KINGFIELD, Maine - Maine is known for its endless outdoor adventure opportunities, and winter is a great time to explore, especially at Maine Huts & Trails. Guests can enjoy the wilderness of western Maine from the warmth and comfort of a backcountry lodge, and experience Nordic skiing and snowshoeing with the whole family.
"One of the best things about our huts is that they allow even families with small children and babies to enjoy the best of winter in Maine," says Kate Boehmer, marketing associate. The distances from the trail heads to the huts are quite short, less than two miles to Flagstaff Hut and often less than four miles to the others, and then there's a cozy hut with hot food and games waiting for you. The huts even have pack 'n plays.
Maine Huts & Trails manages four huts and more than 80 miles of year-round trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing near Flagstaff Lake and the Bigelow Mountain range. Families can enjoy an off-the-grid experience without sacrificing comforts like home-cooked meals, beds and heat. Open year-round, the backcountry lodges are coziest in the winter months when the fieldstone fireplaces are roaring, and the coffee is hot and fresh.
During an overnight, visitors will delight in delicious home-cooked meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, comfortable beds, hot showers, composting toilets and heating - the main hut and bunkhouses have radiant floor heating. Wine and beer are available for purchase, and a plethora of books and games is ready and waiting in the lodge's common areas.
If staying the night, guests can head out for a day exploring the surrounding trails with bagged lunches, courtesy of the huts, and more adventurous families can plan a hut-to-hut trip. On weekends, visitors can buy lunch, including beer and wine. Maine Huts & Trails also offers 1-4 day guided trips in the winter. Single overnight trips like a guided snowshoe or ski adventure are ideal for young families, allowing them to enjoy the woods with a Registered Maine Guide. Peak trip cost includes all meals, lodging, gear shuttle and guide service: member: $193/adult; $139/youth, non-member: $205/adult; $145/youth.
For more information on guided trips or overnight stays, visit www.mainehuts.org.