About This Listing
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 25 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)
No Smoking, Don't let the cats out.
Steve and his colleagues made our stay very enjoyable. Steve is very welcoming, a great conversationalist and made us feel right at home. All of his animals, especially his dogs are very friendly. We had a chance to go on a dog sled ride with Steve and it was an awesome experience. Pictures give an accurate view of the lodge, a cozy secluded home in the woods.
Steve has a great place to relax and do fun stuff we where sleeping at his place to go to Sunday river for skiing. We where kind of upset to go! Because there was so much to do around his house and because we had a great evening with him! Hopefully we will be able to come back one time! Thanks you steven for ALL your help!!
After driving about 10 minutes into White Mountain National Park, arriving at eight in the evening on Christmas day, we were greeted by Leonarda and a few sweet sled dogs as well as a chorus of thirty or so other dogs camped round the lodge. A snack and a bit conversation around the big round dining table went late into the night, we knew we were in for a few very special days.
This was truly a secluded wilderness lodge just as advertised. We loved every minute of it though. It was cozy and a great escape from the busy world. It was so fun to wake up and have a nice warm fire to go stand by. Breakfast was delicious and we really enjoyed our brief stay.
Such wonderful hosts, two nights with six horses, 75 dogs, a cat, two nice people and a very interesting garden ! A big bonus, Leo is a very good cook. Ask Steve what he do not agree about politic or what is hapening in the world, then tell him you do not agree with him....... You`will have then
a very interesting conversation till 1am in the morning... A fantatic time in the middle of nowhere, if we come again in this part of the world, we definetly come back, preferably in the winter to see all those dogs in action, Thank you again.
We spent a wonderful Labor day weekend at this wilderness lodge and it was everything we imagined and more! We had wanted to escape the bustle and hustle of Boston and have a quiet retreat near the mountains and that's exactly what we got. The lodge itself was spacious and charming with comfortable rooms and sitting areas and a nicely renovated/new bathroom that was very clean. The hosts, Steve and Leo, were friendly and knowledgeable and great to hang out with. So were all the cute huskies, horses, and cats that were around! We also had wonderful breakfasts and dinners with organic vegetables that they grow right by the lodge. Definitely worth the visit and we can't wait to come back during the winter for some dog sledding!
Steve and Leo (a woman) made us feel at home right away, showed us our quarters and let us do what we wanted -- explore local wilderness trails or come watch them feed their 70-plus sled dogs. We chose the wilderness walk just to be out there a bit, and when we came back we watched them handle and feed the dogs with some of their friends who were up. Later we were invited to a wonderful round-table dinner of chicken and corn (that we contributed $ for since it was not in the deal) and the conversation and camaraderie was really special. The place is an old ~1930s hunting lodge with all the trappings -- dark wood walls and ceilings, stone fireplaces, antlers on the wall (I think), musty old piles of interesting books. We slept well and from the dogs we heard nary a peep; they are very quiet beings and only made a fuss right before dinnertime. They also have four horses there who were happy to have us feed them some extra fresh grass, and they have a cluster of hummingbird feeders that attract dozens if not hundreds of hummingbirds. You can go out and stand still beside a feeder and the birds will come up to you, land on your hand, take a look so close you feel the wind of their wings on your cheek.
About the Host, Steve
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.