57 reviews

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Log cabin
Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

1 Shower

Description from owner

At the very end of the trail, perched high on a private 70 acre ridge, Camp Winona is surrounded by thousands more acres of woods, streams, trails...

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 rustic 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, dishware and cookware. A KING log bed with extra blankets and pillows. A full sized futon with sheets and pillows. (Twin mattress is under bed - pullout for extra guest)

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.

Minimum of 2 nights. Pets welcome with no extra fee, we are pet friendly! Don't leave Fido behind!

We are on a hill, it provides the AWESOME view; AWD/4WD and good tires required from December to April! Expect snow, ice, mud, wind this is an outpost! If a major winter storm is forecast during your travel or stay, we will be happy to reschedule your vacation.


NEARBY - ALSO NEW!!!! Mountain Village Tiny House. A cute little cottage right in Andover Village, with electricity and hot running water. The Best of Both Worlds; all the recreational opportunities of the mountains, with all the amenities of home! Included with your stay is a "playground" on the mountain; drive 5 miles north to your own remote private camp site in the birches - complete with fire pit, chairs and hammock and our infamous panoramic mountain views! Sleeps 4 in a queen and full futon.

Our business is called Skyline Ridge Vacation Rentals; we own two remote off-grid cabins (this is one of them) and our Tiny House, conveniently located in Andover Village, has electricity and running water.

Skyline Ridge Vacation Rentals would like to give you the best available rate in booking this rental. Ask us how!

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 4901696

About the area

Like a National Park without the crowds... A True Four Season Wilderness Paradise! Hike the Appalachian Trail, only two 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. Not within walking distance, but within driving distance: Down hill skiing, tubing, cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, horse shows, dog sledding, canoeing, white water rafting, gem digging, ATVing, snowmobiling, zip lining, gambling, mountain auto road, moose tours, museums, movie theater Cathedral Pines Horseback Riding Umbagog Wildlife Refuge Ellis River Riders Horse Shows Gorham Moose Tours Mt. Washington Auto Road Mahoosuc Outdoors New England Dog Sledding Northeast Snowmobile Sunday River Ski Resort Mt. Abram Skiing Oxford Casino Bethel Maine elc outdoors Dig Maine Gems Be outside Deep Woods Farm Maine Mineral Museum Akers Ski Rangeley Maine In town: Red Hen Diner, Andover General Store, Mills Market, Kate's Kones All the bars and restaurants at Sunday River Ski Resort within 20 minutes driving

Getting around

You will need a vehicle to get here.... but lots to do on foot once you do!

Getting here

We send driving directions once you reserve. Please Note: We are on a ridge, two miles from the pavement. November - April, AWD/4WD is required, as the weather can quickly take a turn for the worst! Snow, ice, mud, wind.... this is an outpost... that’s what makes it so cool! We don't sand the road; you need to be able to get yourselves in and out. If we can help, we will. We do not issue refunds for weather-related issues, but may at our discretion, offer you vouchers for future visits.

Interaction with guest

We are here if you need us. We make sure you have what you need through communication.


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property



  • Beds in other rooms: King bed Full bed Twin bed


  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Private garden
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Pet Friendly


  • Kettle
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bikes
  • Boat available
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 1 Shower

Reviews (57)

57 reviews

“Exceptional Retreat”

Reviewed 15 Mar 2017

I spent the end of January and most of February at Camp Winona and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. Beautiful views, excellent snowshoeing, all the solitude and quiet I could have hoped for, and most importantly, Brenda and Lance were the perfect hosts. I never lacked for anything – firewood and water were delivered regularly, the cabin was toasty warm and well stocked with cookware and bedding, the road was always plowed, and I always felt welcomed and cared for when I stopped in to ask for advice on trails or just to chat. I had searched for a cabin rental from Minnesota to Maine and parts of Canada and had found no other place that even came close to offering such a true wilderness experience. If you are looking for a real back-to-nature vacation in an authentic log cabin at the edge of the Maine wilderness, you will be fortunate to find yourself at Camp Winona.

Owner's reply: Well Paul, words are difficult! We are so glad to have met you; it was sad to see you leave! Wonderful to know you had searched such an extensive geographical area for the perfect cabin, chose ours, drove a long way from WV and.... were not disappointed! Hope to have you back again! Enjoy the moose antler!

“Above & Beyond”

Reviewed 1 Nov 2016

I was very disappointed to have to cancel my stay here on short notice, having received some challenging medical news that needed immediate attention. Though we have yet to meet, Brenda's response couldn't have been more compassionate and understanding. It touched my heart on a pretty difficult day. I can't wait to go experience this beautiful place soon!

Owner's reply: Thank you for the kind words, Wendy. I hope you will be feeling better soon, and look forward to meeting you when you finally do get here!

“"Off the Grid" retreat”

Reviewed 21 Sep 2016

Nice escape from daily life. While we hiked to nearby Devil's Den, we would have been as pleased to hang around camp and enjoy rje view and solitude. The full moon offered moon lit view of the valley before us and mountain ridge beyond. Spent evenings enjoying drinks by the fire. Cabin is adequately stock. Arriving after sunset, we only wish the hosts would have been more prompt to our calls

Owner's reply: John, so glad you enjoyed your visit. We are off-grid and quite remote at the fringe of "civilization", and the cell phone service is very finicky here. Sometimes the phone does not ring when you call, and voice mails arrive late. As explained in the pre-registration information, it is far more reliable to communicate using email. In addition, it is advisable to arrive before dark!

“peaceful Paradise”

Reviewed 3 Aug 2016

Hi Brenda and Lance we rented camp Winona from July 21-25 what a peaceful paradise you guys have there we hated to leave there ,someday we also would love to live off the grid we had such a great time 4wheeling around the area we loved the ledges we sat on a rock and had a picnic lunch so beautiful, we also found devil's den and spent some time there the cabin was perfect so cute and cozy the view from there was spectacular best place we've been to so far hope to come back next year and you both were very gracious hosts hope to see you again soon thanks for sharing camp Winona with us and again so sorry for taking home the map hope you got it OK Dawn&Dave

Owner's reply: Thank you so much, Dawn and Dave! You earned guest of the year award for how spiffy you left the cabin! Love to have you back soon!


Reviewed 1 Jun 2016

If you question renting any of their properties, you will be sorely mistaken. Six stars out of five. The properties are outshined by their owners.

“Awesome woods getaway”

Reviewed 28 Apr 2016

We had a great time. The view is amazing, the abundance of trails and activities could have kept us busy for more than a week of exploring. We made a hike to Devil's Den, about 10 miles round trip, but totally worth it. We saw lots of signs of animals, moose, deer and bear but no encounters. We hope to return!

Owner's reply: Glad you had a great time, Wes! Is it really 10 miles to Devils Den and back??? I would estimate more like six. I'll have to clock it sometime with the ATV.......


Reviewed 29 Mar 2016

The cabin was amazing! The view from the porch is stunning. The hiking trails were great, but be sure to take a nap from the cabin with you. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return. Reading the stories in the book was a def must. Thanks again!

Owner's reply: I have to admit, Jeff, I think you are the first "hiking metal punx" we've had here! But glad you had a wonderful time and plan to return. Rock on!

“Charming, secluded getaway”

Reviewed 23 Mar 2016

Great location on a secluded mountain. Very comfortable. Would definitely recommend for someone looking for a getaway. Beautiful!

Owner's reply: Thank you Miles! Please come again!

“Great cabin!!”

Reviewed 20 Jan 2016

An amazing cabin with a fantastic view. It has all of the amenities you'll ever need for a weekend getaway to the woods. Highly recommended!!!

Owner's reply: Thank you Brian! Glad you guys had a great time!

“Peaceful vacation”

Reviewed 31 Dec 2015

It was a great place to go see the mountains and enjoy the sunshine. The woodstove was a bit of work. I grew up with wood stoves so it's not like I'm a beginner. The damper wasn't working correctly and the gaskets should be replaced. It would leak smoke out the front. Other than that, water was provided, wood was provided, had a huge gas grill on the porch. Relaxing place to get away from it all. I would highly recommend for anyone who wants quiet beauty away from the rush of daily life. Wish I could have stayed longer.

Owner's reply: Heather, so glad you enjoyed your stay, despite the trouble you had with the stove. I wish you would have said something, we could have helped you to set it correctly. The gaskets were just replaced. The stove would not smoke unless you did not have a proper draft for some reason. Perhaps it was too warm outside, or the damper was set too tight? This is the first time we have heard of this, and we will certainly check on it. Thanks for the info.

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