Glamping is quickly becoming a very popular way to stay while on vacation. Combining the words ‘camping’ and ‘glamor’, glamping is a term that originated in the United Kingdom but has spread all over the world, with many different glamping sites and locations springing up around the United States, mostly centered around natural areas like national parks and coastal regions. Unlike traditional camping, which can be a lot of fun but also has plenty of disadvantages like having to set up tents and sleep uncomfortable sleeping bags, glamping gives you the luxury and modern comforts you’d expect to find in a good quality hotel room while also providing the freedom that nature enthusiasts love. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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More Ideas: Farnsworth Art Museum
The Farnsworth Art Museum is a Rockland, Maine treasure. A visit to this historic museum immerses visitors in art of all varieties - sculpture, painting, print, and many more - while focusing on the many contributions the area has made to the larger arts community. Opened in August 1948 by Lucy Farnsworth, the museum is stocked with the collection she inherited from her father (William) and her brother (James). Meant to honor her father especially, who was a huge art lover, this museum specializes in American art and many pieces by the Wyeth family (Andrew, Jamie, and N.C.).
The two properties included as museum property were also closely related to the Farnsworth family.
The Farnsworth has over 15,000 different works in their collection at any given time, featuring even more during special and temporary exhibitions. The majority of these pieces of art fall into a few different categories, with a special emphasis on artists that have lived or worked in Maine.
Painting Collection - Georgia O’Keefe, Eve Peri, and NC Wyeth, among many others, have paintings featured in the permanent collection at the museum. With a focus on artists from Maine, there are a variety of styles on display (surrealist, life, etc.). Make sure to check out “An Art Filled Life” by Marguerite Zorach while there.
Print Collection - Prints from Carroll Thayer Berry, Leonard Baskin, and Linwood Easton head up the print collection at the Farnsworth. There are also many prints from Andrew Wyeth, one of the most featured artists in the museum (and a local boy), as well as many others.
Photography Collection - Featuring photography from artists like Andy Warhol and the prolific Bradbury Prescott, subjects vary immensely in the photography collection. Make sure to view the black and whites from Pedro Guerrero, as they are some of the most visually stunning in the collection.
Sculpture - The sculpture section of the museum features works by notable sculpture artists like Louise Nevelson, Edwin Gamble, and Bernard Langlais. There is also an incredible piece by Nancy Graves on display that is a must see.
Historic Sites - The museum also takes care of and manages two separate historic sites with national historic designation. The Farnsworth Homestead, located in Rockland, is a house built in 1850 in the Greek Revival style. This house belonged to the family of the woman who founded the museum. The other historic site, the Olson House, is located in nearby Cushing. This house was the inspiration for over 300 works by one of the Wyeth’s, Andrew. Tours are available for both; although neither is accessible by wheelchair.
Library - Besides the amazing works of art featured at the museum, the museum also is home to a library with 10,000 books focusing on American art and specifically artists who are featured in the museum itself. Books are all available for viewing by the general public, but cannot be checked out or leave the library.
The museum offers field trip options, as well as optional bus and travel reimbursement for schools who may not be able to afford the cost of traveling to the museum. Forms must be filled out ahead of time with the following information: the planned date of museum tour, the preferred time of the tour, the grade level of the students, and the estimated number of both students and chaperones (the recommended ratio is 1 chaperone for every 10 students). Choose between four different tour options - a collection tour, a tour of the two historic sites, a special exhibition tour, and a tour focused on the Wyeth family.
It is also recommended for teachers to discuss museum etiquette with their students ahead of their visit as well. The complete list is on the museum’s website. Students are encouraged to leave their cell phones at school.
Admission is free with prior reservation (which must be completed at least three weeks before visit). Tours are held between 10am and 3pm, and last 90 minutes for 4th through 12th grades. For younger students (kindergarten through 3rd grade), tours will last for 45 minutes.
The Museum Store is open during regular museum business hours, with an emphasis on art supplies, books (especially featuring the artists that have works on display in the museum), exclusive merchandise to the museum and jewelry. Make sure to stop by on the way out, especially if there is a specific piece of art that has been particularly inspirational.
Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street, Rockland, ME, 04841, Phone: 207-596-6457
More Ideas: Owl’s Head Transportation Museum
For people of all ages interested in the history of transportation as well as how that has led to where the United States is as a nation in terms of the transportation industry, this is the museum to visit. Featuring exhibits, interactive features and many actual historic automobiles on the premises, the transportation museum is fun and educational for everyone.
Opened originally in 1974 in Owl’s Head, Maine, the transportation museum is a not for profit that focuses especially on the impact transportation has educationally, with a focus on vehicles and technology that was established prior to the year 1940. Featuring many vehicles on display and operated almost entirely by volunteers, the museum is still going strong after 40 years and has plans for additional growth. They also are involved heavily in the local community, especially with local schools, home school programs and trying to provide opportunities to get students involved in transportation.
There are a variety of permanent exhibitions on display at the museum, each focusing on a separate and important historic segment of the transportation industry.
1.Faster - The newest in the collection, this exhibit focuses on the human need for competition and how that drive pushed innovation forward. Starting with antique cars, progressing through motorcycles and even bicycles before displaying more modern vehicles as well, the exhibit discusses how speed drives humans in both professional and recreational ways (for example, soap box derby car races). There are actual vehicles on display (make sure to check out the Formula 1 Ferrari!) as well as uniforms, multiple trophies, and other memorabilia.
2.Art - Automobiles have always been an inspiration for art, and this exhibit features over 20 works by Melbourne Brindle, from Victoria, Australia. Internationally recognized for both his talent and his love for automobiles (he also collected cars - and the prize of his collection was a 1913 touring vehicle manufactured by Stevens-Duryea and donated to the museum). Brindle was also especially fond of the Rolls-Royce.
3.Women - Showcasing the impact women have made on the automotive industry, this exhibit features information about Susan B. Anthony, Bertha Benz, Alice Ramsey, and Harriet Quimby, who not only changed how the world thought of women in reference to the automobile industry but also as pilots and as a gender as a whole. This inspiring exhibit is an absolute must see.
4.Bentley - Is there any car brand that is more well-known than Bentley? This exhibit focuses on the history of Bentley and the Bentley Boys (a team of racers, often unpaid, who advanced the brand worldwide) and has a 160 horsepower Speed Six on display. Come see the brand that changed the face of racing and learn more about the men who glamorized racing in a permanent way.
5.Coach - Focusing on custom coachbuilding (a throwback to the days of horse drawn carriages), this exhibit highlights how much coaches have changed since their inception and how the end of the coach business affected the people who made their livings making them. Find out what happens at the end of an industry.
There are many field trip opportunities and programs as the transportation museum. Offered free of charge when booked ahead of time by contacting the museum. Run by one of the volunteer tour guides and also the museum director (when available), there are a variety of themed tours like “Harnessing Power (focusing on how technology has helped people get around both on the ground and also in the air)” and a tour on the history of how we have achieved flight. There are also a variety of themed class activities for classrooms who do not necessarily want a full tour, like a paper airplane clinic and learning about air pressure in a hands-on way. Students always love the flight simulation that a gateway to the competitive school competition of rubber band powered flight machines.
Contact the museum for a full schedule of academic opportunities, to find out additional information, and to schedule a tour or program.
The museum offers a gift shop on premises for guests to visit on their way out of the museum, full of items like hats, bags, toys and options to purchase a membership to the museum. It is open during regular business hours. Guests interested in learning more can purchases books that they can read at home to continue their learning experience!
Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street, PO Box 277, Owls Head, ME, 04854, Phone: 207-594-4418
More Ideas: Katahdin Woods and Waters
Katahdin Woods and Waters, in beautiful Penobscot, Maine, is a wild natural monument and park system with minimal staff and services but many opportunities for outdoor fun. Guests will enjoy mountain biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping with the whole family in the great outdoors.
Established as a national monument and park by President Obama in 2016, Katahdin is one of the more recent additions to the national parks system. The park includes more than 80,000 acres of land on the eastern edge of Baxter State Park in Maine. A portion of the park was actually purchased by one of the founders of the Burt's Bees corporation. There has been some vocal opposition to the park, mostly due to the encroaching on the lands of citizens of some portions of rural Maine. The area itself dates back 150 million years to the Paleolithic Era.
Katahdin Woods was designed with limited signage and services, which makes every visit to this new national park an adventure. The area remains a wild, untamed place which is perfect for guests who enjoy less structured outdoor activities.
Due to those limited services, it is important to check the website for a list of current road conditions. Many of the roads will occasionally be impassable or dangerous due to mud, fallen trees, and other issues.
The best place to start during a visit to Katahdin is by taking the Katahdin Loop Road drive. The loop is 17 miles long and provides guests the best opportunities to view the southern side of the monument. There are areas along the loop for cars to pull off as well, with sweeping scenic views of the woods. Also, located just off the road, are several trails that can be hiked. The loop road takes about an hour and a half to drive completely. There is also an interactive guide available for download prior to a visit with more information.
Guests who enter the park through the North entrance will have a variety of outdoor activities to choose from. Enjoy kayaking and canoeing down the Penobscot River on its East Branch. The area is also perfect for mountain biking (only on the gravel roads and designated trails), hiking, and fishing (with a valid license). There are multiple waterfalls in this part of the park as well.
Hunting is allowed in the park as long as hunters have an active state hunting license in Maine. The designated hunting areas are located to the east of the Penobscot River’s East Branch and are marked in dark green on the map. Be advised that chase dogs and bear baiting/trapping is not allowed.
Many guests also enjoy camping while visiting Katahdin. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis and no dogs will be allowed. No fee is required as well, and campfires are allowed as long as weather conditions permit.
When visiting in the winter months, guests should try snowmobiling. Designated routes run from the north to the south just east of the Penobscot River’s East Branch. Routes may vary slightly yearly depending on what else is going on at the park, so check the website for the most up to date information.
Due to the lack of services available at Katahdin, there are few special events hosted there. However, there are a few during the year to keep an eye out for.
Hosted occasionally are programs designed to help children connect to nature. These programs often contain a discover walk that is on the shorter side to work with children’s often shorter attention spans. Offered free of charge and led by a park ranger or local educator, they are great for families with children of all ages and were designed to educate children about the geology of Katahdin as well as its wildlife and plant life.
Another special event occasionally offered are programs designed to educate visitors about the logging history of the park. A recent offering was the Log Driver’s Waltz. This program teaches about the history through stories, songs, and urban legends. It is offered free of charge and starts with an educational DVD presentation. This event is mainly geared toward adult visitors to the park.
Dining and Shopping
There are no dining options available in the park, due to the lack of park staff and services. However, guests are allowed and encouraged to bring their own picnic lunches to the park if they pick up all of their trash. Alcohol and grills are both strictly prohibited.
Katahdin Woods and Waters, Penobscot, ME, 04476, Phone: 207-456-6001
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