25 Rustic Retreats from Maine Cabin Masters
Wish you were in the woods? We've got dozens of mental vacations for you: Join Chase Morrill and DIY Network's Maine Cabin Masters team for a tour of some of the coziest corners of the northeast.
Quintessential Cabin Style
A famous politician owned this historic space in the 1930s—and subsequent proprietors let it fall into disrepair. After six weeks of concentrated TLC, the picture-perfect living room now boasts an inlaid-tile hearth, a canoe bookcase and a fishing-net pendant lamp.
Flanders Pond and Eaton Island
Why hustle to renovate a ramshackle 1930s log cabin with no electricity or running water? Because it boasts a spectacular, classically-Maine view like this one, of course.
Custom Kayak Rack
A waterfront getaway isn’t complete until one has a proper means of getting away—as on the shores of the Eaton family’s island retreat near Bar Harbor, where a bespoke slip stores their watercraft.
Room with a View
Custom-built day beds encourage visitors to stretch out and enjoy the view from Eaton Island. Massive windows, in turn, make this sitting area feel like part of the landscape.
Stairway to Haven
Guests at the Eatons’ island retreat follow flickering torches back up to the cabin after watching the sunset from the shore. The cabin’s fresh coat of forest-green exterior paint complements its verdant surroundings.
This multi-use living space boasts both rustic charm and modern convenience, thanks to a family room that now flows into an airy dining room with a massive farm table. Bentwood furniture and bright details—including azure paint on the floor and furniture—give the cabin a retro-holiday feel.
Adirondacks on the Water
Pack a warm pullover and a Thermos of cocoa for a visit to the Baker cabin: The best seats in the house are out on the lawn, where Frenchman’s Bay reaches out to the horizon.
Putting Green on Long Pond
A wild coastline meets manicured turf at “On the Rocks,” where duffers can enjoy the great outdoors while perfecting their putts. Belgrade Lakes is one of the most desirable parts of Maine—and this second-story deck could be one of the sweetest spots in Belgrade Lakes.
Waterfront Grilling Station
Why settle for a picture window in the kitchen when you can bring the kitchen into the picture? On this brand-new dock, vacationers can toggle between canoeing and grilling in a matter of minutes.
What’s even better than dining al fresco on Long Pond? Dining al fresco without having to douse one’s self in bug repellant, thanks to this cabin’s screened-in porch.
After a long day on the water, this retreat is the perfect place to curl up with a book—or to watch the shadows get longer as the sun sets over the trees.
At Donovan Camp, canoes are more than just watercraft: Chase and his team created a bespoke outdoor couch-canoe, where visitors can enjoy the dock without changing into boat shoes.
Little House in the Big Woods
Chase and his team relocated this diminutive cabin from an old friend’s backyard to his best friend (and team member) Lance’s property, just in time for Lance’s wedding. It’s the perfect place for Mainers to celebrate their nuptials in privacy.
His-and-Hers Rocking Chairs
The Maine Cabin Masters completed their relocation of this classic cabin by skirting it with a brand-new deck, rockers and window boxes. It’s now ready for another century of service.
A dramatic cut in the A-frame roof bathes this remote cabin in light—and a sturdy wrought-iron stove bathes it in heat.
Chase and his team celebrated this home’s private-island setting by customizing a canoe in a rather unexpected way. Could this chandelier be the ultimate Maine-vacation-cabin conversation piece?
Misty Morning Waterfront
When it comes to enjoying a lakeside retreat, less can be more, as this dock on Cuba Island’s Haleigh’s Point demonstrates. Without the distraction of extraneous structures, a lone Adirondack chair seems to hover over the water.
A coat of white paint highlights the woodwork on this historic home’s porch and windows, and its cornflower-blue shingles are a nod to the lake that surrounds it on all sides.
Siekmen Hunting Camp is an off-the-grid property deep in the woods of Oxford, Maine. With fresh exterior shingles and paint, a new deck and updated infrastructure, it’s ready for a new generation of solitude-seekers.
This cabin’s owners take their pillow’s proclamation seriously: Their property sits on the edge of two lakes. Perhaps they flip coins to determine which view they’ll admire each day.
The Maine Cabin Masters completed renovations on this camp—including a much-needed update to a tchotchke-laden sideboard—just in time for its owners to welcome Thanksgiving guests.
This idyllic view in Rome, Maine greets visitors to the Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat—and Chase and his team update the cabin beside it to conform to ADA accessibiilty guidelines.
The A-frame at Wyman Camp boasts both an ultramodern new metal roof and a tribute to one of Maine’s most traditional industries, as the SURVIVOR panel affixed to the back of the deck references a lobster boat.
After renovation, this updated cabin—on the shore of Maine’s Clearwater Lake—boasts new steps down to the patio, a metal roof and sturdy wood siding.
This Damariscotta Lake fixer-upper is now ready to welcome its family: Chase and his crew gave it a new paint job, a new garage door, an expansive deck and a new sitting space outside the garage.