The Boat House - one step into ocean ~
1 bedroom, 1 bath ~
Originally built in the early 1930's as a seaside chicken coop. Years later it was then used for building a few small boats so they could be pushed out the side and into the water. After falling into extreme disrepair and with new ownership, the rebuilding process began. The entire structure from the foundation up was redone. Any wood that was salvageable was reused in making the cabinets, built-ins and farm table. The interior features a mix of modern and rustic--from the moose antler chandelier to the 50" wide screen plasma tv and speakers built into the wall over and around the fireplace. The eastern and southern walls are lined with windows.
Captain Guptill House - steps to the ocean ~
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths ~
Built on a grassy knoll overlooking the harbor in the 1880's. Completely renovated from the ground up about a decade ago. It is approximately 1700 square feet and has a southerly view facing the harbor and the open Atlantic Ocean. From the front porch you can sit and watch the boats, the sealife and the eagles flying overhead all day long. In the evening you'll see the colors of the sunset in the harbor and in the morning you'll be awoken to the sounds of the fisherman leaving port for their days catch. You'll have your own private oceanfront where you can hunt the rocks for treasures, get your feet wet, or just sit and watch nature at its best.
Winter Harbor apartment (Fred's Place) ~
1 bedroom, 1 bath ~
Attractive older apartment in a coastal village bordering Acadia National Park. Short walk to the harbor, marina, stores, restaurants, golf course and tour bus stop. Enjoy the hiking trails, bicycling, fishing, kayaking, golf, swimming and picnicing along our rocky granite shoreline in shades from gray to pink. Experience a little bit of life in the slow lane and treat yourself to some real downeast pleasures.
Settlers House - lodging on the loop ~
3 bedrooms, 2 baths ~
Colonial 3 bedroom home sitting right off the park exit. Built in 1765 and beautifully maintained it is the oldest remaining home in the area. This downeast home has plenty of room for mature families and with the king and queen bedrooms and imagerooms being at opposite ends of the home and with all of the bedrooms being apart from each other it is also the perfect getaway for two couples. And when it is time to enjoy some beautiful scenery or exercise just get on your bike, walk or hop the tour bus on the park loop in front of the house.
Schoodic Point Cottage
1 bedroom, 1 bath ~
Warm and cozy vacation cottage minutes from Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor. Enjoy being near the ocean, the feeling of being in a remote cottage in the country and yet being right in town. From here it's a short walk to the harbor, marina, businesses, restaurants, golf course and shuttle bus stop. Enjoy hiking trails, bicycling, fishing, kayaking, golf, swimming, picnicing and experience life the way it should be. Have it all!
Schoodic apartment ~
1 bedroom, 1 bath ~
One bedroom apartment in Winter Harbor minutes from Acadia National Park. It is a little over a mile from the park road where you can bike or hike the trails. And throughout the year there are different festivals and events. It's not quite all-inclusive but stocked with everything we can think of that you may forgotten or need to get your vacation started. Come for a week. Live life like it is meant to be lived enjoying cookouts, campfires, fishing, shopping , biking, hiking and more.
Guptill Cottage - oceanfront ~
3 bedrooms, 1 bath ~
Overlooking Acadia National Park. Make the last turn at the end of the point 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. You will have hundreds of feet private oceanfront to explore.
Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor is situated in the heart of vacation land and is the home to a section of Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park is the most visited national park in the country and the majority of that onslaught is to Mount Desert Island. Winter Harbor is a smaller seaside community across the bay from Bar Harbor with the only section of ANP on the mainland. Fortunately we don't experience the sheer daily volume of people, traffic or cruise ships that MDI sees. (If we did I'd have to move and that would be a shame.)
Although the park is flat out gorgeous and there's no denying that. There's more to the area than just the park. Less
than the other tourist hotspots we offer visitors a lot to do. Especially those guests who desire a more relaxed
, less crowded atmosphere. But even those desiring days of crowds
and non stop activities can have the needs easily met here. That's one of the beauties
of a vacation or living here. You can have remote
, secluded, quiet or crowds anytime you want, it's your call.
During the tourist season L.L. Bean
helps sponsor a free shuttle bus
starts in Winter Harbor
and makes tours
of Schoodic Point, the park and area.
There are many shops and businesses to wander through. Places to rent kayaks and bikes.
has a nine hole golf
that is one of the oldest courses in the country with views of the ocean
from every hole
. There are a lot of places to buy your dinner
but fresh lobster
prices are tough to beat and you'd be hard pressed to find lobster cheaper anywhere else. Plus the lobstermen bring them in daily so they couldn't be fresher. If you are here while they are shedding you should try them. They are what most locals prefer and because they are so tender and delicate they don't ship well so you can't get them anywhere else but here.
Throughout the year Schoodic Arts
puts on programs, theaters, concerts, dances and many other events. 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 (compared to where you probably live)
except for the lobster festival
and a few other things
. Once a year the entire town goes on holiday
. The second Saturday in August. The only time of year there's more people
than lobsters around here. Sometimes the cars get backed up at the stop sign downtown ten deep waiting to make the turn for the craft fair
or to watch
the lobster boat races
. Seriously though, the day starts off with a 5k road race
and a childrens race
in the morning and ends with a parade in the evening. Of course there are lobster dinners
, barbecues and a lot of other
things. It's always a good time
And of course, a few hundred yards down Main Street in Winter Harbor is the entrance road to the park. The first thing you will come to are miles of new hiking trails and biking paths starting a hundred feet or so down the road. But if hiking and biking aren't your thing, after that there's the turn off to Frazer Point
picnic area where the views around the harbor are magnificent. There are picnic tables and fire pits for barbecues. There is a long wharf from which to fish. There is also a tide pool that the children wade in and small sand beach
next to that. On any given day you'll see lobster boats pulling in the days catch and eagles soaring about the harbor. On other days you can watch
the the porpoises playing in the harbor or the
from the yacht club
racing. You can wander out on the rocks and picnic or bring back mussels for dinner. Have a cook out or lobster bake
and relax into the evening
around the campfire
if you like listening to the loons after dark. Life does not get any better than here.
From this point on there are turnouts along the way for you to hike
the trails, pause, relax or spend the day and take in the spectacular views of the islands, sea and wildlife. The natural seawalls on the east side of the park are another favorite place to explore an enjoy the day. Several islands also part of the park are close to shore including Little Moose Island, Schoodic Island, Pond Island, and Rolling Island. A couple of which you can walk to at low tide.
The groomed hiking trails
in the park provide a natural perspective of the park while hikers meander
through birches, cedars, jack pines and climb granite outcroppings. Along the way you can pick wild blueberries, cranberries and apples from overgrown trees on old farmsteads.
If you don't want to hike up to the summit on the left side of the park road near West Pond Cove, there is a narrow gravel road that winds its way to the top of Schoodic Head the highest point on the peninsula. Its 440 foot peak offers panoramic views north
of the penininsula and mountains and south
straight out into the open Atlantic Ocean, and Frenchmans Bay to the west
. On a clear day you can see east to the Petit Manan lighthouse
and preserve on the next peninsula over.
, at the most southern tip of the peninsula, has granite outcroppings and pounding surf
. People come from all over to watch the surf as storms or hurricanes passing by sometimes hundreds of miles away break against the rocks and throw spray fifty feet or more in the air. It really is something to see. There is ample parking space for visitors and it is well worth the trip any day.
And finally, to see the coast of Maine as it should be seen. Book a cruise out to see the puffins on Petit Manan Island. They are a beautifully colored yet odd looking bird that to me look more like a painted carving than something actually alive. In the summer they breed on just a few islands off the coast of northern Maine. Or go out on the ferry
. Combined both legs of the trip are a 14 mile leisurely 1 hour+
trip. First out by Mark Island Light
and around Grindstone point and then either through the narrows between Turtle and Spectacle Islands or through the halibut hole and finally into Frenchmens Bay to the dock in downtown Bar Harbor before returning. Along the way you'll round many beautiful islands
with the occasional cabin
and see vistas
that will last a lifetime. Whatever you desire, sightseeing
, swimming, canoeing a lake or pond, fishing, golf, sailing, bird watching, cross country skiing, the list goes on and as I said before, you can have remote, secluded, quiet or crowds anytime you want, it's your call. You can have it or get to it from here.
I met someone at the docks a few years back now from NJ and he said it better than I can "its like being in heaven". Do yourself a favor this year, come see!
Pages from the guestbooks:
Zuleta family (Ct)
Pastore/Stanton family (NY Pa)
Lowe Family (NH)
Donna & Alecia (Ct)
Otte family (NJ)
Chris & Megan (NJ)
Charlie & Laurie (Ca)
Paul & Carmen (RI)
Rick & Maureen (Me)
Jim & Jeanne (Pa)
Mokrzycki family (Ma)
Multiple (NJ & Co)
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Jones family (Ar)
Milligan family (Pa)
Joseph & Gloria (Az)
Blauvelt family (Ma)
Anne & Kadie Boggs (Oh)
Allison family (Oh)
John & Gina (Ma)
Jim & Darlene (NH)
Terry & Peg (Ma)
Mitch & Carly (Ny)
Brewer family (Al)
Burnette family (NH)
Justin & Carrie (Pa)
Dewey family (Ct)
Ginnie & Barb (Canada)
Nolan families (NC)
Arsenault family (NH)
Stafford family (NH)
Bishop family (SC)
Pascal & Andrie (France)
Peter & Almuth (Vt)
Mike & Jill (Ma)
AJ & Laura (Ct)
Moore family (De)
Bill & Kathleen (NS)
Randell family (Pa)
Cassie Lynch (Ma)
Multiple (Ct Tx)
(We didn't think of using guestbooks until 2002. Still, we have hundreds more of these on the guestbooks pages)