Bridgton, Maine, is a fascinating town. It’s the western-most town in Cumberland County (which includes Portland and Freeport) and the service center for the Western Maine area. The last decade has seen a revitalization in the town. Starting with a new, state-of-the-art hospital and elementary school, Bridgton has seen the arrival of a new Dunkin’ Donuts, Hannaford Supermarket, 3-screen movie theater, the Rufus Porter Museum, McDonalds Restaurant, and a 66-acre, downtown walking park. The Highland Lake Resort is near it all!
Or, you can enjoy the classic architecture of many of Bridgton’s 17th and 18th century buildings, its local art scene, musical events, and cultural attractions which illustrate the uniqueness of the area.
Check out “Area Attractions” for more information about places to eat, shop, and sightsee. Local Events Throughout the year, Bridgton holds many fun, annual events: Get amazing deals at many stores on Early Bird Morning, the first Saturday in November. Enjoy the Annual Bridgton Night of Lights, with its Parade of Lights, Candlelight Processional, community carol singing, and a visit from the Jolly One himself. The Mushers Bowl Winter Carnival brings live sled dog racing, concerts, games and activities right on the frozen lake, plus other outdoor and indoor fun for all ages. Are you a Four Square fan? The Town hosts the Annual LEA Four Square World Championship every winter! In May, two churches hold an Annual Plant and Bake Sale, assuring you of having the best plants ready to get into the ground for spring. The Fourth of July sees Bridgton’s Four on the Fourth Road Race, one of the largest races in New England! This event is just a part of the Town’s annual Independence Day festivities, with fireworks always on July 3rd, the parade on the 4th, and plenty of other activities on both days. For quilters, we have the Annual Chickadee Quilt Show. For those who love fine furniture, craftsmanship, or living history displays, the Annual Artisans and Woodworker’s Show at Narramissic Farm has been held for over 20 years. Dozens of artists display their wares at the Annual July Art in the Park event. Held on the banks of Stevens Brook, this fair attracts artists from all over, and includes food, music, and fun for all. Enjoy a day of family fun, with a dunk tank, live concerts, kids’ games, displays, food, and more at the Annual Depot Street Festival in August. Check our weekly paper, The Bridgton News, every Thursday for dates of festivals, summer bazaars, live entertainment, public suppers, etc.
NearbyMany people don’t realize just how much there is to do in the Greater Bridgton and Sebago Lakes Regions of Maine. In addition to just enjoying the many activities and sites in the Town of Bridgton, the whole Western Maine Region offers art galleries, musical events, fairs, festivals, theater, and fun attractions for the whole family! For example:Check out local fairs, festivals, and other events in area towns around Sebago Lake and the rest of Western Maine. The biggest event of the fall is the Fryeburg Fair, the largest agricultural fair in Northern New England, just 15 miles from the Resort! You can also take in town celebrations, such as Harrison Old Home Days, Casco Days, or Waterford’s “World’s Fair”. Enjoy other special events, such as the Sebago Lake Fishing DerbyFest, Naples Winter Carnival, the Holly Berry Fair, the Denmark Sheepfest, Maine Maple Sunday, The Fryeburg Home, Garden and Flower Show, the Blues Festival in Naples, the Western Maine Chili Cook-off, the Lovell Arts and Artisans Show, or the Maine Lakes Brewfest in Casco. Call the local Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce (647-3472), visit their website (www.mainelakeschamber.com), or check out the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at (207) 892-8265 for ideas and information. Looking for true Maine experiences? Check the Bridgton News at local stores (or at www.bridgton.com) for listings of church suppers and fairs, local non-profit events, and other regional activities. Check out Deertrees Theatre in Harrison (583-6747), School House Arts Center in Sebago (642-3743), or the Denmark Arts Center (452-2412) for live musical, theatrical, and children’s presentations. Stone Mountain Arts Center (1-866-227-6523) is only a short drive away in Brownfield, but they feature nationally-known acts from all over the country. In the fall, visit one of the many agricultural fairs, including the nearby Fryeburg Fair (935-3268), Northern New England’s largest. The last remaining Shaker Village in the country is less than an hour away on Rt. 26 in Sabbathday Lake. Visit their museum and see how life was lived in simpler times. (926-4597) You’re only an hour from Portland and the Coast of Maine! Take a day trip and see the Portland Museum of Art, numerous art galleries, the Maine Historical Museum, the Victoria Mansion, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s House, and other cultural attractions. Other fun Family Activities include:Get in some miniature golf at Starboard Green (on the Naples Causeway) or Steamboat Landing (on Rt. 114 – 693-6782). Hike on dozens of trails or take a guided tour of nature. Check with Lakes Environmental Assoc. (647-8580) and Loon Echo Land Trust (647-4352). (We also have maps!) Try horseback riding at Any Day Now Stables (647-8704), Secret Acres Stables (693-3441) or Carousel Farms (627-4471) Take a trip on a real steamboat at the Songo Queen II in Naples (693-6861). Go and watch the real, live buffalo at Beech Hill Farm & Bison Ranch (583-2515) in nearby Waterford. Drive to the Songo Locks on State Park Rd. (between Rt. 302 and Rt. 114 in Naples) and see the oldest hand-operated locks still in use, allowing boats to pass from Brandy Pond to Sebago Lake. Take a scenic seaplane ride over Long Lake and Sebago Lake at Naples Seaplane Rides on the Causeway (693-3736). NOTE: They can sometimes be talked into a trip over Highland Lake, for a view of the Resort! Visit the live animals at the Maine Wildlife Park (657-4977) and nearby fish hatchery off Route 26, 3 1/2 miles outside of Gray. Go-karts, mini-golf, & more, plus winter-time sledding at Seacoast Fun Park (892-5952) on Route 302 in Windham. For a full day of fun, try a trip to Storyland in Glen, NH (45 minutes away – 603-383-4186). Since you’re so close to the East Coast’s tallest mountain, take the old-fashioned Cog Railway (800-922-8825) or the Auto Road (603-466-3988)to the top of Mt. Washington.