Maine Maple Sunday

“Maine Maple Sunday” is held every year on the fourth Sunday in March.

This year it is March 26th

In New England, maple sugaring is the first sign that spring is on its way!  Maine is one of the very few places where the sap from a maple tree can be tapped and then turned into maple syrup.

This is part of what makes Maine and Maine Maple Syrup so special.

Maple sap cannot be harvested just anywhere there are maple trees.  Certain weather conditions are necessary in order for the sap to flow properly for harvesting. The required pressure level needed to get the sap flowing is created when the tree freezes and thaws. Thus, warm days and cold nights make for optimum maple sugaring conditions.

When the pressure from a maple tree thawing reaches a certain level, sap is collected. This pressure allows the sap to flow from the small holes that are made to collect the sap.

Most of the sap is still gathered the old-fashioned way, in buckets hung from trees, and boiled down to syrup over wood fires. Many of the larger producers use labor saving modern technology. They gather the sap with plastic tubing strung all the way from the trees, gravity fed to the “sugar house”.

Once the sap flows from the tree, the sap must be processed within a few hours or it will spoil, therefore syrup makers work around the clock.

From holding tanks (which may hold as much as a thousand gallons), the freshly collected sap (usually about 3% sugar) is fed continuously into the evaporator. There it is kept constantly boiling as it becomes more concentrated. When the syrup reaches a temperature of 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, the sugar-density is perfect.  Immediately, the syrup is filtered to remove particles of “sugar sand.” These, although harmless, would make the syrup cloudy. After it is clear, the finished syrup is packed in sterilized containers and sealed, ready to be enjoyed around the world.

The syrup is sometimes dark and rich, or sometimes pale, gold and delicate.  Similar to wine, much depends on the soil composition and terrain, as well as the wind and the weather.

It takes approximately 40 years for a sugar maple tree to reach tapping size. In a good year, one large tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap without suffering any injury. That may seem like quite a lot, until you realize that the sap will be reduced to only about 1½ gallons of syrup!

Maine Maple Sunday is when Maine maple producers open their doors to the public to demonstrate maple syrup making.   Enjoy this experience personally with free samples of maple syrup on ice cream, mini pancakes and muffins, maple candy, door prizes and much more at some of Maine’s best maple syrup producers.

Smell the aroma as boiling sap fills the air and is transformed into sweet Pure Maine Maple Syrup!

Contact us for participating businesses in our area

Maple sap collecting bucket & spout

Bird’s-Eye-View of Moosehead Lake

See Maine’s largest lake from a seaplane.  Moosehead Lake has three seaplane bases with highly experienced pilots that can show you this vast area from a

“bird’s eye view”.

Since you’ll be going over areas where there are no roads, it is a great way to see wildlife…many people have been able to see moose and bears!

The three seaplane businesses offer varied trips to fit any budget.

The pictures below are just a few of the photos I was able to take on some of our trips:

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Mt. Kineo on Moosehead Lake

East Cove of Moosehead Lake with Greenville Inn circled

Moosehead Lake is 44 miles long with 300 Islands

Aerial View of Greenville Inn

The very tall tree in the bottom photo is the original Blue Spruce depicted in the 1890 hand-painted leaded window (which is our logo).  Now it is 60 feet tall!

See it in person!

Do you see the head of a moose?!

Do you see the head of a moose?!

Mt. Kineo

Mt. Kineo

★Spring Fling Discount★

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View from the cottages

View from the cottages

Mr. Bluebird taking care of chicks

Mr. Bluebird taking care of chicks

Stay 3 nights in May and receive a $45.00 discount!   Prices starting at $543.00 for a 3 night stay, double occupancy. Breakfast included at a private table.  Subject to availability, tax not included. Must be consecutive nights, cannot be combined with any other package.

(May and June are the best months to see a MOOSE!)

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❄Winter Wonderland at Greenville Inn❄

❄So much to do!❄

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Yes, this is our view!

❄We have all kinds of winter activities for you to enjoy!

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❄Snowmobiling

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❄Dog Sledding

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❄Bald Eagle Tours

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❄Snowshoeing

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❄Ice Fishing

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❄Skiing

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❄Winter Waterfalls

Winter Waterfalls

Winter Waterfalls

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✰✰International Sea Plane Fly-in✰✰

This is the world’s largest seaplane fly-in. It is always held the weekend after Labor Day.

There are planes from all over the country, tons of food, crafts and exhibits.

Fun for the whole family!

We are just ONE block from all the festivities!!!

September 7-9, 2017

We open booking reservations at the end of April, so if you are interested, email us or call to check availability

innkeeper@greenvilleinn.com

207-695-2206

(we give our previous guests first dibs, but we might just have an opening!)

Seaplane taking off

Flying over Moosehead Lake

View from the Greenville Inn

The Kate and seaplane

The Katahdin going out and seaplane coming into the East Cove of Moosehead Lake

taking off

Planes lined up a the dock & taking off

crowds enjoy fly-in

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✰✰Forest Heritage Days✰✰

Certified Logging Professional and the Game of Logging …
This is a weekend dedicated to providing the public with some knowledge and activities about the working forests of Maine.

August 12-13, 2016

Some events over the two day celebration:

  • Demonstration of some “old time logging skills”– they are amazing!
  • “Game of Logging”– Events include saw chain filing, speed cut, bore cut, precision stump, spring pole, precision bucking and precision felling.  This is the culmination of the 4 days of training with a competition by “the best of the best” competing for a prize pac.
  • Crafts & exhibitors throughout the day located on the grounds by the Greenville schools.
  • The Center for Moosehead History & Lumberman’s Museum will be open for self-guided tours.
  • The restored steamboat The Katahdin will be going out on regular cruises.

✰Check Availability✰

✰✰Bird’s-eye-view of Moosehead Lake✰✰

See Maine’s largest lake from a seaplane.  Moosehead Lake has three seaplane bases with highly experienced pilots that can show you this vast area from a

“bird’s eye view”.

Since you’ll be going over areas where there are no roads, it is a great way to see wildlife…many people have been able to see moose and bears!

The three seaplane businesses offer varied trips to fit any budget.

The pictures below are just a few of the photos I was able to take on some of our trips:

Contact us for details

Mt. Kineo on Moosehead Lake

East Cove of Moosehead Lake with Greenville Inn circled

Moosehead Lake is 44 miles long with 300 Islands

Aerial View of Greenville Inn

The very tall tree in the bottom photo is the original Blue Spruce depicted in the 1890 hand-painted leaded window (which is our logo).  Now it is 60 feet tall!

See it in person!

 

 

 

Do you see the head of a moose?!

Do you see the head of a moose?!

Mt. Kineo

Mt. Kineo

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★★★4th of July Schedule of Events★★★

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★2017 Spring, Summer & Fall Happenings at Moosehead Lake★

We have many events in our area:

✰Moose Mainea✰


Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE.

Some of the events include the Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, and a Town Wide Yard Sale… just to name a few.

Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE!

(and… this is the BEST time to see a MOOSE!)

Town Wide Yard Sale is June 10th!!

 

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✰Moosterpiece Craft Fair✰


Moosehead Lake Region hosts a yearly Moose Mainea Celebration. Area crafters host the

Moose Mainea Craft Fair in downtown Greenville.

 

Downtown Greenville

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✰4th of July 2017✰

Stay with us have a dreamy night sleep, a scrumptious breakfast (at a private table), enjoy all the activities

just one block from us (our guests don’t have to worry about where to park!)

Fireworks are scheduled for Tuesday, July 4th.

This is as good as it gets!

 

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Fireworks viewed from the Greenville Inn

 

✰Forest Heritage Days✰

Certified Logging Professional and the Game of Logging …
This is a weekend dedicated to providing the public with some knowledge and activities about the working forests of Maine.

 

Some events over the two day celebration:

  • Demonstration of some “old time logging skills”– they are amazing!
  • “Game of Logging”– Events include saw chain filing, speed cut, bore cut, precision stump, spring pole, precision bucking and precision felling.  This is the culmination of the 4 days of training with a competition by “the best of the best” competing for a prize pac.
  • Crafts & exhibitors throughout the day located on the grounds by the Greenville schools.
  • The Center for Moosehead History & Lumberman’s Museum will be open for self-guided tours.
  • The restored steamboat The Katahdin will be going out on regular cruises.

✰Check Availability✰

✰International Seaplane Fly-in✰

This is the world’s largest seaplane fly-in. It is always held the weekend after Labor Day. There are hundreds of planes, tons of food, crafts and exhibits. Fun for the whole family! Accommodations become very scarce, so book early!

September 7-9, 2016

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Sea Plane

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★★Magnificent Moose~Moose Facts★★

These magnificent mammals fascinate everyone who visits us,

so I have compiled a list of some “Moose Facts”:

  • Moose are actually the largest of all the deer species.
  • Males grow antlers, which can spread 6 feet (from end to end).  They shed their antlers in early winter and regrow them each year.  The main function of the antlers is to attract females.
  • The flap of skin that sways beneath the moose’s throat is called a bell.
  • Moose can only see a distance of 25 feet.
  • Moose prefer to browse higher grasses & shrubs since lowering their heads to ground level can be difficult due to their height.
  • Moose have no front top teeth.
  • They eat shrubs & pinecones in the winter, but they also use their large hooves to scrape the snow & clear areas where they can dine on mosses & lichens.
  • The hooves also support their heavy weight in the snow & mud much like snowshoes would.
  • When the ice melts, moose are seen in lakes, rivers or bogs enjoying plant life above & below the surface.
  • Moose are excellent swimmers and are quite at home in water.   They will even submerge completely and stay under water for more than 30 seconds.
  • In spring & summer, moose are often seen licking the residual salt off roadways and eating the plants on the edges of the roads.
  • Moose can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances.
  • Male moose, called bulls, will bellow to attract females during October, otherwise known as “rutting season”.
  • Females, called cows, give birth in the spring to one or two calves-each weighing 30 punds.  After the first calf, they quite often have twins.
  • Young moose stay with their mothers until the following mating season, at which time they are called a “yearling”.
  • Moose are very solitary animals and even though they may feed in close proximity to each other, they tend to ignore each other.

So…if you are interested in seeing these amazing animals…come up to Moosehead Lake!

Taking a guided tour is the best way to see a moose.  We can arrange a tour with a Registered Maine Guide or give you suggestions.

Guided tours are available May 15- Sept. 25.

We also have many other activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sea plane rides, white water rafting, leaf-peeping, scenic byways…

and…of course…relaxing!

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