Downtown Diversions | Rangeley, Maine

It’s a small town, but that’s where a lot of the charm lies in Rangeley. The main drag stretches a few blocks, with fishing outfitters, art galleries, ice cream shops, eateries and a park on the lakefront with tennis and basketball courts. If you’re out canoeing, you can portage over Main Street from Haley Pond to Rangeley Lake and beyond. Here’s a brief roundup of some notable Main Street shops:

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RANGELEY REGION SPORT SHOP
Serving fishermen since 1945, this shop is the real deal and has everything you need to catch a world-famous brook trout for which the area is known. They offer local flies and fly-tying supplies, rods, reels and outdoor gear, as well as guided fly fishing and bird hunting trips.

SARGE’S PUB AND GRUB
Freshly remodeled, Sarge’s sports bar is where the locals go for a sudsy brew and some pub food. Watch your favorite sports team on one of the many televisions.

JANNACE’S BACKWOODS CLOTHING
Jannace’s Backwoods Clothing has all you need to combat the chilly air of Maine. They feature men’s, women’s and children’s summer and winter clothing and footwear, including fleece outerwear, socks, sweats, T-shirts and everything in between.

THE RED ONION
An icon since 1970, The Red Onion offers homemade fresh dough pizza, their own classic chili, salads, soups, steaks and daily specials. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available at this family friendly establishment. They also have a full bar, takeout menu, and outdoor seating overlooking Main Street.

THE SHED
A nice sit down BBQ joint, The Shed has indoor and outdoor seating for families and a full bar to soothe you after a long hike. For hungry patrons, The Shed has jumbo wings, mac and cheese, sandwiches and burgers, pizza, ribs, brisket and even fried whole belly Maine clams.

PINE TREE FROSTY
A summer staple in Rangeley, people line up to get their delicious Gifford’s brand Maine ice cream and eat it on the outdoor picnic tables at this snack shack. For hungrier folks, Pine Tree Frosty also has lobster rolls, burgers, fries and hot dogs.

ECOPELAGICON, A NATURE STORE
This eclectic gift shop is right off Main Street on Pond Street. You’ll find tourist staples like postcards, hats, T-shirts and kids toys, but also outdoor hiking gear, kayak rentals, maps and books.

LAKESIDE THEATRE
This historic theatre was recently renovated to be able to show first-run digital movies. They also put on community theater, chorus productions and youth arts camps.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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