Spring Activities At Historic Pittston Farm
A New Beginning Each Year!
What a wonderful place here, in the North Woods to experience "new Life". It happens every year about this time. The snow begins to melt and our fellow neighbors our "furry animal friends" all begin to move around exploring their surroundings, finding new food sources,and therefore showing themselves for us to enjoy. Deer, moose, fox, bear,coyote, eagles and other many varieties of birds are returning, more varieties each day and by the end of May they'll be singing their wonderful songs for all to enjoy! Think of it as motor nature's classroom. We learn from and enjoy the lessons they teach us.
Spring activities abound here and include: Maple Syrup Making (Sugar-Bush Visits), Spring off-trail snowmobiling, snowshoeing, (Short-Lived - through middle of April), Bird Watching, Wildife Viewing, Fishing, Retreats Drop-Antler Searches (May), Camping Season in our Campground, Chapel Services (Beginning middle of May), visiting our farm animals in our historic barm hiking, and watching our returning Canadian geese coming into the farm from our enclosed dining porch. Oh yes, our hummingbirds as well, will be returning during May to entertain you. They are usually more active during a cool, cloudy day. So we suggest you get out and about during Spring-time by enjoying some of the following:
Maple Syrup Making at Dole Pond Maple Products: Located a short drive from here (about 15 miles) that delicious sweet syrup called "Maple Syrup" is being produced from the sap of thousands of sugar maple trees. This is great opportunity during the months of March and April to visit and have a tour of the sugar house, located just off the Golden Road. The owners, Jean Claude and Sylie Pare are always anxious to show people their operation. There syrup is used in our home-made Maple Walnut premium ice-cream here.
Retreats: This is our quiet time of year and a perfect time to have your group come and spend some quality time together, whether it be for church groups/civic groups, businesses or anthing in between consisting of men, women, youth, or leaders to plan their agendas for the coming months or just spend some quality time together in worship and relaxation. We are sure you'll find this is the perfect place for such an event. Our Chapel is waiting for your group. Our rates include the the use of the chapel, all lodging, meals, bedding, snacks, beverages, and WI-FI. Please call us for the group rate. The larger group the better price. A group rate starts at 20 people for 2 nights minimum. So, come combine some business with pleasure in God's Country and enjoy some early fishing, or wildlife viewing along with our home-cooked food and down-home hospitality.
Chapel Services: Our chapel will open Sun. May 24 for services at 10:30am for the season. We hold worship services each Sunday through Dec. and our last servce is Christmas Eve Dec. 24th. We are a non-demoninational congregation. Our purpose is to meet together to thank our Lord for all he gives to us each day and lift each other up spiritual, to become stronger in our faith and to learn how to better share that faith with all people we come in contact with. Our service consists of music, prayer, devotions, and fellowship in the middle of a beautful woodland setting. Any pastors interested in filling our pulpit for a Sunday are invited to contact us with any questions. We have a discounted rate for their family. Please come and join us anytime. Dress is very casual, jeans, shorts, sandals, please come as your are! This is God's house and he'll make it your home, he wants avisit with you please give him some of your time during your vacation.
Wildlife Viewing: Spring is the time all our animals begin to move around quite frequently where they can be seen and we love to drive around and find them in their natural habitant, day or night,and you will too. Wether it be deer, moose, bear, bobcat or smaller animals like, fox, rabbit, racrons, or beavers, busily, building their homes it makes for great family fun. An enjoyable night out around this North Woods gem is to find one or two spots where we can observe the Moose. We listen to them sucking the minerals from the soil and watch them with their "young ones". What a fun evening for spring. We'll listen to all the spring night sounds and enjoy watching the stars on the clear night. It's amazing how bright the stars are around this area because of the lack of street lights. Some people come here just for star gazing, another fun activity, so come and experience this time of year for yourself, you'll talk about it for many years to come.
Bird Watching: Spring around here comes alive with so many different species of birds, big and small. Of course, we have eagles, osprey, American Wedgions,Canadian geese, just to name a few of the larger birds observed here. There is an eagle's perch that us locals watch about each day. It is exciting to watch them fly over the lake swoop down and grab their lunch from the water. Our smaller bird population is varied and starts with about 100 different varieties of warablers with in about a 2 mile radius of our lodge. There are so many types I couldn't list them all. Our habitat of being surrounded by two major rivers and a lake make for inviting habit for our furry friends. Birding groups come here to add to their observed bird list during May, June and into July. A fun activity is to rent one of our canoes or kayaks for a half day and go out in front of the lodge into the reeds and just observe. I can't think of anything more relaxing to do for an afternoon or early evening. Call us to make your reservation for your birding group or just for one or two. Truly enjoy relaxing, just come bring your field glasses and overnight bag and feel at home.
Fishing: Mother Nature has provided a special circumstance, along with the Seboomook dam. This has produced an unusual native brook trout habitat. There is NO stocking here. The confluence (in front of our lodge) of the North and South branches of the Penobscot River are teaming with 10"-15" Native brook trout during the middle of May (depending of the water level) till the end of June maybe into the 1st week of July. There are also many other small ponds, streams,and trout pools, to wet a fly line in as well. In September the larger trout come up into the rivers and 18"-22" trout are common. From April until the middle of August, fishing is general law, with flies or worms. The rest of the year we recommend you check the law book for other variations for fishing. Finally, there's nothing more, our cook, Kelvin would rather do than fish....and assist others in their passion of fishing too. He is an experienced fisherman in these waters around here having fished them for 30 years. I'm sure he will assist you answering any questions you may have about where to fish on a particular day and with that type of flies. He'll give you a detailed fishing report each morning if you ask for it. Catch and eat or catch and release whatever your enjoyment we'll make sure to have a great time fishing in this native brook trout habitat.
Camping: Our campground has 24 RV campsite with 30 amp service at each site. Several of our RV sites are along the shore of Seboomook lake. Some are back in front of our treeline with shade provided. Tent sites (4)are located in their own area toward the entrance of our campground in front of the treeline. All campsites have a fire ring. Pit toilets are provided throughout and showers can be taken at our lodge. Price is $4 (you provide towel) or $5 (one provided for you). There is a centrally located fresh water station and RV dumping station as you drive into our campground. Trash pickup is provided as a service once a week on Sunday for our campers. We have two boat launch areas for your use, we in the campground for small boats, and another further down the lake, a state of Maine public boat launch area just renovated last year. Our campground is open year round with two seasons: May 15-October 14th (fishing & summer) and 2nd season, October 15-May 14th. (Hunting & Snowmobiling and early fishing). Our price for a seasonal site, $1200 per season. Price per night for an RV site $26 per family, 2 adults and three children and $18 for a tent site. Our weekly rate for RVs $175. Please check out our campground rules and regulations on our web-site for more information. Our restaurant in the lodge is open from 7am to 7pm for your convenience for meals daily.
A great beginning to a great day: Wake up to various birds singing, feel the crisp morning air as you step outside your RV or tent and go for a walk toward Canada Falls or over the causeway of the lake and enjoy watching the geese do touch and go's or see moose or deer along the way. After your walk, come into the lodge for a great lumberjack breakfast. We promise you won't go away hungry!