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What Makes Lodge at Moosehead Lake Special?

Friday, 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.

Moosehead Lake 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. Lodge at Moosehead Lake 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.

Fall Canoe Trips from the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Enjoy the natural beauty of the North woods fall foliage and the solitude of a canoe ride on a remote mountain pond.  This special four hour trip during September and early October starts with a walking trail to the pond where a canoe has been stored for your ride.  Our own Registered Maine guide will provide area stories and wildlife knowledge. Paddle through the quiet beauty listening to the water drop from your paddle and loons call through the air.  It is a respite you’ll long remember.  Call the lodge 207-695-4400 to reserve your trip with a lodging stay.

Why English travelers come to Northern Maine!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Maine is the beating heart of traditional rural America. It`s a land of tranquil fishing villages, white wooden church steeples and all-American clapboard houses, a region where colonial Inns serve up an abundance of delicious wholesome foods such as succulent blueberry pie, waffles with maple syrup and fresh shellfish and lobster.

The rugged wilderness of Northern Maine, the highlands and Aristook county appeal to anyone seeking a holiday with a real get-away-from-it-all feel. The passing seasons make this area a year-round delight, with nature painting its vivid colours across the landscape. Winter days are crisp, cold and invigorating, its woodlands and mountains laden with fine snow, eventually melting into Springs coloured with daffodils, forsythia and lilacs. Spring is the season when moosemania takes hold in the Moosehead lake region with plenty of opportunities to spot Maine`s favourite wild resident, along with black bears in late summer, eagles and white-tailed deer. The hot Summers here create the perfect venue for picnics and concerts in the open air, with white potato blossom adorning the countryside. But the Fall is Northern Maine`s most legendary season, when the woodlands and pastures light up in stunning tones of red, rust and crimson.

Northern Maine`s seasons and landscapes lend themselves to year-round outdoor activities that satisfy a lust for life. Its pristine winter landscapes invite adventurous visitors to enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The hot summers, on the other hand, are perfect for river cruises and canoe trips on the Allagash wilderness waterway, a 92 mile ribbon of rivers, lakes and streams that weave their way through the lush forests of Aroostook county. The best hiking trails in Northern Maine stretch along the ridges of the Appalachian mountain range, the rolling landscapes of Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Area region, where abundant lakes and rivers also offer fishing, kayaking and white-water rafting. The many thousands of acres of woodland also make this area a popular hunting ground for coyotes, moose and deer.

Whilst the region`s natural highlights are enough to provide a memorable adventure in themselves, visitors also come here to enjoy the many festivals that take place throughout the year. Fall is a time when culinary celebration is very much on the menu, with opportunities to join in apple picking and cider pressing. In late summer, the Presque Isle area sees the enchanting Balloon Fest event, in which colourful hot-air balloons are released into the night skies, while at the annual Paint the Lupine festival in Oakfield, visitors are encouraged to get creative with their sketch books and paintbrushes. Northern Maine is host to a full annual cultural calendar with many other local events attracting the crowds, including arts and craft fairs, parades and heritage days.

With such a wealth of natural attractions and exciting activities on offer, it may be difficult to believe that cheap holidays could be an option in Northern Maine, but cheap flights to Presque Isle from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester have made the region accessible to adventurous English travellers seeking a holiday off the beaten track. Add to this a wide selection of low-priced housekeeping cottages, inns and motels bursting with New England hospitality and you`ll find you don`t need to spend a fortune to experience the holiday of a lifetime in America.

Eco Tours and Environment Friendly at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
We take the environment seriously at the Lodge.  When you stay with us, you can be comfortable knowing that the Lodge is heated with an outdoor wood furnace.  Wood is an abundant renewable resource in this area.  Rebuilding decks includes composite decking material from recycled milk cartons that look great and last a lifetime.  Water conservation is also important including new laundry and dishwashers that use only a gallon of water per load, not to mention our weekly recycling program for glass, plastic, cans, etc.

The lodge offers Eco Tours including background on the ecology of the plants, trees, wildlife, Indian facts and legends, the lumber era and the routes the famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Enjoy canoeing/kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing – minimal motors on this trip.