If you’re spending Mother’s Day with your mother here in Rangeley, you’ve already racked up tons of bonus points. The quaint little town of Rangeley is located between the Androscoggin River and the Kennebec River on the east edge of Rangeley Lake. Surrounded by the Western Maine Mountains and beautiful scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy year round, especially on a Maine Mother’s Day.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Get outside and do something as a family. Moms love that! Get everyone together and do the things she loves to do, whether it’s hiking along the lake to a cascading waterfall, taking a slow bike ride on dusty trails through quiet, cool forests, or gliding in a kayak with the loons on Rangeley Lake. Don’t forget to pack a special picnic lunch, since many of the trailheads have picnic tables, perfect for a special Mother’s Day brunch.
The Rangeley Lake Region has plenty of birdwatching, wildlife and wildflower viewing opportunities too. There are still meadows full of daisies, lilies, and lupines, and pretty trillium, trout lily, and violets that have popped up along winding forest trails. The network of trails wandering through Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to spot birds, reptiles, deer and more.
If mom loves waterfalls, hike along forested trails along gorges and rushing rivers. Small Falls, Cross Canyon, Angel Falls, and Cascade Stream Gorge Trail are just a few to try. The short hike to Angel Falls takes you through an old hardwood forest, where starflower and trillium bloom along the trail. Keep an eye out for the pileated woodpecker, though you may just hear them drumming or hunting for insects. Follow the trail as it crosses a few streams and you’ll be rewarded with a 90-foot waterfall in the shape of an angel’s wing.
Make the hike to the top of Bald Mountain (and the observation tower) and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the lakes below with a backdrop of rolling mountains, as well as bald eagles nesting in the tops of the trees along the way.
Take Things Easy This Maine Mother’s Day
Mom can take things easy with a stroll into town for a little shopping therapy. She can spend a few hours happily browsing through books and local artwork at Books, Lines and Thinkers, or pick up a few scented candles at Dee’s Place Rangeley Candle Co. Ecopelagicon opens for the season the first weekend of May, so you can be first in line to purchase handcrafted Rangeley and Maine products like Rangeley Balsam air fresheners.
Take a lake cruise. Enjoy time out on the lake, learn about the area from your guide, and watch loons, osprey, and bald eagles hunt for lunch. Rangeley Region Lake Cruises and Kayaks is just one tour company with plenty of options, including a sunset lake cruise.
Do Something Different for Mom
Book a photography tour or a workshop for mom with wildlife and nature photographer Nick Leadley. Stop in at his gallery on Main Street to view his latest photographs and to sign up.
Take mom on a moose safari during your Rangeley Mother’s Day vacation! Hunt for these majestic animals by kayak along the lake’s edge or book a guided tour and increase your chance of seeing a moose or two. Seeing a moose slowly lumbering along is an almost magical experience, a perfect thing to share with mom.
Take things up a notch and tour the region in a seaplane! There are several different seaplane companies and various tours to choose from too, including a tour of the western mountains up to the Canadian border flight. It’s a great way to get a different view on Maine’s beautiful lake region, and it’s a lot of fun.
Mother’s Day Rentals in Rangeley
Book one of our waterfront rentals and mom can enjoy a pretty lake view and keep an eye on the loons while she’s here. Choose from larger lakes like Rangeley Lake or Mooselookmeguntic, or one of the smaller, quieter lakes like Dodge Pond, Loon Lake, or Beaver Mountain Lake. Bring or rent a kayak, and mom can be out on the water, paddling quietly, for as long as she wants.
Book one of our rental cabins with a full kitchen, so you can cook mom’s favorite brunch, or stop off in town for take-out (try Parkside & Main Restaurant or The Shed) and have lunch out on the deck with the lake as a backdrop. Dress up a bit and head out for a nice Mother’s Day brunch at Loon Lodge Inn or the 45th Parallel Wood Fired Grille (both great choices).
If you need more brunch choices or need to know where to get groceries or rent a kayak for mom, just give us a call. We’d love to help make this Rangeley Mother’s Day a special day for your mom.