The SpaceTidewatch Cottage is a relaxing home with three floors. On the ground level, there is a large room with sofa, TV and daybed with trundle attached to a full bath and the laundry room. On the main floor is a modern kitchen, great room, dining room, full bath and a queen bedroom. Upstairs is a lovely bath, a master bedroom with king bed and queen sleeper, and a kid's bunk room with bunk beds and a trundle. Guest AccessGuests are welcome to enjoy the entire house, including large deck with an electric grill and an expansive lawn with an outdoor fireplace and picnic table. Interaction with GuestsWe have a property manager who lives nearby available to you during your stay, who should be able to help you with any issues, needs or concerns. The NeighborhoodFriendship is a delightful small village with easy access to all the mid-Coast of Maine if you want to go sightseeing, visit art galleries and antique shops or go golfing or sailing. In Friendship there are just two antique shops and an art gallery as well as several lobster wharves. Wallace’s Grocery is two miles down the road in Friendship. They offer a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also have most essential groceries, including beer, wine and ice.
We have a farm stand just down the road. If you turn right out of the driveway, you will see it just on the other side of the road. Be careful crossing the road though. Fishermen seem to haul not just fish as they go from Friendship to Cushing and Warren with their wares! The nearest large town is Thomaston (10 miles away), home to the Maine State Prison store and many nice shops, galleries and restaurants.
Thomaston and Rockland have much larger grocery stores, including WalMart, Shaws and a big Hannafords.
A Few of Our Favorite Adventures and Fun Spots to Visit:
In Friendship, you can take the kids to a beach down Martin’s Point Road (just up Route 220 on the left.) You can visit the Historical Society also on the Martin Point Road. Or wander down to the harbor just down Main Street past Wallace’s to see lobstermen at work and enjoy a bit of the working waterfront that makes Friendship so unique. You can visit a few galleries and meet the artists who own them—we love the Gallery across from Wallace’s; Kat Logan carries the work of many local artists and has a varied price range to fit any budget. There are also treasures to be found at the antique stores right in town. You can also rent kayaks and take a tour from the kayak garage next to the Outsiders Inn Bed and Breakfast. If you want an adventure at home, feel free to try your hand hunting clams and mussels when the tide goes out or have the kayak rental people deliver to your door and take to the river—just remember that the tide can leave you stranded unless you time your adventure right. (We wish we could let you use our boats, but the liability insurance would cost more than our taxes.) Or just relax on the deck and enjoy watching the tide….
Round Pond and Pemaquid Point
If you turn left onto Route 32 in Waldoboro, you will head toward Round Pond, home of the YSailing camp for kids, the Granite Store General Store and three restaurants—Muscongus Bay lobster Pound, Dot’s Bakery and the Anchor Inn. Dot’s has great pies and the two others are famous for their seafood right on the water. If you head further on 32, you will eventually run into Route 130. Turn left and you will get to New Harbor, where the Hardy Boat line runs sightseeing and puffin cruises as well as daily boats to Monhegan Island (famous for art and fabulous hiking trails) New Harbor is a cute little village with an ice cream shop, bank and a few galleries. If you go a bit further, you will find 1 of the best lighthouses in Maine—Pemaquid Point. Here, you can have a picnic at the park, wander the art gallery, shop at the Sea Gull Shop or even grab a bite to eat at their restaurant. Turn right and you can go to Pemaquid Harbor where there is a historical fort and the harbor. On the way to Pemaquid Harbor is a great little breakfast and lunch café called the Cupboard. At the Harbor is a waterfront restaurant called the Contented Sole.
Waldoboro Shopping, Dining, Theatre and Farm Visits:
In Waldoboro there are five restaurants, including the famous Moody’s Diner. The fastest way to get to Waldoboro is to go into Friendship and turn right onto 220. Follow that nine miles and you are in the village of Waldoboro. While we love Moody’s and their cute gift shop, most locals will be found at least once or twice a week at Deb’s Diner down the road (she makes her own homemade breads and desserts. ) We also head to the Narrows Tavern and the Back Bay Café for good food in congenial atmospheres. The Waldoboro Historical Society has a lovely Museum, and a visit is a great way to learn about the five masted schooners built here in the 1800’s. You can also visit an Alpaca Farm while here. For shopping, there are a few stores, galleries and antique shops. We particularly enjoy Philippe Guillerm’s Gallery just down the hill from 220 on Main Street (Phillippe is the artist who created the cat harp in the dining room.) There is a farmer’s market every Wednesday afternoon in the summer from 3 to 6 pm. Fawcett’s Toy Museum on Route 1 is also fascinating. If you have a hankering to see a play, the Waldo Theatre is terrific.
Thomaston Shopping and Dining
To get to Thomaston the back way and avoid traffic on Route 1, you take 97 toward Route 1 and turn right onto the road to Cushing marked Cross Road (about four miles from the house on your right.) Follow that road through Cushing past farms and the bay about eight miles all the way to Thomaston and Route 1. If you have young children, you may want to stop at the playground by the bay on the right about two miles from the turn onto Cross Road and just past the gas/grocery store on the left. The playground is in 1 of the most scenic spots you can find even if you don’t have kids!
1 of the unique stops for tourists on Route 1 in Thomaston is the Maine State Prison Store, which will be on your left at the top of the hill after you have crossed the bridge into Thomaston village. They have all kinds of wood crafts made by pris1rs during the long Maine winters—wooden ship models, fine cutting boards and even tiny carvings. Next door is our favorite antique store for china glass and silver—the Anchor Farm is famous for very fine china, old silver and jewelry.
Further along Route 1 toward Rockland you will see some beautiful old homes and some good local restaurants like the Thomaston Café. Down by the water (convenient if you go to Thomaston the back way) is the Slipway, where we suggest you make reservations for dinner. Between the town proper of Thomaston and Rockland is Walmart and Lowes, a move theatre, a great ice cream stand and a Wasses hot dog stand, famous for their great dogs. Heading toward Rockland, you will also see the turn off for Port Clyde on the right with the Knox Museum up on the hill. This is the home of General Knox, who fought alongside Washington during the revolution.
Port Clyde Penninsula Shopping, Dining and Ferries
To see Port Clyde, drive through the village of Thomaston on Route 1 toward Rockland and take a right to Route 131. Along the road to Port Clyde, you will see many galleries and fun stores to visit. A great stop on the way down the peninsula is at Tenant’s Harbor where you will find the Happy Clam Restaurant, a locals favorite.
This is also the route to the Marshal Point Lighthouse, made famous in the Forrest Gump movie and well worth a visit. Just follow the signs for the lighthouse and the road will take you past the Black Harpoon, another locally favorite restaurant.
In Port Clyde, the Monhegan Boat Lines offers ferries to Monhegan island and lovely cruises for sightseeing. Call ahead to the Monhegan Boat Lines to make reservations if you want to go to the island for the day or take a puffin or evening sightseeing cruise. There is also a good dockside restaurant called the Dip Net.
Rockland and Owls Head
Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport and Camden are all up the coast from Thomaston on Route 1.
Once you head toward Rockland, you will see signs to the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Owls Head Lighthouse. Owls Head Transportation Museum is a wonder detailing the history of transportation including autos and planes. Head into Owls Head for breakfast or a burger at the General Store (voted best in Maine for years.) Once you’ve had that burger, head to the Owls Head Lighthouse park which has an interpretive museum and gift shop and 1 of the best preserved lighthouses in the area, complete with a working Fresnel lens shooting light almost twenty miles out to sea.
In downtown Rockland, you can have all kinds of fun. There is the Maine Lighthouse Museum and gift shop at 1 end of town. Down on the docks you will find can make reservations and take a scho1r sailing trip. There is dockside dining at the Landings and the Pearl as well as several food trucks with pretty good fare. If you like art, the Farnsworth Museum is a world famous trove of great art, particularly highlighting the Wyeth family. All along the main street are restaurants of all types, coffee shops, galleries, antique store and gift shops. Favorite shops for us are the Seagull Shop and the Grasshopper Shop. The Audobon Society’s Puffin Center features a short film about saving puffins from extinction on the Maine Coast and has all kinds of other interesting bird exhibits. The Island Institute store features art and crafts from folks still living full time on Maine’s outer islands. If you want to visit an island, 1 of the best ways is on the Maine ferry system, which has full summer schedules to Vinalhaven and North Haven from Rockland. The ferry terminal is just at the end of Main Street on the right. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation to speak of, so we suggest you drive up or rent a car at the airport. You can fly into Rockland (15 miles and 20 minutes away), Augusta (60 minutes away), Portland (90 minutes away) or Bangor (2 hours away.) Many people drive up from Boston (3 hours) or Manchester, NH (2 1/2 Hours away.) Other Things to NoteIf you are coming up to relax and enjoy a bit of the real Maine, this is the spot! We can have a lobsterman deliver fresh lobsters to your door. If you want to get out and kayak on the river (when the tide is up) you can rent kayaks and have them delivered to the house also.