exclusive private island off the coast of Maine

Cottage seen from the water
Cottage seen from the waterCottage viewed from the land sideSome happy visitors in 2007A view from the Cottage porchSwimming in front of the CottageA view to the south in JuneThe Cabin on the shoreView from the Cabin porchCabin seen from the land sideBoat landing at Oar IslandOn the path through the woodsSunset across the water
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From $200 / night

Bremen, ME 04551
exclusive private island off the coast of Maine
3 bedrooms
8 guests
7 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 8
Type: Cottage
Per week: $1,400
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Bremen vacation cottage rental
Vacation on a private island. Does the idea of privacy and peace, and the sound of Nature's quiet all around you, sound appealing' Oar Island, an exclusive private ocean island with 38 acres in Muscongus Bay, is accessible only by boat, yet is just 1/4 mile from the mainland. As there are only two cottages, and they are a few minutes' walk apart through the woods, you are assured of privacy. Oar Island has about a mile of ocean frontage on the rocky coast of Maine, and it can be yours exclusively.
Explore the rugged shore on its ledges of granite. Look for crystals of tourmaline and garnet, and the occasional fossil. In the woods you'll find orchids and sundews -- and bushes of blueberry and huckleberry. Look above and see osprey, kingfisher, and even sometimes a bald eagle.
At high tide, jump in the water for a swim -- right outside your front door; the shore is only about 15 feet away from the front porch.

Laurence Wesson

Area Information
Oar Island offers access to a myriad of attractions, both offshore and on the mainland:

- Picnicking, both on Oar Island and on neighboring unoccupied islands.
- Boating
- Seal watching. From your boat, near some of the ledges exposed at half tide in the bay, you can watch Harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks.
- Fishing on the ocean. Depending on the season and the range of your boat, you can go after haddock, flounder, striped bass, bluefish, swordfish, mackerel, and pollock. No license needed for most of them.
- Organized deep sea fishing excursions from Boothbay Harbor.
- Fishing on freshwater. Obtain a fishing license locally and fish on local freshwater streams and lakes.
- Scuba diving and skin diving afford an excellent way to explore the underwater attractions. If you go further out in the bay you can catch sea urchins.
- From New Harbor you can go on a lobstering cruise, helping a lobsterman haul traps, gather and measure the lobsters, and rebait the traps.
- Boothbay Harbor cruises of the nearby bay and around Southport Island.
- Visit Monhegan Island. The Hardy Boat leaves twice daily from New Harbor.
- Besides beautiful scenery, Monhegan Island is home to a world famous art colony. Jamie Wyeth is a famous past resident.
- The Fogg Gallery in Rockland is the largest art gallery within one hour 's drive. It specializes in Wyeths.
- Look for whales, either in your own (larger) boat, on the Monhegan Island ferry, or on a whale-watching cruise from Boothbay Harbor.
- Art galleries in Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Waldoboro, and elsewhere.
- Enjoy the local harvest of wild blueberries and huckleberries in August.
- Relax and swim at Pemaquid Beach.
- From Wiscasset or Rockland you can charter a private airplane or helicopter to view the coastal region from the air.
- Union Fair, held around the third week of August.
- Topsham Fair, near Brunswick.
- Fort William Henry, in Pemaquid. This restoration of an Eighteenth Century fortification is a major local attraction. Adjoining the Fort are the archeological excavations of the first settlement. In the Sixteenth Century a trading settlement was established under the reigns of Kings Charles II and James II.
- Visit scenic Christmas Cove, where Captain John Smith landed and celebrated Christmas in the year 1604.
- Pemaquid and nearby Loud 's Island (about two miles across the water) were the sometime summer home of Samoset and Squanto, first Indians to greet the Pilgrims when they landed in Massachusetts in 1621.
- Thomaston is one of the oldest settlements in the United States, having been established in 1604.
- The Camden Hills, near Rockport (about 1 hour drive) provide hiking and picnicking. There is a lookout station at the summit of Mount Battie (made famous by local author Edna St. Vincent Millay) which offers a breathtaking view of Penobscot Bay. The wild blueberry picking there in August can be outstanding.
- The Rockland Lobster Festival (about 45 minutes drive) is usually held on the first weekend of August.
- The 'German cemetery in Waldoboro has headstones of some of the early settlers from the 18th Century.
- Swimming and waterskiing. Most of the season the water is a bit cold (below 70 degrees), but in the Oar Island 'boat-house cove it gets warmer on sunny days, especially in late August and early September.
- Exploring in the woods and along the shore of Oar Island and neighboring islands. Find lobster buoys, horseshoe crabs, rock crabs, starfish, quahog and razor clam shells, and many other 'treasures . In tide pools you can discover a variety of marine plants and animals.
- From the middle of Oar Island and south the view of Muscongus Bay includes Monhegan and many other beautiful islands and the open Atlantic Ocean.
- Gather clams and mussels right off the shore at low tide.
- Photography.
- Camping, either in the woods on Oar Island or on any of several neighboring unoccupied islands.
- Shopping in many attractive nearby towns. Boothbay Harbor is 45 minutes away. Wiscasset, Nobleboro, and New Harbor are all within 15 miles or 30 minutes. Damariscotta, Waldoboro, and Round Pond are within 10 to 20 minutes.
- Antique shops are everywhere. Jack Partridge, near Wiscasset, is a nationally famous dealer in 18th Century antique furniture.
- Drive along the coastal roads and enjoy the scenery of rocky coast, ocean, and woods.
- The Androscoggin River, near Brunswick, is the route taken by Benedict Arnold and a small Continental army when they invaded Quebec in 1775.
- Visit Bowdoin College. Besides having an outstanding art gallery, Bowdoin offers frequent chamber music and vocal recitals during the summer months.
- Enjoy fine seafood dining at any of the many nearby restaurants, some reachable by small boat (Round Pond, Friendship, New Harbor).
- Pemaquid Point, with some of the most beautiful scenery on the Maine coast and probably the most-photographed lighthouse in America, now featured on the Maine State quarter. See also the gallery of local art at Lighthouse Park.
- Hog Island, less than half a mile south of Oar Island across the water, is the home of the National Audubon Society 's Todd Wildlife Sanctuary. They offer multi-week full-time paid nature courses, many other fascinating nature study events, and a mini museum of living marine creatures.
- The Marine Biology Center at Boothbay Harbor includes many exhibits of living and preserved sea creatures.
- In your own boat, with an Audubon Society cruise, or on a cruise from New Harbor, visit some of the small islands in the Bay where puffins are rebuilding viable colonies after years of absence.

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Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Dec 13 2016 Dec 13 2017 - - $1,400 - 1 Week
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 7%
Deposits: Minimum 50% of house rent to secure reservation. Balance due 30 days or more before scheduled arrival includes balance of house rent, security deposit, and Maine state tax.
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $50 per person above nominal capacity (8 in Cottage, 5 in Cabin). $50 per pet after the first one. $350 per week for optional outboard skiff $150 per week for optional kayak Rented pro-rated for extra days if arranged.

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Louise Coats

Awesome vacation!

Louise Coats

Newport News, VA USA

Awesome vacation!

August 25, 2008

This was a truly wonderful vacation spot for those who like to get back to nature and enjoy a slower pace of life. We collected mussels and wild blueberries while the kids spent the days crabbing and exploring tidal pools. A wonderful family vacation spot!

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