Winter Travels: What to Expect From a Trip to Maine
Explore the Best of Maine This Winter
Attention east coast travelers: we’re about to let you in on one of Maine’s best kept secrets, the state’s top adventures are only available during winter. Yes, you’ll still have to weather a few sub-zero days and cold temperatures, but Maine residents have embraced the cold season with toboggans, ice festivals, and Nordic snow sports.
This winter, venture to Maine to experience a New England winter that pairs frigid weather with warm spirits. Read on to learn about the some of Maine’s best wintry offerings.
Winter Dining in Maine
Fret not, Maine’s Oceanside dining scene is just as robust in the winter months as it is in the summer. Here, residents enjoy dishes of “lobstah” year round. In Southport, Robinson’s Wharf offers sweet winter lobsters near Boothbay Harbor.
Farther north, in Camden, visit Miller’s Lobster Co for a quintessential lobster pound visit. The restaurant lets you pick your lobster of choice by weight, and then you can enjoy your feast with a beautiful waterfront view.
Maine’s winter dining options don’t end at lobster either. In Camden, cozy up indoors to hide out from winter weather and enjoy James Beard winning cuisine at Primo, or hunker down in Hatchet Mountain Publick House or Long Grain to enjoy some of the best winter cuisine in Maine.
Recreational Snow Sports in Maine
In Northeast Maine, you can expect to find excellent winter recreational activities. In Camden, the adventurous enjoy hiking up Mt. Battie to enjoy stunning views of Penobscot Bay. For those looking for less strenuous winter adventures, make your way to the Camden Snow Bowl and enjoy panoramic views as you head up the chairlift.
Another perk? The snow bowl is famous for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships. As you watch riders shoot down the 400-foot-long ride, you’ll experience a thrill as the first rider powers through the wooden chute walls. Trust us, between the costumes and the riders’ enthusiasm, there is a lot to love about this Maine winter event.
Embrace Maine’s Winter Festivals
Another highlight to expect in Maine in winter? An abundance of magical festivals. Two of our favorites include the Ice Festival L/A and the Oob Winter Carnival. In mid-February, Lewiston, Maine hosts a magical, family-friendly ice festival. Make your way to Fountain Park to enjoy frosty beverages served straight from an ice bar. The event also includes cool ice sculptures, live music, and area restaurants serving up warm eats to keep everyone from taking a chill.
The OOB Festival, Old Orchard Beach’s winter carnival, celebrates the unconventional: bringing throngs of people to the beach for some Atlantic winter sledding. An event known only to Maine, the ocean sledding in Old Orchard Beach happens atop a massive man-made mini-mountain. Each night of the festival holds special activities: Kids Carnival on Thursday, night sledding party on Friday and ice bowling, pony rides and a Slippery Slope Pub Crawl (for the grownups) on Saturday (plus hot cocoa and marshmallow toasting).
Get Cozy and Cultural in Maine This Winter
Whether you’re an avid skier or an enthusiastic festival-goer, Maine’s winter has something to offer everyone. Start planning your trip to Maine this winter today; your adventure is closer than you think!
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