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Western Lakes & Mountains

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

Just looking at the ocean crashing on Monhegan's cliffs is cooling on a hot day. Hilary Nangle photo.

Visit and photograph Maine’s 14 National Natural Landmarks

Ready to point and shoot? Maine has 14 sites designated as National Natural Landmarks, and the National Park Service is looking for photos. Winning...

Foliage escapes: Antiquing and leaf-peeping in Cornish

Oh here's a gem, a delightful Maine village that oozes New England charm. Folded in the foothills of the White Mountains, well seasoned Cornish...

Bald Mountain Camps winterizes for the future: It’s now a classic Maine lodge and...

Steve Philbrick, second-generation owner of Bald Mountain Camps Resort, in Maine's famed Rangeley Lakes region bit the bullet. After much soul seraching, he made...
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,...
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...
Vegan and vegetarian entrees share the menu with more mainstream choices at Franie & Johnny's, in Cape Neddick, Maine.

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare fills the plate at these Maine restaurants

Health food stores and natural foods groceries, along with Asian, Indian, and Mexican restaurants, are the usual go-tos for on-the-road vegetarians and vegans. While...

Maine’s azalea and lilac gardens blossom with spring’s tidings

Azaleas, rhododendrons, and lilacs are beginning to blossom, and these Maine public gardens are full of their color and promise. Note: Some have donation...

Staycations: Control costs for your Maine vacation

Are you trying to control costs this summer yet yearning for a vacation? Consider a staycation--the trendy term for vacationing at home and doing...

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...

Cheap sleeps: Budget-friendly lodging in Western Lakes & Mountains

Lodging in Maine's Western Lakes & Mountains region tends to be less expensive and less fussy and frilly than on the coast. Whether you're...

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...

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....
Traditional windjammers parade by the Rockland Breakwater during the Maine Windjammer Association's annual Parade of Sail. Tom Nangle photo

Maine calling: windjammer parade, new nature center, opera at the mansion, chef dinner along...

Maine Windjammer Association annual Parade of Sail Walk out the Rockland Breakwater, in Rockland, Maine, this Friday, July 13th, between 2 and 4 p.m., and...
Lost Valley is in Auburn, Maine.

Save money by skiing & snowboarding at Maine’s family-sized alpine areas

Maine’s big resorts get most of the attention, but for young families or anyone on a budget, smaller areas provide not only a fun...

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...