The Austin House
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History of area: Addison was a ship building town in the latter part of the 19th century. There were two shipyards in Addison at the time and the town's life revolved around the industry. The residents not only built the ships but also sailed them all over the world. Most of the town residents owned shares in the ships and so shared in the profit and losses of the industry. Many of the residents today of Addison are descendants of the ship builders and ship captains. They carry on the tradition of earning their living from the sea today with many ports here full of fishing vessels.
Blueberries: This area is known as the Blueberry capital of the world! The blueberry barrens are beautiful year round, turning blue in July when the berries are ready to harvest, and red in the fall. You will find blueberries everywhere for sale at this time and they are yummy! The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival takes place in August. And if you are here then, don't miss the Black Fly Ball - a dress-up dance party for all!
- 2 Queen Beds
- 1 Twin Bed
- 1 Sofa Bed
- Air Conditioning
- Hardwood Floors
- Linens Provided
- Full Kitchen
- Parking Included
- View (Water)
- CD Player
- Hair Dryer
- Grocery Store
Reviews for this vacation home rental in Addison, Maine
A great place to stay
July 15, 2014
If you want to enjoy your vacation away from the city noise and in the heart of nature, this is the right place to be in. early july it was a great stay . I landed with my friends full excited and everything was as good as it was mentioned.Clean and nice. A perfect country place to stay. Note:- Mosquitoes are a bit pain but with windows closed it's all fine. On a lighter note, Please reduce the size of internet password :)
We visited The Austin House in July 2012 and were thrilled by what we found. It is a real gem of a place, beautifully refurbished, retaining lots of the original features of the 1800's which allows one to get a real sense of that period. The house is incredibly well equipped, so it has a home from home feel which we really enjoyed. The locally caught mackerel and lobster we cooked were accompanied with delicious salad vegetables we were able to pick straight from the house's garden.
The area is a treasure trove. You can dip into all that Bar Harbor has to offer, from Whale watching to cycling around the Carriage Trails. At the same time you can access fantastic fishing and incredible walking just short car journeys away. Every day we did something new, from exploring Campobello Island, to tasting the lobster lunch at the local town day at Millbridge, to eating wonderful blueberries in Cherryfield and to seeing beautiful fireworks in Addison. Lynne and her husband went out of there way to make our stay perfect, and as a result we know this will be the first trip of many.
The Baker family
Frequently Asked Questions
Out of Addison:
Pleasant River Boat Tours, Captain Paul Ferraro on the 34 ft. lobster boat, the Honey B. Leaving from the South Addison Town landing. Lobster cruise $50, Puffin cruise to the island of Petit Manan $60, River cruise $50. pleasantriverboattours.
Out of Milbridge:
Downeast Coastal Cruises with Captain Buzzy Shinn. Cruises range in price from $45 for 1.5-2 hrs to $75 for a 3 hr. cruise.
Robertson Sea Tours with Captain James Robertson. robertsonseatours. Prices range from $60 for 2-2.5 hr. island cruise to $90 for a 4-5 hr. whale watch tour.
Out of Bar Harbor:
Bar Harbor is a 1 1/4 hour drive from the house.
Margaret Todd: A 4 masted, 151 feet long Schooner. 2 hour cruises, 3 trips daily. Purchase tickets at the Bar Harbor Inn pier. The same company also operates ferry boats between Eastport and Lubec, Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, and Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Isles.
They also have 4 hour fishing trips that leave from the Bar Harbor Inn pier. All bait and tackle provided, $45 for adults fishing, $32 for non-fishing adults, $32 for children under 12. Tickets can be ordered online.
Out of Eastport:
Eastport is a 1 1/2 hour drive from the house.
Ada C. Lore: Whale watching cruises, sunset cruise, lobster cruises, fishing trips, all leaving from the Eastport pier. Prices are $45 for adults and $30 for children under 12. eastportwindjammers
Rentals: Water’s Edge, Franklin, Maine, just west of Franklin on Route 182. Directions from the Austin House. Take Water St. (Addison Rd.) to Hwy 1. Turn left. Just past the Irving gas station, turn right into Harrington, go through Harrington and continue on Hwy. 1 to Cherryfield. Go over the bridge and veer to the right onto Route 182. Continue on Route 182, you will pass by some lakes, there is a boat ramp onto Long Pond here that you may want to use if you are going to transport the canoe/kayak. Go through Franklin, just beyond you will see the canoes/kayaks on the left. Rental fees for canoes are $25/day, $125/week; kayaks are $30/day, $150/week.
Sunrise Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Machias, sunrisecanoeandkayak. Rentals, guided tours by registered Maine Sea Kayak guides, in the bay or on the river. Canoe $35/day, $175/week. Kayak single $25/day, $125/week, tandem $45/day, $225/week.
Trails in Addison:
Shoreland Trail in South Addison:
This is a nice short hike along the shore with views of Wohoa Bay. Turn left from the house and cross the bridge and continue going straight down East Side Rd. When you come to a "Y", keep to the right and continue on Mooseneck Rd. (the road to the left is Basin Rd. which will take you to Route 187 to Jonesport). Keep going for 2 miles, and turn left at the sign that says "Public Beach." There is a small gravel parking area, walk towards the shore, and to the left near the trees you will see a sign for the hiking trail head.
Ingersoll Point Trail:
The Adler Woods trail leaves from South Addison Union Church on Mooseneck Road. The trail was just constructed by volunteers this year. It is a much longer trail than the Shoreland Trail, about an hour hike through the woods to a rocky beach on Wohoa Bay.
This is a short hike to a rocky coastline with views of Petit Manan Island just outside of Milbridge, a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, just a half-hour drive from the house. There are picnic tables and campsites as well there. Take Addison Rd. to Hwy 1 and turn left. Continue for 7.7 miles to Milbridge. Turn left on Main St. and continue for .5 miles, bear left onto Wyman Rd. and continue for 2.2 miles. Bear left onto Tom Leighton Rd. 1.7 miles. There is a sign marking the park there.
Trails Within an hour or less drive:
Tunk Mountain, Black Mountain, Schoodic Mountain: Do one or all three, these three mountains have wonderful views of the coast and surrounding lakes. Schoodic Mountain trail takes about 2-3 hours. The Tunk Mountain Trail and Black Mountain trail connect to this trail, but Tunk Mountain can also be accessed from Route 182 where there is a parking area marked there on Route 182.
Here are the directions to the trail head for the Schoodic Mountain Trail: From the house, go west on Hwy 1, turn right (off of Hwy 1) onto Rte 183. Go about 7 or 7.5 miles on Rte 183. Just after crossing the former RR tracks turn left onto a gravel road, where there is a State of Maine sign about the preserve. Continue on that gravel road to the end. At one point early on, turn left instead of straight ahead-- I think there is a sign there that says straight ahead is to Black Mountain. It must be a couple of miles to the end, it seems to go on forever. Finally, at the end there is a parking area, sign and kiosk, and outhouse. The best trail up Schoodic Mtn starts beside the outhouse. The trail at the end of the parking lot leads down to Donnell Pond where you can camp or picnic, swim or fish.
Great Wass Island Nature Conservancy Trails: These trails are located on Wass Island, just off of Beals Island. You can get to Beals Island by crossing the bridge in Jonesport. There are two trails that both end at the shore. You can do each trail separately or the whole loop. The loop takes at least 5 hours, so make sure you have plenty of food and water and good hiking shoes. The loop section that connects the two trails is on a rocky shoreline and is a difficult hike and may be dangerous in fog.
Roques Bluff State Park:
The largest beach in Downeast Maine just 30 minutes drive from the house, a great place for a beach hike or an afternoon just relaxing at the beach. Take Addison Rd. to Hwy 1 and turn right. Go 8.2 miles and in Jonesboro bear right onto Roque Bluffs Rd and continue for 1.7 miles. Continue on Great Cove Rd. 2.9 miles, bear right onto Roque Bluffs Rd. and continue for 1.3 miles to arrive at the park. There is plenty of parking there. There is also an inland hiking trail.
Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge:
This park is just past Milbridge off of Hwy. 1. There is no driving access to the shore in the park, but there are parking areas at the trail heads. To get there: Go about a mile west of Milbridge and turn south on Pigeon Hill Rd. Go 5.8 miles to reach the Birch Point Trail. This trail is 4 miles long and goes to the north shore of the refuge looking out on Dyer Bay. In July, you can pick blueberries just off this trail. No raking though! The Hollingsworth trail is just .4 miles further on Pigeon Hill Rd. This trail is 1.5 miles long and goes in a loop along Pigeon Hill Bay.
Trails an hour drive or more:
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Lands
This part of the coast is really spectacular and if you can hike the distances required to get there, the views are well worth it. The Cutler trails and Quoddy Head Lighthouse Trails look out over the Bay of Fundy and are part of the "Bold Coast" that goes from Cutler north to Lubec. Some of these trails can be difficult and often overlook steep cliffs.
The Cutler Coast Public Reserved Lands have 10 miles of hiking trails and 3 primitive camp sites on the shore.
To get to the trails, take Hwy. 1 north to East Machias. In East Machias, turn off on Hwy 191 going south. Go 16.9 miles, pass through Cutler Village, the trail parking area is about 3 miles past Cutler Village, about 1 mile past the brown sign that says "Entering Public Lands."
Coastal Trail to Ocean (2.8-mile roundtrip, allow 2 hours) A forested path that runs through a cedar swamp and maritime spruce-fir forest before reaching a promontory overlooking the ocean. This is the easiest trail segment: the remainder is moderately difficult.
Black Point Brook Loop (5.5-mile roundtrip, allow 4-5 hours) Wooded trails and rocky cliffside hiking lead to a small cobble beach at Black Point Cove (accessible via a log ladder). The return route, via the Inland Trail, is somewhat rocky but over fairly gentle terrain.
Fairy Head Loop Trail (9.1-mile roundtrip, allow 6-7 hours)
Go a little further on Hwy 191 and you will come to Moose Cove. Turn right onto the gravel road. It continues for about 3 miles to a parking area. It is just a short walk to the beach. It is a rocky beach in a beautiful cove, a perfect place for a picnic.
Quoddy Head Lighthouse Trails in Lubec - These have some spectacular views of the cliffs around Quoddy Head and also of Grand Manan Island. There is also a bog trail with a boardwalk through the bog, a great way to see the insect eating bog plants.
Cobscook Bay State Park
Acadia National Park
On Route 182 out of Cherryfield:
Catherine Hill Winery, cathillwinery - They have music and wine tasting events on Saturdays, check there site for dates.
Shalom Orchard and Winery, shalomorchard.
Bartlett Winery, bartlettwinery.
Jonesport farmer's market is on Thursday from 10am-2pm.
Joshys - Outdoor cafe serving up some of the best fish and chips and lobster rolls around. On the west end of Milbridge, just before you leave town.
Fisherman's Wife's Cafe - On the left just as you get into Milbridge coming from Addison. Always tasty and fresh. Try the Henny Penny sandwich, their is nothing like it anywhere. Or have a lobster dinner for only $16.
Chandler River Lodge -- Fine dining from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday; reservations recommended. In season, lunch is served on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; just drop in – no reservations needed. Saturday and seasonal lunches can be available by reservation.
There are no restaurants open in Jonesport, but there is an outdoor stand there and one on Beals island. Some of the best looking lobster rolls I've seen at the stand on Beal's Island. Just around the corner after you cross the bridge.
Christopher's at Eagle Hill - French-American fusion cuisine. Serving dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Seatings from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, daily prix fixe specials. Featuring local and organic produce, wild mushrooms, and seafood. Entrees $15-35. Take Dyer Bay Rd. off of Hwy 1 to Mogador Rd. Continue onto Schooner Point Drive to Eagle Hill Road.
The Kitchen Garden Restaurant - Meals created from their own organic garden, organic chicken from Tide Mill Farm in Pembroke, free-range meats from Maple Lane Farms, and local seafood. Open Thursday through Sunday with seatings at 6 pm and 8 pm. Entrees $17-30. Off of Hwy 1 on Village Rd. There is a sign on Hwy 1 showing the road to turn onto.
Addison: Nancy's Collectibes on Wescogus Rd. Turn left from the house and turn left at the first road after crossing the bridge. Nancy's place is just up the road on the left, you'll see the tables filled with collectibles. She also has many unique antique items spread throughout the small cottages, many items from the local area history. Open Thurs. - Sun.
Saco Realty, Dick Bedard - Lots of small antique items and antique books. Turn right on Hwy 1. Right after Blueberry Land you will see the Saco Realty place on the right.
Columbia Falls: Columbia Falls Pottery
Harrington: Esso Antiques
Cherryfield General Store
River Bank Gallery and Antiques
4 Main Street Antiques