Farmington / Wilton

If your holiday brings you here in the summer you have a multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers for swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. Mountains and valleys provide great hiking, camping and stunning views.

When you reach Farmington you’ll find an unpretentious, yet charming downtown with a wide array of restaurants, gift shops, bookstores and the Historical Society. Nearby is the 85-acre Historic District housing more than 100 Federal and Colonial Revival buildings and other historic resources that illustrate the growth of the community from the 1800s through the mid-20th century.

You’ll enjoy the performing arts at the Arts Institute of Western Maine, famous for presenting a variety of musical productions, including chamber, classical, opera, Broadway show tunes and jazz.

You may want to plan your visit to coincide with the Franklin County Fair. It’s been a tradition since 1840 and takes place in September. Highlights are harness racing, livestock shows, entertainments, rides and games.

Nestled here at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington is the affordable alternative to a private liberal arts school.

Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is Maine’s public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences.

Neighboring Farmington is the quaint village of Wilton. The Town's website boasts that it is "Ideally located in the western lakes and mountains region of Maine and is well-known as a great place to live, work, and play. Residents and guests alike enjoy the extensive recreationalopportunities including the picturesque 563 acre Wilson Lake adjacent toour historic downtown district. The spring-fed lake can be enjoyed fromseveral access points including Kineowatha Park; a 62 acre public parkwith a public beach, volley ball courts, skateboard park, tennis courts,basketball courts, recreation hall, and outdoor ice skating rink inwinter."

You should plan on visiting during Wilton's annual Blueberry Festival, always held the first Friday and Saturday in August, celebrating its 36th year in 2018. This spectacular event includes 60 unique events over the 2 days and has something new to offer each year.