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greenery, scenery and serenityThe Bethel Inn is an elegant country style inn offering traditional accommodations with modern updates as well as luxurious townhouses with balconies overlooking their 18-hole championship golf course, creating the ideal versatile destination for couples, families, friends, or large golf groups. Bethel, Maine is perfectly located at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest nestled in a valley surrounded by emerald peaks now of summer, the resort is able to give visitors the chance to experience the beauty of all four New England seasons.

As soon as you arrive, you know it is the complete recipe for rejuvenation, a combination of relaxation and recreation. Health and wellness is exactly what the doctor ordered, as the founder of the inn, Dr. Gehring, pioneered mind and body treatment. He prescribed for himself a lifestyle change to Bethel after suffering from a physical and mental breakdown. Five of his patients were so thankful for his services they helped build the Inn so more had a place to stay for their treatment.

For over a century, prominent doctors, lawyers, and executives from Boston as well as New York have been escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to breathe the crisp, clean mountain air, the smell of fires, and the small town vibe where you wave hello to everyone you see. The unique golf course consistently wins awards for one of the top ten courses in New England and the 200-acre resort grounds are meticulously maintained. The course has a interesting history as there are 9 original holes built in 1913 as part of the wellness treatment, then in 1988 renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish expanded and redesigned the course with an additional 9. There is no designated area of old and new 9, they are intertwining—the older fairways are noticeably shorter with more character and the new are longer, open, modern tree lined fairways, challenging for golfers of every ability. Starting at the first tee, at the top aiming down a small hill then over a bubbling brook to the first pin. To traversing the hill, a beaver collects sticks and butterflies flutter by, it feels like a sunny, enchanted forest. The third tees are hidden, park your cart and walk over the river and through the woods for what has been dubbed “the best hole,” as the pin is back across the brook. All the way to the 18th green where many weddings are held, the course is a delight to play.

Drastically improve your game guaranteed with The Bethel Inn Golf School two-day Vacation package, an amazing value. Share a room with your golf buddy for $499 each, you both receive 10 hours of personalized PGA instruction with a 3:1 student/teacher ratio, digital video analysis with personalized dvd, unlimited golf with carts, unlimited use of driving range, nightly club cleaning & storage, personal club fitting, all meals of your choice either fine dining restaurant or casual tavern with HD Sports as well as live entertainment, a welcoming cocktail reception, and includes all taxes, resort, and service fees. Programs are available from 2-4 days with 5 hours of instruction each day.

For well rounded outdoor enthusiasts, don’t miss the hidden gem that is the Bethel Inn Lake House with canoes and kayaks, located on Songo Lake, about three miles from the Inn. From resort activities to outdoor adventures, natural wonders to man made attractions, the Inn is a short walk to shops, close to mountain biking, fly-fishing excursions, ATV mountain adventures, white water rafting, family theme parks, scenic drives, historic and gem collecting tours.

A variety of amenities include a relaxing spa, heated pool, fitness room and saunas. Most of all, you can expect a welcoming and friendly service from the moment you check in. Plan to stay as long as possible because one thing is for certain—you will not want to check out because Maine really is “the way life should be.”

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