Yes, January is cold in Maine, but out here on my little island it’s a sparkling day with light glinting off the ocean like so many gems. There’s much to do in Maine at this time of year, from skiing and skating to enjoying the fabulous restaurants. It’s easy to get here, too, by car or on the Downeaster train from Boston–a truly great way to travel–or by bus from Boston to Portland and then to points north. With the crowds of tourists gone, it’s a wonderful time to experience the state as the locals do. Those of us who live here year-round know that winter is one of our best-kept secrets.