We were naturally disappointed when we realized that our second stay at Crest House was going to coincide with a nasty 3-day Nor'easter, but really, the only downside was that the weather precluded a leisurely walk down to the absolutely gorgeous secluded beach nearby or a cookout on the cottage's beautiful deck. Karen and Brian have outfitted the cottage with everything you might need for a rainy day - tv, wireless, games, marvelous books and magazines full of information on the area, and a better equipped kitchen than most of us probably have at home! And though the cottage is actually very spacious, it still retains a feeling of coziness, especially if you're curled up on the couch in front of the fireplace, or relaxing in that very comfortable rocking chair. Tempting as that was, we braved the weather for the short drive up to Rockland, where we visited the great Farnsworth Musuem and numerous shops and galleries on Main St. as well as the Rockland Antiques Marketplace, which is quite a museum in its own right. Rockland has lots of restaurants to choose from, and we enjoyed the Park St. Grill again and tried the Rockland Café for some excellent seafood chowder. A few miles further north in Rockport, you'll find the pricey-but-worth-it Salt Water Farm Café, and just north of there, bustling Camden. We look forward to going back to Crest House in the balmy days of summer, of course, but will always treasure the memory of our stormy stay in October. This is just an all-around great vacation venue!