Things to Do
Visit Kingfield in the winter to ski Sugarloaf and Saddleback, snowmobile directly from our back yard to the Black Fly Loop, which connects to hundreds of miles of scenic trails, or find a winter wonderland snowshoeing atop the Bigelow Mountains. When you return to the Inn, cozy up in front of the glowing fireplace with a warm beverage.
The spring, summer and fall bring even more opportunities to explore Kingfield and Western Maine. Hike along the magnificent, newly developed Maine Huts and Trails system or follow the scenic routes of the Appalachian Trail through the Bigelow Preserve toward Mt. Katahdin. Raft down the roaring rapids of the Kennebec River, or fly-fish on the banks of the Dead River. It is said the best trout fishing in the area is from our bend in the river, just behind the inn. Paddle around nearby Flagstaff Lake or take a dip in the cool waters of the Carrabasset River. Bring your ATV and connect directly from our parking lot to miles of trails.
All-terrain vehicles have come a long way in recent years and we are delighted to welcome ATV riders of all experience levels to our Inn…
The high peaks area of Northwestern Maine offers unforgettable views, adventures, and thrills for ATV riders. Whether you are looking for wildlife, spectacular scenery, rocks, climbs, or mud, we have hundreds of miles of trails that include something for everyone. We have recently built an all-terrain vehicle path that goes through our woods and connects directly to our parking lot on one end, and the black fly loop on the other. You are welcome to explore on your own, or we’d be delighted to arrange for a registered Maine guide to show you the many breathtaking trails available to you.
Autumn in Maine offers breathtaking and fascinating views your family is not soon to forget. Route 27 is a Maine Scenic Byway, with plenty of turnouts and rest areas along the way where tourists can pull over and pull out their cameras. Our colors begin to change as early as the second week in September, so a journey northward in our direction may be rewarded by lovely color well before your neighborhood trees start to turn. The hiking and canoeing paradise of Flagstaff Lake in the Bigelow preserve is the only crossroad in North America where the Appalachian Trail and southern forest Canoe Trail meet, and could provide you with a unique vantage point for remarkable foliage viewing. For those less adventurous, the two ancient maple trees that fill the view from our lobby bar should put on a pretty spectacular show.
A couple of our neighboring facilities can supply you with hiking experiences that in all likelihood will be a lifelong highlight and memory. Maine Huts & Trails, just up the route 27, can help you plan your trip anytime of the year, exploring their trails and their four huts on your own or with a guided tour. If you just mention that you would like to be put in touch with them, we are happy to be your hiking concierge. Their business is unique, as they have designed and built four self-sufficient lodging facilities at the end of beautiful trails which they are happy to stock with food for your party and even a personal chef. A little further up the road is the Carrabassett Valley Regional Information Center whose helpful staff can provide you with trail maps, information and directions to all the local trails. The nearby narrow gauge pathway follows the banks of the Carrabassett River and is a multi-use trail that attracts hikers and non-motorized users of all ages. And, let’s not forget that the Appalachian Trail runs right through our region. From a pleasant afternoon walk to a day or week long hike, your trek is sure to be unforgettable!
With so many waterways in the high peaks region there is no shortage of fish or places to find them. Fishing is one of the best ways to appreciate the peaceful solitude uniquely available in our area. Our staff members can direct you to well-known fishing spots, or you may just wish to cast off of our property edge into the Western branch of the Carrabassett River, which I’ve been told is one of the best trout fishing spots anywhere around.
Canoeing and Kayaking
With its abundance of lakes and rivers, West Coast Maine has so many choices for taking a kayak or canoe trip! From a peaceful float to an exciting ride on the rapids, you are sure to find something that interests you. In nearby Flagstaff Lake you have easy access to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail which starts at the South branch of the Dead River on Route 16 and paddles through the lake and into Maine Huts and Trail’s Flagstaff hut through a waterfall area and eventually down the Dead River to Grand Falls.
There are very few places in the country with as many biking facilities as ours. Surrounded by wildlife and array of seasonal colors, our area welcomes you to relax and enjoy the wondrous sites. This is a unique way to see sunrises and sunsets reflecting off serene lakes and rivers. Whether you bring your own or take advantage of the bikes that are available for rent in the area, you will be able to enjoy a variety of rides from leisurely rolling hills through ancient forests to careening down topsy-turvy trails.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating
Whether you’re interested in one of the sports or all three you’ll be excited by the many opportunities there are here due to the combination of the narrow gauge pathway, the outdoor center with its 54 miles of trails, and its newly renovated NHL size skating rink. Maine Huts & Trails also offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on their trails to their huts. Over at Saddleback you will find the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center which has an additional 34 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. No matter which choice you make you can expect well groomed trails and terrain that any level of cross-country skier or snowshoer can enjoy.
Many believe that Sugarloaf’s course is Maine’s number one golf course. If you take a look at sugarloaf.com you can get information on golfing packages and their special discounts for Maine residents. In the Rangeley lakes region, Mingo Springs offers 18 holes of scenic golf for both beginners and advanced players. If several couples are coming to enjoy a few days together, it is possible for us to arrange golf for the boys and a spa day for the ladies.
Over the last 40 years, snowmobile club volunteers have produced a network of trails which now adds up to more than 13,000! Arnold Trail offers 150 miles of local trails from the Carrabassett area to Rangeley Lake, Grand Falls, and right on up to Canada. The Black Fly Loop, with its direct connection to our backyard, has over 300 miles of trails circling Franklin County, the widest variety of trails available anywhere in the East! These uncrowded trails wander through strands of pine and climb majestic mountains, sometimes going places that you can’t get to with any other conveyance. Winter in western Maine is filled with opportunities for snowmobile travel, adventure and the camaraderie of those who enjoy the crisp air and varied landscapes of the season. One of the reasons we built our lobby lounge was for it to function as a kind of clubhouse for The Snow-Wanderers of Kingfield, our local and very active club. So load up your trailer and head north for a snowmobile experience second to none.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Sugarloaf with its 160 trails and 14 lifts, terrain parks, super pipe and snowboard cross courses is certainly the giant in the neighborhood. If you are a skier or a snowboard rider, at some level of your skill development you pretty much have to experience Sugarloaf, the only lift-serviced above tree line skiing in the East. After a big day on the slopes please join us in front of the fire in the living room for what has been described as the best Irish coffee in the United States!
Whether it’s turkeys, bear, moose, deer, or birds that you’re after, we’ve got them all! We can even provide you with a local guide so that you can hunt with local knowledge in all four seasons. We love to host hunters, and we know that after a tiring day in the woods and fields, you’re going to be happy to return to the comfort of our inn…
Sugarloaf offers a thrilling ride for those who are looking to experience the latest in summer fun. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday from the end of June until the middle of October and cover five different lines up to 240 feet in length, and lasting approximately 75 minutes, with riders reaching top speeds of nearly 25 miles an hour. Take a look at the Sugarloaf activity guide for more information on pricing and reservations.
While there are mountain views everywhere around here, there are two car rides, to Ira Mountain and Quill Hill, that provide you with breathtaking panoramic views, so easily accessed by your car. Ira Mountain is less than 5 miles from our front door up Route 27. An hour away by car is Quill Hill which offers a 360° clear view of mountains as far away as New Hampshire and Québec in addition to our magnificent tall peaks.