I just spent a week with my family up in Greenville, Maine. A gorgeous lake area that is a four season destination for many. I love Maine, grew up there, my family is there, and I go back often.
For years my mom has been saying she wanted to rent a camp in Greenville on Moosehead lake, the largest fresh water lake in the US not attached to Canada, so this year we did it. Greenville is spectacular and is definitely worth a stay if you’re planning a trip to Maine anytime soon.
Here are my top 5 things to see and do when visiting Greenville:
Hike Mount Kineo – Mount Kineo is an island on Moosehead Lake so you’ll have to arrange for a boat ride over – there’s a daily boat taxi that leaves from Greenville every hour on the hour. Pack your lunch and take a one mile hike up this mother mountain. The views at the top are to die for. This hike is moderate, so make sure everyone in your group is in decent shape because it’s steep in places. Once you make it to the top enjoy your lunch, take lots of pictures, and sit for 20 minutes to take in the views
Take a Katahdin Cruise – My mom and I decided to take the 5 hour trip on this steam boat that takes you all around Moosehead lake with a beautiful water tour of Mount Kineo. They have wonderful food on board but it’s basic, hot dogs, hamburgers, a pasta salad. The desserts aren’t homemade so bring your own. Also the boat is BYOB so pack a cooler and have wine and cheese like we did 🙂 Hardly any cell service on the boat, you’ll have 5 hours of heaven. They also offer 3 hour tours which are nice too but don’t go to Mount Kineo.
Go on a Moose Tour or here’s my free guide – As a native Mainer, I’ve seen a lot of Moose and wildlife. I remember when bear dumps were still around in Maine and you could go feed the bears on Friday nights and watch them eat trash. LOL. I’m being serious…this was not that long ago. So needless to say, when I was in Moosehead we had to find a Moose for my bf Dan to see. There are all kinds of Moose tours but in my opinion they’re expensive, $50 a person with a guarantee you’ll see a Moose. We googled the best spot to see a Moose which was in Kokadjo out Lazy Tom bog. You’ll need to go around 5-7pm in the summer months…that’s when the moose will most likely be in the water cooling off and eating.
Eat at Kelly’s Landing – Great food right on Moosehead lake. I recommend the fish chowder, some of the best I’ve had. Food is a good price point and nothing too fancy but all homemade. Save room for dessert, they make most of their desserts in house and it’s worth it. Great selection of Maine beers too.
Stay at Misty Morning Cottages – Misty and Jo, as well as their kids, run this family friendly spot. We found them on Airbnb with good reviews. You will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Kineo and Misty and Jo couldn’t be more amazing. Jo will even take you on his boat to Mount Kineo to hike for the day. The accommodations are basic tho, no wifi, and the beds weren’t as comfortable as we were hoping they’d be. I’m a fussy bitch, I like my mattress to be high end but that’s just me. If you’re up for a very friendly stay this place is great.
I grew up in Wiscasset, Maine. Greenville is about a 3 hour drive from Wiscasset and 3.5 hours from Portland, so plan on staying a few days…the drive can tire you out. LOVE you. Please share the blog and comment below with any questions you have.