Destination guide

A mountain village in Maine

A pristine and historic village located on the western edge of the Oxford Hills, Bethel is a winter sports paradise and a gateway to the vast White Mountain National Forest and Maine's tallest mountains. Choose one of the Bethel vacation rentals in winter will allow you to really make the most of the local skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports. Or, you can come over in summer for blissful, scenic hikes and wildlife spotting sojourns just a stone's throw from this friendly, welcoming town.

Things to do

Bethel: a winter paradise

If you're staying at a Bethel vacation rental, you might well be here for the fantastic winter sports and summertime outdoor activities available just a short drive from town. But don't miss exploring the fascinating local history while you're in Bethel. The Dr. Moses Mason House is a good place to start. It dates back to 1813 and, thanks to the Bethel Historical Society, contains a research library, and a 9-room period house museum. There are many attractive historical landmarks around town, but one of the most charming is the carved wooden Sunday River bridge close to the Sunday River ski and mountain resort. It's one of Maine's few surviving 19th-century covered bridges.

Activities

Explore quaint Bethel

The sobriquet of 'Maine's Most Beautiful Mountain Village' has a competitive field, but it's a title Bethel claims for its own. And that's not all – this friendly little community also holds the record for building the World's Tallest Snowperson. You can get your feel for Bethel life by taking the self-guided walking tour from the village common, or browsing the local independent eateries, galleries, gift shops, and boutiques. This is Maine, so you can expect delicious lobster and seafood of course, as well as a cosmopolitan selection of restaurants.

Weather

Winter sports and summer fun in Bethel

Bethel is busiest in the winter months. Its proximity to Maine's most popular ski area – the Sunday River Ski Area is a short drive from town – and the Mount Abram ski area means that visitors flock to Bethel from November through April to ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, sleigh ride, tube, and ice fish. Hiking and biking trails open from May, with warm summer temperatures reaching into the 70s. Fall is arguably the most beautiful time of year, with the hills aflame with autumnal color and the temperatures on the trails cooler but still pleasant.

Natural features

Bethel's great outdoors

From your Bethel vacation rental, you have your pick of forest trails and mountain peaks. West of town, the White Mountain National Forest spills across the state line into New Hampshire. This ancient forest has miles of hiking, biking, and skiing trails, historic sites, and one of the highest peaks in this part of the United States. You can enjoy breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, and incredible wildlife spotting – including moose, and a wide variety of birds – as well as hunting, rockhounding, and horseback riding.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bethel

The nearest airport is in Fryeburg, ME (FRY-Eastern Slopes Regional), located 30 mi (48.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Auburn, ME (LEW-Auburn - Lewiston Municipal), which is 35.1 mi (56.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Bethel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 506 vacation rentals near Bethel. From 305 Houses to 63 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bethel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Bethel:

  • North Conway Village: 367 vacation rentals
  • Glen: 482 vacation rentals
  • Oxford: 258 vacation rentals
  • Gorham: 1,781 vacation rentals
  • Center Conway: 99 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 Bethel?

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

  • Bethel Historical Society: 508 vacation rentals
  • Dr. Moses Mason House: 510 vacation rentals
  • Bethel Chamber of Commerce: 510 vacation rentals
  • Bethel Hill Common: 510 vacation rentals
  • Bethel Pathway: 510 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bethel 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 Bethel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 305 Houses in Bethel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bethel include:

  • Cabins: 63 rentals available
  • Cottages: 63 rentals available
  • Chalets: 36 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bethel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 81 vacation rentals with pool available in Bethel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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