1) State of Maine Park Pass
Maine is home to over 500,000 acres of both state and national parks. When you buy a State of Maine Park pass, your gift gets your loved one the choice of 32 state parks for a picnic lunch, tackling an outdoor adventure or relaxing under an old oak tree. Our State parks offer swimming in the ocean or a lake, hiking up a mountain or through the woods, biking along rail-trails or even camping at 12 of the state parks in Maine. This is sure to be a great gift for young and old.
2) De-Stress Gift
Who are we kidding? The holiday season is stressful. Granted it's a time for giving, sharing, and caring, but it tends to be hectic. Help your sister, who has her hands full with 3 toddlers, de-stress for an afternoon of pampering. Anthony's Day Spa in Bangor is one of my favorites. Whether she chooses a pedicure to relax those aching feet or a relaxation massage to unwind, you will definitely delight her with the attempt to make that busy mom feel at ease.
3) White Water Rafting for the entire family
|Kennebec River Family Trip|
|Our raft guide, Stephanie at Muse.|
Men, listen up. This is your chance to really make your lady happy. This is a great date night when you gift this Maine experience. Portland and the Bangor area are leaders in the wine and sip movement here in Maine, but I'm sure it won't take long for more Maine communities to offer this fun, creative and whimsical experience in their own hometown. Check out Muse in Portland or Generations Boutique & Art Studio in Brewer to buy gift certificates for this super unique holiday gift.
5) Isn't it grand... Canyon of Maine
You don't have to leave the great state of Maine to see the Grand Canyon of the East. Travel to the Moosehead Lake area to join a guided waterfall hike with Northeast Whitewater. Peak summer, expect the waterfalls to be warm enough to take a refreshing dip. During the spring, the volume of whitewater tumbling over the ledges is worth every step in the woods. Fall is spectacular with blazing colors ideal for say ... your niece that is really getting into photography to seek out an adventurous Maine day in the woods.
6) Maine Beer Tour
You know one or two, okay maybe more than that, but we all have beer lovers in our lives, right?! As Maine raft guides, WE are beer lovers, so yes we know a few first hand. Beer tours are a fun way to meet other people, as well as the connoisseur of yeast and hops first hand. The Portland Maine area has a couple of tour options where you leave the driving to the experts. The Maine Brew Bus and Maine Beer Tours both offer comfortable rides to distilleries and breweries. The Sea Dog Brewing Co. located on the Penobscot river waterfront in Bangor offers brewery tours daily and yummy food.
7) Canoeing with a Moose
|Maine Bull Moose Canoe Tour|
No need to stress on what to buy this holiday season. Think adventure gifts, not junk and you'll be the #1 gift giver at the holiday party. Happy Holidays!
Thoughtfully submitted by Jessica Hargreaves.