Explore the Gems of 26 and Other Local Attractions
Spring Meadows Golf Club
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.
The Bethel Inn Resort
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.
Summit Spring Golf Course
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.
Western Foothills Land Trust
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.
Oxbow Beer Garden Ski Trail
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.
The Maine Mall
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.
Maine Wildlife Park
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.
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!