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Acadia National Park at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor has one of the most beautiful rocky stretches of coastline in the whole state or for that matter the country.  The waves breaking against the rocks can be truly spectacular especially if there has been a storm at sea.  We've had many artists vacation with us over the years and one thing they all keep repeating is that "the area is an artists dream come true".

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Attractive and tastefully decorated affordable one bedroom vacation rental apartment in a coastal village.  Except for the decorations and pictures that my wife seems to be fond of changing what you see in the pictures below is exactly what you get.  A very nice clean apartment perfect for thrifty travelers like myself.  Enjoy hiking trails, bicycling, fishing, kayaking, golf, swimming, picnicing and experience a little bit of life in the slow lane.  Treat yourself to the real acadia downeast.

Amenities:   TV ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Ion,
Justise, Decades, MPBN, MPBN World,
MPBN Create, PBS Kids
(Not all channels guaranteed)
, DVD player, collection of DVD movies and a CD player, wireless internet, bring your cell phone, central heating.

Fully furnished:  Kitchen, living room with a futon with 10" mattress, chair, end and coffee tables, full bath, bedroom with a queen size bed, end tables dresser plus. Ample parking.

Appliances plus:  Refrigerator, range, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, charcoal barbecue, picnic table & laundry

Rental inclusions:  Linens/towels, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, tide clock, etc.
(Porta crib and highchair available on request)

And just about everything else you should need to get started or forgot, right down to the soap, tissues, toilet paper, hair dryer, tea bags, coffee, etc..

Situated: a little over a half mile from the ocean, bus stop, center of town, about a mile to the ferry and 1.3 miles from the park.

Welcome to Winter Harbor 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 anywhere 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. Picnic on the shore at night

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 smiley emoticons ) 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.
(There's more about the area on the front page.)

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. Winter Harbor Ferry

Make reservation now 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.

Evening at Schoodic Head And finally if you want to see the coast of Maine as it should be seen.  Hop on the ferry.  First you'll head out by Mark Island Light, then around Grindstone point and then either through the narrows between Turtle and Spectacle Islands or through the Halibut Hole and into Frenchmans Bay to stop at the dock in Bar Harbor before returning.  On the trip you'll see seals, porpoises, ospreys and round many small islands.  Some with secluded cottages, camps and cabins that time has forgotten.   If you go early in the morning you might see deer coming out to the rocks to lick the salt.    Sometimes and quite often as a matter of fact moose swim between the mainland and the islands.  There are also the occasional sea turtles, whales and on rare occasions one of the most unusual looking fish you have probably ever seen, a sunfish.  They average around 400-600 pounds downeast but can get as large as 3000 pounds.  They are round in shape and have a fin that gives the first impression of a shark in the water.  You can get right up and pet them if you like.  Most people think they are dead or sick when first seen.  They are very friendly, curious and primarily eat jellyfish.   Combined both legs of the trip are a 14 mile leisurely 1 hour+ trip and it is really gorgeous on a clear sunny day.  The views from the ocean give you an entirely different perspective.

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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Three night minimum

$ / Week

July & August - weeks start on Saturday
Six night minimum until two weeks prior

$ / Week

Three night minimum
$ / Week
Dec 1st on - One week minimum

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  • During summer dates weeks start on Saturday
  • Maine lodging tax
  • Refundable security deposit   -    $
  • Maximum (no exceptions) number of people = Four
  • Check in after 4PM.  -  Check out by 11:00am.
  • Spring & fall daily rates are on the credit card page
  • NO SMOKING in the apartment
  • Pets allowed: Limited to 2 dogs.
  • Security deposit with pets increased $ for 1 / $ for 2
  • Senior and service discounts           
    • No it doesn't hurt to ask but the calendar is up to date 99% of the time.
    • You say it sleeps four but I only see one bedroom:  Yes, it is a small apartment and is best suited for parties of two.  But there is a full sized futon in the living room that can be used as another bed.
    • Maximum of 4 persons & 2 pets:  No exceptions.
    • Is the apartment on the water or is there a view of the water:    No, the water is a little over 1/2 mile straight down the street.  It's a nice walk or bike ride.
    • How close is the park:    The apartment is situated 1.3 miles from the park.
    • Will we meet you:  I do try to at least say hi, introduce myself and answer any questions if I see guests and since we live on the property also, I hope so.
    • When will I get my security deposit back:  Assuming everything is in order after you leave, most people get their security deposit back within the first 3 days but I am human so if you haven't recieved it in a week email me.
    • Is the apartment available during the winter:  Please check with me first.  Our minimum stay is flexible if there are other adjacent stays.  I usually winterize the apartment after Christmas if there has been no interest.