Name:  Tom & Tina Stokes
State/Province: OH

Greetings Rick and Debbie!

Wanted to thank you again for the hospitality and wonderful time we had at 5 Lakes two weeks ago. After our spectacular drive home through Maine, New Hampshire (Mt. Washington Auto Road was spectacular), Vermont and New York, we talked things over and wished we had spent more time with you and 5 Lakes. If we get back to Maine, you are certainly atop our accomodation list!!

5 Lakes location -- 5 stars

5 Lakes views -- 5 stars

5 Lakes hosts and hospitality -- 5 stars

5 Lakes accomodations and service -- 5 stars

And thanks again for the impromptu pontoon ride and your sharing of information about Baxter. We hope that great little dog made it home!!

Looking at the webcam and wishing...

Tom & Tina Stokes

Date: 10/15/2013  

Name:  Dave & Peg Gray
State/Province: ME


We selected 5 lakes lodge, eagles nest, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  Little did we know when the week ended we would experience the best vacation ever.

Between the natural beauty of the area, the amazing high quality of the lodge and the exceptional hosts Rick and Deb the getaway will be something we soon won't forget.

We enjoyed a couple of boat rides viewing the amazing scenic lakes, hiked a number of trails in Baxter State Park, took a "fly and dine" scenic flight and so much more.  Don't miss the "fly and dine" if you get the chance.  One of the most memorable moments in our life.   Thanks to Jim at Katahdin Air and Libby's Camp for a very magical evening. 

One of our boat tours was provided by Rick and Deb.  We will never forget the eagle flying over our was amazing.

Again, if you are thinking of spending time in this area there is no better place to stay then at the 5 lakes lodge.  You won' be disappointed.

Dave & Peg Gray

Date: 9/3/2013  

Name: Jim and Linda Low
State/Province: ME

Rick and Debbie,


We had such a great relaxing time with you folks at 5 Lakes Lodge. Great accommodations, view (and the two of you really provided snow a couple of times) and superb breakfasts. We appreciated the hikes you sent us on; perfect for our shape and interests. We are looking forward to next summer for kayaking, Golden Road exploration, and further trip to Baxter, if we get up early enough for hikers' parking lot spaces.

 Congratulations! Both of you are knowledgeable, friendly, and know how to treat your guests as individual. 

                          Bless you both!

                       Jim and Linda L. 


Date: 10/16/2012  

Name:  Mitch and Jan Hobbs
State/Province: Fl

My husband and I stayed at 5 Lakes Lodge in August 2011. The room was fabulous, the food delicious and the hosts delightful. We would highly recommend.

Date: 9/6/2011  

Name: Wes
State/Province: RI

Reviewed the web site , the pictures looked great (as expected).

We went up as a group, 5 couples rented all the rooms for the weekend.We did not expect the pictures to do the place justice, it was even nicer than the pictures could make it out to be.

Rick and Deb top notch accommodations.

"You will not be disappointed" book now

Date: 8/23/2011  

Name:  Erica
State/Province: NH

Thank you so much for a memorable weekend!  Everything was perfect and your home is beautiful!!  Debbie, you are a great cook and the food was delicious... loved the french toast :)  We are planning next years trip!  We want to make this a yearly visit :)

Date: 8/10/2011  

Name:  stephen amari
State/Province: nh

3-28-11 just spent 3 days snowmobiling with my friend and his son.Conditions were awsome and a special thank you to our wonderful hosts Rick and Debbie. They made a great weekend even better with their personal touch that helped us enjoy our stay even more.This was my 2nd stay at 5lakes and look forward to my next visit

Date: 3/28/2011  

Name:  Kathy Bureau
State/Province: Maine

My husband and I spent our 30th anniversary at 5 Lakes Lodge. It was a special occasion and it turns out we pick a special place to celebrate it. We are Mainers and have always apprciated our state, but the spectacular view at 5 Lakes Lodge was a fresh reminder of Maine's natural beauty.

Host, Rick and Debbie, are special people. Friendly, hard working, creative Mainers who go the extra mile to make your visit comfortable, relaxing and as active as you choose.

You will not be disappointed. On the contrary, you will be overjoyed.



Date: 10/7/2010  

Name:  Sam and Kathy Prentice
State/Province: Connecticut

The 5 Lakes Lodge is a beautiful place to spend some time when visiting this amazing area. Rick and Debbie are wonderful hosts who go out of their way to try and make your stay as memorable and pleasurable as possible. The lodge itself is an amazing creation and is the culmination of the dreams of its owners. They succeeded in bringing into being the vision they had. Anyone who avails themselves of staying here will be very glad they did so.

Date: 9/28/2010  

Name: Ron and Diane Wikander
State/Province: Geprgia

There are very few occasions when the expectations of vacationers are met because we all seem to demand too much. Staying with Rick and Debbie qualifies as the rare occasion when idealistic expectations have not only been met, but far exceeded.

The opening salvo was the tremendous view of Mt. Katahdin and it's surrounding neighbors along the terminus of the Appalacian Trail. There was the warm welcome to a truly first class lodge situated on a penninsula on the shores of a marvellouslly clean lake. Breakfasts were divine. The ammenities include kayaks and canoes; great swimming and views; and a ride in a beautiful pontoon boat to see local Bald Eagles, Loons, and Moose.

This native Maine couple exude the love of their land and surroundings and made us feel very much at home as they explained the history of their B&B site and the surrounding area.

If you want to get lost in tranquil peace and quiet, while surrounded by natural beauty and great hospitality, this IS the place. We liked it so much, we have booked another week at the end of September.  


Date: 8/19/2010  

Name: Ed and Lauren

We stumbled across this gem and its marvelous hosts almost by accident. We arrived unexpectedly in Millinocket in late July, consulted our IPhone, looked at several places listed, and had just about given up--we are still thanking our lucky stars that we went that last mile. Its location is perfect, and Debbie's breakfasts matched anything we've had at five diamond resorts. Between the sunsets, the kayaks, Katahdin, and Rick's unfailing patience and his excellent guidance on where to go and what to do, we had the stay we'd dreamed of. We'll be back.

Date: 8/9/2010  

Name:  Dan & Sarah Hoffman
State/Province: NY

My husband and I decided we would take a trip to Maine and instead of booking lodging for a week we would just see where our journey took us. Our first few days we stayed in Bar Harbor, the coast and Acadia National Park were beautiful. We also explored many of the nearby towns, they were all very quaint and nice. After a few days though, we grew tired  of the "tourist scene". It was a bit crowded and since we both deal with a lot of people and traffic during our everyday life, we wanted some peace & quiet-so we headed North and since I was in Maine, I was determined to see a Moose!!

 Lucky for us we happened across  5 Lakes Lodge!  We knew this was exactly what we were looking for, a beautiful lodge, surrounded by a pristine lake,  away from the hustle and bustle. This was our first experience in a Bed & Breakfast and if we had to describe it in one word, it would be AMAZING! Our host's Rick & Debbie (and Amber) were absolutely  fabulous, we felt like we were staying with friends right from the minute we walked in the door. One of the best part's by far was Debbie's incredible breakfast (10 star's). Rick was so helpful in helping us plan our day trips, giving us detailed maps and suggestions on where to see wildlife and do some hiking (we did see a moose!). We only planned on staying two night's but could not resist staying an extra night :)  The lodge rooms have everything you need and more. The craftsmanship and details that went into making the lodge and all the rooms is astonishing. There were so many things we loved about the rooms that I can't pick only one favorite- we loved the Jacuzzi tub, the furnishings, the bed was incredible and the view is as beautiful as you can imagine. Rick & Debbie took us out on the boat to grab dinner across the lake at the Loose Moose, we had a blast!

If you're looking for a place to get away for some peace & quite, relaxation and to experience nature's beauty, 5 Lakes Lodge is where you will find it. There are plenty of places to eat in town as well as lots of things to do, including canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, boating, fishing or just sitting by the lake relaxing. We will absolutely be back someday and plan to stay even longer next time!

Date: 7/25/2010  

Name:  Sandy Dittemore
State/Province: Va.

Just returned from an awesome experience staying at 5 Lakes Lodge. Debbie& Rick were wonderful-they were warm and friendly-and made us feel very much at home.The lodge is beautiful-the scenery breathtaking-the rooms rustic-with attention to every detail-will look forward to returning in the near future-Sandy Dittemore

Date: 7/7/2010  

Name:  Paul and Billie Kaye Tsika
State/Province: TX

Rick and Debbie, Thank you for having such a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming b&b. Paul usually doesn't like staying in b&bs, however he's talking about coming back to your place next year. Your accommodations were absolutely first class. You are given to hospitality! You made us feel welcome and comfortable the whole time we were with you. The room was so tastefully decorated and the bed was so comfortable. The food was scrumptious! We so enjoyed getting up early and sitting out by the lake while we had our morning coffee. It was a great way to start the day. Thank you for taking us out on the lake. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Millinocket. Paul and I travel a lot, so we stay in many hotels and resorts. We definitely think your b&b is one of the best places we've ever stayed. Be blessed and come see us at Restoration Ranch. Paul and Billie Kaye

Date: 7/5/2010  

Name: Larry and Eileen Lafland
State/Province: Maine

Spending Valentine's Day weekend with Rick and Debbie at the lodge was like spending a weekend with family. They open their home to their guests and make everyone feel like they are family. From the beautiful guest rooms all with a view of Mount Katahdin,the Valentine chocolates on the bed, to the appetizers and nightly chats by the fire and the homecooked breakfasts in the morning Rick and Debbie go all out to ensure your stay is relaxing and enjoyable.  Rick and his crew of snowmobile trail groomers do an excellent job of making their trails the best they can be so that everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of the region. Thank you Rick and Debbie for the experience and the hospitality. We definitely will be back.

Larry and Eileen Lafland

Date: 2/15/2010  

Name: Sarah Strubhar
State/Province: IL

What can I not say about our stay at 5 Lakes Lodge.  Though we were guests back in February 2009 and I am just now adding this, it was one of the most enjoyable times we have had on vacation in Northern Maine and we have had many.  We were lucky enough Rick and Deb accomodated our entire family in the entire lodge for a week and I can say everyone was more than pleased with their stay. 

We were there to snowmobile but with my husband and I having a 4 month old I didn't get to do much riding.  Snowmobiling was always the highlight of my winter and with not being able to ride this past winter I can say it really didnt' matter while staying at the lodge.  Rick and Deb made me feel more than welcome during the days and were always there to help if I needed anything for us or the little one.

The breakfasts were indescribable.  Let's just say I would eat the "starter" portion of the breakfast and be satisfied but Deb wouldn't stop there.  She was then ready and willing to cook us a breakfast that was sure to please. 

It is hard for to describe in words the enjoyment and relaxation we had that entire week.  All I can say is I hope we can return there again someday even if only for a few days instead of a week just to relish in the great company of Rick and Deb.  Thanks so much for everything and for those future guests you WILL NOT be disappointed at all.

Date: 12/1/2009  

Name:  Ben & LaVon Euler
State/Province: Indiana

My husband and I just returned from our 2nd stay at 5 Lakes Lodge.  This trip was his surprise gift to me for my 50th birthday, and when he told me where we were going, I wept...with joy.  We had the pleasure of being among Rick & Debbie's first guests after they opened the lodge in July 2004, and always knew we would return...just didn't plan on it taking us 5 years to do so.  When we were at 5 Lakes Lodge over Labor Day weekend in 2004, we brought my 70 year old father with us.  He and I were both recuperating from recent surgeries, and what better place to relax and rejuvenate, right?  But when he found out we were staying at a B&B, he wasn't exactly thrilled.  Being somewhat of a recluse, he didn't relish the idea of staying in "someone else's home" and having to interact with people he didn't know.  However, when it came time to check out of 5 Lakes Lodge and head on to Bar Harbor for Phase II of our trip, guess who didn't want to leave?  You guessed Dad!  I'm not sure what won him over...whether it was the fact that Rick and Debbie treated us like we were family...or the gastro feasts they refer to as "breakfast"...the charm, comfort and unbeatable location of the lodge...the unexpected but very much appreciated twilight boat ride on the lake to see eagles and loons...or being lulled to sleep by gentle waves lapping on the shore and the distant call of a loon...but we all left 5 Lakes Lodge vowing to return some day and hoping to find it just as we left it...intimate, beautiful and magical.


Now, fast forward 5 years and not only am I recuperating from yet another surgery, but I get to spend my 50th birthday at one of my favorite places on the planet--5 Lakes Lodge!  I was SO hoping that nothing had changed...and for the most part, it hadn't.  It's still the intimate, beautiful and magical place of my memories, and if anything, it's only improved.  Rick, Debbie and Amber are as welcoming and accessible as ever, the lodge is still immaculately clean, comfy and cozy and the breakfasts are still a gastro feast!  And the awe-inspiring location and views are still, well, indescribable.  We arrived at the lodge at sunset just as Rick, Debbie, Amber and the other guests were returning from a boat ride on the lake.  After darkness fell, several of us sat outside by the lake getting acquainted, telling jokes, and all the while being serenaded by loons and dazzled by God's fireworks.  It was almost if the loons knew we had returned and had composed a special symphony they’d been saving to perform just for us!  When we finally succumbed to fatigue and decided to say our "goodnights," we had the pleasure of climbing into THE most comfortable bed I've ever known.  I think if it weren’t for the enticing aromas of Debbie’s incredible breakfasts wafting thru the morning air, or the lure of the lake, the loons, the sunshine and the fresh air beckoning to “come, enjoy, experience,” I could’ve spent the remainder of the vacation cocooned in that heavenly cradle. 


On our first full day at 5 Lakes Lodge, we decided just to take it easy and stay close to “home.”  We had a leisurely and delicious breakfast and then drove into Millinocket to pick up some things.  When we returned to the lodge, Rick and Debbie offered to take us and their other guests for a boat ride on the lake, which we gladly accepted.  It was unseasonably hot, humid and hazy for the entirety of our stay, so the prospect of a breezy boat ride and cool dip in the lake was especially enticing.  We saw loons, a young bald eagle, a mature bald eagle, and even got a “peak” at Katahdin, which the late-summer haze had almost completely obscured.  We returned to the lodge totally relaxed, a little bit sunburnt and with our cameras full of incredibly beautiful photos to serve as mementos of what a great day it had been.  Later that evening we had a delicious gourmet dinner at River Drivers Restaurant in Millinocket--a restaurant that Rick and Debbie had turned us onto on our previous visit--and when we returned to the lodge, Debbie had baked a birthday cake for me, complete with candles and ice cream!  Now, I ask you, does it get any better, or more thoughtful, than that?  I think not.  And when we retired to our “Ambajejus” room for the evening, with our bellies full from excellent food and drink, our eyes full from all the beautiful sights we had seen and our hearts full from the outpouring of warm hospitality we had been shown - the loons - though not as vocal as the night before - sang us to sleep once again.


On our second day, we had yet another delicious breakfast and then set out for Baxter State Park.  It was hard deciding whether to go sightseeing along The Golden Road or go the park, but this time the park won.  While in the park, we only saw one cow moose on the road to Dacey Pond, as well as a doe and two spotted fauns at Rum Brook, but after we exited the park at the Matagamon Gate at sunset, we saw 2 moose along the highway, a fox and a skunk.  We stopped for lobster rolls at “Craig’s Clam Shop” in Patten before returning to the lodge for the evening.  After a very long, very hot day of hiking, sightseeing and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes in the park, returning to the lodge was like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert!


As dawn arose on the morning of check-out, my heart and spirit began to sink, knowing that I was going to have to say goodbye to “my” beloved 5 Lakes Lodge once again.  There’s something about this place that creeps into your soul and takes ahold of you...leaving you wanting more...and knowing that it’s not a matter of IF you return, but WHEN you will return...  I haven’t said anything in this homage/love letter to 5 Lakes Lodge that hasn’t already been covered by the other guests, but if you’re reading this review, you owe it to yourself to “come, enjoy, experience” it firsthand, because as the title of my review suggests, “There are no words to describe the magic that is 5 Lakes Lodge.” 


And to Rick, Debbie and Amber...a million thanks...over and over...  We hope to return again when a blanket of snow covers the earth, the ice on the lake is 40 inches thick and Ben turns 48.  In the meantime, take good care and continue living the life us lesser mortals can only but dream of ;-)

Date: 8/22/2009  

Name: Jesse Moberg
State/Province: Wisconsin

Rick and Debbie couldn't have been more gracious hosts serving delicious food and suggesting great hiking trip and adventures.  This was our first stay in a Bed and Breakfast, and we couldn't have been more pleased.  Exactly as advertised and more!

Date: 7/2/2009  

Name:  John and Julie Keegan
State/Province: Maine

Though we are not serious hikers at all, we were excited to visit the Baxter State Park/Mt. Katahdin area.  Our choice of lodging could not have been better.  The location is perfect and Rick and Debbie are wonderful hosts. They were most helpful in guiding us "in the right direction" for the best sights.  We can't wait to go back!

Date: 6/29/2009  

Name: Debbie and Gene
State/Province: Indiana

Don't think twice about making a reservation here - just do it!  You won't be disappointed!  The accommodations, hosts, and scenery were all perfect!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Date: 6/25/2009  

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5 Lakes Lodge
46 Marina Drive
South Twin Lake
Millinocket, Maine 04462
GPS Coordinates: 45°36.174' North 68°49.295' West