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Enjoy the State of Maine during all four seasons

Maine is a state for the outdoorsman. It’s so much more too. If you have been fortunate to travel in the State of Maine, then you already know it is ocean front, rustic, totally New England, scenic, has great summer and winter activities and great shopping districts, too. In fact, who hasn’t heard of shopping the outlets in Maine.
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This article is not my version of a travel ad for Maine. I’d like to think of it more like a wonderful memory of some delightful times spent exploring  what Maine has to offer. I’ve been there countless times with family or friends, shopping, vacationing or sightseeing. It’s about two hours from our house to Kittery and it’s great fun to take a run to the outlets or to grab a wonderful meal of fresh seafood at the York Restaurant in close proximity to Nubble Lighthouse.

Spring in Maine brings great expectations throughout the whole state. It’s a time of renewal when songbirds trill out their little hearts in song, fiddleheads are ready for gathering, fly fishing is great, and spring skiing is delightful. White water rapids are at their yearly best with the melt-off and flowers are growing in great abundance. It is also a grand time to visit restaurants after a day of sightseeing, rafting, or shopping.

Then there is summer in Maine. A great variety of activities are found throughout the state. Head to the beaches, take a trip to lighthouses, head to a pristine lake or go sailing, hiking, horseback riding or golfing. Maine has fabulous art galleries and is one of the better areas for antiquing. Throughout the summer, there are countless music festivals, craft shows, art exhibits, clambakes and terrific dining. Many localities put on fireworks, run water parks and there are locations for whitewater rafting. Maine itself is a lovely state, and it is enjoyable to explore along the beaches and in state parks and find fresh water lakes.

Spectacular foliage welcomes the visitors in autumn. Drive along the rocky, craggy oceanfront and stop on a whim to walk and rock climb. County fairs are still in full swing, harvest festivals deliver Maine’s bountiful rural traditions, and food shows and wine tasting at local wineries welcome everyone. Participate in a lobster fest in autumn when lobsters are at their ultimate best. Bring an ATV or Nubble Lighthouserent one, hike and bike and tour to your heart’s content while enjoying fresh breezes and delightfully clean air. Now is even a better time to shop till you drop, and get a head start on the holiday season.

Winter in Maine is a season unto itself. Snow lovers can find the most delightful bed and breakfasts with fabulous amenities, close to the action of anything snow, but be removed enough to enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of Maine. Mountain resorts offer immense skiing trails for expert skiers or “wanna be” skiers. Cross-country skiing is perhaps better than anywhere else. Go snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, sledding and make snow angels. Again there are the restaurants, oh the award-winning seafood serving restaurants! Stay over for a few days, relax in quietude, get your second wind away from the grind and make memories.

For a few days, make the most of your time in Maine. Take it easy and find the magical moments that are yours if you go with family.

I vote Maine for lots of reasons. Perhaps best of all is the quality time to be had, the fun and incredible natural beauty everywhere, even in the people themselves.

The Old Gray Mare writes for and her Blog sites.
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Heidi Rucki brings expertise as a horsewoman, dog lover and stained glass/mosaic artist. She is an accomplished freelance writer in the horse industry. Writing online as The Old Gray Mare, many of her current articles can be found on In the past, Rucki wrote for numerous horse organizations including The Connecticut Horse Council. She took early retirement from Phoenix Home Life where she wrote mutual fund prospectuses and was responsible for their submissions to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Old Gray Mare writes to share knowledge and her love of horses for everyone but especially for novice and new horse owners. Besides her two main websites, she has recently published three new blog sites. Of those, her favorite is

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