Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Events in Midcoast Maine

Snowboarding at Camden Snow Bowl

Mid-coast Maine does not have the "severe" weather that many people think of when they consider heading Downeast December thru March. Coastal influences tend to keep temperatures in the 30s-40s. Yes, it snows and some years there can be as much as 10 feet of snow and some years not. A wide range of amazing activities are available in winter for those who wish to fly (into Bangor, Portland, or close-by Rockland) or drive to the region (by car or Concord Bus from Boston).

Upcoming Events not to miss:

32nd Annual Festival of Lights Craft Fair - Rockland Saturday, November 26 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The admission charge is $3.00 per person, no charge for children under 12. There will be artisans & craftspeople selling Maine made crafts & gifts that have been reviewed for the highest quality.

Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, December 2-4 pm: the 25th Annual Christmas by the Sea!
Fireworks over the Harbor! Frozen 5k road race to benefit ALS research, Tree lightings in at the Cellardoor Winery Villa in Rockport, Harbor Park in Camden, and on Lincolnville Beach, all with Santa, Christmas parade, beach bonfire and caroling, great food and great deals on shopping.

Holiday Art Show and Sale at High Mountain Hall - Camden
December 16, 2011 - 5:00-9:00pm - D ecember 17, 2011 - 10:00 am - 4:00pm
With works by
Antonia Munroe-painting
Austin Smith-porcelain
Jacob Bond Hessler-photography
Julie O'Rourde-textiles
Laura Balombini-mixed media
Patty Bolz-jewelry

US National Toboggan Championships - Camden Ski Bowl
February 10, 2012 - 10:00am - February 12, 2012 - 4:00pmPeople come from near and far for this event - enter as an individual or group and have fun!

The 25th Annual Camden Conference - February 17-19, 2012  "The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do We Have What It Takes?" (link)
Join movers and shakers from all over the country in this event that brings in top speakers.
General winter things to do.....
Ski, snowboard, snowshoe/hike, snowmobile, ice skate, explore shops, antiquing, fine and casual dining, cooking classes, museums, galleries, spa, theater, concerts, and more!
Travel Recommendations if you are heading to the Rockland-Rockport-Camden-Lincolnville-Belfast MIDCOAST region:

1. Book your hotel/B&B reservations early as limited facilities are open in Winter along the mid-coast.
2. Specials during the week are often amazing - such as stay two nights get one night free at The Lord Camden Inn.
3. Plan where to have dinner and expect to eat early. Make reservations! Always have a bag of goodies for in your hotel room "just in case".
4. If driving, be sure to have a blanket, working flashlight, water, reflective marker, shovel. Check your car's antifreeze level, battery, and tires. If planning to go to Northern Maine to ski areas like Sugarloaf, consider it will be much colder there than along the mid-coast. Prepare your vehicle and passengers. Always watch for deer and moose along and on the roadways at dusk, night, and dawn... even during the day a moose can be smack in the middle of the road.