Home-cooked meals, beer and wine service, and comfortable beds take the edge
off long treks in the wilderness — and redefine what “a nice little hut” can be.
Perhaps not to be outdone, the AMC
recently completed an overhaul of its first
als, carefully loaded in 1,600-pound lifts
and delivered between bouts of mountain
weather with military precision. That’s one
way to win the cold war.
Appalachian Mountain Club (1876)
built its first warming hut, Madison
Spring Hut in New Hampshire’s
Presidential Range, in 1888. Since then,
it has built seven more throughout the
Appalachian Mountain Club,
5 Joy Street, Boston; 617-523-0655,
Dartmouth Outing Club (1909)
maintains 18 cabins along 75 miles of
Appalachian trails in New Hampshire; 7
are open to the public, some with
electricity and hot water, and 11 are for
Darmouth College students, alumni, and
Dartmouth Outing Club, Dartmouth
College, Hanover, NH; 603-646-2429,
Stone Hut on Mount Mansfield, built in
1936, sleeps 12 with a wood stove as the
only heat source. It’s operated by the
Vermont Department of Forests, Parks,
and Recreation and Stowe Mountain
Resort, where it is located.
Stone Hut, 6992 Mountain Road,
Stowe, VT; 802-253-4010, vtstateparks.
Maine Huts & Trails (2001) maintains
a string of boutique hostels along a
50-mile trail. They serve home-cooked
meals and beer and wine.
Maine Huts & Trails, 496 Maine
Street, Kingfield, ME; 207-265-2400,