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The Birches Resort
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

My husband and I stayed one night at The Birches while on a week long snowmobiling tour through Maine. It was our last night before returning home and what we hoped was going to be the highlight of our trip. Instead it turned out to be the worst stay of our trip. We stayed in lodge room #4. The staircase to get to the rooms is tricky enough to maneuver with luggage but we also encountered a large bucket placed in the middle of the stairway, supposedly to catch water. We didn't see any sign of water but the bucket was still there the next morning. Not only was this an inconvenience but it was dangerous. There are four lodge rooms that share one bathroom. That's a lot of people sharing one small bathroom. The bathroom is old and the rugs on the floor looked dirty and worn. The shower curtain was stained. The next morning I went to use the bathroom and it was it occupied. After looking around I found one downstairs near the bar and was appalled it had not been cleaned from the night before. It was dirty and trash spilled out of the garbage can onto the floor. The lodge room itself was decent. The best part about the room was the slider that looked out over Moosehead Lake. The room beside ours was rented by two men who went to bed leaving their door wide open and proceeded to snore the entire night. What totally amazes me is the Birches charge $131 for this room. You've got to be kidding me - no wonder they weren't full on a Friday night.
We went to dinner at their restaurant. Both our meals were cold when we got them. The waitress was nowhere to be seen. We finally flagged the hostess and she returned our meals to the kitchen to be warmed. When the dinners came back they were dried out and tasteless. I left mine on the plate. We asked our waitress for water but never got it. We paid for the meal because we were told there wasn't a manager on duty who we could talk to but there would be one the next morning when we checked out.
There is a bath house and outdoor hot tub. The hot tub is very nice, the bath house could be if someone checked on it once in a while and kept it clean. There are a couple of showers and changing rooms in the bath house that were dirty and messy.
There were no towels anywhere. My husband ran back to the shared bathroom in the lodge to get towels.
The next morning when we checked out we asked to speak to the manager so we could tell her about our dining experience. We were told she wasn't in yet. We had a long ride to get home so we checked out and said he would contact her from home. I couldn't help but wonder who is in charge of this resort and watches over it to make sure their guests have a good experience.
Follow up - The Birches credited our meal but it doesn't help to diminsh the dissapointment my husband and I feel about this resort .

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank cingar
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

We stayed at one of the more isolated cabins at the resort. It was pretty cool, built in the thirties, and got the rustic experience we wanted. However the beds were very uncomfortable. The location on Moose Head Lake was beautiful and peaceful; lovely to wake up early and hear the loons. The resort offers many enjoyable activities and guided trips however very expensive. In fact a weeks stay was about the same price as a cottage on the beach at Cape Cod - no matter how lovely I expected a cabin in Maine to be a little cheaper. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food in the main building is good and
it's a nice place to eat, right on the water. There's also a full bar. This is a great place if you want the quiet, peaceful beauty of Moose Head Lake. But if money is an issue you might want to shop around or go further north.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank DenaDiane
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

We stayed in the Elmer Bemis cabin. The flooring in most of the rooms was in very bad condition - parts were taped with electrical tape. The pillow covers over the pillows were very badly stained and gross looking and the curtains were very dusty. The walls of the cabin were the only thing in good condition.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank pjraser
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

For people centered on outdoor fun this place is amazing. There is so much to do. We saw three moose on the Moose Cruise they offer. We also went on a half hour float plane ride which was really fun, you get to fly by Mt. Kineo which has a stunning rock face cliff. The float plane pilot is actually the owner of the birches. The lake was pretty warm for how big it was, like 70 degrees, so we rented a pontoon boat and went out to Mt. Kineo to swim and play golf. The cabins are really cool, and relaxing on the front porch was really nice. We also ate in their restaurant a couple times, the prime rib is the best I've ever had. Overall the trip was packed with outdoor activities and nighttime relaxation. Really fun.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank TYW197
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

What a shame. The Birches has a fabulous location on the lake and it could be great. The cabins really need updating -- particularly the bathrooms. The showerhead was taped to the pipe but it still leaked. We could only get hot water sporadically. The porch was the best part of the whole experience. For this price they should put some money into them before they unravel completely. The other issue is the cabins are VERY close together -- maybe 20 feet at most. You can hear EVERYTHING your neighbors are doing. Add to that my 9 year old daughter had two leaches when she came out of the swimming area. I've since read that is very common on lakes in the northeast but yuck!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank soundview
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