It’s winter and it’s Maine. Time for fun.
Sure, it may be cold and getting dark (soon). But Mainers don’t let that stop them, so why should you? We recommend:
Skiing under the lights is a tradition in Maine. Some skiers add some night turns to their ski days; others ski after work; still others join nighttime racing teams. Here’s some spots to join them.
Black Mountain Rumford
Camden Snowbowl Camden
Lost Valley Auburn
New Hermon Mountain Hermon
Shawnee Peak Bridgton
Spruce Mountain Jay
Sunday River Newry
Titcomb Mountain Farmington
Holiday History Tours
Several Maine historic houses dress up for the holidays and invite guests over. These programs include:
The Bethel Historical Society reenacts a candlelit Christmas at the Dr. Moses Mason House in Bethel. Built in 1813, the Mason House is one of the finest Federalist homes in the region.
Portland’s stately Victoria Mansion gets all dressed up in Christmas finery. This year’s decorative theme is ‘Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.’ The Italian Villa-style mansion opened in the 1860s and, despite its grandness, was built for only two people.
Expand your biking season by renting one of these huge-tired beasts and hitting a snow-covered trail. Places to try it include Bethel Inn and Resort in Bethel; Pineland Farms in New Gloucester; The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and its neighbor, Maine Huts & Trails in Carrabassett Valley; and Carter’s Cross Country Ski Centers in Oxford.
Winter is prime festival season throughout Maine. Parades, special shopping days, Christmas tree lightings and Santa arrivals are common throughout. Some of those festivals are:
Maine’s museums host marvelous exhibits during the colder months. Some include:
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland Temporality - The Process of Time
Portland Museum of Art, Portland: N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland: Slab City Rendezvous