You’re really busy with work and/or raising the family but need to get away for some R&R. However you know you can’t afford the time for whole week away. Well, you are not alone as exemplified by recent travel trends. More and more often, couples choose to forego the traditional week long vacation. Instead, they opt for a long weekend away with a focus on relaxation and rejuvenation. And they want it to be unique – just like they are.
At the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine, we understand. We suggest that a romantic winter weekend in Maine isa perfect choice to reinvigorate the body and soul. Furthermore, we have some ideas that can maximize that precious time off and accomplish all your R&R goals based right here at the Inn. And to top things off, we even offer some savings for that long weekend with our Relax & Rejuvenate package. Relax, have fun, and save some money on us!
A Winter Weekend In Maine Plan
Situated in the western Maine lakes and foothills region, the Wolf Cove Inn is easily accessed from the Maine Turnpike. Once here, there are an abundance of winter options allowing you to create a unique experience for your long weekend. To help narrow things down a bit, we have a suggested game plan for each day of your getaway.
My first suggestion is to get a decent start to your weekend. Getting to the Inn by 5 or 6 PM gives you just that extra little “unplugged bump” to get the tension to begin to lower. If you’d like something special in your room when you arrive, please check out our enhancement options.
Once here, you don’t need to bother finding a place for dinner. We offer some of the best pizza in Maine with our Tripp Lake Pizzeria dinner for two for guests of the Inn. Your pizza dinner consists of a fresh made salad with homemade dressing, one of our specialty pizzas or build your own, and a homemade dessert of the day. We also offer a selection of beer and wine.
After dinner, relax by the fireplace. Or even better, bundle up and head out for some romantic time under the stars or with snow lightly falling around you by our fire pit. The fire pit is generally available year round. And did I mention s’mores by the fire pit? They’re complimentary.
Day One – A Day To Unwind
Sleep In, Then Breakfast
Personally, I like to take it easy on the first day of a getaway. So step one is to sleep in for a while, then come down for the tail end of breakfast service that ends at 9:30. Each day, our chef prepares a Maine comfort breakfast that consists of our baked breakfast goods, a sweet entrée, a savory entrée, eggs to order, and sides of a starch and breakfast meat. We cater to most any diet preferences and restrictions, so please ask. Furthermore, if you prefer breakfast in your jammies, we can deliver breakfast in bed to your room (a surcharge applies.)
A Leisurely Walk Down Maine Street
After breakfast, head to nearby Norway Maine where you’ll find a quaint downtown shopping village with all manner of fun things to explore. Norway also has plenty of restaurants where you can grab lunch while there. Read more about Norway Maine.
Another option after breakfast is to head to The Willows, only five minutes from the Inn. It’s Maine’s largest flea market and antique shop. And it’s big. You can read more about Maine’s Largest Flea Market, The Willows. Note that the Willows is open Thursday through Sunday.
Get A Spa Treatment
Head back to the Inn for an afternoon spa treatment. The Inn has two certified massage therapists who work with you to help get the kinks out. They offer variety of treatment treatments for your in-room pleasure. For more information on available treatments, please review our spa offerings. Please contact us ahead of your visit to check availability and schedule your treatment.
Explore Local Craft Breweries
Rather than an afternoon spa treatment, you may want to enjoy the Western Maine Beer Trail. There are a five craft brewers within 8 to 25 minutes of the Wolf Cove Inn. I mapped out your options in a recent Western Maine Beer Trail blog.
Check Out Some Maple Sugar Making
There are a number of sugar shacks in the area surrounding the Wolf Cove Inn. Read more about making Maple Syrup in Maine here.
Or Even Tie The Knot!
Believe it or not, tying the knot is a quite popular winter weekend in Maine activity here are Wolf Cove Inn. Couples come from all over the country to get married in the snow with a great scenic vista surrounding them. Wolf Cove Inn offers a variety of Maine elopement and intimate wedding packages if you have a hankering for wedded bliss.
Enjoy An Evening Meal
There are some wonderful dining options in the area. The area is well represented with a variety of dining including Korean Fusion, steakhouse, Asian Fusion, seafood, French dining and more. Read about the terrific Maine dining options here.
Day Two – A Day For Some Wintertime Adventures
No winter weekend in Maine is complete without enjoying some of the area’s winter wonderland activities. Naturally, many of these activities are subject to the whims of Mother Nature and the snow cover she provides. Generally, conditions support these outdoor activities mid-December through March.
So many guests tell us how much fun they have with Alex and his dogs at the Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience in Oxford, the next town over. Depending on the snow cover, you’ll either explore Oxford Hills area sledding trails or you’ll head 45 minutes west to the Bethel area sledding network. Alex offers one, two and three hour tours. He also offers two and three day adventures. On the three day adventure, you get to mush your own sled on the third day.
Sleigh Rides and Horseback Riding
Carousel Horse Farm in Casco, which borders our town of Poland to the south, offers winter horse drawn sleigh rides and horse back riding. Explore the western Maine woods with some four legged friends. On reasonably clear days, you’ll also catch views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Read more about Carousel Horse Farm.
If you bring your own equipment, any of the local Maine hiking trails are excellent options for snowshoeing. You can also head to the Poland Spring Golf Course here in Poland where they groom the golf cart paths. You get some nice views over there. If you need equipment, I suggest heading to the trails at Oxbow Beer Garden in nearby Oxford, Robert’s Farm Preserve to the west in Norway, or Pineland Farms to the southeast in New Gloucester.
Robert’s Farm Preserve and Pineland Farms are your options if you require equipment. If you have your own skis, you can also head over to the groomed trails at the Poland Spring Golf Course.
The folks at Equinox Guiding Service take beginner and intermediate climbers out for ice climbing adventure in Grafton Notch State Park, Camden Hills State Park and Acadia National Park. They provide all the equipment you need.
Departure Day – Head Home With A Smile And A Full Tummy
Sadly, a nice long weekend has to end sometime. But, you’re relaxed and rejuvenated now, so it’s good! We’ll send you on your way with a smile, but not before you’ve had another hearty Maine Comfort breakfast.
Finally, instead of heading straight on home, you can always make a side trip to Portland. Check out our guide to an epic day in Portland Maine.
Your Home For Your Winter Weekend In Maine
Wolf Cove Inn specializes in romantic getaways in Maine. The Inn has eleven guests rooms, many with fireplaces and jetted spa tubs and a beautiful cabin tucked away in the pine grove. We sit on almost two acres right on the shore of Tripp Lake in Poland Maine. We are open year round with plenty to do in all seasons.
Wolf Cove Inn has been featured in Conde Nast magazine, The Boston Globe, Redbook and MSN.