Last August we spent a week in Maine with my mom, my sister and her family, and my brother-in-law’s sister. We rented a summer cottage on the water in Port Clyde, and spent most of our days playing in the yard, at the beach down the road, or exploring the area. We had lobster for nearly every meal and it was just a really wonderful, idyllic vacation. Port Clyde is definitely way off the tourist path, with only a small general store and a two or three restaurants in the town itself. The great thing about staying in such a small town was that we spent days just relaxing and being with each other. The downside of staying somewhere like Port Clyde is that it took us 30 minutes to get to a big grocery store and so my sister and I spent a lot of time in the car going back and forth. It wasn’t until two days before we left that we discovered a closer store that could have shaved some time off the round trip commute, but it was still quite a ways away. If you’re looking for privacy and seclusion for your next family trip and are considering a vacation to Maine, I couldn’t be more positive on our time in Port Clyde.
We decided to do it again this year, but plans were a bit haphazard for the longest time because we didn’t know if we were going to be in California or Ireland when it came time for the trip. Since my sister has the most difficult schedule to work around – she’s a labor and delivery nurse who works the night shift at her local hospital, we scheduled around the time that she’ll be able to get away. At first we had wanted to stay up around Bar Harbor, but it just felt like it was going to be more difficult to plan staying that far away from a major international airport, so instead we focused our efforts on the mid-coast region. We thought about renting the same house that we stayed in last year but it wasn’t available by the time we got our act together. We looked to go a bit cheaper this year but nothing that would fit the size of our group was still available either. After discussing it at length we decided that if we were going to invest this much time and effort into such a big family trip that we wouldn’t want one that would pale in comparison to the trip we took last year. The fact of the matter is, we have three pretty young, outspoken children in our party and I would be heartbroken if all we kept hearing was how much better the year before was. So … we upped our budget and that opened up a world of possibilities for us. In the end, we chose another seaside summer cottage that shares a number of similarities with the cottage we rented last year, although this year our cottage will have an easier ingress/egress point for the kayaks that we’ll end up renting.