House, 5 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-13)
This is a family-owned property.
Owner purchased this House in 2011
Why Owner chose Portland
Our family has spent summers on Cushings Island for over 60 years.
Pool / Spa
(Friendly!) dogs only
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Another great family vacation!
This was our sixth year at Cushings and we love it more each time. The jail is a one-of-a-kind accommodation and is stocked with everything you would ever need. We added a new jigsaw puzzle and a corkscrew this year. Enjoy lazy days punctuated with beautiful sunsets. Search for sea glass. Go shopping in town. Do nothing or stay busy; it’s your choice. The only bad day is the one when you have to leave.
A Week We'll Never Forget!
Our group of 13 (3 families) spent an amazing week at The Jail this summer. We enjoyed our meals on the deck while overlooking Spring Cove. We never felt the need to leave the island. The house was spacious and well stocked and island was so beautiful. We found a new trail to walk on every day. We all took turns on the kayaks and even went to Peaks Island several times to stock up on a couple grocery staples so we didn't have to back to the mainland. A very special, unforgettable place to visit!
Fourteen of us stayed here for a wonderful week! The island provided so much to do, the trails, the water, the kyaks, the raspberries, the sea glass, the sunrises and sunsets, the views, the friendly people, the flowers! The house was very well stocked, the architectural design and detail beautiful. The history of the island is very interesting, so many people took the time to share details with us. We had 3 families, with 8 children ranging in age from 9 to 15. The kids explored, added sculptures to Spicer's Cove, divided into teams to see who could find all three gazebos first, collected sea glass, kayaked for ice cream to Peaks, played croquet, jumped off the dock, and just enjoyed the freedom the island provided. Matt was ever so patient with our many questions and so easy to work with. A definite repeat trip in our future! I would suggest if you are a large group like ours, and plan to go into Portland or surrounding areas, look into a water taxi, it's a bit more economical and flexible, and will pick you up at the dock, which provides the lovely view from The Jail's porch!
Perfect Vacation Rental
This was my second stay in this absolutely ideal vacation rental, and I plan to return every year. Anyone who considers staying here should know that they are actually getting two amazing benefits -- the house AND the island. Cushings Island is one of the best kept secrets in Maine; take a twenty minute ferry from downtown Portland and you enter a quiet, magical world that feels like a step back in time. You are instantly struck by how peaceful and calm the island feels: Empty beaches, dock-jumping, raspberry picking, quiet bucolic walks in the woods, ivy-covered abandoned forts. Even on rainy or foggy days, it's still wonderful to explore the island. Then, of course, there's the house -- which is a perfect choice for families or a combined rental with friends. It has everything you could want -- the kitchen is extremely well furnished with two dishwashers and two ovens (a big benefit when the house is full) and all the pans or appliances you need. We have made some truly amazing meals in this kitchen. Something else we really appreciated, because we stayed as two families with lots of kids, is how quiet the house is -- we can be as loud as we want in the dining room at night, without bothering the kids who are tucked away in their "jail cells" sleeping. The decor is a wonderful blend of historical preservation (high-ceilings, thick oak doors, and the ridiculously charming jail-cell elements) and new updates (refinished floors, television, stereo). The owners have clearly gone to great lengths to make sure that their renters are happy. I would unreservedly recommend this house to anyone who wants to anyone who wants to have an amazing, memorable, and relaxing summer vacation.
Wonderful Family Get-away
My family recently stayed at the Jail for the last two weeks of August and had a fabulous time! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need, so we made some fabulous meals. The kids loved sleeping in the jail cells, but proceeded to check out every other bed in the place too... We went on daily hikes, the kids loved dock jumping, exploring the forts, fishing off the pier, flying kites and searching for seaglass. I was truely sorry to come home but hope to get back some time soon...
Amazing Island Getaway!
Our family had an unbelievable experience at the Jail this summer. The property is gorgeous (the pics really don't do it justice!) and the owners have gone above and beyond to make the house welcoming and fun. The kitchen is STOCKED with every utensil/pan a cook could want and spacious enough for several people to be preparing food at once. All the bedrooms were airy and clean and so inviting. The outside has decks on every side of the building and lots of room to dine and entertain. There are books and games for the eventual rainy day (we never had one!).
Cushing itself was magical with sandy beaches, lots of beautiful hiking trails circling the island, dock jumping, berries to pick, tennis courts, and an island swimming pool. We also paddled to Peaks Island with the house kayaks for ice cream and convenience store runs which was fantastic.
Our 2 sons aged 7 and 10 had an absolute blast. Thank you Danas! We will be back!