NOTE: Loon Lodge was completely booked for July and August, 2016 and well into the fall. Contact us early if you want prime vacation weeks in 2017.
The 3 Historic Churches on Mahone Bay Harbor are one of Canada's most famous views, and WATERFRONT, LOON LODGE ON MAHONE BAY HARBOR has the best view of these beautiful landmarks from the 90' PRIVATE PIER/SWIM FLOAT, front porch and even the master bedroom! Loon Lodge also faces southwest for perfect views of the famous CANADIAN SUNSETS over the water.
The Wikipedia entry for Mahone Bay says: 'The view across the harbour of its three prominent churches . . . has become an iconic image of Nova Scotia, frequently photographed.' That is your view from Loon Lodge!
Wake up to the sound of loons calling and enjoy your morning coffee on your own private pier while ospreys, kingfishers, blue herons and sea ducks fish in the harbor. Swim from the float or paddle/row the lovely harbor in the supplied Old Town kayaks, canoe and dinghy. Cycle out the Loon Lodge road - one of the Provinces's loveliest - on the supplied bikes.
Take a short walk or cycle to town or use the Lodge boats to explore the enchanting town of Mahone Bay. Play all afternoon in the warm waters off the pier with various water toys or relax in the hammock.
UNFORGETTABLE CANADIAN SUNSETS, HDTV WITH SATELLITE DISH, Wi-Fi HI-SPEED INTERNET, iPod stereo dock and well-equipped kitchen. There is also 1.5 baths, leather furniture, 3 BEDROOMS WITH WATER VIEWS. dining room with seating for 8 with water views, plenty of off-street parking and new washer/dryer. For recreation, besides the boats & bikes, there are water toys, floating lounges, big float tubes, lots of beach gear, toys, boogie boards, swim fins/masks/snorkels, hiking and boating guide books and several lawn games.
Loon Lodge is our personal home, not just another bare-bones rental and is equipped accordingly with comfy leather furniture, fine hi-thread-count linens, hotel-quality towels, lots of fascinating antiques, folk art and original art (we're serious collectors and dealers) as well as a varied summer reading library. And, of course, it truly has one of the finest waterfront views in Eastern Canada. It's just a short walk to justly famous Mahone Bay Village, with great restaurants, pub, boat tours, art galleries, public tennis, lifeguarded pool (with children's swimming lesson), GUIDED SEA KAYAK TOURS, organic farmers markets, festivals & concerts. Nearby are beautiful beaches, sailboat day charters (with lessons), tall ship day cruises, lobster boat harbor tours, sea cave tours, sailing camp for youths and adults at the local yacht club, oceanfront golf, boogie-boarding and surfing, seaside hiking and fishing.
There is a small summer theater group in the village, as well as two professional SUMMER THEATERS in nearby Lunenburg and Chester. Loon Lodge is just 70 min. from the international airport and 2.5 hours from the Portland/Yarmouth ferry and is CHILD/INFANT FRIENDLY as well as the ideal, very romantic getaway for couples.
Loon Lodge Activities: Swim in warm water from your private pier float, laze in the large, 4-seat floating lounge, or launch the Lodge boats to explore the harbor, meet the visiting yachtsmen from the world over, shop and dine. Warm-water beaches are just a short pedal or drive away. Also, the Loon Lodge road winds along the harbor for a few miles out to the postcard-beautiful boat-building village of Indian Point. Our guests report walking, cycling and driving this fascinating road several times each week, the views are that wonderful. Of the three roads that rim Mahone Bay Harbor (Main St., Edgewater St. and our own Oakland Road) Oakland road has by far the least traffic.
Sit on the porch, pier or lawn, or float in the warm waters in a kayak, canoe, dinghy or tube for hours, rowing to the Pub, or watching the harbor activities, splendid views, sea birds, sunrises and sunsets. So relaxing!
Sea island sailing cruises and adult sailing lessons can be booked just up the road with Mike Ernst. Day/sunset harbor cruises and whale/puffin watching on a safe, comfortable lobster boat can be arranged at the town wharf with fully-licensed Captain Chris Banfield.
Nearby Activities and Attractions: Dramatic, OCEAN-FRONT GOLF COURSES in nearby Lunenburg and Chester. TALL SHIP day trips, guided kayak tours on our superb kayak trails, scuba diving, whale watching, sea cave boat trips, deep-sea fishing and carriage rides can be arranged in nearby Lunenburg. SURFING TRIPS, lessons and rentals are in nearby Blue Rocks. Hiking & cycling trails pervade the province, including one over the ridge right behind the Lodge.
Superb bird-watching from the Lodge and pier for loons, bald eagles, great blue herons, ospreys, kingfishers, hawks and diving ducks. Hummingbirds visit your kitchen window feeder every day (birding guides are in the Lodge library). Swim/tube from the 'secret' little nearby beaches with warmer ocean waters that are shallow enough for small children and have lovely views of the sea islands and harbor. Walk up the hill behind the house on a nearby dirt lane to enjoy a stunning sunrise and harbor views.
Activities a Bit Further Afield: HIRTLE BEACH, very popular with picnickers, surfers, boogie boarders and hikers for the nice waves as well as for the outstanding Nature Conservancy Gaff Point walking trail (don't miss this), is 35 mins. away. Returning from Hirtle, visit the exciting OVENS SEA CAVES & the Nantucket-like village of Kingsburg, or cross the LaHavre River on the CABLE FERRY to lunch at the historic riverfront La Havre Bakery (detailed driving map in the Lodge living room desk).
The rocky seascapes of Blue Rocks village, only 15 minutes away near Lunenburg, attract countless artists and, being near the open Atlantic, are quite exciting on a windy day. Carter Beach, a seaside preserve with Carribean-like clear blue waters, is one of our favorite picnic spots and is only an hour of very pleasant driving away. The lush Annapolis Valley, a New England-like area of farms & adorable villages, is 45 mins. away, and the hiking trails over there along the Bay of Fundy coast are spectacular, particularly the easy trail out to CAPE SPLIT with its dramatic 200-foot cliffs and views across the Bay of Fundy. And, of course, the countless miles of nearby water-side roads are some of the loveliest seaside drives, cycles and walks in North America!
We were lucky to find Loon Lodge in 2003. We had been searching for a second home in Maine and New Hampshire for over a year, but couldn't find a house that was what we had dreamt about for so many years. Tired of real estate shopping, we took a short vacation to Nova Scotia, staying in the small, seaside village of Mahone Bay that we read about in a New York Times article. We bought Loon Lodge four days later, we were that certain we had found exactly what we wanted. And we think Loon Lodge will be exactly what you want also for your Nova Scotia vacation.
Please note that, as Loon Lodge in is a rural area where all homes are on small private wells and private septic systems, overnight occupancy is limited to 6 people and there is no dishwasher.
Email us anytime via FlipKey for more information, photos, or just to get acquainted. Even if your schedule or budget requires you to rent elsewhere, we'd be happy to share our local knowledge to guide your vacation planning.
Jennifer and Terry McAdams
Kearsarge, New Hampshire
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
The historic town of Mahone Bay is one of the prettiest harbors on the east coast of North America. The colorful homes and galleries, cozy harbor and hills above the water make this special harbor one of the finest in Nova Scotia. Our favorite activity is sitting on the Lodge Porch or pier and just enjoying the harbor sights and visiting yachts.
An added bonus is the relative absence of fogs in Mahone Bay, probably due to the relatively warmer, shallower waters. We get fog a few mornings a week and they are generally gone by 10 AM.
Walking, bike riding and boating are the favorite ways to see the local sites. The many miles of gorgeous local waterside roads are some of the Province's best for scenery.
Nearby Lunenburg and Chester - both 15 minutes away - also historic towns, provide even more variety with attractive waterfronts, more restaurants, local theaters and festivals. The tiny village of Blue Rocks - near Lunenburg - is a great place to see crashing surf when the wind blows up. Dramatic Hirtle Beach with the adjacent Nature Conservancy Gaff Point Park are just 35 minutes away and well worth the drive for a seaside swim, picnic or walk along the rocky cliffs.
You'll never be bored during your stay at Loon Lodge on Mahone Bay Harbor