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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

Sweet recovery at Sugarloaf

It's taken a few days, but when King Pine opened just after noon today, the wait was worth it. Lift crews had chiseled inches...
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...

The Nordic world is coming to Maine this winter

Yesterday's blizzard arrived just in time. The world's best Nordic skiers in Maine for not one, not two, but three events this winter: The...

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...

The empire expands, kind of

CNL Lifestyle Properties, which owns numerous ski resorts throughout the country, but leases back operations, just inked a deal with Triple Peaks LLC, owner...

Sugarloaf is fabulous

No, really! It's open summit to base, east side to west side. Not every trail of course, but I did see folks shusshing down...
Dig deep to enjoy a special four-course meal prepared by Chef Michael Gagne as a fund-raiser for Maine Huts and Trails, March 31. Courtesy photo

Maine Huts fund-raiser March 31 features Chef Michael Gagne

On Saturday, March 31, Maine Huts and Trails is offering a special four-course meal prepared by Chef Michael Gagne at its Poplar Falls Hut,...

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...

Got a hankering for some country music?

Hal Ketchum (Small Town Saturday Night," "Past the Point of Rescue" and "Hearts Are Gonna Roll")  kicks off Saddleback's 2009 Summer Country Music Series...

Saddleback buys marina; announces expansion plans

Wow, Saddleback is on the move (remember that ole Maine slogan from the Angus King years?). This year, paid visits are up 22 percent,...
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...

Kudus to Maine Huts & Trails

This weekend, I hiked into the Flagstaff Lake Hut of the Maine Huts & Trails network for a quick overnight and to present Dave...
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,...

Kingfield’s One Stanley Avenue warms a winter night with classic Maine cuisine

Most chefs toy with their menus frequently; some daily, others weekly or quarterly. Not so Dan Davis, chef/owner of One Stanley Avenue, in Kingfield,...