The passage that follows is a log of our
Roque Bluffs, Maine vacation for one week.
This would be our one family vacation together where we actually took a trip
together in 2010. So here
is our day-by-day description of how our vacation went, where we ate, what
we did, and more. If you are planning a trip to the Roque Bluffs,
Maine area then perhaps
some of the info that follows will be useful.
Where: Roque Bluffs, Maine. Roque
Bluffs is located on a peninsular of land just south of Machias. From
the Freeport, Maine area it is about a four-hour long drive. We came
up Route 295 north, then Route 9 east, then Route 193 to Cherryfield, then
Route 1 East towards Machias. Click here to view a
map of Roque Bluffs by MapQuest.
Lodging: Our cottage is very nice with two
bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, and a roomy floor plan - upstairs and down. The
cottage comes with all the amenities. The living room, kitchen and outside
deck has a wonderful view of the
Little Kennebec Bay. See the following link
to view the cottage online -
Spray Cottage. It is located at the
water’s edge on the eastern edge of the Roque Bluffs peninsular overlooking
Little Kennebec Bay.
Our rental cottage - click on picture for website
Saturday. We arrived on Saturday evening around
5:00 pm. The cottage (really a house) that we stayed in was wonderful.
The dirt/stone road the cottage is located on is private and
secluded. No traffic - with just the sound of sea gulls and the
occasional lobster boat. The weather started off cloudy and raining;
but the last four days were super - sunny and in the low 70s. The cottage had
a full kitchen so most of our meals we ate in. Saturday night was a
spaghetti dinner and red wine. It has a wonderful view.
View from the shoreline of our cottage
Sunday. We had our morning coffee on the
deck of our rental cottage overlooking Little Kennebec Bay. The seagulls
were going to and fro and the lobster buoys were bobbing about. Once we had
breakfast done we took a drive through Machias (north of Roque Bluffs) along
the main streets and back roads. Machias is a pleasant coastal town and we
found many places we want to explore on our one-week vacation. While
driving back to our ocean-side cottage we stopped at Hannaford's on Route 1
for some provisions for the week. My wife picked out the groceries and
loaded cart. I pushed the cart and picked out the beer! Lunch was at the
cottage. We saw some kayakers going by and chatted with them. Turns out
they live just down the coast about 1/2 mile. Later we went to
Bluffs State Park and visited the beach. Nice facilities there. It is a
$3.00 fee per adult unless you have the seasonal Maine State Park Pass
(which we do). Although it was a Sunday, very nice weather day, and in the
summer it was not crowded at all. We left the beach and went hiking on some
of the trails in the park. The trails are well-marked. After our 3-mile
hike we did some driving around the peninsular and looked at all the nice
homes we wished we owned! Then home to the cottage for some outdoor
grilling and rest. A nice vacation day!
Beach at Roque Bluffs State Park
Monday. Rain, rain, and more rain. A
quiet day in the seaside cottage reading books and working on the computer.
We had a kayak delivered from a kayak rental business located in Machias
Sunrise Canoe and Kayak.
There are lots of kayak rental
places along the coast of Maine but Sunrise seems the closest to us. Cost $25 for the delivery and about another $125 of four days of use.
Later that day my daughter and I rode the mountain bikes along some of the dirt roads on
the peninsular. It was a good day for my wife an daughter to do their
Tuesday. The weather was better
today (Tuesday). A lot of lobster boats out on the water today. It was nice
having coffee on the deck watching them work. My daughter and I went out on
the rental kayak. It is a fiberglass open two-seater - somewhere on it
there is an inscription that says Old Town Twin Otter (that is as technical
of a description you will get from me). We went out in the morning for
about 1 1/2 hours up the Little Kennebec Bay all the way past Foss Point and our arms and shoulders were
sore for a while after we returned (think Motrin). Lunch was a steak meal
grilled on the porch overlooking the water. In the afternoon my wife and I
drove our daughter to Ellsworth to drop her off with a friend who is living
for the summer on Deer Isle. Then we returned by 8:30 p.m. to our seaside
Kayaking in Little Kennebec Bay off the eastern shore of Roque Bluffs,
The small speck in the middle of the water is our kayak heading north.
Wednesday. Day Five of our Roque Bluffs, Maine
vacation was spent on the road. We drove north to
Lubec, Maine to check out the
eastern-most location of the United States. Our first stop was visiting
Fort O'Brien - a beautiful view of Machias Bay from the hilltop. Then we
took Route 191 traveling through the coastal towns of Cutler (Destiny Bay is
beautiful) and South Trescott. We got off Route 191 and headed east along
Boot Cove Road to
Quoddy Head State Park where one finds hiking trails, a
beautiful ocean park, and West Quoddy Head Light. Then on to Lubec where we
walked along Water Street and ate at one of the cafes. Lubec is a wonderful
ocean village. We bought some delicious chocolate at
Chocolates on Water Street. As the end of the day was approaching we headed back to Roque Bluffs - taking Route 1 south (or west) through West Lubec and
Whiting. Dinner was hotdogs on the grill. A nice late evening walk along
quiet roads finished up the evening.
West Quoddy Head Light
Thursday. On Day Six we decided to stay close
to the cottage. We went out kayaking early in the morning - leaving
about 9:00 a.m. and returning at 10:30 a.m. Our course took us south
in Little Kennebec Bay, around Johnson Point (which is on the Bucks Harbor
peninsular), into Mill Pond, and then return. To us (inexperienced
kayakers) it was an adventure; although once we looked at the map is seems
like a short distance. We did build up an appetite for a second
breakfast so we had some omelet's. The afternoon brought reading on
our deck and then a nap (sometimes referred to as GBNT). Later we
drove to Machiasport and Bucks Harbor on an exploration (sightseeing?) .
Jasper Beach on Bucks Harbor. Later we drove to East Machias where we walked along the multi-use trial (an old railroad bed
converted to trail use - see
Sunrise Trail). Back to the cottage for a grilled chicken
dinner on the deck (as I type the wife cooks!).
Jasper Beach in Machiasport, Maine
Friday. On Day Seven we decided on no long trips - we
wanted to enjoy the cottage. We did another kayak trip for about 1 1/2
hours in Little Kennebec Bay - heading north. The tides and currents
were favorable - as was the weather. Then a nap (or GBNT). My
wife did some Internet surfing and laundry. I headed to Machias and
rode for two hours on the Sunrise Trail on my mountain bike. I started
in Machias and went west to Whitneyville then returned. Stopped at a
Dunkin Doughnuts for a energy drink and then headed out along the trail to
East Machias and then returned. I was back by six p.m. in time for
hotdogs and cheeseburgers on the grill.
Sunrise Trail - multi-use
Saturday. Our vacation has ended. We have
completed our drive south along the coast and we are now at our home in
Maine. We hope to have another one-week long vacation in the fall.
If only it can be as good as this past week!
Shoreline of Roque Bluffs, Maine
on Shoppee Point
Lobster boat working off the eastern shore of Roque Bluffs in Little
Kennebec Bay - photo taken from our cottage deck
Stone pier at Shoppee Point of Roque Bluffs, Maine
Earth works of Fort O'Brien in Machiasport overlooking Machias Bay
Walking trail along ocean's edge in Quoddy Head State Park