The SpaceHalf an hour from the Canadian border, the artist’s cabin on our 200-year-old farmstead is an ideal base for exploring the bold coast of Washington County. A week's visit would give you time to hike magnificent oceanfront trails . . . take a whale-watching trip . . . go antiquing . . . venture to the lighthouse on Campobello Island . . . visit the many galleries featuring work by local artists and artisans in Eastport . . . or just spend time writing, drawing, or painting. Much of the shoreline here is public land, part of Moosehorn Wildlife refuge, a birdwatcher's paradise.
At $65/night (2-night minimum), $325/week, or $995/month, our cabin is probably the best budget-traveling vacation deal on Cobscook Bay, except for camping.
The cabin sleeps 2 in a double bed, and also has a very small (single) futon. If you have kids, you are more than welcome to squeeze them in any way you like, or set up a tent for them.
Don't let the price fool you. The cabin is clean and comfortable. But it is a simple, classic Maine sporting-camp style cabin, and is priced to reflect that. The kitchen/living space is 16x12. It has an attached (16x8) sleeping porch with a full-size bed at one end and a screened eating area at the other end--no glass at that end, just curtains across the screens for privacy. No bathroom: it has an outhouse and an outdoor shower (with hot and cold water). No water view. (We're on a peninsula, but public access to the water is a couple of miles away.) And you have to keep chewable stuff in the breadbox so mice don't find it. (Typical cabin.)
I supply all linens: towels, sheets, pillowcases, blankets.
The screened porch and the outdoor shower mean that staying in the cabin can feel like the best parts of camping, because of the proximity to the outdoors. You'll wake up to birdsong (and the rooster crowing), and if you step out the door at night you'll be astounded at the depth of the stars, in a place with no light pollution, and the depth of the silence, so far from a major road. Any interruptions in the nighttime quiet will be from nocturnal residents of the woods that surround you: coyotes serenading the moon, porcupines crunching apples in the tree outside your window, a resident barred owl calling "who-cooks-for-you?"
But unlike camping, you will have a solid roof over your head, a very nice double bed (firm and new), a little kitchen fully equipped with everything you need to make a real meal, a deliciously hot shower, and a wifi signal.
Regarding the all-important wifi: This rural address gets internet service at 1.5 mbps via DSL. The cabin rental shares a dedicated DSL with the farmhouse rental across the driveway. My family uses a separate 1.5 mbps line. The signal is fine for basic internet access (I depend completely on the internet for my daily work and research), but not sufficient for heavy-data use like streaming video. Guest AccessFeel free to wander anywhere on the farm. A campfire site is near the cabin, and there's plenty of deadwood/softwood to scavenge around the farm, or you can buy camp wood from front-yard stands along Route 1. If you want hardwood for cooking you would need to bring that (there's a grate at the fire pit). Kids are welcome to play in the treehouse. Interaction with GuestsI enjoy spending time with guests and since I live and work right here, I'm usually available on a moment's notice to help visitors with whatever they need. During long-term rentals I may be away for various lengths of time, but only after I am sure my guests are settled and secure. I do everything I can to assure that visitors have an experience of privacy and quiet, and I let guests take the lead in determining the level of interaction.
Yellow Birch Farm is totally kid- and pet-friendly, but your dawg will need to be on a leash around the farm and stay with you if you go out for the day. Our own family includes two boys ages 12 and 15 who are in charge of feeding the chickens and collecting eggs--you're welcome to join them. We also have a quiet, friendly black Lab (cross) named Sheba, who loves to play fetch. The NeighborhoodYellow Birch Farm is on 25 secluded acres on a dirt road on a sparsely populated saltwater peninsula. If you are looking for a coastal region of beauty and solitude (spectacular hiking, biking, kayaking, without the crowds of southern Maine); if you like a grassroots arts and music scene; if you are more of a camper than a B&B person; if you don't need a space big enough for in-laws, cousins, and the rest of your extended family; and if you don't mind putting your kayak on your car to get it to the water, this is the spot for you.
This part of the Maine coast is a truly special place, the eastern seaboard's best-kept secret. An edge-of-the-earth, pristine landscape still survives this far downeast: 4+ hours north of Portland, 2 hours east of Bangor, 45 minutes from the town of Lubec (and 10 minutes beyond that, Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick), 25 minutes from Eastport. Getting AroundA local bus line--West Bus Service--makes a regular daily route from Calais through Ellsworth to Bangor (including stops at the airport and the bus station). Pembroke is a flag stop on the route, with the Bangor-bound bus passing through around 10 a.m. and the return bus passing around 6 p.m.
No other public transportation is available, so having a car is helpful--but not crucial. Convenience stores on Route 1 are about 3 miles away. I've had guests here who've managed for as long as a month with just a bicycle, and I'm happy to help shuttle bikes and gear from the bus. I also have bikes to loan. Other Things to NoteThe Pennamaquan River, which runs through Pembroke, has several good swimming holes, and nearby lakes and ponds have spots for public access as well. You might want to bring water shoes. Some people swim in the ocean, but it is COLD!
Speaking of cold: I've had visitors stay in the cabin year-round, including duck hunters who've used it as an annual camp in December. But May and October are the extremes of the space being habitable by most people's standards. You will need to take advantage of the electric blanket (provided) during those months, or bring a warm sleeping bag. Kitchen/living area has a propane space heater. The hot outdoor shower has some Scandinavian appeal in the cold weather--but it's not for everybody!