Matinicus Island Family Getaway
Submitted: July 9, 2010
Stayed: July 2010
Mary Jo and I saw a dot on the map in the ocean as we were planning our first trip back to Maine in five years. "What's that?", was the question. The answer is: John and Kim Libby's cottage on Matinicus Island. Birds, waves, and the occasional lobster boat are all you hear. The house itself is perfect. Four sisters, one husband, and five kids came out with us on Captain Tarkleson's boat, the Robin R. With South Beach, Markey Beach, Matinicus Trail, Nat's store and music, Eva's bakery, and Donna's (24!) lobsters's, we simply could not have found a better place to all get together. We had stunning sunsets (I mean like out of this world beautiful), wonderful mornings, and great luck beachcombiing for beach glass and sand dollars. The kids would leave the house, happy to be playing together, and come back singing. The folks that we ran into on the island were all friendly, and we got to know some of them, their kids, and thier dogs, as well - now, that's a small island. We picked fresh rasberries right off of the bushes, and are about two weeks early for the blackberries. If shooting photographs is your thing, bring two cameras - the views are exceptional.
No one I know had ever heard of Matinicus Island. I grew up in Maine, as did my sisters. But this 'dot' on the map is one of the best places anywhere on the planet. If finding peace, and discovering how to relax again are part of what you want on your next vacation, contact John and Kim. They have been nothing but kind and responsive, and the place lives up to what they say it is.
I write this with one evening left. When John and I first started talking, he said that he and Kim's goal is have folks wish that they didn't have to leave. Turning my head to the ocean, the waves making a lullaby to the afternoon, John and Kim have succeeded - we have to leave, and get back to our lives - and, we don't want to.
Thank you, John and Kim - this is a place that we want to make our way back to in the future.
Mary Jo Ziegman
Fort Collins - Colorado
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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