My mother and I stayed in the resort in late October, 2013. We were looking for a nice lakefront efficiency with possible boat rentals, and found Highland Lake Resort on the internet. The pictures do not do justice to the fantastic lake views, particularly with the leaves changing, and cannot begin to describe the personal attention and excellent service from Woody, the owner and manager.
When we arrived we had only reserved a couple of nights since we knew next to nothing about the property. After our first night we talked to Woody and asked for an upgrade to an efficiency and an extra night. Woody upgraded us for free (there was absolutely nothing wrong with the regular hotel room we had, we just needed a fridge for our leftovers) and backdated my mother's AAA card discount that we had forgotten about the day before!
The season was basically over for upper Maine, so Woody had beached and locked his boats and floating docks, and opened the game room "upon request." Well, we requested (we are both Ping Pong fanatics-what a great way to start the day!) and Woody not only left the game room open for us but gave us the keys to the canoes and rowboats, access to the paddles and oarlocks, and told us to help ourselves at any time. What a nice man!
My mother and I also discussed what a reasonable, excellent place this would be in the summer for families with kids. It is exactly the kind of place that she and my father used to look for when I was a kid and it jump-started many happy memories of summer vacations, boating, ping pong, and all of the reasons that you take the kids on a family vacation - quality time together.
The town of Bridgeton was also a pleasant surprise; a cute downtown with fun local shops, several excellent, extremely reasonable restaurants, and great walking trails. Apparently, Woody was on the board of some civic improvement group and they set up a system of walking trails that wind through the woods surrounding Bridgeton. The area was settled long before the Revolutionary War and we learned a lot about the local history just from the walking trails.
All in all, Highland Lake Resort was an absolute bargain, extremely friendly, and a wonderful family resort with all of the amenities. Thank you, Woody!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clean, Comfortable, Friendly, Affordable! Owned and operated by native Mainers, this family-run resort motel features modern amenities with a lakeside inn atmosphere. Only 50 minutes from Portland, 35 minutes from North Conway, NH, and 3 hours from Boston. Private sandy swimming beach, free use of boats, canoes, and kayaks, picnic area, Family recreation area, game room, fitness center, health spa. All rooms have a covered deck with lake view, color cable TV, phone, clock radio, A/C, heat, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, in-room Keurig coffeemaker, and free WiFi. Kitchenettes with stove, fridge, sink, and cooking/eating utensils, Executive Rooms with microwave and fridge, and Deluxe Suite with king bedroom, plus fireplace and Jacuzzi tub available. Walk to downtown shopping and hiking trails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highland Lake Hotel Bridgton
- Highland Lake Resort Bridgton, Maine