Seacoast > Vacations > Bold Coast Cutler,
Two-Week-Long Vacation on the Maine Bold Coast
On this page you will find a log of our Bold Coast -
Cutler, Maine vacation for almost two weeks. We planned this vacation in early
January and booked our lodging at this time. Here
is our day-by-day description of our vacation, things that we did, the
company that visited, where we hiked, and places we visited. If you are
planning a trip to Cutler, Maine or the Maine Bold Coast the information
that follows may be helpful.
Directions. Getting to the Bold Coast
will take some time. If you are driving you can go one of three routes. The
first will take you through Bangor, then east along Route 2, then along the
coast until you reach Route 191. The second will take you through the
Augusta area, east along Route 3, and then on to Route 191. The third, and
longest in time, is along the Maine Coastal Route 1 until you hit Route 191.
Cutler, Maine. Cutler is a very small
fishing village located on the ocean. There is no general store or
restaurants. Very picturesque so bring your camera.
Lodging. We stayed at a cottage
located at "Sea Ledges" along the coast on Little Machias Penisular in
Cutler, Maine. A beautiful place with an ocean view and many hiking trails.
This cottage (there is only one cottage) is on a 170-acre plot of land that offers
lots of privacy and great ocean views. The cottage is well-maintained and
very clean. In addition, should you need anything you can call on the
on-site caretaker (Mike - a very helpful and pleasant fellow). Upon arrival
we found welcome notes, a large jar of delicious cookies, and platter of
blueberry muffins provided by Julie - "The Keeper of the Cottage".
Saturday, August 3. We departed our home on Saturday
morning with plans to stop along the way during the drive. Our longest stop
was in the coastal village of Milbridge where we visited the town's boat
landing, McClellan Park, and ate lunch at the Fisherman's Wife's Cafe. We arrived
at the cottage in Cutler on Saturday afternoon
just after 4:00 pm.
Fisherman's Wife's Cafe - Milbridge, Maine
Check in was 4:00 pm so the timing was right. We relaxed, had some dinner, went to the shoreline, and did a
Sunday, August 4. Our first full day was spent
relaxing and hiking on the 170-acres of Sea Ledges. Our first hike took us along a marked
trail called the Shore Line Walk that provided us with some good exercise
and some great coastal views. We surprised a porcupine along the walk -
fortunately he scurried off with all his quills still fastened. There are
picnic tables and benchs scattered throughout the property.
Coastal View at along Shore Line Walk at Sea
Monday, August 5. We explored a lot of the
170-acre land area and walked along many of the hiking trails. Trails
included a walk along the Summitt Hill Trail in the morning. In the
afternoon we walked Mariner's Way and Sea Ridge Pass.
Mariners Way Trail Sea Ledges Cutler Maine
Tuesday, August 6. The highlight of the day was
hiking the trail on Western Head Preserve located in Cutler, Maine at the
end of Destiny Bay Road.
Wednesday, August 7. We woke up early having our
breakfast and coffee. A rabbit spent about 30 minutes on the back lawn
providing some early morning entertainment for us.
Rabbit on Sea Ledges Lawn
In the morning after breakfast I took some hikes
along some of the smaller trails to include Knob Hill, Stone Face Narrows,
Hole in the Wall, Seaview Lookout, and Short Cut Pass.
Seaview Lookout Sea Ledges Cutler Maine
The big event was a late
morning hike on Eastern Nubble trail. This trail leads from Route 191 (parking
is across the street from the Post Office and Volunteer Fire Department)
along the northern shore of Little River to the point of land reaching into
the Atlanta. The last part of the trail one hears the constant (every ten
seconds?) sound of the fog horn on Little River Lighthouse. Lunch was a trip
to the AZ market at the former housing area of the Cutler Naval Station
located about eight miles south of Cutler on Route 191 for some pizza (and
much needed cream for our morning coffee). The afternoon was spent at the
cottage picnic table enjoying the ocean view, napping and preparing for our
Thursday, August 8. This was another quiet day.
My wife went off to Lubec for some grocery shopping at IGA. She took Route 191
up to Lubec then on the way back from shopping took a longer route home Boot
Cove Road. I did two hikes
along the shore at Sea Ledges. Some clouds moved in and we had rain off and
on. Lots of reading, napping, and relaxing.
Friday, August 9. Another really rainy day.
I did a long hike in the morning on Wilderness Ridge and Deer Hill Trails. Our
daughter and her boyfriend arrived at mid-day. Built a fire to kill the
chill. Did a little touring on the estate in the early evening - went to the
Shore Line Walk West trail which brought us to a rocky coast with
great views. I mean't to watch the Patriots play their first exhibition game
of the season but we lost track of time watching the fire, drinking wine,
and telling stories.
Saturday, August 10. We woke to a beautiful day.
The sky was clear for most of the morning. A lot of fog that cleared by noon
time. My daughter, her boyfriend and I did a morning walk along the Shore
Line Walk trail
viewing the ocean as we went along. Then we packed a picnic lunch and went
to the Driftwood Pavilion - a picnic area on the property right on the ocean.
The Driftwood Pavilion on Cobble Beach at Sea
young man went fishing - no nibbles, but managed to loose a lure. We (the
two older folks) retired to the cottage for a late afternoon nap. The kids
walked along the shore spotting five seals and an eagle.
Vacations sometimes involves tough decisions -
wine or beer.
The view is from the deck of the Sea Ledges Driftwood
Sunday. We woke to another beautiful
day. The ocean front was quiet as the storms have passed and we were at
slack water. I went on another early morning walk - today I did the Logger's
Run which led into Moose Run. Our son and his wife joined us to spend the
night. We gave them the tour of the wonderful property and they did a walk
along Cliffside Walk and then
on the Shore Line trail.
Cliffside Walk on Sea Ledges in Cutler, Maine.
Cliffs along the left of the path with a babbling brook along the right of
the path. Ahead is the ocean shore.
Some of the group did some yoga on the front lawn.
Then games later on, dinner, and warmed up in front of the fireplace in the
Yoga on Sea Ledges Front Lawn Cutler Maine