Most readers thinking of a Maine vacation are probably envisioning sparkling summer skies and lobster bakes, among other fair-weather activities. But Maine can be a great getaway in winter as well. Skiers will love the rural town of Rangeley and scenic Saddleback Mountain where there is excellent Alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as shopping in little stores filled with everything from books to items made by Native Americans. For the latter, don’t miss the charming Nowetah’s American Indian Museum and Store in nearby New Portland where you’ll find lovely handmade items and a knowledgeable shopkeeper and museum curator in Nowetah herself. It’s definitely worth the trip.
The Rangeley Lake Chamber of Commerce will be happy to help you plan a getaway to this area (www.rangeleymaine.com).
Or, you might visit the Sebago Lake region and ski at Shawnee Peak (shawneepeak.com), a great family spot.
Or, if coastal Maine calls you even in winter, consider a drive through charming Damariscotta and a drive out to the Pemaquid Peninsula, starkly beautiful now in the winter light. Pemaquid Light is never more beautiful, in my opinion, than right now in the pale winter sunshine. There is ample parking on the lighthouse grounds and no parking fee in winter. Back in Damariscotta you’ll find a variety of small shops and excellent restaurants open throughout the year. And yes, there is lobster!
Happy holidays to my readers as the season winds down and all the best for a peaceful and happy new year.