2 Best Hotels in Greenville, The North Woods

Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Wilderness Lodges

$$$ | North Woods outside Greenville, Greenville, ME, USA Fodor's Choice

In Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness, the Appalachian Mountain Club's 100,000-plus acres includes three historic sporting-camp retreats, each with a woodsy main lodge with a fireplace, sitting area with games and books, and long tables where meals (included in rates) are served family-style. Each retreat has cabins with wood stoves, a bunkhouse (or two), sauna, and a bathhouse with hot showers. Moose are abundant, and hiking, fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, biking (mountain, gravel, and fat-tire), birding, trail running, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are excellent. Naturalist programs are offered periodically in the summer. In winter, about 80 miles of trails—part of AMC's free, public 130-mile interconnected trail system—are groomed. Many guests ski, snowshoe, or fat-tire bike from lodge to lodge.  

Pros

  • Courtesy canoes (some on outlying ponds), kayaks, and standup paddleboards (no boards at Little Lyford)
  • Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback are near Gulf Hagas
  • Medawisla has some self-service cabins (otherwise lodge rates include meals)

Cons

  • Winter access only by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or snowmobile transport (fee) at Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback, but gear is transported for you
  • No waterfront cabins at Little Lyford
  • No courtesy bikes
North Woods outside Greenville, Greenville, ME, USA
603-466–2727-reservations
hotel Details
Gorman Chairback: 12 cabins, 1 bunkhouse (sleeps 10); Little Lyford: 10 cabins, 1 bunkhouse (sleeps 14); Medawisla, 9 cabins, 2 bunkhouses (each sleeps 16)
Rate Includes: Gorman Chairback and Medawisla closed early March–late June and mid-Oct.–mid-Jan.; Little Lyford closed early March–mid-May and mid-Oct.–mid-Jan., All-Inclusive

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Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant

$$$$ | 351 Lily Bay Rd., Greenville, ME, 04441, USA Fodor's Choice

Beautiful gardens, high stone walls, and a hilltop location with marvelous views over Moosehead Lake distinguish this 1891 country estate, one of New England's top inns, with spacious elegant rooms and baths (many have oversize tubs and showers) and a fine dining restaurant. Guest rooms and suites have sitting areas, fine furnishings, antiques, and plush bedding; all but one of the ten accommodations have lake views and a king bed, five have fireplaces, and two have a private porch or patio. Cocktails—and that view, spectacular at sunset—can be enjoyed from the covered porch, swank window-lined lounge, or dining rooms for the fine dining restaurant (prix-fixe spring–fall, incorporating produce and herbs from the gardens, and à la carte in winter).  Awaiting guests on the inn's 80 acres are walking paths, a trout pond, picnic and sitting areas, and a hot tub. Like the restaurant, the full breakfast—served in a porch-like sunroom that affords lake views—features foods from local and Maine farms and producers.

Pros

  • Free concierge plans outdoor excursions
  • Two two-room suites nice for families
  • Amenities range from snacks, hiking guides, and beach towels to a fitness center, hillside hot tub, and flat or bubbly artesian well water

Cons

  • When open, the dinner-only restaurant uses most of the inside common space
  • Not on Moosehead Lake
  • No elevator to three third-floor guestrooms
351 Lily Bay Rd., Greenville, ME, 04441, USA
207-695–0224
hotel Details
10 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Dec. and Apr.–mid-May, Free Breakfast

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