Maine is called Vacationland for a reason; its stunning beauty and temperate summers attract visitors year after year. One thing visitors to Maine love, almost as much as the lobsters that grace our shores, are Maine cottages. Maine rentals are a booming business, and why not? Who wouldn’t want to stay in a quaint cottage on the shores of the bold ocean?
For many people, when they envision a Maine cottage, they picture one of the classic bungalow style cottages that popped up all over the coast during the 20s. These shingled, two storied houses often feature a squat roof with a gable, and a wide porch. Another very popular cottage style in Maine is the classic Cape Cod. These boxy little houses are cute and efficient, and extremely popular. Big, old rambling farm houses can be found right on the edge of the water, as many farms used to be located close to the shore. All of these classic cottage styles are readily available for rent, and often sport numerous bedrooms and quaint furnishings, while incorporating all the modern amenities your family needs.
Don’t despair if classic isn’t your style, there are plenty of extremely modern architectural marvels for rent along the Maine coast. These rentals often feature vast expanses of glass looking out over the rocky shore and mighty waves of the Gulf of Maine. Maine has a tradition new and old of master craftsmen, builders, and architects, that carries through into the stunning newer rental cottages from York Beach to Calais.
One thing that is common in most Maine rentals, new and old, is the inclusion of features such as large decks and porches, patios, and tons of lawn furniture, so that you may enjoy the fantastic summer weather, and beautiful surroundings as much as possible. Many rentals feature kayaks, bicycles, and lawn games such as croquet or bocci for your family to enjoy while visiting.
No matter what your family size or budget, there is a Maine rental that will fit your needs. From a small studio sized boat house, to a 10 bedroom family estate, there’s one available. Be sure to plan and book your Maine summer rental early though, prime summer weeks fill up fast, and many families return to the same homes year after year, and are pre-booked months, if not years in advance. If your family finds a rental you love and want to return to, many cottage owners advise booking for the next year upon check out, so that you can secure your spot for the next summer.
Don’t despair if you are planning a last minute get away, Maine cottages are so numerous, you are sure to find something. Check rental sites often, and if there’s a place you just have to have that’s all booked up, go ahead and email the owner anyway, and ask them to drop you a line in case of cancellations.
A summer cottage can be the ultimate Maine experience. Renting a cottage for a week or two can really make you feel like you are at home while on vacation. After your first cup of coffee on a porch overlooking the ocean, you’ll be sold on the Maine cottage experience for life.