Kids stay free this summer at Maine Huts & Trails

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Looking for a fun family getaway? Something that won’t break the budget? Like to hike or mountain bike or paddle? I’m a huge fan of Maine Huts & Trails, and this summer the organization has rolled out some enticing family programs.

For starters, kids stay free. Not too shabby, eh? It’s limited to one child per adult, and valid for Sunday through Friday (not Saturday night) reservations booked by Aug. 6 for stays through Nov. 7.

That’s a savings of $32-35 per kiddo). Sure, adults pay ($65-$75; $85-93 Saturday; Saturday kid’s rate $45-50), but remember the rate includes both a hearty, family-style breakfast and dinner.Lower rates are for members, and it’s worth considering joining for the benies. An individual membership is $35;  Pacesetter family membership is $200 and includes two free nights.

But wait, it gets better. All-inclusive adventures are offered, too, with rates beginning at $200 per adult for two nights lodging, all meals, and shuttles.

Two huts are now open, one at Poplar Falls in Carrabassett Valley and the other on the shores of Flagstaff Lake, with a trailhead off the Long Falls Dam Road from North New Portland. The third, at Grand Falls on the Dead River, is under construction. All are off-the-grid, but have hot showers; heated dorms; lighting; comfy bunks with mattresses, pillows, and fleece blanket; and nice common rooms. Beer and wine are available.