Located just steps from the shore of picturesque Lake Hebron in Monson Maine, the Finch Camp is a classic rustic New England lakeside cottage. The century old two-story cottage has held up wonderfully, maintaining its rustic charm while including modern comforts and amenities such as kitchen appliances, HD TV and new bedding and plumbing. The rental includes full access to the owner's private lakeshore area (adjacent to cottage), a charming grassy area with a boat slip and swimming access. Staying at the Finch Camp is a true throwback to earlier times, with fresh spring water provided via an antique hand-pumped well in front of the camp and running water inside. It has a large country kitchen and a roomy living room with a TV and DVD player and a classic oversized fireplace. The large wraparound porch includes a new BBQ grill and a screened area to escape the summer bugs. It's a pleasant walk to the quaint town of Monson or Appalachian Trail access, and a short drive up the 'Moosehead Trail' to the Greenville/Moosehead Lake recreation area. The ideal seasons to visit are late spring through mid fall. (We close it up for the winter.) Late spring is great for fishing and relaxing; summer is wonderful for swimming, hiking, kayaking, grilling, etc.; and early to mid fall is the best time to visit to soak in the beautiful foilage colors and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the lake during the quieter time of year.
I spent many wonderful summers at this camp as a child. I have fond memories fishing in Lake Hebron or chasing bullfrogs, fishing for perch in the quiet lake or taking a short trip to pick wild blueberries in the countryside. The summer days were sunny with ocassional thunderstorms that we rode out playing games in the comfortable cabin with a large fire in the living room fireplace. We often took the short walk into town, stopping along the way to observe loons on the lake and an ocassional wandering moose. (Yes, they do wander through Monson!) We'd also take the short drive to Greenville to shop and dine or explore the expansive Moosehead Lake recreation area. Spending time in Monson is like returning to simpler times surrounded by friendly locals and charming scenery.