|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Our grandfather built this 1941 cottage at the foot of Cox's Head near the mouth of the Kennebec River. Beautiful sunrises, expansive views on 3 sides and a deck that sits out over the water make this an unforgettable spot for a quiet getaway. Hike up Cox's Head for a million dollar vista. The main room of the cottage has a large central table, plenty of seating, with two built- in tables looking out 10 windows facing the river . There is a pull-out sofa, small bar and glass-front wood stove. Kitchen has stove, refrigerator, microwave, and dryer for those wet bathing suits and towels. Both bedrooms have doors to outside and views of the river. Popham's beautiful sandy beach is only 5 miles away, and historic Bath, with plenty of provisions is 15 minutes. Rainy day? LL Bean, famous for 24 hour shopping in Freeport is 30 miles and Boothbay Harbor just 45 minutes away.
Cottage is equipped with all kitchenware and utensils, blankets and pillows. guests please bring sheets and towels.
This is where we will be going for vacation from now on. It was the perfect combination of privacy, natural beauty, quiet, and comfort, close enough to the beach and town, far enough to be its own beautiful world. There was only one house we could see from the glassed-in front room, and at night, there was us and that one light, in perfect silence. During the day, sometimes there was only one boat (this was after Labor Day, it was busier before then). A bald eagle landed on the porch roof one day, and we saw seals and all kinds of sea birds every day. There is a fire pit and a deck right on the water. You can't swim off it, because the current is insane, but the beach is 10 minutes away. The cabin is very well maintained, with new carpet, plumbing fixtures, and some new windows. It was also very clean, despite some resident spiders who took care of the occasional fly, and just generally very comfortable. I suppose it's not for everyone, so here's what you might want to know: there is no wireless; we brought a hotspot but it didn't work fast or particularly reliably (the phones were okay though). The septic tank is particular, so you don't flush anything you haven't previously eaten (ANYTHING). The back rooms, which are a new addition, don't have ceilings, so privacy between bedrooms is...not auditory, and they can get a little musty if you don't open the windows during the day, because they are always in shade. The road and driveway down to the cabin is pretty rough, with a single lane, and turns you can't see around (but not much traffic...fortunately.) The indoor shower is glorious, but you'll want to reheat (and let the septic recover) before the next person (and the outdoor shower is hot and fun too). For us and our little dog it was the perfect spot and we spent hours just gazing out at the river, resting and relaxing--and the rest of the time eating, hiking, sightseeing and shopping. It was a perfect vacation and I'm already looking forward to going back. Kathryn was a delight to work with, professional, friendly and responsive. So come and stay, but not during my week!
When our vacation day finally arrived, months after booking, we were so excited as my family has been traveling to this area for nearly 50 years. The camp was exactly as promised and we got very lucky with the weather. On our FIVE perfect days we:
hiked the Morse Mountain preserve (15 minutes) to the beach - parking lot fills up on weekends so go early (8 or 9am)
visited Popham Beach State Park (10 minutes) with the season pass provided by the owners
visited Reid State Park in Georgetown (40 minutes) and walked the rocks, swam in the 60 degree ocean and watched the tide come in
Walked 3 different Phippsburg Land Trust areas - Noble Hill Preserve, Greenleaf Preserve, and Totman Cove (all approx 20 minutes away, the latter requires a pass from the town office).
Lunched at Winnegance General Store (great tacos!)
Dined at Anna's Waterfront restaurant at Black's Landing - and talked with the owner, a ?7th generation? Mainer
Paddled the Kennebec and some area ponds
And then on our two rainy/cloudy/foggy days we recovered from sun burns and enjoyed things like
napping and reading on the day bed in the screened porch
watching movies on DVD provided by the owner
Yoga class and shopping in Wiscasset (Wicked Good Yoga, 45 minutes)
Movie, shopping, and lunch in downtown Brunswick (Wild Oats Bakery, EveningStar Cinema, 30 minutes)
We cooked all but one meal and found the kitchen to be very well-equipped. We made good use of the gas grill as well, but didn't have the opportunity to use the propane cooker for a lobster feast. The bathroom was fine but we used the outdoor shower the entire week - delightful! The privacy of the camp was a nice bonus, without being completely removed from civilization.
Finally, I have to say that we enjoyed some of the most beautiful sunrises you could imagine. Every day around 5am I eased out of bed (though it can be seen from the 'master' bedroom) and moved to the porch to watch the event along with the regular great blue herons, the seals, eagles, comerants, eiders, terns, and river otters. At sunset, if you hoof up the hill about 10 minutes to the top of Cox's head, you can enjoy an equally beautiful sunset. It was a great vacation all around. My only caution is to swimmers and paddlers . We did not attempt swimming at the owner's behest, as the river current is strong at all times. We did attempt to launch our kayak (plastic) and paddle board (fiber) during slack tides and found it to be challenging.
Cox's Head is located on a Peninsula overlooking the mouth of the Kennebec River. Historic Fort Popham, Popham Beach, Sebasco Resort and Bath are all just a few minutes from the cottage. Sebasco offers golf, tennis and dining.
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Checks preferred, please inquire by email or phone
30% to hold dates, balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
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