Location: Carrabassett Valley at Sugarloaf Mountain
Accommodations: Apartment. Basement unit below home.
- Master Bedroom with ensuite bathroom
- Alcove Bedroom with two twin beds and a set of bunkbeds
- Second bathroom has tub + shower
Amenities & Perks: Washer & Dryer, Strong Wifi, Television, Fully stocked kitchen with stove and dishwasher, parking.
Deciding on the best season to visit Carrabassett Valley depends on who you ask. Obviously, most people flock this way for Sugarloaf once the mountains are dusted with snow - but you'll also find plenty of golfers, hikers and more visiting during the "off" season. Which is my preferred season (check out our Area Guide here.)
Our family heads to Carrabassett Valley every year when the leaves begin to change. There's nothing quite as remarkable as the drive up to Sugarloaf mountain taking in the endless colors that dot the trees. There's so many beautiful hikes and adventures to be had just before the winter season that keeps me coming back every year. I feel like we've just scratched the surface on this area.
And our first trip here fully ruined us. And I mean that in the best way. It'll be tough to top the apartment we rented that was nestled into one of the winding roads that make up Sugarloaf mountain. The location puts you at a 2 minute drive to the golf course and a 5 minute drive to the Base Lodge. No matter what is bringing you to Sugarloaf, you are steps away from it by staying at this apartment.
The apartment is the basement unit at a local's home. There is a separate entrance in the back with plenty of parking. Even though mentally you know there are people living above you, we didn't hear anyone our entire stay and it really felt like a private, detached getaway. The unit is spacious with plenty of room for little ones to play and spread out. A full kitchen, board games and more await. And keep your eyes peeled - you may just see a moose.
The locals that own the place? Well, let's just say that one of us forgot to pack our daughter's overnight bag up when we checked out. I got a text from the owner, Denise, with a picture of the bag asking us if we forgot something - oh no! Sadly, we were already hours away on our way back home and turning around would be a not so fun day with our little one in the back. While debating what to do, Denise offered to have her husband meet us at a rest stop near Portland the next day as he would be passing through for work. So, he tacked on time to his commute by meeting my husband to drop the bag and truly he couldn't have been nicer. Just really genuine, kind Mainers and even beyond the bag snafu, the love and care put into their rental is evident. When you rent from them, just know you are renting from some pretty great folks.