Winter Adventures at Sunday River and Beyond

January 27, 2020

Is a wind hold keeping you off the trails at Sunday River? Have a little time left after your tour at Gould? Just in town for a short visit? Here are our favorite winter adventures, on and off snow, in Maine’s “most beautiful mountain village.”

Snow Tubing Winter Adventure
Go solo or link up with a friend!

Snow Tubing or Night Skiing at Sunday River

The Chondola and South Ridge Express keep running so you can hit the lighted slopes of South Ridge and North Peak on Friday and Saturday nights from 4 to 8 p.m. Or try snow tubing. Let gravity work its magic as you zoom down the lighted Sundance trail. 


Pies at Cafe DiCocoas
Come for the coffee with a shot of espresso, stay for the pie

Cafe DiCocoa

Even if you only have a few extra minutes, it’s worth a stop at the local coffee shop/bakery, where everything is made from scratch—hand-shaped bagels, naturally leavened breads, even their own gelato!


Moon Rocks at the Maine Gem Museum

Maine Mineral and Gem Museum

Check out Bethel’s latest attraction. The “world-class meteorite collection” (according to the New York Times and Smithsonian) includes the five largest pieces of the moon found on earth.


Catch a movie at the Gem

Movies at the Gem Theater

This three-screen theater also hosts local arts events, serves real butter and choice of flavorings with their popcorn, and has flatbread pizza.


Ready for Your Winter Adventures?


Throwing rocks at River Lanes
Strikes and gutters, Dude.

Bowling at River Lanes

With or without bumpers, ten-pin bowling is a fun way to spend an evening or a rainy day. Try the arcade games, or enjoy pub fare in the restaurant or at your lane.


Fat Tire Biking Winter Adventure

Go cross-country skiing or fat-tire biking

Bethel Village Trails grooms and maintains nearly 20 kilometers of trails right in town, thanks to a collaboration between Mahoosuc Pathways, Bethel Outing Club, Gould Academy, and The Bethel Inn. They also have equipment to rent. 


Maybe your winter adventure is going winter hiking
No mosquitos in the winter! Photo by Cait Bourgault for Maine Trail Finder

Winter Hiking

Not all trails are made for skiing! There are more than 3,500 acres of protected land int the Bethel Community Forest between Gould Academy and Sunday River Resort. So strap on some snowshoes or microspikes and get out there. Check out MaineTrailfinder for trails and conditions.


Dog sledding, the ultimate winter adventure
Mush!

Dog sledding Trips

Looking to extend your winter adventures? Mahoosuc Guide Service offers 2- and 3-day weekend dog sledding trips in the Umbagog Lake and Mahoosuc Mountain areas. Some day trips are also available.


Fireworks at Sunday River are a blast
Don’t miss the grand finale at Sunday River!

End the day with a bang!

Catch a fireworks display at Sunday River Resort.


Le Mu Eats Food Truck
Small location, huge flavor!

Live (and eat) like a local

We are fortunate in Bethel to have so many culinary options within walking distance (in addition to what’s only 10 minutes away at Sunday River)!

  • Millbrook Tavern – Trivia night every Wednesday
  • Brian’s – Dinner only in the winter, but the porch is popular all summer long
  • 22 Broad Street – Authentic Italian fare right on the Green
  • Modern Barn – Après-ski specials nightly and weekly live entertainment
  • Cho Sun – Sunday is locals night, with Korean/Japanese specialties.
  • Butcher Burger – Guess who won Best of Bethel for Best Burger?
  • Kowloon Garden – Chinese classics for more than a decade
  • Suds Pub – Classic pub fare downstairs at the Sudbury Inn, live music on weekends, and don’t miss “Hoot Night,” an open-mic on Thursday nights.
  • Le Mu Eats/Steam Mill Brewing – Grab take-out from Le Mu and head inside for a pint or a growler fill.
  • Bethel House of Pizza
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Ronald D. Willard says:

    Are “reservations” required for “Le Mu Eats?
    Ron Willard (GA ’57)

    • Julie Reiff Julie Reiff says:

      Le Mu is a local food truck featuring Asian fusion food with a southern flair. It’s take-out only, but conveniently located next to Steam Mill Brewing and only a short walk back to campus.

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