For visitors set on finding the Maine experience nonpareil,
discovering the beautiful welcoming shoreline of a Maine island can be the
equivalent of striking gold. A private community that preserves tradition and
embraces modern day grandeur, Great Diamond Island answers the call.
A 20-25 minute trip from Portland by ferry, Great Diamond Island
in Casco Bay is one of the most picturesque in Maine. This jewel features
picnic areas and hiking trails that allow for taking in the island beauty as
well as an inn, a 5-star restaurant, and marina. Biking or getting around the
island via golf cart is de rigueur– no gas-powered vehicles are allowed. During
their travels, visitors may hear of literary greats that frequented the island
such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or Harriet Beecher Stowe. Or, they may hear
of its history as a military base during the 19th century, and note the
attention to preserving the architectural integrity of the time.
Diamond Cove is a noteworthy ferry stop at the northeastern
side of Great Diamond Island. It is Maine’s premier private island community
and the site of the historic Fort McKinley, which has been restored to its
original elegance and is now is home to residences. Though visitors are welcome
to the restaurant and General Store, escorts are required on private property,
and tours of the grounds can be scheduled by reservation.