Bridgton

The bustling town of Bridgton will be found traveling north from Naples along the western shore of Long Lake. Stroll the bricked sidewalk of downtown and you’ll find restaurants, gift shops, antiques and crafts and the celebrated Gallery302; featured here are the works of more than 50 artists. For accommodations, you’ll find excellent choices from cozy cottages to quaint inns.

Known as the “Maine Place for All Seasons”, Bridgton is surrounded by numerous lakes, mountains and wooded hillsides and has evolved as a major resort area. In the summer, Long Lake (4,867 acres), Highland Lake (1,401 acres), and Moose Pond (1,694 acres) provide boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and other water sports. Swimming may be enjoyed on the lakes at public beaches (Highland Lake, Woods Pond, Salmon Point, and Plummer’s Landing).

You can pick from a variety of hiking trails that range from family-easy to heavy breathing challenges any time of year. You’ll get one of the better views of 50 nearby lakes, ponds and streams at the top of Pleasant Mountain.

Take the short ride west from Bridgton center to family oriented Shawnee Peak which offers 41 trails of excellent downhill skiing including night skiing.

Harrison, located at the top of Long Lake, is the home of the Deertrees Theater and Cultural Center. Started in l936, it offers more than fifty productions, including standup comedy, Broadway plays and musical shows.