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Why English travelers come to Northern Maine!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Maine is the beating heart of traditional rural America. It`s a land of tranquil fishing villages, white wooden church steeples and all-American clapboard houses, a region where colonial Inns serve up an abundance of delicious wholesome foods such as succulent blueberry pie, waffles with maple syrup and fresh shellfish and lobster.

The rugged wilderness of Northern Maine, the highlands and Aristook county appeal to anyone seeking a holiday with a real get-away-from-it-all feel. The passing seasons make this area a year-round delight, with nature painting its vivid colours across the landscape. Winter days are crisp, cold and invigorating, its woodlands and mountains laden with fine snow, eventually melting into Springs coloured with daffodils, forsythia and lilacs. Spring is the season when moosemania takes hold in the Moosehead lake region with plenty of opportunities to spot Maine`s favourite wild resident, along with black bears in late summer, eagles and white-tailed deer. The hot Summers here create the perfect venue for picnics and concerts in the open air, with white potato blossom adorning the countryside. But the Fall is Northern Maine`s most legendary season, when the woodlands and pastures light up in stunning tones of red, rust and crimson.

Northern Maine`s seasons and landscapes lend themselves to year-round outdoor activities that satisfy a lust for life. Its pristine winter landscapes invite adventurous visitors to enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The hot summers, on the other hand, are perfect for river cruises and canoe trips on the Allagash wilderness waterway, a 92 mile ribbon of rivers, lakes and streams that weave their way through the lush forests of Aroostook county. The best hiking trails in Northern Maine stretch along the ridges of the Appalachian mountain range, the rolling landscapes of Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Area region, where abundant lakes and rivers also offer fishing, kayaking and white-water rafting. The many thousands of acres of woodland also make this area a popular hunting ground for coyotes, moose and deer.

Whilst the region`s natural highlights are enough to provide a memorable adventure in themselves, visitors also come here to enjoy the many festivals that take place throughout the year. Fall is a time when culinary celebration is very much on the menu, with opportunities to join in apple picking and cider pressing. In late summer, the Presque Isle area sees the enchanting Balloon Fest event, in which colourful hot-air balloons are released into the night skies, while at the annual Paint the Lupine festival in Oakfield, visitors are encouraged to get creative with their sketch books and paintbrushes. Northern Maine is host to a full annual cultural calendar with many other local events attracting the crowds, including arts and craft fairs, parades and heritage days.

With such a wealth of natural attractions and exciting activities on offer, it may be difficult to believe that cheap holidays could be an option in Northern Maine, but cheap flights to Presque Isle from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester have made the region accessible to adventurous English travellers seeking a holiday off the beaten track. Add to this a wide selection of low-priced housekeeping cottages, inns and motels bursting with New England hospitality and you`ll find you don`t need to spend a fortune to experience the holiday of a lifetime in America.

Plein Air Painting (Outdoor) and Exhibition at the Lodge

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

It has been said by many a visitor to the Moosehead lake area, that the Lodge at Moosehead Lake has one of the most beautiful and panoramic views. “We want to share this view, but as a private retreat, it is not open for public viewing.  Therefore the next best is to capture it in a way that allows others to know the beauty this area has to offer.” explained Linda Bortis, owner of the Lodge.  Four hand-selected and accomplished artists, all with a true love for Maine and its ever changing landscapes are coming to the Lodge. Each artist sees the world in her or his unique way.  It’s this sharing of perspective that enriches us.

These Maine artists will be at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake from June 25 through 27 to capture the natural beauty in acrylics, oils, gouaches and watercolors. Guests staying at the Lodge, have the privilege of watching each piece develop. “We are then opening it up for public viewing on Sunday, June 27 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM,” added Linda, “Each artist will bring other pieces for display.” Works are available for purchase. Artists include:
  • Evelyn Dunphy, West Bath, ME – The first artist to receive the Natural Resource Council of Maine’s “People’s Choice” award for her contribution to conservation in Maine, she was also the first “Visiting Artist” in Baxter State Park in 2009.
  • Michael Boardman, North Yarmouth, ME – Michael works as much as possible from life and can often be found hiking or kayaking the wilds of Maine with his painting kit strapped to his back.
  • Carolyn Walton, Freeport, ME -Walton creates a lovely essay of rolling terrain and undulating fields that radiate both with the affection she obviously feels for the scenery she observes and for the act of painting itself.
  • Bruce MacDonald, Boothbay, ME – My goal is to figure out what is compelling about a scene in front of me, get rid of the extraneous details, and focus on the big forms, with their colors, sunlit elements, and shadows.
Enjoy a wonderful Sunday afternoon of natural beauty and art. Biographies of each artist will be available as well as a glass of wine sold by the Lodge. See you there.

LOCATION: 2.5 miles north of Greenville on the lake side of the road.

ADDRESS: 368 Lily Bay Road
Greenville, Maine 04441

Shopping around Moosehead Lake

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

As you enter Maine from the South, your first shopping stop would be the Kittery Outlets (which we personally prefer). An hour up I-95 is Freeport . . . you guessed it L.L. BEAN. While in Freeport if hunger strikes . . . start your North Woods experience by snacking at the Broad Arrow Tavern (another personal favorite!!) at the Harraseeket Inn. Once in Greenville you’ll find a variety of shops…rustic antiques to casual clothing. And, here at the Lodge you’ll find Miss Elaine E. Moose’s Moo-see-um, a moosterly arranged miscellaneum of take home gifts! If you are traveling to or from the White Mountains, you’ll find great Outlet Shopping in North Conway which is tax free. Keep in mind that the majority of merchants will ship for you . . . be sure to ask! We do & they should.