Famous Secluded Wilderness Lodge

House - Private room · Kings Hwy, Bethel, ME 04217, United States
Your host, Steve
6 Reviews
Response rate: 67%
Response time: a few days or more

The Space

Remote and yet comfortable, located just 10 miles from the village of Bethel, Maine, The Telemark Inn was built at the turn of the century, as a hand-crafted Adirondack-style wilderness lodge, at the base of Caribou Mountain , surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. For the past 18 years the Telemark Inn has been offering truly singular outdoor vacation experiences for nature and animal enthusiasts alike.

The Inn has been featured on CBS This Morning Show, Boston Chronicles, Maine Public TV, and in publications such as Outside Magazine, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times .

The historic lodge’s interior has been preserved with its original rooms fully paneled in Norway Pine. Each of the five guest rooms is different, and features unique hand-built cabinetry. The living rooms focal point is a huge mineral stone fireplace, glinting with mica and granite. The dining room features the original antique seven foot, round cherry wood table. Here you will enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals that are a balance of fine cuisine and natural bounty. Vegetarians and Low Fat Healthy diners are welcome here. The Telemark Inn maintains its own organic vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens, and the harvest finds its way directly to our table. Relax within the serenity of the lodge and it’s location or partake in it’s many fun and educational outdoor activities. Kick back and lounge on our spacious front porch overlooking the gardens while viewing the multitudes of our amazing hummingbirds, and other song birds at their feeding stations.

Lodge Offerings - Spring, Summer and Fall at the TELEMARK INN.
Come and experience first hand the wonders of a Maine wilderness retreat.
Summer Time - Offering Hiking, Canoeing, Llama trekking, Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving, Hummingbird Haven, Kids Animal and Nature Programs, Organic Gardens, and healthy meals.
WinterTime -Dog Sled Rides, Sled Dog Trips, Skijoring, Snow Shoeing and a Comfortable Wilderness Lodge to base out of. Visit (email hidden)

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 14
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had an awesome time hanging out with Steve and Leo. They were both gracious and entertaining. It was a real adventure-- We'll definitely be returning.

    December 2013
  • Steve's place is absolutely wonderful. You know its been treated with utmost love and care the moment you walk in. The fireplace in the house kept the whole house nice and toasty. The fireplace up on the hill was really nice as well. Steve's dogs were extremely friendly and a new experience with dogs for our group - playing and working with them/training 1-on-1. The area around the house is very beautiful and peaceful. There is lots to walk around and immerse yourself in. This time of the year is perfect there. There is no interruptions of any kind. We were there for just one night so we did not do any hiking. There is trails that you can do right from his property. Finally, our host Steve is a wonderful host/person. He was extremely accommodating and generous. He loaned me his sweater for the evening as I forgot to carry one and made us all breakfast and coffee the next day before we woke up. He very much became a part of our group understanding our culture (we come from outside of America) and learning and sharing his experiences as well. A wonderful host. We plan on visiting this place in the future as well. If you find yourself visiting the area of NH or Maine, I would HIGHLY recommend the experience of staying at Steve's place with his company.

    October 2013
  • We spent a weekend at Steve's lodge with our 3 young daughters. I guess a good way to sum it up is that all our daughters begged us to stay or at least come back next summer. They thoroughly loved it. Pony rides, huskies and a hike in the woods to a nearby waterfall amidst the fall foliage. The lodge is at the end of the road and has a very rustic and charming feel. The only reminder of the 20th century is a radio. Steve and his wife were very welcoming and went out of their way for our children. The country breakfast after helping feeding the horses was wholesome, generous and delicious. My wife and I hit it off with our hosts in lively and interesting discussions. If you want a different experience than your average franchise hotel and enjoy a taste of the country life this is the place for you. You should probably feel comfortable around dogs too since Steve has a sizable population of trained sled dogs. Quite impressive seeing them race off dragging the ATV behind them.
    All in all thanks to Steve we experienced a unique backcountry weekend that I know my kids will not soon forget. I can definitely recommend it!

    October 2013
  • Steve and Leo are fascinating people....wonderful conversationalists. We talked late into the night sitting at the round wooden table in front of a toasty wood stove enjoying a glass of wine. The inn is historical and rustic and we relished the ambiance. We really enjoyed our time with two very intelligent hosts and 80 sled-dogs, who were all so sweet, well behaved and surprisingly quiet, except for the brief time when they were being fed in the late morning and early evening. At that time, their barks carried across the hills and echoed back and forth like waves on a beach which made us smile and chuckle and think to ourselves how lucky we were to experience the Telemark Inn!

    October 2013
  • The lodge at the end of King's Highway is a great secluded spot in W. Bethel on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. We visited as a base for a hiking excursion, and it was terrific. Steve is a very friendly host who shares his enthusiasm for his historic lodge and the natural surroundings with visitors. We happened to arrive between two rounds of youth camps, so things were a little hectic. However, our hosts went out of their way to make sure we had a good stay. It would be fun to go back in the winter to enjoy a fire in the cozy lodge.

    July 2013
  • We had so much fun staying at Leo and Steve's lodge. The kids loved the dogs, llamas and horses. And joining Steve in running the sled dogs was a wonderful experience that we will hardly forget.
    The location at the end of a private road is perfect. It is close enough to Bethel to buy everything you may need, but still far away so you can feel you are having a real outdoors experience. This is particularly true when you spend part of the night by a campfire, inside of their amazing tipi!
    The food was great. We particularly enjoyed the delicious veggies coming fresh from their garden to the table.
    Leo and Steve where extremely nice and patient with our kids. They were very welcoming and made us feel at home in their lodge. We look forward to come back soon!

    October 2012
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New England Dogsledding and New England Riding and Driving
Has been working with horses ( llamas and sled dogs) for over twenty four years. His passions and interests since childhood have been pursuing the “natural” and wild side of the environment– either climbing mountains just to “see” them or studying Alpine Ecology in graduate school out West or being attentive to the organic gardens or spending quality time with his husky pups. Steve’s professional life has always been involved with showing people the beauty of nature and teaching them how to really “get close” to the experience both for the benefit of the animals and for the personal growth of the individual . Working and living with both Horses and Huskies are a direct way for Steve to “get close to Nature” – Steve (they say) is a bit of a character, and a very talented trainer of both sled dogs and horses- llamas too. He also enjoys feeding hummingbirds out of his mouth and sometimes entertaining guests with his witty humor. He owns and runs New England Dogsledding and the Telemark Inn Wilderness Lodge just outside of Bethel Maine.
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