Maine Travel Tag

07 Mar Maine Maple Sunday

Maine Maple Syrup

Maine Maple Syrup

Maine maple syrup vacations in March brings promises of warmer days and tastes of Maple Syrup. Sugar Houses around the State including two in the Moosehead Lake Region are open for this traditional Maine Travel Event. For 31 years Maine Maple Sunday has attracted visitors to Maine for this free foodie fun event. Read on to learn more about Maine travel information for Piscataquis County and statewide links to this event. The fourth Sunday in March is the official weekend that you can visit sugar shacks which are open to the public and no charge.

Maple Syrup Production

Watch the production of sap and tour the facilities. Maine has the potential to be the number one state in syrup production with its vast land resources. Each spring, Maple Syrup producers hope to have a six week window of production. Maple sap flows are best with night time lows of 20F and day time highs of 40F. You can actually see rings around the trees in the snow as the trees warm up and the sap starts to flow.

Subzero and single digit temperatures below normal could delay production. A week of good temperatures will get the sap flowing through the lines or into buckets. Did you know it takes 30 to 50 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup? There are several grades of Maine Maple syrup and are rated for taste and color. All which are on display for tasting at open houses.

maine springMaple Syrup in Moosehead Lake

Last year, we traveled to Breakneck Ridge Farm. Just a short drive from Greenville. The mountain scenery was beautiful crossing over flowing rivers and streams with ice  capped banks. Scenic landscapes revealing the changing of the seasons and the promise of warmer days.
We got to taste all kinds of delicious maple products and learn about syrup production. You will want to bring some money as the temptation will be great to purchase maple syrup items for sale. This Maine tour was educational, fun and included wildlife viewing of the buffalo. I had so much fun with Special T Adventures as my Maine Guide on this Tour which is now an annual spring trip.

Breakneck Ridge Farm

We also enjoy breakfast at the Shirley Community Church features Baker’s Maine Maple Syrup is just 15 minutes out of Greenville. Dates may vary slightly. Planning a March weekend getaway in New England? This is a great spring adventure. Plan a weekend vacation in Maine this spring and include a Maple Syrup event and enjoy the sights and tastes of Maine.

Maine Travel Resources for Maple Syrup Sunday:

http://www.breakneckridgefarm.com – Nearby tours in the Moosehead Lake Region

https://www.sites.google.com/site/bakersmaplesyrup/home Baker’s Maple Syrup

http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html – # 4 is Bakers Maple Syrup, and nearby is #14 Breakneck Ridge

http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/138/index.htm – Maple Sunday Events

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/maine_maple_sunday.shtml State Resource

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31 Jul Lake Vacations in Maine

Lake Vacations in Greenville Maine

Lake vacations are the perfect getaway. Looking for vacation ideas in Maine? How about a lakeside getaway in Maine North Woods? Visit Maine’s best lake vacation spot.

Lake Vacation

                                                Experience a lake vacation on Moosehead Lake. Enjoy the best of all outside your door.

Greenville Maine at the southern tip of Moosehead Lake was chosen by about.com readers as the #1 vacation spot for fall foliage vacations.  The town of Greenville was chosen, for best spot for New England fall color lake vacations.   Explore our beautiful area. Plan to spend some time in Greenville during the foliage season.

Fall  Lake Vacations

Best fall lake vacations in Maine 

 

Lonely Planets “Top Ten US Travel Destinations” mentioned Moosehead Lake along with some points North in Maine. Choose Greenville Maine, as your home base for your vacation and make some memories. Experiences vary from families with teenagers that are able to leave hustle of city life behind and enjoy being surrounded by nature to couples looking to escape to a place where nature nurtures body, mind and spirit. Even young families with kids need a place to unwind and a lake vacation is ideal.

Moosehead Lake Vacations

There is just something special about getting out on the lake. Listening to the birds and call of the loons.  How about just floating effortlessly about in Moosehead Lake while taking a refreshing swim. Get inspired feel the freedom of kayaking the lake without any cares. Maine wildflowers, mushrooms, and native plants cover the forested shoreline during the spring, summer and fall.See a beautiful lake sunset and enjoy the fresh mountain air. A great place for a vacation in Maine for families and for romantic getaways.

Mt Kineo - Moosehead Lake

Mt Kineo – Rises above Moosehead Lake

 

Maine travel in the winter brings snow lovers to Greenville. Moosehead Lake freezes and snowmobiling and ice fishing activities keep winter visitors to the lake busy.  For thrill seekers, snowmobiling the Lake and scenic trails surrounding the lake and mountains of Maine is sure to please. Whatever your pleasure, winter, spring, summer or fall, Maine adventures are available all for seasons. Plan to visit  Greenville, ME and enjoy a perfect lake vacation getaway on Moosehead Lake.

The Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabin Rentals

Enjoy a lake vacation at The Cozy Moose 

Lake Vacations Resources:

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/ffeatures/moosehead-drive

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/77583

http://gonewengland.about.com/od/newenglandtravelawards/tp/best-new-england-fall-foliage.htm

https://www.mooseheadcabins.com

http://www.mainevacationadventures.com

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26 Sep Moose Watching Tourism in Maine

Moose Watching Tourism in Maine

Moose Watching

So, you want to see a Moose? For many visitors to Maine, that is one of the reasons they choose to come here in hopes being able to see a Moose.  The current Moose population in Maine is estimated to be at 75,000 much higher than the previous count of 29,000 done in 2003.  With the one of the largest population of Moose in the country, Moose watching wildlife viewing attracts visitors from all over the world to experience this majestic creature in the Maine woods.

We recently attended a Moose Seminar in Greenville, Maine with guest speaker Lee Kantar, the State Moose Biologist. He explained that the general management of Moose involved balancing influences for wildlife viewing, hunters, and the safety of general public. The State of Maine is divided into 29 districts each having a target ratio to maintain.  He explained the latest count was done by scientific counting method used by helicopter. Some Moose facts were provided, and then he took questions from the audience.

Since Moose tourism is a big draw to Greenville, Maine, it was not surprising that several questions were based on where the moose are in The Moosehead Lake Region. He explained that the movement of moose throughout the state is common. Moose will move around as land use changes, clear cuts re- grow, pond vegetation gets striped and beaver infestation occurs.

We observed mixed comments from the crowd to some being that they don’t see many moose, to we just seen several moose today.  With the Moosehead Lake Region having one of the highest populations of Moose in the state, Greenville Maine is one of the most sought out destinations for moose watching.   The moose are maintained at the ratio of 3.5- 4.5 moose per square mile in our area.

Some seasons yield higher number of sightings and other times of year they are more elusive.  One needs to be persistent, look at the right time of day and in areas where conditions are conducive to support food sources they need to survive. So it all boils down to being in the right place at the right time.  Guided or self guided, anyone can see a Moose, but of course, guided tours increase your probability.  If your planning a vacation and want to experience a moose sighting, consider staying at The Cozy Moose where our guests see them quite often.

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