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Vacation in Maine
Apr 27, 2007 - 9:53:19 PM

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As a skiing hotspot many tourists make their way to Maine to hit the slopes in the winter and many of the locals will leave town as well to get away from the cold. However, if you do choose to make your way up to Maine for February there are several events that will warm you up after a day of skiing, snowboarding or ice fishing.

If you are an avid ice fisher you may want to try your luck at the Ice Fishing Derby. The annual event is hosted by the Pushaw Lake Snowmobile Club every February. The fishing takes place in Bangor on Big Pushaw Lake in Hudson. There are prizes for total poundage of pike each day, heaviest bass, pickerel and white perch overall as well as a door prize. The Bangor Region is located between the rugged coastline of Downeast Maine and the North Woods of Main. The area attracts travelers from Maine and Canada, as it also has a significant retail industry.

The Chocolate Extravaganza is held in Ogunquit and is free to the public. Guests get to try every kind of free chocolate treats as well as enjoy entertainment such as the live band, Sweet Deal or No Deal and a 5 foot chocolate sandcastle. Ogunquit is a beautiful beach town that is well-known for their arts community. There are several galleries, private studios, restaurants, lounges, gift shops and guesthouses while you are visiting the town.

The International Snowmobilers Festival is a three-day event that allows Festival ID holders to enjoy the miles of snowmobile trails. There are 100-200 miles of trails on both the American and Canadian borders. The event also includes dinners, dancing, drag races and breakfast. The event is held in Madawaska and Northern New Brunswick.

The Annual Caribou Bog Ski Race and Tour is a cross-country ski race and tour held in Essex Woods and Bangor. This is a classic style race and tour that is approximately 20K. The course starts at the bottom of Essex St. Hill to the old Veazie Rail Line to Caribou Bog and finishes at the Sargent Rec. Center in Stillwater.

The Flying Moose Classic Cross Country Ski race is a 10K race for all ages. The event is held at the Bethel Inn Nordic Center-Pine Hill Trails. Childrenís races follow the adult races and are Lollipop, 1K and 3K.


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