Kezar Lake (frozen)

January 24, 2010

We just enjoyed a remarkable New England winter weekend. We headed north from Massachusetts to Maine on Friday afternoon. The roads were dry and clear, so we were unloading the car in Lovell, Maine as the sun was just setting behind the White Mountains. All was still and peaceful. Bliss.
Early the next morning, we rolled [...]

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Screw Auger Falls

October 9, 2009

If you’re visiting the Kezar Lake area, a day trip to Grafton State Park is well worth the drive. Grafton State Park is located on Rt. 26 between Newry and Upton in Maine. Among the interesting glacial formations are Screw Auger Falls and Mother Walker Falls. You’ll find picnic tables and grills, so pack a [...]

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Golfing on Your Western Maine Vacation

September 3, 2009

Several championship golf courses are located near Lovell, including the Lake Kezar Country Club, right in Center Lovell just 5 minutes from our vacation home. The Lake Kezar CC–with a Donald Ross Design–describes itself as the “best kept secret in Western Maine.” It’s got an old-time feel without condos, pools, or tennis courts–just “Cadillac conditions [...]

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Before the End of Summer

August 28, 2009

It happens every summer, doesn’t it? The end of August creeps up on us and suddenly the kids are heading back to school. Work projects are ramping up as summer vacations wind down. As usual, I’m not quite prepared to say goodbye to summer.
My summer wish list still has some items remaining, including:

bake an apple-blueberry [...]

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An Incredible, and Unusual, Performing Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine

August 6, 2009

Perhaps you have never heard of the Stone Mountain Arts Center (SMAC) in the tiny Maine town of Brownfield near the NH border. Or, maybe you have been fortunate enough to attend a performance and enjoy a meal at the exquisite post-and-beam performance barn owned and operated by singer Carol Noonan and husband Jeff Flagg.
They’ve [...]

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Come Fly, A Birds-Eye View of Western Maine

August 3, 2009

I’m not crazy about flying and do not enjoy the  small planes I’ve been required to board to make a flight connection. Yet, I’m ready to buy my ticket to board a sea plane on Long Lake in Naples, Maine. I have been travelling to this part of western Maine for nearly 30 years (ahem)–hiking, [...]

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Take a Stroll through a Maine Garden

July 28, 2009

A friend and avid gardener, planning a visit to western Maine, asked whether I could recommend any gardens to tour. The McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine immediately came to mind.
This garden was originally planted beginning in 1936 by Bernard McLaughlin. An historic 19th century colonial home and barn provide the lovely backdrop for a [...]

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Kayaking on Kezar Lake

July 27, 2009

A mid-morning kayak on Kezar Lake in western Maine = bliss. We keep two kayaks and a canoe at the lake house. They’re left at the boat launch area so we can quickly and easily put in when the lake and weather gods cooperate–as they did on a recent morning in July. If you’re in [...]

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Guided Hikes and Walks in Lovell, Maine

July 25, 2009

If you’re spending your summer vacation on Maine’s Kezar Lake, you might want to take one day to explore a bit beyond the lake itself. The nonprofit Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT)  conservation organization has protected more than 3,000 acres in the Kezar Lake area and offers guided walking tours at a variety of activity [...]

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Rainy Day Activity

July 21, 2009

Looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon on your summer vacation in western Maine? Whether you’re staying in a spacious vacation home or a quaint cottage on a Maine lake, you might want to get the kids out for a while.
Head over to The Magic Lantern movie theater in Bridgton, Maine–enjoy a meal at the pub [...]

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