Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Our charming oceanfront cottage is situated on two acres of lawns and woods overlooking Pigeon Hill Bay and the open Atlantic. This three bedroom, two bath cottage features a traditional knotty pine interior and a deck and covered porch where you can watch for blue herons, loons, and bald eagles, enjoy a good book, or experience the serenity of the sun and moon rising over the water. Located on the lovely Petit Manan Point peninsula along a quiet, scenic road which ends in a wildlife refuge 1\2 mile away, the cottage property extends across the road to the shore--where there is private lawn, sitting area, and water access. The refuge has hiking ...Read more
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Blue Heron Cottage -- Oceanfront Acadia National Park, Maine
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We are less than 10 miles to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, IF you could go via boat. However, it is just under one hour to drive there--which most of our guests do for a day trip. The Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park is closer, much less crowded and very beautiful--25 minute drive from the cottage. Make sure you go to the actual Point and hang out on the big rocks on the shore. An interesting hike there is the Anvil Trail.
The Bar Harbor Ferry provides service between Winter Harbor/Schoodic Point area across the bay to Bar Harbor where you can make connections to the free Island Explorer shuttle buses which take you all around Acadia National Park. For information on the Bar Harbor Ferry call (207) 288-4585 or (207) 546-2927.
See the park maps at:
Also, there are some very nice trails in the cottage neighborhood as well as hikes and lakes a short drive away:
For Pigeon Hill, walk north (left) on the road from the cottage about 1/2 mile up the hill. There is an old small cemetery on the right, and a new parking area and trailhead on the left. Its only about a 20 minute hike to the top from there and well worth it--gorgeous views of Acadia, the Atlantic and islands!
Hollingsworth Shore Loop Trail, drive (or bike or walk) to the wildlife refuge entrance about 1/2 mile down the road (right) from the cottage. Pass the main parking area and continue on the gravel road until you come to another parking area on the right. Trail is on the left. You could walk it in an hour if you hurried, but take your time instead and bring a lunch or snacks and stop at the sand beach and the cobblestone beach along the way.
The field by the refuge entrance usually has good blueberry picking late July through August and there is also a longish trail there that goes through woods and blueberry fields all the way to the other side of the peninsula. This one can be a bit buggy so wear a hat and bring repellent.
Check out the Maine Public Reserved Lands which are a half hour drive away. They are like an undiscovered park with lovely lakes and hiking trails. I would recommend the Black Mountain trails. Schoodic Lake is good for a swim afterwards! You can download a trail map here:
A peaceful spot you can walk to from the cottage--The Carrying Place Cove is a place where the peninsula is very narrow and a long cove comes in from the other side. At low tide it is empty of water, but on sunny days when the tide comes in over the flats, the water warms up to a quite swimmable temperature. It is also a nice spot for seeing eagles and sea birds and picking some blueberries. From the cottage, go right down the road for about 1/2 mile. Just before the point where the road turns sharply left and goes up a hill to the wildlife refuge, look for a grassy road/path on your right. It is between a grey cottage on the left, and another cottage up on a hill on the right. It could be mistaken for a driveway, but it is a public access. You can park (if you didn't walk there) on the side of the road past the curve and walk in to the cove.
Jones Pond is a family friendly swimming spot with picnic tables and a changing room--about a 20 minute drive away.
From the cottage, go back up to Route 1 and turn left. Continue out of Steuben and into Gouldsboro. Pass Rte 186 on your left and then watch for Rte 195 and turn left there.
Go down the hill and look on your right for Recreation Rd. which ends at Jones Pond beach.
Springriver Lake is really beautiful. About 1/2 hour away. From cottage, go back to Route 1 and turn right. Stay on Rte 1 through Milbridge heading towards Cherryfield (do not turn onto Route 1A.) In a few miles, turn left at stop sign onto Route 182 (Black Woods Road.) Go about 6 miles and then watch on your right for easy-to-miss turn off/public parking area in the woods. Park and take a one minute walk down to the lake. (If you come to the more obvious Tunk Lake public area on your left on 182, you have missed the Springriver Lake parking lot--but feel free to check out Tunk Lake too!)
Donnell Pond. There is a nice sandy swimming beach with picnic tables--Schoodic Beach--on lovely Donnell Pond. This is best combined with a hike up Black Mountain. From Pigeon Hill Road, go left on Route 1 for 14.2 miles. Turn right onro Rte 183 north. Go about 4 miles until you cross over some railroad tracks. Take the first left after the tracks onto a gravel road (Schoodic Beach Road--but not sure if there is a sign.) Stay left at the first fork shortly after getting on this road. After that, follow the "main" road and do not take any left turns. The road ends in a parking area. Trail heads are here and it is a 1/2 mile walk in to the beach.
I recommend downloading the Donnell Pond area trail maps if you'd like to explore this area: http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/maps/donnellpond.pdf
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Car is recommended