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EXPL RER The Kennebec Valley

2017

Your Guide to the WILD and MILD of Maine’s Kennebec Valley kennebecvalley.org


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Your Very Special Invitation to

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Maine’s Kennebec Valley Dear Future Explorer, Welcome to the iconic heart of Maine—and to this all-new edition of The Kennebec Valley Explorer and Vacation Planner! We hope this guide will become your must-have, indispensable resource for planning your stay in Maine’s Kennebec Valley, an idyllic inland retreat for the entire family.

The Endless Charm of Small-Town New England Life

Here in Maine’s legendary Kennebec Valley, you’ll find entire new worlds to explore and build dreams upon. More than 5,000 square miles of towns, rivers, and roads beckon you—all brimming with cozy cafés, golden summer sunsets, classic Maine outdoorsman adventures, arguably the world’s greatest whoopie pies, and more than enough hiking trails to wander all year long. Running from the southernmost towns of Winthrop and Gardiner to the northernmost town of Jackman, bordered by Canada, the Kennebec Valley is a nature lover’s paradise, sprinkled with endearingly historic towns and communities that have elevated the personification of “New England charm” to an art form.

Where Outdoor Adventures Begin

In this very special corner of the world, you can follow a luminous sunrise to the peaks of ancient mountains or silently paddle your kayak or canoe beneath a breathtaking silvery moon. You can cast your fishing line into gorgeous streams, lakes, rivers, or ponds, or thrill to the intoxicating rush of the longest stretch of whitewater in the East. The well-groomed ATV and snowmobile trails lead you throughout the region and provide endless hours of adventures. Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Here you can do just that—even crossing the swiftly flowing Kennebec River by boat along the way. As you immerse yourself in Maine’s Kennebec Valley, you’ll find entire worlds of outdoor adventure at your fingertips and beneath your hiking boots: trips along venerable waterways, moose safaris, hunting expeditions, birding, mountain biking, and hikes to aweinspiring vistas such as Moxie Falls (Maine’s highest waterfall) and the Attean Overlook at sunset. And all of this can be richly, unforgettably complemented by the sporting camps, lodges, and backwoods camping you’ll find just a short car drive away.

A Relaxing Stroll Down Main Street Maine

Stroll along our region’s classic, small-town Main Streets and you’ll find they are perfect counterpoints to our wilder, wooded side. You’ll find here memory-stirring cafés, shopping experiences, art galleries, events, and festivals of every indelible kind. And for even more enrichment, tour our treasure-filled museums or enjoy an amusing, delightful night at one of our many historic theaters. Summer in Maine is a visitor’s paradise, offering you everything from fairs to brass-band Fourth of July celebrations and cultural, entertaining gatherings of all kinds. So don’t miss your chance to write your own story and create your own very special Maine moments. Cherished memories and wild adventures are awaiting you, and we’re honored you’ve chosen this guide to help you create them.

Yours for a wonderful time in the Kennebec Valley, Tanya Bentley Executive Director Kennebec Valley Tourism Council

P.S. Kennebec Valley Tourism Council is a nonprofit organization that promotes tourism and economic growth throughout this region. It relies on membership dues and donations to fund its important mission. If you are interested in helping, donating, or otherwise supporting it, please contact me at (207) 623-4883 or tanya@kennebecvalley.org.

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Contents 3 Your Special Invitation to Visit the Kennebec Valley A warm, welcoming “come visit us” invitation from Tanya Bentley, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council.

5 Explore the Kennebec Valley An overview of the Kennebec Valley and a few highlights of what the region offers.

7 Gardiner

A beloved shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca, this charming Maine town also is a perennial nominee for “Best Main Street in Maine.”

8 The Arts

From iconic theaters and concert venues to nationally renowned art museums, the arts and culture shine brightly throughout central Maine.

10 Apple Orchards

Stroll through one of the region's many apple orchards and sample some of Maine's finest fruits.

11 Hallowell

A distinct crossroads of artistic, cultural, and musical life that Yankee magazine hailed the “New Orleans of the North.”

12 Shopping

Discover a world of shopping delights—from “shop ’til you drop” malls to down-home, “oh so Maine” local stores.

15 Augusta

Brimming with wonderful museums, galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and shopping opportunities, Augusta is the state capital—and a whole lot more.

16 On the Water

From the pulse-racing excitement of whitewater rafting to the serenity of paddling your kayak or canoe, incredible days await you on the water.

18 Belgrade Lakes

Beloved for decades by those seeking relaxation and classic Maine-village life, here also is a magical blend of paddling and fishing opportunities.

21 Camping

From rugged fun to relaxing in the sun, a world of wonderful, good-for-the-soul memories await you amid a peaceful natural world.

22 Waterville

Featuring an exciting, revitalized downtown, this cultural epicenter offers everything from the arts to great dining to festivals to world-renowned Colby College.

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24 Scenic Drives and Wildlife

Take a drive through one of Maine's most beautiful regions and see birds, moose, and other wildlife along the way to your destination.

26 Map of the Region

A detailed map of the region featuring our campgrounds, scenic drives, waterfalls, and the Appalachian Trail.

29 Skowhegan

The ultimate blend of hipster cool and oldfashioned Yankee charm, this historic destination features one of mid-Maine’s most attractive, beguiling downtown areas.

35 On the Trail: Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing, and Cross-Country Skiing From hiking and biking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, discover one of the best trail systems in the U.S.

37 Madison

Travel up Route 201 and enjoy a classic small town that dishes up the arts, outdoor adventure, and even Maine’s State Theater.

38 Hunting and Fishing

A welcoming array of sporting camps, lodges, guides, forests, and pristine lakes and rivers add up to the ultimate sportman’s paradise.

41 The Forks

Easy access to Maine’s great outdoors makes this the perfect destination for whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other great outdoor adventures.

42 ATVing and Snowmobiling

Grab the handlebars, fire up your engine, and let your snowmobile or ATV take you along one of America’s premier trail systems.

About KVTC Kennebec Valley Tourism Council PO Box 5242, Augusta, ME 04332 (207) 623-4883 • info@kennebecvalley.org For information about advertising in the 2018 Kennebec Explorer Vacation Planner or membership in KVTC, please contact Executive Director Tanya Bentley.

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Board of Directors Kim Lindlof Chair Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Heather Johnson Vice Chair Somerset Economic Development Corporation Rosie Vanadestine Treasurer KVCOG Kristina Cannon Marketing Chair Main Street Skowhegan Pam Christopher Forks Area Chamber of Commerce Tim Curtis Town of Madison Katie L. Doherty Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Jason Gayne Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce Denise Murchison Silverton Sporting Ranch Annie Nielson Jackman Chamber of Commerce Nathan Towne Waterville Creates!

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45 Jackman Moose River Valley An outdoor person’s Eden, this uniquely gorgeous, unspoiled land offers boundless recreation opportunities and endless natural beauty.

46 Farmers' Markets

From roadside stands to farmers' markets, find out where to purchase local harvest.

47 Maple Syrup Producers

Sample some of Maine's liquid gold at one of the many maple syrup producers in the region.

48 Fairs and Festivals

Exciting events celebrating what's unique, different and near and dear to the region.

49 Index 50 KVTC Members Listing

The paper for this project was provided by Sappi Fine Paper NA, sappi.com. This publication was paid for in part by grants from the Maine Office of Tourism, Kennebec County Commissioners, and Somerset County Commissioners, and by the support of local businesses in the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council and their efforts through membership dues and advertising. ©2017 Kennebec Valley Tourism Council Publication design and content by: TOCmedia / toc-media.com Cover photo by Jeff Wood Imagery, jeffwoodimagery.com


Explore the Kennebec Valley

JACKMAN • Attean Overlook

SOLON • South Solon Meeting House • Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway

MADISON • Robbins Scenic Overlook • Lakewood Theater

THE FORKS • Whitewater Rafting • Moxie Falls SKOWHEGAN • Somerset Grist Mill • Langlais Art Trail

WATERVILLE • Colby Museum of Art • Waterville Opera House • Common Street Arts

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BELGRADE LAKES • Kayaking & Canoeing

GARDINER/HALLOWELL • Johnson Hall • Rail Trail Bike Ride • Fine Dining and Antiquing in Historic Downtowns

• Maine State Museum • State House • Old Fort Western • Colonial Theatre • Holocaust Museum

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Gardiner Photo Courtesy of Gardiner Main Street

Gardiner Waterfront

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Historic Jewel by the Riverside

ounded as Gardinerstown Plantation in 1754 by renowned Boston physician Dr. Silvester Gardiner, Gardiner today is beloved as a shopping, dining, and entertainment mecca clustered around a certified nominee for “Best Main Street in Maine.”

Johnson Hall, which just celebrated 150 years of offering visitors the finest concerts, theater, and dance performances, year-round.

Stroll along that street—Water Street—and you’ll delight to the cute shops and popular restaurants all around you. Leave yourself ample time to browse at Renys—“A Maine Adventure” department store— which you’ll find stretched out over three storefronts.

Does drinking in the sights of Gardiner make you hungry? Not to worry. Downtown Gardiner dishes up a host of great options for you, starting with Frosty’s to-die-for donuts. The Gardiner Food Co-op is a great stop-off for lunch, and later you can hit fave dinner eateries like Lisa’s Legit Burritos, the nationally celebrated A-1 Diner, The Depot pub, and Pastaz delectable Italian dishes.

A Delightful Riverside Experience

As you take in the colorful sights of Gardiner, notice how much care has been taken to keep your experience clean, vibrant, and engaging. You’ll appreciate that atmosphere as you enjoy familyfriendly events that grace downtown and the waterfront park—from the spring/ summer art walks and Friday Night Summer Waterfront Concerts to June’s Greater Gardiner River Festival to October’s Swine & Stein Oktoberfest. If you love great entertainment, look no further than the recently renovated

A Host of Delectable Eateries

While you’re enjoying downtown, take advantage of the expansive waterfront park, featuring a boat launch and a must-see kinetic sculpture. Then stroll or drive around town, taking in Gardiner’s many picturesque historic homes and the beautiful Gardiner Public Library.

Arts and Crafts Come Richly Alive

Thousands of visitors flock to Maine each year to enjoy the state’s deep-rooted arts and crafts culture. If that speaks to you, be

sure to visit The Center for Maine Craft retail store and gallery, which sells and exhibits a wondrous world of crafts from 300 beloved crafts artists.

Festival Gems! The Whatever Family Festival June 14-July 4, 2017 kennebecvalleychamber.com

Greater Gardiner River Festival June 17, 2017 gardinermainstreet.org

Swine & Stein Oktoberfest October 7, 2017 gardinermainstreet.org

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Visitor Resources City of Gardiner

6 Church Street, Gardiner (207) 582-4200

Gardiner Main Street

149 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Gardiner (207) 582-3100 gardinermainstreet.org

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The Arts

Photo Courtesy of Helene Farrar, Manchester, ME

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The Arts: Illuminating the Creative Spirit

hen visitors think about Maine, they may think of L.L. Bean or lobster or lighthouses, but they should also think about our state’s rich arts heritage. The Pine Tree State, and the Kennebec Valley in particular, has one of the most historic and diverse arts-and-culture landscapes in New England. From architecturally significant theaters and concert venues to some of the nation’s premier art museums, including the largest art museum in Maine, the arts shine brightly and proudly in the Kennebec Valley.

Experience the Performing Arts with Incredible Live Music, Contemporary Theater

When you visit the Kennebec Valley, you’ll find no shortage of exciting arts options. For classic and contemporary theater productions and concerts featuring top-tier musicians, book your seat at the Waterville Opera House. During the summer months, enjoy the majestic Snow

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Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney. Lakewood Theater in Madison raises its curtain on compelling dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies every season, as does the Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, Johnson Hall in Gardiner, and Theater at Monmouth. Hallowell—the “New Orleans of the North”—offers many music venues, including a stage right on the banks of the Kennebec River. And if you love bluegrass, don’t miss the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield.

Art Museums and Galleries

The nationally acclaimed Colby Museum of Art—Maine’s largest art museum— dazzles visitors with its vast collection of works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American and contemporary art. Housed in the 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion and an additional 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Colby Museum is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation,

display, and interpretation of the visual arts. And admission is free! For art on a smaller yet still-compelling scale, come view the work of gifted artists at Gardiner’s Monkitree, Hallowell’s Harlow Gallery, or Waterville's Common Street Arts.

Film Festivals

If independent and Hollywood-produced films are one of your passions, The Maine Film Center in Waterville projects movies onto the silver screen year-round. The center also presents popular annual events like the Maine International Film Festival, now celebrating its 20th year of representing the best of American independent and international cinema, as well as Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers. For a little less “lights” and a little more “action,” travel to The Forks in August for the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. You’ll find there the perfect venue for watching films made about the great outdoors—situated right in the Maine woods, beneath the shimmery summer stars.


June 14 – 18 & August 23 – 27, 2017 Litchfield blisteredfingers.com

Atlantic Bluegrass Festival July 2 – 30, 2017 Waterville atlanticmusicfestival.org

Maine International Film Festival July 14 - 23, 2017 Waterville miff.org

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Check Website for Dates The Forks maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com

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Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival

The Arts

Music and Film Festivals

Visitor Resources Kennebec Valley Arts Association

160 Water Street, Hallowell (207) 622-3813 harlowgallery.org

Maine Arts Commission

193 State Street, Augusta (207) 287-2724 mainearts.maine.gov

Maine Crafts Association

288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner (207) 205-0791 mainecrafts.org

Waterville Creates!

93 Main Street, Suite 201 Waterville (207) 616-0292 watervillecreates.org Photo Courtesy of Helene Farrar, Manchester, ME

WATERVILLECREATES.ORG

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207.873.7000 www.operahouse.org 207.873.7000 www.operahouse.org

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Apple Orchards The Kennebec Valley is home to some of Maine's best apple orchards. Choose from dozens of apple varieties plus other fruits, baked goods, Maine-made items, and more!

Cayford Orchards

99 Hilton Hill Road Skowhegan (207) 474-5200 cayfordorchards.com

318 Readfield Road Manchester (207) 622-2479 lakesideorchards.com

339 Wings Mills Road Mt. Vernon (207) 495-9071 pineblufffarms.webs.com

Mt. Nebo Orchard

The Apple Farm

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Chick's Apple Apple & Berry Farm

Lemieux's Orchard

North Star Orchards

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571 Main Street Monmouth (207) 441-6250

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Lakeside Orchards

210 Priest Hill Road Vassalboro (207) 873-4354

97 Orchard Road Madison (207) 696-5109 northstarorchards.me

104 Back Road Fairfield (207) 453-7656


Hallowell Photo by Jeff Wood Imagery, jeffwoodimagery.com

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“New Orleans of the North”

amed “One of the Best Places to Live in Maine” by Down East Magazine, Hallowell is also a charming little piece of heaven for visitors. Stroll along Water Street—located by the riverside and at the heart of downtown—and feel yourself swept into a distinct crossroads of artistic, cultural, and political engagement. No wonder Yankee magazine called Hallowell “The New Orleans of the North.” Located virtually in the shadow of the state Capitol of Augusta, Hallowell offers one of Maine’s most eclectic blends of restaurants, shops, antique stores, galleries, and bookstores, all set into one uniquely endearing and welcoming package. As both Maine’s tiniest city and a National Historic District, Hallowell bestows a vibe that is simultaneously urbane and down-home Maine. With an abundance of gorgeous Federalist and Victorian structures, the city beckons to everyone passionate about the beauty of New England architecture.

The Heart of the Tiny City— Water Street

The best way to start your Hallowell visit is to simply walk up and down Water Street. Here you’ll find a charming selection of antique and vintage stores, boutiques, book shops, and gift stores. Take a leisurely stroll down to the riverside park, just a few footsteps away.

Bring Your Appetite!

When you’re hungry, Hallowell stands at the ready! Savor freshly-baked entrées and yummy bakery fare at Slate’s. Celebrate over a cold one at The Maine House or the Quarry Tap House. You can sample something light and healthy at Juiced.

Out on the Town

When night falls and other communities roll up the sidewalks, Hallowell rolls out the entertainment. You’d never guess this antique river port has so much nightlife. From live music at The Liberal Cup or the

riverfront stage . . . to stage performances at Gaslight Theater . . . to chats with local artists at Harlow Gallery . . . Hallowell flashes a welcoming smile and invites you out on the town!

"The French Quarter" The Whatever Family Festival June 14-July 4, 2017 kennebecvalleychamber.com

Old Hallowell Days July 15, 2017 oldhallowelldays.org

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Visitor Resources Hallowell Area Board of Trade (207) 620-7477 • hallowell.org

Historic Hallowell

1 Winthrop Street, Hallowell (207) 623-4021 • historichallowell.org

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Shopping

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hether you like shopping small or shopping at the mall, it’s all within reach here in the Kennebec Valley!

First Stop: Main Street!

Life in this area began on the riverbanks of the Kennebec Valley. Where there was water, there was commerce . . . and where there was commerce, there was community! All along the banks of the mighty Kennebec River, bustling mill towns sprung up to help ferry timber, a key economic driver, throughout the world. As you might suspect from such historic beginnings, our Main Street communities are often at the very heart of your shopping experience here in the Kennebec Valley. Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the key “main street” in many of our Main Street Maine communities— such as Gardiner, Hallowell, Waterville, Skowhegan, and Augusta—is called Water Street. The heart of Waterville’s and Winthrop’s merchant area is actually called Main Street, whereas in Fairfield it’s Upper Main Street and in Skowhegan it’s both Madison Avenue and Water Street. But regardless of the name, Kennebec

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Valley Main Street communities have one thing in common—an authentic, alluring, and thriving retail and entertainment scene.

eyes open as you travel anywhere in the region. Delightful out-of-the-way shops are everywhere!

“Shop Small”— More Than Just a Fad

The Mall Has It All

In recent years, millions of Americans have rediscovered the joy of “shopping small” among smaller, independent stores. Here among the towns and villages of the Kennebec Valley, you’ll easily find “that very special gift from Maine” you’re looking for. Whether it’s a whoopie pie, stylish earrings, artwork from a local gallery, a new coffee mug, or a trail-bound bike, the local merchants have a real genius for providing just what you’re seeking. As you stroll or drive through the area, you’ll notice all the cities, towns, and villages have lovingly and passionately created areas to attract local merchants—and the customers who love them. Nestled among the Valley’s finest dining and drinking establishments you’ll find cool new fashions, marvelous antiques, eyecatching art galleries, Maine-specific and other collectibles, and a wondrous array of toys and gifts for children. So keep your

If “shop ’til you drop” is among your favorite phrases, Augusta offers everything you need and more. Conveniently located on Interstate 95, the city offers a wide array of all the big national chain stores. The Marketplace at Augusta dishes up an exciting blend of national retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Old Navy, along with ULTA and Christopher & Banks. You’ll also find great bargains at Kohl’s, and—between shopping splurges—you can grab a bite to eat at Chipotle or Elevation Burger. Whether you’re looking for a special gift for a friend or family member—or simply need something you forgot to bring from home—it’s a safe bet you’ll find it here.

In Search of That Magnificent Antique

Antiquing enthusiasts have long hailed the Kennebec Valley as one of America’s


Start by driving up Route 201 or 202, and keep your eyes open for the word “antiques” on old signs. Particularly well-loved hot spots include Hallowell’s Water Street, along the river. This “heart of Maine’s smallest city” features a stimulating mix of antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques—all lavishly brimming with the best stuff (old and new) you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Along Route 201, just north of Augusta, try Jellison’s. Then continue north on 201 to Fairfield, where you’ll enjoy a day’s antique adventure at the Fairfield Antiques Mall, Poulin’s Antiques, The Trading Post, and James D. Julia’s. If you plan your trip right, you might even catch James D. Julia—who is also the world’s foremost firearms auctioneer—on one of his regular TV appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.

Feel Like Being Crafty?

Crafts are an integral part of “the soul of Maine,” and you’ll find a wonderful abundance of them throughout the Kennebec Valley. A few years ago, the Maine Turnpike Authority entered into a special relationship with the Maine Crafts Association and opened the Center for Maine Craft at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza. All year-round, you can stop in there and pick up something very special, created by any one of 300 gifted crafts workers. After that, you can shop at one of the Maine Made & More stores in Belgrade and Waterville, where you’ll find Maine crafts and gifts that will “speak to you like a Mainer.”

A Fiber Art Festival

“That is so Maine” is a phrase you may hear from time to time, and the annual Fiber Frolic fits it to a T! Held each June at the Windsor Fairgrounds, this festival is nothing less than a mecca for the fiber art world. Come enjoy this distinctive experience “celebrating fiber, fiber animals, and fiber arts.”

Native American Crafts & Culture

If you have a particular interest in the arts and crafts of Maine’s native people, travel along Route 27 to Somerset County, where you’ll find Nowetah’s American Indian Museum. This free-admission treasure presents one of the largest private collections of Native American crafts, pottery, and baskets in all of New England. You’ll cherish the remarkable experience as you view more than 600 examples of basketry and bark containers.

Stock Up Before Camping

Across the Kennebec Valley, you’ll find grocery stores readily available and easily accessible. But Skowhegan will provide your last supermarket, a Hannaford, before you head into the Maine woods. You’ll also find a Walmart there for traveling and/or pre-camping shopping. Farther up Route 201, you’ll discover wondrous little family-run places to meet all your shopping needs, such as the Solon Corner Market, Jimmy’s Shop & Save in Bingham, Berry’s in The Forks, and Bishop’s in Jackman.

Explore the Kennebec Valley Live. Work. Play! Kennebec Valley is where you can savor the area’s simplistic, natural beauty with family and friends. Around every corner is another adventure to be had. With discoveries from local farmers' markets to name-brand stores, the Kennebec Valley has it all. Weekly live entertainment can be found throughout the region's authentic restaurants and local parks. In the Kennebec Valley exploration is encouraged and the venture through the area is different each day. Dive in and enjoy the journey!

The Kennebec Valley welcomes you! To find a full schedule of what’s happening in the Kennebec Valley visit

KennebecValleyChamber.com

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Shopping

premier antiques centers. With “pickers” enjoying an enormous number of spots across the region, you're sure to find that perfect piece of Americana, farm history, country furniture, vintage road signage, or other memorabilia to lend the perfect touch to a room.


Waterville Main Street Located on the banks of the Kennebec River, Downtown Waterville is home to a unique mix of shops, restaurants and services. Shoppers will find a wide array of products, including women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, toys and books, and much much more. Dining options are equally as diverse, offering authentic Lebanese and Mexican cuisine, Asian specialties, Indian, eclectic American fare, delicious pub food, and fresh seafood, not to mention great bagels, sandwiches, and coffee. Downtown Waterville is also home to numerous arts and cultural assets, including the magnificent Waterville Opera House, Waterville Public Library and a year round calendar of outstanding events, such as the Maine Open Juried Art Show and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market. **********

Annual events hosted by Waterville Main Street include: Downtown Farmers’ Market • Harvest Fest Parade of Lights • Kringleville

Contact Waterville Main Street for all your visitor needs! (207) 680-2055 info@watervillemainstreet.org

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Augusta

Maine State House

The State Capital . . . And a Whole Lot More M aine’s state capital is bursting with energy and vibrancy—and you need to take advantage of it! Spend time in the city’s wonderful museums, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Or “shop ’til you drop” at exciting locations such as The Marketplace at Augusta.

A Stately Dome and Park

As you stroll by the state capitol building, notice its recently replaced copper dome. Take the grand tour of the capitol, or walk across the street and enjoy the beautiful public garden at Capitol Park, where you’ll also find The Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Fascinated by American history? The Maine State Museum—featuring “The Lion” steam engine and a spectacular woodworking mill—will help you explore hundreds of years of Maine’s history.

So Much to See and Take In

While you’re downtown, stop in at one of the area’s fine lunch spots, or visit The Farmers’ Market at Mill Park on Water Street to pick up a locally grown treat. And don’t miss all the city’s outdoor experiences! Just across the Kennebec

you’ll find The Viles Arboretum, a vibrant collection of walking trails. Visit augustatrails.org online to see other trails available to you, such as The Kennebec River Rail Trail and those at Bond Brook Park.

Looking for some adventure? Head just outside of the capital to Go Tubing in China, where you can soar down a zipline in the summer or race your friends on snow tubes in the winter.

Old Fort Western: Proudly Serving for 263 Years

In 1754, a blockhouse was erected in modern-day Augusta to provide regional protection. Today, that structure stands as Old Fort Western, which has served throughout history as a civilian store, a private residence, and a rooming house. It also housed troops of the infamous Benedict Arnold before his ill-fated march to Quebec.

The Whatever Family Festival

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Whatever Family Festival—which includes Kennebec River Day (formerly “Kids’ Day”)—has morphed from a care-

free race down the Kennebec to a waytoo-fun family festival stretching for three big weeks each summer. The festival kicks off with the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival and ends with fireworks on July 4th. Don’t miss it!

Down by the River The Whatever Family Festival June 14-July 4, 2017 kennebecvalleychamber.com

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Visitor Resources Augusta Downtown Alliance (207) 458-8757 augustadowntownalliance.org

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

269 Western Avenue • Augusta (207) 623-4559 kennebecvalleychamber.com

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On the Water: Your Journey to Maine-Made Adventure

eady . . . Set . . . Grab your paddle! With its world-famous lakes, rivers, and streams, Maine extends a very special invitation to you to get out on the water, and the Kennebec Valley is at the heart of the action! Sit back and picture gorgeous days gliding across lakes, paddling down a gently flowing river, exploring meandering streams, or whitewater rafting. Just like a dream, isn’t it? From the pulse-racing thrill of rafting down the Kennebec or Dead River, to a day of serene kayak-fishing on Cobbosseecontee (a top bass angling destination), the glistening waters of the Kennebec Valley beckon you.

The Thrill of Whitewater Rafting

For more than 40 years, the Kennebec Valley has been Maine’s #1 favorite whitewater rafting destination. On two of its wildly popular rivers—the Kennebec and Dead—you’ll be blown away by rides of up to 8,000 cubic feet per second of water. The thrill of rafting—the

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original “extreme sport”—is absolutely immeasurable! Hop aboard an iconic whitewater raft and you’ll be at the heart of excitement itself—where only a few millimeters of rubber stand between you and millions of gallons of water churning wildly below.

Up and down you go, as the raft hurtles up over the brow of a massive wall of foaming white water. Feel your adrenaline pumping as gravity slams you—screaming and laughing—into the foam. With each drop, your raft erupts with delighted howls and laughter. You’ll probably never feel more joyful or alive! The Kennebec River trip begins upriver on Indian Pond and roars through the Upper Kennebec Gorge, with rapids up to Class IV. Each moment along the way, you’ll pass through a heart-stopping swirl of drops, waves, eddies, and holes, such as The Rock Garden, The Three Sisters, and Big Mama. You’ll visit the Goodbye Hole . . . then pray for your life in The Cathedral Eddy, before being tumbled

by Maytag and descending into the Hell Hole.

Up for even more breathtaking adventures? Round Two takes you to the Dead River—the longest stretch of continuous Class III-IV whitewater in the eastern U.S. Veteran rafters say this 16-mile trip is jam-packed with intensity. Shortly after you begin, you’ll venture through Spencer Rips and the Minefield. A little further down, Humpty-Dumpty will attempt to leave you in pieces. But pull yourself together quickly, because Mile Long Rapids, Little Rapids, and Big Poplar Falls are up ahead. And they pose a high-octane challenge to even the most seasoned rafter. What if you’re not a seasoned veteran but still long for the thrill? No worries! There are many rafting companies and guides to help any age or skill level, including C. Moxie Gore Outfitters, Magic Falls Rafting Company, Moxie Outdoor Adventures, North Country Rivers, and Northern Outdoors. With their help,


Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, and Kayaking

If “slow, easy, and serene” is more your style, kayaking or canoeing can offer a dream-like escape from your stressful world. As you drift peacefully on the water, you’ll enjoy a vantage point that is ideal for bird watching or spotting wildlife. And later in the year, you can take an autumn foliage tour that makes for an unforgettable trip. While the Kennebec Valley offers countless locations for extraordinary paddling adventures, here are a few inspiring trips we think you’ll find particularly pleasant and memorable: FLAGSTAFF LAKE: Located beneath the commanding presence of Bigelow Range and just north of the Appalachian Trail, this large, shallow, man-made lake makes for a great one-day family paddling excursion. Or you can incorporate it into a longer, multi-day exploration by combining

the lake with the 12-mile excursion along the Dead River to Grand Falls. Put in at Long Falls Dam. THE MOOSE RIVER BOW TRIP: One of the most famous and enjoyable paddling trips in Maine, the Moose River Bow Trip dishes up spectacular scenery and great fishing. The 2- to 5-day wilderness paddle begins on Attean Pond, hooks to the Moose River, then goes back around to where you began—with only one portage. And you can add a quick hike to the top of Sally Mountain to see all of Attean Pond before you. THE BELGRADE LAKES: Easy to access—and easier to enjoy—the Belgrade Lakes offer a classic Maine boating or paddling trip. Using Belgrade Village as your base, rent a motorboat or paddle a kayak or canoe out on Great Pond or Long Pond to explore their many coves and islands. Hike the hills at the area’s north end for a panoramic view. Tour the south end of Messalonskee Lake for bird watching, and don’t miss the Antique Boat Parade each July 4th. THE KENNEBEC RIVER: The Kennebec slows to a more leisurely pace as it widens

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to the south. You don’t need to pack a lunch, because you can grab something tasty along the way, in Augusta, Hallowell, or Gardiner. Simply tie up and walk into town. Visit Old Fort Western, look for magnificent bald eagles, or watch for massive sturgeon as they breach the river’s surface.

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you can enjoy convenient day trips and/ or access to full-service resort amenities and an unlimited variety of other outdoor experiences.

Other Great Trips

CHINA LAKE: West of Augusta, China Lake’s beautiful shoreline and deep blue waters make for an excellent day of paddling, along with a nationally recognized bass-fishing destination. WYMAN LAKE: This beautiful lake, easily accessible from Moscow’s town dock, extends 15 miles to the north. Visit the Carrying Place Stream and Houston Brook Falls, and explore the islands scattered around the lake. NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL: This incredible trail offers paddlers 347 miles of waterway, including some of the Kennebec Valley’s top-tier experiences— Flagstaff Lake, Dead River, Attean Pond, Big Wood Pond, Moose River, Long Pond, and Brassua Lake.

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American plan lakefront cottages on the shore of Great Pond in the heart of the Belgrade Lakes region. Open May to October. www.BearSpringCamps.com • 207.397.2341 • 60 Jamaica Point Rd. Rome, ME 04963

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A Magical Lakeside Village

o one ever wrote more lovingly about Maine than did E.B. White—and the Belgrade Lakes was where Mr. White first fell in love with his adopted home state. From the plaintive call of loons to the gorgeous spread of magnificent water bodies, Belgrade Lakes is a magical summertime experience transporting you to the serenity of a bygone era. The laidback vibe here melts away the tensions of everyday life. Whether you’re here for a day or all summer, you’ll easily slip into this carefree life. Grab your fishing pole and discover your favorite new fishing spot. Enjoy a memorable round of golf at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course, recently hailed “Maine’s #1 Public Course” by Golf Digest. Make your way up Blueberry Hill—or take a scenic drive to several nearby spots— and feel your jaw drop as you take in the panoramic view of the area’s seven lakes. All summer long, you’ll revel in everyday magic, plus special events that keep your days blissfully alive. One annual favorite is the Antique Boat Parade, held each 4th of July.

Relaxing and Delectable Dining

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’ll find mouth-watering favorites in the heart of the Village. Order to-go from Day’s Store, or sit down to a yummy dinner—and a lakeside view that won’t quit—at Sunset Grill. The Village Inn dishes up classic ambiance and a seasonal menu featuring one of Maine’s best duck entrées. Pamper yourself at Wing’s Hill Inn with a delightful, chef-prepared meal.

Summer, Fall, and Winter Splendor

Belgrade Lakes owns summertime, but autumn is also magnificent. You haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed the breathtaking fall foliage there. And like the classic song, the area later becomes a winter wonderland—offering everything from snowshoeing to ice fishing to snowmobiling on the area’s wellgroomed trails. Whether you’re paddling around Great Pond, hiking French’s Mountain in Rome, or moseying through the Village, this is what “best vacation ever” looks like.

If you long for one of America’s most iconic vacation destinations, point your compass toward Belgrade Lakes.

Our Belgrade Lakes Antique Boat Parade July 4, 2017 belgradelakesmaine.com

Loon-Calling Contest August 5, 2017 belgradelakesmaine.com

Harvest Festival

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Visitor Resources Belgrade Historical Society belgradehistoricalsociety.org

Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group belgradelakesmaine.com

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Camping: Rest Your Soul in Nature

h . . . there’s nothing like camping in Maine. The mouth-watering morning smell of bacon and eggs frying over the campfire. The fresh, cool dawn air. The deep peacefulness and quiet of nature all around you. From rugged fun to chillin’ in the sun, Maine’s world-famous woods, hiking trails, and water bodies beckon you to a camping experience that will stir your soul and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Lakes in Monmouth

The Kennebec Valley is home to some of the nation’s cleanest, most gorgeous water bodies. At the lakes in Monmouth you can fish for bass, then take your catch back to camp and watch them sizzle sweetly over your campfire. Later, as you talk with family and friends about your day, listen to the chirp!-chirp! of peepers and

crickets. Then settle in for the best night’s sleep you’ve had in forever—before rising for your crisp dawn hike.

Canaan, Solon, Bingham, and Beyond

If you’re looking for centrally located family campgrounds that offer quintessential Maine camping experiences, you’ll find many within easy driving distance. From Canaan, drive along Route 2 and north up Route 201 to Solon and Bingham, where camping delights await the young and young-at-heart.

Upper Kennebec Region: The Forks, Jackman, and the Moose River Valley

Perhaps you’re seeking an ultimate four-season camping experience? Head

north to the Upper Kennebec Region, including The Forks, Jackman, and the Moose River Valley—where you’ll discover extensive camping options— and see before your eyes a particularly breathtaking part of Maine. The moment you pitch your tent, you’ll likely never want to leave. From hiking to hunting to canoeing or kayaking on the nationally famous Moose River Bow Trip, this wonderful section of Vacationland is in the dictionary beside “classic camping.”

Visitor Resources Camp Maine

Kennebec Valley Region campmaine.com

Kennebec Valley Explorer kennebecvalley.org

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Waterville

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estled on the west bank of the Kennebec River and originally inhabited by Abenaki Indians, Waterville today is a cultural epicenter offering everything from the arts to great dining to festivals to world-renowned Colby College. Featuring a downtown exploding with revitalization, Waterville truly is a got-to-gothere destination.

World-Class Cultural Experiences

Looking for an unforgettable arts experience? Head to the Colby Museum of Art, one of America’s premier college art collections, where you’ll discover three centuries of American masterworks by Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, and a host of other great artists. Enticing visitors with its delectable foodie scene and heart-of-the-city vibe, downtown Waterville offers an array of diversions and experiences guaranteed to foster warmhearted memories. Don’t miss one of the

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area's great performing-arts experiences at the Waterville Opera House, where local and nationally renowned artists put on concerts and theater productions year-round. You’ll also want to stop by Common Street Arts, catch the Parade of Lights, and visit Kringleville with children at Christmastime.

Festivals That Bring Summer Alive

Do you dream of attending a premier independent film festival? Now in its 20th year, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) showcases nearly 100 films each July, illuminating the work of some of America’s and the international community’s most gifted filmmakers. If your soul is stirred by classical music, come bathe in the experience of the weeks-long Atlantic Music Festival. You’ll enjoy great food and stimulating presentations while you celebrate the musical masters.

Satisfy Your Culinary and Outdoors Cravings

Got a culinary craving that won’t go away? From iconic Maine lobster to classic New England entrées and hip comfort food, Waterville’s restaurant scene dishes up a wide array of food styles for every taste and palate. Sample local wine and spirits at Tree Spirits in Oakland. And for a special, all-in-one-place dining experience, don’t miss the annual Taste of Waterville festival. Maine’s outdoors culture is celebrated around the world, and Waterville doesn’t fail to deliver. Trek miles of hiking trails at Quarry Road Trails and the Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, which double as ski and snowshoe trails in the winter. You can also head just north of Waterville to Pittsfield where you can find some serious adventure at Vacationland Skydiving. No matter what kind of fun you're looking for, Waterville is where great outdoors and indoors experiences converge.


Waterville

Signature Events Atlantic Music Festival

July 2–30, 2017 • atlanticmusicfestival.org

Maine International Film Festival July 14–23, 2017 • miff.org

Taste of Waterville

August 2, 2017 • tasteofwaterville.com

Waterville Rocks!

July 28, August 18, September 1 & 29 fb.com/watervillerocks

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Visitor Resources Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce midmainechamber.com

Waterville Creates! watervillecreates.org

Waterville Main Street Benton Trail

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watervillemainstreet.org

common street arts’ mission is to enhance the creative, artistic + economic vitality of the waterville community through outstanding arts education + exhibitions. our gallery on main street overlooking castonguay square provides opportunities for professional + emerging artists who find the gallery a perfect space in which to exhibit their work. in our art + clay studios, students of all ages and experience levels are learning new skills, expressing their creativity, making new friends + perfecting their talents in a relaxed + welcoming environment. see an exhibition, take a class, explore with us at common street arts!

93 main street, waterville | 207-872-arts (2787) | commonstreetarts.org gallery hours: wed–fri 12–5 pm, sat 10 am–1 pm

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Visit. Relax. Fish. Are you tired of fishing the same spots and not catching “the big one”? Look no further than mid-Maine. Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce has dedicated a website for the best bass fishing in the central Maine region. Not only will you find a full list of lakes, rivers, and streams but you will have access to a list of boat launches, fishing tournaments, and local amenities.

— 2017 Tournaments — August 26, 2017 Man VS Bass Maine Trail China Lake

September 30, 2017 Man VS Bass Maine Trail Messalonskee Lake

These Events Sponsored by Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce • 50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME • (207) 873-3315 • www.midmainechamber.com

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Scenic Drives and Wildlife: Your Car and Camera Combo

he Kennebec Valley offers a million-and-one great destinations. And part of the fun is driving to them! Whether you’re here for world-class outdoor adventure or just a quick weekend vacation, you’ll discover an incredible abundance of scenic drives, each of which delivers wonderful opportunities to spot wildlife along the way.

Augusta’s Viles Arboretum is a particular treasure, with 165 documented species. Other popular in-town locations located near or beside the Kennebec River include the waterfront in Gardiner, the Kennebec River Rail Trail, and the Hallowell waterfront. Around Waterville, check out Fort Halifax and the campus of Colby College.

See a “Real, Live Moose”

Just north of Fairfield, the Shawmut Dam is a birding hotspot, as is the entire area of Belgrade—from the hills in the north to the bog and stream at Messalonskee Lake’s southern end. Further north, be sure to visit the Appalachian Trail’s intersection with the south end of Flagstaff Lake.

It’s hard to think “Maine” without thinking “moose.” But have you actually seen one? The Upper Kennebec Valley’s marshy roadsides and abundant woods make it a superb place to spot moose. During late winter/early spring and during spring calving, you’ll find these beloved giants wandering and feeding along the Route 201 artery above The Forks. Route 15 between Jackman and Rockwood can also be great for moose-spotting. Late autumn is the absolute-best time to watch for moose, because that’s when male moose grow a new set of antlers, which get shed around the time of the first snow. But if you’re going moose-watching, please remember: Be respectful and keep your distance at all times—especially when there is a bull moose present, or a cow with her calf(s).

Where Birds Take Wing

Along your scenic drive, you’ll enjoy many places to stop to do a little bird watching. With 275 species populating dozens of locations here, our waterways, bogs, farmland, and forested mountains are a welcome haven for birds and bird watchers alike.

Best-Loved Scenic Drives Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway Maine’s historical and cultural past travels along Route 201, weaving its story through the area’s many down-home cities, towns, and villages. Officially, this nationally famous byway begins in the hills above Skowhegan, where ME-43 meets US201, then heads north to the international border with Canada. Unofficially, the byway began 400 years ago and continued through Maine’s industrial boom years of the 20th century, providing the connective tissue between the U.S. and Canada for generations of French-Canadians living in Maine. Length: 78 Miles; Travel Time: 3 Hours oldcanadaroadscenicbyway.com Scenic Lower Somerset Proceed on Route 150 from Skowhegan to Athens; join Route 151 and at Mayfield

Corner turn left onto Route 16 to Bingham, then travel south on Route 201 all the way back to Skowhegan. Length: 60 Miles; Travel Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes It Takes Moxie Take Route 201N from Bingham to The Forks and turn right onto Lake Moxie Road. Two miles down on the right you’ll find 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 Route 6/15 to Rockwood and on to Greenville Center. Then proceed south to Route 16 at Abbot and back to Bingham. Length: 144 Miles; Travel Time: 3 Hours, 18 Minutes Voyage International Follow Route 201N from Skowhegan to the Canadian border (passport required). Once in Canada, take Route 173, turning left at Route 269 and left again at Route 204 in St. Gideon. Follow Route 161 to Woburn, cross into the U.S. to Coburn Gore, follow Route 27 into Kingfield, turn onto Route 16 through Madison, and then head south on Route 201A back into Skowhegan. Length: 245 Miles; Travel Time: 5 Hours, 25 Minutes

Visitor Resources Kennebec Valley Explorer kennebecvalley.org

Maine Audubon Society

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth (207) 781-2330 • maineaudubon.org

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Visit CampMaine.com or call 1-888-274-9030 for a FREE 2017 Maine Camping Guide.

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11. Indian Pond Campground

The Forks

10. Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort

Solon

9. The Evergreens Campground & Restaurant

Madison

8. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park–Yonderhill

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7. Skowhegan/Kennebec Valley KOA

Skowhegan

6. Two Rivers Campground

Vassalboro

5. Green Valley Campground

East Winthrop

4. More to Life Family Campground

Winthrop

3. Augusta West Resort

Litchfield

2. Birches Lakeside Campground

North Monmouth

1. Beaver Brook Campground

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Maine-crafted libations, farm-to-table fare, and live music in the streets of Skowhegan

Saturday, September 2, 2017 SkowheganCraftBrewFest.com Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival Partners:

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Where Hip Vibe Meets Yankee Charm

irst settled by Yankee pioneers from Massachusetts in 1771, Skowhegan today is the ultimate blend of hipster cool and old-fashioned New England charm. At the heart of Skowhegan’s exciting, widely praised economic surge is an acclaimed, year-round farmers' market and The Somerset Grist Mill, an abandoned jail repurposed into Maine’s premier modern grist mill. As you stroll through the sights and sounds of friendly Skowhegan, don’t miss The Heritage House Restaurant, Bigelow Brewing, The Old Mill Pub, and The Bankery, a former bank turned into a scrumptious, aromatic bakery. Or grab and go from Kel-Mat or the 201 Market.

Strolling, Dining, Fine Arts

Featuring one of the most attractive and beguiling downtown areas in Central Maine, Skowhegan is particularly hailed for its uniquely walkable downtown along the Kennebec River. Here you’ll find charming restaurants, come-and-browse shops, and small businesses situated amid some of New England’s most beautiful historic structures.

Feel like exploring past Water Street to a stunning aesthetic experience? You’ll find that gem at Coburn Park, a vibrant, resplendent example of modern community gardening. And don’t miss The Langlais Art Trail, featuring more than 20 works of art by Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), including the iconic, 62-foottall Skowhegan Indian sculpture, a gift to the city from Mr. Langlais in 1969 to honor Maine’s 150th birthday. The lovingly restored Skowhegan Indian is the tallest Native American sculpture in America.

A Year-Round Treasure Chest

Lauded today as one of mid-Maine’s “It” towns, Skowhegan now offers a treasure chest of year-round experiences to keep you smiling and engaged. Whether you attend the one-of-a-kind Kneading Conference, The Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest, or the music-and-activitieslavish Skowhegan River Fest, you’ll enjoy tons ’o fun as you make new memories with family and friends. And don’t you dare miss the classic Skowhegan State Fair, gearing up to celebrate its bicentennial in 2018.

After a busy day of fun, you can rest your head at The Belmont Motel or Towne Motel, where you'll feel right at home.

Explore Skowhegan! Skowhegan River Fest August 2–5, 2017 skowheganriverfest.com

Skowhegan State Fair August 10-19, 2017 skowheganstatefair.com

Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest September 2, 2017 skowhegancraftbrewfest.com

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Visitor Resources Main Street Skowhegan visitskowhegan.com mainstreetskowhegan.org

Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce skowheganchamber.com

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The Bankery

Belmont Motel

The Children’s Cottage

Country Crow Primitives

87 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-BAKE (2253) TheBankery.com

273 Madison Ave., Skowhegan 800-235-6669 BelmontMotel.com

Housed in a converted bank in the historic Flat Iron District, this artisan bakery features organic coffee, fine pastries, artistically designed cakes, and more.

35 tastefully furnished rooms, handicapped and nonsmoking rooms, large pool on landscaped grounds, near restaurants and points of interest, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and AC.

66 Water St., Skowhegan 207-660-5495 Facebook.com/The-ChildrensCottage-166439976718898

61 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-8504 Facebook.com/ MaineCountryCrowPrimitives

The Children’s Cottage carries a wide range of new and like-new name-brand children’s clothing, plus toys, baby gear, and furnishings.

This downtown shop offers a wide variety of primitive home décor from new reproductions to farmhouse antiques.

Heritage House Restaurant

Kel-Mat Cafe 147 Madison Ave., Skowhegan 207-474-0200 KelMatCafe.com

Lakewood Golf Course and Trails

The Maine Barkery

182 Madison Ave., Skowhegan 207-474-5100 HHRestaurant.com An unforgettable dining experience that is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Unique deli-style sandwiches, wraps, and salads, plus homemade desserts, daily soups, and gluten-free and vegetarian options.

803 Lakewood Rd., Madison 207-474-5955 LakewoodGolfMaine.com Built in the 1920s, this beautiful course offers amazing scenery and Maine’s only Par 6. In the winter don’t miss the groomed Nordic ski and snowshoe trails.

134 Water St., Skowhegan 207-612-2757 TheMaineBarkery.com This small specialty pet store features its own line of all-natural dog treats plus a selection of locally made products for pets and pet lovers.


Maine Cedar Hot Tubs

Mainely Pallets

Maja’s Body Art

42 Court St., Skowhegan 207-474-8001 MaineGrains.com

Skowhegan 207-431-2607 MainelyPallets.com Facebook.com/MainelyPallets

75 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-9330 MajasBodyArt.com Facebook.com/MajasBodyArt

Manufacturing and selling organic stoneground flour and oats in a repurposed 19th-century jailhouse. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5.

Mainely Pallets specializes in the reuse of select hardwoods to create unique rustic decor and drinkware for home owners and event organizers.

A unique shop offering glass pipes, hookahs, and body jewelry. Open Sunday 11-4, Monday 11-6, and TuesdaySaturday 10-6.

Old Mill Pub

Rehab & Fitness Services

Russakoff Jewelers

Skowhegan Fleuriste

39 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-6627 OldMillPub.net

57 Fairview Ave., Skowhegan 207-474-7000 rfgh.net/Services/ RehabFitnessServices

100 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-9010 888-MAINE-GEM RussGems.com

93 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-6256 SkowheganFleuriste.com

A Redington-Fairview General Hospital department, Rehab & Fitness offers in- and outpatient rehabilitative services and aquatics-based fitness programs in therapy pools.

Maine’s oldest family owned jewelers, specializing in fine diamonds and gems for 110 years.

Adjacent to the Bankery in the historic Flat Iron District, this shop offers fresh-cut flowers, unique Maine-made gifts and gourmet foods, and locally crafted cards.

Skowhegan Wooden TI MELI NERule

Somerset Sports & Fitness

Towne Motel

Whittemore’s Real Estate

172 Madison Ave., Skowhegan 800-843-4405 TowneMotel.com

108 Water St., Skowhegan 207-474-3303 WhittemoresRealEstate.com

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6 Commerce Dr. (Route 201), Skowhegan | 207-474-2224 rfgh.net/Community/ SomersetSportsFitness A Redington-Fairview General Hospital affiliate, this fitness facility promotes wellness by providing a non-intimidating atmosphere for all fitness levels.

Enjoy Skowhegan lodging at its best. Complimentary breakfast, large pool, Wi-Fi, and AC. Next to the Heritage House Restaurant.

Whittemore’s Real Estate has been in business since 1969 selling land, waterfront property, camps, cottages, and residential and commercial properties.

Skowhegan 207-474-0953 MaineCedarTubs.com Rest, relax, and recharge with Maine Cedar Hot Tubs.

Enjoy casual riverside dining along the Kennebec in a historic building with great character and charm.

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Save the Date: 2017 Events Cheese, Brews, and Bread June 25, Bigelow Brewing Co. WesArts.org

Concerts in the Park

Maine Artisan Bread Fair July 29, Skowhegan Fairgrounds KneadingConference.com

River Fest Aug. 2-5, Downtown Skowhegan SkowheganRiverFest.com

New Balance Tent Sale Mid-late August (dates TBD) 207-858-6551

Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival Sept. 2, Downtown Skowhegan SkowheganCraftBrewFest.com

Sundays in July and August, 5 p.m., Coburn Park CoburnPark.com

Skowhegan State Fair

Kneading Conference

Open Studio

Main Street Gala and Auction

July 27-28, Skowhegan Fairgrounds KneadingConference.com

Aug. 12, throughout Central Maine OpenStudioMaine.com

Sept. 30, Lakewood Inn Restaurant MainStreetSkowhegan.org

Aug. 10-19, Skowhegan Fairgrounds SkowheganStateFair.com

Lake George/SSF Triathlon Sept. 10, Skowhegan LakeGeorgePark.org


Skowhegan: A Place to Watch Centrally located along the sparkling Kennebec River, Skowhegan offers both urban and rural delights. Interested in hiking, swimming, tubing, or golfing? Check out Lake George, Eaton Mountain, Loon’s Cove Golf Course, or one of Skowhegan’s many trails. Passionate about art or history? Take in the public art and the heritage on display everywhere from the Skowhegan History House to the circa-1936 Swinging Bridge. Looking for bowling, movies, or other fun family activities? Venues including Central Maine Family Fun, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf, the Strand, and the Skowhegan Drive-In (named the state’s coolest drive-in) have you covered. How about local food experiences like apple-picking at one of the best orchards in New England (Cayford Orchards) or touring a craft brewery (Bigelow and Oak Pond)? You guessed it—we offer all of that as well. Skowhegan isn’t standing still either. Plans are underway for Run of River, a whitewater recreation area in and around the gorge downtown that will include a whitewater play park, four-season trails, a riverfront promenade, a boathouse and events center, parks, and more. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Skowhegan has something for everyone and more than a few hidden gems. Visit Skowhegan and learn why it’s truly a place to watch.

Somerset Family Arts Festival Oct. 7, Bigelow Brewing Co. WesArts.org

Haunted Hayrides Oct. 27-28, Skowhegan Fairgrounds Facebook.com/SCHHayride

Small Business Saturday Nov. 25, Skowhegan MainStreetSkowhegan.org

25th Annual Holiday Stroll Dec. 1-2, Downtown Skowhegan MainStreetSkowhegan.org

MainStreetSkowhegan.org

SkowheganChamber.com

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On the Trail Photo Courtesy of City of Waterville

Waterville Connector Trail

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On the Trail: Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing, and Cross-Country Skiing

t’s the world’s worst-kept secret: Maine is a paradise for those who love the outdoors! Whether you’re into hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or crosscountry skiing, the Kennebec Valley offers you endless miles, endless smiles, and endless enjoyment to make your “out in nature” time certifiably fantastic.

Hiking

The Kennebec Valley is home to some of the nation’s most beautifully kept and cherished trails. Among the incredible places where your hiking shoes can take you are The Kennebec River Rail Trail, built along an old railroad line that stretches 6.5 miles from Augusta to Gardiner, and the Quarry Road Trail near Colby College in Waterville.

Biking

Is biking your particular passion? Then grab your helmet and pedal into the Bond Brook area in Augusta, the Hallowell Reservoir, Lake George Regional Park in Canaan, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails in Waterville, Kennebec

Highlands in Belgrade, or the Debe Park River Walk in Skowhegan. Rest assured the scenery is beautiful, whether you pedal along the river, ride a more rugged trail, or take to one of the area’s scenic, wooded roads.

Snowshoeing

This classic winter favorite ranks #1 in the hearts of countless people. Virtually all of the great hiking/biking trails in the Kennebec Valley lend themselves to fantastic snowshoeing in the winter. And here’s an added plus: The aerobic and overall health benefits of snowshoeing often exceed those of hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing. So rent, borrow, or buy a pair of snowshoes—and see what all the fuss is about!

Cross-Country Skiing

On a crisp, sparkling winter day, what could be more refreshing than to venture out on cross-country skis? If that’s your plan, you’ll enjoy many delightful “X-country” experiences in the Kennebec Valley. Waterville’s Quarry Road Trail

offers loop cross-country-ski trails that are part of the Kennebec Messalonskee Trails system, running through the towns of Waterville, Oakland, Winslow, Benton, and Fairfield. Also enjoy wellgroomed cross-country skiing all along the Kennebec Valley Trail, in The Forks area, and on the Kennebec River Rail Trail, starting in Gardiner or Augusta. In the “Visitors Resources” section on this page, you’ll find links offering A to Z information about hundreds of great Maine trails.

Visitor Resources Augusta Trails augustatrails.org

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails kmtrails.com

Quarry Road Trails quarryroad.org

Kennebec Valley Explorer kennebecvalley.org

Plan Your Vacation at kennebecvalley.org

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A great place to live, work & play! COLONY HOUSE INN

LAKEWOOD THEATER

ROY’S INFLATABLE WATER SLIDES

FOSHAY’S INFORMATION BOOTH

MAINE MAPLE PRODUCTS , INC

SOMERSET ABBEY

KENNEBEC ICE KREAMERY

NORTH STAR ORCHARDS

68 Beach Road • 207-474-6599 colonyhouseinn.com Built in 1929, the Colony House Inn is situated in scenic and historic Lakewood, offering both the elegance of the Inn or more rustic cottages. 144 Main Street One stop shopping for all your tourism and business information in and around the Madison area. Also the home of Santaville during the holiday season.

76 Theater Road • 207-474-7176 lakewoodtheater.org The longest running summer theater in the nation, located lakeside, this historical setting features nine performances each summer. 449 Lakewood Road • 207-474-3387 mainemaple.com Our maple syrup has been selected the BEST for quality, purity, and taste 13 of the last 15 years. Judge for yourself.

469 Main Street facebook.com/roysinflatablewaterslides 7 huge slides in this park near Madison High School. $10 per person for a day of fun. Seasonal hours 10am to 8pm 7 days a week in the summer. 98 Main Street • 207-696-5800 somersetabbey.com A music, wedding, and events hall in a historic setting. See our website for a calendar or musical and comedy events or call for a tour.

97 Orchard Road • 207-696-5109 northstarorchards.me A family farm for family fun! Visit our farm store for fresh apples, cider and much more. Find us on Facebook – we’re open year-round.

TREASURES: A PRIMITIVE SHOP

LAKEWOOD GOLF COURSE

R&B’S HOME SOURCE

YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK

LAKEWOOD INN RESTAURANT

RENYS – A ‘MAINE’ ADVENTURE

469 Main Street • 207-399-4392 facebook.com/kennebec-ice-kreamery Delicious homemade ice cream served in generous portions. Over 20 original flavors in hard and soft serve. Try a super sundae today! 803 Lakewood Road • 207-474-5955 lakewoodgolfmaine.com Originally built in the 1920s, our beautiful course includes Maine’s only Par 6, with amazing scenery to give you a great golfing experience. 76 Theater Road • 207-858-4403 lakewoodtheater.org Enjoy simple Maine elegance with lakeside views. Enjoy dinner, dessert or a libation before the show or at intermission. Sunday brunch 10-2.

517 Lakewood Road • 207-474-2400 randbshomesource.com Looking to furnish your camp? R&B’s is a family-owned discount appliances, lawn and garden, furniture, mattresses, and electronics store 65 Main Street • 207-696-4405 renys.com A big Maine attraction in Madison. Just a short drive from Eaton Mountain, Lakewood Theater, and Sugarloaf USA.

270 Main Street • 207-696-8440 Like Us on Facebook A shop of old and new primitives, including home décor and accents of times gone by.

221 Lakewood Road • 207-474-7353 yonderhill.com A family-friendly campground that also has cabin and RV rental units. Gem mining, bounce area, pedal cart rentals, fishing, pool, birthday party packages, and much more!

XANA-DO SALON & DAY SPA

411 Lakewood Road • 207-474-1234 xana-dosalonanddayspa.com Relax with our exceptional, effective beauty treatments and allow yourself and your body to get the rest you need in a rejuvenating environment.

For more information, visit madisonme.org or facebook.com/visitmadisonmaine.

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Madison Photo Courtesy of North Star Orchards

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Classic Down-Home Appeal

ooking for a classic small town that offers a taste of the arts and outdoor adventure? Traveling up Route 201 from Skowhegan, you will find family fun at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground with brand new sites, including the Sleepover Tree House. Don’t miss Maine Maple Products, for a taste of their award-winning syrup. As you continue up Route 201, you will arrive at the Lakewood region, home to Maine’s State Theater, and pristine golfing.

Maine’s State Theater

The curtain first rose at Lakewood Theater in East Madison in 1901, and this beloved performance venue has been Maine’s State Theater since 1967. Renowned as one of the longest-running summer theater programs in the nation, Lakewood offers adoring fans a lively range of unforgettable productions, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and special engagements for children. And Lakewood is also home to one of the area’s finer dining establishments, the Lakewood Inn Restaurant. Situated amid pastoral mountain vistas, Lakewood Golf Course offers a front nine right out of the Roaring 20s, while the back nine seems carved right from the forest. If you’re looking for the golf challenge of your lifetime, head to Hole 12. It’s a mind-blowing 660-yard Par 6. Grab your driver and rise to the challenge!

To the River!

If you head west from the Lakewood region you will find yourself in the Madison Village, nestled along the Kennebec River. Industry brought Madison to the river, but now the river brings outdoor enthusiasts to Madison. Great kayaking runs can be found both upstream from Embden and downstream to Norridgewock’s Oosoola Park. Looking for a more intense river experience? Check out the Madison Wave. Every spring the Wave offers whitewater enthusiasts everything they can handle. And save time for some angling. One of the finest fly-fishing spots in the state is along the Historic Pines Trail. While you are there, take a leisurely walk along the mile-long trail, with its historic granite monuments that tell the story of 18thcentury Native American life along the Kennebec.

A Breathtaking Abbey

In the heart of Madison you’ll find the town’s oldest, most attractive structure, Somerset Abbey. Long used as a brick-and-stone church, the abbey now is a vibrant, year-round community and performance venue with concerts and comedy shows every weekend. Step inside and take in the beauty of turn-ofthe-century woodworking and stained glass. You’ll even discover a classic 1928

E.M. Skinner pipe organ—sounding as good as it did when Calvin Coolidge was president!

Summer Fun!

Looking for a place for the kids to cool off? Roy’s Water Park on Main Street offers kids of all ages the chance to splash and ride huge, inflatable water slides from June to early September. Every August as summer comes to an end, local residents and tourists from both sides of the river gather for the annual Anson-Madison Days Celebration. In its 41st year, the festival starts Thursday night, August 24, with the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Sponsored by tomatogrower Backyard Farms, this feast draws up to 250 people hungry to taste the best area chili. Friday and Saturday feature family fun, with rides, food, crafters, and concerts, along with the annual parade and fireworks. Sunday features bass fishing and golf tournaments. Truly an event with something for everyone.

Visitor Resources Madison Business Alliance madisonme.org

Town of Madison

26 Western Avenue, Madison (207) 696-3971 • madisonmaine.com

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Hunting & Fishing

Photo Courtesy of Corey Vose

Webber Pond, Vassalboro

Hunting and Fishing: The Sportsman's Paradise

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o outdoor activities can combine relaxation and thrill-a-minute adventure as magnificently as hunting and fishing in Maine. From the time the first Native Americans settled the region, the Kennebec Valley has been a welcoming place for sportsmen of all stripes and camouflage patterns.

When You’re Hunting for Great Hunting

What makes your hunting and fishing experience so memorable here? A big reason is our wonderful sporting camps, guides, and lodges. No matter whether you seek bass, trout, black bear, whitetailed deer, or even a mammoth moose, the region will meet your exact needs and offer you a warm and hearty welcome. If bird hunting is your preferred passion, you’ll find here prime opportunities to hunt ruffed grouse, woodcock, and other species. Lakes and ponds offer excellent waterfowl hunting, and pheasant hunting is found on upland preserves. And wild turkeys? They’re here for you, too, now that their population is strong once again. At the end of your long day in the

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outdoors, you’ll be looking for a great place to hang your cap and relax. We’ve got you covered there, too. Our wide array of unforgettable sports camps and lodges will provide you with the precise trailside locations, warm bed, home-cooked meal, and down-home hospitality you need.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Before You Hunt

Please remember you must purchase a hunting and/or fishing license before participating in these activities in Maine. Visit maine.gov to purchase your license before you arrive or while you are here. Also . . . if you are new to hunting, we strongly encourage you to consider using a Registered Maine Guide. Working with someone who knows the terrain greatly increases the chances of your success and safety.

Get Hooked on Fishing

If you’re more comfortable with fishing tackle than a rifle—or simply want to work fishing into your hunting trip—the Kennebec Valley offers widely varied, year-round opportunities. The beautiful, storied Kennebec River beckons to the most talented fly anglers—and for good

reason. The upper Kennebec offers your best chances in the early morning and late afternoon. But please remember: The river undergoes controlled releases on a published schedule. Be sure you’re aware of them in advance. For more great fly fishing, the Old Canada Road between the top of Wyman Lake and The Forks offers abundant spots where you’ll enjoy greatest success with brightly colored flies. Then, from The Forks north to Indian Pond, spring fishing will allow you to reel in brook trout and salmon, until the warming waters of summer drive the fish north to Harris Dam. Between the dam and the gorge, you’ll discover lots of bigger fish (over 12 inches in length) for challenging your angling talents. Moving to the waters below Wyman Dam can be a rewarding experience, too, with season-long tailwaters for two miles between the dam and the Austin Stream inlet. There are even spots below the turn of the river, south of the old Gadabout Gaddis Airport. While fishing near the dam, try using Weeping Willows and Kastmasters. Moving south, there are good opportunities along the Kennebec from


even if you don’t have a license. So take advantage of this with your whole family! But remember: If you are coming with kids who have never fished before, leave your own gear behind so you can give the kids your full attention.

The Kennebec River can be alive with insects, so many anglers enjoy great success with match-the-hatch fishing. If you’re specifically looking for big browns, head below the Shawmut Dam.

Consider Hiring a Guide

Ice Fishing

Winter is famously long and hard in Maine—but that’s no reason for fishermen to give up their favorite sport! Get an auger and a few tip-up traps . . . or maybe even drag a house onto the ice (after checking ice-safety conditions). Be sure to bring the right tackle and bait for what you are after, remembering—for example—that pike have very sharp teeth. Ice fishing is a completely different cultural experience . . . and you’ll end up doing a lot of waiting. But it’s an amazingly fun time when you are among good friends.

Free Fishing Days

You may be thinking, “This all sounds fantastic, but my family and I are new to fishing and don’t really know how to start.” No worries! Twice each year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife offers “Free Fishing Days” to anyone hoping to fish for the first time,

You will maximize your success, enjoyment, and fun if you invest in the services of a Registered Maine Guide. Maine offers you one of the largest, besttested group of guides anywhere in the U.S. Do your research, ask questions, and make sure your prospective guide’s credentials are up-to-date. That way,

you’ll be ensuring your guide is the perfect fit for you before your first cast hits the water.

Hunting & Fishing

the Solon Bridge south to North Anson (although some of these are hard to reach). If you’d like to try your hand in this particular spot, your best bet is probably fishing for beautiful brown trout from a kayak.

Visitor Resources Man VS Bass Trail mvbmainebass.com

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 284 State Street, Augusta (207) 287-8000 • maine.gov/ifw

Mid-Maine Bass Fishing midmainebass.com

New England's Best Bass Fishing There’s simply no denying it: The Kennebec Valley is home to some of the greatest bass fishing you’ll find anywhere. Hailed by the Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing TV show—which filmed numerous episodes here—the Kennebec Valley is the perfect destination for your fishing vacation. And the accolades haven’t stopped there. Recently, Bassmaster Magazine selected its Top 100 Lakes for Bass Fishing in the U.S.—and no fewer than three of them were here in the Kennebec Valley! (Cobbosseecontee Lake, Moosehead Lake, and China Lake.)

While the popularity of bass fishing here surges, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce (which won an award for its promotion of the sport) and other organizations continue to provide easyto-use, invaluable resources for those who love to cast for bass. For more information, please visit midmainebass. com. When you do, you’ll discover maps and photos of boat launches—so you’ll know specifically what to expect when you get there—and topographical maps of each lake, so you can plan your trip for maximum success.

Photo Courtesy of Jesse Ireland Photography

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The Forks

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4 Seasons of Pure Adventure

ick up your imaginary Dictionary of All Things Maine, and look up “whitewater rafting.” You’ll find there a big, glorious picture of The Forks. With its easy access to Maine’s great outdoors, the area is the perfect destination for rafting, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and all kinds of outdoor adventures year-round. A true four-season gem, The Forks is on one of Maine’s most beautiful stretches of highway, the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway. It gets its unique name by being located at the forks of the Dead River and Kennebec River.

Your Own Adventure Beckons

Long before the rafts propel up and down through the teeming white water, this area has seen its first and second seasons of adventurists. If you brave the New England wintertime, you can thrill to long days riding your snowmobile on well-groomed trails through the deep woods. If you’re into cross-country skiing or snowshoe hiking, you’ll enjoy the growing number of interconnected trails that crisscross the area. Later, as springtime brings blossoms and warmer weather, you can fish from the banks of the Kennebec River or from your canoe, kayak, or boat—as you savor the

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age-old battle between yourself and the wily trout, salmon, and bass.

Nature’s Breathtaking Cycle

The month of May kicks off rafting season in The Forks. Visit during May and you’ll find a cool, green landscape, with trails recovered from the springtime mud, and the region softly illuminated by a warming, summery sun. The whole landscape of The Forks transforms in May. Revel in the sounds of returning songbirds, geese, and loons. ATVs may be heard in the distance in the area's extensive interconnected trail system. Head out on a moose safari and top off your car with a canoe, kayak, or mountain bike. Winter snowmobile trails suddenly change into perfect pathways for hikers, climbers, bikers, bird watchers, and backpackers heading out on deep-woods escapades. Autumn—and its gorgeous New England foliage—beckons to leaf-peepers, and other nature lovers, hunters (self-guided or with a Registered Maine Guide), and anglers looking for a last taste of the outdoors before snow falls. Then nature’s beautiful cycle begins anew.

“Drink In” the Moxie

When you visit The Forks, one absolute

“Don’t Miss” on your checklist should be Moxie Falls, Maine’s highest and—many would say—most beautiful waterfall. If you visit during summer, bring your towel so you can revel in the old-fashioned swimming hole. Wondering about accommodations? No worries! The Forks offers full-service resorts, sporting camps, lakeside cabins, inns, and campgrounds—all near distinct restaurants, pubs, and fine-dining and nightlife establishments. A stay at Maine Lakeside Cabins or The Sterling Inn would be the perfect complement to your trip.

Up North Adventures Kennebec River 2017 Releases June 17, July 10, September 8 & 23

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Check out our website for dates: maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com

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Visitor Resources The Forks Area Chamber of Commerce

(207) 663-2121 • forksarea.com


The Forks Photo Courtesy of The Forks Area Chamber of Commerce

Grand Falls

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Your All-Season Activity Center in the Upper Kennebec Valley

BED & BREAKFAST — 1816 to 2016 —

ATV Trails • Boating • Canoe & Kayaking • Conferences & Retreats Cross-country Skiing • Fall Foliage • Fishing • Hiking • Hunting Lake Cruises • Seaplane Tours • Snowmobiling • Snowshoeing Tubing • Weddings • Whitewater Rafting • Wildlife Watching

1041 US Route 201, Caratunk, ME 04925 • 207.672.3333 • MaineSterlingInn.com

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ATVing & Snowmobiling

Photo Courtesy of The Forks Area Chamber of Commerce

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ATVing and Snowmobiling: Peak Summer and Winter Experiences

s there anything cooler than riding an ATV in the Kennebec Valley? Grab the handlebars, fire up the engine, and let your machine take you from a secluded waterfall . . . to a private lookout spot . . . to deeply-wooded wildlife habitats . . . to magnificent lakesides, where breathtaking sunsets are followed by the haunting call of loons across the water. Have you ever dreamed of traveling by snowmobile through one of the best trail systems in the U.S.? This region offers you hundreds of miles of well-maintained, backcountry trail opportunities for all skill levels. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing family ride, a day of mountain trail exploration, or an overnight excursion, ATVing and snowmobiling are classic, don’t-miss Maine experiences. Ever since snowmobiles were invented

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in the 1920s, visitors have flocked to the Kennebec Valley to experience “the best of the best” type of riding. All across the region, resorts and lodges offer attractive packages that allow you to ride trails to and from their back doors. Imagine traveling through snow-covered forests . . . and along frozen streams and rivers . . . as you breathe in the cold, fresh Maine air and the fragrance of spruce and balsam. And if ice fishing is your passion, you often can use your snowmobile to drive right onto frozen lakes and ponds. (Always check locally to ensure safe ice conditions.) As you travel toward the Canadian border, you’ll discover a virtual treasure trove of snowmobile-friendly towns. If you need to rent your machine, camps, resorts, and historic outfitters can provide you with

exactly what you need. And you can also benefit from guide services so you don’t have to explore on your own. Most of the guide services are also well-equipped with riding gear and supplies. You’ll be amazed at how sociable the snowmobile community is. A constant flow of club activities—such as pancake breakfasts, trail lunches, region-wide social rides, and competitive events—bring vibrant life to the snowmobiling world. Guided sled tours are also available. Choose from half-day, full-day, or more extended outings for your family, friends, or business associates. Whatever package you choose, a truly memorable adventure awaits.

Seasons End, But Not the Fun Your snowmobile dreams will hibernate as


But please remember one important piece of advice: Always tread lightly and be respectful of the land and of nature as you traverse the Maine woods. Much of the land you are traveling on belongs to

private landowners who have generously agreed to allow recreational use of their property. Making ATV or snowmobile adventures part of your vacation is easy. Local Chambers of Commerce or snowmobile and ATV clubs can hook you up with outfitters. Or you can join club rides and events to make your visit memorable and successful. Information regarding trail riding is sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.

Visitor Resources

ATVing & Snowmobiling

spring approaches, but that doesn’t mean the joy and thrill of riding must end. Those who hunger for fantastic ATV experiences have come to the right place, because so many trails in the Kennebec Valley are multi-use (summer and winter). So that’s the time to sit astride your ATV again— basking in the exhilaration, endless vistas, and raucous fun.

Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (207) 287-3200 • maine.gov/dacf

ATV Maine

(207) 754-2843 • atvmaine.org

Maine Snowmobile Association (207) 622-6983 • mesnow.com

Moosehead Lake Vacation & Sportsmans' Association (207) 534-7362 rockwoodonmoosehead.org

3 Best-Loved ATV-Snowmobile Trails

The Kennebec Valley Trail

Sugarloaf Mountain Lookouts

Greenville Trail

Location: Embden through Solon to Bingham

Location: Bingham

Location: The Forks

This trail features 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 you arrive at the overlook you’ll have a chance to glimpse the Sugarloaf Mountain range and the Moxie Mountains. Trail conditions are 80 percent gravel roads and 20 percent backcountry trails.

This loop ATV/snowmobile trail stretches up to 100 miles total—depending on which sections you choose. Enjoy diverse sights along the way, including Moxie Falls, Lake Moxie, Moxie Bald Mountain, Shirley Bog, Greenville, Moosehead Lake, and Little and Big Moose Mountain. Trail conditions are 85 percent gravel roads and 15 percent skidder trails. Parking is available at Northern Outdoors or Berry’s Store in The Forks.

This popular, multi-use trail, running along the Kennebec River, offers 14 miles of spectacular scenery from Embden to Bingham. The route includes the historic “Benedict Arnold Trail,” features a hardgravel surface, and is open for year-round use. Enjoy the trail, but please remember it is multi-use: motorized users must yield to non-motorized users. Please also demonstrate courtesy and respect to all trail users, as well as adjacent landowners.

Plan Your Vacation at kennebecvalley.org

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GET OUT AND ENJOY the

JACKMAN REGION

Photo Courtesy of Ray Levesque

ALLEN’S MOBILE HOME PARK & CAMPGROUND 37 John’s Street, Jackman - 207-668-7683 cell 207-668-6300 - johns4se@hotmail.com AllensFourSeasonsAccommodations.com

Mobile Home Park. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Rentals. Year-round Campground.

JACKMAN ATV RENTALS 56 River Road, Jackman - 207-668-9090 JackmanATVRentals.com buzzell@JackmanATVRentals.com

Experience 300+ miles of awesome local ATV trails with many more on the ITS. Bask in the seclusion of the mountains combined with the thrill ride of your life. Call us today to schedule an outingyou won’t regret it!

JACKMAN HARDWARE & SPORTING GOODS 598 Main Street, Jackman - 207-668-5151

Open 7 days a week. Offering a large assortment of sporting goods, including guns, ammo, ice traps, and canoe rentals. UPS Shipping Center and U-Haul Dealer.

JACKMAN POWERSPORTS 549 Main Street, Jackman - 207-668-4442 JackmanPowersports.com - jackpowr@myfairpoint.net

We carry a full line of Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha snowmobiles and ATV’s. Come visit our showroom of up-to-date apparel and accessories. We have a full service department with mechanics available Monday–Saturday.

MAMA BEAR’S DEN RESTAURANT 420 Main Street, Jackman - 207-668-4222 MamaBearsRestaurant.net

Enjoy home-cooked meals in a cozy atmosphere. Great prices, big portions, and excellent service. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily specials.

MOOSE RIVER CAMPGROUND & CABINS 107 Heald Stream Road, Moose River - 207-668-4400 MooseRiverCampground.org littlebigwood@hotmail.com

Located on Moose River, we offer 48 tent and RV sites along with 3 year-round cabins, canoe and paddleboat rentals, trout ponds for fishing, and a wood-heated lodge. Snowmobile and ATV Trail access.

MOUNTAINVIEW RESORT 263 Main Street, Jackman - 207-668-7700 MountainviewResort.net vacation@mountainviewresort.net

One bedroom suites with full kitchens, 3 bedroom log cabins with full kitchens, whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. Year-round indoor heated pool and hot tub, outdoor pool (seasonal). Snowmobile and ATV trail access from your door.

NORTHERN INSURANCE GROUP, INC. 346 Main Street, Jackman - 207-878-7602 (toll free 800-796-3388) northerninsurancegroup.com

Please give us a call for a free review of all of your insurance needs. Licensed Auto/Car Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, and Business/Commercial Insurance Agents in 28 States. Based in Portland & Jackman, ME and Tamarac, FL.

THE LAST RESORT CABINS & CAMPGROUND PO Box 777, Jackman – 207-668-5091 LastResortMaine.com - info@lastresortmaine.com Facebook.com/lastresortmoose

Eight remote, yet accessible, rustic log cabins and four wilderness tent sites on the north shore of Long Pond. A nature lover’s paradise with fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, relaxing, star gazing, and wildlife photography.

WEYERHAEUSER Greenville, Jackman, Bingham, Fairfield weyerhaeuser.com - mark.doty@weyerhaeuser.com

We work to achieve sustainable outcomes, meeting the needs of the environment, society, and our company with a perpetual timber supply. We offer outdoor enthusiasts a vast resource for enjoying outdoor recreation. Clear your mind by relaxing in the fresh mountain air; exercise by hiking on our trails or kayaking on the pristine river. Or, why not do both at the same time by fly-fishing in the peaceful beauty of the countryside? Become a healthier YOU!

For more information, visit JackmanMaine.org or Facebook.com/JackmanMaine.

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Escape to an Outdoor Paradise

eople who deeply love Jackman and the Moose River Valley describe it as “a different feel, a different land.” It has that beautiful, inexpressible “something” that sets it apart and makes it a true outdoor person’s Eden. As you travel up the Old Canada Road—one of Maine’s four National Scenic Byways—you begin to feel it. Rolling green hills beckon you northward as you approach the Moose River Valley. In just minutes, you are amid prime moose-spotting marshes and the shores of quaint, serene ponds. In autumn, hillside greens transform into the resplendent golds, yellows, and reds prized by leaf peepers. Around every bend and along every stretch of road you’ll be treated to remarkable views. And we particularly recommend one, especially around sunset. That’s when you can feast your eyes on the truly spectacular view from the Attean Overlook, located just south of Jackman.

Plenty of Places to Lay Your Head

Though this part of “God’s country” is uniquely gorgeous and unspoiled, you’ll find here a wide selection of lodging options to suit all tastes and budgets. If you seek a lodge or resort, you can lay your head down at the modern, beautifully built Lake Parlin Lodge, or at in-town motels such as Bishop’s or the Northland. Are sporting camps more your thing? Then the Cedar Ridge Outfitters, Bulldog Camps, or Last Resort are here to oblige. Other options include everything

from tidy, basics-only campsites to a shoreside getaway such as Attean Lake Lodge, accessible only by boat. And if you're venturing to Rockwood, the accomodations at Grey Ghost Camps are sure to help you unwind.

Paddle into the Heart of the Wilderness

If you love the peace, joy, and serenity of being on the water, this area will make you feel you’ve “died and gone to heaven.” Jackman is nestled on the shore of Wood Pond, the epicenter of 60 easily accessed lakes, ponds, and streams. Everywhere you turn you have incredible options for swimming, fishing, or gliding your kayak or canoe through magnificent, serene water bodies. For paddling devotees, your trip-option list is long and abundant, with great variation in length and skill level. You might spend your time exploring, bird watching, and wildlife watching among the more than 40 islands that populate Attean Pond. For thrill seekers, this is the home of the nationally famous Moose River Bow Trip . . . but you can also enjoy a more lowkey paddle from Moose River to Long Pond. For those looking for an in-between challenge level, the light rapids on the Moosehead-Lake-to-Indian-Pond trip are calling your name.

Blissful Fly-Fishing, Bass Fishing, and More

You won’t be surprised to learn that

fishing was the original passion that drove outdoors lovers to this area. Superb, oneof-a-kind opportunities for outdoor sport still remain, with fish biting all year long. You can enjoy a guided day fly-fishing on a tributary of the Moose River, or troll for salmon and brook trout along the dropoff in Moosehead Lake in Rockwood. Or sojourn to Brassua’s inlet streams, such as Johnson Brook and Misery Stream, for fishing that can’t be beat. And did we mention the incredible bass fishing on Moosehead Lake? It might only be exceeded by the Indian Pond fishery. If you’re seeking native brook trout, we suggest you explore the Moose River above the path of the Bow trip. And if you’re here in the gorgeous springtime, head to the area of Attean Falls for a good chance at landlocked salmon and splake.

Put Hunting in Your Rifle Sight Some folks joke that camouflage and blaze orange are the official colors of Jackman and the Moose River Valley. The fact is, something always seems to be in season here. Deer, moose, and bear are again plentiful, and other types of hunts are popular as well. During winter, many guides even offer bobcat and snowshoehare hunting.

Visitor Resources Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce (888)-633-5225 • jackmanmaine.org

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Find a Farmers' Market

Photo Courtesy of Waterville Main Street

Each of our farmers' markets offer their own personality, appeal, and the finest, freshest meat and produce. Learn more at kennebecvalley.org!

Augusta Farmers’ Market at Turnpike Mall

East Vassalboro Farmers’ Market

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Mid-May through October

Augusta Farmers’ Market at Mill Park

Mid-May through mid-November farmersmarketatmillpark.com ———————

Augusta - Viles Arboretum Farmers' Market Year-round

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Belgrade Lakes Market

Mid-May through September ———————

Canaan Farmers’ Market June through October

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May through October vassalborofarmers.org

Fairfield Farmers’ Market Mid-May through October ———————

Gardiner Farmers’ Market Year-round gardinermarket.org ———————

Hallowell Farmers’ Market May through October ———————

Madison Farmers’ Market May through October madisonfarmers.com

Pittsfield Farmers’ Market May through October snakeroot.net/pittsfield ———————

Skowhegan Farmers’ Market Year-round skowheganfarmersmarket.com ———————

Waterville Farmers’ Market Year-round watervillefarmersmarket.org ———————

Wayne Farmers’ Market June through October ———————

Winthrop Farmers’ Market May through October


Maple Syrup Farms Did you know Somerset County is the largest maple syrup producing county in the United States? Stop by a maple syrup producer in Maine's Kennebec Valley today!

Arnold Farm Sugar House 2078 Main Street Jackman (207) 668-4110 arnoldfarm.com ———————

Bacon Farm

415 Goodhue Road Sidney (207) 547-5053 baconfarmmaple.com ———————

Carrier Sugar House 996 Old Canada Road Jackman (207) 668-4391 ———————

Cobbs Hill Sugarhouse 945 North Road Mount Vernon (207) 620-2326 ———————

Dennis Brook Maple Syrup

127 Pine Tree Road Litchfield 207-268-2834 ———————

Easton’s Maple Syrup Farm

52 Horsepoint Road Belgrade (207) 649-8470

Haulk’s Maple

North Star Orchards

882 Lakewood Road Madison (207) 474-8047 ———————

97 Orchard Road • Madison (207) 696-5109 northstarorchards.me ———————

54 Lords Hill Circle Athens (207) 654-3804 ———————

319 Windsor Neck Road Windsor (207) 445-5030 ———————

Hay’s Maple Shack

Hopkins School Farm 370 Square Road St. Albans (207) 938-3258 ———————

Luce’s Pure Maple Syrup

54 Sugar Maple Drive Anson (207) 696-3732 ———————

Maine Maple Products Inc.

449 Lakewood Road Madison (207) 474-3887 mainemaple.com ———————

Mike's Maple House 8 Gayton Lane Winthrop (207) 377-2501

Sugar Brook Maple Farm

Poulin’s Maple Syrup

54 Blake Hill Road Mount Vernon (207) 293-2831 ———————

Raider’s Sugarhouse

337 Malbons Mills Road Skowhegan (207) 474-6380 ———————

148 Bog Brook Road China (207) 968-2005 ———————

Sawyer’s Maple Farm 276 Long Pond Road Jackman (207) 668-7705 Sawyersmaple.com ———————

Smith Brothers Maple Syrup 52 Rowe Road Skowhegan (207) 474-3491 ———————

Strawberry Hill Farms LLC

888 Bigelow Hill Road Skowhegan (207) 431-1481

Tessiers Farm

Two Sams Maple Syrup

22 Vaughan Road Hallowell (207) 623-8601 ———————

Wilson Family Maple Syrup

652 Benton Road Albion (207) 453-6969 ———————

Y’s Farm

452 N. Pond Road Winslow (207) 872-6857 ——————— Visit kennebecvalley.org to learn more!

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Fairs, Festivals, and Special Events

Come celebrate with us. Most every sizable city and town in Maine’s Kennebec Valley will play host to annual Memorial Day and Labor Day parades, fall harvest festivals, and Christmas festivities. We have assembled a collection of our best fairs and festivals to celebrate the unique personality of this welcoming place.

MAY 2017

Old Hallowell Day

Dead River Releases May 13, 20, 28, 29 The Forks ———————

Pittston Fair

5K Color Dash

JUNE

June 3 • Augusta

Whatever Family Festival

June 14–July 4 Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival June 14–18 • Litchfield

July 15 • Hallowell

The Kneading Conference

Harmony Free Fair

Waterville Rocks!

Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest September 2 • Skowhegan

Belgrade Holiday Stroll

Maine Artisan Bread Fair

Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair

Gardiner Parade of Lights

July 27–28 • Skowhegan July 28 Downtown Waterville July 29 • Skowhegan ———————

AUGUST

Taste of Waterville

August 2–5 • Monmouth

Atlantic Music Festival

July 2–July 30 • Waterville

September 1–4 • Harmony

September 7–10 • Clinton

Litchfield Fair

September 8–10 • Litchfield

Kennebec River Day at Mill Park

JULY

Monmouth Fair

Skowhegan River Fest

August 2–5 • Skowhegan

Loon Calling Contest

August 5 • Belgrade Lakes

Country Fest Maine

August 5-6 • Litchfield

Common Ground Fair

September 22–24 • Unity

Monmouth Apple Festival Date TBD • Monmouth

Manchester Apple Festival Date TBD • Manchester ———————

OCTOBER

Swine & Stein Oktoberfest October 7 • Gardiner

Harvest Festival

Clinton Fair 4th of July

Skowhegan State Fair

August 10–19 • Skowhegan

4th of July Parade and Fireworks

October 7–8 Belgrade Lakes

Winslow Blueberry Festival

Maine Craft Weekend

July 3–4 • Clinton July 4 • Augusta

Parade, Festivities and Fireworks July 4 • Jackman

August 12 • Winslow

Waterville Rocks!

August 18 Downtown Waterville

October 14–15 Regionwide ———————

NOVEMBER

4th of July Celebration

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival August 23–27 • Litchfield

Central Maine Egg Festival

November 24 Downtown Waterville

Anson-Madison Days

Kringleville

Maine International Film Festival

Windsor Fair

July 4 • Belgrade Lakes July 10–15 • Pittsfield

July 14–23 • Waterville

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November 25 Downtown Augusta ———————

July 20–23 • Pittston

August 2 Downtown Waterville

June 24 • Augusta ———————

Waterville Rocks!

Augusta Tree Lighting

September 1 & 29 Downtown Waterville

Greater Gardiner River Festival

June 17 • Gardiner

SEPTEMBER

August 24–27 • Madison August 27–September 4 Windsor

Waterville Parade of Lights

DECEMBER Holiday Stroll

December 1–2 • Skowhegan December 2 • Belgrade December 2 • Gardiner

Christmas in Old Hallowell Dates TBD • Hallowell ———————

FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Carnival and Ice Fishing Derby

Dates TBD Lake George Regional Park, Canaan

Maine Pond Hockey Classic February 13 • Sidney ———————

MARCH 2018

Jackman Winter Festival First Weekend • Jackman

Annual Maple Festival

March 22–25 • Skowhegan

Maine Maple Sunday

Fourth Sunday Annually Regionwide ——————— For more events and dates, please visit kennebecvalley.org today!

November 24–December 22 Downtown Waterville

For more events and dates, please visit kennebecvalley.org today!


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201 Market......................... 29 A-1 Diner...............................7 Abbot.................................. 26 Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion .................................................... 8 Anglers................... 38, 39, 40 Anson-Madison Days....37, 48 Antique Boat Parade..... 17, 19 Antiquing/Antique.................. .................5, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19 Appalachian Trail...... 3, 17, 24 Apple Orchard....................10 Arnold Farm Sugar House..47 Art Museum...........................8 Art Walk(s).............................7 Atlantic Bluegrass Festival....9 Atlantic Music Festival........... ............................... 22, 23, 48 Attean Lake Lodge............. 45 Attean Overlook............. 5, 45 Attean Pond................... 17, 45 ATV/ATVing............ 40, 42, 43 Augusta.... 5, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17, ............. 24, 35, 39, 46, 48, 50 Augusta Downtown Alliance.15 Austin Stream..................... 38

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Backpackers...................... 40 Backyard Farms..................37 Bacon Farm.........................47 Bald Eagle..................... 17, 43 Barnes & Noble...................12 Bass Fishing............37, 39, 45 Belgrade Historical Society.19 Belgrade Lakes Golf Course.19 Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group............19, 50 Belgrade/Belgrade Lakes... 5, 13, 17, 19, 24, 36, 46, 47, 48, 50 Benedict Arnold........... 15, 43 Berry's Store................. 13, 43 Big Poplar Falls...................16 Bigelow Brewing................ 29 Bigelow Range....................17 Biking............................. 3, 35 Bingham..... 13, 21, 25, 43, 50 Bird Watchers................ 24,40 Birds............................. 24, 40 Bishop's........................ 13, 45 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival .....8, 9, 15, 18, 48 Blueberry Hill.......................19 Boat/Boating.. 3, 7, 17, 19, 39, ..................................... 40, 45 Bond Brook.........................15 Brassua......................... 17, 45 Buddy's Diner......................11 Bulldog Camps.................. 45

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Camping....................3, 13, 21 Canaan....... 21, 35, 46, 48, 51 Canoe/Canoeing.. 3, 5, 17, 21, ..................................... 40, 45 Capitol/Capitol Park...... 11, 15 Carrier Sugar House...........47 Carrying Place Stream........17 Cayford Orchards...............10 Cedar Ridge Outfitters....... 45 Center for Maine Craft..... 7, 13 Chick's Apple Apple & Berry Farm....................................10 Chili Cook-off......................37 China Lake.............. 17, 21, 39 Chipotle...............................12 Christopher & Banks...........12 City of Gardiner.....................7 Cobbosseecontee........ 16, 39 Cobbs Sugar House...........47 Coburn Gore...................... 25 Coburn Park....................... 29 Colby College......... 22, 24, 35

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Colby Museum of Art............. ............................. 5, 8, 22, 50 Colonial Theatre....................5 Common Street Arts... 5, 8, 22 Country Fest Maine........ 8, 48 Cross-Country Skiing....19, 35

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Day's Store..........................19 Dead River..16, 17, 40, 48, 50 Debe Park River Walk........ 35 Dennis Brook Maple Syrup.47 Dining.5, 7, 12, 19, 22, 29, 37, ......................................40, 51

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E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ.....37 East Madison.......................47 Easton's Maple Syrup Farm.12 Elevation Burger..................12 Embden.........................37, 43

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Fairfield..... 10, 12, 13, 24, 35, ............................... 39, 46, 50 Fairfield Antiques Mall........13 Fairs/Festivals 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13,15, 19, 22, 23, 29, 37, 40, . 48, 50 Farmers' Market..... 15, 29, 46 Fiber Arts.............................13 Fishing.. 16, 17, 19, 37, 38, 40, ......................... 42, 45, 48, 51 Flagstaff Lake................ 17, 24 Fly-Fishing.....................37, 45 Fort Halifax..........................24 French's Mountain...............19 Frosty's..................................7

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Gadabout Gaddis Airport.. 38 Gallery/Galleries..3, 7, 8, 9, 1, ................................12, 13, 15 Gardiner...3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, ..............17, 24, 35, 46, 48, 50 Gardiner Food Co-op............7 Gardiner Main Street.............7 Gardiner Public Library.........7 Gaslight Theater..............8, 11 Golf................................19, 37 Goodbye Hole.....................16 Grand Falls.................... 17, 41 Great Pond.................... 17, 19 Greater Gardiner River Festival............................7, 48 Greenville Trail.................... 43

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Hallowell 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, ............. 24, 36, 46, 47, 48, 50 Hallowell Area Boards of Trade.................................. 50 Hallowell Reservoir............. 35 Hannaford...........................13 Harlow Gallery.................8, 11 Harris Dam......................... 38 Haulk's Maple......................47 Hay's Maple Shack.............47 Hell Hole..............................16 Hiking..... 3, 19, 21, 22, 35, 40 Historic Hallowell.................11 Historic Pines Trail...............37 Holocaust Museum...............5 Hopkins School Farm..........47 Houston Brook Falls............17 Humpty-Dumpty..................16 Hunt/Hunting..... 3, 21, 38, 39, ..................................... 40, 45

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Ice Fishing........ 19, 39, 42, 48 Indian Pond............ 16, 38, 45

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Jackman...3, 5, 13, 21, 24, 25, ..........................45, 47, 48, 50 Jackman-Moose River Chamber of Commerce.45, 50

James D. Julia.....................13 Jellison's..............................13 Jimmy's Shop & Save..........13 Johnson Brook................... 45 Johnson Hall...........5, 7, 8, 50 Juiced..................................11

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Kayak-fishing.......................16 Kayaking.. 3, 5, 17, 21, 37, 39, ..................................... 40, 45 Kel-Mat............................... 29 Kennebec Highlands......... 36 Kennebec Messalonskee Trails............................. 22, 35 Kennebec River....3, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 29, 36, 37, 38, . ......................... 39, 40, 43, 48 Kennebec River Day.... 15, 48 Kennebec River Rail Trail.... 5, ................................15, 24, 35 Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce...........................15 Kennebec Valley Trail... 35, 43 Kingfield............................. 25 Kneading Conference.. 29, 48 Kohl's...................................12 Kringleville.................... 22, 48

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L.L.Bean................................8 Lake George Regional Park... ............................... 21, 35, 48 Lake Parlin Lodge........ 45, 50 Lakeside Orchards..............10 Lakewood Golf Course.......37 Lakewood Inn Restaurant...37 Lakewood Theater..... 5, 8, 37 Langlais Art Trail............ 5, 29 Last Resort......................... 45 Leaf-peeper................. 40, 45 Lemieux's Orchard..............10 Lisa's Legit Burritos...............7 Litchfield..................... 8, 9, 48 Little and Big Moose Mountain............................. 43 Little Rapids........................16 Lobster........................... 8, 22 Long Falls Dam...................17 Long Pond............... 17, 45, 47 Loon-Calling Contest..........19 Luce's Pure Maple Syrup....47

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Madison....5, 8, 10, 12, 25, 37, ........................... 46, 47,48,50 Madison Business Alliance.37 Magic Falls Rafting Company ............................................16 Main Street Skowhegan.29, 50 Maine Arts Commission. 9, 48 Maine Audubon Society..... 25 Maine Crafts Association.9, 13 Maine Dept. of Agriculture. 43 Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife............. 39 Maine International Film Festival........................... 8, 22 Maine Lakeside Cabins..... 40 Maine Made & More............13 Maine Maple Products Inc.37, ......................................47, 48 Maine Outdoor Film Festival ............................. 8, 9, 40, 50 Maine State Museum......5, 15 Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial.............................15 Man VS Bass Trail.............. 39 Maytag................................16 Messalonskee Lake...... 17, 24 Mid-Maine Bass Fishing.... 39 Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.......................... 39 Mike's Maple House............47 Mile Long Rapids................16 Mill Park.................. 15, 46, 48

Minefield..............................16 Misery Stream.................... 45 Monkitree..............................8 Monmouth...........8, 10, 21, 48 Moose........... 3, 24, 38, 40, 45 Moose River............ 17, 21, 45 Moose River Bow Trip.. 17, 21, ........................................... 45 Moosehead.25, 39, 43, 45, 50 Moxie Bald Mountain......... 43 Moxie Falls..... 3, 5, 25, 40, 43 Moxie Mountains................ 43 Moxie Outdoor Adventures 16 Mt. Coburn......................... 25 Mt. Kineo............................ 25 Mt. Nebo Orchard...............10

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Nordic Skiing...................... 40 Norridgewock......................37 North Anson....................... 39 North Country Rivers...........16 North Star Orchards......10, 47 Northern Outdoors.16, 43, 50 Nowetah's American Indian Museum...............................13

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Old Canada Road... 5, 24, 38, ..........................40, 45, 47, 50 Old Fort Western.5, 15, 17, 50 Old Hallowell Days..............11 Old Navy.............................12 Oosoola Park.......................37

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Paddling.................. 16, 17, 19 Parade of Lights............ 22,48 Pastaz....................................7 Pheasant............................ 38 Pottery.................................13 Poulin's Antiques.................13 Poulin's Maple Syrup...........47

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Quarry Road Trails....... 22, 35 Quarry Tap House...............11

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Raider's Sugarhouse...........47 Registered Maine Guide... 38, ..................................... 39, 40 Renys....................................7 Robbins Scenic Overlook.....5 Rockwood.............. 24, 25, 50 Roy's Water Park.................37 Ruffed Grouse.................... 38

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Sally Mountain.....................17 Sawyer's Maple Farm..........47 Scenic Lower Somerset..... 25 Shawmut Dam.............. 24, 39 Shirley Bog......................... 43 Shopping............... 3, 7, 12, 13 Sidney.................8, 47, 48. 50 Skowhegan...5, 10, 12, 13, 14, .24, 25, 29, 35, 37, 46, 47, 48, ........................................... 50 Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce.......................... 29 Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest ..................................... 29, 48 Skowhegan Indian Sculpture.29 Skowhegan River Fest. 29, 48 Skowhegan State Fair.. 29, 48 Slate's..................................11 Sleepover Tree House.........37 Smith Brothers Maple Syrup ............................................47 Snow Pond Center for the Arts ....................................... 8, 50 Snowmobile/Snowmobiling.... ................... 19, 25, 40, 42, 43 Snowshoeing.... 19, 22, 35, 40 Snowshoe Hare.................. 45 Solon.........................5, 21, 43

Solon Bridge...................... 39 Solon Corner Market...........13 Somerset Abbey.................37 Somerset Grist Mill......... 5, 29 South Solon Meeting House.5 Spencer Rips.......................16 Stand-Up Paddle Boarding..7 State House.....................5, 15 Strawberry Hill Farms LLC..47 Sturgeon..............................17 Sugar Brook Maple Farms..47 Sugarloaf Mountain............ 43 Sunset Grill..........................19 Swimming..................... 40, 45 Swine & Stein Oktoberfest...7, ........................................... 48

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Taste of Waterville.. 22, 23, 48 Tessiers Farm......................47 The Apple Farm...................10 The Bankery....................... 29 The Belmont Motel............. 29 The Cathedral Eddy............16 The Depot..............................7 The Forks....5, 8, 9, 13, 21, 24, 25, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, ......................................50, 51 The Heritage House......29, 51 The Langlais Art Trail..... 5, 29 The Liberal Cup...................11 The Madison Wave..............37 The Maine Film Center... 8, 50 The Maine House................11 The Marketplace at Augusta ................................12, 15, 50 The Old Mill Pub................. 29 The Rock Garden................16 The Sterling Inn.................. 40 The Three Sisters................16 The Trading Post.................13 The Village Inn.....................19 Theater(s).3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 22, 37 Theater at Monmouth............8 Towne Motel....................... 29 Town of Madison...........37, 50 Trails.3, 15, 19, 21, 22, 35, 38, ......................... 40, 42, 43, 51 Tree Spirits......................... 22 Two Sam's Maple Syrup......47

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ULTA....................................11 Upper Kennebec Gorge.....16

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Viles Arboretum.......15, 24, 46

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Walmart...............................13 Waterfowl............................ 38 Waterville... 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 22, ............. 23, 24, 35, 46, 48, 50 Waterville Creates!... 9, 23, 50 Waterville Main Street.. 23, 46 Waterville Opera House.5, 8, 22 Waterville Parade of Lights .4 8 Waterville Rocks!.......... 23, 48 Whatever Family Festival.7, 15, ........................................... 48 Whitewater Rafting... 5, 16, 40 Turkeys............................... 38 Wildlife-Watching............... 45 Wilson Family Maple Syrup... ............................................47 Windsor Fairgrounds.... 13, 48 Wing's Hill Inn......................19 Winthrop........ 3, 11, 12, 46, 47 Wood Pond.................... 17, 45 Woodcock.......................... 38 Wyman Dam....................... 38 Wyman Lake.................. 17, 38

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Y's Farm..............................47 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground.......................37

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Our Members Bear Spring Camps

Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce

Marketplace at Augusta

Johnson Hall

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Moosehead Lake Vacation & Sportmans' Association

C. Moxie Gore Outfitters

Kennebec Valley Council of Governments

Moxie Outdoor Adventures

17 Upper Main Street Fairfield, ME 04937 (207) 453-4258

US Route 201 The Forks, ME 04985 (207) 663-2231 moxierafting.com

Colby Museum of Art

Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins

North Country Rivers, Inc.

Fireside Inn and Suites

Madison Business Alliance

Northern Outdoors

Jamaica Point Road Rome, ME 04963 (207) 397-2341 bearspringcamps.com

Belgrade Lakes Marine & Storage

366 Augusta Road Belgrade, ME 04917 (207) 495-2378 belgradelakesmarine.com PO Box 518 Belgrade, ME 04917 (207) 495-9217 belgradelakesmaine.com Lake Moxie Road West Forks, ME 04985 (207) 663-2121 cmoxiegore.com 1600 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 859-5600 colby.edu/museum

376 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-3335 firesideinnwaterville.com

Forks Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 1 West Forks, ME 04985 (207) 663-2121 forksarea.com

Gardiner Main Street

149 Water Street, 3rd floor Gardiner, ME 04345 (207) 582-3100 gardinermainstreet.org

Go Tubing

60 Alder Park Road South China, ME 04358 (207) 445-4450 gotubingmaine.com

Gray Ghost Camps

161 Jackman Road Rockwood, ME 04478 (207) 534-7362 grayghostcamps.com

Hallowell Area Board of Trade

PO Box 246 Hallowell, ME 04347 (207) 620-7477 hallowell.org

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P.O. Box 368 Jackman, ME 04945 (207) 668-4171 jackmanmaine.org 280 Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345 (207) 582-7144 johnsonhall.org

269 Western Ave Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 623-4559 kennebecvalleychamber.com

6003 Route 201 Parlin Pond Twp., ME 04945 (207) 668-9060 lakeparlinlodge.com PO Box 172 Madison, ME 04950 madisonme.org

Magic Falls Rafting Co. US Route 201 West Forks, ME 04985 1-800-207-7238

Main Street Skowhegan

93 Water Street Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 612-2571 mainstreetskowhegan.org

Maine Film Center

76 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 861-8138 mainefilmcenter.org

Maine Lakeside Cabins

1008 US Route 201 Caratunk, ME 04925 (207) 618-6987 mainelakesidecabins.com

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

222 Saint John Street #2G Portland, ME 04102 (207) 619-3622 maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com

98 Derby Street, Suite 460 Hingham, MA 02043 (617) 232-8900 augustamarketplace.com 50 Elm Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-3315 midmainechamber.com

PO Box 366 Rockwood, ME 04478 (207) 534-7362 rockwoodonmoosehead.org

36 Main Street Bingham, ME 04920 (207) 672-4814 northcountryrivers.com 1771 U.S. 201 The Forks, ME 04985 (207) 663-4466 northernoutdoors.com

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

356 Main Street Bingham, ME 04920 (207) 672-3971 oldcanadaroadscenicbyway.com

Old Fort Western

16 Cony Street Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 626-2385 oldfortwestern.org

Quarry Road Recreation Area

300 Quarry Road Waterville, Maine 04901 (207) 314-0258 quarryroad.org

Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce

23 Commercial St Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-3621 skowheganareachamber.com

Skowhegan State Fair

33 Constitution Avenue Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-2947 skowheganstatefair.com

Snow Pond Center for the Arts (NE Music Camp) 8 Goldenrod Lane Sidney, ME 04330 (207) 618-8908 snowpond.org

The Belmont Motel

273 Madison Avenue Skowhegan, ME 04976 1-800-235-6669 belmontmotel.com

The Pleasant Street Inn 84 Pleasant Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 680-2515 84pleasantstreet.com

The Sterling Inn

1041 US Route 201 Caratunk, ME 04925 (207) 672-3333 mainesterlinginn.com

Town of Madison

26 Western Avenue Madison, ME 04950 (207) 696-3334 madisonmaine.com

Towne Motel

172 Madison Avenue Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-5151 townemotel.com

Tree Spirits

152 Fairfield Street Oakland, ME 04963 (207) 861-2723 treespiritsofmaine.com

Vacationland Skydiving

176 Harrison Street Pittsfield, ME 04967 (207) 487-5638 vacationlandskydiving.com

Waterville Creates!

93 Main Street, Suite 201 Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 616-0292 watervillecreates.org

Waterville Main Street

44 Main Street, Suite 202 Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 680-2055 watervillemainstreet.org

Waterville Opera House 93 Main Street, 3rd Floor Waterville, ME 04901 (207) 873-7000 operahouse.org


— Member Spotlight — Silverton Sporting Ranch

Heritage House

51 Webb Road • Canaan, ME 04924 (207) 399-3647 • silvertonsportingranch.com

182 Madison Avenue • Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207) 474-5100 • hhrestaurant.com

Looking for your own piece of Maine for even just a few days? Our private cabins are located on 400 acres surrounded by trees and fields, offering a relaxing getaway surrounded by nature. Cabins are finished in tongue-and-groove pine and furnished in classic Maine camp style. The Bear and The Pines have two bedrooms. The River is a one bedroom. Cabins have three-quarter baths, include all linens, small refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker – just right for a getaway. There are propane grills and firepits for making s’mores and memories. Silverton Sporting Ranch’s central location means you are less than an hour and fifteen minutes in any direction from great Maine destinations such as Belfast, Bangor, The Forks, Freeport, and more. Activities on site include sporting clays and walking trails with plenty of photography opportunities. Area fishing for brown trout, rainbows, and brookies is first class in streams, rivers, and lakes.

The Heritage House Restaurant has been a family owned and operated fine dining restaurant since 1987. All dishes are made from fresh foods and served in a romantic atmosphere of a renovated fourthgeneration 19th-century home. The Heritage House has prided itself on two principles for over thirty years: quality and service. Guests will find only the freshest ingredients included in the extensive menu and nightly specials. Homemade breads, sauces, and desserts make it a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The service you receive while dining is unmatched. The friendly and knowledgeable staff make you feel at home and truly appreciated and is why guests return year after year. The Heritage House is open for a lunch buffet Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am until 2:00pm. The lunch buffet offers an incredible selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, soups, and two entrees. Dinner is served MondaySaturday year-round from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. They can accommodate private functions up to 50 guests and offer off-premise catering for any number of guests at any location. Custom menus and pricing are also available. Reservations are welcomed by calling (207) 474-5100.

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