Want a taste of island living without the cost or
crowds? Peaks Island, 20 minutes off the coast of Portland’s Casco Bay
can give a vacationer the chance to escape it all among scenic views
and friendly locals.
Island can only be reached by a ferry which runs out of the Portland’s Old Port 10-13 times a day, depending on the
season. The ferry costs about $7 for adults, but a car costs
$84. The island is fairly small, 1 mile at its widest and cars are not
necessary. Vacationers can park in a Portland garage and leave the
car until they need it to explore the mainland.
soothing ferry ride yields views of small yachts, huge oil tankers, three local lighthouses, Portland Breakwater,
Spring Point Ledge and Portland Head Light, along with glimpses of
local wildlife including seals that basking on rocks during sunny hours
or swimming playfully alongside the boat.
children on Peaks Island stand along the docks on the island until the perfect time to jump in, catching the large
waves from the ferry’s wake as it arrives on the island.
a house for a week is easy just by visiting peaksisland.com and checking their classifieds or Inn on Peaks Island,
Peaks Island House, or the Eighth Maine Regimental Memorial, a living
history museum and lodge.
island is dotted with beautiful houses, boats and beaches helping you to escape from the weekly rat race. Peaks encourages biking and walking, so all the streets are very pedestrian friendly.
swayed that this island is only for the sand sleepers, Peaks has kayak rentals, a schooner company, and horse
camp. On Sundays, the Harbor View at Jones Landing, just a few steps from
the ferry dock, has reggae music parties where people from all over
the area dock their boats along the island and listen to great
island has only local café’s and restaurants, Inns, and a small grocery store that serves pizza. Dining can be
found at both island Inns, but restaurants are also sprinkled on the
main street, but there is also a small place to buy fresh lobsters and
oysters next to the dock.
Island offers a great Maine vacation offering something for everyone in the family.
Written by: Suzanne Hodgson