & Breakfast and next door is the Grey Havens Inn, and just down the road lies Sagadahoc Campground. Light/ moderate rain will not cancel though heavy rain will. For more information contact the Georgetown Historical Society at 207371-9200 or log onto: www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.org u

Five Islands Farm Fine Food & Garden Market

Maine Cheese Local Produce Gourmet Food Maine Meats

Fine Wine Craft Beer Garden Accents Books & Gifts

1375 Five Islands Road, Georgetown ME PH. (207) 371-9383

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Camping, from pg 67 Further north, the Boothbay Harbor Region is home to working and pleasure boats. Shore Hills Campground and RV Park offers waterfront, wooded and open sites. Shuttle service is available to Boothbay Harbor. Lake Pemaquid Campground in nearby Damariscotta is situated on 7-mile long Lake Pemaquid. And at the southern tip of Georgetown Island is Sagadahoc Bay Campground, with oceanfront camping. Sandy beaches and rocky ledges await your exploration. While in Boothbay, take a ride on a windjammer or visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Mid Coast is known for its museums, lighthouses, schooners and windjammers, plus Rockland’s Famous Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Mic Mac Cove Campground in Union, has waterfront and waterview sites on Crawford Lake. At Megunticook RV Resort Destination in Rockport, you’ll find oceanfront and wooded sites. The Camden Hills RV Resort offers a similar setting.

and Lake George Regional Park, with 8,000 feet of shore front. Touring Maine in an RV, your own home on wheels, or pitching a tent as you go, is a wonderful adventure and a lot more fun than most people know. You drive where you want to go, stop when you want to stop, see what you want to see and simply enjoy being together with family or friends. Enjoy the scenic landscape and quaint villages. Discover refreshing opportunities to swim, fish, or boat. Stop to play golf, hike and bicycle. Browse at farmers’ markets, country stores and antique shops. You will be welcome wherever you travel in Maine. Lee’s Family Trailer Sales and Service has answers to all your RV questions, as well as new and used RVs waiting for you. For more information about camping in Maine, visit www.campmaine.or call 1.888.274.9030 for a FREE Maine camping guide today! u

The mountains and lakes of western Maine also offer a range of camping options for those seeking solitude and perhaps a physical challenge. Littlefield Beaches Lakeside Campground in Greenwood is only minutes from Sunday River’s Mountain Bike Park in Newry. The Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground, located within walking distance of Bethel village, is situated on the Androscoggin River. You’ll find wooded sites at Grafton Notch Campground near Bear River in Newry. Day hikes for all abilities are just minutes away from any of these campgrounds. In Canaan, Maine, the S’more Fun Kamp Ground is a KOA affiliate. Nearby is Moxie Falls, one of Maine’s highest waterfalls, www.activitymaine.com

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

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LOBSTERS & CLAMBAKES

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boothbay harbor Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens A Wonder-full Garden for All Ages in All Seasons Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder, but it’s no wonder at all that the 250-acre shorefront Gardens has been hailed as one of Maine’s top attractions. It’s no wonder too, that the Gardens hosts 90,000 visitors each year. There is something for everyone at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Whether you enjoy a peaceful stroll, exploring wooded trails or creating a family adventure, you’ll have a great time at the Gardens. You’ll find gardens, programs, and events for all ages and abilities. Don’t miss the Garden of the Five Senses, the Children’s Garden, the Shoreland Trail, and more. You’ll be amazed by the coastal landscape, the stonework, and the native plants. When you experience Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, you truly experience Maine.

Route 1, Wiscasset, ME • 207.882.6861 www.monkeycmonkeydo.com

The Gardens, on Barters Island Road, approximately a mile from Boothbay common, is open from 9-5 year-round. To learn more, visit www.MaineGardens.org or call (207) 633-4333. u

Monkey C Monkey Do introduces the first and only yearround ice skating in New England! The rink surface is made of a new proprietary material from Europe. It is the same, as you would see used on cruise ships and many indoor ice shows. It is environmentally friendly and requires no power or refrigeration. You can use your own ice skates, but we also have skates available to rent. Great family fun that can be enjoyed all year long! u 

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World-Class Gardens on the Maine Coast

# A dozen stunning ornamental gardens # Wondrous 2-acre children’s garden # Café and Gift Shop open seasonally # Art exhibits & events for all ages in all seasons # Miles of waterfront and woodland trails

Barters Island Rd., Boothbay, ME 04537 (207) 633-4333

Open 9–5 daily, year-round. Admission fees; members free.

www.MaineGardens.org

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

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

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What are you looking for?

There’s a warm welcome waiting for you ... A truly quaint and beautiful Maine village, Damariscotta is the gateway to the Pemaquid/Bristol peninsula. The area is rich in history; the town’s first recorded deed is dated 1625. In the spring, alewives gather to spawn at the Damariscotta waterfalls. Damariscotta serves as the shopping and financial center for surrounding communities, and is the site of many fine homes. It’s attractive Main Street boasts numerous stores, shops and restaurants. The Chapman-Hall House, built in 1754, features an herb garden and rose bushes dating back to the 18th century. Along the edge of the Damariscotta River are some three acres of oyster shells, left in great mounds by Indians during the countless ancient summers. Artifacts have been found among the shells to substantiate the theory that this was a popular spot for many different Maine Indian tribes through the centuries. Some of the shell heaps run as deep as 30 feet. The Damariscotta Region offers unrivaled opportunities for all.u www.schoonerlandingmaine.com

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ristol/Pemaquid is made up of 8 villages: New Harbor, Round Pond, Pemaquid Beach, Chamberlain, Bristol Mills, Pemaquid Point, Pemaquid Falls and Pemaquid Harbor. The historic sites of the area include: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (1872), a National Historical Landmark; Fort William Henry (1689); the Old Rock Schoolhouse (1835); the Harrington Meeting House (1773); and the Pemaquid Restoration Museum, among others. Visit our many gift shops featuring Maine Made Crafts and enjoy a seafood dinner in any of our local restaurants.

May & October by Reservation

SEA ACRES MOTEL www.seaacrescottages.com

Family Atmosphere

23 Bradley Hill Road, Pemaquid, Maine 04558

(207) 677-2693

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

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central & midcoast Quiet, Wooded Sites on Pemaquid Lake

“Pemaquid Beach is the perfect, low-key family beach. The water is great for swimming, there’s ample aquatic habitat to explore, and the snack shack offers lots of great food”

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

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

207-563-5202 • www.lakepemaquid.com

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Serving the Inland MidCoast www.unionareachamber.org

union founders day This date in 1774, the first tree was cut to build the first home in Union. All-day Family fun, pancake breakfast, chicken BBQ, live music, Silent Movie at Old Town House, Come Spring Bus Tours, 7-Tree Pond Wildlife Tours, St. George and the Dragon performances. For more information, call 207-785-2202.

Quarry House Antiques Charlotte Hollenberg mrantqs@msn.com Furniture • Glass • China Closed Mondays

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

Union is wild Maine blueberry country

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too bad mom forgot to pack the sunscreen

Don’t worry. You can pick up everything from aloe & sunscreen to marshmallows & hot dogs at Hannaford Supermarkets. We’re your one-stop shop for all the summer essentials. locate the nearest store at hannaford.com

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delicious recipe idea Hot Crab Dip • 3 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese • 1 tsp. grated onion • 1 tsp. yellow prepared mustard • 1/2 cup salad dressing • 1 lb. crabmeat • 1/3 cup sherry Soften cream cheese in double boiler over hot water. Add onion, mustard and salad dressing and blend well. Stir in crabmeat and sherry.

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DAY ON THE BAY

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enobscot Bay is considered to be one of the world’s best sailing bays. The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean are home to porpoises, seals, sea birds and other wild life. There are several lighthouses that you can visit from the waterside which is the way to really appreciate their form and function. Here is your opportunity to experience the bay in two unique ways. One is to go lobstering on CAPTAIN JACK, a traditional 30 foot Maine lobster boat operated by Captain Steve Hale. The trip times are 9am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:30pm. His down east humor and approach to fishing will keep you entertained for the full 1.25-hour adventure. Yes you will be able to assist in the hauling, baiting, and measuring of the lobsters and even try your hand at the wheel. He has been lobstering for 30 years. You will also be able to purchase lobsters for your dinner that night.

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The second trip is on a beautiful wooden sailboat operated by Captain Bob. This excellent example of craftsmanship is known as “the prettiest ketch in the schooner fleet.” MORNING IN MAINE is a 55 foot ketch designed by Captain Pete Culler and built by Concordia in 1970. She carries 21 passengers on 2-hour trips each day of the week. As a marine biologist, Bob will offer an additional dimension to the sailing adventure. He is willing to discuss the many facets of the sea and the animals that make the bay their home. Bob taught for many years at the college level and now prefers to use a low-key approach to the many marine wonders surrounding the ship. The sailing times are 10am, 1pm and 4pm. A sunset cruise can be arranged in July and August. These two trips are worth coming to Rockland, where there is plenty of free parking on the middle pier, lobstering the morning, have a lunch on the dock and sail in the afternoon, making a perfect day for any vacation. u

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central & midcoast coastal sentinels For nearly two hundred years, lighthouses have guided ships of all kinds through stormy nights along the Maine Coast, and some sixty of the towering sentinels still serve. Best known are those at York, Portland, Pemaquid Point, Port Clyde, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Stockton Springs, Bass Harbor and Lubec.

Best Seafood on the Coast! 441 Main Street, Rockland

596-7556

Homemade Seafood Chowder

Homemade Seafood Lasagna

Lobster, Shrimp, Clams, Haddock, Scallops & Crabmeat

Lobster, Shrimp, Haddock, Crabmeat & Scallops served with side salad & garlic bread

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All You Can Eat Seafood

Like a buffet, but we serve you! Homemade Fish Cakes • Fresh Crabmeat Rolls • Lobster Rolls Homemade Fish & Clam Chowder Lobster Dinner Featuring Select 4lb. Lobsters Chicken • Prime Rib • Alfredoes Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner ~ Air Conditioned

Scenic Train Rides

Enjoy retro luxury train cars and incredible panoramic picture window views as you ride the rails along the scenic Maine coast. Schedules, Information, and Ticket Sales at

maineeasternrailroad.com or 207-596-6725

GENERAL & MARINE CONTRACTOR

Quality construction for commercial and residential customers Dredging • Wharves • Breakwaters Foundation Pilings • Pipe-lines Sewage Out-falls • Barge Crane & Crane Service

594-9565

67 Front Street fax: 594-9566 ROCKLAND ME 04841 web: www.prockmarinecompany.com www.activitymaine.com

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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

so. thomaston

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

Schooner Bay Motor Inn

Located between Camden and Rockland on Coastal Route 1 in Rockport, Maine Each of Schooner Bay’s 23 non-smoking rooms has its own full bath and private entrance with: • Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Wireless Internet • King, Queen, or Double Beds, All rooms A/C • Cable TV, In-Room Telephone (Local calls free) Major Credit Cards Accepted

207-236-2205

For Reservations 1-888-308-8855

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belfast

B Open 7 Days

• T-Shirts • Hats • Socks • Carhartt • Buoy Bells Rockland 464 Main St. 594-2660

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elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access from land or sea. Come explore this historic mid-coast town nestled on beautiful Penobscot Bay and the Passagassawakeag River. A truly lovely city with striking coastal views. The city is surrounded by fine motels, restaurants, shops, parks and galleries. Belfast has become a popular destination for boaters of all kinds. Sit by the harbor, relax and enjoy! Moorings in the magnificent harbor now number more than 200, with room for many more. The parks and shoreline make inviting places for picnics. Catch a movie or visit the music theatre, art fairs, hobby shows and special holiday events. Antique shops and art galleries are filled with one-of-a-kind items and interesting collectibles. In the Belfast area there is no shortage of fine restaurants. Their offerings present a variety of foods prepared with “down home” as well as “sophisticated” culinary skills to satisfy your taste buds ... Bon Appetite! Visit the many local and State parks in the Belfast area. Swim in the ocean at Bayside or in the warmer waters of Swan Lake or Lake St. George. Try the pool at the Belfast City Park. Tee-off at one of the area’s nine-hole golf courses. Or go horseback riding. www.activitymaine.com


central & midcoast Play tennis, even after dark on lighted courts at the Belfast City Park. Relax and enjoy all the sights at the Belfast Harborside. While in the Belfast area, be sure and visit our Historic Downtown Shopping section. You will find merchants willing and ready to courteously serve you and make your shopping experience a pleasant one!u

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searsport

stockton springs

Discover Searsport—Maine’s Best Kept Secret

Good Kettle Saturday Night Baked Beans

Searsport and Stockton Springs are located where the mouth of the Penobscot River flows into the beautiful Penobscot Bay. Centrally located between Camden and Bar Harbor, it is within easy reach of both Bangor and Augusta. It is here that Route 1 traverses the bay, affording the visitor breathtaking views of the Maine coastline. Gracious old sea captain’s homes that have been converted to B&B’s give that elegant turn of the century charm and hospitality. u

Rocky Ridge Motel

1 Bag Navy Beans 4 Strips Bacon or Salt pork 1 Large Vidalia Onion 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard ¼ Cup Ketchup ¼ Cup Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Molasses Rinse beans - place in bean pot and cover with water. Let soak until soft but firm. Add balance of ingredients – mix well. Put pot in oven at 350 degrees for 4 hours. Stir frequently and keep beans covered with water.

Open all year House keeping cottages (some with housekeeping) Units feature connected rooms & free cable Immaculately clean & well-maintained Special rates available • Major credit cards accepted Public beach across highway

622 U.S. Route 1 Stockton Springs, ME 04981 207-576-3456 • 1-800-453-0754

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central & midcoast coupons • coupons • coupons • coupons • coupons • coupons • coupons

Cash in on these AMAZING deals for your next adventure! Open Early May Activity Maine Bonus Buy to Mid-October

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his region includes the spectacular Acadia National Park, one of the most visited national parks in America. Washington County where the sun first rises on continental United States and Campobello Island, N.B. located across the International Bridge from Lubec, Maine made famous for being the summer home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and St. Stephen, N.B. across the Ste. Croix River from its sister U.S. city Calais, Maine. Acadia National Park includes more than 40,000 acres, mostly on Mount Desert Island. The remainder of the park is located at Schoodic Point near Winter Harbor on the mainland and several islands, including the Isle au Haut. The park offers great trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Fishing and kayaking are a few other activities one can enjoy in this natural wonderland. u

Maine’s Premier Aviation Tour Company Bar Harbor, Maine

acadiaairtours.com - Biplane Tours The very best way to see Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park!

• Romantic Sunset Flights • Fall Foliage Flights • Acadia Park Tours • Lighthouse Tours

- Glider Flights Experience the exhilaration of silent, effortless flight.

- Fighter Pilot Experience Aerobatic Flights

Since the dawn of time, mankind has dreamed of soaring like an eagle. Today, that dream can become your reality.

- Scenic Flights Starting at $39 Per Person You are at the controls of the highperformance aircraft used to train future fighter pilots in the 1940’s. Experience the sights, sounds and sensations of World War II while powering through the sky behind a big 600 horsepower Pratt & Whitney radial engine. “A truly unforgettable experience!”

Park Ranger narrated trip at 2pm

Pay for 3 passengers and the 4th (child) f lies free!

Five scenic flights to choose from!

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(207)288-0703 288-0703 (207)

(207)667-7627 667-7627 (207)

How to Find Us Visit either our downtown Bar Harbor office, conveniently located on the pier next to the whale watch, or our Airport location on Route 3, just one and a half miles north of the Trenton Bridge entrance to Mount Desert Island. www.downeastwindjammer.com www.activitymaine.com

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ateway to Acadia/Mt. Desert and way downeast The city of Ellsworth is located at the crossroads of U.S. Route 1, making it the perfect destination for you to discover what makes Maine so special. From here you can tour Acadia National Park and all of Mt. Desert, set off on a day safari to explore Washington County and Campobello Island, N.B., or take a day trip to Bangor and the Maine Highlands. You are invited to stay and relax in the community’s fine accommodations and dine in some of the area’s finest restaurants that offer an array of culinary choices. Fine art galleries, small shops and several malls offer a variety of shopping opportunities. u

Custom & Ready-Made Mats & Frames • Fine Art by Loal Artists

Tammie & Andy Anderson, Owners

hancock Congratulations, On Your 10th Anniversary

The owners, “Alicia” and “Air” Soutthivong have been serving the areas tastiest and healthiest foods at their Bangkok Restaurant since 1989. This year marks their 10th anniversary at their present location. In the restaurant’s friendly and relaxing atmosphere you will savor creative seafood dishes, Thai curry, vegetarian specialties and much more. When in Ellsworth do stop in for a culinary treat. u

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More than 20 years of Great Downeast Family Dining

Ruth & Wimpy’s has become a family dining icon in downeast Maine. Their restaurant’s reputation for serving great food makes it the number one dining choice for locals and brings summer visitors to the area year after year to enjoy a great meal. Thanks for making a downeast dining experience so special.u

full menu - family dining - outdoor seating full bar - celebrating our 21ST year

www.ruthandwimpy@yahoo.com www.wilburthelobster@yahoo.com 5 miles east of ellsworth on route 1, hancock, maine

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jonesport

jonesboro Pro Shop • Snack Bar Riding Carts • Club Rentals Nine Hole Course Lenny Espling, Proprietor www.barrenviewgc.com Tel. 207-434-6531

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

Located on Route One Jonesboro, Maine

washington county Here on 1,000 miles of ruggedly beautiful and unspoiled Maine coast where the sun first graces America’s shores is an area that awaits your discovery. In addition to its historic shipbuilding and fishing heritage it is the blueberry capital of the world. You are invited to explore and enjoy all of way downeast.

3 Shops in One: Gifts • Fine Art • Much More!

don’t be the one who

forgot the BBQ sauce But if you are, we’re right around the corner, and we’ve got everything for the perfect cookout. Hannaford Supermarkets are your one-stop shop for all the summer essentials. locate the nearest store at hannaford.com

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Destination Cherryfield Come celebrate Saturday, July 21st in our historic community. The Wild Blueberry Capital of the World…

Have a Safe and Happy Summer! Cherryfield Foods, Inc. 4 Park Street, P.O. Box 128 • Cherryfield, ME 04622

marshfield Making summer treats and holiday traditions special

Flo’s Wreaths also ship trailer truckloads of their holiday products to major distributors throughout the East and Midwest. You can place your toll free order at:

800-321-7136 or on-line at: www.floswreaths.net

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For more than a half a century the Hanscom’s have been harvesting wild blueberries from their barrens. In mid-August, both locals and visitors alike flock to the Hanscom Ridge Road, Marshfield, facility to treat themselves to a great downeast summer tradition. In addition to their summer blueberry treats, they pioneered the development of balsam fir holiday products in downeast Maine. Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces and other specialty holiday creations are among the natural Maine products that the Hanscoms have shipped to brighten the holiday seasons of thousands of families across America. Early November sees the beginning of the process of harvesting the finest tip ends of the balsam fir branches. The freezing nights in downeast Maine at this time of year are the perfect ingredient to slow down sap flow, allowing the needles to form a strong bond with the branches. Next comes the creative process. In the midst of the glorious fragrance of the newly cut balsam fir, creative artists at Flo’s Wreaths put their talents into the development of each holiday product. Their special storage methods assure that the fresh smell of the Maine woods lasts for months. During November and early December, they ship their creative holiday products daily to thousands of retail customers across the country. u www.activitymaine.com


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Visit the coastal Machias Bay area Tel.so 207-255-4455 Be the first to see the sun rise and experience much more! berryvines@myfairpoint.net www.berryvines.com (207) 255-4402 www.machiaschamber.org 85 Main St., Suite 2 • Machias, ME 04654

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Where On Earth Do You Fit In? Our Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum may be just right.

Machias Motor Inn

Overlooking the River — 38 Units Open Year Round Efficiency Apartments Available • Air Conditioned Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Pot in every room Wireless Internet Access • Full Service Restaurant on premises Bus Tours Welcome Across the street from Sunrise Trail 103 Main St., Machias, ME 04654 Tel. (207) 255-4861 • www.machiasmotorinn.com

Environmental Liberal Arts

That’s what we’re really all about at UMaine-Machias. An affordable liberal arts college, a community of individuals committed to the environment, and an unspoiled Maine coast location. We may not be right for everyone, but we may be the right fit for you. TOLL FREE

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40 air-conditioned units cable color TV • high-speed internet Open All Year Sharon & Peter Stackpole, Managers 231 Dublin Street U.S. Route 1, Machias, Maine 04654

207-255-3332 Toll-Free 1-866-636-2463

R E A L E S TAT E Machias Office – 10 Hadley Lake Road, Machias, ME 04654

(207) 255-9099 • (866) 636-2463 Jason A. Smith, Broker/Owner • (207) 263-9187 Kathleen Shannon, Sales Agent • (207) 650-8240 Email: INFO@POINTEASTRE.COM Website: www.POINTSEASTRE.COM

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Sawbuck Custom Woodworks Timber Framed reasonable cabins and projects to suit (207) 271-1275 • Rt. 192, Machias, ME 04654 Holm Inspections, LLC 11 School St., Machias, ME 04654 207-255-0770 ph/fax www.HOLMinspections.com Professional Home Inspection for Your Peace of Mind

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PINEO’S fishing & boating supplies

fishing & hunting licenses

friendly service! 292 Main St., U.S. Route 1, Machias, Maine 04654 Tel. (207) 255-8387

Cardiac Rehabilitation

89 Main St., Machias, ME 04654

All Natural & Organic Groceries & Produce Supplements Quality Wine, Beer & Chocolates Gluten-Free Products Bulk Herbs & Spices Quality Pet Food Maine Made Products

Now Open

“Saltwater Cafe”

a cafe offering fresh, local, and healthy foods

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Why Travel?

• Experienced therapist • Specialized cardiac monitoring system • Monitored exercise • Specialized reports for primary care provider • Collaborative team approach

11 Hospital Drive | Machias, ME 04654 207-255-3356 | www.dech.org

Stop in and try something new! 4 Colonial Way Downtown Machias 207-255-8855

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Summer Hours Mon.–Sat. 9–6,

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For an award-winning dining experience and exceptional accommodations, call for reservations: 207-255-4134 www.riversideinn-maine.com U.S. Route 1, PO Box 373, East Machias, ME 04630

Award-winning gourmet restaurant Riverside Inn Restaurant of East Machias, Maine, is a downeast prize to savor. In 2007, The International Travel Group, Legion d’Honneur du Voyage, selected the Riverside Inn of East Machias, Maine, for its prestigious award of Best Gourmet Restaurant in Maine. Here you will find entrées prepared and presented to perfection. u 92

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whiting

The Blue Lobster Gallery Seascape artist

Jane Diggins Harnedy paintings capture the spirit of the sea High Surf Oil, 26x30 Directions: From Route 1 at the University of Maine at Machias, go exactly 9 miles on Route 92 to Pettegrow Point Road in Bucks Harbor. Open by chance or appointment

fresh baked bread daily made-to-order sandwiches • pizza chicken • burgers • ice cold beer & soda agency liquor store Roosevelt International Park Info Center co-located Open 7 Days 6AM–8PM • thewhitingstore@yahoo.com Route 1

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The Day in the Life of a Blue Lobster Oil, 20x24 2 Pettegrow Point Road Machiasport, ME 04655 207-669-4255 or 207-255-0170 jharnedy@maineline.net Acadia Surf Mixed Media, 4x6

the puffin pines country gift store

Minnetonka Moccasins! Novelty Socks - Books - Jewelry - Artwork - Knick-Knacks - T-Shirts Great Kid’s Corner - Roy Toys - Greeting Cards - Post Cards ... and so much more! VISA - MC - Discover Year-Round 50% Off Table! TOURIST INFORMATION

Mon. thru Sat. 10AM to 5PM 240 U.S. Route 1, Whiting, ME 04691 (207) 733-9782 www.puffinpines.com

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(207) 255-8423 (Almost Home)

Family Restaurant Serving Steaks, Seafood & Homemade Pies with Fast, Friendly Service 111 Main Street Machias, ME 04654

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David & Julie Barker Rianne Ackley, Mgr. www.helenspies.com

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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 carries some beautiful Peruvian alpaca sweaters and scarves as well as jewelry from India and Peru. u

Homemade Sandwiches • Salads • Pizza • Meats Deli • Beer • Ice • Lotteryl Only PIZZA In Town Open Late Hrs. M-F 5:30am-10pm • Sat & Sun 7-10 94 Main Street, Lubec, Maine 04652 (207) 733-2422 Last stop before Campobello Island, N.B., Canada

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eastport Congratulations , on your 10th Anniversary!

For a decade, the Eastport Chowder House has been serving the very finest locally caught seafood cooked to perfection at host, Robert Del Papa’s delightful waterside eatery. When in Eastport be sure to stop in and enjoy a culinary treat.

EASTPORT CHOWDER HOUSE

www.ucboldcoastrealty.com email: debbie@boldcoast.com

Specializing in Seafood

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

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acadia & downeast Eastport’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum located on Washington Street in Eastport (America’s eastern-most city), approximately eight miles down Route 190 from its intersection with Route 1 in Perry. The quaint and authentic mill is North America’s only working traditional stone ground mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th century, J. Wesley Raye started the mill to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry. In the early 1900s, the small city of Eastport had more than 20 sardine canneries. Later in the century, when the sardine industry declined, Raye’s Mustard Mill became known for its award-winning gourmet and specialty mustards. This downeast institution has remained in the Raye family for over a century. Currently owned by Kevin and Karen Raye, this family run business remains committed to continuing the traditions of previous generations while focusing on expanding its national presence in the marketplace. u

The past is alive and well in Eastport In 1818, when America was a young nation, led by its 5th President, James Monroe, Samuel B. Wadsworth, a Portland native and the son of Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth saw an opportunity to launch a ship chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport. At the time both the whaling and shipbuilding industries were booming. His entrepreneurship was exactly perfect for the time and he knew that he could meet all his customers needs by supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes, canvas, alcohol, and tobacco and everything else required for rigging, operating and provisioning a ship. While the original business site suffered through several fires and storms the Groundhog Day Gale of 1976 completely devastated the facility.u

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EASTPORT FERRY

DEPART EASTPORT 10 a.m. 12 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

DEPART LUBEC 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Special SummerKeys ferry Wednesday nights. Returns right after concert. Seasonal Passes • Seasonal SummerKeys Passes Local Pass: 50% OFF for year-round residents of Eastport, Lubec and Campobello Island. Photo ID required. 853-2635 • 4master@downeastwindjammer.com • www.eastportferry.com

Whale Watching Cruises Join us for a 3-hour Whale Watch on-board the historic schooner ADA C. LORE. Watch for whales, seals, eagles and porpoise as we pass Old Sow Whirlpool and East Quoddy Lighthouse. Pitch in and help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. It’s truly a memorable experience! We sail 7 days a week, weather permitting. Reservations recommended.

Call Eastport Windjammers (207) 853-2500

Please call for times of Sunset Sails, as they change throughout the season. www.activitymaine.com

3-hour Whale Watch Cruises 2-hour Sunset Sail Private and Group Cruises

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campobello island, n.b. Summer 2012 Marks the 48th Anniversary of the Roosevelt International Park

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n 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. Back by popular demand are complimentary outside walking tours of the estate and on-site presentations of seashore and bog ecology (staff and weather permitting). The Roosevelt cottage opens on the Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day) 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ADT. The park’s visitor center will remain open through October 31 to accommodate fall visitors. The visitors center offers interpretive displays, a short introductory video and a selection of memorabilia items. u

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Events & Festivals In Acadia & Down East 2012 June 9 – Annual Margaretta Day Festival celebrating the 235 Anniversary of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War on the Campus of the University of Maine at Machias June 21, Bar Harbor: Davis Center Open House & Gallery Exhibition

July 1: Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island, St. Stephen and St. Andrews, N.B. Canada Day Celebrations Photo by : Mike Leonard

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

663 Main Street, Calais, Maine 04619 207-454-7111 • 1-800-439-5531 • Fax 207-454-8017

July 1-5: Eastport hosts the largest 4th of July Celebration in Maine Independence Day is celebrated throughout the Region. For specific time of Events contact the local Chamber of Commerce. July 4: Eastport Old Home Week August 3-12: Calais, International Homecoming Festival August 3-12: St. Stephen, N.B., St. Stephen Annual Chocolate Festival August 4-5 : Perry, Indian Days Celebration at Pleasant Point August 18-19: Machias, 36th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival September 1-3: Eastport, Annual Salmon Festival September 8-9: Eastport, Pirate Festival October 4-14: Blue Hill Peninsula, Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival October 5-6: Machias, Bold Coast Balloon Festival CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS: Bar Harbor Chamber: Tel. 1-800-288-5103 or (207) 288-5103 Blue Hill Chamber: Tel. (207) 374-3242 Calais – St. Croix Valley Chamber: Tel. 1-888-422-3112 or (207) 454-2308 Eastport Chamber: Tel. (207) 853-4644 Machias Bay Chamber: Tel. (207) 255-4402

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Bangor A Salute To

The Queen City

For More Than A Decade Thistles Has Been Bangor’s Premier International Restaurant

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s early as the 1500s, when David Ingram sailed up the Penobscot River explorers believed the region was extraordinary. Some thought that the area was possibly Norumbega –the lost City of Gold. Samuel de Champlain attempted to find the gold but settled for a lucrative fur trade with the Indians. Lumber was king in Bangor during the city’s early history. River drivers ran logs harvested in Maine woods down the Penobscot River to the many mills that banked Bangor’s waterfront. By the late 1800s, Bangor was the busiest seaport on the East Coast shipping lumber to Europe and other parts of the United States. Bangor has been the home to many national luminaries including President Abraham Lincoln’s , vice president, Hannibal Hamlin as well as such contemporary authors as Stephen King and Pulitzer Price-winning playwright Owen Davis. u

Thistles Restaurant on downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City has always possessed a special ambience but its newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern décor makes it an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Live music provides an even more elegant dining experience at the Rave family owned and operated restaurant. At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro’s culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Latin America, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights. An international dining treat awaits all at Thistles. u

Rae Ann Rice, Home Mortgage Specialist with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage of Bangor has been assisting folks for over 7 years 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:rrice1221@gmail.com

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Baxter State Park A Blend of Beauty and History for the Next Generation

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ew England naturalist and author Henry David Thoreau was as drawn to the majestic Mount Katahdin as are the clouds that cling to its cliffs and Baxter Peak. Thoreau wrote about the mountain in his books and letters to friends, not being able to get enough of it with his eyes alone. It is Katahdin- which in Abenaki means “Greatest Mountain” - that draws and seduces visitors to its shadow and summit every year. Baxter State Park, consisting of over 209,000 acres attracts roughly 65,000 visitors a year. Jean Hoekwater is one of those who call the park home. She has been working as the park naturalist since 1988. It was love at first hike. “I fell in love with the park the first time I hiked as a college student in 1976. Those of us who are lucky enough to call this our job stay here because we all share a passion for the land and the inhabitants of the park and like to share that with the visitors,” said Hoekwater. “I still remain grateful for the wisdom and generosity of Percival Baxter, and everyone along the way who has protected the park so it is here today for future generations.” Governor Percival Baxter acquired the land that makes up Baxter State Park over a period of more than thirty years, beginning in 1931 with his first acquisition and his last in 1962 when he was 87 years old. It was described as “Baxter’s Magnificent Obsession” in which he dedicated most of his life to protecting a large tract of Maine wilderness. Back then, many people thought he was crazy to want to protect thousands of undeveloped acres. Today, he is hailed as a visionary. What’s New at the Park Park rangers and staff have been working on ways in which more people can get out and explore the wildness of the park – even those who are new to camping. Each of the eight roadside campgrounds have naturalist adventure packs available that are loaned out to families for the day, free of charge. The backpacks contain nature guides, binoculars, a journal and suggestions for activities in the outdoors as well as safety items such as a flashlight, whistle, first aid kit, map and compass. Those who utilize the packs are expected to bring add their own water, food and outer gear. “The packs are a fun way for families to begin exploring in nature together if they are new to hiking and camping,” said Hoekwater. “Novice campers should keep in mind that Katahdin is only one of the many peaks in the park. There are hikes for every level of ability. We recommend that you build your endurance and judgment by hiking some smaller but still worthwhile peaks. In addition to mountains, many people enjoy visiting our waterfalls.” Baxter’s eight roadside campgrounds also include walk-in sites, where campers can experience the feel of a backcountry site only a short distance from a main campground. The walk-in sites are great preparation for camping at a backcountry site such as Katahdin Lake (mentioned above), Russell or Kidney Pond campsites or at any of the nearly three dozen backcountry sites sprinkled throughout the park in scenic locations. Most campgrounds and even some backcountry sites – depending on where they are located – feature canoe rentals for only $1 an hour, complete with paddles and lifejackets. www.activitymaine.com

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medway Two Rivers CANOE & TACKLE BIG CANOES Four Season Sport Shop GUNS

Barry and Nancy Davis 207-746-8181 bigcanoe@midmaine.com

P.O. Box 305 2323 Medway Rd Medway, ME 04460 www.tworiverscanoe.com

Lennie’s Superette Jaimie & Michelle Wallace

Gas • Beer • Soda • Coffee • Pizza • Subs Lottery • ATM • Groceries • Worms & Crawlers • Souvenirs

www.lenniessuperette.com 2154 Medway Road, Medway, Maine 04460 Phone: (207) 746-5100 • Hours: 5 am – 10 pm Resident & Non-Resident Fishing & Hunting Licences summer 2012 | Activities Guide of Maine

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Congratulations to the Gateway Inn on your 17th Anniversary!

millinocket

www.medwaygateway.com

Large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game & play area, free internet access, local calls and business center, cable, WIFI We are a motorcycle and pet friendly hotel 740 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 1-877-902-4555 • 207-723-4555 5 Guest Rooms featuring: Private bath • Air conditioning Ceiling fan • Cable TV with DVD player Wireless Internet Plenty of pillows and towels Also offering catering for your special event: Private dinners, baby & wedding showers, anniversary, birthday, and holiday parties.

Open Year Round!

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

BANGOR REGION EVENTS: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration July 24-26th: American Folk Festival July 27- Aug. 5: Maine State Fair KATAHDIN REGION EVENTS: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration September 14–16: Trails End Festival Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 723-4443 MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION EVENTS: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration August 11–12: Forest Heritage Days September 8-9: Intl. Sea Plane Fly-In Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-876-2778

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

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rockwood Spalding, Mellon & Munster Moosehead Real Estate TEL. (207) 534-7200 Elizabeth Munster Broker/Owner P.O. Box 44, Rockwood, ME 04478 www.rockwoodmaine.com

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he Birches Resort was built during the 1930s on the legendary Moosehead Lake as a fishing and hunting lodge. Summer 2012, marks the 43rd season that The Birches and Wilderness Expeditions have been operated by the Willard family. Nestled on the shore of the Moosehead Lake, the Birches Resort commands one of the lake’s prime sites. From its vantage point one has a fantastic view of Mt. Kineo across the water. If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Wilderness Expeditions and Birches Resort are a perfect match for this summer’s fun. Here you can canoe, kayak, mountain bike, fish and sample a number of adventurous activities including a family rafting adventure. You can take a float plane trip to view area wildlife and scenery or fly to a remote lake or pond for a day of fishing, canoeing or sea kayaking. Special paddle trips are available to remote and heavily wooded areas to spy on moose, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, beaver and otter. These are but a few of the adventures you can select from the resort’s full menu of outdoor activities. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy here. Do not leave home without your camera as you will want to capture all of your outdoor experiences on film especially the photos of your moose safari. Excellent accommodation choices and fine dining make the Wilderness Expeditions & The Birches Resort the perfect destination for your 2012 get away. For more information: Tel. 1-800-825-9453 E-mail: wwld@aol.com • www.birches.com or see us on Facebook u

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

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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or just short of a century, Maynard’s In Maine has provided their guests with outstanding wilderness experiences in addition to excellent bungalow style cabin accommodations and great dining with wholesome fresh farm foods prepared to perfection. The Moosehead area offers outstanding landlocked salmon , trout and togue fishing. Recently, Billy Maynard landed a 29.67 lb togue on Moosehead Lake measuring 41” long. His huge catch beats the old Moosehead Lake record set in 1961 of a 28 pound 12 ounce togue. The area’s large, pristine forests provide excellent cover for deer, bear and small game and make it an outstanding hunting region. Here guests at Maynard’s will find a real pearl in the North Woods . Maynard’s in Maine can be reached for addition information by tel. (207) 534-7703 or 1-888-5182055 or on the web at : www.maynardsinmaine.com

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

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OPEN YEAR ROUND

Wilsons On Moosehead Lake Lodging Lakefront Cottages

207-695-2549

Canoes and Boats with Motors Available for Rent Fly fish the world famous East Outlet FISH • HUNT • ATV www.WilsonsOnMooseheadLake.com

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from page 99 It has also become easier (at least when it comes to planning and parking) for those who wish to take on the ultimate challenge – climbing Mount Katahdin. There is day-use parking reservation for Katahdin trailheads. Hikers can visit the park website and check out this process where they are guaranteed a parking spot at a Katahdin trailhead in advance of their hiking day. This process eliminates the guesswork of planning a day trip to hike Katahdin and has proven to be very popular since it was started just a few years ago. For more information including camping, hiking and overnight accomodations, visit: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com u

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Alternative Thinking Nestled at the foothills of the mountains of western Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is the affordable alternative to a private liberal arts college. Rated one of “America’s Best Colleges” for 15 consecutive years by U.S.News & World Report (1998-2012), we were also named one of USNews’ 2012 best college value “Great Schools, Great Prices.” According to USNews, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. UMF, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges were the only Maine schools named to the list. The University of Maine at Farmington offers quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies at an exceptional value. Partnering with Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Saddleback and others we developed an Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA) academic program that provides students with real-world experience in the outdoor rec and tourism industry – including internships. For nearly 150 years, the University of Maine at Farmington has enriched students with a liberal arts experience that empowers them to succeed in their chosen careers and to make a difference in their communities.

umf.maine.edu One of Maine’s Public Universities


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