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Bethel is located in the Sunday River area of Maine, northwest of Portland along the banks of the Androscoggin River near the White Mountain National Forest. Bethel was once the destination for the wealthy who would ride the train up from Boston and New York and spend the entire summer. Today, it remains one of Maine's most favored vacation spots. The heart of town is the historic, tree-lined village common, with its antique shops and gift shops featuring arts and crafts of talented Maine artists. Just a few of the summertime activities in the area include fishing, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing and white water rafting. There are several nearby places for hiking, and for every fitness level. Bethel is home to a championship golf course, and just a short drive takes you to more than a dozen other courses. Fall brings wonderful color to the mountains and county fairs, sightseeing and antiqueing along Maine's tree-lined country roads. In wintertime, you can enjoy Alpine skiing at two family ski resorts, snowmobiling, ice-skating and rides in horse-drawn sleighs. And, Bethel is known as Maine's number one cross-country skiing destination. For lodging, Bethel has everything from hotels and rustic inns to quaint bed and breakfasts - something to suit everyone's taste and budget.

Surrounding areas: Sunday River, Maine (2.7 mi), Newry, Maine (5.0 mi), Greenwood, Maine (10.1 mi), Woodstock, Maine (10.9 mi), Stoneham, Maine (11.4 mi), North Waterford, Maine (12.9 mi), Andover, Maine (15.4 mi)

Bethel Vacation Rentals

Bethel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bethel Spa Motel88 Main StBethel, ME (207) 824-3341
The Bethel Inn And Country ClubBroad StBethel, ME (207) 824-2175
Appalachian Mountain ClubRt 16Gorham, NH18.4 mi.(603) 466-2727
Aries Motor InnGorham, NH18.4 mi.( ) -
Colonial Comfort InnGorham, NH18.4 mi.( ) -
MT Madison MotelGorham, NH18.4 mi.( ) -
Stone House MotelGorham, NH18.4 mi.( ) -
Tourist Village MotelGorham, NH18.4 mi.( ) -
Town & Country MotelRt 2 ShelburneGorham, NH18.4 mi.(603) 466-3315
Town & Country Motor InnGorham, NH18.4 mi.(603) 466-3315
Royalty Inn130 Main StGorham, NH18.6 mi.(603) 466-3312
Berlin Motor InnBerlin, NH19.2 mi.( ) -
Grandview Lodge & CabinsRR 2Berlin, NH19.2 mi.(603) 466-5715
Jefferson Notch MotelRR 2Berlin, NH19.2 mi.(603) 466-3833
Traveler MotelBerlin, NH19.2 mi.( ) -
Gorham Motor Inn324 Main StGorham, NH19.3 mi.(603) 466-3381
Lowe's CabinsRandolph, NH23.7 mi.( ) -
Dana Place InnRt 16 Pinkham NotchJackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-6822
Eagle Mountain House179 Carter Notch RdJackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-9111
Inn At JacksonJackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-4321
Lodge At Jackson Village153 Rt 16Jackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-0999
Nordica Village ResortRt 16Jackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-9156
Whitneys Inn JacksonRt 16 Box 822Jackson, NH26.5 mi.(603) 383-8916
Peacock InnKearsarge, NH28.2 mi.( ) -
Covered Bridge HouseRt 302Glen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-9109
Linderhof Motor InnRt 16Glen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-4334
Nordic Village ResortRt 16Glen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-9101
Red Apple InnGlen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-9680
Storybook Resort InnJcts Rts 16 & US 302Glen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-6800
The Bernerhof InnRte 302Glen, NH28.3 mi.(603) 383-9132
Intervale MotelIntervale, NH28.9 mi.(603) 356-9776
Swiss Chalet Village InnIntervale, NH28.9 mi.(603) 356-2232
1785 Inn3582 White Mtn HwyNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-9025
Best Western Fox RidgeRt 16 NNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-3151
Briarcliff MotelNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-5584
Chimney House GuesthouseNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.( ) -
Clarendon MotelNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-3551
Colonial MotelNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-5178
Comfort Inn & Suites2001 White MTN HwyNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-8811
Cranmore InnNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-5502
Bed & Breakfast
The Buttonwood Inn Inc.64 Mt Surprise RdNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-2625
Victorian Harvest Inn Bed & Breakfast28 Locust LnNorth Conway, NH29.8 mi.(603) 356-3548

Bethel Weather & Climate

The Sunday River area of Maine, near the towns of Bethel and Norway Lakes, is situated in the western part of the state north of Portland. This area enjoys four distinct seasons, with cold, snowy winters. January temperatures generally range from 11 to 31 degrees F., and single digits at night are common. Below zero temperatures are a possibility, but usually do not stick around for long. Temperatures start to warm up in March, but snow is still possible into early April. Generally, summers are mild with a greater range of temperatures the further inland you travel. Autumn often sees some of the best weather in Maine, with mild, sunny days and crisp cool nights - perfect for viewing the spectacular fall foliage. Rain is possible anytime of the year in Maine, but most often occurs in spring and summer. Thunderstorms are possible and average annual rainfall is western Maine is 51 inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 7°F 3.56 in. 34°F
February 31°F 9°F 2.50 in. 33°F
March 40°F 20°F 3.34 in. 37°F
April 52°F 32°F 3.64 in. 40°F
May 66°F 43°F 3.38 in. 49°F
June 74°F 52°F 3.90 in. 56°F
July 79°F 57°F 3.29 in. 60°F
August 77°F 55°F 3.85 in. 62°F
September 68°F 47°F 3.18 in. 59°F
October 57°F 36°F 3.89 in. 52°F
November 43°F 28°F 3.74 in. 47°F
December 31°F 14°F 3.21 in. 39°F

Bethel Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Berlin Municipal airport (BML) located about 21 miles northwest of Bethel in Berlin, New Hampshire, the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located approximately 36 miles southeast of Bethel in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located roughly 50 miles east of Bethel in Augusta, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 56 miles east of Bethel in Waterville, Maine, the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located about 58 miles south of Bethel in Portland, Maine, the Laconia Municipal airport (LCI) located approximately 65 miles southwest of Bethel in Laconia, New Hampshire, and finally the Sanford Regional airport (SFM) located roughly 70 miles south of Bethel in Sanford, Maine.

Bethel Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Story LandGlenNH28.3 mi.
Santa's VillageJeffersonNH33.1 mi.
Six Gun CityJeffersonNH33.1 mi.
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME65.6 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME65.7 mi.
York's Wild KingdomYork BeachME86.6 mi.
Water Parks
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME65.7 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH92.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Oakdale Country ClubMexicoME16.8 mi.
Norway Country ClubNorwayME17.1 mi.
Paris Hill Country ClubParisME18.9 mi.
Lake Kezar Country ClubLovellME19.0 mi.
Bridgton Highlands Country ClubBridgtonME23.7 mi.
Eagle Mountain Golf CourseJacksonNH25.8 mi.
Turner Highlands Country ClubTurnerME29.7 mi.
North Conway Country ClubNorth ConwayNH29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Sunday RiverBethelME 
Mount AbramLocke MillsME5.1 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME15.7 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME25.4 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH26.5 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH37.7 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME38.8 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH40.0 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH47.2 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH48.5 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME49.3 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH50.0 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH67.1 mi.
Highlands MountainNorthfieldNH78.5 mi.
Ragged MountainDanburyNH81.0 mi.
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME87.1 mi.
Stowe Mountain ResortStoweVT92.9 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME93.3 mi.
Mount SunapeeMount SunapeeNH97.5 mi.
Pats PeakHennikerNH99.4 mi.
State Parks
Moose Brook State ParkNH21.1 mi. 
Milan Hill State ParkNH23.1 mi. 
Mount Blue State ParkME30.1 mi. 
Echo Lake-Cathedral Ledge State ParkNH30.6 mi. 
Range Ponds State ParkME33.7 mi. 
Sebago Lake State ParkME36.0 mi. 
Dixville Notch State ParkNH38.4 mi. 
Maine Memory NetworkPortlandME58.8 mi.(History)
Portland Museum of ArtPortlandME58.8 mi.(Art)
Center For Maine History Museum Gallery at the Maine Historical SocietyPortlandME58.8 mi.(History)
Fairbanks Museum and PlanetariumSt. JohnsburyVT59.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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