My wife and I and our daughter 24, and son 21 just experienced most remarkable family vacation at the Migis Lodge. This place is a throw-back to a simpler time where true happiness was obtained through the enjoyment of the beautiful outdoors, and the trust and friendship of others. This is what makes Migis so special.
We discovered Migis by way of recommendation from a director of an overnight summer camp located in the area. My wife is a marketing consultant to the overnight camping industry, and as such, we have visited Maine for both pleasure and business for the past 20 years. We have stayed at a number of beautiful resorts, hotels, motels and B&B’s in Maine such as the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit and the Portland Regency in Portland. However, no place epitomizes the essences of Maine as does the Migis Lodge. If you are seeking the lakes, the forests, the great seafood, the crisp fresh air with the sweet smell of pine both indoors and outdoors, the quiet serenity, then this place is for you. If you are seeking five-star accommodations with marble bathrooms and luxurious appointed rooms, I suggest you look elsewhere. In fact, the only luxury rustic resort I can recall is the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, which by the way, is substantially more expensive than the Migis Lodge once you account for all of the meals and “freebies” provide by Migis.
Migis Lodge is a 90+ year old resort which tries to maintain many of its traditions which is not easy to do in our fast paced society. As my daughter would say, Migis is an analog place in a digital word. In that regard, Migis does not accept credit cards, does not have A/C in the rooms (except for the 6 rooms in the Lodge), requires men to wear jackets during indoor dining (which had A/C), and does not have outside locks on the doors to the rooms (this true for our room at the Lodge and I imagine the same for the standalone homes). While all of this seems shocking at first blush (particularly for a family growing-up in NY and NJ), it works at Migis. When we informed the management of our concern about not locking up our belongings including Ipads, laptops, and my expensive road bicycle, they assured us that nothing has ever been stolen at Migis. I am happy to say that nothing happened to our belongings. To further the Migis system of trust, all of their boats (every type imaginable), and fishing equipment are laid-out in the open for anyone to use.
As for the outdoor facilities, it appears to me that Migis has over a half mile of waterfront property. My typical activities included taking a row boat or kayak out for an hour following sailing for an hour and half. I also took some long and short swims in the lake. Tim, the owner, gave me a lesson on the stand-up paddle board, and I was paddling up and down the shoreline. I also played tennis with my daughter. The equipment provided by the resort is plentiful so there never is an issue of waiting for a boat or having a time limit on the usage. I did some hiking at Migis but found that the woods were a bit too dense and rocky for my liking. Instead, my family and I went nearby to Rattlesnake Mountain (don’t worry – there are no rattlesnakes) for a beautiful one hour hike. Since we went out of the resort during lunch, Migis packed us a beautiful lunchbox. I also took some early morning bike rides around Long Lake.
Our rooms at the Lodge were very comfortable and clean. The bathrooms looked brand-new. Either they were recently redone or they are meticulously maintained. The flooring in our room appears to me to be some type of indoor/outdoor tile and carpet. The furnishings and bedding are simple, dark colored and comfortable. Again, the rooms are appropriately designed for the rustic surroundings given that you are walking on dirt roads and trails all day. Note that rooms in the Lodge are located above or near the dining room. The setting-up of tables for breakfast at 7:30am can be heard in the rooms, and may be an issue for someone who prefers to sleep late. For us, it was not an issue since we are up early each day.
The meals at Migis are delicious and of top quality. We eat at many of the most popular restaurant in NYC and we were surprised on how good the food was Migis. I have an issue with garlic and the Lodge’s chef consulted with me prior to each lunch and dinner. Special accommodations were given to me which is something Migis can easily do since it is catering to only 100 to 150 guests at a time. In that regard, the service during the meals and at all other times was superb since the resort has 80 to 90 fulltime employees. That means that the resort is running almost a one to one ratio of staff to guests!!
Also note that many of the meals are served outdoors by the Lake. It is the most beautiful dining experience. Plus the bugs were never an issue given the dry air and the constant breeze.
Both the staff and the guests are very friendly. During our five day stay, we saw a family reunion of 50 people, young and old couples, and number of young families. Migis provides a supervised day camp for kids starting at age 5. Interestingly, certain of the guest were travel professionals who chose to spend their vacation time at Migis based on its reputation in the travel industry.
As for value, certain people complain on Trip Adviser that Migis is overpriced. For me and my family, I come to the opposite conclusion ( I am a CPA by profession). If you price the food, and the free alcohol which is served during certain days of the week, plus you add-in the free usage of the boating equipment, you may conclude that the “freebies” amount to $100 per day. If you subtract that amount from the daily rate, you may conclude that Migis is appropriately priced. Regardless of the price, I think you will conclude that Migis is one of the most memorable vacation experiences ever. We look forward to coming back to Migis again with our kids, and if we are so blessed one day, with our grandkids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Migis Lodge is a Full American Plan resort located on the northern edge of Sebago Lake. You'll love staying in either one of our 8 lodge rooms, or in one of our 35 modern, comfortable cabins featuring wood-burning fireplaces, flat-screen HD televisions, and other modern amenities vacationers seek today. All meals are included when you stay at Migis Lodge, and everything is included with the exception of use of motor boats and drinks from the bar. Enjoy water-skiing, island cookouts, frisbee golf, and many more exciting activities, or just lounge around on the beach and relax. Come see why families return to Migis year after year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Migis Hotel South Casco
- Migis Lodge Maine/South Casco