Views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain stretch across three states and parts of Canada, from Maine's Carrabassett Valley to the rolling hills of Vermont and New Hampshire. Though the resort's peak offers breathtaking panoramas, the terrain below is more apt to leave visitors short of breath. At 4,237 feet, Sugarloaf is Maine's second-highest summit and boasts the second-longest vertical drop of any ski resort in New England. More than 1,600 acres of varied terrain encompass back-country-style glades, a half-groomed, natural snow bowl, and the longest continuous fall line in New England, all of which skiers access from 14 chairlifts or the upholstered backs of the mountain's rare breed of servile moose. In the spring, the snow melts to unveil the verdant fairways of Sugarloaf's Robert Trent Jones–designed golf course as they arch over steep hills and vanish behind groves of trees. Recently named Maine's No. 1 course by Golf Digest for the 26th time, the mountainous layout dazzles golfers with scenic topography, including the String of Pearls, a seven-hole stretch that hugs the Carrabassett River, where crystalline water flows over a track of smooth rocks. At the course's signature 11th hole—a par 3—sweeping views of the terrain may divert golfers' attention from the green 124 feet below or the earthworm lethargically stealing their favorite tee. Sugarloaf's accommodations run the gamut from the newly refurbished refinements of the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to the quaint Sugarloaf Inn. Though rooms vary considerably, some of the amenities include wood stoves, kitchenettes, ski lockers, and Swiss-made snowball machines. Most lodgings are either located at the base of the mountain or near the trails, and many have access to ski-on, ski-off paths that lead to the lifts
With flight ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Commercial Pilot among them, the seven-man team at Airlink LLC can wear a lot of hats. In a given week, they might take first-time pilots aloft for a half-hour introductory flight, conduct a ground school lesson for students working toward a Private Pilot’s license, and whisk sightseers away on scenic flights over the Carrabassett Valley or Sugarloaf Mountain. Based out of the Waterville airport, the FAA-approved 141 Flight School employs a fleet of Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes – including one seaplane – as well as a flight simulator that assists the learning process by eliminating variables such as adverse weather conditions and backseat-driving seagulls.
Whether cruising along the lower portion of the Kennebec River or crashing through the Class V rapids of the Penobscot River, the guides at U.S. Rafting treat groups to the varied outdoor adventures of Maine's untapped wilderness. Along with the whitewater odysseys, explorers can hike to the majestic 90-foot Moxie Falls, trade baseball cards with black bears on the Appalachian Trail, and paddle canoes on Indian Pond?a lake that's home to deer, moose, and several species of fish including bass and salmon. U.S. Rafting's wooden lodge, The Outpost accommodates up to 20 visitors a night, keeping them warm before they strap on snowshoes for winter treks along the woods' cotton-covered trails.
Flagship Cinemas showcases new-release films in 11 theaters peppered across seven states, equipping each of its 103 screens with stadium seating and digital surround sound. Beyond providing family-friendly entertainment for more than 15 years, Flagship Cinemas strives to maintain a reputation as the "neighborhood theater" by ensuring each location has a presence in its surrounding community through contributions to local organizations. Flagship Cinemas also builds camaraderie with customers by offering free birthday visits and distributing fanatic cards, which guests can use to earn rewards such as free film tickets or an autographed photo of their favorite usher.
Having operated out of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport for nearly two decades, the certified instructors of Central Maine Skydiving have completed over 10,000 collective jumps as USPA-certified educators. Instructors guide tender-footed jumpers through tandem and static line jumps, and offer solo flights to seasoned free-fallers and direct descendants of Icarus.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.