We chose Gerardine and Grady's place at Sheep Thief Gulch based on the photographs and description they'd posted. We were immediately drawn to the ocean view on the east side of the house, seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that run most of its length, and the beautiful kitchen. We loved our days on IaH: we spent hours on the house’s seaside deck, enjoying the coastal breeze, noting the busy comings and goings of songbirds, and watching the subtle changes of light on the water and clouds unfold over the course of the day and into the evening. If you hope to slow down and re-center yourself during your vacation, this is the place for you. Time feels qualitatively different on the island—two days into our stay we were reckoning it by the comings and goings of the tide. Other amenities rounded out the pleasures of staying in this very special place. The house is a five-minute walk from crystal-clear Long Pond, which offers freshwater swimming out to a small float, or wading from a beach. The house is close to the many trails that will lead you into the National Park—they'll take you through the serenity of mossy forests, to the shore, and back again. Couple these atmospherics with an unbelievably well-equipped and thoughtfully laid out cook's kitchen (6-burner Wolf stove and any appliance, pot, or utensil you might desire; Aerolatte frother for your morning latte, anyone?), and you have everything you need to tend to yourself, body and soul. A couple of us in our group, serious cooks (and the rest, serious eaters) spent goodly amounts of time cooking in the open kitchen, chatting with our friends while looking out at the ocean. (The on-site veggie garden yielded up fresh herbs and fresh lettuces, and we loved composting the remains of our delicious meals.) Be sure to make time to get into town to get to know some of the people. You'll have a window on a community where everyone trusts and depends on each other—including summer residents and renters—much more than you depend on your neighbors back home. If you leave the place on Sheep Thief Gulch without feeling entirely composed and relaxed, you are unquestionably beyond all hope.