Sky Lodge is a historic lodge property open to guests for lodging, dining, and recreation. For visitors, the lodge provides understated elegance with sweeping views of the mountains and the Moose River Valley. When you come inside, you step back in to a bygone era with the beauty of the meticulously restored structure; the largest fully log lodge east of the Mississippi River. The lodge is further complimented by comfortable cabins and homes dotted along our 150+ acres, providing the opportunity to getaway to a fully equipped camp with all the amenities of home.
The beauty of Sky Lodge is matched only by our authentic hospitality, simple yet exceptional dining, and unrivaled setting for heritage sports. Our service is attentive, while not being overstated, providing you service perfectly matched for this historic Maine lodge.
We are! Sky Lodge is one of Unity College’s Sustainable Ventures. We’re a revenue generating business that lives out the mission of the college, providing a place for students to immerse themselves in learning about sustainable tourism, hospitality, adventure careers, and more. On top of being a place for students to learn, we are working towards profitability which will allow us to support Unity’s goal of increasing the accessibility, affordability, and flexibility of educational. In short, the dollars you spend at Sky Lodge support this historic property, our staff, our community, and reducing the cost of education for students looking to pursue degrees and certificates.
Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing getaway for an executive from Port Chester, New York, and then purchased and renamed “Sky Lodge” by two former WWII airmen in the 1940s, the main lodge has been welcoming guests for almost 100 years.
In 2018, The Couri Foundation gifted the lodge to Unity College. The foundation, established by Elaine and John Couri in 1988, has utilized Sky Lodge for programs to help deserving children get connected to nature, programs for seniors, seminars for graduate students, and other services. “My wife Elaine and I have long had a very special place in our hearts for Maine, for the Moose River Valley, and for Sky Lodge,” said John Couri, president of the Couri Foundation. “This gift to Unity College continues the tradition on which the Couri Foundation was founded, giving students of all ages an opportunity to explore and learn from all the beautiful resources this state has to offer while providing economic development opportunities for the region.”
The multi-million dollar gift, which is one of the largest in Unity College’s history, includes a substantial start-up investment and three years of additional financial support to underwrite staffing and programmatic development as Unity College looks to build on the care and success Sky Lodge enjoyed under the leadership of the Couri Foundation.
Under the ownership of Unity College, the legacy of hospitality is further shaped as Sky Lodge moves towards being a sustainable resort. As a guest, you become part of Unity’s Path Forward.
Sky Lodge is a resort property, which means we offer our guests a many great amenities. These include a conference center, contemporary cabins for rental, an antique auto museum, a model railroad museum, and on-site trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. We also have direct trail access for ATVs and snowmobiles, allowing you to unload and ride from your front door. We also are surrounded by a variety of outdoor activities for exploring with experienced Maine guides. Heritage sports abound, with abundant fishing and hunting for grouse, deer, turkey, bear, and moose. Moose River and Jackman also offer places to canoe, kayak, hike, whitewater raft, and horseback ride.