Migis Lodge Maine: Serenity on Sebago Lake

By day’s end, the Sebago Lake chorus reaches its crescendo. Repetitive loon calls, frogs that trill like never-ending car alarms, murmurs of mothers and fathers putting their kids to sleep in nearby cottages all meld into one great Migis Lodge Maine reverie. It’s a symphony that singles, couples, and families have been privy to at this upscale but down to earth Maine resort year after year since 1916.

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Sunset over Sebago Lake ME from Migis Lodge

Yes, there are other ways to access Sebago Lake – camping at Sebago Lake State Park, renting a condo at Sebago Point, staying at non-lakefront hotels on main roads.

But Migis Lodge is the most service-oriented. It’s a self-contained summer camp, mostly for a highbrow clientele, but also for those who’ve saved up to splurge. It’s got everything you need, right on the grounds.

The restaurant is the finest in the area (three meals a day included). And there are many ways to get in or out on the water, from the swimming platform, sandy beaches, canoes, kayaks, sup’s, sail, and motor boats.

Migis Lodge Sign

Legend has it that the word, “Migis,” is Native American for “A place to steal away.” And though that might not be completely fact checked, the translation certainly fits. People have called this place “magical” – which is the real reason guests come every year, generation after generation.

First Impression of Migis Lodge

Dirt Road Migis Lodge ME

Driving in, my first sense of Migis harked back to my days at sleepaway camp in the Adirondacks. Memories of dirt roads and rustic cottages peppered throughout the woods prevailed.

Check In Sign Migis Lodge on Sebabo Lake ME

That initial impression – of moldy towels and hard bunk beds – was quickly dispelled at first view of the country-posh reception area in the Main Lodge with its view of the pristine lake, and the incredibly personable, anticipatory Migis staff and family, which includes, happily, a tropical bird.

Deets - African Grey Parrot - Migis Lodge ME

If owners Tim and Joan Porta are around, you’ll meet their African Grey Parrot, “Deets.” This pretty bird apparently has a vast vocabulary, but was mute on the day I arrived.

Migis Lodge Cozy Room

The main lodge features couches in front of a roaring fireplace (all summer long!), reception, the dining room with outside deck, and upstairs, several guest rooms. As I checked in near the dinner hour, I saw men and boys, dressed in jackets for dinner (required), appearing as if they’d just walked off a Ralph Lauren shoot.

Lodge Rooms and Cottages at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake

Cottages are upscale-country, with great internet service, lots of outlets, travertine marble tiled bath and showers, and cathedral ceilings.

Sauna Shed Migis Lodge Sebago Lake ME

Daybreak, a one bedroom cottage, features a living room with fireplace and porch with views out to the lake. It also overlooks the resort’s sole sweat-lodge – aka a dry sauna hut heated by firewood.

Daybreak Cottage Migis Lodge ME

All cottages and houses have been refreshed. Some have renovated bathrooms, and are kept up and furnished as befits first-class lodging.

Dining at Migis Lodge Maine on Sebago Lake

Anna Bolduck Staff Migis LodgeME

Three meals a day are included in the cost of a stay. Breakfast and lunch are informal affairs, but Migis has kept up its dress-for-dinner tradition.

Men must wear jackets. And for women, resort casual dress applies. Seasonal wait-staff, like the genuinely friendly Anna Bolduck, are unpretentious as can be. They make sure that everything goes well, and is to your liking.

Migis Lodge Dessert Table

Each 5-course dinner includes a starter, salad, soup, main dish with side, and dessert, which you choose from a menu that changes often. On the menu the night I dined were old-fashioned favorites like Pan Seared Cod Loin, Veal Oscar, and Baked Lobster Thermidor.

But chefs are adept at catering to a variety of dietary needs. So vegans will find several options, like the Vegetable Pad Thai, as well.  I could have slurped down several bowls of Wild Mushroom Ginger Soup, a sweet and hot consommé loaded with chunks of al dente mushrooms.

A groaning dessert table, presided over by two young pastry chefs, featured Migis Lodge’s signature chocolate chip cookies and almond brittle, among other delectable desserts. This is not the place to start (or even adhere to) your diet.

Migis Lodge Kayaks and Canoe

Migis serves most meals in the dining room, but does have its annual traditions. Guests visit Migis Island for a swim and lunch every Wednesday for “Island Cookout Day.”

Every Friday Evening, it’s the popular Lobster Bake. Saturday night is Buffet Night. And, Sunday morning brings Breakfast Cookout at the Point.

Amenities at Migis Lodge Maine on Sebago Lake

Sebago Lake Boating from Migis Lodge

Explore Lake Sebago via kayak, rowboat, SUP, or canoe (complimentary use), or motorboat (nominal fee). You can spend a whole day on the 5 mile by 7 mile lake (43 miles of shoreline!). Paddle, row, or use the small motor boats to go water skiing.

Head to the protected Eagle Island to see resident Bald Eagles. Explore Frye Island, where locals used to jump off the cliff at “Frye’s Leap” – no longer allowed. Or, spend most of the day cruising from Sebago to Long Lake via the Songo River and it’s one ancient lock.

Songo Lock Sebago Lake ME

It’s a bucolic ride to the lock and its adjacent hand-cranked swing bridge– either by car (very fast) or boat. If Migis takes you back to a simpler time, this bridge and lock experience will cement you there.

Migis Lodge cocktails by the Lake

Weekly activities are part of the fun here, and included in the nightly room/cottage rate. There’s a Migis Cocktail Party on Mondays (complimentary cocktails). A Lake Cruise on Tuesday and Thursday. Bingo on Wednesday Night (with great prizes!). And Karaoke after Friday’s Lobster Bake.

Besides the above, Migis offers water skiing and wakeboard instruction three times a day. Also, fishing poles available for those so inclined to drop a line.

There are several tennis courts and a 9-hole Disc Golf Course with equipment loaned for free.

Migis Lodge Fitness Shed

The open-air Fitness Center has the most updated machines.

Supervised children’s programs keep little ones busy, with hands-on activities like tie-dying and crafting.

Check website for rates, which start roughly around $450-$550 pp per night in accommodations ranging from lodge rooms to 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom cottages and include a 3-meal a day American Plan, and a slew of activities. 


  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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1 thought on “Migis Lodge Maine: Serenity on Sebago Lake”

  1. This place is awesome. It’s so vintage looking that it has turned to one of my favorites. The fishing reels photo is luring me over that. Are you sure with the costs? It’s seemingly a bit expensive though it includes lots of fun.

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