|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
p strong Welcome to Seal Cove, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park /strong br / This spacious turn of the century shingle-style cottage is set with a westerly view overlooking Blue Hill Bay just steps from the water at the head of the cove, with deeded access for kayaking and beachcombing along the inner reaches of Seal Cove. br / The private setting includes lawn and gardens with a backdrop of wood and meadows. Located on the br / westerly side of Mount Desert Island, the cottage is close to Acadia National Park. Closeby are some great trails including Acadia Mountain, Seawall, Western Mountain and access to Seal Cove Pond. From the Cottage it is only a few minutes to Southwest Harbor and twenty-five minutes to Bar Harbor. We know you will enjoy the quietude and privacy of the western side of the island. /p
Our family is based in the Philadelphia area and my husband, John and I live in rural Massachusetts near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border
Ginger Petraglia purchased this house in 1982
Seal Cove Cottage is a family property purchased and owned by my husband's parents decades ago. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are indeed beautiful and continue to draw our family back for memorable summer vacations. Our cottage, located on the "quiet-side" of the island, offers comfortable accommodations and water access for kayaking and swimming, with hiking and biking trails nearby. The Seal Cove Town Dock is visible across the cove and Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Bernard and Pretty Marsh are close by. Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor are just a short island drive away.
We love having our breakfast on the open "morning deck" and refreshing, end-of-the-day drinks on the screened front porch while we watch the sunset over Blue Hill Bay. The water view through the large westerly facing windows is a joy any time of day and in all seasons. In the summer we watch the lobster boats return to the dock with their day catch. Kayaking in the cove is great fun and often the "kids" will set up for a game of badminton on the front lawn or stay up late playing board games on the front porch. Our quiet location, down a dirt lane, off the town road is just the spot to rejuvenate your spirit.
We have stayed at the Seal Cove Cottage many times and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has always been well maintained. The location is perfect with a view of the Cove and the advantage of being on the quiet side of the island. The cottage is very comfortable and with the usually cool nights, the wood stove makes the living room cozy. Each year that we have visited the Cottage, we are met with an improvement of some kind making it even more accommodating. We have flown around the island and photographed the Cottage from the air including a breathtaking view of the Cove. We look forward to our visit in August. It is the highlight of our year. It is easy to write about the Cottage when you enjoy it so much.
We had an amazing week in Seal Cove in this fully equipped cottage. From the screened in porch we were able to see bald eagles, osprey, herons, and gorgeous sunsets. We have two small kids and the cottage was perfect for them with the coast and tide pools to explore and the yard to play in. The house is spacious and has books and board games for rainy days. Will definitely be heading back! Highly recommend.
We had a wonderful time in the Seal Cove Cottage. The property is exactly how looks and is described. It was clean and comfy with a beautiful view. The kitchen is well equipped; the front porch is lovely and bug-free with a custom mosquito net. We loved eating dinner out there every night. And the star gazing was AMAZING!
Our family enjoyed exploring MDI and were so happy to come home to the cottage in the afternoons/evenings. Ginger was super responsive. She sent great recommendations for coffee, lobster, hikes, sites as well as stuff like getting groceries (before coming onto the island).
Best vacation ever. Ginger was the best. I would recommend this rental to anyone. The house was so well kept and so well equipped. The propertywas beautiful. Our kids loved it. Best location, close to everything.
My immediate family (including a 2.5 year old) and our respective mother-in-laws all stayed under one roof in absolute comfort and without family incident. I credit the view and the dining porch. We had such a beautiful two weeks, adventuring in the main part of Acadia park but also discovering new things to do on the quiet side of the island. We loved Southwest Harbor and took our kid to the extremely kid friendly Echo Lake beach multiple times. The house itself was a cooks dream, I've never had such gorgeous pots and pans in a rental house before. The details and decoration of the house are at once sophisticated and quirky. The owner was available to answer any errant question and the house was obviously very well maintained by a caretaker who we never once had to call. Such an amazing two weeks!
Our time at Seal Cove Cottage was all that we hoped it would be. Full of charm and with ample space, this vacation home was equipped with everything you could ever need. The location on the cove was private and very beautiful, and the owners could not have been more cooperative, helpful and friendly. A wonderful corner of Mount Dessert Island.
Top Thing to do in City:
* Hike Flying Mountain.
* Visit Sand Beach.
* Buy Fresh Bread at Little Notch Bakery.
* Visit Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor.
* Drive the Park Loop.
Top Thing to do in Budget:
* Bar Harbor Band Concert on the Common.
* Picnic at Wonderland and Ship's Harbor.
* Visit Bass Harbor Light.
* Take the Island Explorer.
* Ride the Mail Boat out to the Cranberries.
Top Thing to do in Family:
* Fourth of July Bar Harbor Parade.
* Fourth of July Firework in Bar Harbor.
* Cycle the Carriage Roads.
* Kayak from the Seal Cove Town Dock.
* Visit Thuyla Gardens in Northeast Harbor.
A short list of some things we enjoy:
If you are interested in walking an hiking try to pick up the book, "A Walk in the Park" is a wonderful tool. http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Park-Tom-St-Germain/dp/0962999741/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303215936&sr=8-1 It was also available at Shermans Bookstore in Bar Harbor.
Most renters do their initial grocery shop at either Hannafords or Shaws in Ellsworth before coming on island. A grocery store close by on island is The Southwest Harbor Food Mart on Rt. 102 in Southwest Harbor. A great spot to buy lobster is at C. H. Rich Co in Bass Harbor.
Treat yourself to wonderful bread, pizza or scones at Little Notch Bakery in Southwest Harbor. Also in Southwest are several restaurants: Sips is not only a restaurant but also a wine bar. Red Sky is very upscale, Dry Dock and Eat a Pita are more moderate in price. The Burning Tree in Otter Cliffs is a wonderful vegetarian and fish restaurant but a bit pricey.
If you are in Bar Harbor it is fun to head down to Waterfront Park and take a walk along the Shore Path - often there are huge cruise ships in port. Mid week there are band concerts at the Town Common. We always try to take in a movie at Reel Pizza - place your order before taking your theater seat. Eppi's Pizza on Cottage Street is a great choice for a quick bite to eat when in town. Also fun to do is to take a sail on the Margaret Todd. She is docked by Waterfront Park: here is the link http://www.downeastwindjammer.com/margaret-todd-windjammer-cruises/
Farmer's Markets are in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor and organic produce is available daily at Beech Hill Farm http://www.coa.edu/beech-hill-farm-microsite.htm
Hikes close to the cottage are Wonderland and Ships Harbor - both offering flat terrain with a great ocean view. The "biggest bang for your buck" is to hike Flying Mountain. It is in Southwest, off 102 just past the Causeway Club (golf course). Takes 10 - 15 minutes to hike up and the view from the top is beautiful. Also be sure to visit Bass Harbor Light.
A classic thing to do while in Acadia is to have tea and popovers (or a full meal) at Jordan Pond House, visit Sand Beach and Thunder Hole and take a drive on the Park Loop.
There is a kayak place in Southwest that offers tours http://www.mainestatekayak.com/ as well as a rental place on Long Pond http://www.nationalparkcanoerental.com/ and I'm sure there are others as well. Bicycle rental is available in nearby Southwest Harbor at Southwest Cycle www.southwestcycle.com
Don't forget about the bus: http://www.exploreacadia.com/ Closest spot for you is the Tremont School or any of the spots on Route 7 http://www.exploreacadia.com/route7.htm
Here is link to the park: http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
In addition to enjoying your breakfast on the "morning deck" and afternoon cocktails on the front porch be sure to spend some time outside at night. We usually bring out blankets and lay on the grass gazing at the night sky. The number of stars in the night sky are amazing (especially if the moon hasn't risen yet)! Often one can see satellites in orbit or shooting stars.
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
Nightly Rate: $286 - $286
Weekly Rate: $2000 - $2000
Monthly Rate: $0 - $0
Fully booked for June and August 2013. The cottage is rented on a weekly basis. We are accepting reservations for July 2013. $2000 per week plus 8% Maine state lodging tax.
Half with signed lease, second half due one month before occupancy.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.