You’ve all heard of mud season in Maine. It’s part of the answer to a joke. What are the 5 seasons in Maine? Spring, summer, fall, winter and mud. It’s actually part of spring, so it can be quite scenic. The lake “grays” and looks really cool. The daffodil bulbs around the Inn start popping. The trees and shrubs bud out and are oh so green.
Mud season generally runs mid-March through the end of April. There are two ways you can tell it’s mud season:
- All the side roads are posted with red “Heavy Load Limited” signage. You start seeing those signs in early March.
- Well, the mud!
Still, there’s plenty to do around here during mud season. Furthermore, our rates are the lowest of the year during this time! So you can save and still enjoy all that the Inn has to offer. Reserve your room now and come enjoy a romantic getaway in Maine.
Mud Season In Maine Activities
First off, let me explain what mud season is all about. You see, it gets really cold in the winter in Maine. This leads to the ground freezing. The frozen ground can extend as deep as four feet. Then late March and April roll around. You’ve heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, we get those April showers here too. And when they come, they fall on ground that hasn’t completely thawed. As such, the water often doesn’t fully drain into the ground. So it sits and mixes with the soil that has thawed. And you get mud!
In no particular order, see how we and our guests celebrate Mud Season at Wolf Cove Inn!
1. Spa Treatments
2. Hiking the “Heart of Poland” Trails
Explore the vernal pond on the Heart of Poland Trail – look out for tadpoles and salamanders!
3. Maine Wildlife Park
The Maine Wildlife Park reopens April 14th and is just 20 minutes from the Inn. Moose sightings guaranteed!
4. Western Maine Beer Trail
Taste your way around western Maine with a self-guided tour of the local craft brew scene on the Western Maine Beer Trail. Cheers!
There are many antique shops around us, including The Willows, Maine’s largest flea market! You might want to leave extra space in your suitcase, or just buy a new (old) one.
6. Waterfall Tours
Now that the snow is melting, it’s a great time to go chase some waterfalls! See our guides to favorite waterfall hikes and ask us for recommendations when you get here.
7. Oxford Casino
Get your gaming and gambling on! Just 5 miles down the road from the Inn, you’ll find the Oxford Casino and a great time.
8. Nezinscot Farm
A local favorite, Nezinscot Farm was the first organic dairy farm in Maine and has evolved into a one-stop shop for gourmet food, including a Fromagerie, Charcuterie, Bakery and Cafe. It is also home to a fantastic Yarn & Fiber Studio! If you’re in town on April 21st, don’t miss their artisan open house!
9. Ricker Hill Orchards
Just down the road from Nezinscot in Turner, Maine, you’ll find Ricker Hill Orchards, where many of our guests have enjoyed cider tastings and apple cider donuts!
10. “Spring Hawkwatch” at Bradbury Mountain State Park
From mid-March through mid-May is the “Spring Hawkwatch” at Bradbury Mountain State Park, about 30 minutes away from the Inn. You’ll find researchers on the mountain with their binoculars counting migratory raptors, including hawks, eagles, and vultures.
11. Balsam Ridge Sugar Shack
Home of the Maine Maple Producers Association, Balsam Ridge Sugar Shack is a must-visit for a real taste of Maine. Watch how the syrup is made, get a tour of the farm and sugarbush, and browse the gift shop. Learn about our other favorite sugar shacks.
12. “Ice out”
The momentous occasion, and official end to winter on the lake, happens sometime in April. Leading up to that, Tripp Lake looks really cool (no pun intended) as the ice begins to darken and melt. Be sure to wander out to the water’s edge and take some photos.
13. S’mores by the Fire
We’ll have the fire pit and s’mores going full tilt all season long! This has become a favorite pastime for our guests.
14. Read a Good Book
There are many inviting nooks at Wolf Cove Inn, perfect for some cozy “me” time. Enjoy a good book or some time to journal in the boathouse, dining room or sun porch.
Kayaks are available at the Inn! After the “ice out,” feel free to take these out for a trip around the lake. You can launch from the shore, or from the dock starting in May.
About Your Mud Season Getaway
The Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine, sits lakeside right on Tripp Lake in Poland Maine. We specialize in romantic getaways, beautiful sunsets and relaxation. Enjoy 11 unique rooms in the Inn (some with spas and fireplaces) or the gorgeous Eagle’s Nest Cabin nestled in the pine grove. Your stay includes our delicious three-course Maine comfort breakfast each morning. In addition we’ll have some freshly baked cookies ready for you when you return in the afternoon. So come, relax and enjoy everything Maine and the Inn have to offer during mud season.