Every year, a local business sponsors the “Ice-Out” contest at Moosehead Lake. This year’s sponsor is Currier’s Flying Service.
We know that in this economic climate, travelers are looking for packages that represent real value.
We have developed 12 packages that give you value and great choices:
Shop, Stay & Dine: Need an excuse to shop? Let us give you one…Stay three nights in our historic inn, choose one evening for your “3-course dinner for two” and receive a $20.00 gift certificate to be used at one of our unique, local shops.
See a Moose or Go Again for Free! You want to get up close to the largest animal in the north woods? Let us arrange a moose tour with a local Maine guide. You will visit remote ponds and paddle canoes or kayaks right into the prime moose habitat. We are so sure you will see a moose that if you don’t, the guide will take you again for free.
Spring Fling For Repeat Guests! Have you stayed with us before? Come back and stay in the months of May or June for 3 nights…and the 3rd night is on us! Enjoy our warm hospitality and award-winning inn. All rooms include breakfast, private baths, and just too many amenities to list. May and June are the best months to see MOOSE!
Mother/Daughter “Diva”Destination: Mother’s Day isn’t the only time to bond with your mom. The two of you can escape from all your daily responsibilities and remember some of those special mother/daughter moments from the past.
Stay 4, Get More! Get more when you stay with us for 4 nights…you get 50% off the 5th night. We are offering this remarkable savings during the “high season” (June-October), so book early to reserve the exact room, cottage or suite you want! Our sumptuous breakfast included each morning. Let us book an excursion for you!
Stay & Dine: 3 night accommodation package with two evenings of fine dining included starting June 28th. Pick 2 evenings (excluding Sunday) during your 3 night stay, and enjoy a “four-course dinner for 2″(from our full menu) both evenings. Breakfast is included all 3 mornings.
“Exhilarating” White Water Rafting: Do something “exhilarating” with our Registered Maine Guide Service that offers full day white water rafting trips with lunch included or one half day river kayaking trips.
Pamper Yourself Getaway: After a day outdoors, pamper yourself and your partner with a rejuvenating massage, a bottle of champagne and nibble on some chocolate covered fruit…all in the privacy of your room or suite. This 2 night package includes sumptuous breakfast each morning and all our special amenities to make this a special getaway.
Honeymoon Hideaway: Let us make your honeymoon a most memorable one. Enjoy 4 nights in a room or suite of your choice. Your stay includes breakfast every morning, fresh flowers, a commemorative CD of romantic music, a basket of assorted cheeses and crackers and a bottle of champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling juice.
Romantic Getaway: 2 night stay and a basket w/assorted cheese, crackers, candy & nuts, one bottle Brut champagne, fresh flowers, breakfast each morning, commemorative CD of romantic music.
Winter Wonderland: Stay with us for 3 nights and get the 3rd night for free. Not only are the prices lower during the months of November thru April, but you get a free night!
We enjoyed watching today’s USCC Snowmobile Race. The race was moved to the West Cove of Moosehead Lake because of some bare spots on the trails…but this actually made it easier for us “spectators”. We are looking forward to this being a yearly event!
In New England, maple sugaring is the first sign that spring is on its way! Maine is one of the very few places where the sap from a maple tree can be tapped and then turned into maple syrup. This is part of what makes Maine and Maine Maple Syrup so special.
Maple sap cannot be harvested just anywhere there are maple trees. Certain weather conditions are necessary in order for the sap to flow properly for harvesting. The required pressure level needed to get the sap flowing is created when the tree freezes and thaws. Thus, warm days and cold nights make for optimum maple sugaring conditions.
When the pressure from a maple tree thawing reaches a certain level, sap is collected. This pressure allows the sap to flow from the small holes that are made to collect the sap.
Most of the sap is still gathered the old-fashioned way, in buckets hung from trees, and boiled down to syrup over wood fires. Many of the larger producers use labor saving modern technology. They gather the sap with plastic tubing strung all the way from the trees, gravity fed to the “sugar house”. Once the sap flows from the tree, the sap must be processed within a few hours or it will spoil, therefore syrup makers work around the clock.
From holding tanks (which may hold as much as a thousand gallons), the freshly collected sap (usually about 3% sugar) is fed continuously into the evaporator. There it is kept constantly boiling as it becomes more concentrated. When the syrup reaches a temperature of 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, the sugar-density is perfect. Immediately, the syrup is filtered to remove particles of “sugar sand.” These, although harmless, would make the syrup cloudy. After it is clear, the finished syrup is packed in sterilized containers and sealed, ready to be enjoyed around the world.
The syrup is sometimes dark and rich, or sometimes pale, gold and delicate. Similar to wine, much depends on the soil composition and terrain, as well as the wind and the weather.
It takes approximately 40 years for a sugar maple tree to reach tapping size. In a good year, one large tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap without suffering any injury. That may seem like quite a lot, until you realize that the sap will be reduced to only about 1½ gallons of syrup!
“Maine Maple Sunday” is held every year on the fourth Sunday in March, which is March 28th this year.
This event is when Maine maple producers open their doors to the public to demonstrate maple syrup making. The Maine Maple Producers Association has created an interactive map of participating sugarhouses. Enjoy this experience personally with free samples of maple syrup on ice cream, mini pancakes and muffins, maple candy, door prizes and much more at some of Maine’s best maple syrup producers.
Smell the aroma as boiling sap fills the air and is transformed into sweet Pure Maine Maple Syrup.
“Exhilarating” White Water Rafting
Do something exhilarating with our Registered Maine Guide Service that offers full day white water rafting trips with lunch included or ½ day river kayaking trips. The guide service is located less than one mile from our inn and they conveniently transport you to & from your destination. The Greenville Inn’s sumptuous breakfast is included each morning. Starting price for a 3-night package, with trip included, is $270. per person, double occupancy. All equipment provided. State-of-the-art self-bailing rafts, Type V lifejackets, paddles, helmets, all safety equipment, transportation, Registered Maine Guide in every boat, & photo slideshow of the day’s adventure (available to purchase at an additional cost). Wetsuits are available at an additional cost and may be required on some trips. Video is available on any trip at an additional cost and must be requested in advance.
Subject to availability, double occupancy, tax & gratuities not included.
Available May 1, 2010- Oct. 11, 2010
It is good to see Big Squaw Mountain open and people skiing!
I was able to get some shots of the course set up for the team. The course looked fast with packed snow…
hope they had some “good times“!
The views from the slopes of the mountain (which is also referred to as Big Moose Mountain) are of Moosehead Lake and surrounding mountain ranges. They are spectacular! Skiing on weekends is just one of the many activities that
Moosehead Lake and Greenville have to offer.
Snowmobiling is the #1 past time up here…if you don’t have a snowmobile we have businesses that specialize in renting you everything you will need…plus a guide if you want one.
A vacation in New England would not be complete without trying your hand at Ice Fishing…how many people do you know that have actually tried it?! We have guides that will take care of all the details…even pick you up at our doorstep.
Dog-sledding is another one of those experiences that you can only do in a northern climate…it is one of the most relaxing ways to go sightseeing!
Some of our guests have gone snow-shoeing and have had a moose sighting…moose safaris are the #1 requested excursion in the spring, summer & fall.
The Ice Fishing Derby started last night and will be continuing into tomorrow. Moosehead Lake is so vast that the fishermen are spread out over the 44 miles of the lake. We took a ride earlier today to see some of the fishing going on. There were many ice shacks on various coves which can only be reached by snowmobile or driving a vehicle on the lake. The ice on the lake can get up to 3 feet thick, so it is a common sight to see cars & trucks on the lake. There are Ice Races on The West Cove of the lake with various vehicles being used, which should be starting soon.
These pictures are in Rockwood with Mt. Kineo in the background. On Mt. Kineo you can see a frozen waterfall. In the summer and fall this is a popular hiking trail.
“Today was a sunny, beautiful day”…
the weatherman on Channel 5 actually said that about Greenville, Maine!
I have to agree! I took these pictures today…
the Big & Little Moose Mountains look serene
with a cloud just hovering over them.
The Katahdin remains steadfast surrounded by the frozen lake and mounds of snow.
The view from Indian Hill is breathtaking regardless of the season.
View from the dining room today
Professional Snowmobile Racing Coming to Maine
March 20, 2010
There will be United States Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Association race taking place on March 20 at Moosehead Lake. The races will start at Bullwinkle Raceway and have a 12 mile loop that will go to Little Moose Unit and back. This will give spectators numerous opportunities to see the race during the 8-10 laps required to finish the race. The race will have a $10,000 purse which includes numerous pro, amateur classes and special races for different age groups. The area can expect over 100 racers with hundreds of spectators. The race will be called the “Maine 100” for the pros and Maine “Amateur Cross Country Championship” for the amateurs.
Book rooms early since there will be a shortage! Check Availability