Will you be open for lodging for the 2021 hiking season?

ENTHUSIASTICALLY YES. However, we are following COVID-19 mandates including extra cleaning, wearing masks, hand sanitizer availability, etc.  If hikers come in a group, we ask that they all room together. When non-hikers or visiting folks come and hikers are also lodging, there is an assumed risk since it is hostel-style lodging – there is a *shared* bathroom on the second floor and two full bathrooms on the first floor (pub/restaurant) during peak summer months (typically June through mid-September).

Is there cell reception at the trail head on Rt. 15 and/or the blue blaze on Pleasant Street?

YES. It can sometimes be spotty, though. There is a large rock there – you may need to stand on it to optimize signal (no joke).

Can I eat the AYCE breakfast at Shaw’s lodging even if I don’t stay there?

YES, it is $10.00, but please call them the night before: 207-997-3597.

Is there another breakfast option in town?

The newly renovated Monson General Store (few hundred yards up the street) has breakfast sandwiches and wraps plus great coffee.  Irving’s (AKA A.E. Robinson’s – the gas station/mini-mart; a few hundred yards down the street) has good breakfast sandwiches as well. Call Shaw’s for a full, hot breakfast!

Do you take credit cards?


Do you accept dogs?

YES, as long as they stay with you and are well-behaved.

Do you have work-for-stay?

At this time, no we do not.

Did you boost your WiFi in 2021 to make it easier to stream, upload etc….?

Yes.  In 2019, the town now installed fiber optic internet.  We upgraded the WiFi in April 2021.

Do you provide shuttles at a reasonable price?

YES, free for our guests (tips welcome). Please feel free to call and discuss.

Do you provide food drops?

No, we do not. But Shaw’s Hiker Hostel does. Give them a call: 207-997-3597.

Do you accept mail drops for free?

Yes, for our guests. Otherwise the price is $5.

Send them to yourself:

C/O Lakeshore House
9 Tenney Hill Road, PO Box 307
Monson, ME 04464

The PO Box number is CRUCIAL!!  Also if you put an “ETA” date on the box make sure you put it away from the address, off to the side somewhere.

Do you have laundry services?

YES. Laundry is $5/load. Detergent included.

Do you have obscure cell phone chargers that might fit my phone?


Is there a phone I can use to make plans if I don’t have a cell phone?


Is there cellular reception at the Lakeshore House?

There is a Verizon wireless router in the building, but other carriers may not have coverage in the building.

What are the check in and check out times?

Check out is firm at 10 AM during prime time summer.  This is so we can turn over rooms before check in at 2pm. If your room is ready before that, you can check in sooner. You are welcome to hang out in town and explore, but we ask that your pack be out on the porch neatly in rows.

Do you have tent spots?

No, we do not have any grass (the lakeside “back yard” is gravel).  Shaw’s Hiker Hostel does, though.

Do you have a really cool place to swim and boat?

YES, Lake Hebron.

Do you have any all-you-can-eat (AYCE) meals?

We used to, but had to stop.  Our restaurant was too small to keep up with the demand. Sorry.

Can we watch endless movies and eat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream?

YES (ice cream not provided). We did, however, upgrade our mini fridge September 2021 which has a separate [small] freezer to fit your ice cream needs!

Can we make reservations for rooms?

YES.  Please email (LSHMonson@yahoo.com) or call us at 207-997-7069.  We will be following COVID-19 guidelines as far as cleaning requirements, guests staying in groups, wearing masks, hand sanitizer availability, etc.  Please see our Lodging & Rates page.

Is there a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, and toaster for me to use in a general kitchenette area?


Is the town hiker friendly?


Do you have vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free dishes?

YES, plenty!

Do you have cool hiker-loaner clothes?

YES, pre-washed ;).