Oxford Casino Hotel & Event Center is located at the southernmost point of Maine’s Lakes & Mountains region. Whether you’re in the mood for boating across a massive lake like Rangely Lake, Moosehead Lake, or calmly canoeing or kayaking around a smaller lake like Hobbs Pond (aka Little Pennesseewassee) or the Five Kezars, or fishing on something in the middle like Pennesseewassee Lake, Thompson Lake, Lake Christopher, Raymond Pond, Crystal Lake, Highland Lake, Keoka Lake, Moose Pond, Long Lake, Maine is filled with 2,677 lakes and ponds for freshwater activities. Maine is renowned for excellent fishing in the warmer months, and in the winter months, when the ice thickly covers our bodies of water, folks dress in warm layers of clothing and auger a hole to enjoy ice fishing to their heart’s delight! Maine is a bastion for ice fishing derbies!
Cold weather never slows folks from enjoying snowmobiling over 10,000 miles of trails across Maine when there is a nice snowpack. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is offered all over Maine, and nearby Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway, Maine provides 7.5 miles of these activities. Alpine skiing is offered nearby at Sunday River, Lost Valley, Shawnee Peak, and Mount Abram, or you can travel a little further to Sugarloaf, Big Squaw, or the Camden Snow Bowl.
But if you’d rather stay indoors any time of year, shopping is always fun. The Auburn Mall and Maine Mall are great options, as are any of the Reny’s Department Stores across the Pine Tree State, but if you don’t mind finding a parking spot and breezing in and out of shops and points of interest, downtown communities are always interesting. Downtown Norway offers brew pubs and friendly restaurant options as well as interesting shops that include an old fashioned book store, a yarn and wine shop, jewelry shops, a farmers’ coop, an art supply and framing store, and art galleries. There are too many interesting downtown communities to list here, but Bridgton, the Portland Old Port, and Boothbay Harbor are all great places to browse.
Leaf peeping, and moose watching are options when the weather cooperates. Maine’s hardwood forests provide brilliant fall foliage to the wonder of leaf peepers who arrive in tour buses making stops at apple farms and maple syrup sugar shacks who sell their syrup from the previous spring’s run. In addition, Maine contains the most moose in the lower 48 states, which may be a reason that the Moose is Maine’s State Animal. Moosehead Lake’s Loop Road provides travelers with the highest likelihood of moose viewing if you know where to look. Mucky bogs are a favorite moose hangout. Moose sightings are also greatest in Western Lakes and Mountains, The Kennebec Valley, The Maine Highlands, and Aroostook County at dusk and dawn from mid-May through July and in the fall during their breeding season.
If you’ve never had a fresh, warm apple donut from a Maine apple orchard, that’s something you should make a point of doing. Wallingford’s in Auburn is abuzz with visitors in the fall, and Ricker’s regular and hard ciders are offered to the public year round.