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“Just magical!”
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Quisisana
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19 reviews
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“Just magical!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

A friend & I celebrated our 50th birthdays together here at Quisisana and it was one of the highlights of my life! It is a magical place filled with nature, music, gourmet food, water activities, hiking, relaxing, great service and a young enthusiastic staff. Cottages nestled among the pine trees, music & preforming arts students as the staff, a gourmet chef preparing your meals and catering to your every need! You have found heaven on earth in a small town in Maine! If you enjoy music, food and nature, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Quisisana is one of the best resorts I've ever been to. It's located on beautiful Lake Kezar, so during the day you can read on the beach, play volleyball or tennis, swim, wakeboard/waterski, or take out a peddle boat, kayak, or sail boat. The meals are amazing, and the staff all put on shows at night and many of them actually seem like Broadway quality performances. It's a great resort to get away and unwind - no TV, and very little cell service and wifi... but you don't need it! Quisisana is definitely a place not to miss if you get the chance.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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New York
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403 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Quisisana is a truly magical place. Imagine summertime in Maine, living in a neat cottage along the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world with a view to the mountains beyond. During the day you play on the lake – swimming, boating, reading, relaxing – and enjoy exceptional meals in the common dining hall. In the evenings, you're mesmerized by the nightly performances given by some of the most wonderful young actors, musicians and opera singers to be found anywhere. And it all takes place in a small performance hall in the middle of the Maine woods! The owners' love for the property shows in everything that happens here, and it just keeps getting better every year. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We have been going to Quisi for years and although the weather isn't always "perfect" the resort is. One of the most beautiful settings in the world !! Quisi is a rare place where you can unplug or at least slow down the pace of our frenetic lives. It's a safe place for little children to play unsupervised and for lovers to enjoy one another.

Last winter, they installed air conditioners in the cabins. When I heard about this I wasn't too happy. I like Quisi the way it has always been and was worried about the noise the compressors would make. Of course the owners of this first class resort were worried about this too. They installed AC's that a as quiet as a whisper. Each bedroom in our 3 bedroom cabin has it's own thermostat. The AC was a great improvement.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Palm City, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

When first getting there, I was not sure if we would be happy. I mean there is no television, cell service is pretty poor, and wifi is only in the main lobby. Well, that is exactly what we needed! To get back nature, and what is really important.... Family! Each day we looked forward to an amazing meal for breakfast lunch and dinner! The food and service was perfect! We enjoyed all the outdoor things. Tetherball, badminton, tennis, volleyball, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, waterskiing , and wake boarding. Besides long walks and runs. In the evening the entertainment offered each night was fabulous! All of the staff that serves you all day, now put on operas, musicals, and even jazz and chamber music shows! The talent was unreal! After a week there, I have never been so relaxed! I can not wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

As we were leaving St John, U.S. V.I., a fellow traveler overheard my wife and me saying how sad we were to leave paradise. These folks opined that they found another corner of our world that was equally perfect, Quisisana along the east shore of Lake Kezar in central western Maine at the level of Conway, N.H. We inquired and made plans to bring our family up for a trial. That trial has now continued for five seasons and we have enlisted again for next year. Quisi is unique. It is a music camp astride a perfect lake which has gourmet cuisine without being too fancy operated by Jane Oren and her family and staff for many years. No regimentation, no uniforms, just pure fun. One can either fly into Manchester or Portland and rent a car for the short drive to Center Lovell or drive, as we do from the Delaware Valley, meeting up with our children and grandchildren who fly or drive. Once in Quisi, all cares evaporate, the poetry of Maine nature takes over and we play, talk, read and let the staff quietly and efficiently provide for us. Our cabins are clean, comfortable and basic as befits a Maine camp. Great views, sufficient privacy. Our grandchildren ages 12 through less than a year play and dine early for dinner before the adults so that they can join supervised play with great counselors--staff in a wreck room that has toys, games, ping pong, etc. We adults then enjoy a cocktail and an unhurried meal before joining the kids again. Able staff are available to baby sit as we adults and our older grandkids attend the nightly music programs which include an opera, Broadway show, chamber music, piano recital, an evening of arias, a Broadway review and an introductory night when the performers introduce themselves. And what performers they are: from the professionals who sing and play in regional and NYC-based companies and orchestras to recent graduates of premiere music schools throughout the USA. These are the same talented, selfless people who clean our cabins, serve us in the clean, comfortable dining hall, and administer to our needs when required. The lake area is ideal, the boating all inclusive from canoes and kayaks to sailboats and motor boats. What fun and totally non-regimented; no one gets in your way. We are tennis players. Quisi has well maintained clay courts. We are swimmers and the beach is clean, the water warm and pure. What more does one want. There are some who go as couples, some who have attended for decades and multi-generational families like us who enjoy both time together and time alone. The camp intentionally accommodates no more than about 150 guests. Small and perfect.

Room Tip: All the cabins are excellent, clean, comfortable with air conditioned bedrooms.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I thought I'd share my experience as someone who worked at Quisisana on staff some years ago. Quisi, as it is affectionately called, is one of the most beautiful places I've been. Not just the lake and the mountains, but the resort as well--pristine and calm, like it hasn't changed in 100 years. My fellow staff members have gone on to perform on Broadway and all over the world. Jane insists on top-notch talent, but has a knack for weeding out the divas. We worked hard, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (with 2 hour breaks between), after which we ran to the lakeside music hall to get into costume for the shows. We didn't complain because we were treated so well, loved our work, and forged life-long friendships with some of the guests. I am still in touch with several of them after years. But if you want to be left alone, thats fine, too. If you are lucky enough to have the chance to vacation there, go! There is no place quite like it.

Room Tip: There is not a bad cabin or room here. If you are looking for value, come early in the season (bring...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Quisisana
Address: 42 Quisisana Dr, Center Lovell, ME 04016
Region: United States > Maine > Center Lovell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Center Lovell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury resort with its rooms located among cottages. ... more   less 
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Quisisana Hotel Center Lovell

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