Ponder a vacation in Maine for a moment. What do you think of it? Snow, cold, skiing, moose? Okay, since the Moose is the State Animal of Maine – you get points for that one. However, you’ll be doing the State of Maine and yourself a disservice if that is the end of “Maine” in your potential vacation planning process.
Spectacle Island, Maine
This smaller state in the extreme northeast of the United States has a lot to offer vacationers. While I like a hot, sunny beach as well as the next person, I like cool mornings in Spring too – and a Summer vacation in Maine can and will provide that refreshing break for a Summer-months vacation. Let’s go…
It might surprise you to find that Maine has 5,500 miles of coastline and around 60 lighthouses including Quoddy Lighthouse, the lighthouse furthest east, and the first sign of daylight in the continental United States.
It might also surprise you to know you can vacation on your own island – right off the coast of Maine.
Renting an island for your vacation may not suit everyone. But for those who are tasked with finding a great location for a huge family reunion or maybe for someone wanting a totally unique wedding venue, renting an island for the exclusive use of you and your guests or relatives has many advantages.
Nautilus Island – Castine, Maine
Nautilus Island, on Penobscot Bay at the head of Castine Harbor and less than a one-hour drive from Bangor, Maine is a great example. You have several options for accommodation on this 38-acre resort island. The Cape Cod Cottage starting at USD 3,500 per week, the Main House starting at USD 12,500 per week, or the entire island starting at USD 16,000 per week.
The century-old Cape Cod cottage is a 3-bedroom home with an open kitchen/living room, large bath with shower and claw-foot tub, dining room, and fireplace. Add in splendid views of the sugar maples, vineyard, orchard, gardens, and shore and the outdoor barbecue, dining area, and herb garden for all your vacation wishes. The cottage accommodates up to 8 guests.
The Main House with its bluff panoramic views, has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 with walk-in shower, 1 with large claw-foot tub), and accommodates up to 10 guests, all on the second floor. The first floor has a library with TV, powder room, large living room, a full-service office/work center (for those who feel the need!), laundry, professional kitchen, and formal dining room with seating for up to 14 hungry guests. You will notice the artwork of Maine Artists displayed throughout the home.
Outside is a covered round terrace with full views of Penobscot Bay. A wide stone staircase takes you to your terrace with the private infinity pool, tennis court, spa, and grill area. The island is self-catering and rates include a boat captain, caretaker, and midweek linen change and cleaning. All-inclusive rates for chef service or specific catering are available upon request. Organic meats, produce and seafood is available daily, all locally sourced and sustainable. Don’t forget to pick up a lobster or ten at the dock restaurant in Castine!
Fishing, hiking, swimming, historic tours in Castine (where you can visit the oldest post office in the United States), fine dining, and relaxation – all on one island – all on one vacation. Rent the Cottage, the Maine House, or the entire island – if a private and exclusive vacation for you, your family, and friends is in the planning stages, Nautilus Island will meet or exceed your requirements. Most Maine island’s seasons are from May to late October but contact the owners for requests outside this timeframe.
Find other island rentals in Maine – each with its own charm, amenities, and ability to accommodate. Forget booking hotels and numerous rental cars. From quaint cottages to massive guest houses, these island resorts are available to meet your needs.