Article from MAINE WINDJAMMER ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ()
February 20, 2014
Piggyback Vacations To See More of What Maine Has To Offer.

credit: North Atlantic Blues Festival
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual blues music festival in Rockland featuring national blues performers. This two-day event is considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast.

When the winter snows melt, Maine bursts into life offering visitors the opportunity to experience the best of what Maine has to offer. Birds are migrating, fields are blooming and cultural and culinary festivals are in full swing! And that’s exactly when the windjammers set sail for the summer.

Because Maine offers so much to do and see, many visitors choose to piggyback vacations. After sailing with Maine’s windjammers in mid-July, it’s possible to then spend a couple days at the world-renowned North Atlantic Blues Festival featuring some of the best musicians in the world.

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The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland features the world's greatest lobster cooker, designed to handle 20,000 pounds of lobster!

In early August, the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland celebrates Maine’s signature dish with boat and foot races, arts & crafts, a parade, music and more. Where else can you meet a sea goddess, tour a US Navy ship and witness 20,000 pounds of lobster being served fresh from the sea!

Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show – also in early August – enhances the windjammer experience by giving passengers the chance to meet with the artists, boatbuilders and craftsmen who know all the ins and outs of building and maintaining a traditional ship. There are also architects, furniture makers, and jewelers on site.

For bird lovers, Maine Birding Trail’s Winged Migration Tour offers an opportunity to see throngs of migrating sea birds and if haunted history is your thing, the Red Cloak Haunted History tours offer lantern lit walking tours in town areas along Maine’s mid-coast.

Fall events celebrate the bounty of Maine’s farms and the sea! The Common Ground Fair in mid-September is a celebration of rural living that promotes organically grown Maine produce, alternative lifestyles, the revival of forgotten skills and demonstrations of technology appropriate for the future.

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Whoever guessed pumpkins could provide so much fun!

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival features music, educational exhibits, boat rides, and more than 12,000 oysters harvested fresh from the Damariscotta River. If a pumpkin derby or pumpkinboat building captures your fancy, visit the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta over Columbus Day Weekend.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that’s going on – visit the Maine Office of Tourism’s website for a full calendar of events. For more information about sailing this summer, visit our fleet page.

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