Loved EVERY Minute at The Gem!
"My family, friends, and I were supposed to stay at a cottage in Phippsburg, ME (about 40 minutes away from the Gem). We were informed in May that the cottage had suffered extreme damage due to a propane explosion on the first floor. By that point in the spring, most cottages were already rented for the summer and we were struggling to find a property nearby. We decided to look outside of Phippsburg. And, we are SO glad we did!!
We could not have been more pleased with our stay at The Gem (it truly is a gem....a diamond, actually) in Georgetown, ME. It is spacious and well lit with lots of natural light beaming through the windows. The cottage overlooks a beautiful inlet, and makes for a perfect place to sit and relax with your coffee in the morning. You may even see people digging clams. The cottage is situated off of the main highway, and is at the beginning of a small dirt road where very few cars travel. It is private, quiet, and perfect for small children. There is plenty of space for little ones to run around. The cottage is stocked with EVERYTHING that you could possibly need for a week-long (or more) stay on the coast. Lisa's (the owner) attention to detail is outstanding!!! She is very communicative and available at a moment's notice.
Reid State Park is just four miles down the road, and it is beyond gorgeous. It is ideal for small children, as there is a large lagoon that warms up as the day goes on. There are lots of rocks for climbing and hiking, and the beach is vast and breathtaking. The walk from the car to the beach is short, which again, is ideal when you have small children.
Popham Beach (in Phippsburg where we had originally wanted to stay) is about 40 minutes from the Gem, but is well worth the travel. You do a lot more walking from the car to the beach, but like Reid, you can't beat it.
Compared to other beaches we've been to, Reid and Popham are NOT crowded or commercialized. They are part of the Maine State Park system, so you don't see stores, shops, or gimmicky tourist traps. We wanted peace and quiet in a beautiful place where we could live like locals. And that is exactly what we got. When you need a break from the beach, there is plenty to do. We traveled to Booth Bay Harbor for the day.
The Gem is hard to beat, and is an incredible value for what you get. We cannot say enough great things about our experience. Thank you Rick and Lisa. We feel really lucky to have found the Gem."
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