Rangeley is surrounded by water in various shapes, with dark, deep mountain lakes surrounded by pine forests, pretty ponds, and beautiful bogs and marshes where moose lumber slowly along. This quiet beauty is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Here are a few of our top romantic Maine things to do while in Rangeley, in no particular order. Hopefully a couple will work for the two of you, or at least give you some ideas.
Romantic Maine Couples Massages
Spend the day at a local area spa enjoying a couple’s massages. Swedish or deep tissue massages focusing on the neck and shoulders, where all the tension stays, will put you in the mood for romance later. Maybe even treat yourselves to manicures and facials too.
Not comfortable with the whole getting undressed in front of strangers thing? Then skip the spa and do it yourselves in the privacy of your secluded log cabin rental. Get the fire going, light some scented candles, open a bottle (or two) of wine, put on some soft, romantic music, then take turns giving and receiving massages. Start with the neck and shoulders and move on from there.
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner Out or In
Dress up a bit and head out for a romantic dinner for two at the Loon Lodge Inn. This rustic lodge on the lake offers two choices for casual, upscale lakeside dining: the Loon Lodge Dining Room or the Pickford Pub. Both are open Wednesday through Saturday from 5-9pm and offer the same delicious menu. Try their Pork Osso Bucco or Cedar Plank Salmon, and finish things off with any one of their yummy desserts.
Many of our rental cabins feature gourmet kitchens, so you can cook each other’s favorite foods on romantic getaways in Maine, or have a friendly recipe cook-off. Or stop off in town for take-out (try Parkside & Main Restaurant for fish tacos or The Shed for great BBQ). Either way, enjoy your meal in front of the roaring fire, with lots of twinkling candle light. Pick up a tray of assorted chocolates from Rangeley Sweets while you’re in town, and take turns feeding them to each other.
Spend the Day Together
Do the things you like to do, and do them together. Hike along the lake or a wooded trail, or enjoy a hike to lovely waterfalls as they cascade down and in to rocky gorges. Small Falls, Cross Canyon, Angel Falls, and Cascade Stream Gorge Trail are a few hikes to try. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch since many of the trail heads have picnic tables, and all the trails have lots of pretty picnic spots along the way.
Take a guided kayak tour or boat trip and enjoy the water without worries. If there’s still snow on the ground, strap on your snowshoes or skis and head out cross-country, just the two of you on the quiet trail.
Watch a Colorful Sunset and Stargaze
Watching a colorful sunset together will put you both in a better mood (it’s a scientific fact!). You can enjoy stunning views and beautiful sunsets from the Height of the Land overlook, or the top of nearby Quill Hill. Or stay put and enjoy the view at your cozy lake view cabin. Head outside to the fire pit, hold hands and watch a spectacular sunset over the lake.
Turn off all the lights, take a seat out on your rental’s deck or patio and you can do some serious stargazing hand-in-hand. Rangeley is a dark belt, so things are darker here and the stars stand out more. The Milky Way and the Northern Lights should be visible while you’re here (though they are brightest from August to October).
Stay in and Renew
Perhaps one of the most romantic thing to do is stay in your cozy rental cabin and get to know each other again. This is your chance to enjoy your time together without the kids, or the hectic life we’ve all been living lately. Take the time to make a bucket list of all the things you’d like to do together. Write love letters to each other, reminding each other of why you’re together.
For your next romantic getaways in Maine, book one of our lodges with a hot tub, add a few scented candles, maybe add soft music, and get things going in no time. Snuggle up in front of the roaring fireplace, enjoy a few adult beverages and maybe some snacks while you rediscover the things you love about each other.