Matinicus, ME, United States Accommodations

Accommodations in Matinicus

Home/Apartment
3br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Pets Allowed
The SpaceThe cottage sits at ocean's edge, 50' away. Picture windows along the length of the house keep the ocean ever-present. Lobster boats pull buoys outside the window. The sunrise and stars are clear over the night ocean. There's a private deck on one side and a grassy yard on the other. Washer, dryer, two showers (indoor and outdoor), furnace. The sandy beach is just a short distance (you can get there in a minute). Your dogs/cats are welcome. We ask for a minimum 4 night stay. We do not provide sheets and towels. A (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) search for Matinicus will lead you to our own website. Matinicus Island, the most remote island in Penobscot Bay is rarely visited by tourists, and is considered a working island, not a tourist island, but this beach camp, right on the ocean’s edge, has for 33 years been available for individuals and families seeking a place off-the-beaten-track who understand that in trade for the occasional shortage and uncertain timetables that island living imposes they will experience remote solitude, secluded sand beaches and an intimate look at the Atlantic ocean. If you are considering Matinicus Island, you are already familiar with key Matinicus internet bullet points: * Matinicus is the most seaward remote island community in Maine, * Matinicus has a reputation, possibly mixing truth and fiction, as a pirate island with a smuggling history * Matinicus has an undertone of past violence (that does NOT involve visitors) in defense of lobstering territory * Matinicus is remote and you can’t always get what you want when you want it out there * Matinicus feels special to the visitor and resident, and unlike almost anyplace except Matinicus. You, as a visitor, will become part of that specialness, part of a type of traveller who can, as islanders say, 'make it at Matinicus'. Beach camps are a dying housing type, but NORRIS COTTAGE attempts to keep the tradition: location at the edge of the beach and directly on the ocean, open kitchen shelving, basic indoor bathroom, plus traditional outhouse, but the outdoor shower is popular, too. The three bedrooms are furnished with twin beds (2 rooms) and a queen bed (1 room). The thread-count of the sheets is what you decide to bring, as sheets and towels are an item the guests are asked to supply for themselves. HOST DOES NOT PROVIDE SHEETS AND TOWELS TO GUESTS. Matinicus, with rare sand beaches, and its remaining beach camps has been favorably compared to Nantucket Island in the 1950’s, that quiet period at Nantucket long before the billionaires pushed out the millionaires. (Money at Matinicus is only good to buy baked goods at the island bakery and lobster in the harbor). The closeness to the ocean creates some challenges for maintenance: metal rusts quickly, for example. Some people are naturally drawn to islands, and they bother with them because it removes you from the way that the automobile and roads and commerce define physical space and your agenda. While Matinicus has a few cars and some roads, many of which are more jeep trails than roads, it's a walking island, mainly. There are many remote beaches only accessible by foot, and rarely visited, unless you go see and comb the beaches there. Most people at Matinicus work harvesting lobster, a hard labor which begins before dawn, so that by 5:00 p.m. the island quiets down, and by dark, the day has ended. There is something comforting about being set up with your family group next to the ocean as this occurs, and the sense of closeness, remove, and privacy is something that you can't quite achieve on the mainland. Matinicus' sand beaches are nearly unique in rocky Maine, and the camp location right on the ocean is prime, the real essence of the experience, and why it can be successful, is the pleasure of being alone with your group with the vast ocean in front of you and little to interfere with your family plans. So visitors get to spend more and better time together. Guest AccessThe Norris Beach Camp was built in 1954 as close to the ocean’s edge as common sense would allow at that time before zoning setbacks prohibited such close siting to the ocean. There’s been no storm damage over the years. Norris Cottage is a classic beach camp with rustic touches, that include exposed beams and stud walls in places, open concept, half-walls separating sleeping rooms that don’t reach the ceiling, and many 50’s era details as detailed below: The overall style of the Norris Cottage might be called “retro” had any attempt been made to re-create the 1950’s, but in fact Norris Cottage is genuine: a 1950’s period Maine island oceanfront camp. It is well-constructed, with picture windows facing the ocean and an ample deck on the ocean. The ocean is close, 50 feet away, and so is the sound of lapping water, and the smells, and occasionally the sound of the bell buoy marking the harbor entrance off-shore. The master bedroom (queen bed) has a full wall of windows facing the ocean, which is about 50’ outside the window. Two smaller bedrooms are furnished with twin bed sets (4 beds, plus queen) A large couch in the living area might allow for an extra guests to sleep, so 7 persons would be maximum occupancy. Interaction with GuestsAll of our interaction is before you arrive, once on Matinicus, you are on your own. We can help a good deal with planning a visit to the island, but you are in charge. The NeighborhoodA beach camp: for one thing, the furniture is mis-matched, comfy, and old-fashioned. If you bring a pet, you won’t likely harm anything in the house. The well water is heavily filtered, but contains an iron content that will stain white laundry, so don’t bring white laundry or linens to wash in the washing machine provided, please bring colors. The kitchen sink is an antique large single bowl cast iron farmhouse sink. Indeed, some of the metal on the base of floor lamps reveal oxidation from the salt air, which is no surprise given the beating the camp can receive in a winter storm, not an issue during the summer season. The mattresses including the queen-size are mostly dated post-2000. If the idea of a traditional outhouse offends, best to stop reading now. Norris Cottage does have an indoor-type bathroom with indoor shower and an incinerating toilet (Incinolet brand, not a flush toilet) but the camp is also served by an outhouse, which some feel is superior to incinerating waste using electricity, while others simply can’t consider it. Getting AroundBoat out to Matinicus: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) Fly out to Matinicus: (URL HIDDEN) Other Things to NoteA FEW CAVEATS: The well water often has iron that will stain white clothing in the washing machine. Buoys guests have collected hang in the rafters. The floor is uneven in places. There is no store on the island (but you can fax orders to the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket who will pack and deliver and fly over the groceries for you at reasonable cost) Cell phones don’t work well until you wander nearer the beach, but there’s WI-FI internet. The outdoor lighting is poor, but it’s easy to see the Milky Way. Lobster is the most fresh quality. Young men who work on the boats have been known to ride ATV’s on the wide sand on the beach, which is against Maine law. Other Maine laws are broken at various times around the island. Island residents mostly like it this way. You are on your own at Matinicus, and this is an attraction for many. However, in a medical emergency, the flying service can have you at a hospital quickly.
Home/Apartment
3br Home/Apartment
    The SpaceIt's the location, really, the camp is stuck right out into the ocean views all by itself, so the windows are running a constant movie of what's happening on the water. The island is so low-key that after 5:00, you are left with a great feeling of enjoying something wonderful all on your own. That's the real pull of the place, the sense of connection with the ocean. Guest AccessA broad sand beach steps out the door, which is often left all to you, nobody around. Interaction with GuestsWe love helping guests plan their trip out, but we look for guests who are independent on a remote island, since once you are 22 miles offshore, you are independent. But we have lots of experience helping guests plan. The NeighborhoodUndeveloped sand beach. Beach dunes and beach headlands with apple trees, grasses, and a native orchid in places. Jeep trail roads, bumpy, 8' wide with the spruce forest pressing against. View to the ocean from about anywhere as you walk around the island. The harbor: used to fish and make a living, not cleaned up for yachts or boating people. Rustic, let's say, not prettified, but Matinicus people think compelling and wonderful. No commercial anything. Getting AroundTo get out to the island, the transport is via two private boat services and one private plane service. The Maine State Ferry has trips out, but only 3-4 times a month! That's how little the rest of Maine pays attention to Matinicus..... Other Things to NoteGuests should read up on Matinicus via search engines. Some of what you read may be exaggerated, but the idea is to wave off the wrong type of visitor. Matinicus has a frontier spirit that it wishes to preserve. Too much of the rest of the East Coast has been suburbanized, and we want to prevent that out here.
    Island
    3br Island
    • Wifi
    • Parking
    The SpaceMatinicus is one of the most remote islands off the coast of Maine. It is a working island of mostly lobstermen and their families. There are only a few houses and cottages for rent on the island, no hotels and no restaurants. The island is 23 miles off the coast with the only access by small plane or water taxi. You will have the beautiful beaches and coastal views free of tourists! This is your place to get away from it all with stunning views of open ocean! Guest AccessThere are two beautiful sandy beaches only a short walk or bike ride away. There is a small gift shop on the island and a seasonal bakery. Otherwise guests bring all their own food to the island with them. Interaction with GuestsI live on the island about a mile from the house. I'm available for questions about the house or island living. I can also get you fresh lobster straight from our lobster boat! The NeighborhoodThe island is beautiful and unique. There are only dirt roads, few cars, many hiking trails and the entire shore line in accessible for hiking around. We love our two lovely beaches and many pebble beaches where you can collect sea glass, sand dollars and shells. There are very few tourists and it has the feeling of being far out to sea...because you are! Getting AroundThe best way to get to the island is either by plane out of Owls Head, Maine with Penobscot Island Air or by water taxi with "Matinicus Excursions" out of Rockand harbor. Either way it is possible to bring bikes to the island. If you don't have a bike it is easy to rent them in Rockland, Maine at "Sidecountry Sports". Otherwise, the island is very walkable. It is only 2 miles long and a mile wide with dirt roads. If you are coming in your own boat, there are moorings for rent in the harbor and you can keep an eye on your boat from the front porch of the house! Other Things to NoteThe island is a remote place with few public services. While we do have a recycling center on the island, there is no transfer station so guests need to take all trash that is not recyclable off the island with them. There is no hospital on the island and while there is an EMT on island it is best to realize you are in a very remote location. The wells on the island are dug wells, far out to sea...being careful of your water use is advised so as not to run the well dry! We also encourage people to bring drinking water with them.
    Cottage
    2br Cottage
    • Pets Allowed
    Rent this comfortable studio cottage directly on the harbor of this undeveloped outermost island with only 24 homes (10 belong to lobstermen). Spend your days walking on paths along the rocky shore line and through the dark spruce woods. Explore meadows above rocky cliffs overlooking the Matinicus Rock lighthouse where puffins nest. Watch lobstermen harvest lobsters. Get your drinking water from a well. Outfitted with full kitchen, solar power, commode and outhouse, hot shower, gas heat, running water from a cistern for washing. Loft with two twin beds and a pull out sleep sofa downstairs. Bring all food and drinks as there are no stores on the island. Bring sleeping bags or bed linens and towels. Transportation: 10 minute plane ride from Knox County Airport in Owl’s Head near Rockland, ME to a grass airstrip on the island via Penobscot Island Air or one hour and fifteen minute boat ride from Rockland to the island via Penobscot Island Ferry or Matinicus Excursions both private ferries.
    Home/Apartment
    3br Home/Apartment
      Our traditional island home is located on the most remote year round island community off the coast of Maine. The view from the kitchen bay window includes sweeping water views of Isle Au Haut, Vinalhaven and other small islands as well as the busy working waterfront harbor with lobster boats and visiting sailboats, breakwater and bell buoy. The dining room windows face the private back yard overlooking old cove. Our island home was built in the early 1900's and up until 10 years ago was a year round home. It has a warm lived in feel, like you are going to your grandparents island home. There is a large updated kitchen perfect for cooking and entertaining. There is a dug well and indoor plumbing, but you should bring your own drinking water. A 10 to 20-minute walk brings you to either of the islands beautiful sand beaches. Matinicus is a flyover for migratory birds, has quiet wooded walking paths leading to stunning views of Penobscot Bay and our rocky coast. The island is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy the quiet island life, read, paint, beach comb, hike, take photographs and eat delicious local lobster! The island is unbridged and located 23 miles off Rockland Maine only accessible by water taxi with George Tarkleson of Matinicus Excursions or by small airplane with Penobscot Island Air out of Knox County Airport in Owls Head, Maine. Both businesses have online websites where you can find information to arrange travel. Our island is a wonderful place to get away from it all, but there are no stores, restaurants, ATM's, or entertainment businesses. You need to be self-sufficient, bring all your own food and supplies. There is one seasonal bakery, a couple of art galleries, one gift shop and a community craft market once a week during July and August at the island Congregational Church where services are also held each Sunday at 7pm. You can buy "fresh from the boat" lobsters directly from us!
      Cottage
      3br Cottage
      • Pets Allowed
      • Wifi
      The KOHLS BEACH COTTAGE ON MARKEY'S BEACH sits in a private location well away from anyone else at ocean's edge, 50' away, and the sand beach is steps away. Picture windows along the length of the house keep the ocean ever-present. Lobster boats pull buoys outside the window. The sunrise and stars are clear over the night ocean. There's a private deck on one side and a grassy yard on the other. Washer, dryer, two showers (indoor and outdoor), furnace. The sandy beach is just a short distance (you can get there in a minute). Your dogs/cats are welcome. Matinicus Island, the most remote island in Penobscot Bay is rarely visited by tourists, and is considered a working island, not a tourist island, but this beach camp, right on the ocean’s edge, has for 33 years been available for individuals and families seeking a place off-the-beaten-track who understand that in trade for the occasional shortage and uncertain timetables that island living imposes they will experience remote solitude, secluded sand beaches and an intimate look at the Atlantic ocean. If you are considering Matinicus Island, you are already familiar with key Matinicus internet bullet points: * Matinicus is the most seaward remote island community in Maine, * Matinicus has a reputation, possibly mixing truth and fiction, as a pirate island with a smuggling history * Matinicus has an undertone of past violence (that does NOT involve visitors) in defense of lobstering territory * Matinicus is remote and you can’t always get what you want when you want it out there * Matinicus feels special to the visitor and resident, and unlike almost anyplace except Matinicus. You, as a visitor, will become part of that specialness, part of a type of traveller who can, as islanders say, 'make it at Matinicus'. Beach camps are a dying housing type, but we attempt to keep the tradition: location at the edge of the beach and directly on the ocean, open kitchen shelving, basic indoor bathroom but the outdoor shower is popular, too. The three bedrooms are furnished with twin beds (2 rooms) and a queen bed (1 room), and futonr in the open living area that can expand sleeping capacity to if you bring children. The thread-count of the sheets is what you decide to bring, as sheets and towels are an item the guests are asked to supply for themselves. Matinicus, with rare sand beaches, and its remaining beach camps has been favorably compared to Nantucket Island in the 1950’s, that quiet period at Nantucket long before the billionaires pushed out the millionaires. (Money at Matinicus is only good to buy baked goods at the island bakery and lobster in the harbor) Kohls is not precisely rustic, as the interior finish approaches, but does not quite achieve, a suburban feeling. The closeness to the ocean creates some challenges for maintenance: metal rusts quickly, for example. Some people are naturally drawn to islands, and they bother with them because it removes you from the way that the automobile and roads and commerce define physical space and your agenda. While Matinicus has a few cars and some roads, many of which are more jeep trails than roads, it's a walking island, mainly. There are many remote beaches only accessible by foot, and rarely visited, unless you go see and comb the beaches there. Most people at Matinicus work harvesting lobster, a hard labor which begins before dawn, so that by 5:00 p.m. the island quiets down, and by dark, the day has ended. There is something comforting about being set up with your family group next to the ocean as this occurs, and the sense of closeness, remove, and privacy is something that you can't quite achieve on the mainland. Matinicus' sand beaches are nearly unique in rocky Maine, and the camp location right on the ocean is prime, the real essence of the experience, and why it can be successful, is the pleasure of being alone with your group with the vast ocean in front of you and little to interfere with your family plans. So visitors get to spend more and better time together. We've rented since 1983, to probably 300++ guests/families, via our own website matinicusisland and have been with Homeaway since 2010 but Matinicus isn't 'home-away-from-home', it's different from home. We'd like potential guests to think less in terms of 'amenities' and more in terms of what Matinicus does NOT offer, as it is the absence of commercial distractions (and many conventional amenities) that makes a visit to the island memorable. I A beach camp: for one thing, the furniture is mis-matched, comfy, and old-fashioned. If you bring a pet, you won’t likely harm anything in the house. The well water is heavily filtered, but contains an iron content that will stain white laundry, so don’t bring white laundry or linens to wash in the washing machine provided, please bring colors. The kitchen sink is an antique large single bowl cast iron farmhouse sink. Indeed, some of the metal on the base of floor lamps reveal oxidation from the salt air, which is no surprise given the beating the camp can receive in a winter storm, not an issue during the summer season. The mattresses including the queen-size are mostly dated post-2000. A FEW CAVEATS: The well water sometimes has iron that will stain white clothing in the washing machine. Kohls has a dryer, both camps have washing machines. Buoys guests have collected hang in the rafters. The floor is uneven in places. There is no store on the island (but you can fax orders to the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket who will pack and deliver and fly over the groceries for you at reasonable cost) Cell phones don’t work well until you wander nearer the beach, but there’s WI-FI internet. The outdoor lighting is poor, but it’s easy to see the Milky Way. Lobster is the most fresh quality. Young men who work on the boats have been known to ride ATV’s on the wide sand on the beach, which is against Maine law. Other Maine laws are broken at various times around the island. Island residents mostly like it this way. You are on your own at Matinicus, and this is an attraction for many. However, in a medical emergency, the flying service can have you at a hospital quickly. The concept is “housekeeping cottage” or as the British say, “self-catering” and you are on your own and may find you have to improvise. For example: one guest, not locating a spatula in the kitchen since it had migrated down to the beach as a child’s toy, fashioned his own spatula using a flattened aluminum can and a driftwood handle. (The lost spatula has since been replaced, but we kept the guest's improvisation as a memento in the rafters). Self-reliance like this is essential if you choose to go out to Matinicus Island. The simplicity of the beach camp concept is that you can put a broom to the place and in quick order whatever mess the kids or the dogs made will be remedied. Guests are asked to remove/recycle their trash and leave the place 'Broom Clean' as turnovers on Saturdays are tightly scheduled, and in-between cleaning service can't be 100% guaranteed. You have to do some menu planning as there is no store, just a bakery and lobster available, but the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket will accept your grocery order by FAX in the morning and have the boxes flown out in the afternoon. This is how Matinicus Islanders live: never having to drive to the super market or hassle the parking, but having selection available anyway.
      Cottage
      3br Cottage
      • Pets Allowed
      Our cottages sit at ocean's edge, 50' away, but well apart from each other. Picture windows along the length of the house keep the ocean ever-present. Lobster boats pull buoys outside the window. The sunrise and stars are clear over the night ocean. There's a private deck on one side and a grassy yard on the other. Washer, dryer, two showers (indoor and outdoor), furnace. The sandy beach is just a short distance (you can get there in a minute). Your dogs/cats are welcome. Matinicus Island, the most remote island in Penobscot Bay is rarely visited by tourists, and is considered a working island, not a tourist island, but this beach camp, right on the ocean’s edge, has for 33 years been available for individuals and families seeking a place off-the-beaten-track who understand that in trade for the occasional shortage and uncertain timetables that island living imposes they will experience remote solitude, secluded sand beaches and an intimate look at the Atlantic ocean. If you are considering Matinicus Island, you are already familiar with key Matinicus internet bullet points: * Matinicus is the most seaward remote island community in Maine, * Matinicus has a reputation, possibly mixing truth and fiction, as a pirate island with a smuggling history * Matinicus has an undertone of past violence (that does NOT involve visitors) in defense of lobstering territory * Matinicus is remote and you can’t always get what you want when you want it out there * Matinicus feels special to the visitor and resident, and unlike almost anyplace except Matinicus. You, as a visitor, will become part of that specialness, part of a type of traveller who can, as islanders say, 'make it at Matinicus'. Beach camps are a dying housing type, but NORRIS BEACH COTTAGE attempts to keep the tradition: location at the edge of the beach and directly on the ocean, open kitchen shelving, basic indoor bathroom with Incinolet toilet, but the outdoor shower is popular, too. The three bedrooms are furnished with twin beds (2 rooms) and a queen bed (1 room). The thread-count of the sheets is what you decide to bring, as sheets and towels are an item the guests are asked to supply for themselves. Matinicus, with rare sand beaches, and its remaining beach camps has been favorably compared to Nantucket Island in the 1950’s, that quiet period at Nantucket long before the billionaires pushed out the millionaires. (Money at Matinicus is only good to buy baked goods at the island bakery and lobster in the harbor). The closeness to the ocean creates some challenges for maintenance: metal rusts quickly, for example. The Norris Beach Camp was built in 1954 as close to the ocean’s edge as common sense would allow at that time before zoning setbacks prohibited such close siting to the ocean. There’s been no storm damage over the years. Norris Cottage is a classic beach camp with rustic touches, that include exposed beams and stud walls in places, open concept, half-walls separating sleeping rooms that don’t reach the ceiling, and many 50’s era details as detailed below: The overall style of the Norris Cottage might be called “retro” had any attempt been made to re-create the 1950’s, but in fact Norris Cottage is genuine: a 1950’s period Maine island oceanfront camp. It is well-constructed, with picture windows facing the ocean and an ample deck on the ocean. The ocean is close, 50 feet away, and so is the sound of lapping water, and the smells, and occasionally the sound of the bell buoy marking the harbor entrance off-shore. The master bedroom (queen bed) has a full wall of windows facing the ocean, which is about 50’ outside the window. Two smaller bedrooms are furnished with twin bed sets (4 beds, plus queen) A large couch in the living area might allow for an extra guests to sleep, so 7 persons would be maximum occupancy. A beach camp: for one thing, the furniture is mis-matched, comfy, and old-fashioned. If you bring a pet, you won’t likely harm anything in the house. The well water is heavily filtered, but contains an iron content that will stain white laundry, so don’t bring white laundry or linens to wash in the washing machine provided, please bring colors. The kitchen sink is an antique large single bowl cast iron farmhouse sink. Indeed, some of the metal on the base of floor lamps reveal oxidation from the salt air, which is no surprise given the beating the camp can receive in a winter storm, not an issue during the summer season. The mattresses including the queen-size are mostly dated post-2000. If the idea of a traditional outhouse offends, best to stop reading now. Norris Cottage does have an indoor-type bathroom with indoor shower and an incinerating toilet (Incinolet brand, not a flush toilet) but the camp is also served by an outhouse, which some feel is superior to incinerating waste using electricity, while others simply can’t consider it. Some people are naturally drawn to islands, and they bother with them because it removes you from the way that the automobile and roads and commerce define physical space and your agenda. While Matinicus has a few cars and some roads, many of which are more jeep trails than roads, it's a walking island, mainly. There are many remote beaches only accessible by foot, and rarely visited, unless you go see and comb the beaches there. Most people at Matinicus work harvesting lobster, a hard labor which begins before dawn, so that by 5:00 p.m. the island quiets down, and by dark, the day has ended. There is something comforting about being set up with your family group next to the ocean as this occurs, and the sense of closeness, remove, and privacy is something that you can't quite achieve on the mainland. Matinicus' sand beaches are nearly unique in rocky Maine, and the camp location right on the ocean is prime, the real essence of the experience, and why it can be successful, is the pleasure of being alone with your group with the vast ocean in front of you and little to interfere with your family plans. So visitors get to spend more and better time together. We've rented since 1983, to probably 300++ guests/families, via our own website www.matinicusisland.com and have been with Homeaway since 2010 but Matinicus isn't 'home-away-from-home', it's different from home. We'd like potential guests to think less in terms of 'amenities' and more in terms of what Matinicus does NOT offer, as it is the absence of commercial distractions (and many conventional amenities) that makes a visit to the island memorable. A FEW CAVEATS: The well water sometimes has iron that will stain white clothing in the washing machine. Kohls has a dryer, both camps have washing machines. Buoys guests have collected hang in the rafters. The floor is uneven in places. There is no store on the island (but you can fax orders to the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket who will pack and deliver and fly over the groceries for you at reasonable cost) Cell phones don’t work well until you wander nearer the beach, but there’s WI-FI internet. The outdoor lighting is poor, but it’s easy to see the Milky Way. Lobster is the most fresh quality. Young men who work on the boats have been known to ride ATV’s on the wide sand on the beach, which is against Maine law. Other Maine laws are broken at various times around the island. Island residents mostly like it this way. You are on your own at Matinicus, and this is an attraction for many. However, in a medical emergency, the flying service can have you at a hospital quickly. The concept is “housekeeping cottage” or as the British say, “self-catering” and you are on your own and may find you have to improvise. For example: one guest, not locating a spatula in the kitchen since it had migrated down to the beach as a child’s toy, fashioned his own spatula using a flattened aluminum can and a driftwood handle. (The lost spatula has since been replaced, but we kept the guest's improvisation as a memento in the rafters). Self-reliance like this is essential if you choose to go out to Matinicus Island. The simplicity of the beach camp concept is that you can put a broom to the place and in quick order whatever mess the kids or the dogs made will be remedied. Guests are asked to remove/recycle their trash and leave the place 'Broom Clean' as turnovers on Saturdays are tightly scheduled, and in-between cleaning service can't be 100% guaranteed. You have to do some menu planning as there is no store, just a bakery and lobster available, but the mainland Shaw’s Supermarket will accept your grocery order by FAX in the morning and have the boxes flown out in the afternoon. This is how Matinicus Islanders live: never having to drive to the super market or hassle the parking, but having selection available anyway.
      Cottage
      4br Cottage
      • Wifi
      This newly constructed seaside cottage is located on the very private west side of Matinicus Island. It has spectacular 180 degree ocean front views, beautiful sunsets and access to the shore with a great pebble beach. It was built to replicate a 1940s cottage and has a large front porch with comfortable Adirondack chairs, a hammock swing and lots of room for outside relaxation and ocean viewing. It will easily sleep 10-12 people and has plenty of space to share with extended family and friends. The cottage has a warm and cozy feel with hard wood floors, beamed ceilings and a propane stove fireplace. The main level has an inviting reading nook and a back room that doubles as a bedroom or den as well as a kitchen, dining area, laundry, full bath and deck with outdoor shower. The second floor has a full bath and four comfortable bedrooms including the master which overlooks the ocean to the west. Matinicus is located 23 miles from Rockland, Maine in Penobscot Bay. The island is a wonderful place to get away from it all, a place for relaxation and exploration, hiking and biking. There are no paved roads and everything is within walking distance since the island is only one mile wide by two miles long. Matinicus is also a natural bird sanctuary with hiking trails through spruce forests that lead to the shore. The beautiful ocean vistas are astounding. Matinicus has two beautiful public sand beaches that are wonderful for swimming and collecting shells. The island is a working fishing community, not a tourist island, although visitors are always welcome as long as they don't expect to be waited on. You can buy live lobster from the local fishermen and fresh baked bread and sweets from a resident baker. There is a small artisan's shop to visit and the island residents host a local crafts fair once a week during July and August. Getting to the island is part of the adventure with George Tarkleson of Matinicus Excursions. He runs his boat taxi from Rockland to Matinicus almost every day during the summer. Flying is also a great option with Penobscot Island Air out of Knox County Airport in Owls Head, Maine. Both companies have web pages on the internet for more information. Keywords: Cottage, Oceanside, Family get-away