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Maine Best Lodging 2012

Maine Best Lodging 2012
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BEST CAMP GETAWAY
Castle Island Camps, Belgrade
It’d be tempting to dive out a window and into the water from the cabins edging tiny Castle Island, a blip on the causeway bisecting Long Pond. Guests gather in the sporting camp’s main lodge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and fill their days swimming, fishing, boating, or relaxing. Rates: $160, including meals. 411 Castle Island Road. 207-495-3312; castleislandcamps.com

BEST LAKESIDE WILDERNESS LODGE
Gorman Chairback, Greenville
The Appalachian Mountain Club has restored and renovated this historic sporting camp, turning it into an alternatively powered green experience. Savor home-cooked meals, paddle across Long Pond, and hike 70 miles of trails on 66,000 acres of conserved lands. Non-member rates: $94 bunkroom, $134 private cabin, including meals. 603-466-2727; outdoors.org

BEST PRIMITIVE CAMPING
Stephen Phillips Memorial Preserve, Oquossoc
When you want to really escape, make a reservation, then grab a tent and canoe and head for this 400-acre preserve, with primitive sites dotting the shoreline and islands of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Rates: $16 per night for two. Stephen Phillips Road. 207-864-2003

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