Now That You’ve Arrived, What To Do

There are certain places in this world where time doesn’t stand still, it retreats.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Beginning again

Summer 2018 is almost upon us and we will be ready

image000001The sun is coming up here on the east coast of Maine.  This is the land of majestic sunrises as the sunlight beams first upon the United States heralding a new day.  Sound idyllic?  That’s because it is.  At Peacock House, while we are open year round,  we see the start of another summer  season as a bright beginning not unlike the fabled Downeast sunrise.  Here’s what we’ve been doing during the slow winter months to get ready for a crowded house.

Returning visitors to our bed and breakfast may notice some differences from the last time they were here.  Outside a new picket fence has been constructed.  All of the shutters have been taken down, repainted and put back up.  We are currently working on the installation of a pond in the back yard near the deck, and that will be ready soon.  We’ve added a trellis around the perimeter of the outdoor deck to afford a bit more privacy and ambience, perfect for serving outdoor breakfast on beautiful mornings.  Speaking of breakfast, there will be another indoor breakfast seating option available, a table for two for a more intimate couples experience.

Indoor improvements have also kept us busy.  The aging black paint that was on the stairway railing and newell posts has been stripped off, and a new finish has been applied.  We’ve installed new tile in both the Summer Room and the Captains Cabin.  Some of the rooms have been appointed with new rugs and furniture, and king size beds now grace our four suites.  A pair of bicycles is now available for those who would like to tool around town or take a tour out to one of the lighthouses in the area, maybe with a picnic basket prepared here especially for you.

We are always trying to improve the bed and breakfast experience for our guests.  Of course, some things will never change at Peacock House, like the homemade breakfasts, the personal service, and the relaxing atmosphere.  My name is Jim, and together with my wife Mary Beth, we welcome you to another summer here at Peacock House by the Bay of Fundy.  Won’t you join us?

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