The SpaceWe look forward to sharing our year-round lakeside home with you. Guests occupy the first floor bedroom with views of the lake and woods. There is one queen size bed with room for a child's cot (your 'Pack-n-Play' or our roll-away bed); private bath with shower. Guest AccessGuests are welcome to make themselves comfortable on the first floor of the house. The large living room has two-story-high windows overlooking the lake and sunset views. On chilly evenings the fireplace will be blazing.
You are welcome to use the kitchen, gas BBQ, and laundry facilities.
The house is the only house on the lake. It has a private kilometer-long (half mile) lane. Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, binoculars, camera, and explore the lake or just sit and relax.
Outdoors there is a fenced yard, and large deck off the kitchen with often-spectacular sunset views. The shoreline is lovely, with a wooden bench on a point jutting into the lake. Osprey, eagles, loons, and beavers are nearly daily visitors in the summer. Moose, otter, seasonal waterfowl and songbirds, and even an occasional bear might be seen. It's a shallow, rocky, spring-fed lake, and there's not much of a swimming beach, but you're welcome to try it at your own risk.
There is a TV in the house (not in the room) that can play DVD's and receives only PBS from Maine over the air (no cable). Interaction with GuestsThis is our year-round home and we are usually on-site to greet guests and answer questions. We are happy to share a cup of coffee or glass of wine and assist with recommendations or show you around our lake. If you need something just ask, otherwise we'll respect your privacy. Iris, our 5 year old rescue dog, is friendly and quiet. She may be shy at first but as soon as you start petting her you'll have a dedicated friend. She enjoys the company and play of other dogs. Fair warning - she sheds and she's often wet (loves the lake). The NeighborhoodPotters Lake House is ten minutes from St. Stephen, New Brunswick and the US border at Calais, Maine. The house is at the end of it's own private kilometer-long lane. It is not as remote as it feels, all services are nearby, and there's plenty to do.
8 kilometers (5 miles) from an excellent supermarket, liquor store, building center, and more in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
10 kilometers (6.25 miles) from the US border at Calais, Maine (more shopping, including Walmart)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick - 38 kilometers (24 miles) about a half hour. World class dining (Rossmount Inn, Savour in Kingsbrae Garden, Europa), plus the famous Algonquin Resort, open to the public, with fine dining and a spectacular seaside golf course. St. Andrews also offers whale watching, Farmers' Market (Thursdays), artist galleries, and the Fundy Discovery Aquarium. Kingsbrae Garden is one of the top 10 public gardens in North America and one of our favorite places. St. Andrews is also full of fascinating historical sites including Ministers Island, the extraordinary 19th Century summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the second president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Blacks Harbor - 63 kilometers (39 miles) 45 minutes, the car ferry to Grand Manan Island leaves from here several times a day. Grand Manan is a wondrous place full of spectacular views from its miles-long 200 foot cliffs. Grand Manan has small town charm with many inns and bed and breakfasts, restaurants, museums, and a very special lighthouse (Swallowtail) that has been lovingly restored and maintained by the community and is open to the public. The island is a birdwatchers' paradise and also provides some of the best whale and seabird tours in the world on the Bay of Fundy. Getting AroundYou'll need a Passport if you are coming from the US, but the border crossing is usually quick with few lines. Check the Customs and Immigration webpages for both countries to makes sure you know what and how much you can and cannot bring across the border. There are limitations on alcohol, weapons, plants, etc. as you would expect.
TRAVELING HERE (and there)
St. John, New Brunswick - 120 kilometers (75 miles) 1.25 hours. The largest city in New Brunswick, airport, shopping, dining, New Brunswick Museum.
Fredericton, New Brunswick - 124 kilometer (77 miles) 1.5 hours. Capital of New Brunswick and home to the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival every year in mid-September.
Bangor, Maine - 160 kilometers (99 miles) 2 hours. Access to I-95, Bangor International Airport.
Bar Harbor, Maine - 189 kilometers (117 miles) 2.25 hours. An easy, scenic drive through the Maine woods, Bar Harbor is summer resort hub of Acadia National Park, with hundreds of miles of carriage roads, hiking trails, boat cruises, and spectacular mountain and ocean roads.
Boston, Mass. - 540 kilometers (336 miles) 5.5 hours (realistically 6.5hrs with traffic and rest stops). Other Things to NoteNo land-line phone. Canadian cell phones and some US phones work fine here. We use US Cellular which has a tower in nearby Calais, Maine. Guests are welcome to use our phone at the house.
WIFI - We currently use cellphone digital data for email, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), and light surfing. We'll provide a hot-spot from our phone for your device if you'd like. If you need more bandwidth there is free WIFI at an excellent Internet Cafe and at the library in St. Stephen ten minutes away.
While you won't find our house immaculate (we mentioned dog hair, right?), we do our best to provide a comfortable and serene place for you to stay.