April 7, 2015

Vacation in Bethel Maine!

Bethel, Maine is the quintessential New England town - the perfect combination of sophistication and history, all wrapped in a quaint, picturesque village that seems as untouched by the outside world as it was 200 years ago. Initially, Bethel was a farming community, but in 1851 a railroad was built that connected Portland, Maine and Montreal, Canada. Tourists began discovering the many treasures Bethel had to offer, and the travel industry had found a new destination. The surrounding area, filled with natural wonders, provides outdoor lovers an endless playground of opportunities. You can spend your days hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, swimming, boating, cross-country skiing, and of course downhill skiing!
Begin your Bethel holiday by taking a stroll around the Village Common, a centrally located square surrounded by all manner of shops, restaurants, and historical buildings. The square is lined with 19th century homes that look like they stepped right out of a postcard. Stop in the Bethel Inn & Country Club for a meal and to play your favorite board game, readily available in the main sitting room. Shop for antiques and hand-made crafts. Visit the Dr. Moses Mason House, built in 1813, for a glimpse back in time. Now a museum, the home has been totally renovated, and is a wonderful example of Victorian architecture.
A great way to see the Bethel Maine area is by donning a pair of hiking boots and venturing out the front door. One of the best spots is Grafton Notch State Park, located along the Maine-New Hampshire border. The most famous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail, passes through the park on the way to its terminus in Mt. Katahdin. Throughout the park you will see waterfalls, caves, and incredible mountain vistas. One of the popular trails is the Grafton Loop, a 21-mile round tripper that can be tackled in sections, depending on your skill level.
More outdoor adventure can be found in the nearby White Mountain National Forest. Hiking enthusiasts love the forest for the trails catering to every skill level. One of the most popular trails takes in the scenic splendor atop Franconia Ridge. All told, there are over 1200 miles of trails that ramble through the forest. Fly fishing the many rivers, brooks, and ponds is also a popular pastime. In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are hot ticket items.
When the snows hit the mountains, Bethel's citizens make the most of the event. Sunday River Ski Resort, located about 6 miles from Bethel, has over 120 trails that connect eight different mountain peaks. 18 lifts serve 660 acres of skiable terrain that has runs for every taste and ability. Snowboarders have 4 different terrain parks, including a super pipe and a half pipe. The Sunday River Learn-To-Ski Program is designed to get even the most novice of skiers or boarders up and moving.
Also nearby is Mt. Abram Ski Area and Family Resort. If you are looking for an unpretentious, non-factory, skier and rider centric experience with ripping terrain then discover the Mt. Abram Resort, 5 miles south of Bethel, Maine Village. Mt. Abram offers a full range of amenities, and the "come as you are culture" has been providing memorable downhill experiences since 1960.
The mountain boasts 44 trails of all ability terrain, five lifts, jib park and Maine's first "Boundary to Boundary" ski policy which sky-rocketed the skiable and rideable area from 250 acres of trails to 550 acres of trails, glades, tree lines and powder stashes that humble some of the most experienced skiers and riders. The mountain's 1,150-foot vertical drop ranges from gentle novice slopes to double black diamonds and exciting tree runs with over half the trails here are ranked intermediate or up, and expert riders and skiers will find plenty of challenges.
Bethel is the perfect spot for enjoying a vacation in Maine. Make sure to visit the Sunday River Bridge, also known as "Artist's Bridge," one of the most photographed of all the covered bridges in Maine. The golfer in your group can tee it up at the Bethel Inn and Country Club, or the world class Sunday River Golf Club. Canoers and kayakers can enjoy their sport in the Androscoggin River. Try something new such as the growing sport of ice climbing, which is popular in the nearby Mahoosuc Mountains and New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. Bethel makes an ideal spot for a vacation filled with outdoor fun, so get out there and experience the fun of the mountains of Maine!