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destination Take the Maine Trail! by Annette Redican W hat makes Maine so special? With everything this ruggedly beautiful state has on offer, there are as many answers to that question as there are possibilities for creating incredible itineraries starring this diverse spot. Complementing its handy location – neatly tucked in the northern-most corner of New England – Maine boasts 3,500 miles of magnificent coast marked by miles of inviting sandy beaches, classic fishing villages with their archetypal downtowns, more than 60 striking lighthouses plus a plethora of national historic landmarks. Whether naturally inspired or thoughtfully curated by the natives, seeing the sites in Maine is all about the visual drama. No fewer than four designated scenic byways deliver an ever-changing panorama of glorious coastal seascapes, august villages and noble old forts, larger-than-life mountain vistas, vintage harbors dotted with tall ships, as well as covered bridges replete with old-time charm. In Maine, where the eye is greeted by a thing of beauty everywhere it comes to rest, the journey becomes its own reward. On the subject of special sightings, groups will discover Maine’s museums are a veritable visual feast. The works of many acclaimed Maine artists, as well as other notable artists, are on display in the seven art museums that make up the Maine Art Museum Trail (www.maineartmuseums.org). Some of the highly-regarded institutions include: • The Portland Museum of Art, which is noted for its Winslow Homer collection as well as an extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works. • The Farnsworth Museum houses an extensive collection of works by three generations of the Wyeth family. Impressively, it also claims the nation’s secondlargest collection of works by 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. • The Ogunquit Museum of American Art was dubbed the “most beautiful little museum in the world” by Francis Henry Taylor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. • The Colby College Museum of Art showcases important American art from the 18th century to the present and displays a significant collection of works by contemporary artist Alex Katz. Launched in the summer of 2012, the Downeast Fisheries Trail is a newly-designated educational trail showcasing active and historic fisheries heritage sites, such as fish hatcheries, aquaculture facilities, fishing harbors, clam flats, processing plants and other related public places. The trail, which consists of 45 locations in Hancock and Washington counties, endeavours to educate visitors, through interactive experiences, about the importance and diversity of the region’s maritime heritage and the role of marine resources to the area’s economy (www.downeastfisheriestrail.org). Groups that are game for it can now take a chance on Maine’s expanded gaming opportunities. Following an expansion that saw the addition of several types of table games, Hollywood Slots is now Hollywood Casino (www.hollywoodcasinobangor. com). And the Western Maine town of Oxford is the home of the brand new Oxford Casino. Slot machines, table games and entertainment are all planned for the casino (www.oxfordcasino.com). Given its stunning natural bounty, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Maine’s outdoor sporting heritage goes way back. Intrepid tour operators will be charmed to learn that there are many facilities in Maine that will work to ensure groups enjoy an incredible, one-of-a-kind experience of Maine’s outdoors. From guided kayak tours on Maine’s lakes, to birding and moose-watching expeditions, it couldn’t be easier for tour groups to see the best of Maine together. Just a few of the intriguing possibilities for exhilarating group excursions include: • Working the Winter Wonderland angle on a guided snowmobile tour or dog sled ride on miles of breathtaking trails. • Bearing amazed witness to the mystifying giants of the ocean while whale-watching aboard a relaxing cruise. • Experiencing Maine’s scenic beauty from the deck of a stately tall ship while cruising on a windjammer. • Chasing adventure riding the Chondola, braving the new zip lines and sampling gem sluicing in the beautiful mountain village of Bethel in western Maine. • Getting within camera distance of the majestic moose while on safari in western and northern Maine. With options that are endless, groups would do well to catch the Maine-ia! ■ Read The Road Explorer online at www.naylornetwork.com/omc-nxt http://www.downeastfisheriestrail.org http://www.hollywoodcasinobangor http://www.maineartmuseums.org http://www.oxfordcasino.com http://www.naylornetwork.com/omc-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Fall 2012

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Business Expansion for Bus Operators
It’s Art You Know: Bus Wraps are Turning Coaches into Mobile Billboards
OMCA’s 2012 Golf Tournament
A Peak Experience
The Second City’s a First Choice
Montreal – Not to be Missed
Take the Maine Trail
Perspectives Eduscho Ltd.
BUYERS’ GUIDE
CLASSIFIEDS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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