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Combine skiing, golfing, steel pans this weekend at the ‘loaf

April 28, 2010

Get your last runs of the season in, and combine it with a round of golf this weekend at Sugarloaf. Here’s the deal: This weekend, May 1-2, is Ski and Tee Weekend, where you can ski on the mountain and play the back nine at the Sugarloaf Golf Club all in the same day. The cost is $25 for nine holes, or just $10 for those who show a lift ticket ($35) or New England Pass valid for that day.

Even better: Stick around Sunday afternoon, when more than a dozen steel drum bands from across New England will perform in front of the Sugarloaf Inn. The 20th annual PanNE Steel Band Festival, hosted by the Western Mountain Trash Can Band, is slated Sunday, May 2, beginning at 10 a.m. It’s free.  Sounds like a perfect picnic opportunity to me.

Sugarloaf is reporting 8-10 inches on the upper mountain (less than 3 at the base), and it’s operating two lifts, the Superquad and Spillway East. Friends report that even before this storm, the skiing was mighty fine above Peavy X-Cut. BUT, here’s the fine print: You can’t ski to the base, you have to walk down once the snow runs out, and that point varies day to day. You might want to bring a backpack with hiking shoes to make the slug through them mud and whatnot a bit easier than hoofing it in ski boots.

The mountain closes for the season on Sunday, May 2. After this weekend, the golf course will close until its scheduled opening date of May 28.

Golf and sail the Maine Coast

April 20, 2010

Windjammer, Penobscot Bay © Hilary Nangle

You want to sail, partner wants to golf; not a problem: The Maine Windjammer Association has you both covered with three packages that add golf to any 3- to 6-day cruise this season. Cruises on one of the 12 member vessels start at $400 per person, which includes all meals, activities, and accommodations. To that, add one of these options:

• Samoset & Sail Package: A one-night stay at Samoset Resort, with a round on its 18 hole, PGA championship course complete with cart and club rentals, for $179-$234 per person.

• Lanyards, Links, and Luxury Package: A two-night stay at historic B&B in Rockland, including gourmet breakfasts, one round of 18-hole golf, cart and club rentals, for $250 per person.

• Travel-Light Sail & Golf Trail Package: Includes map and complimentary club rentals at participating courses around the State of Maine. Free!

Victory Chimes © Hilary Nangle

Never been on a windjammer? Let me tell you what to expect. It’s a few steps above camping on the water. Expect a cozy bunk and hearty meals. A few boats have roomier and more private facilities, but for the most part, you’re living in tight quarters with like-minded individuals. Bring good books, musical instruments if they’re portable, binoculars. You’ll sail by day, then anchor usually off an island or a small seaport, given a chance to explore it before returning for the night. It’ll be quiet, and if the weather cooperates, star-gazing provides the best free light-show for miles around.

Windjamming is not for those who need to be waited on hand and foot, who demand luxurious accommodations and fancy baths (most boats have shared heads and shower, but there’s usually a sink in your cabin), fussbudgets, or who can’t survive without being connected to the electronic world. Most—but not all—boats are historic vessels, built for freight and retrofitted for human cargo.

There are no set destinations; wind and tide set the daily course. You have to be willing to roll with the weather—sunshine, clouds, fog, rain, gales—whatever Ma Nature pitches, you deal with.

For the right people, though, it’s a vacation without compare.

Tee off at Sunday River

April 19, 2010

Sunday River knows how to merge the seasons: It ends its ski season today, and plans to open its golf club on Friday. Now through May 31, Golf-and-Stay Getaways begin at $99 per person (plus 18% tax and resort fee) at the Bethel (actually Newry), Maine, resort; package includes one round of golf, cart, lodging at one of the two Grand Resort Hotels, and breakfast. The 18-hole, Robert Trent Jones-designed championship course has has been named Maine’s top course for five consecutive years by Golfweek magazine.

Hint: Remember the black fly rule—Mother’s Day to Father’s Day—and plan accordingly