Life as it is meant to be at the Guesthouse at Town Landing.
About MaryBeth Bachman
We are the owners and proprietors of the guesthouse and the adjoining market. Come and enjoy this unique taste of Maine.
MaryBeth Bachman purchased this Guest House in 2015
What makes this Guest House unique
We are 200 yards from the most beautiful bay in the world. We are close to fine food, great shopping and exciting adventures.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great access to Portland, terrific store downstairs.
This is a spacious apartment above the market, only a few miles from Portland. There is a well-appointed kitchen, lovely dining and living rooms, very comfortable master bedroom, plenty of towels and paper goods, lots of storage. The staff and provisions in the market downstairs were amazing; they made our [free] breakfast and even boiled our lobsters, all with a smile and personal touch.
However, this apartment has many drawbacks: The photos on this site are of another apartment, not the one in which we stayed. The building is nearly 200 years old, so there are many understandable characteristics of an old building, such as very sticky windows and doors, inconsistent water pressure and temperature. The staircase to the apartment is quite high and steep. The second bedroom is in the attic, up another (narrower and steeper) staircase, with very small children's beds, and only accessible through the master bedroom! The bathroom is uncomfortably small. There are [old] window air conditioners in the 2 bedrooms, but no other AC; so, windows needed to be opened. Although Falmouth is away from the city, the building is on a very busy and noisy intersection, with cars and trucks passing day and night, even a bus stop out front. In fairness, our visit was during a heat wave; so we were forced to experience the worst of the noise and discomfort.
I am sorry you felt this was misrepresented. I did put you in the front apartment because of your request for no feathers. The back apartment has down everywhere. The apartment you were in is actually the newer renovation.
I try to be honest in my presentation, yes it is an old building with old window and yes it does have a lot of stairs. The air conditioners are new this year, the king bed in the main bedroom is brand new and the second bedroom has traditional twin beds.
The market is the heart of the neighborhood, so in the summer there is a lot of activity.
Again, I only moved you to accommodate your request. I wish you had spoken to me regarding your other concerns.
The guest house, located atop the Town Landing Market, is in the heart of Casco Bay, one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world. The Casco Bay Islands are sometimes called The Calendar Islands as it is said you could explore a different island each day of the year. The bay and the islands offer a chance to enjoy the slower pace of life with the wonderful smell of fresh ocean air, the witness to fog literally rolling in, resting on a bench or the rocks, warmed by the sun, and watching the mystical seabirds get their daily catch. You can take a leisurely paddle through the anchorage and the brightly colored lobster traps, sighting the friendly and playful harbor seals. (Portland Paddle will bring the kayaks to you) Sit on the docks and witness the seasoned lobstermen haul their traps. Indulge in an amazing local treasure, fresh steamed lobster or the easier version, a lobster roll!
Falmouth and the Greater Portland area have intricate trails which are mapped out and well marked. Some of the trails are along the coast, others are urban and for more variety, some are rural. There are trails marked for mountain biking and for snowmobiling. For road bikers, there are extensive bike lanes that can bring you into Portland, Fort Williams, Black Point and beyond.
The Casco Bay Lines, offers year-round ferry service to the larger islands.A day on the 'mailboat' will allow you to see the full bay, which ends at Cook's Lobster Shack. If you don't want to go that far, you can hop off at any island, rent a bike and spin around and take in the unique culture of the Maine island life. The ferry schedule is online and allows for easy planning of your island adventure.
If you'd like a quick ferry ride, hop aboard for the short 20-minute ride to nearby Peaks Island where there’s a thriving artist community, restaurants, and sandy beaches. You will pass by Fort Gorges and House Island, which is a massive bunker used in the wars past. Rent a bike to explore the island or circle the shore in a kayak.
Great Diamond Island has a 5 star restaurant which is reachable by ferry or water taxi. If you plan to go there for lunch or dinner, make sure you give yourself enough time for a walk around the former parade grounds of Fort McKinley and see how former military buildings have been transformed into stately homes.
And not last or least, there is Chebeague Island, which is easily accessible by ferry from Portland or the Chebeague Transportation Company (CTC) out of Cousins Island in Yarmouth. The island has an adorable executive golf course, which is on either side of the path up to the Inn. Be aware, one of the holes goes right over the path!
If Island hopping isn't your thing....no worries. We are located right between the Old Port and Freeport. Shop your hearts out in either place. Freeport has been made famous by one of Maine's oldest retailers, LLBEAN, open 24/7 365. Freeport has also become a mecca of outlet shops.
Are you looking for local treasure, artistic treasures? The Old Port has a plethora of shopping, local artisans and local fare restaurants. Beer you say?? "Portland was voted the best craft beer city in the world," Matador Network" (matadornetwork.com). We need to give shout outs to local breweries such as Allagash, Maine Beer Company, Bissell Brothers, and others. You can visit many of them on the Brew Bus Tours.
Come see it for yourself!!!!!