|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Serene retreat on gorgeous rocky (but inviting) shore overlooking tidal coves, allows plenty of access for boating, swimming, wading, and dabbling in tidal pools. The property includes a main house (2 bedrooms, open plan living room, dining area, kitchen, full tiled bath, and deck -- with floor to ceiling windows offering nearly 360 degree water views, and a separate guest cottage, with full bedroom and tiled bath, and its own deck and water views. The property is situated on a saltwater tidal inlet with private shoreline along Watts and Cutler coves. Main house has 2 bedrooms with skylights (with light-blocking shades) and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water; a large bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, fireplace living room, sitting and eating area opening onto a deck -- all surrounded by water. Just a few feet away, the one-bedroom (with bath) cathedral ceiling cottage has sensational water views, and sliding glass doors onto its own deck. Both main and guest houses (rented together) are just feet from water's edge. Both offer clean lines, flowing space, comfort, and easy vacation living. At the end of a quiet lane, the property includes a large, gently sloping lawn, rocky outcroppings, mature trees, and cared-for ambiance. Private, quiet setting. Airy and allergen-free. Explore the river by kayaks or canoe, swim from the shore, pick berries and peaches in season, dabble in tidal pools, walk the George River Highland paths, watch herons, eagles, eider ducks, osprey, seals (occasional), etc. A waterfront getaway within easy reach of famous museums, galleries, cafes, bookstores, film, music, and live performance venues, renowned restaurants, picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses, offshore islands, and farmers markets. Unique restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Mediterranean, organic, vegetarian, seafood, etc. Close to several highly regarded lobster shacks. Enjoy free Netflix, along with Wi-Fi, books, games. Outdoor amenities include Adirondack chairs, fire pit, kayaks, canoe, charcoal grill, lobster pot, picnic table. Simple, elegant furnishings, and dining (inside and out) overlooking the water. Or kick back (in a hammock under the trees) and do less.
Mid-coast Maine, with its quiet fishing villages and picturesque harbors is famous among artists, writers, birders, and boaters for its rocky shoreline, gorgeous ocean vistas, terrific walks (from Mt Batty in Camden to Birch Point State Park's rocky shoreline), its beaches, ponds, and ferries to the Penobscot Bay islands of Vinal Haven and Monhegan, Ile a Haut, Ilsboro, and others. Lighthouse enthusiasts will enjoy the Owls Head Light, Port Clyde's Marshall Light, and the mile-long pier walk to Rockland's Breakwater Light. It’s fun to stroll through Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, and Camden with their many art galleries, book shops, antique stores, cafes, restaurants, and music, film, and performance venues. The nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum features a unique collection of antique planes and cars (check for weekend events); the Farnsworth Museum is famous for its Wyeth collection, 19th-20th-21st century Maine artists, and annual stunning exhibits that draw from other collections as well as their own. For vacationers, the puffin and island tours by schooner out of Camden, the farmers markets, golf courses, fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities, the lighthouse cruises, and sea and river kayaking, and the extensive biking routes, make this an attractive place to bring family and friends, or come for a quiet retreat. Out-of-town painters and writers have long made this area famous, and it’s easy to see why.
My husband (a photographer) and I searched for years for a foothold in mid-coast Maine, which, after visits to friends on the mainland and stays on Monhegan Island, had come to feel like home to us. When we found this 1970s lobster man's home in rather bad repair, the location captured our imaginations immediately. It helps to have an architect in the family. When my son-in-law stepped in to radically redesign the interior, we turned the small dark rooms into a stunning light-filled retreat with a focus on the surrounding water. (The redesign and furnishing of River Watch turned into a creative project for many hands!) Summer and autumn guests add another dimension to River Watch. We are grateful for their continued interest and care for a place we treasure.
Kathryn Liebowitz purchased this house in 2006
It took just one cup of Rock City's Dark Star coffee and a week’s stay on Spruce Head Island in 2004 to turn us into mid-coast Maine enthusiasts. Of course my husband and I had links to the area that stretched further back, including our honeymoon on Monhegan Island, and numerous subsequent visits there and to the mainland. We love the landscape, the views, the artistic legacy of this part of the world, the walks, the tides, the light, and the wild beauty of Maine's mid-coast, which seems the 'real Maine' to us, combined with the rich cultural life -- the many artists and writers, galleries, fine museums, gardens, and lighthouses, the ghostly coastal curiosities (old forts and wind-whipped shacks), the independent bookstores and cafes, the starry nights, and the quiet intimacy of inland and river views. The sweep of the ocean, the islands that beckon, the independence, reserve, and pride of real Mainers. The list goes on, but it all began, as I say, with a fatal cup of Dark Star, or was it Guatemala Antigua at Rock City Cafe on Rockland's Main Street -- still there, still flourishing... along with so much else about the area.
A photographer and a writer, we take our occupations with us wherever we go. River Watch gives us plenty of quiet, privacy, and material. Even a trip five minutes down the road to Tenants Harbor to watch the boat activity or walk around the lovely graveyard seems an adventure. Going further afield to explore the Georges River hiking paths, to catch a gallery opening in Port Clyde or Rockport, hike the Camden Hills, and visit the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland – these and so much more are always a delight.
Our guests tell us that while they enjoy the riches of the area, and their local forays, they love even more returning to River Watch for a glass of wine while watching the sun set and the moon rise over the water, partaking of the things that amplify that sense of place so precious to us all.
Kathryn and Joe have a beautiful house with all the amentities. The newly renovated (it looks like EVERYTHING is new) house is absolutely beautiful. There is no spot in the house where you can't look out and see water. The grounds are amazing - with plenty of lawn to play with our kids, complete with a hammock and outdoor lounge furniture.
There were 2 sea kayaks that were great fun to use, and the kids LOVED jumping and leaping all over the rocks and beautiful boulders that line the waterfront part of the property.
We could have stayed here another few weeks!!
This was our second time renting Riverwatch, and it was just as wonderful as the the first. First of all, the house is ideally located, tastefully decorated and perfectly configured for our family of four. It's on a beautiful spot along the St George River and is close to lovely beaches and the towns of Tenants Harbor and Rockland. While we've been vacationing in this area for years, we're always on the lookout for new discoveries. The beach on Clark Island was this year's favorite. For our family, one of the best aspects of this particular rental is the fact that the master bed and bath are in a separate cottage, just a few feet from the main house. It is very clear that the owners take good care of their property and continue to make updates and improvements. The new couch and outdoor chairs were a big plus, for example. Speaking of the owners, Kathryn is wonderful to deal with. She answers emails promptly, communicates thoroughly and seems genuinely concerned that her guests all have a wonderful time. We did and can't wait to return. Thank you Kathryn and Joe!
From the moment we arrived and looked out at the river and spectacular vistas we knew we’d come to a very special place – and it only got better! Glorious sunsets, interesting wildlife, shooting stars, great weather for 2 weeks (we were so fortunate!), perfect kayaking, expansive lawns, and beckoning shoreline that our 4-year old grandson had such fun exploring. We loved River Watch with its every amenity and such responsive owners. The worst part was saying the inevitable “good-bye,” only tempered by the hope that we would return.
When I first started researching a Maine vacation property to rent for a week I focused on traditional coastal cottages. What I found was that most of properties were, well--a bit too rustic for my tastes or the cost too high. When I came across River Watch it immediately caught my attention. Although it was a more modern cottage, it met all of our other wants and needs. I sent an email with a few questions to the owners, Kathryn and Joe, and it was promptly answered with warmth and friendliness. In fact, Kathryn was truly a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire rental process.
When we arrived at the cottage and opened the door to that incredible view--wow! It was heaven. Simply put, you have 180-degrees of peaceful water views. The deck with the Adirondack recliners as well as the chairs next to the water enabled us to enjoy six beautiful sunsets. The main cottage (and small guest house, which our college-age son used) had all the amenities imaginable; it was obvious that Kathryn and Joe put much thought into the needs and comfort of their renters. The den area (with that incredible view) had comfortable furniture, flat-screen TV, DVR, stereo system and a supply of DVD movies to peruse on rainy days (of which we had only one!) There was no cable/satellite TV, but there was high-speed internet and wifi and honestly, we did not miss watching TV shows one bit! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you would need to cook dinner using the fresh ingredients you could buy at the local markets and farm stands. There was even a charcoal grill in the shed that we used twice. The large bathroom had a full supply of bath and beach towels and under the sink was sun block and mosquito repellant. The bathroom in the guesthouse was similarily supplied. There was a full-size washer and dryer in the garage, as well as laundry detergent, spot remover spray and dryer sheets. The living area with the fireplace at the front of the house was not used by us very much, since it was pleasantly warm while we were there. But I can imagine a toasty fire would be nice to sit around when there's more of a chill in the evening air. The bedrooms were of a decent size with small closets that easily held a week's worth of clothes. The property was fairly close to several charming villages and Rockland for any major supplies.
It was difficult to leave this beautiful place but we hope to come back someday!
Hint--take the ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island.
What a lovely, perfect, peaceful place to recharge our batteries. River Watch is heavenly and Kathryn is an absolute pleasure in terms of making arrangements. The house is fully equipped with everything that's needed. The house is clean and light-filled, the indoors is as wonderful as the outdoors, so we were happy rain or shine.
My wife and 5 month old daughter and I spent a wonderful mid-June week at this property. We had the added benefit of absolutely spectacular weather all week, but it would have been a great trip even with foggy Maine weather.
When you first walk in the front door and see the view out the back it takes your breath away. The house is beautiful and well maintained. Plus nice touches like little fresh flower arrangements put out for the guests when you arrive. The layout out is well thought out and it has all the kitchen and bath basic items that you need to sustain yourself for a week.
We spent most of our week outside on their beautiful (and well kept) lawn, but if you were forced inside due to weather it is still an uber peaceful venue with giant picture windows looking out on the cove. 7 spectacular sunsets in a row for our trip.
This is not a place you want to go if you are looking to take frequent runs to more populous areas. It is relatively remote, but that's also what makes it great. Port Clyde is a great, albeit tiny, village with lots of beautiful properties to walk around and explore.
Dining-out options pretty much consist of lobster pounds and they all close at 7. So you either need to plan on cooking (which we did) or lots of 30 to 40 minute round trip drives to Rockland for meals.
At the house most of the day there is a stiff breeze off the water that keeps the mosquitoes from even being noticed. Once you hit 7:30ish they will find you if you stand in one place for too long, but it is much better than any locale where you are sheltered in the woods and thus would be eaten alive. Put it this way, I didn't put a lick of bug spray on all week and have only one or two bites to show for it.
We had our little one so boating was out of the question, but there are kaiaks and canoes and all the necessary accessories at the guest's disposal.
My only complaint (which it sounds like is going to be rectified soon) was that the skylights in the bedrooms in the main house don't have shades. And the drapes are not light blocking. So if you are accustomed to a dark bedroom you will either be moving to the refuge (no skylights) after a night or two of being woken up a 5 am with the morning light, or you should pack a sleep mask. Once we figured it out it did not impact our enjoyment of the trip.
Just a really quiet relaxing beautiful week and exactly what we were looking for. THANKS!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Hop a ferry from Port Clyde (7 miles from River Watch) to stunning Monhegan Island, a birder's, artist's, walker's and naturalist's haven. Explore other Penobscot Bay Islands including Vinal Haven, North Haven, Matinicus, Isle au Haut, on ferries leaving from Rockland, Camden, and Northport. Take lighthouse, seal, and puffin or whale watching cruises. Enjoy local beaches including nearby Birch Point State Park in Thomaston, Crescent Beach in Owls Head, Shirt Tale Point on Lake Megunticook in Camden. Visit galleries and museums on the St. George Peninsula, and on the mainland in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden, including the Farnsworth Museum, the Transportation Museum (rare collection of antique cars and planes) the Lighthouse Museum, the Puffin Visitors Center, Montpelier House, Olson House, and others. Many river, ocean front, and mountain walking trails, including the Camden Hills Conservation Land and Georges River paths; a biker's (Rockland has two bike rental shops!)and boater's p