Quisisana Resort

Quisisana Resort

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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
Yoga classes
Pool / beach towels
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
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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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Private beach
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BessieLil wrote a review Jul 2023
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Quissisana is a modest musical resort on beautiful Lake Kezar in Lovell, Maine. We've stayed for a week in each of the last three summers. All meals are included. What sets this place apart from most places are the performers. Usually, there are nine performances in one week. Two are at 11 am and are geared toward children. This year they were Honk (a retelling of The Ugly Duckling story)made into a musical) and a very unusual version of The Magic Flute. The nighttime shows start at nine pm.

At night there might be a musical from Broadway, an evening of operatic arias, chamber music, or a whole opera.

The performing staff go through an audition process and if they accept the invitation, they know that they might be serving meals or cabin housekeeping, water activities, maintenance, and so on. They are unfailingly charming, open, and incredibly talented. Most of the performers are musical theater or opera majors.

The food is quite good. Start the week with Lobster Risotto, among 2-3 daily options. But they do offer 'always have' alternatives for lunch and dinner. You choose what you like at breakfast for the next two meals.

If someone in your group is stuck on a screen almost all the time, alert them ahead of time that there is no TV, cell service, or internet on the grounds. Ha! If they have to check things, they can go to the main lodge to get a phone signal or internet. If they must. Actual landline phone booths dot the grounds, that are free to us within the US.

The lake is huge and gorgeous. They have 2 beaches--a peppy active one and one quiet one, perfect for reading. Sidenote: despite what you might think about swimming in Maine, the water is not cold. Use the paddleboards, float, canoes, and kayaks found at the active beach.

It's friendly, quiet, and an all-around unique experience.
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Date of stay: July 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Janet S wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask Nicole in the office for the best cabin for you - she knows the property and will help!
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Dean S wrote a review Jun 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have come to this peaceful spot for years and each year the subtle improvements support a great experience. This year's opera was staged impressively and the musical (Kinky Boots) and children's shows were so much fun. The voices of the staff this year are particularly strong and the joy from the stage makes it into the dining room where the standards for the meals continue to get raised. The renovations to the main lodge are impressive. Even with a fairly rainy week, the time for all of us was great. (Even our grandkids got to perform at the "Treble Talent Show".)
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jon F wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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EmEs wrote a review Jun 2014
orlando
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went with high expectations to Quisisana, after having it on our Bucket List for a number of years. This slice of earth not only met, but exceeded our expectations. On a scale of 1-10, this resort is an 11. First of all, it's a campy-like resort, so if you are expecting the Ritz Carlton, don't come here. This spot of paradise is so unique. The staff, not only went through an interview, but also an audition. Why? Because these "kids" are all college students {or graduates} from colleges with strong performing arts programs. So, during the day, they are your beach crew, getting your kayak out for you; or serving you a delightful meal. But in the evening, these college kids, give you the performance worthy of Broadway or Carnegie Hall. There is an opening night review of the week, a night of chamber music, a couple of children's performances {a play and an opera} which the adults should NOT miss, there is Puccini, and a Broadway play, etc. Every night is different, but expansive and absolutely first class. Even opera aficionados will be pleased. Then the next morning at breakfast, you can talk over your server's performance from the night before. If that isn't special, I don't know what is. What else is special at "Quisi"? Well, there are no cottage keys. Where else in the world do you feel safe enough to simply walk out your screen door and carry nothing with you, but your smile? [there is a safe in the office,though] There is also no cell service here, but there is internet service in the card room/office. Also, you are more than welcome to use one of the three phones in little rooms, to connect with family and friends back home. The owners, Jane and her son Sam, think of everything here. There is a little glow-worm flashlight in your cottage, so that you can walk back from the evening performance through the woods with a lighted path. There are umbrellas stashed everywhere in case of rain, but what is printed on the umbrella? Quisisana ~~ We're singing in the rain!! There are cottages right on the water, near the water, and further back in the woods. I would suggest you ask Jane to select a cottage for you, she did a great job for us. Do bring your own hair dryer, and if you want a big bar of soap for your shower, bring that too. With all of this written, I haven't even mentioned the food: it is ambrosia. In addition, there are many choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you need a gluten free diet, not to worry, you will be accommodated. You can BYOB, but only for cabin use. There is a bar so you can have a drink before dinner on the back porch of the main lodge, or with dinner. Many people come year after year, and being "newbies" I was a bit skeptical about that. But, the guests are so friendly, we left with emails of couples who have been coming here for years, in the hopes that we can see them again, same time, next year. And we made some new friends too with first timers like us!! It is expensive here, I will be honest, and there is a 15% gratuity added to the bill, for all the college kids to split. But, where else on this planet can you find a heavenly atmosphere, three gourmet meals a day, and a top-notch entertainment every evening? It's right here, at Quisi. We didn't say good bye to the staff when we left, we simply said 'so long' because we know we will return.
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Date of stay: June 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Jul 2002
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Quisisana - a resort on Kezar Lake in Western Maine. The accommodations are rustic yet luxurious. The food is fabulous - the help all musically talented who entertain you as well as attend to your needs
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cdaworld736 wrote a review Jun 2012
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After reading the above reviews, I'm not sure how much I can add, but here goes: First of all, we just finished our third June (pre-season) at Quisi in four years, and we can't imagine not returning next year. It is that good! Here is a typical Quisi day for me: I awaken at 7:30 and take a nice dip in the lake. (Kezar Lake is incredibly beautiful and quite pristine). Next, I enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast in the dining room: choose from pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, a good variety of fresh fruit--and something baked fresh and delicious every a.m. (The kitchen has no shortage of talent) Next, I might hang out in the Quisi lodge and chat with some new friends and perhaps enjoy some reading (daily newspapers--NY Times, Boston Globe...--are available for each guest; they even xerox each day's Times crossword! p.s. few details are overlooked at this resort.). Or I play a game of chess (impressive game collection in the lodge). Next, I'll likely do some fishing: the lake is teeming with bass. (p.s. get a license; wardens are on patrol.) You can catch 'em right from the dock or the point or borrow a rowboat, kayak or motorboat. By the way, they also have canoes and sailboats :) By now, it might be lunch time. I'll greet my family who might be on the beautiful little Quisi beach or enjoying a kayak or sailboat ride. We'll have a wonderful lunch; an amazing tomato soup and a sandwich made from the past night's fresh lobster both made great impressions on me. The salads and desserts here are really wonderful too (and I'm typically not much of a salad person). After lunch, I'll go for a canoe paddle, peaking at a nearby dot of an island where loons are nesting (great to hear their calls in morning and night. The stars on a clear night, too are unforgettable here) I'll do some more bass fishing while watching my son sail a sunfish, paddle a kayak, or do some waterskiing. And, perhaps I'll sit under an umbrella on the beach and do a little reading (a nice little library too is offered in the lodge). Plenty of spring water is available on the beach (again, they've got the details covered). If one needs a little variety, btw, Sabbatus Mountain is very close by and offers a nice, easy trail up to the summit with a fantastic view. Kezar Lake is on the edge of the White Mountains and New Hampshire's Presidential Range offers great background scenery. Quisi lodge too has maps of other nearby country walks, some with great views as rewards. Other guests will play tennis on Quisi's clay courts, or play volleyball (or tetherball; they love kids here. The kids love the beach, dock and kayaks, btw.) or golf on a nearby course. Dinner will bring more wonderful food: lobster night!, steak/lamb, pasta, salmon, veggie dishes (great wine/local beer selection too) And another memorable dessert. The servers, by the way, are great and super friendly, and it's especially meaningful to get to know them, as they will be performing in that evening's show or opera, and they are magnificent entertainers. (The same goes for other Quisi staff: housekeeping, waterfront, etc.) These young people are highly-trained and demonstrate the talent that will take them to Broadway, and major opera companies, etc., and Quisi guests get to know them on a unique, personal level. This June we saw Pirates of Penzance, Les Miserables, a musical review and enjoyed some chamber music (outstanding musicians too). The shows were excellent and unforgettable (The piano players are as great as the performers) and one of the advantages to pre-season, aside from the lower prices, is that one gets to see the progression of polish in what are technically dress rehearsals; by the end of the week the shows seem flawless to this observer, and I loved the ones earlier in the week when there was an occasional mistake and the director would call for a do-over--a unique, behind-the-scenes experience! (The rest of the summer season, btw, will offer perfect performances every single night.). Our second summer, btw, had Damn Yankees, Don Giovanni and the review. And for the first of our visits: South Pacific, Der Fliedermaus, plus the review. p.s. Extra performances are offered during the regular Quisi season--but still a great variety in pre-season. So, what more can I tell you? A quick summary: If you want some great Maine summer weather, a beautiful lake and its water sports, awesome food, wonderful nightly performances, and an incredibly friendly staff, and you want to make some great new friends--fellow Quisi lovers, many of whom keep returning the same week every year--then this place is for you!! Enjoy!!
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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NeedhamAl wrote a review Jul 2021
Needham, Massachusetts
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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JonF0101 wrote a review Jul 2014
Scarsdale, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Another fabulous week in Maine courtesy of Quisisana. The food, the lake, the staff, the other guests - each year I think it can't get better, but it does. Maine in the summer is perfect, and Quisi is the best of the best. A very comfortable cottage on a beautiful lake. Next time, I might not leave....
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Date of stay: July 2014
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jennifer b wrote a review Jun 2014
Salem, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't say enough about Quisisana! It's like a full-service camp for the family. You stay in well-appointed white cottages, which sprawl throughout the pine woods--gas lamps affixed to trees, light up the paths after dark. The staff is wonderful, food is always delicious, and the shows at night are truly impressive. It is very family-friendly, although adults without children can easily avoid them; there is actually an earlier "kids dinner" each evening, with activities provided for them while their parents can enjoy a civilized meal in the dining room. The lake is stocked with every floatation device you could want, and staff tirelessly and good-naturedly assists helping you on & off boats, etc. While the beach area is an obvious draw to families, there is a "quiet area" for people who want to read. The guest's every need is considered and addressed. My family counts down the weeks to our time there--it is the one time and place that we can all truly relax. Qulisisana is a delight to all the senses!
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Answer from EmEs
orlando654 contributions348 helpful votes
Rent a car. That's what we've done.
Lin B asked a question Mar 2015
Ozone Park, New York4 contributions2 helpful votes
when is the best month to come to Quisi, buggy season, etc.
Answer from wrighnl11
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
At Quisisana, they employ a multitude of Pest Control techniques. Any month is a good month a Quisi, but I find the best weeks are mid to late July or Early August. Those weeks have the best weather, best staff performances, and best other guests.
Jon F wrote a tip Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Contact Quisi early. It does fill up for the summer. "
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Janet S wrote a tip Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask Nicole in the office for the best cabin for you - she knows the property and will help!"
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familymed242 wrote a tip Aug 2018
New York City, New York6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are separate cabins that are wonderful. Let the staff choose for you! You cannot go wrong."
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Paul T wrote a tip Aug 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia50 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"open from mid-June to the end of August. The hotel cabins are mostly pre-booked a summer in advance, but there are openings."
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bjstrauss wrote a tip Jul 2017
goshen, ny5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Each cottage has it's own special qualities. We love being on the lake."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Quisisana Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Quisisana Resort?
Nearby attractions include Brickett Place (4.2 miles), Kezar Falls (3.5 miles), and Lovell Historical Society (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Quisisana Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Quisisana Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Quisisana Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Quisisana Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Quisisana Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stow Corner Store, Ebenezer's Pub & Restaurant, and Center Lovell Market.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Quisisana Resort?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Quisisana Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Quisisana Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Quisisana Resort 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 Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Brickett Place (4.2 miles).