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Lakes and mountains of northwestern Maine, including Farmington, Sugarloaf, Stratton, Eustis, Rangeley Lakes, Bethel, Sunday River, Oxford Hills, Fryeburg, Cornish, Sebago Lake, Long Lake, Bridgton, Naples, Lewiston, Auburn

Maine in May: A sampling of events

Here's a round up of Maine-related events that's recently crossed my desk: Stories on the Staircase, Victoria Mansion, Portland You might want to sign up in...

Deal Alert: Save 50% on Maine lodgings & support a great cause

I love this Maine Innkeepers Association program, which gives travelers a great deal on Maine lodging—B&Bs, inns, hotels, even resorts—in some very desirable locations....
The Rangely Inn, in Rangeley, Maine, has reopened under new ownership.

Rangeley Inn reopens under new owner

Travis Ferland is working to restore the Rangeley Inn to its former grandeur. Already, the three-story historical hotel in downtown Rangeley is looking better,...

Flagstaff Lake cruise is ideal way to view Maine’s autumn foliage

If you're looking for a new way to experience leaf peeping, book a trip with Jeff Hinman's Flagstaff Lake Scenic Boat Tours. On a...

Crossroads International Celtic Festival debuts in western Maine

You won't want to miss this: Celtic musicians from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, and the United...

Two new barbeque joints open in Maine

My apologies; I've been neglecting this site as I've been trying to visit every nook and cranny of Maine for a new edition of...

Ink these events on your calendar for this weekend and coming week

Route 27 Arts debuts with Celtic Concert Series Route 27 Arts, a new organization dedicated to bringing live music to Stratton and the Carrabassett Valley,...

Maine lodging deals and news you can use

Planning a trip to Maine? Here are some lodging deals and news worth considering before you book. Most deals are subject to availability. I've...

Upcoming guest chef and specialty dinners in Maine

Make reservations ASAP if you want to attend one of these specialty dinners highlighting Maine chefs and/or Maine foods. Salt Water Farm Café & Market...
Skye Theatre is likely the only venue in the country with a purpose-built piping stage. Tom Nangle photo

Maine’s top Celtic music venue draws world-class talent to Carthage

Psst, I'm going to let you in on a little secret, Skye Theatre, in Carthage (get out your Delorme; trust me, GPS won't help...

Spring skiing at the ‘loaf: It doesn’t get any better than this

If it ain't over until the fat lady sings, then she's barely warming up at Sugarloaf, where the mountain still has excellent cover. I...
Slow down and savor the good life at architect-designed Crocker House Inn in Bethel, Maine. Hilary Nangle photo.

Meet the innkeepers: Crocker Pond House, Bethel, Maine

Dusk's smoky skies are descending as I motor along the North Road, a rural byway paralleling the Androscoggin River's eastern shoreline between Bethel and...

Stand up, ski down: Sugarloaf’s Reggae Weekend celebrates 25 years

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah Make you wanna move your dancing feet now. ... Want you to know, y'all, can you understand?” (Sun is...

Snow conditions are primo at Sugarloaf, c’mon up!

Crocuses may be blooming in your yard, but it's still full-on winter here at Sugarloaf, in Carrabasett Valley. I took a few runs this...

Nibbles & bites: Dining news and tasting notes from around Maine

I'm not even going to attempt to keep up with all that's happening in Portland—Portland Food Map does an excellent job of that and...