The Maine Play Book: What’s Inside

MP always forgets how busy May and June can be. It feels as though our family has been living on recreational fields. We’re regularly driving back and forth to practices, to lacrosse and baseball games, and trying to stay on top of work and home life. Summer break and all of its pleasures— from lazy afternoons on the beach to …

Sea Bags Tote + Pendleton Blanket Giveaway

It’s Friday, friends! To celebrate, we’d like to treat one lucky reader to an unforgettable gift for the holidays. Our friends at Daytrip Society in Kennebunkport have generously offered a custom Sea Bags Compass Tote and a cozy Pendleton Carry Along Blanket.

Family Hikes: Moxie Falls

Now that school is back in full swing, MP finds herself daydreaming about summer adventures with family. One of her favorite memories is a morning hike to Moxie Falls in the West Forks. At a vertical drop of over 90 feet, the waterfall is one of the highest in New England. The hike to Moxie Falls is short – just …

Paddling the Kennebec with Northern Outdoors

We traveled to the woods of Western Maine in late July for a weekend at Northern Outdoors, an all ages adventure resort. Located in The Forks, Northern Outdoors is best known for white water rafting adventures, but for our young crew (ages 9-up), we decided a self-guided paddle down the lower portion of the Kennebec River was the best option. …

A Weekend in Newcastle + Damariscotta

Over Memorial Day weekend, we returned to the Oxbow Farmhouse in Newcastle with good friends and their children. The rustic home, which is located on the expansive grounds of Oxbow Brewing Company, sleeps nine and provides plenty of space for additional sleeping bags. We arrived in the late afternoon with armloads of luggage and groceries (each family was responsible for …

Willowbrook at Newfield + Hilltop Boilers

Note: Sadly, Willowbrook Village closed in fall 2016 after 46 years of operation. See this Portland Press Herald feature for more. With Maine Maple Sunday landing on Easter this year, we knew we wouldn’t have time to visit one of our favorite farms. So, we decided to switch things up a little and make the trip to 19th Century Willowbrook Village …

Camden Winterfest + Our Wild Toboggan Ride

Our family recently traveled to Camden for the start of Winterfest — a week-long celebration that features an ice-carving contest, polar plunge, freestyle skiing competition, family-friendly activities and the 2016 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, which take place at the Camden Snow Bowl February 5-7.

Winter Goat Hikes at Ten Apple Farm

On a bright, January Sunday, we visited Ten Apple Farm in Gray for an hour-long goat hike in the woods. Owners Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz and their young daughters—Charlotte, Bea and Sadie—care for a herd of Alpine dairy goats that live in a big red barn attached to the family’s 1901 clapboard farmhouse.

The Little Blue Birdie Activity Bags

Melissa Berluti from The Little Blue Birdie in Cape Elizabeth reached out to us recently, and we’re so glad she did! Melissa designs thoughtful travel bags for kids, containing everything from a wooden matching game to a mini chalkboard, a blank journal and more creative goodies. Since our family is always on the go, these smart bags seemed like a …

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Winter Adventures Wish List

Now that the long winter season is upon us, MP has been brainstorming ways to the keep the family outdoors and active. Here are some of the adventures she’s hoping to take: Ice Fishing Full disclosure: Grumpy Old Men with Walter Mathau, Jack Lemmon and Ann Margaret is one of MPs favorite winter films. In the movie, the men are …