Rental of the Week: Shell Heap South in Northeast Harbor, ME

Offering wonderful views of Northeast Harbor and shared use of a dock and lovely boat house with ping pong table, Shell Heap South is a shorefront treasure offering those who visit a grassy path to the only beach located inside the Harbor. At low tide, the soft rounded beach stones give way to huge sandy clam flats. Companion to a sister home known as Shell Heap North, the two homes are among Northeast Harbor's original residences. Each being unique, Shell Heap South offers its guests a historic feel without sacrificing modern day comforts and decor with a selection of art created and collected by multiple generations of family, and a dramatic living room open to the second story.

While perfect for guests who desire privacy and seclusion, Shell Heap South also offers a convenient location to those who wish to be within easy reach to Northeast Harbor's quaint village center via boat, bike, car, or two-mile walk. Guests who bring or rent a kayak or standup board are sure to find it fun to paddle to town or even further to explore the coastline. With an Island Explorer bus stop located just across from the top of the driveway, simpler transportation is also available. Board a free shuttle for the short trip into Northeast Harbor's village or stay on a bit longer to ride through the Park, over to Echo Lake, or into the villages of either Bar Harbor or Southwest Harbor. Those who prefer to venture out on foot will enjoy this home's location across from the Thuya Garden trailhead. Use this access point to meander through the famous gardens and lodge, hike to the top of a nearby mountain for outer island views, or take the beautiful walk to Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers with a free ride back on the Island Explorer. Upon request, they will drop you right back where you began at the Thuya Garden trailhead! And after an active day on the water or in the Park, the classic covered porch overlooking a flowering garden is the perfect place to settle in and enjoy the lovely shoreline views. Whether its with a morning coffee, over an outdoor meal, or during an evening gathering, you're sure to enjoy the field of wildflowers and harbor views, especially at sunset.

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About the Area

Northeast Harbor is a village within the town of Mount Desert, and long a favorite destination of sailors and summer visitors alike but home as well to a thriving year-round population. Minutes from access to Acadia National Park, Northeast Harbor offers outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skills opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing and skiing. The Northeast Harbor Fleet dock as well as municipal docking, slips, and moorings make the village especially attractive to those looking for recreation or work on the water and a unique 13-hole golf course and the Northeast Harbor Tennis and Swimming club add to the appeal. Northeast Harbor boasts many year-round businesses including restaurants, galleries and clothing stores as well as an impressive and expansive Library and daily ferry service to the Cranberry Isles.


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