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This Friday kicks off what has become one of Maine’s most festive events — the Northern Lights Celebration at L.L.Bean.  A forest of twinkling lights at the Freeport campus provides the perfect backdrop for photos, and if that weren’t enough, Santa and his reindeer make a cheery red barn their home on the weekends. When it gets too frosty outdoors, visitors can grab a complimentary hot chocolate and warm up in a yurt that’s decorated for the holidays.  With this annual event, L.L.Bean has created a little bit of magic in the heart of Freeport.

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Over February break, our family spent a few days in Boston. There were many highlights to the trip — a lively Boston College basketball game, a delicious tour of Tazo Chocolate Factory, and a visit to The Institute of Contemporary Art. Still, the favorite for all of us was seeing an incredible, three-story stained glass globe called The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.

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Photo courtesy Mary Baker Eddy Library

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Mid-April has arrived and dare we say, it’s beginning to feel like spring is really here. Most of the snow has melted in our yard, chickadees are singing in the early morning hours, and we even spotted crocuses blooming in a friend’s garden. These signs of the season may not seem like much if you live in warmer climates, but for Maine families like us, there is so much hope attached to these small gifts from nature. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite spaces to visit in April and May.

East Point Sanctuary, Biddeford Pool
On a warm spring day, we love to visit this Maine Audubon sanctuary by the sea. Street parking is limited, but if you get to the sanctuary early, kids can spend hours playing in the open fields, flying kites or scaling rocks.

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CP#1 enjoys a quiet moment at East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. 

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March 20 marked the first day of spring, and with this new season, comes good thoughts of May days, trees in bloom and gardens brimming with sweet new soil. And while we may have to wait a little longer for this collective greening in Maine, it’s nice to know these days are only weeks away.

In particular, MP finds herself thinking about a solo visit to Mount Desert last spring, where one of her must-sees included Asticou Azalea Garden. The Japanese-style garden was designed in 1957 by Charles K. Savage, a passionate conservationist and the former manager of the historic Asticou Inn. The garden, located just off Route 198 South in Northeast Harbor, is an oasis for a mom in search of spring blooms. And oh, did this stunning space deliver! MP discovered quiet pathways, stone steps leading to Asticou pond, and all manner of spring unfurling before her eyes.

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In March, when snow is still a part of the landscape, most New Englanders find themselves craving color and sunshine. To break from the gray and white hues of winter, we decided to take the kids on a road trip to to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The museum is home to the impressive private art collection of Isabella Stewart Gardener, a world traveler and dedicated patron of the arts, who lived in Boston during the late 1800’s until her death in 1924. In her will, Gardener gifted the museum to the public and what a spectacular gift it is.

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MP has been a fan of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) in Boothbay for as long as she can remember. With over 295 acres of woodland and shorefront property, the lush grounds are made for people who adore plants, flowers and the Maine outdoors. CMBG is also home to a spectacular Children’s Garden, complete with fairytale cottages, a treehouse with a rope bridge, and engaging pathways to explore. When CMBG began its holiday light show in 2015, MP put the event on her wish list of things to do. There is nothing like seeing 500,000 colorful lights to help put a family in the holiday spirit!electric (more…)

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Treworgy Family Orchard is located in Levant, just 10 miles outside of Bangor, where owner Gary Treworgy and his big creative family design an incredible corn maze on the grounds of their farm. Since 2001, visitors have enjoyed their impressive mazes — which have ranged from a variety of animals to a Celtic labyrinth and even a knight fighting a dragon! This year’s design is Paul Bunyan, Legendary Lumberjack, and our crew decided it was high time we visit the farm to experience the maze for ourselves.

 

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