Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Explore the Gems of 26 and Other Local Attractions

Poland Spring Resort

Poland Spring Resort and Golf Course

Poland, Maine


A GEMS of 26 destination. Poland Spring Resort spans over 500 acres with an award winning Donald Ross-designed golf course, 3 inns and 10 cottages.


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Spring Meadows Golf Club

Gray, Maine


Named New England Golf Course of the Year in 2021 by the New England Golf Course Owners Association. Spring Meadows offers a variety of memberships and day passes for all to enjoy what is considered one of the best conditioned and maintained golf courses in the area.


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The Bethel Inn Resort

The Bethel Inn Resort

Bethel, Maine


Renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish designed our 6,663 yard, par 72 course to take maximum advantage of the mountain vistas and natural beauty of the area. Tree lined fairways, natural hazards, well-trapped greens and five tee positions make play challenging for golfers of every ability.


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Summit Spring Golf

Summit Spring Golf Course

Poland, Maine


d. A Maine gem with beautiful views, Summit Spring offers a 9-hole golf course as well as an 18-hole Disc Golf course designed by Thomas Rich. Unwind after your game at Mary’s Irish Pub, open seasonally, for traditional pub fare and a variety of craft beers.


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The Kittery Outlets

The Kittery Outlets

Kittery, Maine


Home to Kittery Trading Post and over 120 famous brand name stores, Kittery is America’s Maine Street for shopping! Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bus parking and coupon books available.


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Western Foothills Land Trust

Western Foothills Land Trust

Western Maine


Western Foothills Land Trust protects farmlands, wetlands, forestlands, unique natural resources and open space in the greater Oxford Hills area of Western Maine. The Trust also holds conservation easements on privately owned lands and owns working forest lands and preserves in the region. To date our lands, contain over 32 miles of recreational trails, 7 of which are groomed for Nordic skiing in the winter.


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Oxbow Brewing Ski Trail

Oxbow Beer Garden Ski Trail

Oxford, Maine


The Oxbow Beer Garden is adjacent to an extensive Nordic skiing trail system, formerly known as Carter’s XC Ski, which was built and maintained by the local Carter family for decades. We are pleased to offer access to this free, use-at-your-own-risk network of beautiful mixed-use trails that run through the fields and forest behind this new Oxbow location. Nordic skis, fat bikes and snowshoes are available to rent on site from the nonprofit organization Portland Gear Hub.


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The Maine Mall

The Maine Mall

Portland, Maine


The Maine Mall is southern Maine’s ideal destination for fashion, housewares and electronics. Offering more than 90 stores and restaurants, including the state’s only Apple store, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Lush, Jordan’s Furniture and so many more! Whether it’s the height of the holiday season or just an average weekday, you’re sure to discover something here that will delight you every day.


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Norway Country Club

Norway, Maine


Maine’s Most Scenic 9 Hole Golf Course! Spanning 2,909 yards and designed by George Dunn in 1929, this historic local course offers a newly expanded clubhouse, dining room, and driving range.


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GEMS of 26


Route 26 connects Western Maine to the rest of the State. Though a state highway, the road meanders through gorgeous countryside and boasts culturally significant destinations for visitors of all ages.


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Maine Wildlife Park

Gray, ME


Families, nature lovers, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts can meet our wildlife, learn all about them, and of course, take lots of pictures! It’s always a fascinating experience and a great way to introduce children to the wonders that surround them here in Maine. The park is home to over 30 species of Maine wildlife that cannot be returned to their natural habitats.


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McLaughlin Garden & Homestead

South Paris, Maine


A GEMS of 26 destination. The garden features mature collections of hosta, daylilies, astibes, phlox, sedum, cimicifuga, sempervivums, Maine wildflowers and ferns. In addition there are are over 200 lilacs.


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Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, Maine


Eat. Stay. Play. Explore. Discover the best of Maine’s premier beach resort. Located less than 2 hrs. north of Boston and just 5 hrs. from Montreal, Canada & New York City!


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Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford Plains Speedway

Oxford, Maine


A 3/8 mile racetrack located in Oxford, Maine is home to the legendary Oxford 250.


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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

New Gloucester, ME


A GEMS of 26 destination. Located within the perimeters of the only active and functioning Shaker Community in the world -museum buildings encompass twenty-seven exhibit rooms which explore over 200 years of Shaker history.


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Southern Maine’s Casino is just a hop, skip, and a jump from summer, spring, winter, and fall activities!

Visit our friends at Poland Spring Resort just down the road from us, and rent a canoe or boat at Cyndi’s Dockside to explore Range (pronounced “Rang,” so you can say it like a Mainer) Pond, and stop in when you’re done for steamed lobster at Cyndi’s Dockside restaurant.

The golf course at Poland Spring Resort is an historic 18-hole, par 71 track designed by Arthur Fenn (the first American-born golf professional) and the esteemed Donald Ross.  Adorning each tee box at Poland Spring are signs commemorating legends such as Harry Vardon and Babe Ruth, who have played the course, and Charles Lindbergh, who landed the Spirit of St. Louis on the #15 fairway.

Other enjoyable links in the area are Fairlawn Golf and Country Club in Poland, Norway Country Club in Norway, Spring Meadows Golf Club in Gray, and Auburn’s Fox Ridge Golf Club, and Martindale Country Club, to name a few!

If you’re up for a road trip, Acadia National Park is an astonishing sight to behold, with its rocky shore, Thunder Hole, Cadillac Mountain, Bubble Rock, Sand Beach, Cranberry Islands, Carriage Roads, and so much more! Pack a lunch and behold this gem on the Atlantic Ocean!

Speaking of the ocean, Maine is home to sandy beaches like Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. If you’d like to check out some lighthouses while you’re at it, visit Two Lights State Park, Pemaquid Beach Park, Bug Light, Nubble Light, or the most photographed lighthouse in the world, the Portland Head Light.

Warm weather activities like mountain biking, river kayaking, and white water rafting are opportunities provided across Vacationland and you can hop aboard The Songo River Queen II on Long Lake in Naples to travel the Songo River’s lock system to where it opens up to Sebago Lake. Or you can rent a boat at one of the many marinas on Sebago Lake and explore the locks on your own!