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to the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys
A vivid landscape of river towns, lakes, mountains and vast forests, the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys region of Maine offers its visitors a wonderful blend of outdoor adventure, scenic splendor and cultural diversity. Come explore and you’ll fall in love with the people and places that make our region unique. Photo: Dan Marquis
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WINTER The jingle of the bell and cherry-cheeked smile become the silent wonders of deeply laid snow. A smooth trail cut across the land and through the evergreen forest takes us to places silent and beautiful.
SPRING A landlocked salmon taken at your great uncleâ€™s secret spot. Casting off a pair of muddy boots. A setting sun much later than expected. Blissful thunderstorms. Daffodils. Tulips. Fiddleheads. Messengers of the fine days to come.
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A dragonfly the size of a childâ€™s hand skitters across the pond looking for its midday meal, while a million daydreams are carried off on your lazy breezes. The paddle dipped deeper pulls us across still, cool waters. Relish in these warm, freckle-filled days.
The festive air harkens back to days when the plow ruled the land. Asphalt lines and leaf-littered trails weave through forests of green- and silver-tipped leaves layered between the deep reds and ambers of this season of harvest.
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Points of Interest Along the Kennebec
Cities and Towns of the
Kennebec and Moose River Valleys
The Kennebec and Moose River Valleys region includes Kennebec County, home to Maine’s state capital at Augusta, central Maine’s shimmering lakes and lush rolling agricultural hills, and then heads north to the mountains of Somerset County — following the Kennebec River to its origin at Moosehead Lake and west to Jackman, ending at the Canadian border.
Old Fort Western, built in 1754, served as a staging point for Benedict Arnold’s ill-fated march to capture Québec.
Drive through Bingham and see the historic clapboard homes of the 19th- and 20th-century lumber barons. Ride the Dead River. Take a chance and ride this amazing river during one of several special releases each summer. Visit Lakewood Theatre in Madison — one of the oldest continuously operating summer theaters in the U.S. Take in the fresco murals at the
South Solon Meeting House,
a surprising treat set in a venerable American structure. Enjoy a crisp autumn day boating on Wyman Lake or biking along the
Solon-Bingham Rail Trail breathing in the mountain air.
Amaze the kids with a visit to the Skowhegan Indian, the largest sculpture of a Native American in the world. Visit one of the finest waterfalls in New England and the tallest single drop in the state of Maine, Moxie Falls, which is easily accessed just off Route 201 near The Forks.
Welcome to the Kennebec EXPLORER. Every page of this guide is designed to inspire you to explore the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys of Maine. Each picture and paragraph asks you to seek out and find places here that speak to you. Whether you are looking for the adrenaline-pumping thrills of our whitewater rafting, a night of white tablecloth dining or something somewhere in between, we’ll help you find your ideal Kennebec Valley vacation. During 2013 we’ll also be introducing you to a new website featuring better and more searchable event and local business tools. Look for recommendations and ideas for ways to spend your days up on Facebook. And, we really love how Pinterest really shows off our best side. Look for us on YouTube and Twitter as well. After all that, I hope to find you on the trail.
The Kennebec Explorer
Let’s Ride! Shimmering leaves. Dappled sunlight. Neverending views.
Journey through heaven on Earth.
The best way to cover our nearly 5,000 square miles is by car, and whether you’ve come for world-class outdoor adventure or just a quick camping getaway, you’re bound to see some of our best from behind the wheel. Our unforgettable scenery is matched only by the chance you’ll have to spot a bald eagle, moose or family of deer, all at no extra charge. Here are four abbreviated driving trips that show our best side; full route descriptions, as well as others, can be found at KennebecValley.org. So hit the road and discover those things that makes the region so very special. Refer to the map on page 30-31 for a closer look.
Old Canada Road (Route 201) National Scenic Byway Maine’s historical, industrial and economic past travels along Route 201 weaving a story through our cities and towns. Officially, the Byway begins in the hills above Skowhegan where ME-43 meets US-201 and heads north to the international border with Canada. Unofficially, it begins in the 1,600s and continues through Maine’s industrial boom years of the 20th century, providing the connective tissue for generations of French-Canadians living in Maine to this day. Length: 78 Miles Travel Time: 3 Hours
Scenic Lower Somerset (a quick one, sort of) Proceed on 150 from Skowhegan to Athens; join Route 151 and onto 16 to Bingham then south at 201 all the way to Skowhegan.
Length: 60 Miles Travel Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
It Takes Moxie (includes a hike to Moxie Falls) Take 201N from Bingham to The Forks (turn right onto Lake Moxie Rd). Two miles down on the right will be a parking area for the trail to Moxie Falls. The easy hike is 1.2 miles total. Back on Route 201, head north to Jackman, with a right onto 6/15 to Rockwood and onto Greenville Center, then south to 16 at Abbot and back to Bingham.
Length: 144 Miles Travel Time: 3 Hours, 18 Minutes
Voyage International (as the name suggests, bring your passports) Follow 201N from Skowhegan through to the Canadian border. Once in Canada, take 173, turning left at Route 269 and left again at Route 204 in St. Gideon. Then follow Route 161 to Woburn crossing into the US to Maine’s Coburn Gore, following 27 into Kingfield, turning onto Route 16 through Madison then south on 201A with a final left onto Route 2 back into Skowhegan. Length: 245 Miles Travel Time: 5 Hours, 25 Minutes
For more detailed directions and drives, visit KennebecValley.org.
Art. Theater. Music. History. Film. Labor Mural, Maine State Museum
Typewriter Eraser by Claus Oldenburg, Colby Museum of Art
Interior Detail, Cumston Hall, Monmouth
Old Fort Western, Augusta
Our once quiet cities and towns have swiftly come to life. Each sharing their reflected beauty with the outside world. Regardless of why you first come to the region, our collective culture is a reason to return again and again.
Art This summer the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville will likely be “the story” in the art world. The 10,000-sq. ft. expansion will house a $100 million collection of Historic, Modern and Contemporary American Art, making it both the finest and largest collection in Maine.
Theater Come thrill to performances in the newlyrestored Waterville Opera House — offering a full calendar of entertainment
— or the Theater at Monmouth, home to Maine’s very own Shakespearean theater now in its 44th season.
Music Our little city of Hallowell now offers a growing collection of hot music venues year-round. In the summer, check out Blistered Fingers and Country Fest. All are certain to have you humming along to our rhythm in no time.
History Benedict Arnold changed America’s path with his campaign on Quebec, planned in great part at Augusta’s Old Fort Western. This American jewel offers a peek back in time to when the Kennebec sat upon our nation’s frontier.
Theater at Monmouth
Film The newly created Maine Film Center shines a silver light on special programs and annual events like the acclaimed Maine International Film Festival, and up the river in The Forks you’ll find the Maine Outdoor Film Festival: one day of rough-and-tumble fun dedicated to movies made about the great outdoors.
Find It All The story of culture in Maine’s Kennebec Valley is vast and could easily go on for pages. See what you can find that stirs you at KennebecValley.org. Click on Events for a fully searchable collection of activities, attractions and events.
To learn more about the Arts and Museums in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Woo-hoo! Photo courtesy of Northern Outdoors
In Maine’s Kennebec Valley
Here’s just a bit of advice: Plan Ahead. There are many rafting companies in the area. Each is suited for different kinds of folks; from extreme adventure seekers to families out for a day of wet and wild fun. Big groups or small, we suggest you talk to a couple companies to find the one that suits you, and make reservations before you show up. Be Prepared. You are going to get wet, so bring a change of clothes. Towels and extra drinking water should always be available at the end of the trip. Be Respectful. Follow your guide’s rules at all times. Be safe and take care of Mother Nature. If you do all three of these, you will soon be planning for your next rafting adventure on the majestic whitewaters of our rivers.
whitewater rafting is king! Forget what anyone says to you about rafting anywhere else in Maine — the Kennebec River Valley is the king of the whitewater. From the pounding intensity of a day on the Dead River during a special water release to the unmatched excitement and pulseelevating thrills of the Class IV rapids of the Kennebec River, welcome to some of the finest whitewater rafting in the East. The best thing about rafting on the Kennebec and the Dead is that all you need to prepare is yourself. No special equipment. No extensive training. Just bring your thirst for adventure and hunger for thrills. Granted, some of the rapids on the Dead are meant for folks who have done this once or twice, but even novices can find an experience of a lifetime that suits them. Because both the Dead and the Kennebec Rivers come from controlled sources, each has scheduled, controlled water releases. Visit KennebecValley.org for the posted special release schedule, and start planning your rafting adventure today.
For more about rafting in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Canoeing, kayaking and boating are just good for the soul. Imagine a day spent gliding across a pristine lake, exploring a meandering stream or paddling down a gently flowing river. Taking in the scenic landscape from the water is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Paddlers and boaters alike are attracted to our region for many reasons. From Gardiner to The Forks, our launches get you on the Kennebec River quick. Many come to paddle the famed Moose River Bow Trip. The Bow is a 2- to 5-day wilderness paddle that begins on Attean Lake, hooks to the Moose River and then back around to Attean Lake. From the top to the bottom of our region, the lakes and rivers are plentiful. Beginning at the lower end, there are larger lakes like Cobbosseecontee, Maranacook and Echo, lakes that offer wide spans of shoreline to tour as well as myriad opportunities for wildlife watching.
China Lake, in Vassalboro and China, is riddled with small islands that are fun to explore. The Belgrade Lakes area boasts Long Pond, Great Pond and Messalonskee Lake. Each of these lakes provides areas to experience the pure joy of the great outdoors via canoe, kayak or boat. The central and northern parts of our region offer even more bodies of water to enjoy. Around Skowhegan and Madison youâ€™ll find Lake George and Wesserunsett Lake, each with magnificent areas to discover. If true wilderness paddling and boating are what interest you, try out Moxie Pond and Pleasant Pond in the Caratunk area; each offers a peaceful pristine setting for adventure. Larger lakes like Wyman, Indian Pond and Brassua have vast expanses of water on which you can play and fish. Bring your boat, rent one or hire a local guide to experience an unforgettable lakes and rivers vacation.
To learn more about paddling and boating in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Arts, Crafts and Antiques. Delightful objects to behold.
Antiques | Craft | Fiber Art | Native American Antiques Central Many diehards compare their search in terms of “the hunt.” And we are proud to have more than a few spots across the region that have attracted “pickers” looking for that perfect piece of American farm history, a country table or a road sign that just completes a room. Hallowell’s River Street, running along the riverfront, is closely lined with a small but well-groomed collection of antique shops, art galleries and boutiques all packed to the gills with the best stuff (old and new) you have ever laid your eyes on. But don’t stop with Hallowell. Start there! Then head up to Fairfield for a day’s antique adventures at the Mall on 201. If you plan your trip right, you might be rewarded when you witness the world’s foremost firearms auctioneer James D. Julia — an Antiques Roadshow regular — in action. So, if you are on the hunt, you might be rewarded if you keep your eyes open, your ears perked up and you know whom to ask. Bargains and surprises await you at every turn.
Craft A couple years back, the Maine Turnpike Authority entered into a wonderful relationship with the Maine Crafts Association and opened the Center for Maine Craft at the West Gardiner rest
area. No matter what time of year, if you take the time to stop in you’ll get the chance to pick up something special created by one of Maine’s hugely-talented collection of crafts workers. You can also stop in at the Maine Made & More stores in Belgrade, Augusta and Waterville for more Maine craft and gifts that truly “speak like a Mainer.”
Fiber Art “Only in Maine” is a phrase heard from time to time, but with the annually held Fiber Frolic, they may be right. This early June festival held at the Windsor Fairgrounds is a little like a mecca for the fiber art world. It is a marketplace “celebrating fiber, fiber animals and fiber arts.”
Native American Craft For our visitors with an interest in the craft and work of the first people to inhabit Maine, take a trip over to the southwestern part of Somerset County along Route 27 where you’ll find Nowetah’s American Indian Museum. The owners offer a free glimpse into what might be one of the larger private collections of American Indian crafts, pottery and baskets in all of New England. With over 600 examples of basketry and bark containers, it really is a sight to behold. And while you are there make sure you check out the Wire Bridge across the Carrabasset River — it’s one of the last still in use.
For more information on Antiques and Crafts, visit KennebecValley.org.
Ho. Ho. Holidays
A jingle-jangle take on a New England Christmas Allow us to surprise you with a few presents that set our New England holidays apart. Fun ideas for a holiday escapade of your own. And if we are blessed with snow, all the better. Riverside villages like Gardiner, Hallowell and Skowhegan have long been a bastion of holiday celebration. Shops and galleries delight the senses. Restaurants are filled with revelery and song late into the night. Good cheer all around. Here is but a sampling, but look under the tree — you’ll find more to do than you know, so stay the night and see what magical things happen.
Gardiner and the Who-ville Parade Yes, yes, holiday parades are a delight, but what about the world’s only Holiday Who-ville Parade? This clever turn on Dr. Suess’ classic tale invites all comers to arrive dressed as their favorite Who? So who are you?
Christmas in Old Hallowell Typically celebrated at the end of the first full week of December, Christmas in Old Hallowell seems to go on for days. With a craft fair to beat all and a Christmas parade concluding with fireworks over the Kennebec River, Merry Christmas, indeed.
Stroll over to Belgrade Look to the lakes of Belgrade around the holidays for a little bit more than you might have expected; this truly charming little stretch knows how to put on the holiday show during their annual stroll.
A Festival of Trees Helps Hinckley Sparkle Each year the Goodwill-Hinkley school sets out the tree… lots of them. For a little more than twenty years now, stately Prescott Hall has been decked out in full holiday regalia during the second full week of December. The locale also hosts a number of on-site events during the week. And it’s free.
And what about the big guy? Up the Kennebec River apiece, at the center of the enchanting city of Waterville lies a land plucked from beyond the arctic circle. Kringleville has arrived every year (but one) at the center of Castonguay Square since 1969. It all begins in the days following Thanksgiving with the Festival of Lights parade through downtown and concludes in Kringleville where the party runs through to the days just before Christmas. We’d love to see you this year. The 15,000 kids who waited for their chance to chat with him last year can’t be wrong.
There’s a reason we call it the Pine Tree State. As you prepare to head home from your Kennebec Valley Christmas adventure, take time to find and visit one of the many local tree farms and cut yourself one of Maine’s finest fir or pine trees; snow permitting, you might also enjoy the bliss of a winter wonderland sleigh ride to round out your journey.
For more information about spending the Holidays in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Camping Rugged fun vs. relaxing in the sun. Camping offers endless variety. Make some of the finest family memories when you just hit the road with all your camping stuff. But be sure to bring a sense of adventure and a plan to have no plans. But be sure to make reservations. Just get out and have some fun; you’ll be amazed what it can do. The Kennebec Valley region offers some spectacular areas for the traditional family camping experience.
The Lakes in Monmouth Cool clean waters welcome you to our region here. Fish for smallies that take home the prize and sizzle sweetly in the pan over a hot fire. Sleep soundly to the chirrup of frogs and crickets. Then go for a dawn hike, or maybe sleep in awhile.
The Gateway to Adventure From Canaan, along Route 2 and north up 201 to Solon and Bingham, you’ll find some centrally-located family
campgrounds that offer the quintessential Maine camping experience. Explore Lake George Regional Park. Paddle, swim, hike, bike, repeat.
Sportsman’s Wonderland Head north to Jackman for a bit of four-season camping and uncover a very special part of Maine. But be careful though; the moment you set up camp you may never want to leave. Do everything or nothing. Hunt in the grand tradition, cast into the swift streams, canoe the famous Bow Trail.
A Note of Advice Check out the many resources online, but always look deeper; look at next year’s potential campground this year. Match your experience of the group with your selection so that you’ll exceed everyone’s expectations. Finally, plan ahead and account for the idea that you may not have access to the comforts of home.
Photo courtesy of Northern Outdoors
To learn more about Camping in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Hiking and Biking A mountain path. (Not so) secret in-town places. The open road. The Kennebec and Moose River Valleys hold an untold wealth of places to walk or bike. Somerset County, up near The Forks, is even home to a section of the storied Appalachian Trail. It would take a lifetime to walk or describe every mile of trail or the best roads the region offers. To the right, we offer four of our faves. Ideal for mountain biking are the Bond Brook Area in Augusta, Lake George Regional Park in Canaan, the huge Kennebec Messalonskee family of trails, the Kennebec Highlands in Belgrade and on and on. There are vast resources both on the ground and online at MaineTrailFinder.com that will point you in the right direction. All you need to do is ask. Visitors planning on biking in the region can make the most of their ride here by checking out the Bicycle Coalition of Maine at BikeMaine.org and by connecting with the three active bicycling clubs in the region: Central Maine Cycling Club, the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club and for trail riding CeMeNEMBA. Each holds recreational rides for peddlers of all ages and skill levels. Rest assured the scenery is beautiful whether you walk along the river, ride on our huge collection of rugged trails or take to the numerous scenic wooded roads well-suited for a country ride.
Location: The Forks Area Length: 0.6 Miles Challenge: Easy The reward of this beautiful hike is Maine’s most picturesque waterfall — great way to end a day of whitewater rafting.
Burnt Jacket Mountain
Location: Jackman Length: 1.5 Miles Challenge: Moderate Burnt Jacket, visible from the approach to Jackman and only a few miles southeast of the Canadian border, offers beautiful open summits with dramatic views.
Bigelow Preserve – Fire Warden’s and Horns Pond Trails Loop
Location: Dead River Twp, Wyman Twp Length: 12.4 Miles Challenge: Difficult Within the Bigelow Public Reserved Land this challenging combination trail allows for the summiting West Peak and the Horns.
Quarry Road Recreation Area
Location: Waterville Length: Varies Challenge: Varies A four-season 200-plus acre park with multi-use trails for all experience levels. Beautiful views, woods and open spaces.
To learn more about Hiking and Biking in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Photo courtesy of Maine Lakeside Cabins
Weddings Family Reunions Corporate Meetings Guys Weekend Seminars Honeymoon Retreats Girls’ Get-together Scouting Events Group Meet-ups Religious Events Youth Groups
Rolling hills of green, the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of an autumn treeline, an ancient horse barn set against a stone wall, a country inn with a history reaching back to the days of the Revolution, the mossy forest trails beneath majestic pines or an open lawn set beside a stream-fed pond. Each and all of these are and could be the ideal location for your special day. What’s more, all are here waiting to become the setting of a special event. One of the many things that makes the Kennebec Valley an ideal place for an event is that from bottom to top our region provides a beautiful backdrop in any season. And for people of all walks of life. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
Destination Weddings A celebration of marriage here tops the list, mostly because of the pristine beauty you’ll find in every corner of our region. However, when planning a destination wedding it is critical to offer your guests some additional diversions to make the trip worthwhile, and from whitewater rafting to the cultural buffet of Waterville, we believe we’ve got you covered. Oh, don’t forget that we make an ideal getaway for a bachelor or bachelorette weekend or even a great destination for the honeymoon.
For more about Special Events in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Photo courtesy of Maine Lakeside Cabins
Reunions of all kinds Whether you are looking to reconnect with schoolmates or family, or just pulling together a group of old friends for a camping, canoe trip or a couple days away with the guys (or gals), there is more than enough to keep every taste in your group occupied. Hunting (for game or antiques), sport shooting and ATV or snowmobile riding, taking a relaxing paddle trip or finding your way up a rocky mountainside together. We give you tons of options.
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Corporate Retreats and Team-building Events A way for you to get the group to connect, reconnect or maybe even re-reconnect. There is something about sticking a bunch of people out in nature that makes them come together. Add to that our ability to provide the kinds of guides, locations and gear you need to make it all come together and we think you may just be well on your way to the corner office.
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Maine Guides There are around 4,000 licensed guides in Maine, most operating as small independent businesses that offer visitors a highly personal and customized experience. They’ll take you to special places you couldn’t have otherwise found, offer equipment, advice and instruction; then they step aside and let you enjoy the action. When you explore the woods and waters of the Kennebec Valley in the company of a Registered Maine Guide, you can be assured of a first-class outdoor experience. Cast for native brook trout on a remote pond, hunt for deer on a frosty autumn morning, raft a roaring river, hike a quiet wilderness trail, pitch a comfortable camp in a forest of spruce and fir, canoe a scenic stretch of river and watch for moose. The list goes on, and on, and on.
Before you hunt: If you are going to hunt in Maine, we encourage you to do your research and get the correct credentials for what you plan to hunt. Anyone hunting in Maine must possess the proper license; there are many different types for the hunting of different species. So plan ahead for what you’re going to do, where you’re going to stay and what you’re going to hunt. Please visit Maine.gov to purchase your license before you arrive. We also encourage anyone new to the sport of hunting to consider using a Registered Maine Guide.
HUNTING and FISHING .
Be prepared; for the thrill of a lifetime. There’s a reason that sportsmen continue to take advantage of the traditional relaxing hospitality and hunting experience that Maine has to offer. Come and experience the time-honored tradition for yourself. Those who prefer to hunt avian species will find untold opportunities here for worldclass duck hunting on our lakes and pheasant hunting in the tall grasses throughout the region. Due to the efforts of our state to restore the wild turkey, we are now seeing a new breed of hunter come into our region. And what would the hunt be without a great place to hang your hat at the end of the day? Our location and the wide range of camps and resorts make our region the ideal destination for those traveling to get the big one. Our hospitality is considered second to none to the many sportsmen who come year after year. With warm soft beds, great home-cooked meals and some of the best guides anywhere, what more could a sportsman want? Whether you seek upland birds, Maine black bear, deer, the wily coyote or Maine’s popular big game target, the moose, the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys are ready and waiting.
Time honored traditions in the Kennebec Valley.
One cast and you’ll be hooked. The beautiful and storied Kennebec River beckons to the most talented fly anglers. The deep, cold ponds and lakes of Belgrade and Winthrop are bursting with bass. As a matter of fact, Bassmaster Magazine named Cobosseecontee to its envied list of top 100 bass lakes in America for 2013 – making it one of only three in Maine and ten in the northeast. Wesserunsett, Wyman and Moxie speak the tales of past adventures filled with pike, landlocked salmon and an untold number of the ones that got away. But don’t take our word on it, come up and you’ll be rewarded with stories to last a lifetime.
Got fish? Boy, do we! Rainbow Trout Brook Trout
Any time of year, you can find a place to drop a line. Even those just out for a day of family fun will be amazed. Spring, summer, winter or fall, you can’t find any better fishing in Maine than in the waters of the Kennebec Valley. Remember, everyone must have a license to fish in Maine.
If you don’t, Maine does offer a couple of days — summer and winter — during the year when you can cast a line without having to make the investment in a fishing license. Typically, its during the mid-winter break in the middle of February and at the start of June.
So whether you hire a professional Maine fishing guide or go it on your own, are out for a day or stay for a week at one of our traditional Maine sporting camps, look no further. We’ve got a perfect fishing spot.
To learn more about Fishing and Hunting in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Stripers Sturgeon
Just to name a few.
Family fun for kids of all ages. You’ve sung the campfire songs. You’ve played UNO® over a 100 times. Tag, done. Red Rover, over. Kick the can, OK. You cry uncle and you head out on the road for something that the kids will enjoy and won’t break the bank.
Great ways to spend some time with the kids.
summer the museum runs a series of Saturday programs featuring natural history workshops and hikes. See if you can track down Hemingway’s marlin; we promise, it’s there. The Children’s Discovery Museum in Augusta is a very cool hands-on play place. And play they do. Be ready to let them exhaust themselves. Fun. Fun. Fun!
DEW Animal Kingdom is not a zoo — forget that word. It’s more of a sanctuary, filled with beautiful, exotic and well-loved animals you’ve never even heard of before. Take the time to make this place part of your visit.
Hallowell’s lush Vaughan Woods has taken on the name “Hobbitland.” This ancient mossy place just around the corner from the 21st century will give you a glimpse at what our verdant woods looked like not too long ago.
Take a swing — a mini-swing and grab a cone of the World’s Best Vanilla at our region’s own Gifford’s Ice Cream stand. There is nothing better to top off 18 holes of miniature golf than that, we are certain.
Grab a picnic lunch and a Frisbee® and head out to the Viles Arboretum in Augusta or Fort Halifax Park in Winslow with its broad lawns; you’re bound to make the catch of a lifetime.
The L.C. Bates Natural History Museum in Hinckley defines American natural history for children of all ages. Plus, each
Plan a trip during one of the state’s free fishing days. Free. Just bring a couple of rods and a spirit of adventure. You might even catch a fish. Who knows?
A Year’s Worth of Awesome Family-Friendly Activities JANUARY
Sled dogs at Viles Arboretum. Mush!
Brrring in a trophy pickerel or pike at an Ice Fishing Derby.
Sample the oh-so very tasty events of Maple Sunday.
It’s warming up at Augusta’s East Side Boat Landing Park. Birds. Playground. Fishing.
Explore the seasonal greenery in Hallowell’s Vaughan Woods ‘Hobbitland.’
Come splash around at the Capital region’s Whatever Family Festival.
Delight in children’s theater at Waterville Opera House and Theater at Monmouth.
Spend the day at the Skowhegan State Fair — the Grandaddy of American State Fairs.
Take a road trip up the Old Canada Road and watch nature’s annual fireworks.
Fall festivals. Corn mazes. Pumpkins. Apple picking. Haunted hay rides.
Check out a two-story waterpowered mill — inside the Maine State Museum.
Make your list and visit Santa in Kringleville. Then pick out the very best tree in the world.
For more about Family Activities in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Ride the finest Snowmobile & ATV Trails in Maine. Imagine a breathtaking sunset over the mountains after a day of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding to secluded waterfalls, wildlife habitats or perhaps a private lookout point. Maybe you dream of a week spent bundled up against the cold as you zoom across snow-laden fields on a snowmobile. Our region offers hundreds of miles of well-maintained backcountry riding trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re looking for a short relaxing ride, a day of mountain trail exploration or perhaps a longer overnight excursion, snowmobiling and ATVing are a classic Maine experience you don’t want to miss.
A winter’s day spent zooming across the snowy landscape of the Upper Kennebec Valley Travelers have been coming to the Kennebec Valley area for years for world-class snowmobile riding. Throughout the region, resorts and camps offer trail riding right outside their back doors. In fact, one of the best ways to enjoy a stunning winter landscape is to climb aboard a snowmobile, rev up the engine and ride to your heart’s content. Travel through snowy environs of fragrant spruce and balsam forests, along frozen streams and rivers. Traverse wide-open fields and vast expanses. Frozen
lakes and ponds are often crossed, but always check locally for safe ice conditions. This is a frozen paradise. Up toward the Canadian border, you’ll discover snowmobilefriendly towns that you’ve never even heard about. Numerous outfitters, camps and resorts will provide you with complete rentals should you need them, from helmets and sleds, to parts and fuel. But plan ahead and make reservations. Those seeking excitement can take part in the action with the numerous competitive events throughout the area. The Lake Parlin 100 returned the last weekend of January hosted by Lake Parlin Lodge. You can take advantage of guided sled tours, too: from half- and full-day outings for families and groups to extended trips of a few days or more. Whatever package you choose, count on a truly memorable outdoor adventure.
Summer zig-zagging through the woods and fields of the Upper Kennebec Valley In the warmer weather, those with a hunger for the trail can still find adventure in the Kennebec Valley. Sitting astride an ATV has so much to offer: exhilaration, endless vistas and raucous fun.
To learn more about ATVing and Snowmobiling in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Three great rides in the Kennebec Valley Region: The best part about touring on an ATV is that the farther you get from civilization, the better things get. So go on, head north and dig deeper into the seemingly unexplored forests of our region; our vast network of accessible trails will take you beyond the boundaries of your imagination. A piece of advice: If you decide to spend some time traversing the Maine woods, we encourage you to remember that much of the land you are traveling on is not owned by the state, but by private landowners who have agreed to allow recreational use of their property. Treat it as if it were your own. Making an ATV adventure part of your vacation is not hard to do. Local chambers of commerce and snowmobile and ATV clubs can hook you up with outfitters who can make the whole thing happen. Or visit KennebecValley.org for resources. So when you arrive, all you’ll need to do is hit the gas and have a blast. This information regarding trail riding is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. FMI, visit www.ParksandLand.com.
1. Pittston Farm Trail
Location: Jackman Beginning at the trailhead in Jackman, this scenic 60-mile ATV or snowmobile day trip to Historic Pittston Farm takes riders past several breathtaking vistas. The terrain varies from gravel and skidder trails to true forest terrain.
2. Greenville Trail
Location: The Forks This loop ATV or snowmobile trail covers about 60 miles total, with diverse sights along the way, including Moxie Falls, Lake Moxie, Moxie Bald Mountain, Shirley Bog, Greenville, Moosehead Lake and Little Moose Mountain. Trail conditions are 85% gravel roads and 15% skidder trails. Parking is available at Northern Outdoors or Berry’s Store in The Forks.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain Lookouts
Location: Bingham This trail, which starts in Bingham on a section of the Kennebec Valley Trail, has a loop distance of 25–35 miles and offers several pull-off areas with river views and unequalled opportunities to spot bald eagles, ospreys, loons, deer and moose. Once at the overlook, catch a glimpse of the Sugarloaf Mountain Range and the Moxie Mountains. Trail conditions are 80% gravel roads and 20% backcountry trails.
What makes the taste of real Maine Maple Syrup so very, very good? Toasty warm days. Freezing cold nights. More than 100 years of tradition. By Valentine’s Day the trees are just starting to get the message. Though the ground is still frozen and it will be weeks before folks start thinking about spring, there is excitement in the air — perfumed with the heady scent of wood smoke and the sweetly aromatic scent of maple sap boilin’ down in the evaporators. For the sugarmakers of the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys, this is the busiest time of the year. We encourage you to go out and learn how this wonderful stuff is made; from tree to bucket to evaporator, there is a whole lot more to it than just that. And every sugarmaker has stories and tales to tell that make their shacks the best ever. Throw off the winter doldrums on the last Sunday in March — officially Maine Maple Sunday — and go out and learn all about that yummy stuff. Then go ahead and pour some on your waffles, pancakes or anything you like.
To learn more about the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Fun Fact: Somerset County is the number one producer of maple syrup in the United States, as counties go, with over 1.2 million taps (and growing) each season.
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Farmers’ Markets Bright colorful signs advertise the freshest corn you’ve ever had, an apple that bites back, brilliantly hued pumpkins of a thousand shapes and sizes. This is the story of roadside agriculture and farmers’ markets in Maine. The list below shows you’d be hard-pressed to miss a farmers’ market in all our cities and towns. Each has its own flair and appeal. All offer the finest and the freshest from hardworking farmers throughout the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys. When you are out on the road, keep your eyes peeled — you may just come across a pile of heirloom tomatoes stacked high and priced to sell on the honor system. Or perhaps you might stop in and meet the hens that hatched tomorrow’s omelette. Augusta Farmers’ Market
Pittsfield Farmers’ Market
Mid-May to Mid-October
May to Halloween
Farmers’ Market at Mill Park
Skowhegan Farmers’ Market
Mid-May to Mid-November
Mid-May to Halloween
Viles Arboretum Farmers’ Market
Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market
May to November
May to Mid-November
Belgrade Lakes Farmers’ Market
Town of Wayne Farmers’ Market
Mid-May to Mid-October
June to Halloween
Canaan Farmers’ Market
Winthrop Farmers’ Market
May to October
May to October
East Vassalboro Farmers’ Market May to October
Gardiner Summer Farmers’ Market May to October
Gardiner Winter Farmers’ Market
Thanks to the Get Real, Get Maine website — GetRealMaine.com for the content in this listing. We encourage you to check the website or call ahead for dates and times.
November to April
To learn more about Farmers’ Markets, visit KennebecValley.org.
There is only one other gathering like the Kneading Conference — held annually in Skowhegan — in the U.S., and that is held in what is arguably the West Coast food capital, San Francisco. With exclusive company like that, there must be something really special going on. This tasty conference, driven by the locavore movement (eating locally produced and grown foods) brings together some of the world’s most talented professional and novice bakers, farmers and millers. They participate in a collection of lectures and demonstrations centered on the art of (and new ideas) surrounding making and baking bread in wood-fired ovens. They even bring in the guys who design and make the ovens. July 25–27 Skowhegan Fairgrounds
Eat, drink and be merry. Come back for another helping.
Other tasty bits
Maine has a special relationship with the American stomach. In the last year alone there was a great debate over whether to name the state dessert the blueberry or Whoopie pie. There are far too many restaurants for us to mention here, so we have selected a few of our favorites that are worth a visit.
We’ve heard that Lake Parlin Lodge has a dynamite new chef. Check it out and let us know. Jackman’s 30-seat Bigwood Steakhouse has a lot to offer as well. If you are in Belgrade for dinner, head over to the Village Inn for the duck (but call ahead for a table). Finally, The Bankery in Skowhegan and Waterville’s Holy Cannoli offer up the sweets like nobody’s business.
Breakfast, one of our three favorite meals. We tend to like our diners here, and we have done a good job of keeping this eating tradition alive. Some great diners include the Purple Cow and the Flatlanda, both in Fairfield. Dave’s Diner is a chrome-plated classic in Gardiner. And for fancy diner food, check out the A1 Diner in Gardiner, too. Wherever you land you are sure to enjoy.
Lunchtime favorites. The China Dine-ah offers reliably yummy takes on traditional diner fare. We recommend checking out Augusta’s Red Barn for some great fried seafood. The Senator Inn in Augusta attracts the politics crowd and offers an authentic pizza. If you are in the mood for a sandwich, Day’s Store in Belgrade satisfies as does Kel-Mat in Skowhegan. If you’d rather grab a hotdog, look for Don’s in Augusta or Bolley’s in either Hallowell or Waterville.
Head to Waterville for dinner, satisfaction guaranteed. Waterville has been attracting some regional talent over the past few years and now it’s all come together; in fact we have assembled a collection of some of the cities’ best. Just head on over to the Waterville pages to see our best picks.
How about a tasty beverage...or two. In 1996, Oak Pond Brewing Company opened the first brewery in Maine after a 115-year gap. They stuck with the classics, such as their Nut Brown Ale with its complex eight malt blend, an Oktoberfest lager and some seasonal brews we’re sure you’ll love. Tree Spirits of Oakland makes beverages of another sort. Award-winning winemaker Bruce Olson is happily turning Maine’s sweetest apples, pears and maple syrup into awardwinning wines and distilled spirits of the finest quality. Kennebec River Pub & Brewery — located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks — offers great seasonal brews and some of the finest IPA in the region. The Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery, located in Hallowell, offers twenty-plus beers throughout the year. The team here loves to serve the full complement of modern beers. Stop in anytime and you’ll be delighted.
To learn more about dining in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
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Shopping: the All-American pastime. Whether you spend your day shopping in the grand plazas near Augusta and Waterville or browsing through riverside antique shops in Hallowell, we certainly know that shopping is an important part of the journey. The Kennebec Valley offers plenty of retail, big and small. We encourage visitors to buy local if they can as it is all part of the true Maine experience.
National Chains & Outlet Stores
Just off the interstate at Maine Turnpike Exits 109 and 112 in Augusta or Exit 130 in Waterville, you’ll find all the big stores tucked in around regional favorites. No need to deal with the crowds that some of Maine’s better-known shopping locations attract. From Target and Walmart to ULTA and Eddie Bauer, we’ve got it. Whether it is shopping for something you need and forgot or maybe you just want to treat yourself while on vacation, you’ll find it here.
From Gardiner up to Waterville, there are numerous options for groceries nearby. But Skowhegan is home to the last big grocery, a Hannaford, as you head north on Route 201; you’ll also find a Walmart here for odds and ends you left at home. Farther up Route 201, there are some terrific family-run places, and if they don’t got it, you don’t need it. These include the Solon Corner Market, Jim’s Market in Bingham, Berry’s in The Forks area and Bishop’s in Jackman.
Great Stuff, Old & New
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Gardiner, Hallowell and Skowhegan have really done a marvelous job of building up areas to attract local merchants of all kinds. Snuggled in between some of the area’s finest eating and drinking establishments, you will find new fashions, collectibles by the yard and things that go zip and zoom for the kids. But keep your eyes open as you travel our byways for out-of-the-way shops.
Buying old stuff: Mainers are good at finding a bargain and at giving one, too, but only if you ask. If you want to get a good deal on something, you may have to work for it a little. You will go home happy, no matter what.
To learn more about Shopping in the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
The longest-running fair in the United States. Organized in late 1818, the first of what was to be an unbroken succession of 188 Skowhegan fairs was held in January 1819 by the original organization known as the Somerset Central Agricultural Society. That name was used for the event until 1942 when the official designation became the Skowhegan State Fair. While no record is in existence of what the weather was in January of 1819, it apparently wasn’t a determining factor in the attendance as a history of Skowhegan records that the fair attracted the largest crowds to ever have assembled in Somerset County. The Skowhegan State Fair occurs every August and involves livestock competitions, rides, treats, games and more. There is nothing quite like a warm summer day at the Skowhegan State Fair. So if you happen to be anywhere near Skowhegan while the State Fair is going on, you should make the effort to spend some time at the fair. You will enjoy it, and you’ll be able to participate in the longestrunning state fair in existence! In this case, you’ll get to have your cake and eat it, too — or if nothing else, you’ll get to eat funnel cake! Fairs are a great time, and if you happen to have kids with you, this is a great way to spend the day.
To learn more about fairs and festivals throughout the region, visit KennebecValley.org.
Fairs, FESTIVALS and Events
Come celebrate with us. Most every sizable city and town in the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys will play host to
the annual Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day parades, fall harvest festivals and Christmas festivities, so what we have assembled here are the fairs and festivals that celebrate the unique agricultural and celebratory nature of this welcoming region.
FEBRUARY Winter Carnival and Ice Fishing Derby Lake George Regional Park Canaan
MARCH Northeast Championships Dogsled Races First Weekend Jackman
Maine International Film Festival July 12–21 Water ville Central Maine Egg Festival July 15–20 Pittsfield AQUAFEST July 27 Belgrade Lakes
Annual Maple Festival March 15th–24th Skowhegan
The Kneading Conference & Maine Artisan Bread Fair July 25–26 Skowhegan Fairgrounds
Maine Maple Sunday Four th Sunday Annually Regionwide
Pittston Fair July 25–28 Pittston
Skowhegan RiverFest July 28–August 4 Skowhegan
Maine Fiber Frolic June 2–3 Windsor Fairgrounds Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival June 20–23 Litchfield Gardiner Arts & Crafts Festival June 22 Gardiner Whatever Family Festival June 24–July 4 Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner
JULY NEMC Pops Concert July 6 Messalonskee Performing Ar ts Center Oakland
42nd Annual Waterville Intown Arts Fest July 27 Water ville Monmouth Fair July 31–August 3 Monmouth
AUGUST Taste of Greater Waterville August 7 Water ville Athens Wesserunsett Valley Fair August 2–4 Athens Country Fest August 2–4 Litchfield
Skowhegan State Fair August 8–17 Skowhegan Fairgrounds Anson-Madison Days August 22–25 Anson-Madison Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival August 22–25 Litchfield The Great Windsor Fair August 25–September 2 Windsor Harmony Free Fair August 30 - September 2 Harmony Winslow Blueberry Festival August 10 Winslow
SEPTEMBER Clinton Lions Fair September 5–8 Clinton Litchfield Fair September 6–8 Litchfield New Portland Lions’ Fair September 13–15 New Por tland Common Ground Fair September 20–22 Unity Monmouth Apple Festival September 28 Monmouth
OCTOBER Octoberfest Columbus Day Weekend Belgrade Lakes Manchester Apple Festival October 5 Manchester Moose River Valley Enduro 500 Auto Race October 11 & 14 Jackman
NOVEMBER Waterville Parade of Lights November 25 Downtown Water ville Kringleville November 25– December 22 Water ville
DECEMBER 2012 Holiday Stroll! November 29–December 1 Skowhegan Christmas in Old Hallowell December 5 Hallowell Belgrade Holiday Stroll December 6 Belgrade *Exact dates not determined by time of publication. Please visit the website for more information as it becomes available.
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Map of the Kennebec Valley
Photo: Dean Abramson
Gardiner and Hallowell – a perfect pair.
Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center has been jumpin’, jivin’, wailin’ and entertaining audiences of all kinds for nearly 150 years. This beautiful and soon to be beautifully restored theatre is the heart and soul of Gardiner’s Water Street.
Photo courtesy of the A1 Diner
To learn more about Gardiner and Hallowell, visit KennebecValley.org.
Experience a true riverside original: Gardiner During the mid-1800s Gardiner became recognized as a worldwide shipping port. Today, this attractive riverside city — rich in architectural history — is a wonderful place to spend a day or evening. For the lovers of architecture, build your day around visits to Oakland’s Mansion and the Laura Richards House. Swing by the Gardiner Public Library with its vaulted ceilings and restored stained-glass windows. Plan on a stop at the Gardiner Railroad Station.
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During the summer months, great food, local entertainment and the city’s culture are all part of the weekly farmers’ markets and the annual Greater Gardiner River Festival.
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Many come to Gardiner to shop and dine as well as to play. The Kennebec Rail Trail begins here and extends north to Hallowell. This 6.5-mile stretch of converted railway is ideal for biking, jogging or walking. Gardiner also sports a boat landing for easy access to this slow and easy stretch of the Kennebec River.
Maine’s Smallest City: Hallowell
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Like a tiny jewel Hallowell sits on the Kennebec just south of Augusta and north of Gardiner. Founded in 1762, the city was originally a bustling merchant port. Not much has changed over the last 250 years. Today, numerous creative, intellectual and political figures call it home. Hallowell’s downtown, bordered on the west by Middle and Warren Streets, is a National Historic District filled with buildings and homes that reflect multiple architectural periods ranging from Federal to Victorian. Many seek out the antiques and art here. Many others come here to grab a great bite or to celebrate a day of shopping over a pint at the Liberal Cup, one of Maine’s most famous pubs. This sweet little city is also home to the Gaslight Theater, entertaining us all since 1937.
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Got a boat? Hallowell is the place for you. Hallowell is home to a state-operated boat landing, set in an area that becomes a hustle-bustle of activities once the weather turns warm. The city really shines for visitors every summer during the Old Hallowell Days held the third Saturday in July. This festival boasts a wonderful parade and road race and is widely heralded for its fireworks and, oddly enough, for its cribbage tournament.
Summertime Rules in
Winthrop Lakes Summertime giggles, tan lines and the great American camping trip. Cobbosseecontee is considered one of the best lakes in the Northeast — with plenty of Maine’s largest bass lingering just beneath its surface. The magic of this corner of the Kennebec Valley lies in its lakes. Gorgeous stretches of clean, pure, wonderful water. They are the real attraction. In addition to Cobbosseecontee you’ll find Androscoggin, Annabessacook and Maranacook: havens for boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing or swimming, these welcoming waters await.
Summer fun for generations of kids. These shores also serve as the backdrop for many of the Maine summer camps which have long enjoyed their place as some of the finest in the world, filling summers with smiles, activity and laughter. Our region offers some of the finest and most well-established camp experiences in the country and the world.
Our brand of fun is meant for kids of all ages, too. All summer long the Norcross Point Concert Series will delight visitors with an easy afternoon of entertainment. Or come spend Independence Day on our shores and then Winthrop’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks on Lake Maranacook. Small, and proud of it, Monmouth packs a punch in a number of ways. Located just outside of Augusta on Route 202, a trip up Main Street will show its best features. You’ll immediately be taken with Cumston Hall, the cultural center of the area, with its 250-seat opera house, a library and Maine’s Official Shakespearean Theatre. Up the street you’ll also find The Monmouth Museum; it actively documents 19th-century farm living. Or, come summer the annual Monmouth Fair has all the makings of an honest-togoodness down-home fair. But if you go, be careful you might just find yourself taking part in the skillet toss.
A quick climb to survey our entire area. And don’t forget to take the opportunity to make the short hike up the Mt. Pisgah trail to climb the 60-foot historic fire tower. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the region. Hikers here will appreciate the good work of the Kennebec Land Trust who have, through years of work, put together access to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled hiking spots. Check them out.
To learn more about the Winthrop Lakes area, visit KennebecValley.org.
Long a hub of government, trade and cultural life in the Kennebec Valley, the Augusta region invites you to visit. For a glimpse of all that there is to do and see, call 207.623.4559 or visit AugustaMaine.com and ask for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Guide, the complete catalog of absolutely everything in the area: Shopping Hiking and Biking Golf and Fishing Art Festivals Museums History andâ€Ś
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A capital experience awaits you. Area Attractions Maine State Museum 230 State St., Augusta
Old Fort Western 16 Cony St., Augusta
Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital St., Augusta
Maine State House 210 State St., Augusta
Governor’s Mansion — Blaine House 192 State St., Augusta
Children’s Discovery Museum 171 Capitol St., Augusta
Augusta Marketplace 197 Civic Center Dr., Augusta
Bond Brook Park Winthrop St. via Mt. Hope Cemetery, Augusta
Lithgow Public Library 45 Winthrop St., Augusta
Come shop, learn and play in Maine’s capital city. Clouds float across the smooth-as-glass surface of the majestic Kennebec as it flows through the city of Augusta. The river here is a world away from the Class IV rapids 100 miles north of Maine’s capital city. While the waters here reflect the serenity of a summer’s day, just steps away on the broad avenues and side streets of the capitol you’ll find history in the making, bustling commerce and the business of government under way. First inhabited in 1629 and locally known as Cushnoc or “head of tide” — the last point where tidal waters affect a body of water — Augusta rapidly grew into a center of trade. Then, within 30 years, it was abandoned and left unoccupied for three-quarters of a century. In 1754, a blockhouse was erected to provide for regional protection, and it still stands today at Old Fort Western, on the eastern bank at Cushnoc. The fort also holds the dubious honor of being the mustering point for Benedict Arnold’s failed march up the Kennebec to Québec.
Maine is known as the
Pine Tree State.
Every corner of our state is filled with the plentiful economic, environmental and recreational resource of the pine forest.
Sometime after this and in fairly rapid succession, it was renamed Augusta, became the seat of government for the newly formed Kennebec County and, in 1827, was designated as the capitol for the recently formed state of Maine. Today, the crackle of the blacksmith’s fire draws you in as he shares tales recounting the various residents of Old Fort Western, home to the longest-standing American blockhouse. There really is something for everyone on a tour led by historical reenactors. Afterward, let the kids blow off some steam on the playground next door at the East Side Park. What fun!
Photos : Vietnam Memorial, Angimarie Photography; Maine State Museum, Kevin Shields
No visit to Augusta would be complete without a visit to the Capitol Complex, home to the Maine State Museum, Capitol Park and of course The State House (call ahead to secure a space on the tour). The governor resides at Blaine House, named after James G. Blaine — one of the most illustrious political leaders of the state of Maine and two-time U.S. Secretary of State. Open for tours of the house and gardens, it is well worth the trip. With nearly 225 acres to explore and enjoy, the Viles Arboretum (formerly the Pine Tree State Arboretum) offers numerous exhibits including the very special American Chestnut collection and the renowned Hosta Garden. Picnicking is encouraged, but be sure to carry out what you carry in. No one likes a rainy day — except the trees — but when the sun hides, Augusta shines. Discover the Children’s Discovery Museum, catch a movie or head out for some retail therapy at the Augusta Marketplace. Rain or shine though, Bond Brook Park is the centerpiece of a visit to Augusta. In fact, many area residents are unaware of this great park that may soon become a world-class destination for fans of nonmotorized recreation — cross-country skiing, mountain biking and hiking — all inside the city limits. If you want to use this park, do some research, get a map, park on Winthrop Street and enter through Mt. Hope Cemetery. Then spread the news about this hidden gem.
The winds from the Atlantic Ocean are greatly softened by the time they reach Augusta’s Capitol Park, a lovingly tended public garden adjacent to the Maine State House and Museum. Also home to the Vietnam Memorial, the park boasts some of the best shade trees in the city. Bring a blanket and a picnic. Or maybe head over to the Farmers’ Market at Mill Park on Water Street (Tuesdays from May to October) to pick up a fresh local treat.
Whatever you do… The Whatever Festival, held from June 20th through July 4th, is a chance every summer for people from the surrounding areas to do, well, whatever. Kind of. It also celebrates the ongoing efforts to keep the Kennebec River clean. Among the 100 or so events are the annual talent show, water race and Rotary fireworks. The highlight is Family Fun Day, featuring a full day of family-focused events. There really is nothing quite like this event anywhere else. Augusta has long kept its light under a bushel basket, but as the word gets out regarding all that there is to do, see and experience in our capital city, no trip through the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys will be complete without spending at least a day or two here. From history to government to thrilling outdoor adventures on the water or a leisurely stroll in the park, Augusta awaits.
To learn more about Augusta, visit KennebecValley.org.
THE REGION’S SEVEN LAKES
Great Pond Belgrade / Rome Messalonskee Belgrade / Oakland / Sidney Long Pond Belgrade / Mt. Vernon / Rome North Pond Mercer / Smithfield East Pond Oakland / Smithfield Salmon Pond Oakland / Belgrade McGrath Pond Oakland / Belgrade
Breathtaking scenery. Crystalline lakes. Plentiful activities. Here beauty abounds. Ask anyone here what makes Belgrade Lakes a special place and the answer you’ll doubtless come away with is that it’s a four-season recreational paradise. Generations of visitors have passed along the message of relaxation, rejuvenation and recreation. The wholesome, free-and-easy attitude seems to just melt away life’s tension. Golfing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking or just running into town to grab the necessities, whatever your pleasure, Belgrade Lakes is the iconic American summer vacation destination. Set out on foot with pole in hand (don’t forget your fishing license); soon you’ll find your new favorite fishing spot, even if you never make your first cast. Find your way to Blueberry Hill for a sweeping view of the seven lakes. Or take a scenic drive and be rewarded with some of the finest lakeside views in Maine.
American playwright Ernest Thompson was so inspired by childhood summers spent on Great Pond that he penned On Golden Pond. Enjoy a round on the 18-hole championship Belgrade Lakes Golf Course, which was recognized as one of the best in Maine by Golf Digest. Perhaps the soft, fragrant summer breezes that lull you to sleep in your camp-side hammock will put you in the swing of things. Nature’s colorful fireworks truly showcase the beauty of our region in the autumn. In the colder months, the region becomes a winter wonderland offering activities ranging from cross-country skiing and trekking to ice fishing or snowmobiling on the area’s well-cared-for trails. Having shed its “summer only” moniker years ago, Belgrade Lakes offers a wide selection of lodging available in all four seasons. Belgrade Lakes is the kind of place where the happiest of vacation memories are made, no matter what your age or activity.
To learn more about Belgrade Lakes, visit KennebecValley.org.
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Downtown Waterville Dining Guide 18 Below Raw Bar Grill & Lounge 18 Silver Street (207) 861-4454 The finest fresh seafood and prime meats creatively prepared and professionally served in a pleasing atmosphere.
Amici’s Cucina 137 Main Street (207) 861-4440 AmicisCucina.com
Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brew House 1 Post Office Square (207) 873-2457 MainelyBrews.com Restaurant & Brewhouse, homemade food, beer, steaks, seafood, pizza, burgers 7 days a week, 11am-1am. Great outside dining space!
Pagoda Express (207) 873-3300
Italian and American cuisine as well as a wide array of appetizers, soups and salads. A relaxing lounge area to enjoy appetizers and beverages.
Chinese Take-Out, Dine-In, Delivery, Cocktails. Open 7 days. Sun through Thurs 11am-8:30pm, Fri and Sat 11am-9pm.
Cancun Mexican Restaurant 14 Silver Street (207) 872-7400 CancunWaterville.com
Selah Tea Café 177 Main Street (207) 660-9181 SelahTeaCafe.com
Serving authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious margaritas seven days a week! Enjoy outdoor dining May to October.
Waterville’s only tea cafe! Serving tea infusion, local coffee, breakfast sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and pastries. Mon-Sat 8am9pm; Sun 10am-5pm. Free WiFi!
Jin Yuan Chinese Restaurant 41 Temple Street (207) 861-4433 JinYuans.com The area’s finest Szechuan, Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine with lounge. Great party room space!
Jorgensen’s Main Street Café 103 Main Street (207) 872-8711 Coffee, bagels, soups, wraps, sandwiches, quiche, pastries, Kennebec Chocolates, gift baskets and more coffee!! Gelato — Italy’s yummy version of ice cream.
Lebanese Cuisine 34 Temple Street (207) 873-7813 The best of Lebanese foods — kibbeh, grape leaves, spinach pies, hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, baklava & more!
Silver Street Tavern 2 Silver Street (207) 680-2163 SilverStreetTavern.com Silver Street Tavern offers a unique twist on the original pub style menu. We also provide outside dining and live entertainment.
You Know Whose Pub 55E Concourse (207) 873-5255 Find Us on Facebook Pub fare Tuesday through Saturday and half-price pizza Tuesdays; Full bar, wines and great choices of Maine microbrews; Separate lounge for pool, cribbage, TVs. Entertainment Thurs nights. Tues-Sat 3pm-1am.
Downtown Waterville — located on the banks of the Kennebec River — is home to an array of restaurants, shops and services. Shoppers will find upscale women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, unique Maine-made products, toys, books and more. Dining options are equally diverse, from authentic Lebanese and Asian specialties to fresh seafood and great bagels and coffee. Numerous cultural venues include the magnificent Waterville Opera House and the Waterville Public Library. Plus, a year-round calendar of outstanding events like the Taste of Greater Waterville and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market. Check out our full calendar of events at
Photo courtesy of Colby Museum of Art
Welcome to Waterville — the cultural heart of central Maine. There is so much that it has to offer. Colleges. Art and Theater. Dining. Festivals. A worldclass downtown. No visit to Maine’s Kennebec Valley would be complete without spending time in what is arguably the cultural center of central Maine.
The arts are alive in Waterville.
Any visit to the area requires a trip to the Colby Museum of Art. In celebration of the college’s bicentennial, the museum is opening its new expanded wing and growing its vast collection of American art. Now Maine’s largest art museum, this is a must see.
Waterville Opera House
The collegiate spirit spills over into the downtown, where visitors are offered access to cultural activities, a wonderful food scene and myriad diversions when the stars come out. Lovers of the performing arts should check out the Waterville Opera House. Since reopening in 2012, acts of all kinds have been entertaining audiences from throughout the region. Each summer, the Maine International Film Festival — entering its 16th year — presents nearly 100 films over a 10-day time period. Works represent the best of American and international independent cinema. Visitors with a love for music should keep an ear open for the Atlantic Music Festival — this highly respected organization fosters innovation in American musical performance. Each summer hundreds of emerging artists gather here to celebrate the work of musical masters. The hungry will not be turned away with a tasty array of food styles to choose from. Diners can enjoy something new every night or perhaps enjoy it all at once. The annual Taste of Greater Waterville brings together all things tasty from the region into one yummy day and night. Use our helpful dining guide to get you in motion.
1 Common St., Waterville
Maine International Film Festival July 12 to 21, 2013
Atlantic Music Festival July 8 to August 4, 2013
The Taste of Greater Waterville August 7, 2013
Lebanese Heritage Mural 51 Main St., Waterville
Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville
Outdoor enthusiasts have nothing to worry about either; Waterville is at the heart of a burgeoning in-town outdoor center, with miles of hiking trails spread throughout the city. Interested? Check out the Quarry Road Trails and the Messalonskee Trails, which double in the colder months as some of the finest in-town cross-country ski and snowshoe trails.
To learn more about Waterville, visit KennebecValley.org.
Enriching, educating, and entertaining the community through film and art
Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square Waterville, Maine 04901 207-873-6526 www.railroadsquarecinema.com
Maine International Film Festival July 12-21, 2013 Waterville, Maine www.miff.org
The Towne Motel offers fine lodging in beautiful central Maine The Towne Motel is convenient to the Skowhegan state fairgrounds and within walking distance to the Heritage House Restaurant and our historic downtown shopping district. Visit our website for a complete list of fairground events. The Towne Motel is the perfect place to stay for a visit to the Lakewood restaurant and summer theatre.
172 Madison Ave., Skowhegan Located at the intersection of Routes 201N and Route 2
207-474-5151 • 1-800-843-4405
Summer recreation activities include: hiking, fishing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife tours. We are just 40 minutes from the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort. Complimentary Breakfast • Online Booking • Free High Speed Internet • Large Outdoor Swimming Pool • Non-Smoking Rooms
Centrally located just an hour from Maine’s mountains, coastlines and urban centers, mid-Maine overflows with year-round events, in-town culture and escapes to our rolling green countryside, beautiful lakes and quaint hidden villages. Whether you’ve come for vacation or business, you’ve picked just the right spot.
Stop by our Visitors’ Center in downtown Waterville.
50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901 207-873-3315 • MidMaineChamber.com
A place to watch. Settled in 1773, Skowhegan has long been the hub of commercial and outdoor life in the southern part of Somerset County, set at the intersection of Route 2 and the Old Canada Road. The Kennebec River is the pulsing, beating heart of this river town. A powerful river gorge runs through its charming downtown area — a gorge that will one day become home to one of the finest whitewater paddling facilities in New England. Today, Skowhegan bustles with the activity of modern businesses as diverse as SAPPI Fine Paper and the New Balance Shoe Company. But there is a unique vibe in the downtown, one of only a handful of Main Street Maine communities that is anything but corporate. Cafés, shops and merchants set in and among a collection of beautiful historic structures come together to celebrate the diversity of the town. Just a short walk from downtown, you’ll find a gem in Coburn Park, a stunning example of modern community gardening that welcomes visitors from far and near. This 12-acre oasis celebrates its beauty with its summertime gazebo concert series.
10 Great Things about Skowhegan 1. Skowhegan State Fair 2. Margaret Chase Smith Library
Back in town, look for a few more things that make Skowhegan a great place to spend some time as you wind your way through the Kennebec Valley.
3. Downtown Shopping
The Skowhegan Indian, safely tucked into a corner off Route 201 (just behind the Cumberland Farms), was presented in 1969 by Maine’s own Bernard Langlais as a gift on behalf of the Abenaki Indians to Skowhegan, in observance of Maine’s 150th birthday. He waits to welcome you to town. Stop in and see him.
6. The Kneading Conference
4. Lake George Regional Park 5. Skowhegan Indian
7. Walking Bridges 8. Skowhegan History House 9. Coburn Park 10. Skowhegan Drive-In
Skowhegan was also home to our nation’s first female senator, Margaret Chase Smith, an outspoken protector of free speech. Visitors can now see the entire body of her 32 years of service at her namesake library on Norridgewock Avenue. Finally, if you plan on coming through in early August, you may catch what is the longest running fair in the United States. The Skowhegan State Fair — established in 1818 — has it all, from popcorn and rides, attractions and entertainment to animal and agricultural exhibits, harness racing and of course a demolition derby.
To learn more about Skowhegan, visit KennebecValley.org.
Located in the old 1864 bank building is a traditional, from-scratch bakery specializing in fine baked goods including breads, pies and pastries.
Maine’s largest second hand furniture store offering new and gently used furniture. From camp to castle we have what you need.
A unique shop offering glass pipes, hookahs, piercings, tattoos, body jewelry, and Lady Slipper’s soap. Check us out! Mon–Thur,12–8; Fri-Sat,10–8.
OLD MILL PUB
87 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-474-BAKE(2253) SkowheganFleuriste.com
99 Hilton Hill Rd., Skowhegan 207-474-5200 CayfordOrchards.com Explore the farm, pick your own apples, have a picnic and take a hayride in the orchard. Open 9 – 5 daily Sept. 1 to Thanksgiving. Find us on Facebook!
THE CHILDREN’S COTTAGE
66 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-660-5495
217 North Ave./Rt. 150, Skowhegan 207-474-5911 EvelynsFurniture.com
260 Madison Ave., Skowhegan 207-474-5100 TowneMotel.com/TheHeritageHouse An unforgettable dining experience that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.
134 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-474-5500 ShopKidFriendly.com
75 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-474-9330 MajasandTattoos.com
39 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-474-6627 OldMillPub.net Enjoy casual riverside dining along the Kennebec River in a historic building with great character and charm.
SACKETT & BRAKE SURVEY, INC. U.S. Rt. 201, Skowhegan 207-474-6223 SackettandBrake.com
Packed with new and like new, name brand children’s clothing, toys, baby gear and furnishings.
A fun boutique with all the brands kids and teens want at prices parents love. New and nearly new, 40–80% off retail!
Sackett & Brake have been providing the people of the Skowhegan area with all their land surveying needs since 1983.
COUNTRY CROW PRIMITIVES
THE KNEADING CONFERENCE
WHITTEMORE’S REAL ESTATE
Offering a wide variety of primitive home decor from new reproductions to farmhouse antiques.
A two-day intensive educational experience about bread baking, grain growing, wood-fired oven construction and use, and milling.
61 Water St., Downtown Skowhegan 207-474-8504 Facebook.com/MECountryCrowPrimitives
Skowhegan State Fair Grounds July 25-26, Artisan Bread Fair, July 27 KneadingConference.com
108 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-3303 WhittemoresRealEstate.com
Whittemore’s Real Estate has been in business since 1969 selling land, residential and commercial properties.
For more information, visit MainStreetSkowhegan.org.
CanaanSuperette Meats • Deli • Pizza • Sandwiches • Wine • Beer • Agency Liquor Store
Whether you’re shopping for everything on your grocery list or just need a few specialty items,
Canaan Superette has what you need! ROUTE 2, CANAAN, MAINE Mon – Sat: 5am – 9pm and Sun: 6am – 9pm Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Mon – Sat: Open until 10pm!
For specials and direction, call 207-474-5490
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800-562-7571 or 207-474-2858 RT 2 (18 Cabin Road), Canaan, ME. 04924 GPS Latitude: 44.769710269401 Longitude: -69.54370379447937
The Canaan Motel Your Hosts: Gary and Liz French
• Spacious rooms featuring TVs, phones, Wi-Fi, refrigerator and microwave • Pool and hot tub • Reasonable rates • Beaches, boating, hunting, ATV trails, and fishing nearby • Snowmobile trails to and from motel • Restaurant and groceries within walking distance • Outdoor barbecue grill and horseshoe pits Toll Free:1-877-529-8753 or Local: 207-474-3600 US Rt. 2, 205 Main St., Canaan, ME 04924
www.Canaan-Motel.com 46 www.KennebecValley.org
247 Main Street, Canaan Five other local shops for your convenience. Locally owned & operated by Colleen & Ed Bailey.
Canaan Area Photo: Jesse Carter
Crossroads for adventure. Located just east of Skowhegan, the village of Canaan may be small but is central to much of the region’s recreational activities. Summer means swimming, boating and fishing and winter brings on the age-old tradition of the Ice Fishing Derby. On the edge of town you’ll find Lake George Regional Park, a 320-acre park with extensive trails, playing fields and two beaches where visitors can swim, boat, canoe and play all day long. Boaters and anglers can put in to the Great Moose Lake in Hartland; this magnificent 3,500+ acre lake habitat is spotlighted by its rich fisheries and for bird watchers its Maine’s prime locale for black tern and for spotting our bald eagle families. If a guided hunt suits your style, try upland bird hunting or even just some sporting clays on a local preserve. Or keep things moving on the abundant ATV trails, with recent plans indicating that Canaan’s trails could become the most well connected region-wide, making it the southernmost starting point to connect to the ITS to trails east, as well as trails to the Canadian border. Happy 225th Birthday Canaan - June 21-23, 2013 In 2013 Canaan will be celebrating its 225 birthday with events taking place from June 21-23. The weekend will kick off with a talent show. During the days to follow, there will be a parade, town barbeque, activities for the kids and contests and competitions. The festivities will also include a dance. The birthday event will come to a conclusion with a town breakfast, a mountain bike race and a picnic lunch in the park. A full schedule of events is available at CanaanMaine.com.
To learn more about the Canaan area, visit KennebecValley.org.
Storied riverside towns along the Kennebec.
Bingham | Madison | Solon | Norridgewock | Moscow Bingham, Halfway to adventure.
Known as the gateway to adventure in Maine, Bingham is an outdoor sporting paradise and home to the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator. Anglers are especially fond of the Kennebec here, affectionately calling sections of this wonderful stretch of river Rainbow Alley.
Madison, Summer Theatre and the 12-month tomato.
On the western shore of Lake Wesserunsett is a true American gem. The Lakewood Theater, established in 1867, is one of the country’s oldest and most famous summer theatres. Make your plans to visit the official summer theatre of the state of Maine. Tomatoes are not always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Maine, but in 2006, armed with the idea of making a great local tomato available all year-round, Backyard Farms got started on their plan. Now, with 42 acres under the protective cover of greenhouse overhead, local “Madison” tomatoes are available to New Englanders 12 months out of the year.
Solon, the Old Canada Road and the South Solon Meeting House
Long the home of log drives, Solon is the point of origin for the Old Canada Road, a majestic 78-mile scenic byway that runs to the Canadian border and offers soaring views — many favor autumn for the unforgettable leaf-peeping opportunities it offers. 48
The South Solon Meetinghouse, a historic church built in 1842, was added in 1980 to the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed as a traditional Colonial church building with classical revival details, the original pews, pulpit and choir loft gallery are still in place. What makes it so special is the interior — elaborately painted with buon fresco technique in the 1950s by artists from the nearby Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Norridgewock, home to Maine’s Abenaki Indians
The Norridgewock Indians, or the “people of the still water between the rapids” as their name means in their own language, were an advanced people who cultivated the land and fished the waters of the ancient Kennebec River Valley. Also of note is the beautiful new rainbow-arched bridge that crosses the Kennebec. The bridge replaced an older structure — built in 1928 of similar design, known as the “Covered Bridge.” It is here that the Norridgewock Falls drop 90 feet over a mile.
Moscow and the Wyman Dam
The small residential town of Moscow is situated just north of Bingham. The town’s outstanding feature is the Wyman Dam, which dams up the Kennebec River and forms Wyman Lake, an artificial lake 12 miles long and more than a mile wide, extending north almost to the village of Caratunk. Replacing a natural course of rapids 140 feet high, the nearly 3,000-foot-long dam provides 88 megawatts of hydroelectric power annually.
To learn more about the Riverside Towns along the Kennebec, visit KennebecValley.org.
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The Forks & Caratunk Hike to a waterfall. Ride the rapids. Land a big one. Spot a moose.
Millions of gallons of water are churning beneath you. Down you go and then up again. You are hurled up over the brow of a massive white wall of water. Tension mounts as you slam back down. Screams of delight erupt from all your raft mates. This is an appropriate welcome to The Forks.
Moxie Falls is Maine’s highest and most easily accessible waterfall. It can be found only a couple miles up from The Forks and less than a mile on foot from the road on a well-cared-for path.
The Forks is the home of whitewater rafting in Maine and is the reason many people come to explore the region. Located at the confluence of the Dead and Kennebec Rivers, it is the starting point for an experience of a lifetime. The 12-mile Kennebec River trip begins on Indian Pond and roars through the spectacular Upper Kennebec Gorge, with rapids up to Class IV. Even more challenging, the Dead River provides the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the East. There are many rafting companies and guides located in the area, each well suited for different kinds of passengers. In fact, several offer good-quality accommodations in addition to home-cooked meals and an experienced crew. But do your homework and plan ahead; the choice weekends are often booked long in advance. Several of these providers have expanded their services to include guided ATV tours, mountain biking treks, rock climbing, moose safaris and snowshoeing trips. The Forks is a year-round destination for hunters and anglers, but come winter, the snowmobilers arrive. If you are coming all this way, plan on going to Moxie Falls, Maine’s most beautiful waterfall, hands-down. Bring a towel, too, because there is a rockin’ swimming hole a hundred feet or so down from the main falls.
To learn more about The Forks, visit KennebecValley.org.
Jackman & Moose River
A sportman’s paradise.
Photo: Dan Marquis
Situated along the Old Canada Road, just before the U.S./Canadian border, Jackman has built a reputation as base camp for outdoor adventure of many kinds. Adventure takes many styles these days, from hiking (or snowshoeing) to riding an ATV or snowmobile for a couple of hours or a full day. Hunting, fishing, boating and rafting trips are at the core of any visit to the Jackman area, and opportunities for adventure abound at every turn. As you head into Jackman, be sure to make a stop at the Attean View Rest Area, just south of town. It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs, picnic and to take a peek at the finest view of Attean Lake and the network of ponds connected by the Moose River, with the western mountains as the backdrop. It’s an unforgettable prelude to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Situated on the shores of Wood Pond, Jackman provides swift access to over 60 lakes, ponds and streams. But accessibililty is not always the goal; many of the more remote fishing camps date back to the late 1800s, each with a loyal fan base that return year after year. Regardless of your sport, the folks in Jackman will greet you with a smile and some “local advice” about the area.
To learn more about the Jackman area, visit KennebecValley.org.
GRAY GHOST CAMPS
Rugged and remote doesn’t need to feel that way. Our riverside cabins put you in the heart of Maine adventure country.
161 Jackman Rd. Rockwood - 207-534-7362 - GrayGhostCamps.com Adventure Equipment Rentals – Maine Guide on premises
on Moosehead Lake Mt. Kineo has always had an almost magnetic appeal, drawing people through Rockwood and Greenville to its mystically high peak. Today, that draw continues to pull year-round visitors to the handsome little village of Rockwood-on-Moosehead. Whatever the force that calls to you — adventure, relaxation or escape from civilization — Rockwood-on-Moosehead has an answer. Once you arrive in Rockwood, you will notice that every knotty muscle loosens up with the first cast, the first paddle or the first dive. Rockwood-on-Moosehead is a pure Maine escape. Step onto the trail and explore. Head out for a day’s ride. Hunt for that perfect trophy image. Partake in all of these or maybe none of these. This is why Rockwood-on-Moosehead exists. While all the necessary conveniences are available to the modern traveler, accommodations run from the classic to the very rustic — we’ll let you decide what that means. Rest assured, your hosts will do all that they can to make your stay both comfortable and memorable.
Photo courtesy of The Briches Resort
To learn more about Rockwood, visit KennebecValley.org.
Explorer’s Resource Guide OUTDOOR FUN
IN TOWN FUN
101 Things To Do in Maine
Marketplace at Augusta
This online guide is a compilation of the best of Maine. You’ll find 101 places and activities that make Maine a great vacation destination. If it’s worth doing in Maine, you’ll find it here.
The Marketplace at Augusta offers an ideal blend of the nation’s top retailers, entertainment and restaurants. Your source for dining, shopping and entertainment.
DEW Animal Kingdom
Value-priced, safety-conscious outfitter on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. Outdoor climbing wall, campground, cabin tents, lodge with double and bunk rooms, and a family-style guest house.
DEW Animal Kingdom strives to provide fun, interactive and educational tours of an active working farm designed to nurture and protect Domestic, Exotic and Wild animals.
Maine ATV & Snowmobile
Colby Museum of Art
Thousands of miles of maintained ATV and snowmobile trails throughout Maine are available to followers of these exciting and popular sports. Ride safe and tread lightly.
Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art has an outstanding permanent collection of 18th to 21st century American art, as well as an active temporary exhibition program.
Maine Camp Experience
Maine Film Center
Maine Camp Experience is the community of premier sleep-away camps that provide natural beauty, strong traditions and values, incredible sports, activities, and instruction.
We are the premier showcase and resource for independent film in Maine including the annual Maine International Film Festival.
38 Dead River Rd., West Forks, ME 04985 800-207-7238 • MagicFalls.com
ATV Coordinator: 207-287-4958 Snowmobile Safety: 207-287-5220
877-92MAINE • MaineCampExperience.com
Silverton Sporting Ranch
51 Webb Rd., Canaan, ME 04924 207-399-3647 • SilvertonSportingRanch.com
197 Civic Center Dr., Augusta, ME 04330 AugustaMarketplace.com
918 Pond Rd., Mount Vernon, ME 04352 207-293-2837 • DEWAnimalKingdom.com
5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville, ME 04901 207-582-5600 • Colby.edu/museum
76 Main St., Waterville, ME 04901 207-861-8138 railroadsquarecinema.com/maine-film-center/
Old Fort Western
16 Cony St., Augusta, ME 04330 207-626-2385 • OldFortWestern.org
Offering rental cabins, family vacation packages, upland hunting, guided nature tours, sporting clays and much more. Central Maine has plenty of opportunities for your Maine adventure.
There’s always something new to learn! Dedicated to protecting, preserving and interpreting the 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store and house on the Kennebec River in Augusta.
Three Rivers Rafting
Theater at Monmouth
2265 US Route 201, The Forks, ME 04985 800-786-6878 • ThreeRiversWhitewater.com The home of serious fun! We have everything you need for a great Maine whitewater rafting trip, vacation, weekend getaway or day trip.
796 Main St., Monmouth, ME 04259 207- 933-9999 • TheateratMonmouth.org The Theater at Monmouth has strong community partnerships, education programs and humanities initiatives and provides exceptional educational, scholarly and artistic experiences.
Waterville Opera House
1 Common St., Waterville, ME 04901 207-873-7000 • OperaHouse.org The Waterville Opera House has been central Maine’s cultural and performance center since 1902, nurturing the spirit and imagination, strengthening our community and economy.
Explorer’s Resource Guide PLACES TO STAY
Bear Spring Camps
60 Jamaica Point Rd., Oakland, ME 04963 207-397-2341 • BearSpringCamps.com American plan lakefront cottages on the shore of Great Pond, offering fishing, swimming, tennis and sand beach. May to October.
Belgrade Lakes 4 Season Cottages 9 Bass Ln., Belgrade, ME 04918 207-495-9217 • BelgradeCottages.com
Come hear the wild call of the loons. Enjoy Maine’s top summer destination in our traditional cottages on Maine’s Great Pond.
273 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976 207-474-8315 • BelmontMotel.com We are ideally suited as your home away from home in any season of the year; we offer all the comforts and conveniences you need for a pleasant visit. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms.
1771 Route 201, The Forks, ME 04985 207-491-4318 • NorthernOutdoors.com Maine’s premier adventure resort. Founded in 1976, Northern Outdoors is in the center of inland Maine’s wilderness playground. Worldclass outdoor adventure.
The Sterling Inn
1041 Route 201, Caratunk, ME 04925 207-672-3333 • MaineSterlingInn.com The perfect New England lodging choice for families or large groups. A perfect home away from home with a cozy atmosphere, hardwood floors, and sitting rooms with wood stoves.
172 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976 207-474-5151 • TowneMotel.com A short walk from the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, downtown shops and many restaurants like the Heritage House. Minutes from the Lakewood Restaurant and Summer Theatre.
FOOD & DRINK
The Birches Resort
281 Birches Rd., Rockwood ME 04478 800-825-9453 • Birches.com
3 Bridge St, Gardiner, ME 04347 207-582-5586 • A1Diner.com
Families have been vacationing at The Birches Resort for generations on the shores of Moosehead Lake in what is the last great remaining wilderness in New England.
As seen on the Food Network, serving the best in roadside diner fare and some new twists you didn’t expect. Classic eats, classic diner.
The Maine Campground Owners Association invites you to discover Maine: her clear lakes and tranquil woods. Our campgrounds and RV Parks offer unique opportunities to experience the wonders of Maine.
The Depot Sports Pub is a long-established favorite eatery and watering hole located in the historic downtown area of Gardiner, Maine.
14 Maine Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345 207-588-0081 • Facebook.com/TheDepotSportsPub
Lake Parlin Lodge
6003 U.S. Rte. 201, Parlin Pond Twp., ME 04945 207-358-2577 • LakeParlinLodge.com
152 Fairfield St., Oakland, ME 04963 207-861-2723 • TreeSpiritsofMaine.com
In summer or winter, we offer direct access to Mother Nature and all her glory. Unique. Beautiful. Unforgettable. A modern classic escape for sportsmen of all kinds.
Producing award-winning wines and spirits from local Maine agricultural products — and having fun doing it. If the flag is out, our tasting room is open.
Maine Lakeside Cabins
1008 US Route 201, Caratunk, ME 04925 855-528-3441 • MaineLakesideCabins.com Offers 6 private cabins that sleep up to 12 with full amenities. A unique location for private functions in our beautiful lodge. Offers activities through our adventure partners.
Explorer’s Resource Guide SERVICES
Belgrade Lakes Maine
Belgrade, ME 04918 207-495-9217 • BelgradeLakesMaine.com
93B Water St., Skowhegan, ME 04976 207-612-2571 • MainStreetSkowhegan.org
So much to do! No matter what you like, Belgrade Lakes offers something for all ages and all seasons.
Helping Skowhegan’s town center be a place of community pride, economic diversity and thoughtful, sustainable design.
The Forks Area Chamber
West Forks, ME 04985 207-663-2121 • ForksArea.com
50 Elm St., Waterville, ME 04901 207-873-3315 • MidMaineChamber.com
Organized for the purpose of advancing the economic, industrial, civic and general interest of the communities in the trade area of Route 201 corridor from Moscow to Parlin Pond.
We are centrally located, so recreational and scenic opportunities in mid-Maine abound no matter which direction you head. No matter why you are here, you’ve picked the right spot!
Hallowell Area Board of Trade
207-620-7477 • Hallowell.org
Rockwood, ME 04478 RockwoodOnMoosehead.org
The ninety-plus members of Hallowell Area Board of Trade carry on a century-old tradition of supporting community life and enterprise in the city.
Whether you are looking for solitude among lofty pines or the jab of thrilling adventures, Rockwood promises to supply the memories of a lifetime.
Kennebec Valley Chamber
Waterville Main Street
21 University Dr., Augusta, ME 04330 207-623-4559 • AugustaMaine.com
177 Main St., Waterville, ME 04901 207-680-2055 • WatervilleMainStreet.org
Welcome to Maine’s capital region, heart of the Kennebec River Valley — the beautiful and bustling greater Augusta area.
Waterville Main Street will advance efforts to develop the downtown area into a thriving, energetic commercial, social, cultural and entertainment destination.
Community Resource Guide Digital Signals Both Verizon and U.S. Cellular customers receive good service throughout the region, but AT&T is not as well covered. Once you get above Skowhegan, you are traveling to a somewhat remote part of Maine, so plan ahead, put the phone down and enjoy the view.
Emergency Services Emergency: Call 911 Maine State Police Emergency Augusta: 207-624-7076 or 1-800-452-4664 Kennebec County Sheriff, Randall A. Liberty: 207-623-3614 Somerset County Sheriff, Barry Delong: 207-474-9591 Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife: 207-287-8000 • MEFishWildlife.com Maine Department of Conservation (Land Use): 207-287-2211
Forest Fire Control: 207-287-2275 Maine Forest Service: 207-287-2791 Poison Control Emergency: 1-800-222-1222
Kennebec Valley Chamber: 207-623-4559 • AugustaMaine.com
Maine Office of Tourism: VisitMaine.com
MaineGeneral Medical Center (Augusta): 207-626-1000 Maine General Medical Center (Waterville): 207-872-1000 Redington-Fairview General Hospital (Skowhegan): 207-474-5121
Local Area Chamber of Commerce Belgrade Business Group: BelgradeLakesMaine.com Forks Area Chamber of Commerce: 207-663-2121 • ForksArea.com Hallowell Board of Trade: 207-620-7477 • Hallowell.org Jackman-Moose River Chamber of Commerce: 207-668-4171 • JackmanMaine.org
Kennebec Valley Tourism Council: KennebecValley.org Maine Tourism Association: 207-623-0363 • MaineTourism.com Maine State Chamber of Commerce: 207-623-4568 • MaineChamber.org Mid-Maine Chamber: 207-873-3315 • MidMaineChamber.com Norridgewock Area Chamber of Commerce: 207-431-5188 • NorridgewockAreaChamber.com Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce: 207-474-3621 • SkowheganChamber.com Upper Kennebec Valley Chamber: 207-672-4100 • UpperKennebecValleyChamber.com Winthrop Area Chamber of Commerce: 207-377-8020 • WinthropChamber.org
Published on May 21, 2013
Published on May 21, 2013
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