Posted by: ecodestination | July 28, 2009

Drink in the green in the forests of Maine

The Great North Woods within the Bigelow Perserve - by paulv2c

The Great North Woods within the Bigelow Perserve - by paulv2c

Note: This post is about nature activities, not eco activities. I am posting about it because this can be used as an opportunity to spread environmentally-friendly awareness through a few channels, e.g. going and talking about it, teaching people and the guides how important it is, what you can do, and being an example of it yourself; and not going because it’s not an eco vacation – and then writing them to explain why you refuse to support their business and what favorable changes they can make to attract mindful visitors such as yourself. Also, fly fishing is allowed in one of the destinations, which is lame and I do not support.

If you do not agree with this approach, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Mmm, green…I sure do yearn for it living in the city! I will not be able to make my way to Maine this summer and breathe in the cleansing air, but maybe you will.

An ecotourism campaign has been launched to attract nature lovers to the numerous lakes, mountains and abundant lush green throughout the state.

Maine Woods Discovery offers 7 vacation packages with outdoor, leisure, and cultural outings. These range from 1 day and 1 night in length and 3 days and 3 nights, from $75 to $318 per person (and one deal costing $530 for a couple).

You’ll be given the chance to choose from 6 destination areas –

  • Bethel/Mahoosucs focuses on the culture of the village located by the White Mountain National Forest
  • Moosehead/100-mi Wilderness takes you to the state’s grandest lake and section of the Appalachian Trail
  • Katahdin/North Woods exposes you to Mount Katahdin and the Great North Woods, where you can bird watch and peek at diverse wildlife (remember what we said about being quiet ecotourists, though!)
  • Upper Kennebec is all about the crazy rivers up to Quebec
  • Maine’s High Peaks is touted as the most picturesque option (although I bet they are all breathtaking and I want to see your pictures if you go!)
  • Rangeley Lakes is, uh, well, a whole section of lakes you can check out. A chain, to be exact, for water bound recreational activities. You also get to check out Saddleback Mountain. (That reminds me of the movie Brokeback Mountain. Which I haven’t seen yet. I know, right? It’s been like 5 years already!)



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