Are you thinking of spending Thanksgiving 2023 in Rangeley? We don’t blame you! There are so many reasons why you would flock to this beautiful mountain town this November. Not only can you enjoy the pristine outdoor weather, but you can spend some quality time with your loved ones that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise in a crowded city or an overpriced resort town. 

Rangeley, in the picturesque state of Maine, offers the best of the best. You can be close to the amenities and the attractions you would find in a bigger city, while you can still enjoy the solitude and peace that comes with being in the wilderness. Just keep reading to see all of the reasons why you should stay with us (the premier property management and rental business in the state) and why you will absolutely love spending some quality time in this northeastern paradise. 

Guide to Thanksgiving 2023 in Rangeley

First thing is first — the number one activity for you and your family or friends this upcoming holiday season is definitely to hit the trails and go hiking! Even if you are not a big fan of being out in the wild, there are easy walks, treks, and paved paths that are ideal for people of all skill and fitness levels. 

We recommend doing Smalls Falls if you are a new hiker who is interested in heading outside for their first hike. This easy, 0.5-mile trail takes just around 20 minutes and has an elevation gain of less than 35 feet, making it easy for older individuals, younger children, or those who just want a fast and pretty walk for a post-Thanksgiving meal exercise-filled afternoon. Smalls Falls offers tons of high and low viewpoints that are easily accessible from the convenient parking lot in Rangeley. 

Secondly, you can’t go hiking in Rangeley, Maine, without going on a trip to the Bald Mountain hiking rail! This moderate, 2.3-mile trail is slightly longer than Smalls Falls and takes around 1 hour to complete. We love this hike as an early morning trail run or workout before a huge Thanksgiving dinner with your family. We think that Bald Mountain is good for moderate hiking with a sprightly family or young couple who want to start the holiday off on the right foot!  

Lastly, Saddleback Mountain is a MUST-do for those who are confident in their exercise and navigation skills! This amazing hike offers pristine views over the nearby valley and provides a difficult hike on a 6-mile trail that takes you more than 1,700 feet from the trailhead! This strenuous hike is great for seeing the incredible peaks and hills surrounding the ski Lodge in Maine.  

Eat a Romantic Meal with Your Partner 

If you come to Rangeley for Thanksgiving, chances are you are coming with your family or your partner. We think that one of the best spots for you to head to for a romantic evening with your partner is The Furbish Brew. We love coming here with our friends for a few pints of beer or with our family for a fun and relaxing meal. Start the tasty and filling lunch or dinner with the tater kegs, a twist on classic tater tots featuring crispy potatoes stuffed with chives, cheese, and bacon. You can also try the mozzarella cheese curds with honey mustard or the nachos with creamy melted cheese! Then, try one of the handheld sandwiches, like the Maple BBQ Brisket with rick oven brisket and pickled red onions. Or, your kids can split one of the wood-fired pizzas if they are picky eaters!  

Check Out the Thanksgiving Events 

Once you’re done finding the perfect hike and meal for a post-hike grub, we recommend going to one of the yearly Rangeley events that are sure to keep you entertained and interested in coming back next year! Head to the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Rangeley to pick up some fresh produce, find some souvenirs to bring back home to your friends, and grab some last-minute Thanksgiving needs. This farmer’s market is held every Thursday from November onwards from 10 am to 2 pm on Main Street.  

Next, you need to check out the Small Business Saturday in downtown Rangeley to help support local businesses and find a few trinkets to bring back home. Head here on Saturday, November 25th, to help support businesses, get your free tote bag, and enter the drawing for special prizes!