"Update of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: Where would you take your Swiss relatives who had taken you the year before to the site where your father fought in World War? They wanted nature, hiking, birding, reading, music and restfulness. So did we. And so we came to this wonderful cabin near Freedom, Maine. We saw a bald eagle at Sandy Point and heard loons on the first evening. At every meal, chickadees and nut hatches entertained us at the creatively hung bird feeder outside the screened porch; we often heard a woodpecker in the woods. A loon did show itself to our cousin on a solitary walk. Paul’s cabin is much different than E.B. White’s. You will recall that White allowed the raccoons to live in the soffits so that he could watch their life. Paul has a very tight, modern cabin with every convenience you could want. There was enough wood in his shed for many days and instructions for novices on how to build a fire. My favorite items in the main room: the walnut drop-leaf table, reading lights every possible place you might sit, skylights that made the whole place warm and bright, the leather couch, the LL Bean rug with Maine creatures. I like to be surrounded by books and music and they were provided if you had not brought your own. I was deep into Reinhold Niebuhr and Cormac McCarthy, but made time for the cabin’s Andrew Jackson and May Sarton. We had brought CD's and enjoyed the cabin's wide selection, too. The cousins were upstairs and we were in the master bedroom. To note the level of care, the owner had been told that I was allergic to goose-down pillows, and my pillow had been switched to a non-allergenic one. The bedding was very comfortable. I oared myself in the single kayak around the point in Sandy Pond, the water still and warm in the late summer sun. We felt so at home we rearranged the porch, putting the table perpendicular to the screened wall so that the two couples faced each other. We ate simply but well, partly a result of the well-equipped kitchen. We used the hot tub, particularly delightful at nighttime with a view of the evening sky. We cannot describe the care with which this place has been created and how this care translates into a restfulness that comes over a person who enters with the tensions of the modern world only to find release and peace."
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: October 6, 2015