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Contact the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce


Address: 8 Station Place, P.O. Box 1247, Bethel, Maine 04217
Phone: 207-824-2282 or Toll-Free 1-800-442-5826
Fax: 207-824-7123


About the Bethel, Maine Area


From the tree-lined historic village common in downtown Bethel to the majestic mountaintop views of nearby Grafton Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest, there is a special feeling in Bethel. Nestled along the banks of the beautiful Androscoggin River, surrounded by Maine's Appalachian Mountains, Bethel has welcomed visitors for more than two hundred years! Once the destination of the wealthy from New York and Boston who traveled via train to spend the entire summer, Bethel has become one of New England's premier year-round vacation spots for folks from around the globe.

Bethel is truly a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy places, to enjoy nature at its fullest, breathe fresh mountain air, and enjoy a stroll through our historic village and National Historic District. There is something for everyone as each season unfolds dramatically. The winter whites melt into some of the world's most beautiful spring wildflowers including fields and of purple, pink and blue lupine interspersed with the greenest pastures dotted with yellow dandelions. The summer's lush greens and blues transform into the bold reds, oranges, and yellows of New England's most spectacular fall foliage.

Using Bethel as the headquarters of your vacation will allow you the opportunity to fully explore our area and also visit many of the famous attractions of the surrounding communities. Whether you are on foot, bike, canoe, skis, snowmobile, or in your car, we guarantee that your vacation in Bethel will provide you memories for a lifetime!


Bethel, Maine Area - Attractions


The area offers a wide array of activities, a variety of accommodations ranging from luxurious to rustic, shopping in specialty stores featuring Maine gems, Maine-made gifts and crafts and other unique items, and an abundant choice of dining from pizza to lobster!

In the spring, summer and fall the Bethel area has many opportunities to satisfy your vacation needs. Among them are hiking trails with gorgeous views at the top, scenic drives to view the beautiful Bethel area, leisurely canoeing or kayaking on our rivers and ponds, biking along our country roads, fishing, rock-hounding to find that perfect gem, summer theatre, moose-watching tours, horseback riding, movie theatre, miniature golf, waterslide park, and much more.

In the winter come to enjoy our alpine & nordic skiing, snowmobiling trails, ice fishing, dogsledding, snow tubing, ice skating, laser tag, indoor climbing wall and our exciting shops & restaurants.


Bethel, Maine Area - Special Events


June 18: Annual Androscoggin River Canoe/Kayak Race. Races for both recreational paddlers & racing classes. Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground. 207.824.4224.

July 1: The 17th Annual Bethel Art Fair. Artists & artisans display and sell their work. Youth art exhibit & children’s activities. Great food & entertainment all day. 207.824.2282.

July 4: Bethel Historical Society Annual 4th of July Celebration. Community picnic at the Moses Mason House. Two hour concert by the Portland Brass Quintet. 207.824.2908.

July 8-9: Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Festival. Dealers displaying & selling cut gem stones, jewelry, and fine mineral specimens from around the area. Crescent Park School. Call: 207.824.2844.

July 15: Mollyockett Day & 13th Annual Great Duck Race. Annual community festival featuring foot races, parade, contests, entertainment, arts & crafts, fiddlers contest, duck race at the covered bridge, great music and plenty of food. Fireworks at dusk. Contact the Mahoosuc Arts Council at 207.824.3575 or Chamber of Commerce at 207.824.2282.

July15: Mollyockett Day 5 mile Classic Road Race. A 5 mile road race through the Bethel country side or a 3 mile walk. Also a 1 mile run for children 14 and under. T-shirts and prizes. A fun race. Call 824.2282 for registration.

July 29: 4th Annual Skunk Run (Sandon Morgan Scholarship Fund Fundraiser). 9:00 am-6:00pm. Motorcycle Run, Pig Roast and Live Band.

August 4-6: Andover Old Home Days Celebration. Parade, antique car displays, exhibits, art & flower shows, crafts, firemen’s muster, horse show, plenty of food & music. Andover. 207.392.4311.

August 6: 15th Annual Maine State Triathlon. A sprint triathlon with a 1km swim at Songo Pond, 25km bike race on scenic country roads, and a 5km cross-country run. A very "do-able" event for teams or individuals. (Date subject to change) FMI: 207.824.2282

August 11-13: Sudbury Canada Days. Lectures, old time crafts, art show, children’s parade & games, badminton & croquet tournaments, log driver’s bean supper, and more. Located on the grounds of the Bethel Historical Society. 207.824.2908.

September 16: 9th Annual Harvest Fest & “Chowdah” Cook-off. An old-fashioned fun fall festival including arts & crafts, chowdah cook-off, demonstrations, hiking, biking, canoeing, plenty of food, guided & self-guided bike tours and more. 207.824.2282.

October 7-8: Annual Fall Festival Weekend at Sunday River. Arts & Crafts Festival, Summit Challenge, Wife Carrying Championship, plenty of food and more. 207.824.3000.

October 27-28: Annual Bethel Outing Club Ski Sale. New & used equipment, clothing & accessories for alpine, snowboard, cross-country skiing & other winter sports.

Nov. 24: Local Wares Fair. A true hometown craft and wares fair of locally handcrafted items. 207.824.2282.

Nov. 25-26: Annual Demo Days and Budweiser Rocks the River Concert Series at Sunday River Ski Resort. 207.824.3000.

Weekends – Thanksgiving to Christmas - Country Christmas in Bethel. Taste of Bethel, Theme Wreath Auction, wagon rides, shopping specials, open houses, The Living Nativity, Messiah Sing, Christmas tree lighting, caroling - a country Christmas atmosphere. 207.824.2282.

Dec. 2: Taste of Bethel & Theme Wreath Auction. Taste the delicious specialties area restaurants prepare for you to sample. The silent auction features beautifully decorated wreaths to bid on. 207.824.2282.

Dec. 3: 6th Annual Santa Sunday at Sunday River Ski Resort. 207.824.3000.

Dec. 31: Annual New Year’s Bethel Celebration. Lots of great fun & entertainment at several different venues throughout historic Bethel village. 207.824.2908 / 800.824.2910 for info & tickets.

Great views from our hiking trails!

Waterfalls are awesome!

Canoeing and kayaking are great family fun!

Artists' Covered Bridge on the Sunday River Road

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Last Updated: June 7, 2005