Maine Island Harbor Home
Isle au Haut, Maine
Maine Island Harbor Home
Important Note per the Pandemic: As of July 3, 2020, visitors from VT, NH, NY, NJ and CT are able to come to Maine without quarantine. All others are required to either have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival in Maine, or quarantine in Maine for 14 days, which effectively means quarantining on the Maine mainland before heading to the island. A with-72 hours COVID test or proof of Maine quarantine is required before boarding the boat to the island. There are no medical facilities on the island.
Magical is how visitors describe this unique harbor home of natural beauty and unique character, a place that ensures a Maine-authentic and memorable coastal stay. The often-painted and photographed harbor’s edge property borders Maine Coast Heritage Trust land and nearby Acadia National Park, guaranteeing unlimited, near-private hiking trails that meander the coast and inland. Maine Island Harbor Home is on the United States National Historic Registry for its post-Victorian architecture and exceedingly rich fishing history.
From in and outside the home, guests are treated to stunning, ever-changing, expansive views across the harbor, a peninsula, woods, the bay, and endless sky. This special residence welcomes with neutral tones, hardwood accents, exquisite floors and trim details and homey, comfortable décor.
The kitchen is adorned with rich, dark wood cabinets, modern stainless steel appliances, and polished dark green countertops. There is ample counter space, so families and friends can gather around and help cook up a homemade dish for everyone to enjoy. The island is so abundant with fresh lobster, and a personal garden with vegetables, herbs, blueberries, and raspberries, guests typically enjoy the peace and ease of making homegrown meals while taking in the views. Local fishermen will meet residents at the dock with daily caught lobster or often deliver them to the door.
Three inviting bedrooms welcome guests with heirloom furniture with homemade quilts, and the ocean breeze flowing through screened windows. A fourth room is functional for one guest. The master bedroom boasts a plush king size four-poster bed. The second room has two twin beds. The third and fourth rooms each have twin beds. Guests can watch sailboats coming in and out of the harbor, observe eagles, ospreys, great blue herons and more birds of interest, and perhaps hear the distant howl of a coyote.
During the day, enjoy the waters with the kayaks for paddling and a rowboat for fishing mackerel or stripers. Walk along the magnificent shore and see stunning wildlife in nearby Acadia National Park. Explore the beach in front of the home for sand dollars, clams, periwinkles, hermit crabs, sea glass and more.
A five-minute walk brings guests to a mile long lake of pristine fresh glacial water. Another few minutes of walking or biking brings one to the rounded stoned Boom Beach, named for surfing size waves (surfing, however, is not recommended!). Hiking east from the house brings visitors to Acadia National Park’s Thunder Gulch, where one can look to the horizon from cliffs while listening to waves crash into the shore's tunnel below. Explore nearby Harvey’s Beach for the ocean's winter storm treasures while standing on the far southern edge of the island.
If you prefer staying at home, rest on the front porch overlooking the organic garden and read a book from an extensive private library of seafaring tales and more, listen to a wide array of music and/or catch a movie while lounging in an oversized comfy couch.
There are countless natural sights to see, trails to hike, waters to explore, and deep peace to be found here on Isle au Haut. Maine Island Harbor Home provides adventurous travelers a treasured getaway to a remote, pristine island author and photographer Charles Pratt describes as "the most beautiful place in the world."
Single Family Home with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1700 square feet
King, 2x Twin, Twin, and Twin
6 guests maximum
Stonington Municipal ARPRT-93B; Portland and Bangor, Maine and Boston have relatively close international airports (1.5 to 5 hours)
Half hour by Stonington-based Isle au Haut mailboat, then 15 minutes by vehicle to the edge of the island by a beautiful harbor.
Stunning beach, deep harbor and ocean views
* Public mailboat passenger tickets to/from island
* Optional on island vehicle rental
* Parking in Stonington while on the island
Activities of Interest
- Eben's Head Trail - Almost 1.5 miles of hiking trails with beautiful wildflowers and wildlife, located near Isle Au Haut,
- Duck Harbor Mountain - Spend the day hiking through these magnificent mountains while enjoying stunning scenery.
- Deer Isle Thorofare Lighthouse - Explore this lighthouse from 1857.
- Salt and fresh water fishing
- Ice fishing
Places of Interest
- Acadia National Park covers about half the island, inland and coastal recreation where you can witness unique wildlife.
- Long Pond - one mile long glacial lake with still waters and mountain views.
- Boom Beach - Explore this rugged beach with beautiful tree-lined sands, and visit Isle au Haut.
- Harvey's Beach - Small beach with low tide, perfect for families!
The island is awesome. Great for a covid getaway and unique. The owners were extremely accommodating (picked us up/dropped us off and bought us coffee). The home is a bit rustic, but you’re on a remote island and we had our own “lobster guy!” Dr. Ashely Alker ”
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- Outdoor Grill
- Wireless Internet