Not sure when to plan a trip to our lovely hoMe state? Deterred by the summer crowds and winter weather? Spring is the perfect time for you! Here are 4 reasons to visit Maine this spring – and have a lot of fun!
1. Maine Maple Weekend
Always held the fourth Sunday of every March, Maine Maple Sunday has transformed into an entire weekend event at many local sugarhouses and farms. Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy our hoME state and everything that it has to offer, including Maine Maple Syrup.
Most sugarhouses offer maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more.
Want to plan a visit? Here are a 5 (of the MANY) places you could go!
- Kinney’s Sugarhouse – Knox, Maine
- Highland Farms Sugar Works – Cornish, Maine
- Merrifield Farm – Gorham, Maine
- Sparky’s Honey & Maple – Hope, Maine
- Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup – Newfield, Maine
2. Seaweed Week
This “4th annual food and drink festival celebrating the kelp harvest in Maine” takes place this year from April 22nd-May 1st.
From Farm . . .
With 35+ kelp farms and growing, Maine leads the nation in seaweed aquaculture. Lobstermen, mussel growers, oyster farmers and others plant their lines in November for harvest in April.
And Wild . . .
Maine’s intrepid wild harvesters scramble over rocks during extreme low tides to collect dulse, Irish moss, kelp, kombu, and wakame. It’s a way of life that goes back thousands of years along this coast.
. . . To Table
Maine’s top restaurants, bars, breweries and distilleries are bringing their passion and skills to local sea vegetables. Join them at the table!
3. Outdoor Yoga
Year-round outdoor yoga classes in Payson Park offer movement, breath, intention, and lots of fresh air! Start your spring and your week of right with a Monday morning yoga class outside in Payson Park’s Longfellow Arboretum!
Feel your feet on the earth. Reach your hands to the sky. Let your soul expand.
Outdoor Yoga classes offer a chance to celebrate your connection to yourself and to nature. Classes are designed to be fun and accessible to all-levels of practitioners. Remember, we will be outside in the elements so dress for the weather, lots of layers are a great idea for this time of year. Bring a blanket or mat so we can lay down for a brief rest at the end of class.
Maine Maker, Jaclyn Sanipass, is inspired by movement and nature. “Sometimes I find myself standing on beautiful mountains, moving and breathing with the wind. I find myself standing solidly on wet rocks at the edge of the ocean as waves pull and push me. Sometimes I find myself balancing where I never thought I could, yet looking out at the beautiful colors of sunset reflected in the water.” She loves exploring the wilderness and outdoors and expanding her edges, and her jewelry collection reflects Maine’s simplistic beauty and healing/calming powers.
4. Farmer’s Markets
Farmer’s Markets are a lovely way to enjoy some sunshine whilst perusing and supporting locally-made products. From delicious foods and freshly roasted coffee, to handcrafted soaps, candles, and jewelry, each market is different in what it has to offer. Many local farms participate, and whether that be dairy, meat or even flowers, you’re sure to find something up your alley – and support a Maine business as well!