If you are dreaming of a summer lake getaway in a quiet place where the meals are all taken care of, the kids have fun activities to enjoy, and the air is clean and fresh, the Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake in Maine is the perfect spot. When I first was invited to Migis Lodge, I wasn’t sure how a lakeside lodge could be both rustic and luxurious, but was pleasantly surprised with my experience.
Upon arriving in the Sebago Lake area, we drove through a long drive deep into the forest, where I headed to the main lodge for check-in. Immediately, I felt transformed into the past – to a place where families vacationed by the lake, ate watermelon, skipped rocks, and paddled canoes. On the short walk down the wooded path, I was greeted by two staff members sweeping up the paths. Our room wasn’t ready, as it was before check-in time, but the staff member took my cell phone number and sent us off to cookout point for lunch.
All meals are included with a stay at Migis Lodge, making things even more stress free. It’s nice to be on vacation, and not have to worry about where to eat. The food at lunch was excellent – the selection included lobster claws, salmon, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and hot soup. My kids especially enjoyed thedessert of cake, ice cream, and watermelon. After lunch, we sat by the lake until our room was ready a short time later.
Migis Lodge offers both lodge rooms (located in the main lodge) and cottages. We had a three-bedroom cottage, which included two bathrooms, a master bedroom, two patios, and a living room. The cottages are rustic but absolutely impeccable. Although they don’t have air conditioning, it’s not really needed in the woods of Maine – the box fans in our cottage worked well.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family at Migis Lodge, including tennis, shuffleboard, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, two playgrounds, fishing, and motorboats. There’s also a kids’ club that runs from noon-5pm. Kids can check out the activity listing in the morning, and sign up for what they are interested in. Almost every activity is included in the room rate, with the exception of the motor boats. We were only there for two nights, and spent most of the time taking out the canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. My kids loved swimming in the lake, but did head to the kids’ club for a few fun activities in the afternoon.
Dinner is a formal affair, with jackets required for the men. Drinks are served on the front porch from 5:30pm-6:30pm (not included with the room rate, except for on the special cocktail party nights), and dinner starts at 6:30pm. It’s nice to see all of the guests mingling after a long day. For those with kids who aren’t ready for a formal dinner, Migis Lodge offers a kids’ program. They can sign up at breakfast by choosing from the kids’ dinner menu, and then they enjoy their dinner together on the back porch of the main lodge. After dinner, they visit the playgrounds and then play games and do crafts. My kids weren’t so sure that they wanted to go the kids’ program, but loved it and begged to return. It was great to be able to enjoy the delicious, four-course dinner without distraction.
Migis Lodge is open seasonally, and they prefer to take full week reservations in advance. So, if you’d like to stay for less time, they generally won’t book it until the current season. It’s also a cash/check only resort – they don’t take credit cards. I definitely recommend a stay there for anyone who’d like to enjoy a relaxing family vacation. You can find out more information on their website.
Article and photos by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine.
Disclosure: my stay was complimentary for review.