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Summer 2016 at Santa Claus Lake

Dear Guest Lodge Friends,

We can't believe it's August already!  If you feel the same, and are wishing you'd booked a week at the Guest Lodge for this summer, you may be in luck.  We have a week this month that has just opened up: August 20th to 27th.  Reach out to us directly or go on Airbnb if you'd like to book it.  After that, we have openings in September (see our calendar on Airbnb) on through to Thanksgiving to enjoy the beauty of Autumn in Maine - and maybe catch one of the great country fairs!

WHAT'S NEW?
As always, there are some new things to see at the Guest Lodge this year, the biggest of which is pictured above: a new deck with stairs down to the water.  We heard the request for steps down to the beach for that last big drop, and in typical Rob Bull fashion, Rob built much more than just the steps - he built a 10'x10' deck with the stairs attached.  It is now our favorite place with the best view!  And what better spot for a romantic dinner for two?  The project for next year (we hope!) will be a little dock that goes out from there for the boats.

There is also a new 10'x10' deck Rob built in the clearing to the left of the Guest Lodge.  We needed it for a retreat we hold each year over the Labor Day weekend (more on that below!) when a big tent goes up over that clearing, but we are also dreaming of what to put on that deck for the rest of the year...a picnic table maybe?  a swing?  Ideas welcome!  It's also a great tent platform for those of you who would like more space or have kids who want a tent experience.

This year there are also brand new white duvet covers and comforters for every bed, and a down alternative mattress topper on the queen bed in the bedroom - sooo comfy!

In the loft, you'll notice that the walls and ceiling have been painted white, and the bureau now matches the blue color of the beds.  A little girl staying at the Lodge for the first time this summer, climbed the ladder to the loft and called to her family: "Come, look at my beautiful room!"  Stories like this warm our hearts.  The next painting to be done at the end of August or early September will be to paint the ceiling of the living room white also!  

In the living room, you'll notice a new vintage cabinet that holds the new 55" thin-screen TV!  Still no cable TV available in Temple, but perfect for a movie night watching DVDs or VHS.  

Rob is also in the process of building new wooden Adirondack chairs which will be added down by the lake in September.  

And last, but not least, the Lodge now has satellite internet!  We are limited to 1 gig per day (after that the cost is significantly higher), but it should be enough for those of you who want to look things up while you're there or need to keep in touch with what's going on back home.  (Those of you who go to the Lodge to unplug, just pretend you didn't read this!)

LABOR DAY WEEKEND RETREAT
So what's this about a tent and a retreat?  As of last year, we have started hosting something very special at the Guest Lodge over Labor Day weekend: a "First Loved to Love" Retreat (based on 1 John 4:19 - "We love because He first loved us").  It's a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors in Maine while also experiencing God's love for you in a transformative way. This retreat has been one of the most impactful experiences for us, and it's our joy to share it with others. Click HERE for more details and how to register. And feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Spaces are limited.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MAINE IN THE MEDIA
While part of the beauty of Western Maine is the way it is off the beaten path and so little known to the rest of the world, it is still fun to see it get a little attention from the media now and then!  A couple mentions worthy of note...

Our neighbors on Lake Drive were in Yankee Magazine in February.  Check out the full article on homesteading and the mention of Chris and Ashirah Knapp's "Local Living School" called Koviashuvik (Inuit word meaning "a time and place of joy in the present moment") HERE...

A romantic comedy set in Farmington, Maine premiered in March! It's called "Tumbledown."  Watch for an aerial view of Main Street in Farmington, Mount Blue State Park, references to the local newspaper (name changed slightly), the main character flipping through a copy of an Uncle Henry's Swap or Sell It Guide, the Maine pastime of going to the dump at night to watch the bears and, of course, the title is referring to Tumbledown Mountain in nearby Weld, Maine (a great hike!). The film's screenwriter is a graduate of Mount Blue High School. :) See trailer included in this Portland Press Herald article.

If you've always wanted to take the ultimate Maine waterfall road trip, it turns out that the Guest Lodge is a great place to do it from!  The Only In Your State website has focused on Western Maine for a very manageable road trip (5 hours) to see beautiful waterfalls all along the way in Western Maine.  You can plan your own Western Maine waterfall trip HERE.

For updates on the Guest Lodge and Santa Claus Lake throughout the year, please visit and like our Facebook page.  And feel free to share your vacation photos with us via email and with your permission, we will post them on the FB page!

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer and that we will get to have you as our guests at the lake again soon!

The loons are calling you!

Wishing you and your loved ones much joy this summer,
Rob & Beth

What better place for a romantic dinner for two?
The queen bedroom with new comforter and new white duvet cover and down alternative mattress topper - the perfect place for a very comfy and peaceful night's sleep!
 
Side view of the new deck Rob built with stairs down to the water.
The loft with its new white paint!  
 
New TV in place on the recently acquired vintage cabinet.  
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