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The perch of the house overlooking Penobscot Bay is spectacular. The entire east-facing wall of the house is lined with floor to ceiling window panels--so den (with its wood-burner stove), kitchen, dining area and dining room, living room and master bedroom. The location is private--a roughly 10 acre parcel, wooded, sloping down from the main roadway, with a .4 mi dirt circuitous private pathway off Commercial Ave cut through the timber; the house itself is at the end of the path, built on a ledge, the Bay below, extending in all directions, offering a panorama from every window paneled room. The interior spaces, especially master bedroom, living room and dining room are of a grand scale. There appears to be ongoing a sequential process of interior refurbishment and updating, but none of this was in any way intrusive, and everything is fully operational. We were there over the week of Thanksgiving, and a 5-7" snow fell over the course of a day and evening. But by arrangement with the owner and manager, the plow was there to clear the road later in the afternoon, and then again to re-plow and sand first thing in the morning. The owner and manager were invariably prompt in reply with information that was clear and useful. Camden, Rockport, and Rockland are aligned north to south along Rt 1/Commercial Ave, and are all within a 10-15 minute drive, and even in late November there was no shortage of good restaurants, specialty shops, coffee shops, etc. But it's the house, its location and the views that are most striking.
This summer we enjoyed our second stay at 43 Eastward in Rockport. This time it was for a glorious 2 months. It was everything we remembered and more! This is a place to get away from all the stresses in life! Conveniently located in Rockport, all the comforts of home are there. Additional improvements were apparent including a beautiful new guest bathroom, fresh paint colors and lovely artwork. This condo has absolutely everything one could possibly need. The weather was beautiful for us alternating combination of sunny, foggy, hot and cool. Once again we took advantage of all the area has to offer: the fabulous Farnsworth Museum, schooner sails in the bay morning and sunset, picnics atop Mt. Battie, hunting for lighthouses up and down the coast, lobster in all forms, 4th of July fireworks viewed from offshore, wild blueberry picking, fresh flowers and veggies from Beth's farm market, peaceful neighborhood walks, cooling off in the pool, capturing postcard perfect photos from the deck and exploring spots off the beaten track. We took a few days to head north where we visited Lubec, Maine, the easternmost point in USA, followed by a fascinating day touring Campobello Island across the border in New Brunswick, Canada and the site of the Roosevelt family summer property. Even after two visits to midcoast Maine we still have a to-do list a mile long! The Thompsons are excellent hosts, very attentive, so easy to deal with. They have thought of everything one might require. You will not regret a stay at this premier property. The summer is awesome but bet the spring and autumn are even better. We will be back!