"Ahhhhhhh, finally". Those were my first words- I am not kidding.
We are two stressed Boston junior executives with two Tazmanian devils for children. We needed North and we needed it NOW!
Downeast Maine had been on our bucket list forever!!
Emilia was a delight, we got lucky someone had cancelled last minute and we were IN. The cottage was perfect: Funky, lots of character, comfy, and great sunlight...! It was situated on a hill and abutted a wilderness preserve- ideal for morning hikes or sunset strolls with chilled glass o wine!! Big yard bonus for the brats. The bedrooms were neat, clean, devoid of silly coastal posters. Bathrooms tidy, no frills.
The kitchen was well prepared, dining table gorgeous rustic, great for large dinner party.. Wrap around screened in porch proved helpful on rainy day- likewise ping-pong table in garage. (Proving: There is a God.)
Castine is a great town (we soon discovered) but it can be busy in July, Fortunately Emilia's cottage is on the quiet side of town, on a forgotten lane, really quiet! Except for the cacophony of sound that is the birdsong in the early morning. Sometimes too early.
Yes, nature at last, yet minutes (walking) to in-town and all the services you'd ever want: groceries, fuel, beer, baked goods, (Bah's Bakehouse is a MUST every day), restaurants,(Stella's or Pentagoet Inn will impress) etc. And head the other direction for beaches and lighthouse!
Run don't Walk, to book this place. It is a lovely, simple get away for those on a tight budget and stressed out from work it will be the best money spent if retreat and relax is in order. (BTW: we discovered besides being a gracious hostess Emilia is an accomplished singer songwriter too! Her husband a famous expedition sea- kayaker!!).