Kaleidescope of Colors in Rangeley; From the small cabins that sit on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake and Rangeley Lake to the one road that brings you through the captivating towns of Oquossoc and Rangeley this hidden area is only 2 1/2 hours from Portland. Our friends at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce say it best, “Do It All, Or Nothing At All.” This Western Maine Lakes and Mountains region provides everything for all seasons including skiing, golfing, hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, dog sledding, cruises, snowmobiling, and the treasure this neck of the woods is most known for is it’s up close wildlife and fisheries. The opportunity of seeing a moose on your drive in or around the area is almost certain if your adventurous.
Both Rangeley and Oquossoc share similar characteristics contributing quaint antique shops, cafes, restaurants, clothing outlets and gift stores that stretch from town to town. Their accommodations entertain many different vacationers ranging from an array of private lake side cabins, campgrounds, B&Bs & Inns, rustic mountain lodges, and condos with views as far as the eye can see. For vacation rental information or real estate in the area visit these agents; Morton & Furbish Vacation Rentals / City Cove Realty.
The famous 1909 Loon Lodge Inn & Restaurant was built when railroads transported families here for summer vacations from all over New England, New York and New Jersey. The history of of this lodge includes ownership by Guy Gannett of Gannett Publishing, to it’s current owners who have boasted its appearance and atmosphere that will leave you losing track of time! Courtesy of www.loonlodge.com
Since the mid 1800′s Rangeley has provided a rich reputation for the state of Maine for it’s fabulous brook trout that ranged from 11 pounds or larger! When word of these mammoth sized trout spread as far south as New Jersey the Rangeley community was transformed into an attractive haven for sporting enthusiasts. The new Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum provides the history and traditions of the area with stories about those who fished and hunted these great woods (example; Fly Rod Crosby, Gray Ghost Stevens, Taxidermist Welch, and Guide Grant). Courtesy of www.rangeleyoutdoormuseum.org
Rangeley Lakes unmatched character during the fall months dispense a kaleidoscope of colors that transform the landscapes. The views from the legendary Height of the Land on Route 17 in Oquossoc is documented in almost all reviews of Maine fall foliage. Featured as a National Scenic Byway the views include the Appalachian Trail, Bald Mountain and a picturesque Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Until the next Passport Around Maine, make sure to follow us on facebook!