Fine weather brings out the alfresco crowd at the Dockside Inn & Tavern in Greenville.Photo Credit : Corey Hendrickson
Maine’s Moosehead Lake packs enormous presence: 40 miles long, some 20 miles wide in certain spots, with more than 400 miles of shoreline. It’s also home to more than 80 islands. Debate swirls as to what inspired the lake’s name: Was it for its shape, or its preponderance of actual moose? Maybe both. Regardless, locals and visitors alike know that Moosehead is a special place—no surprise that U.S. News & World Report recently named it as one of the top lake destinations in the country. At the center of Moosehead life is Greenville. While the grand hotels that once attracted wealthy summer visitors from New York and Boston to these cool forest environs are long gone, the town’s welcoming vibe remains very much intact. Planning a Moosehead Lake getaway? Here’s where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in Greenville, Maine.
Dockside Inn & Tavern, Greenville
Beefy “Handwiches” (Reuben grilled cheeses, burgers, BLTs) play starring roles at the tavern, while the inn offers roomy suites on the water.
Kelly’s Landing, Greenville
Pub menu and a full-service bar with a large outdoor dining area that puts guests right on the lake.
Stress Free Moose, Greenville
Live music, local beer on tap, and a wide range of robust fare are all on the menu at this waterfront spot.
The Birches Resort, Rockwood
Once a prominent sporting camp, this family- and pet-friendly destination offers lakeside cabins, a big lodge, and various guided adventures.
Blair Hill Inn, Greenville
A mansion set on 79 acres with a commanding view of Moosehead Lake, Blair Hill Inn is one of only two Maine lodging properties in the elite Relais & Châteaux group. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins, Greenville
It’s definitely rustic at this Appalachian Mountain Club property—propane lights, woodstove, BYO sleeping bag—but canoes and kayaks are provided, as are three squares a day. It all adds up to an unforgettable woodsy adventure.
Currier’s Flying Service, Greenville
Currier’s has been giving visitors jaw-dropping aerial views of the Moosehead region for more than 40 years.
Kamp Kamp, Greenville
This landmark store is split into two halves: In one, a treasure trove of curios; in the other, an equally vast collection of “cottage chic” style in the form of furniture, prints, and artwork.
Katahdin Cruises & Moosehead Marine Museum, Greenville
Home base for the historic steamship Katahdin and a wide display of local nautical artifacts.
Moosehead Historical Society & Museums, Greenville
Area history, including one of the state’s largest displays of Native American tools, takes center stage.
Northwoods Outfitters, Greenville
From clothing to gear rental, it’s all about the outdoors at this downtown shop. Need help exploring? They offer guided tours including moose-watching outings.