Just returned from the Birches. Spent 2 nights here then the rest of the week on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH. MUCH preferred the Birches cabin (# 12) to our timeshare in Weirs' Beach, NH. The weather was beautiful, the setting was amazing, and there was lots to do.
Check in went smoothly, and many options for tours, etc. are available. We chose to do things on our own to save some money, and because we prefer not to do things in groups.
We were here over Fathers' Day weekend, and my husband had a great time relaxing, starting camp fires, and fishing.
The sunrise over the lake was very early, but beautiful. I enjoyed it sitting in our Adirondak (sp?) chair with my cup of coffee just out front of our cabin.
Our cabin was nice (my husband and son, age 12 loved it). However, the floor was very uneven from settling and most doors did not close. Signs on cabinet and room doors warned they were to remain open to prevent freezing pipes, so this may not be real comfortable in colder weather. Our cabin had a very nice and huge fireplace. The kids had a loft upstairs which they thought was cool. The cabins are definitely rustic, but I only saw one spider in the room while we were there. Dishes could stand to be upgraded, however.
The last morning we were there, my daughter (age 13) and I took a ride in the float plane - piloted by The Birches' owner, John (30 minute ride for $40 each). It was amazingly beautiful, and he provided a nice tour for us.
My daughter & I also rented bikes there. We were disappointed because the brochures they sent said bikes were the best way to see wildlife up close, and once we rented the bikes and went to the main office for the promised maps (just after my husband and son took off with the car), we were told no one there really knew where to tell us to go. We ended up riding around the access roads, and did have a good time together, but it was not what we expected.
The resort has a restaurant, but we did not eat there, so I cannot comment on their food. There is a small general store about 2 miles away, so we bought our food and cooked in the rooms.
We have stayed in everything from luxury 5-star all inclusives to bamboo huts in the Amazon. The accommodations were certainly not 5 star, but the lake and the area are beautiful and the rooms were clean. We would definitely consider going back.
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