Off-the-Grid Winter Weekend Retreat – Maine Huts & Trails

Welcome to our off-the-grid overnight winter wonderland retreat with Maine Huts & Trails!

March 9-10, 2019 | Stratton Brook Hut | Kingfield, Maine

Get Outside. Connect with Nature. Choose your own Adventure

Snowshoe | Cross Country Ski | Mountain (Fat) Bike

Join us at the trailhead Saturday morning at 10am for a 3 mile winter wonderland guided group hike/snowshoe to the Stratton Brook Hut for an overnight off-the-grid! Once we arrive at the hut, we will warm up with a hot drink and yummy lunch followed by a welcome briefing and yoga s t r e t c h by the fireplace. Once you are warm and your belly is full, choose to get back out on the trails and explore more of the area on foot, xc skis or fat bike. There are nature trails as well as elevated peaks available for every level. If you feel more like relaxing and taking it easy, cozy up by the fireplace with a good book and cup of cocoa or tea. Enjoy a family style homemade dinner as we share the highlights of our day, then spend the evening as you wish. Lights out at 10pm! Early Sunday morning, we wake for an early morning yoga s t r e t c h, fireside, followed by a family style breakfast. After breakfast you are free to enjoy the wilderness as you wish; snowshoe, xc ski or fat bike and head back to the trailhead whenever you prefer. There is no wifi here but we are certain you will get a better connection to yourself, the earth and others. Join us off-the-grid 🙂

Stratton Brook Hut is perched at the top of the legendary Oak Knoll Trail. With spectacular views of the Bigelow Range, Sugarloaf and beyond, Stratton Brook is the perfect destination for day visits and overnight excursions.

Winter provides skierssnowshoers and fat bikers with a hearty workout going up and a fun, fast descent heading down. There are also many options for day trips on surrounding trails as well as elevated peaks.

A trail map is included below.

We realize that the word ‘hut’ may conjure images of a tiny mountain hideaway at best, and a shoddily built shack at worst. So then why do they call them huts?

They chose that term because their model is inspired by the many hut-and-trail routes built throughout the Alps. But you’ll be happy to know they have taken a few liberties. Huts are spacious, architect-designed models of modern but rustic off-the-grid living. Vaulted ceilings, beautiful leather furniture, crackling woodstoves, and walls of windows welcome you in the common rooms. Your locally sourced meals are prepared in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, powered, like everything else, by solar or hydro energy. The clean, modern bathrooms feature hot showers and composting toilets. And the heated bunk rooms, while minimalist in design, are a welcome respite after a day on the trails. We know that you come to the huts to enjoy the outdoors, but we think the destination should be just as rewarding as the journey….

OFF THE GRID OVERNIGHT PACKAGE INCLUSIVES:

  • 1 night co-ed bunk accommodations at Stratton Brook Hut
  • 2 days on the trails, choose from snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing or fat biking 
  • Guided hike to Stratton Brook Hut, welcome briefing, yoga s t r e t c h (lunch items for purchase available)
  • Afternoon snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing or fat biking
  • A hearty, family-style dinner (6pm) and breakfast (730am)
  • A bagged lunch for the trail 
  • Early AM Yoga s t r e t c h 
  • Indoor fireplace and Outdoor firepit
  • Bunks include mattress and pillow. please bring your own sleeping bag and pillowcase
  • Board games, books and cards are available in the library for anytime use
  • Wine and beer available for purchase 
  • Heat – the main hut and bunkhouses have radiant floor heating and are heated up to 55°F
  • Lighting (quiet hours 10pm-6am)
  • Hot showers with biodegradable soap
  • Composting toilets

You may BYO wine or liquor but it may not be consumed in the Main Lodge/Dining area. There is beer and wine available for purchase onsite.

EQUIPMENT

All outdoor equipment must be provided on your own. The hut does have snowshoes for use (for free) but these are on a first come-first served basis and are very limited. Chances are they will be sold out. If you do not have your own outdoor equipment, you may rent gear at the nearby Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. Rentals can be purchased directly from Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and anything that you do not carry or wear on your hike in to Stratton Hut can be shuttled by the gear shuttle for $35 each way. Gear must also be at the trailhead by noon. We recommend just carrying or wearing your gear to the hut unless you are not capable of doing so. For all details on shuttling your gear and how to prepare and plan for this, visit GEAR SHUTTLES.

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Equipment that may be rented:

Snowshoes 

Fat Bikes

XC Skis

 

TRAILS

Trails for Snowshoeing, XC Skiing and/or Mountain (Fat) Biking are available for all-levels and include:

  • Short hikes under .5 miles

  • 3 mile loops

  • 5+ mile loops

All trails are in the wilderness so please plan accordingly and bring enough water and snacks with you for your journey. When using Stratton Brook Hut at your base camp, you are able to access multiple 4,000′ peaks in the Bigelow Range as well. More info on these more advanced hikes may be provided at your request.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The ‘hut’ is an off-the-grid eco lodge situated along an 80-mile trail system. When you arrive at the hut, you’ll finda spacious great room, cozy reading area, and a breezy screened-in porch. Every hut is equipped with hot showers, composting toilets, comfortable heated bunkrooms and convenient gear drying rooms for your wet gear and equipment. Guests stay in shared bunkrooms with a variety of bunk configurations. Don’t forget your sleeping bag 🙂

Check out is at 10am, but feel free to leave your personal items in the gear room while you explore nature.

PACKING LIST

  • Backpack
  • Trail Map
  • 40° Compressible Sleeping Bag
  • Pillowcase
  • Compressible Pack Towel
  • Headlamp and/or Flashlight
  • Light-weight Slippers
  • Change of Underwear
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Water Bottle (Potable water is available at every hut.)
  • Self-Rescue Kit: Whistle Compass and/or GPS Multi-purpose knife
  • Extra Batteries
  • Emergency/Foil Blanket
  • Matches and/or a Lighter (waterproof/windproof)
  • Optional Items: Book/Journal Camera

Please click this link to view a printable packing list + winter specific items

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Since we produce all of our own power, electricity is at a premium. You should not bring the following items:

  • Hair dryers or curling/flat irons
  • Laptops or iPads
  • Portable/electronic game devices
  • Stereos or CD players

BOOKING DETAILS

Payment Options

  • Pay in full below via PayPal using your CC (includes 3% transaction fee)
  • Pay in full by Check: 1. Enter the code paybycheck (all one word, all lower case) at check out below. 2. Mail to: YOLO Adventure Retreats, PO Box 273, North Andover, MA 01845.
  • Pay via VENMO, a free service with NO hidden fees. Download the VENMO app, and send payment to supyoboston@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy:

  • All cancellations at any time incur a $50 cancellation fee.

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Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.