If you’ve ever wanted to splice a smelt-fishing experience into a ski trip, Rangeley, Maine, would be the place to do it. Here’s the step-by-step plan: (1) Grab a Sidewinder breakfast sandwich (fried egg and meat on a butter-toasted bagel) at the coffee bar in Saddleback’s post-and-beam ski lodge. (2) Ski Saddleback’s twisty New England–style runs and new Casablanca Glades all morning. (3) Grab a lunch of award-winning chili in the lodge cafeteria. (4) Drive to nearby Rangeley, knock on an ice-shack on the lake to see if the local who answers will show you how to set a smelt trap. (5) Head to the Smelt ‘n’ Swig Pub upstairs in the lodge for live music and a few Maine microbrews. [saddlebackmaine .com]
Trace a line formed by Maine's State Routes 16, 27, 4, and 142 and you will encircle some of the state's highest mountains. In the southern part of the circle you'll find the long, impressive mass of Saddleback Mountain, from whose summit drop the twisty, wooded trails of Saddleback the ski resort.