One bedroom, one bath. Sleeps 2. On the water in Upstairs level of home.
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About Charlene Strauss
Born and raised in Texas, I met (and later married) Kim Strauss, my husband, at the University of Texas in El Paso in 1969. He could hardly wait to show me Gotts Island, Maine, where he'd spent every summer of his life. I fell in love with the island. We traveled some, but spent as much time as we could on the Island, where our first child, Lorraine, was born. Kentucky, where we had our son, Eli, was home for seven years, then in Texas, we had our son Bob. Shortly after that, we headed back to Maine and ended up buying a house in Bass Harbor. And here we've stayed, living in the Little Island House in the off-season and moving out to Gotts Island during Maine's beautiful good weather, May to October, when we rent the Little Island House.
Charlene Strauss purchased this House in 1985
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Little island getaway
If you don’t mind being away from Bar Harbor this is a great place. Very clean and well stocked with everything you need. South harbor is just a short 5 min drive away for dinner or supplies. Bar harbor has a larger variety of places to eat which is about 20 min away, not an awful drive just not down the street. We ate a couple of times I’m South harbor but would recommend going to Bar Harbor for better food. Only place I would recommend that we ate at was Coda . Every where else we ate was sub par food compared to what you could have in Bar harbor for the same price.
But I would highly recommend staying here and doing the harbor tour that leaves right next door from the house. Eli does a great trip.
A gem on the quiet side of MDI
Clean, bright and well appointed, this place sparkles even when the fog rolls in. It's a very comfortable, quiet house with plenty of room inside and out on the deck. Charlene is warm and friendly and ready to answer any questions. It's worth the drive to Bass Harbor; bring your binos to watch the boat and bird activity out on the water.
Quiet side of the island
Another great vacation in Maine.
The Island House
Great location on the waterfront of a working harbor. Spacious clean upstairs level of house. On the quiet side of MDI. It is a Vacation where we will have fond memories.
Stunning Location; Great Hosts
The property is stunningly situated with up-close views on three sides of Bass Harbor; a busy working harbor. The spacious, modern interior is very well maintained and very nicely provisioned. There is a great fireplace well supplied with fire wood, kindling, paper and matches. Charlene is a warm and friendly host who has done a great job at providing everything one could want for a week at Mt. Desert Island.
We thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular view of the harbor and the comfort of the beautifully decorated home. Terrific vacation!
Bass Harbor is near the southern tip of Mt. Desert Is., 1/2 mi. from the Bass Hbr. Head Lighthouse. It is a laid back little fishing village. We watched the filming of scenes from two Steven King movies from here at the house, so you can imagine it has the real flavor of 'Down East.' And it is largely unchanged over many years. Filming 'Cider House Rules' right across the harbor provided great entertainment from the deck.
There are two lobster pounds and a town dock in the harbor where the fishermen sell their catch. Bass Harbor is home to Maine's third largest fishing fleet, which means 'lobster fleet,' and their coming and going is a study in an old Maine tradition. The well-maintained fleet is not only the pride of the harbor, but also bread and butter to the fishing families, many of whom have fished for generations out of this harbor. Near the Little Island House is a wharf from which four generations of the same family have fished. The traps stacked on the wharves all around the harbor are part of the charm of this traditional village.
Just beyond the Swan's Island Ferry Terminal is Morris Yacht, with its salty old building on the waterfront and its flock of swans in the water: the elegant and very fancy big sailboats on their moorings.
In the heart of the harbor is Little Island House, which shares its small peninsula with a boatyard. Until 2011, the short road to the peninsula went underwater when we had very high tides. Those days are behind us, as Kim Strauss, owner of the boatyard, had a road and breakwater put in. A 350' boardwalk connects Little Island to the dock where Island Cruises, a very popular nature cruise (Yankee Magazine voted it The Best Nature Cruise in New England) departs twice daily, weather permitting. It meanders through the islands of Blue Hill Bay (part of which you see from your deck). The 11:00 Lunch Cruise, after an hour of its nature cruise through the islands, docks at the tiny village of Frenchboro on Outer Long Island where you have lunch on the water at the Dockside Deli. The eagles, seals, and seabirds along the way are endlessly fascinating. The afternoon 2 hr. Nature Cruise also shows you the islands and wildlife of the bay. On both cruises, Captain Eli hauls lobster traps and provides an informed, interesting talk.
Little Island Marine is also home to Richard Stanley Custom Boats, a wooden boat building and maintenance business carried on by Richard and Lorraine Stanley. Richard learned to build wooden boats by spending every minute he could in his father's boat shop from the time he could walk. To walk through their building and look at the perfectly maintained wooden boats that they care for is an education in yet another enduring Maine tradition. Beetle Cats, Friendship sloops, skiffs...if you like wooden boats, you'll find it a real pleasure to walk by and see what's going on.
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is about a half mile away. It's on just about every calendar you buy that has anything to do with Maine. And no wonder. The granite cliffs, rising out of the white spray of the shore, with the well-maintained, sturdy red and white lighthouse get everybody's cameras clicking.
Continue a mile or so on the road after the lighthouse turnoff and you come to two of Acadia National Park's hiking trails. First is Ship Harbor, with its beautiful deep dark woods. It's about a 45 minute walk with roots and rocks, moss and shoreline. Wonderland is the next Park trail you come to. It's an easier walk, about 30 minutes, and relatively flat, winding through old craggy spruce on a narrow trail, then opening onto large, flat granite slabs. Both trails end up at the seashore, where you look out to Gotts Island, Black Island, Placentia, and Swans Island nearby, and farther out to the Great and Little Duck Islands. Sit on the granite boulders and take in the sun and salt air. Listen to the waves on the shore.
This is a beautiful part of Maine.