Top things to do in Western Maine

Top Choice Viewpoint in Rangeley Lake

Height of Land

The expansive view of island-dotted Mooselookmeguntic Lake (the largest of the Rangeley Lakes) as it sweeps north toward distant mountains is astounding. Vistas of undeveloped forest stretch for up to 100 miles; you…
State Park in Bethel

Grafton Notch State Park

Sitting astride the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway within the Mahoosuc Range, this rugged park is a stunner. Carved by a glacier that retreated 12,000 years ago, the Notch is a four-season playground, chock-full of wate…
Museum in Bridgton

Rufus Porter Museum

This well-regarded museum in the center of town looks at the work of 19th-century Renaissance man Rufus Porter. Porter is recognized throughout New England for the landscape murals he painted inside hundreds of hous…
Museum in Bethel

Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

The biggest thing to hit Bethel in years, this well-designed geology museum is still a work in progress (scheduled to open by early 2019) but a preview gallery and store are open in the meantime. The goal is to coll…
State Park in Western Maine

Sebago Lake State Park

This 1500-acre park is a popular and scenic place to swim, picnic and camp on the way to Portland. Sebago Lake is Maine’s second-largest lake, at 45 sq miles. If the beach gets too crowded, just step into the woods,…
American in Bridgton

Beth's Kitchen Cafe

Hands-down the best place in town for breakfast (served all day), Beth's has all the sunrise classics – French toast, pancakes, three-egg omelets, granola parfaits – as well as design-your-own deli sandwiches, pizza…
Bridge in Western Maine

Sunday River Covered Bridge

So photogenic it's a hot spot for wedding photographs, this 87ft-long covered bridge dates from 1872 and is worth the short detour if you're in the area. It's also known as the Artists Bridge because of its reputati…
American in Bethel

Sudbury Inn

The elegant dining room inside the Sudbury Inn serves up excellent fare, including some of Bethel's best seafood plates. On cold nights, book a fireside table and tuck into French onion soup or mussels provençal, fo…
Cafe in Bethel

DiCocoa's Market & Bakery

This funky orange bungalow is a morning must for espresso-based drinks, and draws a loyal local crowd. It also serves wholegrain baked goods, croissants, bagel sandwiches, deli salads and granola and yogurt. The fre…
Pub in Bethel

Suds Pub

In the basement of the Sudbury Inn, this congenial pub is much-loved destination for après-ski or some post-hike refreshment. It has 29 beers on tap, including excellent Maine and New England brews, and serves up fi…