There are certain places in this world where time doesn’t stand still, it retreats.
It retreats away from the hustle and bustle of big city life to a more relaxed state of mind. Downeast Maine is one of those places. It’s what every life, at one time or another, needs. Once the world’s center for herring fisheries, Lubec is now a haven for artists and musicians, and Peacock House has been welcoming visitors for decades to this other side of life, life scaled down to a human level.
As innkeepers, we’ll help you plan your time here in a most rewarding and relaxing way possible, from pointing you to the restaurants to loaning bicycles, to giving you a rundown of the area’s history. You can peruse the Peacock House library for books about the Downeast region, or visit one of the local museums to gain perspective. Or you may just want to play the piano or the guitar in our living room.
The Canadian island of Campobello is just across the bridge from Lubec, and that bridge is only four blocks away from Peacock House. The island provides the major visitor attraction to the area because this is where the Roosevelt International Park resides. The park is where Franklin D. Roosevelt summered for years, and where Eleanor hosted picnics on the lawn for visiting dignitaries. Tours of the house and grounds are popular, with the informative tradition called Tea With Eleanor as a highlight.
The scenery around Campobello and Lubec is not to be missed. Our four lighthouses are a treat to encounter. Hiking trails are some of the best on the east coast, comparable to the Acadia area, but without the crowds. The coast varies from rocky cliffs to long sandy expanses where you can find sea glass, sand dollars and starfish. If you happen to be at the right place at the right time you may spot a whale off the coast. Even if you don’t see a whale there, you still have a chance at a sighting as whale watch boats leave regularly from Lubec and Campobello. There’s also a boat tour that takes visitors out to see the Old Sow Whirlpool, the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. And there may be a water taxi running this summer to shuttle visitors over to Eastport for an opportunity to check out that scenic town.
There are two state parks and a National Wildlife Refuge in the locality. Wildlife abounds here and quite often makes the front page of the newspaper. If you plan well in advance you can visit an Atlantic puffin colony where you will be just a few feet away from thousands of them. Or you can walk a few blocks down our street to the Narrows where you will see seals flipping in the water. No planning necessary. The bald eagles can frequently be seen on the rooftops or soaring overhead. As has happened to us, you may find yourself accompanied by a porcupine or two along the town’s sidewalks at dusk. And we have been privy to a family of foxes crossing our lawn. Notice I haven’t mentioned moose. The more adventurous of you may want to go on that quest. In Downeast Maine all of this just happens naturally.