Spring is finally here and with this welcome new season comes a statewide celebration of all things maple. To help you decide where to go with your family, we scoured 81 listings to find some of the most unique places to visit.
Posted in Events, Farms, Food, tagged artisan maple syrup, bed and breakfasts for families, Belgian horses, blueberry fields bed and breakfast, chase farms, cutepotato.com, deb and cyd zeigler, dresden, dunham farm velvet hollow sugar works, gluten-free bakery maine, gluten-free on Maine Maple Sunday, goranson farm, holden, horse drawn carriage rides, horse drawn sleigh rides, jan goranson, Livermore, maine, Maine ice houses, maine maple sunday, maple candy, maple creemees, maple treats, rob johanson, Sarah's House, spring break maple and honey, spring in maine, tap your own trees, unique maine farms, unique maine sugarhouses, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, wells on March 20, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Adventure, tagged Alaskan Huskies, Augusta, colby briggs, cute potato family, cutepotato.com, dog sledding, dog sledding with kids, erin noll, family adventures, family travel, Heywood Kennel, maine, sled dog terms, sled dogs, things to do with kids in maine, winter on March 3, 2017| Leave a Comment »
In February, when the first of two big snowstorms hit, our family visited Heywood Kennel in Augusta for our inaugural dog sledding adventure. Owner Colby Briggs and his partner Erin Noll have operated the kennels since May 2016 after his parents retired from the business.
Located off a busy road, Heywood is home to a wood-fired warming hut and 30 good-natured sled dogs. The temperature was below 20-degrees on the morning we arrived, and our hosts were kind enough to offer extra snow pants (MP forgot her own) and hand warmers. Once we were ready, Colby warned us that the dogs would be loud when we met them at the kennels and for good reason. After a mild January with little snow, the dogs couldn’t wait to pull a sled.
Posted in Activities, Sponsors, Trails, tagged cute potato sponsors, cutepotato.com, historic farmhouse, kids activities maine, kids outside, maine, outdoor activities, outdoor play, programs for nature lovers, wells, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, winter, winter beach, winter camps, winter in Maine, winter vacation camps on February 16, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Wells Reserve at Laudholm is home to a beautiful historic farmhouse and 7-miles of trails where families can explore forest, a salt marsh and estuary, and Laudholm Beach. The wide open spaces in between are perfect for sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If that weren’t enough to entice you, the staff at the Reserve has a few great days of activities planned for February vacation — from nature-inspired camps and crafts to a day dedicated to spending time outdoors.
Posted in Adventure, Travel, tagged Bob Crowley, cutepotato.com, dog-friendly, durham, family travel, maine, maine forest yurts, maine travel, Peggy Crowley, pet-friendly, Runaround Pond, survivor, unique family getaways, winter, winter escapes, yurts, Zen Den on February 4, 2017| Leave a Comment »
You have to love a getaway that’s less than 30 minutes from your home, but makes you feel as if you’re hundreds of miles away. In our case, Maine Forest Yurts, which is located in Durham, is such a place. The 100-acre retreat, which opened in 2013, is owned and operated by Bob Crowley, winner of the reality series “Survivor: Gabon,” his wife, Peggy and their adult children. The secluded property includes three yurts, wide trails to explore, a fairy house village and a shallow pond that’s great for skating.
Posted in Activities, Adventure, Events, Parks, Road Trips, Trails, Uncategorized, tagged Circus Maine, Circus on Point, cross-country skiing, cumberland town forest, cutepotato.com, families, family activities for winter, family stays midcoast maine, hidden valley nature center, jefferson maine, kids, maine, maine cabins, maine forest yurts, maine land trusts, maine yurts, midcoast conservancy, outdoors, outside, saco heath preservce, seacoast adventures, snow tubing in maine, snowshoeing, windham maine, winslow park freeport, winter activities maine, winter walks on January 6, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Happy New Year! We missed you. With the holidays behind us, our thoughts are turning to winter and our wish list of things to do throughout the season. Skating, cross-country skiing, brunching with friends and local road trips have become favorite activities for our family, but we’re always looking to do more. Here’s our wish list for 2017: (more…)
Posted in Activities, tagged Allosauraus skull, animatronic dinosaurs, cutepotato.com, dig table, dinosaur fossils, dinosaurs and birds, dinosaurs unearthed, ideas for christmas break, ideas for holiday break, jurassic park, Late Jurassic period, maine, Matt Stone, paleontologists, Portland, portland science center, T-Rex, T-Rex with feathers, things to do with kids in portland maine, Triceratops, Yangchuanosaurus on December 6, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Our team recently had the opportunity to check out “Dinosaurs Unearthed” at Portland Science Center. The interactive exhibit is like Jurassic Park come to life. Families will find thirteen fully animatronic dinosaurs that were created by paleontologists and researchers to make the dinosaurs appear as close to the real thing as possible. The exhibit is particularly exciting for Portland, as the show marks its debut in New England.
Posted in Adventure, parenting, Parks, Trails, tagged Baxter Woods Park, Breakwater School, community programs, Courtney Cronin, Cumberland Land Trust, cumberland maine, cutepotato.com, emily griffith photography, experiential learning, Jessieland Nature Preserve, kids, maine, Maine Forest Playgroup, outdoor inspired play, outdoors, portland maine, slow parenting, start your own playgroup on November 21, 2016| Leave a Comment »
MP recently met with Courtney Cronin, a Portland-based mother of two who is the founder of Maine Forest Playgroup, a parent-powered program that encourages families to enjoy the outdoors together. Designed for children ages one to five, the group meets on Friday mornings at nature preserves, parks, and beaches in and around Portland.
Courtney started the group in December 2015. As a mother to an infant and an active toddler, she wanted a playgroup that would engage them both. A lifelong love of the outdoors, coupled with years of community outreach experience, gave her the tools she needed to start. Courtney organized the initial playgroup meetings on her own, offering an outdoor activity and a fun, new location for families to meet each week. Before long, word about Maine Forest Playgroup spread and parents began volunteering to facilitate group outings. Courtney says at least a dozen kids and parents show up on Friday mornings, no matter what the weather. (more…)