31 Jan 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…
Lake Parlin Lodge – Jackman, Maine
Lake Parlin Lodge lakeside restaurant sits about halfway between The Forks and Jackman. Great views on the ride up there, especially if you take the Coburn Mountain spur. One of our guests, Eric recently wrote: “One of the most snowmobile friendly places we’ve ever been to. Plenty of parking, very well marked to get there and the food was incredible…maybe THE best sandwich I’ve ever had…a smoked beef brisket with maple bbq sauce and bacon…absolutely amazing!” The restaurant at Lake Parlin Lodge is open for lunch every day, breakfast and dinner on the weekends. See Lake Parlin Lodge on Facebook for hours and Luke’s ride up to Lake Parlin for lunch.
Spring Creek Bar-B-Q – Monson, Maine
The Spring Creek Bar-B-Q reviews on Facebook sum up the love: “Melt in your mouth BBQ from ribs, pulled pork, prime rib, brisket & Mike’s smoked pastrami… . We never go north without stopping in to see the owners Mike & Kim. Down to earth, friendly staff. Perfect place to relax with friends or maybe make a couple new ones. Let the smell of the smokehouse lure you in! Your taste buds won’t regret it!!! :-). THE BEST smoked brisket EVER!!” Open for lunch and early dinner Thurs-Sun.
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, breakfast on the weekends (including an all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet.) See Kelly’s Landing on Facebook for hours.
Bulldog Camps – Jackman, Maine
Bulldog Camps is a remote, beautiful destination on Enchanted Pond… which works perfectly on our Coburn Mountain / Grand Falls snowmobile loop (see recommended rides.) It’s guide Emily Yearwood’s favorite lunch spot for the ride out there, the fresh food and the cozy atmosphere. See Bulldog Camps on Facebook for updates.
*UPDATE* Although Bulldog Camps is still open for summertime adventures, we’re sorry to say it is no longer open for the winter months!*
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.
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 every day except Tuesday. See Tea Pond Lodge on Facebook for hours.
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 let us help you set up an inn-to-inn tour. Open every day 7am-7pm. See Historic Pittston Farm on Facebook for updates.
Hawk’s Nest Lodge – The Forks, Maine
Just up river from us is our “sister” lodge – owned by Suzie Hockmeyer’s sister Sarah Dostie, built by Sarah’s husband Peter. The custom log building, handmade furniture and chainsaw carvings create the ideal Maine camps atmosphere. And the pizza is great! They’re open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See Hawk’s Nest Lodge on Facebook for hours.