|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
SOUTHWEST HARBOR: Cable Crossing Cottage
The cottage is 500 ft. from a rocky-gravel ocean beach, in a neighborhood of historic homes. A picket fence encloses the front yard, and there is a full-length back deck overlooking a 14-acre wildflower field to mountains and islands of the bay. Mid-June through mid-October, catch the free Island Explorer Bus at the end of the driveway to access towns throughout Mt. Desert Island and to access points in Acadia National Park; the bus accommodates bikes.
Picture a day beach combing, sight-seeing, or hiking in Acadia National Park, and returning to the tranquility of 'The Quiet Side' of the Island to enjoy your home away from home.
One guest wrote: 'Your cottage feels as though someone really lives here and loves this place - the lovely old furniture, pictures, and the books. I especially loved the bookshelf - what a wealth of local information. I wish I had more time to read them all! Everything we needed was here!
AMENITIES: Wireless internet access throughout Cottage. Closet with board games, poker chips, Scrabble dictionary, and several yard games. Shelves of local books, references, guides/maps.
FIRST Floor: Open living/dining room with gas fireplace and electric heat. Dining table seats 6-8, and living room furniture seats 7. Door to covered deck, back yard, field, and gravel lane to the beach. Master bedroom/bathroom ensuite with king bed is also located on the first floor.
Modern, recently renovated Kitchen. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, wide-slot toaster, coffee grinder, coffee maker, electric tea kettle, tools and pots for cooking lobster, cook books, spices.
SECOND Floor: Three rooms - Green Bedroom with king-sized bed and door to back stairs. Blue Bedroom with either two twin beds or one comfy king - your choice. Sitting Room, with shelf of youth fiction childrens books, and a futon couch which converts to double bed for sleeping versatility. Full bath with clawfoot tub, and separate shower.
Other Amenities: All linens and towels, weather-station radio, iron/board, hair dryer, videos/dvd
Activities: Deck: Outside table and 6 deck chairs, 4 portable beach chairs, gas grill, back lawn and bocce ball court with picnic table.
There are many kinds of attractions in the vicinity, and we have an organized box of brochures and maps describing them, plus area guide books. Wander along beaches, explore shops, museums, galleries, microbreweries, hear live music (almost any kind), attend live theater, eat a wide variety of cuisine, cook your own lobster (instructions available), or hike or bike on the Park trails throughout Mt. Desert Island, take guided tours, visit islands by ferry or mail boat, or explore Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, or other towns on the island.
Rain coats and rain pants for adults and roll up the sleeves/cuffs for children, plus rain boots for little feet. Raining? Put on rain clothes and go out and play! Memorable fun!
Or, hang around the Cottage - closet full of games, drawer full of videos/dvds, cd player.
Location: The village of Southwest Harbor has specialty food, wine, and art shops, plus restaurants from casual to fine dining.
Our area is Mt. Desert Island - an island accessible by bridge. It has botanical gardens, museums, libraries, cyber cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, microbreweries, bookstores, antique shops, health food stores, vegetable stands, live music, live theater, annual festivals (July: Pink Flamingo, Sept: Garlic, Oct: Oktoberfest to name a few) , country fairs, and acres and acres of the natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
Our area offers rentals, guided tours, or do-it-yourself opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sea kayaking, sailing, fishing, whale watching, golf, tennis, lake or ocean swimming, visiting islands, learning history, studying ecosystems, and exploring Acadia National Park. The Park is located throughout Mt. Desert Island, co-mingling with the towns. This makes for the unusual opportunity to access the Park from many entrances.
We live in the area and we love it! We bought the Cable Crossing Cottage so we could live in Southwest Harbor and enjoy Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park right out the back door. We're happy to share Cable Crossing Cottage with you, so you can enjoy our area and environs. We do the change-overs each week, so we know everything is in place and in great shape for when you arrive. Doug is self employed as Arntzen Builders, and Betsy is a licensed massage therapist.
Doug and Betsy Arntzen purchased this farmhouse in 1997
We love it here in any weather. Really. Every day is a great day when you're in Maine. We have stocked the Cottage with rain pants and rain jackets so you can go out and play in any weather. But don't worry, it won't rain.
"Some of the best parts of staying here have nothing to do with Acadia! Our family of five read 18 books. The kids did not touch a single screen all week. Our tiny middle lad slept plumb in the center of a king bed in his own room with a smile on his face. The choice of kids books that are like their own adventure. Letting our kids go down to the beach alone this time (ok - so it was with a long range walkie-talkie)."
We rented this house (2 couples) and really loved it. There was plenty of space and fwe felt right at home. We especially enjoyed hanging out in the livingroom with a nice fire in the woodstove. The view from the dining area was beautiful- across the meadow to the ocean. We also enjoyed strolling down the dirt road to the pebbly beach for a nice long walk. I would highly recommend this place!
We stayed at this cozy home for almost a week at the beginning of the summer season and absolutely loved it. There was plenty of room for our family of 4 children ages 5 - 15. The kids loved their upstairs rooms to read and relax and we loved the main area downstairs to eat dinner, play games, and sit by the gas fireplace. Doug and Betsy maintain a vacation property that makes you feel right at home immediately, with everything you might need right at your fingertips. My favorite memory of our adventurous trip to MDI and Acadia National Park was the quality family time we shared in this home. The pictures really show what the house is like, but there are also 2 bathrooms (large for a historic home), large closets, and a well appointed kitchen. I felt like we had traveled back in time, but still had the modern day luxuries that we are used to. The internet was flawless, the hot water never ran out, and the furnishings were clean and new. The location of the home was also perfect! We loved coming "home" after each full day of Acadia hiking, biking, sailing, and lobster eating!!!!! Doug and Betsy were also very professional and easy to work with.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cable Crossing! Everything you could possibly need was there. We only used the first floor because it was just the two of us but I'm already thinking about next year and bringing our other daughters and grandchildren. Plenty of room for all! Just down the road from one daughter that lives there so it's the perfect location for us. The view is amazing with your morning coffee. At night the stars are even more amazing. We will definitely be returning.
This cottage was perfect for my family's first visit to Maine. The house is quaint and has a lovely view from the family room and dining area. There is a well-stocked toy closet and there are lots of other nice amenities, too, like a cooler we were able to fill with lunches during our various outings. The fireplace is nice and cozy for cool nights. The owners were great to work with. We definitely enjoyed our stay here!
This beautiful farmhouse fulfilled all of our vacation dreams. Surrounded by fall leaves, quiet farms and quaint cottages, words can't describe the serene beauty of this special place. We enjoyed the farmhouse immensely - from the cozy bedrooms overlooking the ocean to the fully (and thoughtfully) stocked kitchen. The view of the ocean from the back of the house was stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. The easy walk down Cable Crossing Road to the ocean was a daily routine for us. Our 2-yr.old grandson immediately discovered the collection of well worn walking sticks off the back porch, and used his favorite each day as we made our way to the water to explore the tidal pools and the apple trees. We also treasured the wood burning stove each night as lows dipped in the 40's (cold for Houstonians). Doug and Betsy are the ultimate hosts, as they truly anticipate your every need. A fully stocked game closet made for fun evenings around the fire, and the kitchen contained everything we needed and more - including a rolling pin when we decided to make a homemade apple pie! This didn't feel like a "rental place", it felt like a home with every possible personal touch included. They even provided a full binder of information for local restaurants and activities, instructions on all of the amenities of the home, local menus, etc. We brought along a laptop computer to look up local information, but never needed it! If you are compelled to be "wired", the house is equipped with wireless internet. We originally planned to eat most meals out, but enjoyed the home so much, we cooked breakfast and dinner in each night, and visited restaurants in SW Harbor and Bar Harbor only for lunch. Our lobster boil at the house was less expensive and far surpassed the one we had at Thurston's Lobster Pound our first day there. The "quietside" is exactly that - removed from the tourists and cruise ship crowds that flood Bar Harbor. We could not have found a better place for our "Fall in New England" adventure, and we could not have been blessed with better hosts. Thanks for everything, Doug & Betsy! It was everything we hoped for and more.
We had a wonderful time at Cable Crossing Cottage. We really felt at home there. Walking to the ocean each morning at low tide was a tremendous event. Picking the crabs and mussels and throwing rocks in the water was so much fun.
Doug and Betsy were wonderful hosts. Betsy, esp., went out of her way to answer all our questions and make us feel at home.
Southwest Harbor turned out to be a much nicer location for our group than Bar Harbor. SW Harbor is not as busy or touristy as Bar Harbor, and the restaurants and shops were even better close to the house.
Acadia National Park is truly delightful, the perfect vacation spot for people of all ages. The hiking, biking, etc. was so relaxing and fun. I highly recommend this house and this locale.
The Cottage is 2.5 miles from the fishing and yacht-building village center of Southwest Harbor, population 1,900. Acadia National Park and area towns co-mingle on Mt. Desert Island, so there is a trail a short distance from anywhere on the island. Two Acadia National Park trails are within walking distance of the Cottage; the rest are within a (free) seasonal bus ride or short diving distance. The Cottage is a 500ft. walk to the tidal ocean where you can beach comb, swim (very refreshing), or launch kayaks. There are many kinds of attractions in the vicinity. You can wander along beaches, explore shops, museums, galleries, microbreweries, hear live music (many kinds), attend live theater, eat a wide variety of cuisine, cook your own lobster (instructions available at the Cottage), or you can hike or bike on the Park trails throughout Mt. Desert Island, take guided tours, visit islands by ferry or mail boat, or explore Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, or other towns on the island.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Half Rent as deposit to hold the week, and the remaining rent, refundable security deposit and lodging tax due 30 days prior to vacation.