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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".Guest comments
Rent direct here at the source and save on this atractively decorated one bedroom vacation rental apartment in a quiet coastal village. Recently renovated and refurnished in the winter of 2012 after a long term tenant of thirteen years had a change of circumstances and moved back home to Ohio. In fact, when we had to come up with a name for the apartment, he had lived there so long and had become such a part of everyones lives we were seriously tempted to call it "Fred's Place" and privately still do refer to it that way but that's another story. Anyway, I think my favorite feature is the black granite and white ceramic tiled kitchen floor. We try very hard to maintain it very clean and in above average condition. And except for a couple minor improvements not pictured what you see in the pictures below is what you get. Situated a little bit over a mile from the park, less than a mile from the ferry and a little over a half mile from the ocean and center of town. It's perfect for a party of two persons on a budget.
Welcome to Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, Maine.
Although the park is flat out gorgeous and there's no denying that. There's more to the area than just the park. Less commercialized than some big tourist hotspots we have a lot to offer visitors. Especially those guests who desire a more relaxed, less crowded atmosphere. But even those desiring days of crowds, shopping 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 tourists season there is a free shuttle bus service that starts in town and tours the 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, businesses, restaurants, piers and pounds to buy your lobsters plus a lot more. Still 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.
Throughout the year the Schoodic Arts hosts different programs, theaters, concerts, dances and many other events in Winter Harbor. Then during the summer they sponsor the Schoodic 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 area goes on holiday on the second Saturday in August. The only time of year the tourists are thicker than the black flies. 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.
(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 miles of new hiking trails and biking paths starting right after the turn followed next by 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 and of course the lobstermen pulling in the days catch or the sail boats races from the 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. Anyway the gray and pink granite coastline is a sight you won't soon forget.
† †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.
And finally if you want to see the coast of Maine as it should be seen. Hop on the ferry. But don't forget to look up when you are on the pier. Believe it or not I caní count the number of times over the years that I have had to point out the eagles sitting atop the utility pole. Combined both legs of the trip are a 14 mile leisurely 1 hour+ trip, first 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 Bar Harbor before returning. You'll see seals, porpoises, ospreys and round many small islands. Some with secluded cottages, camps and cabins that time has forgotten. † 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. It's a really gorgeous trip and the views from the ocean give you an entirely different perspective. As I said, here you can have remote, secluded, quiet or crowds anytime you want, it's your call.
I could go on and on. Instead I'll just say where ever you vacation this year. Hope it's a great one. ~ Wes
* Using a roll away bed in the living room, the apartment can accomodate a child for a total of three persons.