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Vacationland Estates
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

UNIT
Vacationland consists of numerous long log cabins, each with a number of units. All units share a back porch with Adirondack chairs. Our unit was spacious for only two people with 3 dbl beds (2 bedrooms, one loft) and 2 full baths (*Note: I can see where the space would be cramped if you actually had 6 people). The kitchen was well-stocked with the essentials as well as a few surprises such as numerous knifes, casserole dishes, serving plates, numerous sized pots and pans, etc. Everything was clean and comfortable and the water at the resort is AMAZING! No a/c but it was cool enough (even while the rest of the East Coast was mid-heat wave) at night with just the fan. The units have basic cable and wifi can be purchased for $25/wk for up to 3 computers.

LOCATION
The resort's location is less than ideal ONLY because that is how the entirety of Aroostook County is--small towns where things close at 8, everything is a minimum 30 minute drive, etc. This is NOT a problem if you have a car and are willing to drive to semi-local (~1hr+ drives) sites such as Baxter State Park (with hiking trails for ANY level), Fredericton, Bangor, etc. Birch Point is super close with its boat rentals and restaurant as well as Craig's Maine Course (on the resort's golf course). There is a small grocery in-town as well as a Hannaford-supplied store in Patten (approx. 30 min away) and a Walmart in Houlton (~45 min away). Prices are reasonable and both are pretty well stocked (this coming from a dairy-free vegetarian!), although the latter (Ellis Family Market) is a bit more so.

Houlton and Patten were the two towns suggested to us by a local and we found ample restaurants/diners (try Grammy's and Horn of Plenty) and ice cream in both! There is also a movie theatre in Houlton.

ACTIVITIES
The resort has a number of activities available to its guests each day. Attendance varies by activity and week. There are 2 small hikes (more quick walks in the wood but beautiful and highly recommended nonetheless, ESPECIALLY Shin Pond Falls) as well as food-based gatherings (wine/cheese, s'mores, coffee/donuts) for adults and/or families. For kids there is more with crafts, story-time, etc. Sarah who oversees the activities is super nice and fun and keeps things interesting for adults and children alike. She takes a ton of photos and creates collages, all of which are for sale ($3/$4) in the main office. The resort also offers a pretty extensive selection of movies for rent and offers a pool, hot tub, sauna, and game room which is coin-operated. The main lodge closes at 9 which is a bit of a bummer if you wanted a late-night swim! The resort also has a dock/picnic area on the nearby pond which is about a 15 min walk or 3 min drive. It was deserted, beautiful, and definitely a good place to wile away an afternoon.

OVERALL
Great place to stay if you are looking to get away from it all and do nothing in the peace and quiet of middle-of-nowhere ME or want a comfortable, quiet base for exploring Baxter State Park, New Brunswick, and/or the numerous small towns in "the County" as its called. Everyone was so so SO nice and accommodating, from the office staff to the tow truck driver who drove completely out of his way to drop our car at the local auto mechanic (and then drop us back at the hotel). If you want a resort with a ton of amenities and activities and lots of modern accommodations (Dunks, Bank of America, big grocery stores, etc). I would definitely consider going back and would recommend the resort to those looking for the above qualities.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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24  Thank Kaitly_Beth
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

Staff was friendly and nice, but the resort didn't live up to the rating. It is old - scratched furniture, holes in curtains and small kitchen and ivingroom for 2 bedroom w/ loft. 6 barely fit around the table and filled the kitchen! The downstairs bedroom was tiny and one kitchen chair is part of the bedroom furniture. It needs more light and bring a smal fan with you to use in it. We had a dishwasher - no sponge/dishcloth for doing other types of dishes. The frig had a broken bracket and they sent away for a part, so my husband cut some wood to make the shelf stay up. $5 a day for WiFi in your condo.
The big disappointment was lake (pond?) access. Drive or walk a mile or so to a tiny picnic area with a boat dock. No sand/beach there (rocky) and too shallow to fish. Nearest beach is at Shin Pond about 25 miles away. But, a couple miles away is boat rental (you could fish from your kayak or whatever) and candle pin bowling.
It was hot when we were at the resort and the two large fans barely did the job, but the porch was cool and nice and we had a great view of the sunsets.
The kids (ages 5 and 10) spent most of their time in the pool. The tiles are extremely slippery and toys (balls, swim rings) are not allowed in the pool. They liked the game room and especially ping pong, but it is not airconditioned so it was too hot to use in the afternoons.
The restaurant at the adjoining golf course (Craig's Maine Course) was excellent food, large portions and good prices but somewhat slow service. We went back twice!
We enjoyed our stay but won't return.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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13  Thank GoGrammy
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Vacationland Estate is very nice. The condos are clean and well stocked. The have activities to do (IE Quilt making, soap decorating) but not alot of other activities for young adults. The place is about 1 hour to Baxter, and white water rafting, and about 2 1/2 hours to St. John's (highly recommend). Vacationland is like being on the set of the movie Dirty Dancing. It's a nice place...but you have to find your own fun and be prepared to drive!!! O...and no internet access in the rooms. Have to use the main computer or take yours down to the lobby area.
P.S. The golf course.... the grounds were horrible to play on!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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11  Thank ononotu
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

It is a very nice resort in the middle of nowhere Maine. The resort was very clean and well done. We stayed in a 2 BR with loft and didn't want for lack of A/C! There was alot to do on the property but not alot of people taking part in it. I would say this resort is for people who are outdoorsy, want to hike, boat, fish, etc. We used it as a base to see alot of New Brunswick Canada. The pool was fine, the sports equipment a nice touch, and the grounds very well kept. We walked to the dock one night on the pond (POND??? more like LAKE!) and sat on the dock and watched the lake creatures. It was very enjoyable. I regret we didn't bring things to grill (charcoal etc) and a sponge. The unit was very well outfitted exceot for the sponge. We used Jerrys market in town for grocery and it was fine - no gouging going on there. We ate at Craigs on the golf course one night and again, very reasonable and very good. All the staff at the hotel were super helpful and nice. I completely enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to someone looking for a remote location (no internet except in clubhouse) to relax, connect with nature and family.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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14  Thank Boppers
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Reviewed June 25, 2007

If you are looking for peaceful serenity within a beautiful, pastoral setting, then Vacationland Estates is the place for you. Here, hunting, fishing, and golf abound. Green grass, trees, meadows, and lakes are plentiful. However, the reason we chose Vacationland Estates was its close proximity to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where we planned to search for ancestors.

We arrived at a unit that resembled a log cabin from the outside. A west-facing porch with chairs looked out on a large grassy area and a majestic, tree-covered hill. Inside, the walls were made of knotty pine planks with log beams across the ceiling. Windows were plentiful to allow beautiful sunsets, light, and breezes. Doors were well screened to keep out hordes of mosquitoes. The unit was clean and carpeted, with tile in the kitchen and bathroom. There was a spacious, open family room/dining area furnished in Early American with a ceiling fan above. Privacy was difficult with the sheer curtains, which barely covered the west windows. The kitchen was adequately stocked with dishware and utensils, but no dishwasher or disposal was included. The master bedroom was very small, with only enough room for a double bed (with mattress and springs), dresser, and one nightstand. A precarious spiral staircase led to a bedroom in the loft. The one downstairs bathroom was laid out end-to-end with a sink//bathtub with shower//toilet. Lighting for the tub and shower was inadequate, towels were ragged and thin, and there were no towel racks. Supplies in the unit were minimal (soap, paper towels, clothes hangers), but two box fans were available for added cooling. Cable channels were limited and reception was not optimal, but movies could be rented for a nominal cost.

We took a tour of the amenities, although we didn’t use them. People were swimming in the large, heated, indoor pool, and there was a place for sunning outside. There was a sauna room, and the exercise equipment was new. The game room included pool and air hockey tables. Another room was stocked with games, books, magazines, and videos. There was even a small gift shop. Outside, the golf course and adjoining clubhouse offered more activity options. Then, too, Island Falls is a picturesque little town with beautiful, historic buildings and churches. We ate at a nice restaurant and couldn’t get over all the American flags, which were displayed all over town.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Vacationland Estates. The surroundings were beautiful and the “cabin” was generally comfortable. If you are adaptable, you will do well at Vacationland Estates.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank NWArizona
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