On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:The best thing to bring home from a trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, is something locally made. Walk through town and spend time browsing the number of local craft shops and stores. You never know what one-of-a-kind item you’ll find. And since there are not many places where you can see a real live moose, you’ll want to bring home a photo as proof. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snap a quick picture during a moose safari, an adventure offered by many local businesses and resorts.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:With all the outdoor fun you’ll be having around Moosehead Lake, you’ll need some serious sustenance. Here’s where you can find it.
1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. You can’t beat the views at this waterfront fine-dining restaurant. The five-course menus focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients using the finest local meats and seafood. Open from mid-June through mid-October, allow time before your reservation to watch the sunset from the verandah overlooking Moosehead Lake—you won’t regret it.
2. Kelly’s Landing. This is the go-to spot for locals in between fishing and other outdoor adventures. Grab a beer and relax on the deck, or slide into a booth and chow down on the fisherman’s platter.
3. The Black Frog. This restaurant and pub is located right on the edge of Moosehead Lake, offering beautiful views and a relaxed ambiance that both locals and out-of-towners love. Choose from a range of specialty beers or order something else from the full bar. Dinner here is also a treat—favorite dishes include the Buffalo wings and ribs.
4. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. One of the best dining experiences in the area, the restaurant inside the lodge features fresh and local ingredients in chowder, stuffed trout, Maine crab cakes and other dishes. Plan to stay for a drink at Chloe’s Pub.
5. Greenville Inn. Choose from two different rooms when you make a reservation at the Victorian inn. The first, the Shaw Room, features fireside dining; the second, the Parlor Room, offers Victorian-style elegance. But no matter where you sit, the stunning views of Moosehead Lake are the same. Dishes include pork tenderloin with braised pork belly and potato galette in a chestnut jus.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:Expect a different type of nightlife in Moosehead Lake. Aside from a handful of pubs, this small town in the woods of Maine is quiet after dark. There are a few places where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while watching the moonlight shine down on the lake. The Black Frog is a local favorite, situated at the foot of East Cove, the southern most point of the lake. Chloe’s Pub inside The Lodge at Moosehead Lake also offers a low-key and rustic experience complete with a full bar and pool table.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:If you’re only in Moosehead Lake, Maine for one day, our advice is to focus on exploring the lake. The largest body of fresh water in Maine, Moosehead Lake is a place where nature is completely preserved. Take in the magnificent sights and prepare to see wildlife such as moose, deer and rare birds up close. Your best bet is to sign up for a tour with a registered guide (we recommend checking out the Northeast Guide Service for this)—you’ll cover the most ground and can customize the experience to make the most of your time. Depending on where you stay, you may want to ask the concierge about exclusive activities offered to guests. You’ll find that many are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the area so that you can get the most from a quick trip.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:Moosehead Lake offers a couple of charming places to stay in the quaint town of Greenville. Here’s where our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend bunking on a visit to Moosehead Lake.
1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. Perched a mile above Moosehead Lake, expect spectacular views and impeccable service at this historic, 15-acre resort. Originally built in 1891, the inn features cozy rooms and a top-notch restaurant and spa. The inn is a great base for one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures such as moose safaris, stargazing canoe trips and guided fishing expeditions. Staff will arrange everything and send you off with refreshments (including wine or cocoa) and anything else you may need (beach towels, bug spray).
2. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. You’ll love the views and privacy at this rustic lodge—plus the range of amenities including an on-site pub, spa services and concierge to help plan all of your adventures.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:Shopping in Moosehead Lake, Maine is centered on one thing: outdoor recreation. Expect to find plenty of local artisans and businesses selling equipment and gear to prepare you for outdoor activities of every kind. The Indian Hill Trading Post is one of the most popular spots. The 35,000-square-foot retail space offers everything you could possibly need for your stay: canoes, camping equipment, hiking gear. You can even pick up groceries there. It’s the best all-in-one-place shopping the area has to offer.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:Moosehead Lake in Maine is an ideal spot for exploring the great outdoors with kids. Here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest for family fun.
1. Plan to spend at least a day with your kids at Lily Bay State Park. Located on Moosehead Lake, your kids will love swimming in the fresh water and hiking along the two-mile shoreline trail.
2. Pack a picnic and spend the day at Moosehead Lake Junction Wharf, located right next to Moosehead Lake. There, you can watch floatplanes take off and land, go fishing and swimming, or simply eat, relax and take in the view.
3. Rent a canoe or motorboat. It’s the best way to see the pristine beauty of nature up close, and your kids will love keeping their eyes peeled for wildlife sightings along the way.
4. Go on a moose safari. Several businesses and hotels in the area offer them. We recommend checking out Northwoods Outfitters.
5. Explore Mount Kineo, one of Moosehead Lake’s main attractions. Pack a picnic lunch and hop on the boat shuttle, a great way for you and your kids to take in the views. After you arrive, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly hikes to enjoy.
On November 2, 2012Rachel Bowie answered the question:A visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine, is about one thing: getting in touch with nature. Check out this list from our Forbes Travel Guide editors on the best things to see and do in this outdoor refuge.
1. Spend time sightseeing around Moosehead Lake. You can explore the area on your own or sign up for a tour of the area with a registered guide (we recommend trying the Northeast Guide Service). You won’t believe the views — and wildlife — you’ll see along the way.
2. A floatplane tour of the area is the best way to see the lake’s miles and miles of deep-blue waters and all the attractions (Mount Kineo, Prong Pond) that surround it. Currier’s Flying Service offers customizable scenic tours so you can see exactly what you want during your visit.
3. During the summer, explore Moosehead Lake by boat, canoe or kayak and bask at the sheer size of the lake. At 40 miles long and 20 miles wide at its largest point, it’s massive, offering plenty of territory to cover and explore. Lots of local businesses offer boat rentals and there’s a public boat launch in the center of Moosehead Lake. If you’re in the area during the winter, temperatures may drop a bit, but there’s still a lot to do. Local businesses provide supplies and equipment for ice fishing, snowmobiling, skating, cross-country skiing and more.
4. Learn more about the history of Moosehead Lake with a visit to the Moosehead Historical Society and Museums. Sign up for guided tours of attractions such as the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House, Carriage House, Barn and Lumberman’s Museum. Information about the Center for Moosehead History and the Aviation Museum is also available there. The Moosehead Marine Museum is another spot worth visiting during your trip. It features steamboat memorabilia and offers complimentary daily cruises of the lake during the summer on the Katahdin, the last remaining steamboat.
5. Finally, be sure to visit Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake. It’s a destination for outdoor recreation, offering everything from hiking and canoeing to fishing and wildlife. The 925-acre park is home to 90 campsites, a sandy swimming beach, playground and a two-mile shoreline trail. It’s also an access point for a variety of Moosehead Lake attractions such as Mount Kineo and Prong Pond.