Bethel

Bethel: Winter

Friday Evening: We leave work early so we can hit up our friend’s retrofitted Mobil station restaurant, Standard Gastropub, in downtown Bridgton on our way to Bethel. A wall of coolers full of hundreds of canned beers creates an alluring aluminum … Continue reading

Big Plans, Big Views

“There’s a theme to our house,” says Stacey Edelstein as she wraps her hands around a steaming mug of coffee. “I don’t ever want to take out a bottle of Windex if I don’t have to.” Her husband, Rob Edelstein, laughs and … Continue reading

Wednesday Slalom

“I literally screamed the whole way down,” Meryl Kelly says about her first time on the course. Don’t fall, don’t fall, remains her mantra, she explains. “As long as I don’t go into the nets I’m good.” Kelly, part of the … Continue reading

Capture

My family and I were finishing up a day of skiing at Sunday River last December, and this sunset struck me as we took our final run of the day down Dream Maker trail. I have never had a bad … Continue reading

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Whether we are skiing through the first rays of the morning sun while making lazy turns on Sunday River’s Dream Maker trail, or kayaking off the coast of Harpswell, we need a certain amount of strength and coordination to navigate … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Village People

It’s the very last week of winter when I visit Gail and Bill Frongillo’s house on Broad Street in Bethel—cold enough for Gail to turn on the heat when we walk in, but close enough to spring that the backyard gardens are … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Bethel (Winter)

Prior to this trip, I’ve been on skis once in 13 years, and my boyfriend, Seth, hasn’t been on a snowboard in about 10. As a kid I used to head to Sunday River every weekend on a school trip. … Continue reading