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Old Orchard Beach Maine – Winter Carnival

Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival

 Bed and Breakfast Maine namely the Atlantic Birches Inn would like to inform you that it’s that time of year again when the Old Orchard Beach Winter Carnival occurs Friday and Saturday February 25th and 26th. Be sure to reserve your rooms early at this Old Orchard Beach Inn 


Sled and Tube Track

                                                                                             Friday evening kicks-off the fun with a sledding  party at the top of Old Orchard Street from 4-8PM with DJ Joeyoke!  Don’t miss the sled speed trials. Put your sled to the test and if you’re the fastest, you’ll take home a trophy!  Starting at 8PM at The Brunswick, join us and the new Raging Tide baseball team for a fan night and fundraiser for a local non-profit.

Human Dog Sled Competion

Saturday you can still get your “sled” on.  Activities start at 10AM.  There  will be horse-drawn carriage rides (free with a button), human dog sled races (fun!), vendors, a DJ, snowmobile rides, kids games, a chance to meet Dune Doggie (the mascot for the Raging Ride baseball team), contests  – think whackiest sled & tube race (trophies will be awarded),

Slippery Slope Pub Crawl

There will be a happy hour pub crawl “Slippery Slope” on Saturday from 5:30-7:00pm.  It is a walking pub tour starting at Taste of Thai Orchard and continuing onto The Strike Zone, then to JJs and ends at the Oceanside Grill at The Brunswick with Motor Booty Affair.  

Some places will be offering a discount on beverages if you are wearing a Winter Carnival

Old Orchard Beach Maine – Romantic Winter Beach Walks

Pier at Sunrise with SeaSmoke

The weather finally warmed up enough to about twenty-five degrees after a stretch of unusually bone chilling snowy days this past week, tempting  Heidi and I to get some much needed fresh air and leave our Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast for a romantic walk along the beach.  We headed just down the street picked up two large hot cocoas at Beach Bagels and continued down to the pier for a stroll heading north towards Pine Point.  As most of the buildings along the beach are either summer homes or businesses, the snow on the buildings and beach was mostly unspoiled of footprints.  

Beach in Winter

While some might think a walk in the winter is a little unusual, it is one of ours and our Atlantic Birches Inn guest’s favorite winter activity in Old Orchard Beach Maine.   The ocean water temperature is about thirty-five degrees cooler than the summer ocean temperature of 70 and the air temperature at about 15 degrees is about 75 degrees less than our summer swimming weather.   The snow covered sand reflects the sunlight like a mirror, and its reflection feels especially warm on your exposed skin. 

Entrance to the Beach

 The beach is just as pristine and scenic in the winter as it is in the summer. Make sure that you are covered with layers of fleece and wool, and your hands have warm mittens or gloves.   So when visiting our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast  for your next Romantic Getaway, make sure not to miss a walk on the beach and maybe you will run into us along your walk on the beach.

Maine Whoopie Pie

Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pies should be declared Maine’s official state dessert what do you think.   Here at the Atlantic Birches Inn in Old Orchard Beach we think it would be a great ideal before Pennsylvania tries to snap up credit for the tasty cakes. We already have a state berry the wild blue-berry, and a state drink Moxie why not have a state desert the Whoopie Pie.   

Golden Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pie folklore has it being created during the Depression, by a woman in Bangor, Maine who was making a cake and she had some leftover batter.  Mainers are traditionally known for being frugal and very resourceful, so she plopped the extra batter on a cookie sheet. When these were done baking, she filled them with frosting and shouted, whoopie it worked hence the creation of the Whoopie Pie. Whoopie pies even have their own festivals that are held in Maine.  We have found that the best place for Gourmet Whoopee Pies is Cranberry Island Kitchen in Portland.  

Pumpkim Whoopie Pie

They offer a wide variety of cake flavors from golden vanilla butter cake, classic chocolate cake or pumpkin cake filled with cream cheese, maple cream cheese orange cream cheese, or espresso cream cheese. The golden and chocolate pies can be purchased with any of the following filling flavors lemon and lime, original, cointreau and fresh orange zest, myers dark rum, freshly brewed espresso, rich chocolate champagne, chambord,  peppermint, chocolate chip, espresso chocolate chip or mexican chocolate filling with a hint of cinnamon and a kick of cayenne pepper.   Innkeepers  Ray, Heidi and Alison

Maine Cross Country Skiing

Christmas Decorations

These pictures show the shear amount of snowfall we have had this winter here in Old Orchard Beach Maine. We still have our Christmas decorations out because they are frozen solid to the ground.  Everything around the Atlantic Birches Inn is covered in snow and ice, even the Pier! 

Ice Crusted Pier

 We have had so much snow, that our parking has gotten so small that we had to hire a front loader to come in and push the snow onto the lawn and back yard. This has resulted in a mountain snow that my daughter and friends climb up and slide down with their snow discs. 

 The town roads and highway are clear and dry, the good news is that you can still walk the seven miles of white sand beach which is a minute walk from the Inn and see the sunrise by pier surrounded by seasmoke.

Pier at Sunrise Covered with Sea Smoke

Last weekend, Heidi, Alison and I went cross country skiing at Smiling Hill Farm you can Cross Country Ski throughout the farm on the logging roads and livestock paths.   It was pretty cold although it was a bright, sunny day which was perfect for traveling over some hilly up-down terrains, and plenty of open field skiing and intimate trails throughout the farm.  There were also plenty of people snowshoeing.

Smiling Hill Farm Cross Country Shiing

After about 2 hours skiing we decided to head for lunch at our favorite place for Chowder Gilberts Chowder House in Portland’s Old Port Area.  We look forward to helping you  to enjoy your stay in Maine’s Winter Wonderland.  Your Innkeepers: Ray, Heidi and Alison the apprentice

Maine Winter Events for February

Ways to Celebrate February Maine outdoors and events during Groundhog Day, school winter vacations, Lincoln’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. The list of activities and events in Maine, during February will give you a perfect chance to join in the winter fun and entertainment while enjoying your stay at one of Southern Maine’s most romantic Inn’s the Atlantic Birches Inn an Old Orchard Beach Bed and Breakfast

So, with a few extra layers of clothing, scarves and mittens the February Snow fest’s, the Snow Carnivals, snowboarding competitions, World Cup Biathlon, snowboarding competitions and snowmobile races can be a lot of fun and excitement. And if outdoor Maine events in the winter isn’t your thing and doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps you will enjoy being indoors for a Chocolate Festival.

 High View Farm Sleigh Rides December through March (depending on snow Amounts)

High View Farm in Harrison Maine is owned and operated by the Winslow Family and was first settled in 1810 by their ancestors. ‘It is a working farm with animals, including Belgian Draft Horses and Guernsey Dairy Cows. During the winter the farm offers Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides and Bonfire Packages, for a romantic experience or family fun. With an Old Fashioned journey and a slower way to travel it gives a way to create lasting memories.”

Special Olympics Maine Winter Games Sun Jan 30  – Tues Feb 01, 2011

More than 500 athletes from 80 Maine communities will compete in the 42nd Annual Special Olympics Maine Winter Games at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley. Come cheer on the athletes, watch the biggest Fireworks Display of the year, or get involved by visiting the Maine Special Olympics.

The North American Tour of the Biathlon World Cup   Fri Feb 04, 2011 – Sun, Feb 6, 2011 and  Fri Feb 11, 2011 – Sun, Feb 13, 2011

Mainer’s are preparing for the tens of thousands of fans who will descend on the cities of Fort Kent and Presque Isle for seven days of Olympic-level competition during the E.ON IBU Biathlon World Cup.  Maine is home to two internationally accredited, world-class venues that are licensed to host World Cup competitions. The Fort Kent 10th Mountain Center and Presque Isle Nordic Heritage Center competition sites join others in Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Norway, and Slovenia that are hosting other World Cup events.

The Main Event  Snowboard Competition Sat, Feb 05, 2011

The Maine Event is an annual snowboard competition based in New England going into its 8th season. Sugarloaf is proud to play host to the Finals of the 2011 season. The Main Event Series provides an opportunity for ambitious snowboarders to compete their way up from their local mountain all the way to the Burton US Open Championship and a snowboarding trip of a lifetime in Argentina with South America Snow Sessions.

Wilderness Sled Dog Race Sat, Feb 05, 2011

Kicking off Snofest in Greenville, this International event pits these powerful canine athletes and their mushers against the legendary Maine snow and cold of winter.  In addition to the race start and finish lines at the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife parking area on Village Street in Greenville; there are three places along the race route where spectators can view the teams as they head to the Northern most checkpoint and return to Greenville.” Hot chocolate and chili will be served on one of the viewpoints.

Sugarloaf Ski Resort Go50Week   Mon Feb 07 – Fri Feb 11, 2011

This week is dedicated to skiers and riders 50+ who have made a commitment to staying active and seeking out excitement! Enjoy the best skiing in the East at Maine’s tallest resort and take advantage of a special Wine Dinner, Artisan Workshops taught by local craftspeople, plus a Go50 Welcome Party at the Shipyard Brew Haus, Group Ski opportunities, Guided Mountain Tours, Live Music and fun Activities.”

12th Annual Naples Winter Carnival  Fri Feb 11, - Sat Feb 12, 2011

The Naples Winter Carnival will be two full days of fun along Long Lake in Naples, Maine. If Mother Nature cooperates, the 2011 carnival is expected to be even bigger and better than it was in 2010, when crowds gathered for a Broom Ball, an Antique Snowmobile Show, Helicopter Rides, Snow Coach Rides, movies, snow sculptures, fireworks and a bonfire, other indoor and outdoor activities, and of course, plenty of hot chocolate!

Moosehead Lake Snofest Week   Fri Feb 18,  – Fri Feb 25, 2011

A week of fun on the lake,  with snowmobile rides, entertainment, and the annual Snofest “cook out – cook in” – featuring deep fried turkey, burgers, hot dogs and fire roasted marshmallows. On Friday, the 25th, the week-ends with a Snofest Family Finale and Bonfire.

Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival   Sun, Feb 20, 2011

A tantalizingly delicious event sponsored by the Moosehead Chamber of Commerce. A great place to take the whole family. Choose 12 samples from a selection of 30 delectable chocolate desserts. For the kids there is a special Children’s corner with unique food & prizes. And as always you can place a bid on the great items in our Chinese Auctions.

75th Annual Sno Carnival  Sat, Feb 26, 2011

The towns of the Maine Swedish Colony gather each year for a winter carnival featuring traditional Nordic skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing events for all ages along with good food and fellowship. Come on out and beat those winter blues.

How The Atlantic Birches Inn Guestrooms Were Named

Fiske Hotel

A little bit of history on the naming of the Atlantic Birches Inn guestrooms.  When we first purchased the Bed and Breakfast in the spring of 2001 all the guestrooms had already been named, but we had no idea where the guestrooms name’s came from.  After some researching at the Old Orchard Beach Harmon Museum & Historical Society and local library we found that the room’s names came from Grand Hotels that existed when the  Shingle Victorian building was built in 1902 by John Calvin Stevens

The Great Fire of 1907

Most of these Grand Hotels were destroyed in the Great Old Orchard Beach Fire in 1907.

We then thought that we should let our guests know the history of each the Grand Hotels that the guestrooms were named after.  

Room Plaques

We made nameplates for the outside of each guestroom’s door and then had  framed plaques made which were placed inside of each guestroom’s door with a antigue postcard picture of the Grand Hotel, its history, location and  information.  Your innkeepers Ray and Heidi.

Old Orchard Beach – Winter Things to Do


Maine has many choices of outdoor Winter activities and things to do that is sure to hasten the heart beat of old and young thrill seekers. 


With the recent snow storm there are snow-covered sledding hills are all over the state,  Those looking to spend more time speeding down the slopes instead of walking back up, there are many  tobogganing and tubing parks that offer quick rides up on rope tows, or even faster rides back down on your toboggan or tube. 

Snow TubingSnow Tubing and Tobogganing  

It has become very popular over the past few years five years and Southern Maine offers many options for this exciting family activity. Several ski areas have developed tubing runs Snow tubing is a fun, safe experience for the entire family. Mandatory safety equipment and a variety of trails ensure that outdoor enthusiasts young and old will enjoy their visit. And if you’re a mom or dad who doesn’t like cold weather, don’t worry some have enclosed viewing areas where you can watch the while sipping a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.  No matter where you go, you will have a fun and make sure to wear a hat, or helmet. No you don’t have to walk to the top. Grab your tube at the bottom and hold on to it while you stand up and ride the lift to the top.  The tubing season typically runs December through April. 

Snow ShoeingSnowshoeing 

 It is also a favorite winter activity in Maine. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to travel quietly in the great outdoors and get some healthy exercise. Snowshoe trails are found throughout Southern Maine at Nordic ski centers, alpine ski areas, state parks and public reserved lands. 

Cross Country Skiing 

Cross Country Skiing

On a sparkling winter day, one of the most picturesque ways to see Maine’s landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis, gliding quietly through snow covered balsam-scented forests, feeling the sun’s warmth reflecting off the snow.  Cross-country skiing is great way to exercise and a fun outing that can be enjoyed by the entire family. 

Ice Skating

Ice skating is a Maine tradition.  Enjoying this winter ritual is as easy as finding a local spot, dressing warm, lacing up your skates and gliding around the ice. Outdoor and Indoor ice skating venues are many and varied, with dozens of ponds, lakes and outdoor\indoor  rinks to discover.



Enjoy best ways to see Maine’s stunning winter landscape.  Maine  is the premier snowmobiling destination in the Eastern United States, offering abundant snowfall, an extensive trail system, and the ability to ride uninterrupted from region to region.


Dog Sledding

Dog sledding or “mushing” in Maine is unique experience, that is  unique and thrilling winter adventure. Working alongside experienced mushers and Maine guides, you’ll learn how to mush a team of dogs from start to finish, from caring for the dogs and the equipment involved to harnessing and actual mushing. 

Valentines Day – Maine Romantic Getaways

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Give your sweetheart the gift of a romantic weekend away from the job, the kids and the stresses of everyday life and bring back some of that sparkle and magic.  Treat that someone special to a 2 night stay in the room of your choice in the cottage at this Old Orchard Beach Inn.  Indulge yourselves in a chilled bottle of champagne  and chocolate covered strawberries in your room upon your arrival. 


Make your Valentine’s Day Getaway special and join us at this Southern Maine Bed And Breakfast.  Here at this Maine Bed and Breakfast we celebrate Valentine’s Day for the entire month of February. 

Valentine’s Day is for lovers, and lovers enjoy a romantic getaway to Old Orchard Beach Maine

Valentine Roses

The Atlantic Birches Inn a Bed and Breakfast with guest rooms that offer water views and spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. There is something about sky blue skies, sunshine, and the Atlantic Ocean that ignite that romantic spark in couples everywhere. 

Happy Valentines Day

During your Valentine’s Getaway escape, enjoy a stroll along the 7 miles of white sand beach, visit one of Old Orchards Finest Restaurants for that special meal, do a little shopping in Portland or at the Outlet Stores in Freeport, visit the Portland Museum of Art or area Art Galleries, enjoy a lobster roll or bowl of award winning Chowda for lunch at Gilberts Chowder House, do a little Bird Watching or perhaps a drive along the coast. This is a peaceful time on Maine’s Southern Coast and a lovely time to escape from the hectic life of the city. 2BUE465CK4J7

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