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Explore the Gems of 26 and Other Local Attractions

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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

A GEMS of 26 destination. Home to over thirty species of native wildlife. Walk nature trails. Tour expansive gardens

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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, 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, Maine

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

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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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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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Settlers Green

North Conway, New Hampshire

Discover 70 outlets and retail stores, local boutiques, and restaurants at Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing located in North Conway, New Hampshire on the White Mountain Highway.

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Sunday River Ski Resort

Bethel, Maine

A four-season destination, Sunday River Resort is home to eight interconnected mountain peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding.

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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!