Mecan River Lodge is a hidden gem. It is family owned and operated...in fact the family built the lodge themselves with tree they stripped themselves. It retains the simple imperfections that one would expect from a family built lodge that give it a kind of charm and local color that simply can't be bought. For instance, the stair case going up to the 5 rooms was slightly off kilter...it made me smile everytime I walked on it.
It's perfect for a quiet get away. The main lodge has only 5 rooms with a large cathedral ceiling and open living space. This could be perfect for an extended family get away. The night we went...we were the only ones there. We shut the door to the connected bar and restauranant and kicked up our feet in the open living space and put in a DVD at night. It was great!
You wouldn't know it from the sign out front, but they have an awesome restaurant on site as well with a full bar (all in the same 6000 sq ft log cabin lodge as the hotel rooms). The bar and restaurant are clearly popular with the local community. We actually witnessed 2 regulars walk in the door and the bar tender started making their "usual" drinks before they even got their coats off.
They have facilities to outfit you with canoes and kayaks and will transport you to and from the Mecan River. We didn't have the time or opportunity to take advantage of it while we were there, but some young medical students we ran into from Chicago did and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
The experience is sort of like a cross between staying in a bed and breakfast and a hip and happening local log cabin lodge in a remote location. It was wonderul and we look forward to our next stay!