My husband and I returned to Goose Cove Lodge after many years toting fond memories of a breathtaking setting, rustic but comfortable cabins, an inviting main lodge and delicious if simple food. The setting is as magnificent as ever. Some new cabins have been built, and some modest, low-cost improvements have been made to the existing cabins. But on the whole, the place is very disappointing.
The cabins, despite their improvements, are bare bones and depressing. We stayed in a 2 room cabin, a main room with a big bed, sitting area and kitchenette and a small bedroom with bunk beds. A small dresser in the bedroom was adequate for the two of us, but if four people stayed in the cabin there would be not enough space to unpack The tiny refrigerator in the kitchenette and one of the 2 burners on the stove didn’t work. There was no light over the kitchen area, and except for the bathroom, which was relatively well lit, light in the cabin was frustratingly inadequate. Daily maid service was available, but you had to ask for it, and if you didn’t make a special request, you didn’t get it.
The food was even more disappointing. Breakfast, which comes with the cost of lodging, was skimpy, poorly prepared, ineptly served, and devoid of choice. It was tough pancakes with sausage for the first two mornings, pancakes with a bone dry scrambled egg and sausage the third, French toast and sausage the fourth, and so on. Dinner (separate cost) was offered by the Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant, where the food was mediocre at best and unappetizingly served. Fortunately, there are some excellent alternatives on the island.
One of the most prized things about Goose Cove Lodge years ago was the network of gorgeous trails snaking through the surrounding moss carpeted forests. With the exception of the Barred Island Trail, which is maintained by the Nature Conservancy, all the beautiful trails have grown over and disappeared. What a disappointment!
The place has so much potential, but it needs a smart, imaginative, charismatic manager who is funded sufficiently to hire adequate help, and it needs better food.
- Also Known As:
- Goose Cove Lodge Deer Isle, Maine