|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Rental is from Saturday (check-in time 3 p.m.) to Saturday (check-out time 11 a.m.).
This beautiful offering is one-half of an owner-occupied duplex, built like a separate house, completely private, with a separate entrance. On the first floor is a living and dining area (with woodstove for chilly nights), and a kitchenette on one end. A large sliding glass door at one end looks into a Japanese garden. The kitchenette is small but well-furnished (no microwave) and has everything one needs to cook summer meals.
A bright, open stairway to the second floor offers views through a skylight of the water during the day and stars at night. On clear days, Mount Washington can be seen on the horizon. From the skylight and a small balcony off one of the two bedrooms are stunning sunset views of Portland, Little Diamond and Mackworth islands and Diamond Passage. Many boats, ferries, fishing, and pleasure boats travel between Portland and the islands. There is always something interesting to see.
On the second floor are the two bedrooms and a full bath. The bathroom has a tub and excellent shower, with tiled floor. One bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the other a full-size, both with comfortable mattresses (bedding provided), and quilts for cool nights. The bedrooms also both have closets.
The house is clean and well cared for with light, polished wood floors throughout. Outdoors is an attractive garden with chairs for enjoying coffee, drinks or meals and taking in the view. The space is perfect for a couple, two couples, a parent (s) with children, or for a solo person wanting a happy, quiet, summer retreat for writing or painting.
The owner in the separate adjoining house is a fiction writer who teaches graduate writing students. In summer, the vegetable garden may have extras to share.
Property is an easy 10-minute walk from the ferry, less than a 10-minute walk to Centennial Beach (a long, lovely beach with sunset views). There is easy access to hiking trails through the woods and to the Atlantic side of the island (a 20-minute walk).
Rental is from Saturday (check-in time 3 p.m.) to Saturday (check-out time 11 a.m.). No partial weeks. $900/week.
I am a novelist with three books out in the world, and I also teach in a Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. I love Peaks Island and feel grateful every day to be here in this beautiful place, with wonderful neighbors.
Eleanor Morse purchased this house in 2007
I raised my two kids in Portland, Maine and after they were grown, I sold a larger house in Portland and decided to try island life. At first, I rented a place on the other side of the island for a winter, looked for a house to buy and was lucky enough to find this one.
I bought this house from a passionate gardener, who was also a friend. She was in her late 80s and knew she had to downsize, but it was hard for her to part with this house. We were both happy to find each other--she, because she knew I'd care for a place she loved, and me, because everything about the house felt right.
Thank you Eleanor for sharing your home with us . Jim and I had a wonderful time - just the peaceful retreat we needed in the midst of the wedding madness! Sorry we missed you but we thoroughly enjoyed meeting Nicole and she was very kind and helpful . Hope to return to Peaks again soon - enjoy fall on the Island and take care.
Gio Hurley and Jim Fortin
Top Thing to do in City:
* swimming (for the hardy).
* visiting artists' galleries.
* exploring Portland's great restaurants.
Top Thing to do in Budget:
* enjoying the view of the ocean.
* loving the quiet.
Top Thing to do in Family:
* beach time.
* renting bikes.
* ice cream shop.
* visiting Children's Museum, Portland.
* games and outdoor fun.
Peaks Island is a wonderful, lively year-round community, only a 20-minute ferry ride from Portland, with 16 ferries a day, running from early morning to late at night. The island is four miles around, with varied terrain: quiet views of neighboring islands and the city of Portland on one side and more dramatic views of lighthouses, open ocean and crashing waves on the other. There is a sandy beach, a longer pebbly beach, woods, fields, marshes, horses, ample bird life. The island is loved by its residents, with over 20% of its land environmentally protected. It is an excellent place for kayaking, biking, sailing, picnicking, swimming, or just plain relaxing on the shore.
A surprisingly large proportion of year-round residents are artists and writers and musicians. In the summer months, visual artists open their studios regularly to visitors. The island has two art galleries, featuring Maine artists. The two Maine regiment buildings on the island host regular summer concerts and pancake breakfasts. There are many lively annual summer events, more than any one person could enjoy. Peaks is home to the only Umbrella Cover Museum in the world.
In addition, there are several good restaurants, a coffee shop, a well-stocked general store (with good selections of wines and beers), a laundromat, an excellent small library and community center (that shows free movies Saturday night), and a fine bike rental shop. You will also find a health center here, three active churches, and summer yard sales around every corner.
Across the bay, Portland is a thriving town, with Amtrak, bus and air service, an excellent museum, first-rate restaurants and coffee shops, movie theaters, galleries, day-trips on schooners, whale-watching expeditions, interesting shops in the Old Port, and entertainment for young and old. Freeport, home to L.L. Bean and many other outlet stores, is a 20-minute drive away.
Weekly Rate: $880
Lower rate for a longer stay. Come and stay awhile and enjoy this beautiful island!