Bethel: Winter

Among the mountains of western Maine, the Bethel area offers plenty of travel-worthy dining and year-round outdoor recreation, including Sunday River, the most popular resort in the state.

Big Plans, Big Views

A casual mountain getaway on the slopes of Sunday River provides plenty of space for family bonding and outdoor exploring.

Wednesday Slalom

If it's midweek in winter, it's high time for some fast moves on the slopes.


Every day we comb through our Instagram feed to find images from followers documenting our state. On Instagram we share a capture of the day, and each month in Maine magazine we highlight one of those photos.

Farmer’s Market and Taps

Farmer’s Market and Taps is the kind of place you’re unlikely to stumble upon if you didn’t know about it. Jessica and Brian Nichols of Brian’s in downtown Bethel suggested it to us, and it’s tucked into a small strip

Village People

The Frongillo family's love of Sunday River starts off-mountain at their historic home in the heart of Bethel.

Dark Sky High

The mountain peaks we ski by day are in relief against the sky, blanketed and tucked away as temperatures dip and darkness falls. Yet, at Sunday River, the mountain scenery can be very much alive after dark—particularly on winter weekends when

Sunday River

The Grand Pooh Bear

Sunday River’s competition center is the oldest building on Barker Mountain and it smells like it— sweat-soaked wool, spilled beer, and wet carpet predominate. The walls are nicked by ski boots and covered with jerseys and medals, and the offices