Get Active This Season: Winter is an Eventful Time in Maine

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What’s winter like where you live? Chances are, it’s not as frosty or picturesque as a Maine winter. Lovers of cold weather activities flock to this New England state every year to enjoy the best in winter fun. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, or snuggling down in a cozy lodge, book your winter getaway to The Pine Tree State.

Winter Traditions

Bundle up and come out into the cold to experience some of Maine’s finest and most fun winter traditions. At Mount Abrams, you can go on a hike, with only the light of a full moon to guide you, to the very top, where you’re welcomed into a lodge before skiing back down.

You can also book your trip to Kennebunkport to visit the Christmas Prelude. This Christmas village has been ranked as one of the top holiday spots in the nation. If you can’t come until after the holidays, consider visiting during Maine’s restaurant week. You can get great savings by purchasing a package, and enjoy fabulous three-course meals during your stay.

Winter festivals are all the rage in Maine. Book a stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites Brunswick and you’ll be a short distance from the celebration of author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, including tours, readings, films, and a birthday party, or visit the Brunswick Mall, and enjoy some outdoor ice skating or hockey.

Thrill-seekers don’t want to miss the Polar Plunge. On New Year’s Day, watch as brave participants take a dip into the Atlantic during the dead of winter. Are you brave enough to join in?

Fun All Season Long

Winter sports are clearly a huge part of Maine living. Enjoy some of the finest cross-country skiing available at stunning Acadia National Park. Like your skiing with a side of the beach? Visit the Camden Snow Bowl, whose summit is the only one on this side of the country where you can see the ocean before making your descent.

This may also be the winter for you to try ice fishing or dog sledding. Sign up with Maine Dog Sledding Adventures and take a tour around Mt. Katahdin. Teams of dogs transport you along trails and around lakes – truly a can’t-miss experience.

The sportsman in the family can rent an ice shack and post up on Moosehead Lake for some ice fishing. Should you decide you can’t get enough of the ice in Maine, hit up the Lewiston/Auburn Ice festival, or one of the many other ice festivals in Maine. There, they create incredible ice sculptures you must see to believe, as well as skating, racing, and in South Bristol, and entire house made of ice.

When it’s all said and done, knock off your boots and enjoy the catch of the day – Maine lobster. Book a stay at one of Maine’s many seaside resort areas and enjoy what others would call the “off season”. There are no big crowds, making it a relaxing and reflective stay.

Who says vacations are only for the other three seasons? Keep warm by getting out and being active; some might say you’ve never really experienced winter until you’ve spent one in Maine. With sports, resorts, festivals, and more, there’s an activity or event for everyone in the family.


Author: Far from being your average globetrotter, Emily Butcher is an amateur historian and explorer of the vast country from whence she came. From the craggy shorelines of New England, to the prairies and plains further west, Emily Butcher fancies herself a bloodhound for good fun that can be found in expected places.

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7 thoughts on “Get Active This Season: Winter is an Eventful Time in Maine

  1. While the Fairfield Inn and Suites looks very charming I am a winter hater. I live in New York although I believe I was destined for the south. My children somehow grew up to be the opposite of me and two of them actually go farther up north for winter vacations. I will definitely give them this information. Maybe I will get to see the Christmas Village through them. That is something I would love to see the Christmas Prelude.

  2. What a fun place! I mean, to have all these fun activities to enjoy instead of locking yourself in the house and feeling gloomy. I will let my daughter know about this. I think they are planning to take the kids someplace this winter break.

  3. We don’t get any snow here and have a beach weather all year round. At least we have some beautiful Christmas lights, parades and a lot of Christmas activities.

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