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Western Lakes &
Mountains
Maine's Western Lakes & Mountains Region is truly a four-season
destination. Not only is the region close, its one hour from the
Portland Jetport; it's also family-friendly, safe and affordable.
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Best known for its crystal clear lakes and rugged mountain
ranges, the region also offers many outdoor activities
including water sports, fishing, hiking, biking, golfing
and skiing.
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When it's time to relax and refuel, choose from many
great restaurants in the area. You might enjoy a handcrafted
brew at a local pub, or a family outing to a
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Drive-In Theatre or digging in quarries for gemstones and
minerals such as amethysts, tourmaline, garnet and topaz.
You might even try your hand at panning for gold.
The well-known Sebago Lake region is the hub for all
kinds of recreational boating. Launch your own craft at
several points around the lake or head to the Naples
Causeway between Sebago and Long Lake to rent canoes,
kayaks, wave runners, fishing boats or a large pontoon.
The hand-operated Songo Locks, the only one remaining
from 27 locks built in the 1830s, makes it possible to see
the entire 42-mile waterway encompassing Sebago Lake,
Songo River, Brandy Pond and Long Lake.
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garnet and topaz. You might even try your hand at
panning for gold.
The well-known Sebago Lake region is the hub for all
kinds of recreational boating. Launch your own craft at
several points around the lake or head to the Naples
Causeway between Sebago and Long Lake to rent canoes,
kayaks, wave runners, fishing boats or a large
pontoon.
The hand-operated Songo Locks, the only one remaining
from 27 locks built in the 1830s, makes it possible
to see the entire 42-mile waterway encompassing Seroads
of quaint New England villages like Bethel, Norway,
Farmington, and Rangeley.
bago Lake, Songo River, Brandy Pond and Long Lake.
Unlike many small towns with similar histories, the
buildings of Norway have remained relatively intact.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Norway's
bustling Main Street is characterized by unique,
locally owned shops, restaurants, and other businesses
housed in architecturally significant buildings from the
early 1900s.
The quintessential and historic New England town of
Bethel serves as an entry to the White Mountain National
Forest, Grafton Notch State Park, and two of the
finest covered bridges in Maine are found in South Andover
and Newry.
Elsewhere, the Rangeley Lakes area is an authentic
four- season recreational community. The area includes
some of the best hunting and fishing in Maine, including
more than 40 trout and salmon lakes and ponds.
Incredible mountain views along the Carrabassett River,
and unrivaled picnic spots such as Eustis Ridge can be
found nearby at the Bigelow Mountain Range.
The commercial hub of the region, Lewiston-Auburn,
originally came into its own in the mid-1800s when textiles
and shoemaking were among the top industries
of the day. Nowadays the twin cities are best known for
the Great Falls Balloon Festival and several other festivals
that highlight the area's renaissance. Lewiston- Auburn
is also well known for the performing arts with
performances at the Public Theatre, Community Little
Theatre, Maine Music Society, and L/A Arts.
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Unlike many small towns with similar histories, the buildings
of Norway have remained relatively intact. Listed on
the National Register of Historic Places, Norway's bustling
Main Street is characterized by unique, locally owned
shops, restaurants, and other businesses housed in architecturally
significant buildings from the early 1900s.
The quintessential and historic New England town of
Bethel serves as an entry to the White Mountain National
Forest, Grafton Notch State Park, and two of the finest
covered bridges in Maine are found in South Andover
and Newry.
Elsewhere, the Rangeley Lakes area is an authentic fourseason
recreational community. The area includes some
of the best hunting and fishing in Maine, including more
than 40 trout and salmon lakes and ponds. Incredible
mountain views along the Carrabassett River, and unrivaled
picnic spots such as Eustis Ridge can be found
nearby at the Bigelow Mountain Range.
The commercial hub of the region, Lewiston-Auburn,
originally came into its own in the mid-1800s when textiles
and shoemaking were among the top industries of
the day. Nowadays the twin cities are best known for the
Great Falls Balloon Festival and several other festivals
that highlight the area's renaissance. Lewiston- Auburn
is also well known for the performing arts with performances
at the Public Theatre, Community Little Theatre,
Maine Music Society, and L/A Arts.
Franco Center for Heritage and Performing Arts hosts musical
performances from world renowned pianists to symcontinued
on page 36
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