Alamoosook’s home is Orland, in the heart of the Down East region. EB White, beloved author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, paid tribute to Orland in his essay entitled Homecoming:
“And when, five hours later, I dip down across the Narramissic River and look back at the tiny town of Orland, the white spire of its church against the pale-red sky stirs me in a way that Chartres could never do.”
Indeed, with so much natural beauty surrounding you, it’s impossible not to feel inspired. Orland is that untouched New England Town, where the pace of life is slow and steady, and the locals are always up for a chat. Stop by the general store, and they’ll keep you there all day!
Around the Lake
Alamoosook Lake’s peaceful surrounding habitat is home to a diverse wildlife population that includes loons, bald eagles, ospreys, cormorants, deer, otters, beavers, and even the occasional black bear (don’t be alarmed, he’s just passing through!).
Our lake offers great Maine fishing — bass, trout, pickerel, and salmon are all in abundance! But, keep in mind you’ll have to throw back any salmon you catch — it’s a Maine law. Check out our specials page to find out about our fishing guide Dave. Adventurous guests may want to kayak up to the Craig Brook Fish Hatchery — at 131 years old, it’s the oldest hatchery on the East Coast! Also nearby is the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands Preserve, loaded with hiking trails.
In autumn, as the fall foliage reflects brilliantly off its tranquil surface, the lake is transformed by a truly sensational blaze of colors that you won’t want to miss. In winter, ice skating and ice fishing take center stage. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the surrounding area are also quite popular and there are an abundance of trails leading right off the property.
Orland, Maine & the Downeast Region
Centrally located just off coastal Route 1, the Alamoosook Lakeside Inn is in close proximity to many popular attractions, perfect for everything from day-trips to dinner on the town. Here is a sampling of nearby destinations:
Acadia National Park
A 47,000 acre park with stunning ocean views and terrific hiking and skiing trails. Not be be missed. 30 miles from the Inn. Towns Bar Harbor, Belfast and Ellsworth are also close-by.
Home to the Northeast Historic Film Society and Fort Knox, a restored nineteenth century fort that was built to thwart a third British invasion. 5 miles west of the Inn.
A small harbor village that offers some of the best kayaking and dining in the area (Castine Kayak Adventures features lessons and ocean kayaking tours). 10 miles south of the Inn.
Bangor & Blue Hill
Bangor is largest city in the area, where great restaurants and cultural activities abound. Blue Hill is an artistic community. Both 20 miles from the Inn.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory
Imagine a panoramic 360-degree view from a bridge tower forty-two stories high – one of only three such in the world. From the top of the “new” Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, you will be able to see beautiful Penobscot Bay as it meets the Penobscot River between Prospect and Verona Island.
You’ll have a spectacular view of the Maine coast south to the Camden Hills, East to Mount Desert Island and Northwest to the eastern reaches of the Appalachian trail and Mount Katahdin. You’ll see the picturesque town of Bucksport nestled into the river’s curve and you will be able to look down on the full sweep of historic Fort Knox and marvel at the ingenuity that created this magnificent fort back in 1844.
Resources for Visitors