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Sugarloaf in the Summer: Your Gateway to the Great Outdoors

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – While most people recognize Sugarloaf for its unparalleled winter offerings, the resort has long been and continues to thrive as a full four-season resort. And for an ever-growing number of outdoor enthusiasts, Sugarloaf has become a base camp for summer recreation of all kinds, from golf to fishing to hiking and biking.  

With its location high in the western mountains of Maine, Sugarloaf is home to a myriad of opportunities for summer recreation, including golf, tennis, hiking, biking, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting and more. And with its abundant lodging offerings, award winning golf course, adventure packages with Registered Maine Guides, as well as programs designed specifically for kids, Sugarloaf is an ideal location for family getaways throughout the summer months. 

Outdoor recreation at Sugarloaf certainly starts with the legendary Sugarloaf Golf Club, which is perennially ranked among the top courses in the nation, and has held Golf Digest’s top spot for courses in Maine since 1985, but it doesn’t end there.  

The Sugarloaf area is home to some of the finest hiking on the East Coast, including the Appalachian Trail, which passes over the Mountain and continues through the Crocker Cirque and over the stunning Bigelow Range. Hiking opportunities continue to expand as well, with the ongoing construction of the Maine Huts and Trails system, which will open up miles of wilderness for hiking and mountain biking from the Mahoosuc Mountains to Moosehead Lake. Guests can hire a Registered Maine Guide to show them the area, or just explore by themselves. 

Sugarloaf is home to miles of maintained mountain biking trails, with all 75 km of Sugarloaf Outdoor Center trails open during the summer months, as well as numerous other local loops and trails.  

Guests will find some of the finest fly fishing in the state in Western Maine’s heralded streams and ponds, and even visitors who have never held a rod before can learn with Sugarloaf’s Fly Fishing School, offered through the resort’s Guided Adventures Program. 

Sugarloaf features offerings to keep the entire family entertained, including summer camps and golf schools for children and adults alike. Kids can explore and learn about Sugarloaf’s natural environment during the annual Outdoor Adventure Camp, offered this year from July 6-August 14. Campers participate in numerous daily activities, including swimming, tennis, golf, rock climbing, hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and arts and crafts, as well as many others. Sugarloaf also offers a Junior Golf School, with golf instruction tailored specifically to children, as well as a Junior Tennis Camp, taught by the pros from Maine Pines Racquet and Fitness. 

Even on rainy days visitors will find that adventures abound at Sugarloaf, with Carrabassett Valley’s one-of-a-kind Anti-Gravity Center (AGC). The AGC features a vast array of indoor facilities, including a basketball and volleyball court, trampolines, full service gym, indoor skate park, and a large indoor climbing wall, all available at affordable, daily rates.   

No matter what the day’s adventures bring, be it biking, kayaking, white water rafting or a round of golf, guests can relax in luxury at the day’s end in any of Sugarloaf’s abundant lodging offerings. The Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel provides mountain luxury at its finest, with private rooms, suites, or penthouses, as well as a full service spa and fine dining in the Double Diamond Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the space and privacy of their own house with one of Sugarloaf’s many on-mountain luxury condominiums.   

With the beautiful and rugged landscape of Maine’s Western Mountains just a stone’s throw from the luxury and comfort of a true mountain resort, it’s no wonder that more and more people every year are choosing to make Sugarloaf their gateway to the great outdoors.