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If you stayed any closer to the water, you'd be in a boat! This rustic yet comfortable house is built directly on the pink granite ledges that fall sharply into tiny Wonsqueak Harbor. At high tide (photo) you will hear water rushing and gurgling on the ledges beneath the living room, and over the next 12 hours you will watch the water level fall 12-14 feet, only to turn and start rushing up again.
The house has 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open kitchen/dining/living area facing south to the open sea, and a large open loft upstairs. There are beds for 8-9 people. The large and sturdy wharf is THE place for lazing in the sun, birdwatching, or--our favorite--enjoying a lobster feast.
Cook up some fresh-caught lobster out on the wharf while you roast veggies on the grill. Raise a glass, enjoy your feast, take in the sunset, and feel the cool salt-air breeze. Clean-up is easy: Dump your lobster shells over the side for the crabs to finish up while you hose down the wharf. It doesn't get better than this . . . Unless, of course, you'd like our cook to prepare your feast to order . . . and don't forget the blueberry pie!
THINGS TO DO: If you're feeling serene, you can easily enjoy a day just watching the tides rise and fall while you rest in the hammock or read by a window. When you're feeling energetic, hike along the rocky shoreline to the surf-smashed ledges at Spruce Point. You'll see tidal pools, eagles, and seals, and whatever has washed up on the rocks. What you won't find are people, as this stretch of coast is surrounded by private land and seldom visited by humans.
Are you brave? Wait for a high tide, then plunge off the wharf into 55-degree water. EXHILARATING! (This is a favorite activity of our children and dogs!)
Are you a kayaker? This is the place, and there's little I can say except look at the photos, check out the maps, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure. Bring your own kayaks, or rent from the outfit just a mile up the road. (They will also provide lessons.)
So much to do, and you've barely left the property! Please click on the links provided to get an idea of all the things to do in this area. Enjoy Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island, and right across the harbor, a 5-minute walk from the Wonsqueak House. Visit art galleries, glass studios, and sculptors. Hike along a lake or up a mountain. Book an excursion on a whale-watching boat. Pack up a picnic and explore back roads. Go antiquing! If you'd like to bring your own boat, we can help you secure appropriate moorage. Make a daytrip into Canada or into mountainous interior Maine . . . fishing, anyone? Enjoy live music at acoustically charmed Hammond Hall, join a workshop in the annual Schoodic Arts for All festival, drop in on a yoga class in Winter Harbor. And if your trip isn't complete without shopping, head for the unique galleries and shops right on the peninsula, or make the one-hour drive to Bar Harbor for great dining and tons of shops. (Better yet: Take the ferry from Winter Harbor. Big fun!)
CARS OPTIONAL: If you'd like to really go green, you can easily get around on foot, by bike, on the water, and all over Acadia Nat'l Park (both at Schoodic and on Mount Desert Island) thanks to the extremely convenient LLBean shuttle bus service--it's FREE, and they will gladly get you, your bicycle, and/or your dog to just about wherever you'd like to go. You can catch an hourly shuttle from the end of our lane.
Whether you stick close to the house for complete relaxation or strike out on adventure, you are sure to enjoy a vacation at Wonsqueak Harbor House. We would be pleased to have you as our guests!
Late summer 2015 Sep 5 - Sep 18, 2015 7 night min stay
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Enjoy Downeast Maine and Acadia National Park without the crowds and commercialization. Photographers and naturalists know that the Schoodic region is one of the best-kept secrets in the Park Service.
The Wonsqueak Harbor House is a local icon, and is frequently photographed by visitors as they exit Acadia NP's Schoodic Point loop. Built sometime in the 1940's, the building and wharf originally accommodated fishermen as they brought their huge seine nets on shore for repair and storage. Our family converted the structure into a summer camp in the 70's, then into a year-round residence. This is the first season we have opened our home to the public.
Anybody who is interested in coastal living on the rugged granite shores of Maine will fall in love with Wonsqueak Harbor! The house faces south, out of the harbor and to the open sea. Enjoy our rustic home with its million-dollar location on cool, casual, activity-filled Schoodic Peninsula.
Year Purchased: 1974
About the owner: We are Vince and Cathy Clark. We live here with our two daughters. Cathy's parents live in the adjacent home on the same piece of property. We intend to travel some over the summer while making our home available to guests.
Why the Owner Chose Schoodic Peninsula: Cathy's parents bought the place in the early '70's, rescuing it from its sad status as a derelict foreclosure. Having been built in the '40's, the wood structure served as a repair shed for fishermen's nets that were used back in the days when they seined the Gulf of Maine for herring and sardines. The building was full of rotting twine nets, and had been vacant for years. Time had taken its toll. Over the ensuing decades, my family restored the building, refurbished the wharf, brought in water and electricity, and gradually turned it from an eyesore to a summer camp, then to a full-time residence. Because current law forbids building this close the shoreline, there are only a handful of homes in Maine that sit directly over the water as this one does. It is truly one of a kind!
The Unique Benefits at this House: Do you long to live at ocean's edge? Do you yearn for the cool, clean, salty Maine air? Are you looking for a place where the family can spread out, and your dog will be welcomed? Does your eclectic family require a variety of activities ranging from lazing around on the wharf to rugged hikes, to first-rate shopping and dining? The Wonsqueak Harbor House gives you all this, and as we open our home for the first year, we are offering rates much lower than anything comparable. We hope to see you!
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