Nature abounds in lovely Bethel, and our vacation rentals are sure to evoke a sense of rest and relaxation. Hike one of the many area trails or enjoy a slice of pie and a cup of coffee at one of the charming mom-and-pop eateries in town. Whether its flora and fauna that gets you going or tree-lined streets and friendly locals, you'll find it here and our Bethel lodging is the perfect base from which to explore it all.
Founded in 1774 as Sudbury, Canada, Bethel is decidedly American in nature, with star-spangled flags proudly billowing in the summer breeze. The Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad in 1851 connected the sleepy town to bustling Portland and cosmopolitan Montreal. Wood manufacturing has long been a town staple and you'll find remnants of the old mills that once dominated the town. Today, Bethel is known as a scenic spot with plenty of beautiful green spaces at which to admire birds and wildlife.
Bethel is situated near the White Mountains, on both sides of the Androscoggin River, in Western Maine.
Hiking and walking are two of the most popular pastimes in town. With more than two dozen trails in the region, you're sure to feel invigorated and rejuvenated for the duration of your vacation. Grafton Notch State Park boasts 12 of the most rewarding miles of the Appalachian Trail as well as waterfalls and the always popular Moose Cave. Evans Notch National Forest is considered one of the most beautiful spots in town and is a great place to bird watch.
The family-friendly runs of Mt. Abram Ski Area will surely get your adrenaline pumping and Sunday River is a year-round adventure destination with skiing in the winter and zip line tours in the summer. Try your hand at whitewater rafting or improve your handicap at one of the area golf courses. Head to Oxford Casino for or your fill of gambling, dining, and entertainment.
The arts are not left by the wayside here. The Mahoosuc Arts Council offers summer concerts in the Bethel bandstand as well as an annual community arts festival in July.
You'll want to explore all Maine has to offer and you can do that easily from Bethel. South Portland, one of the most scenic towns in the Northeast, is just 74 miles to the south. Boothbay Harbor and the towns of the Boothbay region are just 93 miles south.
Relax and unwind in the pleasurable atmosphere of New England at one of our lovely Bethel vacation rentals.
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