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Maine Restaurant Week

Today, March 1, 2020, marks the beginning of Maine Restaurant Week – which actually lasts longer than a week running through March 12. So get out there to sample the fine cuisine, craft cocktails and home-grown brews from participating restaurants throughout the State of Maine. Even a few hotels and inns are participating. Shake off the winter blues by feasting upon the specially-priced multi-course offerings from some of Maine’s finest establishments. This is a popular event and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Maine Huts and Trails

Maine Huts & Trails was the brainchild of Larry Warren in the 1970’s. His vision was for a series of backcountry huts allowing for multi-day cross-country ski trips from Moosehead Lake to the Mahoosuc Mountain Range. What that became is four off-the-grid huts along an 80 mile trail system.

While off-the-grid the huts do have nice amenities including solar power feeding batteries, hydro power in one hut, wood heat, composting toilets and more. Kitchen facilities are available during self-service seasons (Fall – November & December, and Winter) while during full-service seasons (Summer and Fall – September & October) breakfast, lunch, trail bag lunch, dinner and beer and wine to purchase are available.

Activities available along the hut/trail system include:

  • Mountain biking (fatbiking in winter)
  • Bird watching
  • Fly fishing
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

To learn more see the Maine Huts & Trails Website.

Celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial with the DaPonte String Quartet

Picture of the DaPonte String Quartet

The DaPonte String Quartet

Maine is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020. To help celebrate the occasion the DaPonte String Quartet joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna will be performing a program Maine’s 200th:  Music of Early Maine that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline (from the 16th to the early 19th centuries) .

The concerts will be held in March and April as follows:

March

  • Brunswick – UU Church – Sunday, Mar 8th @ 2pm
  • Newcastle – St. Patrick’s Church – Sunday, Mar 15th @ 3pm
  • Portland  – Maine Jewish Museum – Thursday, Mar 19th @ 7pm
  • Rockport Opera House – Saturday, Mar 21st @ 2pm
  • Belfast Library – Sunday, Mar 29th @ 2pm

April

  • Rockland – Farnsworth Art Museum – Thursday, April 23 @ 2pm

To learn more about Maine’s celebration of its 200th bicentennial see Maine 200.

Photo credit: The photo of the DuPonte String Quartet is by Scott Sell.

Rangeley World Record Snowmobile Ride

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Rangeley World Record Snowmobile Ride

Rangeley’s annual World Record Snowmobile Ride to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held tomorrow, Saturday, February 15, 2020. The ride will start at Bald Mountain Camps on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Get there before noon and the ride starts at 1pm. You can call 207-864-3671 for more information.

Tour Boston’s Valentine’s Candy History with WBUR

We all remember Sweethearts the iconic heart shaped candies that were produced by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) in Revere. Take this tour of Boston’s candy making history with WBUR’s Arts Reporter Andrea Shea – From Aphrodisiacs To Heart-Shaped Junior Mints, Tour Boston Valentine’s Candy History.

New England’s Best Hotels/Resorts

U.S. News & World Report is out with their 2020 list of the Best Hotels in the USA. Wondering what New England hotels and resorts made the list? See below for a list of top three hotels in each New England State.

Connecticut
#1: Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection, Washington, CT
#2: Delamar Southport, Southport, CT
#3: Delamar West Hartford, WEst Hartford, CT

Maine
#1: The Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport, ME
#2: Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
#3: Cliff House Maine, Ogunquit, ME

Massachusetts
#1: Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Harwich, MA (also #25 in Best Resorts in the USA)
#2: Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA
#3: The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, Nantucket, MA

New Hampshire
#1: Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
#2: The Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH
#3: Wentworth by the Sea a Marriott Hotel & Spa, New Castle, NH

Rhode Island
#1: Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI (also #25 on the list of 50 Best Hotels in the USA and #13 on the list of Best Resorts in the USA)
#2: The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
#3: Weekapaug Inn, Westerly, RI

Vermont
#1: Twin Farms, Barnard, VT (also #19 on the list of 50 Best Hotels in the USA and #10 on the list of Best Resorts in the USA)
#2: Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, VT
#3: Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT

Fire & Ice in Rochester, NH

Rochester Main Street will be hosting their first annual Fire & Ice Cocktail Party starting at 5:30 PM on February 27, 2020 at the Rochester Performing Arts Center at 32 North Main Street. The festivities will include:

  • Custom cocktails along with a full bar and hors d’oeuvres from downtown restaurants
  • A silent auction
  • DJ entertainment

Tickets are $30 and include two complimentary cocktails.

February Fun in VT

Continuing with the theme of finding fun things to get us through the dead of winter finds us in Vermont with these fun events on tap…

Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
This one is for the hardcore. They have to cut lanes in the ice to allow the 85 swimmers to participate in the Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival. Held February 28 through March 1, 2020.

Annual Sugarbush Dog Parade
The 10th Annual Sugarbush Dog Parade will be held on February 22, 2020 at 3 PM (registration 2 PM) at the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, VT.

Valentine’s Day Candlelit Snowshoe
How about a romantic candlelit snowshoe adventure for Valentines day? You can find just that in East Charleston, VT at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. A warm fire and live music to follow in the lodge after the trek.

Torchlight Parade and Dance
Suicide Six in South Pomfret, VT will hold a Torchlight Parade on February 15, 2020 after sunset with dancing in the lodge. The event is free to all.

For more fun Vermont Events see our Vermont Event Calendar.

February Fun in NH

February can be a dreary month – still in Winter’s icy grip. If your not a skier or into other winter sports it may seem even worse. Fear not, there are several upcoming fun events that may help you to shake off your winter malaise.

The New Hampshire Farm, Forest and Garden Expo
The New Hampshire Farm, Forest and Garden Expo will be held February 14 (9 AM to 7 PM) and 15 (9 Am to 4 PM), 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown in Manchester, NH. Admission is $7 and kids under 13 are free.

Maple Sugaring Intensive for Adults
This maple sugaring program at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, NH on February 22, 2020 will teach you the basics of making maple syrup. The event is $25 for non-members and $15 for members.

17th Annual Ice Harvest
Also on February 22, 2020 the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, NH will hold its annual ice harvest. Fees are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children 4 and under.

For more fun events in New Hampshire see our New Hampshire Event Calendar.

Boston MFA Turning 150

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020 and the celebration is beginning tomorrow, February 5, 2020, with free admission from 10 AM to 10 PM. To learn more about this year-long celebration see MFA 150.