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NOT FALL YET! 19 summery things you can still do in Maine

NOT FALL YET! 19 summery things you can still do in Maine

Bags of candy corn have begun appearing on the shelves at CVS. The kids are back in school. I just saw the Facebook event for Goodwill’s annual Ghoulwill Ball (It’s Oct. 20, BTW). I’d say all signs are pointing to the impending fall, except I still haven’t stopped sweating from Maine’s most-recent heat wave and I’m actually longing for a cool breeze, crunchy leaves, and the desire to one day want to eat soup again.

That said, it’s easy to get caught up in the “summer’s over!” mania that tends to hit this time of year. But summer is NOT over. Not yet. We still have three weeks to milk this season for all it’s worth. So let’s milk it.

If you haven’t gotten on a paddleboard, tried goat yoga, run a 5k, or taken a surf lesson, there’s still time! (But, like, not a lot of it, so get on it.)

Here are 19 active things you can still do this summer:

Swan Island
Swan Island, just off Richmond, is a cool little getaway with hiking trails, swimming, camping, and canoe and kayak rental. Shannon Bryan photos

Go on a hike and hit a swimming hole

You can hike all year, but swimming season is short in Maine. And with the hot weather we’ve been having lately, a cool dip sounds glorious. To help you find the perfect place to hike and swim, check this roundup: 20+ trail hikes that include a refreshing swimming hole dip

Wendy Almeida walks out toward the cliff’s edge on the coastal trail at Cutler Coast Reserved Land. Shannon Bryan photo

Hike the Bold Coast

Cutler Coast is often called the “Bold Coast” for reasons that become readily clear the moment you set eyes on those cliffs. There are 10 miles of trails here, including 3.5 miles of coastal trail, where you can look down into the Bay of Fundy from atop the cliffs or walk through meadows of chest-high flowers before ducking back onto the tree-covered trail.
FMI: Hike the Bold Coast at Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land (plus camping at Cobscook)
ALSO: You can hike here with a group during this weekend with North Star Adventures Sept. 15-16: Women’s Backpacking: Cutler Coast

Falling water at Cascade Stream Gorge in Rangeley. Shannon Bryan photo

Go waterfall-hunting (and hiking and paddling) in Rangeley

The wonders of Rangeley are too many to count, but you’ll have a grand time trying to cram as much hiking, paddling, and waterfall-hunting as you can into your visit (whether that’s late summer or fall). Here are some ideas for your next visit:
FMI: Adventuring in Rangeley: Hiking, paddling, and waterfalls all over the place

Grand Manan
Sunrise from the campsite on Grand Manan. Wendy Almeida photo

Camp in Canada: Campobello and Grand Manan Islands

A half-day ride away, New Brunswick, Canada, offers some fun island camping and hiking adventures that are easy to reach by car (and don’t require a full week of vacation). Campobello Island is accessible by bridge from Lubec while Grand Manan requires an easy and affordable ferry ride (humans and cars) from Blacks Harbour, less than a one-hour ride northeast of the Calais border crossing.
FMI: Hike and camp on a Canadian island this summer: Campobello & Grand Manan

Hiking Tumbledown Mountain and taking a dip in the pond at the top. Shannon Bryan photos

Hike Tumbledown Mountain

Tumbledown is one of my favorite hikes. The Brook Trail goes right up to the summit, where a pond awaits (you’ll earn that cool dip for sure!). The pond and views are worth it, and this mountain is only 2 hours from Portland, which means it makes for a great day trip. Or you can stay a day or two at nearby Mount Blue State Park.
FMI: Hiking, paddling, swimming, camping at Mount Blue State Park, Weld

Morning workout with Portland Sweat Project. Shannon Bryan photo

Work out outside!

Sure, Old Port Pub Run, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Biddeford Saco Boot Camp, Maine Boot Camp, Thick Quad Squad, and Portland Sweat Project go year-round (outdoors, in the snow!), but late-summer is the best outdoor workout weather. There’s plenty of yoga, running, and boot camps to enjoy while it’s still warm enough to sweat your brains out in shorts.
FMI: Outdoor workouts in the Fit Maine calendar

Staff and volunteers bring the canoes to the water and help everyone get in. Shannon Bryan photo

Paddle the Scarborough Marsh

Sept. 1 and 2
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Explore the Scarborough Marsh by canoe with a self-guided tour. Labor Day weekend is the last weekend that the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center will be open for kayak and canoe rentals. Rental hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the last boat has to be back by 5 p.m.) Get yourself a boat enjoy the winding marsh waters and wildlife.
FMI: www.maineaudubon.org

hiking yoga with yoga on york
Hike Mount Agamenticus and do yoga at the summit with Yoga on York. Shannon Bryan photos

Hiking Yoga with Yoga on York

Sept. 2
Mount Agamenticus
Do mountain pose ON A MOUNTAIN. Or tree pose among trees. And have the yoga instructor guide you to reach for the sky or point your toes toward the ocean. Yoga on York has two more chances to join them on a Saturday-morning hiking yoga class. It’s about 15 minutes to hike up Mount Agamenticus, followed by yoga at the summit. $20 drop-in. 7 a.m. Sept 2.
FMI: yogaonyork.com
Fit Maine did it! Hiking yoga on Mount Agamenticus with Yoga on York

Hands to the sky during a Yoga at Bug Light Park class with Kelly Rich Yoga. Shannon Bryan photo

Seaside Yoga at Bug Light Park

Through September
Bug Light Park, South Portland
Kelly Rich Yoga has led donation-based yoga at Bug Light Park all summer, and there’s still outdoor yoga to be had. Classes are offered multiple days a week into early October (weather depending, of course). All levels are welcome, the views of Portland harbor are outstanding, and there’s a suggested donation of $10-$15.
FMI: www.facebook.com
Fit Maine tried it! Yoga at Bug Light Park in South Portland with Kelly Rich (and amazing views!)

SUP lesson with Portland Paddle

Portland Paddle, East End, Portland
Saturdays and Sundays through September
If this was the summer you were going to try paddleboarding, you can still take a lesson with Portland Paddle. Lessons are Saturdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September. Cost is $40 per person and includes all the gear and instruction.
FMI: portlandpaddle.net/sup-lessons
ALSO: Portland Paddle also offers guided kayak and SUP tours, overnights, and multi-day paddles in Casco Bay.

Goat yoga at Sunflower Farm. Shannon Bryan photos

Goat Yoga

August 31 and Sept 1
Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook
Goat yoga has been a thing for a few summers now. If you’ve been wanting to go but haven’t yet, you have a few more opportunities! Ashley Flowers is teaching a couple more classes at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. No yoga experience necessary, and no judgement if you spend the entire time petting a goat.The last two classes are Friday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 1 at 8:30 a.m.
FMI: www.facebook.com/events/622310298113087/
ALSO: Another goat yoga class at Sunflower Farm in Cumberland at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1! Fall Yoga with Goats!

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Be Well Fall Favorites – Yoga & Apple Picking

Sept 8
Wallingford’s Orchard, Auburn
I stand by my assertion that Sept. 8 is not fall – that said, I think it’s just fine to revel in some orchard yoga and apple picking, even if the calendar still says summer. Join Be Well for a one-hour vinyasa flow followed by apple cider and donuts and a discount on apple picking (good for any day of the apple-picking season).
FMI: www.facebook.com/events/323309595104836/

River Jam Dash to the Sea kayak race photo

River Jam Festival and Dash to the Sea kayak race

Kayak race Sept 15 (festival Sept 14-15)
Biddeford and Saco
On Friday night, enjoy a beer garden, Fringe Fest, and a community pot luck. Saturday boasts a 5K, kayak race, and canoe on the Saco River (plus more family activities and lots of music).
FMI: riverjamfest.com

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Funky Bow Trail Hop

Sept. 15
Funky Bow Brewery, Lyman
A 5K through the woods behind Funky Bow Brewery. First 150 who sign up will get a Funky Bow Trail Hop glass filled with beer. $35 entry. Race starts at 10 a.m.
FMI: runsignup.com and www.facebook.com

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Loon Echo Trek

Sept. 15
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton
A 6 mile route for recreational hikers that starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the shuttle bus drop off at the Southwest Ridge Trail.
The course for the Mountain Challenge competition division of the Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK starts at Shawnee Peak, proceeds up the ski area, across the ridge to the “Teepee” on the Southwest Ridge Trail, returning by the same route. The course is 8.4 miles in length. Afterward, enjoy a post hike/run lunch, Allagash beer, and party with live music!
FMI: www.loonecholandtrust.org and www.facebook.com

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Paddle + Picnic on the Presumpscot River

Sept 15
Shaw Park, Gorham
This free group paddle on the Presumpscot is co-hosted by me – Fit Maine – and Kim Bennett and Sandy Moore, who wrote the book “Paddling Southern Maine.” It’s an easy-going paddle open to paddleboarders, canoeists and kayakers of all levels. BYO grub for the picnic and a food donation for the South Portland High School food pantry. Meets at 9 a.m.
FMI: www.facebook.com/events/320033318561829/

Runners lunge on the water. Shannon Bryan photo

SUP & SIP Paddleboard Yoga with KOAN Wellness

Sept. 16
York Town Docks, York
SUP yoga classes are winding down with KOAN Wellness in York, but there are still a couple of cool events, like the SUP & SIP event on Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes a SUP yoga class and afterward there’s an option for some post-yoga drinks and snacks.
FMI: www.facebook.com
ALSO: There’s a Paddle the Harbor event, also with KOAN Wellness, from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 9.
Fit Maine did it. Read more about it: Yoga on the water: Paddleboard Yoga with Koan Wellness in York

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Trail to Ale 10K

Sept. 16
Eastern Prom, Portland
Portland Trails knew running for beer and pizza was an awesome combination decades ago. This annual event is popular for good reason: pizza from Portland Pie and beer from Shipyard. But it’s also a scenic 10K along the Eastern Prom and Back Cove. Feel free to sprint it or walk it. Cost is $35. Race is at 9 a.m.
FMI: trails.org

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
Gudrun and Larry paddle on Pushaw Stream during a full moon paddle. Shannon Bryan photo

Full Moon Paddle on Pushaw Stream

Sept. 22 (which is, technically, fall, but whatever)
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town
Beavers are nocturnal. Turns out, so is the moon. This happy coincidence means that, during a full moon paddle on Pushaw Stream, you’re surely going to spot some beavers. And – clouds depending – a big, fat, bright moon. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town leads guided canoe trips every month under the full moon.
The Sept. 22 paddle runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids, and include a guide, canoe, paddle, and PFD.
FMI: www.facebook.com
Fit Maine checked it out: Full Moon Paddle at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town
ALSO: Check out the Fall Paddle in the Morning at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 23.

Early fall fun

A few more events that technically fall into the “yes, it’s really autumn now” category but you should still check out:
The Amazing Chase adventure race on Sept 22 in Windham.
Ripple Across Portland, also an adventure race on Sept. 22 in Portland.
Black & White 2 Peak Challenge trail running race on Sept. 23 in Rumford.
Ragged Mountain Scuttle obstacle course race on Sept. 23 at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Salsa Night with Primo Cubano & PM Salsa lesson and dancing in Congress Square Park, Portland on Sept. 28.


And, of course, you can always find loads of upcoming events in Maine by checking the Fit Maine calendar!


Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.