Our week at the Downeast Getaway Victorian Cottage was enjoyable. The first and most outstanding characteristic is absolute privacy: salt marsh on one side, an eighth of a mile driveway, shore on the East, and plenty of woods between you and the nearest neighbor. The cottage is in good condition, clean enough, and charming.
The shore is a quarter mile out, or more, of tidal flats most of the 12 hour cycle, so don’t plan on swimming from this property; kayaking would be very problematic. That said, the changing seascape is fascinating. Often you see clam diggers working far out and there is no chance of noisy boaters roaring past. The distant views are magnificent and seen from many inside windows and a deck with two rockers.
”Well equipped” would describe the kitchen. There are plenty of pots and pans, silver ware, and all the tools including those needed for you locally caught lobster.
The cottage is somewhat cluttered (the owner’s clothes in one bedroom closet, personal photographs, Christmas ornaments, computer equipment…). At first this put us off, but we weren't noticing it very much by the second day.
The area has local and near local attractions. We found a good kayak launch (about 10 miles away) into Deyer Bay off Pinkham Ridge Rd in Milbridge (first left off Pigeon Hill Rd). From here, the aggressive can paddle down to the islands west off Petite Manan Refuge. There is also a launch on the other side of Petite Manan Point Peninsula (on Pigeon Hill Rd) with the possibility of paddling to Bois Bubert Island Refuge. The Petite Manan Refuge itself has beautiful hikes and our favorite sandy beach swim is off the Hollingsworth Trail there (a quarter mile in, however, and bring your wet suit). Pigeon Hill itself (off the road of the same name) is also an easy one mile, 400 foot vertical climb with nice summit views. An hour up the coast is Great Wass (5 mile trail), another 45 minutes brings you to the incomparable Cutler Trail System, Bold Coast (9.8 mile trail, allow 7 hours) , perhaps the most amazingly beautiful Maine Coastal hike.
Don’t miss the lobster omelet at the Fisherman’s Wife’s Restaurant, Milbridge.
A word for the uber-preparer: the tap water has a “trace of sodium chloride (salt) according to the owner. I didn't notice it and the water dissolves soap and shampoo superbly. Still we took their advice and drank only bottled water.
An abundant, very secluded, base of operations for day trips and lovely, quiet private nights…