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Maine Attractions 2009

Maine Attractions 2009
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by in May 2009

Best Walk in the Woods:
MAINE HUTS & TRAILS SYSTEM, Carrabasset Valley
When completed, this easygoing, 180-mile corridor through the wilderness will stretch from Newry to Rockwood, with 12 full-service huts along the way. So far, hikers, mountain bikers, and even paddlers (and in winter, skiers and snowshoers) can stay at two finished huts, Poplar Stream Falls and Flagstaff Lake, and savor hot meals, hot showers, and comfy bunks. 207-265-2400; mainehuts.org

Best Hidden Arts Center: STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER, Brownfield
What a find! Singer/songwriter Carol Noonan brings national talent, such as Paula Poundstone and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to a 200-seat performing-arts center on her hilltop farm. 695 Dug Way Road. 866-227-6523; stonemountainartscenter.com

Best Place to Meet the Natives:
MAINE WILDLIFE PARK, Gray
This state-operated refuge and education facility houses wildlife that are either being rehabilitated or are unable to return to the wild, including deer, moose, black bear, and bald eagle are among the 25 or so species on view. Interactive displays and exhibits, special programs, and nature trails round out the offerings. Route 26A. 207-657-4977; state.me.us/ifw/education/wildlifepark

Best Interplanetary Travel:
MAINE SOLAR SYSTEM MODEL, Aroostook County
University of Maine at Presque Isle geology professor Kevin McCartney is the genius behind this 3D 93-million-to-one scale model along Route 1, from Topsfield to Presque Isle. Originally it included the sun, nine planets, and seven moons, but with the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet, McCarty and students are adding others, such as Ceres and Eris. Northern Maine Museum of Science, 207-768-9482; umpi.maine.edu/info/nmms/solar

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