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Activity Maine Winter Guide, 2013
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Activity Maine Winter Guide, 2013
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  • 1. hannaford.comACT ME or HANNAFRDgo green reduce, reuse, rethink your own choices
  • 2. When you eat lobster fished in Maine waters by Maine people, you stand with us to help support an industry that’s so important to our state. All the lobsters that my employees and I buy to ship or make into grocery and restaurant specialties come from Maine, not Canada. Fished by Mainers. Guaranteed. For restaurant locations, fresh live lobsters & frozen products:LindaBeansMaineLobster.com
  • 3. Photo: University of Maine at Farmington welcome to the GUIDE Activities Guide of Maine P.O. Box 6135 • Falmouth, ME 04105 www.activitymaine.com stan@activitymaine.com • (207) 671-7230 Publisher Stanley J. Rintz III Founding Publishers Stanley & Barbara Rintz Senior Editor Jim Harnedy Design Elizabeth Berry MacKenney Content Editor & Writer Leigh Macmillen Hayes Photography Mike Leonard Carol Savage Advertising Sales Betsy Brown Service Jim Harnedy Photo: Mahoosuc Guide Elizabeth Berry Mackenney Stanley J. Rintz Sr. Ellie Stengel Maxine Brown Operations Assistant Marissa Gianino Members of: Maine Tourism Association Convention & Visitors Bureau 12 33 Maine Merchant’s Association Chambers of Commerce Cover photo credits: Hiker with dog - Carol Savage Polar Dip - Stan Rintz Ice Fishing - Maxine Brown Snowmobile F.A.B.A. Photo: Susan Atwood The Regional Activities Guide of Maine assumes no responsibilities for errors in text or advertiser’s ad copy published. Can not be held responsible for unsolicited material.
  • 4. Photos: Surfer Joey Radford | Winter kids, Mahoosuc Guide Service | Snowshoe tracks, Oquossoc Cove Rangeley Chamber | Jackman snowmobile, Jackman Chamberpage 39: How to Subscribe to thebest stuff going on in Maine 4VISIT MAINE’S ADVENTURE TOWNS Moosehead features p.30 4 CATCH A WINTER WAVE Jackman Catch a winter thrill with winter surfing! p.35 Fort Kent 5 MAINE’S ALPCAS p.29 Fight winter’s chill with luxuriousCarrabassett alpaca wool!Valleyp.29 12 FOR THE LOVE OF DOGSStratton & Discover the joys of dogsledding!HIgh Peaks 14 WINTER ESCAPEp.26 Treat yourself to ‘all things awesome in Down East p.55 Maine’ this winterRangeley &Oquossoc 18 BE A WINTER KID!p.21 Bangor p.54 Waterville/ There’s so much to do outside in the winter,Farmington/ Winslow/Oakland p.44 now get out there and PLAY!Wilton Midcoast p.52p.30 Bethel 30 SEIZE THE FROZEN MOMENT Bridgeton p.11 Augusta/Gardiner p.49 Funtime in the wintertime! p.14 38 HIT THE TRAIL Find a nordic ski center in your area! 18 30 35
  • 5. W. LAKES & MTNS. Photo: Mike Leonard Winter FUN in Portland Photo: Carol Savage www.caro lsavagephotography.com by Leigh Macmillen Hayes Get outdoors L ooking for some winter fun in Portland? Pull on your long johns and embrace the invigorating fresh air. with us! CLIMB • KAYAK • SKI • EXPLORE 800-310-4504 • emsExploration.com Begin by purchasing outdoor clothing and equipment at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), conveniently located on Marginal Way in Portland and at the Maine Mall in South Portland. At EMS you’ll find all the outdoor gear and accessories 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 It all starts here. 207-775-0251 • 1-800-370-1790 www.harborfish.com ems.com Portland ■ South Portland Open Mon–Sat 8:30–5:30 & Sun 9–3 2 winter | spring 2012-20139950 AD Maine Activity Guide_winter.indd 1 11/1/12 1:02 PM
  • 6. W. LAKES & MTNS.you need to connect with outdoor fun and adventure, plusprofessional advice.Once you have the right gear, we have a few suggestions for you.Cross-country skiers and snowshoers should check out the trailsat Mayor Baxter Woods, Capisic Pond Park, Riverton TrolleyPark and Evergreen Cemetery Woods. Follow the miles andmiles of trails from Oat Nuts Park to the Presumpscot RiverPreserve and you’ll be rewarded with a view of the PresumpscotFalls. And for groomed cross-country classic and skate trails,check out the Riverside Snow Park at Riverside Golf Course.Riverside Snow Park also has hills for snowboarding, sleddingand tubing. The same is true near the Back Cove at PaysonTerrain Park. And Eastern Prom Hill is a great place to sled,tube, telemark ski, cross-country ski and snowshoe. For otheropportunities, Portland Trails offers maps of the trail systemsand occasional guided walks/hikes.“In Portland, it’s easy to treat yourselfto a play date with winter!”Sharpen your blades, lace up your skates and take a spin on theice at Deering Oaks Park, Nason’s Corner/Breakwater SchoolPond, Payson Park and Riverside Snow Park. At Riverside, therink is lit for night skating.Don’t forget to capture the memories of your outdoor winter See Activity Maine’s photoexperiences with photographs. For equipment and accessories,stop in at the Photo Market on Forest Avenue. The Photo contest info on page 55!Market is Maine’s largest professional independent camera storeand offers photo processing as well as digital service.Before you head home, stop at the Harbor Fish Market topurchase fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Since 1969, theAlfiero family has been selling seafood to locals from theirwaterfront landmark. They’ll even cook your lobsters or packyour purchase for travel. f activitymaine.com 3
  • 7. W. LAKES & MTNS. Catch a INTE R W AVE W by Leigh Macmillen Hayes T emperature dipping into the teens. Bitter winds blowing. Swells forming. It’s time to go surfing. Winter surfing. It’s invigorating if you love to surf in the winter. But to do so, you need the following equipment: surfboard or other wave riding vehicle (boogie board, hand plane, SUP, etc.), a winter wetsuit which is usually between 4 to 6 millimeters (mm) thick, booties that are 5 to 7 mm thick, gloves 5 to 7 mm thick, and a love for being cold. Remember, there’s nothing but six or so millimeters of neoprene between you and the elements.  To purchase gear, check out the inventory at The Boathouse in Falmouth and Black Point Surf Shop in Scarborough. These folks surf so they know what works. They know how important it is to be warm before you enter the icy water. Oh, it can get expensive, but if you want to be prepared, it is best to buy newequipment and take care of it. Initial costs for wetsuit, gloves and booties: around $300-$500. With the wetsuit, which has anattached hood, the only exposed skin area is the eyes, nose and mouth. To protect this area from frostbite or windburn, vaselinehelps to wick away water.  Winter sessions tend to be around one to two hours long. Any longer and hypothermia is a risk. Whenyour teeth start to chatter, it’s time to call it a day. The best places to go in Maine are Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Gooch’s Beach in Kennebunk, and Long Sands in York.  Theseplaces offer easy access and free parking close to the beach.  Pay attention to details, purchase the right gear, adjust your technique to fit the conditions, and enjoy the challenge and beautythat winter surfing brings. Winter swells, pristine ocean, wind, snow and you--and maybe a cup of tea, glass of wine or bottle ofbeer afterwards. f Have amazing Maine outdoor adventue photos or story ideas you want to get published or entered into our contest for cash & great prizes? Go to activitymaine.com for details. Photo: Joey Radford4 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 8. W. LAKES & MTNS. Get Cozy with Maine Alpaca Wools Cushy Alpaca Softness Fends Off Winter Chill by Leigh Macmillen Hayes W hen you head outside to play in Maine’s winter of North Yarmouth. They also sell raw alpaca fiber for spinners and wonderland, you’ll want a shield between you and fiber artisans who want to create their own winter apparel. You’ll the harsh elements. Amazingly, that shield is readily also find The Alpaca Shed at a variety of activities throughout the available and provided by a camelid who has lived in our midst year, including Harvest on the Harbor and Christmas with Alpacas only since the early 1980s. at Estabrook’s Greenhouse in Yarmouth.f Our most fashionable four-legged resident in the State of Maine is the alpaca. Imported from South America, this animal has a FMI: The Alpaca Shed, 23 Temple Street, Portland, Maine, naturally luxurious fiber and was once used to clothe Inca royalty. 207.797.5565, www.thealpacashed.com. Like us on Facebook. “It’s a great animal with great fiber,” says Stacey Whitton of Abbott Farm in Cumberland. Stacey and her husband, Tom Munroe, acquired alpacas almost five years ago, intent on farming for fiber. They began with a herd of 24 and today have 41 alpacas. Unlike its counterpart--sheep’s wool—alpaca fiber has no lanolin, and therefore requires less processing with chemical cleaners and dyes. This fiber has very small scales, reducing the itchy reaction most people have with other natural fiber. Alpaca fiber is considered to be hypo-allergic; it’s also lighter and warmer than wool. The fine fiber has individual air pockets in the core. The air acts as an insulator and the fiber breathes, wicking moisture and retaining warmth even when wet. That thermal quality allows it to maintain the perfect temperature around your body as you move about on a winter day, whether you are a dog sledder, hiker, skier, hunter, ice fisherman, snowshoer, snowboarder, rock climber or extreme outdoor sports enthusiast. Huacaya alpacas are known for their crimpy fiber, which contributes to the bulk and loft of the yarn. This crimp, in the spun yarn, increases strength. The yarns made from alpaca are fine, soft and smooth to touch. In fact, it feels as soft as cashmere. And Stacey says it’s many times warmer than wool. The featherweight warmth of these gentle animals is knit into hats, scarves, mittens, cowls, sweaters, texting gloves, socks and shawls, which are for sale at The Alpaca Shed, 23 Temple Street in the Old Port, Portland. The Munroes co-own the shop with SuriPaco Farm activitymaine.com 5
  • 9. W. LAKES & MTNS. DPhoto: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.com on’t miss an opportunity to stop at one of these featured locations for incredible deals on active-wear clothing, stunning jewelry, Made-in-Maine products, sensational food and comfortable motels. G et you r Shaker Hill Outdoors in Poland Spring is a full-service snowmobile store open seven days a week that features five different brands of K IC K S clothing and snowmobile helmets. They also have a fully-stocked parts room and offer a full service shop serving all snowmobile brands. Located on a snowmobile trail, you can park and ride from here. Don’t own a snowmobile? They have snowmobile rentals. And for the ice fisherman or woman, you’ll find all the tools of the on trade including traps, augers and gear, plus live bait. Also available: MOSES-certified fishing and hunting licenses, snowshoe rentals and sales. R out e 26 Need to pause for the night? Stop at The Lodge at Poland Spring Resort in Poland Spring, where newly refurbished rooms await your arrival. Relax in the lobby, dine in the breakfast nook and shop in the general store. They are now open year -round and only minutes from the new Oxford Casino. Nearby enjoy shopping, Awesome sights, XC skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, snow tubing and snowmobiling. terrific shopping, Whether you crave breakfast in the morning or for lunch, Egg- sensational food, ceptional has the menu for you. They offer breakfast all day and are home to the “Belly Buster,” an Omelet Challenge. Located at the 5 comfortable lodging Corners in Mechanic Falls, Egg-ceptional features hearty country & casino: it’s all here cooking and a friendly staff. You’ll feel as if you’re eating at home, on Rt. 26! except--you don’t have to wash the dishes! The restaurant is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. WIDE SELECTION. NARROW PRICES. 20% OFF any purchase $75 or more with this coupon only • expires 10-31-2011 with this coupon only • expires 5/31/13 • Everyday low factory store prices • Full line of NB men’s and women’s apparel Oxford, ME Skowhegan, ME 19 Industrial Way • 207-539 - 9022 12 Walnut St. • 207- 474 -6231 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 207-667- 7819 or on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor 207-288-4532. Sorry, Factory Store offers not valid at dealer locations. AM6 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 10. Established in 1972, the New Balance Factory Store in Oxford W. LAKES & MTNS.offers factory seconds and discontinued footwear, apparel andaccessories at great values. Their motto is “Wide Selection/NarrowPrices.” For men, women, kids and infants, you’ll find the shoesyou want in your size and width. Sweatshirts, jackets, technicalT-shirts, shorts, pants, athletic bags, socks and more are alsoavailable. Shopping at the New Balance Factory Outlet gives youthe chance to save off the regular retail price.Pa’s Trading Company in Oxford sells pre-owned merchandise ata savings. At Pa’s, customers can buy, sell, trade or pawn antiques,books and collectibles. Looking for something in particular? Stopby and check out the wide variety of used goods. This is a family-owned business that offers friendly and professional services. Hereyou’ll find a shopping alternative at prices you can afford.Smedbergs’ Crystal Spring Farm’s roadside stand in Oxford wasoriginally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Rogerand 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 IceCream that’s “udderly delicious,” Smedbergs’ Crystal SpringFarm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check outtheir homemade baked goods including pies, breads and Gayle’sdelicious homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s all-natural, home-grown beef, pork and lamb are raised on the farmand fed from the field, with no added hormones. Also available:bison, chicken, seafood and live lobster. You won’t want to miss astop at Smedbergs’ Crystal Spring Farm.Since 1976 Maurice Restaurant has been a pleasant surprise forworld sojourners and people new to the beautiful Oxford Hillsarea of western Maine. Located on Route 26 in South Paris, whichtakes the traveler north into Canada, the 200-year old clapboardhouse turned restaurant continues to delight, serving French-Continental cuisine in an elegant country atmosphere at affordableprices. Find us on Facebook! facebook.com/activityme activitymaine.com 7
  • 11. Route 26 Stop in at Creaser Jewelers new and much more visible location Ph at 145 Main Street, South Paris, Maine. Visit their showroom to see nothing less than a beautiful, multi-colored collection of only the best gold and sterling gemstone jewelry. The shop features gallery quality, well-crafted, wonderfully designed pieces of precious metal set with select gemstones. They can’t wait to show them to you! DOE’s convenience store is a family-owned and operated convenience store located just a mile out of town, northbound on Route 26 in South Paris. They feature excellent food for dining in or out, including delicious pizzas, subs, salads, wraps and much more. A full breakfast is served all day, every day. At Doe’s, you’ll also find gas, diesel, lottery tickets, and a variety of ice cold micro brews, imports and export beers, wine, soda, Green Mountain coffee and much more. As an Agency Liquor Store, they offer a large variety of liquors and mixers. Stop in and say hello. The Mollyockett Motel in Woodstock is named in honor of Molly Ockett, an Abenaki healing woman who administered her remedies to many settlers of this area. At the motel, you’ll experience your Egg-ceptional Restaurant 5 Pigeon Hill Road • Mechanic Falls, Me. 04256 • 207-998-5577 • Breakfast All Day • Family Friendly Atmosphere • Great Food • On Route #26 to Ski Areas • Kid Friendly (Ducks to all Kids) • Large Parties (10 or More) Call Ahead • Take our Omlette Challenge (Get your picture on our wall of Fame) • Located at the 5 Corners in Mechanic Falls own healing when you spend a night in one of the twenty newly refurbished rooms ready to enhance your comfort. In an adjacent fieldstone building with large windows, watch the snow fall as you relax in the pool, sauna or hot tub. Pool and spa memberships are available for those not staying at the motel and it’s a fun space for birthday celebrations. Probably the most unique gift you’ll find at Maine Line Products in Greenwood is the Maine Woodsmen’s Weather Stick. No home should be without one. Hang it on an outside wall or door casing exposed to the weather, and watch the stick bend down to foretell foul weather or up for fair weather. But that’s not all. Maine Line Products also offers balsam and fir pillows, hot pads, buckets and rustic birdhouses, Maine made novelties ranging from moose poop dog treats to duck tape ties, and Taste of New England sampler gift boxes filled with maple syrup, jam, fudge and even a Down East feast. Your trip on Route 26 isn’t complete without a stop at Maine Line Products. f8 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 12. W. LAKES & MTNS.Photo: Emily Gorman Many Maine-made items! Smedberg’s Maple Syrup Seafood and Live Lobsters Fresh Vegetables Seedlings, Annuals and Perennials Our Famous Sweet Corn Hay and Live Bait All Natural, Home-Grown Homemade Baked Goodies Beef, Pork and Lamb Wheel Cheese and Jams Christmas Trees & Wreaths Join us for Customer Appreciation Day - 1st Sunday in November Pig Roast and Free Samples! Off Season Nestled in the heart of Western Maine, The Lodge Rates as low as at Poland Spring Resort is now open year-round and only minutes from the New Oxford Casino. $59 * Newly remodeled, we offer comfortable lodging... Nightly room rates include Continental breakfast. Nearby enjoy Maine lobster and more at our restaurant, shopping, cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, snow tubing and snowmobiling. A relaxing vacation awaits you with the nicest staff anywhere! Call us at (207) 998-4351 or visit www.polandspringresort.com *Room rates for 2 plus Maine sales tax activitymaine.com 9
  • 13. W. LAKES & MTNS. “The Greatest Ski Town Maine’s most beautiful in the Universe! ” Ph mountain village -Ski Magazine Bethel Home of Sunday River & Mt. Abram Sk i Resorts, just minu tes from the village! The affordable winter getaway! To learn more, log on to www.BethelMaine.com or call 800-442-5826 Mar. 24: 23rd Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cook-off & Firefighters area events Race. Watch firefighters compete in full gear and carrying a fire hose as they race down the mountain to raise money for Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. Then, sample chili from the best cooks in the state as they vie for the “Best Chili Cook” prize, and2012 enjoy live entertainment. 207.824.3000 www.sundayriver.comDec. 9: 14th Annual Santa Sunday at Sunday River. Dress infull Santa costume - ski or ride for free. Must pre-register. Ben- Get cash and prizes for yourefits Rotary’s Christmas for Children. 207.824.3000. www.sun-dayriver.com Maine adventure photos!2013Jan. 7: National Winter Trails Day at Carter’s XC Ski Center, 786Intervale Road, Bethel. Free rentals & Trail Pass for beginners.207.539.4848 / 824.3880. www.cartersxcski.comJan 14-18: Children’s Festival –Enjoy an entire week dedicatedto families with such activities as scavenger hunts, live Get published. Get paid. Get out there!entertainment, movies, and themed Perfect Turn kid’s lessons -all with incredible savings for families! Kids can ski, snowboard, go to activitymaine.com for detailsstay, rent, and learn - all for free! Sunday River Ski Resort.207.824.3000. www.sundayriver.comJan 25-Feb 24: Bethel Winterfest –Snow mountain for sledding,snow volcano eruption, and more winter activities includingsnowshoe demonstrations, SnowGroomer rides, RailJam andmore. Let’s see how many snowmen can be built in the area!www.bethelwinterfest.com 207.824.2282Feb. 2: Annual Whitegrass Festival & Maine Telemark Festival.The white slopes of Maine host New England’s only winterbluegrass jam on snow. 207.875.5000. www.skimtabram.com10 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 14. W. LAKES & MTNS.Photos: Carter’s Cross Country Ski Center Go cross countryT he latest trend for on snow enthusiasts is Back Country New this year to our Bethel location is a 24’ x 24’ 2 story timber skiing. The skis are wider, more stable and have more frame addition that houses our newly expanded ski and rental shape. They come with or without metal edges. The shop. The only full service Nordic ski shop in Bethel! Please callboots and bindings are more stable and skiers get a lot more for hours before visiting our Bethel shop 207-539-4848.control. They also allow the skier to get out onto less populatedtrails and provide more flotation in deeper snow! Carter’s has The drive down the Intervale Rd. is absolutely gorgeous. You canmany trails designated for Back Country skiers and snowshoers! view the Big Androscoggin River and Presidential Mountains onWe also sell and rent Back Country, touring, racing skis and the left and Farwell Mt. on the right. We are positioned in just thesnowshoes at both locations! right location to receive the maximum amount of natural snowIn Oxford we have 25km of groomed nature trails that run fall on our trails. Our 45 km of groomed trails offer spectacularthrough the fields and woods. These trails are ideal for beginners views to our beginner, intermediate, and back country skiers asand people who want to snowshoe. Our Oxford location is now well as snowshoers . Be sure to stop in and sign our guest book atopen 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. the yurt situated along the Androscoggin River.Carters Cross Country Ski Center is a family owned and Our Bethel accommodations include a ski lodge, and 3 off gridoperated business, and has been for over 30 years. We have 2 trailside cabins. Guests at our lodging sites receive a free trail pass,locations, each with its own full service ski shop and unique at either of our ski centers.ski trails. Our Oxford location is home to one of the largest Its our goal at Carter’s to make cross country skiing a part of yourselections of quality name brand ski equipment and accessories life, as it is a part of ours! We hope to see you on the snow! fin New England. We have exactly what you need from touringpackages to top of the line racing equipment to fit your familyand budget! activitymaine.com 11
  • 15. W. LAKES & MTNS.Photo: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.com For the love of dogsO ne of life’s great adventures awaits you. Consider Dogsledding becomes more popular every year as people gliding through the northwoods behind a team of sled discover the sport and realize you don’t need to be in Alaska or dogs. Tuck yourself into a warm sled and enjoy the the Yukon to do it. There are many possibilities right here inmajestic winter wilderness on a truly unique journey. Listen to Maine. You can dogsled recreationally or professionally, eitherthe swish of the sled runners and the panting dogs. Try your racing or guiding.hand standing behind the sled to guide the team. You’ll havebreathtaking views of mountains, lakes and wooded trails, plus agood chance of seeing wildlife or signs that wildlife is present, asan expert guide and a team of dogs take you through the western MahoosucMaine wilderness. Guide Service Dogsledding Tours in Maine and Quebec www.mahoosuc.com 207-824-2073 For lodging, visit www.mahoosucmountainlodge.com12 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 16. W. LAKES & MTNS. Photo: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.com At Mahoosuc Guide Services, we raise Yukon huskies, originally bred in the Yukon Territory to pull toboggans in deep, soft, snow conditions. Our huskies are well cared for on a 24/7 basis and return all the love we lavish on them. They get us outdoors, keep us focused on a goal, whether conditioning and training a team for trips or a race, and keep us in good physical shape with the exercise it requires to care for them properly. Dogsledding is one of the most exciting yet peaceful ways to travel in the winter. The dogs’ enthusiasm to pull is contagious to the musher, yet the peaceful serenity of the surrounding nature takes you back to a nearly primeval feeling of closeness to the land and bond between humans and animals working together. Their lovable personalities will quickly win your heart. In no time, you’ll discover it is an addictive sport for both animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Having grown up in South China, Maine, and spent years in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, I learned to mush dogs in the bush. I chose to return to Maine and run guided trips in the Umbagog Lake and Mahoosuc Mountain areas in order to share this opportunity with other people. Some clients get “hooked” on the sport and purchase their own dogs to start a team, while others join us for a yearly trip to experience that thrill of standings on the runners. Guided trips may last for 20 minutes, a full day, an overnight or for multiple days. At Mahoosuc Guide Service, we’ll provide you with all of the equipment you need from food to specialized winter gear such as skis, poles, boots, parkas, gaiters, sleeping bags and an ensolite ground pad, for a fun and comfortable experience. All we ask is that you are in good physical shape because it is challenging, and that you wear warm clothing and bring along a sense of adventure. If you haven’t tried it, get out and experience a dog sled ride; we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! f Polly Mahoney and Kevin Slater own and operate Mahoosuc Guide Service of Newry in the western mountains of Maine. Find us on Facebook! facebook.com/activityme Thurs-Sun 11:30 - 7:30 Holiday Mondays Authentic Pit Smoked BBQ 824-4744 Route 2, Bethel Orange Trailer at the Good Food Store www.smokingoodbbq.net activitymaine.com 13
  • 17. W. LAKES & MTNS.Winter Weekend EscapePhoto: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.comThe Black Horse Tavern Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch Celebrating 10-3 25 Years Featuring: Fresh Seafood Black Angus Steaks Chicken, Pasta Baby Back Ribs Daily Specials X-C Skiing“Where You Come First” Kids Menu Homemade Soups and Desserts Dog Friendly 27 Km of trails FIVE FIELDS FARM 26 Portland Road (Route 302) • Bridgton X-C Gear Rentals www.fivefieldsski.com • 207.647.2425 (207) 647-5300 • www.theblackhorsetavern.com Snowshoe Rentals 720 So. Bridgton Rd (Rte. 107) • Bridgton Open Mon-Sat from 11 am 8 • Sunday 10-8 Full Service Bar14 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 18. escapeby Leigh Macmillen HayesI t’s winter in Maine. Enjoy it . . . in the Sebago and Greater Bridgton Lakes Regions. Alleviate your stress and leave the traffic jams, flashing lights and high-octane experiences behind. Unwind and mellow out while having a fun time.Come explore all that western Maine has to offer. W. LAKES & MTNS.You can lodge at the cozy Augustus Bove House on Long Lakein Naples, where the motto is “arrive as a guest, stay as a friend,return as family.” Guests have vacationed here since the 1850s.With your homebase being an elegant, yet homey room at theInn, there are plenty of places to experience winter. Start on thefront lawn by building a snowman.Before you set out, stock up on deli items, snacks and beveragesat The Umbrella Factory in Naples. You might even decide toreturn later for a brick oven pizza. In addition to grocery items,The Umbrella Factory is an agency liquor store and also offersa wide selection of beers and ales. Be sure to visit The UFO(Umbrella Factory Outlet), located next door, for their extensivewine selection, the Area 51 Dairy Bar and much more! Make some time for ice fishing and ice skating. And for the Nordic Shopskiers and snowshoers in your crowd, try the 27 kilometers of Over 3,500groomed trails at Five Fields Farm X-C Ski Center in Bridgton. Bolts of FabricEquipment rentals are available and there is a warming hut. Quilting SuppliesRecreation includes snowmobiling along the lakes and through Gallerythe woods. Need a meal or a snack while out on the trail? Stop Handmadeby Melby’s in Waterford or A.J.’s Everything in Stoneham. We Crib to Kinghighly recommend the bison burgers at the first and gingerbread Size Quilts Custom Quiltswhoopie pies at the latter. Wall HangingsCheck the calendars of the Lakes Environmental Association, and more 18 Valley Road, Route 35, WaterfordLoon Echo Land Trust and Greater Lovell Land Trust. They www.kedarquilts.com • kedar@kedarquilts.comall offer guided snowshoe treks and their docents will help youexperience the wonders of the winter forest. This is a great way to Snowmobile Restaurantget outside, get some exercise and get off the beaten track. to our Door Gas & StoreIf you’re a quilter, you’ll want to drive to Waterford Flats, thehistoric home of Artemus Ward, who was Mark Twain’s mentor.Visit Kedar Quilts to discover an impressive array of fabric andquilting supplies; their Gallery features homemade and custom- AUGUSTUS BOVE HOUSE 409 Maine Street • Route 5 • Stoneham • (207) 928-2454 Bed & Breakfast 11 Sebago Road, Naples, ME 04055 Open Daily: Store 6 am - 8 pm • Restaurant 11 am - 8 pm 1-888-831-2039 • 207-693-6365 Enjoy our Huge Beautiful Dining Room/Pub - Extensive Menu www.naplesmaine.com Homemade Foods - Eat In or Take Out - Visa, MC & ATM E-Mail: augbovehouse@roadrunner.com David & Arlene Stetson, Your Hosts Serving Beer, Wine & Spirits with Meals activitymaine.com 15
  • 19. W. LAKES & MTNS. U.F.O. Umbrella Factory Outlet Wine a bit and you’ll feel better at the “Wine Capital of Maine!” The U.F.O. is the place to visit for over 1600 wine selections including champagne, sake, “Make some time for ice fishing boxed wines and 75 made in Maine wine brands. and ice skating. And for the Nordic skiers and snowshoers in Our remarkable store boasts over 300 kinds of craft beer! your crowd, try the 27 kilometers From hard apple cider to of groomed trails at Five Fields seasonal brews, you will find them here! From fruity Farm X-C Ski Center in Bridgton.” Rieslings to rich Merlots, we can provide them! We offer a great selection of Visit Us We’re Open cigars, tobacco and discount Sunday-Thursday 9am-8pm cigarettes. The U.F.O. is the Friday-Saturday 9am-9pm. perfect place to find a special gift including wine holders, knick-knacks, wall hangings, t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Browse our Maine made grocery items like maple syrup, jams and a variety of preserved specialty food. An unusual aspect of our Photo: Carter’s XC Ski Center store is the full size Area 51 Dairy Bar. Open all year long, the dairy bar features Maine’s own Gifford’s ice made quilts in a variety of sizes. While there, walk, snowshoe, cream and Eli’s fountain soda ski or snowmobile on Keoka Lake and take in the beauty and on tap. While shopping or tranquility of this quintessential New England village. enjoying an ice cream, take in our unique décor of antique items. While in the area, skiers and snowboarders will want to stop by the Ski & Snowboard Outlet in nearby North Conway, NH. Truly a gem of a store tucked away in the Here you’ll find a huge selection of quality gear and outerwear at beautiful Lake Region area affordable prices. No matter your age or sport preference, you’re of Southwest Maine. certain to find outfitting to match your taste and preferences. Their sister shop Frosty’s in Glen, NH, offers an impressive 639 Roosevelt Trail - Naples Me. selection of gear and rental equipment. 207-693-3988 And at the end of the day, complement your getaway with a fine dining experience. Relax over a meal at the Black Horse www.UmbrellaFactorySupermarket.com Tavern in Bridgton and enjoy “casual dining in an equestrian Like Us. atmosphere.” The restaurant and tavern are family friendly.16 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 20. W. LAKES & MTNS. Route 16 • 1946 White Mountain Highway Dunkin Donuts Plaza • North Conway, NH (603) 356-6999 • Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5So . . . don’t let a snowy forecast stop you from setting aside timefor a quick winter getaway in the Sebago and Greater BridgtonLakes Region of Maine. f Are We a part of Your Winter Fun? Snow Machine Park and Ride Ski Tuning • Skis • Snowboards • Clothing & Accessories Alpine Boots • Snowboard Boots • Expert Boot Fitting MELBY’S Alpine Ski Packages • Snowboard Packages Top Name Brands Market & Eatery Fabulous Prices Huge Selection Non Resident Registrations for Sleds plus The Area’s Best Breakfast - All Day Personalized Service Eat in or Take Out From 6am We have Rentals! Visit One of Our Locations Our Welcome is Always Warm Route 16 & 302 • Glen, NH and see for Yourself! Route 35, Valley Road • No. Waterford • (207) 583-4447 (603) 773-5533 activitymaine.com 17
  • 21. Photo: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.com kids This Winter, Be a WINTER KID!Get Outside, Get Active, Have Fun! active and healthy during the winter. We strive to build a healthierW generation of children—a generation that truly understands the interKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated importance of staying active and fit in every season. exclusively to increasing physical activity in children Our signature family program, the WinterKids Passport, is during our longest, most sedentary season. The shorter, celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year! The Passport opensdarker, and colder days of winter—not to mention the increasing doors to an exciting array of fun and healthy winter activities forallure of screen time—make it all too easy for Maine kids and the whole family—including downhill and cross country skiing,families to “hibernate” in the winter. snowboarding, ice skating, snow tubing, and even dog sledding!At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide families, The program is available to all Maine kids for three successive yearsschools, and communities with the right option: to get outside, (grades 5 through 7) and can be ordered online at www.winterkids.get active, and have FUN! org !With help from sponsors like Hannaford, TD Bank, and L.L.Bean, In addition to the Passport, WinterKids offers an array of programsour statewide programs & events offer special opportunities for all in schools and community events throughout the season fromkids—regardless of background or socioeconomic status—to be learn to ski events to festivals to Passport Days! Visit us for updates on new merchandise, For a complete list of upcoming events near you, please visit www. promotions and events! winterkids.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/winterkids ! See you outside! f At Once All Agog — ­ Your friends at WinterKids winter kids Toys for Growing Imaginations Discover why we’re not just another toy store. A peek inside will tell you why! We offer a wide selection of unique gifts and quality toys that is constantly being updated and changed. You’ll find puzzles, T books, puppets, and games and O toys for both indoors and outdoors. 24A Main Street Y Weds - Sat Limerick ME 04048 10-6, S Sunday 11-4 207-793-AGOG www.atonceallagog.com18 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 22. Throughout Maine you’ll find fun activitiesfor kids and families to enjoy all winter long.B egin with a visit to At Once All Agog, a charming store on on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls is Maine’s newest winter outdoor Main Street in Limerick. This specialty toy shop will provide destination. Entrepreneur and Harvest Hill Farms owner, Peter an enjoyable family outing certain to please everyone. Bolduc, is very optimistic about the upcoming 2012-13 winterThe store features unique, quality toys and games for all ages snowfall. “We’re due for a good old fashioned snowy winter,”and for growing imaginations. You’ll find a selection of games, stated Bolduc in a recent interview regarding his developmentbooks, puzzles and toys for both in and outdoor enjoyment. The of the route 26 property into a 4 season destination. The 300merchandise is constantly being updated and changed and reflects acre winter park at the farm will feature cross-country skiingseasonal preferences. At Once All Agog proudly supports Fair trails along with snowshoeing trails, an ice skating pond and anTrade products. ice hockey rink. Bolduc is also planning to create “ice skating trails” around the farm. Bolduc went on to say that this is a trulyBring your own cross-country skis and snowshoes to Five Fields unique way to experience the beautiful Maine winter that he firstFarm X-C Ski Center on Route 107 in Bridgton, or rent a pair discovered in Quebec Province. He is also working on hostingwhen you get there. The 27 kilometers of groomed and back- a vintage snowmobile weekend and race. Harvest Hill Farms iscountry trails are suitable for beginners and experts. Loop through also the home of the Field of Dreams Summer Fun park and 3the orchard and forest, enjoying the scenic views along the way. Halloween themed attractions: Pumpkin Land, Big Corn MazeBe sure to pack plenty of snacks, water and lunch. Stop frequently Adventure and The Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride. Visit www.and share the wonder of the outside world with your children harvesthillfarms.com.listen for different birds, look for animal tracks and don’t forget toeat a snack. When you need a break, stop in at the warming hut. At Lost Valley Saturday night is TEEN night from 5-9pm $13The Five Fields Farm X-C Ski Center is the perfect place for your Lift ticket $13 Rentals. Although popular for teens every is agefamily to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors. welcome to attend and pay the same rates. For the older crowd they have live bands every Friday night in the Brookside lounge. fThe Winter Wonderland Family Fun Park at Harvest Hill Farms FIVE FIELDS FARM www.fivefieldsski.com • 207.647.2425 720 So. Bridgton Rd (Rte. 107) • Bridgton X-C Skiing 27 Km of trails • X-C Gear Rentals• Snowshoe Rentals • Dog Friendly Family Fun camden snowbowl activitymaine.com 19
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  • 24. W. LAKES & MTNS.Photo: Rangeley ChamberEmbrace Winter In Rangeleyby Leigh Macmillen HayesI n the frosty months, outdoor enthusiasts will find a multitude of events in Rangeley, a premiere winter destination. The Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club sponsors the annualSNODEO, a celebration of all things snowmobile, on January24-26. The weekend includes family snowmobile rides, asnowmobile stunt show, radar run, casino night and otheractivities. Also that weekend, the Rangeley Lakes Chamber ofCommerce hosts a Chili/Chowder Cook Off. The club groomsover 150 miles of trails for your enjoyment.At Camp Do What You Wanna on Main Street, rent snowmobiles,plus the gear to go with them, including gloves, jackets, pants activitymaine.com 21
  • 25. W. LAKES & MTNS. BEST IN THE WORLD When you want to come inside, head to the best indoor hang-out you can possibly imagine! Moose Alley is your fantasy living room - complete with an open fire pit, giant screen tvs, state of the art bowling, billiards, darts and arcade. Relax in our leather recliners and take it all in, while you enjoy our great food and Photo: Activity Maine beverage and boots. And for your trail rides, bring along sandwiches selections. on homemade bread, soup or pastries from the General Store. Even if you don’t hit the trails, dine on breakfast or lunch at the Live music and General Store and enjoy the view overlooking Haley Pond. dancing every Also located on Haley Pond is Ecopelagicon, a nature store. Friday and Purchase books about the Maine outdoors, maps and camping Saturday with the supplies, as well as crafts, cards and jewelry. Right outside their region’s best door is the town cleared ice rink on Haley Pond. Need skates? musicians and Free skates are available at Ecopelagicon. In the warming hut at bands. the gazebo park beside the shop, purchase hot cocoa and coffee or roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Private party room The 7th Annual New England Pond Hockey Festival will take seats 50 and serves catered meals and buffet. place on February 1-3. This weekend of outdoor games on Haley Pond celebrates a time-honored New England tradition. It’s a Come see the reason Moose Alley was selected as kickback to those days when a bunch of kids got together to one of the 20 best indoor recreation spots in the shovel off the rink and play hockey. Expect lively competition world by Bowlers Journal International. and a fun time. Ski and ride at Saddleback Mountain, Maine’s third largest Moose Alley 2809 Main Street, Rangeley, Maine www.moosealleymaine.com 207 864-9955 moosealley@me.com Open 365 days a year.22 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 26. W. LAKES & MTNS.ski resort. It’s a big mountain with a low-key, family-friendlyenvironment. Special events occur throughout the season.Don’t miss the Saddleback Mountain Challenge on February 9,a 7-mile, 1,800 vertical randonee or ski mountaineering stylerace. And on February 21, the Saddleback Ski Patrol will host itsannual torchlight parade.Strap on your skinny skis, grab some poles and head out onthe 55 kilometers of groomed trails at the Rangeley Lakes TrailCenter. Or snowshoe and bird watch along Saddleback Lake.The Center will host the 16th annual legendary Rangeley LakesLoppet on Saturday, March 2. The races include a 25k and 50kFreestyle, 25K Classic, and 25K Touring Division. Ski andsnowshoe rentals are available in the rustic yurt lodge at thecenter. In the yurt you’ll also find hot and cold beverages, snacksand hot soup for sale.For some indoor family entertainment, check out Moose Alley,Rock, Roll, Bowl on Main Street. Arrive via snowmobile andenjoy the state-of-the-art bowling alley, billiards and arcadegames, or relax on the comfy couches while watching televisionfrom one of the many screens located throughout. Bands fromPortland and Boston perform here on weekends.At the end of the day, get some rest at either the RangeleySaddleback Inn or the Town and Lake Motel and Cottages. TheSaddleback Inn is the closest off mountain lodging to SaddlebackMountain Ski Area. After a day playing outdoors and in, guestsrelax in the family game room, indoor pool and Jacuzzi. TheTown and Lake Motel and Cottages are open year round andlocated on Rangeley Lake.Whatever type of outdoor enthusiast you are, this four-season YoUr oNe-StoPvacation destination is sure to pull you back again and again. oUtDoorReady to help you call this place home is City Cove Realty located reCreAtioNALat the bottom of City Hill (Main Street/Route 4). From buildinglots to condos, and lakefront homes to mountain camps, they’ve reNtAL SHoPgot something that will tickle your fancy. At the trailhead at 2419 Main StreetCome to Rangeley and embrace this winter wonderland. Be sure rangeley, Me 04970to bring your camera!f Now reNtiNg: Find us On Facebook! snowmobiles, scooters, AtVs facebook.com/activityme AnD siDe by siDes Gift certificates available! reSerVAtioNS 207.864.3000 Serving Dean’s Beans Coffee Visit our general store and deli for novelty items, gifts, homemade breads, sandwiches and baked goods. COMING SOON: Rental cabins and lots for sale in Rangeley area! www.campdowhatyouwanna.com activitymaine.com 23
  • 27. W. LAKES & MTNS.OquossocPhoto: Rangeley Chamber A rider’s paradiseT he Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club (RLSC) has been include the Rangeley Lake Loop, a 65-mile loop around the lake incorporated for over 25 years. The Club consists of connecting Rangeley and Oquossoc. Riding to the summit of four officers and 10 directors. It had 350 members in East Kennebago Mountain is also very popular. The summit trail2011, the second most of all registered snowmobile clubs in reaches nearly 3800 feet and offers good views, plenty of CanadianMaine. The club manages 150 miles of trails. The trails include Jays to share your snacks with, and an occasional friendly fox.sections of two of the State of Maine’s most popular trails, ITS From Oquossoc, the most popular ride is up to Bosebuck Camps(Interconnected Trail System) 84 and ITS 89. There are two main and the NH border. The Camps offer food, gas and lodging andhubs to the Rangeley trail system, one in the Town of Rangeley this year, there will be a new loop ride around Parmachenee Lake.and the other in the Village of Oquossoc. There is plenty of trail Other popular rides include visits to several places in Eustis andaccessible parking, food, snowmobile services, lodging and gas Stratton for food and gas, Colburn Gore on the Canadian borderin both hubs. The trail system ranges east to Phillips, north and to the location on every rider’s list, Grand Falls.to Stratton and Eustis and west to the New Hampshire border.At the southern corner of the system. Riders will find Corridor “Riders are attracted to the RegionsTrail 117, which connects the Rangeley Region to Rumford, by the wide, well-groomed trails, theMexico, Andover and Grafton Notch among other towns. scenery of mountainous Western Maine and by trail conveniences..”The RLSC budget averages $170,000 annually with about$150,000 going directly toward trail maintenance and trailgrooming. The club averages 1700 hours of grooming each The RLSC hosts Rangeley’s Annual winter Festival, SNODEO.year. It operates three large grooming tractors covering the This year, it occurs January 24, 25, and 26. Over Februaryentire 150 miles of trail every two days. Rangeley offers one of Vacation, the Club offers a Snowmobile Safety Course and athe longest snowmobile seasons in Maine. On average, the trails daylong ride for anyone new to snowmobiling. The dates foropen just before the Christmas Break and close at the end of these events are not set but the club’s web site provides riders withMarch. During the 2011 season, the trails remained open until dates and up to date weather and trail conditions. Check www.mid-April. Riders are attracted to the Regions by the wide, well- rangeleysnowmobile.com for details including memberships, trailgroomed trails, the scenery of mountainous Western Maine and maps and lodging information in both Oquossoc and Rangeley. fby trail conveniences. Over the past few years, popular rides24 winter | spring 2012-2013
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  • 29. W. LAKES & MTNS.Maine’s High Peaks Region: Mountains, Lakes, and Snow make for Fabulous Winter Outdoors Adventure! ten of the “Our regio n is home to bove 4000’, fourteen Maine peaks a owmobile hundreds of miles of sn of downhill trails, 280 0’ vertical feet iles of cross- skiing at S ugarloaf, and m wshoeing on country skiing or sno e Cathedral Valley tra ils, or through th chian Trail, Pines, or a long the Appala and more!” Photo: WSKI T.V.26 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 30. W. LAKES & MTNS.W elcome to our Home! Enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty and friendly Maine hospitality! Explore the Maine’s High Peaks Region via our Scenic Byway from Kingfield to Coburn Gore, on the Canadian border; for breathtaking views of the majestic western mountains of Maine!  cont. next page Located 6 miles North of Sugarloaf USA Photos: WSKI T.V. a i n V i e w M ot e l Mount 4755 Carrabassett Road Stratton, ME 04982 Non-Smoking • Pet Friendly 207.246.2033 • www.mountainviewmotelmaine.com eight comfortable rooms, each that feature private bathroom, cable tv and wireless internet. Six rooms have fully equipped kitchens; and two of these are two bedroom suites. Seasonal rate with mid week discounts. activitymaine.com 27
  • 31. W. LAKES & MTNS. Maine’s High Peaks Region playground. Come enjoy our backyard of thousands of acres to explore, abundant snow and crisp alpine air! Are These Activities on YOUR To Do List? • Downhill skiing/snowboarding • Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing • Snowmobiling • Ice fishing • Winter hiking/climbing • Visit art galleries/local museums • Attend sports events such as Seth Westcott’s Banked Slalom at Sugarloaf, & the Polar Blast Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2013, & Snowcross Snowmobile Events, Maine Huts & trails Cross-country Ski Marathon, etc. C • Attend popular or classical music events at Sugarloaf & around the region • Find great local dining • Nightlife/ entertainment • Wildlife viewing & sightseeing with beautiful mountain views • Resting/relaxing! Do It ALL in Maine’s High Peaks Region! Feel the excitement as you ascend the peaks, by chairlift, snowmobile, or on-foot! This is the land of adventures Photo:WSKI T.V where there’s no such thing as too much fun or too much snow!!!This picturesque setting offers an abundance of outdoor There’s plenty to do and see. Take your pick of places toactivities, plus a lively art scene and unique shopping. Our stay: condos, cottages, hotels, lodges and luxury resorts,region’s small towns offer warm hospitality, intriguing make for fun family vacations, romantic retreats, successfulhistory, and a variety of restaurants, accommodations and meetings or conferences.shops ready to serve you! It’s time to discover! Whether you are searching for anPLAY and STAY! From family events and forest trails, to adrenaline rush in the Brackett Basin glades and doublememorable sunrises and sunsets from lakeside cottages to black diamond trails at Sugarloaf, or sharing laughs aroundthe mountain tops, there’s something for everyone in the the fire waiting for the fish to bite on one of our many local ponds and lakes, we invite you to explore our region’s rich heritage, escape to the miles of trails, or just unplug and Quiet Country Surroundings.... unwind away from it all. SPILLOVER MOTEL Our Wild Side Is Wonderful, Too! Catch a glimpse of a Route 27 • Stratton, ME 04982 moose, a field full of deer, or pluck trout from our lakes 207-246-6571 or rivers; western Maine’s mountains are overflowing with wildlife making our region a paradise for those who like to fish, photograph, or just watch wildlife. Full Kitchen Available Lounge • Exercise Room Timber harvesting for generations, Maine’s biggest Pet Friendly • Wireless Internet mountain for skiing for over sixty years, and the awesome Your hosts: Linda and Tom Lemont array of things to do that’ll put a smile on your face and make you sleep well at night, make our region proud and28 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 32. W. LAKES & MTNS. Photo:WSKI T.VCarrabassett ValGIlON y RE eready to serve you! Once you visit us, you will come backagain and again to experience the year-round quality of lifein the western mountains of Maine!Wildlife & Natural Highlights + Quiet to Soothe the Soul+ Friendly People = A Vacation Getaway in Maine’s HighPeaks Region! Begin the journey at www.eustismaine.comThe Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club maintains nearly 130miles of well marked trails that connect with hundreds ofmiles of snowmobile trails in neighboring communities.Our trails open in early December depending on snowconditions. www.arnoldtrailsnowmobileclub.com activitymaine.com 29
  • 33. W. LAKES & MTNS.Photo: Carol Save www.carolsavagephotography.comFarmington Gateway to the Western MountainsSeize the Frozen Moment on my own, looking for animal signs and other wonders of winter, as it is to go on a snowshoe hike with family and friends.by Leigh Macmillen Hayes And there’s also the geocache component. Some geocaches are hidden so winter explorers will locate them.S kiing or snowshoeing through the hemlocks and pines bent with snow makes for a magical experience.The fitness Whatever experience you choose, cross country skiing and element also appeals to many. Like swimming and rowing, snowshoeing are gentle sports that allow you to set your ownboth of these sports offer an excellent workout with minimum pace. If you are a novice, it may feel awkward at first--what doeffort. I do with these long skinny boards or big, aluminum-framed contraptions strapped to my feet? And how do I make the poles work? Believe me, once you get the motions down, it’s quiteThis can be either a time for aerobic exercise or a deeper easy. Beginners should start on flat land for either sport, whichappreciation of the season enjoyed at a comfortable pace. Going you’ll find at most Nordic centers in Maine. If it’s excitementsolitary, treasure your sense of adventure as you listen to the and speed that you seek, try free-style skiing using the skatecrunch of your skis gripping the groomed track, breaking the technique. Or look for a cross-country ski center that offers backsilence of the forest. Or join friends who appreciate a low-impact country or “black” diamond trails, meaning steep downhills forsport and the opportunity to chit chat. The same is true for thrill seekers.snowshoeing. I find it is as much fun to explore the winter world cont. on Page 4830 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 34. W. LAKES & MTNS.T itcomb Mountain, in West Farmington, offers fun and affordable winter recreation for the whole family. It is big enough to offer a variety of terrain, and small enoughthat families are quickly at ease and having fun. Titcomb offersboth alpine and nordic skiing. For downhill skiers and riders,our 2 t-bar lifts access 18 trails for all skill levels including a kidfriendly terrain park, with equipment rentals available. We alsooffer a great beginner trail with a handle tow and gentle slope.Titcomb has snowmaking capacity to cover 70% of its alpineterrain, and lighted trails for night skiing. The mountain also hasover 16 kilometers of beautiful cross-country trails for all levelsfrom beginner to expert. The trails are groomed for both classicand skate skiing and meander from fields through beautifulwoodlands. Every Saturday night, students can ski from 4 pmto 8 pm for only $10. Please check www.titcombmountain.com for more information and our calendar of events, or call (207)7787-9031. Don’t forget to “like us” on Facebook.com Androscoggin Valley Putting together your Medical Arts Center Primary Care by Livermore Falls Family Practice mountain getaway? Urgent Care for Area Visitors by Livermore Falls Family Practice Well help you find Outpatient Specialty Care: all the right pieces Imaging services: x-rays, ultrasound, and digital mammography Physical therapy | Ear, nose & throat services | Lab services Women’s gynecological and pregnancy care | Vasectomy Sports medicine | Pulmonary care | Mental health counseling Cardiology | Podiatry 21 Main Street, Livermore Falls Farmington Rangeley Rumford Jay Mexico Skowhegan Wilton Toll-Free 800-287-0752 A program of Franklin Memorial Hospital www.FranklineBranch.com 897-6601 www.fchn.org activitymaine.com 31
  • 35. W. LAKES & MTNS. Wiltonwinter fun! The hub of Maine’s by Leigh Macmillen HayesW ilton, Maine, is a four season destination nestled in the of Excellence from TripAdvisor.” Wilson Lake Inn delivers foothills of western Maine on the shore of beautiful unsurpassed value, warm hospitality, and personalized service you Wilson Lake. While most of the well-known areas in can only find at a family-operated inn. The guest rooms, studiosMaine get lots of press, you’ll find a gold mine of other destinations and suites are bright, clean, spacious and quiet. Continentalto call your own special discovery and Wilton is one of them. breakfast includes freshly ground coffee, bakery fresh coffeeLocated in the hub of Maine’s recreational mecca–Wilton is less cakes and muffins, fresh fruit and juice to get you off to a greatthan one hour from Saddleback, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Black start to explore this winter wonderland. Inn owners Tom andMountain and Titcomb ski areas. It’s also located on ITS 82 and Susan invite you to enjoy the peace, serenity and service that89. Follow the signs at the junction of Routes 2 and Route 4 to will exceed your expectations. As your base camp for a fun-filledexperience all of the activities that make winter fun. You’ll also getaway, they want to share the snow covered hills and valleysfind great lodging, restaurants and entertainment close by. that surround the lake and provide you endless opportunities forFrechette’s Ski-Doo has a new location on Route 2 in Wilton, skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ice fishing.Maine. As a Ski-Doo Dealer for many years, they service everything In 1876, George Henry Bass founded G. H. Bass & Companythat they sell. In addition, they have a great parts department and on Wilson Lake in Wilton. Bass shoes were manufactured herea large service area. They welcome you to stop by, say hello and until the family sold the business in 1998. Today, Calzolaio Pastacheck out their new space and products. Company, an Italian Restaurant with some American alternatives,The Wilton Wanderers Snowmobile Club grooms and maintains is located in the historic former shoe factory building. Theover 50 miles of trails that connect with several neighboring trail restaurant features homemade sauces and pasta, brickoven-stylesystems. Their groomers create extra-wide trails similar to what pizza, fresh Maine seafood and natural meats. It’s open 7 daysyou’ll find further north, but without the heavy traffic. Along the a week from 11am- 9pm for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.way, there is a wide variety of services including food, fuel and There are multiple dining rooms, a function/meeting room and alodging, e.g. the Wilson Lake Inn. deck overlooking Wilson Stream.In 2012, the Wilson Lake Inn was awarded the “Certificate And for your entertainment, take in a Celtic performance at the32 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 36. W. LAKES & MTNS. Photo: Susan Atwood Photo: Susan AtwoodSkye Theatre Performing Arts Center, just down the road in SouthCarthage. The 250-seat concert hall located atop Winter Hillhosts over sixty concerts a year. Decorated with honey-coloredmaple and oak, owners Phil and Jan McIntyre have created anintimate space with a warm ambiance at the only New Englandtheater built specifically for Celtic music. Top named artists fromall parts of the Celtic world come here to play, sing and danceto an always appreciative audience. Relax and enjoy the liltingmelodies and plaintive lyrics of the rich Celtic heritage. Be sureto bring your own instruments for the pre-show jam session. VisitWilton this winter, during one of the most breathtaking seasonsof the year. f 461 U.S. Route 2 Wilton ME (207) 645-2985 activitymaine.com 33
  • 37. NORTHERN MAINE Photo: Carol Savage Jay Fort Kent region Don’t Let Your Active Lifestyle Keep You from Banking! • FREE OTIS Online Banking • FREE Mobile Banking App • FREE Online Bill Pay • Online Loan Applications • Drive up ATM and More! 170 Main Street, Jay ME 04239 otisfcu.coop 207.897.090034 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 38. NORTHERN MAINE Photo: Jackman ChamberJackman A Winter Paradise!By Annie NeilsonW inter is a special time for Jackman. Lakes freeze over it, or wishing to register, may contact the Jackman Moose River and the snow falls, creating a beautiful backdrop Region Chamber of Commerce. for outdoor activities. For those who enjoy Jackman is not only a winter paradise for avid snowmobilers, butsnowmobiling, the Jackman area has over 100 miles of groomed cross-country skiers can enjoy their non-motorized approachtrails to ride on. You can bring your own machine, or rent one to experiencing the great outdoors. If you prefer snowshoeingin town. Even if you have never ridden a snowmobile before, it across frozen ponds and breathing in the fresh, country air, setscan be an enjoyable and safe sport. can be rented in town. Trekking across the white landscape byObserve the winter paradise as you trek across fields and through snowshoe offers fun for the whole family, so be sure to try itthe woods on marked trails. Guides are available for those whowould like a tour. Take a moment and watch wildlife in itsnatural habitat, or photograph majestic mountains. Jackman isperfectly situated for day trips in all directions:  Rockwood andGreenville to the east, The Forks to the south, Rangeley andEustis to the west, and Canada to the north.The exciting 2012 USCC Lake Parlin 100 Snowmobile Racewill take place on Saturday, January 26, 2012 at Parlin Pondhosted by Coburn Summit Riders. First, second, and thirdplace prizes will be awarded to competitors. This annual racehas several classes, so anyone interested in learning more about activitymaine.com 35
  • 39. NORTHERN MTNS. Photo: Emily Gorman NORTHERN MOUNTAINS Main Street, (207) REAL ESTATE Jackman, 668.4333 ME www.jackmanmerealestate.comOur friendly, professional team of REALTORS® is ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs in the Jackman-Moose River Valley areas. out. You may just see a moose, white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, squirrel, or a bald eagle! Ice-fishing is a popular sport for visitors and residents alike. If you find that you’d like to warm up inside a cozy ice shack, they can be rented at a nearby business. Catch a brook trout, landlocked salmon, or lake trout in one of our many ponds or lakes. For those who haven’t ice-fished before, our guides can give you the guidance and direction you need to enjoy this great activity. Bait and supplies can be purchased right in town. Jackman is a winter paradise for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, or those who just want to relax and view the beautiful scenery. “Ice-fishing is a popular sport for visitors and residents alike. If you find that you’d like to warm up inside a cozy ice shack, they can be rented at a nearby business. Catch a brook trout, landlocked salmon, or lake trout in one of our many ponds or lakes.” There is a variety of lodging to choose from, including attractive motels, quaint cabins, and lodges and resorts with amenities. For those wishing to do their own cooking, housekeeping cabins and suites are available. Some locations offer the convenience of handicap accessibility. Area restaurants offer a variety of different foods, so there’s something for everyone, from quick take-out to sit-down meals with appetizers. Evening entertainment includes live bands, fun karaoke, cribbage, and watching competitions on the big screens. The Northeast Dog Sledding Championship Race, sponsored by the DESDC, takes place each March at the Border Riders Sportsman’s Club. Usually the last one of the season, this fast- paced race features everything from one dog skijoring to large sled teams. Plan your winter vacation to Jackman, Maine and find out why36 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 40. NORTHERN MTNS.it’s often referred to as “The Switzerland of Maine Just followRoute 201 north, known as the “Old Canada Road” NationalScenic Byway, where the beautiful trees overlook the river andelegant mountains capped with frosty white snow touch the sky.When the air turns crisp and fresh in the Johnson Mountainarea, you know you are getting close.If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a great sporting trip,or just some good old fashioned family fun, Jackman has whatyou need to make your vacation a spectacular one. Take a lookat the chamber website www.jackmanmaine.organd to discoverwhat Jackman is all about. Remember, “Adventure is our MaineAttraction!”fFMI: Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of CommerceP.O. Box 368, Jackman, Maine 04945Email Us mooserus@jackmanmaine.orgLocal: (207)668-4171 • Toll-Free 1-888-633-5225area eventsDecember: Annual Festival of Trees sponsored by the JackmanRegion Community AssociationJanuary: 2012 USCC Lake Parlin 100 Snowmobile Race atParlin Pond hosted by Coburn Summit RidersMarch: DESDC sponsored Northeast Dog SleddingChampionship RaceMay: ATV season opens Memorial WeekendJune: Flea MarketJuly: Fourth of July Festivities, Parade, Children’s Games,FireworksSeptember: 2013 International Spyder & Motorcycle RallyNovember: The Hunter’s Supper Caratunk activitymaine.com 37
  • 41. NORTHERN MTNS.Photo: Carol SavageHit the TrailNordic Centers in Maine:Beech Hill X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center Carter’s X-C Ski Center296 Tucker Road, Wayne 400 Main Street, Oxford207.685.9281, www.beechhillski.com. 11 kilometers, groomed 207.539.4848, www.cartersxcski.comtrails, varied terrain, warming hut 40 kilometers, groomed trails, beginner to intermediate terrain, retail & rentals, warming hutBethel Nordic Ski Center21 Broad Street, Bethel Carters’s X-C Ski Center207.824.6276 786 Intervale Road, Bethelwww.bethelinn.com/site/cross-country-ski-center 207.824.3880, www.cartersxcski.com25 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, snowshoe trails, 55 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, retail & rentals,lessons, retail & rentals warming hutBirches Ski Touring Center Five Fields Farm X-Country Skiing281 Birches Road, Rockwood Route 107, South Bridgton800.825.9453, www.birches.com/winter/activities/cross- 207.647.2425, www.fivefieldsski.com/xc_skiingcountry-skiing. 40 miles, groomed trails, varied terrain, 3 25 kilometers of groomed and back country trails, ski &trailside yurts, guided excursions, lessons, rentals snowshoe rentals, warming hutBlack Mountain of Maine Touring Center Katahdin Nordic Center39 Glover Road, Rumford 181 Medway Road, Millinocket207.364.8977, www.skiblackmountain.org 207.723.6305, www.katahdinnordiccenter.com17 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, rentals, lodge groomed and back country trails, ski & snowshoe rentals38 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 42. NORTHERN MTNS.Maine Winter Sports Center 10th Mountain Center Photo: Hal BloodParadis Circle Road, Fort Kent207.834.6203, www.10thmtskiclub.org25 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, 3 kilometers of littrails for night skiing, ski & snowshoe, biathlon range, lodge,waxing centerMaine Winter Sports Nordic Heritage CenterPresque Isle207.762.6972, www.nordicheritagecenter.org20 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, 2.5 kilometersof lit trails for night skiing, ski rentals, biathlon range, visitorcenter, waxing centerRangeley Lakes Trail Center523 Saddleback Mountain Road, Rangeley207.864.4309, www.rangeleylakestrailscenter.com Millinocket55 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, ski & snowshoerentals, yurt-style lodgeSunday River Outdoor CenterSkiway Road, Newry, 207.824.5700, Welcome! i lers Snowmobwww.sundayriver.com/eventsactivities/Outdoor_Center35 kilometers, groomed trails, varied terrain, ski & snowshoeretail & rentals, lessons, lodge SLEDDERS WELCOME! Large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game and play area, free internet access, local calls and business center, cable and WIFI. We are a pet-friendly hotel. 740 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 1-877-902-4555 • 207-723-4555 The Ice Fish Inn millinocket’s newest bed & breakfast Book online at icefishinn.com or call toll free 855-FISH4U2 gonefishing@icefishinn.com Bring this ad for a 15% discount 177 Central St Millinocket Maine 04462 discount can’t be combined w/other offers activitymaine.com 39
  • 43. NORTHERN MAINEMedway Snowmobilers: Shin Pond, in the town of Mt Chase is Lennie’s Superette A GREAT PLACE TO START! Jaimie & Michelle Wallace Greeting Cards A Gas • Beer • Soda • Coffee • Pizza • Subs sk any 10 people on the streets of small town America Live Bait • Non-Resident Snowmobile Registration about Patten or Shin Pond in Maine, and chances are Lottery • ATM • Groceries • Souvenirs pretty good that they have heard of these places. www.lenniessuperette.com Once, just a small logging community, this is now a four-season recreation destination for many who live and work in the more 2154 Medway Road, Medway, Maine 04460 urban areas of the state and country. Phone: (207) 746-5100 • Hours: 5 am – 10 pm In the last 30 years, snowmobiling has become the major Resident & Non-Resident Fishing & Hunting Licences activity in the more northern areas of Maine, representing aCongratulations to the Gateway Inn on your 18th Anniversary! strong $350 million dollar economic impact. Groomed and maintained snowmobile trails are the reason. Small towns like Patten and Shin Pond, that would normally be very quite during the winter months, devoid of much outside economic activity, have become destinations, and jumping off spots for snowmobilers. As machines have become more dependable and comfortable, riding 100-150 miles between destinations has become commonplace. The Patten/Shin Pond area is a very desirable and unique location to start from, just 9 miles from Interstate 95 at exit 264. Shin Pond, is just another 10 miles west on Rt 159, headed to Baxter state Park. Being centered right in the middle of the most popular snowmobile destinations, day trips or overnights can easily originate from here. So whether you are a veteran snowmobiler or a newcomer to the sport, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip this winter. Shin Pond is a great place to start. f Mt. Chase40 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 44. NORTHERN MAINE Photo: Rick HIll The North Woods Beckonby Leigh Macmillen HayesW hen Mother Nature decorates the North Woods snowmobiling tours are also offered. These are a perfect way for and the legendary Katahdin and Moosehead Lake the novice to safely learn and enjoy these winter activities Regions with a blanket of deep snow, some of thevery best snowmobile trails in North America beckon sleddersto come and partake in a fabulous winter getaway. Here you Excellent accommodations and fine dining make the Northwill celebrate nature at its best with a spectacular view of the Woods the perfect destination for a Winter 2012/2013 getaway.fmountains all adorned in a beautiful white coat.A 100+ mile loop of extraordinary beauty awaits you. From yourdoor at the edge of ice coated Moosehead Lake you can sled eastto Mt. Katahdin and Millinocket or go west to Jackman andthe Forks. You can be sure that you will enjoy a fun packedsnowmobiling adventure. If you do not have a sled or don’t wishto trailer one, there are outfitters where you can rent a top-of-the-line sled by the day. Here you will find a complete menuof winter outdoor activities for fun, excitement and relaxation,including some of the finest cross-country skiing trail networksin New England. Guided ski excursions as well as guided activitymaine.com 41
  • 45. CENTRAL MAINE BCentral Maine A Winter Wonderland thrives along the Kennebec River Valley Photo: Carol Ssavage42 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 46. FairfieldThere’s so much to enjoyabout Central Maine in thewinter!Known for year-round recreation, its’rural setting, and rich history the CentralMaine Area has much to offer for winteractivities. Central Maine has hundreds ofmiles of groomed trails for snowmobilingand snowshoeing and if you want to icefish then there are many lakes to satisfy thatactivity also. Visit us online! www.activitymaine.comBenton activitymaine.com 43
  • 47. CENTRAL MAINE Winslow W Winslow Maine, home of Fort Halifax in Halifax Park, is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, good food and the Maine culture. From hiking trails to snowmobiling right up to one of their well know restaurants, everyone will enjoy spending time in Winslow. Waterville is located on the banks of the Kennebec River, where you can enjoy fine restaurants, theater & art, specialty shopping including an array of products, upscale women’s clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, and numerous culture & art amenities. Year round events include the Greater Taste of Waterville, Downtown Farmers Market, Waterville Opera House, and the Waterville In town Arts Festival are only a few of the spectacular things to do. Waterville is the home to two prestigious colleges, Colby College and Thomas College, which are known for their outstanding academic programs and high standards. Waterville also offers many outdoor activities for the young and the old. From their outdoor parks to their inside centers there is fun for everyone! f Photo: Cathy Genthner44 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 48. CENTRAL MAINEWaterville and more information call 622-6983 or go to www.mesnow.com The Parade of Lights: Come to Downtown Waterville on the evening of November 23 to watch dozens of floats light up Main Street as Santa arrives in Downtown Waterville, and the giant spruce tree is lit in Castonguay Square. From about 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For info phone (207) 680-2055 If you want to get out of the cold, the greater Waterville area is home to numerous one-of-a-kind shops and eateries. For a thorough list visit www.midmainechamber.com f www.midmainechamber.com Photo: Mid-Maine Chamber info@midmainechamber.com Phone: 207-873-3315Winter Activities in the Greater 50 Elm Street, Waterville ME 04901Waterville AreaQuarry Road Recreation Area: With the recent acquisitionof an additional 90 acres of beautiful property, the QuarryRoad Recreation Area has added 7.5 km of trails.   Plans arewell underway to add snowmaking for 2013 season to ensurefantastic conditions for cross country skiing, snowshoeingand hiking. Come out and enjoy this beautiful getaway onlyfive minutes from downtown Waterville! FMI go to www.quarryroadrecarea.orgIce fishing on Messalonskee Lake (Snow Pond)Perkins Arboretum: A trail network of about 4 miles by ColbyCollege offering quiet, shaded paths through the forest forwalking and cross-country skiing.Outdoor Ice Skating at Alfond Youth Center’s Rink on NorthStreet, Waterville. FMI 873-0684Indoor Skating at Sukee Arena FMI 872-5994Maine Pond Hockey Classic, February 9-10, 2013, “Hockey,the way it’s meant to be played”Waterville Opera House has completed a $5 millionrenovation and hosts shows year round. www.operahouse.orgSnowmobile trails surrounds the region and several clubs helpmaintain the trails. For maps, membership, trail conditions activitymaine.com 45
  • 49. CENTRAL MAINE REMEDY SALON AND SPA Wellness from Head to Toe Kelly Paquette Proprietor 207.859.8886 10 RAILROAD SQUARE WATERVILLE, MAINE 04901 O Photo: Betsy Brown46 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 50. CENTRAL MAINEOakland Photo: Carol Savage www.carolsavagephotography.com activitymaine.com 47
  • 51. CENTRAL MAINE Photo: Craig Watt GWinthrop48 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 52. CENTRAL MAINE Photo: Downtown GardinerGardinerBy Patrick WrightW hen Old Man Winter’s grip pushes you to seek refuge, delight in Downtown Gardiner, where you can stroll brick sidewalks and pop into one of our cont.inued activitymaine.com 49
  • 53. CENTRAL MAINE Photos: Downtown Gardiner Those who wish to tour the area by foot, bike, or ski, might consider starting in Gardiner and exploring the riverfront communities of Farmingdale, Hallowell, and Augusta on the Kennebec River Rail Trail, a multi-use 6 mile scenic path that meanders along the river. fine cafes, diners, galleries, and shops. This holiday season, find a unique gift at one of our “pop-up” shops, featuring Maine artisans and crafters. Cultural history buffs will find no shortage of interesting stories in the Gardiner Public Library’s Archives room or throughout historic Gardiner. Winter is a perfect time to visit the frozen Kennebec River to imagine the great era of ice-harvesting in Gardiner. The Gardiner Waterfront Park was completed in 2010, and is widely known as the nicest waterfront park on the Kennebec. Home to noted authors E.A. Robinson and Laura E. Richards, Gardiner has long been a center of activity and culture in the Kennebec Valley. A new generation is now infusing life into this once bustling mill town. A variety of year round musical and theatrical performances grace historic Johnson Hall, which has entertained audiences since 1868. Those who wish to tour the area by foot, bike, or ski, might consider starting in Gardiner and exploring the riverfront communities of Farmingdale, Hallowell, and Augusta on the Kennebec River Rail Trail, a multi-use 6 mile scenic path that meanders along the river. For more information on Gardiner, visit gardinermainstreet.org . f“Seize” from Page 28Across Maine, you’ll locate groomed trails in numerous locations from Nordic centers to golf courses and local ski clubs. Machinespack the snow so you’ll glide on top of a solid surface--either compressed tracks for classic skiing or on a wide, flattened surface forskate skiing. In addition, they may offer snowshoe trails, instructions, guide service, equipment rental, food and other amenities.These are lifetime sports that are safe for all ages. So . . . seize the frozen moment. Step away from your computer or phone, strapon your skis or snowshoes and head out into the cold. I guarantee you’ll warm up in no time.50 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 54. CENTRAL MAINEDowntown Richmond:Augusta Where History andBy Larry Fleury, Augusta Downtown Alliance President Nature MeetI magine the sight of a charming historic district with beautiful By Victoria Bundy R brick and granite buildings, flowers planted all along the ichmond, on the banks of the Kennebec River, is lovely street, the aroma of BBQ or pasta and garlic being sautéed as in the winter. The waterfront and historic district provideyou stroll through our lovely Downtown located on the banks a scenic backdrop for winter outdoor activities.of the Kennebec River, overlooking Fort Western, the oldestwooden fort in existence in America. Downtown Augusta, In the 19th century Richmond was a booming shipbuildinglocated in Maine’s Capitol City Historic Riverfront, area is town, and magnificent Victorian and Greek revival homes wereundergoing a transformation. New night spots and restaurants built. In addition, during the 1950s and 1960s, a large numberhave recently opened, as well as retail establishments. There’s a of Russian and other eastern European immigrants settled insense of pride and activity throughout the street. The merchants Richmond and the most visible reminder of this is a distinctiveare conducting lively Cash Mobs throughout the year. Owners aredeveloping second floor upscale housing and several artist havemoved in. There are top quality shops including hair dressers,shoe repair, jewelry, eye doctors, dentists, attorneys, night clubs,restaurants serving authentic Italian, Classic Memphis BBQ,hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner, a great sandwich shop, cardand gift shop, computer store and many more. Come feel thehistory and enjoy our special place along the river.fFor more information contact us at www.augustadowntownalliance.org or Face Book us at AugustaDowntown Alliance Russian Orthodox Church, which continues to hold services today. With its network of sidewalks and walk able layout, you can stroll the village, enjoy the town’s living history, and pop in for a delicious meal or quench your thirst in one of Richmond’s many fine eating establishments. For those who enjoy snowmobiling, Richmond has 27 miles of groomed trails to ride on. Richmond is not only a playground for avid snowmobilers, but cross-country skiers and snowshoer’s can explore Pleasant Pond, the Town Forest on Dingley Road, the Merrymeeting Bay Wildlife Management Area on Route 24, and other public lands. Ice-fishing is also a popular sport that people travel to Richmond to enjoy. Catch a bass in Pleasant Pond or go smelt-fishing on the Kennebec. Bait and supplies can be purchased right in town. activitymaine.com 51
  • 55. CENTRAL MAINEPlan a winter day in Richmond, Maine – “where history and Exploring Easternnature meet” - and see what hidden treasures we have to offer.Take Route 295, just 20 miles from Brunswick/Topsham and 20 & Central Mainemiles from Augusta. Or follow the river along scenic Route 24! By Betsy BrownAnd come back in the summer to visit historic Swan Island, justa stone’s throw from the waterfront. Nestled in the Eastern Central part of Maine, unique businessesCheck out the Town of Richmond’s website, www. and activities galore are just waiting for you to enjoy and explore.richmondmaine.com, for more information about this quaint Fresh water lakes and ponds, when frozen over, are enjoyed by many who like to ice fish, snowmobile, cross-country ski, or totown and what it has to offer.f just take in the fresh air and enjoy the paradise that Mr. Winter has to offer. Liberty Palermo OLDE THYME PRIMITIVES simple treasures of the past 350 Route 3 • Palermo, Maine 04354 Primitives@fairpoint.net • 207-993-2290Windsor U52 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 56. CENTRAL MAINEWhile enjoying all the activities and exploring what the area has tooffer, stop by one of the unique businesses along Route 3.After 34 years in business, new owners Pete and Dawn Haskell South Chinaare still committed to making Tobey’s Grocery a staple in the localcommunity and offer a friendly and convenient place for customersto do all of their shopping.Make sure you stop at the Liberty General Store, newly opened inMarch 2012, and located on Route 3 in Liberty. Open seven days aweek they now offer gas to the Liberty community and a full menufrom their deli.While traveling Route 3, don’t miss the unique business Fred’sPuzzles & Fretwork. Owners, Fred and Linda Davis of Palermo,create puzzles and fretwork wall “plates.” Fred provides expertly cutand finished scroll saw work, using native and locally purchasedwood including maple, oak, birch, walnut, poplar, cherry andpine. He also offers dozens and dozens of individually cut andfinished puzzles for all ages.Another unique business is the Olde Thyme Primitives shop inPalermo, which is owned and operated by experienced artisanand retailer Debbie Pomelow. Come in and browse the shop in arelaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere.Green Bean Coffee Shop, South China, offers a variety of bakedgoods, breakfast items, sandwiches, soups and quiches, alongwith bagels from Bagel Mania. Coffee is always brewed fresh andavailable to go. If you’re not a coffee drinker they also have tea,assorted beverages and hot cocoa. You’re welcome to come andlounge on their comfy couch set and read a book or get some workdone with the use of their free wi-fi. Let them be your home awayfrom home!Need a break? Take advantage of what the China Wash and Dryhas to offer. A full-service Laundromat, they’ll pick up and deliveryour laundry.Hungry? Maine BBQ Grill, located at 362 Augusta RocklandRoad, Windsor, will satisfy your BBQ desire. Owner Kevin Tiltonoffers a variety of BBQ Meal Deals including Brisket, Pulled Pork,Pulled Beef, and Pulled Chicken with all the fixings to complete allyour cravings. Eat in or order to go.Central Maine Pig Roasting is another unique business you willfind in the Eastern Central part of Maine. Owner Elijha Gigueretravels the State of Maine, and will roast a pig for 20-100 people,anytime of the year. f Unity Albion activitymaine.com 53
  • 57. DOWN EAST and fantastic dining opportunities as well as wonderful theater and museums. Basketball tournament games, camping, boating and flower shows are just a few other reason why winter and spring are so special in Bangor. Activities Guide of Maine’s Winter/Spring 2012/13 print edition of 35,000 copies will be available across the Northeast during the Thanksgiving timeframe as well as on our awesome website. During the last several months our website has experienced over 38,000 hits and more than 2200 unique visits from across the U.S.Bangor as well as from 42 countries. It is no wonder that we are Maine’s most popular guide. Naturally, you can also find us on facebook and twitter. f BelfastBangorA Salute to the Queen CityB M angor is the hub of fun activities in winter and spring for folks in Eastern, Northern Maine and New Brunswick as well as those from away who come to enjoy the way life shouldbe. Winter activities abound in the area –close by, you can enjoySkiing/Snowboarding, Nordic skiing, hiking , Snowmobiling and ROCKHOUNDINGmuch more. The Queen City offers visitors great accommodations Ellsworth54 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 58. DOWN EASTEnchanting Downeast Photo: Mike Leonard Serving Our CommunityMachias for 7 Years Dr. Dhanvant Rathod, Board Certified Urologist. Dr. Rathod’s office is located at 229 Main Street, Machias. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rathod, call his office at 255-5600. Down East Community is 100% committed to delivering a high level of care, while providing the healthcare services that match the needs of Washington County. Board certified Urologist, Dr. Dhanvant Rathod has served our community for over 7 and offers. He offers diagnosis and treatment in prostate and urologic cancer, kidney stone treatment and prevention, and treatment in incontinence issues. Urology Find us on Facebook! office is located in the Reid Emery Building at 229 Main Street, Machias. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rathod, call his facebook.com/activityme office at 255-5600. f Activity Maine’s MostExcellent Photo ContestGo to activitymaine.com for details activitymaine.com 55
  • 59. DOWN EAST Machiasport Where On Earth Do You Fit In? Our Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum may be just right. The Blue Lobster Gallery Seascape artist Jane Diggins Harnedy paintings capture the spirit of the sea Environmental Liberal Arts High Surf Oil, 26x30 That’s what we’re really all about at UMaine-Machias. An affordable liberal arts college, a community of individuals committed to the Directions: environment, and an unspoiled Maine coast location. We may not From Route 1 at the University be right for everyone, but we may be the right fit for you. of Maine at Machias, go exactly TOLL FREE 1-888-468-6866 9 miles on Route 92 to Pettegrow www.machias.edu Point Road in Bucks Harbor. 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, ME 04654 Open by chance or appointment Offering The Day in the Life of a Blue Lobster Oil, 20x24 homemade, fresh, local healthy foods & Cafe 2 Pettegrow Point Road Your Local Health Food Store Machiasport, ME 04655 Shopping Opportunity: 207-669-4255 All Natural & Organic or 207-255-0170 Groceries & Produce jharnedy@maineline.net Supplements Acadia Surf Mixed Media, 4x6 Quality Wine, Beer Eastport Stop in and enjoy a special & Chocolates dining experience! Gluten-Free Products 4 Colonial Way Bulk Herbs & Spices Downtown Machias Quality Pet Food 207-255-8855 Maine Made Products Winter Hours Mon.–Fri. 9–5, Sat. 9-3 www.wholelifemarket.comF oodies and Spirits Connoisseurs will delight in discovering fine Maine made products Downeast. While all across Maine you will find great locally produced foods and spirits, here inthe Downeast Region you will be delighted by the wonderful treatsthat you will enjoy at the Saltwater Café & Whole Life NaturalMarket in Machias and Monica’s Chocolates in Lubec.Lubec Bar Harbor Eastport A cadia National Park, Mount Desert Islands largest attraction, sees over two million visitors each summer, yet a mere one hundred and forty thousand people visit Acadia’s winter wonderland and all it has to offer during the off season.  While areas of the Park Loop Road are closed for the safety of those traveling in winter conditions, Acadia National Park remains open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling in designated areas.  Acadia National Park offers over 50 miles of Carriage Trails, 30 of which are groomed for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 56 winter | spring 2012-2013
  • 60. DOWN EASTCadillac Mountain Sports offers both Snowshoe and Ski rentals for The origins of ice climbing date back to the medieval alpinethose who do not have their own equipment.  The Park provides shepherds who moved herds across high mountain passes. Thesea most beautiful and serene experience for the winter enthusiast. early mountaineers chopped long series of steps using a long ice axeAll of these restaurants are walking distance from our in- fashioned by combining a shepherd’s staff with a woodcutter’s axetown Colonial Style Inn.  We provide parking so that you may and wore nailed boots for traction. confidently park and enjoy walking to the nearby eateries, events, Mountain guide Jon Tierney believes that anyone who likes beingand attractions.  All of our rooms offer a private bathroom, cable outside in winter and   has a reasonable degree of fitness can betelevision, and wifi.  We also have an onsite Spa to complete your successful climbing ice. “The learning curve for ice climbing isrelaxation experience on our island and at our Inn.  We are a family easier than rock climbing because you can put your cramponsowned and operated Inn; our goal is to make you feel welcome and and ice axes almost anywhere” Tierney says. Jon has been guidingat home during your stay. f and teaching ice climbing since the eighties. He has even taken clients to western China to tackle first ascents of difficult ice climbs Photo: Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School and mountain peaks. Jon is one of 80 fully certified international mountain guides working in the US (IFMGA) and the only one residing in Maine. If you are interested in learning to ice climb, instruction is essential.  Hiring a professional guide is the surest and fastest way of learning to ice climb safely. Jon’s school, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School offers daily instruction in  Acadia National Park, Camden Hills,  and the Sugarloaf and Sunday River regions  as well as over the border in the White Mountains. The school is fully accredited by the AMGA to provide rock, ice, mountaineering or backcountry skiing instruction or guiding. Start swinging those ice tools today! f Quimby House Inn & Spa Tim and Danielle Ray, Innkeepers 109 Cottage Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207.288.5811 1.800.344.5811 quimbyhouse@gmail.com quimbyhouse.com Climb some frozen water!W ith the coming of sub-freezing temperatures, picturesque waterfalls and natural mountain water seeps become beautifully sculpted walls of ice. Scattered throughoutthe Maine mountains, these ever changing frozen ice flows havebecome a winter playground for hundreds of ice climbers.Ice climbers come in all different shapes and sizes. Men, women,boys and girls.– all can do it! Once the domain of mountaineerstraining for big alpine peaks or an off-season activity for rockclimbers, ice climbing has grown into a sport unto itself.  For manyaction oriented people it is a great source of human powered winteradventure and exercise enhanced by the everchanging world offrozen water.  activitymaine.com 57
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