Hike-in to your fully outfitted off grid yurt and stay the night on a mountain top enjoying magnificent southerly views with a bonfire and watch the stars put on a show. Bring your sleeping bag, linens, food and clothes to begin your incredible Maine adventure.
Mountain report: blueberries are ripe for the picking 7/15/17
Enjoy sleeping under the stars in a yurt on a 50 acre Mountain top with access to 4,000's acres more of walking trails on public land. Views of Branch lake to E and surrounding mountains. Views of Acadia SE and Camden SW from the summit. This is a hike in only mountain top yurt with rugged terrain that ends in awe-inspiring views at the summit. Park at the base and hike a 1/4 mile up the mountain that contains slopes of the nearly 45° on worn moss, roots and rocks. Not for the weak of heart or those expecting a casual stroll in flip flops. The hike up is between 15-30 minutes depending on your level of fitness. Once at the top, you'll be able to walk among wild blueberries, mosses, lichens and huckleberries, spruce, pine, fir in random open areas.
When you get to the yurt area, you will be greeted by the mountains, lakes, tops of trees, and may even see Hawks and Eagles hovering with views that go on for miles.
Amenities include: Beautiful 20' yurt, wood stove, 3 burner gas cook stove, solar patio lights, solar shower, 100 watt solar array that powers lights, USB ports and small 12v DC appliances. A large stone fire ring, chairs, and total privacy. 5 gallons of water/day is available at water refill station near the parking area. There are 2 full futons (you bring warm sleeping bag/bedding). Bringing bedding is not optional, it's a must. The bathroom is a comfortable outhouse with a solar shower in the great outdoors (you bring towel). Bring your sleeping bag, food, knapsack and mind open to inspiration.
Minutes from Acadia, Ellsworth, Bangor, Belfast. For those who desire privacy, beauty and peace. Ideal for writers, painters, hikers, retreaters, honeymooners, photographers, nature lovers, and revelers of summer Maine fun. No check ins after 6:00 pm as it takes 20-25 minutes/non stop to get to the top and 20 minute orientation.
The yurt is fully outfitted with a woodstove for heat (including firewood for your splitting enjoyment--lessons provided on demand, please ask), propane stove for cooking, small kitchen with cookware and kitchen basics, solar lights for light, two full size futons, dining table, 3 coolers for cold items, games, and an outhouse complete with solar shower.
Now, as of August 2017 there is solar power. So there are lights, USB port charging and DC inputs available. No 110...yet.
The yurt is not insulated, it is canvas. Bringing a warm sleeping bag will enhance your stay in cool Maine nights or when the clouds roll in..
Disponible para huéspedes
Views, land, secure parking behind locked gate and more views.
The cut hardwood under the yurt and in a woodpile is for the inside wood stove. This is NOT for guests to burn in the fire pit. Hardwood is a premium on top of a softwood mountain. Guest who burn cut hardwood in the fire pit will be charged according. $700/cord.
There is ample brush, dead small trees, wood that is useable for the fire pit. You will be shown the difference between the two fuels.
You may use whatever is in the yurt. We have coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, salt and pepper, spices, oils, and someone always leaves pancake mix for homemade blueberry pancakes (in-season). There are iron frying pans and cookware to make your camp delights.
There are a few board games, cards, cribbage board.
Atención a los huéspedes
Full 20 minute orientation upon arrival. I will hike to the top with you to show you around. Then, as needed.
Otros aspectos destacables
No smoking in the yurt
Don't leave trash outside, it attracts animals.
How to maximize your mountain yurt experience
Once you've passed "the way life should be" welcome sign on your left coming across the bridge into Maine, I would take the exit for Trader Joe's in Portland and stock up on vacation food/wine. My suggestion is to next stop and get supplies because we are located in a rural setting and stores are a 20 minute ride one way. There is good shopping at Brewer's Hannaford, and the GM Variety (locally known as Grandma's) in Holden is small/well stocked grocery. Don't forget to grab a Maine whoop i.e. Pie treat. Then, make your way to the yurt, because it is a beautiful day and you might not want to leave once you get to the top. I know I don't!
sleeping bag (note: a blanket is NOT enough for 50-60° degree nights)
Ice for the cooler
Provided at Yurt
salt, pepper, oils, coffee, tea, sugar, creamer,
Pots and pans
Melitta coffee maker
Percolator coffee pot
5 gallon water container
1 gallon containers for hauling
Dish soap and towels
First Aid kit
Battery operated candles
A few solar lights
1. No smoking in the yurt
2. Pick up after yourself (cig. butts, dishes, trash, etc)
3. Lock yurt and sheds when you leave premises
4. If there are issues during your stay, please contact us
5. Call one hour before checkout to meet owners
6. Only burn stove wood in stove, not fire pit.
$700/cord if there is stove wood in the fire pit.
7. You must bring bedding/sleeping/bags/pillow case/etc. You'll be asked to go buy some if you show up empty handed. Sorry, experience.
There is a $60 cleaning fee for pets pre-approved
$100 for pets that show up unannounced
There is a $20 charge per day/person over 4.
There's a $50 charge per day/person for unannounced guests.
Treat the yurt the way you'd like to be treated.
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We enjoy creating off grid spaces so people, including ourselves, can enjoy the real Maine woods, mountains and water. As Thoreau saw these woods and said he, "wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
Be it a post and beam cabin on a pond or a yurt on a mountain top, we are looking to host the guest with a sense of adventure and wonder that travel brings. We hope to provide some good Maine home hospitality and leave you to your experience.
We're happy to give suggestions how to suck the marrow out of the local area. Best seafood, views, local markets, contradance, or getting out on the water.