Maine in July is legendary! Skowhegan (the home of the Kneading Conference) is a gateway to the Sugarloaf Mountains, the North Woods, and Quebec; all which offer excellent diversions. Come early to explore the Kennebec Valley and stay late to enjoy the celebration of local foods and craftsmanship at the Artisan Bread Fair.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast, take in the beautiful Kennebec River; enjoy a round golf at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club; spend the morning birding in the great wealth of undisturbed boreal forests and plentiful wetlands; fish in the many lakes and rivers, pick an apple at Cayford Orchards, join a guided rafting trip or hike to Moxie Falls; take a day trip to Gulf Hagus (the “Grand Canyon of the East” with waterfalls and swimming holes); and consider hiking to the Hermitage, a beautiful old growth pine stand owned by the Nature Conservancy, or to Screw Auger Falls.
For the Downtown Explorer, shop at the New Balance factory outlet, Evelyn’s Furniture and Antiques, and the many shops that make our downtown so vibrant. Enjoy an ice cream at Snow’s Island Dairy Treat or Gifford’s; sample the delicious coffee and pastries at The Bankery; and walk it all off with a stroll down the Skowhegan Riverwalk, taking in the waterfalls at the dam. Pop by Coburn Park or Lake George Regional Park to enjoy a quiet spot to rest; visit the Farmers’ Market and the Pickup Cafe for food fresh off the farm (located at the Somerset Grist Mill); visit in the famous Indian sculpture by Bernard Langlais (“Dedicated to the Maine Indians, the first people to use these lands in peaceful ways”); take a tour at Oak Pond Brewing Company, and finish it all off with a late night film at The Strand or at The Skowhegan Drive-In.
For the Knowledge Seeker, check out The Margaret Chase Smith Library; The South Solon Meeting House; or the Skowhegan History House. Take in a play at the Lakewood Inn Theater and Golf Course. If your timing is right, check the schedule at the famous Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, which offers summertime lectures in the Old Dominion Fresco Barn.
Skowhegan is the perfect place to stop if you are driving the scenic Kennebec-Chaudière International Corridor that begins along the Maine Coast and ends in Quebec City. For additional tourist information check the Visit Maine website, an excellent resource.
Camping: Camping is quintessential to experiencing the best of the Kennebec River Valley region. The region’s campgrounds cater to every level of experience and comfort, from peaceful relaxation to extreme adventure, so bring your gear. Camping resources.