This is your chance to escape the crowds and visit the pristine part of Maine, the Lakes and Mountains region and especially Bethel Village and Sunday River Ski area. The Bethel Hill Town Common, the surrounding historic district and quintessential shopping district is truly a special place. The historic district has many fine homes as well as Inns and Bed and Breakfasts. Bethel has been described as” Maine’s most beautiful mountain village” and its location on Bethel Hill just away from the intersection of the east - west highways of route 2 and rote 26 assures that it will always stay a special village. Bethel provides a perfectly placed stop for tourists on a loop up the Maine coast and then across to the White Mountains of NH or over to the Vermont Green Mountains. A wonderful place to explore for a few days, it has two wonderful covered bridges, great hiking, two world class golf courses, The Androscoggin River, a wonderful fishing and canoeing experience, access to the most difficult section of the Appalachian Trail , beautiful mountain waterfalls, and a chance to see moose, loons and bald eagles along with other wildlife. Sunday River is one of the largest ski areas in New England and is a short 5 miles from the village. In the winter months there is a free area shuttle bus called the mountain explorer that transfers folks between the village shops and restaurants and the slopes. There is an abundance of casual yet wonderful dining options. There are fine dining restaurants, a variety of lively ski bars, family dining places, and local favorites in diners and even a smoked rib take out.
For more information visit the chamber of commerce website at www.bethelmaine.com
WINTER: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Mountaineering, Dog Sledding, Ice Fishing, Snow tubing, Sleigh Rides, Ice skating and Snowmobiling are just a sample of what awaits in this Winter Wonderland.
SPRING: Mud season and black flies are what we think of first but let’s not forget the great spring skiing on warm sunny April days. The high spring waters bring out the white water Kayaks and Canoes and "ice out" is a special time for Anglers.
SUMMER: For many this is what Maine is all about. Refreshing summer breezes invite all types of outdoor fun. Swimming in a small pond, sliding down a waterfall of a cascading mountain stream, fishing, canoeing the Androscoggin, golf, antiquing, rock hounding, day hikes or expeditions into the Mahoosuc or the nearby White Mountains, or just relaxing with a good book are just a few things that are here for all.
FALL: This special time of the year lets us shuffle through fallen leaves and wonder at the color brought to life by fall foliage. Autumn is a wonderful time of year to walk down a wooded path or glide peacefully along the Androscoggin in a canoe. Bird, deer, and moose hunters come from far away to try their skills in this wilderness region well known for its game. If you're not a hunter then bring your camera and take your own shots of nature in its finest. Some great skiing can usually be found by Thanksgiving weekend at nearby Sunday River.