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.
The skilled gardeners at Boothbay Region Greenhouses represent the lively vegetation of the Northeast with a vibrant array of lovingly and locally cultivated flowers, trees, and shrubs. Hundreds of colorful perennials ($4.99+) sink roots into fresh plots, and foliage plants ($2.99+) provide your garden with plants perfect for providing shade to accidentally shrunken children. Slightly tart and very sweet, Maine blueberries ($6.99+) expand the sensory purview of the home garden. The florist's obliging staff also creates custom floral arrangements ($30+) to suit individual needs and spruce up parties, anniversaries, or empty-handed replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
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.
Edgecomb Potters began in the most inauspicious of places: a modest school house on the side of a road in Maine. Owners Richard and Chris Hilton never dreamed that, 30 years after opening that school house for business, they would be in charge of three galleries across the state.
Today, their family continues the tradition they started, glazing and firing pottery in kilns built decades ago. The works never fail to capture the beauty of the region, drawing inspiration from New England's clouds, forests, and minor-league baseball teams. Delicately crafted bowls and vases can be found in the galleries alongside metal jewelry, wood sculptures, and glassware.