Northshore Magazine

May / June 2015

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42 | MAY + JUNE 2015 photographs courtesy of Migis Lodge; by Mary Deland Strain (top) Wednesday night bingo is the social event of the week at Migis Lodge, a rustic luxury retreat on the shores of Lake Sebago. It's so popular the staff had to turn dessert into a self-serve buffet on Wednesdays because guests were abandoning after-dinner sweets in favor of a good seat at the bingo table. Pleasures of a bygone era echo throughout the 99-year-old resort in South Casco, Maine. Grandfa- thers take boys and girls out for their first canoe rides, and multiple generations—from octogenarians to eight-month-olds—gather for meals in the family dining room. Tweens swap electronics for backgam- mon, chess, or a multitude of other board games, and strangers gather around the piano for impromptu sing-alongs in the main lodge, where gentlemen are required to wear jackets after 5:30 p.m. Migis, which local lore translates from Native American as "place to steal away and rest," is set on a peaceful stretch of Sebago Lake that has welcomed guests to its shores since 1916, when travelers arrived by steamboat from Boston. Char- lotte Gulick, founder of Campfire Girls, purchased the property—then known as National Camps—and changed the name to Migis in the 1920s. Acquired by the Porta family more than 40 years ago, the resort continues to reflect those origins, BY JEANNE O'BRIEN COFFEY Rustic charm and luxury cabins make stress melt away at Migis Lodge in Casco, Maine. Happy Campers PLACES Top to bottom, Migis Lodge is the perfect rustic getaway for families; screened porches offer the perfect spot to unwind; the lakeside cottages are finishe in knotty pine.

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