Tufts Mountain Club Loj
1 Potato Hill Rd
Woodstock, NH 03262
Loj Phone: (603) 745-2123
If you want to go to the Loj,
- Make sure you are either a) a TMC member, b) the guest of a TMC member or c) part of a group. In some cases on low-use dates, the Loj may be open to other people, but use is primarily reserved for the parties above.
- Check the caretaker schedule to make sure the Loj will be open when you want to go.
- Find a ride to the Loj via the activities page, or find a friend who can drive! Note that most weekend climbing or hiking trips will include a ride to the Loj, just look in the activity descriptions to see what you are signing up for.
- Email the caretaker for the weekend and let them you know you plan to come to the Loj. Give them an idea of what time you plan to arrive or leave, and whether you plan to eat Loj food. Note that this is not a formal reservation.
- Read this page in full so you know what to expect when you arrive. Know the Loj rules!
- Have fun at/around the Loj! Explore the resourcesÂ of this website and of older TMC folk to decide what you would like to do.
Owned by Tufts University and run by TMC for over 75 years, the Loj serves as a retreat destination for all members of the Tufts community. Many students use the Loj as a base camp for a wealthÂ of outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, swimming, rock climbing, and apple picking, but the Loj is also a space to relax and get to know new people. The primary function of the Loj is to be a space for TMC retreat and activities.
There are 48 bunks in the Loj and adjoining Trips Cabin. There is a full-size kitchen and refrigerator, which any visitors are allowed to use at their convenience. Other features include an outdoor fire circle, two full multi-stall bathrooms, a large common room with a wood stove, three bunk rooms (and a swanky trips cabin), and a library with oodles of books and board games. There is also plenty of outdoor gear accessible free of charge to any guest of the Loj including canoes, XC skis and boots, and snowshoes!
The Loj is located in Woodstock, New Hampshire, about two hours north on I-93 from Tufts Universityâ€™s Medford Campus; it is close to Franconia Notch State Park and the Pemigewasset River. The TMC is fortunate to have such a beautiful place to stay in the heart of New Hampshireâ€™s White Mountain Region.Â Lincoln, New Hampshire is only a quick drive down the road from the Loj. One can find a movie theater, supermarket, plenty of places to eat and go shopping in Lincoln. Mirror Lake â€” a beautiful small lake with a public beach — is only a few minutes away in the other direction.Â Caretakers and other seasoned TMC members are great resources if visitors have questions about the activities that abound in the area.
The Loj has a large supply of food. The majority of the food is non-perishable items such as canned soup, pasta, cereal, and pancake mix, but the caretakers buy some fresh items before they arrive on Friday. This food is available to everyone who pays for â€śLoj Foodâ€ť during their stay, and should be sufficient for every meal, including bagged lunches for the trail.
- Do not burn down the Loj.
- Fires and stoves may not be left unattended
- Visitors may not smoke within 20 feet of any Loj building.
- Visitors must note where fire extinguishers and alarm pulls are when they arrive.
- The caretakers are in charge of the Loj.
- Scheduled caretakers must be present for the Loj to be in use.
- Visitors must let the caretakers know ahead of time if they plan to come to the Loj.
- Visitors must pay caretakers upon arrival to the Loj.
- Caretakers have final say in assigning bunks and cleaning tasks.
- Caretakers enforce the rules and have final say in any matter that may arise; visitorsâ€™ abilities to stay at the Loj are contingent upon obeying the caretakers.
- Hard alcohol is not allowed on Loj property.
- The Loj is not a place to get drunk and party.
- Alcohol consumption by those under 21 is illegal.
- Visitors must fill out trips forms before leaving on trips
- Caretakers can help visitors who are unfamiliar with trips forms.
- Visitors must submit the form to caretakers before leaving on trips.
- Visitors must take off their shoes inside the Loj and Trips Cabin
- Shoes must be stored on the shoe racks.
- Loj quiet hours are from 12am â€“ 8 am; Trips Cabin quiet hours are from 10 pm â€“ 8 am
- Loj walls are thin, so all parties must respect each otherâ€™s needs.
- Visitors all contribute to cleaning the Loj.
- Visitors should leave the Loj cleaner than they found it.
- Visitors are responsible for doing their own dishes.
- Cars must be parked in the Loj parking lot â€” not along the road.
- Four non-TMC member guests to the Loj are allowed per TMC member.
- Visitors are responsible for any damages they inflict on Loj/TMC property.
Using the Loj
The Loj is open almost every weekend during the school semester, whenever two students who are caretakers are present. To find out who is caretaking for any particular weekend, please visit the caretaker schedule. There are no formal reservations for the Loj, unless you are aÂ group. If you are a TMC member or a guest of a TMC member (up to four guests allowed per member) and you want to go to the Loj, just email the caretakers for that weekend to informally notify them of your intent to visit the Loj. The caretakers take note of how many people plan to go to that weekend, and will manage the number of people staying at the Loj. If you are not a TMC member or guest, feel free to ask the caretakers if there is additional room, but note that members and their guests have priority for Loj use (note that if you are part of the Tufts community, you can become a TMC member at any time here).
Typically, the Loj will open late in the afternoon on Fridays. You should always contact the current caretaker to see when (s)he is planning to arrive. The Loj will usuallyÂ close on the Sunday of that weekend. When you stay at the Loj, you are entitled to use any of the gear that TMC has on site. You can either bring your own food, or pay $5 more per night more to eat the food that TMC stocks. Whether you eat food or not, remember that the Loj is a communal space, and visitors share responsibility for keeping it clean. Caretakers make sure that Loj visitors clean up after themselves and assign cleaning tasks to groups before their departures!
What You Should Bring
- Sleeping bag or bed sheets and a blanket
- The Loj does not have any types of bedding besides bunks and bare mattresses!
- Water bottle (a Nalgene is perfect)
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Any other gear you may need for hiking/trips
- Please make sure you have enough cash upon arrival to pay for your stay!
- Read the rates below to know how much you need.
All visitors must payÂ a small fee for using the Loj. This money will be used by TMC for Loj maintenance and upkeep. You do not have to be a TMC member to use the Loj- however, TMC members get a significant discount. Â For group rates, please see the groups page. We recommend that visitors prepay online if possible.
|Â Day||Â 1 Night||Â 2 Nights||Â Additional Nights|
|Eating Loj Food (non-member)||$5||$15||$25||+$10|
|Hungry (TMC member)||Free||$5||$10||+$5|
|Eating Loj Food (TMC member)||$5||$10||$15||+$7|
Getting to the Loj
Anyone is welcome to drive to the Loj in a personal car. We encourage people to post any spots in cars they may be using on the TMC rides board here. If you do not have a car, you should look for a ride on the website, or find a friend who could drive you. Each weekend, TMC vans are used to go to the Loj. Spots in the vans are posted on the trips board as well, and you can sign up for them there as they become available.Â Rides are, unfortunately, the trickiest part of getting to the Loj, so we do our best to connect people to transportation, but there tend to be more people who want to go to the Loj than there are rides available.
The Loj is located at 1Â Potato Hill Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262.
Take Rt. 93 North to New Hampshire. Get off at Exit 30 (Rt. 3 Woodstock/Lincoln). Take a left at the bottom of the ramp (at Jack-O-Lantern condos) and drive for about 5 minutes. The Loj is on your left, directly across from the General Store. If you get to the Cemetery on your left, you’ve gone too far.
You can also get there from Exit 32. To get to the Loj, take a right off the ramp — away from McDonalds. Drive over a little bridge and up a small hill, and you’ll come to a traffic light. To your right is Woodstock town center, and to your left is a small green with a Gazebo. Take a left at this light onto Rt. 3 South. Drive for about 10 minutes, and the Loj will be on your right, just after the Cemetery, across from general store.
It should take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to get there from Tufts, depending on traffic.
First, and according to popular request, a short history of the term “Loj”. The abbreviation appeared in for the first time in a Loj visitors’ book in 1986. The ensuing entries in the book detail the culture war between “Loj”-ers and “Lodge”-ers, a debate that was grisly and heated.Â Ultimately, the spelling of “Loj” won out, and it is the spelling we use to this day.Â Before that it was a “lodge” just like all the other lodges, but for the purpose of this history, I have retroactively applied the abbreviated version.
The first LojÂ was a nine-room farmhouse, about a hundred years old. The site of the first Loj was a few miles south of the current site, on Eastern Corner Road in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The club acquired it in 1942 at a cost of about 15,000 dollars, and it was usedÂ forÂ 20 years. On a snowy New Year’s Morning in 1962, the building caught fire and burned to the ground. Luckily, everyone made it out and was safe. Since then, the TMC has held a Thanksgiving celebration in mid-January in thanks that no one was hurt. Many thanks to John Looney for his original video of the fire!
The second Loj was built on a new site in 1963, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the university. There are no photographs of it, but we do have a concept drawing of it from a Tufts (Daily) Weekly article about the groundbreaking from fall of 1963. Apparently it was an A-Frame style building, basically a big triangle with shingles. It wasÂ demolished by the state to make way for Route 93, also known as the Daniel Webster Highway.
The nextÂ Loj was a big two-story farmhouse with lots of gables and a screened-in porch, which TuftsÂ bought with the money the government gave us after repossessing the previous Loj. There was a wood stove, a huge kitchen, and a big cozy room full of long tables where everyone sat for Thanksgiving. Nestled in the woods nearby was a sweat lodge. The legends say the locationÂ was used as a farm petting zoo before the TMC acquiredÂ it, and in fact there are still plenty of old wooden signs for “Grandpa’s Farm” on the walls of the current Loj. Inside the Loj, there were huge murals painted on all the walls by long-graduated TMC alumni. Loj Three was condemned in 1994 by Tufts for being unsafe, and was torn down in the winter of 1998, to make way for the new Loj.
The current Loj was built in 1999. The building is in the same location as Loj Three, but is actually up to Tufts fire standards, like all other buildings on campus. The current Loj consists of a large common room and kitchen area, with adjoining bunk rooms along the sides of the Loj. In 2009, a supplementary cabin was constructed right next to the main Loj, to accommodate the growing use of the Loj and interests of both trip-goers and pie-bakers in TMC. Dubbed the “Trips Cabin”, the extra bunk room serves as a place for visitors to go to sleep early if they want to get a good night’s rest for trips, and allows TMC to host more people throughout the year.
Contact our historian if you are an alumnus with information about old Loj incarnations (or the current one, for that matter). We love pictures and stories of past TMC generations!