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With over 6,000 lakes and ponds in the state of Maine, exceptional lifestyle options await. Whether you live for making turns on water skis, catching a wide-mouthed bass, or just sunning on a swim float, there is a lake home for you
Considering Maine is home to more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, including glacial lakes, and gorgeous clean rivers, it’s no surprise that a significant number of people seek out Maine for their lake dream home, - either waterfront or close to fresh water access, as a vacation retreat, primary home, or investment. Pristine and peaceful settings are one draw, while others prefer boating, fine dining and four season access to local ski resorts such as Shawnee Peak, Mount Abrams, and Sunday River. Each unique lake, pond and location offers a special Maine experience. There are so many choices, it makes sense to focus on a geographic area along with the water and lifestyle experience you are looking for.
Moosehead Lake, is among Maine’s most popular lakes. It is also Maine’s largest lake, named for its signature moose antler shape. Sebago Lake, the second-largest lake and a popular tourist destination, has a more lively vibe with many restaurants and entertainment at the Causeway. Rangeley Lake is one of six lakes in Maine’s Rangeley Lakes region and along with being a quiet and remote location, it also offers easy access to skiing at Saddleback Mountain and some of the best water and mountain vistas around.
What to Love
- Abundant wildlife and outdoor recreation
- Idyllic retreat properties
- Escaping to a slower pace of life
- Wilderness adventures, with easy access to Portland and airports
- Distinctive demographics based on town and water body
- Listening to the songs of the Loons
People & Lifestyle
The Rangeley Lakes Region is considered the “jewel” of the Western Maine Mountains. People move to this region because of its genuine serenity and backdrop of completely unspoiled wilderness. Rangeley has been ranked as one of the top winter towns in the country with alpine skiing available at Saddleback Mountain and plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing, fat-tire bike-riding, and snowshoeing through pristine forests. This region is also known for extensive ITS trails.
In the Maine Highlands, Moosehead Lake, spanning forty miles and covering almost 75,000 acres, is renowned for its incredibly attractive and scenic location with several outstanding residential communities nearby. Anyone who seeking kinship with nature will find Moosehead lake ideal.
Whether ice fishing or water skiing, Long Lake delivers. This quiet eleven mile, glacially formed lake sits between the towns of Bridgton, Harrison, and Naples. It has many coves for exploring and is connected to Brandy Pond and the Chute River. It is also just an hour from Portland. Living in one of Maine’s lakefront communities presents a distinctive, enticing, and harmonious lifestyle you won’t find anywhere else in the country. These are just a few highlights.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Bridgton is home to a cute and popular little café called Beth’s Kitchen. Beth’s serves breakfast all day, including hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, and desserts made from scratch.
Rick’s Café is in the town of Naples, specifically on the Naples Causeway. This historic restaurant is housed inside a 1901 casino building that overlooks Long Lake with magnificent views of the White Mountain. And on Rangeley Lake, The Red Onion Restaurant is a staple within the Western mountains for several decades. Red Onion offers casual and affordable dining known for its classic chili, hearty steaks, and fresh homemade pizza.
Voted the “Best Gallery with a View” (of the White Mountains) by Yankee Magazine, Harvest Gold Gallery is an art gallery in Lovell where you’ll find a variety of unique and handmade treasures like handcrafted jewelry, hand-carved woodwork, garden sculptures, and more. The works hosted at the gallery belong to more than 200 artists.
Things to Do
There are endless recreational and water activities available in Maine’s extensive Lakes Region, including kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, boating, bird-watching, ice gliding, and shopping to name a few. Western Maine lakes offer easy access to skiing and North Conway, NH outlet shopping. Some lakes and ponds offer public launch access if you decide to trailer your boat or bring your canoes/kayaks. This is a great way to explore and get to know the different lakes and ponds of Maine.
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