It’s winter in Mid-Coast Maine. Time to get outside and explore this lovely region beyond its famously rocky coastline. When the temperature dips and the snow starts to fly, the lush landscape framed by the Sheepscot and Damariscotta rivers becomes a winter wonderland. Pack your mittens for a winter getaway to the Newcastle Inn in Damariscotta, Maine, for an outdoor adventure. There is nothing quite so spectacular as communing with nature with the sun glinting on fresh fallen snow and the scent of pine in the air.
Head north to the Camden Snow Bowl. This small town-owned ski area may be the only one offering an ocean view from its alpine trails. Beyond the downhill slopes, the Snow Bowl is a great place to try your hand at fat-biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, or my favorite, tobogganing. Trudge to the top of the hand-made wooden chute, hop on a toboggan, and sail down the ice-covered chute onto frozen Hosmer Pond for the sheer thrill of it all. Open to the public Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays, the cost to ride for an hour is just $5.00 per person. Get in some practice before the 2020 National Toboggan Championship, scheduled for February 7-9, 2020. Sign up for a day of toboggan racing, tailgating and downhome family fun.
More than 48 miles of trails await you at Coastal Rivers Nature Center, maintained by the Conservation Trust and volunteer “trail tamers”. Join a naturalist to wander the woods with purpose, learning about animal tracks, estuarine ecology, water quality, and shellfish husbandry. Join the stewards of the preserve for an afternoon of outdoor fun on February 9th, for Winter Fest 2020. Bring your snowshoes or borrow theirs to participate in a challenging snowshoe obstacle course and other fun snowshoe games. This event is free to the public and promises free hotdogs, hot chocolate and marshmallow toasting around the campfire.
Just off Eagle Point Road in Newcastle, you’ll find the Marsh River Preserve, a 70-acre conservation area of mixed forest and salt marsh. Meander through the woods and along the Marsh River on a gentle 1-mile trail. The preserve protects 5500 feet of river front, once destined to be a housing sub-division.
For a spectacular walk along the ocean head over to Ocean Point Walk in East Boothbay, Maine. Crashing waves, lobstermen hauling pots, sails flapping on distant schooners, and seabirds careening above, this quintessential walk along the shore is an awe-inspiring way to appreciate the great outdoors. In the distance you may spot three of Maine’s iconic lighthouses-Burnt Island Light, Ram Island Light, and Cuckolds Light.
Take advantage of the “quiet season savings” at the Newcastle Inn in Damariscotta, ME for your winter getaway. Book two or more nights for a savings of up to 20% available now through April 11, 2020. Come on. Get outdoors in Mid-Coast Maine.