Quiet walks through the trees, a welcoming laid-back ambiance, and postcard-perfect scenery await you when you book your next tranquil getaway to Monson, ME. Surrounded by history, old growth forests, and a bevy of spots to simply unwind from the daily grind, this is an ideal vacation for anyone looking to unplug, recharge, and revel in a moment of peace.
Filled with chances to dive into the world-renowned local fishing scene, hike through trails that will take you on a shire-like adventure, and hidden places perfect for aspiring the artist in us all, Monson is waiting to surround you with relaxation and peace.
Located in the southwestern part of Piscataquis County, Monson is just 14 miles south of beautiful Moosehead Lake. It is only a 70-mile drive from Dedham and a little over 100 miles from Bar Harbor. This ideal location puts you far away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities while giving you easy access to explore local attractions and the rich history that mingles with present day throughout the area.
Take a full day, or maybe a multi-day trip to explore the babbling brooks, gentle streams, and heart-pounding white waters on a fun-filled rafting trip. Push your limits on a splashing white water trip down the Kennebec River. If you're looking for something a little calmer and family-friendly, try a trip down the Seboomook section of the Penobscot River for a day of splashing and fun.
Spend a day finding the secret fishing spots that dot the coast of Lake Hebron and let the worries of the outside world slip away. Bait your hook, cast off, and hope that your fish tale will have a happy ending. Or rent a boat and try your luck on Monson Pond so you can stay close to home.
During spring and summer, golfers can drive down the fairways at Foxcroft Public Golf Course. Designed as a nine-hole, 36-par course that hugs the towering trees and accents the landscape, golfers will revel in the natural beauty and curse the well-placed hazards.
Pack a picnic and your camera to capture the awe-inspiring landscape and lush vegetation that lines the trails to Wilson Falls. Just along RT 15, you'll find a spot to head into nature and spend a few romantic moments with your special someone as you dive into a picnic, do a little birding, or take note of the budding wildflowers around you.
When winter rolls around, skiers and snowboarders will be able to shred the fresh powder and try out the terrain at the Big Squaw Mountain Ski Area. A little over 20 miles away from the heart of Monson, this wintertime destination offers a wide array of family-friendly fun and downhill runs that cater to every skill level.
Head down to Bar Habor for a day of exploring and relaxation. Visit the Abbe Museum to learn about the People of the First Light, With roots dating back to 1926, this museum offers visitors the chance to hear about history and culture of the Wabanaki people. Afterward, swing by Atlantic Brewing to taste through their flight of seasonal and flagship beers while enjoying the company of your friends.
Take a few pictures as you explore the historic Dedham Square before heading over to the Dedham Community Theater to take in a show. Afterward, grab a lane at Kings Bowling to keep the party going and enjoy a fun-filled night of strikes, gutter balls, and turkeys.
No matter what time of year you plan to visit Monson, you'll be treated to an expansive array of outdoor activities, and the rich historical sites you expect in a New England destination. Leave the noise of the city behind and come unwind in the peace and beauty of Maine's slice of Mother Nature.
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