A Long History of Lodging Excellence
Both sportsmen and tourists have been traveling to the Parlin area for outdoor adventure, lodging, and natural beauty for over a hundred years. At the turn of the century Parlin boasted numerous cabins, the Lake Parlin House Hotel, and the totally self-sufficient Peal farm which still has some of the original buildings located on the west site of Route 201 to this day.
A Significant Waypoint
Parlin was not only a popular destination in and of itself, but was also a significant way point between Boston and Quebec City, Canada. Outdoorsmen made the journey from places such as New York and Boston hunting, fishing or simply to spend a week or two enjoying the natural wonders of the area.
A New Beginning
Lake Parlin House hotel burned in the 50’s while the main house at the Peal farm burned in the early 70’s. The Kruse family has owned property in the Jackman Region and been seasonal residents since the early 70’s. The Lake Parlin Lodge property was acquired by the Kruse’s in 2006 after several prior ownerships, including Unicorn Rafting in the 80’s and early 90’s
In 2007 Joe and Liz Kruse decided to make Maine their permanent home and moved their family including daughter Leah and son Taylor to Skowhegan from South Florida. The decision was subsequently made to rebuild and develop what is now known as the Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins property.
After major rebuilding of both the Lodge and the cabins, Liz and Joe opened for business in early January of 2011. The facility is designed for efficient and comfortable year round use by snowmobilers, hunters and fishermen, vacationers, families and any one that is seeking modern amenities in a very traditional Maine setting. Liz and Joe are experienced hosts in the hospitality industry as a result of their extensive participation in the family hotel business in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They both enjoy what they do which is very apparent when you experience their hospitality at Lake Parlin Lodge.