Here in the Maine Lakes Region there is a lot to do for delightful recreation: Boating of all sorts manual or powered, hiking, exploring, shopping, with many delightful restaurant and food choices to choose from in the area. And we suggest now that summer schedules are upon us, it is important to relax and enjoy some “down time”.   We have many beaches and parks to enjoy spreading out a towel and soaking up some sun – responsibly of course – and great ocean beaches are less than an hour away if you prefer a rhythmic sound of waves and the smell of salt water in the air.
With today’s available technologies it has never been easier to enjoy a good book or settle in for a movie marathon or to watch an interesting television series, show, concert, or comedy special. We all need and deserve some down-time once in a while. What was the last really good book that you enjoyed? When did you Watch a new recommended series on TV?
The top dozen TV Series according to Netflix are: Scrubs, Orange Is The New Black, Mad Men, Archer, Friends, Arrested Development, Sherlock, Friday Night Lights, Louie, The Walking Dead, Freaks And Geeks, and Breaking Bad.
Others not on this list that others consistently suggest: The Larry Sanders Show, The Office, The Sopranos, Homeland, Twin Peaks, Fargo, The Wire, Game Of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Shield, My So Called Life, House Of Cards, Downton Abbey,  The Good Wife, Veep, Justified, Boomtime, Boardwalk Empire, 24, Malcolm In The Middle.. and certainly there are many more to enjoy with family and friends.

For quiet time, here are some book ideas:
Don Quixote
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Anna Karenina
The Great Gatsby
War and Peace
The Brothers Karamazov
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Sound And The Fury
The Catcher in the Rye
The Metamorphosis
To the Lighthouse
On The Road
Gulliver’s Travels
The Portrait of a Lady
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Catch 22
Pride and Prejudice
Food for thought, to get you started.  Make it a great summer!