The town of Lovell is located in western Oxford County in the foothills of the White Mountains. Its year round population is just under 1,000, but swells in the summer with many vacationers and non-resident property owners.
The main attraction in the area is Kezar Lake, a pristine body of water offering recreation, great vistas, and solitude. This lake has been the destination of many outside the area who crave their privacy, love the outdoors, and can afford to pay for it. Prices for waterfront properties on this lake are among the highest in the state.
Route 5 bisects Lovell, as it runs from Fryeburg, to the south, up through Stoneham and on to Bethel and the Sunday River Ski Area.
Among the local business attractions found here are the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant where you can find hospitality and fine dining in a rambling old Victorian House perched above the side of the road with great views of the mountains. Down the road a bit find the Lake Kezar Country Club, open to the public, with its original 9 holes laid out in 1924 by Donald Ross and 9 more holes added in 1998. Sitting on the edge of the second green is Ebenezer’s Pub, an internationally recognized home of finely crafted beers and great food. The Harvest Gold Gallery, on Rte. 5, offers museum-quality jewlery, art, and crafts.
To enjoy the true magnificence of Kezar Lake, rent a boat at Kezar Lake Marina and tool around in the wake of such luminaries as Rudy Vallee, popular crooner from the 1920s and 30s, and current resident, author Stephen King. Vallee would bring his entourage of “swells” to Lovell in the summer, shaking up martinis and picnicing while zipping around the lake in his Chris Craft, listening to the windup Victrola broadcast the latest dance tunes.
Visit the town of Lovell’s website at www.lovellmaine.us