Overlooking Hutchins Island, this property offers ever changing, always gorgeous views. Watch the colors of dawn wash over Castine, Cape Rosier, and the east Penobscot Bay. Let the last sight of your evening be moonlight playing on water, and then drift off to sleep hearing loons call across the cove. Enjoy the tranquility and privacy of a house at the end of a quiet, island lane. Listen to the seals grunting on the ledges off Hutchins Island, an uninhabited island protected by the Islesboro Islands Trust. Connected to Islesboro by a sand bar at low tide, this little island’s beaches and rocky shore are fun to explore. Adjacent to the property, a family of beavers is at work in the early morning and at dusk. Approach their pond quietly and you may also be able to watch the blue heron that feeds in the shallows.
The house is about thirty years old and comfortable. It has two bedrooms looking over the cove and a small bedroom with no water view. The living room has comfortable chairs and a sofa. A dining area is off the living room. Upstairs, besides the master bedroom with a queen bed, is a sitting room with an analog tv that can play videos and dvds. There are no computers and no phones. Many people are grateful, but others find they can’t live without them, so be forewarned.
Islesboro is a 20 minute ferry ride from the terminal at Lincolnville Beach. The ferry departs from the mainland on the hour beginning at 8am. The last boat leaves at 5pm and there is no ferry at 12:00. There are fewer boat runs on Sundays. I recommend making reservations as the ferry is likely to be busy in the summer.
Both small grocery stores on the island serve pizza and sandwiches. While there are no formal restaurants, at the ferry landing you can get burgers, fries and other light fare. There's a sandwich shop in Dark Harbor as well, and a cafe in the Community Center in Dark Harbor. We have a library, and the Community Center plans various activities. There is no movie theater. There are two antique shops.
Pendleton Point on the southern end of the island boasts small beaches, hiking on the rocky shore and great views of the East Bay and many of its islands. Islesboro Islands Trust maintains hiking trails in several locations. Big Tree Beach is a popular spot for swimming. There's a lot to do on Islesboro if you're in the mood for activity. It's also a good place to do little more than relax.
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While there are many places to enjoy on Islesboro, such as Sprague's Beach to the west, and the hiking trails at the extreme north and south ends of this narrow island, my favorite is this tidal cove which I was lucky enough to find more than fifteen years ago. It’s a tranquil location at the end of a dead-end lane. There is no phone or TV connected to the outside world. It’s a short walk to the beaver pond. The start of a loop hiking trail is adjacent to my property. If there’s a need, there is cell phone reception, and the drive to the library, where there is wireless internet 24 hours a day, takes less than ten minutes. In the fog, the only sounds those of the birds and waves, it is easy to imagine how life was before the onslaught of machines.
While I do not have kayaks for you to borrow, there are many places to use your boats if you bring them with you. Ducktrap Kayaks, a short drive from the ferry terminal in Lincolnville, rents kayaks by the day or week at reasonable prices. I can give you the number if you are interested.
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