Lunch on the Trail – Snowmobile Friendly Maine Restaurants
A comfy log building, a roaring fire, a fieldstone hearth, big windows, snowy views, hot food and great beer. The trailside lunch is key to Maine snowmobiling. It’s where you get trail reports from other riders. It’s where you warm up, fill up (on food and gas,) check in (wifi matters in the north woods,) and relax. We welcome a lot of lunchtime sledders at our Kennebec River Brewery. Here are a few of our favorite lunch stops when we’re out on the trail…
Kennebec River Pub & Brewery – at Northern Outdoors in The Forks, Maine
You know we have to kick off the list with Kennebec River Pub & Brewery, located right here at Northern Outdoors. With 6+ craft ales always on tap, an extensive menu filled with burgers and sandwiches, salads, and other pub favorites, and gas available 9am-5pm – it’s a great spot to fuel up! See updates on the Kennebec River Brewery page for hours.
Kelly’s Landing – on Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine
Kelly’s Landing is right on Moosehead Lake. Everyone loves to get some lake riding in (once the ice is safe.) Angela Arno, Executive Director of the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce and lens behind this photo from Further North Photography, says “No matter what you like to eat, Kelly’s has you covered in a family friendly atmosphere. Their chili or their seafood chowder is awesome for a quick warm up and their waitresses are always smiling!” Kelly’s Landing is open for lunch and dinner every day, plus breakfast on the weekends (including an all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet.) See Kelly’s Landing on Facebook for hours.
The Lakeshore House – Monson, Maine
The Lakeshore House is a cozy restaurant serving an eclectic, family-friendly menu along Lake Hebron in Monson, Maine. This spot is raved about by locals and travelers alike, and really is a bit of a hidden gem. Trail map between The Forks and Monson will get you there, and The Lakeshore House Facebook page will keep you updated on their hours!
Tea Pond Lodge – just north of Eustis, Maine
We love the scenic ride from The Forks to Eustis with a stop at Grand Falls along the way. A beautifully renovated old sporting camp, Tea Pond Lodge is set on a pretty pond. An ideal setting with a fantastic menu. Restaurant is open Friday – Monday. See Tea Pond Lodge on Facebook for hours.
The Birches Resort – on Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine
The Birches Resort is a popular snowmobile destination with huge views across Moosehead Lake to Mount Kineo. The Maine camp atmosphere is complete with massive stone fireplace in one room, woodstove in another. Great burgers. Restaurant is open daily from 7am-9pm. See The Birches Resort on Facebook for updates.
Historic Pittston Farm – on Seboomook Lake just north of Rockwood, Maine
An iconic Maine snowmobiling destination, Pittston Farm sits at the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Penobscot River… an epic ride from The Forks. Stop for lunch and to refuel, or stay the night. Hours and gas availbility vary- see Historic Pittston Farm on Facebook for updates.
Hawk’s Nest Lodge – The Forks, Maine
Just up river from us is Hawk’s Nest Lodge, a custom log building, with handmade furniture and chainsaw carvings creating the ideal Maine camps atmosphere. And the pizza is great! They’re open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner during snowmobile season. See Hawk’s Nest Lodge on Facebook for hours.
15 Mile Stream Lodge & Outfitters- Rachel’s Restaurant – West Forks, Maine
Cruise up just a little further North, and shortly off ITS 87, to Rachel’s Restaurant at 15 Mile Lodge & Outfitters. Fun, local hunting lodge with delicious pizza, sandwiches, and variety of entree options. They are generally open daily, 11am-7pm- but as always, check their hours to confirm on their Facebook page.