- Madison, WI
Belgrade Lakes Golf Course, just a mile away, was created by Clive Clark and has incredible panoramic views of the area's lakes and hills, dramatic elevation changes, and boulder-lined fairways. The natural beauty of its setting, service-oriented approach, and outstanding course itself prompted Golf Digest to call the experience "golf at its absolute best", when giving it a top 5 star rating.
For golfers who just can't get enough, Natanis (Arrowhead and Tomahawk), Western View, Waterville Country Club and Pine Ridge are within a 30 mile radius. Sugarloaf's reknown course is just over an hour away.
Prefer to hike? Within 15 miles of the inn, there are five great spots, and we've got all the dirt. We know how to get you there, the intensity and duration of each, and what views will reward you once you reach the top. There's a "hike" for every level, from Blueberry Hill's scenic overlook, to the Kennebec Highlands' 6500 acres of conservation land, with trails throughout. Check out our hiking details page.
Local guides are available to show you the best of Maine's outdoor finery; there's fishing, boating, hiking, biking and more.
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Hallowell (Maine's Antique Riverport), just a half hour away, is a little town with big charm. Enjoy antique and art shops, a paved footpath along the Kennebec River, and a handful of great places to lunch. Don't forget to visit Hallowell during its' townwide Fall Harvest and Christmas celebrations, where there are activities for all.
Augusta offers a number of attractions, including Cony Cemetary (18th and 19th century slate headstones), Old Fort Western (New England's oldest surviving wooden fort, circa 1754), and the Maine State Museum. The towering State House, Monument Park and the Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Blaine House Governor's Mansion are worth at least an afternoon as well. The Pine Tree State Arboretum, also in Augusta, is 200 acres of trees, shrubs & plants, with 5 miles of trails for walking, hiking or biking.
If you'd like to venture a bit further afield, Rockland, Camden and Rockport, picture-perfect coastal Maine harbor towns, are just over an hour away. Easy to reach and perfect for a day trip of lobster-eating and photo-snapping!
Freeport, 45 miles south, has outlets by the score, including the LL Bean flagship store (open 24 hours a day), Coach, Mikasa and too many more to mention. Want to know more?
Portland, Maine's largest city, is just about an hour away as well, and an easy drive down the Interstate. With its charming Old Port section and Arts District, pubs, restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, walking tours, seasonal events and festivities, it's well worth a visit!