If you’re considering purchasing lakefront property in Maine or looking for a vacation getaway, we hope this area information will convince you that you need look no further than the Belgrade Lakes region. And, if you’re just passing through, we hope you find it useful in planning your time in our area.
Below you’ll find local places to shop, restaurants for every taste and a multitude of things to do, including golf, hiking, and a variety of other activities, as well as useful links to area resources.
Belgrade Lakes Region Information
Belgrade Lakes region business site with lots of helpful information on recreation, shops, dining, hiking and other activities.
Town of Belgrade
Public site for the town of Belgrade, Maine. Helpful info about events and activities, and the history of Belgrade and Belgrade Lakes.
Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
State of Maine site for hunting/fishing regulations, seasons, etc.
Maine Snowmobile Association
Great source for snowmobile trail maps, trail conditions, weather, etc.
Colby College, Waterville
12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation on a beautiful campus overlooking Waterville, offering a world class academic program.
Willow Run Bed, Biscuit & Bath
A country inn for dogs — pet boarding located just 10 minutes from Belgrade Lakes Village south on Rt. 27.
SHOPPING in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region
Whether you’re vacationing in the Belgrade Lakes region or stocking your lakeside home, the supplies you need are close at hand at local lake-area businesses; larger chain stores are just 20 minutes away.
Located in the center of Belgrade Lakes village, Day’s convenience store has just about anything you might have on your shopping list, along with specialty items and homemade pizza. It’s one-stop shopping for a little bit of everything, including fishing licenses, local maps, groceries, gasoline, and even movie rentals for rainy days.
Christy’s Country Store
Christy’s Country Store is located just five miles south of the village on Route 27. Christy’s is a great place to stop for gas and supplies.
Augusta & Waterville
Larger grocery stores and big chain stores (Shaw’s, Hannaford, Walmart Supercenter, etc.) can be found in Augusta and Waterville, both about 20 minutes from the Belgrade Lakes.
RESTAURANTS in the Belgrade Lakes region and nearby
When you don’t feel like cooking, there is a wide variety of restaurants in the Belgrade Lakes region and within a short drive. Some favorites of locals and visitors alike are listed below.
Local eateries (Belgrade Lakes Village and vicinity)
The Village Inn is located close to the post office in Belgrade Lakes village; arrive by car or dock your boat at their facilities on both Long Pond and Great Pond. This seasonal restaurant is known for their award-winning roast duck, they have an extensive menu including fresh seafood, meats and appetizers. Dress is casual; reservations are highly recommended.
Wings Hill Inn & Restaurant is located in Belgrade Lakes village. If you’re looking for a great place for dinner,Wings Hill Inn offers award-winning fine dining with a prix fixe (fixed price) menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. With seatings only at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., advance reservations are required.
Sadies Boathouse Restaurant
Sadie's Boathouse Restaurant is located at Great Pond Marina, overlooking beautiful Great Pond. We offer a relaxing environment with great service, amazing cocktails, hearty, contemporary American fare and the view is breathtaking. Reservations recommended.
The Sunset Grill is located a half mile south on Route 27. Enjoy a casual setting for lunch or a relaxing night out. Top menu items include prime rib, burgers, and fried seafood. Visit them Friday and Saturday nights for karaoke
Augusta & Waterville
You can find many of the chain restaurants such as Applebee’s, 99 Restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, and more in these cities, just 20 minutes away.
GOLF in the Belgrade Lakes, Maine area
Belgrade Lakes Golf Club
The Belgrade Lakes Golf Club is a top-five nationally ranked public course set in the rustic woodlands and panoramic hills of central Maine.
Sugarloaf Golf Club
Located on Sugarloaf Mountain, this course is a Robert Trent Jones designed course, located
about one hour from the village of Belgrade.
HIKING nearby the Belgrade Lakes
There are many great hiking opportunities in the Belgrade Lakes region and the surrounding towns; you can get a local map of the Kennebec Highlands Trails atDay’s Store. These trails, maintained by the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA), are well-marked and range from “easy” to “more difficult.” Some of the local favorites include:
Drive to the top or take about 10 minutes for this easy hike and enjoy awesome views of Great Pond and Long Pond.
Easy-to-moderate trail right outside the Village. Take Route 27 to Mountain Road and go about 1 mile into the parking area — this hike takes about 30 minutes.
Hike about a mile from Watson Pond Road to reach a rocky precipice with expansive views of Long Pond. The hike takes from 10 to 30 minutes.
This is a 1.4-mile loop, starting from a parking area on the north side of Route 225, directly across from Starbird Lane. Hike all the way in until you reach a partial summit clearing at 755′. From here you can enjoy views of Great Pond to the south and the Kennebec Highlands to the west.
The BCRA is the land trust dedicated to conserving the lands, water quality, and natural heritage of the Belgrade Lakes region in Maine.
RENTAL PROPERTIES in the Belgrade Lakes area
Not ready to purchase a vacation cottage or lakefront cabin but want to explore the Belgrade Lakes region? If you rent for a week or the summer you can see all this area has to offer.
Lakeside Cottage Rentals
Lakeside Cottage Rentals is the Belgrade Lakes premier cottage rental agency. Choose from rustic, medium and high-end cottages, each with its own private waterfront and spectacular views. Linens, towels and basic supplies are always included with all cottage rentals.
Choose from a variety of vacation rentals in the Kennebec Valley and Maine Highlands.
THINGS TO DO while you’re in the Belgrade Lakes, Maine area…
Founded in 1937 as the Augusta Players, Gaslight is the oldest continuously operating community theater in Maine. Located in the Hallowell City Hall, Gaslight offers four shows each year.
Maine Wilderness Tours
Full-service outfitter serving central Maine. Based in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, they offer lodging and guide services for fishing, white water rafting, canoeing, hunting and much more.
Water’s Edge Guide Service
Locally owned and operated by Andrew Wilkie, Water’s Edge Guides offers a full range of guiding services in the Belgrade Lakes region, as well as other parts of Maine.
Waterville Opera House
Central Maine’s cultural center since 1902, the Opera House has hosted ballet performances, concerts, comedy, vaudeville, touring shows, and the Maine International Film Festival, to name a few.
Explore all 7 lakes of the Belgrade Lakes chain or take a trip down the Kennebec River.
Visit Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park
Visit the historic park for hiking, biking on the 45 miles of carriage trails, and shopping in downtown Bar Harbor.
Explore the Kennebec, Dead or Penobscot Rivers while experiencing the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting. Several whitewater outfitters provide rafting experiences complete with an open-grill meal.
One of the best places to see a moose is Rangeley, a little over an hour away. If you have never seen a moose, this is a must!
Visit the Maine State Museum
We hope you find this information useful. And, if it’s made you realize what a great place the Belgrade Lakes region would be to live, Lakepoint Real Estate is here to help with all your home buying or selling questions or needs.
If we can answer any of your questions about the area or about a specific property, please call us today at (207) 495-3700 or contact us via email.