January in Maine

It’s a cold and snowy new year–time for a little cross-country skiing to replace my usual morning hike around the island. I like to get up in the morning after a light dusting of snow and see what has traipsed through my yard in the middle of the night. This morning the tracks were clearly from my neighbor’s cat sneaking a midnight run on the bird feeders and a couple of deer wandering through.

With the summer people gone and the holidays over, January through March are quiet months out here–time to tackle big projects and then relax in front of a fire in the fireplace.  I especially like snowy weekends when it’s impossible to get out of the driveway and curling up with a book and a pot of tea seems like the only reasonable thing to do.

When the ski slopes beckon, there’s great skiing right now at Camden Snowbowl, Saddleback in Rangeley, Sunday River,  and Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley. If you’d like more information on things to do in Maine during the brisk winter months,  go to visitmaine.com and check out my guidebook, Backroads & Byways of New England for some off-the-beaten-track ideas for things to see and do.

Wishing everyone good health and happiness in 2013!