A Perfect Family Retreat
For those whose who grew up under the influence of Robert McClosky's childrens books set in the granite ledged islands of Maine, Spruce Island is heaven on earth. Ringed by smooth white walkable rock and capped with pines, this remote yet accessible playground located in the protected waters of Merchants Row off of Stonington, is the perfect place to gather the clan.
Well suited to large groups, this impeccably maintained property is a great base for taking advantage of island life as it was experienced by past generations who yearly migrated to the cool natural air conditioning of the Maine coast.
I have sorted through many VRBO listings and held my breath on arrival waiting for the shoe to drop in squaring reality versus landlord hyperbole. If anything, the listing is an understatement of the experience. The buildings are brand new and built with care and are well set up for housing a large group in comfort. The fact that all beds are singles might be a bit off-putting for some, but this possible detriment is more than made up for by the fact that every room has its own bathroom.
The owner was more than helpful, both prior to arrival and during our stay (without being a nuisance). We asked tons of questions in the months leading up to our arrival: was there a mooring and how much weight could it hold, did the kitchen have baking tins, food processor, measuring cups, etc etc etc. Every question was promptly and completly addressed.
For the right group, this property is a gem beyond price. Being on an island, at the end of a 4 mile boat ride is not everyone's idea of a dream. However, due to the owners foresight and customer service driven attitude, any issues, including transport, are quickly and suitably addressed.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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