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In Defense of...Maine

In Defense of...Maine

[ October 22, 2009 - 2:59pm ]

Sugarloaf is the only resort open in the East, and get this: They have a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Tuesday-Wednesday with up to nine inches of snow possible. They're currently running the SuperQuad and Spillway East chairs, but check here for the latest lift status.

You may not think of planning your ski vacation to Maine, but here are eight good reasons why you should.

If you’re planning a ski trip, Maine may not seem equivalent to say, Chamonix or Utah, but don't starve Maine of its natural treasures. I promise I don’t work for the Maine Tourism Bureau; after attending college in Maine, I became incredibly fond of this rural state. Yes, there is only one major city, and yes, there is only one big  highway, but there are 17 million acres of trees. Need more reasons to visit? Here are eight.

1. Go to Frenchman Tier Harbor. This is where the sunrise first touches the United States.
2. Maine produces 90 percent of the country’s lobsters.
3. And 99 percent of the country’s blueberries come from the brushes of Maine.
4. Acadia is the second most visited national park, second only to Yellowstone.
5. Public schools still give three weeks off in the spring for potato picking.
6. Maine has 3,500 miles of coastline, which is right around the length of California’s coastline.
7. Gearys is the oldest microbrewery east of the Rocky Mountains, and makes a mighty fine stout.
8. Playing the violin in the street is illegal.

And then there’s the skiing. Maine is the home of Sugarloaf Mountain, which happens to be the largest skiable peak on the East Coast. It also is the only mountain that offers a chairlift above tree line. The Timberline lift brings you all the way to the top of the 2,800 feet. Along with Sugarloaf, also check out Sunday River, Saddleback, Shawnee Peak, and Big Squaw.  —Margaret Page

Sugarloaf, Maine

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