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Things To Do For Fun In Maine | Snow Sledding ITS Trails.

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Things to do for fun in Maine, play in the snow.

In this blog post series, this Maine native will down play snow because too many in the audience have the wrong idea. They have the image in their head that the thermometers in Maine all sink to below the red fluid day and night during winter. Maine also has three other seasons beside the one at the tail end of the calendar.

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Hitting The Snow Sled ITS Trails In Maine. Some Move You Fast Like Old Railroad Beds. Others You Can Poke Along And See More Countryside And Wildlife.

Winter is one of my favorite but all four when you live in Maine get high marks, thumbs up. Because you live in Maine, not only get a tease of a long weekend or one stretch of seven days to soak it up. To unplug, recharge. To see, hear, taste, feel and sample all Maine has to offer.

Don’t let a little snow in the forecast set you off or turn you back to making the trek to Vacatonland.

Or you lose out on so much in the state where you can log eight hours from end to end. That is so vast and varied that the season you visit only adds to the take away experience that you will not forget.

So things to do in Maine, what if it is winter when you have a little time to tap into the Pine Tree State channel of life?

Lots to do in Maine in the winter. Pull up a chair in front of a crackling fireplace to absorb the positive ions, to warm your bones. After a day of snow shoeing, cross country or down hill skiing, ice fishing, playing pond hockey. Or snow sledding, my favorite way to get where cars and trucks don’t access. Where all the wildlife life, where the natural resources are crystal clean and clear. Breath in the crisp fresh air. Swivel the head slowly to take in the eye candy that surrounds you where the terrain of farm fields, pasture land, deep woods and lots of waterfront scenery awaits.

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Pick A Color, Style, Horsepower And Price Range. Maine Is Paradise For Sled Head Snowmobilers.

This coming weekend, at the Augusta Civic Center the 2017 Maine Snowmobile Show kicks off for the 21st time. The display of new snow machines to ride and groom the ITS trails will be part of what is on hand to jump start your appetite for winter snow flakes.

All the gear that goes into snow sledding from helmets to clothing. Where to lodge after riding the trails. What to haul the machine to and fro to try out new areas of the state of Maine snow sled trails. And maybe to start the tradition of a trip that starts in Maine but continues on to Canada. We are parked right next to our Canadian cousins remember? Come play in the snow and see Maine from a different angle.

The Maine sled trade show always has a collection of vintage snow machines too.

Sno jets, Skiroule, Ski Whiz, Ski Horse, Motorski early snow sleds. Lots of tinkering. When what you worked on for two hours to ride for one had bogie wheels and not slides. Not much for suspension. Speeds were way way less warp drive. Back when fifty flavors of what you snowmobiled more around your own property because the trails were fewer in number to leave it. Smaller horsepower, fuel mixed with oil and gas, with an HD, HR carbureators and not fuel injection.

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Grooming, Setting Up Trails Overnight For Maine Winter Tourists To Travel Smooth, Safe ITS Trails! Thank You Trail Makers, All The Groomer Operators.

No thumb  warmers, no radiation under your feet, and no carbide ski runners, no studded tracks on the early snow sleds, snowmobiles. And you stood up, kneeled on one knee and leaned into corners. More work and slower speeds as you snow sledded around the countryside. To go out to eat, or go “up ta” camp. To pull the kids around the back field on ropes hooked to snow skis or flying saucers, toboggans. To travel back and forth to the one solid layer of ice topping a Maine lake. To play cards, shoot the breeze, sample ice shack food while other winter fishermen came and went. Stopping by the ice shack shanty to say hello. Ask how are they biting on the five holes drilled in the ice in the peaceful setting on a Maine lake with snow covered hills in the background.

The early snow sleds were tipsy, skinny and did not have a wide ski stance so you could just sit and drive. You had to work harder, throw the machine around the drifts and know that soft snow meant sinking. Getting stuck and all the work to heave ho your way out of the light fluffy new snow with no bottom to it. The heavier machines meant don’t leave a hard packed trail. Getting unstuck meant go around to the front and pack down what is making your snow plow and causing all the resistance as you dry to go up the smallest of hills in the white power snow deposited over night.

The snow sled trails in Maine are less harmful or disruptive like ATV trails can be.

The blanket of snow is your insulation from Mother Earth and makes the wall to wall wilderness rug for a playing surface. Always squeeze that handlebar throttle carefully and avoid spinning holes in the ITS trails. Leave the left handed cigarettes, the barley pop, firewater and grape juice for trail side putting your feet up by the roaring fire. After you remove the moon boots, the full coverage helmet and leather batman suit. And step away from your ice rocket. Turning your attention to trail tales and what are we eating for supper. And which new routes are we going to explore tomorrow while on vacation in Maine this winter.

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Sugar Coated Maine, Don’t Miss A Season, Make Winter Sparkle Part Of Your Vacation Plans.

Get involved in a major tourism contributor during a slower economic time of the year for Maine towns, the handful of cities. At the Maine Snowmobile Show this weekend, lots of workshops on trail maintenance, discussions on the capital equipment grant process. It is not just snow sled dealers peddling their wares. Trailmasters, project directors, groomer operators, and snow sled club members who are involved with maintenance and building of trails are welcome and encouraged to attend.

More on the Maine Snowmobile Show, the winter sport that has over 14,000 miles of trails to help open up the state. This is the time of year when trail markets for safety and navigation are put into play on all the land owners of Maine who allow access across their property. Snow sledding trail use in Maine, it is gift, not a right. Respect the land, the surroundings called Maine. Tread lightly and carry in, carry out to be a responsible Maine snow sled operator for the next generator to model and pass on to future snowmobilers.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Things To Do For Fun In Maine | See A Moose.

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Things to do for fun in Maine, is the list the same for everyone?

No. Heck no. But there are some common requests or desires when someone is lucky enough to be able to spend time in Maine on vacation. And often a few vacation to Maine visits then suddenly you find yourself moving, relocating to Vacationland.

So what are a few of the many things to do for fun in Maine?

Look back over your shoulder on this Me In Maine blog for past posts to mine. Seems like everyone though crossing the big green bridge at the south end of Maine is hankering to see a moose. Where are they hiding, where do they hang out is a common query. Are they dangerous? As long as you don’t meet a Maine moose late at night on a pitch black Maine roadway they are not. Pretty docile.

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Meet The Locals At Baxter State Park! Mister Moose May Continue To Eat, Ignore You Or Could Smile For The Kodak Moment. Everyone Wants, Needs To See A Moose When They Visit Maine.

So where to see a Maine moose to snap a picture for the album back home of memory making while on vacation? I see one moose a lot on a farm I own west of Houlton Maine on US Route 2. Not every state has a population of moose and unless you are making the long haul to Alaska, it is pretty neat to be able to be where these giant, gentle animals roam.

During hunting season with the Maine moose lottery for whatever zone you get your name pulled out of the hat, you don’t see so many live ones. Lots of dead moose being bagged, tagged, weighed in on the hoist block and tackle chain raised high. So hunting season in the fall might be the hardest time to see a live Maine while they are playing hide and stay alive. May through July is what the state inland and fisheries site says is the best time to spy with your little eye a Maine moose.

Where do you look in Maine for moose?

Again, you don’t want to run into one of these 1500 pound tall hood ornaments late at night. Drive with care around the highways. But look along the logging tote roads, the snow sled and ATV trails. The Maine moose is pretty big. Does not easily eye through the needle the thick woodlots the state is famous for that account for over ninety percent of the Pine Tree State.

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Searching For A Snack. Shy Maine Black Bears Shake Off Hibernation And Become More Social.

Marshy places around Baxter State Park as you head in to hike up Mount “K”. That is another place you will see Maine moose during meal time.

Linking up with a woods camp operator to hunt with your camera and not anything with one or two barrels could save time. If seeing a Maine moose has to happen quickly because your time in the state is limited.

Maine has an estimated 75,000 moose for wildlife neighbors. Avoid getting between a mother cow and her Maine moose calf. There is nothing stronger than a maternal instinct no matter what species, with zero, two, four or more legs.

And a male during mating season can be a little feisty. His mind is on other things, one other sole purpose that blanks out all the rest of his usually easy going disposition. He is courting and sparking full time. The romeo of the Maine forest woodlot with a lot of acreage to cover to find a mate to keep the species growing in Maine.

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Maine Moose Jogging By A Maple Syrup Tapped Grove. Spring Air Stirs The Wildlife.

The Golden Road, near Abol trail at Baxter, up the back way to access Aroostook County, Route 11. All are good places to increase the odds of seeing a Maine moose.

Around Sugarloaf USA ski area in the Carabassett Valley is another neat spot to snap shot a moose. Rangley Lakes, along Route 201 in Jackman from The Forks and the area surrounding Greenville, especially Route 15 are all prime time spots. To pull over, to park, wait, get your Maine moose shot to frame for over your fireplace mantel. More on spotting a Maine moose with the state tourism folks adding their two cents for suggestions.

Lots of cars pulled over is a good indication something for wildlife is now entertaining motorists. Could be a bald eagle, white tail deer, maybe a Maine moose. A timid Maine black bear not so much. Those you see signs of the party in the corn patch the night before but not up close and personal unless you are carrying a bag of jelly filled donuts. That brings them out of the woodwork. Or if like deer you turn them into welfare dependent with piles of feed grain for eye candy bait.

When you live in Maine part or full time, you see moose all over the place, round the clock.

On a Maine farm, you see signs of a moose that plowed through a back pasture. Maybe to court and spark with a cow because his vision is poor. Often a confused moose loses his bearings and heads into a population center. Gets lost and wanders into town. No one wants to see the confusion and feels for the animal so homely only a mother could love. The inland fisheries game warden, locals all try to herd not destroy the disoriented Maine moose back to the woods. The Maine moose who is not so used to streets and avenues, 7 11’s and Piggly Wiggly’s, the Circle K’s with neon lighting. To get them back hoofing the game trails around the rivers, ponds and lakes of Maine, it takes the village to help herd them into the familiar woods.

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Maine ATV Trails

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ATV trails, four wheeler laws and what you can and can not do in Maine.

For starters, Maine is one beautiful state to experience all four seasons. Especially when you can access the deeper areas of Vacationland where not everyone gets to easily tour from the highway network.

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Maine Four Season Recreation. See Maine On An ATV ITS Trail Ride, On A Snow Sled, Hoofing And Hiking It.

Because Maine is so vast, under populated, unspoiled it appeals to someone not looking to fall into an expensive, crowded coastal tourist trap location.

It just takes a little more effort than the average tourist crunched for time often has to burn on precious vacation time. You saddle up your ATV to hit the trails. To stop for a snack along the way, to gas up and meet others exploring Maine the same way. Feeling the fresh air, colder spots in the low land. Stopping on higher terrains to drink in the view. To be where Maine wildlife live say around Baxter State Park.

More remote areas of Maine are insulated and not isolated in my opinion. The reason for less traffic purely the time to spend of the typical tourist / vacationer. The travel time to discover those special areas of Maine that get return visits from surprised tourists lucky enough to stumble onto them and return for life is what separates the men from the boys. They made the effort. They see and hear and feel the real Maine, not the four color glossy folded up brochure one.

ATV Four Wheelers Hitting The Trails.

Follow The Leaders, ATV Trail Riding In Maine Is Fun! Bring Your Camera.

Time to spend at new destinations in Maine is the currency not every tourist possesses nowadays.

It seems most outside Maine lead over booked lives. This limiting factor helps protect the locations in the Maine deeper regions which don’t see every Tom, Dick and Harry visit round the clock. Where home grown trumps store bought.

So ATV four wheeling, snow sledding ITS trails are a big nature can opener used to gain access to the rural areas of Maine. MOOERS REALTY has pushed the snow sledding in Maine blog post button hard and I am a sled head. I have a snowmobile ITS sled trail crossing my 300 acre northern Maine farm because I love the sport. I own three snow sleds currently. And have have some classic ones over the years, from back when there were fifty flavors of snowmobiles like Sno Jet, Ski Horse. Back when they called them all ski doos.

But snow sleds do less harm to the environment if everyone goes easy. Does not spin, is not so aggressive on squeezing the throttle of the ice rocket. Four wheelers, all terrain vehicles don’t have the cushion of the snow blanket between them and the ground. Maine farmers are not so cranked on opening up their agricultural land for ATV hot shots. It only takes one to spoil the ATV barrel of fun right?

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Maine ATV Four Wheeling Using The Network Of Trails To Explore.

 If a Northern Maine potato farmer has $3500 an acre invested and wants to recoup that figure and a profit on top, he does not want blight brought into his crop from the neighboring grower down the road.

That is on the same ATV four wheeler trail. The same Maine farmer does not want cowboy operators doing donuts out in the middle of that prize acreage either. Like snow sledding, any trail use on private property, it is a privilege, not a right.

So the current ATV four wheeler laws in Maine. The all terrain vehicle four wheeler registration is good for a year. The cost for a Maine resident to register their four wheel ATV is $33. For an out of state to register the same ATV the current cost is $68 a year. A week long pass is $53 a year. The ATV registration cycle starts July 1st.

For a definition of what is an all terrain vehicle, we asked the state of Maine to spell it out.

” “All-terrain vehicle” or “ATV” means a motor- driven, off-road, recreational vehicle capable of cross-country travel on land, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain. “All-terrain vehicle” or “ATV” includes, but is not limited to, a multitrack, multiwheel or low-pressure tire vehicle; a motorcycle or related 2-wheel, 3-wheel or belt-driven vehicle; an amphibious machine; or other means of transportation deriving motive power from a source other than muscle or wind. For purposes of this subpart, “all-terrain vehicle” or “ATV” does not include an automobile as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 7; an electric personal assistive mobility device as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 22-A; a truck as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 88; a snowmobile; an airmobile; a construction or logging vehicle used in performance of its common functions; a farm vehicle used for farming purposes; or a vehicle used exclusively for emergency, military, law enforcement or fire control purposes.”

Many Maine towns, plantations and the handful of cities allow certain public ways to be used for ATV use. A “Private Way” means a private road, driveway, or public easement. “Public easement” means an easement held by a municipality for purposes of public access to land or water not otherwise connected to a public way, and includes all rights enjoyed by the public with respect to private ways dedicated to the public. Look for the designated ATV sign and join an ATV club to support the sport that is growing in Maine.
If you don’t belong to a Maine ATV four wheeler club, permission from each and every individual land owner you are thinking of crossing is needed in writing.
That’s a lot of work and planning. The ATV club in Maine has already pieced together the land owners that will allow responsible users to access their land. To see Maine in places only a few us can access. Where cars and trucks are not going to get you there. And when you don’t own a horse or know how to neck rein.
Unless it has tracks on it, no ATV is supposed to be on Maine snow sled ITS trails. The law states “A person may not operate any 4-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle, or any other motor vehicle, other than a snowmobile and appurtenant equipment, on snowmobile trails that are financed in whole or in part with funds from the Snowmobile Trail Fund, unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner’s agent, or unless the use is necessitated by an emergency involving safety or persons or property.
Who can operate an ATV in Maine?
Any person 10 years of age or older but under 16 years of age must successfully complete a training program, with that person’s parent or guardian approved by the department prior to operating an ATV except on:

A. Land on which that person is domiciled;

B. Land owned or leased by that person’s parent or guardian; or

C. A safety training site approved by the department.

A person under 16 years of age must attend the training program with that person’s parent or guardian. The training program must include instruction on the safe operation of ATV’s the laws pertaining to ATVs, the effect of ATV’s on the environment and ways to minimize that effect, courtesy to landowners and other recreationists and landowners and other materials as determined by the department.

Respect where you ride, join an ATV club first, and pitch in beyond your membership dues.

To maintain, help create and improve ATV trails. More on ATV / snow sled trails in Maine. More on the list, Maine ATV clubs. Activities for the local ATV clubs around Maine. And if you live in an area of Maine not served by an ATV club, maybe you should take the bull by the horns and start one. More on starting an ATV club in Maine. Building the trails to ride and open up a new area of Maine. Money, funding for Maine ATV trails. The trails need to be marked consistently and for safety reasons. To help the ATV tourist new to these parts know better how to navigate around them! More on ATV trail building rules.

 Many of the state of Maine public reserve land is able to be used by ATV four wheeler operators.
More on the ATV trails in Maine. This is more on one popular section of ATV trails in the Houlton Maine area where I ride. Mud season is not the time to ride and when the most damage is done to ATV trails. They make the trail warrior look fierce and dirty but leave ruts and holes that need repair plus can cause accidents.
Here is a printable Northern Maine ATV trail map. This link has the names, contact numbers and locations of the northern section of Maine ATV clubs where the best riding is. Less people, no local home owners association or pesky layers of local zoning helps the Maine ATV sport grow in small rural areas of Vacationland. See where wildlife live, get into natural habitats not available by highway motorists to sample in Maine.
Maine ATV Four Wheeling On Trails

Maine Fall Colors, See Them Shine Brightly Four Wheeling From An ATV Seat.

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Other Maine ATV trail systems to tap into when you can sneak away to twist the grip, steer the handlebars. Lots of Maine ATV dealers of new and used equipment, all the accessories, all kinds of places to eat and stay in Vacationland too. So don’t worry about buying it all out of state.

 

Shop local, become a part of the ATV Maine trail riding and maintenance program and we look forward to meeting you in person! Stop in, we are right off the ATV and snow sled ITS trail system in Northern Maine, in Aroostook County!

 
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Wild Blueberries In Maine, Nothing Else Compares.

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Growing up on a Maine potato farm, my three older brothers and I did not eat a lot of rice. Not so many helpings of fresh Maine blueberries either.

Local fruit like raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears were the mainstay for something sweet. To end, to round out the family table offerings at meal time. A fresh, homemade healthy sized slab of strawberry / rhubarb pie blended nicely. The two fruits were very compatible. Heated up, with a couple super sized vanilla scoops of ice cream parked high on top. Lazily melting to drizzle slowly down the sides. You get the picture, can almost smell it through the monitor speakers right?

Need A Nutritious Maine Blueberry Snack? It’s Off The Charts For Health Benefits. Not Just Marketing Hype.

Blueberries, the high bush cultivated kind are grown around Northern Maine.

You see volunteer, stray wild blueberry plants hiking up Mt Katahdin. When planting the walking stick over other hills and dale hikes. But the wild blueberry crop is something found almost exclusively in Downeast Maine. Unless working the blueberry fields under a hot sun, and sampling the crop as you rake the lanes marked with strings,  this dark blue fruit is not so familiar.

So highlight time on this Maine blog post to showcase Maine wild blueberries. Where to begin? For starters, every vegetable or fruit is a super pick of the pack, best of the bunch, cream of the crop one right? Today’s marketing puts whatever is being pitched over the top. Claiming a bowl full of these fix everything. To extend your life by at least a decade. To make the quality of your short time on planet Earth jacked up a few notches. All because of weaving a little of this, a lot of that into your diet. Of whatever you put in the pie hole three times or more a day.

The Maine Blueberry Crew Field Rakers Are a Motley Bunch.

But what about these wild blueberries in Maine?

What is the down and dirty true story about Maine wild blueberries? History, let’s start with the background of the wild blueberry. The first settlers, our Native Americans used fire to start the ritual. To rid Maine fields Downeast of insects and weeds. The burning of the blueberry barrens made the fruit come back hardy and stronger.

Like the shrub or decorative bush out front your home. Some the harder you cut back and prune the more determined they respond. To the Edward Scissorhand’s treatment in the snip and clip cutting.

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Like To Own, Run A Maine Blueberry Farm? Just Listed One In Northfield Maine Near Machias.

Better quality, thicker growth, higher yields, more sugar content. All that  helped establish Maine as the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world. The succulent fruit is harvested from over 60,000 acres of Maine land. Wild blueberries in Maine were some of the first vegetation on the scene after glaciers did their bump and grind scrape of the landscape. Being purple blue adds to the health benefits of blueberries.

More on this wild blueberry history Bangor Daily New article.

The Maine wild blueberry has been around the breakfast / lunch – dinner / supper circuit for a thousand years or more. Ever raked blueberries, been part of the hand picking and gleaning operation under the hot Maine harvest sun? Like potato picking, you never forget the lessons learned that stick with you for life.

Like most things, it takes time to go over the top. You get the best results from the hard labor. No pain, no gain. I have read it takes 50 years to establish a good wild blueberry field, that there are only about 6.5 million versions or varieties of wild Maine blueberries. And I thought there were a slug of Maine potato varieties to keep up with and match the changing habits and taste buds of spud consumers. I grew up with those discussions around the supper table because my Dad was president of the Maine potato council and testified in Washington DC hearings on the farmer’s behalf. I remember the campaigns to improve the quality of Maine potatoes. Bruisers are losers was one bumper sticker used to increase awareness of being kind in handling the Maine potato. Or is it potatoe?

So back to Maine blueberries, the wild ones or tame varieties that are domesticated and house broken.

The flavor that explodes from a fork full of blueberry pie with buttery crust, sprinkled sugar crystals. Or from simply popping a few from your hand out in the field. It is a complex mixture of flavors. All you know if you like it, you love it, you want some more of it. Sorry. Now you have that song in your head. My bad.

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The Views, The Washington County Setting For The Age Old Maine Blueberry Farming Tradition.

Only one percent of the Maine blueberry crop is sold fresh and the other ninety-nine percent is frozen. Has the chance this past weekend to list a Maine blueberry farm for sale. And even though my conventional farming background helps the learning curve, and my girlfriend along who owns an organic Maine farm, we both learned much.

This blueberry farm in Maine has 71 acres of the fruit and established markets. Set in Northfield Maine population under 150 like many rural Vacationland towns. Maine has 492 towns and so many are shrinking and going the unorganized territory route. Northfield Maine is bucking the trend and holding it’s own, growing slightly. Fulton, Bogg Lakes in the small Washington County Maine town don’t hurt keeping the population steady either.

The nutrition of the wild Maine blueberry, growing up on not the best soil conditions, with lots of rocks.

We’re talking big rocks of all kinds and sizes. A rugged, hilly terrain that an Aroostook County potato or grain farmer could not plant and cultivate or harvest without machinery damage. A far cry from the level to rolling, just rich rusting orange soil with a new crop of way way smaller rocks showing up to escort to piles along the boundary lines. Maybe the rough surroundings for the blueberry plant help make it stronger, a fighter. It is reported Maine wild blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving, compared with more than 20 other fruits.

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Maine Blueberries, Can You Just Taste Them From This Eye Candy Image Designed To Tempt And Tease?

Maine blueberries, they say good things come in small packages.

When is the last time you had a blueberry flavored ice cream cone, a milkshake smoothie or planted in your morning muffin, in the pancake breakfast mix? Some sprinkled on top of your Wheaties. Maybe is is time for a healthy dose of this super fruit. Maine blueberries are a crop not planted and that only grows, spreads naturally.

Mother Nature does the heavy lifting, controls the blueberry farm crop. Man not so much. Maine blueberries are a two year cycle which helps the crop rotation and keeps the plant happy, healthy. Double the antioxidants and why not raise your hand and shout out “Maine wild blueberries please and thank you!’

One of the latest health and wellness trends is collagen peptides. Blueberries score sky high. Also, did you know thousands of beehives are brought in by Maine blueberry growers to pollinate the blueberry fields? More on wild Maine blueberries.  

Maine blueberries, where do they show up in your list of fruits and healthy food preferences?

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The Local Rural Grapevine For News, Tailor Made For Small Maine Towns.

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The majority of the space in the country is rural.

Yet city beat news reporters don’t venture into rural areas very often. You had some tongue in cheek rural programming shows back in the black and white era of television. Andy of Mayberry, Petticoat Junction, The Waltons, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies. The small town landscape might be too slow to some. To hard to spin and make into something more exciting for those easily bored. Or seeking shock value or on the edge of your seat suspense. Although, horrow writer Stephen King does live in Maine and many of his works are based on a blend of real and fictional towns in Vacationland.

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Next Year’s Wood Pile In Tree Life Form. Ready To Knit On, To Slowly Cut And Split Into Just The Right Stove Lengths. Mainers Stay A Season Ahead With Their Wood Stash.

But these days the average reader, viewer wants to know more about small rural town living in Maine.

They are blown away to know there are places on the Earth where you don’t lock doors. Where folks help you out without a financial gain or notoriety for payment. The local grapevine is all about the locals with a mix of county, state, national and World wide news tossed in for good journalistic balance.

How your old neighbor that was on an operating table for fifteen hours is doing is news, is in our prayers, is a big time concern. There is an intimacy on the small rural Maine landscape because the connection is strong unlike a sea of unknown faces coming at you in rush hour traffic or wall to wall on a crowded sidewalk.

Where you can buy tree length wood for heating your Maine home cheapest. Someone got their full length timber delivered for $135 a cord. To process slowly for next year’s heating season.

Christmas Meals, Holiday Cooking

Heading To The Kitchen Pantry To Rustle Up Some Christmas Meal Dishes. Planning Something Big This Year?

Which is the best wood pellet stove as you head into winter in Maine another topic this time of year. And warming a home with heat pumps and the interrogation with someone who spent the money to find out first hand. It happens down at the local hardware or corner grocery or in the chit chat after church or a kid’s sporting event.

We Mainers have an inquiring mind and gots to know. Before parting with hard earned money without the research needed to make an intelligent decision. And when we do make a hard thought over purchase for a good or service, there is no beating ourselves up later for with second thoughts. No maybe we should have gone another direction after all. Because the decision made was the best with the knowledge we had at the time. The facts, just the facts. And thinking, adapting along the way to keep things moving and kept from going backwards.

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Easy Does, Everyone Is Not Strung Out, Including The Animals. Plenty Of Elbow Room, Living Space Does That! Get To Maine For A Sample.

The news from down at the snow sled or VFW, American Legion, Elks Club. It travels fast and is pretty accurate.

Even with the passing it on and where you would think something gets lost in translation with each passing it on with the 5 W’s. The newspapers used to be thicker and more lathered with journalistic ink. But advertising dollars shrunk as the Internet added more exposure, longer shelf time in a highly efficient ROI of time and money.

So with urban living becoming more expensive, fraught with danger and just no space in the race though life. The search for local news, the insider’s perspective in Maine is gaining popularity. Especially with high speed Internet becoming more prominent and far reaching. You don’t have to live without room around you. You can have low cost acreage, no neighbor in sight if that is the goal for personal living space. Waterfront to hog all to yourself too. Can you say that in an urban setting or would someone ask what are you smoking? Our news is not about gangs or drive by shootings either. We don’t have affordable housing supply problems either. Lots of cheap land in Maine too own a patch of dirt, to stop renting and start owning something built from the ground up.

Small Maine newspapers also have guest appearances for weekly local “reporters” in far reaching bedroom communities. These gratis photo journalists take great pride in delivering the freshest, most complete local news from their corner of the Maine rural countryside. Images taken and submitted to the local paper, a sports score or vote from a follow up small town council debate. Those all get relayed from out in the rural outpost willy wags to share with the tight knit local population opening up the newsprint. Or tapping into the latest news signal on a variety of means.

Longing for more simple living, lower cost of living and friendly experiences with your friends and neighbors? Just talk with a local, who is like a news stringer for the local beat. More than Maine farm news and weather discussed. It is not like the old television series Hee Haw with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos. The picking and grinning in the corn fields with Minnie Pearl with the hat with the bird, fruit, price tag hanging off it. Salute.

Isn’t it time? Haven’t you heard enough to entice you to travel north for a look see? Maine, don’t keep her waiting. Come check her out and just try to stay away once those heart strings get a strong tug.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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The Slow Shift From Maine Summer To Fall Harvest Colors.

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The leaf color in Maine, dry conditions affect the scenery ahead.

The start of following the Maine fall foliage reports begin this week. Northern Maine is at or near the peak of fall color by the end of September. Hiking Maine in the fall is more breathtaking with the explosion of color. Tourism from leaf peekers is a big source of revenue through out Maine. Weather, soil temperature, water all contribute to the science of what tree leaf shades, which colors show up in the fall display that takes your breath away.

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Add Water To Maine Fall Leaf Colors. It Hits You Hard With A Positive Impression Of Maine.

While exploring the different sections of Maine that bloom in brilliant color, taking in farm operations and agricultural fairs, coastal  festivals should be on your activities calendar too.

The fall bounty of autumn in Maine involves fresh air, forest colors, local food and a glimpse at what makes each region of Maine special. Harvest suppers, cooler mornings and nights, the steam on Maine’s lakes, ponds, rivers add to the crisp clean air as Jack Frost’s fall color scheme. Summer kitchen in the older housing stock put into canning operations.

The root cellar shelves in older Maine farmstead homes are slowly stocked with everything from bread and butter pickles to beets, carrots, green beans and corn.

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Nothing Runs Like A Deere, Well Until A Rock In The Digger Bed Jams, Causes Problems That Stop The Field Harvest In Its Tracks.

Garden garlic is hung to dry. Barrels of potatoes are filled to provide supper meal time fare and stored at thirty seven degrees. Grass fed beef is processed and wraps, freezer packed in portions to reflect and match the number of plates around the dinner table.

Maine barns are filled with square bales, the farm fields have rows of large twelve hundred pound hay rolls collected from rich pasture land. Farmers markets are booming as the harvest of crops is underway in small Maine communities.

Local farmers enjoy the field run cash generated from farm to table in the crops not needed to be stored, graded and shipped to out of state markets. Both organic and conventional farming operators creating new dollars to the local economies of small Maine towns. With everyone well aware of the logic of  “no farmer, no food”. Enjoying knowing where their meal ingredients come from, who grew it and what it endured to get from farm field to the kitchen bins to star in a family meal.

Maine Clover, Wild Flowers.

Outdoors, That’s Where People Hang Out In Maine. All Four Seasons In Vacationland.

The pretty sight of downed trees. Cleaned up blow downs to stuff a Maine wood stove. Tree length lumber appearing out behind Maine country homes, which will be processed in shorter pieces chain sawed to match the wood stove depth they will propel.

 

Maybe 16′ for the kitchen wood cook stove but 22′ for the cellar furnace. Or three, four foot sized to stuff into an outdoor wood boiler. This renewable resource parked for all to see represents next year’s winter heating wood. This season’s heating season wood already cut, split, dried and placed in woodsheds. Or down through open windows with wooden sluice to speed up the deliver of maple, beech, ash, birch and more. Maybe the heavy heating wood pieces are marched into outside basement in a bucket brigade of several pairs of hands. Through hatches to end up being placed in tidy rows in house cellars around the state of Maine. The warm your buns BTU savings bank stacked in cord after cord eight foot by four foot formation to be drawn from steadily as the thermometer mercury dips in the tube.

Winter storm windows added as their screen counter parts are stored away safe and sound in a Maine home or carriage house.

Home foundations are banked for the winter as the oldest field stone cellars get wrapped smartly for the winter weather ahead. The buzz around small Maine towns is about who has the best deal on heating oil or wood pellets. And should this be the year that a heat pump is added to the home heating arsenal of choices. Polling those who have them hanging off their home to see if they really work when the coldest temperatures appear outside a Maine residence.

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The View At Your Picnic In Maine. It Adds To The Home Made Taste Of Whatever Is Packed Away In The Picnic Basket As You Take A Hiking Break To Gaze, Gawk At The Spendor Of Fall Colors.

Season tickets at Maine snow ski areas are on sale in the weeks ahead.

The Penobscot Valley Ski Club Swap is October 14th, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm. There are lots of other snow ski swaps that will appear in the weeks ahead Maine headlines. Families gather to buy new equipment at swap meets. To price to sell the out grown ski accessories that need to find new homes for winter cross country and down hill use. Summer water toys from the Maine lake are stored away as fall hunting camps are opened up. Ice hockey skates are sharped up as kayaks get put away behind snow sleds moved ahead in the garage. To be positioned closer to the garage door opening when the green grass changes to a blanket of white fluffy new snow.

Outdoor fires at night to warm the ring of guests invited over to enjoy social time after apple cider production. Snow blowers and plow trucks are thought about before they are needed to be put into action. For when snow flakes are in the Maine weather forecast.

Young grasshoppers are taught what matters most. Simplify and be prepared the order of the day when you practice back to basics living. Mainers are prepared and live comfortably, less complicated lives because of it. Hanging loose, staying cool and living in the moment but planning for the season ahead. Our needs outweigh our list of wants. Deep contentment, inner joy is the by product enhancing our lives in small town rural Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730 USA

 

The Transition From City To Small Town Maine Rural Living.

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When you put the city life in the rear view mirror, the transition to small town Maine presents many twists and turns.

The lower cost of living is one of the primary perks. And easy adjustment like no crime, no traffic and being able to see the stars at night because no light pollution. There is a shift from impersonal to live and local connection. An enhanced sense of being pulled in. Feeling more involved, part of the small town life where in the urban setting, you can get lost in the sea of sidewalk blank faces. But the strain on the wallet lightens up in rural Vacationland. Even in Maine, the difference from a house for sale in say Portland or up yonder in Aroostook County weighs in over 62% of the cost of the roof over your head. So markets within the market distinctions creep up to help you figure out where you are best off to land in the resettlement.

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Maine Lake Loons. They Stay Off Shore, Serenade, Keep To Themselves.

What else is there to prepare for when your new home address is one zip code that covers many townships?

Where one lonely area code for phone calls serves the entire big state of Maine sparse population. Well, you examine your priorities. You have less choices in some of the retail areas, but way way more options for the no or low cost recreational what you do for fun.

When you need an electrician, a plumber, someone to fix your car or furnace, get ready to be patient. You can not let your fingers do the walking in the yellow pages to locate a never ending supply of technicians. The best ones are busy. You plan to hit many projects as the first one out of the gate in the spring. This applies to the hired out building a home. Or you postpone some expensive projects until mid winter. When folks are caught up and looking for work. Especially inside labor to carry the cost of living in small town Maine.

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The Bees Are Busy Pollinating The Maine Potato Fields In Summer.

You also become more adept at tackling a greater share of what needs to be done in your life.

Because getting started is better than waiting and although it takes you longer on new experiences testing your DIY skills, you end up finishing about the same time who you wanted to have do the job is freed up to show up and perform their magic.

There is not an slew of options for the pick of the pack, best of the bunch in anything in small town Maine circles. You appreciate what you have and are grateful, content, developing lasting joy. Happy happens summer or winter or spring or fall. The season matters not. And with medical, often, there is room for 1.5 of the specially trained doctors and not quite two professionals. There is strength hidden in population numbers as they grow and allow more to sign on in the employment ranks.

Low Cost Property In Maine.

Why People Pick Maine For Low Cost Property, The Wide Open Space.

What you do for fun in small towns is usually out in the country. Nature captures the heart, pulls on its strings in our traditions. You protect, become a good steward that is respectful of Mother Nature and all the wildlife too. Often what is entertaining involves the fresh air and clean water, lush smells of the woods in the great outdoors. The four seasons make each visit to the outdoor venue that refreshes best to have a slightly different take away.

Visit a lighthouse in Maine in the winter, when no tourists are toting cameras or talking or sharing the setting.

You will see what a difference the experience is when it is just you to hog it all to yourself. Try that in a city setting. You can not get away from the people. There just is so little space and often a park or two is all you get to share. And don’t forget Canada, our neighbor where many in the crowd over home are related. No, it is not dangerous being this close to Canada here in Maine. People actually ask that.

And many of the festivals or seasonal celebrations are bigger but fewer. Not offered year round but everything banked on one big memorable day or portion of a calendar week to showcase it. Maybe we have more choices but in from a revolving conveyor belt delivery as the seasons change. You see a lot more home grown and one of a kind mom and pop places as opposed to franchise sameness too in small town Maine living. You witness more use of bikes, horses, and using your imagination in backyards in small towns than behind locked security doors inside, many stories up in a city landscape.

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Baxter Park, Have You Hiked Any Of The Peaks? Been To The Top Of Mt Katahdin, Maine’s Highest Elevation? How Many Times?

You feel the sunshine, are more aware of weather in small rural towns. Because you plan to be out in it, not under a roof or between four walls. 

Meeting places, they are the corner gas and grab to go pizza joints. Or in the aisles of the local IGA, Surefine or Shop N Save, Shaws or County Yankee groceries. At school gym or playing field sporting functions, in the back of the church or near the snacks after the service. Or sitting on an open porch as folks do more walking than driving when in a small Maine town. And stop to talk as they climb up the porch steps to ask about each other’s family members. And how things are down at work.

Whatever is new in town or what is playing at the small movie theatre or maybe a drive in flick gets discussed at this week’s friendly meeting . Or re-visiting something in the newsprint from a few weeks back for a local topic that is a concern to all taxpayers in the small Maine town. Comparing notes in an ongoing conversation only folks in the small town or region of the county would feel strongly about that would not interest the city mouse. Discover Northern Maine. Sample Downeast Maine. You get to witness something rare, special, not commercial spun or for profit. The list of places we try to highlight in this home grown Me In Maine blog post series.

Sitting in the center of town, or in a common parking lot for those new and old that can drive.

Waving to other motorists. Holding doors open to businesses. Smiling comes easy. As the sun sits, the weekend arrives. Sliding into the angled parking spaces and removing the glass in the window to say hello. To begin where they left off the last meeting talking back and forth from inside a car or SUV or pick up truck. Maybe one pair of car occupants get out, get in the back seat of the neighboring one. Snow sled, ATV four wheeler trails cause groups to gather at club houses along the route too. Where pot luck suppers and fund raisers with incredible spreads happen. Those fill the belly and take care of the need to be social, to feel apart of the local community in small town rural Maine towns.

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Buffet Of Birds In Maine, More Than One Kind Flock Together.

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One lone sea gull. On a rock off the point I live on at a Maine lake.

That white bird usually found along the coastal areas of Maine did not talk to himself. Did not have much for company while summer living is enjoyed by the happy campers on the Maine waterfront.

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Maine Lake Loons, Many Other Birds Too On The Waterfront!

But this year was different. He has company. There is lots of chatter. The several sea gulls are very verbal. Or sometimes calm and even silent like Quaker’s meeting has begun another round. No in between. And other birds are visiting the rock reef breakwater jutting out from the peninsula location. That has become like a bird airport.

Different kinds of winged wonders are showing up to be social. To dive bomb fish together with the other birds that hang out sitting on the rocks during all kinds of weather. Low water is the rule of this dry summer where rain is in shortage. And the local farm fields, the streams, rivers, lakes and ponds need the water like the desert needs the rain as the song goes.

I am used to seeing the pesky white sea gulls circling and trolling over Maine beaches.

To eye spy with their little sharp pair of peepers a french fry, an animal cracker, a chip. To swoop, snatch and take it away in the blink of an eye. From a small child who is unaware their snack is under surveillance. These sea gulls don’t dive bomb the lake home.

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Maine Lakes, A Resource Shared With Birds Of All Kinds Like Duck Families.

It is not like an Alfred Hitchcock black and white movies that were ahead of their time in suspense building inside the film viewer. You don’t worry about attach or being terrorized.

They don’t seem to care when you set up a pair of chairs at the point of the lake lot. To observe, to watch more closely the interaction and hear the spirited exchanges. That make you wonder what is the topic of communication that causes so much chatter among the winged wonders.

Just like when Maine loons cry a series of sounds late at night when you lay your head in the bed and enjoy the summer lake breeze. Dreaming about what to do tomorrow around the Maine lake setting. As you wait patiently for the sand man to deliver his magical medication you can not get over the counter.

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Sea Gulls On Maine Lakes! They Don’t Just Entertain On The Coast Line.

The bald eagles flying by and fighting in mid air over a fish happens too.

One rolling over high overhead. Attacking with talons pointed up and hooking in underneath the other mid flight. That still happens. Fighting over a fish. Music and tunes of all kinds of Maine birds. The loons especially are famous for that lake serenade.

The mother loon with the babies growing big and strong as they glide by like the ducks quacking as the young draft. Paddling for all they are worth to keep up with Mom and hoping for a bread supper. From a camper not warned what happens when you start the habit of feeding them.

And what other kinds of lake birds add to the experience. Those pretty, graceful but dreaded Canadian geese that can plague a Maine lake lot. The birds on a Maine lake are a big part of the entertainment on the waterfront. If living there or just visiting the fun kind of h20 Maine has plenty of to share. The waterfront that is always crystal clear and uncrowded. Cormorants in pretty midnight black stealth colors touch and go land out front the Maine lake retreat too!

Maine Lake Herons.

Herons On Maine Lakes. They Show Up To Entertain The Happy Campers.

The little brown sparrows, the barn swallows, the red breasted robins hopping for worms. The brilliant color humming birds too show up daily for sweet to eat treats of floral nectar.

All the aviators on their rounds like heron, other birds that made me reach for a book on the subject of water feathered fowl. The sea gulls surprise me this far north from a sandy ocean beach. Anytime I am used to seeing a number of them was in a coastal setting of Maine. Like say Wells Beach, Maine. Or at the local McDonalds hanging around the golden arches. Mickey Dee’s french fries are a crowd pleaser and a bird weakness addiction it appears.

The crickets, lightning bugs, the bull frogs tune up as the sunset turns the sky to dusk and then a velvet sky backdrop of millions of stars. No light pollution to spoil the sparkle as you sit and reflect in front of a glowing, snap crackle pop camp fire ring.

Maine is wide open space, vast woods, clear farm fields and rolling pastures. Clean water, fresh air, and plenty of unspoiled space. Not as many people, boat loads of wildlife. Heron pictured resting his wings as he surveys the Maine lake for fresh fish dinner prospects. Other birds compare notes, share the rock reef grapevine in front of where I am lucky to spend summers on a Maine lake.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Delayed Learning, Catching Up Later On For Missing Childhood Lessons.

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Maine. Practical, simple ways of performing routine tasks.

Natural short cuts and knowing what happens if you don’t take them. When you grow up in Maine, the rural living prepares you for so much. That you only really appreciate when you leave Maine and end up in an urban areas where not everyone is crossed trained. Not everyone learned carpentry skills, how to work on mechanics, and all the practical ways to approach everything you do in life.

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Not Losing Old Ways Of Doing Things. Maine Is The Blend Of Old And New. The Pace Slow Enough For Pleasure Horses For Example. Or Working Ones Too.

It is easy living in Maine to figure everyone on the planet third from the Sun had the same on the job training for life growing up.

Folks that went to city jobs after the war ended because local employment was sagging found out quickly how much they were worth to a factory. Because you were asked in line as job applicants who is from Maine? Hands go up, the Maine applicant for the job was hired over someone not from the Pine Tree State. Because it was a given that work ethic came ingrained inside each and every individual from Maine’s DNA.

So back to the basics, the simple way of life in Maine where less complicated is always the best pathway to take.

Where doing things without pressure and last minute gun to your head urgency is the plan Stan. We are prepared, we live like we are ready for the worse but hoping for the best. We are grateful for however it turns out because positive attitudes keep folks working together. To avoid bogging down and getting mired down in negativity. Common sense still works and is applied through out the villages of rural Maine. Simple does work best.

Vacation Exchange Swapping Homes

Living Like The Locals, Seeing What’s Special In Maine Swapping The Use Of Your Home Out Of State. Ever Thought About Vacation Exchange Using Your Home?

Do the best you can with what you have and make it better than it was. If it is to be it is up to me approach to tackling anything coming at you. Rather than who do I blame, or hang ringing and running in circles with high emotion Chicken Little, The Sky is Falling drama. We try to be the Little Red Hen. Keep working, stay productive, make your efforts count.

Less clutter is part of revamping your life.

And stepping back to see how you tackle life chores. Do you make it complicated or easy? And algorithms … is what to do regulated by lots of back room, behind the scenes simple codes of if then statements to ride herd on the data?

Trying to save time by over simplify can back fire and end up giving you results that causes more work to untangle when a human asking questions and the answers directing where you end up for the best solutions.

Maine has more space, less traffic, 4th lowest crime stat too. There are four seasons, lots of waterfront, heavily forested, working farm sections that dot the landscape. Less people, less pollution and a lower cost of living makes the backdrop of Maine pretty darn attractive.

Ever filled out a form or answered an online survey where none of the answers really worked best?

Maine Lighthouses Enhance The Sea Shore Experience.

How’s This For a Back Drop Reading Your Favorite Book In Maine?

Flawed navigation of the data collecting processing does not help. Nothing works like the face to face hearth felt discussion where you see the wrinkle of the forehead, eyes not looking directly at you and darting away. Where the non-verbal cues and voice inflections tell more than any sentence alone can deliver.

Maine, where we have slow cooked food and not the fast kind. Where we don’t always multi task and savor the moment. Because all the natural beauty helps suspends and stop the World with a quiet that allows you to think clearly.

Ever been to Maine?

Make the room in your schedule. Don’t put it off. Or maybe it is preaching to the choir. Hasn’t it been way way too long since you visited Vacationland?

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730 USA

Working Hard To Attract Small Maine Town Tourists.

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The tourists who wander into your small Maine town.

Looking to see a Maine moose, dine on lobster or a bucket of steamed clams. To get a t-shirt or nick nack labeled Maine. There is more that your Maine tourist is after after they cross the big green bridge on the south end of the Pine Tree State. The shift from cookie cutter tourist traps with all the franchises, a sea of sameness is not what your traveler is after these days. Too many other places peddling that out there in the wild blue yonder. Slinging the hash with the same tired buzz lines on pick me, pick me to vacation.

Small Rural Maine Communities. The Lifestyle Day To Day, Culture And Heritage Are What Tourist Travelers Want To Sample.

Unique, fresh, real is sought after in every experience all of us seek out today right? Like watching re-runs, something new and different always trumps same old same old. Give me something new and different please.

Maine is all over “it is not like this anywhere else.” You’ve heard the slogan “Maine, the way life should be.” So preserving, capitalizing on the small Maine town rural lifestyle. What makes the small community special and stand out. It starts with the locals realizing how lucky they are to just live full time in a low crime, little traffic setting. With all this natural unspoiled beauty and friendly helpful people. There is an intimate connection in a small Maine town where folks work together to create the sense of community. People wave, smile, help out and know “if it is to be, it is up to me.”.

It is not like that in a city back drop where eye contact and personal interaction is avoided at all costs. Where underlying fear is just part of the stress of living with all these people in your face. Trying to negotiate a crowded sidewalk face with a sea of faces coming at you in all directions like asteroids. And road rage. Those hand gestures are not waves.

What’s the best way to create the local home town pride re-energized?

Two weeks of therapeutic living in a blighted urban population center. Get on the bus, round up the locals of Maine, make the wheels go round and round.  Jam lots of people way way too close together in a smelly, noisy, too many shadows of a cold, not so friendly concrete jungle and watch out. Stand back. See what happens as tempers flare, respect is lost and personal living space is invaded. Then bring back those transplanted rural locals from the shell shocking of the city living. They won’t forget the contrast and count their blessings on what we do have, what we don’t that makes Maine a jewel. And the locals will be grounded. To begin again to count the reasons why they are country mice in rural Maine small towns. And making it fun, affordable, casual for those visiting it. Maine fun is outdoors. Low or no cost once you get here. That is what the high cost of living vacationers with strapped out of town finances want. What overbooked, worrisome travelers seek to unplug and recharge when they dial in the  relaxation mode considering Maine.

Like anywhere, there are Mainers who will bitch and complain about everything from the weather to the cost of tea in China. Not the buzz to relay, not the signal to send to attract a tourist best. To convey the notion that this place is worth spending some time and money. Deep down in the gray matter they call themselves died in the wool Mainers with a strong constitution. To tackle anything coming down the pike. But they forget why they live here due to discouragement that dims the resiliency. Some natives just resist change as they cling to the past as they growing older.

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What We Do For Fun, Tourist Want To Tap Into The Local Community Lifestyle That Is Refreshingly Real And Natural.

When you grew up and enjoyed prosperity in a small Maine town. Then erosion happen to the simple way of life. And you witness the hustling, bustling, thriving small Maine town rural economies drying up. Combined with the cost of living escalating. It is easy to lament and have a pity party. To wonder what happened.

Some habitually start to whine without knowing it. And without adapting, re-tooling mentally to approach the local economy differently. It is easy to forget what you liked than made you stay in the small Maine community. And when some of those elements are missing you can start humming the should I stay or should I go Clash song.

Where to put the energies collectively as a small rural Maine town, to be a good ambassador to the area.

Beat the drum loudly. What you want, what your tourist is after. It’s not always a topic where agreement on testy topics scores very high. What you want to see take place in a small Maine town may not be realistic. Due to small numbers in the population to underwrite expenses. And the need to have volume to monetize the endeavor. Everything runs on a business chassis and the small Maine town economy is no different. Otherwise, last guy or gal out shut off the lights on Main Street in small downtown communities.

Remember the joy of life as a kid on a school recess yard playing? Getting along and having fun should not be lost on youth. Our adult attitude, thinking about putting your best foot forward and preserving what we do have to brag up. Making a list. Preaching and seeing to it that everyone is promoting the same local attractions. Getting excited first yourself so it oozes out in all you say, do, fell. Adding to the list with anything missing that your tourist is after. Not just what you want but what they seek that other areas offer. Capitalize on that. What f you were in the moccasins of a new to the area, passing through your burg tourist. Become that character in the local audience.

Nothing like a steady flow of tourist dollars into the local coffers to improve a small Maine town community. As long as the down home simple nature of the small Maine town is not totally revamped. And the live and local is lost in the process.

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No Walls, No People, All Real And Natural. Bask In That Vacationing In Maine. That’s What Attracts Maine Tourists.

The winds of change, what is today’s traveler to Maine now after?

What they have lost in their area and is no longer seen. An experience with agri-tourism is part of the splash. Heritage tourism. Re-living the past in farmers museums part of the show and tell to someone brand new to the area of Maine where you hail. The rich folklore of lumber camps, timbering vast forests when timber was king. The fishing and hunting haunts. The recreational trails of Maine that dot the map need to be easily found, heavily promoted. Interstate connections have to be as strong as possible for the tourist to stay in touch online.

Attracting Maine tourists. The natural lure to tangle and tease is the eye candy imagery. Promoting outdoor natural activities like a river canoe or kayak race that just don’t happen in pollution centers. Where the crowd of people have to spend their time staying safe, their heads above water financially paying for this, that and the simmering stress demanding some vegging out time in Maine. Where it can be so quiet that you do hear yourself think. Where wildlife habitats can soothe the stings and scars of the price paid for city living. That does not come without a cost.

The local food, the yarn stories shared with tourists about how the local turf runs, how the small Maine town got to this point along the way. History of the area is rich and rewarding if shared with a local person to person. Not a few lines machined and printed on the four color brochure that was not written by a local resident of the small Maine town. Tell me, show me why you live in the small Maine town. Let the tourist consider if they did and they will return when treated like they already live here. Brag up big wigs who for years have trot trotted from Boston and beyond to Maine.

Getting into the habit of really wanting to help the brand new to the community tourist. The ones who ask for directions or to get the insider tip on where is a good place to eat, to stay. Answering the “what do you do for fun” question with a slew of suggestion for the traveling through your area tourist. Give him or her, their families reasons for hanging around.

By saying and meaning it sincerely after you provide the local information. With a smile, “I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in my corner of Maine.” A good habit if you really believe to have friends you need to be one. So the stranger is not one for long because of a gracious glad you are here feeling conveyed to them. That shows you the local are pretty darn happy and you know it. Clap you hands. Stamp your feet. (Now that song is stuck in a loop in your head. S0 sorry. Really)

It’s never been a better time to be a small rural Maine community that steps it up to attract more tourism dollars. Heck the bottom of the Maine license plate made at the state prison is the black and white reminder. “Vacationland” is thee nickname of Maine for a good reason, adopted many moons ago.

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The Old Traditions Should Be Preserved And Promoted. Small Maine Towns Don’t Benefit From Forgetting Their Cultural Roots Which Helps The Tourism Dollars Bottom Line.

What made, still makes the small Maine town great? It takes critical thinking and getting ready for tourism to help the process along. And not trying to make the rural, sparsely populated placed thrown into the ring. To go toe to toe with a larger city approach to tourism. We are not in the same weight class and compete different. We hold different marketing cards to play in the game of tourist attraction. That many other small Maine towns are around the same poker table. After those same tourists to come see ME, my area of Maine.

We did have a number of Phish concerts in Northern Maine at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone. But to attract those kinds of numbers to shake and grove to Maine on a large B-52 size runway through out the year is probably not realistic. Chalk Dust Torture in the winter with hands overhead swaying even with legalized pot is not going to happen.

Discussions locally on what we should be pushing for and what would or not work can go poorly. If you disagree and point out why. Not everyone respects your difference of opinion when discouraged and looking for a quick fix. A bandaid for a gunshot wound. Because they see the small Maine town as something it is not. Instead of what it is capable of sustaining with manpower and dwindling available dollars. Where the small town or regional area of Maine could shine brightly if a different, collectively agreed upon direction is taken. It takes many late night meetings and heated discussions. A plan Stan that gets launched and modified with tweaks along the way.

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Jack Dempsey, Ted Williams, Teddy Roosevelt, Stephen King, Martha Stewart, The Bushes On The Compound At Walker’s Point. Lots Of Celebrities Pick Maine For Fun And Casual Vacationing. Play That Card In The Tourism Promotion.

Don’t wait for government to fix it or adjust the “sales” to foster more Maine tourism. It takes individual grass roots effort on the local level to step up and take on the volunteering. You have to have the locals buying in and knowing leadership is on the right path.

To invest in small tourism-fueled businesses to make the Maine rural town a destination starts with what are your strengths and weaknesses. What are you selling. And not for the entire vacation week or long weekend of the tourist. But partnering with other areas. To catch the traveler coming and going.

Maine is lucky to be next door to Canada, to make it a two nation vacation. Local food, local attractions and a connection to the lifestyles of local people is what they want. They get bored if they don’t get fed that. Share the tourist and building their trip with other in-state and out of country partners over home eh? To get them to return for more. It is more than one visit we are after right boys and girls? Make it a habit. Let the tug on the heartstrings of Maine be a strong one. That vacation falls in love with Maine’s allure hook, line and sinker. And does not care at all that they are powerless to stay away from her charms.

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They like it, they love it, they want some more of it like the song suggest. They don’t know why but the small town promoting it’s best features does.

The traveling tourist want to see the small rural towns, handful of cities in Maine the way they are. Putting on the tourism goggle to see the local area the way someone who has never been here before does. That critical look through the lens makes it clear where to push the tourism promotion levers.

If we already have visitors coming to fish, bike, hike, hunt, river raft, and relax, keep banging the drum geared for that audience segment. Keep spreading the word and tapping the social media channels about wildlife, clean water, fresh air and all this natural four season space.

Without that tourism lens put on, though, it is easy to miss the value and opportunity of the traffic that outdoor recreation already generates. To see the subtle differences all the areas of Maine offer to the tourist. Like what happens when you venture into say Downeast Maine. The culture, heritage and real day to day not something spun or artificial slick is what the Griswald’s are after to experience on a family vacation to Maine.

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