|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
Whitehead Light Station is the definition of a unique and wonderful vacation accommodation. On 11 acres of the 90 acre Whitehead Island, the recently restored Light Station housed the families who tended the lighthouse before it was automated in 1982. Whitehead Light Station is remote but comfortable with a private bath in each of 7 bedrooms, electricity, new modern fully-equipped kitchen (with a 6-burner, 2-oven, griddle-equipped Garland stove), and comfortable common areas, including 2 sitting rooms, a dining room, and a library. No TVs, internet, or telephones--just splendid isolation. Included in the cost is the service of a boat in which the captain can take groups on trips to explore neighboring islands and provide access to the attractions of the mainland (15 minutes by car from Rockland and 45 minutes from Camden). 1 mile off shore.
Guests set their own schedule and have the run of the 11-acre site, which includes wonderful spruce woods and a spectacular granite shoreline. There's plenty of boats sailing by, bald eagles, ospreys, and seals to watch. Lobsters purchased from local lobstermen have been cooked on the rocks for years (they taste better that way). You can even go swimming off the floating dock (only for the hardy). There is no better place to curl up with a book, relax and unplug.
Additional services can be accommodated by request including a private chef, yoga classes, massage therapist, etc.
A working lighthouse has been on this site since Thomas Jefferson authorized the first one in 1803. The current light tower is still an operating aid to navigation. And now, the fully renovated Light Station is the perfect place for a vacation, retreat, or reunion with plenty of room for up to 14 people.
Keywords: Light House, ocean front, sunset, sunrise
Whitehead Light Station is owned by Pine Island Camp, a not-for-profit Maine boys camp founded in 1902. The Camp is located inland Belgrade, Maine.
The Owner purchased this house in 1996
Pine Island Camp acquired Whitehead Light Station in 1996, through the Maine Lights Program, which helped the Coast Guard shed property it no longer needed. It was a perfect match, as generations of campers had made trips to another part of Whitehead Island for more than 50 years.
There is nothing that can compare with time spent on an island in the ocean. And Whitehead is a very special island at the western edge of Penobscot Bay, a favored sailing area of the east coast. The Light Station provides civilized comfort in the splendid isolation of a rocky island in the Atlantic.
I have always wanted to share the beauty and magic of my birth state with my friends from afar. We searched long and hard for the most idllic accommodations and decided on this island get away with 3 other families. Every expectation was exceeded. Gigi and Matt were the most gracious hosts. Adventures included clam digging, harvesting mussels, lobster bake on the rocks, scenic boat excursions & fairy house construction along an enchanted moss covered trail. Gigi had exceptional patience with the children who wanted to help her in the kitchen at every moment. They published the daily menu, set the table, baked cookies and made pizza together. The food she prepared for us was delicious & healthy. We highly recommend this vacation destination. It was an amazing week.
Our family had a week long family reunion here in June 2013, and we absolutely loved it! The beauty of the island and surroundings are unsurpassed, the excellent attention to detail of the staff is awesome, and the cook's food was amazing. The skipper was incredibly knowledgable and could answer our every question, and gave awesome boat tours. We had all ages in our group, from toddlers to retired adults, and all enjoyed themselves. The photos show the beauty of the keepers house, but they just don't do justice to the entire island and surroundings. We took some time off the island, and loved the city of Camden. We rented Vespa scooters and had a blast exploring the quaint and beautiful costal villages. We fished, kayaked, hiked, lobster-baked, relaxed and enjoyed! Thanks for a fantastic stay, Gigi and Matt!
This is a beautiful location. Accomodations were excellent for our large and diverse group of 38. The meals were healthy and delicious. Gigi was accomodating and a wonderful cook. For our wide range of ages (18 mos - 80 years) there was something for everyone. Family members enjoyed shopping trips to Camden/museums and especially liked renting scooters to explore the village. Some visited Acadia, but said the views and activities on the island were just as beautiful and interesting as the national park.
We stayed here for a family reunion. The island itself was enchanting. We approached the keepers house by a short boat ride and then a brief walk through a forest (don't worry--our suitcases were transported for us). The approach to the island made us feel as if we were on a secret getaway. The rooms were comfortable and clean. All linens are white and each room had an attached full bath. Our family hired a chef for the week, which was the best idea ever--the cuisine was delicious, varied, healthy, and best of all, we were able to spend time with family members instead of preparing/cleaning up after a big crew. The island is surrounded by large white granite boulders, which provide such a beautiful view of the ocean, and the kids loved climbing on them as well. We also enjoyed kayaking and watching ships sail in and out of the bay past the lighthouse. On one of the nights, we roasted lobsters on the rocks, and enjoyed the sunset. We visited several small towns on the mainland and a highlight was renting scooters in Camden. Whitehead Lighthouse Station is the perfect place to go to get away from busy city life and reconnect with family members. I definitely recommend this place for its ambience, charm, and unique setting.
Memorable family reunion. Gigi and Matt were excellent hosts.
My family of three arrived on the island for a large family Reunion. Our room was cozy with a great view and a beautiful large bathroom. I appreciated the shoes-off policy which made the floors feel like home.
There were 40+ people visiting the island that normally handles 14 or less people! Gigi Lirot, the island manager and Matthew Wall, the captain were very easy going and rose to the occasion of handling all the requests of the 40+ guests, especially finding bandaids for the 14 children who got occasional scrapes while climbing and hiking. It was amazing to see the Whistle House converted into "slumber party central" for the tweens and teenagers. It gave all the cousins a chance to hang out away from their parents.
The lobster bake was fantastic because of all the group participation. Also, group participation in cooking and clean-up made the getaway a great family bonding experience. I'll never forget the "licorice cookies" that Gigi made at the suggestion of the pre-schoolers in the group!
There were plenty of places on the island to find some piece and quiet. The weather was mild and sunny everyday. The ocean views were lovely. While hiking in the woods some of us were lucky enough to see a deer in the woods! We had easy access to the dock for ocean kayaking to other nearby islands.
While the island is close enough to Rockport and Camden, we chose to stay on the island for our entire week's stay. I think it is important to be "off the grid" when on vacation. I loved not having access to TV, email or my phone for a week. It reminded me of the way vacations "used to be". I would recommend this vacation to anyone who wants to get away from it all - on an island - without going to a Caribbean island.
Exploring the rocky shore, walking in the spruce woods, taking onshore trips to Thomaston, Rockland, and Camden; enjoying the serenity and beauty of an offshore island.
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Jun 22 2016 - Sep 21 2016
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
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7 day 6 night week is $6900
5 day 4 night rental 4800
6 day 5 night rental 5600
7 day 6 night rental 6900
8 day 7 night rental 8100
Peak season 9 night 10 day rental would be $11,500
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4 day 3 night rental 3650
5 day 4 night rental 4800
6 day 5 night rental 5600
7 day 6 night “week” rental 6900
8 day 7 night week rental 8100
9 night 10 day rental would be $11,500