Down East 2013 ©
The locals call this tiny cottage the “Nubble” (but don’t confuse it with the Nubble lighthouse sixty miles down the coast in York). The cottage sits so close to a larger island, you’d think you could hop to it — you can’t. The only way to visit is by boat. Built in 1909, this octagonal gazebo used to be connected by a portable trestle to the neighboring island, and the original owner could skip across it to the thriving summer community there — one of those close-knit, seasonal villages that can be found all over Maine. The Lilly B makes six daily trips to this ephemeral place in the warm-weather months. Leaving from a quiet hamlet on the mainland, the boat might as well be transporting you to another dimension, so different is the way of life on this isle compared to the rest of town. One minute you’re shopping for bargains in a sophisticated boutique, the next, you’re on an island paradise, watching the sun set over the bay. And this diminutive dwelling is as romantic as any island home with its unique design and its own windmill power.
Have you ever spotted this idyllic island? Send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment below if you can identify this salty Shangri-La.