What an amazing place! Vinalhaven Island is a little gem just off the coast of Maine. With scores of nature preserves bringing you to secluded spots teeming with wildlife, to the swimming quarries and quaint downtown, this place is magical.
Our stay at the cottage was just as magical. Situated right on a tidal basin, we spent each morning watching ospreys dive for fish, deer running across the flats during low tide and birds galore singing away. In the afternoons the girls kayaked around the basin (high tide) and had a cute little harbor seal swim along with them!!
Needless to say, we plan to come again next year! The owner was very thoughtful and helpful, and the cottage is clearly a prized possession. Immaculate inside and out, with beautiful hardwood floors and modern kitchen, this cottage instantly felt like home.
Just minutes from town, but feeling totally secluded, this cottage is a must-rent for anyone seeking quiet and a re-connection to nature. It is a treasured spot for artists or writers with it's inspirational beauty and solitude. The kids (14 year-old girls) enjoyed swimming in the quarries and exploring the shoreline, and even became comfortable with the slow pace of life on the island. This is not your typical summer community, there are limited dining options and a single grocery store. Likewise, there is no hustle-bustle, no tacky gift shops and no tourist traps. Everyone on the island is very approachable and helpful, and as you drive on the winding roads, EVERYONE passes with a wave. You immediately feel welcomed and a part of the island community.
One visit to this wonderful cottage and you will be sold for a lifetime....we certainly were!!