- Launch your kayak from the rocks in front or at the beach.
- The tidal pools that form at low tide on the rocks in front provide hours of exploration.
- 20 minute drive to downtown Damariscotta for theater, antiques, shopping, and dining.
- 10 minute drive to Wawenock Golf Club, the friendliest 9 hole course in Maine.
- 30 minute drive to Boothbay Harbor.
- 15 minute drive to Pemaquid Point or Pemaquid Beach.
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Bristol is located on the scenic Pemaquid Peninsula, approximately 60 miles north of Portland, and is made up of five charming villages: Bristol Mills, Round Pond, Chamberlain, New Harbor and Pemaquid.
Rich in natural beauty and history, you can spend a day— or several—exploring Bristol’s many sites and activities. A sample itinerary might include the spectacular scenery at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (featured on the Maine State Quarter), the archaeological sites at Colonial Pemaquid and Fort William Henry, a refreshing swim in the Atlantic at Pemaquid Beach, and finally, rewarding yourself with the freshest lobster you’ll find anywhere.
Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is located at the entrance to Pemaquid Harbor, Maine, one of the earliest sites of European occupation in North America. It was used as a seasonal fishing station as early as the 1610s and was the location of a permanent village settled between 1625 and 1629. In 1677, Fort Charles, the first of three forts on the site was built. Extensive archaeological excavations have unearthed 14 foundations of 17th- and 18th-century structures and the officers' quarters for Fort William Henry and Fort Frederick. A museum displays hundreds of artifacts found on the site, dating from prehistoric times through the colonial period. Musket balls, coins, pottery, and early hardware are among items of interest.
The site includes an early 20th-century reconstruction of Fort William Henry housing a permanent exhibit titled “Guns, Politics and Furs."
The Pemaquid Point Light Station, built in 1827 above spectacular granite cliffs, gneiss (volcanic rock) and tilted (sedimentary) layers, has been the subject of countless paintings, photographs and the site of many marriage ceremonies. Today the lamp is automated and the adjoining Keeper's House is home to the Pemaquid Fishermen's Museum containing exhibits of the local lobster-fishing trade. Tours of the tower are available. At the new Learning Center, The Town of Bristol Parks & Recreation Commission offers summer lectures, movies, classes and concerts - all designed to help visitors to Lighthouse Park better understand the area's history, environment and culture. The park is open 365 days a year.
Pemaquid boasts one of the very few fine sand beaches north of Portland on the Maine coast. This beautiful crescent-shaped white sand beach is open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from the first week of June to mid-September. The Beachcombers' Rest Nature Center, run by the Pemaquid Watershed Association is open each day in July and August, weather permitting.
FISHING VILLAGE OF NEW HARBOR
This is a true working harbor now home primarily to lobstermen. Bartholomew Gosnold, commanding the British vessel 'Concord', visited this shore in 1602. The harbor can be viewed from Southside Road in New Harbor Village or from State Route 32.
ROUND POND HARBOR
Round Pond is also a working fishing harbor. Legend states that this land-locked harbor was used by pirates, including Captain Kidd. It was known in the past for fish canning, quarrying and boat building.
Pemaquid Harbor is best viewed from the Pemaquid Fisherman's Co-Op on the Pemaquid Harbor Road, off the Harrington Road. The summer-only "lobster pound" (refreshment stand and restrooms) affords a wonderful view of Fort William Henry and Colonial Pemaquid.
Monhegan Island may be seen from the Lighthouse Park and other sites on the eastern shore of the Peninsula. It is said that Mohegan was visited by Norsemen about 1000 A.D. and was a seasonal English fishing camp by the early 1600s. Boat trips are available from New Harbor.
South Bristol is a working fishing village on the western spur of the Pemaquid Peninsula. It is home to the famous 'swing bridge' over The Gut, a narrow body of water separating the north and south parts of the village.
The Bristol Recreational Trail was created in 2006 by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA), with assistance from the Maine Conservation Corps. The path is about one-mile long and is an easy thirty-minute walk. It starts at Route 130 just south of the Bristol Consolidated School, leads back to over 1,800 feet of Pemaquid estuary shoreline, then returns to the highway just north of the school near Lupine Road.
The Crooked Farm Preserve is a 130-acre natural area with more than a mile of shoreline on the Pemaquid River and Boyd Pond in Pemaquid. It is owned by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. Take Old County Road in Pemaquid by the Bristol Area Library for 0.8 mile. The parking area is on your left.
The LaVerna Preserve encompasses about 130 acres protecting some 3,600 feet of rugged shore and a diversity of upland habitats, coniferous forests, forested wetlands, freshwater marsh and gently sloping over-grown farmland. It is owned by the Nature Conservancy and maintained by the Pemaquid Watershed Association. The main trail to the shore is 1.2 miles long; two additional trails totaling 1.5 miles allow you to explore the northern and southern reaches of the Preserve. The parking area is about 3 miles north of New Harbor Village on Route 32.
THE SWIMMING HOLE AT BRISTOL DAM
The Swimming Hole at the Bristol Dam provides a warm-water alternative to the bracing seawater at Pemaquid Beach. This town tradition has continued for two centuries, and is located at Bristol Mills just upstream of the dam. Parking and restrooms are available, and it is free to all.
Fine picnic areas with spectacular views of Muscongus and John's Bays are located at Colonial Pemaquid, the Pemaquid Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Beach Park, and Moxie Cove in Round Pond. Picnic tables and restrooms are provided.
BRISTOL AREA LIBRARY
The Library is located on Route 130 in Pemaquid. Wireless Internet service is available and visitors to the area are most welcome. Hours are Monday, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
|May 25 2015||Oct 21 2016||-||-||$1,125||-||1 Week|
|May 25 2015||Oct 21 2016||$225||$225||-||-||3 Nights|
|: 3 p.m. : 10 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 7|
|Deposits: $300 due at time of reservation rental balance plus $300 security deposit due 4 weeks prior to rental.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: $200 cleaning fee will be charged if the house is smoked in. security deposit will be forfeit if cancellation inside 4 weeks if week not re-booked.|
Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Pemaquid, Maine
What a View!!
July 22, 2013
Overall, this was a good vacation rental for our family, because we like the water activities and we weren't at the house during the day while we were out sightseeing, etc. Two things: 1) Somewhere it needs to be mentioned that there is no washing machine...there was only a dryer. It would have been nice to know that up front. 2) I like to know what the owner's expectations are regarding how they want the property to be left: strip the beds and leave sheets/towels on the floor, etc., etc.? None of that was mentioned, and I felt a little uneasy just walking out and leaving the house "as is." I have had rental properties at South Padre Island, Texas, and we were very clear about how we wanted things to be left. I especially want to know this if it affects whether the deposit will be returned or not. Very important!!
Canterbury, NH, USA
Pleasant stay, but.
July 21, 2013
The cottage was excellent; everything we needed. It was clean, private, and more than large enough. We were very disappointed that the view of the water from the house in the descriptions was now not there. We walked down the dirt road toward where the beach was supposed to be. We found a wooden set of steps through the woods that took us out to a wooden dock that lead out to the water. Down below in the water there was a very small sandy beach. We were uncomfortable that the dock was probably private and belonging to the house behind us as we stood. So, we couldn't do the beach walking we had hoped to do. We recovered our vacation in our car. We put on 700 miles antiquing, visiting Camden, going to garden centers. Our vacation wasn't wrecked, but changed. We enjoyed wonderful restaurants, lobster many ways, and now we're glad to be home. This was the first time we made our plans over the internet. I guess next year we will go through a realtor and better express our idea of our vacation needs. We aren't "beach sitters" or sunbathers. We do, however, love walking a beach in the early morning or late in the day. We wanted to incorporate some exercise in our stay. That didn't happen.