Bill & Victoria - So, I wanted to take a moment and relay that we all had a tremendous time at your place and Swan’s Island in particular. We thought your place was so comfortable and cozy.
The bikes and beanbag toss were nice perks. Carol, the property manager was helpful and kept us informed as to what’s what on the island. My high school twins were of course very appreciative of the cottage having wireless, and I admit that my wife and I took advantage of the internet access too. We found the location and "vibe" of the cottage to be relaxing and carefree. All amenities were in good condition and easy to use. The only limitation seemed to be the kitchen sink being too small for cleaning the plates and cooking pots/pans. The dishes were our biggest, most time consuming chore. We liked the idea of the separate shed bedroom, but truthfully, the isolation and disconnection was not appealing - so no one used the space.
We managed to play many games of Mexican Train dominos, took a bike ride, did numerous hikes to Hockamock Head and surrounds, a trip to Fine Sand Beach, the Carrying Place, and numerous back roads. We made two trips to MDI, once as walk-on and hop onto free shuttle over to Bar Harbor & SW Harbor for ambling about; unfortunately, we didn't grasp how long it took to go from Point A to B plus juggling ferry schedule required high level of time management. The second trip we took our car and did a kayak trip on Long Pond, lunch at The Colonel’s in NE Harbor, hike to Beech Mtn & Cliffs, and grocery shopping at Sawyer’s in SW Harbor. I personally enjoyed the ferry trips and the environs around the terminal in Bass Harbor. It would be useful for a Swan's Island resident to craft some advice for use of the ferry, planning & protocols, etc. There is a real process involved and it took a bit of talking, wangling, patience, and waiting to reduce the stress of potentially not getting on ferry or missing last chance to get back, etc.
I have a fantasy of spending time on an ocean sailing vessel and was inspired by the many sloops, schooners, and motor sailers cruising through or moored close at hand for oggling. All in all, an excellent adventure, so thanks for making it possible by having such a fine cottage to share in a highly unique, beautiful, authentic American place.