The Maine Weekender, January 7–9

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Happy New Year from Maine! Are you the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions? If so, do you have any tips for keeping them longer than a few weeks? (Asking for a friend). Whether you’ve resolved to drink more water and cook meals at home instead of ordering in, or you opt out of New Year’s resolutions altogether, here’s our roundup for this weekend in Maine: 

Something to Do: 

Ready for brunch and a show? This Sunday, head to Stroudwater Distillery at Thompson’s Point for Brunch Up Your Life, featuring Maine’s most popular drag star, Cherry Lemonade! With gluten-free and vegan options, this brunch is for anyone who’s ready for some singing, dancing, and potentially some screaming to greet the new year. Please note that this event is 21+, and no outside food or beverages are allowed.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday 
Where: 4 Thompsons Point Rd., Portland

Somewhere to Go:

After the typical indulgence that happens over the holidays, you may be feeling overwhelmed and in need of a detox. This Sunday, destress and recenter yourself on a two-hour Nature Forest Therapy walk at Pineland Farms. Led by certified nature forest therapy guide Hughes Kraft, these walks offer the opportunity to unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature to start the year off right. 

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: 100b Valley Farm Rd., New Gloucester

Something to Drink: 

Now that we’re almost through the first week of 2022, it feels like an apt time to grab some caffeine! ead to Portland to check out Buzz Coffee, which started as a coffee cart on the Eastern Prom last summer and opened a brick and mortar shop last week. Grab an espresso, matcha latte, or cappuccino to fuel up while you’re out shopping in the Old Port. 

Where: 19 Exchange St., Portland

Something to Eat: 

If you’ve been looking for a new haunt in Portland’s  West End, look no further! Smalls, a cafe, market, and wine bar, opened this week. Thanks to a menu of salads and sandwiches, as well as a happy hour menu of small plates like marinated white beans and chicken liver pâté, you’re sure to find something to delight your taste buds while you browse the cool and funky wares of the marketplace. 

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: 28 Brackett St., Portland

Something to Look Forward to: 

Let 2022 be the year of investing in experiences! Be sure to hit the ground running by grabbing tickets to next Wednesday’s Winter Reverie Wine Dinner with the Block Saloon at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, which will feature four courses and wine pairings.

When: 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 12
Where: 367 Youngtown Rd., Lincolnville

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