New England Horseback Riding and Carriage
Driving is located at the Telemark Wilderness Lodge. We offer a variety of unique and educational horseback riding, carriage driving and sled dog programs for people of all ages.
New England Horseback Riding and Carriage Driving Vacations • 591 Kings Highway
Mason Township, ME 04217 • Phone 207-836-2703 or
Great Wilderness Adventure
The staff were very friendly and gracious hosts. There’s plenty to do (especially if you like spending time with dogs!) dog-sledding, horseback riding, carriage riding, hiking, or relaxing in the cabin. If you’re active, you can run with younger dogs to train them for dog-sledding, and if you’d rather take it slow, you can hang out with cats, llamas, horses, or sit in sled and enjoy the ride. Every last one of the 70-odd dogs was friendly, as the staff go to great lengths to make sure all their animals are well cared for and happy.
I would advise visitors to read weather forecasts and pack accordingly. I happened to go during a particularly cold week in January, and I was very glad that I packed extra warm clothes.
We had a great time at the Telemark Inn. Leo, Alex, and Steve were awesome hosts and clearly go to great lengths to keep their animals and guests happy. Every meal was wonderful, the house was clean, and there is plenty to do.
We decided to do a dog sledding package, but even though there was no snow while we were there, Steve was more than accommodating and let us train the puppies, ride the horses, drive a carriage, and go hiking. Plus we had plenty of time to hang out with the dogs and take teams out with the ATV.
Every single dog was incredibly sweet and sociable. I’d definitely recommend this place and would go back. Just a warning: this place is VERY off the beaten path, and I’d double check the weather if you’re going to be driving there.
Hummingbirds, chipmunks, sled dogs and sushi!
We had an extraordinary stay at this extraordinary lodge, formerly owned by the establisher of Prudential Insurance as present-day owner Steve will inform you. If we weren’t so pressed for time to “do New England” in a one-week road trip, e certainly would have stayed. Using tripadvisor we specifically searched for an off-the-beaten-track experience and BOY did we get what we bargained for! Driving up the -ironically named- King’s Highway in our compact was quite the adventure. Signs were curiously absent, except for the sign that said “BUMP”. We laughed seeing as the road had plenty of bumps the 4 miles before the sign! When you do find the wilderness lodge -literally at the end of the road- youwill find an amazing place. A quiet, peaceful haven in the forested heights of the White Mountains and some 70 well-behaved huskies as a welcoming comittee.
The lodging is luxurious in period/wilderness style, being a former millionaire’s lodge. We dropped by unannounced and were invited in without any hassle. The owners live in the same premises and personally we found this very homey and warm. That evening we could even partake in a nice social gettogether with the neighbors (living some distance away as you can well imagine). All in all an experience my wife and I will never forget. Especially the humming of hummingbirds waking us in the morning! Special. Very special indeed. Thanks for a great, albeit brief, stay.
RaoulBoers AmsterdamThe Netherlands
I can’t imagine a more beautiful way to unplug our children than here….where else can a city kid learn to ride a horse, care for a Llama, pick fresh veggies from the garden (and eat them!), and interact with incredible dogs. We are so grateful for the opportunity – seriously people – give the kids a break from the wii and come toast some marshmallows, get some sunshine and reconnect with a natural world. We had cell access while we were there so it’s not total wilderness! But we did see a moose – so cool – this is a trip my kids will tell their children about.