From skiing and snowmobiling, kayaking and canoeing, to theater arts, fine dining, local farms, and fall foliage, Fryeburg, located on the border of Maine and New Hampshire is an ideal place around which to plan your holiday. We are centrally located to take advantage of the quiet of traditional Maine, with easy access to the shops of North Conway. And, of course, we are just steps from Fryeburg Academy and the Fryeburg Fair

One of the real treats about living in the White Mountains is the ability to reach multiple challenging summer and winter trails less than 15 minutes from the front door. Fryeburg is situated on the intervale between the Green Hills, the eastern Flank of the White Mountains, and the Oxford Hills. We are minutes to multiple trails on Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton. Our bookshelves contain a number of great hiking guides for you to browse.

Check out our Top 10 Hikes Here

Fryeburg and the White Mountains are great areas for cycling. Every ride in the area passes through small country towns and local farms along the rolling hills of the intervale. Those billy goats among us can get some serious climbs in on some of the mountain roads. Traffic is generally light midweek even during peak summer seasons. Get your free cycling routes below, which are written to keep you off major routes in and out of Fryeburg as much as possible. However, check the cue sheet carefully. Some of these rides require travel on dirt roads. Finally, bike safely, and remember it’s supposed to be fun.

The Saco River is a beautiful, clear, meandering river that supports canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. With a host of outfitters within a short distance spending, a day canoeing near Fryeburg can be done easily.

Below are the distances between portages along the Saco River nearest The White Gables Inn. The two portages closest to us are Weston’s Bridge and Swan’s Falls, both a five-minute drive.

  • From 302 Bridge to Weston’s Bridge = 10.1 miles
  • Weston’s Bridge to Swan’s Falls = 3.4 miles
  • Swan’s Falls to Canal Bridge = 3.8 miles
  • Canal Bridge to Walker’s Bridge = 7 miles
  • Walker’s Bridge to Walker’s Rip (falls) = 2.7 miles
  • Walker’s Rip to Lovewell’s Pond = 2 miles
  • Lovewell’s Pond to Brownfield Bridge = 5.9 miles
  • Brownfield Bridge to Hiram Bridge = 13.8 miles
Foliage around Fryeburg peaks in Mid-September to Mid-October depending on temperatures and seasonal rain. The State of Maine maintains a foliage website with current conditions. The Foliage Report is generally updated starting in early September.

Downhill Skiing

Shawnee Peak’s 40 trails are a 10 minute drive from The White Gables Inn

Cranmore Mountain’s 200+ skiable acres are a 15 minute drive from The White Gables Inn

Cross Country Skiing

Check out for ungroomed nordic trails near Fryeburg

Bear Notch Ski Touring Center has 65km of nordic trails and is a 25 minute drive.

Jackson, New Hampshire has 148km of nordic trails maintained by the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and is a 35 minute drive.

 The White Mountains have over 1000 miles of snowmobile trails for you to explore. Our back acreage on the intervale connects to the trail system.

Fryeburg Area Snowmobile Association based in Fryeburg grooms the local snowmobile trails. The local trails connect with Maine’s Interstate Trail System. Fryeburg Area Snowmobile Association’s Facebook Page has up-to-date information on the current state of Maine’s trails. The White Gables Inn’s back acreage connects with the Fryeburg Area Snowmobile Association Trails and a trail through the Inn’s woods allows you to leave right from the Inn.

Fryeburg Snowmobile Rentals, a short walk from the Inn, is happy to provide you with a sled should you need one.

Sabbaday Falls in New Hampshire

Sabbaday Falls is a quick and accessible walk located 24 miles from the White Gables Inn and just off the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.

Hemlock Bridge in Fryburg, Maine

Hemlock Bridge is located 6 miles from the White Gables in and is the last of seven 19th century covered bridges built in Fryeburg over the Old Saco River.  

Diana’s Bath in North Conway

Diana’s Bath is a series of cascading waterfalls and pools. “But what beyond the stunning scenery makes this so special?” Great question. Let me explain.

Eating Out in Fryeburg, Maine

Fryeburg has several restaurants and bars, with takeout and dinning in options, all within a short walk or drive from The White Gables Inn.

More Wildlife at the White Gables Inn

Mike wrote our first blog post at the White Gables Inn about the trail system on our property and the wildlife encountered. Given it was a literary masterpiece I’m sure you read it.

Arethusa Falls

Everyone loves a majestic waterfall and we have a great one in Arethusa Falls. Here is why you will love it and some pro tips to make your visit even better.

Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire

While not Mount Chocorua is not the tallest of the White Mountains, its separation from other mountains and rocky peak that towers over the valley, makes it appear as it extends into the heavens.

Top Ten Hikes In and Around Fryeburg, Maine

Be sure at least one of these hikes is on your itinerary for your trip to Maine and the Mount Washington Valley.

Sustainability Statement

At The White Gables Inn, we make a big effort to use green, sustainable and local products whenever possible. As your safety is a top priority, not...

A Poem: 2020, the Year there was no Fryeburg Fair

The cancellation of the Fryeburg Fair in 2020 was hard on us all, to process his emotions, Mike wrote a poem that was printed in the Conway Daily Sun.

Mike, Steph, and Gwen are revisiting all our favorite places and exploring new ones to provide you with the best local attractions. We will also keep you updated on everything going on at The White Gables Inn.


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