The SpacePlan now for early fall in New England. Many dates still available.
Our three bedroom house comfortably sleeps four to six people. It is in Pineloch Woods, a nice development near the Presumpscott River Preserve in North Deering, about 20 minutes north of the Old Port and downtown Portland on Rt. 295. Still a "new" house at only twelve years old, it has cherry hardwood floors downstairs and upstairs, with carpet in the bedrooms. The entrance hall and graceful staircase are unique, as is the artistic, spare interior design. The large master bedroom features a king bed, bathroom with double sinks and jetted tub, and dressing room. Down the hall near the stairs are two more bedrooms each with queen beds. The third floor is is a lounging area with wide screen TV and sofa-like Yogibo beanbag couches, the other side has twin beds, bureau, closet, desk. Games are on third floor, toys in the closet of the queen bedroom on second floor next to the guest bathroom.
Cooking families will enjoy the a new gas cooktop, two ovens, two sinks, dishwasher, disposal, and microwave. There is wireless internet throughout the house. The back yard is yours to play in, sit around on the deck and look at, or just relax on the chaises. Families with little kids, teen agers who like to run and get outdoors, and older folks all enjoy Pineloch Woods. The most special walk is straight up Pineloch Drive to Summit, then right to Oak Notch park, where the Presumpscot River Preserve trails down to the river are on your left. Guest AccessPark in the driveway and on the street. Keys are in a lockbox on the back deck door, combination given in later email.
Pineloch Woods is a quiet development just off Allen Avenue, streets are not busy. Guests have access to the second floor laundry room with washer, dryer, iron and ironing board, the downstairs study, and the third floor carpeted TV/playroom with floor seating—no drinks allowed up there—as well as the front and back yard with deck—plus the rest of the house. Only the upstairs study and basement are off-limits. Interaction with GuestsWe're only a text, email, or phone call away to help you and answer any questions. We love to recommend restaurants, and you'll find a basket of maps and suggestions for great things to do: Casco Bay cruises, nearby beaches, island-hopping, the Arts District, where to find great music and shopping. Our next door Portland neighbor at 149 Pineloch Drive are Pam and Tom Leahy. They can help you with anything that needs immediate attention. We'll respect your privacy; but contact us by text or email through Airbnb if you need anything. The NeighborhoodNorth Deering is 20 minutes from the center of Portland, where you can visit the Old Port with its spiffy and quite individual stores and restaurants, amazing fish stores, Cosco Bay cruises, and excursion ships. The Portland Arts Museum, lots of live music venues and theaters make up the Arts District up the hill on Congress Street and the streets just off of it. It's fun to walk up from the Old Port through Monument Square to the shops and restaurants on and to either side of Congress. Beautiful Deering Oaks Park down the other side of Longfellow Square has a Farmer's Market on Saturday and is lovely to hang out in. Favorite restaurants downtown: Green Elephant for kids and adults in the daytime, more elegant Bono at night (Thai vegetarian); Bao Bao for dumplings on Spring near High Street, Mi Sen Noodle Bar; Duckfat, the new Continental Provisions; Aurora Provisions (for lunch) on Pine just beyond the Longfellow Statue. Don't miss the International Cyrptozoology Museum; the view of the harbor from beautiful Western Promenade, a park off an area of big lovely houses. Munjoy Hill is historically fascinating at the opposite Eastern Promenade. Drive over the Casco Bay Bridge to South Portland for the best beaches for kids in Cape Elizabeth—Crescent Beach State Park and Two Lights State Park; visit the lighthouse at Fort Williams' Portland Head Light. Favorite nighttime hot spots with live music are One Longfellow Square, The State Theater, Space, Port City Music Hall, among others.
Near our house though Pineloch Woods is the Presumpscot River Preserve, with hiking trails which go down to the river and falls. Best restaurants near the house are Bruno's, on Washington and Forest Aves., Foreside Tavern and Orchid Thai House in Falmouth. Explore the outlets in Freeport, about twenty miles away. Rt. 295 south leads to the Old Port, downtown Portland, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth as well as a great beach in Scarborough. More great restaurants are clustered in the Arts District on or just off Congress St. and in the Old Port. Getting AroundCity buses run out Allen Avenue with stops near the house. We are 20 minutes from Portland Jetport—you can take a shuttle, cab or Uber to our doorstep. The bus and Amtrak station are in the same facility in Portland, Boston is only 2 hrs from our doorstep. If you drive north a few miles out Rt. 100 (Auburn Ave.) across the Presumpscott you come to a large Hannaford in Falmouth across from the entrance to Interstate 95. Northgate Shopping Center, with a Shaw's market, CVS, other stores is a mile away to the east down Allen Avenue at Washington Avenue, Bangor Savings is across the street.
Best route to downtown is via Rt. 295. Retrace your steps— right onto Deepwood from Pineloch Drive, then left onto Rolling Brook, the road which enters Pineloch Woods. Turn left on Allen Avenue and then immediately right onto Ledgewood. Go a 1.5 miles to stop sign at Ocean Avenue. Turn right and then an immediate left onto Presumoscot, go 1. 5 miles to light at Washington Ave. Turn left and get in the left hand lane to access Rt. 295, the beltway thruway around Portland. It leads to all Portland exits on the right—exit 7 is Old Port, 6B and 6A are downtown, the large Deering Oaks Park, University of Southern Maine (USM) and the Arts District with a terrific Art Museum, Portland Stage theater, various nightspots for live music. Other Things to NoteCheck-in time at 3 p.m. or later is flexible if you have a flight that gets in late.
The house is clean and uncluttered. Windows from the study and dining room look out on the quiet street. The back yard has tall maples and elms, and the neighborhood is quiet and the streets are so calm that people walk in them, ride bikes, walk their dogs, etc. This is a great place to come home to from adventures in Portland and to the north on 295, Falmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick.