Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Bull moose with large rack – larger than this one seen in neighboring pond by guests at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake while on a early morning Moose Safari.
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.
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
You may of wondered why we use eagles to represent our honeymoon and anniversary package. Eagle pairs mate for life, although if one dies, the other will promptly find a new mate. Each couple stakes out a territory of about two miles square and protects it from all other eagles. Nests are built in high trees or in rocky crags, and can reach five feet or more in diameter. There they care for and raise the few chicks that hatch each year, training them to carving a living out of the North woods. Only one to three eggs are laid, and those only when the weather and conditions seem good for raising a chick. The eggs are incubated for just over a month, and after three to four months, they are flying and almost self sufficient.
Bald Eagles have come back from endangered species status and have rebuilt a stable population. They can live for up to thirty years and can be spotted in many areas of the Moosehead Lake area in quiet isolation. Here is a LIVE videocam of eagles on a nest. You too can enjoy this idyllic setting and celebrate your life together at the Lodge.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Viewing Moose is the primary reason tourists come to the Moosehead area. We often think that Moose viewing is good in the spring through fall, but look moose in winter, too. Whether you are snowmobiling, snowshoeing or skiing across the beautiful North woods – look out for moose. You may just have a pleasant surprise. (Click on Viewing Moose to see a video from Greenville, ME)
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Yesterday, almost 10″ of snow came to the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. Here is our view this morning from the Lodge. Are you thinking about your winter getaway? Look for the new winter suppers the Lodge will be offering. Have a wonderful day relaxing in the great outdoors and then enjoy a cozy winter evening in Chloe’s Pub with suppers featuring Up North Cuisine.