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Captain Guptill House ~ Built in the 1880's on a grassy knoll overlooking the harbor. It is approximately 1700 square feet and has a southerly view facing the harbor and the open Atlantic Ocean. It was completely renovated from the ground up about a decade ago. It was gone through and tastefully updated with a focus on maintaining it's historical charm. 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 sunset over the harbor and in the morning you'll be awoken to the sounds of the fisherman leaving port for their days catch. The front yard is large and stretches right to the water where you'll have your own private oceanfront including a small sandy/pebbly beach where you can hunt the rocks for treasures, get your feet wet, or just sit and watch nature at its best. Guests comments
It's features are: Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and two baths. Downstairs has a family room with a dining room, kitchen with a breakfast nook, attached powder room and a laundry room. The front deck/porch is off the kitchen as you can see from the pictures. There is a one car garage in the rear of the house that has a driveway for tandem parking.
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Welcome to Schoodic Point in Downeast Maine. The way life should be.
During tourists season there is a free shuttle bus service that starts in Winter Harbor and tours Schoodic Point, the park and area before returning. The bus runs every half hour or so and the stops are scattered around. Not that it matters since the drivers are more than happy to pick you up if you wave them down from the side of the road. In the immediate area there are shops, stores, businesses, eateries, piers and pounds to buy your lobsters plus a lot more. You'll be hard pressed to find lobsters cheaper anyway else. On Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor there is a nine hole golf course that has views of the ocean from every hole. If you really enjoy the ocean and don't mind getting wet then 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 (compared to where you probably live) 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. 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 boat races. (What can I say I'm not used to crowds and lines anymore ) The day starts off with a 5K road race and 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.
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It is a little over a mile from the park road where you can bike or hike the trails. The first thing you will come to are the new 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.
There is also freshwater swimming and canoeing at Jones Pond (5 miles away) where you can also enjoy fishing for its landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout and bass. If you are a leaf peeper and plan on visiting to view New England's fall foliage in all it's colors. The leaves generally reach their peak in October and can be quite spectacular.
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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