Western Maine's lakes and mountains have been attracting "sports"-as locals used to call the summer rusticators from Boston and New York-since long before Sugarloaf's ski trails were cut. They came to hike, canoe and fish-and still do. These days, though, two of the 'Loaf's primary attractions are the Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, consistently mentioned among the best in New England, and its golf school. Another lure is 50-plus miles of mountain biking trails that lace the woods around the resort. With Sugarloaf's Guided Outdoor Adventure program, you can sample everything under the direction of a registered Maine Guide. Canoe Flagstaff Lake, hike 3,600-foot Burnt Mountain, or paddle the Dead River (watch for moose).
Kid activities include tennis, golf, climbing and drama. And if you want to play smart, enroll in the Environmental Adventure Program and learn about the outdoors as you enjoy it. Sugarloaf pampers with modern lodgings, but if you want to experience Maine as those early tourists did, book yourself into Tim Pond Camps. Remote and lakeside, they're perfect for those who want to fish-or simply rusticate.
DON'T MISS Sugarloaf's new Anti-Gravity Center: climbing, skate park and fitness facilities.
BEST DEAL Golf & Stay packages start at $99, including lodging, breakfast, greens fees, cart and fitness club. Call 800-843-5623, or visit www.sugarloaf.com.