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The Maven is staycationing this week, but that doesn't mean things won't be thrilling. And with Memorial Day Weekend — the unofficial start of the summer season in Maine — there are plenty of fabulous options within the Pine Tree State.

Tiptoe With ME
What: The bulb tour at the Northeast Harbor estate of W.P. Stewart (no relation to Martha, sorry) is one of the most spectacular things we've seen. Ever. The gardeners there have planted more than 85,000 bulbs, which are at their peak now. Visitors can wander along pine-needle paths that wind their way through the landscape and past the ocean. Proceeds from the $15 ticket fee benefit the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service.
When: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: 32 Sargent Drive, Northeast Harbor

Cook with ME
What: Gretchen Heilman, a holistic health counselor and herbalist, will lead a cooking class on how to prepare a healthy, tasty menu, including salmon with quinoa, greens and creamy tahini dressing and date almond coconut balls. Yum. Even better? It's free and open to the public.
When: noon-2 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Good Table, 68 Main St., Belfast

Eat ME
What: There are two things you're bound to eat this weekend: red hot dogs and/or lobster. Fox Family Potato Chips go swimmingly with both. They're made in Aroostook County and they're the best chips we've tasted. Read more about them here.
When: Whenever.
Where: Home, camp, picnic, car.

Drink ME
What: New Age wine from Argentina. No, it has nothing to do with Maine, but we're on vacation, and we bought a bottle last night at our local wine shop. After our first sip, we promptly returned for another. The bottle is beautiful, but the real excitement happens when you open it — it's a sparkler, which you serve over ice with a slice of lemon or lime. Totally refreshing. Apparently, it's all the rage at trendy clubs in Argentina. And our deck in Orono.
When: Cocktail hour.
Where: Your deck, patio or living room. Ask your local wine purveyor — we bought ours at Ampersand in Orono for $9.99.

Listen to ME
What: Go all "O Brother Where Art Thou?" with the Old Grey Goose band at the Downeast Fiddle Jamboree.
When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Saco River Grange Hall, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills
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HSteeves said...

I tried your New Age wine with lemon over ice suggestion ... amazing.

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