Girl in rainIt happens. Mother Nature decides to water the plants in the middle of your perfectly planned vacation. Don’t worry – here are six great rainy-day activities in Rangeley.

Moose Watch

Moose are active rain or shine. In fact, during the hot summer months, they can be more active when a rain shower breaks the heat. Hop in the car and head to “Moose Alley” – Rt. 16 between Rangeley and Stratton. Other popular places are Rt. 17 south of the Height of Land or Rt. 16 between Oquossoc and Errol, New Hampshire. Click here for moose spotting tips.

Lodge Hop

In the 1800s and early 1990s, sportsmen spent long summers in Rangeley, fishing, hunting, hiking, and returning each night to inns and sporting lodges where they dined beside massive fieldstone fireplaces, added their trophies to menageries of mounted animals, and told tales below massive timbers felled from the woods surrounding Rangeley. Relive history and fill your belly by visiting them all. Loon Lodge and the Rangeley Inn are two of the most popular.

Museums

Snap a picture in the old jail cell at the Rangeley History Museum. At the Outdoor Heritage Museum, see the portrait President Eisenhower painted of his Rangeley guide when he fished here in 1965. Learn about life in a 1800s logging camps at the Maine Forestry Museum. And at the Wilhelm Reich Museum…well, just go. You’ll never forget your visit to the home of one of history’s most controversial physician-scientists.

Shop

Grab your umbrella and stroll through downtown Rangeley. Landmark stores like The Alpine Shop and Ecopelagicon have a great selection of Maine-made goods, “Rangeley” clothing, and games and books for travel entertainment.

Cook a Lobster

You’re in Maine, so why not? If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, have fun seeing these Maine icons up close and enjoy a delicious meal. Try traditional steamed lobster or something with flare – Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster Chowder, Spicy Lobster Pasta. Lobsters are available at Oquossoc Grocery or Portahouse (summer months only). Click here for tips on preparing and humanely cooking these intriguing creatures.