Bethel is a beautiful, active community nestled in the mountains of western Maine. Bethel has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade and now has a bustling local economy, centered around tourism and retail. This lovely town is well-known because of its close proximity to Sunday River ski resort.
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There is so much to do in Bethel, it’s no wonder it has become one of Maine’s most popular vacation destinations. There are dozens of great concerts and festivals here year-round, and there are several art galleries and museums including the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum and the Maine Ski Museum.
For movie lovers, The Gem is a vibrant cultural hub and movie theater located in downtown Bethel.
Bethel has a many great options for dining, so no matter if you are looking for a quick bite and a beer after skiing, or a fine-dining experience, there is something for every palate here.
The Studio Bistro & Bar at the Mill Hill Inn is a local favorite with its delicious tapas-inspired, small plate menu and comfortable atmosphere.
For delicious craft beer, check out the Sunday River Brewing Company. This local brewery has an amazing array of beers to sample and purchase and it also has a great pub-style family restaurant, perfect for apres ski.
The Bethel community loves to spend time outdoors. While skiing at Sunday River is the most popular local activity, there are also amazing hiking trails and a well-maintained bike path.
Because of Bethel’s location along the Androscoggin River, many residents and visitors enjoy canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming and fishing in the summer.
MSAD 44 is the regional, public school system and the elementary level schools are particularly well-regarded. In 2016, Telstar Regional High School began incorporating experiential learning through the local 4H campus in order to give student outdoor and hands on lessons for practical academics.
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Carter's Cross Country Ski Center offers more than trails. They have a full retail shop with skis, boots and bindings available for skiers of every size and experience level. Rental options are also available for day use. The lodge at Carter's Cross Country [...]
In early 2016 the guys moved the company to Bethel. ?It?s the only town we know of where you can get that ski town feel without the pompous atmosphere. The entire community has been super supportive of us and our business
Sunday River Update It?s no secret that so far, December has been unusually warm across New England. Fortunately, Sunday River?s team of snowmakers has been hard at work since early November and has 25 trails open for skiing and riding - the most [...]Read More