This lovely 800-square foot apartment is on the granite shores of the Salt Pond, a four-mile long saltwater cove opening on Blue Hill Bay and home to bald eagles, seals, osprey, kingfishers, and a myriad of aquatic birds. It's a great place for kayaking or just sitting on the shore with a good book. The apartment, on a very quiet five acres with panoramic water views, is a cozy place to hang out. There are some nice walks and bike rides nearby, or drive four miles to the village where you'll find several great restaurants, galleries, quality shops, an bookstores, a wonderful library and a supermarket.
For a terrific view of the coast, from the mountains of Acadia to the islands of Penobscot Bay, take one of the trails up Blue Hill Mountain, just a few minutes from the village. Besides the world famous Wooden Boat School in neighboring Brooklin and The Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle there are almost endless opportunities for education and activity on the Blue Hill Peninsula. You might want to participate in an oil or pastel class with award-winning artist Carolyn Caldwell - (check her website under her name plus dot com.) And if chamber music is to your liking, you won't want to miss one of the weekly chamber music concerts at Kneisel Hall where for over 100 years they have educated young classical music students as well as offering concerts by renowned performers, including members of the Julliard String Quartet.
Acadia National Park is just beautiful beyond description and only a short drive away. Hike dozens of mountain trails, bike the well-maintained carriage roads, spend the day at Sand Beach, drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and watch the sun rise or set. Watch one of the 100-plus cruise ships come into Bar Harbor. The town is loaded with restaurants, shopping, nature cruises and other diversions.
For those of you drawn to the watery side of the coast of Maine, Blue Hill sits in the middle of what some consider the finest sailing grounds in the world. The rugged coast, with innumerable islands, coves, bays and harbors, is a paradise for kayakers and those who want to spend a half day or several days aboard an old schooner seeing Maine as Verrazano and Champlain did.
Know that your hosts want you to have an excellent vacation, and Maine is full of people and places to ensure that you do.
Keywords: 'Home Away from Home'
We purchased our land in 1997 and pitched our tent on the shore when we came to Blue Hill weekends until we started building in 2001. We are consummate travelers so we know what makes for a comfortable 'home away from home.' And, we also love living where we do. We find the ocean relaxing and beautiful - watching the bald eagles fly by, listening for the osprey, kingfishers, and terns, observing seals on the rocks and having them play peek-a-boo with you as you kayak the Salt Pond - so much to enjoy - well, come see for yourself. It is a magical place!
Maureen & Steve purchased this apartment in 1997
There is so much beauty all around . . . there is nothing so soothing as sitting on the shore and watching birds, seals, bald eagles and osprey catch a meal, knowing you don't have to work that hard - you just have to choose which one of the great local restaurants where you will enjoy your next meal.
Kayaks are available for your use here on the Salt Pond - paddle in the early morning and find yourself in the midst of seals sunning themselves or bald eagles hunting for breakfast for their young chicks.
Steve & Maureen - Our stay in your beautiful, super clean apartment was wonderful. We thank you for sharing it with us. We thank you for giving us the perfect amount of privacy. We feel fortunate to have spent a week in such a place. Thanks, too, for the advice on places to see and go. The wine is our treat to you from California.
I'm a HomeAway host and can only wish I could be as cordial as these hosts!
The property is located in a drop-dead spot, right on the shores of a scenic salt pond, set way back from the highway.
Quiet as it could get!
Both Maureen and Steve are lovely people, ready to make your visit the best.
The unit is of first class construction and materials. The kitchen can easily take care of
any of your cooking projects.
Be sure to take advantage of the kayaks they ready for you.
We'll be back as soon as possible.
Maureen & Steve are such wonderful people to share this georgious property with others. A truly amazing location. A real relaxing vacation. The views, the wildlife, the peace & quiet are second to none!!!
We did all the "touristy" things and always looked forward to going back to relax.
So glad we happened upon The Garaj Mahal when searching vrbo.
Chrissie & Jimmy Sawyer
We recently visited the Garaj Mahal and tremendously enjoyed our stay. The views from the property are awesome. It was a quiet place with comfortable features. The place was just lovely with all the features of home. My husband relaxed, explored, and discovered beautiful Coastal Maine while staying in Blue Hill. Maureen provided us with points of interest which allowed us to venture places we wouldn't have known about otherwise. If planning a trip to Maine, I highly recommend Garaj Mahal. Add Stonington & Caterpillar Hill to your list of places to go. For dining, we enjoyed Perry's Lobster Shack...check the weather as this place is best for sunny days dining outside on a pier.
Overall, clean and comfortable. Having the kayaks and canoe there was a highlight. The owners were kind and helpful.
My husband and I wanted a quiet and private place to call home while we explore Acadia National Park. Maureen and Steve were prompt in responding to our initial requests and payment was simple. Driving up to the property is impressive. It's so tranquil and beautiful. The Garaj is detached from the main house, so you have as much privacy as you need. However, they are available for anything you need during your stay. We hiked hard every day and looked forward to calling the Garaj Mahal home to rest and recover each evening. They have kayaks and a canoe for use, and a wonderful launching point just steps from the Garaj. You could easily spend days on Salt Pond exploring the coastline, seals, and other wildlife. Maureen and Steve have provided everything in the sweet little apartment that you could possibly need. They couldn't be lovelier. We could have easily stayed for weeks on end, but sadly, our vacation came to an end! Thank you Maureen and Steve! We miss the place already!
My wife and I vacation in Blue Hill, ME every year, so I can attend a chamber music workshop at Kneisel Hall. A few years ago, we agreed that the dormitory life at Kneisel Hall was not for us. We've tried a few places to stay with limited success. Our priorities are quiet, comfortable accommodations and distance to Kneisel Hall. This year we discovered Garaj Mahal and it was a great experience. It met the criteria above and then some. My wife is a nature lover and artist and the Salt Pond was a source of great pleasure for her, including swimming in it.
Maureen and Steve are a pleasure to deal with, in addition to the physical attributes of their place. We recommend it highly.
The Wooden Boat School in Brooklin is 20 minutes away, Acadia National Park is less than an hour, dozens of art galleries, jewelers, potters, The Stonington Opera House and The Grand in Ellsworth both show movies and have live productions. Local theater groups perform throughout the summer, street dances with an award-winning steel band, Kneisel Hall is one of the greatest summer features in Blue Hill - world class musicians perform in a very intimate setting and the annual Blue Hill Fair held on Labor Day weekend. There is so much to do you'll need a vacation from your vacation!
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to mid-June we have rentals for a minimum of 3-nights. After Labor Day we will also rent a minimum of three-night stays. Please call or email for clarification if this new pricing model is not clear. We love to talk with potential guests to answer any questions you might have. And if you have a special event coming up and need special arrangements, please call and let us know what you need - we will try to accommodate you.