The SpaceTwo bedrooms (cotton sheets) with private library/sitting room (with small refrigerator, microwave, electric tea/coffee pot, toaster) between the two bedrooms in private upstairs of charming rustic country farmhouse built in 1832 on the Blue Hill Peninsula waits for you. Your hostess, Nancy, a 10th generation Mainer, who is delighted to be back home sharing her beloved Maine after her travels and living away.
Experience the real Maine! Go local. I'll offer suggestions to make your stay wonderful with visits to the hidden off-trail visitors sights in Acadia, local lobster shack on the pier overlooking Acadia Mountains, boat-year grill, many local nature trails right out the door and down the road, kayaking right here on the bay, on the water picnic area, art galleries, small beaches and coves for swimming. Across the road, 2 minute walk is the Surry Arts in the Barn with evening concerts, Tuesday's late afternoon Farmer's Market, and the sweet forest meditation center build of local cedar - Morgan Bay Zendo.
My encouragement is to spend three nights. The first day arrive around 4-5pm, rest and freshen up from your trip and visit the local Lobster Shack. Early night. First full day go to Acadia National Park. Second day take a ferry to an island for a wonderful view from the south of the Acadia Mountains and enjoy lunch on the dock or spend the morning walking locally to the head of the bay enjoying the local scene. In the afternoon take a drive to Stonington at the tip of Blue Hill Peninsula. Stop by art galleries, a beach, walk the town and have dinner on the dock overlooking the harbor. Maybe a show at the Stonington Opera House unless you come back to the Surry Arts in the Barn across the road from The Morgan House. Both options are winners. You'll be glad you stayed for three nights. On your way out of the area revisit Acadia or stop in Blue Hill at the Co-op for snacks and a lunch to go. Eat in the Blue Hill Park by the water or take it to go
After you have settled in, perhaps with a cup of tea in your private sitting room and/or a rest on your king size bed with a skylight above looking at the deep blue sky and later the starry night, where Downeast Maine has the starriest skies East of the Mississippi River, or on your quilted bed in your cozy attic like room above the kitchen with a stretch on your soft oriental rug in the king size room or in the living area, walk five minutes down the road to Morgan Bay and the Carter Nature Preserve, perfect for playing in the tidal pool, swimming, or bird watching. In the other direction a five minute walk takes you to one of the prettiest views in Maine, the mountains of Acadia National Park, or across the road a short walk down the wooded path to the Morgan Bay Zendo, a sweet forest meditation center (URL HIDDEN) which has public meditation sittings on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
The whole second floor is yours--King size bedroom and Cozy attic like room above the kitchen for friends, children, or dressing room, with your own sitting room between the two. Private bath. Stay by the day, by the weekend, or by the week. $100 for the bedroom and sitting room or $160/night for two bedrooms and sitting room. The upstairs is totally yours. Living area has-- Small refrigerator, Microwave, and Electric teakettle for hot tea/coffee water. Lovely antique table for sit down meals looking towards the Acadia Mountains hiding behind the big oak tree.
If you are a Group, there are many options. Two in King size bedroom, two or three in Attic Room (double and twin size beds), futon pull out couch in living area, two single cots. If you would like more space there is the cozy, teeny backyard cabin ($75) and another downstairs (The Parlor $75/night )room with pullout couch and private bath.
Kitchen downstairs-If you would enjoy using the downstairs kitchen, please email me and we can discuss the availability.
Rent a teeny, charming, cozy, primitive cabin in the backyard on the edge of a forest. Double bed, Hot plate, sm refrigerator, Electric teakettle and use bathroom inside farmhouse. $49
Contact Nancy to discuss option possibilities.
(See below for three - seven day stay)
WALK - See Above Many Nature Preserve trails part of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust just down the road
BIKE - (two bikes available or bring your own) From The Surry House bike 20 minutes on country roads to a small sandy beach overlooking the mountains of Acadia National Park. This is also a lovely two hour walk roundtrip.
LOBSTER SHACK - After enjoying the beach, bike 5 minutes to the local lobster shack and pick your own fresh lobster from the tank brought in that day by local lobstermen. See them unload the pots at the pier. While you wait, sit on the dock, breath the fresh ocean air. When your lobster is ready, you have your private dining room with a few tables on the dock to truly enjoy your Maine feast on the water while viewing the mountains of Acadia. This is the coast of Maine!
LONGER BIKES RIDES - If you have energy for biking or walking on, continue for another 3 miles for more beautiful views riding down the 'neck', overlooking the water and mountains--a road going nowhere or bike in the other direction to the village of Surry.
KAYAK - On other days put in your kayak (or have one delivered for your use) just a few yards down the road for a sheltered bay adventure or kayak over to Acadia. Kayaking is shorter as the crow flies than driving.
ART GALLERIES - Drive to art galleries, antique shops, Holbrook Island Sanctuary, or just meander on the small country roads, maybe visiting the Nearing Homestead, the well-known "back-to-the-landers" of the 70's and 80's or Eliot Coleman's Organic Farm.
BY CAR - Drive a lovely 45 minutes through Ellsworth and back roads to Acadia National Park for mountain hiking, walks along the water's edge, biking on carriage trails, tea at the Jordon Pond House, or an early morning drive up Cadillac Mountain to be the first in the nation to see the sunrise. Drive 15 minutes to the village of Blue Hill, 2200 residents. Visit shops, buy local brick over Tinder Hearth Bread in the local Coop, where you'll meet someone who you'll see again. Look west from Caterpillar Hill to see the sunset at day's end.
FERRY TO THE ISLANDS - you may want to take a ferry to one of the many islands in the area. My favorites are LIttle Cranberry by mailboat or Isle au Haut. Don't miss Stonington, the fishing village at the tip of the Blue Hill Peninsula and perhaps the Opera House for a special show.
PICNIC - Bike to the farm stand around the corner for some local cheese, bread, and vegies for your picnic down to the shore. I Did you bring your canvas and paints? If not I have some you can borrow along with a picnic basket and blanket. You'll be inspired after seeing so many artists on the peninsula.
DINE - in a one of the lovely restaurants in Blue Hill, perhaps Boatyard Grill in our local boatyard or our local brewery.
SWING - When you come back home for a little down time, after the down time, there's a Swing Chair (two seats facing each other) in the backyard--relax, chat, drink cool hand picked peppermint tea and watch the many birds flitter on the bushes and trees-by.
STROLL - in the small organic garden. Pull a few weeds, pick some fresh flowers for your room, and maybe fresh lettuce for your picnic lunch. Peak in the Greenhouse attached to the barn.
OUTDOOR FIRE - A fire pit in the back yard waits for an evening fire. Watch the display of stars light up the evening sky. Here in Downeast Maine we have the darkest skies east of the Mississippi. Watch the Milky Way or the Big Dipper revolve around Polaris, the North Star.
MOON GARDEN--If you time it right you'll be here to see the full moon rise over Cadillac Mountain and over the Moon Garden in front of the house. The special Moon Garden is filled with white flowers brilliant in full moon light. Maybe I'll make you a bumbleberry flambé!
SAIL - for the day or overnight with our neighbor at the saltwater farm around the corner.
MEDITATION CENTER - The lovely meditation center, Morgan Bay Zendo is a short walk down the road and a wooded path. Join folks for Sunday morning sittings or Wednesday evenings, or come for a retreat and stay in the Surry House.
MEDITATION - Morning tea and sitting meditation is offered in the living room or Morgan Bay Zendo from 6:30-7.
MINDFUL STAY - Set up a 'MINDFUL STAY' silence honored, sit here or at the Morgan Bay Zendo across the road. Do Mindful Walking Meditation on Zendo grounds and in the Zendo Moss Garden. Set up your own Mindful Retreat. Walk quietly down to the Bay. A library filled with books on Zen and Mindful ness is available to you during your stay.
THREE NIGHT STAY
DAY 1 RELAX and eat lobster on the water
Home, Walk, Local Lobster Shack
---Settle in to your comfortable charming, rustic home, nap, make a cool drink and take to the garden swing built for one, or up to four, tour the small garden and greenhouse, and Moon Garden, walk around the corner for a view of the Acadia Mountains or down the road to sweet Morgan Bay. After a short walk through the field come to the rocks and sit or find the tidal pool or walk on the path through the forest and back again along the shore, bike or drive to the little town beach overlooking more views of the mountains of Acadia. Two minutes up the road eat lobster at the local Lobster Shack on the dock, small and very local--watch your lobster being cooked and perhaps even brought in by the local lobster boat. After dinner drive down the "Neck" or bike, if you still have energy for more fabulous views. Time for rest with a book cozied up in your private living room or in your bed, soon shutting off the lights and viewing the night sky above you through the skylight before closing your eyes for a restful sleep in downeast Maine.
DAY 2 ON THE WATER
Kayak, Sail, Dine
--Kayak or sail in Morgan Bay in the morning, watch the tide for your right timing, out with the out- tide back in with the in-tide for maximum relaxation, or take a sail with our local expert sailor on his "Loki" sailboat around Blue Hill Bay for even more fabulous views of Acadia. Picnic on an island. For dinner dine in Blue Hill in the boatyard at the Boatyard Grill, the local Brewery, or the upscale Arborview. Oh, yes, Barncastle for woodfired pizza.
DAY 3 THE BLUE HILL PENINSULA
Art Galleries, Fishing village, Funky Opera House, Ferry Rides
--The Blue Hill Peninsula is a favorite, with guests liking it even better than Acadia, but you decide. Stop at the Blue Hill Coop for your picnic lunch foods. Begin your Art Gallery tour in Blue Hill, driving on towards Deer Isle/Stonington. You'll come upon a Farmersmarket, most likely and lots of Art Galleries. Nature walks. Barred Island Preserve. Haystack. Possible ferry rides to Isle au Haut or Great Sprucehead. Kayak from Granite Quarry to small islands off Deer Isle. Dinner on the docks of Stonington with an evening performance at the Stonington Opera House. You'll be home after dark.
DAY 4 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Scenic Drives, Popovers at Jordon Pond House, Hike, Bike, Watch the sunset, Dine in Bar Harbor, Sleep in your quiet farmhouse watching the Big Dipper rotate around Polaris
--Drive the backroads, a shortcut, to Acadia National Park and all that it has to offer. Stay nearer Acadia, but my guess is that you'll want to come back to my quiet farmhouse. Bar Harbor is a bit touristy for an overnight. You can play there for the day, see all the sites, eat dinner in busy downtown Bar Harbor and come back to quiet Surry for the night.
DAY 5 Lots of options.
You'll want to come back down home next year, or not leave at all!
A Repeat----Creative possibilities for your visit: Spacious bedroom with king size bed and enough space for yoga or morning stretches on the second floor, adjoining private sitting room with small refrigerator, microwave, hot teakettle for morning coffee or tea. An extra adjoining room if friends or the kids come along. Cozy with your private hangout area where you can cook simple meals. (only one group at a time so very private you have the upstairs to yourself)
Rent the teeny cabin in the backyard that is just bigger than a tent with double bed, small refrigerator, hotplate and on the edge of a forest. Use a chamber pot at night and the inside bathroom!
Any questions, give a holla'
I enjoy making your stay, wonderful!
Oh, cellphones work, NO TV ;-), internet available 8-9am and 5-6pm. Don't forget to listen to our fabulous local community radio station WERU 89.9FM.
TRANSPORTATION - Come by car up Coastal Route One from Brunswick, 95 or come by bus to Bangor with a connecting bus to Ellsworth (once a day so time it right) Taxi or arrangement by hostess for a pick up 20 minutes each way. Guest AccessYou have a separate entrance from the family entrance. The whole second floor is yours-two bedrooms (one w/kingsize bed) (one with full size bed with twin floor futon available) (full futon couch is available in the sitting room as a pull-out) (cots are available). Two bedrooms with sitting room in between them for privacy. Private bath. Sitting room has couch and kitchen set up with plates, electric kettle, sm refrigerator, microwave. Interaction with GuestsI want your visit to be wonderful.
I'm happy to make suggestions for your visit. If I'm out for a bit, I'll leave a note. Please let me know what time you'll arrive.
If coming from the south and you have an extra hour, I suggest 95-295-Route 1 at the Brunswick exit. Route 1 passes through Wiscasset, Camden, and comes close to Brunswick, Bath, Rockport*, Belfast*.
For lunch Chases Daily in Belfast or Waterfront in Camden Harbor.
Take Route 90 to by-pass Rockland (although lovely Wyeth paintings at Farnsworth Museum). At the light at Route 90/Route 1 go straight through light to RockPORT. Wiggle your way around end of road left, right over bridge, right after bridge into town, DON't MISS IT. Right after town, pass Gallaway cows, right at cemetery brings you to Bayview Road taking you the back way into Camden. Read directions carefully. Fun! See the schooners in Camden. The NeighborhoodMorgan Bay is a close knit neighborhood focused around the head of the bay. Swimming, hiking on a series of nature trails, biking, kayaking. Lots to do without getting in your car again until you are ready to head home. Getting AroundA car is really necessary. If you do not have a car, you take a bus from Bangor (leaves Boston at 10am and then a bus to Ellsworth which leaves right after the Boston bus arrives) You'll then need a taxicab to my home. When you leave, taxi to Ellsworth which is 12 miles away from the Morgan House, where you'll catch a 3pm bus to Bangor. Other Things to NoteJust so you know the water is from a well so it is a bit rusty. We drink bottled water available for you. We have a country well so shortish showers are requested. Rust colored shower, sink, toilet-just so you know.
Lovely Full Moon Garden filled with white flowers near the front door. If your visit is during the Full Moon you will be treated to the brillance that the full moon brings to white flowers.