Find your Happy Place in a Growing Community

Kids Sitting in Adirondack Chairs

Recreation, retail, restaurants, and real estate can help define the community of your next home. We’d like to give you an idea of how these four factors are expanding within Sunday River’s surrounding Western Maine towns, and where to find great places for you to enjoy Maine living to the fullest.


Ski in the winter, hike in the summer, and everything in between! Maine mountains galore, here you can enjoy all four seasons outdoors.

Right down the road you’ll find Grafton Notch State Park with exploration options for all levels of adventurer. Maine’s Snowmobile ITS runs through many of our towns, and you can find dirt bike and ATV paths as well during warmer months. Fishing, boating, paddle boarding, and more are welcome on our many waterbodies. Discover a new passion, or dive into a lifelong skill in these great outdoors! Searching for some indoor fun for the family on a rainy day? Look no further than the heart of Bethel where The Gem Movie Theater and River Lanes Bowling have lots of good food, beverages, and a great community feel.


Experience the peace of rural living with the convenience of established businesses that have your back. Just a short jaunt into town, you can access any type of store from groceries to outdoor gear, and everything in between. Many of these stores are family-owned and operated, so stopping by is a great way to get to know your neighbors. Here are a few that have grown recently, with some exciting new offerings!

True North Adventureware is a family-owned business that features everyday clothing and high-quality gear so that you can be prepared for any adventure. In the summer they host community nights with Farmstand Flatbreads, using garden-grown ingredients to make delicious sourdough pizza.

Good Food Store and Catering Company has essential provisions and produce, an impressive selection of craft beers complemented by a global collection of wine, ready-to-go healthy meals, and pre-ordered sandwiches delivered conveniently to your car window. They also feature natural and holistic products for your everyday needs. In addition, they are a catering company that can help you create a great event!

Sport Thoma Ski Shop covers the bases when it comes to your ski needs. There is world-class custom tuning for all levels of outdoor enthusiast here. They take skiing to the next level, with an on-staff pedorthist to help you find your perfect boot fit. Open all seasons, find kayaks, hiking gear, and more here.

The Hungry Hollow County Store has great Maine goods and mouth-watering from-scratch foods. Warm your holidays with a fresh baked pie, or pick-up to-go meals for a cozy night in. Grab a souvenir to share the taste of Maine with your loved ones!


The small town feel of Western Maine comes with a variety of dining options! Lots of new places have popped up in the area. A perfect spot to meet members of your new community is at local restaurants. A majority of these are family-owned and operated, which creates a warm at-home feel. When you dine here you are supporting your neighbors, making friends, trying new cuisines, and having a great time with people that share your love for living in the beautiful mountains of Western Maine.

Le Mu Eats provides Modern American fare with a blend of delicious Laotian and American specialties. A family-owned and operated business, this great new spot is located in the heart of downtown Bethel. Experience southern comfort food with South East Asian influences!

Steam Mill Brewing Company has recently migrated closer to Sunday River after growing in downtown Bethel. Now they provide a menu of delicious foods to pair with their small batch craft beers. A great community feel, even their name is a nod to the Bethel Steam Mill from the mid-1900’s!

The Local Hub is a recently renovated market, bakery, and café that focuses on local ingredients. They are conveniently located in Greenwood off Route 26 on the way into town. A perfect place to sit down and get any of their great dishes, order to-go meals, or pick up provisions. New offerings include Taco Nights and more!

Restaurants Coming Soon

Gemini Bakery is being built in the center of downtown Bethel, and features a great team who have seen enormous community-led support to start their bakery. Follow their renovation process to cheer them on, or drool over their new food posts as they experiment with upcoming recipes!

The Watershed Wood-Fired Kitchen originated from Farmstand Flatbreads, a food truck that has paired with businesses including True North Adventureware to provide community pizza nights! Now they are expanding into a brick and mortar in Bethel. Check them out online as they renovate and plan a diverse menu in a casual environment.


Real Estate

There are so many great memories made in the heart of Western Maine. Whether you’re a first time buyer, an experienced investor, or are looking for a vacation home, we’ll make your property search easy. Both on and off Sunday River, we can provide you with representation. Let us help you find your home to create more great moments in the mountains.

Sunday River Real Estate has over 20 years of experience helping people find their home. When you are an owner of a Western Maine property, you can extend your stay with ease. Why not make your Happy Place your home?

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