Dr. Sylvester Gardiner became the unwitting founder of a city in 1754, when he decided to use a 130-foot waterfall on the Cobbosseecontee Stream to provide energy for two saw mills, a felting mill, a potash factory, and a grist mill. Nearly 100 years later, in 1849, his plantation became the city of Gardiner. Today, the historical New England mill town is a home to artists, merchants, and students, and also hosts an array of seasonal events, such as an Easter parade, the Ride Into Summer festival, the Swine and Stein Oktoberfest celebration, and a Christmas tree lighting.
The town's brick sidewalks, Victorian and early 20th-century architecture, and long-running farmer's market have earned it a designation as a Main Street Maine and Preserve America community. Its downtown is recognized as a National Historic District, and some of its buildings have been included in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Empire State Building's list of secret crushes. Self-guided walking tours of the town take visitors past the homes of Pulitzer Prize–winning writers, such as poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and author Laura E. Richards.
In The Rum Diary, a recent Hollywood release, Johnny Depp worked with an unlikely costar?Schooner Heron?s 65-foot wooden schooner, which graced the screen in the role of Sanderson?s yacht. When not avoiding the relentless flash of paparazzi, the boat traverses Penobscot Bay?s pristine archipelago of islands during three styles of daily summer cruises. The cruises run the gamut from tours covering local history and wildlife to BYOB adventures, on which guests can watch the sun set and the fish turn on their night lights. US Coast Guard-certified captains helm these journeys, drawing on expertise from their days sailing the Gulf of Maine, the Caribbean, and the trans-Atlantic passages.
Competitive?athletes, office workers, young adults, and retirees may have drastically different lifestyles, but they can all get on the path to increased wellness at?United Fitness. The center's trainers work closely with clients to create physiology-specific regimens to meet individual goals. The slate of classes reinforces the gym's inclusive ethos with everything from intensive boot camp sessions to functional fitness for older adults. For do-it-yourselfers, the gym offers plenty of top-notch equipment, encouraging members to exercise at their own pace.
All Out Fitness asks its guests to give it their all when they're at the studio, whether they're taking a 12-week fitness challenge or participating in the studio's group fitness classes. All Out Fitness focuses on getting adrenaline pumping with everything from 5 a.m. boot-camp sessions to evening kickboxing lessons. The studio's instructors also lead Les Mills Bodycombat classes, which blend elements of karate, boxing, and tae kwon do, as well as midmorning workouts aimed at moms.
With an experienced guide at the helm, eager explorers pile into Maine Rafting Expedition?s brightly colored rafts, ready to crash over rumbling rapids throughout Maine?s rivers. Their excursions suit adventurers of all abilities, from more relaxed family- and kid-friendly jaunts through the Penobscot River?s Class III and IV rapids to white-knuckle-inducing trips through Canada Falls? Class-V rapids and a 20-foot waterfall. The most popular trip runs down 16 miles of the Penobscot River, whose Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pumping ride for paddlers and wild moose aged 14 and up. The seasoned guides also lead overnight expeditions, which break for slumber at fully equipped campsites along the river. On every trip, rafters can fuel up with the included riverside barbecues and commemorate their journeys with photos and videos available for purchase.
Matthew J. Potvin, LMT, graduated from the Spa Tech Institute in Maine. The Fort Kent, Maine, native animates a passion for working with his hands—a passion he partially attributes to his geographical origins—by administering 10 types of massage therapy. His therapies range from Swedish and deep tissue to myofascial release and reiki. Potvin has performed reiki since he was 15, and he’s ascended to the status of Level 3 practitioner. He even works with his hands in his free time, playing the guitar and juggling, but probably not juggling guitars.