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Friday, November 24, 2017

Why You Should Visit Maine in the Winter

visitng maine in the off-season

The first time I visited Maine was at the end of November 2014. At the time I was living in Florida, working at an elementary school and attending college, so my Thanksgiving breaks both aligned perfectly and allowed me to escape to Maine. I had never been to New England at that point and didn't really know what to expect. I also didn't really know what I would end up doing there, as I heard that a lot of businesses close for the winter, and many do-- but there is still a ton to do in Maine during the winter. Most people think to visit Maine in the summer and fall, but here's why you should visit in the winter.

It's practically deserted. Seriously, compared to the crowds that summer brings, Maine is pretty darn empty in the winter and it's so nice. Stores and restaurants aren't packed, traffic isn't bad, and you don't feel like you're suffocating all the time. It's just so peaceful.

Winter sports & snow. Maine has quite a few ski resorts, places to go snowtubing, and of course you could always go snowshoeing around Acadia National Park. If you're from somewhere where snow isn't really a thing, just seeing the snow is pretty awesome.

Christmas! Maine is pretty cute during Christmastime, y'all. You can find some sort of cute, old-fashioned Christmas celebration almost anywhere you go. And to get you started, I already made a list of 10 Christmas 2017 events in Maine.

It's cheaper. Generally speaking, it's much cheaper to visit Maine in the winter. While some bed and breakfasts close during the winter, the ones that stay open for the season slash their rates. And circling back to my first reason, the hotels and B&Bs are usually pretty empty which can be quite nice. Once when we stayed at an empty B&B the owners upgraded us to their biggest room for free!

There's still a lot going on. Remember, people live in Maine during the winter, we gotta stay occupied somehow! You could experience Maine's booming food scene with Maine Restaurant Week, check out the National Toboggan Championship, and many towns have their own Winterfests. Have you ever watched someone carve an ice sculpture with a chainsaw? It's pretty impressive.

western maine mountains

What's your favorite thing to do during the colder months of the year?
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