The water sparkles in the morning sun. Your day awaits as you wake rested in this classic Maine cottage on the shore of Maranacook Lake. From the sitting room you see the water, but no sign of other camps. In the sleeping loft above, perhaps other family members are stirring, or maybe it’s just you and your special someone staying on this visit.
Perhaps you will breakfast on the large deck, watching the lake birds paddle about is in order. You could follow that by swimming off the dock to the swim raft anchored offshore.
Eat lunch on the house’s spacious deck or walk a short way up the back road to Readfield and enjoy a sandwich at the local market. Only slightly farther afield, you can find new American cuisine and pizza or classic New England fine dining.
The afternoon is a perfect time to explore Maranacook Lake in the camp’s canoe, or perhaps take an excursion by car. The historical attractions and retail of Maine’s capitol, Augusta are only 12 miles away. Perhaps you’ll visit the famous LL Bean store in Freeport, feel the salt spray of Maine’s famously beautiful coast near Rockland, or take in the artist-run craft shops of downtown Portland.
If the mood hits, you could pick up cooked lobster at the local seafood shop, or cook your own Down East-style dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen back at camp, and settle in for a cozy night accompanied by the calls of the loons. Here at camp there’s no pressure, just privacy, play and possibility.
Readfield showcases the charm of New England small town life, with a distinctly Kennebec Valley flavor. The town fronts five lakes and ponds, explaining it was early known as Pond Town. Readfield is the home of historic Kent’s Hill School, and has been the home of three of Maine’s Governors. Every year, Readfield celebrates its long history during Readfield Heritage Days. History buffs can learn more at the Readfield Historical Society Museum.
For times when camp guests don't feel like cooking, but would like to stay in Readfield, the town offers several popular options for dining out, including:
* The Weathervane (fine dining)
* The Emporium (new American and pizza)
* Marie’s Whole Foods (local and natural deli)
* Sonny’s Seafoods (fresh, live, or cooked lobster, clams and more)
The Readfield public beach is available to guests looking for more
ways for enjoying Marancook Lake. Get there by road, or a short canoe trip due north of the camp.
Day trips put the whole of the State of Maine within reach. From camp in Readfield, your vacation plans easily could include:
* Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park
* Freeport and the LL Bean store
* Augusta and the State Museum
* Portland’s historic downtown and waterfront
* Sabbath Day Lake National Historic Landmark, the last active Shaker village