Experience your own R & R retreat in "Robin's Nest Eco Cabin", tucked in the woods for your private nature getaway. Enjoy the back country feeling with relatively easy access…Inspired by Thoreau’s one room cabin, our most popular eco~cabin retreat. "Unplug", relax and enjoy
Retreat in Robin's Nest, tucked into the woods for your private nature getaway. Come to write, read, create, connect or find stillness and silence. Make this your base for outdoor recreation and adventure. Enjoy the woods surrounding you and nestle into Thoreau's cabin in the Maine woods.
This cabin is family friendly, too. Kids thrive here! Kids 8 and under are free and please let us know how many are in your group so we can set up the space accordingly.
We have a "self-check in" system. We suggest if you have never been here before, please arrive before dark. If you cannot, have a flashlight/headlamp handy upon arrival. Outdoor lighting is minimal or nonexistent, depending on conditions. You will find a map board on a tree in the parking area.
The sleeping arrangement options are as follows:
1 full (double) real bed
1 set of hand crafted bunk beds (singles)
Robin's Nest is part of a green retreat center, Nurture Through Nature, which also offers group retreats on occasion. Based on availabity and advanced booking, you may have the opportunity to add services to your getaway, such as a private wood-fired sauna session, a private customized yoga~meditation session, or a guided canoe trip, a guided hike~snow shoe excursion from the resident Maine Guide and founder, Jen Deraspe. All services are based on availability and advanced bookings are encouraged. You may pay on site for any confirmed services you wish to add to enrich your stay.
About the land:
Our retreat sits on 33 wooded, hillside acres at the base of Pleasant Mt, offering private hiking trails, a crystal clear brook with dipping pools and granite sleuths and soaking pools right near by. We have a medicine wheel for a spectacular place to sit with long views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains National Forest. We border Nature Conservancy and Loon Echo Land Trust lands, forever protected from development.
Robin's Nest eco~cabin is part of Maine's first green certified retreat center.
There is a composting toilet nearby (about 50 yards up the access road from your cabin), an outdoor fire circle, picnic table, hammock and outdoor seating on small porch.
Please note there is no running water in the cabin. A seasonal outdoor shower is available at the Mt Pleasant Lodge. Also, we now have a warm shower for our guests, a hybrid system with solar, wood and propane on demand for limited, mindful usage, located a 3 minute hike up from your cabin at the Pioneer Shower Room where you can also refill your water jugs.
private eco-cabin stay
locally roasted organic coffee beans and tea
french press, coffee bean grinder, tea pot
two burner propane stove for simple and basic cooking
solar powered electricity
(please do not bring a hair dryer, crock pot or any other appliances with heating elements~they too many kilowatts for our small, shared solar powered systems!!!)
kitchen amenities; dishes, pots and pans, utensils, pot holders
hand sanitizer, dish soap, sponges
ice chest for food storage (no ice on site)
wood stove for heating and cooking
fire wood (for indoor fires only), newspaper, kindling, matches
mountain pure drinking water jugs from our drilled well
nearby swanky composting toilet (we use the composted poo to grow flowers, plants and trees :)
warm showers located 3 minutes up hill to shower room
seasonal open~air shower at lodge
maps for private walking/hiking trails on 33 acres offering views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest and along our beautiful spring fed mountain brook
picnic table, camp chairs and camp fire ring
***Please note, you need to provide your own linens and pillow and we recommend 20 degree F. rated mummy sleeping bags in fall, winter and early spring.
Private hiking trails.
Interaction with guests
We respect our guests' privacy through our self~check in system. There are occasions where the hosts may not be present during your stay, and just a cell phone call away. And during your stay, we may check in with a text or call to be sure you are all set. Our phone number will be in your cabin for you if there is a need.
Other things to note
We are part of Maine's Greater Bridgton Lakes Region and the Mount Washington Valley in nearby Conway, New Hampshire, offering a high quality of life, with endless possibilities as a recreational haven.
The air is clean, the water pure, the woods inspiring, the sights breathtaking and the night sky bright with the milky way and shooting stars lighting the way.
If you are a winter traveling, do note, we are 4 miles from Shawnee Peak ski area, which is family friendly and has night skiing as well. Shawnee Peak is actually on Pleasant Mountain, just on the other side of the same mountain where we are located. Also, the snowmobile trail system which is a mile from here makes for great cross country skiing, as does the Brownfield Bog. We are near some pretty amazing ski touring places if you want that experience as well.
If you like mountain biking or paddling, we can point you in the right direction for some great excursions.
Basically, if you want to get outside and move your bones, we have it here for you, year round, any season and just about any sport.
If shopping and dining is your thing, we are near excellent dining, antiquing, and outlet shopping opportunities in nearby North Conway, New Hampshire, and Bridgton, Maine. Add culture and enrichment as you are inspired with many options at this destination retreat. Love music and the arts? Check out the Denmark Arts Center; a year round center for the arts right in our little rural village, Stone Mountain Arts Center has national music acts only 15 minutes away in Brownfield, Maine. The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy is only 10 minutes away.
We are 1 hour From Portland, ME
1 1/2 hours from Augusta ME
1 hour from Gray, ME
40 minutes from Gorham, ME.
From Conway, NH: 25 minutes/17 mile
From Boston or Portsmouth, NH: 2+ hrs from Portsmouth, 3+ hrs from Boston
Air travel access:
~1 hour from Portland International Jetport
~Logan International Airport.
Take Concord Trailways bus to Conway, NH (30 minutes from Nurture Through Nature) or Portland, Maine (one hour from Nurture Through Nature), hire shuttle or rent car. (3 hours total ground travel time)
~Manchester Regional Airport (NH)
Ground Transportation Systems for our closest bus stops: Portland, ME, Conway, NH and Bridgton, ME
NEW! There is a bus now from Portland to Bridgton! Affordable, green travel now available! Take the bus!
Some culture in the surrounding area:
~Stone Mountain Art Center, Brownfield, Maine
Stone Mountain Arts Center a unique timber frame venue for the performing arts in Brownfield, Maine. Come to watch your favorite performer up close and personal white retreating in your own private eco-cabin at Nurture Through Nature, only 7 miles away. SMAC is our favorite venue!
~Denmark Art Center
Our local art center for theater, music and live performances. A real gem.
~Beth's Kitchen Café, Bridgton, Maine
in Bridgton, Maine is a local cafe where you can be surrounded by good food and friends. Great baked goods, sandwiches, quiches, soups.
~302 West Smokehouse and Tavern, Fryeburg, Maine
Family owned and operated, serving all natural, local ingredients. Fun atmosphere, great service.
~Loon Echo Land Trust conserves over 5,000 acres of land in the mountains and lakes region of Western Maine for the benefit of the public. They have made Pleasant Mountain a focal area of conservation, the same mountain our retreat land rests on.
We welcome people interested in a quiet getaway and reconnecting with nature and their own true nature. Please take good care of yourself here, the cabin and the land, so you and others that follow you receive the same pristine experience. Enjoy this opportunity to unplug in nature's beauty!
We do not provide campfire wood. Please bring your own camp fire wood or gather it from the retreat land forest floor.
We practice a Leave No Trace philosophy~Carry in, Carry out. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.
Thank you for choosing Nurture Through Nature!
Jen and Mer (the Deraspe sisters)