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Your first hint that life might be slower on Southport Island is if the swing-bridge is open as you make your way to our cottage. Yachts, fishing boats, sailing ships and pleasure craft keep the bridge tenders pretty busy in the summer months and give visitors an opportunity for a true taste of Maine. But it's just a short wait for the bridge to close and then a few minutes drive to Cozy Harbor on Southport Island, one of the most charming and unspoiled harbors along the Maine Coast.
The turn-of-the century cottage sits at the head of Cozy Harbor providing a panoramic view in a private setting. Through the picture window, young sailors and seasoned fishermen meander past. Lobster boats chug by the property on the rising tide. Great blue herons, osprey and the occasional bald eagle all visit the harbor.
There is a small kitchen and bathroom on the first floor along with a larger dining/living room that overlooks the harbor. There are two small bedrooms on the second floor, each with a full bed and bureau. The front bedroom looks out over Cozy Harbor with the open Atlantic in view.
And the gently sloping lawn is perfect for morning coffee or an afternoon's stroll to the water's edge.
You might want to explore a little too...
Back out to Beach Road and up the hill to the right, it's a five minute walk to the Southport General Store, Post Office, school playground, and the Southport Museum (home to one of the three pairs of Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz. Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch, was a frequent visitor of the island).
Out to the left, it's a two-minute walk to the Boothbay Harbor Land Trust Nature Walk and the Hendricks Head Beach with its famous lighthouse in view. Pass the beach, take a right up the hill, and it's a picturesque 1¼ mile "loop" walk that will bring you back to the cottage.
All of this is just a short drive from Boothbay Harbor with its multitude of summer activities, boat trips, shopping, and restaurants. Visit the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce for a complete listing of activities and day trips.
But here are a few fun activities to do in the Boothbay area:
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. Rated the #1 Garden to vist in America by Trip Advisor in 2013, this 250 acre coastal garden offers spectacular flowers, shrubs, rock, children's and wilderness gardens. And at just a few miles away from the cottage, it's definitely worth a visit. www.mainegardens.org
Rent a kayak? The cottage is perfect for launching kayaks and pulling them onto the lawn when you're finished. You can kayak safely within the Cozy Harbor or venture out to the local islands if you're more adventurous. Bring your own kayaks or if you've never given it a try, Tidal Transit in Boothbay Harbor rents and gives instructions in kayaking. They'll even deliver the kayaks to the cottage if you rent them for a few days. Check them out here.
Visit the Maine State Aquarium. Back across the Southport Bridge, take your first right and at the end of McKown Point Roads is the Maine State Aquarium. You can pet a shark, see blue and red lobsters, and touch or pick up all sorts of strange ocean creatures. Click here for more info.
Take a Boat Ride. Right downtown in Boothbay Harbor, you can venture out onto the water for all sorts adventures. Balmy Days Cruises offers harbor cruises, sailing trips, mackerel fishing, and if you've got a full day, take a trip to Monhegan Island with them. This is a traditional Maine lobster village located about two hours off of Boothbay Harbor. The 80 or so year-round population swells to several hundred in the summer as artists, foreign students, and tourists flock to its rugged and spell-binding scenery. You've got time to take a hike around the island, grab some lunch, wander in the village, and make it back to Boothbay Harbor later in the afternoon. You can get more info at Balmy Days website here.
If you've never seen whales, Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch Cruises can change that. They offer a 3 1/2 hour whale watching cruise and it's unusual not to see a humpback, finback, or right whale. Take the cruise early in the week because if you don't see any, you get a rain check. Another truly Maine adventure is hauling the lobster traps. Cap'n Fish offers a 1 1/4 hour lobster haul where you can help or just watch the lobsters being hauled aboard for the local restaurants. They offer several other cruise adventures too. Check them out here.
Take a Hike. Over the years, many residents have donated land to the Boothbay Region Land Trust. This land will remain a wilderness but is available to the public for hiking, picnics, or just a nature get-away. There are island hikes, hikes along the water, or hikes past meadows, through forests, and by wetlands. Get a description of all the possibilities here.
Boothbay Railway Village. Good fun, especially if you have young kids. They can ride the restored steam train, visit the restored historic village, and see quite a display of antique autos. More info here.
A Taste of Old Maine. If you’ve never been to Maine, or want to experience what life was like in the 18th and 19th century, try the Washburn/Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. It’s about an hour and a half drive from the cottage, but it might be worth it. From their website…Join us for an exciting adventure into the past. At the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, we offer a variety of inter-active programs to enable our guests to experience life as it truly was in 18th and 19th century Maine. Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political and industrial dynasties of the 19th century. Of the ten children born to Israel and Martha Washburn, seven sons rose to serve as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain. www.norlands.org/start.html
Souveniers for Less. And if you’re looking for some Boothbay Harbor souvenirs for less money, try Coastal Maine Gifts (just across from the Whale Park), Harbor Depot (in the big barn opposite the Ebb Tide restaurant), or Shirts By The Bay (just a few steps further up the street toward Tugboat Inn). At any of those stores, you’ll find $5 Boothbay Harbor T-Shirts, $15 Boothbay Harbor Hooded Sweatshirts, and plenty more items similarly priced.
Below is an article written about the cottage by Kent St. John, Senior Writer for the travel website, www.gonomad.com. He's stayed at the cottage several times. (Click on each page for high-resolution image.)
For availability, please visit the calendar for the cottage at www.vrbo.com (at "search destination or listing #" enter #33857)
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View of Cozy Harbor from front of cottage.
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