Please note: The month of June 2014 is now AVAILABLE for weekly or monthly rental.
Crow's Nest is a private hilltop property located directly on Bass Harbor, the Crows Nest is the perfect vacation destination on the Western, 'Quiet Side' of Mt Desert Island. If you don't want to take your car to tour the island and Acadia National Park, you can catch the Island Explorer LL Bean Bus, conveniently located within a short walking distance from the cottage. This free bus system covers the entire island to take you anywhere you want to go and back. And, in just a few minutes walk you can have lunch or dinner at the world famous Thurston's Lobster Pound for the freshest, same day catch lobster. It is by far, the best tasting Lobster on MDI. You can even pick out your own lobster. A short walk through the woods or along the rocky shore you will find a beautiful beach where you can swim, snorkel, or beach comb for sea glass, Collect sand dollars, shells, and starfish that are no longer in their shell. Or you can just relax in the sun and enjoy the view. Kayaking is a favorite activity in Bass Harbor. You can paddle among the lobster boats to get a close up look at all their gear and beautiful lobster boats. Paddle 'up harbor' and ride the gentle rapid under a bridge and into Bass Harbor Marsh.There you can encounter osprey, eagles, cormorants, ducks and other sea birds. You may be able to spot a kingfisher's nest in the bank further down the marsh; there is a very good chance you will see a Kingfisher perched on a tree limb high above the water and quickly dive into the water and catch his dinner! They are an amazing bird to watch. Speaking of eagles and osprey, you will, without a doubt, see an eagle and/or an osprey every day you are here. They often land in the trees very close to Crow's Nest and will sit and preen. They are a most beautiful sight to see. Osprey were seen last summer in Bass Harbor teaching their young how to catch their prey. They will also hover above and dive for fish over the water by the marsh. As you watch the osprey fly away, take notice how they carry the fish they just caught. The head of the fish is almost always facing windward as it is tightly held in the osprey's talons.
This family owned cottage has 2 spacious bedrooms, a large living room with full wall windows overlooking the harbor, a cozy kitchen and dining room, and ample sleeping space for six. Curl up with a book in front of the gas stove or lounge on the wrap around porch to enjoy spectacular sunrises over this picturesque harbor.
Front and back lawn areas are ideal for family fun and yard games, and you'll be within walking distance of the library. Visit nearby antique shops and beautiful Back Beach for a relaxing day in the sun. Easy to find and within walking distance. There is an historical society and it's museum is across the harbor in the village of Bass Harbor. Sea life & boat tours by water can be easily found leaving from Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor.
You really don't need to leave Bernard to have a full day of fun and explore! You can walk along the rocky beach, play Frisbee and other outdoor games on the lawn, or a game of fetch with the family dog. Plenty of room for everyone to wind down and relax.
High Speed Broadband Internet/WIFI access is available to you at the Crow's Nest as well as cable TV & DVD player.. for a rainy day at home.
Several of our guests have returned to the Crow's Nest year after year, and we hope you will feel that way as well.
Thank you for choosing the Crow's Nest for your family vacation!
Our Dad/Grandpa, Dick Van Houten, bought the house in 1986 & spent 6 months a year here until his death in 2001. He was an avid seaman, sailor & builder of the model boats. Our family spent many sweet summer days here at The Crow's Nest and is happy to share this special place with your family.
Our family is spread from New Hampshire to Washington to Mississippi, but we still do our best to make the trek up to the rocky shores of Mt Desert Island as often as possible to climb those beautiful mountains in Acadia National Park and watch the lobster boats roll in and out of 'our' harbor.
Susie and Skip, Dick's children, are both artists making fine art jewelry and sculpture work in their NH and MS homes. Grandchildren Kiera, Luke, Heidi, Isaac, Eva, and Hans are scattered about in Wisconsin, Connecticut, Washington, Illinois and Mississippi making art, pruning trees, building homes, playing music, and growing good gardens of fresh food. We spent many happy summer weeks visiting our Meme and Papa, racing lobsters and each other around the docks, picking wild blueberries, and looking for lightening bugs at dusk on the deck. Kiera spent a summer living in this home after she graduated from college in 2000 whilte working for the trail crew in the National Park Service. Take a leisurely stroll around Jordan Pond while you're in the park and walk on the trail she helped build!
As an avid seaman, our Dad/Papa couldn't have picked a more ideal location for his retirement. He relished the salty spray of the morning mist and the close proximity to a working harbor. Tucked away at the tip of the island on a dead end street, The Crow's Nest is the perfect escape from the chaos of life. Balsam fir trees line the paths through the woods and brightly colored sail boats slide past well weathered lobster boats.
Our family always loved the park, the proximity to the vacation-style ice cream parlors of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and the secluded privacy of our secret hideaway. We'd all descend on The Crow's Nest for overlapping trips sometimes pitching a tent or dragging a camper to accommodate our family of up to 13!
The very best part (in our humble opinion!) of this very sweet cottage is the wrap around deck. You can catch these perfect views from any of the large living room windows to see the Lobster Fishermen at work...but, very little in this world can beat a cool Maine morning with a salty mist over the harbor as you sip your coffee and breath in the fresh sea air.