Snow Covered Trees

Guide to Exploring Winter in Maine

Nothing is quite as beautiful as the Ocean in the winter…the snow covered coast… quiet and peaceful. A scenic seaside village draped in a blanket of snow. Picture yourself cozy by a warm fire in a beautiful Maine inn. Or enjoying a bottle of wine in a spectacular restaurant overlooking the ocean waves.

Skiing is one of Maine’s best winter activities, on some of the biggest mountains in New England. In fact, Maine is home to two of the largest ski resorts in the East – Sunday River and Sugarloaf. Nordic skiers will find they can cross country or snowshoe in so many places in Maine, trails, farms, fields, and ski resorts.


Snowmobiling is a rush when you are cruising across a snow covered field, or across frozen lakes, or navigating the extensive Maine snowmobile trail network and mountain terrain.

Great events abound in Maine’s winter season too, ice fishing derbies and winter carnivals, ski resort festivals from Thanksgiving openings, sometimes even Halloween skiing at Sunday River, to Easter and Reggaefest at Sugarloaf.

Maine also hosts nationally recognized holiday celebrations in seaside villages complete with carriage rides, Christmas craft fairs, fireworks and more. Kennebunkport Maine has been recognized as one of the #2 Christmas towns in America by HGTV. Learn more in our Holiday Events page. A Maine getaway is great any time of year but fabulous for the holidays and the winter season.

Christmas horse sleigh in Maine Christmas parade

Bar Harbor, located on scenic Mount Desert Island has been recognized as a Top 25 Hallmark Christmas Town by Runaway Suitcase. In addition to the scenic town of Bar Harbor, you will want to explore Acadia National Park with its miles of carriage roads, seaside drives, Cadillac Mountain, cliffs, harbors. famous sand beach, even a fjord… Somes Sound. Acadia is incredibly photogenic, and a fantastic place to vacation for a week – see our Bar Harbor hotel lodging guide for places to stay in Acadia.

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