Whether you’re a foodie who loves a good wine in a cozy restaurant, an adventure junkie with a passion for steep slopes, a family looking for fun in the snow, or an arts and culture fanatic – Maine has a little something for everyone! Let’s take a look at some of the must-see activities this special place has to offer.
For food lovers, the famous Maine Restaurant Week – which runs for the first two weeks of March each year – is an absolute must for finding some great grub, at some really special prices! Known for their creativity, Maine’s chefs put on a spectacular spread at this time of year, with restaurants, hotels, B&B’s and inns offering three course dinners starting from just $25.
While you’re in the mood, check out some of the fabulous beer and wine tastings available at Maine Beer & Beverage, Pineland Farms, the Rosemont Market and Bakery and Aurora Provisions in Portland’s West End. Naturally, you can’t visit Maine without sampling their famous lobster – check out Robinson’s Wharf for a cozy pub-like restaurant with some spectacular views of the Boothbay Harbor and surrounding scenery.
Hit the slopes
Maine is home to no less than 18 mountains, the most famous of which, Sugarloaf – offers the only above tree level lift service on the east. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not tackle Mt Abram in Bethel by moonlight? For a few evenings each winter, brave souls gather to tackle the almost 2000ft mountain – not for the fainthearted!
For little ones undertaking their first skiing adventure, Lost Peak in Auburn and Shawnee Peak in Bridgton offer slopes suitable for children as young as four. The Family Ice Centre in Falmouth offers fun for the whole family, with ice skating rinks, skating lessons and even ice hockey.
And definitely add the Children’s Museum of Maine to the list of attractions to visit with the kids. Located in the Arts district in Portland, this museum is packed with activities meant to inspire creativity and encourage the youngsters to explore the world around them. From Coco’s Diner where kids can make their own pretend shakes and sodas, to the Toddler Park, Lobster Boat and kid’s theatre with puppets and dress-up, the little ones will be delighted at every turn!
If you enjoy shopping, find out why over three million visitors head for the bargains offered at Kittery Outlets’ more than 100 discount stores – the perfect spot to stock up on presents for the folks back at home.
Where to stay
Maine is home to hundreds of bed and breakfast establishments which offer comfortable lodgings coupled with the local knowledge of the owners – find 200 of them here at bedandbreakfast.com. If you’re on a budget, renting a real log cabin of your own can also be a treat! Just make sure you have a WiFi connection or data available in case you get snowed in and have to resort to online casino games to pass the time like we did!
So pack a decent windbreaker and a good pair of boots, take on the trails at the Acadia National Park, make a turn at the Portland Museum of Art, visit the lighthouses, take in some arts culture and enjoy the marvelous cuisine on offer – wrap up warm and enjoy everything this beautiful little corner of the USA has to offer!