Paris (including South Paris) is a fairly large town in the Oxford County of western Maine. It has a good variety of shopping and dining establishments, along with two inns and many other businesses. It is located in very close proximity with the towns of Oxford and especially Norway.
LODGING: King’s Hill Inn (kingshillinn.com), in South Paris, is on King Hill Rd. and has six lodging units (three suites and three rooms). They have many special features, including a jacuzzi in one suite and gas log stoves in some of the rooms. Goodwin’s Motor Inn, which offers cable television and parking for large trucks, is located on Main Street. For more lodging, there is also a motel in neighboring Norway, along with the Mollyockett Motel in West Paris.
DINING: Paris dining establishments include the Market Square restaurant (with take-out) and coffee shop, Smilin’ Moose tavern, Maurice’s french restaurant, Yianni’s Pizza, and the Mayflower Chinese restaurant. There are also a number of fast food franchises, including a combined Taco Bell & KFC, a Dunkin’ Donuts, a Burger King, and a McDonald’s. Some of the convenience stores sell take-out food as well, like the Handy Store – which offers pizza and Italian sandwiches. Additional dining is available in Norway and Oxford (including a Pizza Hut and Subway).
SHOPPING: There are many opportunities for shopping in Paris, Maine, including a Rite-Aid pharmacy (with photo developing), a Save-A-Lot discount grocery store, the Agren appliance store, and several convenience stores (Big Apple, Irving, Mini Apple, Handy Store). There is also a Family Dollar discount store (for household items and some types of grocery shopping), Olympia Sports franchise, and Unicel store, all in the same area. Additionally, McLaughlin Gardens has a gift shop and there is a Movie Gallery rental business. The nearby town of Oxford has a Wal-Mart department store and a large Hannaford grocery store, and neighboring Norway also offers many types of shopping.
TRAVEL/AUTO: Paris can be reached from the larger city of Auburn by traveling on route 26. It is also possible to reach Paris from the smaller town of Buckfield using Streaked Mountain Road, which is more likely to experience icing or snow due to its high elevation (compared to other roads in the area). During winter, the inland location of Paris makes it more likely to receive snow than rain or mixed precipitation, as compared to coastal Maine. FM-104.3 WABK radio occasionally broadcasts general traffic reports for a large portion of Maine, and the Maine DOT website is useful for viewing winter road condition data. Paris and South Paris have several gas stations, including a Citgo, Shell, Mobil, and Irving. The Shell has a car wash, and the Irving has both diesel & regular gas. There are two auto parts stores in neighboring Norway. Paris has a travel agency as well.
OTHER: Additional establishments located in Paris include Cleaning Center Laundry & Dry Cleaning (near the Save-A-Lot grocery store), banks (Northeast Bank, Androscoggin Bank w 24 hour outdoor ATM), a credit union, an information center, the Northeast Academy of Dance, US Cellular, a florist, Betty’s Laundry, Colortyme (furniture, appliance, electronics rental), and Portland Glass. Educational institutions include Oxford Hills high school and Western Maine University and Community College Center, which offers some types of college-level courses.
For more information on Paris and other towns in the area, see oxfordhillsmaine.com, the website of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce (based in South Paris). For details on Maine tourism in general, see visitmaine.com, the website of the Maine Office of Tourism.