Let us tell you about The Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant’s more than 110-year history in the Rangeley Lakes Region.
1909: This grand old lodge, now known as “The Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant,” was built as a family camp by the Ludeke Family. The original name for the lodge was "Camp Weduba.” This was the era when grand hotels lined the shores of Rangeley Lake and the railroads transported families here for summer vacations from all over New England, New York and New Jersey. There was a boardwalk along the shore to stroll into the town of Rangeley.
1923: The Lodge was sold to the Smith family. The Smiths had seven children. This beautiful log home was lovingly known as the Smith family camp for many years.
1952: The Davis Family purchased the lodge as a private home.
1960: The lodge opened to the public for lodging and dining. They named the lodge "The Davis Lodge." Saddleback Mountain also opened in 1960.
1966: Guy Gannett of Gannett Publishing purchased the lodge for use as a vacation retreat for his employees and visiting business guests.
1971: Mr. Gannett sold the lodge to his son-in-law, Richard Arnzen.
1973: Chester and Burdys Page purchased the lodge and renamed it the "Rangeley Lake Lodge." In 1976 they added the pub which was managed by Kenny Beaton. The Lodge became a favorite place for the locals.
1980: The new owners, Joyce Martin and Fred Slater, changed the name of the lodge back to Davis Lodge. Winters were hard on the lodge, which was built on post and pad. It would even tilt backward from the frost heaves lifting the front. Still, the lodge remained open to guests.
1984: The Prescott family became the owners of the lodge which, by then, needed some tender loving care. They made many renovations during their ownership. Instead of renting the lodge out as an inn, the Prescotts rented it as a home to families who were celebrating all kinds of occasions, and to couples seeking the perfect wedding destination. They continued to search for an appropriate name. It just so happened that two families of loons would gather each morning in front of the lodge in a territorial fishing ritual. It became obvious that the best name for the lodge was ”The Loon Lodge” and the small cabin on the property was named ”Mookwa” meaning “Little Loon” in Algonquin.
1998: The “Lodge” found new owners with the Philbricks. They ran it for two years and re-opened the dining room to the public.
2000: Winter Knight became owner. The biggest change came in 2001 when a foundation was put under the lodge.
2003: The doors closed and the lodge again was put up for sale.
2006: Usha and Gawain Wood purchased The Loon Lodge. and it became The Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant. Eventually, adding the Pickford Pub. The Wood family has carried on the traditions of this stately building. They have enhanced the aesthetics of land and lodge, creating gardens and landscapes for your enjoyment.
2010-the present: In the spring of 2010 the lodge underwent another renovation. This project created a beautiful room on the garden level with a private bar, perfect for small weddings and private parties. The current ownership and management team have worked to maintain and bring the lodge back to its glory days… This old lodge has come back to life.
Year-round, the Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant has become a destination for the Rangeley community as a gathering place for dinner and drinks. Depending on the season our guests arrive by car, boat and snowmobile. Guests travel from around the world to vacation on the shores of beautiful Rangeley Lake.
The Rangeley Lakes Region is a summer, fall, winter and spring destination. Visitors enjoy our hundreds of miles of snowmobile and ATV trails. People come to Rangeley to hike, bike and drive our scenic byways. Rangeley Lake is enjoyed by fishermen, recreational boaters and those who just enjoy the peace of relaxing lakeside.
We have also become a destination for weddings, reunions, family gatherings and small corporate events.
Saddleback Mountain has reopened after a five-year hiatus bringing skiers and snowboarders back to Rangeley. We now offer ski & stay packages for skiers and snowboarders.
For a small town there’s so much to do and you’ll be glad you chose the Loon Lodge Inn and Restaurant for dinner; or a longer stay.
For dinner, lodging, wedding or event information, call 207.864.LOON(5666) or fill out or Contact Form.