We spent 5 nights at the new Gorman-Chairback lodge over February vacation. Some of our friends thought we were crazy to go to the middle of Maine in the middle of winter. Now we’re talking about a group to go back next year. You’re in the backwoods of Maine (with all the peace, solitude and adventure that this implies) but the service and conditions are anything but rustic. The staff was knowledgeable, hard-working and eager to make our stay as pleasant as possible.
The main lodge is a beautiful (new as of Jan ’11) facility including bathrooms w/hot showers, dining room, reading/lounge area (w/tons of books & magazines), small store and wood-fired sauna (pure luxury). The meals are superb with hot breakfast and dinner and all the fixings to put together your own lunch. All dinners included soup, fresh bread, entrée and dessert. There were also a variety of snacks and drinks available all day.
The 8 individual sleeping cabins are awesome each with their own wood stove (wood delivered to your doorstep) and all linens supplied. A lower cost alternative is the bunkhouse (our choice) with 12 bunks (broken into 3 groups of 4) and a wood stove. Bring your own sleeping bag for the bunkhouse (mattress and pillow supplied).
There are many skiing and snowshoeing trails to choose from. We did all snowshoeing; others seemed to do more skiing. The view from the top of Third Mountain over Long Pond is excellent and worth the trip. The staff was very helpful in discussing trail options. And did I mention the sauna?....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shore of Long Pond near Greenville, in Maine’s Moosehead Lake Region, and surrounded by 66,000-acres of AMC-owned conservation land, Gorman Chairback is the newest stop on AMC’s popular lodge-to-lodge ski route, as well as a spectacular wilderness destination on its own. Gorman Chairback offers unlimited opportunities for hiking and skiing on 70 miles of AMC-maintained trails, paddling and fishing for native brook trout, or simply enjoying the quiet beauty of the region. Newly refurbished private cabins include queen beds, wood stoves, and gas lamps. Home-cooked meals are served in the main lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- AMC Gorman Chairback Lodge And Cabins Greenville, Maine