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September 15th, 2015
When you own a lodge, a lot goes into a room remodel but most importantly it must appeal to a diverse customer base, particularly guests looking for a luxurious experience.
First, the Bear room had to retain the bear theme. The beds in the Lodge are all hand carved and are the focal point of each room. We were able to enlarge the frame from a queen to a king using the same posters. More and more guests prefer king size beds.
The other major focal point of the Bear Room is the view. This room had a standard double hung window and a small deck; neither took full advance of this feature, so we enlarged the window. This wasn’t just a picture window but we sourced windows with a crank out design on the bottom to provide ventilation, wonderful fresh air and cool night breezes. We then enlarged the deck facing the lake so guests could relax and lounge in privacy. Privacy walls were also built on the deck.
Next, we considered room arrangement. When the new window was installed, it was necessary to move the fireplace. A beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace was installed on the opposite corner allowing us to create a cozy seating area and more space for the enlarged bed. We installed a large reclaimed wood beam over the fireplace giving it a warm, lodge patina. A south window was removed for more wall space; a large HD TV was hung on the wall and an area rug brought the seating area together.
We had a hand-carved mirror to match the beds that was placed in the bathroom. Keeping the bear theme, we found a beautiful piece of granite that was perfect for the large vanity top, beverage center and footrest in the shower. The granite has lots of black and earth tones – you might think it resembles the walls of a bear cave – a fancy bear cave anyway. The bath had a Jacuzzi-style tub/shower. This was removed to make way for a new modern large tile shower and enlarged vanity. We learned guests like more space for their things so larger vanities are a plus. The large shower has both a rain showerhead and handheld shower hose. If that wasn’t enough luxury we added a towel warmer.
In the corner of the room we installed the beverage center. Guests can brew their own coffee and access water and ice. The beverage center also includes a small refrigerator, coffee mugs, wine and water glasses; creamers, sugar, wine opener – all you need.
Temperature control was another upgrade; the new fireplace includes a remote, as does the new personal air conditioning unit. No need to move from your chair or bed to control your environment.
The finished room offers luxury, comfort and relaxation – all you could ever want for a luxury vacation in the North woods of Maine. Book early to be sure you get the Bear Room.
August 5th, 2015
Fishing like any sport takes special expertise, but guiding ads another level of skill possessed by only a few. In the State of Maine, we take this skill seriously with special licensing and training. Selecting the right guide will make your trip not just an outing but a memorable adventure. When the Lodge coordinates a trip or designs an adventure package, we do so to create once in a lifetime experiences that you will remember for a long time to come. All Lodge guides have been vetted and our best guides are exclusive to the Lodge only. Adventure lodges, like the Lodge at Moosehead Lake, hang their reputation on this experience. This is why we are so proud to include Bob Howe, premier Registered Master Maine Guide, in our arsenal of skilled guides. Bob has guided for the Lodge for many years.
Bob Howe has been hunting, fishing and trapping since the age of eight and has been guiding guests from all over the world for almost forty years. As a full-time guide, Bob has the ability to recognize and adjust to the ever changing situations of fish, wildlife and their environment. He is uniquely gifted in his ability to “read” a guest and provide the best possible experience for their expertise and expectations. His patience is amazing as he teaches young or old, introducing them to all types of fishing and making another lover of the sport. Bob has also acquired a passion for cooking and often shares his skills with guests or tantalizes them with biscuits on a stick, grilled strawberries or bean hole beans (cooked in the ground in a Dutch oven) as an accompaniment to your catch.
In addition to being a full-time guide, Bob owns and operates Maine Guide Snowshoe and Pine Grove Lodge, a four season sporting camp in Bingham, Maine. Bob is involved in many philanthropic endeavors including the “Pine Grove Program”, which Bob founded. Through this program, he provides free outdoor adventures to our nation’s veterans and first-responders.
According to Randy Flannery, owner and operator of Wilderness Escape Outfitter, Bob Howe is the best all around guide in the State of Maine. Bob has been featured in Field and Stream magazine, Outdoor magazine, Wall Street Journal and the London Post. He often is requested to council with political representatives on the Maine wilderness as a member of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Bob is not just a great guide but truly an exceptional guide willing to share his love and passion for Maine and the great outdoors with our many guests and nature lovers.
July 4th, 2014
This question runs through our head many times as we help guests with their reservations and itineraries. Guests come to the Lodge from all over the world and most are very well traveled.
It could be our unobstructed view of the lake and surrounding mountains. When you sit on your private deck, gazing quietly at the view, you see only nature around you. There are no roads, electric lines, trucks or cars – just the trees, lake, maybe “Phil” our local groundhog, a leaping deer, wild turkey or soaring hawk. The breeze is relaxing, as is the spell of fresh pine.
The rooms are as unique as you will find. Combining the elegance of 550 thread count sheets with custom made bed coverings, oriental rugs and twig furniture produces the rustic elegance we are trying to create. Our bathroom vanities are handmade by the owner, Dennis Bortis. Each is one of a kind, constructed of local wood with inlaid birch bark. They are functional as well as beautiful – a piece of art. You have probably dined on Italian, French, and Mexican but only at the Lodge have we created our very own “Up North Cuisine”. You won’t find a rack of lamb here but you will find stuffed trout, Bison Short Rib Pie, Lobster Mac & Cheese and a perfectly grilled beef filet. After years of testing and refining, we find our menu is perfect. We try to offer at least five entrees, five starters and two to three desserts – the options are so varied that a guest can join us every night. We only serve our lodging guests – this allows us the opportunity to give you the table for the evening, we never worry about turns. We are here to make your stay and yours alone the best it can be.
We are an adventure lodge. It is here that Moose Safaris started in the Moosehead Lake area, long before outfitters arrived. From our beginning as a Lodge, we have constructed unique adventures including the ORIGINAL Fly-in Canoe Trip – a full day of fun in the Moosehead Lake region, starting with a float plane ride, including fishing, canoeing and/or hiking and ending with a wildlife tour often including a moose sighting. If you are so lucky to catch a fish within limits, our chef will prepare it for you. There is so much to enjoy and experience. You’ll find great accommodations and even gourmet food in the region, but only at the lodge do you get it all. . . Adventure, Pampering and Delicious Food. That’s why the Lodge is listed in 1000 Places to Visit; make it your stop too.
June 19th, 2014
The Lodge is now open for dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day weekend. Dining at our Greenville, Maine restaurant is reserved for lodging guests at our Maine bed and breakfast exclusively.
The table is yours for the evening, whether you choose to dine inside or on the expansive deck overlooking the lake on a beautiful warm summer night.
Enjoy a true North Woods Maine dining experience with hearty and delicious food, a relaxed atmosphere, and stunning Moosehead Lake views.
Check out our sample menu! Book your reservation and we’ll take care of all the rest.
Sun-Dried Tomato Bisque. with house parmesan croutons. 6
Mussels. with buttery garlic, chorizo & fennel broth. 12
Sweet Maine Crab Cakes. buttermilk – basil dressing and marinated tomatoes and fresh corn.12
Caesar Salad.10 Add grilled chicken or shrimp. 14
Spring Mix Salad.buttermilk splash dressing, bacon crisps. tomato and house parmesan croutons.6
Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese. pasta shells. lots of lobster. 28 side dish. 14
Fresh Wild King Salmon Cakes. lemon-caper yogurt sauce, cucumber, basil & tomato salad. 28
Crayfish & Spinach Stuffed Rainbow Trout. vegetable & potato
Perfectly Grilled Beef Filet. peppercorn sauce. caramelized cauliflower .
crushed red pepper flakes .golden raisins. roasted potatoes. 34
Lodge Tomahawk Veal Chop. savory veal stock with vegetables, pressed potato au gratin. 36
Mixed Berry Cobbler served warm with vanilla ice cream.8
Classic Strawberry Shortcake.8
Safari Camp Dinners are served on Sunday evenings starting June 22 through Labor Day weekend.
Call us at 207-695-4400 to
make your reservation.
April 18th, 2014
Signs of spring include longer and warmer days, budding trees, new flowers peaking through the soil and no snow. In the North woods of Maine, spring comes in May and June… but there is so much more. This is a thinly populated region of Maine and is still considered quiet season, so if you are looking for solace or want to get away, spring in northern Maine is just what the doctor ordered.
Annuals can be planted around the Lodge after the last sign of frost which is typically Memorial Day weekend. This is when the flower boxes and hanging baskets are set out to catch the bright sun of the warmer day, that also warms your face as you relax in your Adirondack patio chair.
In the woods, we start to see budding blueberries, wild strawberries, fiddleheads and lady slippers. New moose calves (often twins), fawns and once in a while a black bear cub can be spotted either on the road or in a clearing. Just a caution – never get between a baby and its mother. No matter the specie, mothers can be very protective.
Our most popular adventures in the spring include fly fishing, hiking and our Moose Safari and Wildlife tours. Starting around mid-May you can also catch a Seaplane ride. Whitewater rafting will start Memorial Day weekend – no extra charge for the wet suite and yes the water is cold. Even though we had lots of snow and the rivers are full, expect the ride to be normal this spring. The flow here is regulated. The Lodge includes complete hiking information in every room and the best guided trips in the Moosehead Lake region.
For some outings, spring may actually be the best time of year– wildlife viewing and fly fishing are a good examples. Return from your day’s adventures and gather around the natural stone fire pit to warm, watch the sunset and star gaze, or order our Gourmet S‘mores kit. Spring is here. You should be too!
February 27th, 2014
Dog Sledding Adventures – Full and Half Day Trips Available
It’s March and around the vast Moosehead Lake is a thick blanket of beautiful white snow. Temperatures are still low, the lake is frozen hard and the sky is blue. It is perfect for romantic Maine winter getaways! If you enjoy the snow and looking for new adventures – make Moosehead Lake your destination! All winter activities are still going strong with hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails at easy access from the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. We are the perfect location for couples looking to explore the remote terrain of mountains, lakes and ponds. If snowmobiling doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is the quiet of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Rentals are available at a nominal fee and we have maps to get you started. Guides are also available to show you the way and teach you the nuances of this sport. Only two hours away is Sugarloaf Mountain for some of the best downhill skiing in New England for a fun day trip.
Our most unique trip is our dog sledding adventure. Guests experience mushing their own team, with guidance from two Registered Maine Guides. We have full day, ½ day and overnight trips available. We prepare you with information on what to wear.
Come back to the lodge for hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, hot tea or something a little warmer. Fireplaces in every room will warm your heart and toes or stay in the Katahdin suite where there is a second fireplace in the bathroom. And there are also whirlpools tubs, guaranteed to take the chill out of your bones. The fireplace in the main lodge is a special place to hang out and meet other guests or order our Maine made marshmallows and whole wheat graham crackers for roasting.
Once you have warmed from your days activities, you just may not want to venture out again. The Lodge serves a comforting winter supper in Chloe’s Pub on Friday and Saturday evenings. Here you can catch up on the world news, watch sports on the plasma TV or challenge your partner to a game of pool on the lodge’s beautiful pool table. No Maine winter getaway is complete without a trip to the Lodge at Moosehead Lake.
Find your perfect room and book your Maine Winter getaways today.
February 7th, 2014
Looking for romance can find you at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. Romance can be uncovered in many ways but at the Lodge we think it includes luxury and relaxation. Many amenities have been added to create that special experience and the Katahdin suite has been noted as one of the most romantic. It’s the King sleigh bed, two fireplaces (in the seating area and in the bathroom) makes it the perfect retreat for romantic getaways in Maine. Add to that a double Jacuzzi style tub and flickering candle light and the frame of mind is set. If you aren’t the romantic type but appreciate the mood, we have a list of ideas – from Champagne & strawberries, a relaxing massage for two or spend time on one of six private room decks gazing at the incredible stars on a clear night, snuggled together under a blanket.
The beauty of Moosehead Lake can be a special aphrodisiac. Have a picnic lunch prepared with a bottle of wine for an escape to one of the areas beautiful waterfalls. Watching the sunset over Moose Mountain with a bottle of wine and a charcuterie platter is another special option. Candlelight dinner in the lake view dining room overlooking Moosehead Lake and surrounding mountains is totally relaxing, not to mention the delicious food.
Specials like our Valentine’s Day Package, New Year’s Eve Package and our Honey & Soul Package for honeymooners, anniversaries or weekend romantic getaways in Maine, make planning easy.
May 1st, 2013
The Lodge will offer lodging guests dinner on Saturday May 25, 2013 of Memorial Day weekend. Our dining service will officially start on June 14th and continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until mid-October. The lodge specializes in Up North Cuisine – comforting, delicious and local. Make your reservation early. Below is the menu for Memorial Day weekend. Selections will be requested in advance. Enjoy the holiday weekend at our Moosehead Lake, Maine Bed & Breakfast!
Sun-Dried Tomato Bisque. with parmesan bread sticks.
Mussels. with buttery garlic, chorizo & fennel broth.
Sweet Maine Crab Cakes. buttermilk – basil dressing and marinated tomatoes and fresh corn.
Caesar Salad. Add grilled chicken or Maine shrimp.
Spring Mix Salad. buttermilk splash dressing, bacon crisps. tomato and ciabatta toast.
Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese. pasta shells. lots of lobster.
Crayfish & Spinach Stuffed Native Trout. vegetable & potato pancakes.
Perfectly Grilled Beef Filet. peppercorn sauce. caramelized cauliflower .
crushed red pepper flakes .golden raisins. roasted potatoes.
Patriotic Berry Trifle.
Classic Strawberry Shortcake.
April 26th, 2013
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake has provided a Luxury Getaway Package to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine 2013 Annual Auction. The funds raised from Auction contributions provide support to the organization in many ways, including administrative services, educational programming, exhibit maintenance, and day-to-day operations.
The Maine Children’s Museum & Theatre is designed to inspire Maine’s next generation of innovators. “We are proud to include the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in our 2013 giving plan and excited to help this great organization foster curiosity and creativity,” added Linda Bortis, owner of the Lodge. “As a business marketing person, I know how important these attributes are to a person’s growth and our country’s future success.” The program reaches children from 6 months to 10 years old.
The Luxury Getaway Package worth $1,000.00 includes a 2 night stay in one of our Lodge rooms, gourmet breakfast every morning and all the many amenities available at our Maine bed and breakfast. In additional the Moosehead Marine Museum has donated a Katahdin cruise to the lucky winner. The live auction is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2013 at Ocean Gateway, on Portland’s waterfront.
In 2012 the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine was named among the top 12 Children’s Museums in the country by Forbes.com. In addition, the Children’s Museum was one of four children’s museums in the world to receive the prestigious Met Life Promising Practice award recognizing their cultural education policies.
February 4th, 2013
2013 marks the 20th year of business for the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. Within its first year the Lodge was awarded AAA 4-diamond status and membership in Select Registry, distinguished inns of North America. High status memberships in these organizations requiring stringent surprise inspections, have been maintained each consecutive year since then “When we decided to purchase the Lodge six years ago, we knew we were getting something special,” said Linda Bortis, co-owner of the Lodge.
The Lodge has gone through many rebirths. In 1917 it was constructed as a private summer residence for the Sloper family summer home called “Greenslope”. Later it was converted to a restaurant called Lakeview Manor and is now the Lodge at Moosehead Lake – a Greenville, Maine inn. It has long been known as one of the finest and longest standing luxury properties in in-land Maine. It was Roger and Jennifer Cauchi that first had the vision for the Lodge. They were told they were crazy when developing such a unique lodging experience in the backwoods. It was common to hear – “You’ll never get people to come all the way up here and pay those prices.” The mix of North woods birch tables and décor with the luxury of oriental rugs and wing back chairs, make it a combination not to be found anywhere else.
“There is no doubt that running a lodge, the caliber of this lodge is hard work. In part, it is the attention to detail. We never skimp on a guest request,” added Dennis Bortis. “We have updated every room and the landscaping. It is a constant mission to keep our rooms and the landscape in tune with the times and one guests will enjoy. It is our goal to provide an experience that is imbedded in the history and natural beauty of the Moosehead Lake area while still providing luxury for the discerning traveler.”
The Lodge’s birch twig borders (like ceiling molding) and hand carved beds set the stage in the Lodge and were added by the Cauchi’s. Each room is themed. There is the trout, bear, moose, loon and totem rooms in the main lodge. The Carriage House was first storage and then a retail store, finally converted to luxury retreat suites, making nine total rooms.
When the Lodge was first started, outfitters didn’t exist in the area. In order to create that total North woods experience special activities and trips were designed including the first Moose Safaris by Ed Mathieu, Allagash river trips by Warren Cochran and float plane rides by Max Folsom. Trips now available at the Lodge use guides willing to customize and personalize. “This is an important part of the Lodge offering,” added Linda. “We strive to make our trips the best.”
Dining at the Lodge has also changed over the years. Breakfasts have always been available with every stay but dinners have gone through many evolutions to get to what works today. We wanted to blend what was expected in Maine with warm comfort foods you would look forward to in a Lodge. This has evolved into Up North Cuisine – highlighting things like Lobster Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Meatloaf, and Stuffed Trout and other special dishes, not to mention our Moosopolitan™ Martinis. This summer, the Lodge will also be offering Safari Camp Dinners on Sunday evenings in July and August. A social dining experience in the Lodge fire-pit overlooking the sunset not to be missed.
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake will continue to provide Maine woods adventures by day and relaxing romance by night.