The SpaceHistoric, 3-Bedroom Bungalow on ocean's edge with swimming cove and view of Blue Hill mountain, bay, and islands, half a mile from town. Fireplace, antiques, Covered porch with furniture & Stunning View of the bay. Pet-friendly.
It's the view of the bay, island, mountain, village with church steeple and swimming cove that is the best part of this house. Seals, ducks, loon, and eagles are spotted in the bay; wheeling seagulls do battle with the crows in large swirling flocks over the island at low tide.... Seagulls feast on mackerel at low tide; now the crows arrive and send the flock of seagulls up into the air. Seagulls descend again and send the crows up. It's when both flocks are swirling in the air together that's the most interesting, because you see the Seagull's white wings and the Crow's black wings, rising and falling together, like an explosion of fireworks over the island.... The flocks rise and fall in circles over the island until all the fish caught on the mud flats by the falling tide are eaten.
Seals in the bay pop their heads up out of the water, looking at you, startled. They look like bald-headed dogs without ears. See them basking in the sun on the ledge nearby. One summer our neighbor had a raft out front, and the seals loved to compete for space to lie on it. Nine or ten of them at once, jostling for space....each launching its body high into the air to perch on the raft, which of course would knock another seal off. Each seal howled loudly every time it was disturbed. It's another of nature's wondrous floor shows....
The Bay of Fundy's 12 foot tide adds to the drama.... At high tide, the ocean floods into the cove giving a full look, as on a lake; at low tide, the water-level drops to great depth, leaving a deep, bowl-shaped crater, as well as mud flats for long-legged birds to strut around on.... It's not just a matter of whether the tide is in or out, but also a matter of height and depth too.
Watch the weather move in just before a rain storm.... Classic Herreshoff yawls swing at anchor in the deep "hole" between the Bungalow and the island.... The "Flash in the Pan" steel band plays at the town park most Monday evenings during July and August....you can hear the band from the porch til 9 pm. Watch for Fireworks over Blue Hill Mountain during the Blue Hill Fair over Labor Day Weekend.... The Blue Hill Fair inspired the work "Charlotte's Web," whose author E.B. White is a one-time local resident.
Our cousins live in the handsome, red brick house with turquoise shutters directly across the bay, where Katharine Butler Hathaway wrote 'The Little Locksmith,' a good read!
Our favorite time of the day is five o'clock when the sun sinks low over the land and fills the cove with soft light.... On a still afternoon with the tide on its way in, we go for a swim and sunbathe on the warm rocks. Afterwards, we build a fire in the living room and have drinks on the porch and enjoy the soft evening. 5 pm....with the glow of the cold water swim still in our bones and a warm fire, plus the sun setting on the warm rocks....best time of the day at the Bungalow....
Unlike most rental houses in Blue Hill, the Bungalow has a swimming cove and a view of Blue Hill Mountain. The house is situated right on the water's edge. You can see the water, mud flats, and mountain from inside the living room.
Why rent in Blue Hill? Most people rent in Blue Hill, because they know the town or people in the town and they're revisiting. Another reason to rent in Blue Hill is because it's equidistant to Acadia National Park as it is to Stonington, Castine , Camden and Belfast, charming towns that are not congested with traffic and tourism, yet offer sports and recreational activities that people enjoy so much. Blue Hill lets you get to know the whole region....
The Bungalow is a typical, Maine-coast "Rusticator's House," located on 3 acres. Like many houses along the coast of Maine, the Bungalow was built by a family, who lived off-premises for most of the year... It's a delight among present generations revisiting these homes to be able to see grandma's single remaining long stem sherry glass left over from a bygone era. Such sherry glasses have become a part of these houses, and the Bungalow is no exception; it has its fair share of them.
The Bungalow is located in Blue Hill's inner-most bay opposite the village and is one of the oldest houses on the bay, built circa 1890. For many years it was the only house on the bay and was used as a navigational aid for sailors. Steamships from Boston (and before that' sailing packets') discharged passengers just across the way onto Steamship Wharf, from where they took a horse and cart into the village....
Built by the Rev. Donald Sage Mackay, spiritual adviser to Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife, Helen Smith Mackay, the Bungalow was built as a bathing house for a larger, 23-bedroom house on Tenney Hill, now torn down. Because of its age, the Bungalow is grandfathered, located closer to the shoreline than other houses in the area....If it were to burn down, we might not be able to build again. Please be very careful of fire.
The Bungalow living room has a rustic but charming cottage feel with large working stone fireplace, over which is a model of the 96' brigantine Yankee, which two members of the Mackay family sailed around the world on during the 1950s. There are white, wool Moroccan rugs over a dark hardwood floor, an antique writing desk, and two Aunt Arlie chairs.... The rose-colored ceiling with turquoise beams are tempered by walls of white-washed pine. There's a picture of the railroad station that Mrs. Mackay's parents owned in Vermont, which funded the building of the Bungalow. The book cases contain a collection of novels mostly about the sea, published over a hundred years ago. Two couches and a swivel arm chair are grouped around the fireplace and Cable TV. The dining room table is located under the picture window overlooking the view.... Seating eight, it's a delightful place to enjoy a candlelit meal.
Our family has enjoyed many a happy, evening meal at this dining table, followed by homemade blueberry pie, picked fresh from a hike up Blue Hill Mountain.... Blueberry season is late July through August, and those picked wild on Blue Hill mountain are particularly sweet and plump. Blue Hill Mountain inspired Robert McCloskey's children's book, "Blueberries for Sal."
In addition to the living room and covered porch, there is a large kitchen with sitting room and desk with internet and Wifi, couch, kitchen table, chairs, propane heater, and rocking chair.
The Bungalow has three bedrooms, containing one Queen bed, one Full bed, and one Twin room that share One bathroom with shower. Swimmers can rinse off under an optional hot-water hose outside.
Most guests use the Queen room as the master, but in fact, the best room in the house is the corner room with the Full bed, because it has an amazing view, lots of sun light, and a comfortable mattress, even if it is only a Full.... The rooms are quite small; the living rooms are large....
The queen bedroom has a view of the bay, as does the corner room. The twin room overlooks the garden.
Beds are pre-made for guests' arrival with 100% cotton, white sheets and towels.... There are fans in all the bedrooms and mosquito screens on all the windows and doors, necessary for those rare, humid nights in July when mosquitoes can swarm....
Nearby is a second cottage with one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, called the Bungalhigh, listed on AirBNB as "House for two on Ocean in Blue Hill," which if rented together offers a good option for parties of eight, six in the Bungalow and two in the Bungalhigh. Or three couples might just like to spread out more and have two bathrooms, instead of one. Formerly the carriage house for The Bungalow, the Bungalhigh is located quite close to the Bungalow, and guests renting the Bungalow must walk in front of the Bungalhigh and share the yard, kayaks, swimming cove, internet, telephone, barbecue and parking lot with renters staying at the Bungalhigh.
The Bungalow kitchen is currently equipped with coffee percolator and drip coffee machine....
Most houses in Blue Hill have kept their 1950s bathrooms and kitchens. We've tried not to modernize the Bungalow too much in keeping with this style, popular among residents on the peninsula....
We encourage guests to walk out to the point and watch the sunset from the bench there. There are picnic tables, a second swimming beach. It's a nice place to think and to ponder.
For autumn and spring rentals, the Bungalow is heated with two propane heaters, one in the kitchen, the other in the corner bedroom.... There is a fireplace in the living room and plenty of firewood for the taking.
The Bungalow is located well off the main road....safe for children and pets. Dogs of all sizes are welcome. The property offers an ideal situation for pets. Children enjoy building faerie houses out of moss and twigs, found in the garden, and scavenger hunts.... "Find me something red."
A 12 foot tide empties the cove in front of the house for half the day.... There is excellent swimming, but tide is important.
It doesn’t take much to build a campfire on the rocks in the cove below the high water mark, yet it makes a fun afternoon or evening, enjoying a lobster dinner alfresco. There are plastic dishes in the kitchen for bringing down to the rocks.
Deep water out front has depth for mooring a small yacht. A private mooring can be arranged.
Other houses on the Premises: In addition to the Bungalow and Bungalhigh, my sister Libby Nicholson owns a 2-story "studio" on the 3-acre property and comes and goes throughout the summer. She does not live in the house....but frequents it occasionally. Our cousins live on a fourth cottage through the woods... Our cousins visit for a week in August, but we've heard they will not visit during 2016.... I live two miles away and am available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.
2016 upgrades to the Bungalow include a new septic system, landscaping, fresh paint, thorough professional cleaning throughout. The Bungalow shines!
Our Welcome Kit contains pamphlets on things to do in the area, restaurant menus, location of scenic walks, and drives tours with addresses for GPS navigation to find them....
The nice thing about renting a house in Blue Hill as opposed to Stonington or Mount Dessert is that Blue Hill is located equidistant between both Stonington and Mount Desert, which are on opposite sides of us, yet Blue Hill is not congested with traffic or touristy like Mount Dessert, nor is it too far away from all the other quaint towns in the area that Stonington is. In Blue Hill you can just as easily visit Castine, Belfast, Rockland, Searsport and Stonington as you can Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and even Lubec, where Roosevelt’s Campobello Interntional Park is located (actually, it's in New Brunswick, Canada, just across the border), places that offer a lot of charm that you would otherwise miss if you rented in Stonington or in Mount Dessert.
Blue Hill also offers activities that are not touristy, such as farms, granges, museums, trails, beaches, and back to the earth eateries. We hope you will scroll down beyond the reviews and my biography on this page to the map below, where "thumb tacks" point out on a map some of the highlights of the area. Choosing the right town to vacation in is just as important as choosing the right house, and we hope we give you enough facts to make the right choice.
Personally, I'm all about doing the research for you, so when you get here, because you've read the research below, you feel you've done everything already, (or at least you can put your finger on how to accomplish what you want to do fast), so you have plenty of time to sit on the porch and relax.
Winter in Blue Hill starts on Thanksgiving. That week temperatures typically plummet, and by the first of December there is a blanket of snow, which stays through March. We get a lot of snow. We snowshoe through the woods, take courses, attend book discussions. April and May are cold but full of promise. June is a nice time to visit, because the Lupin is in full bloom and the colors are soft. Spring is a lovely time to hit the highway. July is the hottest month (one mow around the garden and you're ready to jump into the cold water); August is perceptibly cooler....and it's not uncommon for people to enjoy a fire in the fireplace... August 7-14 is peak tourist season; it's my favorite week of the year, because if you take a boat around the harbor, you see children swimming on every dock. August 15 is a dread. Thud! Children leave early to go back to school, leaving an empty Blue Hill! There is not a car anywhere! After we adjust, we enjoy a long, warm, beautiful fall that goes on and on forever, it seems. Leaves turn in late September; October is balmy and warm. We collect food for winter. Even November is balmy and warm, and overcast, and then thud! Thanksgiving comes and temperatures plummet to zero degrees. We're in for a long, cold winter, where it gets dark at 3 in the afternoon and stays that way until after 7 am.... The lucky ones fly south.... Interaction with GuestsBecause I live two miles away, guests check themselves in. I maintain the property and am a telephone call away if there are any questions... Sometimes my sister Libby visits her "studio" on the property. She is happy to assist in any way she can. The NeighborhoodBlue Hill is a small, scenic, rural, downeast, coastal town, dominated by Blue Hill Mountain. Thanks to the Blue Hill Public Library and centrally-located village green, the town has a strong sense of community with many people who enjoy living here, because of the tranquil scenery, the beautiful farm houses, the lack of suburbia, zero traffic lights, and many ocean views. Beautiful farm houses with gardens dot the countryside. Many scenic vistas open to the ocean. The woods are spruce pine and Balsam trees. Occasionally you see sheep grazing in fields by the side of the road.
Yet hidden away among the Elm trees, there is much to do in Blue Hill and surrounding areas. I consider myself an expert on what to do here, where to go to find any activity. Please don't hesitate to ask me about any activity that might interest you. For instance, one guest asked recently about light houses in the area. I introduced them to the Stonington Mail Boat that offers narrated tours to all the lighthouses in the area. Another guest asked about fishing. I gave them the website for Eagle Mountain Guide Service, where individuals can join a group on a fully-equipped, 24' pontoon boat, whose guides know where the best salmon and trout and bass fishing lakes are. There are dozens more fishing trips available as well.
Our welcome kit is filled to the brim with things to do in the area from Bar Harbor to Rockland. We include Franklin D. Roosevelt's Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, 90 miles up the coast....bring passports. And Andrew Wyeth's "The Olson House" where he painted 'Christina's World" in Cushing, Maine.....
Blue Hill is 45 minutes from Acadia National Park, a stunning place to rent bicycles, take boat trips, sign up for guided kayaking tours, climb mountains, and bicycle Rockefeller's blue-chipped carriage trails, which have no motorized traffic..... Acadia National Park offers sports and recreational activities such as narrated lobster boat talks, windjammer sails.... narrated lighthouse tours, not to mention hiking trails to tops of mountains with amazing coastal views of Blue Hill Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. You can drive up Cadillac Mountain, tour Mt. Desert's scenic Loop Road, take horse and cart rides along John Rockefeller's blue-chipped carriage trials..... Acadia National Park offers all manner of fun activities for the whole family.
Blue Hill is 45 minutes from the scenic, coastal town of Stonington, which offers fine dining right on the water's edge and gorgeous sunsets. After dinner, take in a live show at the Opera House. Like Bar Harbor, Stonington has beautiful curb appeal - colorful paint, beautiful gardens, quaint wood buildings, granite steps.... If you are an art aficionado, Stonington has art gallery galores, lining its beautiful streets. Check out Jill Hoy's Art Gallery at 80 Main Street in particular. She paints Maine! Wow! Walk the commercial lobster pier; check out the clothing shops. Stonington is a wonderful day trip.
Blue Hill is also 45 minutes from Belfast and Camden, neighboring towns west of Blue Hill, quaint with retail stores, well worth visiting. Camden is famous for its music scene; Belfast for its environmental shops; check out The Green Store in particular.
If you are craving beauty and nature, we can set you on the path to the most beautiful spots, like windswept Curtis Cove, or Blue Hill Mountain, or Carter Preserve Nature Preserve, or the Reversing Falls, and so on....
Our Welcome Kit has addresses for your GPS to sightsee these towns, as well as tours and addresses for sports and recreation in the area, places to dine in Blue Hill, where to go to find nature, explore the trails, beaches, museums, and places of interest in Blue Hill, plus addresses of neighboring farms, where you can buy fresh raw milk, homemade yogurt, organic chicken meat, eggs, and u-pick strawberries and apples.
Buy a 50 pound bag of potatoes and onions to take home with you in the fall.
The Blue Hill Town Park is a great place to take young children. It has swings and seesaws and climbing gyms.... Our cousins said it was a God-send to have it located so near by, a place where they could take their young children....
The Blue Hill Town Park also hosts the Flash in the Pan Steel Band street dance most Monday evenings throughout the summer, a great place for young people to go to dance and to listen to the steel band.
Blue Hill has a summer stock theater company, the New Surry Theater, that puts on plays in the town hall throughout the year. It also has an intensive chamber music school, called Kneisel Hall, providing musicians and music lovers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the chamber repertoire of over 100 years. They hold chamber music concerts throughout the summer, but one of the things Kneisel Hall musicians are known for is their children's concerts, which they hold at the Blue Hill Public Library throughout the summer.
For restaurants in the area, apart from Barncastle and Marlintinis, two restaurants that compete for the local drinking crowd, who come out en force at 5 pm responsibly, we recommend Arborvine, located right in the village. It serves Blue Hill's famous, locally-raised "Bagaduce River oysters" and locally grown salad, using greens from Eliot Coleman's Four Season Farm. The Four Season Farm in Brooksville is an example of sustainable living. Its green houses produce fresh organic vegetables all winter and summer. The fresh clear waters of the nearby Bagaduce River is the perfect place to raise oysters, which once thrived naturally in the cold rivers of Maine. Arborvine makes its own beer, Deep Water Brewing Company, and has a brew pub.
Another restaurant located close to town is the Farmhouse Inn, located at 578 Pleasant Street in Blue Hill. For health conscious patrons, this restaurant offers the least starch of all the menus in town. Fruits and vegetables and sea food is the name of the game.... It's rustic, charming, and not expensive.
We also recommend dining at the Brooklin Inn, whose fare is locally grown produce, fish and seafood. The restaurant is run by a modern day sea captain. He ran a windjammer in the West Indies back in the day.... They keep a fire going in the fireplace during fall and winter.
A great place to watch the sunset in the most romantic setting possible is the Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant in Deer Isle. Take a comfortable seat on the deck overlooking Goose Cove. There's a reef out in the bay that the waves wash over....you hear the lapping of the waves on the beach near by.... It's a half moon-shaped cove that resembles those in the Caribbean.... It's peaceful to sit on the deck, hear the surf, drink champagne, eat hearty seafood appetizers, and watch the sun go down....
For a lobster dinner, consider taking your meal outside around a centrally located campfire at the Boatyard Grill in Blue Hill, or on a pier overlooking the water and Acadia National Park halfway down Newburyneck Peninsula in Surry at Perry's Lobster Shack. The experience at Perry's is described as "way off the radar." We also enjoy dining on the water at Bagaduce Lunch, a terrific, fried seafood place that my uncle justifiably calls 'the Yale Club," because it is so popular. Take your meal on the picnic tables and dine on the water's edge.
Blue Hill celebrates Memorial Day with a Parade. The Blue Hill Pops amass great singers and musicians to celebrate the Fourth of July. On Labor Day we go to the Blue Hill Fair, see the 4H animals, and watch fireworks.
Blue Hill has inspired many authors. E.B. White wrote Charlotte's Web, which is about the Blue Hill Fair. Robert McCloskey wrote Blueberries for Sal, which is about Blue Hill Mountain. Katharine Butler Hathaway wrote The Little Locksmith, a must-read memoir, in our cousins house in the village.
Blue Hill has a few museums in the village... The Jonathan Fisher House is an 1814 historic house museum. Parson Jonathan Fisher was Blue Hill's first congregational minister from 1794 to 1837; he was also a farmer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry... He bound his own books, made buttons and hats, designed and built furniture, painted sleighs, was a reporter for the local newspaper, helped found Bangor Theological Seminary, dug wells, built his own home and raised a large family.
The Historic Holt House, built in 1815, was lived in by Jeremiah Holt, grandson of Nicholas Holt, who brought Blue Hill’s fifth family from Andover, Massachusetts in 1765. Many of the houses in the village date from the 1800s. A drive out to Steamboat Wharf harks back to the days when the weekly packets sailed in from Boston with tourists and the mail.... Buckboards drove them in to the village.
Our sightseeing tours, together with list of sports and recreational activities in Stonington and Acadia National Park can easily keep you occupied for an entire summer..... Getting AroundBangor International Airport is the nearest airport, 1 hour away, where there are car rental agencies.... US Airways from La Guardia flies daily into the regional airport in Trenton, 45 minutes away. Portland International Airport is three hours away.... We're five hours from Boston....