Guest Stories & Reviews

Family X-Country Ski Trip
February 18, 2016

We were a grandmother with her family which included 2 children (14 & 9) and we had a marvelous time. it was the children's first hut to hut (Stratton Brook night 1 and Poplar night 2) and despite the conditions not being optimal the kids loved it. I think it was a real challenge for all of us and that was terrific. Lovely staff and meals at end of day. Loved the no screen policy as then when you are there distractions are minimal and one can have dedicated family time.

Jane S. 

Two Summits in One Trip
February 18, 2016

My brother, daughter and I had a great time again at Maine Huts & Trails. Exceptional staff and food and services. Summitted Little Bigelow from Poplar Hut and South Horn from Stratton Brook Hut on skis and hiking. Staff gave us an early sendoff and packed lunch so we could make the summit and still be back for a great supper.

Chris F.

Hut Ski
February 16, 2016

Having enjoyed the trails in all seasons for years, we had never actually stayed at a hut. Our daughter gave us a gift certificate for Christmas which we redeemed at the Flagstaff Hut. After an easy 45 minute, beautiful ski in from the trail head to the hut, we arrived, had a nice relax by the fire and then went out skiing for another hour or along the Grand Falls Dam trail and then back for the evening. At the hut, our hostess Ren was super, really concerned for our enjoyment, and she cooked us a great supper meal paying special attention to our preferences. We enjoyed a great nights sleep and Ren had a delicious hot breakfast waiting for us as we requested at 8:00 AM. We then geared up and skiied back out to return home. The trails were great, the snow nicely groomed, and the Ren's hospitality couldn't be beaten. Going midweek in a non-school vacation week also got us a wonderful, quiet, relaxing visit in the beautiful Maine woods. It was a great visit and a great gift from our daughter. Maine Huts and Trails is a must if you enjoy outdoor activities and has something special to offer in all seasons. The gift certificate makes a great gift as we found out.

Michael C. 

Stunning and Serene
February 14, 2016

We had the most amazing time at Flagstaff and Grand Falls Huts. As first timers we didn't quite know what to expect. Our arrival on the first day was early enough to explore the beautiful expanse of Flagstaff Lake. We felt like were the only two people on earth, walking across the frozen tundra surrounded by exquisite beauty and serenity. It was beyond words. The trail between the two huts was spectacularly beautiful. Challenging enough in spots to get the adrenaline kickstarted , but mostly Zen like skiing along the half frozen river with magical mist rising to the heavens! An experience we will never forget. The huts were warm, welcoming and occupied by interesting, friendly, and communal souls. The staff kept us fat, happy, and content. Our goal is to explore the area in all four seasons.

Kathleen M.

What Fun
February 2, 2016

This was my husband and my first trip to a hut. We didn't really know what to expect but we figured that we could rough it through just about anything for a night. We continued to be pleasantly surprised each step of the trip. Our first concern was that the trails might be hard to follow. Nope. They were well marked and even included distances. Our snowshoe was really beautiful. We had great views of Sugarloaf and as we went, the other side of the Carrabasset Valley. The hike was challenging but really manageable. We knew that there would be some sort of lodging at the summit but we were blown away by the beauty of the "hut" that we were to spend our evening in. It was warm and comfortable and the architecture was super thoughtful. We met some great characters on the trails and it was fun getting to know our fellow adventurers over a board game, dinner and fire time. The caretakers cooked us dinner and made us feel right at home. The meal was extraordinary. A combination of talented cooking and eating a meal you feel like you really worked for I think. Our bunk was warm and comfortable enough and we were sad to leave our new friends in the morning. It was so great to get out into the woods without needing to worry about food and tents and all of that stuff. I will be recommending a trip to the Stratton Brook hut as low stress outdoor experience for people who haven't done that much outdoor adventuring, or a nice treat for people who usually backpack and camp. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

Christine B.

Excellent New Experience
January 12, 2016

We recently stayed 3 nights in the Maine Huts -- two at Stratton Brook Hut and one at Poplar Hut. We were completely blown away by the cozy, welcoming nature of the Maine Huts! Hearty and delicious home cooked meals, snowshoes free to use at each hut for short hikes during free time, incredibly interesting and friendly staff, and a very inspiring eco-friendly mission--the Maine Huts are truly a hidden gem that every one should try out (in every season too!). Our family loved being "unplugged" for our time there, and came away with many happy memories--we'll be back