There is so much to see and do in Bethel and the surrounding area, it is hard to know where to begin –and where to stop! On this page, we’ve compiled a list of links to some of our favorite places, businesses and activities especially suited for your summer and fall excursions.
- White Mountain National Forest is a year-round outdoor playground where you can stroll, hike and enjoy nature to your heart’s content. We share our maps and favorite places.
- Gould Academy offers stellar educational opportunities to its students in grades 9-12. Rivendell House is right next door to the academy and so convenient for visiting parents.
- Bethel Bodywork is another massage therapy service in the Bethel area that Jackie recommends highly from personal experience.
- Sun Valley Sports is a registered Orvis dealer and has for sale and rental a great supply of all the gear you need to be out on the Bethel area’s ponds and rivers.
- Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center: Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this Adirondack style building with near perfect acoustics is operated as a non-profit performing arts center and presents an eclectic offering of over fifty productions. Enjoy cutting edge standup comedy and Downeast humor, Broadway Plays, Chamber music, and New Orleans Jazz during a season that runs from late June until early September. If you are staying with us, we'll reserve your tickets for you.
- Maine Wildlife Park: Located about an hour from Bethel, the Maine Wildlife Park guarantees that you'll see a moose - safely! More than thirty species that call Maine home can be found here, from bald eagles & black bears to wild turkeys and wood turtles - and lots in between. There is a Visitors Center with interactive displays, picnic tables, and a Nature Store. (But if you want to see a moose out in the woods, we can tell you the likeliest places to go.)
- Grafton Notch State Park is located on Route 26 between Newry and Upton, Maine, and offers opportunities for sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of beautiful natural terrain.Several interesting attractions are conveniently located on scenic Route 26. Interpretive signs explain the glacial sculpting of Screw Auger Falls and the formation of Mother Walker Falls. A quarter-mile loop trail leads to Moose Cave with its narrow gorge and lush lichens and mosses. At Spruce Meadow and Screw Auger Falls visitors will find picnic tables and grills.
Both short and long day hikes extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail's northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Facilities include picnic tables and grills.
- McLaughlin Garden has been rated Maine's favorite public garden and when you visit you'll understand why. Now over seventy years old, the landmark two-acre garden is under the stewardship of a nonprofit organization formed to preserve the historic home, barn and garden for the public. The formal garden features mature collections of hostas, daylilies, astilbes, iris, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, and over 200 lilacs beneath a canopy of mature deciduous and coniferous trees. A diverse collection of Maine wildflowers and ferns border an old lane which rises up a wooded hill behind the barn.
- Frost Farm Gallery offers local Fine Arts exhibits on a rotating schedule and specializes in vintage and antique prints. Enjoy "First Friday" gallery openings monthly in this historic 1797 farmstead.
- The Theater At Monmouth, The Shakespearean Theater of Maine, is a year-round repertory company of professional theater artists from across Maine and the United States. Founded in 1970, the Theater was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the Maine State Legislature in 1975. Performances are held in beautiful Cumston Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976. The mission of The Theater at Monmouth is to bring innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays.