Welcome To The Sugarloaf Region – An Intro To The Area

There's a lot to the Sugarloaf region, although it's most famous for being the biggest ski area in this part of the country. It's a great place to visit all year round, and this guide will give you a few pointers about things you can do in the area. Why do visitors come to Sugarloaf? Many are attracted by the natural beauty of the area, or by the many outdoor events. Many visit during ski season from mid-November to early May, or come for a variety of outdoor activities. Whatever your idea of a perfect vacation, you're bound to find something you love on and around Sugarloaf mountain.

Getting here and around

Many visitors arrive at Sugarloaf Regional airport, or one of the other major airports in Maine. From here it's easy to pick up a rental car for getting around town or arrange for a transfer to your accommodation. There is also an Amtrak service stopping at Portland, or a Greyhound service for Bangor, Portland, or Waterville. A car is useful for getting around the area, as you can visit local towns such as Carrabassett Valley, Eustis, Phillips, Strong and many more. However, if you're a keen cyclist there are plenty of bike trails, and you could consider hiring a mountain bike as an alternative to driving everywhere. During certain peak times, there is a free bus called the Sugarloaf Explorer which links residential areas, hotels, and the Sugarloaf base lodge. Check the timetables to see if it's available during your stay, as it can be a lot easier than trying to negotiate roads at busy times.

Staying in the area

There are many cozy inns, B&Bs and hotels in the area, many of them with stunning views. It just depends on the kind of vacation you prefer. If you like to be pampered in a luxury hotel, try the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, right in the heart of the action it's perfect for people who enjoy outdoor activities, hosting weddings, or just admiring the view. If you prefer your base to be a little more traditional, consider the beautiful Nestlewood Inn, a luxurious log cabin which boast seven individually themed rooms. For the truly adventurous explorer, there are also campgrounds in the area, and Cathedral Pines is recommended for its beautiful lake and excellent amenities. There are also many vacation rentals in the area, perfect for families and other big groups.

Things to do

The outdoor activities in Sugarloaf vary by season, although certain things are open year round. The scenic chairlift rides can be enjoyed while the summer is blooming, or while enjoying the foliage in fall. Ziplines can also be enjoyed in any season, and there's nothing like zooming over snow covered woodland. There are also various events and concerts happening throughout the year, so check what's happening before you leave.


There's so much to enjoy during the summer months on the beautiful Sugarloaf mountain. Hike, cycle, canoe, or enjoy a guided tour. For kids, there's an outdoor adventure camp, promising them plenty of activities while you enjoy some time off. The Sugarloaf Marathon is held in May, and the breathtaking scenery attracts runners from all over. Whatever your favorite outdoor activity, there's plenty to see and do.


During the winter months, the mountain is full of fun activities for people of all ages. Try cross country skiing, ice skating, or exploring the snowy trails. Kids will enjoy tubing down the snowy mountainside, and there are always plenty of family friendly events in the local area.


After a hard day enjoying the mountain, you'll no doubt have built up an appetite. Gepetto's has a greenhouse overlooking the mountain, where you can enjoy a range of homemade dishes to suit all tastes. The Shipyard Brewhaus in Newry offers comfort food and a roaring fire, or they offer on mountain pizza delivery. The adorable Orange Cat Cafe in Kingfield comes highly recommended for its casual atmosphere, and delicious breakfasts and lunches. For those who want to stop off for lunch on the mountain, the Bag and Kettle is a cozy pub with beer, burgers and pizza. Perfect for a quick stop off in-between activities.


Many of the small towns in the Sugarloaf area have some adorable boutique stores, perfect for picking up gifts to take home. Try Mainely Alpaca in Carrabassett Valley sells Alpaca clothing, accessories and all kinds of gifts. Carrabassett Valley Jewelry sells silver items perfect for the winter sports enthusiast in your life, or just to remind you of the fun you had on your trip. K&D Handcrafted Gifts in Phillips supply decorative home furnishings, and Country Charm in Stratton is a unique shop selling all kinds of accessories and homemade gifts. Just have a wander, you're bound to find a fun, quirky store for the perfect souvenir.

There's so much to do in and around Sugarloaf, no matter what your budgets or tastes. So start planning your romantic weekend, family vacation, or ski trip today.

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