It doesn’t take a severe snowstorm to get us prepared for Maine winters. Most of us are ready for snow by the time fall arrives. And, it’s not uncommon to find Mainers a bit excited about it. After all, the only thing better than a beautiful summer here is a cozy winter spent by a fire. From coastal strolls to sleigh rides, things here can be downright magical. Nevertheless, if you’re finding the idea of snow and cold a bit daunting it might be helpful to laugh at things. For that, we give you some things most people don’t know about surviving Maine winters.

What are some things that you believe are necessary for surviving Maine winters? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our list! Additionally, while you’re preparing for winter be sure to add a trip on this train to the North Pole to your list of things to do!

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How To Enjoy Maine Winters

What was the biggest snowfall in Maine?

The biggest snowfall in Maine took place in 2013 and covered the state in two to three feet of snow, depending on where you measured. The whopping total fell during Winter Storm Nemo beginning February 8th and continuing through February 9th, 2013. Portland International Jetport received more than 31 inches of snow. The heaviest amount fell in Gorham and residents were stuck shoveling over 35.5 inches of heavy snow!

Is Maine a good place to visit in the winter?

Maine is a fantastic place to visit in the winter. There are tons of fun things to enjoy, many of which you won't find anywhere else. Some great activities to seek out when visiting Maine in the winter include:

  • Snow tubing at places like Hermon Mountain Ski Area in Hermon, Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford and Seacoast Adventure in Windham
  • A beautiful sleigh ride at Carousel Horse Farm in Casco
  • Being dazzled by the incredible Gardens Aglow light display at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay
  • Searching for treasures at a winter flea market


Should I go hiking in winter in Maine?

You should definitely go hiking in winter in Maine! In fact, this might be the most beautiful time of year to take in the landscape and surroundings. Acadia National Park is filled with beautiful hiking trails, including the Wonderland Trail, which is about 1.6 miles. You might also enjoy a calming 2-mile hike in Blue Hill which affords some incredible views from the top. Lastly, consider a simple coastal stroll to ease your mind and help find the true beauty of Maine winters.


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