Category: Local Attractions

Itineraries

  • Sit by the fire and doze
  • Lounge in the Adirondack chairs, or the hammock swing, and listen to the loons and the waterfall
  • Have a cocktail on your deck, or the screened porch
  • Visit Day’s Store, just across the street. In true country store fashion, you can shop for wine, socks, bait, sundry items, fudge, candles or gifts
  • Stroll over to the water’s edge, at Peninsula Park. There’s even a picnic bench there, so enjoy the famous Gifford’s Maine ice cream or other treat you grabbed at Day’s, just next door.
  • Visit one of our beautiful, scenic local hiking spots.
  • Kayak or canoe in Long Pond or Great Pond (rentals available locally)
  • Catch a movie in Waterville, Augusta or Farmington
  • Mountain bike the Highland’s 6500+ protected acres
  • Perhaps a picnic, at scenic Blueberry Hill?
  • Enjoy some of the East Coast’s best golf, right here in Belgrade Lakes
  • Do Augusta: the Maine State Museum, bike, bike or stroll the Arboretum’s verdant acres; and Hallowell’s quaint, artsy, fun restaurants, shops & paved river walk.
  • Shop in Freeport, Maine’s designer outlet mecca
  • Check out the lobster boats in the coastal harbors at Rockland, then Rockport, and Camden
  • Hang out in Portland’s Old Port
  • Hang with a certified Maine guide, on a boating, fishing or hiking adventure

Day One: Check out Belgrade Lakes

  • Breakfast
    They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Join us, 8:00 to 9:30, for the fuel you’ll need to carry out the day’s mission. On us, of course.
  • Hike “The Mountain”
    A easy to moderate climb of about one hour total, with an impressive reward overlooking Long and Great Ponds.
  • Golf or Boat
    Belgrade Lakes Golf Course offers a spectacular view, and reknowned grounds. Or rent a canoe or kayak and get an even closer look at those gorgeous waters. Approximate time: three to four hours
    (A bit too cool for golf or water sports? We’ve got complimentary snowshoes.)
  • A Refreshment is in Order
    Join us for afternoon tea … you’ve earned it!

Day Two: Venture a Bit Further: Augusta

  • Breakfast
    They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing. Join us, 8:00 to 9:30, for the fuel you’ll need to carry out the day’s mission.
  • The Necessary Preparations
    Grab some comfy shoes, and perhaps a camera. ((We’ve got disposables, if you forgot yours). Need a map, directions or to know when and where everything’s happening? That’s why we’re here. Check out the basket of local menus, in case you want to chose an option for dinner in Augusta.
  • The History Tour
    The Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western and Cony Cemetary await. See our “Local Attractions” page for details on each.
  • A Bit o’ Botany
    Wander to the Arboretum for a peaceful, tranquil and utterly romantic stroll through the many acres of plantings. You can even bring along a picnic lunch; ask us for help if needed!
  • Head for Hallowell
    Hallowell’s got charm to spare. Restaurants and pubs, art & antique shops, and a paved footpath that runs along the Kennebec River.
  • Time to Refuel
    Augusta and Hallowell both have casual restaurant options; if you didn’t check with us for info before you departed,give us a call and we’ll give you the 411. If you’ve got reservations here at the inn, come on back and prepare to indulge.
  • Time to Recharge
    After all that activity, grab a book from the lending library, and curl up in your guest room … or jot a note about your day’s experience in the room diary, to inspire other guests.

Day Three: Lobsta, Here We Come!

  • Breakfast
    Join us as usual, or grab a “breakfast bag” if you want to hit the road early (just ask the night before, and we’ll have it ready when you are.)
  • Head for the Coast
    Rockland’s only about an hour and 15 minutes away; Rockport & Camden follow sequentially. We’ve got maps to get you there. What awaits you? Shops and restaurants, art and antique galleries, and a plethora of museums (contemporary and early American art, maritime, toy & transportation, including the Farnsworth Art Museum, a nationally recognized collection, with extensive works by 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson, four new galleries to showcase contemporary art, and the Wyeth Center, exclusively featuring America’s first family of art.)
  • Time to Refuel
    Many of the popular restaurants in the Rockland-Camden area require advance reservations. If you’ll be heading to the coast, let us know as soon as possible; we’ll offer suggestions and handle the arrangements.

Day Four: Ready for More!

  • Breakfast
    Join us as usual, or grab a “breakfast bag” if you want to hit the road early (just ask the night before, and we’ll have it ready when you are.)
  • Freeport
    An easy drive, and with a veritable mecca of designer outlets (including the immense L.L. Bean flagship store) Freeport is a “must-visit”. And don’t worry … you can always call it a headstart on your holiday shopping, regardless of the season.
  • Portland
    Just 15 minutes past Freeport, Portland’s charming Old Port, with its cobblestone streets, awaits. This historic waterfront area is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country: both a working waterfront and a chic shopping, dining, and entertainment district. A few blocks away is the Arts District, a mecca of art galleries, antique shops, theaters and artist studios. Visit the Portland Museum of Art or the Institute of Contemporary Art, to name just two of the cultural attractions here.
  • Time to Refuel
    Portland has a collection of restaurants so extensive that even jaded city slickers are usually impressed. In fact, the word around town is that Portland has more dining options per capita than any US city except San Francisco. From casual down-home to innovative fusion and meticulous fine dining, it’s all here. We’re happy to offer suggestions and handle reservations, if you need assistance.

Area Hikes

Rome, 663 feet

  • Directions: From the stop sign in front of the inn, turn right onto Route 27 north. Watch for and turn on to “Mountain Drive” on the right, 1 mile. The sign indicates that it’s a private road, but that’s not until after you pass the trailhead and parking area, 100 yards up on the left.
  • Drive time: 2-3 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes to summit
  • Intensity: easy
  • Views: There are two marked hiking loops; one views Long Pond, the other views Great Pond.

Rome (North)

  • Directions: Turn right onto Route 27 North. Go 1.2 miles past the junction of Route 225; watch for Watson Pond Road on the left (with signs for Rome Strawberry Patch). Turn left onto Watson Pond Road, and the trail is 7/10 of a mile, on the left (1/2 mile past the Strawberry Patch). (From Castle Island Road, the other direction, go 2.8 miles past Blueberry Hill; trail is on right.)
  • Drive time: 8 –10 minutes
  • Duration: 10 to 20 minutes to summit
  • Intensity: easy
  • Views: Whittier Pond, Long Pond, the village, Great Pond

Rome (South)

Directions: Turn left onto Route 27 South; bear right at the fork onto West Road (Sunset Grille is on right); turn right onto Castle Hill Road at the stop sign; turn right onto Castle Island Road and next intersection. Watch on the right for the Blueberry Hill sign. Views of Long Pond, the village.
Drive time: 10 minutes
Duration: n/a
Intensity: n/a; scenic overlook, rather than a hike
Views: Long Pond, the village

Rome, Vienna, New Sharon, Mt. Vernon

  • 6500+ acres, conservation land; trails throughout
  • Directions: See us for a map if you’re interested.
  • Drive time: about 10 minutes or so, depending on where you choose to head.
  • Duration: anywhere from about 1 hour to 3 hours +
  • Intensity: moderate
  • Views: wide-ranging; all the local ponds & towns, as well as distant points

Rome, 755 feet

  • Directions: Turn right onto Route 27 North. Several miles up, at the junction of Route 225, make a right. 1.1 mile past the Community Center (on the left), watch for a turn-out opposite a camp road labeled “Hemlock Trail/Bradley”. Park there and walk about 700 feet further; the trail goes straight up the bank right next to a yellow highway sign showing a curve and a side road.
  • Drive time: 5-6 minutes
  • Duration: about 20 minutes to summit
  • Intensity: moderate
  • Views: Great Pond

Winthrop, 809 feet

  • Directions: Turn left onto Route 27 South. At the blinking yellow light (about 5 miles), turn right onto Route 135. At the “end” of Route 135 (about 8 miles), turn right onto Route 17, then left onto Route 135 (about ½ mile later). Make a right onto Route 202 at the junction about 4 miles later. About 3 miles along Route 202, make a right onto Route 41/133, then bear left onto 133 when it forks away about 1 mile further. About 1 ½ miles further on 133, turn left on Fairbanks Road. Follow Fairbanks 3.2 miles and turn left at T intersection. Go past the little beach and boat ramp on Wilson Pond; it’s 6/10 of a mile to the red Forest Service building at the trailhead.
  • Drive time: 35 minutes
  • Duration: 1 mile to fire tower at summit; about 30 minutes
  • Intensity: moderate
  • Views: from fire tower, 360 view of all the local lakes, Camden Hills & White Mountains

All information is to the best of our knowledge, based on local resources; some reference points may change over time.

Event Calendar

  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: Superbowl Sunday: enjoy complimentary snacks; casual “football” dining available! Ask us for details.
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: Cooking classes continue.
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: What better time to enjoy our ever-popular “Romance” package?
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: Cooking classes continue.
  • Belgrade Lakes: Ice Fishing Derby (statewide locations; Oakland, Vassalboro, Belgrade Lakes, Skowhegan and more.)
  • Mardi Gras Parade: Hallowell
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: Cooking classes continue.
  • Augusta: Augusta Boat Show
  • Statewide: Maple Sunday; www.getrealmaine.com
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: Cooking classes continue.
  • Statewide: open water fishing begins
  • Augusta: Home and Garden Show
  • Here at Wings Hill Inn: graduation reservations accepted, up to one year ahead
  • Belgrade Lakes: BL Golf Course opens (conditions permitting)
  • Farmers Market: Waterville. Thursdays, 2-6 pm in the Concourse (May 4 – Oct. 26)
  • Oakland: Memorial Day parade
  • Waterville: Memorial Day parade
  • Waterville: Annual Special Olympics Open Bass Tournament
  • Belgrade Lakes: mailboat rides begin
  • Augusta: Annual Muster Civil War Encampment
  • Farmers Market: Waterville. Thursdays, 2-6 pm in the Concourse
  • Main Street Madness: Waterville. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in The Concourse
  • Waterville: Voice of the Kennebec Festival
  • Waterville: Mid-Maine Chamber Golf Classic
  • “Whatever” Festival: Augusta. A panoply of river-related and other activities during this family oriented two week event.
  • Rock on the River: Hallowell. Tuesday evenings, June 26 – Aug. 21 (except July 4) from 7 – 8:30, free outdoor concerts at the city stage on the river. Rock to jazz to swing to reggae!
  • Gardiner : Arts Festiva
  • Windsor: The Maine Fiber Frolic
  • Skowhegan: Lakewood Theater summer season opens
  • Sidney: Blistered Fingers Annual Bluegrass Festival
  • Sidney: N.E. Music Camp Concerts begin; free series and paid admission events
  • Skowhegan: Maine Antique Power Show
  • Skowhegan: Maine Quarter Horse Show
  • Skowhegan: Spring Classic Horse Show
  • July 4th: Belgrade Lakes. A small town celebration from sunrise to well into the evening. Music, wide foods, games, antique boat parade, shop specials
    frog jumping contest, street parade and fireworks over Long Pond.
  • Statewide: Open Farm Day
  • Farmers Market: Waterville. Thursdays, 2-6 pm in the Concourse (May 4 – Oct. 26)
  • Maine International Film Festival: Waterville. A 10 day event featuring the best of American independent, international, and Maine-made films. Visiting actors and filmmakers interact with attendees. Over 80 films screened.
  • Intown Arts Fest: Waterville. Over 100 artists line Main Street for one of the state’s oldest art shows.
  • Waterville; Bossov Ballet Theater
  • “Whatever” Festival: Augusta: The festival ends with July 4 fireworks in Augusta and Winthrop.
  • Old Hallowell Day: Hallowell’s mid-summer celebration, with road races, arts & crafts, food fair, parade, music and fireworks.
  • Rock on the River: Hallowell. Every Tuesday evening in the summer (except July 4) from 7 – 8:30, free outdoor concerts at the city stage on the river. Rock to jazz to swing to reggae!
  • Winslow 4th of July: Winslow. The biggest celebration in Maine. Extensive parade, military flyover, four marching bands, renowned drum contingents, performances, activities at Fort Halifax park, and fireworks. the five-day celebration includes a Miss 4th of July pagent, lobsterbake, bean supper & pig roast, and street dance.
  • Oakland: Lions Fun Festival
  • Pittston: Pittston Fair
  • Sidney; Craft Festival
  • Loon Calling Contest: Belgrade Lakes. Small town fun at its very best.
  • Taste of Greater Waterville: share the region’s finest cuisine, with tasty treats for all throughout downtown.
  • Annual Sidewalk Sales: Waterville. Great deals and great fun!
  • Rock on the River: Hallowell. Every Tuesday evening in the summer (except July 4) from 7 – 8:30, free outdoor concerts at the city stage on the river. Rock to jazz to swing to reggae!
  • Maine Quilts: Augusta. Over 400 quilts on display, art, antique, judged, display, raffle, special exhibits, workshops with national instructors. Merchants Mall, demonstrations, lectures, quilt appraisals, silent auction.
  • Waterville: Gem and Mineral Show
  • Sidewalk Art Show: Winthrop. 80 artists from around New England compete for cash prizes. Book sale, bake sale, luncheon, and book signings.
  • Monmouth: Monmouth Fair
  • Readfield: Heritage Days Fair
  • Sidney; Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival
  • Sidney; NE Music Camp Concerts
  • Skowhegan; Appaloosa Horse Show
  • Skowhegan: Coburn Park Sunday Concerts
  • Skowhegan: Harvest Days
  • Skowhegan: Skowhegan State Fair
  • Winslow: Blueberry Festival
  • Common Ground Fair: Unity. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators join more than 1,000 volunteers and over 40,000 fairgoers to share knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and useful agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing and have a great time. Downeast Magazine calls it “Maine’s most authentic country fair, uniting, as it does, old-time folkways with progressive ideas about living the good life on a fragile planet.”
  • Statewide: Pick-Your-Own Apples in Maine; getrealmaine.com
  • Waterville: Franco-American Festival
  • Manchester: Annual Apple Festival
  • Skowhegan: Autumnfest Horse Show
  • Skowhegan: Lake George Fiddle Festival
  • Skowhegan: Lake George Mountain Bike Challenge
  • Oktoberfest: Belgrade Lakes. Individual business sponsor autumn events, such as pumpkin carving, hay rides, chili contest, live music and more. 2008 date: Saturday, October 6
  • Harvest Fest: Waterville. Live music, farmers’ market, hayrides and more.
  • Fall Festival: Hallowell.
  • Augusta: Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Show
  • Unity: Great Maine Apple Day and Fall Harvest Festival
  • Statewide: Pick-Your Own Apples in Maine
  • Waterville: Colby Orchestra Concert
  • Here at the Inn: Cooking class weekends begin; and of course our November lodging special!
  • Here at the Inn:Call early to arrange your business event or private party; the holidays book quickly.
  • Nov. 17-18th, 2007: Maine Crafts at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. A juried craft fair featuring the fine handwork of over 30 Maine artisans.
  • Electric Christmas Parade: Waterville
  • Kringleville: one of downtown Waterville’s oldest traditions, Santa’s Maine home, in Castonguay Square.
  • Arts & Crafts Show: Augusta. 125 talented artisans. Free gift drawing every hour.
  • Statewide: Pick-Your-Own Maine Christmas Tree; getrealmaine.com
  • Here at the Inn: Cooking classes continue; and our December lodging package is a great value.
  • Here at the Inn:Office events, private luncheons and dinner parties are a specialty! Or contact us for party platters and specialty desserts for pick-up or drop-off.
  • Here at the Inn:Our “Greet the New Year” package.
  • Christmas Stroll: Belgrade Lakes. An evening of holiday magic. Luminaries line the street, and individual business sponsor fun such as horse drawn wagon rides, carolers, hot cider and refreshments, Santa, and the annual Cookie Walk bake sale. 2008 date: December 1.
  • Kringleville: one of downtown Waterville’s oldest traditions, visit Santa’s Maine home, in Castonguay Square.
  • Christmas in Old Hallowell: Maine’s smallest city sparkles!
  • Hinckley: Festival of Trees
  • Gardiner: The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Skowhegan: Holiday Stroll
  • Statewide: Pick Your Own Christmas TreeWaterville: Colby’s Festival of Carols and Lights

Local event information is taken from postings on area directories and newspapers. Please follow up on events that interest you, as timeframes and locations are subject to change.