XC Skiing: A Fun Way to Get Active
February 23rd, 2021
Feel the excitement as you ascend the peaks by chairlift, snowmobile or on foot. This is the land of adventures, where there’s no such thing as too much fun or too much snow!
Search for an adrenaline rush in the Brackett Basin Glades and double black diamond trails at Sugarloaf, share stories and laughs around the fire as you wait for a bite while ice fishing, or explore the region’s rich heritage and miles of trails.
The Mountain View Motel on Carrabassett Road in Stratton is an “outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.” Owned and operated by Mark and Cindy Rollins, each cozy room is more like a cabin in the woods than a motel room. All of the rooms have a fully-equipped kitchen, private bath and are pet-friendly. Enjoy sunrises and views of Cranberry Peak as you sip your morning coffee before heading out to explore.
At Flagstaff Fuel on Main Street in Stratton, you’ll find gas and diesel and a whole lot more. Located just off the snowmobile trail for easy access, the convenience store has 24/7 fuel pumps and features pizzas, subs, deli meats and unique specials. They also have coffee and an extensive wine and beer selection. But wait, there’s more–here you’ll find novelty items including sweatshirts, candles, Maine honey and maple syrup, plus other Maine novelties.
At Fotter’s Market and Hardware on Main Street in Stratton, you can purchase everything from groceries, meats and produce, beer and wine, plus soups and meals to go, to tools, hardware and propane. Locally-made items include Sugarloaf birdfeeders. And while you’re here, ask for Grammie Elva’s Famous No-Bake Cookie Recipe.
When you are on Main Street in Stratton, think about breakfast or lunch at the Looney Moose Cafe. Open seven days a week, this is the place for a delicious home-cooked meal. Looking for comfort food–how about warming up with a cup of Jamie’s famous chili and a grilled cheese sandwich?
The Carrabassett Valley Antigravity Complex at the base of Sugarloaf is operated by the Town of Carrabassett and Carrabassett Valley Academy. This recreation complex features Maine’s largest indoor skate park and skate bowl, Olympic-size trampolines, an indoor rock climbing wall, full-court gymnasium and fitness room. Classes and private lessons are offered and reservations are required for the trampolines and climbing wall.
After a day of the skiing or riding on the snowmobile trails, you’ll be ready for a giant Wolf burger or some other down-home cooking entree from the menu at the White Wolf Inn and Restaurant. Be sure to save room for an incredible dessert. There’s also a pub in which to relax while enjoying a Maine microbrew or Newcastle Brown Ale. And when dreamland calls, there are pet-friendly rooms where you can catch a few zzzzzzs.
Tucked into the trees at 3004 Town Line Road, Carrabassett Valley, is Nestlewood Inn Bed & Breakfast. This elegantly furnished log cabin lodge offers seven cozy guest rooms, each with a private bath and all with woodland views. You’ll be conveniently located near Sugarloaf, yet just off the beaten path. After your day-long outdoor adventures, warm up by the field stone fireplace in the Great Room as you sip a cup of tea.
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