Taste the Wild at Moosehead Lake

A stay at The Lodge at Moosehead Lake will sweep you off your feet with romantic sunsets, lake vistas, and fabulous onsite dining
Words By Anna Mangum
Photos By François Gagné

At the water’s edge of iconic Moosehead Lake lies a dreamy full-service bed and breakfast with nine rooms. This iconic lake, named for its moose-like shape (complete with antlers) offers a host of nature’s attractions. Mount Katahdin lies just to the north, where every year, thousands of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers end their journey from Georgia to Maine on its rugged, brutal climb. In addition to hiking, this slice of Western Maine has ample opportunities to mountain bike, canoe, kayak, golf, sail, and view wildlife, making it a destination for anyone hoping to unplug and connect with nature.

Guests can order a cocktail from the bar and watch wildlife from the main porch.

The bed and breakfast overlooking all of this beautiful nature is The Lodge at Moose-head Lake, the ultimate place for any adult in need of a weekend away. Geared towards couples, this romantic nook feels like something out of a storybook. Think cozy lodge and carriage house, full-service bar and a grand fireplace, sweeping deck and lake views. Due to the small size of the lodge, the staff is able to cater to each guest and create a memorable experience. Most of the rooms have private decks overlooking the lake, and if not a lake view, then a garden one. In the suites, private fireplaces cast warmth onto your own seating area.

The lodge is a nine-room, full-service bed and breakfast with romantic touches— perfect for a special getaway!
This off-the-beaten-path getaway is full of nostalgic details, such as this sweeping staircase. There are intimate nooks abound in which to relax and get cozy.

This year, the lodge will reopen in May when the warmer weather allows for renewed outdoor exploration. Specialty custom packages include seaplane rides that whisk guests all the way to Katahdin, moose safaris, rafting, and, to end the day—dining reservations. If you prefer the road less traveled, the front desk can provide directions to local hiking trails for a choose-your-own-adventure experience. The innkeeper, Beverly Burgess, adds: “No matter what you’re looking to do, we will find an activity that is curated to your wants and needs.”

Pictured is Chef Tyler Upton’s grilled Maine lobster with espresso-pumpkin seed gastrique, butternut squash, puffed barley, and garden herbs.

Not feeling a particular lust for adventure? It’s just as easy to stay on the premises. In addition to a gourmet breakfast, guests can enjoy a mimosa with the meal. Beverly recommends ordering a cocktail and relaxing on the back porch to watch the wildlife. An unexpected highlight of a stay here is the DiRoNa-awarded restaurant, 368 Maine, whose superb quality despite its remote location frequently shocks guests. Beverly says, “I often hear: ‘How did I not know about this restaurant before?’”

Between the paintbrush sunsets over the lake, impeccable hospitality, and fresh cuisine, it’s no surprise that guests leave satisfied and rejuvenated. This romantic getaway nestled in a tree-studded alcove will sweep any guest off their feet.

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