Come fall, Maine vacation rentals always deliver on their promise of romantic waterfront escapes surrounded by a festival of foliage. Leaf watchers get giddy just thinking about the parade of golds, browns and oranges about to assault their senses.
And by the way, if you’re keeping track, MaineFoliage.com will release its first report on said leaves on Sept. 15.
But there’s one more asset that the Pine Street State offers its travelers: a history as colorful as its scenic drives.
For proof, check out the featured Freeport Maine vacation home, which perches ever so prettily on the Harraseeket River and was once a smuggling station for rum runners during Prohibition. The oldest documented standing structure in South Freeport, the circa 1813 home is a story on stilts, or ship’s knees, as they were known to locals.
And boy, is it a stunner inside, too.
Rebuilt in 2005 as a luxury home, the property keeps the eyes wide with its water views from every window and even a view from the floor. The story goes, before the rum was transported to a nearby resort, thieves would hoist the liquor into the house via this trap door, which is now a glass panel that peers directly into the sea.
Say it with us now: Pretty. Freakin’. Cool.
With space for up to 20 guests and two additional cottages for overflow (dubbed Heron and Osprey), the house was purpose-built for parties, and thanks to amenities like a media room, six flatscreen TVs and wireless internet, no one has to miss their Fantasy Football stat trackers.
Personally, we’d rather be enjoying our lobster and Sauvignon Blanc on the deck.