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“Birthday at the Lodge”
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Hearst Lodge
Bloomfield Ridge, Canada
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“Birthday at the Lodge”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Today we went to the Hearst Lodge for lunch for Jays birthday . It was one of the best meals I have ever had . Being GF is such a challenge when going out to eat , but the chef at the lodge made sure that she had food for my needs and it was absolutely delicious ! From the Home made tomato vegetable soup , to the salad plate to the GF cookies with ice cream and butterscotch sauce it was outstanding . I felt so completely spoiled and I am sure that the others also enjoyed their lunches which looked and smelled wonderful. Even though I could not eat what they were eating I never felt at a dis-advantage . Thank you so much to Laura and George for your hospitality and for going the extra mile . The Lodge is wonderful and the scenery to die for ...if you are looking for somewhere special to go for any occasion this is the place .Look no further then The Hearst Lodge on the beautiful Fundy Trail Parkway !!

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Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you are looking for a little piece of paradise, look no further, head to St. Martins, NB and keep going until you reach the Interpretive Center on the Fundy Parkway. You can choose to take the challenging hike from Big Salmon River or catch the shuttle directly to The Hearst Lodge. If you are able, you must take the hike and see the gorgeous Acadian Forests rising from the beautiful waters of the Big Salmon River. The waters are pristine, clear and invigorating. For those who like to swim, the many pools along the way make for a refreshing break!
The best part of all is the over night stays with hosts George and Laura Ferguson. Laura is a Chef and loves to cook! I highly recommend the Maple Glazed Salmon served for over night guests of the Hearts Lodge and Cabins. Laura and George also serve up a fantastic breakfast!
The overnighter is a steal @ $99/person (based on double occupancy) which includes the supper and breakfast!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you.
This is an old lodge with no electricity, don't expect modern conveniences such as cell service or
Internet service. Pack a flashlight and shampoo.
This lodge is on the beautiful pristine Big Salmon River, in the middle of a rugged forest.
The care takers Laura and George go above and beyond to provide excellent service. Their kindness and care make the trip well worthwhile. If you are looking for good food, clean accommodations, peace and quiet then I would highly recommend this. The Fundy trail is breathtaking and it rivals some of the most beautiful places in the world. GO !!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We hiked into the lodge and found the hike quite challenging but fun. It's the footing that makes it difficult, not the elevation. It's a beautiful hike and not even our nine year old complained about it. We all had a smile on our face as we worked through the obstacles. We hiked it on a 30 degree day and were rewarded with a swim in the cool river once we arrived. The lodge and cabins are extremely rustic but if you are prepared for this, it's just fine. I couldn't bring myself to have a shower in the morning as it didn't look very pleasant but my husband did. The water temperature was constantly changing from extreme heat to cold. The meals were wonderful as were our hosts. Both George and Laura welcome you like you have come to visit them in their own home and they treat you as their special guests. Laura's food is great and the meals were large. We shared the table with the other guests and had a wonderful time chatting with them all. It was so hot we wanted to spend the evening outside however the bugs were so bad that this was impossible. This was one of the most unique experiences of our trip through the maritimes.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

CONS: There is no cell phone service, no WIFI, no internet, no TV in the rooms, no telephone (the care takers communicate with the Fundy Trail by way of two way radio) no shampoo (soap yes, but why oh why no shampoo?) and no power after 11:00 p.m. (they shut the generator off between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.). The cabin we stayed in is very basic, musty smelling and had very few amenities (not even a Gideon Bible that I could find). This is one step above tent camping.

PROS: George and Laura, the care takers, are wonderful hosts. The supper and breakfast that is included in the price is fantastic and you are given generous portions. You will not go away hungry. The area is beautiful, located at a picturesque portion of the Salmon River. There are humming birds flittering about and the other guest at the lodge saw a young moose on her drive down to the lodge.

You can hike into the Hearst Lodge from either Parking Lot #9, or Parking Lot #8. P9 is by far the easier of the hikes, as it is basically a walk along an old logging road, but it is not at all scenic. This is the route that George takes in his truck to pick you up if you opt not to hike. The real hike is from P8. Cross the suspension bridge, follow the signs and then follow the green paint marks (why not orange, or any colour other than green?). It is a challenging hike even for experienced hikers with lots of ups and down and places where the footing is tricky. They've done the best they can in placing cable ropes and wooden railings to hold onto, and stairs and bridges where they can, but you will find yourself struggling to get around some obtsacles. However, the hike is very scenic, travelling along the Salmon River most of the way.

Cost was about $200 for the two of us.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I've hiked this trail several times and we have had a picnic lunch outside the lodge/ picnic fashion.
This year we decided to have lunch in the lodge and the food was incredibly delicious. Home made soups with perfect flavor and seasoning and thick homemade bread sandwiches. I had the death by chocolate dessert and have never tasted better in any 5 star restaurant.
The atmosphere is perfect and Laura and George are perfect hosts.

I do have to disagree with the treacherous review on the hike,,,I have never even found it to be very challenging. I would call it mildly moderate. I guess perspectives can be different for expectations on trails.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Riverview, Canada
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This hotel provides the tops in atmosphere and hospitality. It's possible to believe you are living in yesteryear. The hosts Laura and George fulfilled our every request and Laura's cooking is the tops. You will get a chance to forget about this century for awhile. Swim in the river, hike the woods, eat like a king, and leave your electronics behind. Highly recommended for a rejuvenating break.

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Property: Hearst Lodge
Address: Fundy Trail, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada
Location: Canada > New Brunswick > St. Martins
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in St. Martins
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breakfast and BBQ Maple-Glazed Planked Salmon Dinner included in price ~ The pristine wilderness setting and challenging terrain offer a variety of nature-based activities and learning discovery experiences during your all-inclusive stay at the Hearst Lodge. This is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure experience, an unparalleled opportunity to participate in a physically-active adventure travel experience along the rugged coastal topography of the Fundy Escarpment with its deep and steeply sloped river valley emptying into the Bay of Fundy. Experience wilderness living the way American newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst's friends and business associates did almost 100 years ago. The Lodge availability has three rooms - two rooms each with a double bed and a twin bed, and one room with a double bed and two twin beds each with own private bath; plus two separate cabins, each with private bath. Cabin #1 has queen size bed, a double bed and a bunk. Cabin #2 has a double size bed and a twin size bed. Let the crisp clean sheets and pine-scented fresh air lull you to sleep. ... more   less 
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