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).
Back40 rounds up a range of guided outdoor adventures - for novices and more experienced folks - offered by guides from around Maine, as well as New Hampshire and Vermont.
Find some hiking friends with one of these Maine and New England hiking groups, because being on-trail with other cool people makes the experience even better.
Ski the quiet, snow-covered carriage trails and snowshoe on mountains blanketed in fluff. And revel in the priceless whole-place-to-myself feeling that comes to Acadia in winter.
The Mt. Everest Challenge will have you climbing 29,029 feet of elevation (that's the height of Everest's summit) over the course of 10 weeks.
Hawk Mountain is a short and moderate hike in Waterford. The views are outstanding, especially given how relatively easy it is to get to the summit.
Trail Dames of Portland, Maine is a hiking meetup geared toward curvy women and women who are brand new to the trails. It's a welcoming, no-hiker-left-behind group, where the goal is to enjoy the outdoors, not race to the summit.
Wake up early for a swim in the lake, hike Mount Blue and Tumbledown (then plunge yourself into the pond at the top), rent a kayak on a calm evening, and then hang out by the fire by at your campsite. Sounds nice, right?
The Ladies Adventure Club is an all-ages, all-abilities group for like-minded Maine women who want more adventure in their lives, from day hikes and meditation to archery lessons and full moon snowshoeing.
Getting outside onto the road, trail, or water is a life-enhancing experience on its own. But it's also way more fun when you're with other people who also love to hike, paddle, run, and ride. Check out these Facebook groups and Meetups to meet people who like doing what you like doing!