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.