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Downeast Maine Vacation Rentals offers vacation home rental properties on the Blue Hill Peninsula and beautiful Deer Isle located in the heart of Downeast Maine. The Blue Hill Peninsula offers a wealth of beautiful places to explore. Blue Hill itself has a lovely village with shops, restaurants, a park, boat launch and the hikable Blue Hill Mountain. Located in the Blue Hill region are the towns of Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot and Sedgwick.
Then, head over the bridge to Deer Isle. Deer Isle, Maine is a quaint, peaceful island, in many ways frozen in time. Drive over the bridge, and you are in another world-the islands of Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle and many smaller ones beyond in Penobscot Bay. You’ll discover Deer Isle Village, Stonington, Sunshine and Sunset… It’s real Maine, authentic and unpretentious and simple. Email us at Rentalsmaine@gmail.com.
Abundant restaurants, museums, theater, music, shops, galleries, antiques and more provide just the right amount of activity to complement this peaceful setting. Graced with the distinguished Haystack School of Crafts and Kneissel Hall of Music, among many other note-worthy establishments, the area has attracted a creative mix of craftspeople, artists, writers, photographers, and musicians, while preserving a treasured unpretentiousness that visitors and Mainers savor. All enjoyed from your Maine Oceanfront Vacation Rental!
Should you choose to venture off the island, Bar Harbor, Acadia, Camden, Ellsworth and many other premier tourist destinations are only a short drive away. Call us now for information on your Maine Coastal Vacation Rental!
Some History of Deer Isle
The Islands of Deer Isle are only a few among the thousands along Maine’s coast line. It is the second largest; Mount Desert Island being the first.
Called the ‘sunken’ coast, Maine’s rocky appearance was created by the glacial impacting of an ancient mountain range at the ocean’s edge during the ice age. The land in this part of Maine is very different. Much of it sandy and characterized by blueberry barrens, massive granite boulders and rocky detritus.
Native Americans (traces of whom can still be found) were already scattered among the islands when the first Europeans came to settle in 1755. The settlers became accomplished boat builders, seafarers and fishermen, the descendants of whom continue to have a spiritual link to the sea.
The population slowly grew and in 1786 Nathaniel Scott would start a ferry service that provided access to the mainland across the Eggemoggin Reach. The ferry boat ran for over 150 years until the grand opening of the present day suspension bridge on June 19, 1939; opening up the remote islands to the rest of the world. The bridge still stands as an impressive reminder that once crossed, you are entering into a wild and willful place. The only access by car, it is one of the longest and most daring suspension bridges in New England.