Category: Local Attractions

Local Attractions: Introduction

Belgrade Lakes Golf Course

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 scenic overlook, to the Kennebec Highlands’ 6500 acres of conservation land, with trails throughout. Check out our hiking details page.

Maine Wilderness Tours

Local guides are available to show you the best of Maine’s outdoor finery; there’s fishing, boating, hiking, biking and more.

Water’s Edge Guide Service

June is strawberry pickin’ time. Take a bit (or a bite!) of local deliciousness home, with pick-your-own at .

Hallowell

Hallowell (Maine 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

Augusta offers a number of attractions, including Cony Cemetery (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.

Camden-Rockland Chamber

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

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 information

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!

Seasons of Belgrade Lakes

The loons return, the flowers bloom, and all is green and fair.

In Belgrade Lakes, it’s time to break out the hiking boots and celebrate spring.

All around you, life reawakens, and thaws and stretches … but just an hour north, the flakes still beckon. Enjoy spring skiing into April at Sugarloaf and Saddleback ski areas.

Warm and sunny, with a splash of lake fun, a dash of outdoor adventure and a pinch of lazy days.

Take full advantage of the local chain of lakes, and canoe or kayak out for a visit with the loons and osprey. For a faster view of the lakes, rent a power boat instead. Possibly the best way to get around on the water, though, is to ride along on the mailboat, one of the few remaining U.S. Postal water routes. The inspiration for “On Golden Pond”, the Belgrade mailboat has been an area tradition for decades.

Golf at nationally reknown Belgrade Lakes Golf Course, just a mile away. Need more? Visit our “local attractions” page to learn about the other area golf spots.

All sound just a tad too exerting? You don’t need to step foot off the grounds for a perfect summer afternoon. Sip a little something refreshing out by the gardens, in the double hammock swing, or on your deck. Play horseshoes on the lawn, or take in the music of the waterfall from the Adirondack chairs in view of Long Pond.

Colors that must be seen to be believed, and a touch of crisp, fresh air. It’s the perfect time to view the village from high above, to appreciate all the splendor of the foliage season.

The weather’s still mild — just right for a round of golf or an afternoon on the lake — and the scenery is at its peak.

Red and gold and green and yellow … bring your camera along, because we know all the best spots to take in the magic.

A winter wonderland … outside, Nature’s artisic shadows and reflections; the lakes and the mountains look like a postcard, blanketed in soft, clean, bright snow.

Explore by snowshoes or cross-country skis, or schuss to your heart’s content at Sugarloaf, Camden Snowbowl, or nearby Titcomb’s downhill trails.

Inside, cozy moments by the fire … playing cards or reading a novel, enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate, and savoring the fresh-baked cookies at tea time.

With the holiday lights and seasonal decorations, Belgrade Lakes’ small town charm really shines.

Visit our “Events Calendar” page for details about local festivities.

Local Scenery

Come on in – the water’s fine! Belgrade’s beach is less than half a mile away, with gentle lapping waves and sandy shore, or you can brave the rockier turf and take a dip right across from the inn at Peninsula Park.

If watersports are more your style, rent a canoe, kayak, SeaDoo or motorized boat nearby and explore the lakes. The area boasts some of Maine’s best fishing, as well. Guided water adventures of all sorts are available, should you prefer more structure or assistance.

If you enjoy hiking or biking (road and mountain), let Chris tell you about his favorite spots for gorgeous scenery and challenging terrain. And of course the winter offers fabulous crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling, and WingsHill has complimentary snowshoes for guests’ use (as available).

…Rented kayaks for a complete “tour” of Great Pond. Saw a mother loon and her baby. Beautiful starry skies at night from the town park. We’ll be back!” Cleveland, OH

…We drove up to see the beautiful view at Blueberry Hill, hiked up “The Mountain”, tooled around Great Pond in a rented motorboat & ate lots of lobster & Gifford’s ice cream.Bryn Mawr, PA