Staying Close to Home

Watch the sunset around the fire pit: Sunset at Sea Escape Cottages is really something special. The west facing view offers a big sky to fill with some amazing colors.  This a great time of day to unwind and meet some of  the other guests.

Have a lobster bake: Get fresh lobster from a dock and cook them at home. Ask Les for tips on where to get Lobster and how to cook them. Donna and Les have been known to do  a big lobster and clam bake from time to time for guests that are interested in joining them.

The community room: It is like another living room for everyone to use. There is a coin operated washer and dryer and a bunch of movies, board games, a few books, and some brochures from our area. The garage is attached to it and Les can often be found there.

Sleep in: What more can I say, get up when you want, it’s your vacation.

Read books: Bring along that best seller that has been sitting on the night stand for three months.

Watch movies: Donna has had fun growing a video library in the community room. There is a VCR/DVD in the cottage and a VCR/DVD player in the community room. Find a movie to bring to your cottage or hang out and see if anyone swings in.

Have a family reunion: Bring together children, cousins, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles with out having to host them all at your house. Coordinate your vacation time and everyone can have there own cottage to stay in and a big front yard to share.

Bird Watching: Osprey, sea gulls, bald eagles, cormorants, chickadees, old squaw ducks, guillemots, eider ducks, great blue herons, egrets, Canada geese, plovers, pipers, cardinals, mocking birds, cat birds, starlings, orioles, even wild turkeys. We are on the migratory path of finches in the spring and fall. The McNelly Ladies watch birds. If you want to see Puffins, we know a couple of boats that can take you to see them.

Get married: Sea Escape Cottages has hosted weddings since 1997. The gazebo is a first choice for ceremonies and there is lots of room for an outdoor reception. With places to stay at hand, family and friends coming from near and far can be accommodated.

Playground: swings and slides and on our Sea Escape Estate.

Pick Berries: Take advantage of our Blueberry bushes, Raspberry bushes, and concord Grapes that we have been growing for more than two decades.

Fly kites:  Ocean breezes and our big Sea Escape lawn, need we say more?

Kayaking: Launch your Kayak from our rocky shore, or one of the many easy public launching points in Harpswell and beyond. Rent a Kayak from the local guides at H2O outfitters and they will pick up and deliver for you.

Bike riding: We are located off the main road with almost no traffic so it is safe place for kids of all ages to ride around with some freedom.  For the older explorer it is a great way to see the small fishing community.

Adventuring Out & About

Sail on Schooner Alert: Talk to Bethany and Perry and book a cruise on this Classic Wooden Sail Boat. Sea Escape Cottage Guests get 10% discount.

Relax and explore on the rocks: We have an ocean side deck with stares that take you to the rocky shore.  You can sit and relax or explore under rocks at low tide. The more adventurous can hop in for a swim. One of our favorite day adventures is a long bouldering walk around the whole island.

Launch your own boat: 3 boat launches are close by. Throw your own kayak on top your car or hook up your tailored boat before you come to be able to get on the water on your own time.

Go fishing: Bring your own boat and tackle or hire a guide to take you. Go for Striped Bass, Blue Fish, Atlantic Mackerel, Atlantic Cod, and Haddock.

Sail on ALERT or TEVAKEPrivat charters are available. Talk to Bethany or Perry and arrange a time that works best for you so sail with Sea Escape Charters

Giant stairs walk on east side of the island:  There is a place to park on Washington Ave. Walk down Ocean Street and it turns into a bumpy walking path along the east shore. The East shore is unsheltered and can offer some nice waves crashing against the rocks.

Cedar Beach: There is a small sandy cove on Bailey Island: You follow Robinhood Rd to the end and walk down Cedar Beach Road. There is very limited or no parking so it’s a good idea to walk or ride bikes there. The beach has a peninsula at low tide and a rocky island at high tide. This a great place to spend a hot day.

Go to Popham Beach or Reid State Park for the day.

Take long walks:  You don’t have to worry to much about getting lost, Bailey Island is a three mile by one mile island with a main road running down the middle. If your going off island for a walk you will find some nice bits of public land in Harpswell with well marked trails.

Visit local restaurants!

Eat lots of good seafood: Lobsters, clams, scallops, mussels,  shrimp, fish, and lobsters.

Visit museums!

Go Antiquing: If you are looking for something old and unique, all of Route 1 is speckled with antique shops of all different types and sizes.

Farmers Markets.

Visit Land’s End Gifts: Located at the end of Rt 24 on Bailey Island.

Go golfing.

Local Attractions

Bailey Island General Store

Full breakfast, pizza, lobster rolls, hot/cold subs. Eat in or take out Groceries, beer and wine.

2124 Harpswell Islands Rd.
Bailey Island, Maine

Salt Cod Cafe

Delicious Maine blueberry muffins and other homemade muffins and scones, Orr’s Island Seafood Chowder, fresh lobster rolls, fresh crabmeat rolls, sandwiches, and homemade fruit pies. Open Memorial Day weekend through September.

1894 Harpswell Islands Rd.
Orr’s Island, ME 04066

Gurnet Trading & Lunch & Lobster

Your direct connection to the sea.

602 Gurnet Rd.
Brunswick, ME 04011

Cooks Lobster & Ale House

Classic seafood restaurant with the best view in town.

Garrison Cove Rd.
Bailey Island, ME

Dolphin Marina & Restaurant

Add On the water’s edge of picturesque Pott’s Harbor at the tip of Basin Point

Basin Point Rd.
South Harpswell, ME

Morse’s Cribstone Grill

Fresh seafood with ocean views. Located next to the Cribstone Bridge on Bailey Island in Harpswell, Morse’s Cribstone Grill offers lobsters live or cooked to go. Come by boat or car.


Estes Lobster House

Since 1947 Estes Lobster House has been a destination family restaurant in the heart of Casco Bay.

1906 Harpswell Neck Rd.
South Harpswell, ME 04079

Block & Tackle Restaurant

Over 30 years serving family caught seafood cuisine & other home-style dishes.

843 Cundy’s Harbor Rd.
Harpswell, ME 04079

Captain Mike’s Family Restaurant

We work directly with lobster boats and seafood dealers to give you the freshest lobsters and seafood that you would expect!

32 Bath Rd
Brunswick, ME 04011

Island Candy Company

Candy, ice cream, locally produced products

1795 Harpswell Islands Rd.
Orr’s Island, ME

Big Top Delicatessen

70 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011

The Great Impasta

Italiana Cucina

42 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011

The School House Cafe

Serving wholesome breakfasts, lunches, baked goods & deserts. We use local meats/vegetables & bake everything from scratch.

506 Harpswell Neck Rd
Harpswell, ME 04079

Erica’s Seafood

Fresh seafood, lobsters, chowders & non-seafood items. Outside seating. Boat accessible, lobster pound, child friendly. Cash only.

Basin Point
Harpswell, ME 04079

Land’s End Gift Shop, Bailey Island

This is a great website for not only their gift shop but also for more information on the Bailey Island area.


Harpswell, Maine

Bailey Island, Orr’s Island, South Harpswell, etc…

Land’s End Gift Shop, Island Candy Company and more…

Brunswick, Maine

There are two websites here. One is the Brunswick Downtown Assoc. and the other is the Midcoast area Chamber of Commerce that includes Harpswell. Brunswick is the biggest town in Maine – any bigger and it would be a city.

Freeport, Maine

L.L. Bean, Nine West Outlet, The Mangy Moose, J. Crew Factory Store, When Pigs Fly, and so much more … shop till you drop retail stores.

Bath, Maine

Bath Book Shop, Reny’s, Antiques, and a very cute downtown.

Portland, Maine

The Big City. Home of our major airport. There is even a big MALL in South Portland. We love to spend a day in the Old Port.

Maine State Music Theater

Maine’s largest performing arts group.

22 Elm St
Brunswick, ME 04011

The Theater Project

Founded in 1971 as a non-profit community-based theater.

14 School St
Brunswick, ME 04011

The Chocolate Church Arts Center

Bringing the arts to Midcoast Maine and preserving the historic Chocolate Church.

798 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530

Eveningstar Cinema

Movie Theater

149 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011

Regal Cinemas Brunswick 10

Movie Theater

19 Gurnet Rd
Brunswick, ME 04011

Thomas Point Beach

A quick 30 minute drive from Bailey Island. The family fun spot!

Off Route 24
Cooks Corner
Brunswick, ME 04011

Popham Beach State Park

Just an hour drive from Sea Escape Cottages. A great day trip!

On Maine Route 209 – fourteen miles from Bath. Follow signs to park.
10 Perkins Farm Lane
Phippsburg, ME 04562

Reid State Park

Only an hour drive from Sea Escape Cottages.

On Seguinland Road in Georgetown, 13 miles from Route 1 in Woolwich. Take Route 127 South.
375 Seguinland Road
Georgetown, ME 04548

Wolfe’s Neck State Park

A quick 50 minute drive from Bailey Island.

Four and a half miles from Route 1 in downtown Freeport, via Bow Street and Wolf Neck Road.
426 Wolfe’s Neck Road
Freeport, ME 04032

Admiral Peary’s Museum

Inveniam viam aut faciam (Find a way or make on)

Eagle Island Home, National Park
Friends of Peary’s Eagle Island
P.O. Box 70
Bailey Island, ME 04003

Maine Maritime Museum

Celebrates Maine’s maritime heritage & culture.

243 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530

Farnsworth Art Museum

Art Museum & Wyeth Center

16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841

Bayview Gallery

Experience the joy of fine art

58 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011

VSA Arts of Maine

Promoting the creative power in people with disabilities through the arts.

185 Park Row
Brunswick, ME 04011

Claudette Gamache Gallery

Pastels and Fine Silk Paintings.

1016 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530

Maine Made Photos

Ann B. Hutchins – view her work at her website or when you visit Lands End Gift Shop on Bailey Island

Brad McFadden

His paintings feature ordinary glimpses of island life and also celebrate the vibrant nature of the local fishing community.

14 Sweet William Way
Orr’s Island, ME 04066

Gallery at Widgeon Cove

Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, handmade paper & gifts

31 Widgeon Cove Lane
Harpswell, ME 04079

Schooner Alert Windjammer Cruise

Join your Captains, Bethany and Perry at the end of Garrison Cove Rd, Bailey Island, ME. Schooner Alert is a 70 foot Maine made wooden tall ship that offers two, four, or six hour public or private sailing cruises for up to 28 people. Call in advance to assure your reservation.

207-841-9125 or 207-833-5531

Tevake Sailing Charters

Your private sailing trip leaves from Bailey Island. It is a great way tot spend the day or a couple of hours. Call Captains Bethany or Perry to arrange a time to go aboard their sail boat named Tevake. You can help set the sails or sit back and relax – leave the details to us. Plan your trip at the last minute or weeks ahead.

207-841-9125 or 207-833-5531


Sea Kayaking Trips & Instruction

Orr’s Island, Maine 04066

Monhegan Boat Line

Trips from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island. Nature cruises and lighthouse tours.

P.O. Box 238
Port Clyde, ME 04855

Casco Bay Lines

Providing ferry service from Portland to Bailey Island & nature cruises from Bailey Island.

56 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

Sea Ventures Charters

They offer custom, personalized charters aboard the 38′ diesel-powered Lady Anne. Dive trips, shark cage trips, sport fishing.

327 Walton Rd
Wayne, ME 04284

Hardy Boat Cruises

Puffin Watches from their 60′ boat Hardy III.

Route 32 at Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, New Harbor, Maine

Sea Spray Kayaking

Visit them on the water at all of their Midcoast Maine locations! Kayak rentals delivered right to your doorstep. Daily guided tours.

320 State Rd, West Bath – only 15 minutes from Bailey Island
78 Desert Rd. Freeport

Up The Creek

Kayak & Canoe Rentals

Winnegance Village
Phippsburg, ME 04562

Brunswick Golf Club

Golf in Maine has never been better than at the Brunswick Golf Club.

165 River Road
Brunswick, ME 04011

Bath Country Club

Skip Work. Play Golf.

387 Whiskeag Road
Bath, ME 04530

Mere Creek Golf Course

Public Golf Course on the Brunswick Naval Air Station

9 Merriconeag Rd
Brunswick, ME 04011

Highland Green Golf Club

Adult Resort Community and Golf Club in Topsham, Maine.

P.O. Box 550
Topsham, Me 04086

Country Fareways

Midcoast Maine’s premier par 3 ten hole golf course.

1549 Augusta Rd
Bowdoin, ME 04287

Samoset Resort

Samoset’s 18-hole championship golf course will delight both the serious and the recreational player.

220 Warrenton St
Rockport, ME 04856

Coastal Maine Scenic Train Rides

Coastal Maine scenic train rides. Round trip service between Brunswick & Rockland with stops in Bath & Wiscasset. The Journey is the Destination.


Maine Narrow Guage Railroad Co. & Museum

Take a trip back in time at the Maine Narrow Guage Railroad Co. & Musem! Enjoy magnificent views of Portland’s waterfront aboard antique rail cars pulled by hard-working steam and diesel locomotives.

58 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

Boothbay Railway Village

586 Wiscasset Rd
Route 27
P.O.Box 123
Boothbay, ME 04537