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Posted May 22, 2017 by Kate Boehmer
Spring Pea & Mint Soup (Vegan, GF)

This is one of our most popular summer soups. It tastes as bright and fresh as it looks, and is the perfect fuel for a brisk hike to the nearest waterfall. Look for it on the lunch menu all summer!

Ingredients

1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 medium white onion, chopped ½ clove garlic, chopped 1 tsp veggie stock 3 1/4 cup... Read More
Posted May 09, 2017 by Kate Boehmer

It’s time for trail running to get the credit it deserves.  In a world of carbon-fiber everything and pricey high-tech gear, it’s easy to overlook a humble pair of sneakers. But after a long snowy winter, it feels just right to embrace your inner minimalist and hit the trail on your own two feet.  

At Maine Huts & Trails, we think a refreshing trail run through a cool misty forest is the...

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Posted Apr 25, 2017 by Kate Boehmer
Spring hiking
A good spring hike is the ultimate cure to the winter blues. And in the woods of Maine, this time of year is optimism incarnate; a life-affirming experience like no other. The forest comes alive as winter melts away into crashing waterfalls and clear vernal springs. Majestic wildlife dances on the perimeter of your view, and fresh young buds soak up the sun.

It doesn’t take a philosopher to make some deep connections...

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Posted Mar 07, 2017 by Kate Boehmer
Digital Detox

We live in an amazing time. Digital communication allows us to have unprecedented access to people, stories, and information we couldn’t have had just a few decades ago. But our brains aren’t exactly evolving at the same rate. We’re wired to crave information in order to survive, and for most of human history, that’s worked out just fine. But now we’ve got unlimited access to more information than we could ever need,...

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Posted Feb 10, 2017 by Kate Boehmer
cross-country skiing

When it comes to winter survival, we modern humans have it pretty easy. We can warm our homes with the touch of a button, and stay well-fed without tracking a herd of bison across the frozen tundra. Today our biggest threats in winter are boredom and a few extra few pounds, and historically, that’s pretty chill.

Our ancestors had to work a little harder to make it through the long, snowy months...

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Posted Feb 03, 2017 by Kate Boehmer

The Chickpea Salad Wrap is a staple for our trail lunch spread at the huts. Some have described it as “the best chicken salad ever”… but surprise- it’s vegan! Swapping out the chicken for chickpeas makes this wrap extra healthy, and extra portable. With no meat or dairy, it’s no big deal to keep it out of the fridge for a few hours… a requirement for lunch in the backcountry!

 

Chickpea Salad

2 15 oz....

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Posted Jan 19, 2017 by Kate Boehmer

Winter in Maine is not for the faint of heart. The sun sets behind the mountains well before cocktail hour, and it can take years to perfect a wardrobe layering system that strikes the magic balance between not freezing and not sweating. (Quick tip: it’s all about a breathable base layer). So no, it’s not necessarily easy to live this far from the equator, but take a look around, and you’ll find Mainers to be some of...

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Posted Dec 28, 2016 by Kate Boehmer
Skiing at Maine Huts & Trails

The Sami people, who live in the northern reaches of Scandinavia and Russia, have over 180 words to describe snow and ice.

That may seem a bit overboard, but if you heard the linguistic gymnastics performed by the reservations team at Maine Huts & Trails to describe trail conditions, you’d soon realize...

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Posted Dec 19, 2016 by Kate Boehmer

These healthy, hearty cookies are just the thing to grab when you come in from the cold. Keep them on hand for hungry guests, kids, and midnight snacks all season long!

Ingredients

2 cups organic rolled oats 

2 ripe bananas

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries (or raisins, or chopped dried apricots)

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Posted Dec 15, 2016 by Kate Boehmer

This winter is shaping up to be pretty fantastic. Forecasts are calling for lots of snow, there are new trails to explore,  and the huts are staffed by some of the friendliest and most helpful people you'll ever meet. When you come to the huts, you'll be greeted by a diverse group of young adventurers- some who've traveled the world, and some who've been exploring the mountains of western Maine all...

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