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“Great father-son bonding”
Review of AMC Cardigan Lodge

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AMC Cardigan Lodge
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

My nine-year-old son and I had out third straight year's stay at Cardigan. Good selection of reading materials, lots of pretty good food, and very courteous staff. He had lots of playmates and enjoyed the pond with float right out the lodge's front door.

We heard owls hoo-hooting at night, saw moose tracks on a nine-mile day hike, and spent quality time together. I highly recommend naturalist John Lennon's outings; his knowledge "sings."

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We just spent two days/nights at the lodge with three other family friends (8 adults and 10 kids ages 6-13yrs) and had a great time! The staff was wonderful, food was great and plentiful and surrounding were beautiful! The one negative was that I thought the mattresses were too hard, but I am a "sensitive sleeper" according to my husband. :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

If you are looking for a fancy luxury resort, this is not the right place for you. If you are looking for a warm, comfortable, family friendly lodge (with meals included), look no further. We just returned from three nights at Cardigan with our 5 year old, and we had one of our best vacations ever. The lodge was very comfortable, and the 2 naturalists, Kate and Kate, led family friendly adventures a few times a day, including a hike up Mt Cardigan, a trip to a beautiful waterfall, a pond study, and a nature walk. They were terrific leaders, knowledgeable about the area, and really fun. The manager, Tom, was away, but Natalie, the assistant manager, kept everything going beautifully. The croo, (Brenda, John, Owen, Ames, and Maddy), was friendly and very hospitable. There were coincidentally several families there at the same time with kids of similar ages, and we felt like we were at family camp. Kids under 12 stay free this summer, so it made our trip all the more affordable. Thanks to everyone for such a lovely time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

We used the Lodge as our 'base camp' for several excursions around southern New Hampshire, but we did reserve one day for all the fun activities that Cardigan provides. Next time, we'll plan on spending more time at the lodge. Everything was above and beyond what I was expecting. The staff were great, the food was good, and my sons loved playing with all the other kids there.d

During the full-service season, breakfast and dinner are included. The bathrooms are shared, except for a couple rooms. Bring board games and cards and get ready for an unplugged vacation!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

My family of five just came home from a two night, 3-day stay at Cardigan. The nature guides Kate and Kate were very friendly and knowledgeable about local fauna and flora. Our guided hike to the summit of Mount Cardigan included four other families with children ranging in age from 5 to 11 and Kate E. (the guide) was constantly checking the "temperature" of the group and if we could continue and how we were fairing. Food was good and lots of it. We enjoyed a bonfire with S'mores one night and blueberry picking another night. Both activites run by the guides. We will definitely go back and were sad to leave. Shared bathrooms were kept very clean and so was our bunk room.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

I almost don't want to review this for fear everyone will discover this gem! Truly, wish I could have stayed there for the summer! A friend and I stayed after climbing Mt. Cardigan this week. The lodge is small and cozy, the food was beyond my expectations, the staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were spotless! We enjoyed meeting other hikers and some of the Teen Volunteer Croo! Anything you need to make your stay comfortable was available to us, including a wonderful fire pit and marshmallows! Thank you Cardigan Lodge, I will be back soon!!!

Room Tip: The 'pool' is a pond and the 'fitness center' is the climb up Cardigan!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Cardigan Lodge is a lovely, small lodge. The staff was always available and could answer all questions about local hiking trails to identifying local flora and fauna. The meals were fresh and delicious and they were served family style which encouraged interactions between guests. It was wonderful to watch the Naturalist working skillfully with the children at the lodge. She led them on learning expeditions on the trail and at the lodge. We had a wonderful time and would recommend
Cardigan Lodge to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mike B
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Additional Information about AMC Cardigan Lodge

Address: 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222-6112
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Alexandria
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Alexandria
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AMC's Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria, New Hampshire is just two hours from Boston. Surrounded by 5,000-acre Mount Cardigan State Forest, Cardigan Lodge offers an extensive trail network for hiking and cross-country skiing, a nature trail and swimming pond, and family-friendly programs and theme weekends. ... more   less 
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Cardigan Hotel Bristol

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