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Maine Spring Getaways

Friday, 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.

Spring in Maine

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.

 

 

Moose in Maine

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.

 

Wildlife Viewing in Maine

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!

 

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake 20th Year Anniversary

Monday, February 4th, 2013

20th Anniversary - Maine Inn2013 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.

 

Maine Inn

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.

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake Historical View

“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.

Stunning Moosehead Lake Inn

Amazing Views from Lodge Suites & Gardens

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

The lodge suites provides privacy and amazing views from their secluded decks and gardens.  These photos were taken from the Baxter Suite.

Moose Bath Room Upgrade

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Just completed – the Moose bathroom upgrade.  A new vanity was built using rustic wood with inlaid birch and New England red slate counter top.  A compact refrigerator has also been built in for our guests’ convenience.  The larger counter gives us room to add a new K-cup coffee maker as well.  Similar upgrades are being completed in the Bear room.  Soon, most of our rooms will have these new amenities.

Left – completed bathroom
Bottom right – old bathroom
Top right – bathroom in remodeling process

17th AAA 4-Diamond Award Earned by the Lodge

Friday, January 21st, 2011

AAA Four Diamond Award winners must consistently deliver superior hospitality, service and amenities in high-quality, comfortable surroundings.  To achieve this level of service is a commendable accomplishment and AAA has bestowed this honor on The Lodge at Moosehead Lake for the seventeenth consecutive year…..a record unequaled in inland Maine.  We are committed to the continuation of this proud heritage of providing guests with a high-quality, memorable experience each and every time they visit the Lodge.

Refurbished Guest Pantry at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

We tackled refurbishing the Guest Pantry to improve the look and functionality for our guests just in time for the New Year’s Eve weekend.  We found 3 layers of flooring that was removed and replaced with ceramic tile, added a smaller refrigerator, small sink with instant hot water for teas and hot chocolate and built in trash receptacle below the sink. The counter top was also replaced with New England Red slate.  With all our remodeling projects, we aim to maintain the original feel of the lodge and we think we have. Now we have much more usable space for snacks and beverages available anytime.

Nature’s Winter Art at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Lots of snow at the Lodge has resulted in this amazing natural art.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Lodge at Moosehead Lake is Decorated for the Holidays

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The lodge is all decked out for the holidays with lights trimming the eaves and fireplace mantel, Christmas stockings on the dining chairs, large poinsettias, greenery down the railing, fresh wreaths on all the dining room winters and much more. Enjoy the holidays at the lodge; a few rooms are still available for NYE so reserve your space now.  This is just the place to reduce the stress of all your holiday planning and put things right for the new year.  See you soon!

Fall Morning View from Dining Room

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Breakfast guests at the lodge quietly drank their coffee while gazing at this autumn view from the Lakeview Dining room.

Trail Angels stay at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Mother, son, daughter, daughter-in-law and grand daughter all stayed at the lodge to celebrate the completion of the Appalachian trail by the grandson. They are all avid hikers and wanted to experience what their grandson was experiencing as he finished this momentous goal at Katahdin. In the process they came across other hikers as well. A couple of young men had very bad equipment including broken hiking sticks.  This group, replaced their polls and they were off for more adventure.  The next day, they came across a hiker that was very sick.  They took him to the local hospital to find out he had pneumonia.  They got him antibiotics and a hotel room for the night. This group was truly Trail Angels and I’m sure angels no matter where they go. We welcome them back to Moosehead any time.

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