|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Enjoy September at the seaside or a long New England weekend at The Sea Glass House, a vintage 1892 Victorian with stained glass in nearly every room. The house is an easy drive from metropolitan Boston or New York, perfect for a 3-day weekend or a more leisurely stay. It's your base for exploring Mt. Desert, Acadia and Bar Harbor. Little Cranberry Island is a small fishing/lobstering village, 20 minutes off the coast of Mt. Desert, listed among 'The Best Secret Islands on Earth' by Travel & Leisure magazine (2010) and lauded by Martha Stewart (http://www.themarthablog.com/2010/07/join-me-for-a-boat-ride-to-little-cranberry-island.html). Explore Acadia or stay on the island and kayak, hike, sail, paint, visit the museum and galleries. Lobster delivered to your doorstep! Outfitted with 21st-century comforts, including Wifi. Embellished with original woodwork and other architectural treats that reveal the island's history -- the house was built by the island's merchant family. A well-stocked library and puzzles and games fill evenings and rainy days. Empty, rustic beaches are 5-10 minutes in any direction. Family friendly.
More on Little Cranberry and the house: See my Web site for more photos and information on LIttle Cranberry Island and Acadia/Mt. Desert:
Once you've slept on an island ...: The beauty and calm of Islesford/Little Cranberry will stay with you for a long while. Amenities on the island include:
# A fine little library (wireless access, a good collection of modern literature and childrens' books as well as videos/DVD)
# A much-lauded restaurant, The Dock, which attracts visitors from the region (including some named Rockefeller)
# An artists' gallery, gallery of sea glass creations and a potter's studio and store
# A gift store, Winter's Work
# A post office and school (with playground)
# The Neighborhood House, host to movie nights, readings and other social gatherings
# Two churches
# Boatworks, a not-for-profit that runs summer boat-building classes for children
# Several glorious organic gardens whose owners sell their produce to lucky visitors
# A yacht club (in name only) that offers lessons for adults and children
# Joy of Kayaking, kayak rental and tour suggestions
# Access to daily grocery delivery
What to do on an island?: -- The wonders of Acadia National Park are 20 minutes away, on Mt. Desert Island. Take an early mailboat and spend the day hiking or biking or horseback riding, or just drive up Cadillac Mountain, take in the view, and then have popovers and lemonade at Jordan Pond House.
-- Numerous small museums and galleries dot Mt. Desert, as do various gardens open to visitors.
-- If you must, go to Bar Harbor and buy fudge and t-shirts. You'll be delighted that you can take the 6 pm boat back to the idyllic Islesford.
-- If antiques and/or rummage sales are your thing, there's plenty of opportunity on Mt. Desert and on the mainland.
-- Spend the day kayaking around Little Cranberry or kayak over to Great Cranberry for lunch. (Rent kayaks at Joy of Kayaking -- Joy is the post mistress on the island.)
-- Walk around the island, collecting rocks and shells and amazing views along the way. Don't forget a snack.
-- Walk out to Bakers Island on the sandbar.
I just wanted to let you know that we are having an AWESOME time here on the island.
It's so relaxing and perfect. I want to thank you for letting us rent this house. We love it.
(from e-mail to owner)
We stayed here for a week with my parents, my husband and I, and our three children (9, 6, & 3) and LOVED IT! The house was comfortable, clean and cozy. It was very kid friendly, as was the entire island; the house is right across the street from the school and it's great playground. The house had everything you could possibly need, more so than any other house I've ever rented. The communication with Jo and then Melissa while on the island was great and frequent.
We'd highly recommend staying here!
The Sea Glass House was indeed a "storybook" home; it was filled with color and light and stories, both from the rooms stocked with books of every kind to the historical narratives associated with the house. It was a fascinating place to spend a week and was right in the center of the island. We loved sitting on the beautiful porch and listening to the conversations across the street at the Post Office and the children riding their bikes down the street. It was an easy walk to the dock or really to anywhere on the island. When we wanted to hike in Acadia, it was easy to catch the mail boat over to NE Harbor, but we were generally content to stay put on LCI and enjoy the Sea Glass House. It had very comfortable beds and everything you could possibly need for cooking. We would love to come back!
My wife and I, along with another couple, spent a wonderful week at the Sea Glass House on Little Cranberry Island. The island. ., part artists' colony, part fishermen's enclave, offers a panoramic view of Acadia National Park. Sea Glass House, a short walk from the ferry dock, is a magnificent old home with a beautifully manicured lawn, a front porch and a back veranda. The house is tastefully decorated with lots of quirky knick-knacks, a fully-equipped kitchen and a cozy library. You could not ask for more.
Sam W., New York City
What a beautiful and lovingly maintained home! cozy and full of charm. We have stayed here with just our own family, with guests from France, and with extended family, and it has been perfect for every set up. Lovely amenities and friendly touches everywhere. Great big kitchen for cooking and shared meals, lovely formal dining room, wraparound porch for grilling or for just curling up with a book. Steps away from beaches, walking in the woods, buying seaglass jewelry or visiting an art gallery. And you'll never have such a quiet perfect sleep as here....!
The house was wonderful! It was a great family vacation and we already miss Maine and the house! I can't think of anything that could have made it better. Out two daughters, age 3 and 6, keep saying that can't wait to go back! The super house was clean and each room had its own charm. We enjoyed cooking in the nice kitchen, grilling on the beautiful porch, and reading in the downstairs reading room. We could not have asked for a better vacation home!
This review was written by my daughter, Erin Thomas...
This was an amazing experience. The house was gorgeous, love and attention spent on every little detail. The ocean was a short walk in any direction. The islanders were like family by the end of the week and Ashley Bryan is a true treasure! We were so well rested after our stay, filled with the peace that comes with spending time outside in nature and surrounded by beauty.
Little Cranberry Island is 20 minutes off the coast of Mt. Desert, with splendid views of Acadia National Park. Kayak, sail, hike and lounge on the island or explore Acadia, returning to this year-round lobstering village and summer arts colony. Frequent access via mailboat or ferry from Northeast and Southwest harbors; no cars needed on the island.
Other Activities: kayaking
|Refundable damage deposit||$350|
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