15 Jul 13 Camping and ATVing in June Rain
Didn't have the best weather but can't think of a prettier, more well equipped outpost to lay our gear and ATV up to Moosehead. Knowing that it was going to rain and it would be difficult to cook out, I looked for a campground that had easy access to a good restaurant and other activities in case the rain was torrential. Northern Outdoors fit the bill. The pub has both fantastic beer and their macaroni and cheese with lobster is one of the best meals I have ever eaten.
The pool was clean, the hot tub hot (and welcome after 6 hours on an ATV), our campsite was large and clean, and the restrooms were clean (though austere) in the camp. Nice little touches throughout the property (decorations, pictures, hunting trophies, floral arrangements) all take it up a notch beyond the typical Maine destination point.
I subtracted one point for the service in the restaurant – the first night we had a waitress who was great – attentive, friendly, and beyond competent. The second night we had a waiter who took 15 minutes to come to our table and only after asking a busperson to find them, took our order sitting down at the table, and delivered our food warm bordering cold through a different person 20 minutes later with no silverware. Drinks (two rounds) and silverware were got on my own at the bar and at the hostess stand because we only saw the waiter twice in the entire meal – once when he took our order and finally when we asked the hostess for the check. Breakfasts (buffet) were similar, though not as bad, for service – friendly, but lacking. It was easier than cooking on an open fire but the meals were more expensive and you should expect more.
That said, my daughter and I had a great time. I plan on bringing my family back for whitewater rafting and my son and I will likely hunt from your campground as a base camp this coming deer season.
Thanks for a great stay!
Rating: 4 ****