(PRWEB) July 16, 2006 — The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce in western Maine begins its Hot Deals travel offers this month. From mid-July through mid-October visitors can find a variety of travel deals on lodging, dining, activities and services in a rural community known as Maine’s most beautiful mountain village. All Hot Deal promotions are listed online at www.bethelmaine.com. New offers are posted daily. Deals include multi-day discounts and room upgrades at inns and lodges, free dinner entrees, and discounted golf packages.
According to the 2006 Travel Industry Association (TIA) survey, visiting small towns and rural areas is the third most popular summer activity following visiting friends and relatives and going to the beach or lake.
Bethel is located astride the Upper Androscoggin River on Route 2 and Route 26 in western Maine on the eastern edge of the White Mountains. Summer and fall activities include golf at two championship courses, canoeing and fishing on the Upper Androscoggin, hiking and scenic tours of the White Mountain National Forest, rockhounding for precious stones, horseback riding, walking tours of the historic village, visiting the Moses Mason House and Bethel Historical Society exhibits, antiquing and shopping the eclectic shops of Bethel’s Main Street.
Events include the Maine State Triathlon, July 30; Maine Performing Arts Festival, August 9-12; Sudbury Canada Days, Aug 11-13; Harvest Fest and Chowdah Cookoff, September 16 and Fall Festival Weekend, October 7 & 8.
A community guide book, maps for hiking, canoeing and fishing, walking and auto tour itineraries are available at the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce online at www.bethelmaine.com or by phoning 1-800-442-5826.