Near Maine’s western border, in the shadow of the White Mountains, Bethel boasts a rich history and access to outdoor activities, making it a popular destination year-round. In the colder months, the nearby Sunday River and Mount Abram ski resorts … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Winter

Friday Afternoon A dog-day afternoon The excited yelps of dozens of Yukon huskies greet 
us as we walk down the long, snowy driveway of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry. Mahoosuc’s Polly Mahoney and Kevin Slater, who are registered Master Maine … Continue reading

48 Hours in Bethel: Summer

Friday Evening Check-in and martinis It’s just after 5 p.m. when we pull in to charming downtown Bethel, and the picnic tables at the new Steam Mill Brewery are already filling up. My best friend, Stephanie, and I decide to … Continue reading

Out of the Woods

Behind the peaks of Sunday River Resort sits almost 3,600 acres of land packed with looming green trees. Most is open to the public, but the only route through is one snowmobile trail. The other part is privately owned and … Continue reading

Adventures on the Androscoggin

When owners Jeff and Pattie Parsons opened Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground 23 years ago, they rented out only six canoes. Now, on warm days, dozens of their tubes, paddleboards, and brightly colored kayaks dot the Androscoggin River as campers, … Continue reading

Engineered to Last

When Toby Winkler and Jake Bracy first cut apart skis to see how they were made, they didn’t expect the experiment to turn into a career. The cousins wanted to build their own skis and were curious about how it … Continue reading

Collaborative Approach

In an area known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, a community is coming together to support the arts. A group of artists and community members created Bethel Area Arts and Music (BAAM) last year to provide regional programming and to … Continue reading

Skiers for Life

On a brilliantly sunny Saturday in February 2017, the first weekend of winter break, photographer Nicole Wolf and I are navigating our way through a sea of skiers outside Sunday River’s South Ridge Lodge. We hop out of the way … Continue reading

Sunday River Nightlife

Matterhorn Ski Bar | Newry Open after Thanksgiving, Matterhorn Ski Bar features live music all winter long. The Sunday River standby also serves food—think quick, comfort fare like pizza and garlic knots that pair well with filled-to-the-brim beer steins and … Continue reading