Sheephead Island is off Sunset Maine, a small village on the west side of Deer Island at the opening of Penobscot Bay. So close to the shore it is barred to the mainland for 6 hours at each at each low tide. It is within a short jaunt by boat to a yacht club dock across a cove.
Penobscot Bay is studded with islands. From Sheephead you look south to the open ocean. You look west across the islands to the Camden hills across the bay over which the sun sets.
Most Maine islands are dark and densely wooded with beautiful but unfriendly cliffy shores. Sheephead has such spectacular shore on one side of the island, but the rest of its two miles of shore is gentler with sand and pebble beaches. Its sixty five acres are also gentle and pastoral. Besides its woods it has grassy flower filled fields and country roads and paths. Also a secluded one acre swimmable pond. Among Maine islands it is Wyethian, Christina’s world. A Maine salt water farm surrounded by water on all sides.
As for convenience, not only is it a short jaunt by boat to the yacht club dock; the bar to the main land is navigable by four wheel drive half the day at low tide for access when weather, wind, sea, fog or night make boating difficult.
It takes a little time to acclimatize to Sheephead Island. For that reason it is best that rentals be extended. This part of Maine is increasingly popular and high season fills up fast. Some special considerations apply.
Best time to visit:
Recommended is between last week of May and one week after Labor Day in September.
Nearby airports are Bangor Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine and Portland, Maine. Boston, MA Logan airport is of course much further away but is certainly an option.
**Price is $12,000 for the week and includes both houses".
One house can be rented for half the price.
Sheephead Island is available for weddings and other social gatherings and special purpose events.
For more photos and information, visit www.sheepheadisland.com