Our valleys are bursting with yellow daffodils in May,
but late May through June is all about the lupines.
Lupines have blue-purple to white or pale pink pea-like flowers with leaves that radiate from one point. You will find the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway and the Rangeley National Scenic Byway aglow with lupin spires in mid to late June.
In planning your drive, you will find information on bloom dates at Maine's Northwestern Mountains.
We hope you remembered to bring your cameras and take pictures of this great time of year in Maine’s Northwestern Mountains Region. If you have images you would like to share with other visitors, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them in our Gallery of New Views.
If you are on the road early, you may want to stop for breakfast in Kingfield at The Orange Cate Café or The Kingfield Woodsman. I’m one to get a later start and would be stopping in Kingfield for lunch at Longfellow’s Restaurant or Stratton at the White Wolf Inn & Restaurant. The Village of Stratton is a great place for an overnight at the Spillover Motel or the Spillover Inn. In Stratton, there are many restaurants to meet your traveling needs or take a short drive north to Eustis Village and enjoy Trail’s End Steak House & Tavern.
A special Treat for the traveling family would be a stop at one of our local libraries and read “Miss Rumphis” by Barbara Cooney together as a family.
Barbara Cooney was an award-winning children’s book writer who lived in Damariscotta, Maine, about 20 miles from Christmas Cove. In 1982 she wrote and illustrated the book, Miss Rumphius, about a fictional woman named Alice Rumphius who lived a life of travel and adventure before retiring to her cottage. The story begins,
"Miss Rumphius, The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea. In between the rocks around her house grow blue and purple and rose-colored flowers. The Lupine Lady is little and old. But she has not always been that way."
Part of the book’s appeal lies in one of its last paragraphs in which Miss Rumphius tells her niece: "You must do something to make the world more beautiful."
As you make the loop from The Village of Stratton, across Rt 16, to the Rangeley National Scenic Byway make sure you watch for wildlife – moose and deer are prevalent in this area.
REMEMBER! Have your camera ready! We look forward to seeing your beautiful lupine pictures and posting them on our website.
By Richard E. Fotter