Lovell Maine

Activities

Below is our categorized list of things to do around the Center Lovell Area. Enjoy!

Shopping

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● Harvest Gold Gallery – About a 5 minutes walk the Inn. Founded in 1985 by Linda and Bill, showcasing the founders’ line of one-of-a-kind, beautiful high quality jewelry  as well as the works of other American artists who share their passion for fine handmade art and crafts.  The Harvest Gold Gallery is  steps away from the Inn, right above Kezar Lake.   Yankee Magazine recently awarded Harvest Gold Gallery Best Gallery With a View and commented, “Hard to say which is better: the gold jewelry and other fine craftwork inside the gallery or the views outside over Kezar Lake to the mountains.”  They use traditional goldsmith techniques and each piece is uniquely crafted by hand, using all natural metals and ethically sourced gemstones, many of which are local to the New England area.  The Gallery is open everyday from 9am-5pm. Contact: GPS – 1082 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051  / 207-925.6502 / Harvest Gold Gallery.

The Wonder Store

The Wonder Store – Just across the street from the Inn.  Owner Pete frequent area garage sales looking for overlooked treasures.  He has a keen eye for the good stuff, and his prices are always right.  Stop on in and tell him Prince sent you. Contact:  GPS – 1118 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051  /  207-925-1038.

FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES

●  Four Cedars Antiques – 2 minutes by car, .5 miles. A charming collection  of furniture,  wall art,    vintage signs,  folk art, American antiques, garden decor and more in a rustic, country-chic setting…. and on beautiful, well manicured grounds. Contact: GPS –  168 Old Stage Rd, Lovell, ME 04051 / Four Cedars Antiques / 207.925.1017

William Doyle Antiques  –  1 minutes by car,  just 1/2 a mile.   This is a must stop shop for antiquing.   If you are looking for something special, or that hard-to-find piece for your mantel, you need to put William Doyle Antiques on your list of stops.   William has an extensive collection of just about everything — furniture, paintings, lamps, wall art,   mirrors, animal mounts, American antique farm implements the list goes on.  He’s a warm, welcoming guy that take pride in his work. And it shows: William  feature unique ‘eye-catching’ items that are in very good condition.  During the summer, William Doyle Antiques is open everyday, except Wednesday, from 10-5. Or by appointment. Contact: GPS – 74 Route 5 Center Lovell ME 04016; 207-925-1279.

Gallery 302 – 22 minutes by car, 16 miles. Bridgton (about 15 minutes drive) – Maine artisans’ products and paintings. Contact: GPS – 112 Main Street, Bridgton ME; 207-647- 2787.

Settler’s Green Outlet Village – 33 minutes ride, 23 miles. Save 20-70% on national brands at over 60 outlet stores plus outdoor cafes. Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact: GPS –  19 Barnes Road, North Conway, NH 03860 or use Latitude: 44.027075, Longitude: -71.117314,152 Common Court, North Conway, NH 03860 / Settlersgreen.com.

● Local Vendors  in Bridgton – Support the local merchants.  Bridgton has a large variety of unique shops, specializing in local crafts, antiques, and just about anything you can imagine.  Visit online for more info: Brigton Merchants.

Eating, drinking & farm hopping:

Eating

Center Lovell Market -- a one stop shop for everything!Center Lovell Market & gas station – 1 minute drive, .5 miles. A well-stock convenience store with fresh produce, deli, bakery, prepared food – breakfast, lunch, dinner and pizza all day. Ice Cream, milk, water, juice, tea, soda, beer, snacks / desserts, cookies nuts, chips, dips, wine, beer and a decent medicine cabinet and health & beauty products. Contact: GPS – 1007 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051; 207-925-1051.

Ebenezer’s Pub & Restaurant – 5 minutes drive, 2.4 miles away. A destination, must-go-to place. Rated the number one beer bar in American and the world for the last five years in a row by Beer Advocate Magazine. Featuring 35 Belgian beers on tap and over 700 well kept bottles—including their very own award-winning Black Albert. (All of their micro-brews are excellent in my opinion). Nice people, fantastic beer great food and service.  We strongly suggest making a reservation at least 1 day advance. They don’t accept same-day reservations after 4pm, the day of.  Call for off-season hours. Contact: GPS: 44 Allen Road, Lovell, ME 04051; Ebenezer’s Restaurant & Pub / 207-925-3200.

● Rosie’s Lovell Village Store & Diner  – 5 minutes drive 4 miles. Rosie’s for an excellent breakfast (served all day), lunch or a quick snack for a true back-in-time, wonderful local experience.  Don’t forget to order some pie to go.  Contact: GPS – 234 Main St, Lovell, ME04051; 207-925-1255.

● The Old Saco Pub & Restaurant  — 11 minutes, 6 miles. A charming place operated by  innkeeper couple Sandi and Pete.   They feature excellent gourmet meals at a great value; the menu is  every changing, with inspiration coming from the freshest produce available via the neighboring farms. Restaurant hours: Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 8pm. Reservations  are recommended.  Pub hours: The Pub is open to in-house guests all week long. No food is available at the pub, only beverages. The Pub is only open to the public on Friday & Saturday evenings during restaurant hours, and their during driving range hours. Dinner is seasonal. Please call to inquire.     125 Old Saco Lane, Fryeburg, ME 04037/ Old Saco Inn / 207 925 3737.

● Two Black Dogs, Country Pub — 21 minutes, 14.  Of all the Places to eat in Fryeburg Maine, Two Black Dogs Country Pub is the only one with an extensive imported, microbrew and domestic beer list paired with English pub style food! Located at 2 Jockey Cap Lane in Fryeburg, Maine, Two Black Dogs Country pub is easy to find!  They are open from 11am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday and 11am to 9pm on Friday & Saturday!  2 Jockey Cap Lane, Fryeburg, Me 04037 /  Two Black Dogs207-256-3036

● Quinn’s Jockey Cap, Country Store & gas station — 20 minutes, 14 miles.  Just outside Fryeburg Village, Quinn’s Jockey Cap Country Store is the classic, have-it-all store with a Maine twist.  By that I mean friendly, and welcoming  atmosphere.  It is well stocked, with a nice selection of authentic made in Maine products (hard cider, craft beer, toiletries, gift items, etc.), and a large selection exceptionally prepared grab-and-go meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Friday is Prime Rib Night… only $12,99).  You can take-out or dine in. Their selection of sweets, is sweet indeed  — Italian connolly, whoopie pie, cheese cakes, tarts, brownie, gourmet cookies, ice cream and lots of homemade pies. Shop keepers Bob, Allyson Quinn and the entire safe are terrific people.   Contact: GPS -116 Bridgton Rd, Fryeburg, ME 04037;  Quinn’s Jockey Cap, Country Store  / 207-935-2306.

Pietree Orchard – 14 minutes drive, 10 miles. Visit their farm stand kitchen for a delectable array of fresh baked goods including brick-oven pizza (topped with farm fresh seasonal  ingredients) and their famous, tasty apple cider donuts. They also offers a wide variety of pick-your-own fruits, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins throughout the season.  Please call ahead of your visit. Contact: GPS – 803 Waterford Road Sweden, Maine 04040; pietreeorchards.com / 207-647-9419.

● 302 West Smokehouse — 19 minutes drive, 14 miles. A fun, funky tavern with pub food and smokehouse favorites served with cornbread & choice of 2 sides.  Serving lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, even in the off-season. A local hangout and a favorite pit-stop for bikers.  The atmosphere is lively, service friendly and food great.  Contact: GPS – 636 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine 04037 /  320 West Smokehouse / 207-935-3021

The Oxford House Inn Restaurant & Pub – 19 minutes drive, 14 miles. Fantastic creative gourmet cuisine with a focus on fresh local ingredients. A special occasion place. Also, there is separate more casual pub area with a lively atmosphere, imaginative cocktails, fine wines, snacks and food from the main menu. Contact: GPS – 548 Main St, Fryeburg, ME 04037, USA; oxfordhouseinn.com / 207-935-3442.

Wineries

Mt Washington Valley Winery – 37 minutes drive, 25 miles. This micro winery makes a vast assortment of wines right on the premises. They rate high on TripAdvisor as an enjoyable place to visit. They offer complimentary sampling and personalized labeling for those purchasing for special occasions such as weddings, holidays, corporate gifts, birthdays, etc. Contact: GBS – 2724 White Mountain Highway North Conway Village, NH603; White Mountain Winery. / 603-356-WINE(9463).

Black Smith Winery – 43 minutes drive, 32 miles. They produce Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon, ICE Wine and a blueberry wine in a Port style. Their Tasting Room and Winery are open May 1 through December 31 daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 1 through April 30 Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm Contact: GPS – 967 Quaker Ridge Rd, Casco, ME 04015; Blacksmithswinery.com / 207-655-3292.

Prospect Hill Winery – 1 hour 30 minutes ride, 70 miles. A family run business growing 6 varieties of white grapes and 8 varieties of red. Dedicated to producing quality wines made exclusively from estate grapes. Prospect Hill Winery is open for complimentary wine tastings, tours and sales Sundays, 1-5 pm, beginning on Memorial Day weekend in May, or by appointment at other times. Contact: GPS – 318 Orrills Hill Rd, Lebanon, ME 04027; Prospecthillwines.com / 207-651-9335.

Breweries – micro-brewery crawl

Ebenezer’s Pub & Restaurant

5 minutes drive, 2.4 miles away. Beer lovers from all over the WORLD head to Ebenezar’s Pub in Lovell Maine, in a pilgrimage to Belgian beer nirvana. Ebenezer’s a destination, must go to place. Rated the number one beer bar in American and the world for the last five years in a row by Beer Advocate Magazine. Featuring 35 Belgian beers on tap and over 700 well kept bottles—including their very own award-winning Black Albert. (All of their micro-brews are excellent in my opinion). Nice people, fantastic beer great food and service. Contact: GPS: 44 Allen Road, Lovell, ME 04051; Ebenezerspub.net / 207-925-3200.

Sea Dog Brewing Co –  35 minutes, 23 miles.   Located in North Conway, New Hampshire, Sea Dog  beers are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Their English brewing style results in brew with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish.  Brews include — Hazelnut Porter, Pale Ale, Blueberry Wheat Ale, Raspberry Wheat Ale, Stout, and Pumpkin.  The have a fantastic  family friendly restaurant featuring pub style food plus daily specials.  Open seven day a week, starting at 11am.  Contact: GPS – 1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860 / Sea Dog / 603-356-0590

Sunday River Brewing Company – 33 minutes drive, 22 miles. Located near the Sunday River Ski Resort, they have a fun, casual family friendly atmosphere with an eclectic mix of locals, tourists and craft beer drinkers. Open 7 days a week at 11 am, specializing in burgers and artisan-fired pizza. Contact: GPS – 29 Sunday River Rd, Bethel, ME 04217; Sunday River Brewing Company  / 207-824-4ALE.

Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.  – 37 minutes drive, 23 miles.  Open since 2000, Moat Mountain Smoke House is a 174-seat brewpub and smoke house style restaurant located in one of North Conway’s most historic buildings.  They serve-up fresh ales, lagers and stouts along side good grub: wood grilled pizzas, BBQ brisket, smoked pulled pork,   fresh seafood, vegan and gluten free options. Their East Intervale IPA is a popular local brew, served in draft and 16 oz cans. Contact: GPS – White Mountain Highway Route 16 North Conway, NH 03860 / Moat Mountain Smoke House /  603-356-6381.

● Tuckerman Brewing Co. — 36 minutes drive, 22 miles.  Named after the legendary Tuckerman Ravine, Tuckerman Co. co is dedicated to the art of brewing the finest beers from the finest ingredients.  There locally popular flagship Pale Ale, released in 1998, is brewed with specialty malts, some grown in Maine, and four types  of hops.  They also produce an IPA, stout, and several seasonal brews.  Contact: GPS – 66 Hobbs St, Conway, NH 03818 / Tuckerman Brewing Co. / 603-447-5400.

Penny Brewing Company – 35 minutes drive, 23 miles. They only make one kind of beer, but it is exceptional. This crisp, tasty hand-crafted IPA is made in small batches with water from Maine’s Crooked River. Contact: GPS – 458 Plains Road, Harrison, Maine 04040.

The Urban Farm Fermentory (or UFF) – 1 hour 25 minutes drive, 54 miles. This is an experimental fermentation center. They source as many local ingredients as possible in an attempt to highlight Maine’s unique bounty. Their array of fresh pressed Maine apple cider is spontaneously (or wild) fermented in a Farmhouse style until it’s bone dry & tart. “Spontaneous fermentation” utilizes naturally-occurring yeast in the air and on the fruit, which means even the yeast culture in their cider is local. They brew hard ciders in a variety of flavors and styles – apple, cranberry, wild blue berry, IPA. They also make great kombucha in ginger, Chai and wild berry flavors. They invite you to visit their tasting room. Contact: GPS –200 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101; urbanfarmfermentory.com / 207-773-8331.

Maine Beer Company (MBC) – 1 hour 27 minutes drive, 58 miles. Their Tasting Room features 8 beers on tap, including some brewery only releases. Snacks from local vendors are available as well as MBC merchandise. Huge glass windows allow for an exciting view of the brewery operations. They donate 1% of their gross sales to environmental non-profits and local charities. They are as green as can be and purchase e-certified wind credits to offset 100% of their electricity. They even use recycled toilet paper in their restrooms. Open Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm – 7pm / Sunday and Monday: 12pm – 5pm. Contact: GPS – Maine Beer Company, 525 U.S. 1, Freeport, ME 04032, United States / mainebeercompany.com / 207-221-5711.

Shipyard Brewing Company – 1 hour 30 minutes, 52 miles. Maine’s largest brewery, sample their award-winning ales in their tasting room and take a free tour. Tour hours: 11 am and 5 pm (Mon- Sat) and 11:00am and 4:00pm (Sun). Contact: GPS – 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101, USA; Shipyard.com / 1-800-BREW ALE.

Gritty McDuff’s – 1 hour drive, 44 miles. Since 1988, Gritty McDuff’s has been creating fine, handcrafted ales and traditional English-style pub fare. Gritty has frequently been awarded the titles of “Maine’s Best Brew Pub”, “Best Maine Microbrew” and “Best Bar” in statewide polls. Their ales have been repeat winners at the annual Real Ale Festival. Contact: GPS – 68 Main Street Auburn, Maine 04210; Grittys.com / 207-376-BREW.

● Sebago Brewing Co. —  1 hour drive, 45 miles.   Try their Frye’s Leap IPA, truly a  local favorite and a great, thirst quenching beer.   Contact: GPS –  48 Elm Street, Gorham, ME 04038 / Sebago Brewing Co. / 207-775-2337

The Maine Beer Trail – spotlights the high quality and creative diversity of fresh, hand-crafted, Maine-made beer. Today there are more than 45 breweries on the trail that welcome visitors. Check out The Maine Beer Trail interactive map: Mainebrewersguild.org/map

Summer & Autumn fun

Zezar Lake, Lovell MaineLake activities

You will forget about the ocean — as we have — once you get an opportunity to enjoy Zezar Lake.  Kezar Lake, deemed one of the “most beautiful glacier lake in the world” by National Geographic is located across the street and offers boating and boat rentals, fishing, bird watching, and swimming in its crystal-clear waters.  This ten mile long glacier lake is  home to duck, salmon, trout, bass, and Kezar is a major Loon nesting area.  (The daily call of the loon  is a beautiful calming sound.)  Kezar lake is also a popular watering-hole and grazing area for moose and deer.  As our guest, you will be able to gain access  to the private Lovell Community beach on this beautiful lake.

According to local legend Kezar Lake is named after George Ebenezer Kezar, the first European settler in Lovell. Kezar was said to have wrestled and killed a bear with a jackknife in the mid-1700s.

● Kezar Lake Marina – 5 minutes drive, 3 miles.  The marina is located in the heart of Kezar Lake.  They are a full service marina offering motor boat, water ski, canoes, kayaks and slip rentals.   Also at the marina, you can enjoy a great lunch or dinner with nice lake views at the popular Loon’s Nest Restaurant.  Contact: GPS –  219 W Lovell Rd, Lovell, ME 04051; Kezarlake.com /  207-925-3000.

Saco River Canoe and Kayak & Tube Rentals – 18 minutes drive, 13 miles. Conveniently adjacent to the entranceway to Swans Falls, whether you are looking for a peaceful, leisurely short kayak trip, or a more adventurous weekend canoe and camping trip, hosts Fred and Prudy can tailor your trip just for you. Contact GPS – 1009 Main St, Fryeburg, ME 04037. Contact: Sacorivercanoe.com / 935-2369 / email: info@sacorivercanoe.com

Golf

Lake Kezar Country Club – 3 minutes drive, 4 miles. Rated #1 by the New England Golf Guide for the Best Golf Value. 18 Holes Golf Course. They are nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains, this is a par 72 gem, combines a 1924 Donald Ross Design, with a 1998 spectacular and breathtaking back nine. Contact: GPS – 578 Main Street, Lovell, ME, 04051; Lakekezargolf.com / bradandtina@roadrunner.com / 207-925-2462.

● The Driving Range at the Old Saco Inn — 11 minutes, 6 miles.  A beautiful  baby new  outdoor Golf Driving Range.  The perfect place to  practice your swing while enjoying the wonderful views  of the western mountains peeking through the tall majestic pine trees.  125 Old Saco Lane, Fryeburg, ME 04037/ Old Saco Inn / 207 925 3737.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the US.  Disc golf also known as frisbee golf or frolf (a combination of frisbee and golf), is a crazy fun sport played much like traditional golf.  Instead of a ball and clubs,  however, players use a  frisbee and elevated steel baskets for ‘holes’. The same goal applies whereas the object of the game is to complete each ‘hole’ in the fewest throws,  instead of strokes off-course.  As like golf, disk golf can be enjoyed by the entire family, including the dog.  But, unlike traditional golf, its disk cousin is more affordable.  You can tee off for as little as $7 per 18 hole game.

● TimberStone Adventures, Inc.  — 6.3 miles, 8 minutes.  Situated on 8 acres of mountain top and ledges, this is a well laid out 18 hole  course, that makes excellent use of the hilly land. It has plenty of hilly elevation and very distinct lanes to test your skills.  The course is fun, yet challenging. It will give you  a nice workout. Good thing they have rustic log handmade benches throughout the course for resting. The cost is only $5 per person for the entire day.  Bring good footwear and plenty of water for this multi-terrain Maine adventure.     GPS: 859 Maine St, Stoneham, ME 04231 / FaceBook / 207-928-2110.

Pleasant Hill Disc Golf  — 34 minutes, 22 miles.   Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. Even when the Clubhouse is closed the Course remains OPEN for play with use of their Honor Box. Fees: $7 for unlimited daily play! Children ages 10 and under play free with a paying adult! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while on the property. Rental discs are available for $1 plus a $5 deposit each which is refunded upon return. Contact: GPS: 38 Chamberlain Road Scarborough, ME 04074 Philldiscgolf.com / 883-8387.

Sight Seeing & Adventure

Conway Scenic Railroad – 37 minutes drive, 27 miles. All aboard! Relive the golden days of railroading. Treat yourself to an authentic old-fashioned excursion on a vintage train. All trains depart from their 1874 Victorian station in the heart of North Conway Village. Raids range from 55 minutes to close to two hours. Options include valley, mountain and first-class elegant dining car excursion. Choose lunch or a romantic sunset dinner. Open May thru October. Contact: GPS – 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH 03860; / Conwayscenic.com / 603-356-5251.

Naples Seaplane  – For the best view of Maine Lakes and  the fall foliage colors reserve your “leaf peeping” flight with Naples Seaplane today!! Their standard flight departs at their dock and goes over beautiful Long Lank, Brandy Pond, and Sebago Lake. While in the air you will also see Point Sebago, the famous Songo Locks, Sebago State Park, the surrounding foothills, and majestic Mount Washington. They are available summer thru Fall. They are located on the “Causeway” in Naples. Prices are very reasonable, starting at $55 for adults and only $35 for children. Contact: Naples Seaplane.

Cranmore Mountain & Aerial Adventure Park – 52 minutes drive, 45 miles. Zip lines, one-of-a-kind amusement rides plus a unique elevated rope course high above the forest with breath taking aerial view. This is a fun place for the entire family. They offer skiing in winter months. Contact: GPS coordinates – N44.03.387′ W071.06.623 / Cranmore.com / 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

Polar Caves – The Polar Caves were formed about 50,000 years ago as the third continental glacier descended over New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When the ice retreated, it left behind an amazing series of caves and passageways to explore! A self-guided tour through Polar Caves will take you to the rock garden, on the nature trails and through the nine caves in the park. Fallow deer, pheasants from around the world, and a wide variety of ducks call Polar Caves Park home. They love visitors — especially visitors with fistfuls of corn. Open daily at 10am through October 18, 2015.  Contact: GPS – 705 New Hampshire 25, Rumney, NH 03266 / PolarCaves.com / 603 – 536-1888.

Freeport – Visit Freeport, Portland or Boothbay Harbor for the day. Fryeburg Fair 2015 is October 4th to 11th. Contact: Fryeburgmaine.org.

Cycling

Red Jersey Cyclery – 37 minutes drive, 25 miles. Mountain & road bike rentals, trail maps, and guided tours in the Mt Washington Valley area for riders of all levels: from recreation to racer. They also sell bikes and are expert bike mechanics. Contact: GPS – 2749 White Mt. Hgwy North Conway, NH 03860; Redjerseycyclery.com / 603-356-7520.

Sunday River Resort – 39 minutes drive, 29 miles. Activities include lift rides, ziplines, bike park, golf, L.L.Bean Adventures, ski & Snowboarding. Contact: GPS – 15 South Ridge Road, Newry, ME 04261; Sundayriver.com / 800.543.2754 / 207-824-3000.  

Wildlife in Maine

Bird-Watching

Chickadee, Maine State Bird

The lake district area of Maine offers four seasons of bird watching enjoyment.  The wide diversity of lakes,  wetlands, undisturbed forests and high elevation spruce forest,  gives bird lovers a great variety of opportunities to observe feathered friends in their natural habitat.  Maine is on the Atlantic flyway and depending on the time of day or season, look out for the following birds:  juncos, bald eagle, ruby-throated hummingbird, wild turkey, owls, black-capped chickadees (the state bird), ruffed grouse, black-backed woodpecker, nuthatches, cedar waxing, warblers, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, Canadian geese and other seasonal visitors that have migrated north.

● Maine Birding Trail —  The Maine Birding Trail consists of 82 official sites.  They list the best places to successfully find the birds you want to add to your birding Life List.  To download there free  brochure click:  Maine Birding Trail.  Or visit there web site at Maine Birding Trail. 

Fishing & Hunting

You will find great hunting and fishing in every season here in Maine. Whether lake, pond or ocean fishing; fly fishing or ice fishing; Salmon, Bass, Blues, Lake Trout, bugging (lobsters),  we’ve got a fresh catch waiting for your line.  Our very own Kezar lake was named the #1 Bass Lake in New England 2012, and it has only gotten better since the tradition of “catch and release” has added tremendously  to the  population. Check out our experienced local guides below.

● Rocky Ridge Guide Services – Specialize in hunting and fishing.  Capt. Carl Bois is a registered Master Maine Guide with 25 years experience.  He has been fishing and hunting all of his life. The Capt. been featured on ESPN2, NESIN, PBS, and Outdoor Channel.   His services include Spring Turkey Hunts, Bird Hunting, Deer hunting as well as fishing and  Bait & Tackle in the Lovell area.  Contact: 1-888-718-2617 /  Rocky Ridge Guide Services.

White Birch Guide Services – Capt. Paul R. Bois, Master Maine Guide, U.S.C.G. Licensed. Capt. Paul is a full time guide.  That means he is out in the waters every day, which will ensure you the best outdoor experience and success possible. Contact: 207-925-1740.

Fishing & Hunting Guide – Capt. Paul Bois – White Birch Guide Services – 925-1740.

 The Zoo

Maine Wildlife Park  – If you are an animal lover or are traveling with children, don’t miss the Maine Wildlife Park. What started in 1931 as a farm to raise pheasants for release during bird-hunting season has evolved into a haven for orphaned and injured wildlife. Contact: Maine Wildlife Park.

Amusement

●  Story Land – An amusement park for families with children ages 2 – 12 years.   Bob and Ruth Morrells build a small village where storybook animals live and where storybook characters could come to life. Featuring rides, amusement, live entertainment, food and refreshment.  They opened for business in 1954, the same year that the opening of Disneyland forever changed amusement parks.   GPS: Lat 44.1 north, Long 71.1 west or NH/Attractions Story Land or Address/Hospitals – Memorial, 3073 White Mountain Hwy, N. Conway, NH 03860 (they are 5 miles north of the Memorial Hospital) 850 NH Route 16 Glen, NH 03838 / StoryLand.com / 603-383-4186.

Tennis

●  Tennis – available at the Public Tennis Courts in Lovell Village.

Farm-Stands

Weston's Farm,
Weston’s Farm

Pietree Orchard – 14 minutes drive, 10 miles. offers a wide variety of pick-your-own fruits, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins throughout the season. They also offer pre-picked fruit and vegetables inside at their Farm-stand. Visit their farm stand kitchen for a delectable array of fresh baked goods including brick-oven pizza (topped with seasonal farm fresh ingredients) and their famous, tasty apple cider donuts. Please call ahead of your visit. Contact: GPS – 803 Waterford Road Sweden, Maine 04040; pietreeorchards.com / 207-647-9419.

Sherman Farm –  Sherman Farm full-on, one-stop shop for all your  grocery needs and more.  Estate beef, pork, eggs,  seasonal cut flowers and  corn maze. Nice place with friendly people and great customer service.  GPS –  2679 East Conway Road, Conway, NH / (603) 939-2412 / Sherman Farm.

Smedberg’s Farm– the roadside stand was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger, Gayle Smedberg & Roger Jr.  They specialized in 100% “Made in Maine products including maple syrup, honey, artisan  mustard, jams, jellies,  and Pickles.  Contact: GPS -1413 Main Street Route 26, Oxford, Maine;  (207)743-6723 / Smedberg’s Farm.

Westons Farm – 21 minutes ride, 14 miles. Visit a 200+ years old, six generations working farm. They raise over 60 acres of diversified vegetables. Since 1799 the Weston’s have practiced sustainable agriculture. Experience firsthand the weather dependent process of making maple syrup. The approximate dates of production are from the end of February to mid April. Visitors are always welcome to visit, but call ahead first to be sure that the sugar house is open. Contact: GPS – 48 River St, Fryeburg, ME 04037 / Weston Farm / 207-935-2567.

Boothby’s Orchard & Farm – 1 hour and 10 minutes drive, 52 miles. Pick-your-own apples. Sample their apple wine ($5 with complimentary glass). Free wagon rides on weekends. Their farm stand sell bagged apples, pumpkins, sweet corn, squash, and a wide selection of colorful mums. They host a Maine Maple Sunday, Open Winery Day, and Open Farm Day. Contact: GPS – 366 Boothby Rd, Livermore, ME 04253; mainehoneycrisp.com / 207-754.3500.

Summer Camp in Maine

The Maine Summer Camp Experience –  The natural beauty and splendor of Maine  have been the cornerstone for New England’s summer camps for more than 100 years.  For over 40 years the Center Lovell Inn has played host to parents as they drop off, pick up and visit their young campers.  The Center Lovell Inn is within a 20 miles drive  from  the following summer camps:

  • Birch Rock Camp
  • Bridgton Sports Camp
  • Camp Micah
  • Camps Newfound & Owatonna
  • Camp Pinecliffe
  • Camp Tapawingo
  • Camp Walden
  • Camp Waziyatah
  • Camp Wildwood
  •  Camp Wigwam
  • Encore-Coda
  • Fernwood Cove
  • Indian Acres & Forest Acres
  • JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood
  • Tin Mountain Conservation Center
  • Winona Camps for Boys
  • Wyoegonic Camps

The Maine Camp Experience is committed to making a positive and meaningful contribution to the lives of children by fostering traditions, community, individuality and life-long friendships. MCE directors ensure that each camper flourishes in a safe, caring and nurturing environment—a place that your child will call their “second home”.   Maine Summer Camp Experience.

Hiking

Hiking in MaineMaine offers a wide variety of hiking opportunities  for both the beginner and avid hiker. Some of the trails in our area lead to amazing hilltop views of the Kezar lake.  Below is   information about the trails located near and around the inn.  Hiking trail guides are also available at the guesthouse.  Please ask.

● Sabattus Mountain (quick & easy 1.4 miles loop) Located on a mountain in Lovell, just 1.5 mile up the road from the Inn. This trail is named after a Pequawket Indian named Sabatos, who in the 1700s killed a lynx with one shot as it was about to pounce on him. This trail provides a 1.4 mile loop to a 1253′ summit offering spectacular views of the White Mountains and Kezar Lake Region.  A nice, quick scenic walk  on a well-worn trail. To get to the trailhead, follow Route 5 north from the Inn, turn right onto Sabattus Road.  After 1.5 miles, take the right fork onto a dirt road. Pass a well-kept white house and drive .5 mile to a trailhead parking area.   View Sabattus Mountain Trail Map and Info.

● Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve(moderate – advance, 9 miles of trail) This 802-acre reserve includes over a mile of beautiful shoreline on Heald Pond and over half a mile on Bradley Pond.  It is a terrain of forests, streams, hills, and wetlands. There are  three nice scenic vistas and a network of over 9 miles of trails.  View Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve Trail Map and Info.

● Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve(moderate, 2.4 miles round trip) This trail is located  on a 249 acre reserve.  Great for spotting  wildlife and excellent bird viewing opportunities from  the shore of Sucker Brook.  This reserve is home to  several native waterfowl and wetland dependent animals,  including northern harrier, merlin, pied-billed grebe, and numerous other duck species, osprey,  turtles, bald eagle, and beaver.   The upland forest supports coyote, red fox, cooper’s hawk, deer, moose, and turkey to name a few.  View Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve Trail Map and Info.

● Bishop Cardinal’s Reserve and Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve (easy, 1.8 miles) These two adjacent conservation areas offer easy hiking in mixed hardwood forests, through old hemlock stands (some of the largest and oldest hemlocks in the area), and along varied wetland habitat. This area offers excellent wildlife viewing; home to black bear, moose, dear and several species of songbirds song bird. View Bishop Cardinal’s Reserve and Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve Trail Map and Information.

● Back Pond Reserve  — (easy to moderate, 2.1 miles) This 249 acre reserve hosts two trails: Ron’s Loop is an easy trail through diverse habitat for all ages and abilities, and The Mountain Trail is a moderately difficult round trip ascent to one of the most spectacular views in the region of Kezar River Valley, the Five Kezar Ponds, and the White Mountains. View Back Pond Reserve Trail Map and Information.

● Kezar River Reserve (easy, 1 mile loop) The 114 acre reserve hosts a canoe/kayak launch and a 1.0 mile, relatively flat loop except where it traverses one of five awesome ravines created by headward erosion. This is a nice walk through both forest, wetlands and wildlife habitats. This area supports deer, moose, fox, black beer, owls, hawks, wood peckers, songbirds and a large variety of waterfowl including loons.  Trail markers include artwork from local elementary school students. View Kezar River Reserve Trail Map and Information.

● White Mountain National Forest — Lord Hill Network  — (moderate, 7 miles network) These trails access Pine and Lord Hills which provide interesting views for a moderate effort. The summits can be approached from multiple directions, using various trails that allow for several loop options.  View  White Mountain National Forest — Lord Hill Network Trail Map and Information.

● White Mountain National Forest — Speckled Mountain (moderate – advance, 8.2 miles network) This trail affords hikers numerous views of water falls and other features of Bickford Brook. The summit of Speckled Mountain consists of open ledges with excellent views. View White Mountain National Forest — Speckled Mountain Trail Map and Information.

Greater Lovell Land Trust – can provide trail maps for the 1,685 acres of forests and wetlands under its protection. Visit the link below to access online printable trail maps, best printed on legal sized paper or download and view on your smart phone.  You can also visit them in person for printed versions.  Contact: 207-925-1056  / Greater Lovell Land Trust.

Baldface Circle Trail in Evans Notch (advance 9.8 mile loop)Trail head is a 25 minutes drive, 16 miles. Deemed  the most magnificent hikes in the White Mountains in terms of breathtaking views.  The trail head is located on the northeastern corner of the Whites near the New Hampshire and Maine border. It is a challenging 9.8 mile loop, up the Baldfaces — the two most challenging summits in the Evans Notch area.  This is hike is rerecorded for experienced hikers. Take extra precaution if hiking during the winter because you’ll be in the unprotected alpine zone where  high winds and extreme cold conditions can be inhospitable.   Bald face trail head GPS:   South Baldface, Chatham, NH 03813. For more info. visit SectionHiker.

Mount Washington Observatory  – Mount Washington, called Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. (Wiki).  The summit is accessible seasonally by car (via the Mt. Washington Auto Road), train (via the Mt. Washington Cog Railway), and foot (via several hiking trails).   Mt. Washington State Park is open whenever the Auto Road and Cog Railway are open, which is generally mid-May through mid-October.

According to Mount Washington Observatory in summer, more than a quarter million people visit Mount Washington by car, train, or foot.  But in winter, the extreme weather conditions, i.e., wind, ice, and snow requires a  technical mountaineering ascent to reach the top. Unless,  you’re on a Mount Washington Observatory trip!

To plan your trip to Mt. Washington State Park visit: Mount Washington Observatory.

Hike the Whites — The White Mountains of New Hampshire that is!  This site is dedicated to hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and all around enjoyment of the outdoors in this wonderful place. The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) covers the majority of the region, encompassing 48 4000’ers, five National Wilderness Areas (Pemigewasset, Presidential/Dry River, Great Gulf, Sandwich Range and Caribou-Speckled Mountain), and lots of other stuff to enjoy.  Visit: Hike the Whites.

● Top 25 Hikes in New England – New England has thousands of miles of trails with waterfalls, swimming holes, alpine summits, back-country lodges, shelters, fire-towers, cabins, lakes and ponds. But which hikes in New England are the very best? This link vetted them all, and features what they believe is the ultimate 25 scenic hikes in New England.  Serious hikes, for the experienced. Several are in the Maine and New Hampshire area.  Top 25 Hikes in New England.

Maine Trail Finder – is a free online resource for people-powered trails in the state of Maine. Search a growing database of four-season trails to find the right trail for your next adventure. Browse their interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, pictures, and trip reports. Maine Trail Finder.

Hiking tips — Since Mountain summits are almost always cooler than the base, remember to bring an extra sweater / jacket / windbreaker or fleece sweater depending on the time of year.  Also, beware of ticks, common from April through June in our area. They live in open places with tall grass or brush. Tuck pant legs into socks and wear long sleeves. After your hike, always check for ticks, especially behind the ears and hairline.

Events and Fairs — 17 minutes from Fryeburg fair!

There are many entertaining events near by depending on the time of year; including concerts, festivals, country fairs,  parades,  fireworks, auto racing,  snowmobiles, hunting, and ice fishing competition.

Fryeburg Fair. Try to visit in October during the world-famous (well, almost) Fryeburg Fair; according to Yankee Magazine it is “a quintessential country fair of the highest order.” The Inn is only 14 Miles North of Fryeburg Fair! For more info visit:  Fryeburg Fair

Maine Blues Festival.  The big Maine Blues Festival is held every Father’s day weekend in June.  It is Maine’s premier blues event. Three days of great fun with over fifty bands, family friendly events, food, drink, local crafts and free shuttle service to and from the event with ample parking.  Rain or shine, they got you covered! Only 12 mile away from the Inn. For more info visit:  Maine Blues Festival.

Leaf-Peeping in Autumn

Autumn colors in Maine

The Oxford area of Maine’s state park provide the perfect settings for fall leaf-peeping.   The clear blue skies and  fresh crisp air with the lovely scent of pine creates the perfect setting for enjoying Maine’s fall foliage colors.  Grab a cup of coffee and take a scenic drive, hike  or walk while ‘leaf-peeping’ the beautiful vistas of shades of orange, red, yellow and purple amidst the mirror lakes, rolling hill, large granite bald rocks, and majestic mountains. It is the perfect time to visit.

Here are links to some self-guided Maine foliage driving tours, along with suggestions for the best location in each region of Maine, and when to visit each one for the best fall colors.

● Maine Foliage Driving Tour — A Oxford Hills and Lakes Region driving tour.

● Lakes and Leaves — A fall foliage and lakes driving Tour.

Maine’s Official Fall Foliage Website — Yes it is true, fall foliage is that  big of a deal because Autumn in  Maine is so unbelievably beautiful that there has to be a webpage dedicated to fall foliage.  The site will get updated in  early September.

Winter fun

Skiing

Shawnee Peak – 11 minutes, 14 miles. Skiing and snowboarding. The oldest ski resort in Maine with over 40 trails with snowmaking on 98% of their terrain. Family-friendly terrain, night and skiing. Contact: GPS –119 Mountain Road Bridgton, ME 04009; Shawneepeak.com / ki@shawneepeak.com / Phone: 207-647-8444.

Sunday River –  39 minutes drive, 29 miles.  This is  one of Maine’s largest and most visited ski resorts. Its vertical drop of 2,340 feet is the second largest in Maine and the sixth largest in New England. Not just for skiing, they offer a large variety of both winter and summer fun — scenic lift rides, zipline tours, mountain biking, golf, disk golf, bungee trampoline, ice skating, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Contact: GPS -Sunday River Ski Resort, 15 South Ridge Road, Newry, ME 04261,  / Sunday River / 800-543.2754.

Bear Notch Ski Touring – 52 minutes drive, 35 miles. Authentic cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Explore spectacular riverside views, pristine waterfalls, picturesque flat meadows and challenging hills. Recharge along the way in their many “Warming Hut” offering hot chocolate, teas, coffee, soups and snacks. Contact: GPS – 1573 U.S. 302, Bartlett, NH 03812; Bearnotchskitouring.com / 603-374-2277.

● Ski Maine – the non-profit trade association representing the Maine Alpine and Nordic Ski Industry. Their mission is to increase the availability and enjoyment of Maine skiing and snowboarding for children, families and individuals.  Visit Ski Maine for more information.

Sleigh rides

High View Farm – 31 minutes ride, 20 miles. Enjoy a relaxing sleigh ride during the cooler months. A wonderful sensory experience – your ears are treated to the jingling of sleigh bells; your eyes are treated to scenes of white winter enchantment, and your lungs are treated to crisp fresh country air. Contact: GPS – 48 Leander Harmon Rd Harrison, Maine 04040 / high-view-farm.com / 207-595-1601.

Nestlenook Farm Winter Wonder Land  –  50 minutes ride, 33 miles. Enjoy the winter wonderland created at Nestlenook Estate.  This  scene right out of Currier and Ives centers around the beautiful Victorian Skate Park. The largest and most breathtaking outdoor skate park in the Mount Washington Valley is an experience you do not want to miss. Activities included snow shoeing,  ice skating  (around a beautiful three-acre Victorian Skating Park), and their famously fun  Chocolate Extravaganza Sleigh Rides.  Contact: GPS – Nestlenook Estate and Resort, 66 Dinsmore Rd, Jackson, NH 03846 / Nestlenook Farm /  603-383-7101 .

Snowmobiling

North East Snowmobile & ATV / UTV – 35 minutes by car, 25 miles. Access the largest trial systems via snowmobile and the best terrain in the area. Ride the Wilds, the nations best interconnected summer time ATV trail system. Complete with the best views, marked trails, and friendly locals. Contact: GPS – Mount Washington Valley 532 Main St, Fryeburg ME 04037 / Northeastsnowmobile.com / 1-800-458-1838.

Sweet Ride Snowmobiles – 45 minutes ride, 32 miles. Would you like a up-close and personal tour of the Mt Washington Valley, and the Lakes Region in the North Country of New Hampshire? A snowmobile tour with us will get you places you never knew were there. Contact: GPS: 318 Maple Grove Rd Madison, NH 03849; Sweetridesnowmobiles.com / info@sweetridesnowmobiles.com / 603-367-7020.

Snowmobile Maine – Maine’s snowmobile trail system now includes over 14,000 miles of trail, including 3500 miles of primary trail known as the Interconnected Trail System (ITS). The ITS trails connect across the state and with decent snow a rider may head out from anywhere on the ITS and ride to any other location that is reached by the system.  Visit SnowmobileMaine for more information.

Indoor fun

The Magic Lantern Movie Theater – A beautiful, historic movie theater with old world charm and fantastic new world technology. There rockin’ a pub serving great food and drinks; plus cocktail service in the balcony means you don’t have to leave your seat for refreshments. Contact: GPS – 9 Depot Street Bridgton, Maine 04009 / Magiclanternmovies.com / 207-647-5065 or 207-647-9326.

Saco Valley Sports Center – An indoor sport center featuring bowling, pool, arcade games.   Contact: GBS – 95 Pine St. – Rt. 302
Fryeburg, ME. 04037 /  sacovalleysportscenter.com  / 207-935-3777.

Spa services

Rejuvenation Wellness Center – Owned by esthetician, Andrea Ouellette and massage therapist, Carolynn Plowden, Rejuvenation Wellness Center has so much to offer. Andrea offers a variety of luxurious facial treatments, waxing, tinting, eyelash extensions, and special occasion makeup. Taking on the other side of the spa experience, Carolynn will make you forget the world with her amazing therapeutic massages and body treatments. Out in the studio, they hold yoga classes and eventually will be offering pilates, Zumba and other wellness classes. Contact: GPS 14 Portland street unit #2, Fryeburg, ME 04037 / fryeburgrejuvenationwellnesscenter.com / 207-925-2072

 

The Arts & Culture

The Maine Martime Museum
The Maine Martime Museum

● Center Lovell Historical Society – 8 minutes walk. Founded in 1974, the Society is located in the historic 1839 Kimball-Stanford House across from the Lake Kezar Country Club. This connected farm building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is free, open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 4:00, Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and by appointment. Contact: GPS – ME-5, Lovell, ME 04051, (207) 925-3234 / Lovellhistoricalsociety.org / 207-925-3234 / lovellhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

● Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center – 22 minutes, 15 miiles. Located on the campus of Fryeburg Academy, the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is home to a variety of professional and student performances throughout the year. Since opening its doors in January 2009, the “LHE/PAC” has offered a state-of-the-art performance space for the Mount Washington Valley. From hosting renowned performers including Peter Yarrow, NRBQ, Carbon Leaf, and comedian Bob Marley, to projecting live video streams of the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning “Live In HD” series, the LHE/PAC has become a cultural heartbeat of northern New England. Contact GPS:  745 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037 /  Leura Hill Eastman Perforing Arts Center.

Deertrees Theatre –  Only a 29 minutes drive, 19.6 miles.   In 1936 a marvelous opera house was built on the site of an old deer run in the forest above the village of Harrison, Maine. It was designed by Harrison G. Wiseman, a famous theatre architect with the instruction to, “Design the most acoustically and technically perfect theatre possible”.  Constructed of rose hemlock in the Adirondack Style with hand carved fixtures and near perfect acoustics, the then 350 seat, now 300 seat theatre was considered as fine as any on Broadway. Now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Deertrees Theatre is operated as a non-profit Theatre and presents an eclectic offering of performances (both musical, and theatrical),  gallery exhibits and workshops.  Contact: GPS – GPS 44.118084,-70.664524 or street address – 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, ME 04040 / 207.583.6747 / visit Deertrees Theatre for the latest   happenings.

Stone Mountain Arts Center – 35 minutes drive, 22 miles. This is a humble 200 seat timber frame music hall nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains in little Brownfield Maine. Contact: GPS: 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield, Maine 04010 / check website for events calendar: Stonemountainartscenter.com.

Androscoggin Gorge at Berlin Falls, N.H., circa 1870; unsigned oil on canvas (private collection) exhibited at the Bethel Historic Society
Androscoggin Gorge at Berlin Falls, N.H., circa 1870; unsigned oil on canvas (private collection) exhibited at the Bethel Historic Society

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society — a short 29 minutes drive for 22.9 miles.   The museum feature six exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O’Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. The Society also maintains an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and surrounding region. Visit the Bethel Historical Society for more information about upcoming events and exhibits.

The Ski Museum Of MaineMaine is very rich in ski history, yet many people do not realize it nor recognize the place this history holds within the American ski world. Because of this, many of those who have valued the special spirit our sport entails are concerned this history will be lost. It is this concern which motivated the founders of the Ski Museum of Maine to organize. Established with the mission to “celebrate and preserve the history and heritage of Maine skiing” the board of directors has undertaken a number of projects to identify and preserve our skiing heritage and to share this heritage with the younger generations. The formation of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame is an exciting outcome of this effort.  For more info. please visit  the Ski Museum Of Maine.

● Maine Maritime Museum – 1 hour 75 minutes, 77 miles  is a coastal Maine attraction offering many opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture.  There is so much to see and do, and admission is good for two days!  Contact: GPS – 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530;  MaineMaritimeMuseum.org / info@martimeme.org / Phone: 207-443-1316.

Where else to stay in Maine

Well, if you can’t stay here at Center Lovell Inn, here are our recommendations:

● Main Street Bed & Breakfast – Housed in a charming large classic New England homestead, the original portion built in 1820.  Elegantly restored by its owner, Main Street Bed & Breakfast offers a peaceful haven.  The owner  Margret Cugini wonderful person and a terrific  host.  207-935-7171 / Main Street Bed & Breakfast.

The Oxford House Inn Restaurant & Pub –  Bright and spacious rooms updated with lots of modern amenities including TV/DVD and air conditioning.  Wake up to a full gourmet breakfast in  overlooking the White Mountains.  Contact: GPS – 548 Main St, Fryeburg, ME 04037, USA; oxfordhouseinn.com / 207-935-3442.

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