Additional Location Information
Tides Cottage is on the ocean in an area of similar cottages, on a quiet dead-end paved road. Many people stroll, jog, or bike along the road. Watch lobster boats coming and going and hauling traps right in front of the cottage. Plenty of shore birds, seals, and other sea life can entertain you. Walk the beach for miles. Use our kayaks or bring your own and explore coves, islands, and ledges. At low tide you can explore tide pools, or harvest your own mussels, free for the picking. The ocean water is cool all year, but many brave souls get wet on hot days, and it's invigorating. The best swimming is at the top half of the tide.
Tides Cottage is about midway between the two sections of Acadia National Park, the Mount Desert Island section in Bar Harbor, and the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor. There is parking on site. Natural areas nearby include reversing Tidal Falls (1 mile), sandy Carters Beach (1 mile), Bean Island where you can camp or just explore, Seal Ledge (yes, there are seals). There are a half dozen restaurants in town, ranging from the classic Le Domaine (French cuisine) to Ruth and Wimpy's. At Tides Cottage we provide a list of nearby restaurants, hikes, and summer attractions. A world famous school for orchestra conductors in town provides concerts in high season. Or you can go to the Maine Lumberjack Show, or watch the Wild Mountain Man Chainsaw Artist at work. There is no dock at Tides cottage. If you bring your own boat, you will need to anchor and bring a dinghy to shuttle. There are two boat ramps, each about a mile away by water and a boat yard with ramp at the nearby point.
The village grocery is 3 miles away. Though it is tiny, it has a meat counter, good wine selection, beverages, snacks, frozen foods, fuel, and essentials. Complete shopping is 10 miles.