2015 has come to a close and 2016 is here! We have a blank page before us. We can take up bowling, learn to knit or catch the big one off the coast of Maine. Or, we can simply promise ourselves to be grateful every day. We can promise ourselves to do our best to be happy and to appreciate the world around us. One great way to do that is to truly appreciate all Maine has to offer. Whatever is on your list for this new year, make sure you’re including a few of the following things that everyone must do in Maine this year.
1. Don't just eat lobster, actually celebrate it at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.
This year's festivities take place August 3rd to 7th. On opening day, general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids 6-12. After that, adults pay $8. Sunday is "Family Fun Day" and admission is free for everyone. Click
for more information.
2. Get out on the water and sail Maine.
With all our coastline, maybe this is the year you learn to sail. If doing the work isn't your idea of fun, commit to taking a sailboat ride. You can book short trips in Portland, Rockland, Boothbay and a variety of other places along the coast. Click
for a list of places to learn sailing.
3. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
Did you know that 267 miles of the AT are located in Maine? If you're short on time, skip the whole thing and focus on Maine - it's the most beautiful part.
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth during Maine Maple Sunday.
Every fourth Sunday in March, sugarhouses across the state offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours and music. The best part? The pancake breakfasts. Naturally!
5. Grab some pier fries in Old Orchard Beach.
Pier Fries have been an OOB staple since 1932. This summer, finally go see what the hype is about.
6. Attend the World Cup Biathlon in Presque Isle.
Watch 300 competitors from 32 different countries compete for the title. This event has been held here since 2011, so be sure to add it to your list this time around. Or, you may have to wait another 5 years.
7. Explore Cadillac Mountain in Acadia.
You've done Bradbury and Evans Notch and seen lots of awesome photos of Cadillac. Make this the year you climb it. Or, if climbing's not really your thing, make this the year you support someone else in making it up.
8. Visit a working farm during Open Farm Day.
Farms throughout the state will swing their gates open for visitors to come in and learn about agriculture and farming. There are a variety of events for kids and adults. This year's event will take place on Sunday, July 24th. Click
for more information.
9. Attend an event at The Telling Room in Portland.
The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. The writing programs support some incredible young voices and allow inspiring stories to be told by Maine's hugely diverse population. Stop in for one of their highly acclaimed events. See what's coming up
10. Free your inner child during Fair season.
From the Fryeburg Fair to Common Ground in Unity, Maine has enough fairs for everyone. Have a fried whoopie pie for us, okay?
11. Take on the "Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge."
One weekend this summer, visit all 7 Midcoast lights and get bragging rights among all your friends. That and some pretty great memories.
12. Take advantage of Maine Huts and Trails and enjoy the outdoors and some genuine hospitality.
Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create and operate a world-class system of backcountry trails and eco-lodges for people-powered recreation in Maine’s Western Mountain region. You're welcome to stop in during a hike for some hot soup, or reserve a place to stay in advance. But, don't let the word "hut" make you think you'll be roughing it. The food here is top-notch!