Four Seasons of Excitement – Maine

Maine Mountains, Wikipedia

Maine Mountains, Wikipedia

Maine’s seasons are as unique as the state itself. With attractions and activities for anyone’s taste, Maine is truly a four-season destination.

Fall

Maine has the longest foliage season in the nation – almost six weeks from first color to past peak from Ft. Kent to York. Experience the vibrant colors and you’ll understand why many Maine residents consider fall their favorite season. Fall is a great time to experience the beauty of the outdoors by bike and no trip to Maine during fall is complete without attending a traditional agricultural fair.  Maine has some of the longest running agricultural fairs in New England. Other fall fun not to miss: Sunday River Chondola Rides, Harvest on the Harbor, Maine Wine Trail, heritage trails and scenic byways.

Winter

Winter in Maine is a wonderland of excitement. If you’re looking for a thrilling ski run, a leisurely cross-country ski trail, or the seat of a snowmobile ready to follow a 100-mile trail, you’ll find it during winter in Maine. Our lakes and ponds become popular spots for ice fishing and skating, and a walk in the woods becomes a whole new adventure when you do it on snowshoes. For unique adventure, don’t miss: Maine Huts & Trails, Camden Snow Bowl and Toboggan Run, Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude, Can-Am
Sled Dog Races and big mountain fun.

Spring

Springtime in Maine showcases the state’s natural beauty, along with local and statewide events. Maine Maple Sunday, held annually in March, marks the beginning of spring. Maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and handmade maple ice cream make mouths happy at sugar houses. Maine’s abundant rivers and streams are known for a long-standing tradition of salmon and trout fishing which begins each season on April 1st.  Maine is home to 97 percent of the wild brook trout in the United States and the Penobscot River is renowned as one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the Northeast. Maine’s diverse habitat creates a unique stop for early spring bird migration. Worth a mention: Acadia Birding Festival or DownEast Spring Birding Festival, Maine Restaurant Week, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and Maine Wildlife Park.

Summer

Lie on a white sandy beach, visit one of 64 lighthouses, hike a 4,000 foot mountain, or board a historic windjammer and let the wind set your course. Summer in Maine offers a range of activities for those seeking adventure or respite. Sea-kayaking is an ideal way to explore off-shore islands and view maritime wildlife. Downtown art walks abound as well as outdoor dance and musical performances. Unique festivals celebrating everything from moose to hot air balloons are held annually. There’s so much to do and see, but here are a few suggestions: Whitewater rafting, American Folk Festival, Maine Art Museum Trail, Maine Performs, Maine Fiber Arts Studios and Farms Tour, Appalachian Trail and Mt. Katahdin.

To learn more about Maine, visit www.visitmaine.com

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