Between the winter wonderland that is Cathance River Preserve and the option to swing into Flight Deck for a beer, this is a winning snowshoe + brews combination.
Even if you've never been on cross-country skis and you've never shot an air rifle, you can be a biathlete at the Midcoast Conservacy Biathon at Hidden Valley Nature Center and the Nordic Biathlon at Roberts Farm Preserve.
It's a winter trifecta that combines a bit of outdoor activity with plenty of well-deserved post-ski relaxation. And then more relaxation. Toss in a pit stop at the tavern for a beer and a burger and you've got yourself a day worth writing home about.
You know who loves winter walks in the snow? The goats at Ten Apple Farm in Gray. And you're welcome to join them during their afternoon meandering in the woods during a Goat Hike.
Hike and Sauna Saturday combines a scenic mountain ascent and ends with you contentedly sweating your brains out in a sauna in the Maine woods.
There are 27 kilometers of trails at Five Fields Farm, which loop around the appled orchards and connect with logging roads and property owned the Loon Echo Land Trust on Bald Pate Mountain.
Go ice skating on a local pond or outdoor rink, then hit a nearby bar, restaurant, or inn for a hot toddy, spiked hot cocoa, or glass of wine. Whatever suits your ice skating fancy.
A carefree bus ride up to Sunday River or Sugarloaf, bagels and coffee, a whole day of skiing and a ride back with snacks, a movie and/or a well-deserved nap). Nice.
The 1.25-mile loop trail around Mackworth Island is a stellar spot for an easy-going snowshoe, complemented by views of Casco Bay and a snow-covered fairy village.
This small trail network tucked off Ash Swamp Road, not far from Route 1, has one happy mile of trail, which makes it a perfect spot for a quick winter walk or a first-time-snowshoer expedition.