We had a great time in one of the cabins. Two adults and three kids fit perfectly.
Probably the smartest thing we did was to rent a boat from the owner (he has probably 4 or so to choose from) to enjoy the beautiful lake including water skiing and exploring. I was amazed at how warm the water was and how close our place was to what was essentially our own private beach.
Taking the boat across the lake to one of three different coves meant that we could choose our secluded spot, even though it was in the beginning of August. My daughters inner tubed and knee boarded which was a huge hit. We decided to keep the boat for the week and used it every day. You just can't believe how clear the fresh water lake is. I wish I had brought my snorkel, mask and fins. I've had visibility in the Caribbean that can't compare to this.
At night, we used a canoe to go out after dinner, at 9:30 when it was completely dark to look at the stars. This is a must do. For three nights in a row we went out on the glass calm water just a hundred feet from the cabin and managed to see the space station and satellites fly overhead. By 10:30 the moon had come up and it wasn't nearly as dark, but it was fun to catch the moonrise.
We grilled dinner almost every night outside in front of the cabin and finished off with s'mores. On the last night we decided to try the restaurant. The portions were huge and very inexpensive. We were just too full to take advantage of the pies. They had all my favorite beers on tap, which was a surprise.
The cabins were built in the 1930s, so it's not the Hilton. But we were interested in staying at a cabin on a lake. With wildlife. And that's exactly what we got. And the price was great.
While canoeing we came across a bald eagle flying from one tree to another. It happened to fly directly over us and then dropped a large white feather. The perfect souvenir.
At the end of the week, we realized there were so many other things we didn't fit in. A hike up Kineo mountain is reason enough for us to want to come back next year. Wish we could have done that. Next year the kids will be ready for water skiing, and I would love to try the 'Air Chair' which is another form of water skiing that uses a hydrofoil.
We're definitely coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the northwestern shores of Moosehead Lake, The Birches Resort features the best in north-woods style accommodations, dining, and family fun. Our lodging options right on the lake and with a close up view of Mt. Kineo range from our famous Rustic Cabins, Kozy Cabins, Private Homes, Lodge Rooms, Camp/RV sites, Suites, and more. With so many summer and winter activities to offer you can see why our satisfied guests have come back year after year for generations! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Birches Hotel Rockwood
- Birches Hotel Rockwood
- The Birches Resort Rockwood, Maine