Our Maine trip was one of my favorite trips of all time. It had the perfect balance between exploring and relaxation. I shared some of our more adventurous days here, here and here; but we had equal time back at our cabin on Magical Green Lake in Maine partaking in some R&R.
Green Lake is known for its remoteness and has 28+ miles of beautiful shoreline. It is located about 32 miles from Bar Harbor and 17 miles from Bangor, Maine.
Our mornings were spent sitting down by the lake front in front of our cabin (more on this at the end of post!) sipping coffee and listening to the birds chirping. We would usually head into Acadia or Bar Harbor but tried to head back to the cabin early evening to enjoy the last bit of sunlight and enjoy the marvelous sunset.
Kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, paddle boards and fishing equipment were available at our cabin. On many evenings I would jump in a kayak and paddle out to an island or around a new bend. I loved being out on the calm water and exploring the shoreline. The leaves all around the lake were on the cusp of turning for fall when we visited mid September. The lake is so quit, talking at a normal volume seemed so loud to us and we found ourselves whispering on many occasions. The only boat we saw on the lake the entire week was the owners for a brief moment. It really felt like we had the lake to ourselves!
One of our favorite things about staying on Green Lake had to be all the loons. Loons are so mysterious with intricate black and white patterns and are the size in-between a duck and goose. They are know for their mystical and enchanting calls, which we loved to hear at dusk. The call sounds like a cross between a wolf howl and rooster call and is almost as if the loons are saying goodnight to each other. Want to hear the sound? I have a video compilation of my Instastory videos at the end of this post with loon calls!
On multiple occasions while kayaking, I would look around and see a loon just yards away floating. I would only get a few moments to enjoy the sight before he would dive down deep into the water.
As I mentioned before, the sunsets on Green lake are fantastic, but one night in particular the sunset colors were so bright and vibrant it almost looked like the sky was a painting.
When the darkness would fall the stars and moon would come out in full force. The stars were so bright and clear I was able to take my first night photo with my DSLR. That should show you how lit up the sky was! On clear nights we would cozy up next to the camp fire and star at the stars for hours. We neglected to get s’more ingredients but vow to make them on our next trip!
Pine Cone Cabin
(The below photos of the cabin/property are being used with permission by the Owner’s of Pine Cone Cabin) Now onto where we stayed. We stayed at the amazing Pine Cone Cabin on Green Lake in Ellsworth, ME. The cabin is sleeps 6 (1 master bedroom and 2 spacious lofts), has plenty of room with lounging and dining areas, a well equipped kitchen, full bath and the most charming brick fireplace. The space is open concept and has exposed beams and knotty pine walls/ceiling. Located right on the lake, it has everything you will need for a great stay- canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, paddle board and fishing rods! There are 2 outside fire pits for cozy fires which we loved. To top it off, the entire cabin has its own branding! You will find ‘Pine Cone Cabin’ Mugs, glasses, hammock pillows and tons of pine cone decor. We loved it!
From the cabin you walk through a few balsam firs down to the lakefront, private beach and dock. The views are spectacular and also super visible from inside the cabin!
Pine Cone Cabin is located about 50 minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Ellsworth, the nearby town, has everything you need from great restaurants, brewery and shops! (More on Ellsworth in a later post)
Trust me when I say this place is amazing and perfect if you are looking for a relaxing stay, charming and clean house, great views and close location. The owners, the Hodgkins, could not have been better hosts. If you would like to book a week at Pine Cone Cabin head to their Facebook Page and email the owner, Lucy Hodgkins at Pineconecabin@yahoo.com. They also have another house for rental in Lamoine, ME overlooking Eastern Bay and the mountains of Acadia National Park (Facebook Page here). If you are interested in booking the Hodgkins House please email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her I sent you! 🙂
Want more of the outdoors?
Wanting more outdoor-sy stuff? Check out Apple Picking at Catoctin Mountain Orchard (here), 48 Hours in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (here), Camping at Rocky Gap State Park (here) and a Picnic at Cunningham Falls (here).