p strong Welcome to Seal Cove, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park /strong br / This spacious turn of the century shingle-style cottage is set with a westerly view overlooking Blue Hill Bay just steps from the water at the head of the cove, with deeded access for kayaking and beachcombing along the inner reaches of Seal Cove. br / The private setting includes lawn and gardens with a backdrop of wood and meadows. Located on the br / westerly side of Mount Desert Island, the cottage is close to Acadia National Park. Closeby are some great trails including Acadia Mountain, Seawall, Western Mountain and access to Seal Cove Pond. From the Cottage it is only a few minutes to Southwest Harbor and twenty-five minutes to Bar Harbor. We know you will enjoy the quietude and privacy of the western side of the island. /p
This house with four bedrooms, and 2.5 Baths, sleeps six and rents by the week.
- Calendar last updated:
- 26 Mar 2019
About Ginger Petraglia
Our family is based in the Philadelphia area and my husband, John and I live in rural Massachusetts near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border
Ginger Petraglia purchased this House in 1982
Why Ginger Petraglia chose Seal Cove
Seal Cove Cottage is a family property purchased and owned by my husband's parents decades ago. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are indeed beautiful and continue to draw our family back for memorable summer vacations. Our cottage, located on the "quiet-side" of the island, offers comfortable accommodations and water access for kayaking and swimming, with hiking and biking trails nearby. The Seal Cove Town Dock is visible across the cove and Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Bernard and Pretty Marsh are close by. Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor are just a short island drive away.
What makes this House unique
We love having our breakfast on the open "morning deck" and refreshing, end-of-the-day drinks on the screened front porch while we watch the sunset over Blue Hill Bay. The water view through the large westerly facing windows is a joy any time of day and in all seasons. In the summer we watch the lobster boats return to the dock with their day catch. Kayaking in the cove is great fun and often the "kids" will set up for a game of badminton on the front lawn or stay up late playing board games on the front porch. Our quiet location, down a dirt lane, off the town road is just the spot to rejuvenate your spirit.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Loved every minute. Authentic coast of Maine. Hot days, cool eves, lobster industry early am wake up
Excellent cottage, all the fixin’s, quiet & private, homey and rustic. Well seen to by owner and local support. We’d do this again in a heartbeat.
It was a pleasure getting to know you through every step of this journey! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Maine and more specifically at Seal Cove Cottage. We will welcome you back anytime!
Great house, quiet and private. Well equipped kitchen. Comfortable furnishings. Nice decks.
We had a wonderful stay at Seal Cove and look forward to staying at Seal Cove again.
Such a lovely peaceful retreat
I love coming to this house, it’s such a beautiful spot and the house is so lovely. We discover new things to do each year, but there are some classics we keep coming back to. Dinner at Thurston’s lobster pound, swimming at Echo Lake, the Flamingo festival in Southwest Harbor, mini golfing at Pirates Cove, the Wonderland and Ship’s Harbor walks . But the best is floating and kayaking in the cove next to the house. It’s a stunning spot. We’ve even been known to swim, though the water is characteristically frigid. The house is really charming and the kitchen very well equipped. The beds are comfy and the alfresco dining on the screen porch is tops. I just love this house, we always have such an amazing vacation.
Beautiful Maine Cottage
This home has a wonderful deck that overlooks the cove. It was clean, well equipped, quiet and close to South Harbor.
Week in Acadia on the Quiet Side
This is the second time that we have stayed at this cottage and would not stay anywhere else when we go to Bar Harbor. The cottage is rustic yet has all the amenities to make for a comfortable stay. The view from the living area/dining area is breath-taking and priceless. The owners now have Internet service as opposed the last time we stayed five years ago and that was a god send! And when it didn't work, we got a quick reply on how to fix it. The owners are pleasant and responsive to every need. We plan to return sometime in the future as there is always plenty to do in Acadia National Park.
A Family Favorite, Year After Year!
This is our 3rd year coming to this house and we love it! The house is very comfortable and the views are spectacular. I love cooking in the kitchen, or grilling outside, and we always eat dinner on the screen porch as the sun sets. We keep discovering more things to do around the Island and in Acadia National Park. This year we kayaked in Seal Cove almost everyday, we went to Echo Lake beach (a classic), did the Ship Harbor hike, and walked the Wild Gardens of Acadia, we went to the Flamingo Parade in Southwest Harbor, as well as the Strawberry Festival in Somesville, . The list goes on, and always Ginger's house is the perfect place to come back to at the end of a long day, and sometimes the perfect place to stay inside for a rainy day!
Thank you for staying at Seal Cove Cottage again this year. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay on MDI! It truly is a remarkable place.
A short list of some things we enjoy:
If you are interested in walking an hiking try to pick up the book, "A Walk in the Park" is a wonderful tool. http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Park-Tom-St-Germain/dp/0962999741/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303215936&sr=8-1 It was also available at Shermans Bookstore in Bar Harbor.
Most renters do their initial grocery shop at either Hannafords or Shaws in Ellsworth before coming on island. A grocery store close by on island is The Southwest Harbor Food Mart on Rt. 102 in Southwest Harbor. A great spot to buy lobster is at C. H. Rich Co in Bass Harbor.
Treat yourself to wonderful bread, pizza or scones at Little Notch Bakery in Southwest Harbor. Also in Southwest are several restaurants: Sips is not only a restaurant but also a wine bar. Red Sky is very upscale, Dry Dock and Eat a Pita are more moderate in price. The Burning Tree in Otter Cliffs is a wonderful vegetarian and fish restaurant but a bit pricey.
If you are in Bar Harbor it is fun to head down to Waterfront Park and take a walk along the Shore Path - often there are huge cruise ships in port. Mid week there are band concerts at the Town Common. We always try to take in a movie at Reel Pizza - place your order before taking your theater seat. Eppi's Pizza on Cottage Street is a great choice for a quick bite to eat when in town. Also fun to do is to take a sail on the Margaret Todd. She is docked by Waterfront Park: here is the link http://www.downeastwindjammer.com/margaret-todd-windjammer-cruises/
Farmer's Markets are in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor and organic produce is available daily at Beech Hill Farm http://www.coa.edu/beech-hill-farm-microsite.htm
Hikes close to the cottage are Wonderland and Ships Harbor - both offering flat terrain with a great ocean view. The "biggest bang for your buck" is to hike Flying Mountain. It is in Southwest, off 102 just past the Causeway Club (golf course). Takes 10 - 15 minutes to hike up and the view from the top is beautiful. Also be sure to visit Bass Harbor Light.
A classic thing to do while in Acadia is to have tea and popovers (or a full meal) at Jordan Pond House, visit Sand Beach and Thunder Hole and take a drive on the Park Loop.
There is a kayak place in Southwest that offers tours http://www.mainestatekayak.com/ as well as a rental place on Long Pond http://www.nationalparkcanoerental.com/ and I'm sure there are others as well. Bicycle rental is available in nearby Southwest Harbor at Southwest Cycle www.southwestcycle.com
Don't forget about the bus: http://www.exploreacadia.com/ Closest spot for you is the Tremont School or any of the spots on Route 7 http://www.exploreacadia.com/route7.htm
Here is link to the park: http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
In addition to enjoying your breakfast on the "morning deck" and afternoon cocktails on the front porch be sure to spend some time outside at night. We usually bring out blankets and lay on the grass gazing at the night sky. The number of stars in the night sky are amazing (especially if the moon hasn't risen yet)! Often one can see satellites in orbit or shooting stars.