Bethel is located in the western part of Maine, about 70 miles from the coast. The area is one of rugged mountains, remote lakes, swift streams and rivers, and intriguing forests. The White Mountain National Forest is a mere step away, the Appalachian Trail is ten miles from our door, and the Androscoggin River within spitting distance. We are just 20 minutes from both Sunday River Ski Resort and Mt. Abrams Ski Area. Cross country skiing is just out our back door, as is snowmobiling. The area is perfect for outdoor adventures. Bicycling, either on road or by more rugged mountain bikes. Hiking in the area is superb. Again, hikes can be tailored to the skill level and needs of the party - from easy to blisteringly tough!
Canoeing is easily accessible, either on some of the local lakes, or the Androscoggin River. In either case, the waters are perfect for families, and folk with little (or even no) experience. Fishing is fabulous all summer in the area. Small Mouth Bass and Trout are the most commonly fished species, either from shore, or a boat. For those with less active tastes, or to fill in summer evenings, the BIG adventure center has Laser Tag, indoor climbing, mini golf and a water slide. The hostel is perfect for groups who want to combine hostelling with outdoor adventuring. We will work with you to design the perfect vacation or stay. The SnowBoardingHouse has plenty of bedrooms for individuals and groups. There are also spacious common areas such as a dining area and recreational area, as well as laundry facilities and plenty of kitchen space.