Great outdoor adventures at Claybrook Mountain Lodge

Claybrook Mountain Lodge features great outdoor adventures, very comfortable rooms, and fantastic meals – everything you need for a wonderful get-a-way.

Linda and I have been enjoying one of Greg and Pat Drummond’s May birding weekends for several years now. Our friend Ron Joseph, a retired wildlife biologist, is our birding guide, and Ron’s enthusiasm is infectious. This year we saw 98 species of birds.

But I’d go even if we saw no birds, to enjoy Pat’s fantastic meals. For many years, Pat was the cook at Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps, while Greg was a guide there. Then they built an 8 bedroom lodge next to their house in Highland Plantation, east of Kingfield.

They are open year-round and are especially popular with cross country skiers in the winter. On our first visit, we were impressed with the wide variety of habitats in that area, one of the reasons we see so many birds. From farms to bogs to forests and lakes and ponds, there’s something for all Maine birds – and birders.

Even though my legs are quite weak now and I can’t walk far, I was able to enjoy the weekend using a walker which includes a seat so I could stop and sit to enjoy the birds.

You can learn more about Claybrook at Check it out and schedule a great get-a-way sometime soon. A lot of those birds are still there. And I didn’t even mention the great fishing in that area!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.