Bridgton, ME, USA

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Bridgton, ME, USA

Bridgton vacation rentals

A quintessential New England experience

If you’re looking for a refreshing change from your normal routine, Bridgton fits the bill. This popular spot in Maine, set around an hour and a half’s drive from the state capital of Augusta, offers a quintessential New England experience for summer breaks, fall escapes, and winter getaways. You can enjoy family-friendly attractions such as the Narramissic Historic Farm, get your culture fix at Rufus Porter Museum, and take in landmarks like Hemlock Covered Bridge. Bridgton vacation rentals offer a range of options, so whether you’re looking for a spacious family home near downtown or a cozy cabin in the mountains, you’re sure to find the perfect hideaway.

A playground for outdoorsy adventurers

Bridgton is a great place to be outdoors, with the surrounding landscape providing the perfect setting for activities throughout the year. Explore wooded trails as the first spring flowers start to grace the landscape, or hang fire until summer to enjoy a variety of watersports on the area’s lakes. In fall, the focus might shift to the 18-hole Bridgton Highlands golf course, arguably one of the best places to enjoy the colorful autumnal foliage. In winter, mountain life takes center stage as the trails and terrain parks at Shawnee Peak encourage even novices to grab their skis or snowboard to enjoy a powdery paradise before a little après-ski.

Discover Bridgton architecture

Outdoor activity may be part of the fabric here, but you’ll also want to explore downtown Bridgton. A sightseeing opportunity in its own right, a downtown walking tour offers a sidewalk perspective of the town’s fascinating mix of Greek and Classic Revival, Italianate, and Craftsman architecture, as well as attractions such as Pondicherry Square and the Bridgton Historical Society & Museum, the latter found within the old Fire Station. Another cultural landmark is the Rufus Porter Museum, created in honor of the artist, musician, and founder of Scientific American magazine.

A 4-season destination

Although Bridgton qualifies as a year-round destination, the summer months of June, July, and August have the highest temperatures. Aside from summer, the mild spring season (March through May) and fall foliage season (between September and October) hold obvious appeal, particularly if you want to take on the Bridgton Area Driving Tour. Winter, which kicks off in mid-November, is often the busiest season thanks to the lure of an almost daily coating of fresh snow on the surrounding mountains. If you want your pick of Bridgton vacation rentals in fall and winter, it will pay to make your choice early.

Enjoy Bridgton’s varied landscape

Lakes and mountains are a big part of the draw in Bridgton, but you should leave enough time to explore the area’s green spaces too. A nature fix comes easy thanks to spots such as the tranquil McLaughlin Garden and Pondicherry Park, the latter a sprawling space that counts wetland pastures and quiet woodland hiking trails among its features. Further afield, yet within a 20-minute drive of most Bridgton vacation rentals, the 1,400-acre Sebago Lake Park is an ideal spot to experience the area’s diverse selection of flora and fauna as you discover woodlands, sandy beaches, and ponds.