The Herbert Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Maine's western mountains at the gateway to Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort but we are far from a winter only location. Whether you want to ski or ride Sugarloaf Mountain, snowshoe or cross-country ski miles of trails at Maine Huts and Trails or the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, snowmobile the Black Fly Loop, hike to 4,000 plus foot mountain peaks along the Appalachian Trail and Bigelow mountain range, view the fall foliage along a scenic byway, mountain bike over 80 miles of challenging terrain, ATV along the 138 mile Moose Loop, canoe, boat, kayak or catch a landlocked salmon in Flagstaff Lake or bring down a moose on a guided hunt, the Herbert Grand Hotel is the launching point for your Maine outdoor adventure. View the articles below to learn more and start planning your trip to Kingfield, Maine.  Additionally, the Herbert Grand Hotel is located within walking distance of art galleries, the Stanley Museum and other local shops, restaurants, bars and artisans.  We are a quaint New England town on the edge of Maine's wilderness and we guarantee the experience of a lifetime.

SugarloafThe Herbert Grand Hotel is located 15 miles south of Sugarloaf ski resort and it is the perfect hotel for your Sugarloaf ski vacation. At 4,237 feet and 138 trails, Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort offers the most vertical skiing and snowboarding in all of Maine and New Hampshire, with the only lift-serviced, above tree-line access in the East.  The mountain has the second largest continuous drop in New England (2,820 feet) and the second most skiable acres east of the Mississippi River (1,230 acres).  Sugarloaf Mountain is home to two-time olympic snowboard cross gold medalist, Seth Wescott and draws skiers and riders from around the globe.

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The region offers two wonderful cross-country skiing and snowshoeing options.  

The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, located 14 miles south of the Herbert Grand Hotel, features a 60-mile network of well-groomed cross-country ski trails that run through the Maine woods with views of the Bigelow mountain range.  Snowshoers can access the skate lane on all 60 miles of cross-country ski trails or make use of the 18 miles of "snowshoe only" trails.  Avid snowshoers are encouraged to take the "dead leg challenge," a 4-mile climb to the summit of Burnt Mountain from the East Trail of Sugarloaf Mountain.  Panaoramic views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Katahdin, Baxter State Park and Mount Washington in New Hampshire await those who successfully complete the trek.  The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center offers equipment rentals, private coaches and guided safaris but charges a fee for use of the trails and equipment.

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The Herbert Grand Hotel is located across the street from groomed snowmobile trails and within one-minute of the entrance to the Black Fly Loop, a series of more than 300 miles of interconnected, well-groomed, snowmobile trails that reach north through Eustis, Jackman and the Forks, west to Rangely, Oquossoc and New Hampshire, east to Carrabassett Valley and south to Farmington, Wilton and Weld. The Black Fly Loop has the widest variety of trails available in the east.  Spectacular lookouts abound from mountaintops to glacier valleys with frequent moose and deer sightings along the way.  The Herbert Grand Hotel offers ample free parking for snowmobile trailers and maps of the well-groomed snowmobile trails and guests can sled into and out of the hotel for convenience.  Click here to download a map of the snowmobile trails near the Herbert Grand Hotel.

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The Herbert Grand Hotel is perfectly located near the Maine Huts and Trails system, the Appalachian Trail and multiple 4,000 footers, so-called because their summits exceed 4,000 feet.  

Maine Huts and Trails is a system of 45 miles of hiking trails featuring winding switchbacks, sandy paths along mountain streams, natural bridges and incredible views.  The trail head is a ten-minute drive from the Herbert Grand Hotel.  Additionally, Crocker Mountain and South Crocker Mountain, part of the Appalachian Trail, are located approximately twenty-minutes from the Herbert Grand Hotel.  Each of these mountains feature peaks of more than 4,000 feet (Crocker Mountain is 4,228 feet and South Crocker Mountain is 4,050 feet).

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Mountain Biking

The Kingfield and Carrabassett Valley region offer a plethora of panoramic views, rugged and challenging terrain and picturesque scenery for mountain biking novices and enthusiasts alike.  The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, located 14 miles from the Herbert Grand Hotel, features 50 miles of mountain biking trails, a bike shop for any last minute needs and mountain bike rentals for newbies.  Each year, in late September, the Carrabassett Valley chapter of NEMBA partners with Sugarloaf to host the Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival which features skills clinics, guided rides, evening concerts and more.    

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The Herbert Grand Hotel is located on the Moose Loop, a 138-mile regional ATV trail that connects the towns of Straton-Eustis, Rangeley, Kingfield, Avon, Salem, Strong, Phillips and Madrid as well as other interconnected trails throughout Maine.  The Moose Loop offers the widest variety of ATV trails in the entire state of Maine, including mountain trails and wildlife, including moose, deer, bald eagles and more.  The Herbert Grand Hotel offers free parking for trailers and maps of the Moose Loop ATV trail.  Guests can access the Moose Loop directly from the front entrance of the hotel.

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The Herbert Grand Hotel is located in the Appalachian mountains of Western Maine.  Our rivers, streams and ponds feature some of the premier wild brook trout and salmon fishing in the country.  The Carrabassett River, great for fly-fishing in May and June, is directly across the street from the hotel and Flagstaff Lake, known for its salmon and trout, is a thirty minute drive from the Herbert Grand Hotel.  The region is a mix of coniferous forest, hardwoods, mountains, apple orchards and swamps which promote a diverse habitat of moose, bear, bob cat and white tail deer which grow to trophy proportions.   

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Fall FoliageKingfield, Maine lies along a scenic byway perfect for viewing fall foliage in Maine.  The Herbert Grand Hotel is centrally located to the Bigelow Mountain Range, Saddleback Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain and Flagstaff Lake, all within a 75 mile loop of the hotel.  For an extra fun time, take your motorcycle on a ride through the curvy mountain roads, stop for scenic views of the foliage and Flagstaff Lake and make a day of adventure in the Maine wilderness.  The colors and views will leave you breathless.

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BoatingThe Herbert Grand Hotel is located directly across the street from swimming and tubing in the Carrabassett River.  Also, the hotel is a scenic, thirty-minute drive from canoeing, kayaking and boating on Flagstaff Lake.  If you are in search of a guided boat tour, we recommend Flagstaff Lake Boat Tours.  Jeff Hinman, the company's owner, is a local Maine Master Guide and offers a variety of tours.  You can learn more about Flagstaff Lake Boat Tours on their website at

The Wire Bridge that crosses the Carrabassett River in New Portland, Maine is the one remaining example of four similar bridges built in Maine in the 1800's and possibly the only one of its kind still standing in the United States. Available records reference the construction of the bridge starting in 1864 and being finished in 1866. Engineered and built by David Elder and Captain Charles B. Clark.

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