Destination guide

Summer camps and family fun

Harrison is a quaint former logging and milling town situated between the ends of Crystal and Long Lake in the southwest corner of Maine. Formerly a waystation for transporting goods by canal, the lakeside wharves with their teeming warehouses were a center for commercial activity in the local area. Today, Harrison is a popular recreation town. Summer camps like Fernwood Cove at Island Pond have long been a draw for family summer breaks. Here, the kids can run amok, splashing around in the lake, while the adults sun themselves on the shore.

Things to do

From opera to a trendy concert venue

The Deertrees Theatre and Cultural Center, located on the outskirts of Harrison, was built in 1936 as an opera house. It now hosts bands, comedy, classical concerts and performing groups from across the state and further afield. Other than the small bar, cafe and local art gallery, this historic building draws in punters with its big names and fantastic natural acoustics. Another great spot, especially during the winter, is High View Farm. It is worth leaving the comfort of your Harrison vacation rental for a winter sleigh ride through the snowy surroundings, with views of the mountains and pine forests.

Activities

Try your hand at a new hobby

Long Lake has lots of great activities for all ages. Only a stone's throw from your Harrison vacation rental in town, you can go dinghy sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing with qualified instructors. If getting in the water isn't for you, you can try your hand at archery, go ziplining or clamber across high rope courses. There are also professionally led trips to the nearby mountains and waterfalls, which feature natural water slides. For the more creatively minded, classes in everything from painting and sculpture to photography and creative writing can be booked locally.

Weather

Summer's great, but winter's prettier

Summertime is undoubtedly the best season to visit Harrison. With the main activities concentrated around the lakes and mountains, Maine's hot summers and warm falls are the perfect time to lace up hiking boots or get into swimwear and head for the water. With so much on offer, many families come back year after year to enjoy long hot days with cool breezes, either on the lakes or up on the pine forest trails. Although less popular during winter months, the landscape really is stunning after the snow falls, and you can enjoy fabulous deals on Harrison vacation rentals.

Natural features

Listen hard to hear the loon

With so much natural scenery surrounding Harrison, there is a huge variety of wildlife within reach of your Harrison vacation rental. Hunting and fishing are both popular pastimes in this neck of the woods, and Long Lake is a great spot to catch Northern pike and yellow bullhead. Deer and bird hunting seasons follow on from one another and species such as sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ring-necked pheasant are abundant. The elusive loon and its distinctive song is enough of a draw for birdwatchers to visit Harrison and Long Lake.

How to get there

How to get to and around Harrison

The nearest airport is in Fryeburg, ME (FRY-Eastern Slopes Regional), located 15.8 mi (25.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Auburn, ME (LEW-Auburn - Lewiston Municipal), which is 19.9 mi (32 km) away.

Where to stay around Harrison?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 258 vacation rentals near Harrison. From 134 Houses to 79 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harrison for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Harrison?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Harrison:

  • North Conway Village: 362 vacation rentals
  • Glen: 468 vacation rentals
  • Eidelweiss Village: 85 vacation rentals
  • Oxford: 250 vacation rentals
  • Center Conway: 101 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Harrison?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Harrison. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Echo Lake State Park: 798 vacation rentals
  • Shawnee Peak: 162 vacation rentals
  • North Conway Country Club: 1,207 vacation rentals
  • Mt Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center: 1,212 vacation rentals
  • Stone Mountain Arts Center: 1,256 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harrison listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Harrison?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 134 Houses in Harrison. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Harrison include:

  • Cabins: 79 rentals available
  • Cottages: 79 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 79 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Harrison?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Harrison. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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