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Planning Your Trip to Maine – Part 3

April 23, 2013 by Scott Gile

In Part 1 of this series we talked about a strategy for visiting Maine – staying a few days in Freeport, and taking in Freeport shopping and L.L. Bean, lighthouses, beaches, and more. In Part 2, we discussed some ideas for a few days in and around the Bar Harbor area. In this concluding part we’ll talk about some inland options, Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park.

Moosehead Lake

Located about 3 hours north and west of Brewster House, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in the eastern United States that is entirely within one state. Claiming to have more moose than people, the area is truly a sportsman’s paradise. From fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting to moose safaris and scenic tours by boat or by air, there is something for everyone.

Of course one of the primary activities is moose watching. The Moosehead Lake Chamber of Commerce has some tips for moose watching to get you started.

Baxter State Park area

North and east of Moosehead Lake is Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. Less than 60 miles away, the drive takes about two hours, because of the mountain roads. Baxter is filled with wonderful hiking trails, rock climbing, and magnificent views.

Hiking or climbing Mount Katahdin can be a great challenge, with elevation changes of about 4,000 feet, depending on the trail chosen. Be sure to review the warnings and hiking safety information provided by the Baxter State Park Authority website.

Enjoy your visit to Maine!

Ruth & Scott
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast, Freeport, Maine

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Maine’s Lakes and Mountains

July 28, 2009 by Scott Gile

Overlooking Rangeley Lake
Our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series continues with a look at Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region, situated in the southwest portion of the state.

We first visited the Lakes and Mountains of Maine while vacationing on the coast, a year or two before we came to Brewster House B&B. In our previous trips to Maine, we had never seen a moose, and wanted to see one. We realized that Rangeley Lake, in the Lakes and Mountains region, was a good place for moose-spotting, and only a couple hours drive from where we were staying.

We booked lodging in Rangeley, and drove to Rangeley Lake. Although it was only late October, we began to see snow in the foothills, and later learned that this was a result of one of that year’s many hurricanes which had come up the middle of the United States, and turned to a snowstorm over the New England mountains.

We were astonished at the surpassing beauty of the region. We drove around beautiful Rangeley Lake, looking down from the mountains and finding it reminded us of Lake Tahoe, along the California and Nevada border, but with as smaller population. Our motel had canoes available for guest use, and the lakeside view was so pretty we were tempted, but the snow and unusually cold weather put us off that idea.

As dusk approached, we drove out “Moose Alley” (so nicknamed for rather obvious reasons), and Ruth remarked, “Wouldn’t it be great if we came around the next bend and there was a moose there?” And there was!

Moose - Rangeley MaineLike the car in front of us, we pulled quickly to the shoulder and began taking pictures. The moose, a big male, ambled across the road into the trees, and disappeared. We drove on, finding a second moose – a female this time – along the side of the road, casually grazing where the snow hadn’t covered all the grass. After she disappeared we turned around and headed back toward town. There was the first big fellow again, standing in the center of the road! We got as close as we dared and stopped the car, and took a few photos, before he again disappeared into the woods.

In addition to the lakes and mountains, themselves, and moose, of course, the area is filled with ski resorts, snowmobile and snowshoe trails, and a wonderful opportunity to see nature unspoiled. See the region’s website for more information.

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