December 21, 2014

Old Port Festival, Portland, Maine

Old-Port-Festival

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Portland, Maine, still has a very vibrant and active working waterfront.  Until the 1970′s, when local developers saw the neighborhood abutting the waterfront as a retail and entertainment goldmine, it was not a safe place even to take a walk. Now, this neighborhood — known as the Old Port or [...]

Thrifty Ways to Travel Green

Eco Travel

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Ecologically-minded travelers hoping to keep it green on the road are often concerned about a potentially out-of-control price tag. Fortunately, it’s getting more affordable than ever to maintain your environmental priorities while on vacation. Here are a few of my favorite frugal tips. Food: Breakfast is one of the most [...]

How to Get the Best Value for Your Spa Getaway

Spa at Sandestin

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Hectic schedules and stressful careers make spa vacations a sought-after commodity for many travelers. Hot stone massages, seaweed wraps and sugar scrubs are among the more popular choices for vacationers, but facials and foot rubs receive high marks as well. With rates reaching as high as $500 or more for [...]

Snowshoeing Offers Active, Affordable Vacation Options

Snowshoeing

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We packed up our snowshoe equipment along with our energetic Labrador, and drove off from our cabin on St. Froid Lake to enjoy the free community trails at the 10th Mountain Ski Club in Fort Kent, Maine. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and the previous day’s snowfall was still [...]

Affordable Ideas for Family Reunions

Young father poses with children in tent

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While summer is the favored season for family reunions, they can be held successfully at any time of year. While people have always searched for strategies to keep them affordable, current gas prices are making frugality an even greater family travel priority. Follow these money-saving tips to maintain tradition while [...]

Appreciating Autumn in New England

Foliage

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Photo credit: nealaus New England is a great place to visit year round, depending on whether the tourist is looking for beach, skiing, sightseeing, history, or whatever.  Autumn, however, is the natural tour de force up here.  We do it really well, in many ways, and not like anywhere else. [...]

Lessons Learned on a Snowy Day in Boston

Boston-Skyline

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); My sister Regina and I always spend a day together for our birthdays. Since mine is in July, the options are better for play. Hers is in January, and the best options — those involving sun and warmth — also involve substantial planning and cost. So, this year, she decided [...]

Christmas in Portland, Maine

Xmas-Portland

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); There are several traditional Christmas events in Portland. I’ve been to all of them several times, but generally not all in the same year.  They are all well done and worth the time to pursue.

Mt. Washington Auto Road

Mt-Washington-Auto-Road

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Hiking Mt. Washington is a popular thing to do for outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Mt. Washington Valley. Getting to that summit is an attainable goal and the view from the summit is an apt reward. If, however, you happen not to want to execute that climb to get those views, [...]

Cruise the Kanc – Bear Notch Rd.

Bear-Notch-Rd

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); As a person who lives near the White Mountains, I frequently like to combine a trip to Conway/No. Conway with a ride on the Kancamagus Highway (aka “The Kanc”).  There are a few ways to do this for those ‘in the know’ without backtracking. My favorite is to connect from [...]

Fireworks in Maine 2010

Fireworks

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); What a great way to finish a great day in Maine!  Because of the more rural nature of Maine, the skies are dark and the fireworks are brilliant as a result.  We love our fireworks up here, and there are many displays planned throughout the summer. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || [...]

Scribner’s Mill Back to the Past Celebration

Mill

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This annual event is the major fundraiser for the Scribner’s Mill Preservation group.  They pull out all the stops and it is a great historical event.  The Back to the Past celebration is always the first weekend in August.  The efforts of dozens of volunteers and exhibitors help make this [...]

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Steamer-at-Yarmouth-Clam-Festival

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); It’s July in Maine and time for the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, an event which involves about 3000 volunteers united to earn funds for Yarmouth’s non-profit organizations, school groups, and churches.  This event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with a parade which is as much fun for spectators as [...]

Car Shows in Maine: Inexpensive Family Summer Fun

2010 CruisinÕ Show and Shine Morro Bay Car Show, Friday 30 April

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I like car shows.  Always have. It’s just really big fun to me to go and see old cars, new cars, foreign cars, stock cars, custom cars. It’s fun to talk with owners. It’s just fun. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In Maine, there are several such shows throughout the [...]