Rangeley Lakes Trails Center at 524 Saddleback Mountain Road in Rangeley, offers to the public 55 kilometers of secluded, scenic dog-friendly trails for year-round use, from hiking and mountain biking in summer to Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking in winter. Trails are groomed in winter and the center rents out equipment and offers lessons and guided tours. The Gnome Home Roam, created for kids especially to enjoy, is 20 or more small carved gnomes in tiny houses scattered among the trails. Food, drink, and good cheer are always available in the lodge. Trail map. Fees for memberships or short-term visits. 207-864-4309.
Cross-Country Skiing in the Woods of Maine
Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, just a bit north of Portland and south of Lewiston/Auburn, is a wooded getaway where you can enjoy groomed trails for cross-country skiing through the beautiful snowy woods of Maine. The farm is open to the public year-round. In winter enjoy 30 kilometers of well-kept trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Rent your equipment and get expert advice if you are new to any of this, including sledding and ice skating. Instruction is offered in dry-land Nordic ski training and orienteering. Come in the warm seasons for biking, walking, trail running, tennis and disc golf. Hiking: always! Day and seasonal passes at reasonable prices. Pricing for adults and children. 207-688-4539.
Dogs + Sleds = Wow!
Experience the thrill and beauty of sledding over frozen ground and snowy mountain passes behind a team of powerful Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes. New England Dogsledding is located at 591 Kings Highway in Mason Township, on the Maine and New Hampshire border of the White Mountain National Forest. The company hosts fun and educational dog sledding, mushing, and sled dog tours in the Bethel, Maine; the Sunday River Ski Area; North Conway, New Hampshire; and on 15,000-acre Wilderness Trail System at the Balsams, New Hampshire. The company teaches guests the ropes and allows them to experience the thrill of driving their own team. Be whisked off on an amazing winter adventure through the majestic wilderness.
For a Fun Time: Moose Alley
Moose Alley, on Main Street in Rangeley does not mince words. Front and top and center on its website is the declaration “We Entertain. All day. All Night. All Year.” The Alley does this with bowling, billiards, an arcade, great food live music and good vibes. The indoor fire pit doesn’t hurt, either. Live music happens all and every weekend; see the calendar. You just might spot some antlers as décor items.
Off We Go With a Jangle of Harnesses
It has been called the “low-impact winter sport” – that is, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the New England woods and meadows. Rides are offered by many farms, including High View Farm in Harrison, where the host promises that the jingle of sleigh bells will ring on as a wonderful memory.Get out this winter and enjoy a great winter activity perfect for the entire family. 207-595-1601
Antiques of Maine Life in an Antique Building
Steam Mill Antiques at 155 West Bethel Road (US Route 2) in Bethel, Maine, is a country antique shop located in a large, 1820 farmhouse and barn. Come and find a wide range of antiques, collectibles, books, pictures, signs, toys, and other stuff. Anything that you could find in an antique shop you may find here! Our stock is always changing so it's always worth the time to browse the shop. DownEast Magazine has declared that Steam Mill Antiques is one of the 5 reasons to love Bethel. An honor! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, year-round, and by chance or appointment on all other days and seasons. Send email to SteamMillAntiques@gmail.com to make an appointment or if you are traveling from a distance and want to check the hours of operation.
Comfort & Adventure By Maine Huts & Trails
Maine Huts & Trails, headquartered at 496 Main Street in Kingfield, offers back country hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable accommodations. All huts at Maine Huts & Trails offer shelter, meals, and activities like hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing. Each hut features shuttles to take gear from hut to hut. Maine Huts & Trails opened Stratton Brook Hut, its newest, in December 2012. Stratton Brook is the fourth of 12 planned back country huts and eco-lodges in Maine’s Western Mountains. This planned 180-mile connected hut-to-hut trail will be the longest groomed ski trail in America. Phone: 877-634-8824.