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Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins
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Whitefield, Maine
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“Little Lyford Camps 5 stars”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Our first time to the remote setting and worth the drive. The food is better than any restaurant in the city. You are in a remote part of Maine with no cell or wireless and gas lights for light. It is wonderful!! Saw moose rabbit snake and a loon that wanted our catch of the day. The trails are very easy to walk and you enjoy some of the most beautiful part of Maine. We will go back to this remote cabin in the woods if not for the scenic part just for the FOOD. Thanks for a great 3 days staff you are TOPS.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I have stayed twice now at LLP Lodge (Little Lyford Pond), once as a cross-country ski trip in winter and once as a trail volunteer over Memorial Day weekend. Both trips were great experiences.

If you want to hike Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of Maine, LLP is the place to stay. Besides hiking, LLP is also great for fishing (it used to be a fishing lodge) and birding. Getting there is part of the adventure - in the winter, you x-c ski in about 7 miles, not too strenuous and not scary. In the summer, you drive in on old woods roads. I made it in driving my Honda Fit but be sure to allow time for driving on a bumpy road at a max of 25 mph.
Since this used to be a fishing lodge, the accommodations consist of several cabins with various sleeping options available, but not your typical one bedroom/guest. Usually the cabins have a double bed and some bunks but not much privacy. Get over it. That is part of the deal. Everyone eats in the lodge at a set time, family style. You get breakfast, a bag lunch, and dinner, plus all the cookies and coffee you want. The staff are very friendly, and the lodge is always open. The rooms have gas lights and NO electricity - part of the adventure - but there is a full bathhouse with nice toilets and hot showers. If you want, you can also use the traditional outhouse located close to each cabin (but no smelly).
In March, having opted to participate in a guided trip, three of us (all women) skied in with our guides. We left our duffles and adult beverages at the winter parking lot, where they were transported by snow mobile (no, you cannot ride on the snow mobile). When we got to the lodge, our cabin was waiting with the wood stove burning and plenty of wood to keep us cozy. There were bunk beds and a double bed, so we drew straws for the double. The next day, with our guides, we skied and then snowshoed along the rim of the head of Gulf Hagas. Dinner sure was tasty that night. We skied out the next day.
In May, we stayed in the bunkhouse as volunteers but ate with the full guests, up for fly fishing and birding.
Some people ski from LLP to Gorham Chairback, but I liked not having to pack and settle in. We may try that next year.
The staff are very friendly, the food excellent. If you want to hike Gulf Hagas and experience the real Maine woods, this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Trapper Camp and Trails End have a bunk bed and a double. Good for three, or a family
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 March 2013 via mobile

This is the best spot ever! Wonderful wilderness adventure with all (most) of the amenities of home. Friendly staff always willing to help. The best part: the food!! Duncan was our chef while we were there and he never stopped amazing us! 5 star food in the middle of the woods. I'd go back just for the food!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

This was my first organized AMC hiking trip and my most extensive winter back country outing. We dropped our overnight gear at the trailhead just east of Greenville for the shuttle service and skied about 7 miles into Little Lyford Camp via the beautiful Hedgehog Gate ski trail. Lyford Camp itself was very comfortable. It includes a separate building with hot showers and a sauna. I was shown to my bunkhouse (The Den) that was already warmed by the woodstove someone had started earlier. Family style dinner was served at 3 long tables, making it easy to meet and socialize with other skiers and hikers.
The next morning, we had an enormous breakfast of oatmeal, bread, cereal, bacon, juice, coffee, and more, and then left for Gulf Hagas. This guided snowshoe hike was between 8 and 9 miles over rolling terrain into the very scenic gulf. We stopped and ate the lunch provided by the AMC, then turned back by a more direct route.
On Wednesday, I dropped off my overnight gear at the front of the lodge and skied back out the 7 miles to the car to complete the trip. The AMC supplies a suggested packing list for trips into the camp.
Compared to the AMC New Hampshire huts, Lyford Pond Camp is luxurious. Each bunkhouse is different but all are heated by a wood stove and propane lights. The stove takes a little getting used to, but the staff there is available to help. The food was plentiful and delicious, and there were always snacks and coffee available. Each of the crew members were knowledgeable and friendly and willing to help with anything. The guides were knowledgeable and professional.
Bottom line – there is much more to see and do in this area, I can’t wait to return.

Room Tip: This is a back country camp. Get a gear packing list from the AMC and use it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I was part of an all girl adventure to Little Lyford recently and simply loved it. The weather was poor but the staff made sure we were comfortable and content. They had to take extra care to get us out safely and we really appreciated all their efforts. Special shout out to Duncan, the chef, he blew our minds and our bellies! The food was out of this world and the common area was inviting and charming. Thanks again!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Waterbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Like others, I hesitate to recommend this place because it is a real gem! It's remoteness, however, means that it's not for everyone. The people are outstanding, the setting is amazing, and the food is down-home good. I can't say enough good things about this place. Be aware, however, that this is not 5-star lodgings...for those who might be expecting luxury. This place is best enjoyed by people who like being outside in nature and can appreciate the rustic camp. Go in the winter....truly an adventure!

Room Tip: All of the cabins seem very cozy!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

I hesitate to recommend AMC's Little Lyford place because part of me doesn't want anyone to know about it. The woods, ponds, and rivers provide the main draw, but the amazing folks at the lodge, with their knowledge, humor, care, and good cooking are the best people you will find anywhere. The cabins definitely retain their logging and hunting camp origins, but are also so clean, well-built and comfortable that it's hard to leave. Now when I am stressed out, I imagine floating in a kayak at Little Lyford.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins
Address: Box 310, Greenville, ME 04441-0310
Region: United States > Maine > Greenville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Greenville
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins offers a remote yet comfortable four-season retreat for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the spectacular mountains and wilderness of the Moosehead Lake region. Enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, paddling, fly fishing, skiing, and more at our traditional Maine sporting camp. Set within 37,000 acres of Appalachian Mountain Club conservation land, Little Lyford offers short walks along the Pleasant River and our pristine remote ponds, or more challenging hikes to Indian Mountain, Gulf Hagas, or the Appalachian Trail.Both the lodge and surrounding Katahdin Iron Works property are open to the public as part of AMC's Maine Woods Initiative. ... more   less 
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Little Lyford Lodge And Cabins Hotel Greenville
Little Lyford Lodge And Cabins Maine/Greenville

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