Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake is located in South Casco, Maine. Migis Lodge began life in 1916 as “National Camps,” built by Charles Goodrich who also owned the Songo River Line, a steam boat that was the final leg for travelers coming from Boston. In 1978, Tim and his wife, Joan, purchased the property and they manage it to this day, along with their youngest son, Jed.
When you arrive at Migis (pronounced “my-gus”), you will turn down a dirt road, landmarked by their gift shop, “Cry of the Loon”. After traveling deep into the forest, you will emerge into a stunning 125 acres of wooded area, complete with trails and oh yeah, a stunning view of Sebago Lake.
Cottages are sprinkled throughout the property, each with their own adorable name. We stayed in Firefly and there are others, such as Moonrise, North Star, and Raven. Cottages are prepped beyond care for you, with ice buckets filled, a fresh in-house flower arrangement made just for you, windows open to the air, and caramel-colored lights turned on. Welcome home. A cottage steward greeted us at our car and upon neatly tucking our luggage into a wheelbarrow-cart, he whisked us down the hill and helped us get settled. Here we broke the first rule of Migis: tipping. Upon offering him something, he politely refused, saying “Oh, that really won’t be necessary”, because at Migis, tipping is never expected or required. You are paying an all-inclusive price for a reason, folks. Rule #2 was a bit of a shock I must say- there are no keys. That’s right, I came away from check-in with a map and calendar of “Autumn Adventures” that we could partake in at the Lodge. “Where’s the key?”, my husband asked. “It’s open, there are no keys”, I replied. Open indeed.
We quickly got settled in and my kids delighted in having their own rooms and their own beds. The cottage was more than spacious, clean, inviting, and the view from the master balcony was downright breathtaking. We quickly learned about rule #3- be on time for meals. The dining hall opens at certain times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They never rush you once there, but if you’d like to eat, you need to be seated within that window. Alas, we missed lunch, but we survived with some fresh lobster rolls from down the road. 😉
Mealtime taught us about rule #4, which was my most favorite rule of all: no cell phones. Yes, none at the table, no lap-texting, and certainly no talking on your phone whilst at the table. Remarkably, my children were able to enjoy a technology-free meal and used forks and spoons like human beings and even drank two-handed from a cup made out of real glass with no straw or sippy lid. I didn’t want to leave.
Aside from breakfast, meals are always 5 courses, beginning with a relish or crudite tray, followed by your choice of an appetizer, soup, salad, main course, and dessert. Servers danced around the dining room in a well-choreographed act of tray balancing, serving, and smiling. Meals were delicious, homemade, and they change daily. There was something for everyone and the kitchen was ever-mindful of my son’s food allergies and made wonderful accommodations for him. And we had a spot, yes a table set and ready for us each time we came in, complete with a highchair and other items Migis quickly learned we enjoyed (cream no milk for our coffee please) already placed on the table for us. I didn’t want to leave.
Activities, aside from the large motor boat rental, are also included in your stay. They range from tennis, waterskiing, fishing, paddle boarding, sailing and much more. There is also a wellness center on site for massages and treatments. We never lacked for something to do and Migis offered us the perfect balance of leisure and activity, allowing us to choose how much or how little we wanted to do.
My children enjoyed the two playgrounds on site and also took part in “The Zoo” program. Dropping them off at the family dining room at 5:55pm sharp, they, along with their pre-chosen boxed dinners, were whisked away by Cristen and Mallory to the Boulders cottage (Migis’ rec room of sorts). There, these two lovely ladies somehow managed to have both my children eat their entire dinner, including vegetables, dance their little hearts out, color, and watch a movie in perfect harmony. This afforded my husband and I time to leisurely enjoy a cocktail on the porch overlooking the lake’s sunset, eat our dinners at a temperature that was actually hot, and have some time to sit under the stars after dessert. These ladies will also put your children to bed, if desired, and after 9:00pm, you can pay a small fee to have them continue to watch your children. However, The Zoo is included in your stay. Upon picking our children up from The Zoo I was told they didn’t want to leave. Are you seeing a pattern yet?
And for some additional points- Rule #5 is that men are required to wear a suit or sport jacket at dinner, #6 is that cash only is accepted on the property, including the gift shop, and #7 is that you may never want to leave.
Hurry now to book at Migis before they close for the season, on October 14. They will re-open again in the Spring.
Thank you for the memories Migis Lodge- you made this family very happy.
*DISCLAIMER: Any opinions stated are strictly my own. I was compensated for my stay by CM Communications to help facilitate my review. All photos used in this post are courtesy of Kathy Zagorski.*