You probably recognize the name from the countless bottles of Poland Spring Water that you've consumed throughout your lifetime. But what you might not know is that those bottles are named for a town in beautiful Southern Maine - a community of lakes and woodlands known for its pristine air and natural springs. Today, Poland is an inviting town of 6,000 year-round residents and a beloved destination for boating, fishing, golfing, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. So pack your bags for a trip to Poland and stay in one of our vacation rentals for a quintessential Maine experience in winter, spring, summer, or fall.
Where is Poland, Maine?
Settled in 1767, incorporated in 1795, and named by an early settler for one of his favorite ancient melodies, Poland is located in Androscoggin County just eight miles west of the Maine Turnpike. With boundaries that span from the shores of Thompson Lake in the west to just beyond Range Pond State Park in the east, this 50-square-mile community sits only 12 miles from Lewiston and 31 miles north of historic downtown Portland.
Things to Do in Poland, Maine
As the birthplace of Poland Spring Water in the mid-19th century and a destination for visitors seeking fresh air and water for more than 200 years, it's little wonder that life in Poland revolves around its ponds and lakes.
Our Poland vacation rentals enjoy close proximity to Range Ponds State Park, where visitors will find a wide sandy beach on Lower Range Pond, two miles of old railroad beds-turned-walking trails, a public boat launch, playground, and wonderful opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The neighboring Middle and Upper Range Ponds, which are fished in both summer and winter, are home to populations of trout, small- and largemouth bass, perch, pickerel, and sunfish. And the 12-mile-long Thompson Lake is known for its salmon, trout, and trophy-size bass, as well as boat rentals that are available at the marina in Casco.
Interested in hitting the links? Tee off at the Poland Spring Golf Course, the oldest resort course in the nation and the former stomping grounds of Babe Ruth, President William Howard Taft, and Sonny Liston. Fifteen of the 18 championship holes have views of the surrounding lakes or of the White Mountains off in the distance.
Day Trips from Poland, Maine
Whether you're in search of serene country landscapes, a rugged and untamed coastline, or one of New England's most exciting small cities
, you'll find it all within a short drive of our vacation homes in Poland.
Spend a morning 17 miles southwest on the scenic shores of Sebago Lake, a 45-square-mile, glacially carved lake that now counts as Maine's deepest. The beautiful Sebago Lake State Park, which opened in 1938 as one of the state's five original state parks, offers 1,400 acres of sand beaches, woodlands, bogs, and a variety of plant and animal life.
Head south for the day to Portland, where you can stroll the historic streets of the working port, enjoy tasty treats at the Standard Baking Co., and sit down for truly memorable meals at Eventide Oyster Co., Fore Street, or The Honey Paw. Just be sure to stop by the Portland Head Light in the seaside community of Cape Elizabeth
, where you'll see one of the most iconic sunset views in all of Maine.
Come and feel the magic of Poland, Maine in any season - our vacation rentals will make your dreams a reality!
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