Tranquility on Penobscot Bay
Nestled along the banks of the historic Penobscot River as it flows into the mouth of Penobscot Bay, a sunny, tranquil home offers room to gather with loved ones for renewal and relaxation. You’ll know you’ve arrived at Fort Point Cove Cottage when you catch your breath at the scenery upon entering the front door. The back of the house features an expansive view of the river, where all manner of wildlife may be observed if one knows how to look. Here is a place to enjoy quality time with all the amenities of home as you experience the rare beauty of Maine.
Fort Point Cove Cottage is located in Stockton Springs, within easy reach of the stunning vistas of Acadia National Park. The cottage is a stone’s throw from Belfast’s earth friendly shops, restaurants and sailing day trips. Bucksport’s famous Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is moments away. Camden’s enchanting harbor, filled with restaurants and a fleet of tall ships, and Rockland’s bustling art scene and waterfront are an hour of scenic coastline away. Immediately nearby, you can walk the shoreline at Fort Point Cove State Park, or head over to Sears Island for a more involved nature experience. Check out the architecture in Searsport, tour the Marine Museum, and scour antique shops for treasure. There is no shortage of things to do, see and experience here.
If you prefer to chill out, Fort Point Cove Cottage is the kind of place to practice the fine art of human “BE-ing.” Step out on to the side porch with a steaming cup of tea, sink into a comfy rocker, and drink in the afternoon sunshine. On a rainy day, witness the drama of a gathering storm. Catch a glimpse of ospreys flying over the river, while loons, and eiders fish along the shoreline. Await the arrival of gulls, as they feast and fight over clams revealed by the outgoing tide.
Look for wild turkeys foraging in the edges of the tall grass along the tree line. Predator and prey alike use the tracks along the waters edge; keep an eye out for deer bounding for the meadow and Cooper’s Hawks and Kestrels flushing game out of the woods. You might even see a lynx going after a hare on a snowy day.
Inside, you’ll find all the comforts of home and a surprise or two. Bright and sunny, the house’s passive solar design is also one of its best assets, keeping the house warm even on the coldest of days.
The fully equipped kitchen is a joy to prepare meals in. You can easily steam up a bunch of lobsters or a family sized batch of “chowdah.” A granite breakfast bar and dining area offer extra seating for guests.
Outside on the deck, a grill stands ready to feed a small crowd. If it’s raining, but you still want to be outdoors, there is seating for eight under the pole barn. Beyond the deck, a fire pit is the perfect place to spend cool nights, and also affords opportunities for stargazing.
Just beyond the dining room, the living area is equipped with a glass front wood stove to keep things cozy on chilly nights. A selection of Maine movies awaits your discovery, as does a large flat screen TV. A collection of CD’s offers many genres of music and there is room for dancing if the mood strikes.
Guests favor dreaming in the Light Keeper’s Loft overlooking the great room. A queen bed sleeps two comfortably. Down the hall, the guest room has twin beds that can be fitted into a king sized bed. The guest bathroom upstairs has a full sized tub and shower. The master bedroom suite has a king size bed along with daybed and trundle perfect for families with small children. It also houses its own full bathroom, vanity and large walk-in closet.
Fort Point Cove Cottage is a special place to wake up. There is something unforgettable about watching the sun cast golden sparkles across the water as it crests over Blue Hill. In the summer, the blue hues of sky and river deepen with the sunlight. When the rain comes, the view mirrors the colors of stormy skies. In the winter, layers of snow provide a dramatic backdrop for sea smoke dancing on the river.
When owners Darlene Duncan and Harry Swanson bought the house in 2012, they knew the place was special, although it was different from the original dream of owning a coastal New England country inn. After sixteen years of researching, they’d stayed in many historic homes renovated into B & B’s, and in the process, learned a lot more about where they wanted to be in Maine. When they found the house, they knew everything was right.
“There’s healing energy here,” Darlene affirms. Guests tend to agree, leaving with smiles, memorable experiences and a strong desire to return. Some families hold annual reunions here. Others arrive to celebrate a destination wedding, or quiet anniversary. A few have stayed for extended healing time to re-cooperate from whatever ails. Regardless of the reasons that lead them to our door, people are embraced by the loving, healing energy here. That’s the reason why Darlene calls Fort Point Cove Cottage, “Tranquility on Penobscot Bay.”