0 miles from Stonington
Twin Boulders sits on a bluff with a panoramic, bold water view of the Deer Isle Thorofare meandering through islands (such as Isle au Haut, Mark Island, Andrews Island) dotting the landscape. Built in 1922 (renovated 2008) and owned by one family since 1936, the cottage is only 50 feet from the bay/ocean (!) and surrounded by 2.2 acres of spruce and pine forest. Driveway to cottage, Firelane 79, off Sand Beach Rd., is 1/2 mile long. Sitting on the deck and taking in the sounds (lobster boats, birds, fog horn, tide), smells (ocean, pines) and sights (skyline of ocean, islands, granite bluffs, schooners, Maine-blue sky, sunsets, dolphins, seals, eagles) is an awesome experience. The living room, dining room, and 2 (of 3) bedrooms each have sliding glass doors providing great views and easy access outside. Living room features large fireplace for warmth on cold summer nights. Sand Beach is within walking distance. Grocery store (Burnt Cove Market) and town of Stonington is nearby. The cottage itself is very comfortable and attractive.
How is Twin Boulders unique?: Named after the two huge boulders on its rocky shore, Twin Boulders is a unique and remarkable cottage both for its design (by architect William McHenry) and location (one of Maine’s most scenic coast-lines). Step outside on the wraparound deck and you'll be transported to the quintessential Maine experience. Facing south, you see Mark Island with its lighthouse and hear its fog horn. A little further south, marked by a ringing buoy is the ocean. Between these two markers is the Deer Island Thorofare, the main shipping lane (3-masted schooners sail by regularly) in the Penobscot Bay area connecting Camden and Bar Harbor through Stonington harbor. The cottage is right on the water, perched high on granite ledges. Sit on the deck or get even closer to the water’s edge and watch the tide pound the rocks, feel the wind, examine the sky's changing colors (so vibrant!), see the sea-faring birds (bald eagles, osprey, ducks, loons), porpoises, and seals.
The Maine coastline is mostly rocky but there are some beaches. One of them, Sand Beach, is a short distance from the cottage. (Some the the scenes in The Man without a Face, starring Mel Gibson, were filmed at this lovely cove.) A visit to the town is fun. There are shops, art galleries, a museum, restaurants, a performing arts center (The Opera House), and a busy harbor where you can watch lobster boats come in at the public dock. You can purchase lobsters at the lobster co-op. If you feel like hiking, there are trails at 12 nature preserves on the island. Visit the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school. Off island, nearby towns to explore include Blue Hill, Brooklin and Castine.
Directions from town: When Main Street dead ends, turn right, and then make left at first stop sign. Go left. This is Sand Beach Rd. After about 2 miles look for turnoff for driveway on your left at Walker Point Rd. (also designated Firelane 79). Mailbox name is Dr. LeRoy Walker. Go on the driveway until it seems to end at a clearing where you will see a white house. This is not Twin Boulders. You have to bear right and follow the driveway (west) a little further to arrive at our cottage.