Our Maine Winter Checklist

Winter Maine Getaway

February is around the time when I become stir crazy and ready for spring, but having lived in the Northeast my whole life (and the fact that the groundhog has seen his shadow) - I know we have a ways to go. So what to do to make it through the long winter?? We have put together our favorite things to do in Maine this winter to stay active and survive the winter blues! 

1) A WEEKEND IN PORTLAND

Friday Night: Enjoy cocktails at The Regency Lounge which is located in the lower level of this quaint hotel. The dark and inviting atmosphere is perfect for a chilly New England night. Afterwards, head over to Commercial Street for a warm and cozy Italian meal at Solo Italiano. This is a delicious family-style restaurant where you can start out sharing a charcuterie board, some amazing fresh tuna followed by any of their fresh curated pasta dishes or pizza. 

Saturday: If you are an early riser, head over to Standard Baking Co. for the best pastries and coffee in town. If it is not too chilly, take a walk along the Eastern Promenade with views of the many Maine islands off the coast of Portland. Once you have gotten some fresh Maine air you will want to warm up quickly. Head over to The Regency Hotel spa for a massage or facial, followed by a steam and dip in the hot tub. For dinner, walk over to the West End to an Asian style restaurant called Empire to enjoy their amazing cocktails and warm gourmet Chinese dishes that are perfect for sharing. 

Sunday: Now that you have eaten your way through Portland, get a sweat in at our favorite local spin studio, Reve. With 50 minute classes and awesome music you can get a quick sweat in before heading out of town. If you would prefer a bloody mary and more food - go to The Front Room for the best brunch around.

2) A GETAWAY UP NORTH

Skiing or Snowshoeing: Book an airbnb and head up to Sugarloaf or Sunday River for a weekend of skiing or snowshoeing. 

Book a cozy Inn: Stay at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. This quaint Inn is perfect for a weekend of eating, relaxing and shopping! They have a great restaurant/bar if you want to stay inside or venture out to the many shops and restaurants within walking distance. 

Snowmobile: Maine has many miles of snowmobile trails whether you head north to Sugarloaf Mountain, Moosehead Lake, Aroostook County or Rangeley Lakes.

3) CHECK OUT LOCAL BREWERIES & TASTING ROOMS

Brewery Tour: If you are into craft beer, make sure to stop by one of the many breweries in and around Portland - Allagash Brewing, Shipyard, Bissell Brothers, Rising Tide and Maine Beer Company just to name a few. 

Maine Craft Distilling: If you are not into beer, check out Maine Craft Distilling located in Portland's East End where they craft unique spirits using locally sourced ingredients.

What are your favorite things to do in Maine to survive the winter? Let us know in the comments below!


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