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Leaf Peeping in Maine

by Fontaine Family

Here Comes the Fall Colors!

It is hard to beat the beauty of Maine in the fall!  People come from all over to see the vibrant colors. 


Are you planning on taking a Maine leaf peeping trip this fall?
Here are some suggestions from MaineFoliage.com of when and where to plan your leaf peeping trip...

September 15 - 20:
This is the very early stage of our fall foliage season. To find color, we suggest you travel to northern Maine - Aroostook County, Aroostook State Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, Ashland, Mars Hill. Peak color typically occurs in these locations the last week in September.

September 22 - 27:
Maine is traditionally experiencing less than 30% color change at this time of the year. Higher elevations in northern areas display the most color. We suggest you visit Sherman Mills, Baxter State Park, Shin Pond, Ashland and Portage.

September 29 - October 4:
Maine's hillsides are beginning to blush with more than half of the trees displaying fall colors. The best locations to leaf peep are anywhere in northern Maine, like Aroostook State Park, Route 11, Eagle Lake Public Reserved Land unit, Pittston Farm, Kineo and Rockwood.

October 6 - 11:
This is the best week for Peak Color in central Maine. Fall foliage color is in full swing in western and central Maine: Visit Grafton Notch State Park, Route 17 near Richardson Lake, Bigelow Preserve, Route 27/16 in Carrabassett Valley, Cathedral Pines Rest Area in Eustis, the lookout from Eustis Ridge, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Tumbledown Mountain Range, Greenville, Moosehead, Jackman, Lily Bay State Park, Rockwood, Sebec Lake and Dover-Foxcroft.

October 13 - 18:
Best week for Peak Color in western and southern Maine This is one of the peak weeks for leaf peeping as peak conditions are coloring Maine hillsides. Visit Fryeburg, Bethel, Rangeley, Mt. Blue, Skowhegan, Farmington, Rumford, north of Portland and the greater Augusta area.

October 20 - 25:
Best week for Peak Color in southern and coastal Maine. Find peak color south of Portland, Sebago Lake region, Bridgton Limerick, Waterboro, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells and York.

Please note that these dates are typical projections dates and can fluctuate by 2-3 days.

Where Did the Summer Go?

by Fontaine Family

Where Did The Summer Go?

August is here...summer is coming to an end...and back-to-school
is right around the corner. 

In Maine, the weather is usually beautiful this time of year
and there is so much to do...let's take advantage of those
last few weekends of gorgeous weather before school starts and we get back into our fall routine.

Here are a few suggestions of things to check out in August!

The Topsham Fair 
August 8th - 13th
Harness Racing, Blueberry Pie Judging, Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, Pig Scramble, Steer and Oxen Pull, Sheep Riding, Music, Backhoe Contest, Monster Truck Show...the list goes on and on! 
See the full schedule here.

 

Skowhegan State Fair 
August 13th - 22nd 
Demolition Derby, Aerial Escape Show, Tractor Pulls, Laser Tag, Pony Rides,  Log Loading & Chainsaw Contests, Live Bands, Vincenta's White Tigers, Alpaca Exhibit, and more. 
See the full schedule here.

 

Great Falls Balloon Festival 
August 18th - 20th
Food, Crafts, Basilica Tours, Live Dancers, Live Music, and lots of Hot Air Balloons floating over Lewiston/Auburn! 
See the full schedule here.

Great State of Maine Air Show
August 26th - 27th 
See the Blue Angels, US Special Operations Command Parachute Jump Team, the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car and so much more!
See the schedule here.

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 
August 23rd - 27th 
Head to the Litchfield Fairgrounds to hear live Bluegrass from The Gibson Brothers, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Nothin' Fancy, The Zolla Boys, and more! 
See the full lineup here.

August is a great time to be in Maine! 
Still need more ideas?  Check out our "Things To Do" page and find great ideas for things to do all year in Maine! 

Kick Cabin Fever

by Fontaine Family

6 Ideas to Kick Cabin Fever This Weekend!

It's that time of year when the winter starts to feel long and cabin-fever starts to set in.  What's the best cure for cabin-fever?  Get up, Get out, and do something fun!  Here are a few ideas of things you can to this weekend to get out of the house and have a great time! 

Rangeley Lakes Snowdeo 
Friday & Saturday, January 20-21 
Snowmobile races, demos, & a radar run along with fireworks, a parade, & entertainment!  Bundle up and check it out! 
Click here
for more information.


LA Harley Chili Cook-off  
Saturday, January 21st 
You can Compete or Eat...Enter your favorite chili recipe for a chance to win some cash or go and taste all types of chili.  A sure way to warm up on a Maine Saturday.
  Click here for more information.

Sleigh Rides at Pineland Farms  
Saturday, January 21st 
Enjoy a sleigh ride behind a team a draft horses through beautiful Pineland Farms!  What a way to enjoy Maine's beauty!
Click here for more information. 

Maker's Farmers Market at Urban Farms Fermentory  
Saturday, January 21st 
Swing by and shop some of Maine's best local goods and check out the tasting room!  Support the local economy and get out of the house...win, win! 
Click here for more information. 

Robert Burns 10K 
Sunday, January 22nd 
Get out and run to benefit the Westbrook High School Alternative Learning Bike Shop.  Get moving and help out some kids!
  Click here for more information.


Snowshoe Hike at Davis Rancourt Preserve 
Sunday, January 22nd 
Enjoy a snowshoe walk lead by Androscoggin Land Trust along trails with views of the Androscoggin River. Bundle up and enjoy some pretty scenery. 
Click here for more information. 

Maine Leaf Peeping

by Fontaine Family

It is Peak Foliage Time in Maine!

Even if fall is not your favorite season, you can't help but love the gorgeous fall colors! 


If you are looking for a few places to do some Maine leaf peeping, check out these!

The North Loop Trail at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport presents an exceptionally bright yellow display that normally peaks in mid-October.

Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal provides views of surrounding forests and Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands. The foliage color peaks usually occur in late September to mid-October.


The park trails at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco offer a view of the park’s tupelo or blackgum trees, which are uncommon in Maine. The tupelo trees turn a bright crimson and normally reach peak coloration in late September or early October.


Bar Harbor's Carriage Trails area a great place to bike or drive along Acadia’s stunning park loop road. 


Grafton Notch State Park offers spectacular walks to Screw Auger Falls, Gulf Hagas, Mother Walker Falls, and Moose Cave with gorgeous colors along the way.

Maine Apple Sunday!

by Fontaine Family

It's Apple Picking Season...
and Sunday, September 11th is
Maine Apple Sunday!



Apple picking is one of our favorite fall activities and so we love Maine Apple Sunday!  Apple picking, apple donuts, apple cider, apple pie, apple turnovers...pretty much any yummy apple thing you can imagine...and then add in ice cream, wagon rides, tours, hay maze and more! 

The hardest part of the day is deciding which orchard (or orchards) to go to!  Click here for a list of participating orchards and enjoy the great Maine weather and everything apple! 

Festival Season In Maine

by Fontaine Family

The 2016 Festival Season Has Arrived In Maine

Along with warmer weather comes the Maine Fairs and Festivals from community events to Festivals that draw people from all over New England! 
They celebrate everything from the Franco American Heritage to blueberries to clams! 
Here are some of the festivals taking place this month...


Spring Festival on the Farm  
Saturday, June 4th
Freeport

Set on 626 acres on the Oceanfront at Wolfe's Neck Farm, this festival offers the opportunity to interact with farm animals, haywagon rides, fairy house building, live music, food vendors, and demonstrations including composting and jam making! 
Click here for more details! 

Old Port Festival
Sunday, June 12th
Portland

Bring the family to downtown Portland and kickoff the day by watching the parade at 11am.  This festival offers events for all ages including a Ferris wheel and rock climbing wall, over 200 vendors, great food, and 6 stages with live music!  What a way to kick off summer...Maine style! 
Click here to visit the event website!

Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day  
Saturday, June 18th
Cape Elizabeth

Each this great event at Fort Williams Park and visit Portland Head Light, participate in games, enjoy good food, and enter contests all to benefit local non-profits!
Click here for more information!

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival  
June 15th - June 18th
Litchfield

Head to the Litchfield Fairgrounds and hear some great bluegrass music.  You can even plan to camp and enjoy all four days! 
Click here for details!

Great Falls Brewfest 
Saturday, June 25th
Lewiston

This is the 3rd year for the Great Falls Brewfest celebrating craft beer, community, food, and entertainment.  This year will offer beers for over 30 breweries, food trucks, music from "Girls, Guns, & Glory",  a canoe race, disc golf putting, cornhole, & a 4 mile road race! 
Click here to visit the event website!

There is no shortage of fun to be had this season in Maine...and this is just the start of summer! 
If you are looking for more Maine events, visit our "Things To Do" page by clicking here.  

Weekend Winter Fun

by Fontaine Family

The weekend is coming...
  In Maine, we love outdoor events
no matter what the time of year or weather,

and there are some great events going on this weekend,
so head out and enjoy!


Ice Festival of Lewiston/Auburn

Friday, February 19th - Sunday, February 21st 
Bands, Ice Sculptures, Outdoor Games, Ice Bars, & Great Food 
Check out more information and get your tickets here.


Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival

Thursday, February 18th - Saturday, February 20th 
Character Breakfast, Ice Bowling, Night Sledding, Pub Crawl, & Marshmallow Toasting 
Get more information here.

What are you planning for the weekend?

It's Apple Picking Season!

by Fontaine Family

Fall is Here...lets pick some apples!


Heading out to the orchard to pick some apples and enjoy the beautiful fall weather is one of the best things about fall!
  Maine has lots of orchards that allow you to not only
pick your own apples, but enjoy a variety of things like hay rides,
fresh donuts, and corn mazes. 
Check out our list of Maine Apple Orchards where you can pick your apples and enjoy a gorgeous fall day! 

Androscoggin County

Ricker Hill Orchard 
Turner 
Wallingford's Fruit House 
Auburn 
Boothby Orchard's 
Livermore  
Benoit's Orchard 
Lewiston


Cumberland County

Douglas Hill Orchard
Sebago 
Hansel's Orchard 
North Yarmouth 
Meadow Brook Farm 
Raymond 
Thompson's Orchard 
New Gloucester
Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards 
Cumberland 
Orchard Ridge  Gorham


Sagadahoc County  

Rocky Ridge Orchard 
Bowdoin


York County 

Spiller Farm 
Wells 
McDougal Orchards 
Springvale 
Libby & Son
Limerick 
Kelly Orchard 
Acton 

Sunday, September 13th is Maine Apple Sunday!
Click here for a list of participating orchards.

Scarborough Summerfest

by Fontaine Family

Join us on Friday
at the High School Sports Complex in Scarborough
for Summerfest 2015!

Let's Enjoy the End of Summer

by Fontaine Family

Where Did The Summer Go?

August is here...summer is coming to an end...and back-to-school
is right around the corner. 

In Maine, the weather is usually beautiful this time of year
and there is so much to do...let's take advantage of those
last few weekends of gorgeous weather before school starts and we get back into our fall routine.

Here are a few suggestions of things to check out in August!

The Topsham Fair 
August 4th - 9th 
Harness Racing, Blueberry Pie Judging, Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, Pig Scramble, Steer and Oxen Pull, Sheep Riding, Music, Backhoe Contest, Monster Truck Show...the list goes on and on! 
See the full schedule here.

Wilton Blueberry Festival  
August 7th -8th 
Book Sale, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Author Readings, Boat Tours, 5K & 10K Road Race, Parade, Quilt & Rug Show, Book Sale, Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, and more. 
See the full flyer and events here.

Skowhegan State Fair 
August 13th - 22nd 
Demolition Derby, Aerial Escape Show, Tractor Pulls, Laser Tag, Pony Rides,  Log Loading & Chainsaw Contests, Live Bands, Vincenta's White Tigers, Alpaca Exhibit, and more. 
See the full schedule here.

Annual Beach Olympic at OOB 
August 14th - 16th 
Crab Races, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Sandcastle Building Competition, Beach Volleyball, Water Balloon Races and More all to benefit Maine Special Olympics!

MS HarborFest Weekend 
August 14th - 16th  
Benefit Auction, Regatta, Lobsterboat Races, and Tugboat Muster Races all right in Portland.

Great Falls Balloon Festival 
August 21st - 23rd 
Food, Crafts, Basilica Tours, Live Dancers, Live Music, and lots of Hot Air Balloons floating over Lewiston/Auburn! 
See the full schedule here.


Acadia National Park Fee Free Day
August 25th 
If you have been wanting to check out Acadia, here's your chance to do it free of charge!

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 
August 26th - 29th 
Head to the Litchfield Fairgrounds to hear live Bluegrass from The Gibson Brothers, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Nothin' Fancy, The Zolla Boys, and more! 
See the full lineup here.

August is a great time to be in Maine! 
Still need more ideas?  Check out our "Things To Do" page and find great ideas for things to do all year in Maine! 

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