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42 Quisisana Dr, Center Lovell, ME 04016
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Center Lovell
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Situated on stunning Lake Kezar in southwestern Maine, Quisisana is equal parts summer camp, music & theatre festival and foodie’s delight. 42 private cottages and 7 room lodge are set among the pines and along the shores of Lake Kezar. Resort staff are recruited from leading music & theatre schools across the country. Beaches, boating, wakesports, tennis, children’s programs, and nine live performances per week. Quisisana is a Full American Plan resort — rates include all three meals per day, all performances and most activities.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Badminton
Babysitting
Electric vehicle charging station
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Internet
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Boating
Canoeing
Game room
Golf course
Hiking
Mini golf
Tennis court
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Indoor play area for children
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Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
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Jon F wrote a review Aug 2022
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We spent a second week this summer at Quisisana. The place is simply special and amazing. Forbes Magazine just did an article on Quisi. As good as that article says Quisi is, actually staying there is even better. Google the article, it’s worth the read. Beautiful lake, wonderful staff, caring management, great performers, unbelievable food, and a warm community of fellow vacationers. I have never been to a comparable place.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Janet S wrote a review Jul 2022
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What an AMAZING week we just had at Quisisana Resort. From arrival to departure the experience was perfect. The lake with sand beach makes every day a delight as you get to utilize the boats, rafts, paddle boards, kayaks and other beach side amenities to your hearts content; we spent a good amount of time exploring in the kayaks all the nooks and crannies of the lake and even picked wild blueberries on an island close by. The food is top notch, this is not your normal hotel food, this is 5 star restaurant quality food - from lamb, to lobster bakes, to steaks, to duck the choices each evening were something you would see in a top notch restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are equally impressive - there is no lack of great choices. Finally, and most importantly what truly sets this resort apart from all others are the performances! Every evening (and a few mornings too!) there are highly talented artists entertaining you for no additional cost. From Broadway Play to Opera to Chamber Music the sheer amount of talent is mind boggling. These same talented performers are also your waiters, beach help, and work around the resort - what a cool experience. To a one everyone at the resort was also helpful and friendly. We will be back every year to this truly special place. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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NeedhamAl wrote a review Jul 2021
Needham, Massachusetts29 contributions52 helpful votes
We just returned from a week at Quisisana. The model for the resort is irresistibly appealing: a gorgeous setting on a lake with mountain views, a waterfront with paddleboards, sailboats and kayaks, a nightly lineup of musicals and concerts featuring students and recent graduates of college theatre or music programs. and meals that have you nearly begging the staff for the recipes. The performers double as the waitstaff, cooks, housekeeping and maintenance teams and are not only quite talented, but are wildly attentive and super nice. When the sun in shining and the waterfront is bustling with guests who are on boats or simply swimming or jumping into the lake from the float dock, Quisisana is a veritable Shangri-La, a place to make vivid memories. But when rain overwhelms the place---as it did for four of the seven days we were there--the resort is about the last place you would want to be. With the raining pelting us for much of the week, we were left with few options. The lodge itself is small, and is the only place in the resort where there's wi-fi (note: If you are constantly tethered to your phone or tablet and need to be connected at all times, this may not be the place for you). There' are a handful of tables where you could play board games (and, to Quisisana's credit, they have plenty of games available to play). There's also a game room with ski-ball, a ping-pong table, and some pinball machines, though those were monopolized by kids (as would be expected) on the rainy days. There are no movie theatres or shopping within a close drive. So if you couldn't grab a table to play a board game, you were left with reading in your cabin or finding a space on one of the three or so sofas in the lodge to read or use your phone or tablet. With 140 or so guests staying at the resort, the lodge can't accommodate more than about 40 people. There are two large performance spaces where the staff could have run rainy day activities, but those possible contingency plans were simply not put in place. With climate change making its mark on summer vacations, perhaps the ownership should consider how the resort can respond more effectively to adverse weather; the guests are paying $610 a day and deserve better. The bottom line: You'll have the experience of a lifetime at Quisisana---as long as Mother Nature cooperates.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Wayne S wrote a review Jul 2019
Sayville, New York2 contributions
It wouldn’t be fair for me to come to Quisisana for another year without writing my own review of this incredible spot in the Maine woods. My wife, 10-year old son and I have been coming to Quisi for the last 8 or 9 years and each experience has been wonderful and unique in the best of ways. My wife knew of Quisi from a childhood friend whose family came to the resort years ago. They painted a picture of an idyllic and restful lakeside setting with wonderful food, activities for all ages, and talented staff who put on top-notch performances each night. I was skeptical. Are we going stare at the same lake for a week? Do I really have to eat all my meals at the same time each day? Am I going to be happy trading Phish for Puccini for a week? I had been more accustomed to attending outdoor rock festivals in the summer than sitting for an evening of chamber music or musical theater in the woods, but I was intrigued by the idea of it and after my wife spoke with the incredible owner Jane on the phone, we were on our way. We were lucky to have friends accompany us on our first visit to Quisisana who also have a boy our son’s age (and they’ve returned with us each year since). We’ve watched our sons grow up together and develop their own special connection to this wondrous place. On our first day in the spacious dining hall, I had an odd feeling of having crashed a large family reunion. Couples and large families who had not seen each other since their visit to Quisisana the previous summer were greeting each other with a happiness and affection that was genuine and heartfelt. Despite us not knowing anyone else at that time (besides the family we were traveling with) we had an instantaneous feeling of comfort and belonging. We would soon make our own friends and acquaintances and be part of the family as well. I could go on and tell you all about how great the food is (yes, there is a Pavlovian response to the bell that’s rung outside the dining hall to signal each mealtime), how wonderful the performances are, how beautiful the lake is, how truly special the Oran’s family is, and all of the rest that has been so well documented in previous reviews, but that’s not my main point. What makes Quisisana special may be personal but it’s also universal. Quisisana, seemingly effortlessly, provides both a deep sense of connection to the natural world, and an opportunity to appreciate all the kindness and talents the owners and staff have in abundance. Over the years we've watched children grow, adults age, and families expand. We've experienced life here. The delicate balance of natural beauty, music and song, culinary arts, human activities, and social interaction is achieved to perfection here, making our stays at Quisisana both a sublime sensory experience and a deeply relaxing and spiritual experience.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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DownEast47 wrote a review Jun 2019
Finger Lakes, New York213 contributions27 helpful votes
What else can I say about Quisisana that hasn’t already been said by so many others?!? It’s a wonderful place to spend a week (or more) – whether you want to relax, take advantage of the activities offered, spend time hiking, sightseeing or shopping nearby … it will be a week full of memories to last until your next summer’s visit. Our week at Quisisana – summer 2018 – was absolutely fantastic. From the talented, helpful and friendly staff & performers, to the “beyond delicious” meals to the wonderful accommodations and the variety of activities, we had a wonderful week. Although I’d been there previously, it was my husband’s first year; he thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. We’re now looking forward to 2019. Give “Quisi” a try – you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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familymed242 wrote a review Aug 2018
New York City, New York6 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our second visit to Quisisana, and will not be our last...we hope to visit with our family each year for many years to come. Simply, there is no place like this: A warm and inviting summer escape on a magnificent lake in Maine that caters to the individual needs of each and every guest. Quisisana is an all-inclusive resort that is famous for a staff who are gifted musicians and performers. The secret of this place, however, is how warm and friendly everyone is, and how, magically, all of your needs are taken care of in an understated way, from the water sports to the meals to the performances each evening. There is nothing precious or pretentious about Quisisana. On the contrary, as many of the previous reviews have pointed out, your fellow guests for a week long stay (which is part of the charm) are mostly repeat visitors who are kind, understated, and smart people eager to welcome you. Above all, the Orans family, the owners of Quisisana, are ever-present, and welcoming in a way that exceeds any experiences you may have had traveling. The magic of Quisisana is greater than the sum of its parts; charming accommodations, great meals (make sure you have the waffles at breakfast and the Frozen Yogurt whenever possible), lovely evening performances every night, great amenities, and a breathtaking setting with many extra amenities (golf, hiking) within minutes. It is a week like no other, filled with frequent moments of tremendous gratitude. Let Quisisana cast its spell on you and the people you love. You will be glad you did. We are sad to be home, and already counting the 51 weeks until our return!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Room Tip: All the rooms are separate cabins that are wonderful. Let the staff choose for you! You cannot...
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dne1969 wrote a review Aug 2018
Cross River, New York13 contributions41 helpful votes
We (husband and wife in mid to late 40’s from NY tri-state area) visited Quisisana for the first time in August 2018. One of our parents had been going for years and had always raved about it. It is truly a unique and amazing place. As you can see from the website, it’s located on a beautiful lake. The accommodations are different from most places - you literally get your own private cabin. Also different from most resorts is that there is no TV or internet in the rooms/cabins. And because of the remoteness of the property, aside from the “lodge/check in area,” there is no internet or phone reception on the entire property. This actually makes it great as you are truly cut off from the world so you can really relax. As for activities, there are three tennis courts, and lots to do on the lake - swim, kayak, rowboat, etc. There are also hiking trails nearby. That being said, Quisisana is not the most active resort. It seemed like the majority of the guests were reading and relaxing during the day on the beach by the lake. What makes the place so special is the staff. Aside from the owners, the entire staff is made up of young people who are either in college or recent graduates, all who major or majored in some sort of performing art. Be it singing, or acting, or playing an instrument, the staff is immensely talented. So your waiter or waitress (you get the same ones for the week) and the person who cleans your cabin, and the people who work the waterfront, etc. all perform in the evening show - there is one every night. The talent is the real deal, and the performances were fantastic. Quisisana is also an all inclusive, so you get meals as well. My wife and I are not very picky, but most people seemed very satisfied with the food. What we also found especially interesting were the guests themselves. Essentially, they were for the most part extremely highly educated. Doctors, lawyers, etc. They were not exactly in the poor house, to say the least! That being said, these were not showy people. For the most part, they were very understated and polite. You got the feeling that if someone brought an entitled attitude that they would not be welcomed back. Which brings me to another point - most of the guests seemed to have been there before. Many had been coming for the same week, and staying in the same cabin for years. Many knew each other from the previous stay. And finally, many knew the owners, who went above and beyond to make everyone feel like they were part of the Quisisana family. There really were no negatives with Quisisana. The only possible issue would be if you got lousy weather - you would be in big trouble if it rained all week. But that is pretty much the same for any outdoor resort. Overall, Quisisana is what my title to this review says - a unique and special place.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Petegart wrote a review Aug 2018
NY12 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our first visit here (Last week of July/1st week of Aug 2018), like everyone else we were there Saturday - Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there! My impression is that this is an Adult Camp. It looked like mostly couples, family reunions and groups of friends looking to spend a week together in a comfortable relaxed environment. Here are a few thing you should know. 1) the cabins are great! They have AC! And a screened in porch. We had a very comfortable king sized bed, and the bathroom appeared to have been renovated in the recent past. 2) there are many activities available. Kayaking, tennis, shuffleboard, paddle-boards, row boats, sail boats, and of course swimming. If you see a list near the front desk, look at the activity and if you are interested -put your name down. You can water ski, schedule a massage, go on a lake tour, etc.. 3) when you sit down for breakfast (8am-9:15) you are presented with the menu for lunch and dinner where you select your choices. But be aware they have alternative choices if the selection on the menu is not what you’d like. At lunch you can have burgers, hot dogs, or salads, and they always have a gluten-free & vegetarian choice. For dinner you can opt for a steak, grilled chicken, etc.. same with desert, they always have froz-yogurt, fresh fruit, ice cream, etc.. 4) in the dining room there is a short but carefully selected wine list available by the bottle or glass. They also have beer. Between 5pm - the dinner hour there is a small bar to have a pre dinner drink if desired. 5) the only place for WiFi is right near the front desk. There is very limited cell service at this location overall. This was not an issue for us, because each day after breakfast, we’d go to the front and receive all online messages, emails -etc. This forced us to basically disconnect, and allowed us to relax. 6) you can ask to have The NY, Boston, and a few other daily newspapers reserved for you. It was nice to read the actual paper instead of online for a change. 7) in the closet there were umbrellas + a drying rack for wet things, and we set it up on the porch. 8) there was a small refrigerator on the porch as well, and we used it to keep some bottled water cold. We spent most days reading on chaise lounges, swimming, enjoying the scenery, as well as meeting the other guests & staff. All the staff there were delightful. Many are studying musical theater and besides running the camp, were performing onstage at 9pm for that nights show. You will be surprised to see a polished performance each night!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Paul T wrote a review Aug 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia24 contributions37 helpful votes
One stays at Quisisana for a full week’s cycle of outstanding meals and extraordinary entertainment. There are 40+ lovely simple cabins. Two lovely sand beaches, a relatively warm lake, clay tennis courts, golf course off the property, boating of all types, shuffleboard, volleyball. The food - part of the fees - is superb and plentiful. And every night there are performances by the very talented college students and recent graduates who perform instrumental music, musical theater and opera. Every night is a new delight; the performances are overwhelmingly wonderful. And the guest are lovely, educated, interesting people.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Sabine428 wrote a review Jun 2018
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Loved our weekend at Quisi, and will definitely be back. Were there during pre-season so eve performances were still in rehearsals, but terrific nonetheless. Food very good. Great fun playing with the water toys, and cabin was very comfortable and clean - loved spending time on the screen porch. View across Kezar lake to the White Mtn, especially at sunset, beautiful. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Quisisana
Which popular attractions are close to Quisisana?
Nearby attractions include Brickett Place (4.2 miles) and Kezar Falls (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Quisisana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Quisisana?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Quisisana?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Quisisana?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Quisisana?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stow Corner Store, Ebenezer's Pub & Restaurant, and Center Lovell Market.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Quisisana?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Quisisana have airport transportation?
Yes, Quisisana offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Quisisana located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Center Lovell.
Are there any historical sites close to Quisisana?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Brickett Place (4.2 miles).