Deluxe Waterfront Home on Evergreen Point, Granite Grottos, Canoe/Kayak Paradise
About Mark McMillen
Mark spent summers as a child in Maine, helping his parents and siblings build the original cabin. During college summers he dug clams and blood worms in the area to pay much of his tuition (those were the days!). He left the east coast after college at MIT and now lives with his wife in Colorado, where the tide has been out for far too long. An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, Mark's world view remains shaped by summers at Escape.
Mark McMillen purchased this House in 1967
Why Mark McMillen chose Sullivan
Escape has been a formative part of our family for three generations. Parents and three kids spent early summers clearing the land, building the cabin and putting in granite walks to manicuring the blueberry bushes. The parents added on, remodeled and modernized the structure before retiring here for 20+ years. JoAnn McMillen, painted and photographed the coast here for over 40 years, most often using the bay as her subject. The third generation spent quality time in the summer with their grandparents in Maine. Revitalizing the cabin in 2015 and spending time in Maine again has allowed us to continue the tradition.
What makes this House unique
Taunton Bay is unique - period. It's calmer, warmer and more comfortable than the open waters of Frenchman's Bay. Perfect for exploring by canoe and kayak. The south and west facing deck has the perfect balance of sun, shade, breeze and protection to make afternoons incredibly relaxing. The granite grottos are smooth, comfortable and warm the water. The setting on the point allows for sunsets over the water every evening. The sealife and wildlife in and around the bay is incredible - loons, ducks, eagles, gulls, kingfishers, herons, seals, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, horseshoe crabs, rock crabs, lobsters, starfish, sea urchins and more are all out there waiting to be discovered. A shellfish license (available in Ellsworth) permits you to harvest shellfish from the bay for personal consumption subject to appropriate restrictions. The mussel bed (200 yards from the cove by canoe) has mussels, razor clams and even a few oysters.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect family vacation
As others have previously stated the pictures do not do it justice! The views are stunning and I loved the secluded feel.
The cabin was very well stocked and they have thought of everything including all the small things to make it like home. We really enjoyed the back deck as well as the fire pit and canoes.
All of the detailed information from the best dining to great places to get away from the crowds and the prettiest drive and tips were all so helpful.
Looking forward to visiting again. I would highly recommend this property.
Great escape on the bay
We had a wonderful few days staying at this lovely retreat. The lobster boil stove in the back was a great feature! The views from every room are fantastic. We had no problems with the property very well kept, clean comfortable and taken care of. You can tell this is someone’s home and not just a rental. Nice extras with comfy beds and chairs everywhere. The property manager sent me great info on the area before our visit and that was helpful. We took the back roads to Acadia National Park everyday- it is very accessible to everything.
Overall excellent, the only drawback was the stairs were very narrow, good for kids, not old ladies. Location was perfect, the view was spectacular.
Excellent vacation spot
The house was marvelous. The views were spectacular.
This property was perfect. We were here to see Acadia national park and it was a great location between schoodic peninsula and mount desert island.
I’m not sure there are words to describe how lovely this property is. I found the relaxation I desperately needed and then some. It’s close enough to everything you’d want to do but remote enough to feel like it it just you in the world.
Mark was an excellent host, extremely responsive and checked in during my stay when there was a bad storm.
I can not recommend this property enough!
Escape is ideally set on Evergreen Point, a secluded waterfront location on Taunton Bay in the town of Sullivan. Taunton Bay is quite protected and thus calmer, warmer and gentler than many nearby bodies of water - ideal for kayaking, canoeing and other water sports. The bay has been recognized as a unique ecosystem with miles of very protected shoreline, islands, coves, mussel beds and marine life. See friendsoftauntonbay.org for some great background on the bay and nearby hikes. It would be easy to relax and spend all of your time on the bay without exploring the surrounding area but we recommend taking time to explore.
Acadia National Park is the obvious nearby gem with Bar Harbor as its charming, albeit touristy, gateway town. Escape is less than 30 minutes from the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Point portions of Acadia. Take a drive along the rugged coast, drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, hike the Precipice Trail, bike the carriage trails, have pop-overs at the Jordan Pond House - there's plenty to do in the park. The Mount Desert Island portion of the park can get busy but there are miles of isolated hiking and carriage trails to get lost on if you need some space.
Few people realize that Schoodic Point (near Winter Harbor) is part of the national park, has many excellent features but almost no visitors. The point, shore drive, round rock beach and nearby Winter and Birch Harbor towns are true unspoiled downeast. Cyclists can ride the 12 mile park loop. Our family always picnicked at Schoodic Point when the summer got busy. There's a ferry between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor if you'd like to connect both places in a pleasant day.
Taunton Bay connects to Frenchman's Bay by a narrow channel that becomes a reversing tidal falls as the tide ebbs and flows. Sullivan Falls (or the Tidal Falls) is a unique feature that defines the area. A small park and picnic area adjacent to the falls is a great place to observe the flow.
The town of Ellsworth is about 15 minutes away and has supplies, services, medical care and just about everything you might have forgotten to bring along. The old town has some nice restaurants, a good coffee shop and local artists' coop.
The coast downeast from Gouldsboro to the Canadian border is picturesque and relatively unspoiled. Totally worth exploring if you have the time and want to see what life was like 50 years ago.
There's a swimming quarry just a couple miles from Escape on Quarry Road. It's deep fresh water and by mid-summer is an ideal temperature.
There are many talented artists, potters, weavers and crafty folks who have followed their passions and made lives in Maine. We encourage you to visit and support them. Hog Bay Pottery and Lunaform are both nearby and recommended.
The Pierre Monteux society and music school in Hancock (<10 minutes from Escape) has Wednesday and Sunday symphonies and chamber music concerts during late June and July.