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Greenville Maine vacation travel deals and lodging specials are sometimes posted in our blog as they become available. An insider’s guide for Maine vacation travel tourism news. Find out the vacation travel news and what is happening in Moosehead Maine.  The Maine vacation blog is a great way to learn about our tours and guests experiences at The Cozy Moose.  Learn and live the Maine way of  life in Greenville at our lake cabins on Moosehead Lake.

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07 Sep Seaplane Fly In

Seaplane Fly In

The Seaplane Fly In is an annual event the first weekend after Labor Day in Greenville, Maine. It is the largest event in the Moosehead Lake Region attracting pilots, spectators, New England crafters, and food vendors.  The 2016 Seaplane Fly In will be celebrating 43 years for this event.  We have attended sixteen Seaplane Fly In Maine events here in Greenville, Maine. A few must do and see things that we look forward to every year. We have no affiliation to anyone mentioned here. Only desire is to give Greenville, Maine visitor’s to the Seaplane Fly In 2016 a local insider’s fly in travel tips. New this year is a 5K run-walk that starts at 8am on 9/10/16.

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Seaplane Fly in

Seaplane Fly In Best Food Stops

Our first stop is typically to find Jan’s Mini Donuts. Get coffee and donuts here at the vendor cart typically set up near the airplane hanger. Then I like to go look for Jan’s Heavenly Pickles. She makes the best Dilly Beans.  Her pickles are great too. Next it is off to look for Sawyer’s Maple Syrup. Great rubs and the Maple Syrup products are reasonably priced. Then go look for Worcester’s Wild Blueberry Products. They make fresh blueberry pies. Buy a whole pie.  There are many other food vendors selling fudge, baked goods and food carts.

Seaplane Fly in Specialty Foods

Maine foodie delights

 

Seaplane Fly In Favorite Craft Stops

I visit this crafter first to get the best selection. Sweaters by Beth Made in Maine. I have many and love them all. Next look at jewelry. There are some very nice pieces from precious Maine stones. Love the Maine watermelon tourmaline.  After jewelry, it is off to appreciate the pottery, photographers, painters, and woodworking. Soaps and lotions a must. My favorite is Old Tyme Soap Shop Premium Lotion- Lemon grass scented lotion is great for keeping bugs at bay. Then it is off to check out the Wood Carver, Joe Bolf, just past the Town Office on Midden Street.

Seaplane Fly In – Things to Do in Greenville, Maine

Watch the planes flying by. Organized fly overs downtown Greenville are always great to watch. A demonstration by the IF&W Forestry shows how they use a helicopter and bucket scoop to get water from the Lake to put out forest fires.  Check outThoreau Park and enjoy the flowers and gardens. Just across from the Dairy Bar.  Also take the scenic drive up to the airport.

Seaplane Fly In Events

Seaplane Fly In Events

Seaplane Fly In Transportation Services and Mini Tours

There are several places for free shuttle services.  There are no rental car companies in Greenville. Some local watering holes at night offer dedicated drivers. Shuttle services will be running back and forth to the airport for pilots who fly in during the day.

Private Mini Tours during the Fly In includes complimentary transportation to the airport and downtown Greenville for up to 4 or 5 guests. Seaplane Tour information on vendor locations and insider tips plus more.  Seaplane Fly In – Mini Tour prices start at $25 for 1 or 2 people – each additional person $10.00.  Tour Duration approximately 15 to 30 minutes and can be extended. Call Special T Adventures at 207-280-0661 for availability and scheduling for tour pick up.

Fly In Event Schedule –

http://www.seaplanefly-in.org/events.html

 

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24 Jun Vacation Packing Travel Tips

Maine Vacation Packing Travel Tips

Packing for your vacation to Maine?  Start off  by making a Maine vacation travel planning list on what to bring. Families and small groups typically plan for the usual things bring. I like planning for my vacations. Being prepared ahead of time. Others, prefer to travel light. Either way, you can pick up anything you need for your vacation resort town of Greenville, MaineSunset Cabin Lakefront

What to Pack for Your Vacation

Here is a quick vacation packing overview for you. Plan to shop and pack beforehand.  You will have things on hand and less shopping to do when you get here. Check rental amenities offered so you have an idea what to pack.

Summer Vacation Time – Always bring beach towels or recreational towels. We provide bath towels, some places charge extra for them.  Caution not to stain with bleach products. Knowing this beforehand is important. To keep towels fresh during your stay. Let them dry in the sun. Ask about linens. We provide linens and bedding.

Plan Ahead – Bring bug spray, a hat, bandanas, a light long sleeve, and light pants. Lemon balm lotion seems to deter bugs. Unscented sun screen is always better. Note: Stand downwind. Use bug spray in open area away from vehicles, buildings and decks. Sprays leave stains on surfaces and vehicles. It is best to shower at night before bed with un-scented soaps. No perfumes – Bug’s love it. Bedding stays fresh. It deters bugs the next day.

Shoes – Have good sturdy pair of walking or hiking shoes with hard rubber on the toe. A pull strap on the back with good tread is important. Great outdoor shoes at stores in town.  Bring river shoes to protect your feet.

Clothing –  Plan to bring a warm fleece and have a layer with waterproof shell. Be prepared for all weather. When vacation packing, you should dress in layers. Indian Hill Trading Post offers Clothing and Hiking Footwear

Pack Equipment – Don’t forget binoculars and camera. Bring a GPS. There a many geocaches along area hikes. Let your rental agent know what recreational equipment such as boats, bikes, canoes, kayaks and or a trailer you may bring. We reserve space for you ahead of time.

Save money on your vacation in Maine

Maine Travel planning.  Save time and money. Families will benefit from having products on hand to use. Buy bulk paper products at Discount Store – Septic safe TP, Paper Plates, Paper Towels, Napkins, and plastic cups. There is no glass at waterfront, please bring bottled water.

Look for our next blog post on Maine travel blog. Featuring eating on your vacation. Learn about our favorite foodie finds along the way. Get ready for your road trip to Maine.

Travel Packing Travel Resources:

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19 Feb Maine Cultural Tourism

Maine Cultural Tourism

Maine cultural tourism in Moosehead Lake Region. Experience Maine culture, history and heritage of  times gone by yet still celebrated and not forgotten. Attractions, festivals, and events are planned throughout the season to celebrate times of the past and present.

Throughout all seasons there are various historical Maine tours available promoting Moosehead Lake Region unique heritage. A great way to connect to natural resources, lifestyle and history that shaped Moosehead Lake and the surrounding area.

Maine Tourism

Historical attractions aand preservation of popular culture still remains. Take a Maine sightseeing cultural tour. Venture in the woods to a historic sight. Learn about local culture, and Mooseheead Lake attractions. Attend annual events and visit the historical places.  Check out our Moosehead Lake event Calendar for cultural events.

Vacation travel focused on historical and culture sightseeing focuses on narrative storytelling of times gone by from the our Professional Maine Guide. We are always learning something new. Guides and outposts are an important part of Maine Heritage. It is so much fun exploring unknown territories. Nostalgic memories are a healthy way to escape the fast pace of life today.

Cultural History

Train Depot at The Greenville Junction

Maine Culture

Vacation guests can experience and identify with history of past. It is a way to gain a greater appreciation of life for heritage, culture, arts, and ethnic history of Moosehead.

Connect with our  lifestyle, foods, travel and learn about the way of life at Moosehead. We share the celebration of life throughout the seasons of Maine. Culture not forgotten, passed on by generations. Take in the history and culture of North Woods of Maine.

Guided Cultural Tours

Cultural heritage in Maine is best experienced with an professional local. Authentic cultural tour experience is offered by our Maine Guide. Embark on historical culture based tour. Tour length is approximately 3 hours and appropriate for all ages.
Have fun exploring, make new discoveries, and learn about Maine traditions that endure today.

Cultural Tourism - Historic Bridge

Visit Lowe’s Historical Covered Bridge

A list of unique Maine historical places to visit and things to do are listed below. Discover history and heritage on your own .Learn local culture at your pace.

Maine Cultural Tourism

Resources of Historical Sights in Maine:

  • Forestry Fire Tour
  • Train Station Depot
  • B52 Bomber Crash Site
  • Maine Maple Syrup Open House
  • Mt Kineo – Historical Site
  • Katahdin Iron Works
  • Lowe’s Covered Bridge
  • Moosehead Marine Museum – June – Sept
  • Steamship Cruises on the Katahdin (The Kate) – 100 Years Old
  • Seaplane Museum
  • Center for Moosehead History
  • The Appalachian Trail
  • Moosehead Historical Society Tours – June – Sept
  • Artists – The Gallery – Beyond the Bend – Wood Carving Demonstrations

 

Annual Moosehead Lake Maine Cultural Tourism

Events & Cultural Festivals

  • B52 Memorial Snowmobile Ride
  • MooseMainea
  • Forest Heritage Days – Tours and Logging Competition
  • Thoreau Wabanaki Indian Festival
  • Seaplane Fly In
  • Local Craft Fairs
  • Save the Train Depot Festival- Train History and Railways

We attend, endorse and visit all the historical sights. Cultural tourism is now part of us as. We learn to live and love the land in Maine. Making Maine culture and history part of our life in the Moosehead Lake Region.

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13 Jan Maine Snowfall Report

Maine Snow Report

Snowfall – How much snow did Maine get?  Looking for current snow reports? Sign up for the Cozy Moose Team blog posts. Get the latest news and updates. Winter storm reports and snowfall totals for Winter 2016.

An Alberta Clipper crossed over the state Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.  A fresh blanket of powdery snow covers the state of Maine. We took a photo this morning an posted to @cozymoosecabins Instagram account.  The question, just how much snow was on the picnic table in that photo?

measurable snow

14 inches of snow – Measurable Snow

Greenville Maine Snowfall Report

Well, we waited for the storm to wind down to measure. The sun finally came out at noon. Needing to measure with a yardstick as the ruler got lost.

The official measurement of snow on the picnic table. A whopping 14 inches of snow fell in Moosehead at The Cozy Moose

 

The measurement is from the same table posted on Instagram earlier this morning. Looks like we got a few more inches of snow since then. Check out the photo tagged #snow.

Fresh fallen snow

January Snow

Time to finish moving snow and pack the trails.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention go play in the snow? We will be ready for another weekend storm. The active weather pattern continues. Thanks for dancing.

Head to Moosehead Lake for a winter vacation if you looking for snow. Enjoy some snowmobiling or skiing. Great winter weather conditions forecasted through next week   Weekend guests welcome. Come on up and enjoy the snow – It is  a winter wonderland in Greenville, Maine. 

Maine Snowfall Reports

Please feel free to share. We will be posting our reports here through out the winter for 2016. Answering questions like where’s the snow and what are the current snow conditions? Snowmobile trail conditions will be reported as well based on personal experience and vacation guest photos posted.

 

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07 Oct Fall Report

Fall Colors Foliage Report

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Bright reds came on after the rain.

Maine fall colors have come on strong this last week. Rain rejuvenated the tree health. Then a few dry days, sunshine and a light frost was just what we needed to update our foliage report to moderate colors. The reds became brighter, and we are saying “Hello Yellows”. The striped maples are beautiful.

Fall Foliage Report for This Week

October 2015 – 10/7 – Moderate autumn colors – 35-55% range with leaf loss varying depending upon the trees running at overall about 15 – 3o%. Along with the rains came some wind. A delightful time to take a walk while the colors are vibrant.

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Beautiful fall reds found near water

Scenic Fall Drives

– Always a winner is an off the beaten path where it looks like your driving through a tunnel of fall colors.  Covered bridges, mountain side colors, and rambling brooks and streams dappled with colors.  All just minutes away from Greenville, Maine in the Moosehead Lake Region.  Check out scenic fall travel Rt 201 N to Rt 16E to Abbot, which intersects with Rt15 and head North and other fall pages on this site. Everyone loves the beautiful nature views.

Foliage reports will  be updated here on our blog or feel free to contact us directly.  Our prediction is that it we have another 2 weeks of fall foliage viewing. This is later than last several years. Many visitors to New England are driving to Maine chase the beauty of the season. Oh yeah and to see moose too!

Until next time, take care and enjoy the sunshine. Today is going into the 60’s. There is a beautiful yellow stripped maple with a chair under it is calling my name.

Fall Report Resources :

Maine Fall Drives  – Yankeefoilage – Feature Moosehead Drive

Fall Report and Photos Leaf Spotter for Jeff Foliage Folger

 

 

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27 Sep Autumn Foliage Report

Awesome Autumn Foliage Report

Fall leaf peeper’s and photographers wait on autumn foliage reports. Seeking out the beauty of fall. Guest from all over love autumn in Maine. It is a colorful season that brings on foliage changes from mid September to mid October.  Get the latest fall foliage information by following us.

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                                               Watch autumn foliage turning during your stay

New England is famous for its fall color. With only 4 days left in September and fall colors about 15% leaf peeping season is just starting. Autumn foliage reports will be posted in our blog section so be sure to check back for foliage updates for 2015.

As of today, color is scattered. Overall foliage appears to be in 15% range with early leaf loss from the white birches and some maples. I have seen color changes up to 20 % in one week. Things are looking good for switch to colors coming on fast within the next few weeks. Just in the past week, the some reds have already turned to darker maroon foliage.

fall canopy of color in Maine

                                         Escape to tranquility – Imagine sitting under a canopy of color! 

Greenville Maine was just recently named as one of the best places to see foliage by Trip Advisor. Foliage tours are available by steamship, and private tours into the surrounding mountains show case mountain side colors with scenic overlooks. Moosehead Lake is a special place of unspoiled beauty where even Maine residents from all over the state come to vacation in Greenville.

Into the mountains fall tours

In the mountains – Fall tours available – Journey into the mountains of Moosehead Lake area

This year the state of Maine did not experience a typical New England Maine summer. Maine weather varied greatly with some areas seeing record rainfall to some areas seeing very little. Autumn foliage this fall will vary based on where you travel.

Northern Maine had a very dry summer. as of 4 days ago guests stated there is no color in the area. When driving to Greenville, they started seeing fall colors. We had periods of rain and days of sunshine.

We are seeing the Birch trees with higher then usually leaf loss. They always drop leaves first. Will have to see if the yellows come on. Once the color starts, we see changes up to 20% each week.

Robin in the Fall

Watch migrating birds in the fall

Enjoy every moment. Listen leaves rustling about and crickets. Watch for migration of birds, Take a walk on a covered woods trail dappled with foliage gems. Early fall leaf peepers are rewarded with vibrant colors and warmer days.

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Enjoy a sunny autumn day 

 Autumn colors may not be widespread, but the reward of coming across patches of fall foliage is a treasured momentHere are a few photos taken during the last few days.

Stay tuned for autumn fall foliage reports and photos from the fall girl. Gotta go enjoy the day it is 60 degrees, sunny and the crickets are chirping.

Fall Resources:

In the mountains tour by Special T Adventures Fall Landscapes – photo credit Trevor Davis

 

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Vacation Deals at Moosehead Lake

17 Aug Vacation Deals

Deals

Everyone wants a good deal. So here is where you will want to check for our any Maine vacation deals. The Deals category is where you will find random vacation deals posted that may become available based on scheduling. Relax at The Cozy Moose Cabins and watch a beautiful sunset in all its glory.

 

Vacation deals in Maine

Are offered on a first come basis or available for a limited time only. With a Maine Guide on staff, recreational activities for moose tours, photography tours and more.

First Maine Vacation Deal – Book a cabin vacation stay for 4 nights before 9/8 – Save $50
Stay 5 nights Save $150  – Arrival Monday – Saturday, depart any day.

Vacation stay dates must be in one rental unit for the entire stay and depart before or on 9/8/15

Vacation deals are on a first reserve basis and subject to availability. Be sure to check out special offers and packages listed on our Maine Lodging Specials page.

Be sure to check back to view random deals. Offers will be for tour packages, lodging discounts, and promotional offers. All will be new posts to the deals category. You just never know what vacation offer or coupon code for The Cozy Moose or an adventure tour will be posted.

Call 207-695-0242 for reservation details or email us directly. Filling out our contact us form is a great way to request your Maine vacation deal at The Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabins on Moosehead Lake.

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17 Aug Moosehead Lake News

Moosehead Lake News

Cozy Moose News- is now being reported on our blog. Subscribers will be asked to sign up for our blog for the best Moosehead Lake News – reported by The Cozy Moose Team – Ron, Heather and Trevor Davis Moosehead travel experts offering expert advise.

Hello and thank you for reading to our newsletter.  Please sign up for our blog. Get information on happenings in the region, events we go to exploring, report on nature findings, moose sightings, and report random news of in our news category about the area.

Mt Kineo - Moosehead Lake

Boating on Moosehead Lake – Mt Kineo

Summer weather showed up this week and everyone is making the most of it.  Everyone wanted to get out on Moosehead Lake. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and relaxing lakeside. Making the most of summer.

Foodie Moosehead Lake News

Fresh corn is available in town across from the school. Best corn I have had in Moosehead Lake area in a long time. Blueberries are in and so are the wild blackberries.The produce farmers market is set up on Saturdays now in the downtown and fresh organic produce is plentiful. Everything looked so good and the selection was great. A must stop by when you come to Moosehead Lake.

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17 Sep Maine Fall Foliage

Into The Mountains Fall Tour in Greenville Maine -

Greenville Maine – Moosehead Lake Fall Foliage Tour Package

 

Maine Fall Vacation Foliage Reports in New England

Maine fall vacations  – When Maine autumn foliage colors of reds surface, it is always welcomed by fall leaf peepers. Every autumn season seems to have a fall color theme. So far, I am happy to say, Maine fall foliage is showcasing a wonderful variety of scarlet reds.

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Scarlet fall foliage

Living in Greenville Maine, I love fall foliage seasonal color changes. It lasts several weeks, if there are no storms. The leaves will stay on the trees displaying a variety of colors slowing loosing their brilliance. Fall observations, fall foliage reports for Moosehead Lake, Greenville Maine area will be posted on this blog under Fall Foliage Reports and Maine Travel Category

Red fall colors are typically the first colors to appear. This season the red fall foliage is fantastically brilliant due to sunny days followed by cool nights. A great start to the 2014 Fall Foliage Season of Reds. The scarlet reds will begin to come on stronger with other tree colors surfacing as well.

Maine Fall

Moderate to high fall colors

Things are expected to move along with a cold snap – hard frost advisory for Greenville – Moosehead Lake Region and points north, followed by a few warmer days. This should bring on profound color changes this week.

Scarlet fall foliage coming on

Scarlet fall foliage coming on

Maine Fall Vacation –

Enjoy colorful morning sunrises, blue bird skies, and evening sunlight streaming through the treetops shining on fall foliage. Watch fall color progression in the leaves as they turn. Some leaves color starts at the center of the leaf through the leaf veins, while others start at the tips of the leaves with the color moving inward.

Fall Leaf Peeping Season –

Every year we feature new Maine Fall Getaways. Choose from a variety of fall tours. It is not too late for leaf peepers and nature photographers to plan a Maine fall vacation. Visit Maine’s Moosehead Lake Region of Greenville Maine. Enjoy Moosehead Lakeside Lodging and Fall Adventures showcasing the beautiful fall colors of New England.

Play and Stay – Fall Vacation Rentals – The Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabin Rentals

Article Information Contact- The Davis Family – Ron, Trevor or Heather Davis: 207-695-0242

 

 

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13 Sep Maine Birding

Bird - Winter Gray Jay  

Maine Birding in Greenville, Maine is a fun thing to do

Maine birding offers many rewards.  Recreational birding is an easy way to connect with natural surroundings of environment. Birdwatching is also known as birding,  It is healthy, fun, educational leisure activity. An inexpensive hobby for entire family. Learning how to bird watch builds life skills. We like to observe birds wherever whenever we go outdoors. Birding can be done in your backyard, on hiking trails through forests, and while doing any outdoor activity in Greenville, Maine.

Start out by observing birds, their calls, and flying patterns.

Bird watching often leads to attracting and feeding birds. Birding is healthy for the mind and body. Observe and listen to birds. You just never know what you might see on a birding adventure. It is fun to watch the different birds. Each species has a unique personality.

Bird watching hobby startup costs are relatively low.

You probably already have the basic equipment recommended for birding. Start out using the binoculars you have. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, appropriate clothing (darker colors) for weather outdoors and hat to shade your eyes. Bring a journal or notebook to record bird sightings. The one thing you will need is a good birding field guide that has color pictures, habitat information and scientific facts.

Birding sparks interest in other fun things to do.

Hobbies such as gardening. Plant sunflowers and food sources for sustaining and attracting birds. Some birders are inspired to learn basic woodworking to make bird houses and bird feeders. Many people also develop an interest in photography to capture the birds they see. We started out with a basic shoot and point camera with an optical zoom.birds at feeder

Did you know bird watching develops intellectual skill sets for all ages?

Bird identification lists, birding apps and birding journals should denote sighting information. Data can be submitted to help biological conservation of birds. Ebird and Audubon birding and other bird groups are available to join on social media. Journal your bird sightings.  Include bird sex, date, time, geographic location and comments. Keep this information in your journal to reference from previous years. Bird identification leads to knowledge of habitat, migration patterns, and behaviors. Soon you will become aware of the songs various birds and be able to identify them by ear.

Birdwatching can be a fun social activity.

One can join social networking bird groups and learn from others.  Birders often share their bird photographs and observations. Looking for something to do while on vacation? Take a bird watching tour.  Stay at a Maine birding hotspot where you are surrounded by forest natural habitat.   Learn about birds from a local birding guide. Learn new methods on how to identify birds and develop new birding skills. Participate in organized bird counts or if you prefer to go birding solo. This allows one a personal nature escape.  

In Greenville, Maine Birding can be done year round.

Spring is one of the best times to see birds.  There are many as seasonal migrating birds that call the woods of Maine their home. New species arrive and the woods are filled with beautiful sounds of singing birds. A variety of Warblers can be seen throughout the Moosehead Lake Region. purple finch bird  Winter birding is a great time to observe behavior traits of birds and owls.  Gray Jays, Blue Jays, Juncos, Woodpeckers, Goldfinches, Nuthatches, and Chickadees are some of our winter species that can be observed. Birdwatching tourism in Maine attracts visitors from all over the world.

maine birdAs you can see, the rewards of birding are many. Yes, mental, physical and educational bird watching is a fun thing to do.  As you observe God’s creations, birding builds an appreciation and respect for the beauty that surrounds you. One of our favorite outdoor activities is bird watching at The Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabins in Greenville Maine.  Many warblers enjoy the forest surroundings and natural springs. There are many areas in Moosehead Lake Region for great Maine birding. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go Birding!

Bird Watching Resources

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

http://maineaudubon.org/birding/

Maine Birding Group

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/maine-birds

Where to stay in Greenville, Maine

https://www.mooseheadcabins.com

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