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Chesuncook Lake House
Reviewed 7 September 2015

After challenging communication and some difficult roads, we arrived at early dark. We were immediately greeted at the by our hosts, Justin and Patrice LaVigne. The welcome was so friendly and just what we needed. They prepared and served us too great meals daily and saw to our every want and need and more. A better host and hostess I have never en countered. Chesuncook is a little bit of heaven on earth. I awoke to sun rising over this beautiful lake, swam and kayaked and wandered the village and more during the day, After another great home cooked meal retired to the moon over the lake

Room Tip: Rooms are great. Best overlooking the lake.
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
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Thank Betsy D
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Reviewed 21 August 2015

Our stay was very memorable and left us with a feeling that we had been someplace really unique and special, far, far away. We stayed one night in one of the three cabins, which was comfortable but also rustic with propane lamps, then took a 4 day canoe trip, and returned exhausted to the comfort of the Lake House and the incredible hospitality of innkeepers Patrice and Justin. Their attention to detail and the food they served was perfect. The conversation and personal connection with us added to the experience. They made us feel right at home, and as my son said, "They made use feel like we were at our house". What more can an innkeeper do?!

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Thank John P
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Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

Recently stayed in a cabin. Our stay was excellent the area is far from awesome to look at. The lake was beautiful and the sight and sound of the loons was great. We stayed through a hunting guide D & Outfitters which had no affiliation with the establishment. Louis a and her husband Dave run a great place. The food (meals) they prepared for us every day were awesome and plentyful. Louis a had a plethora of knowledge about the area and was a pleasure to talk to. I would highly recommend them if anyone wanted a wilderness getaway.

Stayed: September 2014, travelled with friends
Thank Robert J
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

This place is amazing and the service is fantastic. We visited for lunch while snowmobiling in March. Food was good home cooking and the owner/waitress was very pleasant. If your out snowmobiling in this area this place is a must.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Luv2snowmobile
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

The Chesuncook Lake house is far removed from the beaten path. REALLY far removed. Until fairly recently, you could only reasonably get there by float plane or boat – usually by canoe down the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Now, you can drive there in the summer in most vehicles if the weather is not too atrocious. It is easy in any AWD vehicle. And it is in a lovely spot, situated on the north end of the very long Chesuncook Lake, blessed with a gorgeous view of Mt. Katahdin and surrounded by the Maine/logging company version of wilderness – a truly wonderful place. The village is quiet, but cute. A few nice summer homes and a few year round residents. I think most come here to boat, fish, hunt, snowmobile and just generally get away from things for a bit or for longer. It seems like a good spot for all of that to me.

Dave and Luisa run the Inn and have for 13 years. Connections with them are not what you may be accustomed to. Their habits and the vagaries of their satellite internet connection generally mean that you don’t hear back right away. It can be days. But eventually, then seemed to come through and everything we had arranged worked out really well. We rented 3 canoes, a stove and two chairs for our 3 night trip down the Penobscot with a stop at Lobster Lake. Our stuff was waiting when and where it was supposed to be when arrived at the River. Pretty important when you are mustering four people all the way from Colorado! They were patient with my pestering.

Three nights later we checked in to the Inn and took 3 of the 4 rooms on the second floor. There are two bathrooms down the hall and the whole Inn creaks marvelously. I really liked the place. Lots of character and northern Maine woods memorabilia all over the place. Mr. Thoreau would have been comfortable had he come back through 10 years later after his 1853 visit. Beds were just OK. Bathrooms were spotless and clean (and pretty new). Nice breezes blowing through and wonderful views of the lake. The rate is kind of high, but it includes 3 meals and provisioning must be tough with Millinocket the closest town. The meals were nice, home cooked affairs. Nothing fancy, but we were generally happy. Killer pickled zucchinis! There are also 3 cabins on the large property which seem popular for a housekeeping set up. I didn’t see the inside, but they looked nice enough. All 3 were occupied while we were there.

I never met David, but Luisa seemed pretty nice. You sort of felt like you might be intruding a bit, but I thought she was pleasant. There is some weird internecine village battle going on out in Chesuncook that we caught a feint whiff of and which seems absolutely absurd. The Inn proprietors are evidently involved in some dispute with some others. I didn’t really understand and didn’t want to. It just all seemed so silly to me, particularly with a group of folks that have far more in common than not. In any event, you can and really should wander a short distance to check out the beautifully maintained and very old cemetery and the old church/meeting house. A visit to the General Store for homemade root beer and fudge is kind of an iconic stop over. They have such at the Inn, but it started at the store in the 1970’s and is very worth a visit.

A canoe trip down the Penobscot with kids and grandparents was really special for our family. Having the last night at the Inn kept all participants happy and the place really worked well for us. The folks at the Inn were helpful in assisting us with the logistical support and I think it is a place worth getting off the beaten path to visit.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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7  Thank BoulderBill
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Additional Information about Chesuncook Lake House

Address: 1 Lake Street, P.O. Box 656, Chesuncook Village, ME 04441
Region: United States > Maine > Chesuncook Village
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Chesuncook Village
Price Range: €59 - €212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small Wilderness Inn, built as a farmhouse/boarding house in 1864 at Chesuncook Village, to supply logging operations in Northern Maine's Wilderness, now on the Federal Historical Register. The Lake House is located 50 miles north of the Moosehead Lake Region, and 60 milest west if Millinocket, situated in the center of the last recognized wilderness area in the East. The Lake House has been featured by numerous magazines as a "very unique and special place" (Yankee, Down East, Boston Globe, New York Times, etc.). Yankee Magazine selected the Chesuncook Lake House as the Editors Pick of Outstanding Places in New England.The Inn has 4 bedrooms with queen beds. Two rooms have a twin bed also. Three housekeeping cabins with kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms each. All located right on the lake. ... more   less 

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