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Polar Plunge on the Coast of Maine

For many, New Year's Eve is a time of making resolutions and focusing on the New Year with goals and plans firmly in place. For others, New Year's Day brings the call to step out of one's comfort zone and push oneself to the limits. The "Polar Plunge" in which people run into the ocean on New Year's Day was born of these energies. What a fun and unusual way to celebrate living in New England!

While the polar bear loves to dive into the icy winter waters, many humans test their reserve and resolve by jumping into the ocean. Is it one of those mind over matter things? A test of courage? Or just some child-like fun, splashing in the frigid waters?

Each year, people line the coast of New England, bathing suit clad, with a friend or two in tow with towels or blankets at the ready. We invite you to come to Maine and experience the Polar Plunge. This year, on January 1, would-be Polars will be meeting on Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk at 11 am to take the plunge together, and donate to charities.

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Many who have taken the plunge say it can actually lead to "feeling alive" and euphoria. Is this something on your bucket list?

As you look ahead to the arrival of the New Year, we'd love to host your grand adventure. After your icy plunge, return to the Inn and warm up by one of our fireplaces, in our co-ed sauna or at the indoor pool and hot tub. Individuals who book $50 or more of services at The Spa at Stage Neck may enjoy use of these facilities on day of treatment.

Warm by the fire in your Luxury Guest Room

Not interested in running half clad in southern Maine, in or out of the water? You're still welcome to come for a New Year's getaway to Stage Neck Inn and celebrate the here and now! Our Harborview and Oceanfront categories of guest rooms include a heat-generating fire-feature like the one pictured here. You may also be interested in reading about "Storm Watch Season" at Stage Neck Inn.

This year may be a great time to come, even if you don't want to dive in! Rates on New Year's Day features some sizable discounts on our delicious B&B package. Happy New Year all!

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