Maine rooms, meals, deals, and steals


A collection of bits and pieces that you might want to consider if planning a midwinter escape to Maine to take advantage of this wonderful snowfall:

• Skiing and snowshoeing in Acadia National Park

Oh yes, with this Nor’eastah pounding its way up Maine’s coastline and dropping snow not by the inch, but the foot, the carriage roads of Acadia National Park should be in top condition. Check the park service’s report to see the current conditions and which trails have been groomed. Now there aren’t a lot of accommodations open in winter, but the Saltair Inn is. It’s a magnificent oceanfront mansion-turned-B&B in Bar Harbor’s West Street Historic District. (Here’s a review I wrote for the Boston Globe back in 2008). In peak season, this B&B can be quite pricey, but in winter, rates are cut nearly in half, and begin at $125 per room, double.

• January white sale at Rangeley’s Country Club Inn

Through January, the Country Club Inn, which tops a hill and has divine views over Rangeley Lake to the distant White Mountains (sunsets!), charges just $99 per room, with breakfast (regular rate is $132). It’s convenient for skiing at Saddleback, snowshoeing and snowmobiling into the wilderness surrounding Rangeley, or just hanging out in the inn’s baronial living room, with massive fieldstone fireplaces at both ends or in the comfy lounge. The pine-paneled rooms aren’t fancy—no TVs, phone, or other frills.

• Half-price dinners at Hugo’s

Yes, you read that right, Hugo‘s, where James Beard award-winning chef Rob Evans hangs his toque, is offering 50 percent of the restaurant’s tasting menus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through March, that’s six courses for $42.50.

• Themed Dinners at Robinhood

When it’s winter, themed dinners return to Robinhood Free Meetinghouse Restaurant, in Georgetown. This Thursday, Jan. 13, is a New Orleands four-course dinner; next Thursday, Jan. 20, is French Bistro Night; both are $32 pp or $42 with wine pairings. For something less fussy, go on a Friday night for Pub Night, when many menu items are less than $10. Drop them a line to get on the email list for upcoming meals.

• Mediterranean Wine Tasting Dinner at the York Harbor Inn

Reserve now for the Jan. 22 dinner in the inn’s Yorkshire Ballroom. The evening starts with hors d’oeuvres, moves on to an appetizer, then a salad, a choice of entree, and finally dessert, all for $49.50 pp. Make a weekend of it: Packages including two nights lodging, breakfasts, and the event dinner, begin at $399 for two.

• More meal deals in Greater Portland

Portland Food Map has a nice list of seasonal specials (and be sure to read the comments, too).