Fort Fairfield is a charming, Norman Rockwell-painting kind of a town. Spanning the Aroostook River with New Brunswick, Canada, right next door, Fort Fairfield is home to the Maine Potato Blossom Festival and is one of the larger communities in Aroostook County. Acres and acres of potato fields create a pretty backdrop on hikes, horseback and ATV rides and it’s outdoor activities like this that draw visitors to this year-round destination.
Things to Do in Fort Fairfield
This small community has a lot to offer! There is the County Bluegrass Festival, July through September. Camp under the stars and listen to all the bluegrass you could hope for. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are favorite winter activities. Hikers can have a two-nation trip on the International Appalachian Trail, which crosses the border in Fort Fairfield, so bring your passport. You can go canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the Aroostook River, biking on the town roads, or mountain biking and running on local trails. In the warmer months, you can golf at the 18-hole Aroostook Valley Country Club, which sits directly on the U.S.-Canada border.
There’s a lot of history to discover in Fort Fairfield. The Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum is at an old railyard with cars and locomotives on display. You can also see the McIntosh One-Room Schoolhouse, which was built in 1848.
Where to Stay in Fort Fairfield
You may find a cozy rental in Fort Fairfield but in nearby Caribou and Presque Isle, there are numerous places to stay – from delightful B&Bs to affordable hotels.
Restaurants in Fort Fairfield
Boondocks Grille is the place to enjoy huge steaks, fresh seafood and something for the kids, too. For fine dining, Fort Fairfield doesn’t disappoint. The award-winning Canterbury Royale Gourmet offers five-course dining and is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Maine.