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Millinocket is getting ready for the 2015 Winterfest celebration the weekend of February 13-15.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a snowmobile parade through downtown to Veteran’s Memorial Park. The parade features antique and unique snow machines. All snowmobiles are welcome to participate in the parade which starts at the high school. There will also be a bonfire before and after parade at the park.

On Saturday, there is an antique/vintage snowmobile show at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse from 10-3pm. While there checking out the snowmobiles grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast or lunch.

Sunday is Family Fishing day at Jerry pond from 9-3pm, come and enjoy free hot dogs and drinks. There will be ice holes ready for your family to enjoy.

Enjoy these weekend highlights, but most of all take advantage of the areas 350 miles of groomed and scenic trails on your snowmobile, snow shoes or cross country skies.

The Lake Road House still has availability for this weekend and other select dates throughout the winter season.

We hope to see you soon.

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The snowmobile season is kicking off this weekend! Groomers have been out the last two weeks getting the trails ready for eager snowmobiles.  After disappointing weather in December, the frigid temperatures this week have given the trails a solid base.  I have complied a list of trail conditions from three snowmobile clubs in Millinocket.

JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club:  Groomed South Twin lake towards Millinocket “Downtown” trail. Rt. 111 as far as the Jo Mary Rd to B Pond. Gauntlet Falls trail and Greenwood Mountain loop are opened. Groomed 111 to 109 x-over trail. Opened the 109 as far as the P.P. x-over trail on top of Potaywadjo Ridge.

image_6545248_4205970187407_1997843445_nSno-Rovers Club: Trail was groomed south to Endless Lake and north to Whetstone, (ITS 83). The South Twin connector is also opened and groomed.

Twin Pines Snowmobile Club: Groomed from Twin Pines to the North Baxter State Park Gate. Penobscot Pond Trail (ITS 85/86 – KLT) groomed past Abol Store and to Penobscot Pond.  This trail joins up with the opened and groomed trails of Kokajo. Pole Line and Millinocket in town trails have been groomed but the riding is rough.  Plan to start your ride on the Lake, either at the River Driver’s parking lot or on the State Road.

Matagamon Store is now opened and they have gas! The North and South ITS 85 to the race track to 71-D has been groomed.

I’ll keep you posted as trails are groomed.  Happy Snowmobiling…BRAAAAAAP

I thought I would share with you some of my family’s and I favorites from the local eateries.

The SawMill

This is one of the newest places in town and right up the street from The Lake Road House. I will also shamelessly plug the fact that they are giving guests of The Lake Road House a 10% discount during their stay. I digress though…The Sawmill offers a great atmosphere. I will say this is a place you need time to enjoy, because while the service is warm and friendly it is sometimes a bit slow. The menu is what I would call pub style. some of my recommendations include the jalapeño poppers, they give you a good serving and the don’t taste like they are prepackaged and “the great northern” a tribute to the paper company that help build the region it is a loaded meat lovers pizza –  for my money the best in town.  There is plenty more on the menu that recognizes the history of the area with their names from the “no. 11” to the “the floundry”.

The Appalachian Trail Cafe

A favorite to hikers and locals alike. Simply put, the best homemade cake doughnuts. I recommend the squash but all are tasty. This quaint shop is located right on main street and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The home style American food menu is reasonably priced and service is great. The décor includes signatures from AT hikers on the walls.

Scootic In

Also a local favorite and located on main street this restaurant is the oldest in the area with 5 generations now having contributed to its success. The dish you will hear about time again is the Scallop Michelle.  Personally some of the menu items are hit and miss.

River Drivers

This place is actually a little ways out of town up on Millinocket lake and heading toward Baxter State Park. If you are looking for a more upscale place with the likes of Rib-eye and seared Tuna, then this is the place for you. The meals are certainly more expensive but the atmosphere is still very relaxed and friendly. You can also enjoy views of the lake and Mt. Katahdin. The River Drivers is part of the New England Outdoor Center where you enjoy white water rafting or moose sight-seeing tours as well.

If you are looking for Lobstah I might also recommend a small place near the Diver Drivers – it is actually a general store  where you pick up you beer and wine or other supplies on your way up to Katahdin, They offer a small sandwich counter that has lobster rolls that are to die for. The are a nice roll and overflowing with lobster meat. The may seem a little pricey at first but for what you get it certainly worth while.

The_Lake_Road_House_Logo_FinalMaybe you have read a recent New York Times article that talks about this town they call Millinocket and about the boom that the logging and paper industries that built this town once were. Maybe you have heard that this is now a ghost town and the Mill has left the “inocket” behind, or simply that the magic is gone.

I challenge these ideas.

Although the town is contracting and the population is aging, and the Mill is gone, for me at least, the magic is still here.

Some of us here think of this town as the Yellowstone of the east. We are nestled at the base of Mt. Katahdin and are home to some of the most well-preserved natural resources in the East. Whether you want to unplug (there is no cell service just a few miles up the road from our place) or you want to take the snowmobiling ride of your life, this place has something to offer everyone.

In my upcoming posts I hope to explore with you some of the treasures of this area and some of the lesser known attractions. I will also tell you about my favorite places to eat and for those of you not from here I may even get into how to have a good ol’ Maine Lobstah feed.

For now I hope that you will consider Millinocket and the Katahdin Region for your vacation and I look forward to seeing you at The Lake Road House.