Perfect vacation cottage!
We are long-time visitors to MDI who had the good fortune to stay here the week prior to Labor Day. This house easily surpasses any others in which we have stayed. The other reviewers’ comments about this being “quintessential Maine” are dead-on! The views from the deck and living room/dining room are spectacular whether it’s clear or foggy, high or low tide. The house offers many amenities within walking/cycling distance and is a short drive to Southwest Harbor and many Acadia National Park trailheads. And it is a cozy, comfortable place to relax once you get home from your adventures – it’s full of natural light and brimming with charm. We definitely felt “on vacation” as soon as we walked through the front door.
This is not a cookie-cutter vacation rental. It is the owners’ personal vacation home, and their pride in ownership is evident. The house is extremely solid (circa 1920), well-maintained, and immaculately clean, with touches both practical (mudroom, full-size washer/dryer) and aesthetic (art, photographs) that make you feel immediately at home. Linens and dishes were more than adequate. The setting affords considerable privacy; the kitchen is well-equipped; and books, puzzles, and DVDs abound to entertain you during rainy days and evenings.
Because we were traveling north to Maine just ahead of Hurricane Irene, we had the chance to interact with the owner quite a bit. He could not have been nicer or more accommodating – he even checked in with us after the storm (which did not affect us much after all) to be sure everything was OK. He also was quite responsive during the reservation process, and had a ton of great suggestions for exploring the area.
In Southwest Harbor, we loved Red Sky, Sips, and Cafe 2 for dinner, and the fresh blueberry muffins at Sawyer's market are amazing. Sips also has great espresso as well as wines by the glass/half glass. Popovers at the Jordan Pond House are not to be missed. It was fun to discover the nearby Wonderland and Ship Harbor trails (easy, suitable for kids/dogs). Flying Mountain, one of our old favorites, is only a short drive away. For more strenuous hiking, we are fans of the Beehive (near Sand Beach) and the Cadillac North Ridge Trail. We were glad we rented bikes from Southwest Cycle to check out the carriage roads.
We hope to visit again soon – next time, we are bringing our kayaks (yes, you really can launch off the back lawn). Our only complaint about this house is that it’s not ours!
Families with Young Children,
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