3BR Cottage Vacation Rental in Winter Harbor, Maine

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Updated on Oct 8, 2019

Guptill Cottage on Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor

Located in: Winter Harbor
When Maine started using the phrase "The way life should be" they had this place in mind. And if you find that hard to believe - well take my word for it they couldn't have found any better spot anyway. If you must stay on the water then this is the place and believe me you simply can not get any closer. You'll be lulled to sleep every night by the sound of the surf breaking against the rocks on the beach right outside your door. The views are spectacular to say the least.

Make the last turn on the road when you get to the ocean and you've reached your destination. Don't worry about missing it. You can't go any farther without a boat. Sitting at the end of the lane this three bedroom cottage is in town but still off the beaten path so to speak. It's private and quiet and it is easy feel like you are all alone in the world except of course for the lobster boats pulling their traps in the morning and the resident eagles soaring overhead all day. From here you will be able to walk to all the shops, businesses and everything else the Winter Harbor has to offer. Or hike to the park to enjoy all it's natural treasures. Treat yourself this year. Experience a little bit of life in the slow lane and real downeast pleasures.

One other thing I should mention are the grounds. You will have hundreds of feet of private oceanfront to explore and get your feet wet.

The Area

In the immediate area there are shops, stores, businesses, eateries, piers and pounds to buy your lobsters. You'll be hard pressed to find lobsters cheaper anywhere else. On Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor there is a nine hole golf course that has views of the ocean from every hole. Rent or bring a kayak and meander through the bays and coves. Ride out and see the seals basking on the rocks on the other side of Turtle Island, the osprey nesting near the Halibut Hole or the lighthouse on Mark Island.

Throughout the year Schoodic Arts puts on different programs, theaters, concerts, dances and many other events in Winter Harbor. Then during the summer they host an arts festival for two weeks which usually starts around the last week in July.

But still overall it's generally quiet here except for the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival and a few other things. Once a year the entire town goes on holiday. Usually the second Saturday in August. The only time of year the tourists are thicker than the lobsters. Of course there are lobster dinners, barbecues and a lot of other things. It's always a good time.

It is just about a mile from the park road where you can bike or hike the trails. The first thing you will come to are the hiking trails and biking paths starting a hundred feet down the road and if miles of trails don't interest you, next there is the Frazer Point picnic area that juts out on a finger of land overlooking the harbor. There is a long pier with a float attached that people fish for mackerel, bluefish and striper's when they run. From here you'll have spectacular views of the mountains, Mark Island Lighthouse and you can watch the harbor porpoises, seabirds, osprey and of course the lobstermen pulling in the days catch or the sail boats races from the Winter Harbor Yacht Club. The vistas are nothing less than magnificent and many have spent the entire vacations right there. I know, I spend enough time there myself. We love to picnic by the fire in the evenings. And I'm not really sure why but lobsters always seem to taste that much better there. Words can't really describe time in this place.

Next, hike or drive to the top of Schoodic Head to see some breathtaking sunrises, sunsets and a commanding view of the area, ocean and islands. On a clear day you can see the Petit Manan lighthouse and preserve on the next peninsula over. From there, head out to the point relax or picnic and gaze straight out into the Atlantic. It can be really spectacular if there has been a storm at sea. People come from all around to watch the waves break over the rocks. And actually it's pretty much spectacular almost any given day.

Then quicker than the season started it's all over. By Columbus Day we roll up the sidewalks and it gets downright sleepy here. Until next season that is.

I could go on and on. Instead I'll just say where ever you vacation this year. Hope it's a great one. ~ Wes
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