Month: February 2015

The Ice Cream Dugout: Home Run!

I like to think of Off the Maine Road as a journey. It’s a journey through the best of what the Pine Tree State has to offer. For this post, we’re in North Windham Maine, a short distance away from our last post had to offer. This post will be short and sweet (literally!).

The Ice Cream Dugout is the best around. We must understand what the Dugout tries to combine: baseball and ice cream. The ice cream is inspired by the Portland Sea Dogs, an MiLB team not too far away. Hence, the sizes of ice cream are appropriately named bunt, single, double and triple (and RBI, which stands for Really Big Ice Cream). The 48 flavors (ranging from Almond Joy to Whoopie Pie) are supplied by the delicious Shain’s of Maine Ice Cream Company. One of my favorite Maine treats is the infamous Sea Dog Biscuit, which will be mentioned in further detail in a future post. I highly recommend it, as it is one of the only places outside of Hadlock Field (the Sea Dogs’ home field) where you are able to get one.

Hadlock Field, the home of the Portland Sea Dogs and the Sea Dog Biscuit.

Hadlock Field, the home of the Portland Sea Dogs and the Sea Dog Biscuit.

Combined with the friendly Maine service, the Ice Cream Dugout is worth the stop for a cold treat on a hot summer’s day!

Naples: The Town by the Lake

In this post, Off the Maine Road will certainly live up to its name. This town is located a little “off the beaten track,” but it’s worth the visit if you have some time to spare.

Naples is located in the Sebago Lakes region, which is about an hour northwest of Portland. It’s in the middle of Long Lake (which is rather long, hence its name) and Brandy Pond. Local businesses revolve around the lake, and there are many activities you can do for leisure. Sebago Kayak Company is one-stop shopping when it comes to kayak, paddle board and other small craft rentals.

On the lodging front, the Lakeview Inn (also known as the Inn at Long Lake) has some newly renovated rooms Other bead and breakfasts include the Augustus Bove House and the Lambs Mill Inn.

Of course, no Off the Maine Road post would be complete without any mention of dining or food. My personal favorite restaurant in Naples is the Freedom Cafe and Pub. Although only open during the summer/spring months, it has a family atmosphere and serves some pretty good treats. It’s located right on the causeway, just across from the Lakeview Inn.  After having dinner, why not go for some ice cream at Causeway Dairy Bar? Some other picks to eat are the Black Bear Cafe, Merced’s on Brandy Pond, and the Lobster Pound. They’re all located on Roosevelt Trail (aka Route 302), which is the main road that passes through Naples.

Outside the Freedom Cafe and Publick House in Naples.

Outside the Freedom Cafe and Publick House in Naples.

Finally, Steamboat Landing maybe right up your “alley” when it comes to mini-golf.

While not as famous as Naples, Florida or Naples, Italy, Naples, Maine certainly has that Maine feel and a lot to offer!

Off the Maine Road is now on Facebook!

Here at Off the Maine Road, we’re constantly striving to improve and expand. Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’re now on Facebook! Please like us on Facebook at You’ll be able to be the first to see new posts, as well as shared posts from Maine places and businesses featured on this blog. Enjoy!

Maine Track Club: Make a Run for It!

Throughout the next few posts, I will be writing short features on various tidbits in Maine.

A hobby among some Mainers is running. There are a number of running clubs and organizations scattered across the state, but the largest is located in Portland.  Maine Track Club was established in 1979, and hosts many annual races, the biggest being the Maine Marathon in October. The Farm to Farm Ultra Run in Wolfe’s Neck Farm is also a favorite event  among Mainers. The club also runs 7 weekly group runs across Southern Maine.

New members are always welcome, so if you’re interested in Maine running, check out Maine Track Club!

Maine’s Ski Resorts: The Super Bowls of the Pine Tree State

Maine’s been clobbered with the snow this past week. The Super Bowl was yesterday. So what better time to write about Maine’s “back bowls” (Vail, Colorado reference) and ski resorts?

Let’s start with the “Big Five”, and then we’ll move on to some of the smaller ski areas.

Sugarloaf – Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Largest ski area east of the Rockies. One of the top year-round destinations in New England. Enough said. And Maine Correspondent Simone L.’s personal favorite. Follow the resort on Instagram @sugarloafmountain – the photos are fantastic.

Saddleback – Rangeley, Maine

High elevation and rustic alpine experience. But don’t get discouraged by its toughness – it’s ski-in and ski-out for all lodging on the mountain.

Sunday River – Newley/Bethel, Maine

Large ski area. Summer and winter fun and excitement. Cool nearby town of Bethel (5 miles from the resort). 870 acres of skiing.

Shawnee Peak – Bridgton, Maine

Smaller, but still just as awesome. 19 trails are lit for night skiing. Lots of snowmaking equipment.

Mt. Abram – Greenwood, Maine

Near Sunday River. Small, but great for families.

Here’s an interactive graphic I created, mostly to show the sheer size of Sugarloaf.


Sugarloaf Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Simone L.

Sugarloaf Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Simone L.

Beyond those five, read this article on MaineToday for some other local favorites (including some of competitive skier Anne M.’s picks!). There will be a follow up article on MaineToday with the remaining few ski areas they say they will mention, so I will post that as an update when it comes.


Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading another edition of Off the Maine Road!

Maine, One Coffee Roaster at a Time: New York Times Feature

From time to time, I will post Maine references from other websites and news sources. Today’s edition of the New York Times featured this fantastic piece about coffee shops in Maine. They’re all great, so next time you’re in anywhere from Rockland to Bar Harbor, start your morning off right!

Click on the link to view the article:

(Tip of the hat to Ira F.)


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