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++ Get out (but, like, not too far). We all love and appreciate the positive effects of the Maine outdoors. Hopefully we’ll be back to all kinds of adventuring soon. But for now, press pause. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has some great advice: stay close to home, steer clear of busy locations, keep your distance (and stick to walking/hiking with folks from your household). ++

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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.
by: Shannon Bryan

Debsconeag Ice Caves: Climb inside this cool pile of heavy boulders

Stationed inside the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, just south of Baxter State Park, the ice caves were created by glaciers...
Kayakers paddle across lake with mountain and blue sky behind them
by: Shannon Bryan

Kayaking Old Saco River + Kezar Pond in Fryeburg (with views of the White Mountains!)

Covered bridge, winding river, and a wide-open pond with a sandy beach to picnic on and the white mountains as...
Waterfall rappelling with northeast mountaineering
by: Shannon Bryan

Rappel down a waterfall with Northeast Mountaineering

Rappel down 100-foot Ripley Falls in Crawford Notch in New Hampshire's White Mountains, even if you've never rappelled down anything...
by: Shannon Bryan

Outdoor dance in Portland with Veeva Banga and Embody the Rhythm

Dance outdoors in Portland this summer in an Afro Beats class on the Eastern Prom or Guinea-style West African dance...
Beginner friendly paddles Maine kayaking runaround Pond
by: Shannon Bryan

Paddling Southern Maine: 10 beginner-friendly places to kayak and SUP

Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett, authors of "Paddling Southern Maine," were kind enough to share some of their favorite paddles...
by: Shannon Bryan

Island overnight! Kayak + camp on Jewell Island with Portland Paddle

Kayak to Jewell Island for a camping overnight with Portland Paddle. You'll explore towers and island trails, eat dinner over...
by: Shannon Bryan

Sunset and full moon canoe tours on the Scarborough Marsh with Maine Audubon

During a sunset or full moon canoe tour on the Scarborough Marsh, you'll get a sunset (and maybe a moon...
by: Shannon Bryan

Away to Franklin: Off-the-grid cabin on Great Pond + lots of great hikes nearby

Revel in rustic perfection at this cabin on a pond in Franklin, where you can spend the day floating on...
person in shorts jumping into swimming hole
by: Shannon Bryan

Hike & Swim: 20+ trail hikes that include a refreshing swimming hole dip

Summer heat calls for cool dips in Maine's lakes, rivers, and that refreshingly cold ocean - but first, a hike...
by: Shannon Bryan

Summit, skulls + scat: Hike and learn at Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary

Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary offers a pretty rockin' hike up Borestone Mountain and a small Nature Center chock full of...
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