A big state, Maine offers much to see and do in every region. Known for its rocky coastline, magnificent lakes and mountains, and the spectacular scenery in Acadia National Park, Maine clearly deserves its moniker, Vacationland. That’s particularly true in our neck of the woods. Western Maine, with its lakes and ponds, dense forests, and challenging hiking terrain, lures savvy travelers year-round. But it helps to have a guide. So, take along this top travel guide to western Maine to fully enjoy all that this region offers!
Visitors from all over travel to our bed and breakfast in Poland, Maine in every season. It’s a spring and summer playground, fall foliage destination, and winter wonderland all in one. Hikers, bikers, boaters, water-sports fans, alpine and cross-country skiers flock to the region because of its fantastic recreational opportunities. But the scenic beauty of the area, with its quaint European sounding towns and villages, attracts visitors who also appreciate its history and simple way of life. So let us introduce you to what awaits you here in Western Maine.
Fun on Tripp Lake
Let’s start with the ample amenities we offer right here at the Wolf Cove Inn. Our Tripp Lake location and complimentary kayaks and canoes make spending the day on the water a breeze. If you need to stretch your legs a bit, take a walk along Jordan Shore Drive. In winter, when the lake freezes over, you can snowshoe across the ice, or try your luck at ice fishing. And, at the end of the day, there is nothing more relaxing than taking your favorite beverage out to the fire pit to watch the sunset.
In and Around Poland Maine
If you want to do a little exploring in and around our area, you’ll find dozens of ways to entertain yourselves.
- Shop for antiques at the Willows
- Golf at Poland Spring Resort
- Visit nearby Shaker Village
- Play the slots at the Oxford Casino
- Watch the races at the Oxford Plains Speedway
- Grab a craft beer at Oxbow Beer Garden
- Explore nearby Norway or Naples, Maine
- Learn to dog sled at the Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience
- Go horseback riding at the Carousel Horse Farm
- Hike the trails at the Heart of Poland, Bragdon Hill Conservation Area, Range Pond State Park, or Rattlesnake Mountain
Spend the Day in Nearby Portland
With a rapidly growing reputation as a great foodie destination, we recommend taking a day trip to Portland Maine, just an hour from the Inn. Stroll through the Old Port by the waterfront for great shopping and dining. Then think about getting out on the water on a whale watch excursion, lobster boat tour, ferry or mail boat tour of Casco Bay. One of our favorite ways to spend the day in Portland is on a foodie tour. Choose from a half dozen itineraries that visit some of the city’s greatest culinary stops. Of course, you can’t leave the coast before visiting Portland Head Lighthouse and having a lobster roll at the Lobster Shack at Two Lights.
Explore the Twin Cities of Lewiston/Auburn
Exploring the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn is another great day trip idea, especially for history buffs. A 2-hour walking tour of the Franco Trail reveals the rich history of the French-Canadian influence on the city of Lewiston. Similarly, the Riverwalk in Auburn travels along the Androscoggin River unveiling the heart of the historic mill district of the city. After your walkabout, grab a craft beer at Baxter Brewing or Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub for a refreshing way to end your day. By the way, the twin cities host the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival every August. But if you missed it you can still get a thrill on a hot air balloon ride with the help of Androscoggin Balloon Adventures.
Visit the Western Mountains Region
The Western Mountains region of Maine is home to the Sunday River Resort. Offering a year-round calendar of events and activities, the resort is best known for its challenging hiking and skiing trails. Nearby Grafton Notch State Park, also offers a wealth of hiking trails, including the most challenging 12 miles of the Appalachian Trail. But you needn’t be an expert hiker to get out in the woods for a short walk to a spectacular waterfall or gorge. Be sure to drive the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, especially in autumn when the brilliant colors of fall foliage put on a dazzling show. And for the rock hounds among you, visit the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel, where the “largest piece of Mars resides on Earth”.
Catch a Preview of Western Maine in Every Season
There are 5 seasons in Western Maine. Yes, you read that right. There’s summer, fall, winter, mud season, and spring. Catch a preview of this majestic part of the country during every season with these virtual tours.
Wolf Cove Inn Travel Guide
You’ll find much more information on what to see and do on your next visit to the Wolf Cove Inn on our Maine Travel Blog. Use the search bar to find everything you need to know about fun day trips, great waterfall hikes, seasonal activities, and more. It’s the quintessential tool to find just the right motivation to visit. But for now, bookmark this handy travel guide to western Maine and start planning your trip to Tripp Lake.