Places to Explore

homey things to do in Maine

Photograph by Benjamin Williamson

Homey Things to Do This Season

Places to Explore


Get your tickets to Gardens Aglow early! Dates to see Maine’s largest light show sell out quickly. Nov. 15–Dec. 31, Thurs.–Sun., 4–9 p.m. 207-633-8000. 


See National Historic Landmark Victoria Mansion decked out in 19th-century holiday splendor. Tours are available daily. Nov. 23–Jan. 6, Mon. 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m.–3:45 p.m. 207-772-4841. 


Browse Maine-made products at Roxmont, Down East’s 1903 shingled “cottage.” Nov. 24–Dec. 22, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 207-594-9544. 


Enjoy a Holiday High Tea at the festively decorated, Federal-style Black House. Reservations are required. Dec. 5–Dec. 21, Wed. & Fri., 3–4 p.m. 207-667-8671.


Support the next generation of weavers at the Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-581-1904. 


Hop on a horse-drawn sleigh and tour the decorated 1870 Washburn family mansion at the Washburn Norlands Living History Center. Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-897-4366. 


Sample more than 50 pies at participating inns and restaurants as part of the 15th annual Pies on Parade. Proceeds fund the local food pantry. Jan. 27, 1–4 p.m. 207-596-6611. 


Find inspiration for your 2019 renovations at the Maine Home & Remodeling Show, featuring more than 180 exhibitors and an artisan marketplace. Feb. 16–17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 207-321-4246.