A network of 40 trails, including and six gladed trails, cut through the 249 acres at Shawnee Peak, which offers 98% snowmaking coverage. Slopes range from beginners to experts-only, with names such as Fat and Happy, Poacher's Paradise, and The Vain. The mountain also features three terrain parks—one of which is designed for children—brimming with air-bestowing features such as box jumps and the newly added BigAirBag. The five lifts that service these slopes run late into the evening for night skiing, which keeps 19 trails open and sometimes culminates in moon-lit ski races and whispered discussions about which famed 1924 skier is haunting the bathroom.
A more than 75-year-old ski school prepares visitors of all ages to tackle the mountain's slopes, while day-care providers watch over future skiers. In classes suited to adventurers as young as four years old, professionally trained instructors guide small groups of skiers and riders through basic to advanced techniques of skiing and snowboarding. Throughout each season, the resort hosts a variety of activities and events.
Pitter Patter touts a treasure chest's offerings, including children's clothing, books, accessories, toys, and more, within a cozy window-front shop. The selection of children's clothes, which spans sizes from preemies to 14/16 for girls and 6x/7 for boys, showcases brands such as Kissy Kissy, Zutano, and Isabella and Chloe. Ask the enthusiastic staff to assist in outfitting tots in unique yet practical kids wear, such as a multicolored cotton frock by CR Kids ($32.95) paired with a wide-brimmed beach hat for those unrelenting crib head days ($21.95). Prep pint-sized peeps for a decade of sandwich tradeoffs with a soft, dinosaur lunchbox ($17.95), or spruce up a lackluster bedroom—without commissioning a crayon artist—with feminine floral wall hooks ($16.95) or western-themed bookends ($20.95).
The sparkle of vintage glass, the gleam of fire-polished spherules, and the bright colors of custom lucite beads, these are the tantalizing sights that meet the eye of a shopper walking into The Beadin' Path. To wander through the store’s wealth of beads is to wander through time itself. The collection is known for its vintage beads, and shoppers pass lucite spherules made between the ’60s and ’80s, raw metals saved from warehouses, and glass from West Germany nestled alongside fire-polished Czech beads. The wealth of textures and hues fuels creative minds, inspiring crafters to pick up vintage U.S.-made metal baubles and gemstones for nestling on cords, wiring into earrings, or stapling to the mailman’s lapel. In addition to enriching beaders’ stockpiles, The Beadin' Path also acquaints them with simple and advanced jewelry-making techniques during classes whose subjects range from wrapping leather to knotting pearls.
The connoisseurs at MacNab's Premium Tea stock more than 65 different tea varietals for every sipping occasion, from black tea for the morning to holiday blends specially concocted to repel Santa Claus's advances on Christmas Eve. At the shop, teas are divided into eight categories, ranging from black or oolong to green or earl grey. The staff also blends its own brews, such as Murray Tavern, which is based on a tea found singing karaoke in a 1700s gathering house.
After a summer spent paddling a cumbersome aluminum kayak through northern Canada, two college students founded Lincoln Canoe & Kayak in an effort to design a lighter, more ergonomic vessel. Although ownership has switched hands since the brand's inception in 1959, the company continues to craft lightweight canoes and kayaks from fiberglass, Kevlar, or carbon fiber. From their retail paddle shop in Freeport, they also corral new and experienced kayakers into tour and expedition groups that explore Casco Bay, Deer Isle, and Muscongus Bay. Skilled guides impart their knowledge of Maine's coast and lead paddlers to discover Maine’s myriad waterways, where no river, inlet, pond, or kiddie pool is off-limits.