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Lodge at Moosehead Lake
Ranked #2 of 5 Greenville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
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“So very very close to a 5.0”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

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.

But...

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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lbortis, Owner at Lodge at Moosehead Lake, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
It is always gratifying to know that the Lodge has successfully met its goal of allowing each guest to enjoy the serenity, and natural splendor of the North Woods in an authentic environment without sacrificing creature comforts. Dinner service in the Lodge’s private dining room is reserved only for our lodging guests who might prefer the Lodge’s popular North Woods cuisine and the choice of lingering at their table with a bottle of wine for as long as they wish in the Lodge’s unique atmosphere. Our first recommendation for guests seeking a quality, public dining experience in the immediate area is always the Blair Hill. Many of our guests choose to dine at the Blair Hill during their stay. That is never an issue.

Finding the preferred level of interaction with each guest can be a challenge. Some guests prefer more while others prefer much less. We regret “missing the mark” during your stay.
Hopefully you will give us a second chance!

Dennis Bortis, Owner
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Wynnewood, PA
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake was one of the best Maine vacations we have ever had. The Lodge was charming, clean, welcoming, comfortable and friendly. Linda, Dennis and Chloe could not have been more sensitive to our food restrictions (allergies). They provided us with a scrumptious breakfast and and plenty of cookies and cake in the pantry for later on. The rooms were comfortable and large with a fridge and spa tub. We had a small balcony for sitting and enjoying the beauty of the landscape. Linda and Dennis helped us plan a great afternoon of wildlife searching and canoeing. We also had a wonderful Safari dinner that was cooked outside. We actually ate outside and made the most delicious s'mores ever. We were very comfortable in the Lodge, met friendly and interesting people and made the most of the spectacular surroundings. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Request a queen or king bed.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The decor in this lodge is absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Loon Room and it looked like it had been decorated by a professional decorator! The room was immaculate. The rooms are cleaned up for you inthe morning as well as the evening with turn down service. The private balcony had an absolutely beautiful view of the lake.
Common rooms are also very clean and cozy.
The breakfasts were hearty and included a buffet with juices, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, and a homemade pastry or muffin. In addition, a hot entree is served.
There is not a lot of recreation or entertainment in the area. It is a place to enjoy outdoor hikes, which are detailed for you in a book in your room, as well as peace and serenity. We did the
moose canoe trip, which was a unique experience, and saw three moose.
We had the camp dinner on Sunday evening which was enjoyable. It included chowder, a vegetable, potatoes and a choice of steak or lobster. We made s'mores over an open pit fire for dessert.
There a very nice inn called Blaire House up the road. We enjoyed an elegant dinner at their restaurant. There are only a few restaurants in the little town of Greenville and they serve simple meals.
The innkeepers were pleasant and helpful in answering questions about the area.
My only caution is to be aware that the woman who does the massages is very tough in her technique.

Room Tip: The Loon Room was beautiful and had a wonderful view of the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake was exactly what we were looking for in our Maine vacation. We desired a clean, friendly b&b (but definitely not an old Victorian style one) with nice views in a town that is not super busy. The Lodge was a perfect fit. Our room was always clean, the food was always delicious, and the view...it was marvelous! We enjoyed a dinner on the deck overlooking the lake during sunset...and we were not disappointed. The food was very good and the service was great. We also enjoyed the little touches like the nightly turndown service, the little cards with the next days weather (even the weather back home too), and the great DVD library for after dark.

We also enjoyed the Moose Safari trip. It was definitely worth the money. Yes, we did see a few Moose on the side of the road that you might stumble upon, but we also were taken to a remote pond where we were able to canoe right up to the moose and enjoy the moose from the peace and quiet on the pond. Our guide was very friendly and informative...he was exactly what we wanted in a guide. He went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and had a great time. We got to see 2 moose in the pond, one on a trail, and 2 on the road. We took the morning trip, and I would definitely recommend it! The breakfast that we enjoyed on the trip was excellent as well!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Westminster, Vermont
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

It's hard to add to all the other perfect reviews, so in their guest book I mumbled something about Thoreau and Hemingway and how the romance of the outdoors was clearly reflected in the lodge. I've been to over 26 countries and the Lodge is one of the finest places we've stayed. Your hosts are gracious, and attentive, and everyone we met was in a good mood, and why not? Your staying in an outdoors person's paradise.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I want to be clear that this place was all you could expect. Our room was perfect. So clean, comfortable, and had everything. Every single detail is look after by the owner and staff. beyond top notch. The bathroom was great. Huge soaker tub with great shower.

Sitting on the porch at any point in the day is one of the best places to possible relax. Million dollar view? No way. Billion dollar view. Make sure to enjoy a beer or glass of wine out here as the sun goes down.

Service was top notch. nothing to be desired.

Food. Breakfast was fantastic. and there is always a little treat available anytime of the day. But take note that during the week there is no dinner served. saturday and Sunday only. no big deal, the fact that they have dinner at all is rare for a B&B. Think website hints to dinner anytime, could be wrong, but just saying.

There is a little dog there named Chloe. She is a sweetheart and just makes the stay a little better.

I want to touch on the moose safari. My wife and I basically decided to visit this Inn based on the opportunity for this experience. I'm sorry to say it was not what we expected or worth the money. Mark (the guide) is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and friendly and fun. But this is not a special trip. first he takes you to place that any ordinary joe can find (as explained by him). In fact a family showed up right behind us that found the place themselves. We saw a few moose in the distant, was cool. Then drive for about an hour to a pond Mark has found and its a phenominal pond and setting. From there, we saw nothing. It's a total crap shoot if you are going to see anything. We saw nothing. I don't believe that it's worth the money for this trip. I was scared about it being a tourist trap before going and i'm dissapointed to say it is. But Mark is an awesome guy.

The Lodge at Mossehead Lake is a luxurious inn that can make anyone comfortable. It's worth the price to stay there. I felt I needed to give my opinion on the moose safari. But it really has nothign to do with the Inn itself as a place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Loved the lodge. Linda, the owner, was very accommodating and helpful is getting us acclimated to the area. The views are tremendous. The decor shows a great attention to detail and is very warm and comfortable.We had dinner there Sunday night, they just serve it on weekends, and the it was very good. We had a great view of the lake and the sunset while eating. Linda set us up on a "moose safari" with Mark and although we only saw two moose that morning, it was a great experience. Mark did a great educating us on the area and the wildlife, particularly the moose (of course). Breakfast was also yummy. It also has a "pub" for guests, We really did not use it but it has a pool table and a big screen TV as well as a comfortable couch and other furniture.

I highly recommend the Lodge, so relaxing and scenic!

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Loon Room", great patio and very comfortable.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lodge at Moosehead Lake
Address: 368 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville, ME 04441-4208
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Location: United States > Maine > Greenville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Greenville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lodge at Moosehead Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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