We have rented 10 different cabins in recent years in Mid-Coast Maine, and this one is the classiest and coziest. It's what you've probably dreamed a cabin in Maine ought to look like.
It's only 2 miles from Boothbay Harbor, 2.5 from a large supermarket, but it's tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac and a world away. It's surrounded by trees, yet has a terrific view to the ocean, with wind and waves the only sounds.
It's 20 yards down a stone-stepped path, and another 20 yards down to the dock from the cabin. The cabin comes with a canoe you can use on Appalachee Pond, a block's distance away. The pond has a great beach for kids and is very pretty to canoe around, but you'll cover the whole thing in half an hour. The owners allowed us to bring the canoe to tidewater as we are very avid canoers, and we had many great paddles around Linekin Bay, which is about 3 miles long and half that wide, with several islands to paddle around. Each day we were passed by busy lobster boats pulling their traps and circled above by osprey. There is a floating dock you can leave the canoe on overnight. You can access the water at any tide, unlike other places we've stayed at where the dock is high and dry at low tide.
The bedrooms are not large, but adequate. The main bedroom has a queen bed, the other two a twin bed each, and there are two bathrooms, each one between the main bedroom and one of the single rooms. One of the single rooms is on the ocean side, with nice views to the water and waves on the shore lulling you to sleep.
The kitchen was well-equipped. The dining table was well-lit and large. The living room is the real treasure here: large and almost glowing from the log walls, log beams, and shiny wooden floor with colorful rugs about. There is a large plush sofa and easy chairs, also well-lit, and in a corner another table where we could spread out maps or do a jigsaw puzzle, had we ever found the time. Finally, there is a porch on the water side where you can spend many pleasant hours reading and listening to the waves.
Boothbay Harbor and area attractions are nearby. If you enjoy hiking, the Boothbay Region Land Trust owns and maintains many nature preserves nearby, including one right next to Appalachee Pond. They have downloadable trail maps on their website.
The owners live right across the road and are very helpful. Between them and the beauty of the cabin and the area, it was very hard to leave. We’re already making plans to return.