This 'jewel house' has the best Maine has to offer: unprecedented tranquility & privacy with quaint,traditional New England charm, perched on the edge of pristine Knickerbocker Lake + many boats included, free! Conveniently located 2 mi from town & bustling harbor.Relax on ample docks to sights & sounds of wind on the water, loons,bull frogs and peepers calling! Cozy, inviting, warm & peaceful,many couples honeymooned here! Interior is knotty pine walls,pine floors,throw rugs & charming,homey touches.This gem has S & W exposure allowing for spectacular sunny days & sunsets!On dock relax in teak furniture,watch surrounding nature.A great family spot to read,play board games, rest & reconnect. Ideal for swimming,sunbathing, fishing,boating & pure r & r, you'll have a vacation you'll fondly remember & cherish.Spring,Summer & Fall each offer wonderful differences at this terrific location!Thank you for your interest in our beloved cottage.It's been in our family for years & we are pleased to extend our 2nd home to you! It's your own private hide-away! No buildings can be seen across the lake to dispel the serenity or view-- just trees! Furniture & beds are in good condition. Interior has a very cozy, inviting atmosphere that speaks to it being a home that is adored & well equipped. The bunk room is a favorite sunny afternoon spot, also perfect for napping! Rejuvenate here to the sight & sounds of wind on the water & loons calling.Grill outside & dine lakeside on the picnic table or dock! Since there is virtually NO ambient light or air pollution (no street lights), when it's clear, the night sky is spectacular, stars & planets are vivid & bold! In fact, shooting stars are frequently visible & you will be amazed at the brilliance of the heavens from this secret location!Ideal for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking & pure relaxation, you'll have a vacation you'll fondly remember & cherish. Many have made repeat stays, allowing us to watch children grow up.It's all right here!
Just watching the water & light changing on the canvas of the treeline will capture the essence of this vacation. Enjoy swimming & laying in the sun alongside a clear lake with clean shore! Wade in or jump off the dock! Our docks & charcoal grill set the stage for many great meals outside.This will likely be where you'll want to spend hours watching loons, ducks, herons, fish & dragonflies,stars, chatting, reading & dozing.Binoculars are provided.Paddle & explore the twin lakes by canoe or kayak: there's much to explore by boat,eye & foot. Blankets & pillows provided; sheets & towels available for rent if you choose not to bring your own.
Quick overview of basic terms:
$100 for cleaning, house keeping, recycling fee,
9.5% state & lodging taxes;
50% of rental rate due upon time of booking secures your time & is non refundable.
Completed + signed rental lease agreement is required of all named renters;
$300 separate security deposit check due with final rental payment
Owners traveling with dog(s): daily fee is charged for small-med well mannered & owner approved dog(s). Sorry, no other critters.
An extra nightly fee will be charged for more than 2 adults &/or 2 children under age 12. Extra adult(s) must be approved by Owner.
Once here, there are so many things you could do! Such as.... Boating: The harbor offers guided powerboat excursions in 2 or 3 hour versions, tour on a working lobster boat with a local lobsterman as your guide and captain! Among our favorite trips are the sailing schooners! These majestic beauties are a wonder to ride upon & appreciate under full sail.Day time & sunset sailing trips are offered. Find them all on between Pier 1-8 in the harbor near Fisherman's Wharf.
Guided or solo kayak tours: ocean going kayaks can be rented downtown near the footbridge for a few hours,1/2 day,or longer.How about a boat & island tour to Burnt Island Lighthouse, right in this town's harbor; it has been tediously restored to it's authentic state, right down to the original furnishings! An unusual & interesting glimpse into the area's historic waterfront heritage! Boat ride up the Kennebec to Bath & Bath Iron Works. You could also go deep sea fishing for 1/2 or full day. Maybe rent bicycles or scooters....
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Mainegardens.org) is not to be missed! World renowned,
Boothbay Region Land Trust (bbrlt.org): Generously donated land, these 21preserves provide over 50 miles of hiking trails open year round, free of charge. Enjoy short or long hikes varying from 1/2 mi to 3 miles along any of the trails which boasts 4,000+ acres. Preserves cover over 1,800 acres including six islands protecting wildlife habitat; vistas, forests, meadows, wetlands, shore front, & historical sites.Wherever feasible & ecologically wise, BRLT provides opportunities for public access.
Take in live & stage theater + concerts at the Carousel Dinner Theater, The Opera House, & our Harbor Movie Cinema.
Don't miss the Maine State Aquarium on McKown Point filled with great information & live local sea critters -including a touching tank with crabs,periwinkles,starfish & sand sharks.
The Boothbay Railway Village,Train & Antique Auto Museum is a local favorite for kids, families & auto enthusiasts! Ride the antique railway village steam train & see the train museum. Auto enthusiasts will be impressed by the diverse collection of antique autos--Packard's to Rolls Royce cars,trucks,fire engines & even motorcycles-- fill this noteworthy museum with 70+ magnificent vehicles.
Museums abound! See Maine's famous Wyeth's collection in Rockland's Farnsworth. Interested in Maine’s Boating Heritage, Maine Maritime Museum is 20 mi S to Bath.Musical Wonder House w/ over 500 music boxes, chairs & singing bird cages is in Wiscasset, Intriguing Fawcett's Toy Museum,Waldoboro, Fisherman's Museum at Pemaquid Light
Drive out to walk the ledges at Ocean Point & Grimes Cove beach in East Boothbay:From Rt 27, the only traffic light in town, take Rt 96, 8 miles until it dead ends at the Atlantic Ocean. Also, drive out to Hendrick's Head beach and lighthouse on Southport Island. Head to Rt 1 and see the sights! Rt 1 starts 'downeast' & ends in Key West!
Rainy day?Check out our library! Also, we're just over 1 mile from the YMCA on Rt. 27 S as you head towards town. Many say this is one of the best YMCA’s in the country! Aquatic Center has just been completely rebuilt (2012) including 2 beautiful pools. Indoor fitness center is enormous;courts for indoor tennis,racquetball,basketball. Day and week passes available.
Dining: Coastal Maine is famous for lobster which is prepared in many delicious, creative dishes- or traditionally steamed & savored with melted butter. It's possible to buy them right at the lobsterman's co-op on the docks down town, bring them home cooked by them, or live for you to cook yourself! Don't skip locally harvested clams & oysters- - locally cultivated (& shipped all over world) especially those from the Damariscotta River.Or join a boat excursion to Cabbage Island for an authentic lobster & clam bake!
Restaurant's that we frequent and enjoy include: Brown Brother's (on Atlantic Ave, East side of the harbor), Thistle Inn (Oak St), McSeagulls (on Pier One,live music), Dunton's Doghouse (Sea St), The Ice Cream Parlor (on Pier One) Robinson's Wharf and Pub (on Southport Island, just over the bridge).Good pizza: Village House of Pizza, across from Hannaford. In Damariscotta we haunt King Eider's Pub:Great crab cakes, but everything is very good.Hit Route One North & head for Moody's Diner in Waldoboro for classic good food all day & night.
Boothbay also offers other cuisine: authentic Italian (chef summers here but is from Italy) Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, tapas, traditional American and even a few good pizza joints! Bars serve locally brewed beers, great chowders, fresh fish in a variety of ways. There's a harbor front oyster bar with locally harvested oysters known to be some of the best in the world, according to many chefs & connoisseurs. Many local eateries often host local musical talent and bands which can be heard on week-ends.
Oak Street Provision's: butcher, seafood mkt, vast wine, beer & coffee stock!
Local Farmer's Market held every Thursday: Fresh fruit,veggies,seafood, mushrooms,cheeses,breads, flowers, honey, preserves & more sold only from 9 -noon on the Common Green in Boothbay Center.
Local homemade ice cream, fudge, taffy & candy-- all down town by the harbor near and on Pier One-- is a must! (Daffy Taffy, Orne's Candy)
Fresh bakery! Baker's Way make wonderful donuts & apple fritters 'to die for' are fresh daily at Baker's Way, at 94 Townsend Ave. They also serve authentic Vietnamese meals all day and evening.
Shopping & Galleries galore!
Our vacation destination boasts many shopping ops!We suggest that you drive into town then take it in by foot! There are quaint boutiques,nice stores & the usual tourist shops.We're lucky to have so many artists & their gallery’s nearby; they offer pieces in oil, watercolor, bronze, wood, photography, metal, jewelry, ceramic, & pottery. Other galleries are found by car all around the peninsula and region. SO much diverse talent all around us here! Freeport (40 miles S), Kittery (100 miles S) are virtual shopping meccas w/dozens of brand name stores & outlets
EVENTS CALENDAR (partial listing):
MAY: Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Show.
JUNE: Lobster Boat Races;Strawberry Festival,Owl's Head Airplane Museum Days;Windjammer Days.
JULY: Antique Engines @ Railway Village; 4 Celebration!; 3rd wk-end Antique Auto Days;Jazz Weekend.
AUGUST: Boat Builders Festival;Rotary Auction;Shipyard (yacht sailing race) Cup;Arts& Crafts Festival;Children's Festival.
SEPTEMBER: Restaurant Week;Miniature Golf Championship;Charities Golf Classic
OCTOBER: Pumpkin Festival; Foliage Arts Festival