World's Tallest Snowman's Village Celebrates Winter!

January 7, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
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tallest snowmanBethel Maine Celebrates WinterFest. The picture perfect snow dusted town of Bethel Maine (just down mountain from Sunday River Ski Resort) proudly holds the title for the World’s Tallest Snowman (113 feet, 7 inches)  AND the Tallest SnowWoman (122 feet, 1 inch).   I just loved her curly eyelashes made out of full size skis!  While the snow people have melted away in seasons past, the folks of Bethel Maine know how to have fun in the snow and revel in it every day of winter.  You’re invited to join their fun from January 23 to 31st, when Bethel celebrates their annual WinterFest.

Exuberant outdoor activities include a  snowshoe scavenger hunt and guided tours, an uphill  snowmobile climb at Mt. Abram, Old-Timers Nordic Ski Race, snow tubing, a Rail Jam competition (think snowboards), hot air balloon ascents, snow groomer rides and a number of evening full-moon events.  Most notable of all this year will be a unique 90 square foot snow maze and a snow sculpture playground which will welcome visitors free of charge.  Bethel is considered Maine’s Nordic Ski Capital boasting three cross country ski centers offering miles and miles of scenic groomed tails.  And with Sunday River Ski Area, Mount Abram and Black Mountain just “up the road a piece”,  downhill skiers will have all the thrills they could wish for.

Sudbury InnAt the end of an energetic day when it’s time to rest your head and wet your whistle, you’ll find that Bethel has an abundance of  delightful country inns, making this town a perfect destination for  winter getaways.  My absolute favorite is the Sudbury Inn with it’s sensational downstairs watering hole – Suds Pub! suds pubWhen the couple seated next to us at the bar confided they had driven 20 miles out of their way just to indulge in the hot appetizer – Lobster Artichoke Dip (and sample a few of the 29 beers on tap), we knew we were in for a memorable evening.  OMG it was the most heavenly appetizer bite for bite that I’ve ever had – yummmmy!  In fact all of the food we had while staying at the Sudbury Inn was outstanding.  An inn/guest house has been welcoming travelers at this location since 1873 and they have the signs down in the Pub to prove it.  Today you’ll find a very congenial inn,  a rip-roaring pub where you’ll meet locals and schussers alike, great food, and as a bonus – the Ski Bus stops right outside the door all winter long.

bethel inn diningroomFor those who would perfer a grand resort inn, we suggest a stay at the elegant and historic Bethel Inn.  This sprawling sunny-yellow inn welcomes discerning travelers throughout the year with offerings of top ammenities and activities.  Accommodations range from rooms at the inn to new town houses to make the whole family comforatable.  You’ll love the on-staff Activities Concierge who will help you fill your days with fun.  And when you’re not out playing in the snow, saunter over to the state-of-the-art health center, spa, saunas, hot tub and my favorite… the 92 degree heated outdoor pool.  Nothing says winter indulgence like swimming in the midst of a snow fall!  Have a look at the Bethel Inn’s website for all they have to offer and a glimpse at their attractive winter packages.

Whether you visit Bethel during the annual WinterFest, during winter or spring break, or on a balmy summer’s day, you’ll always find an enchanting mountain village that’s brimming with humor, pride and activities that take full advantage of their idyllic locaiton.

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