Sunrise, observed from a dock on a Maine lake surrounded by deep woods. It’s a perfect moment that most people haven’t experienced, since it’s increasingly difficult to find such spots. You can find yourself in such a moment at Attean Lake Lodge, one of the few remaining family-owned lodges in the Northeast dating from the turn of the 20th century. Situated on its own island in Attean Lake, near Maine’s western border with Canada, this rustic compound consists of 15 comfortable (if basic) cabins for guests, plus a grand main lodge with a soaring ceiling, a stone fireplace, and endless views. (It’s also where guests gather for meals and games of cards.) By day, take a canoe and explore the ragged shore of the lake, or take a hike up to nearby ledges. Access to the island is by boat and is prearranged with the owners.
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