A Perfect Day on the Sleigh
Wintertime in Maine brings with it elegance and serenity that is extra-wonderful from the seat of a horse-drawn sleigh. Rockin’ Horse Stables On Arundel Road in Kennebunkport offers guests an opportunity to enjoy the snow-sprinkled pine trees and frost-tipped fields while gliding on a sleigh with family and friends. After the sleigh ride, warm up next to a crackling fire with hot chocolate and conversation. Step back into the way life should be, if only for a day, and experience a true Maine adventure. Phone: 207-967-4288.
Craftsmanship From Back in the Day
From an ornate hinge to a hand-carved oak mantel, workmanship of the past can be a beautiful source for furnishing the present. Portland Architectural Salvage , at 131 Preble Street Ext. in Portland is 20,000 square feet of carefully chosen objects from houses, churches, barns — use your imagination. The company’s motto is “Urban elegance and sophistication with an antique and architectural past.” Gloss up your habitat with some built-in soul. Open year-round,but hours vary seasonally; check website. 207-780-0634.
Name Is Standard; the Baked Goods Are Super
Located at 75 Commercial Street, across from the harbor in Portland,Standard Baking Co. is the city’s — maybe the state’s — most popular gathering spot for delicious baked goods along with the ebb and flow of people — neighbors and visitors. It is heaven on Earth for people who love breads, sticky buns, and more baked treats. And the company has just come out with a cookbook that unveils many of its best baking methods. Open daily. 207-773-2112.
Love Vintage? Scratch That Itch
The Portland Flea-for-All at 585 Congress Street in the Bayside neighborhood of Portland is a marketplace offering vintage, antique and artisan goods ranging from classic jewelry to old records and much more in between. Whether or not you have a special item in mind, chances are you’ll find something at the Flea. The Flea has reaped lots of admiring chatter in collection and decorating circles for its broad scope and welcoming attitude. Got something to sell? Drop in! Open Fridays through Sundays. 207-370-7570.
Sale Pump Climbing Company at 36 Haigis Parkway in Scarboroughwants to help you re-discover your inner (tree-climbing) child (and bring your own kids, too, of course). Right at the top of its website, the climbing gyn welcomes first-timers to its intro to climbing class, where you can learn the fundamentals, including basic climbing knots, proper belay technique, communication, climbing movement and bouldering, route reading, and auto belays. Experienced climbers all the way down to little kids are welcome, too. Open daily. 207-219-8145
Starry Nights at Acadia
Spend a night under the stars at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, and everything will come into perspective. The night sky is an endless source of entertainment and beauty, and the clear, dark Maine sky allows stargazers a breathtaking view of constellations. Discover the brightest stars in the sky, the “hidden” location of hundreds of black holes, and Messier 13, the famous faraway destination of a human attempt at intergalactic contact.
Visit the Maine Coast for British Shopping
Britain’s BBC has discovered and reported the pleasures of a visit to Portland and its nearby neighbors of coastal Maine. For Anglophile shoppers, the BBC has reported its approval Bridgham & Cook, Ltd. at 123 Main Street in Freeport. The shop sells British foods – teas, sweets, biscuits, preserves, and condiments – in addition to numerous English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh goods, clothing, accessories, and gifts. Scott’s Porage Oats, Thursday Cottage Curd, Barbour tartan purses, Bronte Moon Dales Scarf, and much more. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where the Mountains Meet the Sea
The Camden Snow Bowl ski and winter sports area makes its home at the summit of 1300-foot Ragged Mountain on Barnestown Road in Camden. It claims to the only ski area in New England where skiers and boarders can look out over spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean while whooshing down the trails. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, winter activities at the Snow Bowl include snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and a thrilling 400-foot toboggan chute.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
In August 2016, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the national park system, President Obama created a new park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, in northern Maine, near Millinocket. The park is in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, and it occupies a wild landscape with spectacular views the mountain. Back-country adventurers can explore the rivers, woods, plant and animal life, and dark night skies. This is a monument with limited services; services will be added in coming years. 207-456-6001.