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Bethel, Maine Vacations

Not only is Bethel, Maine one of the most peaceful villages to visit in Maine's Western Lakes and Mountains Region, but it is also often referred to as "Maine's most beautiful mountain village" Appropriately so, because...

...this picture perfect New England town is located in the Androscoggin River Valley, in clear view of the Mahoosuc Mountains...

...a northern extension of the White Mountains that extend from New Hampshire to Maine. In every direction the views are absolutely fantastic.

In this town of only 2,500 people, it seems that no one is in a hurry. There is no reason to be. This is where you come to get away from it all.

But as laid back of an environment as it is, don't be fooled, there are plenty of things to do, and activities and events in Bethel, Maine.

Attractions and Things to Do Bethel, Maine

Bethel, Maine vacations are perfect for the person who loves outdoor activity.

Bethel Maine Sign With gorgeous mountain peaks as a backdrop...

...hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, golf, and sightseeing...

...are some of the best things to do, in and around Bethel, Maine.

Just minutes from Bethel village, in Newry, is Sunday River Ski Resort. Although the Sunday River ski area is best known for its winter sports...

...alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and tubing...

...this world-class resort also offers a large variety of year-round activities and fun family events.

During summer, the mountain biking at Sunday River Resort is great. Over 30 trails offer 25 miles of biking for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced rider.

For a less strenuous experience, during summer, and until Columbus Day weekend...

Sunday River Scenic Lift Ride Sign ...lift rides on the Sunday River Chondola (yes, Chohdola - half chairlift, half gondola) provide awesome views of the Mahoonsuc Mountains and the valley below.

Both winter and summer, Sunday River Zip Line Tours take you "flying through the woods and over a ravine and stream bed at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour".

Have you heard of dual zipping? They have at Sunday River!

Although you may never be part of the Iditarod, in Bethel, Maine you can try to recreate the experience. Dog sledding is available at Sunday River and through local vendors, such as...

...Mahoosuc Guide Service and New England Dog Sledding in Bethel, and White Journeys in Lovell.

And year-long, special events at Sunday River, such as the...

...New England Forest Rally and the Annual Wife Carrying Championship, provide tourists and locals alike a way to totally relax and enjoy the area's natural beauty.

For a Bethel, Maine vacation that includes a few holes...

Golf Magazine named the Sunday River Golf Club as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play", and it's no wonder with its spectacular mountainside setting.

And behind Bethel common, the golf course at Bethel Inn Resort provides an 18-hole championship layout with relaxing mountain views - for guests of the Inn, and the public.

For other Bethel, Maine attractions...

Paddling enthusiasts can visit local outdoor outfitters who will share professional expertise on canoeing and kayaking, on the Androscoggin River and other primary and secondary rivers in the area.

Grafton Notch State Park SignScenic drives, particularly gorgeous during the fall foliage in Bethel, Maine...

...can be found on every road that leads into and out of Bethel. Heading in a southwesterly direction, by way of the White Mountain National Forest, you can visit Fryeburg, Maine, enjoying awesome sights en route.

Route 26 takes you on a wonderful ride...

...into Grafton Notch State Park, past the often photographed Screw Auger Falls, Mother Walker Falls and Speckled Mountain.

Continue onto Route 16 and you will travel along miles of wonderful scenery that leads into the Rangeley Lakes Region. In Rangeley, connect with Route 17 as it heads south from Rangeley Lake...

...on the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway. Along the way you will pass...

...Height of Land, Maine's scenic "crown jewel". The road continues toward Mexico and Rumsford, bringing you to the intersection of Route 2, which leads back to Bethel. Along Route 17...

...you may wonder why people are bent over roadside streams. They are taking part of a generations old ritual - panning for gold!

For a first-hand glimpse into the Bethel, Maine heritage...

...you may want to visit the Bethel Historical Society Regional History Center, on Broad Street. The Center feature exhibits, a library, and tours of the O'Neil Robinson House and the Dr. Moses Mason House.

As you are visiting Bethel, Maine historic sites, you won't want to miss...

Maine Made Gifts...the heavily weathered Sunday River Covered Bridge (just past North Bethel).

Because it is said to be the most photographed and painted of the Maine covered bridges, this 1872 structure is fondly known as the Artist's Covered Bridge.

Unique shopping opportunities also await you as you explore Bethel, Maine...

...Maine made products - jewelry, gems (including Maine tourmaline), gifts, gourmet foods, art work, furniture, clothing, and many other items...

...are for sale in the quaint shops along Main Street in Bethel Village. And, keep your eyes open as you drive around - tucked away on side roads are many other shops and art galleries that are well worth browsing.

Inns, B&B's, Motel and Hotels in Bethel, Maine

There are many great places to stay in Bethel, Maine - including family owned, and meticulously cared for - historic inns, country bed and breakfasts, and cozy motels.

Would sleeping in a haunted house excite you?

The Chapman Inn Bed and Breakfast, one of the oldest structures in Bethel, is the "only officially 'Certified Haunted' inn in western Maine".

Chapman Inn Bed and Breakfast The Chapman Inn B&B, which sits at the top of Bethel Village, adjacent to the Bethel Commons, has been named by New England Travel Guide as "The Best Family B&B in New England".

Just on the other side of the Bethel Village Commons, is the lovely Bethel Inn Maine Resort - a 200 acre property that include an 18-hole golf course.

Perfect for year-round activities, the Bethel Inn and Country Club was voted by the New England Travel Magazine, as the 2011 Best Resort in Maine for Outdoor Sports.

Guest accommodations at this popular Bethel, Maine inn include traditional rooms and townhouses, 105 of which have fireplaces.

Year-round activities are available in "country elegance", as are two restaurants, a Health Club with an outdoor swimming pool (heated to 92 degrees in mid-winter)...

...a fitness center complete with a whirlpool, saunas and hot tub, and tennis courts for summer enjoyment.

At the Bethel Sudbury Inn, lodging, fine dining, and Suds Pub, await you.

From standard size rooms, to two bedroom suites, to a three bedroom apartment...

...the Sudbury Inn Bed and Breakfast can accommodate you AND your family. With a Main Street location, the Inn is a short walk to Bethel restaurants and shops...

...as is the Victoria Inn, with "décor and antiques of the romantic Victorian period".
This historic Bethel inn also has family size rooms available.

Nearby, is Bethel Village Motel...

The immaculately clean and nicely decorated guest rooms are located on the second floor, above Ruthie's Boutique, and provide peaceful views of the distant mountains.

The list of Bethel, Maine lodging accommodations is long, and includes many properties just off Main Street or on the outskirts of town.

Bethel Village Motel Regardless, places such as the...

...Norseman Inn and Motel, The Inn at the Rostay, Rivendell House Bed and Breakfast, Briar Lea Inn, Crocker Pond House Bed and Breakfast and other welcoming accommodations, are all very convenient to the numerous Bethel, Maine attractions.

Will you be visiting Bethel when the Maine weather is warm? If so, Bethel, Maine campgrounds may be an option for you.

The Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground is located in Bethel, and...

...in West Bethel, Pleasant River Campground has "75 sites in a beautiful pine grove" with full hook-ups and large pull-thru sites available.

The nearby White Mountain National Forest also has public camping in five campground, and camping at Grafton Notch Campground can be done at one of 14 wooded sites.

Dining in Bethel, Maine Restaurants

Considering it is a small town, there are a lot of places to eat in Bethel, Maine.

If gourmet restaurants appeals to you, a visit to one of the Bethel inns, or bed and breakfasts, may satisfy your craving.

The Victoria Inn and Restaurant invites you to join them for a fine dining experience in one of their "three intimate dining rooms".

Sunday River Shipyard Sign The Bethel Inn Resort, offers award winning fine dining in the Main Dining Room and also serves casual fare downstairs in the Millbrook Tavern and Grill.

Visitors to the Sudbury Inn can enjoy dinner in the Dining Room, or "pizza, hearty sandwiches, 29 draught beers and live music" in Suds Pub.

For other dining in Bethel, Maine, you may want to try...

...The Jolly Drayman at the Briar Lea Inn, where the menu consists of "Jolly Good Stuff", with everything from Starting Stuff to Sweet Stuff.

Or, a "touch of Tuscany in Maine" and a wide selection of Italian food at 22 Broad Street restaurant, in the Gideon Hastings House.

The Rooster's Roadhouse Restaurant and Pub can seat 100 people (ideal for large groups and families) and has a varied menu of...

..."Maine Seafood, Char-Grilled Steaks & Chops, Italian Specialties, a selection of Dinner Salads, as well as a great Kid's Menu".

Don't let the name of Bethel's Best Pizza and Dairy Bar fool you...

...they also serve the 'best' 100% Lobster Rolls with a 'whole lobster in every roll!".

Or, you can select from 50 Chinese, Szechuan, and Hunan cuisine lunch and dinner combinations that are on The Kowloon Village Chinese Restaurant menu.

And if you are on the run, tourists AND locals frequent Cafe diCocoa Bakery and the Good Food Store, for quick meals, snacks and beverages.

Throughout Bethel, Maine you will find other restaurants, pubs, delis, cafes and specialty food stores, nightly entertainment, and during the ski season - lots of aprés skiing fun. Stop in and enjoy!

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