Secluded Rustic Log Cabin-HUGE mountain views!
Skyline Dr. turns right just before rugged Sawyer Notch... The road winds upward through the beech and birch forest, onto the ridge top. Another mile to the end of the road. Here you park your car and load your gear into the wagon or sled (in winter). The last 800' is by foot on a trail with breathtaking views of the mountains and valley. In a minute or two, you catch a glimpse of your little cabin through the trees; you are there!
This classic Maine hand-crafted log "trappers" cabin sits amid the towering pines on 70 wooded acres. Neat as a pin and clean as a whistle, you won't find a TV here or any intrusions for that matter. Only the real necessities in life. But you won't miss electricity as you tell stories around the campfire or read by lamp light cuddled up near the wood stove. The clean and bright bath house is equipped with a composting toilet, with seasonal solar heated sink and shower. Your hosts have provided drinking and washing water and even lit the wood stove for you in winter! Kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, dish ware and cookware; sleeping bags are recommended.
Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views from your porch. Hear the wind in the trees, the coyote's howls, the owl's hoots. Stroll down the back trail to thousands of acres of forest, mountains, waterfalls and streams. See a moose, find some antler sheds.
Return home to your cozy, romantic log cabin. Cook on the gas stove, wood stove or BBQ grill. Sit by the campfire, toast marshmallows, eat lunch at your picnic table... with the best view in all of Maine! Play cards, checkers, puzzles, read. Live simply and quietly.
This remote Maine log cabin has four bunks and a pull out full bed. Minimum 2 nights, 4 persons for $100/night or $600/week. Pets welcome, we are pet friendly! Dogs especially love the freedom and space to run! Don't leave Fido behind!
We are on a hill, it provides the AWESOME view AWD/4WD strongly recommended in winter!
IF THERE IS NO AVAILABILITY FOR YOUR CHOSEN WEEK, ASK ABOUT OUR NEW CABIN! MOOSE MOUNTAIN CABIN (property #72122) IS LOCATED JUST 800' BEFORE WINONA ON SKYLINE TRAIL. (DRIVE TO IT!) IT HAS AN ATTACHED BATH AND SEPARATE BEDROOM WITH FULL BED. THE LOFT HAS TWO TWIN BEDS EASILY MADE INTO A KING. THERE ARE GAS LIGHTS AND A COOKING RANGE/OVEN, GAS FRIDGE, GRAVITY FED SEASONAL SHOWER AND SINKS. IT RENTS FOR $125/NIGHT.
A True Four Season Wilderness Paradise!
Hike the Appalachian Trail, only 2 miles north in Sawyer Notch. See a moose, a beaver dam, find moose antler sheds on a mountain top.
In summer, pan for gold in the Swift River at Coos Canyon in Byron. Swim in secluded Devil's Den gorge with refreshing pools and waterfalls. Kayak to the remote sandy beaches of undiscovered Richardson Lakes; canoe the Androscoggin River, catch rainbows. Fly fish Blue Ribbon Rapid River. ATV to a sandy beach on Silver Lake; Find moose antler sheds in an old cutting. Visit Screw Auger Falls in Grafton Notch State Park. A premier outdoor paradise! Climb old Speck or Whitecap Mt., pick blueberries while enjoying the 360 degree view.
In fall, hunt on thousands of wild acres of trails and dirt roads. Or just enjoy the spectacular reds, oranges and yellows of the distant hardwood mountain views.
If you need a dose of civilization, ski at Sunday River, or, in summer, ride the "chondola" to dine at North Peak restaurant. Take a scenic drive to Errol NH to shop at a mini-Cabela's. Make sure you see the taxidermy, including the rare white moose at LL Cote's.
|Jan 01 2014||Dec 31 2015||$100||$100||$600||$1,800||2 Nights|
|Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 8%|
|Tax I.D.: 1163476|
|Deposits: First night rent will reserve your weekend, balance on arrival; One night deposit for full week, 50% deposit 30 days ahead of visit; balance due on arrival. Pay Pal recommended for deposits, you can use credit cards through Pay Pal with no account. Ask me how! Cancellation policy: If given at least two weeks in advance of visit, entire deposit is applicable to a future visit (not including holidays).|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: Rate is for up to four people. Each additional person is $25 per night. Camp fire wood is available for purchase in summer. Kayaks rentals $20/day.|
- 1 Double Bed
- 4 Twin Beds
- Outdoor Shower
- Pet Friendly
- View (Mountains)
- Hardwood Floors
- Parking Included
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Gas Grill
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Grocery Store
Reviews for this vacation cabin rental in Andover, Maine
February 25, 2015
What a place to disconnect!My wife and two daughters loved it. Now if I can only convince my wife that I need to visit monthly to stay balanced! Thank you for everything. The Leeman's
Amazing winter getaway
February 13, 2015
Where do I begin to describe this gem? My husband and I along with a great friend and her boyfriend made reservations for Winona in December, long before we'd been hit with a blizzard and snowstorm after snowstorm...we wanted to escape up North and enjoy the simplicity and snow and that we did! Our journey in Andover began by meeting Brenda and Lance who took the time to explain Winona, the area, trails, their adventures, etc. Truly lovely people! We then made our way to park our cars and pack up the sled they left us to haul our belongings in. We got to the cabin and were blown away by the lovely views. The cabin was exactly as described...clean, cozy, and with everything you need for a getaway. Pots, pans, dishware and all of the amenities needed to make a lovely meal. The décor is charming, the wood stove is cozy and the simplicity is priceless. We spent 3 nights at Winona and were sad to say goodbye. Those 3 nights consisted of great food, great friends, tons of laughs and many memories. We look forward to getting there in the spring and making Winona an annual winter tradition. You will not be disappointed in this beautiful place, it is truly special.
Wow, Jodi, I am speechless! We are not referred to as "lovely people" by too many... Haha! We do love meeting folks like you; it is so gratifying to share our cabins (built with our own four hands!) with nice people who appreciate the simple things in life like we do. You are welcome back any time, hope to see you soon!
December 27, 2014
This incredible little hidden gem nestled in the woods of Maine made for a great get away for my dogs and me. And we 70 acres of playground plus many trails right outside the cabin to roam and hike , it made for wagging tails all around.
December 24, 2014
Great time, great cabin.
Debbi Jo Howard
Athol ma usa
October 2, 2014
We arrived late at note and the owners had a card waiting for us to bring our stuff down to the cabin. The door was open and Candles and lantern were ready. Beds were comfortable and had just enough. Blankets to keep up cozy. . They had plenty of fire wood for the stove and for an out door fire. Everything was clean and comfortable. We saw some dears in the meadow and lots of stunning fall foliage. We even got to play with there dog Napa. Best relaxing vacation ever!
Great Quiet Getaway
September 30, 2014
My husband and I visited Camp Winona for 2 nights during an unseasonable summer-esque fall weekend with our pooch. Although the thoughts of no electricity or running water were intimidating at first, I can't say I've enjoyed any other luxury vacation more. It was great to get away from the glare of electronic screens and spend some time in such a beautiful and quiet place. Brenda and Lance, the owners, were incredibly helpful and willing to answer any questions. The cabin and grounds were in beautiful condition (even the composting toilet.. how can that thing be so clean?), providing everything you need and nothing you don't ! We can't wait to return next year to enjoy this space again.
Abby and Brian; well, I have to say this is the first time our composting toilet has been described as beautiful! So happy to have another satisfied customer, especially an "off grid convert"! Love that you came reluctantly and left with a big smile! Like Pocahontas, you learned the things you never knew you never knew! See you next year! (We are open all winter - you might surprise yourself to find that you're even hardy enough to brave the real cold!)
September 1, 2014
This place was amazing. It was a great experience to get away from the city life. Brenda is very nice and will help with water and explaining how to get around. Watch out for those maps though... I found them to not be as clear as I wish they were.
best june ever
August 24, 2014
What to say about Winona cabin? Tough to put into words the experience I had spending June up in the Maine. I'll just say this: read the other reviews. They're all 5 stars for a reason. Lance and Brenda have carved out the most perfectly secluded location, and are two of the coolest people you'll meet, willing to give you as much help or privacy as you'd like. Can't imagine there are better hosts anywhere. The property itself - endless blue and green in the summer. You truly will not miss electricity, computers, florescent lights… the perfect escape. Could not have been a better month. Best June ever. Thanks again guys.
Tim, What can I say? You were one of the most memorable guests we've had. It was inspiring chugging out to the cabin to bring you water and seeing all of your wonderful huge canvasses propped up around the picnic table! And reading your journal entries had me in stitches! I think you were going woods queer!! Hope you will return this year!
Elizabeth City, NC
My mountain getaway
August 10, 2014
This place rocks! Totally secluded, rustic, spectacular views and everything needed for comfort and convenience! Even hand-written trail maps! Loved my stay. Wish it could have been longer. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life and just unplug in all that nature has to offer.
Peace and Tranquility
July 16, 2014
We live in the city and really needed a break from it all,so we chose this little private cabin in the mountains. This cabin was exactly what we needed. The privacy and beautiful mountains were blissful and exceeded our expectations. I've been on a lot of vacations and I truly feel this was the first time I actually relaxed and went home feeling rested. We loved it so much we are booking another weekend before the summer ends. Thank you Brenda for giving us the opportunity to share this, see you soon. Eddy & Melinda
May 12, 2014
Brenda & Lance i wanted to thank you so much for the little bit of heaven that you have on the mountain.Our stay was so relaxing and peaceful.My husband and i work opposite shift's and it was so relaxing just to spend time together and the dog loved it to.Thank you so much again and we hope to return for another stay.
Such a special place
February 18, 2014
I really enjoyed my stay at the cabin! It was everything I wanted. It was clean, well-tended to and had everything I needed for a great weekend. There were no surprises since the owners are so thorough with instructions before and within the cabin. My only suggestion if you visit in the winter: bring snow shoes! The snow was really too deep to venture out beyond the trail.
Exactly What We Were Looking For
February 10, 2014
Myself and four other friends went up to Andover to stay at Winona knowing full well that we were heading to a one room, studio style log cabin with no electricity or running water in the middle of one of the most ridiculous winters in recent history... and it was exactly what we were looking for. The cabin is cozy, but didn't feel crowded or cramped even with 5 fully grown men in the same room. The wood stove, although relatively confusing at first for a bunch of city-folks, kept the cabin very, very warm and comfortable once we figured out how to actually use it efficiently. We did not get to spend too much time hiking, as a recent snowstorm had most of the woods/trails around us covered in what was close to knee-deep snow, but all of the areas getting to and from the cabin itself were well maintained and easy to get to (A warning: you will most definitely need an AWD vehicle if you want to get close to the cabin in the winter... it's a hilly, snowy road even when it's plowed!). We didn't really mind spending most of our time in and around the cabin, as it is stocked with super interesting stuff (most definitely take some time to read the guest journal-- some of the entries range from mundane to absolutely wild) and the view right outside is absolutely stunning. We didn't actually get to meet Brenda and Lance, as we arrived very late on Friday night, but they had the cabin ready to go for us when we arrived and gave great instructions for exactly how to get there and all of the amenities. It was really amazing to not even think about what was happening anywhere else, including on our facebooks, and spend some time actually sitting, talking and enjoying the company of friends. This place is HIGHLY recommended. p.s. Bring some $$$ to donate to the firewood fund-- you'll use way more of it than you expect, especially if you're planning on spending a lot of time actually inside the cabin.
Boston, MA, USA
Awesome, rustic hideaway!
January 27, 2014
Beautiful property, amazing space, and gracious hosts! Tucked in the mountains, this little cabin is perfect for those who want a little adventure, but prefer a bed at night. In the middle of winter it was definitely not for the faint of heart, but the wood stove and provided fire wood kept us warm. We took advantage of the lovely property surrounding the cabin, and were joined by the hosts' cute husky mix, Tala. Thank you for a great weekend!
Buxton, ME USA
Cozy little hunting cabin!
January 27, 2014
We weren't sure what to expect. We got there after dark and it took us a bit to light all the lanterns in the cabin, but a disconnected weekend was JUST what we needed. No cell phone, no electricity just nature! The wood stove had the caning at a perfect 70 degrees when we got there which was a pleasant surprise. In the morning, when we woke, we looked out the front window to the GLORIOUS view. It was a quiet, charming weekend, and we've already made plans with Brenda and Lance to visit again in the fall. Thank you for the getaway we needed!
Beautiful cabin in the mountains
January 5, 2014
The views were amazing. From pretty much any angle, there was a breathtaking view. The cabin was perfect for two and a dog. Heating was no problem with the wood stove, since we have the same one at home. The road up to the cabin in 4WD needed, which we discovered. Brenda and Lance were so polite and generous. We plan on visiting again in the winter and possibly in the summer.
You at least need all terrain tire tread to get onto this ridge in winter, and AWD works well! We ARE remote... the two miles of gravel road into the notch is what makes this place (at the end of the road) so special. Yes, winter is a challenge but we do get you in one way or another, even if we have to drag you up the hill! :) You guys are welcome back anytime, the cabin was spotless when you left! Thank you!
A Real Beaut
December 19, 2013
Well, what to say that hasn't already been said here. Having traveled throughout the world, experienced everything from luxury hotels in major European cities, to tent camps in the Serengeti, I can proclaim that this is a solid little operation. It's clear that everything done here is well thought out, carefully executed, with the end goal of creating lasting and meaningful memories for guests. This place is set aside for the enjoyment of people who like both comfort and "wilderness". People like my wife and I. Whats more, it's professionally managed by two seemingly salt-of-the-Earth types - if that sort of thing matters to you (I'm very careful who I give my heard-earned money to). My wife and I spent Thanksgiving weekend here and were content and comfortable, ultimately, happy we did. We plan to return in the Spring.
Thank you for the kind words, Joe.... we're just regular people; it is ingrained in us to respect everyone (until an obvious reason is given to the contrary!) We treat everyone the way we would want to be treated, simple as that! Our deep connection is in nature; the woods, mountains, streams and wildlife. Our roots; forgotten to most, but for those who remember, we are of the same tribe!
A haven for all
November 3, 2013
There were three of us looking for a great way to escape the clamor of everyday lives. The perfect location would have to be remote, with plenty of outdoor activities to occupy ourselves, and still maintain a semblance of hospitality. Needless to say Lance and Brenda' s cabin exceeded all of our expectations. Upon our arrival to the cabin we were greatly impressed with the selection of amenities which safeguarded against our forgetfulness in bringing items such as soap, and more importantly matches. Our time there was spent exploring the waterfalls, and secluded trails. We HIGHLY recommend the gorge, it was beautiful and really fun to swim in. Throughout our stay Lance and Brenda were more than friendly and made us feel very comfortable. If you are looking for a place to get away from the your everyday lives, or just a nice vacation in a different environment this is the place for you. This place is definitely a jewel and we cannot wait to return.
These three young fellows were great! They were visited by our pup and took her on a long walk without even knowing who she belonged to. They even came up with their own name for her. So much fun, great to know there are still young people left that enjoy activities beyond the electronics! Love to have you back!
Brian and Ginny
Three days away from it all
November 2, 2013
We stayed at Winona for three days to start off a two week vacation. It was everything we hoped for! We've stayed in many cabins and this was our favorite. The cabin is well situated and the clearing in front is a nice touch because the view is really beautiful. The secluded location is accessed by a well maintained road, which counts for a lot, because in Maine there are some rough ones! With the foliage changing in late September, and clear weather every day, we had a great stay. I especially liked sitting by the fire pit at night , under the stars, and the bird watching in the morning, just unwinding in the woods. Good memories now, and a place to return to in the future, I hope!
Just as described but better
October 19, 2013
This Is about as secluded as you're gonna get. He cabin was fully loaded and very well maintained. The view was great- do were the surrounding trails. Great for clearing your mind for a few days- you will definitely not run into anyone. Will be back next fall. Thanks Brenda!
Sunday River Maine
October 16, 2013
This has been our second trip to this property and just when I thought it couldn't get any better.....Well it did......BIG TIME! If your looking for a last minute escape from a hectic work life, or just want to get away from it all than this is the place of your dreams. Often when work gets a little crazy in the winter "as we all know it sometimes does" to ease my mind I just imagine my time at Camp Winona and the serenity and peacefulness it provided us with. (their other cabin shown on the right hand side of this page)This new camp is a beautiful hand crafted rustic cabbing perched on top of a beautiful secluded mountain. Your amazing hosts have provided you with a vast and endless amount of amenities for your trip. Your cabin has everything a chef as myself would need to cook a gourmet meal. We enjoyed a roasted beef tenderloin with root vegetables and several other amazing meals while we were there. From paper towels to a set of chef knives or even a nice book to read, Brenda and Lance have it waiting there for you. Our first sunrise on our first morning my sister as well as the 2 six year old children we had were astonished to see a female "cow" moose and her baby a "calf" stroll right in-front of the camp. Almost as if we were never even there. We have gained memories that i know will last a life time at this property and I would like to thank the owners for sharing this with us as well as the public. Thank-you Brenda and Lance for everything you do. This property provides something that I have found to be priceless and trust me you will not be dissipated! Thanks again for sharing Most Sincerely, Justin & Candice
Diane N Rod Smith
September 24, 2013
This cozy one room cabin is wonderful. It's super clean and well stocked with just about anything you might have forgotten to pack. It's high on the mountain with an awesome view of the valley. We went there for peace and quiet and for the most part that's what we got.The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is that while we were there a green tarp Quonset hut went up on the hillside below us. By the time we left, there was the hut, a pop up camper, and a class c camper parked there. At night the Quonset glowed like a big green spaceship and we could hear voices, music, and the occasional yapping dog. We also had to listen to a diesel pick up thumping and banging in on their dirt track. You could hear it coming long before you saw it. We feel badly for Brenda, as this cabin is billed as a secluded getaway, off the beaten path. I don't know that there's anything she can do, and it's too bad after all the time and expense she's got into making this mountain retreat. If you don't mind neighbors, by all means call Brenda. It's a great little cabin.
Well, things come and they go. That structure was soon blown over by the fierce winter gales, and those parties have been canceled as far as we can tell. Not a peep from the neighbors 1/2 mile away, and the vegetation has grown up to block the sight of most anything besides trees and mountains. Unfortunately, you guys rented the cabin the one weekend EVER that this happened. I have since spoken to neighbors and they will let me know if ever planning this again so cabin can remain vacant.
Exactly what we were looking for.
August 31, 2013
My father, brother and I decided to stay at Camp Winona while on a trip to Andover to check out some land nearby. We were amazed at the natural beauty of the landscape and the quiet serenity of the cabin's hilltop view. We really felt like we were completely removed from civilization. Brenda and Lance are great folks who helped us with every question we had - they really went out of their way to be excellent hosts. I hope to return here sometime soon and would recommend Camp Winona to anyone looking for a quiet woodsy retreat in Maine.
too close to boston
a perfect quiet getaway
August 24, 2013
if you are looking to escape your hectic life for a while this is the place to do it! very quiet with no one to bother you its at the very end of a mountain trail. the views of the mountains from the porch are incredible! cabin comes with just about everything you need just bring food and clothes and you are all set! Brenda and lance were extremely friendly as well they are very nice people me and my wife can not wait to go back again
August 11, 2013
I had a wonderful two nights at Brenda and Lance's sweet cabin last week. The view from the clearing in front of the cabin is vast and mesmerizing. Watching a storm pass through the valley was captivating! It was a wonderful getaway---lots of peace and quiet, a nice hike, and a couple of nice fires made for a perfect little getaway. Thank-you, Brenda and Lance !
June 4, 2013
Despite not having electricity or plumbing, this cabin was the most relaxing trip I have had in years. The owner of this cabin (Brenda) has everything you need inside for a comfortable stay. The oil lanterns are easy to use and provide all the light you need. The outhouse was like walking into any regular bathroom. The best part of my stay was sitting on the porch and enjoying the amazing view of the mountains. I can't wait to go back.
Great getaway. Great people
May 9, 2013
My friend and I recently stayed at Winona and it was everything we were looking for and more. For a cabin with no electricity and no running water it had everything we needed or wanted. The scenery is breathtaking and pictures don't do it justice. Like others have said, Brenda and Lance are such welcoming, genuine people. If you enjoy the outdoors then look no further than here. I would give this 10 stars if I could. You won't be disappointed. Thanks again Brenda Lance, Kevin
A remarkable retreat in the Maine mountains!
March 4, 2013
My wife and I just returned from three nights at Camp Winona. The remote location is serene and breathtaking as you gaze across the valley from the front porch. Brenda and Lance are very warm and gracious hosts for your stay. The cabin is exactly as previous writers have described it- warm, well stocked and quality built. Despite a stiff wind and frequent snow squalls, we were warm and cozy in the cabin. There is something special about being in a cabin at the end of the trail- a trail that began at the end of the road at the top of a mountain. A poignant sign inside the cabin states "Simplify", and that's exactly what you'll do. Stress fell away from us as we entered, and the cabin's calming environment lowered our blood pressure and gave us a well-deserved escape from the busy lives that we all lead. Read the comments left by those who preceded us- as we did- and trust the truthfulness of those words. You won't be sorry.
I felt so comfortable talking with Mark and Terry right from the first moment we met. It was as if we are old friends... I think there is a certain kind of people attracted to this life... we are kindred spirits. Hope to see you back often as the pressures of the world close in and escape is necessary to preserve sanity!
Quiet and Cozy!
February 20, 2013
We came here with our 2 young daughters for a winter get-away. It was warm, cozy, and the views are gorgeous! We went hiking, sledding, and played games by the fire. A wonderful place to get away from it all!
Lewiston, ME USA
Nice Quiet Cabin
February 18, 2013
This cabin really helped me to get back to square one. I have 2 young kids, and my wife and I work opposite shifts, so the need to get out and recenter myself was long overdue! This cabin gave me hours and hours of QUIET!! Much needed QUIET!! I was finally able to dig into the word of GOD, without being interrupted constantly! If anybody has a need to get away from all of the business that the world is throwing at us, this cabin is the perfect place to go. P.S. It was about 5-10 degrees throughout that weekend, and we were braving a nor'easter....no big deal
I expected it to be good but it was fantastic
January 22, 2013
The cabin was perfect, I expected it to be bare bones but it had everything you could possibly need to live comfortably for a few days. The owner even got there early to start the fire so it would be warm when we showed up in the middle of the night. We had an awesome winter trip, but I can imagine it's great in the summer too. Even the beds were very comfortable, which surprised us. Highly recommend.
New York City, Pennsylvania Poconos
Serene & Healing & beautiful
January 4, 2013
The gentle and simple quite was a balm to this New Yorker's often hyped and agitated monkey mind! The stunning mountain panorama,exceptionally toasty warm wood stove (10 degrees and windy outside .and fine inside) . Just me and books and my camera and journal. As i told Brenda it was just what the shaman ordered!. I look forward to my next visit.
December 9, 2012
We were at Camp Winona this past week end and we still miss it! We arrived Saturday night, Brenda and Lance waited for us patiently even though it was very late. I couldn't believe the beauty surrounding us, it had just snowed and we were very tired and cold but as soon as we stepped in Winona we were amazed. We felt like we were at home, Brenda and Lance had already made the fire making it even more cozy. We enjoyed a nice breakfast the next day with a breathtaking view, went hiking in the beautiful forest and ATVed as well :) This place will remain one of our favorites ever, it's beautiful, intimate, simple and amazing. Brenda and Lance thank you for sharing Winona and being so kind! You made this adventure even more delightful! We can't wait to see you soon! David, Celine, Vinny and Helene
Melissa Coolidge Wilson
Peaceful Honeymoon Retreat
October 10, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Camp Winona for our honeymoon this September. It was the perfect place to spend the week, and we couldn't have had a better time. Each morning we woke up to a beautiful view of the mountains, and not a sound but the wildlife. There are many hiking trails nearby, and very cool sights to visit! Brenda also let us bring our two labradors and they had the best time of all. Both Brenda and Lance are great people, and very informative of the area- they can tell you the best spots for everything! The cabin was very cozy and clean, we loved it. We hope to visit again for an anniversary or vacation in the future. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and letting us stay in your little piece of paradise!
Palm Beach FLA
October 4, 2012
Michael Spardello Message flagged Thursday, October 4, 2012 5:01 PM What a wondrous and enchanted place this little cabin is, nestled and isolated from civilization in the mountains of Maine. Aside from the breathtaking and majestic views, we had a wonderful time exploring Mother Nature, close up, through rough and winding ATV trails and byways. Off the grid, the cabin has no electricity and no running water. We missed neither, and wanted for nothing. Just the two of us, on our own, out in the woods. With the map, provided by our kind and sincere hosts, Brenda and Lance, we literally were able to commune with the world as it was, and how it seems it should still be. We will always treasure the days and hours and minutes we spent together in the little cabin called Camp Winona, and hope to return soon, and often. Life, simple and pure. Mike and Kate P.S. Fortunately, Lance told us from the outset, and this may be important for some people to know: there are no venomous snakes in Maine. : ) Happy travels!
QUIET labor day weekend
September 5, 2012
This is very quiet, off the grid cabin with nice amenities and a terrific view of the Mahousic Mountains. The cabin is a five minute walk from the end of a 1 mile gravel road. There are a number of nice walks from the camp along trails and ATV roads. The cabin is about 30 min from Bethel (where we rented canoes) and 40 min from Grafton Notch (where we climbed Old Speck). The cabin was incredibly clean and was equipped with a composting toilet (in a separate wash house) propane camp stove and a propane grill. There is a picnic table with spectacular views next to a fire pit. The owners are VERY helpful; they delivered our gear via ATV and provided a lot of helpful information about the surrounding area. The view from the cabin is absolutely devoid of light pollution (we only saw one house light), so the sky was spectacular at night. I plan to be back.
Peace among the Pines
August 15, 2012
I searched for a long time to find a pristine ecological slice of Maine – not a hotel, or a campground but specifically a rare gem like Camp Winona. A place where I would feel at home and could experience an immediate sense of belonging, wonderment and true peace and quiet. I invited my sister and best friend along to join me and my Labrador for 5 days in the Maine woods. Living simply is the fundamental value that I live my life from. Brenda and Lance not only practice this in their own lives- they have created a place and opportunity for others to experience the joy and beauty of what it means to live simply with integrity. From the cabin structure – and the lovely warm décor within – and the spectacular view of mountains– our entire experience was a journey of quiet contemplation combined with deep joyful moments playing games, hiking, reading, cooking and just being connected to each other and our environment. Our only visitors were the night sounds of an owl, and some far off coyotes, a rather friendly porcupine who allowed my dog to sniff him without harm, and a tenacious little hummingbird who visited the feeder dusk till dawn each day. Each evening the near full moon arrived to grace the treetops above. Spectacular! True fulfillment. So grateful to the Stickney’s for their generosity.
A slice of heaven
August 12, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Camp Winona as a delayed honeymoon to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. What an incredibly place. The cabin is cozy and the smell of pine, the natural beauty, and the cooling breeze made this a utopia for us. We went to Camp Winona at the beginning of August; there were no bugs and the weather was perfect. In the early morning, I sat on the porch and watched as the sun burned away a mist that covered nearby mountain ranges, little by little revealing the luscious green pines. A little creature (a wild squirrel or chipmunk, perhaps) poked his head out of the woodpile on the porch and began playing peek-a-boo with me. I'd hear some scurrying and see two bright eyes looking at me from a furry face, the face would disappear and it would be quiet for a while. The the scurrying would start again and the face would appear from a different part of the woodpile. While this was going on, I was sitting in a comfy chair on the porch, watching the morning unfold. What a friendly way to welcome the morning! The compost toilet was even a treat! The step stool leading up it to made you feel as if you were about to sit on a throne. There was no smell, the bathroom was immaculate, and being able to help make compost made you feel as if you were helping the earth. The rainwater shower was an experience! We hiked down the mountain and walked along trails towards Devil's Den, passing streams, rivers, woods, meadows, marshy areas, rocky areas, and lots of trees. The entire experience was a sensory delight. Sitting by the chimnea at night with a bottle of wine and looking up at the stars without the interference of street lights or neon signs added to the sense of serenity. There was no room for thoughts of things at home that needed to be done. Just pure relaxation and enjoyment of the world. For us, this was the perfect way to celebrate our happy 25 years of life together (and we'd like to come back to celebrate the next 25!) There is nothing quite like Camp Winona. If you like this kind of vacation, don't miss the opportunity to stay there!
Rebekah Roo Nelson
August 8, 2012
Brenda is very kind and responsive. She helped make our weekend on the ridge an unforgettable one. The synthesis of rustic simplicity and relaxing comfort, beautiful morning views on a hammock, night sounds around the camp fire, and peaceful privacy made this property not only worth it, but a definite must repeat!
Angela Corson Wilkinson
Maine, United States of America
WOW! great cabin, great location!!
July 31, 2012
No matter what the reason this piece of America is a place to check out. The raw woods of Maine, does it get any better then that? If you need to get away from it all and relax or raring to go do outdoor activities, this is a place to do it all. I brought my wife and 2 sons to camp winona, and the pictures online don"t capture it. What a great place and time we had, but just like every other time your somewhere cool it goes by to fast. But as long as B&L allow others to stay at camp Winona we will return again. Camp Winona is a new, well biult, log cabin neslted on a hill side overlooking a good size cut which is a great spot to see wildlife in. Beyond that awesome mountain views make up the back drop with little sign of man. Do Not Forget Your Camera! The cabin is very tight and very clean, no creapy crawlies ladies. Everything you need is there, all you basicly need is food and clothes. Plenty of pots & pans, dishes, utenciles lanterns, radio, books, games, ect. Pretty much don"t grab every piece of camping gear you own or go to wal- mart and buy out their camping section you won't need it, just the basics for yourself. There are maps B&L made up of some great spots close around the cabin that are a must see. My family and I went to one a day and enjoyed each spot. (The Ledges) being one of our favorites. Spent the day there sliding on the rocks like water slides, catching some pretty feisty, decent sized brookies in a lower pool, and walked up the brook to some nice pools to swim in and a decent size waterfall up a ways. Well that's all I,m going to tell you about my time at camp Winona. As I said before if your looking to get away and want to get into the maine wilderness this is a place to go. I have spent alot of time in the woods hunting, fishing, and camping and this place is on the top of my list. This was my first time meeting the owners (B&L) and they are good people. Very greatful they allowed me and my family to enjoy their cabin and hope to see them again soon. This is truley a great AMERICAN place, built by strong hands and sweat to enjoy nature and life at its finest.
It's always nice to see young folks introducing their kids to the great outdoors, and life without the constant stimulation and pace of the modern world. It's so rewarding to be able to provide such a place that will become fond memories for these kids, hopefully to last a lifetime. It is our legacy to pass to the next generation.
July 5, 2012
Quiet, secluded, very clean & well kept. The owners are very hospitable, helpful people- loaded with information about the area, yet very respectful of their tenant's privacy! Beautiful view from the porch. We plan to come back!
April 25, 2012
What a fabulous place! It is rustic, but has everything you need, and the setting is so beautiful! We had a wonderful weekend of cooking, hiking and just relaxing in the peacefulness of the woods. It was still chilly when we went to Winona, but we will definitely be going back in the summer to enjoy the swimming holes nearby and explore some more hiking trails! Awesome!
Julia Hill Payne Bailin
A Picture-Perfect Getaway!
January 23, 2012
This week, my husband and I experienced a burst pipe that destroyed much of our home, so we really wanted to “escape” the mess for the weekend. On Wednesday I found this cabin online, and by Friday we were driving up to Andover. It was EXACTLY what we hoped. Just a one room cabin, but surprisingly spacious! It certainly had everything we needed: A comfy couch, two rockers, bunk beds, a good-sized dining table, lots of food-prep counter space, and a big sink, which is great when you don’t have running water and you need to wash dishes. Every amenity was included, from the coffee pot to the radio to the wine glasses and tin foil. You name it, it was in the cabin. We weren’t sure what we’d find, so we packed some extra supplies of our own—but they weren’t necessary. It was fully stocked with everything, including jugs of fresh water and extra bottles of stove fuel. But enough about the nuts and bolts—it was the perfect weekend experience. The temps got down to 0F, but it was toasty warm in the cabin with the woodstove. I even cooked cornbread and pancakes on top of it! We ate like royalty, and slept like babies. We read our books by oil lamp light and watched the fire embers glow. And when we had to obey the “call of nature,” the super-modern, uber-clean outhouse was just steps away. Nicer than my bathroom at home! During the day we strapped on our snowshoes and hiked a 5-mile loop of trails with our little dog, just down the hill from the cabin. In the afternoon we returned to our cozy cabin to listen to the radio and make supper while watching the glorious sunset over the expansive view of the mountains. At night the stars were brighter there than anywhere else. The whole experience was right out of a storybook. I can’t recommend it enough. The Stickneys are wonderful people and they truly care about your experience at “Winona.” We will be back again this winter, and hopefully in the spring, summer, and fall as well. It’s a hidden, private gem that will give you everything you need to reconnect…without connecting to “the grid!”
It is so rewarding to share our little paradise with such nice folks! Julia and Dan were so nice and enjoyed our mountains so much... Camp Winona, named for our (too young) friend and neighbor who died two years ago from breast cancer, has been an inspiration to many people already. Thank you Winnie, your spirit is alive and well on our mountain!
January 8, 2012
No Electricity !! No Running Water !! Pass up on this one Honey. (wait) Have you reached a junction of your life in where all the modern amenities have just overwhelmed you to a degree, and want to depend on yourself, rather than all that makes living day to day an easy ride ? Do you want to re-center yourself through a sabbatical of sorts, yet still be taken care of by two of the sweetest folks on Earth. I spent ten days in this cabin just recently and was asked, "Why Now?" and my answer was "Why Not" God is all over and when you are alone looking at the Heavens up in this Cabin, you connect with him so much easier, as this is like no cabin on Earth. It was built by the trees that surround it with each one hand peeled and put together by a "Master Craftsman" who along with his wife make sure you have no wants of any kind during your stay. What is the one thing I can guarantee you will find during your stay ? You will find yourself. That person you lost so many years ago and they throw that in at no cost. Take that chance and stay at the "Enchanted Cabin" and if you leave feeling unfulfilled, then stay a day longer. The Cabin that was built through Love will stay in your heart for the rest of your days. It will teach your children that sitting on the porch or the front of a warm "Franklin Stove" is so much more fulfilling than a video game and to be honest, I would leave them at home, as your stay here is a journey of healing and what a great journey it was.
What a sweetheart of a guy this guest was! I am meeting so many great people renting out our little cabin. Bill was especially nice; we hit it off right away and hated to see him go (without saying goodbye, you softie, Bill!) I think the people who seek serenity and seclusion in their time away from home are a certain breed... and we all seem to be on the same page about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I am so glad that we are able to share our little piece of heaven with so many wonderful folks.
Best rustic cabin I've ever been to...
September 14, 2011
What a fantastic place! Scenery is the best anywhere with awesome mountain views. One of a kind-you won't find a nicer mountain cabin than this. Great place for moose watchers too as we saw one right outside the front door. Best secluded cabin there is. Can't even see a house in site. Highly recommended. Owners are also very accommodating.
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