About Maine
Maine was at one time part of Massachusetts. It became its own state in 1820, becoming the 23rd state admitted to the United States of America, although its northern borders were not finalized until 1842. From Wikipedia: Maine gained its statehood in 1820 as the result of the Missouri Compromise, in which free northern states approved the statehood of Missouri (as a slave state) in exchange for the statehood of Maine (as a free one). In this manner northern representation remained in balance with southern pro-slavery influence in the Senate.
Winter in Maine
Winter is the season when Maine truly sparkles. Whether you take in the beauty from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh or set out on snowshoes, there are many ways to enjoy our winter wonderland. You can ski and ride on some of the best slopes in the East. Explore the beautiful countryside on pristine cross-country and snowmobile trails. Discover quaint shops in snow-covered villages. Or just snuggle by the fire with a mug of steaming cocoa.
While you canít predict for certain how much snow the next big storm is going to drop, one thing that is a sure bet is that there is never a shortage of things to do during Maineís winter months. When the snow starts flying, itís time to get moving. Some grab their skis and snowboards and take to Maineís ski slopes. Others prefer lacing up their cross-country ski boots, clicking into their skinny skis and setting off across the groomed Nordic trails Maine offers. While gliding across the smooth snow, skiers revel in the stillness of the woods and the swooshing of freshly-waxed skis sashaying over the packed powder is the only sound within earshot, save for the footsteps of an occasional deer or a moose.
On a crisp, sparkling winter day, one of the most magical ways to take in Maineís landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis or snowshoes. There are nearly two dozen commercial cross-country touring centers that offer beautiful well-groomed trails. Tour through our pine-scented forests, feel the sunís warmth reflecting off the snow and listen for the chickadees in the clean crisp air. Maineís cross country ski centers and winter guide services offer gear and access to miles of trails, where you can discover the majesty of a snow-blanketed forest, the wonder of a bright-white expanse of meadow. Source http://www.visitmaine.com/
Day 1. Titcomb Mountain   (1 January 2010 Friday)
5am depart Norfolk MA for West Farmington ME - 225 miles and 4 hours 20 minutes driving time
10am to 4pm Titcomb Mountain
Enjoy the magic of skiing days and nights at Titcomb Mountain in West Farmington, Maine. We offer something for everyone that enjoys winter recreation. Titcomb Mountain is affordable and family-oriented. We offer full and half- day tickets as well as season passes with Farmington Ski Club membership. Childrenís lesson programs are available after-school and on Saturdays. Private lessons are available for adults and children on weekends or on holiday weeks. The Titcomb Mountain Lodge offers a large stone fire-place and a cafeteria offering home-cooked items.
Alpine Mountain - Our 750-foot slope features 16 alpine trails for all skill levels, from beginner to expert, including a terrain park for skiers and riders. We offer a great beginner trail with a handle tow and a gentle slope. Our snowmaking covers 70 % of our alpine trails and night skiing is available on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Alpine Lift tickets $18. Alpine Skis/Poles/Boots or Snowboard/Boots rentals $18.
Nordic Trails - We offer over 16 kilometers of beautiful cross-country trails for all levels from beginner to expert. The trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing and meander from fields through woodlands. Nordic Trail pass $12. Skis/Poles/Boots rental $15.
Ski and Snowboard Rentals - Northern Lights Rental Shop provides on-site ski and snowboard rental equipment at Titcomb Mountain. They offer equipment for cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding for all ages. The shop is open 30 minutes prior to the lift opening time every day at Titcomb Mountain.
Winter Sports Learning Center - Our goals at Titcomb Mountain and the Farmington Ski Club are to help kids become skier and riders for life. To do this we offer a variety of programs in a safe, supervised, learning and fun environment to help kids progress to a skill level appropriate for their age and abilities.
We are conveniently located off Route 2 in Morrison Hill Road, West Farmington, Maine. Open 10am to 4pm. Phone (207) 778 9031 Website http://www.titcombmountain.com/
4pm to 5:30pm drive to The Forks ME - 64 miles and 1 hour 30 minutes driving time
5:30pm hotel check-in The Forks Resort Center
Northern Outdoors Forks Resort Center is located in western Maineís extraordinary wilderness playground. The main resort complex enjoys backyard access to Maineís best whitewater rivers and extensive trail systems for hiking, snowmobiling, and ATVs. The Forks Resort Center is a wonderful place to relax after your day of Maine wilderness adventure. The main Lodge is a popular gathering place with a towering stone fireplace, huge timbers, and lots of amenities. It feels like a classic New England ski lodge, complete with historic photos of logging and pioneer rafting days on the Kennebec. A gracious lounge with weekend live entertainment rounds out this authentic adventure resort. Northern Outdoors Forks Resort Center is 18 miles north of Bingham on Route 201.
  • Free wireless in the main Lodge for guests
  • Full service brewery with outdoor dining, full bar, & kids menu
  • Arcade game room, foosball, air hockey, pool table
  • Huge fireplace and lounge area for gathering
  • Weekends feature live entertainment year-round
  • Northern Outdoors headquarters and reservations office
  • Lodging, Rafting, Activities check-in
  • Lodging & camping is within walking distance of Lodge
  • Adjacent to Martin Pond, Kennebec River, with direct access to local trail systems
    Logdominium Each Logdominium mini-condo sleeps up to 6. Located next to the main Lodge, these mini-condo units offer comfortable accommodations for up to six people. Open layout with shared bathhouse area at the end of the building. Plenty of parking, with easy access to the pool, hot tub and game room.
  • features a warm, wood interior with a living and dining areas, private bathroom
  • Kitchenette with 2 burner stove (no oven), microwave, toaster, coffee maker, studio refrigerator, pots & pans, and place settings.
  • The large upstairs loft has 2 double beds, and thereís a trundle bed in the living room. Website http://www.northernoutdoors.com/
  • Day 2. Around Moosehead Lake   (2 January 2010 Saturday)
    Joyride to Jackman ME and Moosehead Lake
  • (A) The Forks to (B) Jackman - 26 miles 30 minutes
  • (B) Jackman to (C) Rockwood - 29 miles 40 minutes
  • (C) Rockwood to (D) Greenville - 20 miles 28 minutes
  • (D) Greenville to (E) The Forks 26 miles 55 minutes
    There is something magical about the great northern woods of Maine. People flock to the Moosehead Lakes region and with so many things to see and do itís not hard to see why. During the winter months ice fishing rules in this part of the world. The lake is so massive and so deep the fish both trout and togue are plentiful. Source http://www.mainetodo.com/article1148.html
  • Jackman, ME
    Jackman Maine, the Switzerland of Maine, is a small sleepy town that has so many options for a great family vacation, an overnight stay as you travel the Old Canada Scenic Byway, or for an outdoorsman adventure every season of the year. The northern section of the drive is one of the few places in New England where you can still drive for miles through undeveloped mountains and forest. The Attean Overlook along Route 201 just south of Jackman, offers one of the finest views of the Moose River valley to the Canadian border offering an expansive and breathtaking snapshot of the remote and rugged beauty of this area. Look for spectacular mountain views where you will see several sparkling lakes at the feet of majestic mountains. Nearly all of the forest land in the Jackman Region is privately owned by companies, families, individuals, investment groups, and the like. And nearly all of this privately owned land is a working forest. What is a working forest? Although the landowners in the Jackman Region provide free access to visitors to camp, hike, bike, fish, hunt, etc., the money the landowners need to pay the taxes, maintain roads, campsites, etc., is generated from the sale of forest products. Source http://jackmanmaine.org/
    Rockwood ME
    At Rockwood, Mt. Kineo rises majestically out of the water forming a sheer cliff 700 feet straight up one side and rolling down to the waterís edge on tree-studded rock formations on the other; a thing of beauty unrivaled in the Eastern United States. The early Indians came from far to obtain the peculiar green flint of Kineo to make arrowheads and other stone implements. With your back to the Blue Ridge Mountains, on Route 15 looking across Moosehead onto Mt. Kineo, our great Indian Chief profile can be seen. Source http://www.rockwoodonmoosehead.org/
    Greenville ME
    Greenville is the main town in the region, located on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake and is the gateway to the Moosehead Lake Region. With a population of about 1600 year-round residents, Greenville is a quaint town with many local and original retail shops, a hospital, banks, post offices, school, lots of full-service restaurants, gas stations, two grocery stores, and much more! However, the closest Wal-Mart is over an hour drive away, and you wonít find a McDonaldís here anymore! Source http://mooseheadrentals.com/
    Greenville is perched at the wilderness edge of sparsely populated Piscataquis County, only 35 miles north of the county seat, Dover-Foxcroft. Historically, Greenville has been perceived as the gateway to the north woods and, of course, to Moosehead Lake, the largest body of fresh water in the state. Located north of the 45th parallel, on a line with Montreal, Greenville climatically and vegetatively has more in common with the northernmost United States and southern Canada than it has with southern Maine.
    About Moosehead Lake
    Nestled among scenic mountain ranges, Moosehead Lake in Maine is the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within one state. Moosehead Lake's island studded waters stretch as far as the eye can see, and are surrounded by vast forested wilderness. Located at the doorstep of Maine's great north woods, the Moosehead Lake region is steeped in history. Henry David Thoreau explored the region with Indian guides in the mid1800s. Until recently, Moosehead Lake was an insider's secret, a place known to Maine families, hard-core sportsmen and down-hill skiers. Today, Moosehead Lake is quietly becoming the destination for eco-tourists, nature lovers, and those seeking a refuge from the bustle and stress of their busy lives. Our pristine waters draw those wishing to explore nature. Our beautiful mountains offer scenic vistas, mountain biking, ATV adventures, and of course, some of the finest Moose watching in the country is right outside our door! Source http://www.mooseheadlake.org/moosehead.shtml
    The largest lake in Maine and certainly one of the most beautiful. There are large tracts of undeveloped shore, views of the surrounding mountains, and of course, the spectacular Mt. Kineo. This mountain has a sheer face which drops several hundred feet right to the lake. A hiking trail to the firetower on the summit is a must if it's your first visit to the area. Source http://www.moosehead.net/
    Big Squaw Mountain Resort
    Big Squaw Mountain Resort is located in the beautiful Moosehead Lake Region of Maine, home to Moosehead Lake, which is forty miles long and 20 miles wide at its widest point. Truly the edge of the wilderness of the Great North Woods. Big Squaw Mountain Resort has one of the most spectacular views in the world. Sights include Mount Kineo who's sheer 800 foot cliffs plunge into Moosehead Lake , Spencer Mountains, and of course Mount Katahdin which is Maine's highest point and the end of the Appalachian Trail. We are truly the end of the line. The view can not be described by words alone. But the words that came to the mind of one world traveler was simply "prehistoric and untouched". Website http://bigsquawmountain.com/
    Day 3. Old Canada Road Scenic Byway   (3 January 2010 Sunday)
    9am hotel check-out / depart The Forks ME to Norfolk MA - 288 miles and 5 hours 15 minutes driving time
    Route 201 - Old Canada Road Scenic Byway
    Find a snapshot of the past on the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway as you pass through villages and outposts that have remained the way they are for decades. Remote and unspoiled, this neck of the Maine woods embraces nature and beauty. Here people live, work, and vacation in one of the prettiest, most peaceful places in the Northeast. The byway winds gently alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, and the Dead River, as well as through vast privately owned forests.
    Quaint villages like Solon and Bingham occupy the southern half of the byway. The vernacular architecture of their buildings contributes to the feel of an earlier time. Moscow gives way to the steep shoreline of Wyman Lake, popular for the water recreation it offers in warmer months. As the byway hugs the lakeshore, its views reveal undeveloped ridges on the opposite shore and islands framed by dramatic stands of white birch. The 14-state Appalachian Trail crosses the byway near Caratunk. Hikers and bikers enjoy the peace and beauty they find along the trail.
    The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway provides a perfect old-time feeling. Charming little villages, enticing pathless forests, and rough-riding rivers all contribute to the peace and splendor of this area in Maine.
    4pm Home Sweet Home

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