Bailey Island, Harpswell, ME, USA

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Bailey Island, Harpswell, ME, USA

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Soak up Bailey Island's alluring old-world vibe

Jutting off Maine's ruggedly beautiful coast into the deep blue Atlantic, Bailey Island lures visitors from far and wide thanks to its pristine shorelines, its sedate way of life and its beguiling old-world ambience. Bailey is located in the town of Harpswell, home to one of Maine's last remaining working harbors, which you'll invariably find packed with gently bobbing fishing boats and yachts. The island is also scattered with quirky boutiques and welcoming inns serving hearty home-cooked fare. Bailey Island vacation rentals range from cozy cottages perfect for a romantic getaway to sprawling family homes where you could host a big family get-together.

Shopping and seafood feasts on Bailey Island

Discerning shoppers will be enthralled by Bailey Island's array of independent stores, where you can pick up everything from one-of-a-kind artworks to exquisite hand-crafted jewelry to chic designer fashion. Bailey's dining scene is similarly captivating, Freshly-caught seafood naturally features prominently on many menus, so you can look forward to feasting on creamy clam chowder, buttery lobster rolls, decadent deep-fried clams or locally harvested oysters. If you fancy learning how your dinner was caught, join a lobster harvesting tour, where a local expert will talk you through the history of lobster trapping as you head out to sea, before showing you precisely how it's done.

Bailey Island's natural wonders

As you approach the island, it's certainly worth stopping to marvel at the distinctive Bailey Island Bridge. Constructed in the 1920s, it was recognized in 1984 as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, as it was believed to be the only bridge on the planet made of granite cribstone. Once you've settled into your Bailey Island vacation rental, be sure to make a pit-stop at Mackerel Cove, a picture-postcard harbor where the shimmering water is ideal for swimming in the summer, and crabbing when it's cooler outside. For further spectacular coastal scenery, take a short hike to the Giant's Stairs, a dramatic rocky outcrop that dates back over 500 million years, where crashing waves can often be seen in the gleaming sunshine.

Vivid seasons on Bailey Island

Bailey Island vacation rentals draw in big numbers of visitors during the sun-dappled months of summer. The days are long, warm and sunny, ideal for afternoons at sea or strolling down coastal paths. Winters, by contrast, are rather cold, with temperatures frequently tumbling below freezing and a fair amount of snowfall. Spring and fall are great times to visit, with mild to warm temperatures and fewer out-of-towners competing for prime accommodation.

Animal encounters on Bailey Island

Unspoiled Bailey Island is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. Its waters serve as a naturally spectacular habitat for playful porpoises, seals and other adorable marine life. Birders are also in for a treat, with rare hooded warblers, majestic osprey and all manner of other species making their home here. And, of course, Bailey Island is a prime fishing destination, its waters teeming with everything from giant tuna to sharks.