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“Well-fed in the woods” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Weatherby's
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“Well-fed in the woods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

A nice place to come back to. My father and I had been here twenty years previously. He, in turn, had been in this area (at a camp on a lake) with his father in the 1930s. My grandfather was a hunter; my father hunts, but is especially fond of fishing, which is the main reason we came up here.

My two sons stayed free in the July special! You stay in one of the many cabins, which have plumbing and electricity, but are pleasantly rustic, with cord wood and deer heads and so on. The shower works (we are not fussy). The screens kept the bugs out.

Board includes two meals in the main house. Lunch is also provided, in a basket or pail, to take along while fishing. The meals are good, and voluminous. We learned to ask for only one blueberry pancake for breakfast, or to skip a course from dinner's soup-salad-main-dessert fixed menu. There's unlimited pink lemonade, and a wine list. The young wait-staff are absurdly nice and helpful.

The owners, Jeff and Beth, are natural, smart and pleasant. Jeff guided my father and elder son for a day on the St Croix. Besides enjoying interesting conversation about conservation issues, both my family members caught lots of bass and joined the 20-inch club. (A day fishing with a guide is $185 plus tip. That includes the canoe and bait and lunch and everything).

Our fellow diners/guests were nice to talk to. As often as not, Jeff might invite you to roast marshmallows and chat out back after dinner.

My father was also successful catching salmon with a fly rod in the river by the hotel. We all enjoyed swimming in the river. You can also easily walk to the lake and swim there, off a pier.

My other son and I decided to spend a day hiking. We got a map from the Land Trust and walked their trail by Pocumcus Lake. We saw a pine marten close up. There is also a trail around part of Grand Lake, by the hotel.

There is a free wireless computer network in the hotel. There is a shop in town, nearby, but one's needs are mostly met in the hotel.

They even packed us a lunch on the day we left.

  • Liked — Rustic charm, proximity to lake stream and forest, food.
  • Disliked — No complaints.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Augusta, Maine
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2005

It poured all weekend in Grand Lake Stream, but we still managed to have a great time at Weatherby's. It would be hard not to enjoy yourself at this very traditional sporting lodge in the Maine woods. When we arrived, a fire was already burning in our log cabin (a nice touch), and it was toasty warm, despite the cold, damp rain outside. The cabin was simply furnished and had GREAT beds ( I slept like a new born Christian), and there was plenty of hot water (yes, there IS indoor plumbing and electricity). Towels were thick and there were enough of them. Housekeeping was very attentive. Dining is American plan, and the food was very good and servings generous. They even made a delicious spice cake for my son's birthday and presented it, nicely decorated, at dinner one night, complete with a "Happy Birthday" song. Jeff, the owner, is a registered Maine guide, and many of the guests were there to take advantage of his skills and go bird hunting. We were there to fish for the landlocked salmon for which Grand Lake Stream is famous. We had a great time fishing, even in the rain. If you go be sure to meet Madison, Jeff's English Springer Spaniel. (Your own dogs are welcome, too). She will steal your heart. So, men, if you are longing to take to the woods, but your wife is longing for a relaxing vacation where she won't have to cook, then this is your place. No roughing it here. Just the natural beauty of Maine's woods, comfortable accomodations, great service and food, and a traditional Maine Sporting Lodge experience.

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Additional Information about Weatherby's

Property: Weatherby's
Address: Grand Lake Stream, ME 04637
Region: United States > Maine > Grand Lake Stream
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Grand Lake Stream
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Weatherby`s Hotel Grand Lake Stream
Weatherby's Maine/Grand Lake Stream

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