Vacation in Greenville, ME

If roughing it up the Golden Road to the North Maine woods isn’t really your thing, but you still want to enjoy the beauty of Moosehead Lake OR you do want to live off the grid for a week, my suggestion to you would be to visit Greenville. There are many places you can stay in and around Greenville that will feed your desire to vacation in the woods!

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The view over the hill coming into Greenville

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AMC Maine Wilderness Lodges:  Stay at the Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins for an off the grid experience. No cell phones and internet here! Just enjoy some fresh air in the Maine woods, log cabin style.

Rockwood Maine is just north of Greenville and is home to the Tomhegan Wilderness Camps, that have four-season cabins and a lodge right on Moosehead Lake. Their cabins have a kitchen with a stove, fridge, and a full bath. Both the cabins and lodge have views of Moosehead Lake. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and ice shacks are available for rent, and if hunting, fishing, or nature walking is more your thing, there are guides available to bring you on your journey through the woods. Want to ice fish? The season runs January 1st through March 31st and Moosehead is a prime spot for fishing! I should know, my lunch this week has been my fresh salmon I caught at the lake 🙂 If you go on Tomhegan’s Facebook page you can see the wildlife that fills their camp. I just love seeing their photos in my news feed.

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The Blair Hill Inn

If you want to visit a location with picturesque views, but desire more of a luxurious stay and some pampering, then a stay at the Blair Hill Inn might be the place for you!  This elegant bed and breakfast sits atop a hill overlooking the many islands of Moosehead Lake. It is an absolutely stunning view that is a must see! Their guest rooms are to die for. The Inn also offers fine dining and a day spa, which is in a restored barn (pretty neat in my book) and uses all natural products, many of which are house-made.

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One of the views in front of the Blair Hill Inn – taken from the road at a not-so-ideal speed!

Would you like to rent a cabin? Former NASCAR driver and announcer, Ricky Craven has his available for rent here.

Want a few more options? Check out The Lodge at Moosehead Lake and/or The Greenville Inn.

*Just for the record, I have never stayed at any of these locations because my family has a cabin.  These are just some I’m familiar with from visiting Greenville so often, but they all have excellent reviews online!

Here are some photos from Greenville.  I love stopping into town before we head up to the camp.

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The Farmer’s Market in Greenville

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Kelly’s Landing in Greenville Junction

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A Long Weekend on Moosehead Lake

It seems like each time I travel up to Moosehead Lake in Maine, I encounter something new – a flower that wasn’t in the same spot the previous year, a new berry I had never picked, strange weather, and reptiles and/or animals I had never seen before.

My two and a half day trip in July was a great example of this. I picked mini wild strawberries near a bog, was surrounded by crazy wind and waves with barrels so big you could surf, caught a frog, watched a snake slither in front of my foot, and had the chance to see and hear a grouse drumming.

Did I mention I saw five moose in two and half days? I finally got to see a bull (male) moose with beautiful felt on his antlers, but unfortunately, he was too deep in the trees and was scared off by us. The cows (female moose), on the other hand, are a whole nother story – they will sit there and let you get close to them, and even talk to them, and they won’t budge. I saw a calf (baby moose) on my way out of the woods, but it was running down a dirt road, and we were going too fast for me to grab a pic.

Here’s a pictorial of my trip to Moosehead Lake. Enjoy!

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I love the mountain views on the way into the camp and on the lake.

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This is the road we had to take to get water from a spring. It doesn’t look too bad, but it was a BUMPY ride down!

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Wild mini strawberries. They were delicious!

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This fly had red eyes. It was really creepy!
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I love this view – you can see Moosehead coming down from the mountain

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When you hit a road block in the middle of the woods! There was a bridge here, but it’s gone!

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Book Review: Killing Maine by Mike Bond

My gosh, when did my life get so busy? I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I have a lot of catching up to do! But, I want to start that catching up by sharing with you a book I was reading while on my trip to Kennebunkport in May.

When I was introduced to Killing Maine by Mike Bond, I was really excited to read the book because it dealt with a subject that is pretty important to those living in a region that is near and dear to my heart; the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine.

As you drive through Greenville, you will spot signs that say Save Moosehead, Say No To Wind. They’ve been resisting the wind industry, which is what Mike Bond’s book is about, and although it is fiction, Mike’s knowledge of the subject is very apparent when you read the book, so although it’s fictional, it’s also educational at the same time. The book is pretty political, and I don’t really want to get into the politics (https://mikebondbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/testimony-to-stop-wind-industry-destruction-of-maine/) of it all on my blog, but I will say, I highly recommend the book for those of you who are like me and love Maine. I’ve read many articles on the issues surrounding Moosehead Lake and the wind industry, and I can’t imagine the beautiful scenery (http://www.pressherald.com/2015/11/08/for-many-in-moosehead-lake-region-wind-is-a-four-letter-word/) I love being taken over by massive turbines, so I will say, that is the main reason I read this book.

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Although this book is the second in a series, you don’t need to read the first, Saving Paradise, to enjoy this book. Killing Maine hooks you in the first chapter where you read about the main character, Pono, getting shot at on a snowy night in the woods of Maine. I’ve never read a book that hooks you in so quickly. Pono has traveled from Hawaii to Maine to help a buddy who’s landed himself in jail for a murder that is connected to political corruption and the wind industry aka the Wind Mafia.

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I wish I had more time to read the book because I probably would have finished it in less than a week. It continually kept me wanting to read more and more, and I love how it incorporated Moosehead Lake, Mt. Kineo, wind industry education, war stories, and history into the story.

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What I love about reading is the ability to step away from the real world and engage yourself in a scene from a book that you can creatively conjure up in your mind, and for me, that was one of the parts of this book that I loved. I was right there with Pono throughout this thriller, envisioning parts of Maine that I’ve visited or imaging what the scenes looked like in those I hadn’t visited from mountains, to snow, to shotguns, snowmobiles, streets, dogs, footprints, houses, cars/trucks, and more. He even takes us on a journey back to Hawaii to visit his father. In the back of my mind, I knew the storyline stemmed from actual events occurring now, so it was hard for me to read the book as fiction, but some of the story is just a little too far fetched for it to be reality. In the end, it really is just fiction; a very educational and real fiction.

If you’re interested in reading Killing Maine by Mike Bond, you can purchase the book here on Amazon.

 

The Nonantum Resort | A Weekend Stay

This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of staying at The Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, Maine. It had been a long time since I visited Kennebunkport, and I was eagerly awaiting this trip as the months went by.

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My husband and I pulled up to the Nonantum Resort, and we couldn’t wait to see our room and explore the gorgeous waterfront property. As we walked into our room, we were immediately captivated by the beauty of it. I felt like I was walking into a design featured in Coastal Living Magazine. It was picture perfect, which of course, was great for me! As soon as we arrived in our room, we received a call from the front desk; they were checking to make sure everything was ok with the room, and they let us know they were available if we needed anything.

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Our room, Room 354 in the Portside Lodge, was a corner room looking out over the Kennebunk River on one side and the docks and Nonantum lighthouse on the other. The room was so cozy that I didn’t want to leave to go get dinner. I could have stayed there all night just enjoying the cross breeze, cuddled up, reading a good book on the soft, comfy, duvet covered bed, filled with so many pillows – a dream for me because I love pillows! The room’s nautical décor was simple, but perfect. There was artwork by local artist, W. Webster Good, displayed in both the room and the bathroom. An adorable gas wood burning stove sat in the “reading nook” area, and the room also had a Keurig coffee maker, mini fridge, desk, two chairs, Maine magazines, and a flat screen TV. I loved the touch of having the Maine magazines – Down East Magazine, Maine Magazine, and Maine Home + Design Magazine – as an avid reader, I was flipping through them when we got back from dinner that night. The bathroom was also beautifully designed with that coastal feel. I loved the jacuzzi tub, with the dispensers hung up on the wall for soap, shampoo, and conditioner; and the small octagon window above it.

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The Nonantum is a green resort, participating in Clean the World, they have been named a Gold GreenLeader by TripAdvisor, and are also certified as an Environmental Leader by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. All around the property, you will find garbage bins, separated for recycling. They also use 100% organic plants on their grounds, prepare local foods, compost, and much more! There is also a focus on local businesses – their gift shop is filled with local items from Maine and New England, including books, jewelry, home decor, clothing, and other charming items.

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The Nonantum offers dining on-site at the Carriage House Inn where 95 Ocean and Heckman’s Pub are located. 95 Ocean hosts live music most summer nights, and a wonderful breakfast buffet is served in the morning in the ballroom. You also have the option of ordering food for your room. I highly recommend their cheese and fruit tray – there was a sweet cheese on it that was simply delicious.

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Outside, you will find beautifully landscaped grounds, a fairy garden by the entrance to the Carriage House Inn, a pool with Latitudes Bar & Grill poolside, shuffleboard, a gazebo, a lighthouse, and of course, spectacular water views of the Kennebunk River. There is also ample parking on a side lot and a lot across the street from the main entrance. The resort was fully booked and had a wedding that day, and we were still able to get a parking spot, which is great. They also offer a shuttle service to downtown, but downtown is close enough that you can walk there if you wanted to. There are also many family and kids activities at the resort starting in June. They offer kayak and bicycle rentals, sailing tours, fishing charters, lobster boat tours, and a host of other activities.

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All in all, I would highly recommend this unique resort if you are heading to Kennebunkport. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the staff was amazing, friendly, and really go above and beyond to make your stay nothing short of amazing.

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Have you ever stayed at the Nonantum Resort?  Share what you love about it in the comments below!
Stay tuned… more from my trip to Kennebunkport is coming soon!

Summers in the North Woods of Maine

I need to begin this post by saying, I grew up in a New England shoreline town that was far from the outdoors.  It was filled with mansions, Chevy Suburbans, and beaches.  It started becoming really built up, and I pretty much had had enough of the hustle, bustle, and stress of what my town and the surrounding areas were becoming.  It was at that time, God sent me a savior – my husband.  He showed me there was so much more to explore in my state; places I would have never thought of going to, but it got even better than that!  He showed me northern Maine!

Prior to going to northern Maine, I would frequently travel to the Portland/Kennebunkport/Freeport areas of Maine.  I LOVED it there, and, still do (in fact, I’ll be back there in a few weeks!), but there was so much more to Maine I hadn’t seen.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know how I felt about going on the first trip up to Moosehead with my husband.  I was forewarned,  there was no electricity in the cabin and you had to drive for hours down a dirt road with no cell reception.  You were completely off the grid.  My mother told him good luck; she didn’t think I would survive.  I guess,  I was nervous about me surviving too, but it turned out to be my most relaxing and favorite vacation I’ve ever taken.  There is nothing like going out on the lake at 7am fishing, and just taking in the calm and beauty that surrounds you.  You are so unplugged, and it’s actually nice to not check your cell phone 100 times a day! Who would have thought?  It truly lets you get away from it all.  I was always a beach girl and had never been one for the outdoors, but that trip changed me – the woods are now my friend and one of my favorite places to be.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial journey of my summers spent in Maine over the years.  I will have more photos coming from Maine this year, and I’m so excited to share even more with you!

Also, some of my photos are now available for purchase as prints, canvases, and metal prints.  Check out the store here or click on the link on the menu.  If there’s a photo you like that isn’t available for purchase, please feel free to contact me.

 

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