If you’ve never been to the Maine woods – or if it’s been a while - the first thing you may notice is the air: how soft it feels, how wonderfully fragrant with the scents of balsam, mosses, and earth. The next thing you may notice is the quiet. For some of our guests, the quiet takes a little getting used to – especially if you’re used to city-living. Regardless of what first catches your attention, we’re pretty sure that soon you’ll to realize that you’ve arrived at a special place and – for a time – it’s yours to experience, savor, and enjoy. We invite you to unplug, disconnect, and relax.
“Easterly” is a family cottage located on the western shore of East Grand Lake in Weston, Maine. East Grand is one of a series of interconnected lakes comprising an international body of water shared with Canada. Easterly is a two-story cottage available for rent from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This is a place for fishing… for boating… for swimming… a place to unwind and a place to recharge! Occupancy is limited to six people. All linens are provided. Bring your food, beverages, and clothing and you’re ready to enjoy.
The kitchen is completely outfitted. There is a refrigerator, a full-size Kenmore gas stove, a microwave oven, Whirlpool clothes washer and dryer, and a Bosch dishwasher. There is an AM-FM/CD radio in the kitchen. The primary water source for Easterly is right outside the front door: lake water. Since some folk aren’t so sure about drinking it (we have for decades), water for drinking is supplied from our well.
In the living room, there is a large dining room table with chairs for six by the lakeside front window, and a sofa and two chairs. Please note that there is no television service; however, there is a flat-panel television connected to a VCR/DVD player. There are many DVDs, books and board games available.
Two bedrooms are located downstairs, each entered from the living room. Each has a comfortable double bed and the back bedroom includes an en suite bathroom with shower. A separate bathroom with shower is downstairs, on the opposite side of the living room from the bedrooms. Since Maine weather can surprise you early or late in the season (or even in the midst of it!), portable electric floor heaters are provided and if you need an extra blanket, one is always close at hand.
The upstairs is one large pine-paneled bedroom with two twin beds, electric floor heaters, and an incredible view of the lake.
A spot we’re sure you’ll come to love is the wonderful screened porch that spans most of the cottage on the lake side. Share good food and good times while dining at the picnic table and its two benches. Kick back in one of the camp chairs provided and enjoy a cup of coffee while you read or just watch the sunlight playing on the water. In the evening, sip your beverage-of-choice as you listen for the calls of the lake’s loons.
East Grand Lake is a true “North Woods” lake: it’s gin-clear, deep, cold, rimmed with pine trees, and is home to an abundant population of white granite boulders of all shapes and sizes. Easterly’s shoreline is in keeping with its North Woods surroundings. A spit formed of boulders borders one side of the shoreline and offers some anchoring protection from north winds. If you wish to bring your boat, a public boat launch/landing is very close at hand and, at Easterly, a dock is available for use at renter’s option and risk (remember: granite boulders, quite a few of them). We do not accept responsibility for any damage to boats, kayaks, canoes or watercraft of any type.
Important: smoking inside the cottage is prohibited. No animals are allowed.
If you want to venture abroad, how about a day trip to Canada (bring your passport!)? Visits to St. Andrew’s or Campobello, New Brunswick are easily made in a day. Or head down to Maine’s scenic coast for the freshest Maine lobster/shore dinner you’ve ever had. Eastport – the easternmost city in the continental United States – is a little over an hour’s drive away or go farther afield and visit Acadia National Park. Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine and the starting/ending point of the Appalachian Trail is also a day trip easily done. The Town of Houlton is 30 miles north on US 1.
The rental fee is $1,200 a week. A deposit of $300 is required in advance to confirm a reservation. Cancellation notice must be provided at least 30 days in advance of intended date of stay or deposit will be forfeited unless the cottage is rented for the same period. It is necessary to add the State of Maine room tax of 9 per cent to the total.
Thank you for your interest in Easterly! If we’ve piqued your interest, don’t hesitate to contact us - we’d love to hear from you.