"Laughing Gull Cottage was the perfect base for our coastal Maine vacation. The location at the edge of John's Bay is beyond beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. We loved waking to the sound of the waves lapping on the rocks, sitting on the deck or in the Adirondack chairs with our morning coffee watching the lobster boats collect their catch. I'm sure that, during the peak summer months, the area is busier, but for our week in September, sometimes all we could hear were the waves and the birds. Our days were filled with visiting local attractions such as Pemaquid Point Light and Boothbay Harbor as well as trips up and down the coast to Owl's Head, Christmas Cove and everything in between. The cottage is centrally located for day trips and is near many shops and restaurants. Some days though, it was hard to tear ourselves away from the view! In the evening, we would do our best to be back at the cottage to catch the sunset and have a cocktail before dinner. Then we would sit out and watch the sky fill up with stars. We had a couple of cool nights, so the fireplace was cozy and warm (plenty of firewood is supplied) and the cottage's heater took off the morning chill with no problem. The cottage itself is a pretty typical old style Maine camp. The two bedrooms are very tiny and we used the second bedroom as our "walk in closet". The kitchen is basic but with everything needed to cook a meal. The space was just fine for the two of us, but any more people, other than young children, would be tight. We didn't use the TV at all (why, when you have that ocean view?!) but we did use the wireless internet, which worked fine. We found that the description provided by the owners was accurate, so things were as we expected, clean, comfortable, basic. The owners stopped by to say hi, were available if we needed anything, but we found we had everything we needed!
Do go to Pemaquid Light, stroll around the shops at Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, take a boat ride to Monhegan Island, as we've done in the past. We had great dinners at Chez Michel in Lincolnville, Boathouse Bistro in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta River Grill. Shaw's Fish and Lobster Wharf was okay for fresh lobster in a casual setting (we were told by a local that we should have gone to Muscongus Bay Lobster instead). The Dolphin in Harpswell is always good and a beautiful location. Don't go to the Harbor Room in New Harbor - bad food, bad service!
We hated to leave, would return in a heartbeat!"
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: September 30, 2015