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.
The Candleberry Company's online emporium of gifts fills rooms with sweet-smelling scents and the warm, flickering light of clean-burning candles. The litany of scented candles packs more than 50 appetizing flavors into hand-poured wax cylinders, with olfactory offerings ranging from sweet floral notes to the nostalgia of bakery scents. The fragrant array of tapers soothes the senses without excess residue or allergen-heavy flower gardens once matches have kindled wicks made from standard cotton or distinctive pine, which adds a crackling sound and a magnified fragrance to the atmosphere. For flame-free exhilaration, car air fresheners enhance stifling commutes while odor-neutralizing room sprays employ clean scents to remove the stale smell of garbage or the family dog's attempts at cooking.
Discover sea, lake, and whitewater kayaking in Maine with Maine Kayak. Enjoy learning the art of Maine sea kayaking, lake kayak touring, or whitewater kayaking instruction while sharing memorable kayak experiences with new found friends. Paddle in the quiet, secluded bays and coves of the Scenic Maine Coast.
While many toy stores carry loads of video games and action figures, Island Treasure Toys aims to get children in touch with their creative side. Blocks from Tegu form into a variety of people, animals, and buildings, and strategic board games such as The Settlers of Catan improve kids' problem-solving and negotiating skills. Of course, these are only two items from a huge inventory that also includes crafts, science kits, and miniature train sets.
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.