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Peaks Island

Going to Peak’s Island is not just a junket to find sandy beaches and striking views. It is that. But Peak’s is a place where visitors get a taste of island living. Accessible by a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, Peak’s Island is part of the city of Portland, but its character is a rare combination of distinctive and welcoming. Residents enjoy a slower pace and know one another, often regularly commuting together on the ferry service, which runs from dawn to almost midnight from hot summer nights to brisk winter mornings. They wisely cater to the surge of curious tourists as well, providing buzz-worthy cafés, stores, museums and galleries that flaunt the ingenious and the quirky in equal measure.

It is by all accounts the perfect daytrip for visitors to Portland seeking a thriving artist community and historic sites such as the Battery Steele, a large artillery bunker with 16-inch gun emplacements, which invites exploration. Visitors often round the island on an electric golf cart, the preferred mode of transportation – golf cart tours are a perfect way to get the inside story on island living from a tour guide. Bike rentals are available, another excellent way to see all of the island’s 740 acres, or visitors can travel the perimeter via kayak before enjoying an island dinner and then ferrying home, like a local – at their leisure.

An inspiring description of Peaks Island

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.

Peaks 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Renting 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.

The 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.

Don’t be 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 music.

Peak’s 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.

Peaks Island offers a great Maine vacation offering something for everyone in the family.

Written by: Suzanne Hodgson


 

THE LAY OF THE LAND

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