We've been to Maine with VRBO before but this will be our go-to from now on! This home was set in the perfect natural environment - you felt like you are really away from it all! On the water with so many acres, we weren't crowded by neighbors and the landscaping so carefully incorporated Maine's natural bounty with accessibilty that young and old alike could explore, relax, and unwind! Both wild and culivated blueberry bushes were a real treat! The design and decoration of the house were flawless! Pocket doors, accessible bathrooms, open-space living area with cozy reading spots - all made us feel comfortable at once - plenty of room to share but enough places for privacy without being entirely removed from the rest of the group. Completely conducive to a rewarding and easy mixed-group vacation spot. All furnishings in the house were just as carefully selected - most done by local craftspeople and artisans - a welcome change from your typcial rental where the owner offloads junk from their attic. No detail was overlooked - from the quality bedding and towels to the roll up screens in the windows and luxe appliances - would gladly stay here again and again. We would have been perfectly content to stay here all day - but neary excursions were unforgettable. Don't miss Reid State Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, antique shopping in Wiscasset, or whale watching in Boothbay! Maybe my favorite time was on the river in the early morning calm with my daughter and being surrounded by shy but curious seals - surfacing and diving - snorting their hellos. Cooking-in was fun but exploring local eateries was a great time too! I'm not sure which of the local lobster eateries was the best, but we had fun trying to decide. Ships Chow Hall is not to be missed - prepared from scratch by friendly owner and staff - loved the patty melts and fries! We were fortunate to notice a sign for a fish chowder supper at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wiscasset - those ladies know Chowder! Don't miss a trip to Five Islands Lobster Company for their fried haddock. Also stopped by Micucci's Italian Grocery in Portland on the way in for anti-pasti and not-to-be-missed pizza kits for the week!
This home is close enough to where you want to go, but far enough that you can really get away from it all - Perfect in Every Way! My only regret aside from not being able to stay longer - is that we only got to see it in the Summer and couldn't use the gorgeous fireplace!!