As I sit here, looking out over Shackford Cove from the cottage, I am reminded again what an idyllic place this is for recouping and restoring oneself. It is truly a place apart. Just a few minutes ago, we watched a minke whale breach over and over just outside the cove where there must be ample feeding due to the tremendous tidal action. There aren't a lot of places you can whale-watch from your deck, but here it is common. Tourists say "Look! It's a whale!" Locals say "Yawp, that's Ted." The mackerel fishing here is also amazing, just on the breakwater at the edge of town. The owners, Jim and Colleen, although not locals by birth, can tell you where to go for good food, souvenirs, scenery and activities, much of it only a block or two away. Hike through Shackford Head park, take the ferry to Campobello and see FDR's summer cottage, take the passenger ferry to Lubec for lunch and more local art, perhaps seeing more whales, seals and porpoises along the way. Mostly, just relax in the peaceful atmosphere that is Eastport and the authentic downeast feel of the Cottage.