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Come relax at our peaceful, warm and cozy beachfront home. We are conveniently located in town, but at the end of quiet private road. We have a beautiful open yard for playing, picnicking or viewing the lobster boats in a working harbor. Walk down a short trail to one of the few sandy beaches in the county. Easy walk to the town library and groceries. Enjoy wonderful views across Moosabec Reach to Beals Island.
The house is a traditional New England cottage and is completely furnished to make you feel right at home. There are two full bedrooms upstairs and a daybed in the living room. We have a lovely sun porch for dining, reading or relaxing as the lobster boats go by. The kitchen is fully equipped for all your cooking needs and fresh lobsters and shellfish are easily (and cheaply) available from the local pier. Enjoy our new gas BBQ grill and two mountain bikes to make it easy to explore the area. We've added a fire pit to gather around on cool evenings and roast a marshmallow or two!
Jonesport is an authentic fishing village and great jumping off point to explore Down East Maine. This is a fabulous area to kayak, bike, hike or to just relax. Golf is nearby too. You will likely see seals and wonderful birds right from the yard. Bar Harbor, Eastport and Ellsworth are easy day trips from here. There are also many wonderful artists and antique shops in the area. Photographers will love exploring the area or simply curl up with a good book and enjoy the ocean.
Come see all that Jonesport and Down East Maine has to offer.
We are both middle and high school science teachers who enjoy teaching in the US and abroad. Lisa is from California and Chris grew up in Maine. Although we have taught abroad for many years, we always find time in our year to come spend a relaxing week or two at our home in Jonesport. We hope you will too.
Jonesport is a lovely town, fun to explore, with the freshest lobsters and easy bike rides to hiking. This house in located in-town, but on the end of a quiet dead-end road, right on the ocean. The house is cozy and warm and a wonderful place to just get away from it all. We hope you'll love it as much as we do.
Book the week at the end of June or first week in July and watch the quaintest in-town 4th of July parade you've ever seen and watch the lobster boat races from the front lawn. (Check with us to verify the actually 4th of July celebrations as they vary from year to year.)
My roots run deep in Jonesport as my mother's family lived here, seemingly forever.
Way Down East, Jonesport is a unique and special place, part of the "old" Maine. I've prowled all over this state but nothing recharges my nostalgic battery or refreshes my spirit than returning here. You see, Jonesport's authentic to the core, "Maine The Way Life Should Be."
I'd advise you tossing your "to do" list in the glove compartment. Sure, there's lots of activities available nearby. But, it's the people and sense of place you come for. Leave the pressed chinos at home. Packing's easy. Just toss shorts, dungarees, and a sweatshirt into your LL Bean duffel bag. If you're looking for fancy restaurants and a mint on your pillow, try Bar Harbor. This is Jonesport.
With family long gone, I wanted accommodations right in town. Why? I could walk to Hamilton Marine for the newspaper, stop by the library, explore quiet lanes, tread on worn planks on fishing piers, drive over to Beals Island in several minutes, and most important, chat with the hard-working and friendly local folk. They will not make you feel that you're "from away."
Chris, a Mainer himself, proved excellent to work with--he's patient, informative, and eager to insure your stay is worthwhile. Unlike many travel sites with their misleading pictures of the "charming inn," his photos accurately portray the house/ cottage, inside and out. When you arrive, no surprises. Think about that.
The classic Maine-looking cottage perches on a grassy knoll high above an accessible rocky beach. The view over the Moosabec Reach to Beals Island is breath-taking, the rugged beauty second to none on the coast. And, you're assaulted by a synesthesia of all the senses. The invigorating and seductive scent of the salt air and the sound of the grumbling motors of the lobster boats heading out overwhelms you. Occasional fog rolls in, touching your soul and hiding you from the world's noise. Don a yellow slicker, plop down in an Adirondack chair, sip a Sauvignon Blanc, bite into a fresh crab meat roll, and think good thoughts. Nothing better.
The cottage is warm, comfortable, and well-appointed. You'll feel immediately at home. Sitting in the rocking chair on the enclosed porch, in the wee hours of the morning, coffee in hand, a cool breeze sifting through the slighly open sliding door. pays for the price of admission.
Jonesport won't disappoint and neither will Chris--contact him and begin your journey.
Our family had a great stay at Chris and Lisa's house in Maine. The view is beautiful, we loved watching the fishing boats, the sunsets and the sea fog. I saw my first sea eagle fly right past the house one morning. The photos were really accurate on the website so we knew what to expect, the house didn't disappoint, a well equipped kitchen, good size bedrooms for our family of 2 adults and 2 children under 5 years old. Lots of extras like the bikes, board games, fire pit and gas barbecue were really good to have and we even shared marshmallows with another family on vacation next door. I only wish there were a few more good restaurants near by, but we didn't mind traveling to Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and some towns in between. We'd thoroughly recommend this home for those looking for a place to relax. The garden and beach which you can walk to (takes 2 minutes) were great for the kids.
We spent a week paddling the amazing islands and could not have asked for a better home to stay in. Neat, clean, comfy, great screened in porch, picnic table, portable fire pit. It's a pretty easy carry down to the beach and we did three amazing paddles right from there. No having to put boats on the car and drive, what a pleasure! The expanses are big, so you do have to be an expert paddler and carry your safety gear - first step to any place is to cross Moosabec reach - currents and boat traffic. We only ate out once, but were charmed by Frank at Bayside Takeout and the food was yummy. For another meal, we got the freshest soft shelled lobsters for a great price at the dock within walking distance from the house. Definitely the best lobster I have ever eaten and Chris and Lisa have all you need to cook and eat lobster easily. I stopped at Hatch Knoll Farm, near route one on the eastern end of 187, and got amazing fresh goat cheese - wish we had stopped there sooner than on the way home.
Our trip to Downeast Maine could not have been more enjoyable, due in large part to our stay at Chris and Lisa's beachfront cottage. From the moment we arrived, we felt right at home. The cottage is well appointed and has a peaceful, homey feel. We kept commenting throughout our stay how we felt like we were at a top-notch B&B. Chris and Lisa have made every effort to accomodate their guests - from the binder full of sightseeing and dining suggestions to the care which was clearly put into choosing the home's furnishings and amenities.
One of our favorite rituals was sitting on the sun porch in the early morning and again in the evening, admiring the view of Beals Island and watching the fishing boats pass by. Our 16-month-old son was especially intrigued by all of the water traffic. (As a side note, the home is well set up for families with young children. We had to do very little child-proofing inside, and the beautiful yard and adjacent beach provided ample opportunity for outdoor activity).
During our stay, we were able to explore Jonesport and the surrounding areas, taking several hikes, enjoying the scenic coastline, and getting to know the local fishermen. Seafood was on the menu virtually every day. The mussels and lobster were particularly delicious and such a great price that we wish we had brought some home. We'd also be remiss not to mention the fabulous lunch we had from Bayview Takeout - generous portions of fried clams and haddock, with piles of homemade onion rings and tasty milkshakes to wash it all down.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Jonesport. We hope to make this trip an annual one, and we definitely know where we'll be staying!
Chris and Lisa's cottage is a lovely two-story house on well manicured property. This home has everything you need to enjoy your stay. A fully equipped kitchen (new stove) and the best coffee maker I have ever used (where did you get it?). Very comfortable, warm and cozy. The view of the ocean from the sun porch is amazing. I especially enjoyed the view at night with all of the lights from the docked boats and Beals Island shining on the water, absolutely beautiful. In the garage are two bikes, fire pit, gas BBQ grill and most importantly a lobster pot! We enjoyed the best fresh lobster we have every had and it was amazingly inexpensive, purchased right from the local fishermen.
Jonesport people are friendly and welcoming, especially the fishermen. Walk over the bridge to Beals Island for the best ice cream you will ever have. On the way back drop in at the Coast Guard Station for a free tour. Grocery store, Ace Hardware are all close by.
The house is close to Acadia and Bar Harbor. FDR's Campobello home is just across the Canadian border. The hour and fifty minute drive was beautiful and it was well worth the trip. Blueberry fields and water vistas at every turn. We also spent a outstanding day on the water with a local fisherman and saw light houses, puffins and even pulled a few traps for lobsters, which he let us keep. Peaceful walks on the beach in front of the house (only a few steps away) with lots of treasures to be found when the tides are low.
This was our first trip to Maine and to the East Coast. Overall one of the best vacations we have ever had. I would highly recommend staying at Chris and Lisa's lovely house. They are some of the most accommodating and gracious homeowners I have ever met. We are looking forward to our return stay next year...planning ahead.
We spent a very enjoyable week at Chris and Lisa's Jonesport cottage. The house was both idyllic and functional and we felt at home the moment we walked in. It had all the amenities we needed and we didn't want for anything. It was also reasonably child-safe for our 10-month old son (we were expecting to have to re-arrange everything but this was not the case).
The house is poised on a small embankment overlooking the bay where you can see fishermen pulling up their lobster traps, fog permitting of course. The view is wonderful and you could spend a few hours just looking out the bay window drinking coffee or sipping wine and contemplating life. It's also easy to get down to the beach and walk around a bit. This was our first time to Maine, but it seemed to us like the town of Jonesport was more authentic than what you would get in more touristy areas. It has the basics like a grocery store, but also a few docks where you can buy fresh lobster for cheap to cook up in the large, propane powered boiling pot in the garage. There's also a few take out places within easy reach where you can get the classic lobster rolls and other seafood fare. We split our meals between cooking ourselves in the well supplied kitchen and getting various seafood takeout (I recommend the bayview burger at the place across the bridge. It's basically a bacon/lobster sandwich. How could you go wrong combining the two best foods in the world?)
The surrounding area is well worth exploring. It's only about an hour to drive down to Acadia park and Bar Harbour if crowds are your thing, but we found beaches closer by that were more interesting and less populated. There are many worthwhile recommendations in the binder Chris and Lisa supply. You could spend more than a week exploring all of their suggestions.
So lots of great places to explore and lots of fresh lobster to eat. If you're looking for a spot that will lower your blood pressure a few points and settle your mind, this is the place.
Our cottage is only a short distance from great hiking in the forest and along the Maine coast. Explore Jonesport by bike or on foot. Easy drives to Bar Harbor, Eastport, and New Brunswick. Golf is nearby, as is the University of Maine Machias which has a public library and fitness center. Whale watching, kayaking, and puffin tours can be arranged.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
We do not charge an additional cleaning fee, however the housekeeper has minimal time to prepare the cottage for the next guests, therefore we do request that departing guests put all dishes away clean, replace all cottage contents to the original locations, put all dirty linens in the tub and deposit all trash and redemption in the outside bins provided.