I have been to Maine Huts & Trails several times and have visited all of the huts. The experience has been great every time, including this last one. It is fantastic to have such a place almost in my backyard.
Guest Stories & Reviews
Girls get away
5 friends and I recently did a 3 day 2 night trek with Maine Huts and Trails. We all had a fabulous time even in the freezing temps. The staff, accommodations, and food were awesome!! It was great to sit in front of the fire and visit while our dinners and breakfast were made for us. The variety of food available for packing lunches was incredible as well. I will definitely be returning in the future.
Grand Falls stay
My family and I ( four of us) spent two nights at the Grand Falls Hut in mid Feb. We skied in from Big Eddy ( about 8 miles) which was a beautiful trip. We had light snow falling and the rushing Dead River to accompany us most of the way. The trail is a pretty flat most of the way which made it accessible for us inexperienced cross country skiers. We pulled a sled ( mistake) with our sleeping bags and it took us about 4 hrs, with plenty of stops for water and snacks. Had we realized the sleeping accommodations were as warm as they are, we could have brought very lightweight bedding and been comfortable-and not had to bring the sled:) We arrived just at dusk and just in time for a wonderful meal, piping hot sheppard's pie with a fresh tossed kale salad and bread ( including gluten-free offerings for my wife). Really fantastic meal and very welcomed after the long ski. The lodge was spacious, warm and had very comfortable furniture to relax with beautiful high windows looking over the adjacent range. We chose to stay at the same hut and thus were able to relax a bit the second day, skiing to Grand Falls ( spectacular horseshoe falls about 1.5 miles from the Hut) and along the trail to West Forks ( much steeper and more challenging than the trail in from the Big Eddy, but well groomed and fun to ski down the big hills without the burden of heavy packs and a sled racing past you!). We had hearty breakfasts both days ( pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc and gluten-free offerings as well) packed lunches each day and another wonderful hot meal the second night. We also really enjoyed the family style seating, which gave us a chance to meeting many very interesting fellow "hutters." I must mention the staff at the Hut: Kelly and Zack and their crew were awesome hosts, extremely hospitable, helpful and really good cooks! We really enjoyed our stay, it was great for all of us to be off our phones/ gadgets for 3 days and we didn't miss it! Terrific opportunity to bond and challenge the elements a bit. Highly recommended.
The Presidents' "Blizzard"
Our group of three was supposed to be eight . . . but five canceled due to forecasted blizzard on Presidents' Weekend. Those who persevered were rewarded by excellent conditions on the trails, more sunshine than we expected, and welcoming hospitality (and delicious meals) at all three huts we visited, including our first-ever overnight at Stratton Brook. Keep up the good work!
XC ski to grand falls hit
The team of caretakers at the hut were phenomenal. They were welcoming, kind, hospitable, and charming. The food was delish and the accommodations comfortable. The notes provided pre-trip (I.e. Packing list, info sheet) were very helpful. You might want to add that the road taken to access the trailheads is rough and really for vehicles with four-wheel-drive. We were beginner cross country skiers, and aside for a few challenging hills and snowmobilers, we found the trails to be delightful. Thank you for all your hard work to maintain this for our enjoyment, we have certainly been singing your praises! We look forward to visiting this summer.
I love being treated like a queen when visiting the Huts. I always meet new people with common interests. It's a wonderful experience.