Our week at Katie Dove was awesome. Most days started with a big country breakfast we made in the kitchen, followed by treasure hunts on the private beach. Our children, ages 7, 3 and 1, collected a bounty of sea glass and unique stones/shells. Each tide brought new treasures. So fun. This is such a relaxing area! Our son loved feeding the three little hens on the property and eagerly stalked the chicken coop waiting to collect the eggs. (Optional, you don't have to do anything with the chickens. Peter was just sweet enough to let them take over collecting the eggs.) Our son would proudly bring his eggs in the kitchen every morning and insist on helping crack and cook them. PERFECT LOCATION! We enjoyed many day trips: whale watching at Campobello Island (Canada), charming fishing/lobster village of Cutler, shopping in St Andrews (Canada), enjoying chocolates at Monica's in Lubec and even a Pirate Festival in Eastport! The pirate festival had a cool craft fair where my boys chose Moose Antler souvenirs. About the house: We cooked dinner most nights here and we ate like kings...from fresh lobster to steak. Besides the well equipped kitchen and fire-pit, there is a nice large gas grill off the back deck - cooked evenly and plenty of gas ready to go. The house is furnished in a simple style with many antiques but it is actually quiet comfortable. Peter was even kind enough to set up a toddler bed for the baby and surprisingly she took right to it! The two full bathrooms have been updated and are very user friendly. The upstairs bathroom has a shower/tub which is great for kids and the one downstairs is just inside when you come from the back porch and was handy for showering off the sand after our beach adventures. The pictures don't do it justice, it has a spacious floor plan and two enclosed porches so you're not cramped at all. The farm has apple trees and wild maine blueberries and black berries so we enjoyed fresh fruit daily. Peter was a gracious host. He even put out some beach toys, a wagon and radio flyer tricycle for the kids to enjoy. He made it clear he was only a phone call away if we needed anything. Our vacation ran smoothly but I'm confident he would have bent over backwards had any issues or needs come up. The home does not have internet/wifi but our iphones/ipad had decent reception so it wasn't a big deal.
We look forward to coming back again!
The Shlyapnikov Family
High Point, NC