Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA

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Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA

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Might and main(e) on Peaks Island, Portland

No man is an island, but man, Peaks Island is something else. A short ferry ride off the coast of mainland Portland, this lively, 720-acre island in Casco Bay has plenty of off-the-beaten-path charm, and you'll find everything from kayaking and fishing along the island's rocky coastline to historic preserves and whimsical art museums. The island was once known as the Coney Island of Maine, and it's remained a popular summer destination since the late 19th century. With a Peaks Island vacation rental, you can experience laid-back coastal living just like a native Mainer.

Come and take a peek at Peaks Island, Portland

Sure, Peaks Island is small, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty going on. With miles of rocky shoreline, you'll find plenty of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, and boat tours are a popular way to get a feel for the island and its neighbors. At the Peaks Island Land Preserve, you'll find nearly 150 acres of wilderness, including the historic Battery Steele, a former World War II military base that nowadays hosts an annual arts festival. The preserve is a major birdwatching destination, and you can spot everything from hummingbirds and woodpeckers to owls, herons, and bald eagles.

Peak experiences on Peaks Island, Portland

Remember those whimsical art museums we mentioned earlier? We weren't kidding _ the Umbrella Cover Museum is as whimsical as they come, and it's more or less a must-see Peaks Island attraction. The seasonal museum houses hundreds of umbrella covers _ 730 according to the Guinness Book of World Records _ and tours regularly include accordion accompaniment from the proprietor. For a more traditional museum experience, head to the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum. Here, you can journey back in time to the 19th century, thanks to a wealth of Civil War memorabilia and local history exhibits.

No rain, no gain on Peaks Island, Portland

Like the rest of Portland, Peaks Island has a humid continental climate that's somewhat tempered by its waterfront location. Summers are warm, with average highs around 80 degrees in July and August, and plenty of rain throughout the season. Winters are decidedly cold, with lots of snowfall and highs in the 30s between December and February. Since it's a seasonal destination, you're most likely to score a deal on a Peaks Island vacation rental during the snowy winter months, but there's a downside _ many of the island's most popular attractions are only open in the summer.

Bay it forward in Peaks Island, Portland

The 730-acre Peaks Island lies in Casco Bay, just off the coast of mainland Maine. The island's shoreline is generally rocky, and the surrounding inlets, coves, and streams of Casco Bay offer plenty of opportunities for adventurous kayakers to explore the island's periphery. Peaks Island is relatively flat, which makes biking a popular mode of transportation, too. The scenic Peaks Island Land Preserve boasts almost 150 acres of preserved wilderness, including ponds, wetlands, and meadows, and you'll find loads of hiking and birdwatching spots within a stone's throw of your Peaks Island vacation rental.