The SpaceLuna Cottage is a traditional New England cottage built in the 1930's with a spacious wrap-around porch. With recent updates, it is a cozy and comfortable space with a lovely furnished living room/dining area and a second floor bedroom that look down towards the river. A well-equipped modern kitchen, small first floor bedroom and bathroom with a shower complete the cottage space. Follow the path through the wildflower field to the river's edge, and, depending on the tide, relax with a book or walk the rocky beach. The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory can be viewed from the beach. While we do have neighbors nearby (across the road and to the side, behind us), there is much privacy, and it is very quiet.
Please note that we live in the cottage a week or so a month, so you will find indications of our living there: personal items in drawers, closets and bathroom, and a few staples in the refrigerator and cupboards.
Because we have had the cottage for just a year, we are in the process of updating and making improvements (painting, landscaping, etc). I think you will not be disappointed, however, with your experience at Luna Cottage! Guest AccessPlease enjoy the entire cottage and property! We have just recently installed Wi-Fi. The password for access can be located on the inside front cover of the Luna Cottage information notebook that you will find on the coffee table in the cottage. And, we also have a variety of books, magazines, games and musical instruments (a guitar, tamborine, 2 drums) for your entertainment! We also have a fire pit and Adirondack chairs near the river for your enjoyment.
Re: THE RIVER AND SHORELINE-- Swift and unpredictable currents prohibit safe swimming. Also (and sadly), mercury levels in the Penobscot River are high, so if you go onto the beach area, it is advisable to refrain from digging into and handling sand, rocks, etc. I'd suggest you stay up on the grassy area where the fire pit and Adirondack chairs are located. However, there are safe and lovely swimming areas nearby. Please go to the guidebook for information. Interaction with GuestsOUR PRICING AND TAXES:
We have come to understand that we are needing to include a 9% "occupancy/local" tax for the state of Maine (our 1st year doing Airbnb). For those of you who have already made your reservation, we will arrange a way for you to pay this, since Airbnb doesn't yet collect the tax for us (only in certain geographic areas-- They are working on being able to collect the tax on behalf of the host in all areas, but it's a ways off!)
For those of you making a new reservation, the listed $104 pricing includes the occupancy/local tax we are required to collect from our guests, and in turn, we are required to pay the tax to the state. ($95 is the base fee + 9% = $104 rounded-up from 103.55)
TELEPHONE CONSIDERATIONS: Some people have had trouble with cell phone reception while at the cottage. I have AT&T, and while I have only sporadic reception through the cell-towers, I use the AT&T Wi-Fi telephone option (I turn the cellular data button on my phone off) and have no trouble making or receiving calls. T-Mobile has no reception in the general area.
During your visit, we will be available by telephone or text ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). If you need a physical response, local family members can be contacted for assistance (Terry: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), or Karen: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). The NeighborhoodLocated on a dead-end road, Luna Cottage is nestled in a friendly (but not at all intrusive) little neighborhood. Several other cottages can be seen along the drive leading to our cottage. It is safe, private, out-of-the-way, but easily accessed and conveniently located. There is a local and VERY friendly neighborhood dog who roams around quite freely (thus the gates on the porch!) Don't be shy about telling Lacey to "go home"! Getting AroundVerona Island & Bucksport are under 20 miles from well-known coastal destinations such as Belfast, Searsport, Castine, Blue Hill and Surry. It is also under 20 miles from Bangor (which has an international airport) and Ellsworth and is about 40 minutes from Camden. The Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory is less than a mile away and is the gateway to Downeast Maine, including Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Other Things to NoteThere is a local grocery store (Hannaford supermarket & pharmacy) about a mile away in Bucksport and a lovely riverside walk-way and marina. There is an independent bookstore (Bookstacks) on Main St. that also sells a variety of nice wines, an historic movie theater (the Alamo), an ice cream shop (a local favorite), a couple of restaurants, and an interesting antique/flea-market-kind-of shop. On Thursday afternoons you will find a farmers market next to the town's post office. For information about Bucksport, including its event & festival schedule, go to: (URL HIDDEN)