Summer weddings always are beautiful. A wedding at a rustic, yet elegant, lakeside inn is no exception.
Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant, located in Rangeley, Maine, on the shores of Rangeley Lake, provides a bucolic setting. The charming log building, set on 5.4 acres with a private beach, has eight guest rooms including a family suite. In addition, there’s the Pickford House with an additional four guest rooms. It boasts two restaurants with fine dining — the Dining Room and the more intimate Pickford Pub. Lovely views and sunsets, a great room with a fieldstone fireplace, comfortable furnishings, and plenty of rustic charm make this an ideal setting for weddings.
Loon Lodge Inn has an interesting history dating back to its origins as a family camp more than 100 years ago. Back then, there were a number of grand hotels along the shores of Rangeley Lake with a boardwalk along the shoreline for a stroll into the town of Rangeley. Families came from all over the Northeast to vacation there. Over the next 40 years or so, the property was sold several times to various families using it as a private home or family camp. It first opened for public dining and lodging in 1960, the same year Saddleback opened for skiing. In the ensuing decades, it changed ownership and names several more times. Many renovations were made during this period and, in the mid-1980s, it first became a wedding destination for couples seeking a small wedding venue.
In 2006, current owners Usha and Gawain Wood purchased the property, and it became the Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant. They have brought the buildings and property back to their former glory with the creation of lovely gardens and stunning landscaping, in addition to improvements on the building itself. The addition of a wonderful room on the garden level is perfect for small weddings or gatherings. There are six rooms on the second floor, each with a private bath and gorgeous views of either the lake or the woods and surrounding mountains. On the first floor, two guest rooms, also with private bath, have a private entrance to the lawn and gardens as well as lovely lake and sunset views.