This renovated home is in the tranquil Tolman Heights section of Peaks. It has a modern kitchen and full bath, and sleeps six -- more than comfortably. The spacious home is right up the hill from Spar Cove and the Back Shore, where you can overlook all of Casco Bay and the open ocean. Great biking, kayaking, walking, and swimming on the island.
Listen to buoy bells, watch waves crash along the Back Shore, explore the World War II bunkers, cook out on the rocks, and dine at the Inn on Peaks.
Away from the more crowded, hustle and bustle of the Down Front section of the island, this peaceful, spacious three-bedroom, beautifully renovated gingerbread home (sleeps six-plus comfortably) sits at the top of Tolman Heights. It stands on a prominent grassy rise surrounded by birch, pine, and oak trees, with plenty of lawn, a covered porch, and a sunny deck for sitting in the summer warmth. In the morning, you might see horses going by while sipping your coffee and listening to the birds sing. Ease into your vacation ... it is quiet — occasionally a car will drive by on the dirt road, but mostly walkers, bikers, or no one at all.
The house features a large modernized kitchen with coffee maker, toaster, gas range and full refrigerator, a bathroom with large tub/shower (great hot water/ pressure!), beds with good pillows, comforters, linens, and high-quality mattresses, a large living room with three comfortable couches, a TV/reading room, bedroom ceiling fans, and polished pine wood floors throughout. Also included is a landline phone, wifi, flatscreen TV, and full cable channel lineup.
... all surrounded by a large lawn, well-groomed grounds, and classic Maine island woods.
Take the Casco Bay Lines ferry to Peaks Island from Portland's working and historic waterfront — a breathtaking, stress-reducing 15-minute journey — and be transported to a place of beauty, serenity, and joy. (The Island is three miles offshore.) Check the ferry schedule online for times and prices. You can bring your car and bikes. You also can rent bikes and golf carts on the island.
Guests have access to entire property, except outbuildings and marked storage areas. Also, please no tents and other temporary structures in the yard. Also, no fires, tiki candles, fireworks, grilling, candles, smoking, or any other flammable activities allowed anywhere on property. Thanks!
Interaction with guests
We are always available to help. We want to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. If you need travel tips, parking options on the mainland, cost-saving ideas, or what to do while you're on the island or in Portland, just ask. Certain specific instructions we can discuss via phone, text, email, or Air BnB messaging.
Other things to note
You'll need transportation to get to Hope Cottage from the ferry landing on Peaks. You can bring your car over (check Casco Bay Lines for schedules and ticketing) or call Peaks Island Taxi in advance to arrange pickup and transportation while on the island. You can easily arrange to have your luggage brought to the cottage by the taxi, and you can ride your bike (10 minutes) or walk (20 minutes).
Parking is available at the house for one vehicle. Please park in the rear of property to the left of pine tree and shy of the shed.
If you'd like to work out, play tennis, sail, or enroll your child in a day camp, check out the Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association's web site. It features a fitness center, tennis courts, sailing programs, and kids' day camps for relatively nominal prices. Memberships are available by the week -- ideal for renters. Nearby is a nice sandy beach, with calm water, which is great for kids of all ages.
Check out Maine Island Kayaks and Horse Island Camp online as well. Rent a kayak or get a guided island trail horse tour. For hiking trails do an online search for "Peaks Island, Maine, hiking trails." The "Peaks Island Community website" is also full of island info and activities.
Sandy Beach, at the southwest tip of the island (take a right up Island Avenue as you come off the ferry), is a, ayuh, sandy beach accessed by a long wooden ramp. Children can play at the shore, hardy souls can swim to Catnip Island, and you can grab some shade under one of the oak trees that are hugging the rocks. And jump in the water -- chances are it'll be bracingly cold -- but oh so worth it and something you won't regret. We have beach chairs available, but be sure to bring beach towels.
For other activities, simply search online for "Things to do on Peaks Island." You can also check the community bulletin board on the top of the hill on right from ferry for talent shows, yard sales, community pancake breakfasts, and other "islandy" things to do.
*** Be sure to note location of Police Station at 129 Island Ave. adjacent to library in case of emergencies. It is staffed 24/7. In case of emergency, dial 911. ***
Also, bring bug spray — this is Maine, after all. :) Sunscreen is always a good idea. You might also want to pack water shoes for wading in rocky coves and exploring tidal pools. Check the weather in advance to pack appropriately. Never hurts to bring a small umbrella or two and raincoats or pocket ponchos.
For fantastic coffee, breakfast, lunch, and a dose of island scuttlebut, go to the Peaks Cafe near ferry -- opens early and is really the heart of the island "scene." Be courteous to owner Lisa -- and she may flash you one of her warm smiles when she hands you your breakfast burrito. For ice cream, candy, Peaks/Maine apparel and goods (think coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets) postcards, and the like, go to the "Down Front" store. For the higher-end consumers with more refined tastes, next door is the more elegant (and slightly pricier) "Take a Peak" shop, which has a fine selection of island/Maine merchandise. For dinner, the Inn at Peaks is consistently good with great seafood, salads, steaks, burgers, nachos, cold drinks, etc., etc. Sit on the terrace and watch the blazing orange summer sun sink over the Portland skyline across the bay. (Call to make reservations.)
Hannigan's Grocery Store is a fully stocked grocery store, with pizza, chowder, and subs available to go. Good selection of meats and fish, too. Order the Maine Italian! (It's also not a bad idea to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or any other grocery store on the mainland before you head out to the island, because you'll pay more at Hannigan's.)
For history buffs, the 8th Maine building includes a museum and library, displaying authentic Civil War artifacts, primary documents, and other Civil War information, much of which is directly related to the 8th Maine Regiment. The 8th Maine also regularly sponsors community events, musical concerts, art shows, and Peaks Fest activities.
Gas for your vehicle is available at Plante's down front, which also features a laundromat. Hours vary. Best to fill up your tank on the mainland. You rent bikes at Brad & Wyatt's Bike Shop or bring your own. Bikes are highly recommended as a great way to get around the island. (Brad and Wyatt also are expert at repairs -- and bone-dry Yankee wit.)
One of the unique and alluring aspects of Peaks is that, if you want a vibrant urban scene, you can easily head "Uptown" to the great city of Portland and its myriad restaurants (from baked haddock and lobster rolls to falafel and Asian noodles — and everything in between), bakeries, coffee shops (OMG, Starbucks!), stores, live music, galleries, and museums.
The Portland Museum of Art is well worth the trip. For those with little ones, the Portland Children’s Museum is excellent as well. (A simple internet search of “Things to do in Portland, Maine” should yield plenty of results.)
If you go over to Portland in the evening, check the ferry schedule for returning ferry times. If you miss the last boat, don't worry, you won't have to swim. :) Search online for "water taxis and Portland." Cost is typically $85-$100 for a one-way crossing to Peaks and a taxi will take groups of six.
**Please note that tents and other temporary structures in the yard are not allowed. Also, as mentioned, NO OPEN FLAMES of any kind, please, anywhere on the property. That includes smoking. Again, thank you!
Cleaning fee: $25 for mid-week and weekends. $75 for weekly stays