A shingled Maine cottage with old fashioned Andrew Wyeth charm, located at the end of a private road in a state that has been rated the most peaceful in the country and one of the top three states for bicycle touring.
A hundred acres of woods are right out the back door, with cross-country skiing and downhill skiing minutes away, but it is not isolated and the neighbors are very friendly and the town is community-minded. This is a real neighborhood, with a village market a mile away where the locals meet for coffee every morning, farm stands for fresh bread, milk, vegetables and fruit. A local lobsterman whose wife cooks lobsters he caught in the morning to order for you to pick up in the evening is two minutes away. A local winery is five minutes further. Five minutes to the ocean, five minutes to the lake, five minutes to hiking trails and the coastal mountains, 10 minutes to Camden, 20 minutes to Belfast, 30 minutes to Rockland.
Activities and Attractions: Hiking, fresh vegetables from a nearby farm, and wine tasting at a vineyard 5 minutes up the road. Minutes to sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and more hiking to dramatic mountain-top views. Three golf courses within 20 minutes, two of them with ocean views. Dine at Francine's Bistro in the village of Camden (open year round) after an afternoon sail across Penobscot Bay, fresh lobster from a fisherman a minute down the road (cooked to order and pick up) or at Lincolnville Beach, or dine at internationally rated Primo's in Rockland after touring local museums and galleries, lighthouses and cobblestone beaches. There is no shortage of year-round fine dining and views on the Maine coast. Back at the cottage at night, loons call from a nearby pond, owls hoot from several hundred acres of woods out the back door. Wild turkeys and deer regard the field as their own and moose and bald eagles make periodic visits. This is the real Maine --all the amenities and stunning beauty the Penobscot Bay area is known for are just ten minutes away, but the serenity and simple beauty of the cottage in a small town that will feel like home.
Summer Amenities: Canoe, paddles, life-jackets. Washer and dryer. Full Kitchen. Herb garden growing outside door. Linens, towels, soap, paper products included. Charcoal grill and picnic table. Books, board games. Basic satellite TV. DVD/VCR. Tons of old movies. For other gear: Kayak rentals, bicycle rentals, guided trips, two-hour sails are all close by. Solid recommendations for where to go and what to see, on and off the beaten track, from a local who knows the area inside-out.
Description: Time to get away from thumb cramps and the constant cellphone chatter? Time to read the latest mystery and watch hummingbirds cruise the wildflowers and go canoeing in the lake and eat lobster next to the shore in the evening? And not pay waterfront rates to do it? This is the place.
This is a modern, private Maine shingled cottage built eight years ago as a year-round house. It's a sweet retreat. The owner is on the property in another cabin not visible from the cottage.
Christine is a newspaper reporter in Midcoast Maine with a background in natural resources and conservation. She is a Penobscot Bay Steward and a former forest service ranger and educator.
I grew up in the area and wanted to build a house near Camden Hills State Park and near Megunticook Lake and near the ocean. I also wanted a house that had a lot of windows that framed the natural setting. I designed the house, which was built ten years ago by a family of carpenters I've known for 30 years. The finish work and interior were completed by me, with the help of close friends.
The house has in-floor heat and a marble hearthstone gas parlor stove, plus a choice of electric hot water or hot water on demand. Winter sunshine glows off the wide pine floors during winter. Its a cozy and welcoming year-round house.