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The original lodge was built in 1937 and began operation that same year. Sadly, this beautiful, old building burned down just after Labor Day of 2013. As of now, the building has been replaced and is operating! We continue to add little touches and improvements on the original to make it an even better place to stay. Happily, we were able to retain the original fieldstone fireplace in the living room. Follow us on Facebook to see photos of the building process.
The new building looks almost the same on the outside, occupying the original footprint and using the same style. The photos you see on this page are very close to what the new place looks like, except for some improvements. We are finishing an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift to our deck for wheelchair access, as well as additional entrances from the deck. The front porch is still reached by stairs, though they are wider and easier to climb.
Inside, the first floor is all on one level with no steps between parts of the building. We have added an 8th bedroom and renovated another space (previously storage) into a game room. Interior styling replicates the original building with wood paneling throughout the 1st floor and most windows oriented for lake views. The bedrooms contain a mix of four queen beds and eight twin beds.
The kitchen has stainless steel commercial appliances as before, and is somewhat larger! The dining room seats over 40 people with room for another table or two.
Our long-time guests who come every year are excited to see what's new and those who have already been in love it! If you've never visited with us before, come and see what so many others have known for decades.
Echo Lake is the best place in Maine!
Now, we have even more options for people looking for someplace to stay in Maine during the fall and winter. Our building is fully winterized, so you can visit any time! And if you can't or don't want to get a large group together, call us to book just a room or two. We offer breakfast when folks are staying in small parties. - Hunters, come check out the woods behind our place. We see lots of deer and rabbits. - Ice fishermen, cusk and lake trout are popular species to catch on Echo Lake in the winter. Last year, we had 36 inches of solid ice! - Snow mobile riders, we are a short ride from ITS Connector 115, as well a network of trails maintained by local riding clubs. And the lake is big enough to really put on some speed. - Holiday travelers, think about having your whole family come. The kitchen is perfect for that Thanksgiving feast. The living room can take up to a 9-foot Christmas tree. Or just use us for overflow guests. It's all good! - Events are also welcome! Need a place for a destination wedding? How about a really cool business retreat? We can host you overnight, or just for the day.
The large deck on the side offers access to the building using a wheelchair lift from ground level. The lift is reached from a paved path that leads from our handicap parking area, directly across the driveway from the lodge. Once on the deck, the entire first floor of the lodge is on one level....moreless
Our small library features a collection of Maine-related titles, as well as books for kids of all ages....moreless
Books For Adults
Books For Kids
Features a full-size pool table, plus a small, multi-game table with pool, Ping-Pong, table hockey, backgammon, checkers/chess, and more. We also have an old-style Table Cricket game (like foosball)....moreless
We offer a variety of puzzles and board games....moreless
Games For Kids
Ping Pong Table
Our game room has a standard pool table with racks for 8-ball and 9-ball games....moreless
Multi-function stereo in the dining room. Bring your CD collection or plug in your MP3 player....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Echo Lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Maine, with a dozen game-fish species to pursue, and plenty of other wildlife....moreless
Property features 630 feet of lakefront with docks and a sandy beach. We have canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddles and oars, and life jackets. There is a communal firepit with wood provided....moreless
Fayette, ME is a rural town with many more trees than residents. Local farms offer pick-your-own blueberries and strawberries. Days are quiet, nights are dark and starry....moreless
Our beach is sandy with a gradual slope for easy use by all ages. The swim float offers a place for jumping and diving. Beach chairs are provided....moreless
You may bring your own boat of any type. Most will need to use the public boat launch. We have trailer parking and boat rentals suitable for fishing are available....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hunting Small Game
Seating for 40 people
We have free wifi available. Sit on our porch or at our outdoor picnic table to commune with your gizmos....moreless
(2) Original fieldstone fireplace in living room with gas log set. Dining room features a gas-fired wood stove....moreless
All bedrooms have electric baseboard with individual thermostats. Bathrooms have wall-mounted electric heat with fans. Living and dining room have gas fireplaces....moreless
Sheets, pillows, and bedding provided. You may bring your own (and receive a discount), just tell us ahead of time....moreless
Verizon and US Cellular have good signal strength with nearby towers....moreless
Handicap parking directly across the driveway from the lodge, with a 6-car area just a few steps further back toward the office....moreless
Parking Off Street
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
Bring your own boat! We have a dock and space to leave your trailer. A public boat launch is available at the north end of the lake. Most RVs can park, but we recommend you use nearby campgrounds....moreless
Bath towels provided. You MUST supply your own beach towels....moreless
Cancellations - full deposit refund 90 days before arrival, otherwise refunds depend on re-booking dates.
Events - $400 for one day, no lodging; catering extra.
Weddings - Base package is seasonal from $980 - $1,400 for facility rental; options include event equipment, services, capacity for up to 48 overnight guests, and more. All terms negotiable.
Guests of our renters - $5 per person, per day.
Deposit of $1,000/week or $165/night within 10 business days of making reservation, balance due 30 days before arrival.
Cash, personal check, money orders accepted for all payments; credit cards for either deposit or balance.
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Located 15 miles west of Augusta, the state capitol, there are plenty of activities for those willing to drive just a bit. The Maine State Museum has wonderful exhibits on the history and culture of the state, and the Children's Discovery Museum is a perfect place to while away a few hours on a rainy day for your little ones. Miniature golf can be found both outdoors and indoors (glow in the dark!). There's even a zoo less than 15 minutes away.
Local restaurants range from pizza and sub shops, to casual and fine dining, to Chinese, Thai, and other ethnic cuisines, and all are family-friendly. In the evening, a short drive to Monmouth will take you to live theater.
Several golf courses are within a half hour drive. These include the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, the Maple Lane Golf Club, the Augusta Country Club, and more. The famous Sunday River course (designed by Robert Trent Jones) is a longer drive at about one and a half hours.
If you crave shopping, you can go antiquing in Hallowell, patronize artist collectives in the area, or trek to one of the many fascinating rock shops. Freeport, the home of L.L. Bean, offers a wide variety just an hour's drive away. Other attractions along the coast are within easy reach as well, including historic forts, lighthouses, ocean beaches, whale watching, and much more.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: James and Evelyn both have many years of experience in higher and elementary education, as well as with customer service in retail, and food service. James grew up in Winthrop, ME (not far from Echo Lake) and New Orleans, LA while Evelyn grew up in Bay Head, NJ and Sarasota, FL. Both of us attended college in Middlebury, VT. Currently, we live in a house right on Echo Lake, enjoying the beauty of these surroundings all year long, with our three children, Emma, Sylvie, and Charlie. And two cats.
Why the Owner Chose Fayette: We fell in love with this property while looking for a way to change the direction of our lives. James' childhood memories of the area, Evelyn's memories with a similar place in upstate New York formerly owned by her family, and various experiences with summer camps in northern New England instantly made the lodge feel like coming home. The place has been here since 1937 and is the kind of vacation spot that has become very rare. We just knew right away we had to make sure the lodge kept its marvelous character and purpose, and could continue to be shared with all who appreciate what it has to offer.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: The lodge will take you back in time as soon as you set foot out of your car. Down a dirt road, surrounded by tall pines, the building looks just like it did when it was built. We have no phones, no TV, and limited wifi service so you can truly relax!
While here, you can soak up peace and quiet, experience true darkness with brilliant stars at night, and enjoy the call of the loon. Only 15 miles from the state capitol, yet you can come here to get away from it all.