Simply stated, Bailey Island is a mecca for visitors with a
yen for the ocean. Located within the town of Harpswell, it is part of 216
miles of coastline that make up Harpswell Neck. Bailey Island is one of three
large islands, including Sebascodegan (Great Island), and Orr’s Island, connected
by bridges to themselves and the mainland.
Some experience the island as part of a scenic cruise to Eagle Island or
Mackerel Cove. Others may come by car, taking the 15-mile drive south from
Brunswick, or the 50-mile drive from Portland.
By land or sea, the wonders of Bailey’s Island begin at the Cribstone
Bridge (if not before). Said to be the only cribstone bridge in the world, it
connects Orr’s and Bailey’s Island with stunning granite stone slabs,
announcing outright that this Maine community is unlike any other. Visitors
will notice working vessels far outnumber yachts here: the region is home to
some of the few remaining working harbors on the Maine coast in this region.
Besides taking in its natural beauty, a common
objective of those to Bailey Island is to dine shoreside, where lobster dinners
and seafood chowders are customary fare. Opportunities to partake include superbly
situated restaurants from world-famous to locally-celebrated. The island is
also an ideal departure point for chartered sailing trips, and visitors will be
struck by the profusion of art galleries and personal studios tucked within its
many coves that call out to the passersby.