The cottage is better than imagined. It's cozy with it's wooden beams and "fireplace". We loved the wraparound porch in case of rain. The bedrooms which are upstairs get warm during the day but cool off at night with the frequent breeze that streams through the cottage. It's a quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors. We even found a banana hammock that the kids (18 and 16) enjoyed. I preferred the Adirondack chairs and wicker furniture on the porch. Didn't bring books? No need, there are plenty from many genres.
The cottage was clean and the lawn was well-maintained. We had the best shore with easy access to the water for swimming and to launch the kayak. We found many treasures on the shores - seaglass, stones, shells...
There are binoculars available but bring your own shampoo/soaps. The kitchen had every appliance/pot/pan/utensil we needed, but please bring your dish towel for drying. Small clothesline and clothespins for drying swimsuits and towels.
Lois was very easy to work with and she was accessible via text/phone if we needed anything (which we didn't).
We traveled to:
Boothbay Harbor (shopping, lunch at Kahler's and boat excursions)
Freeport (shopping, lobster grilled cheese and L.L.Bean). Favorite stores - Mangy Moose, Sherman's Bookstore, Cool as a Moose, Abacus, When Pigs Fly (homemade bread) and Wicked Whoopies (many flavors). Did I say L.L. Bean?!
Reid State Park - sandy beach as well as a rocky beach. $7.50/person for non-Maine residents, slightly less if you are lucky enough to reside in Maine.
Portland - shopping, Portland Lobster Company and Portland Head Light
Across the cribstone bridge at Orr's Island - Island Candy Company (ice cream and homemade candy), Salt Cod Café (the best blueberry scones ever) and watershoes at H2Outfitters
On the island - Morse's Cribstone Grill (drink bottled beverages, their water is not good), Land's End Gifts and my personal favorite, Seaside Creations for unique handmade gifts by local Maine artists.
Buy and send postcards early. The post office has limited hours.
The best activity was being at the cottage and just "being". It was much better than the pictures!
Will I recommend it? I already have and will be rebooking for next year. I wish we could stay for several weeks!
Thank you, Lois, for the attention you give to this sweet cottage. It's not fancy, but it has everything we are looking for in a Maine waterfront cottage. Thank you for sharing it with us!