Lake, Ocean, Mountain Fun

Here in the Maine Lakes region,  we are blessed with this advantage:  Within a one hour drive, you can enjoy much of the Maine Coast, or, some of the finest mountains anywhere. And in-between:  are hundreds of lakes, ponds, waterways, and hiking spots to enjoy.
The Causeway here in Naples Maine comes alive mid-morning each Summer’s day, and stays busy well into the evenings.  All watercraft boating is popular.  Hiking is a year-round activity now.  Ice and technical climbing is increasing in popularity each year.
Also within a one hour drive you can climb aboard the Amtrack Downeaster train in Portland for Boston, or north to Freeport.  Drive west to board the cog railway to the highest point in the Northeast, up the west side of Mount Washington. A great (many say a must-do regional adventure) is to drive your vehicle up the amazing Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit at least once in your lifetime. The small investment in the “Audio Accompaniment” sharing many fascinating facts about this engineering marvel, is a great value.
The following pointers and tips can save you valuable hours of precious time while here in the region:  Try to avoid driving west on Route 302 on Friday afternoons into the early evening. That is also the most difficult time to be northbound on the Maine Turnpike.  You should also do your best to avoid traveling eastbound on route 302 during the mid and late afternoons into the early evening on Sunday in the summer.. and the same is true if leaving the state southbound.

Visiting Sebago Lake State Park on weekends and holidays:  make sure that you arrive before 10:30 AM if you want a parking place inside the park.. Often true on any hot summer day.
If the weather is overcast or rainy, the many thousands normally on the beaches will be heading to regional outlet and shopping Meccas: Freeport, North Conway, The Maine Mall are popular examples. For your best experience, just arrive early to beat what will become huge crowds, and snag the best deals too! LLBean in Freeport is open 24/7/365 with no locks on the exterior doors of the Flagship Store. See for yourself.. Enjoy!!

Quickly It Is Already Mid-July

We find ourselves in Mid July this weekend and due to the weather, it feels like it! Very warm days with increased humidity and much warmer nights are upon us. As we like to do for our appreciated faithful blog readership, here is some information on upcoming events here in the Maine Lakes Region.
Saturday August 6th a Parade between Main Street and Mill street starting at 10:00 am will kick off events in Raymond that will run until 2:00pm to celebrate the 2nd annual Everybody Loves Raymond, ME festival. A catchy name based upon the popular TV series, the festival will feature something for everyone in the family, with music, food, activities of all kinds, and an atmosphere highlighting the value of living and working here in the Maine Lakes Region.. Specifically from the perspective of Raymond, ME and the Raymond Re-vitalization committee expects another excellent turn-out. The free events are to be held in the park, and everyone is invited to attend. And this fall the town of Raymond will be on the national map in early September as Raymond’s resident Marybeth Noonan captured the Miss Maine crown this year, and the 20 year-old will be representing Maine in the Miss America Pageant the week leading up to Sunday night’s September 11th live event scheduled to be broadcast on ABC TV.
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We hope you will investigate our entire Web Page, and most importantly, call us today at (207) 693-5200 and find out for yourself, why you should give us a try!

Maine Fun July 2016

July is underway with the long Fourth of July weekend behind us, one of our great Maine traditions is underway: The many Maine agricultural Fairs we are blessed to be able to visit brings us the opportunity to enjoy the Ossippee Valley Fair this weekend. Although not the largest fair around these parts – that happens at the end of the fair season in Fryeburg – they do claim to be the friendliest fair you might visit:

http://www.ossipeevalleyfair.com

and hopefully the rain will hold off this weekend, or not be too heavy to dampen the friendly atmosphere there. South Hiram is close by, and here’s the schedule of Events:

http://www.ossipeevalleyfair.com/2016WebRulesForms/2016Flyer.pdf

Also this weekend about 30 minutes away, is an annual event that is truly unique to Maine, based on a product that also is truly unique: Moxie. Here is information about this year’s Moxie Festival this weekend in Lisbon:

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For those wanting to learn more about Yoga, travel due east about 30 minutes from the Maine Lakes Region into the Portland area for the Maine Yoga Fest and get your “Aum On”.. The Primal Shabda. Om, actually pronounced “Aum,” is an affirmation of the Divine Presence that is the universe, and this weekend is a great time to get out and learn more:

http://www.maineyogafest.com

Worth noting if you are “here from away” and you want to experience a real Maine adventure, what I am about to suggest – if you are here for a time and you want to experience something different and special and you can afford the time to get away for a road trip: The Maine Potato Blossom Festival begins this weekend and runs through Sunday the 17th. This is no small road trip, because this will require you to travel north here in Maine to Aroostook county, and driving south the same distance would put you close to New York City. I can assure you that you will never regret the experience, especially if you visit the Mount Katahdin area either northbound or southbound. Check out the weeklong schedule of events here:

http://www.fortfairfield.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2%3Ampbf-schedule&catid=2%3Auncategorised

Next weekend starting the 15th also close by in Yarmouth just north of Portland, is the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival. I can tell you from personal experience this week, that if your chair is not already positioned on Main Street for the Parade, you are too late!
A wonderful festival every year, always great music and amazing food, this is a Maine-Must-Do when you can. Here is the link:

http://clamfestival.com

More next week, get out and Enjoy!

The Fourth Of July Weekend Is Upon Us!

This weekend is full of area events, parades, and displays. Here is a convenient link of fireworks displays listed by town:

http://m.wmtw.com/news/4th-of-july-fireworks-dates-times-across-maine/40227306?utm_campaign=WMTW-TV&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_sourweekendce=Social

If you are like most of us, taking lots of family photos and video clips, here is another short easy to follow video full of great tips, if your phone hits that critical storage wall this weekend:

http://m.wmtw.com/buzz60/what-to-delete-if-your-smartphone-storage-is-full/40241648

For Parades and Festivals, here is a link for events here both here in our Maine Lakes Region, and all around our great State this weekend:

http://wgme.com/news/local/list-july-4th-firework-displays-parades-and-celebrations-around-maine

If you want to feel the spirit of our country, here are a few inspirational examples:

 

Please, from everyone here at Anne Plummer & Associates: Be safe, especially with any of your own fireworks displays, and if you choose to drink, don’t drive! The weather is supposed to be delightful throughout the area, so get out and enjoy some Maine summer fun!