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Franklin County Tourism 2011- 1

  1. 1. Regional Information Training Presented and prepared by the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative of the Franklin County Tourism Network By Susan Atwood Judy Morton Tyne Hagerstrom Leigh Breidenbach
  2. 2. AGENDA I. How Does Tourism Work? II. So You Think You Know Franklin County? III. Activities We All Share IV. Greater Farmington Region V. Greater Rangeley Region VI. Carrabassett Region VII. Rainy Day Activities VIII. What About Day Trips? IX. What Else Matters to Visitors? X. So Now We Do Know & Appreciate Franklin County!
  3. 3. Tourism in Maine Tourism Commission Maine Office of Tourism Maine Tourism Assn. Tourism Alliance Regional Tourism Organizations Chambers CVBs Local Econ. Dev. Regional Econ. Dev. Lodging Campgrounds Recreation Retail Transportation Guides Sporting Camps Fairs & Festivals Arts & Cultural Windjammers Conventions Meetings Restaurants Attractions Historic BELOW THE STATE STRUCTURE IS THE INDUSTRY!
  4. 4. Maine’s Eight Tourism Regions Kennebec & Moose River Valleys Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Aroostook County Greater Portland & Casco Bay Midcoast Southern Maine Coast
  5. 5. So, You Think You Know Franklin County? PRE-TEST
  6. 6. How’d you do? <ul><li>The winner is… </li></ul><ul><li>Were there any surprises? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Outdoor Activities We All Share <ul><li>ATVing </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul><ul><li>Hiking </li></ul><ul><li>Camping </li></ul><ul><li>Canoeing/Kayaking </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul><ul><li>Scenic Drives </li></ul><ul><li>Waterfalls Viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Moose Watching </li></ul><ul><li>Bird Watching </li></ul><ul><li>Working Forests </li></ul>
  8. 8. Activities We All Share <ul><li>Dining </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Lodging </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Towns in the Farmington Area </li></ul><ul><li>Avon </li></ul><ul><li>Carthage </li></ul><ul><li>Chesterville </li></ul><ul><li>Farmington </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Jay </li></ul><ul><li>Livermore </li></ul><ul><li>Livermore Falls </li></ul><ul><li>New Sharon </li></ul><ul><li>New Vineyard </li></ul><ul><li>Strong </li></ul><ul><li>Temple </li></ul><ul><li>Weld </li></ul><ul><li>Wilton </li></ul>Farmington – Wilton Area
  10. 10. Walk Around Farmington <ul><li>Self-guided historical walk – interpretive kiosks at historic points </li></ul>
  11. 11. Nature Walks in Farmington <ul><li>Bonney Woods – nine-acre hemlock grove </li></ul><ul><li>Flint Woods – ruins of old wells and overlook of Mt. Blue </li></ul>
  12. 12. Better Living Center Parking Lot May - October Tues. (2-6), Fri. (9-2)   Farmers Markets  Farmington Farmers Market -May- October Sat. (9-12)  Located in the parking lot of the Farmington Courthouse on Maine Street   Winter - Farmington Hall - Grange Hall on bridge street in West Farmington
  13. 13. Homestead is the birthplace of Lillian Nordica. Lillian was America 's first international opera diva, and the homestead contains memorabilia of her life and career. 116 Nordica Lane in Farmington Centennial Celebration of Lillian Nordica's final concert in Farmington, Maine - 1911 Nordica Homestead
  14. 14. Farmington Agricultural Fair   September York Farm Corn Maize Located just 2 miles outside of Farmington, Maine on Route 2 at 560 Farmington Falls Road 778-3835
  15. 15. Chester Green Wood Day  The first Saturday in December
  16. 16. Sprint Sled Dog Races February - Sandy River Farm, Rt. 2, Farmington
  17. 17. Wilson Lake Scenic Vista - Wilton Half mile from junction of Rte 2 and 4 in Wilton
  18. 18. Museums Wilton Home and Farm Museum <ul><li>Summer Hours: </li></ul><ul><li>July & Aug. Sat. 1-4pm </li></ul><ul><li>By Appt. call 645-2091 </li></ul>Wilton, Livermore and Livermore Falls <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Maine Giantess Sylvia Hardy </li></ul><ul><li>Bass Shoe Co. memorbia </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding collection home & farm tools </li></ul><ul><li>Working forge </li></ul>
  19. 19. 22 Church Street Livermore Falls <ul><li>Saturdays </li></ul><ul><li>10:30 am to 2:30pm or by appt. </li></ul><ul><li>New exhibit arrived in May &quot;Immigrants thru Ellis Island“ </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderful overview of history of Maine’s paper industry </li></ul>Maine’s Paper a& Heritage Museum
  20. 20. Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR <ul><li>Guided walking tour to several sites with a short ride </li></ul><ul><li>Special holiday trips </li></ul>
  21. 21. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center 290 Norlands Road Livermore, ME <ul><li>Take a journey back into history </li></ul><ul><li>Group Tours </li></ul><ul><li>School Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Civil War Reenactment 1 st weekend of June </li></ul>Tour Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursday through Sept 2 (starting June 28) Hours:   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  22. 22. D.E.W. Animal Kingdom 918 Pond Road Mount Vernon, ME
  23. 23. Performing Arts Kingfield Pops – June Kingfield Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center South Carthage Featuring the best in Celtic Entertainment Premier music event that is set against a stunning mountain backdrop.  The states finest folk, traditional and classical musicians join together to present an evening of music under the stars
  24. 24. <ul><li>UMF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer concerts year round. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Emery Arts Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sandy River Players </li></ul>Sandy River Players delivers quality community theater to the Greater Western Maine region. A private, non-profit theatrical organization
  25. 25. Area Events Farmington Summer Festival & Art in the Park - July Wilton Blueberry Festival 1 st weekend of August Phillips Old Homes Days August 18 th
  26. 26. Mt. Blue State Park Franklin County:
  27. 27. Mt. Blue State Park Weld, ME Rangeley Lakes State Park Rangeley, ME Franklin County State Parks Passport
  28. 28. Mt. Blue State Park <ul><ul><li>Campground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sand beach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boat launch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canoes may be rented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amphitheater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature center </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Mt. Blue State Park 299 Center Hill Road Weld, Maine <ul><li>Center Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Blue Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Blue Snowshoe Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Country Skiing </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Ice Skating </li></ul>
  30. 30. Picnics & Family Fun Many area parks offer scenic views, picnic areas, grills, playgrounds, tennis & basketball courts, swimming and walking trails . <ul><li>Carrabasseet - Riverside Park – Rte 27 </li></ul><ul><li>Eustis – Cathedral Pines Rte 27 </li></ul><ul><li>Kingfield – Town Park – Curve Street </li></ul><ul><li>New Portland – Wire Bridge Rte 27 - </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Rangeley - Rangeley Lakeside Park – downtown on shore of Rangeley Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Stratton - Blanchard Park Flagstaff Lake –– Blanchard Ave. Stratton </li></ul><ul><li>Strong – Lance Corp. Scott Pau Memorial Town Park Rte 149, Burbank Hill Road </li></ul><ul><li>Phillips Eastman’s Park – Rte 127 & Precartin Park – Park Street </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Weld – Rte 156 – Center Hill – Mt. Blue State Park Junction 142 & 156 </li></ul><ul><li>Wilton – Bass Park on Wilson Lake - Lake Road </li></ul><ul><li>Wilton – Kineowatha Park on Wilson Lake - High St. off Rte. 156 </li></ul>
  33. 33. Kineowatha Park’s trails wander through old pine forests, along the shores of Wilson Lake, and connect the various recreation areas in the park. This short network of trails provides easy and relaxed walking as well as picnicking and swimming. Kineowatha Park - Wilton
  34. 34. <ul><li>Towns in the Rangeley Lakes Region </li></ul><ul><li>Avon </li></ul><ul><li>Phillips </li></ul><ul><li>Madrid </li></ul><ul><li>Rangeley </li></ul><ul><li>Oquossoc </li></ul>Franklin County: Rangeley Lakes Region
  35. 35. Special Events and Festivals July 3 rd Fireworks Blueberry Festival Strawberry Festival Logging Museum Festival Shriners Parade Art in The Park Snodeo
  36. 36. Special Events and Festivals continued Splash In/Fly In Oquossoc Days Mountain Holly Days and Parade of Trees Walk To Bethlehem
  37. 37. Events at Saddleback Mountain Pond Skimming Cardboard Box Race
  38. 38. Museums Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum Wilhelm Reich Museum Special Events: Public programs held in July and August - 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Museum Hours: June 30 to September 1, Monday, through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  39. 39. Performing Arts Diva Shows Rangeley Friends of the Arts Plays Watermelon Concert Series RFA Concert Series Walk To Bethlehem RFA Music From The Lake RRHW Concert - Doobie Brothers Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival
  40. 40. Scenic Vistas Height of Land Rangeley Overlook National Scenic By-way Madrid Route 4 to Oquossoc, Route 1 to Byron Smalls Falls
  41. 41. KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES Carrabassett Valley Antigravity Complex Outdoor Adventure Camp Nike Junior Golf Camp
  42. 42. A Taste of Hiking in Franklin County • Bigelow Range (Fire Warden's Trail/Horns Pon)  • Burnt Mountain • Crocker Mountain • Piazza Rock - 3.6 miles – Easy KID FRIENDLY • Sugarloaf Mountain - Numerous routes - Moderate to Difficult • Tumbledown Mountain - Weld - Numerous Routes • Bald Mountain Trail • Cranberry Peak
 • Bigelow Nature Preserve & Lodge SNOWMOBILE ACCESS • Bemis Stream Trail • Daggett Rock
  43. 43. Hiking continued • East Kennebago Mountain Trail - Hiking & Biking • Forest Legacy Trail • Hatchery Brook Trail • Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary - Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust • Mountain Pond Trail • Mt. Abraham (Mt. Abram) Trail • Orgonon Trails
- Located on the property of Wilhelm Reich • Smalls Falls • Spencer Pond Trail 1 mile each way - KID FRIENDLY • Spotted Mountain Trail • West Mountain Falls
  44. 44. Special Events Sugarloaf Marathon <ul><li>Celebrating its 29 th year in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>The Sugarloaf Marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon </li></ul>The Special Olympics Winter Games In 2011 is the 41st year Sugarloaf has hosted the games. The Carrabassett &quot;Back Country&quot; Cycle Challenge Sugarloaf Brews & Blues Festival September 9, 2011 Carrabassett Valley Area
  45. 45. <ul><li>Scenic Chairlift Rides </li></ul><ul><li>Zip Line </li></ul><ul><li>Panning for Gold </li></ul><ul><li>Moose Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Adventures </li></ul><ul><li>Evening Moose Cruise </li></ul><ul><li>Dead River Sunrise Canoe Trip </li></ul><ul><li>Pontoon Boat Tours of Flagstaff Lake </li></ul>Unique Activities
  46. 46. Rainy Day Ideas - - - KIDS <ul><li>Visit a Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Go to a movie </li></ul><ul><li>Rent a video </li></ul><ul><li>Read a book by the fire – Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Go Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Bowling & Video Arcade </li></ul><ul><li>Roller Skating </li></ul><ul><li>Whitewater rafting </li></ul><ul><li>Horseback riding </li></ul>
  47. 47. Day Trips . . . <ul><li>Augusta, State Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Freeport – Outlets LLBean </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Portland, Me </li></ul>
  48. 48. What Else Matters to Visitors? <ul><li>Restrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Internet & wi-fi access </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone reception </li></ul><ul><li>Church services </li></ul><ul><li>Pet Care </li></ul><ul><li>Language interpreters </li></ul><ul><li>Nightlife </li></ul><ul><li>Sunrise & sunset viewing spots - photos </li></ul>
  49. 49. What Else Matters? <ul><li>Services for visually and hearing impaired </li></ul><ul><li>Handicapped accessible sites </li></ul><ul><li>Medical services </li></ul><ul><li>Banking services </li></ul><ul><li>ATM Machines </li></ul><ul><li>International border crossing information </li></ul><ul><li>Local events – what’s going on this week? </li></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>So, Now We Really Do Know and </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin County! </li></ul>
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