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Matinicus Island

Maine's Most Seaward Island

Matinicus is extraordinary, but not for everyone. To experience the traditional New England seashore, Matinicus is one of the last best places. If you would like to visit an island that is remote, a bit rustic, and that requires a sense of adventure, tolerance, independence, and humor from its visitors READ ON.

The Boston Globe travel writers call Matinicus "rugged, but beautiful, with sweeping ocean views and sandy of the last places in Maine where the old Down East lifestyle survives in anything like it's pure form... unspoiled and unpretentious." If this is what you want, we want you to come visit.

Our two homes are distinguished by their private setting and proximity to a lovely sandy beach and to the harbor.  The locations of these homes with their water views would make a list of the very best spots on all the Maine Coast. Guests' expectations are usually exceeded.(Check Availability Now) Norris - Kohls

"Our last day here and we hate to leave. It's so unusual to find a place where the land still belongs to itself and not to people. Thank you Matinicus for two weeks of freedom." Lynne and David W.

Who Will Like Matinicus - This is our belief.


With a tradition extending back to George Bellows, Matinicus attracts more and more artists working in media including paint, photography, and found object sculpture.

Excellent art supply stores in Rockland and Rockport combine with frequent plane flights to Matinicus to supply an extended stay. The serenity of setting promotes productivity. The visual interest of ocean panoramas, the harbor devoted entirely to fishing, pristine and weathered structures and island residents offer inexhaustible subject material.

"I return because of the simplicity of life and the hypnotic trance the island seems to blanket over me, so rhythmic and fragile. This is a place in the world where nothing else in the world matters. I look up in the sky at night and get carried away." Jody S.



Many family reunions take place on Matinicus. Two houses to rent make it possible for an extended family group to take both and accommodate fifteen people or so in six bedrooms with two kitchen facilities.

"I just went swimming for the first time, really swimming across the bay of Markey's Beach at eight o'clock p.m. after cleaning up. It's a great big shocking cold, an appropriate end to our week, I have enjoyed the horizon, the beach, the birds and my children, niece and nephew, sister and brother-in-law, and my husband very much during this week." Elizabeth


Escapees from Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and especially, Nantucket.

People say that Matinicus today is like Nantucket in the l940s and l950s or the way they remember their childhood Nantucket summer vacations. The Cape and Islands have become over the past twenty years very busy, bustling, crowded, even uptight. These days, when everything costs a million dollars, who can possibly afford a house to own or even rent right on the water? Matinicus, on the other hand, hasn’t changed. Matinicus's seclusion, privacy, vistas and sand beaches, unspoiled by tourists, rival what Nantucket had.
“Nantucket refugees should visit Matinicus” is what one guest says.

"An extremely scenic, beautiful, and untouched island. The island natives have been most gracious."

Those who want to see life as lived in a simpler time


Without the automobile organizing every activity. With the freedom to walk virtually anywhere on dirt roads and pathways. Without the press of commerce. With the sound of the ocean waves calming you at night.

"Last year it took me two days to unwind from the self imposed stress of work, mortgage payments, and family life. This year it took fifteeen minutes. Words cannot explain my feelings for this masterpiece of nature." Dave

People who would enjoy gazing at the ocean all day long


The location of the houses is right on the water. The ocean is hypnotizing. You can watch for hours.

"I love waking up in the morning in this house and looking out on the clear blue sea on all sides." Jessica