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Nordic racers pass a refreshment station at the Rangeley Starting young ensures a lifetime of enjoyment. Lakes Loppet. Photo courtesy Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. Photo courtesy Carter’s XC Ski Centers. ranch sauce, is crunchy and piquant. Lush Puppies beers and memorable nachos. Everything here is are aptly titled. Made from polenta and Parmesan, worth remembering, like nostalgically warm apple dipped in chipotle ranch, they are mouth watering. An cobbler with caramel sauce. empanada filled with sweet cream cheese, dipped in a For a little X-C action, the Rangeley Lakes Trails fruity spicy sauce, tingles my taste buds, while a per- Center is a must-visit for ski enthusiasts. Located on fumed crab cake with pineapple accents and an avocado the Saddleback Mountain Road just outside of town, sauce is so perfectly realized, my husband, who doesn’t the facility sports 55k of groomed trails, dedicated even like seafood, fights me for the last bite. snowshoe trails and a yurt lodge. Superb snow condi- The view from the Farmhouse dining room is dyna- tions plus fantastic terrain make Nordic skiing here a mite and accompanied by unique drinks. My husband wonderful experience, from novice to expert. enjoys a lively Margarita with homemade Sangria Kingfield’s First Friday Art Walks are year round, while I have my first Black Garlic Margarita. The fer- and include Reinholt Fine Art Gallery and Furniture, mented garlic produces a rich molasses-type flavor. CSM Real Estate, School House Nature Photography “With 19 restaurants between Rangeley and Oquos- Gallery, Stadler Gallery and Studio, the Ski Museum soc, we enjoy each other’s food,” says Tina. “The Tall of Maine, The Stanley Museum, and other locations. Tales Tavern in Oquossoc has great seafood. The A Winter Symphony - Ecopelagicon Nature Store in downtown Rangeley Bethel, Newry, Greenwood, Rumford rents skates and it’s worth a visit just for their hot chocolate with roasted marshmallows.” Tina also Carter’s Cross-County Ski Centers, with miles of recommends the Swig ‘n Smelt Pub at Saddleback groomed trails in Bethel and Oxford, offer lovers for great après-ski. of this sport an experience like no other. David and Anne Carter maintain scenic trails that lope and glide Rangeley is a bustling town, and January’s Snodeo and curl through the woods: sometimes by the mighty bursts with snowmobile races, fireworks and parades. Androscoggin River, other times opening up on February’s New England Pond Hockey Festival fea- breathtaking mountain vistas, always enchanting your tures 36 competitive teams. senses. With the ground covered in a white blanket on Snowmobiles arrive over frozen Rangeley Lake at a clear still day, the loudest sound I hear is the whoosh the Farmhouse Inn’s tavern to savor a variety of draft of my skis sliding over well-groomed powder. 10 Arts, Entertainment, Adventure and More in Western Maine
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