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The Nubble, Mackeral Cove Mackeral Cove

Fun in Sea Kayaks Princes Beach, 100 yards from the Shorehouse

Lobster Bake @ Shorehouse Shorehouse view

Garrison Cove Cooks Lobsterhouse

Shorehouse Party Casco Bay Lines

Island Romance @ Cooks Eagle Island

Cedar Beach South Orr's Island and Bailey Island Bridge

The Harris Boys Boating in Casco Bay

Cousin Joy, Maine Style The Shorehouse

Island Candy Company "Mea Culpa" anchored at Stovers Point

Pirate Ship anchored off
Bailey Island Bridge
Mackeral Cove

Grandpa and Strider
Enjoying a Summer Day
Enthusiast Kayakers of all ages

Nana's Roses at Island Candy Company

**Maine Maritime Museum, Bath Maine

Founded in 1962, Maine Maritime Museum collects, preserves and interprets materials relating to the maritime history of Maine. Maine's maritime history is told here daily through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs and narrated boat cruises to points of historic significance and natural beauty. Located on the banks of the Kennebec River and just south of Bath Iron Works, home of “The World’s Greatest Shipbuilders”, the Museum welcomes over 65,000 visitors annually. Travel north on rt 24, for 14.2 miles. Go straight through the light at Cooks Corner travel north on rt. 1 to the downtown Bath exit. Take a right at the 4 way stop sign and you should see signs to the museum.

243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530, (207) 443-1316, Maritime@BathMaine.com.

**Cedar Beach

The only sandy beach on Orr’s and Bailey Island. Parking is very limited so walk (30 min), go early, or rent a sea kayak to paddle over! (A very short distance from the Shore House). To drive, travel south on rt. 24 about 1 mile Take a left on Robinhood Road, which is across the street from the Log Cabin. Travel down the hill 1/8 mile and find a place to park on the right. Walk further on, and you will see a dirt road, on the left, with a chain across the road (or not, last time I was there, there was no chain). This is the public right of way to the beach. (DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. The folks who have homes down near the beach wish this weren’t so!!) Follow the dirt road to the beach. At low tide, you can walk over to “Cedar Island”, but be sure not to get stranded over there when the tide comes back in!

**Cribstone Bridge

One unusual but easily visible feature of Orr’s and Bailey Island, is the Cribstone Bridge linking the two islands. Completed in 1928, it is made from huge granite slabs fitted together without mortar or cement in an odd, cribwork style allowing tidewater to pass through. It looks something like an open, elongated, sideways checkerboard. The Cribstone Bridge, which spans Will's Gut between Orr's and Bailey Island, was open to traffic in September 1928. The 12 foot slabs use Gravity as the mortar. Design of the 1150 foot bridge was complicated by the tides in the area known as Will's Gut. It was decided to build a cribstone bridge using granite slabs from local quarries, similar in design to a bridge that had been observed in Scotland (which was rumored to have been later destroyed by Nazi bombing in World War II). Granite slabs were considered sufficiently heavy to withstand wind and wave, while the open cribbing allowed the tide to ebb and flow freely without increasing tidal current to any great degree. 10,000 tons of granite were used in the project. A concrete road (now part of Route 24) was built on top of the cribstones.

**Freeport Shopping

The home of LL Bean and hundreds of outlet stores, Freeport is located just 40 minutes from The Shore House. Travel north on rt 24 14.2 miles. Go straight through the light at Cooks Corner travel south on rt 1 to the first exit, toward 295. Go through 7 lights and south on 295. Exit the first Freeport exit and take a left. You will hit the main drag in Freeport (Main Street) and all the shopping is south of there. For help with directions and deciding what to do, The Freeport Merchants Association has a convenient downtown office to assist you. They are located at 23 Depot Street in the Hose Tower building.

**Casco Bay Lines

As you might suspect, Casco Bay Lines ferries aren't really a tourist service. They're the islands' lifeline--carrying groceries, lumber and mail; transporting residents and school children to and from the mainland. They're also the best way we know to see Casco Bay, as the oldest ferry service in America makes its regular daily runs through some of Maine's most beautiful natural scenery. You can stay aboard and enjoy the views, or disembark and explore the islands for yourself. Bailey Island noon Cruise- departs Cooks Lobster house at noon daily 1 hour 45 minutes. The Noontime Cruise departs Cook's Landing on Bailey Island at noon. It cruises through Potts Harbor, past Eagle Island and Haskell Island, and peeks into Mackerel Cove. (Note: Bailey Island can be reached by car from the Brunswick area. Take Route 24 south from Cook's Corner

**The Island Candy Company

Featuring Melinda Richter, partner and property manager of the Shore House. Her store not only has the finest hand made chocolates and confectionaries, she also features some excellent local artists. This is the perfect place for you to pick up an original gift, get some penny candy for the kids (let them pick out their own from the antique containers, in a penny candy bag!!) When the heat is on, her ice cream is a neighborhood favorite, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike-in the beautiful garden dedicated to our grandparents.

**Giant Staircase

A very cool local rock formation, and a pleasant stroll along beautiful coastline. Go south to Bailey Island and past Mackeral Cove. On the left (1/2 mile-ish) is Washington Ave. Bear right at the split in the road, and park in church parking lots. Walk toward the water, there you’ll find the path

**Eagle Island- Home of Admiral Perry

**Maine State Parks

**Boothbay Harbor

**Portland Old Port

** Hiking Trails

**Local Events

Some local area events include the Bath Annual Heritage Days in July; the Annual Maine Festival Days in July; the Annual Maine Festival Days in July at Thomas Point Beach; the Annual Bailey Island Tuna Tournament in August; the Topsham Fair in August; The Old Fashion Christmas Days at Bath in December; and Freeport provides activities and shopping year 'round.