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My wife and I had only been to Maine a few times before. While I'd never heard of Swan's Island, there was definitely something about the description of the home and the views in some of their images that said: "Yeah, this is the one."
Based on our research and great info from the MacDuffies it was very clear what we should expect. There are no restaurants, coffee shops, or boutiques. There's one general store -- Tims -- that sells basics plus fresh vegetables, meats, and lobster. Don't look for action on Swan's Island. You visit the island for natural beauty, hikes to hidden treasures, great paddling and the peace that you would expect in a place where half the roads are dirt and where wifi is found only at the public library.
The home is on a part of the island that is sparsely populated. The cabin overlooks the aptly named Seal Cove. We planned our time around the ebb and flow of the 10-foot tide. The MacDuffies own the land on either side of the cove with hiking trails, and each side is very different in terms of the trees and the forest floor. The west side of the cove has a narrow winding moss-covered trail that looks like it was built by Hobbits. Follow it to the end and you'll discover a wooden lean-to for those who'd prefer a sleeping bag at night on the water’s edge
The home's heating sources are wood-burning stoves. There was a chill when we arrived so we stoked the stoves and kept at least one burning. (If it’s cool and you aren't comfortable with maintaining a fire, this isn't the place for you). There is one bathroom with a tub and also an outdoor shower. While there were only two, the home sleeps up to 8. I could imagine it being a bit crowded downstairs with 8. The kitchen had everything we needed. My ATT phone got a signal strong enough to stream some music but too weak to do anything else, thankfully.
The outdoor area on the deck is spacious. Three kayaks and a small dingy are available for guests. Definitely paddle out to the far rocks and you'll discover why it's called Seal Cove. You'll also likely see bald eagles, loons and the ever-present, chattering kingfisher. At low tide, dig for clams and you'll find more than you can eat.
At sunset our routine was to walk out about 100 yards on the right side of the cove for a clear view west to watch the sun dip behind the trees and the sky above pink up before revealing an amazingly dark sky with an all-u-can-consume buffet of stars. Definitely will be returning.