Let’s Get Outside and Hike!
It’s finally time to put away your snow boots and dust off your hiking boots! Spring is here in the Moosehead Region and we like to celebrate it by challenging ourselves to take on the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit. By hiking six of Moosehead’s most popular summits, this annual hiking challenge earns you a badge (of honor!) and certificate.
A badge doesn’t sound impressive enough? No worries, we’ve got you covered. If you hike all six trails within a 48-hour period, you earn Ultra status! For those of you who are really competitive, you can also do the challenge in winter, and if you hike the trails between January 1 and April 15, you earn the Winter badge. Are you really, really competitive? Well, then you can challenge yourself to become a member of the Winter Ultra Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit, by doing the hikes from January 1 to April 15 in 48 hours!
You can learn about the rules and trails here.
The Moosehead Region boasts many awesome hiking trails but is perhaps best known for the Appalachian Trail’s 100-Mile Wilderness. Have you read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods or seen the movie? This is the bit where they, like most, give up. But 2019 can be the year that you, too, walk part of the 100-mile wilderness (and perhaps give up!). Regardless of how far you choose to hike, the trail is a challenging adventure in rugged terrain that offers a unique wilderness experience that only the Moosehead Region can offer.
If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, enjoy an easy two-mile hike along Moosehead Lake in Lily Bay State Park, or try Mount Kineo State Park with fairly easy hiking trails that all lead to the summit with spectacular 360° views of the lake and mountains.
And always remember, bring lots of water, take only pictures and leave only footprints!
Each May, the Moosehead Lake Region celebrates our favorite resident – the moose! Featuring local artisans, kids’ activities and treats, Moose Mainea begins in late May and goes into June – the time of year when moose sightings are abundant. These giants come out of the woods each spring to find fresh buds to snack on and if you know where to look, you can see one up close. In fact, moose outnumber us humans 3-to-1 here in the Moosehead Lake Region, so your chances are high.
To help you spot a moose on your own, look at dawn or dusk, as they are most active in the twilight hours. They are quite
short-sighted and can only see about 25 feet away, so give them space and don’t startle them.
If you want to ensure you see a moose, turn to the professionals – our guides. Moose safaris have registered Maine guides who know all the secret spots to find moose enjoying themselves in bogs or marshes. Some of the tours even have a moose-sighting guarantee. There are numerous guide services that offer moose safaris at Moosehead.
Moose Mainea is also a great reason to take a weekend getaway to the region. Come to see the moose but stay and play for a couple days. You can add some romance by staying at one of our charming B&Bs or inns, or curl up in a cozy cabin by the lake after a day of hiking. Springtime welcomes blooming flowers like lupines and lilacs and the lake is ready for fishing or kayaking and canoeing.
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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
We just love the idea of the Artisan Village. We want to support this and also share our craft. Mimosa Mack, Sprig Woodwork in South Solon, Maine, who will be at the Village on June 23-24.
The Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation (MLREDC) will launch its Artisan Village on the southern shore of Moosehead Lake in Greenville, after a successful initial pilot last summer. The Village offers a unique opportunity to market arts and crafts to local residents and to the thousands of tourists who visit the Moosehead Lake region during the summer.
Four cottages will be available throughout the summer season as an affordable venue for artisans. The location is a highly visible space among other shops, restaurants, and museums in the center of town. Each cottage is 10’ x 8’ with a 10’ x 4’ covered front porch with railing. There is a large double door equipped with a security lock and windows on two sides. The cottages will be open on weekends from Saturday, May 26, through Sunday, June 24, and then again from Saturday, September 15, through Sunday, October 14, during the summer’s “shoulder” season. The cottages will be open each week from Thursday through Monday from June 28 through September 10. Weekend rental is $30, and the week rental is $75. There is a $25 application fee for first-time
applicants, and general liability insurance is required. Complimentary and reduced rate lodging is available.
For more information and to apply online, visit our website at www.mooseheadartisanvillage.com.
The Moosehead Lake Artisan Village is one of our community’s creative strategies to enhance the downtown experience for visitors and residents and, long term, to increase economic prosperity in our region.
I’m an artist who has lived and worked in central Maine for 50 + years. I’ve fished, hunted, and hiked the Moosehead Greenville area my entire life. My connection to the place is strong as it has formed who I am as an artist. I can’t think of anything more appropriate then to add my work to the region. -Doug Frati, Doug Frati Art, Palmyra, Maine, who will be at the Village on July 26-30.
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Tickets for the 14th Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival are now available! This annual Moosehead Lake event is a favorite, making many salivate at the thought of all the chocolate goodness!
This year, we are introducing two new ways to indulge in tantalizingly delicious chocolates. You can purchase the classic full size box of your choice of 10 chocolate samples from over 40 different treats, or, if your still sticking with those New Year’s Resolutions, opt for the fun size box of 5 samples. Your personally selected favorites could included petit fours, chocolate lasagna, chocolate covered bacon, Malibu rum balls or even a hand dipped treasure from King Chocolates fountain. Don’t stand in a long ticket line on festival day, get yours in advance!
Are you completely over standing in line? Want first crack at all the chocolates? We’ve got you covered! New for the 2018 Chocolate Festival we are introducing a FastPass! Buy a FastPass and skip the line, just like at Disney World! Doors open early for you too! Come get first pick at 12:30PM! Only a very limited number of FastPasses will be sold so get yours today!
Looking to expand your chocolate palate? Extend your day of chocolate indulgence with our first ever Chocolate Lovers Luncheon. Think outside the box with Diane Bartley from DKB’s and enjoy chocolate in an unusual way. We always think of Chocolate as being sweet, come see how chocolate can affect the flavor profile of savory foods before heading over to grab box of chocolates. Your lunch ticket also includes a FastPass for early admission to the Chocolate Festival and your box of ten chocolates! Limited seating for this first time event is sure to sell out fast so buy your ticket online today!
As always, 100% of the proceeds from this festival go into the Moosehead Lake Destination Marketing Organization marketing budget to expand our beloved region and share it’s beauty with the world!
Want to get involved? We are always looking for new bakers to create an exciting new decadent treat! No need to be a five star chef! As long as you love chocolate as much as we do and can donate 100 samples of your special chocolatey creation, you are just who we are looking for! Contact us today and we will provide you with all the details.
Not a baker? No worries! We are also in need of volunteers as well as both silent auction and monetary donations. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information on becoming involved.
Tag us in your photos! Make sure to use #mooseheadchocolate for a chance to be featured! We can’t wait to see you on February 18th for the 14th Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival!
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