It's been said that in life there are only two things that are certain - death and taxes.

Well, here in Maine, there is a third - the winter will be a long and cold one.

Sure, the Red Sox are doing their best to extend summer with a playoff run, but that can only last so long, and then it will be time to put away the bats and balls and hunker down for the long, cold and snowy winter.

Sure, the first snow is kind of fun, and it's always nice to have snow for the holidays, but after New Year's there are still some long months of winter left. At the risk of depressing you, here are some photos of what we are in for...

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And then there's this...

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Who needs it?

Wouldn't you rather have this???

Hard Rock Riviera Hotel Maya in Mexico

And hang with these cool people?

Well you can if you win one of our great trips to Mexico in our Tropical Nights: Boots In The Sand contest!

For the rest of this week and next, we're giving away five-day, four-night all-inclusive country music dream getaway to the oceanfront Hard Rock Riviera Hotel Maya in Mexico. From February 23 to 27th, you’ll be hangin’ at world class restaurants and beachside cabanas and to put the icing on the cake, you'll have a prime seat for Tropical Nights: Boots In The Sand concerts watching as Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer rock the stage each night!

After all--it's February in Maine...wouldn't you love to escape from this:

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To this?

Hard Rock Hotel in the Riviera Maya in Mexico