Quite simply, the Lodge at Moosehead Lake is virtually impeccable. The setting and views are beyond comparison. The decor and aesthetic of the lodge are wonderful, and you can't help but smile driving up to the lodge or walking into one of its uniquely appointed rooms. The whole lodge promotes a feeling of serenity, solitude, and peace, and blends so well with the surrounding landscape. One of the most relaxing travel experiences I've ever had was sitting on the patio of the Baxter suite drinking a cold beer while watching the sunset. By far, it's the best accommodations in which I've ever stayed, beating any five star hotel I've found in a large urban area.
First, a minor recommendation:
The daily breakfasts were delicious. Each day there is a selection of breads, fruits, yogurt, and a special pastry. This is followed by a pre-determined hot plate. My only complaint was that for two of the three days we visited, the hot plate was effectively another carbohydrate--German pancakes one day and a waffle on another. Considering that most travelers visiting the area (including us) are engaged in active pursuits such as hiking, canoeing, watersports, etc., it would have been nice to have a solid protein as the warm plate instead of more carbs. We found ourselves crashing around 11 a.m. each day as we burned through the carbs quickly.
Second, and more importantly:
Although the proprietor, Linda, was generally welcoming and helpful, she did not exude the warmth one might expect out of a B&B owner, and I can understand some of the other comments on Trip Advisor that have indicated a similar experience. Although we had no overtly negative experience with her, we did receive the general impression frequently that we were either annoying or inconveniencing her. Being from the south, we initially thought some of this could simply be attributed to cultural difference, but our experience with other locals in interior Maine was that they are very friendly and hospitable. Part of this may have been my own fault, as I mentioned early during the stay that we were having dinner one night at their top competitor, the Blair Hill Inn (excellent meal, and highly recommended). Linda seemed to take personal affront that I was dining with the competition. It was not meant to offend her, but just an attempt on our part to try a broad variety of experiences while in the area.
In summary, we would absolutely make a return trip to the lodge, as the positives by far outweigh the negatives. I only mention the negatives as a caveat to those who are looking for the classic, pampered B&B experience. For the price and advertised experience, some might expect a little more warmth and cheer from the owners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy breathtaking lake and mountain views at our romantic Greenville, Maine inn. Relax in masterfully decorated rooms and suites at our Moosehead Lake lodging with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, private decks, and luxurious linens and robes. Sit back in our pub with full bar and games, or enjoy our complimentary snacks, DVD library and Wi-Fi. Don't miss out on unforgettable breakfasts and sumptuous weekend dinners at this Moosehead Lake adventure lodge. Activities galore - many exclusive to the Lodge at Moosehead, a Select Registry Property. AAA 4 Diamond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lodge At Moosehead Lake Hotel Greenville
- Moosehead Lake Hotel
- Lodge At Moosehead Lake Maine/Greenville