Spring is coming...we promise! Despite the fluctuation of weather and temperatures we are right around the corner from warmth and sunlight. Spring in Maine is a beautiful time of year because people start coming out of hibernation and there are a ton of outdoor events to attend! It also means that most of us are in the middle of the "Spring Cleaning" phase. Time to make room for new seasonal items or, in some cases, just trying to minimize the "stuff " taking over your house.
A fun and increasingly popular idea is to have a clothing swap party! This is great because you are getting rid of your old, unwanted items in exchange for something that is new to you and cost nothing at all. Typically if there are things left over at the end of these swaps it all gets donated to a local charity or shelter so nothing goes to waste.
To get a sense of how these work check out this local sell, swap or donate event in Old Orchard Beach!
WHEN: May 5th - Saturday
WHERE: Jimmy The Greek's - (215 Saco Ave, Old Orchard Beach)
DETAILS: Community yard sale where we can gather and sell off some of our treasures! Spring Clean your home and make a little cash! $10 will reserve your spot if you want a table for your items. To reserve a table contact Sharlene Taylor at 207-205-7333. The event is FREE to attend.
Another great activity that Mainers love to do is Antique/ Vintage shopping! Rare finds and one-of-a-kind treasures make these an ideal day trip on vacation or just a spontaneous stop-in. You never know what you will find! Check out this local experience coming up THIS weekend:
WHEN: April 20th thru 22nd / 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
WHERE: Brick South, 8 Thompson’s Point, Portland
WHO: Vintage Bazaar New England Spring Special
COST: $10, $15 weekend pass, $20 Friday night VIP, free for 16 & under.
DETAILS: Fans of all things vintage, this weekend’s got your name written all over it. Vintage Bazaar New England Spring Special is a massive gathering of around 80 dealers of fabulous vintage, handcrafted and re-purposed treasures of many stripes. Food trucks will be parked and ready, and there will also be music to stimulate your shopping vibes along with a vintage-inspired photo booth. Oh, and if you find yourself parched, adult beverages will also be flowing.
We would love to see your pictures or comments on your spring adventures too! Share below or on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AtlanticBirchesInn
April 22, 2018 - Earth Day Events in Maine
Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day.
We invite you to be a part of Earth Day by participating in these local events:
Green ME Up! at L.L.Bean, Freeport
95 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032
April 21st at 10:00 am
Celebrate Earth Day with a free, fun-filled day, and learn how you can take action to keep Maine green today and in the future! Hands-on earth friendly activities with Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, PaintCare, and more. You’ll even get to see on stage performances! This event is free, open to the public, and awesome for all ages.
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Portland
142 Free Street, Portland, Maine
April 22nd from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Earth-friendly activities! Seeds to plant, mud to play with, natural materials to create art with and more! Meet live animals with animal rehabilitator Josh Sparks (additional fee) and handle live caterpillars and moths with David Champlin, USM Biology professor. Throughout the day there will be earthy story times, special face painting, and exploration of their collection of live honeybees, turtles, and tidepool creatures. In the afternoon, visitors can take home a seedling to plant, compliments of Hancock Lumber! (while supplies last)
*Free with admission purchase.
Please feel free to share your Earth Day plans and photos on our Facebook Page! Click HERE to 'Like' Us :)
We are excited to share with everyone the annual event of Maple Syrup Sunday in Maine!
March 25th 2018 - Join Maine’s Maple Syrup Producers, statewide, as they celebrate Maine Maple Sunday. Most sugar-houses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugar-bush tours, music, and so much more.
Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March although some sugar-houses are offering events for both Saturday and Sunday.
To find a location near you please CLICK HERE!
We would love to see your pictures from the event or any fun event around Maine. Please share on Facebook and we will tag you! Visit our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!
As we defrost and prepare for Spring check back for more great events by the Atlantic Birches Inn, your friendly B&B :)
Enjoy a relaxing, romantic weekend with The Atlantic Birches Inn this Valentine's Day! With miles of beaches a minute away and the quaint charm of our Bed & Breakfast we can make this holiday extra special for you!
We are offering two choices of weekends: February 9th-11th & February 16th-18th!
Our Valentine's Day Package Includes:
Here are a few local Maine ideas:
11th Annual Flavors of Freeport - Freeport, ME
February 16 – 18, 2018
Throughout the weekend you will find a variety of food events from chocolate factory tours to a lobster brunch! Free tastings and demonstrations are hosted all over town.
*Click here for more info
Portland Old Port Culinary Walking Tour - Portland, ME
Eat and drink like a local with us on a Maine Foodie Tour!
The culinary culture of a town is so much more than just sit-down dining experiences. It’s the bakers, brewers, candy makers and other artisan food and beverage locales where creativity and taste meet.
The popular Culinary Walking Tour allows you to sample a variety of classic Maine, Maine-inspired, and fare with international flare. You’ll learn about the ingredients, how and why they were created, and meet the taste makers themselves.
*Click here for more info
Attend the Common Ground Country Fair
Attend the Maine Flower Show
Attend the Maine Jewish Film Festival
Attend the Old Port Festival
Attend the Yarmouth Clam Festival
Bike the Eastern Trail
Body Surfing at OOB
Catch a Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Game
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Climb Mount Katahdin
Cross-Country Skiing at Pineland Farms
Do the First Friday Art Walk in Portland
Eat at DiMillo's floating restaurant
Eat mashed potato pizza at Otto
Enter the U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden
Explore Fort Williams Park
Explore the Desert of Maine
Find - or make - a fairy house on Mackworth Island
Find a deal at Reny's
Float on the Saco River
Fly a kite at Bug Light Park
Get a lobster roll at Red's Eats
Go apple picking
Go blueberry picking
Go camping in Acadia National Park
Go Candlepin Bowling
Go for a sailing trip on a windjammer in Rockland
Go ice skating at Thompson's Point
Go leaf peeping at Sebago State Park
Go on an overnight adventure at Maine Huts & Trails
Go paddling at Scarborough Marsh
Go rollerblading on the Eastern Trail
Go shopping at Big Al's
Go shopping on Record Store Day
Go strawberry picking at Maxwell's Farm
Go to Funtown Splashtown USA
Go to the Fryeburg Fair
Go to the Round Pond 4th of July Parade
Go treasure hunting at a flea market
Grab a late-night slice at Bill's Pizza in the Old Port
Great Falls Balloon Festival
Have a cocktail at The Top of the East
Have a Guinness at Brian Boru on St. Patrick's Day
Have a martini at the Armory Lounge
Have tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House
Hike from mountain to beach in Phippsburg
Hike the Giant's Stairs Trail in Harpswell
Kayak to Fort Gorges in Casco Bay
Play a round at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club
Play disc golf
Play frisbee on the Eastern Prom
Pose for a photo with the giant L.L. Bean boot
Ride a trolley in Ogunquit
Ride a zipline at Monkey Trunks
Ride in the Trek Across Maine
Ride on an ATV trail
See a concert at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
See a concert at Savage Oakes Winery
See a concert at Thompson's Point
See a Maine Red Claws game
See a Maine Roller Derby bout
See a movie at Bridgton Twin Drive-In
See a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra
See a play at the Ogunquit Playhouse
See a show at Southworth Planetarium
See a show at the Maine State Music Theatre
See a summer play at Lakewood Theater
See Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
See the view from the Portland Observatory
See the views from the Old Speck Mountain
Sleep in a yurt in Brownfield
Swim at the top of Tumbledown Mountain
Take a Chondola Ride
Take a day trip to Monhegan Island
Take a foliage walk at Wolfe's Neck Farm
Take a polar dip
Take a Presumpscot River Preserve Walk
Take a sunrise boat ride on Casco Bay
Take a walk on Marginal Way in Ogunquit
Take a walking tour through Evergreen Cemetery
Take your dog to Quarry Run Dog Park
Thursday Thunder at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Visit a lighthouse on Open Lighthouse Day
Visit a Maine Diner
Visit Fawcett's Art, Antiques and Toy Museum
Visit goats and get an ice cream at Smiling Hill Farm
Visit Maine Wildlife Park
Visit Screw Auger Falls
Visit St. Anthony's Franciscan Friary
Visit the Farnsworth Art Museum
Visit the Industrial Way breweries in Portland
Visit the International Cryptozoology Museum
Visit the Maine Maritime Museum
Visit the Portland Museum of Art
Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum
Visit the wild gardens of Acadia
Visit Two Lights State Park
Visit Victoria Mansion during the holidays
Walk from Pine Point to Old Orchard Beach
Watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain