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The Ultimate Guide to Lebanon, Maine

Lebanon is the perfect place to unplug and escape from the hustle and bustle of life. The deep forests, Salmon Falls River and charming towns nearby provide a beautiful backdrop for a slower pace of life. 

Lebanon is situated right on the border between New Hampshire and Maine so you can easily enjoy what both states have to offer. 

In addition to resting and recharging, there are plenty of other things to do like hiking, attending fun events and exploring attractions. Here's everything you need to know to plan a getaway to Southern Maine. 

 

Food and Drink

 After a long day of hiking or a fun afternoon spent learning about Maine's history you'll need to refuel. Luckily, Lebanon has some great restaurants and an impressive craft beer scene. 

Lilac City Grill

Stop in for a burger or sandwich at lunch or treat yourself to a steak or some seafood for dinner. Top your meal off with a homemade dessert or a cocktail. 

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Granite Steak and Grill

Indulge with a little steak and seafood or fill up with a comforting pasta dish. Get cozy by the fireplace in the winter or hangout on the patio in the warmer months.

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Benedict's Grill

If you're looking for a delicious breakfast or a filling lunch check out Benedict's Grill. They have huge omelettes and hearty sandwiches to fuel your outdoor adventures. 

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Lone Oak Ice Cream

 This local ice cream stand has been scooping homemade flavors in Rochester, New Hampshire since 1962. Cool off with a sundae or an ice cream cone on a hot day or grab a quick bite to eat. 

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Craft Beer and Wine


Corner Point Brewing Company

Stop by this waterfront brewery and grab a pint in the tasting room or enjoy a craft brew on the patio. 

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North Country Hard Cider

All the ciders produced at this Rollinsford, New Hampshire Cidery are made with local apples. Stop by the tasting room and try a pint of their flagship Original Press or try a flight so you can see what they're all about. 

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Prospect Hill Winery

This winery is tucked into the woods and rolling hills of Lebanon so it's a great place to unwind with a glass of award winning wine. Prospect Hill offers reds, whites and rose so you have lots of options. 

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Places to Stay

Whether you're looking for a cozy inn, a campground to compliment your outdoor adventures or a familiar hotel, you'll find it in Lebanon. 

The Governor's Inn

This quaint inn offers cozy rooms complete with a continental breakfast in Rochester, New Hampshire. There are also two onsite restaurants, a pub and a casual eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. 

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Salmon Falls KOA

With safari tents, RV rentals, cabins and tent and RV sites, this campground has something for everyone, even if you're not a camper! There's also over a mile of frontage on the Salmon Falls River and fun amenities like two pools, a giant water slide and a mini golf course.

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Holiday inn Express and Suites Rochester

 Enjoy comfort and dependability at this national brand. There are great amenities like a complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool and whirlpool, a gym and high speed internet. 

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Things to Do

Lebanon is a fantastic place to stay because it's centrally located between some of Maine and New Hampshire's best attractions. You can explore Maine's beaches, check out New Hampshire's Lakes Region or experience cultural treasures. Here's just a small selection of all the great things you can do in and around Lebanon. 

Family Fun

New Hampshire Children's Museum

Kids have free reign of this fun museum. It's just 30 minutes from Lebanon in Dover, New Hampshire. Children can create inventions, run a post office, make music or learn about cultures from around the world in a hands on environment. 

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Hilltop Fun Center

This is a one stop shop for fun. You can race go-karts, play mini golf and laser tag, take a swing in the batting cages and so much more! 

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Water Country

Head to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for a day of wet and wild fun at Water Country. Take a dive on heart-pounding slides, cool off in the wave pool or kickback in the whirlpool. 

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Shopping

Kittery Outlets

Head to the Kittery Outlets to find your favorite brands at great prices. With stores like Eddie Bauer, Old Navy, Gap, Carters and Columbia there's something for everyone. 

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Antique Alley

Explore New England's oldest antiques shopping district. New Hampshire's Route 4 is lined with antique shops that are filled with everything from vintage advertising to primitives and mid-century modern furniture. 

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Skydive New England

If skydiving is on your bucket list you can cross it off at Skydive New England. Don't worry, first timers don't go it alone. After 30 minutes of instruction you'll be paired with an experienced skydiver and you'll jump in tandem with them. 

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Monkey Trunks Weirs Beach

Fly high above New Hampshire on zip-lines or scale a ropes course at this outdoor adventure park. Kids can even climb a course just for them. 

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Water Sports

There are 1,200 acres of water at Milton Three Ponds that are perfect for jet skiing, fishing, boating and paddle-sports. Hit the water in a rental and enjoy the natural beauty of Maine.  

Head to Lake Winnipesaukee for fishing, paddle-sports, boat tours, beaches and tons of other fun on the water. 

Hiking

There are two trails to hike at Blue Job Mountain but either one leads to beautiful views of. From the summit you can drink in views of surrounding mountains and distant flashes of the Atlantic Ocean. The work is definitely worth the reward. 

Get a stunning view of Lake Winnipesaukee from the summit of Mount Major. There are several trails to explore at this popular hiking spot and the difficulty is ranked as moderate. 

Culture

Rochester Opera House

See a musical, concert, film or theater performance at this beautiful historic theater, just 10 minutes from Lebanon.

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Strawberry Banke Museum

This 10-acre living history museum gathers together historic buildings, exhibits and gardens to paint a 300 year history of daily life in a Portsmouth Neighborhood, spanning from 1695 to 1954. 

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Movie Theaters

BarnZ's Barrington Cinema

Check out new releases at this multiplex in Barrington, New Hampshire. 

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Smitty's Cinema Sanford

Watch new releases and enjoy tasty food in plush seating at this Sanford, Maine theater. 

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Beaches

With lake beaches, sandy ocean shores and riverbanks to explore, you can find just about any beach experience you would want near Lebanon. 

Albee Beach

This secluded beach on the shores of Lake Wentworth is perfect for swimming and picnicking. In addition to the sandy beach, there are trails for walking or biking.  

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Old Orchard Beach

For an action-packed beach experience head to Old Orchard Beach. You can stroll the boardwalk, walk along the pier or lounge along seven miles of beach. 

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Ogunquit 

There are so many beaches to visit in Ogunquit, from tiny cliff-side beaches to wide sandy shores on the Atlantic Ocean and warm, calm waters on the Ogunquit River. It's easy to find a beach that suites your needs. 

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 Festivals and Events


From old fashioned country fairs to heart pounding fun at NASCAR, there are so many great events to see in and around Lebanon. 

JUNE 8-16: LACONIA MOTORCYCLE WEEK

Check out the world's oldest motorcycle rally! This event is in its 96th year and is held in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. 

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JUNE 21-AUGUST 18: PRESCOTT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL SUMMER MUSICAL

See a performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in a beautiful outdoor theater in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

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JULY 11-14: OSSIPEE VALLEY FAIR

Who wouldn't want to see farmer olympics, a pig calling contents or a watermelon seed spitting contest? There are also rides, games and food at this Maine fair.

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JULY 19-21: FOXWOODS RESORT AND CASINO 301 RACE WEEKEND

Get a full weekend of NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway culminating with The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. 

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SEPTEMBER 6-8: HAMPTON BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Over 60 restaurants serve up seafood every way imaginable at this New Hampshire festival. 

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SEPTEMBER 20-21: FULL THROTTLE FALL WEEKEND 

Get a full weekend of racing fun at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

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SEPTEMBER 26-29: DEERFIELD FAIR

See live music, kids shows and livestock demonstrations at this old-fashioned New Hampshire fair. 

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SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 6: FRYEBURG FAIR

Watch woodsman competitions, see sheepdogs compete in trials, check out agricultural competitions, explore the midway and so much more at this Maine fair.

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