This was our fifth summer here and our family has grown to love it more every year. The location just can't be beat. Highland Lake is beautiful with only a moderate amount of motor boat traffic - while the adults prefer the quiet, the kids loves the waves the boats make, so it's a happy compromise. Our family loves to kayak, swim, fish (caught a new family record of 30 white perch in one day this year!), play on the beach, relax on the deck, make s'mores around the beach fire-pit, and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The sandy private beach is perfect for young children and a rarity on this lake. Multiple small islands around the lake are great fun to check out too. We find so much to do at the house and on the lake that we rarely leave the property except for trips to the grocery store.
While the railings upstairs are a concern for small children, we've had a number of toddlers here over the years without issue. We've brought baby gates and had strict rules about no kids upstairs without adult supervision. To meet the 10AM check-out time Saturday morning, we bring our own bed linens (even though there are plenty at the house) so there is less laundry for us to deal with before leaving.
The new deck looks great and is a perfect spot - whether sipping our morning coffee as the mist rises off the water, taking a lunchtime break from swimming, or enjoying a glass of wine as the night sky settles over the lake and mountains - we enjoy the view any time of day.
The setting feels nicely secluded and yet you're only minutes from easy shopping, restaurants, and movies in downtown Bridgton. The owner has always been a pleasure to work with and responsive to any concerns or questions we've had.