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Winter in Maine

Outdoor enthusiasts - a wonderland outside & in

Mainers don’t shy away from the winter weather – they treasure it. One way is by skiing their way through the season. In Greater Portland, visitors can cross-country ski alongside the ocean, across golf courses and through scented pine forests. Check out the 25 km of groomed Nordic trails at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, or head to Freeport where L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools offer inexpensive "Walk-On Adventures" in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right from their retail store.

For those hitting the slopes, some of the finest skiing in the east is on Maine mountains, Sunday River in Bethel is close enough to Portland for a day trip; Shawnee Peak ski area offers day and night skiing with 40+ trails. Visitors may prefer to don ice skates and twirl on the pond in Portland's Deering Oaks Park, and those up for a bigger challenge can find ice that goes on for miles at Sebago Lake and other lakes of the nearby Lakes Region. For snowmobilers, outdoor adventure centers such as Northern Outdoors and New England Outdoor Center can outfit visitors with everything needed for a snowmobile vacation so they can take off from the cabin and fly through pristine woods in the great outdoors. Need to take the kids sledding? The hills at Payson Park in Portland are tube-ready.


There are plenty of opportunities to chill out at area celebrations of the snowy season – travelers will encounter ice bars and winterfests in nearly every community – find ice sculpture competitions, "Frozen” the musical singalongs, sledding for kids, and plenty of marshmallows for your cocoa. Christmas concerts with Portland Symphony Orchestra and Portland Stage are also happy to entice winter visitors in from the cold.

Even without snow, Maine communities have more opportunities than most to combat cabin fever. Visitors can take in Red Claws game, go bowling, or take a cooking class, for example, at Stonewall Kitchen's company headquarters in York, where classes are held on such savory topics as bread making, holiday menus, ethnic specialties and seafood delights.

" Warm up to Winter "
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