Experience the Historic Tradition: A Meal and Entertainment at Loch Lyme Lodge on Post Pond
From late June to early Sept. Loch Lyme Lodge on Route 10 in Lyme hosts Wed. and Sun. meals and entertainment. Liz Cole, owner of Loch Lyme Lodge, generously showed me around and filled me in on what makes Loch Lyme Lodge so special.
A Historical Gem
Loch Lyme Lodge is a family retreat on Post Pond with a restaurant open to the public. Families have been coming to vacation here for generations. I spoke with Shirley Archibald Avakian, who has been going to the camp for over 60 years, since the 1950s when she was a kid.
She told me the Sunday buffet special evening meal has been a tradition of Loch Lyme Lodge for many years and I enjoyed learning how they have changed over time. There were no picnic tables and people sat in a circle and uniformed hostesses would lay out the food on a blanket in the middle. They would take song requests and sing for the guests. She remembers often Cornell songs would be requested as there were many alumni at the time. Such an experience is uncommon nowadays and as I imagined it, I thought just how truly special that must have been to be a part of.
Today the tradition still involves a buffet and music, but this time the music is by local musicians. In order to save a spot for you and your family, reservations are required. Make sure to call ahead of time because they often sell out. A meal and entertainment by the pond await you!
Starts at: 6 pm.
Costs: $25 per adult, $10 for children age 5-12, under 4 is free.
The Menu: These are menu items off a sample menu. Enjoy a wide range of salads like rice salad with artichokes, vegetarian pasta salad, or tomato basil salad. For the main course try pulled pork, bean and grain patty, or roast beef. They tasty and creative sides like stuffing with sausage, peanut and sesame noodles, and roasted parmesan broccoli. Finish the meal with cookies or brownies. If you care to imbibe, bring your own beverage.
Entertainment: Enjoy local musicians each week. Here's the schedule. Also there's a juggler man who comes to buffet and teaches people of all ages to juggle. If you want to make sure to go when he's there, call the lodge and ask. The lodge encourages the public to come early and enjoy their facilities: swimming and boating on the pond, play badminton, tennis, basketball, or horseshoes, play on the playground with the little ones, play foosball or ping pong in Playwood, or walk the trails. I was impressed at the variety of entertainment options they had.
You can also take a night off preparing dinner and enjoy the Wednesday cookout after work up in the grassy area by the lodge.
Starts at: 5:30 pm and goes until 7:30
Cost: Adults $20, Kids (5-12) $8, Free 4 and under
Menu: Enjoy vegetable skewers, chicken thighs, award winning mac and cheese, pasta salad, drinks, and dessert. If you want to drink alcohol, please bring your own.
Entertainment: Enjoy local musicians and the facility's amenities just like on Sunday. You could even come to both because the musicians are different! See the schedule here.
A Treat Not Just on Wed. and Sun.
Thurs. through Sat. the restaurant is open to the public and seats guests from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The restaurant has been serving the guests and public for over 100 years. They use local organic produce when possible like from their own garden. When you eat there you know you're getting great quality: wild caught fish, grass fed beef, and natural free range chicken and eggs. Want to share the love with others? The restaurant also caters. Dinner is a wonderful value ranging from $15-25 based on your menu options. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Want to come on Mon. or Tues.? The lodge offers a snack shack that's open until 6 pm. I had a grown up grilled cheese with pear and oh my goodness, it was delicious!
They also serve breakfast and lunch if you're in the area and want to have a great meal. To see more information about all their dining options and pricing click here.
To make reservations for any of their dining options call (603) 795 - 2141.
More Relaxation and Fun to be Had
There will be a yoga retreat Aug. 29- Sept. 1: four days, three nghts, and six yoga sessions. While you're there enjoy the pond, trails, and more. The retreat is led by Katy Allen, who will create the session based on the needs and interests of participants. To see the itinerary and pricing click here.
Make Loch Lyme Lodge Your New Tradition
Join in on the destination families have been enjoying for generations and take part in a slice of history by planning your local family vacation there or just coming for a meal, music, and fun. This serene spot would be a great way to spend the afternoon and into the evening. I know after my visit I couldn't wait to go back (and I just walked around)!
Stay tuned for more information about the lodge as a family vacation destination in a future post on my blog.