WHERE TO STAY
Bald Mountain Camps
125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc. 207-864-3671; baldmountaincamps.com
Family-oriented traditional sporting camp, established in 1897, on the shore of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. The rustic but recently renovated and winterized cabins have either woodstoves or fireplaces. Dining room open to the public for dinner Wednesday through Saturday (winter schedule) and for lunch daily during school vacations.
WHERE TO EAT
3001 Town Line Road, Carrabassett Valley. 207-237-2392
East of Bigelow village, a northern Italian dinner restaurant (call for seasonal schedule). The food is good, the atmosphere festive, the pesto breadsticks addictive, and the family-style salad delicious.
Route 27, Valley Crossing, Carrabassett. 207-235-2010
Italian-accented family favorite and crafter of the valley’s best pizza (two-for-one on Sunday).
One Stanley Avenue
1 Stanley Ave., Kingfield. 207-265-5541; stanleyavenue.com
Classic Maine cuisine in an elegant Victorian setting. Open mid-December through mid-April.
Main St., Kingfield. 207-265-2561
Best choice in the area for local color, especially at breakfast, which starts early. Don’t be surprised if the staff gives you the once-over and proclaims that you shouldn’t order the tall stack of pancakes because it’s too big.
Orange Cat Café
329 Main St., Kingfield. 207-265-2860; orangecatcafe.com
A favorite for breakfast sandwiches and pastries, homemade soups, creative sandwiches, salads, coffee, and sweets.
White Wolf Inn
Route 27, Stratton. 207-246-2922; thewhitewolfinn.com
A funky downtown restaurant; burgers and fried fish to venison and buffalo.
Looney Moose Café
9 Main St., Stratton. 207-246-7932
Good home cooking and the area’s best breakfasts.
Thai Blossom Express
2473 Main St., Rangeley. 207-864-9035
Maybe the best Thai food in the state; only a handful of tables; closest restrooms are in the nearby Chamber of Commerce building.