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Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins
Certificate of Excellence
Orono, Maine
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89 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Peace and Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

This was our second trip to Gorman Lodge, (the first time we skied in in a blizzard.) This was easier, as we drove to the lodge itself. We stayed in cabin 1, a rustic log cabin with a wood stove, a double and a single bed. Rockers on the porch are perfect for watching the sunset. Meals are included, and a bag lunch provided for hikes during the day. Chef Dave provides his fabulous meals (served family style at long tables in the main lodge) and sings while he cooks. The staff is great and very pleasant and attentive. There are canoes for paddling or fishing, and lots of activities nearby. Occasional thru hikers come down from the Appalachian Trail to work for stay, and have great stories to tell.

Room Tip: One of the old cabins, #8 is Octagonal in shape. It is right next to the lake. Double bed and 2 twin...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

We just attended our second Family Adventure camp and it didn't disappoint. The food is wonderful, the lodging superb (comfy beds). We stayed in Cabin 2 last year (one of the newer cabins by the lake and it was really wonderful being right on the water. This year I upgraded us to a bathroom and stayed in Cabin 11 which I also really enjoyed. Although the view at 2 was still better. The staff is incredible. Aaron in the kitchen is a great cook and his staff really helps out. Rich offered to have kids join him at 6:30am to pick vegetables for that evenings meal with the kids who wanted to. One morning he took a bunch of boys fishing on the lake.
We were split up into two groups which really made the activities flow better. We had Lani as our guide and she was wonderful. Another day Dan took us on a canoe trip across the lake where some of our group saw Moose and two deer. We hiked to Gulf Hagus and went swimming in Screw Auger Falls. Lani changed plans one day for part of our group who wanted to hike to Third Mountain while the rest of us went on a nature walk to catch frogs and build a canoe from a birch tree with AMC's Land Manager Steve.
The staff also added an astronomy night to gaze at stars (we saw Saturn and its rings) many satellites, the milky way, and played games with the kids for two nights. Because of the remoteness the stars are incredible up there. Evenings are wonderful to stargaze, listen to the bull frogs, frogs and loons all singing away.
My kids are begging to go again next year. They don't miss the fact that there aren't any TVs or electronics to play with - they never ask for them. They are too busy kayaking, fishing, playing with other kids, swimming etc. The staff also helped upgrade a small dog-like house to a club house for the kids – complete with sign, table and chairs – the kids spent many hours in there.
I also liked the fact that this year they only had Family Camp Members there. It felt safer to us, not having random strangers wandering around our kids who like to roam free. The kids enjoy being able to wander around and I enjoy not having to worry.
I never once thought about email or the stress of life back home - it’s truly a place to get away from it all. People may think that 14 miles away from the nearest town, no electricity in your cabin may be tough – but once you do it you want to keep going year after year.
Go you won’t regret it!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

they anticipate your every need. and they constantly ask for your input.
Aaron the chef apprentice, sat with me for at least 20 minutes discussing my dietary restrictions and how he could modify what he had planned to meet my needs. Family style eating promotes discussion about the food and everyone agreed that it was fantastic.
The other standout feature that impressed me was the unlimited use of the Rangely skiff, numerous canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. these would be at least $30 per hour anywhere else. Great fishing BTW.
This was outstanding comfort in the wilderness for sure.

Room Tip: ask for cabin #8 if you can get it.... this octagon log cabin is the oldest on the property and full...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

My husband and I just spent 3 nights here and it is a very nice lodge. We occupied one of the new cabins with a bathroom, a light in the bathroom and one in the bedroom. It had all new furnishings (LL Bean!) and a very comfortable bed (one bedroom was a queen, and the other had two singles, bunks).
The food was great. Breakfast scheduled for 8 a.m. and dinner for 6 a.m. with a bagged lunch to take along for your daytime activity. Coffee, tea, snacks out all day.
Staff was friendly and very helpful. Dave, our chef, was great to talk to. He will accommodate any food requests (vegan, veggie, gluten free, etc.). Beer and wine are served. You may bring your own, but it is not allowed in the lodge.
Two things to keep in mind l - no outlets in the cabins or bunkhouse bathroom. Also no ice. If you need to keep beverages cold you need to have your own ice. It is a long way to go to town to resupply. Be prepared.
Also, June is black fly season in this part of Maine. We arrived the first day of a hatch! Not only were there black flies, but mosquitoes and deer flies as well. Water was a bit cold for swimming.
Lovely lake and great trails in the area. All in all a great place to visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hartford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

I stayed here with my 12 year old son for two nights and we had a great time. The staff are great, the cabins are rustic but incredibly comfortable, and the food is outstanding. We took our trail lunches out on some kayaks for the day and explored the lake. At night when I asked if we could build a fire the answer was a resounding 'of course!' and then we were asked if we needed the ingredients for s'mores! Looking forward to going back. Just one hint....keep any snacks or food in your cabin in a container. You are out in the woods and there are some incredibly gutsy little critters that will feast while you sleep.

Room Tip: The round cabin is very cool!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Waterbury, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at Gorman Chairback for three days to cross country ski. We arrived just a few days after the area had received a 15 inch snowfall, so the conditions were perfect. Greenville, ME is just that much farther north so the average temperatures preserve the snow, so don't be discouraged if on your drive up, just thirty miles south,you see bare spots, there is a good chance there will be plenty of snow when you get to this part of the Maine Woods. The "winter parking lot," is about a fifteen minute drive, and accessed from a side street in downtown Greenville. The drop off area for your gear to be snowmobiled in is very obvious, in our case the staff person was right there, about to make the 8 mile trip to the cabins. We skied in, the via the Trout Brook Trail to the Long Pond Trail. The trails were groomed and the terrain quite easy. Peaceful trek, with a variety of open views and dense pine forest. Then suddenly you arrive. We were welcomed by another staff member who was walking outside by the lodge and said there was coffee/tea and cookies waiting. We were spoiled, our cabin, just built this past year had a bathroom, a seating area and a bunk room in addition to the bedroom we were in with a queen sized bed. So we did not "rough it" at all. The cabin stayed plenty warm and was only a two minute walk from the gorgeous new lodge. In the lodge we enjoyed family style meals with other guests. The meals were fantastic too...thank you Chef David and Chef Amy and the rest of the wonderful, friendly staff. They do bend over backwards to accommodate all dietary styles...vegan, gluten free, vegetarian. Three meals a day are provided one of which is a bag trail lunch. The lodge also has a very nice wood fired sauna, and plenty of classic games available to play while sitting near the stone hearth and taking in the view beautiful view of Long Pond. We skied 8 miles our first day in, then twelve, then 8 and 8 again. We did not do the "lodge to lodge," which is something we would like to explore next time, as we are told each of the camps have a slightly different feel. From what I heard from others, Little Lyford has more diverse trails, and the camp is a little more rustic...but equally special. All in all it was a great experience, relaxing, beautiful and you won't want to leave.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Underhill,Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

We recently skied in to Gorman Chairback lodge then onto Little Lyford Lodge the next day and back to the starting point at the winter parking area on the third day. Each leg took about 3 hours to accomplish - a 6-8 mile ski on easy trails. Being rather out of shape I was worried about being able to do it, but while challenging, it was totally do-able. The good workout resulted in great sleep and relaxation at the lovely, rustic lodging that others have acurately described below.

The staff was well trained in customer service - very attentive to people's food allergies and to the travel needs of children and others, offering rides if needed. Both lodges offer wood heated saunas which we greatly appreciated.

We definitely hope to return again, maybe even during the summer to take advantage of the scenic lake settings. When we go again in winter, we might try a three-lodge trip recommended by some people we met at breakfast: West Branch Pond Camps (not AMC but cooperating) to Lyford to Gorman - each lodge slightly more delux. A shuttle is provided if needed.

The only down side of doing the lodge to lodge trip is that there are lots of side trails to explore at both Gorman and Lyford, so there would be an advantage to choosing one for more than one night or spending a couple days at each lodge.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins

Property: Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins
Address: PO Box 310, Greenville, ME 04441-0310
Region: United States > Maine > Greenville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Greenville
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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Gorman Chairback Lodge And Cabins Maine/Greenville

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