Location, Location, Location!
Starting in summer 1988, we have been staying at the Kane Cottage in Tenants harbor every few years. Why? The quiet and convenient location a scenic, short walk from the village center. The rustic appearance is deceiving since everything is there, including a well-stocked kitchen with pots, pans and utensils for Maine breakfasts and dinners on the front porch or back deck. Fresh fish steaks and filets from the town dock can be grilled on the Weber grill and enjoyed in a pleasant setting.
Easy access to nearby places such as Port Clyde, Sprucehead, Thomaston, Rockland and Camden provide pleasant daytime outings. The Maine state ferry provides a 2 hour bay crossing to Vinelhaven Island, in time for a blueberry muffin and a picnic lunch, with an afternoon return. Day sailing schooners sail from Camden for a unique experience to many. Shops in Rockland and Camden leave the mall chain store mentality for a unique personal shopping experience. Museum visits to the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland) or to Cushing to view Andrew and James Wyeth art and settings for some of the scenes.
For the more adventurous, a daytrip to Monhegan Island form Port Clyde offers some visually impressive scenery and a taste unique birding experiences in addition to the boat trip. Meanwhile, the few rainy days make a trip to Freeport's L.L. Bean main store and outlet shopping as well as Wiscasset or historic Bath offer another unique day trip.
For those who just want to hang out, take leisurely walks or read, Tenant's Harbor's town library provide recent books, classics AND Internet service for the occasional "lazy days of summer" we all treasure. A public beach near Port Clyde has large rocks, a sandy beach (at low tide) and beautiful views and free parking for an afternoon beach outing. Many weekends are opportunities to attend air shows featuring antique aircraft flying demonstrations along with antique auto meets and machinery demonstrations.
Evening dining out can be experienced at local inns such as the East Wind Inn in Tenants Harbor, the Craignair Inn at Clark Island or any number of Rockland or Camden locations. There are some other places in Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor that offer multi-course seafood, steak, chicken and pasta dinners. Try the town dock for fish and lobster and enjoy your meal while on the deck overlooking the harbor.
So why wait any longer? The only decision is whether one week is enough or two weeks is better. One can spend several summer vacations here, returning to old favorites as well as discover new things of interest.
Midcoast Maine and Tenants harbor are ideal destinations for couples and families who want a true Maine experience. The Kane Cottage is very user-friendly, inexpensive and a great place to return to as we have done over a 20 year period.
Try it and I think you will agree. You get what you see.
A satisfied customer and return visitor looking forward to our next visit!