The Sunrise Trail is a multi-use (hiking, biking, ATV, horses, snowmobiling and skiing) in Downeast Maine that runs from Ellsworth to Pembroke, ME. We have direct access (300 yards) and the are located 7 miles from the trail’s end in Pembroke between mile marker 79 & 80. For more information about the trail go to http://www.sunrisetrail.org/
Fishing & boating
The Dennys River is a great place for fishing, canoeing or kayaking. Canoes are available free for your use at the cottages. There are a variety of life jackets to choose from as well. We do not provide kayaks, but you may bring your own of course! There is also a row boat for use on Robinson's pond.
Eastport and Lubec, both about a 20-mile drive, have whale watch boat rides all summer long.
Located in Pembroke, 7.5 miles off U.S. Route 1, Reversing Falls is the site of the coast's most extreme tides. There is a picnic area and it is a great place to search for fossils.
There are many different lighthouses to visit in the area.
West Quoddy Head Light--Lubec (park with trails and picnic area)
Lubec Channel Light (Sparkplug)--Lubec
Mulholland Light--Campobello Island, NB, Canada
Head Harbour Light (East Quoddy Head Light)--Campobello Island, NB, Canada
Leonardville Light--Deer Island, NB, Canada
L'Etete Passage Light (Green's Point Light), L'Etete, NB, Canada
Whitlock Mills Light--Calais
If you'd like to experience Downeast dining, seafood or otherwise, there are many restaurants between Eastport, Lubec, Machias and Calais.
Shackford Head State Park - Hiking
Shackford Head State Park is located in Eastport, just 20 miles from the Cottages. This state day-use park has pleasant hiking trails (the shortest is about 20 minutes) through the woods and along the shore, beginning at a circular parking lot behind the Marine Trades Center, and ending at the Shackford Head promontory. Here, there are panoramic views of Campobello Island, Lubec, Cobscook Bay, and Atlantic salmon aquaculture sites. Fossils can sometimes be found in some location s along the shore at low water. A monument at the parking area commemorates the Civil War ships that the US government, due to the location's extreme tides, brought to adjacent Coney Beach to burn in order to salvage the vessels' metal.
Other hikes -
St. Croix Island International Historic Site
Located in Robbinston, about 25 minutes from the cottages, this is he only international park in the US National Park System. Our StorySaint Croix Island is the 1604 site of the first French attempt to colonize the territory they called l'Acadie and the location of one of the earliest European settlements in North America. Members of a French expedition led by Pierre Dugua, intending to colonize North America, settled the island in 1604.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
There are two sections to the Moosehorn. One section is located right in Edmunds Township only a few miles from the cottages and offers hiking trails. The other section is approximately 20 miles from us. This section offers not only hiking, but also information about the local wildlife and habitat
Roque Bluffs State Park
Located approximately 45-60 minutes from the cottages, Roque Bluffs State Park is the closest sandy beach on the ocean. The Bluffs also offers hiking, picnic area and playground.
Tide Mill Organic Farm
Tide Mill Farm, a 200-year-old organic working farm, is located less than 10 miles from the cottages. They offer organic vegetables, dairy and meat (see their website for more info). And they now offer tours of their farm!
There are a variety of places to go sea kayaking or canoeing in the area. Check out Trails.com to find a place for rentals nearby and also to find places to go http://www.trails.com/advancedFind.aspx?keyword=downeast&state=ME&activities=SK
Bell's Mountain & Crane Mountain
These two low-slung mountains, only 6-7 miles from the cottages, offer forested trails, with views of Whiting Bay and the forests of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Edmunds division. The Bell Mountain trail passes by unusual rock outcroppings.
Are you interested in geocaching? There are places nearby! Check out Geocaching.com for more info!
Machias Seal Island is well known for its summer Puffin population. You can find out more about the excurions to see the puffins at
There are ferry trips from Eastport during the summer - to Deer Island, the Canadian mainland or to Campobello Island.
The Hansom House is located in the historical Lincoln House in Dennysville, ME. It is known as the "Most Absurd Bar in the World". This restaurant/bar/lounge is a must see if you stay with us over a weekend. It is only open Friday and Saturday nights and only during the summer months.
Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada is just 20 miles from the Cottages across the International Bridge from Lubec. Roosevelt Campobello International Park (U.S. & Canadian) is the famous summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is open to the public. Campobello has picnic areas, beaches, trails and more.
Note: If you plan to go to a Canadian destination while here, be sure to bring your passport (or ID and birth certificate) to get back into Maine!
St. Stephen, New Brunswick
St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada is just a 30 minute drive from the cottages and can be seen just across the river from Calais, ME. Commonly called "Canada's Chocolate Town, St. Stephen is home to Ganong Chocolate factory.
Maine is well known for it's gorgeous fall foliage. Take a trip up the first to second week of October to see it at it's peak in Down East Maine. To help you plan your Maine foliage tour, in September and October the Maine Department of Conservation posts weekly reports on foliage conditions throughout the state on its web site located at http://www.mainefoliage.com.
You can see our own gallery of foliage pictures here.
There are a variety of activities to keep you busy when you stay with us. You can relax here at the cottages, go swimming or canoeing, take a hike or bike ride on the nearby Sunrise multi-use trail, drive into Eastport or Lubec for whale watching, shopping or dinner........and much more.