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10 of our favorite Spring Things here in Midcoast Maine

Posted by Kristen Lindquist on March 2, 2017
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Being able to (comfortably) hang clothes on the line again is a simple pleasure of spring.

  1. DORMAN’S DAIRY DREAM REOPENS. Here in Maine we love our ice cream. My grandmother always looked forward to her first trip to this family-owned ice cream shop each spring. Located on Route One between Thomaston and Rockland, Dorman’s has been delighting ice cream lovers with its homemade dairy delights since 1951. Usually reopens sometime in early April.
  2. THE RETURN OF FLOWERS! The first flowers to appear in Camden are often crocuses along the south-facing outside wall of the Camden Public Library. Other places to enjoy budding blossoms and trees: the flower gardens of Merryspring Nature Center and Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel. (Check out this related blog post for more information.)
  3. THE MORNING CHORUS OF BIRDSONG. Migrant songbirds begin to fly through midcoast Maine by late April. The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Bird Week offers a full schedule of local bird-watching field trips in mid-May, visiting a different location each morning.
  4. HIKING UP MOUNT BATTIE without worrying about ice and snow on the trail. The primary trail up Mount Battie, which originates at the end of Megunticook Street in Camden, is short and sweet, with many opportunities for scenic views of town and Penobscot Bay. However, the path crosses several patches of exposed rocky ledge, some quite steep, that can be prohibitive when coated with snow and ice.
  5. CAMDEN FARMER’S MARKET returns in mid-May. Open on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, this outdoor market is as much a social experience as a food adventure. You can find delectable cheeses, maple syrup, fresh seafood, organic meats, hand-crafted baskets, artisanal tofu, bouquets of flowers, wild mushrooms, crusty breads, slices of wood oven pizza, vegetables of the season, and more–all local and grown with love.
  6. TAKE-OUT FROM GRAFFAM’S SEAFOOD SHACK. While Graffam’s offers their full menu inside during the winter, their fresh, quality fried seafood and lobster rolls are best enjoyed outside at one of their picnic tables when the Shack reopens sometime in May. You’ll see just as many locals as tourists at this hot spot.
  7. FRESH MAPLE SYRUP. Buckets and sap lines start appearing on local maples in February. Visiting a sugar shack on Maine Maple Sunday at the end of March is a great way to learn more about the fascinating, age-old process of turning the spring sap from sugar maple trees into maple syrup. It usually takes about 30-40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of syrup; you can taste for yourself why all the work is worth it.
  8. A NEW CROP OF “OREO COOKIE” CALVES. Rockport’s Aldermere Farm was one of the first in the country to raise Belted Galloways, a Scottish breed of beef cow. These distinct black cows with wide white bands around their middles are often compared to Oreo cookies. The fuzzy-faced, big-eared calves look like big teddy bears. The farm invites the public to meet the year’s new babies on Calf Unveiling Day, the first Saturday in May. And you can drive past the farm fields anytime with an eye out for these adorable youngsters.
  9. BASEBALL SEASON OPENS! The favorite baseball team of most Mainers is, of course, the Boston Red Sox. The Portland Sea Dogs (a AA affiliate team of the Red Sox) is also very popular with locals who hope to catch future major league stars in action. Inexpensive seats at the Sea Dogs’ nice, family-friendly Hadlock Field are only an hour-and-a-half away. For ball games a little closer to home, we enjoy watching local middle and high school teams. Five Town Little League’s season opens May 6 this year, and local kids also compete in the Midcoast Babe Ruth League.
  10. KITE-FLYING ON BEECH HILL. Beech Hill Preserve, which comprises almost 300 acres in Rockport (trail map here), offers a bare summit amid blueberry barrens–the perfect place to fly a kite on a windy spring day. The picturesque sod-roofed stone hut and panoramic views of Penobscot Bay and the surrounding Camden Hills add to the place’s appeal. The preserve is also an official stop on the Maine Birding Trail and can be quite lively with birds in spring.

 

 

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