The Fish House Cape Porpoise Harbor, Kennebunkport
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Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Booking for Summer 2015! Still some availability!
The â€œFish Houseâ€? is a small cottage, partly on piers, built right over the harbor. Originally, it was used by lobstermen to work on and store their gear. It has its own private deck which looks our over the Cape Porpoise harbor islands. Inside is a galley kitchen (no dishwasher), full bath and small living area. Upstairs is a small bedroom with a double bed, and a slightly larger bedroom with a king and amazing views over the harbor. The interior is finished with old, original boards. The Fish House has been rented out for over 40 years and booked all summer with repeat visitors. ...Read more
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Cape Porpoise is a fishing village within the town of Kennebunkport. Local lobstermen still moor their boats in the harbor and unload at the Cape Porpoise Pier. The village has escaped the touristy nature of the ‘Port to a large extent. The houses are modest and there is a charming, authentic feeling. The streets are very walkable and there are lots of wonderful views along Pier Road and Langsford Road (if you get tired of the view from our dock out to the harbor islands!) Several restaurants in Cape Porpoise Square and down at the Pier are within easy walking distance of 49 Pier -- The Wayfarer and The Captain's in the square for family-style, and Nunan's Lobster House for "lobster in the rough," just outside the square. On the Pier are Pier 77 for fine dining, The Ramp for excellent pub-style fare and a take-out shack for picnic-style lobster rolls, fried clams, burgers and dogs. Also in the square are Bradbury’s Market, where you can grab an early morning coffee and the paper, and Cape Porpoise Kitchen, owned by our friend Peggy, which has baked goods and all kinds of gourmet takeout for lunch and dinner (and better coffee!!)
Goose Rocks Beach (permit parking only) is a pretty 7-minute drive east on Route 9. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Maine. You will be spellbound. Further up Route 9 are Biddeford Pool and Hill’s Beach – a beautiful bike ride away!
Dock Square, Kennebunkport is 5 minutes down Route 9 in the other direction. Shops, galleries, restaurants and excursions can be found in the ‘Port. Just across the Kennebunk River bridge is Kennebunk’s charming Lower Village. From there you can walk down to Kennebunk Beach, where turn-of-the-century “cottages” command open ocean views. A long seawall makes a brisk walk easy and safe.
Golf and tennis can be found a short drive away. The Cape Arundel Golf Course has public tee times and is famous as George Bush's home course when he's in Maine. Well maintained public tennis courts, along with a playground and basketball court, are just minutes away as well.
Cape Arundel, home to the Bush family, is an enclave of wonderful shingle-style homes. Ocean Avenue winds through this neighborhood and affords stunning views of the rocky coast and the open Atlantic. Geological curiosities such as Spouting Rock are interesting for the kids. The hilly side streets make a nice walk, especially for those interested in architecture.
Numerous marshes in the area are owned by the Rachel Carson federal conservation agency. Birdwatching is popular and Route 9 affords sweeping views across the marshes in many places throughout the Kennebunks, Wells and Biddeford. It's not uncommon to see artists set up for some plein-air work right along the road.
A well-regarded summer stock theater is located in Arundel, about 10 minutes away, and there's a very active flea market in Arundel also along with other antique shops.
South of us are Wells (known for its beaches, but Goose Rocks is your best bet) and Ogunquit, a great little town known for crowds, traffic jams, the beautiful footpath of Marginal Way, and the shops, galleries and restaurants of Perkins Cove. Ogunquit was an artists’ colony in the 19th century and a there’s fine little museum of American Art on Shore Road.
Local excursions include sailboat rides, charter fishing and whale watching tours. Daytrips could include a 35-minute drive to Portland's Old Port for shopping and dining, or a trip on the Casco Bay Ferries out to Portland's inhabited islands. Freeport is another 25 minutes north of Portland and is best known for L.L. Bean's flagship store. Dozens of other well-known outlets can also be found.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront